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1.  The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
7454
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/qS9_GAceCIo?rel=0
"With a stellar soundtrack, thoughtful level design and a deceptively massive feel, The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time proved to be the picture of polygonal perfection when Nintendo released it in 1998."
Δ pwnScore: 297
Δ pwnRank: 0
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 51
Total appearances: 57

Year Released (US): 1998
N64    
Genre: Action-Adventure
2.  Half-Life 2
6126
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/o-H579lFy_Q?rel=0
"If video games have an Empire Strikes Back – the exemplar of a sequel where everything got better – it’s Valve’s Half-Life 2."
Δ pwnScore: -226
Δ pwnRank: 0
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 44
Total appearances: 51

Year Released (US): 2004
PC  Xbox 360  PS3
Genre: FPS
3.  Super Mario 64
6073
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/G9pT1hd1IPI?rel=0
"The greatest 3D world ever created… The platformer remains, even by today's harsh standards, a true masterpiece."
-IGN
Δ pwnScore: 165
Δ pwnRank: 0
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 38
Total appearances: 52

Year Released (US): 1996
N64    
Genre: Platform
4.  BioShock
5181
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/nuEvmIbDkHs?rel=0
"BioShock was the game that taught us about philosophy, it showed us what kind of people we were, and it single-handedly popularised the use of the somewhat abstruse biological term plasmid."
Δ pwnScore: 209
Δ pwnRank: 5
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 24
Total appearances: 47

Year Released (US): 2007
Xbox 360  PC  
Genre: FPS
5.  Red Dead Redemption
5157
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/qE_rqxojYRo?rel=0
"No game maker has approached the period with as much passion and power as Red Dead Redemption. This is the new bar that all Westerns must strive to reach."
-IGN
Δ pwnScore: 7
Δ pwnRank: 1
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 25
Total appearances: 41

Year Released (US): 2010
Xbox 360  PS3  
Genre: Action-Adventure
6.  Chrono Trigger
5130
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/J7hzHlIsjwY?rel=0
"With an endearing cast of characters and a fantastic story that took place throughout the ages, it went down in history as what many would call one of the greatest games ever made."
Δ pwnScore: 243
Δ pwnRank: 6
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 28
Total appearances: 42

Year Released (US): 1995
SNES    
Genre: RPG
7.  The Last of Us
5109
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZEs33aWkX2Q?rel=0
"It starts out safe but ends brave; it has heart and grit, and it hangs together beautifully. And it's a real video game, too. An elegy for a dying world, The Last of Us is also a beacon of hope for its genre."
Δ pwnScore: -113
Δ pwnRank: -2
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 27
Total appearances: 34

Year Released (US): 2013
PS3  PS4  
Genre: Action-Adventure
8.  The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
5079
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/YiE35wvqX_g?rel=0
"Genre-defining action adventure from Nintendo… One of the best games of all time on many critics' lists."
-IGN
Δ pwnScore: -278
Δ pwnRank: -4
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 27
Total appearances: 43

Year Released (US): 1991
SNES    
Genre: Action-Adventure
9.  The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
5074
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/oTn8YXuJZ6c?rel=0
"The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the big, bold, and beautiful sequel you hoped for and is sure to bewitch you for countless hours."
Δ pwnScore: 90
Δ pwnRank: -1
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 28
Total appearances: 43

Year Released (US): 2011
Xbox 360  PS3  PC
Genre: Action RPG
10.  GoldenEye 007
5052
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/Q8vibZquW5E?rel=0
"Rare upended the assumption that shooters couldn’t work with a gamepad, delivering a fully 3D action extravaganza that rewarded stealth as well as ballistic finesse. "
Δ pwnScore: 139
Δ pwnRank: 1
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 31
Total appearances: 51

Year Released (US): 1997
N64    
Genre: FPS
11.  Resident Evil 4
4969
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/3aMlnsIwVh4?rel=0
"Resident Evil 4 moved away from zombies and the traditional survival horror genre to embrace more action and shooting... in one of the series’ most critically acclaimed entries."
Δ pwnScore: -134
Δ pwnRank: -4
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 22
Total appearances: 43

Year Released (US): 2005
GC  PS2  
Genre: Survival Horror
12.  Mass Effect 2
4941
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/6yC-A2To-t8?rel=0
"Mass Effect 2 embodies what a sci-fi RPG should be... The Dirty Dozen plot, cast of new characters, and immersive gameplay, will keep Mass Effect 2 in our hearts and on this list, for years to come."
-G4
Δ pwnScore: -6
Δ pwnRank: -2
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 29
Total appearances: 44

Year Released (US): 2010
Xbox 360  PS3  PC
Genre: Action RPG
13.  Final Fantasy VII
4921
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/4MZJaNO9SSo?rel=0
"Compare the state of RPG fandom pre and post-1997, and you'll see the impact Final Fantasy VII had on this formerly niche genre."
Δ pwnScore: 666
Δ pwnRank: 6
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 33
Total appearances: 49

Year Released (US): 1997
PlayStation    
Genre: RPG
14.  Tetris
4740
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/jJSfmTCiFyU?rel=0
"Created in 1985 by Russian mathematician Alexey Pajitnov, Tetris is the world’s best-selling and best-known puzzler… you can bet it will be a part of gaming until the end of time."
Δ pwnScore: -13
Δ pwnRank: -1
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 36
Total appearances: 50

Year Released (US): 1986
PC  GB  NES
Genre: Puzzle
15.  Metal Gear Solid
4720
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/FY3ZxXjuVlQ?rel=0
"It breaks new ground in gameplay and truly brings the video game one step closer to the realm of movies. It is, without a doubt, a landmark game."
Δ pwnScore: 154
Δ pwnRank: -1
Highest rank on any list: 3
Top 25 appearances: 29
Total appearances: 50

Year Released (US): 1998
PlayStation    
Genre: Stealth
16.  Halo: Combat Evolved
4704
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/zCq9WCSGy4M?rel=0
"Halo‘s innovations were in fact subtle... What it brought to the table were exceptionally well-balanced gameplay, Bungie’s signature high-quality music and writing, and sublimely soaring visuals."
Δ pwnScore: 194
Δ pwnRank: 0
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 23
Total appearances: 42

Year Released (US): 2001
Xbox    
Genre: FPS
17.  Portal 2
4555
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/nTRCZoieue4?rel=0
"Makes the original look like the prototype it was. It's filled with a larger cast of characters vividly brought to life through brilliant writing and some of the best voice acting in video games..."
-IGN
Δ pwnScore: 309
Δ pwnRank: 3
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 24
Total appearances: 38

Year Released (US): 2011
PC  PS3  Xbox 360
Genre: Puzzle-Platform
18.  World of Warcraft
4318
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/j6idVDFNZJU?rel=0
"An unparalleled gaming phenomenon - with 12 million players worldwide -WoW (as the initiated call it) is now the daddy of the Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game genre."
Δ pwnScore: 437
Δ pwnRank: 8
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 31
Total appearances: 49

Year Released (US): 2004
PC    
Genre: MMO
19.  Super Mario World
4226
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/IKiHctuAYUM?rel=0
"Mario already had the patent on 8-bit gaming, so it was only natural that this Super Nintendo pack-in title ruled the 16-bit platform roost from the word go. "
Δ pwnScore: -193
Δ pwnRank: -2
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 28
Total appearances: 36

Year Released (US): 1990
SNES    
Genre: Platform
20.  Shadow of the Colossus
4164
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/0KS1TFg1Rx8?rel=0
"Identifying each monster's weakness and exploiting it was the key to success... but it was the luscious presentation, imaginative creatures and epic soundtrack that made critics swoon…"
Δ pwnScore: 253
Δ pwnRank: 3
Highest rank on any list: 3
Top 25 appearances: 15
Total appearances: 39

Year Released (US): 2005
PS2    
Genre: Action-Adventure
21.  Grand Theft Auto V
4144
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/nBS3MUWrfGg?rel=0
"The world is massive and detailed, the gameplay is damn near perfect... the actual story is filled with memorable personalities that feel more fully-realized than even the best of GTA's previous characters."
Δ pwnScore: 442
Δ pwnRank: 7
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 18
Total appearances: 28

Year Released (US): 2013
PS3  Xbox 360  
Genre: Action-Adventure
22.  Super Metroid
4130
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/YuujwWl3R0I?rel=0
"Inventive open-ended levels? Check. Epic bosses? Check. Social life? Not so much."
-FHM
Δ pwnScore: 11
Δ pwnRank: -1
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 22
Total appearances: 42

Year Released (US): 1994
SNES    
Genre: Action-Adventure
23.  Super Mario Bros.
4101
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/7xV4JD2KH-w?rel=0
"The game that went on to define “platforming”… Super Mario Bros. was a side-scroller unlike any other."
Δ pwnScore: 194
Δ pwnRank: 2
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 31
Total appearances: 40

Year Released (US): 1985
NES    
Genre: Platform
24.  Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
4100
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/vPp9_ye5Fhc?rel=0
"While Uncharted... did everything the sequel did, Among Thieves did everything bigger and better, further proving that the film industry’s sequel stigma is far from the truth in the game industry…"
Δ pwnScore: -413
Δ pwnRank: -9
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 22
Total appearances: 38

Year Released (US): 2009
PS3    
Genre: Action-Adventure
25.  Pokémon Red and Blue
4074
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/ic0aDbR4zVM?rel=0
"The concept was simple, really: Combine cute cartoon animals with a competitive, obsessive-compulsive collecting mechanic and you have playground gold."
Δ pwnScore: 290
Δ pwnRank: 2
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 20
Total appearances: 42

Year Released (US): 1996
GB    
Genre: RPG
26.  Doom
4016
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/n3KrmSnIzyg?rel=0
"With one space marine, eight weapons, and a crapton of demonic monsters that needed killing, Doom took the core appeals of Wolfenstein and ramped them all the way up."
Δ pwnScore: -294
Δ pwnRank: -8
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 31
Total appearances: 46

Year Released (US): 1993
PC    
Genre: FPS
27.  Metroid Prime
3809
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/m4RGZvfMMx4?rel=0
"Purists might argue that the 2D Super Metroid for SNES was the superior game, but it was Metroid Prime for Nintendo’s GameCube that fully realized the series’ goals of isolation and exploration."
Δ pwnScore: -100
Δ pwnRank: -3
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 15
Total appearances: 36

Year Released (US): 2002
GC    
Genre: Action-Adventure
28.  Super Mario Bros. 3
3770
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZJAxIIifA_s?rel=0
"In Super Mario Bros. 3, Nintendo promised and delivered one of the best 2D platformers of all time."
Δ pwnScore: -176
Δ pwnRank: -6
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 23
Total appearances: 37

Year Released (US): 1990
NES    
Genre: Platform
29.  Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
3762
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/QeEGn1HG6sc?rel=0
"Why it’s a classic: For an RPG, the story is everything. And few come better than this – a sprawling intergalactic epic that was even accepted by notoriously precious Star Wars nuts. Also, it’s got Wookiees in."
-FHM
Δ pwnScore: 261
Δ pwnRank: 2
Highest rank on any list: 2
Top 25 appearances: 9
Total appearances: 40

Year Released (US): 2003
Xbox  PC  
Genre: RPG
30.  Minecraft
3627
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/5oghqTROa7o?rel=0
"What sets Minecraft apart is its scope and sense of unlimited possibility. "
Δ pwnScore: 212
Δ pwnRank: 5
Highest rank on any list: 2
Top 25 appearances: 20
Total appearances: 39

Year Released (US): 2011
PC    Mobile
Genre: Sandbox
31.  Deus Ex
3585
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/ICx8HaiXtJY?rel=0
"...Deus Ex‘s combination of action, RPG-style character building and dialog choices paved the way for newer games like Mass Effect."
Δ pwnScore: 55
Δ pwnRank: -2
Highest rank on any list: 3
Top 25 appearances: 14
Total appearances: 37

Year Released (US): 2000
PC    
Genre: FPS Action-RPG
32.  Half-Life
3570
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/VkNpbpjKzo8?rel=0
"Half-Life was a trailblazer in many aspects. It moved the first-person shooter genre forward in terms of storytelling and level design, and spawned one of the most popular competitive online shooters ever."
Δ pwnScore: 227
Δ pwnRank: 4
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 17
Total appearances: 37

Year Released (US): 1998
PC    
Genre: FPS
33.  Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
3569
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/sXGkSAzuKq0?rel=0
"It had its flaws, sure, but it's still arguably the best game in the series. It had the best set pieces and the best story, and the multiplayer remains every bit as excellent now as it was in 2007."
Δ pwnScore: 122
Δ pwnRank: 1
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 15
Total appearances: 42

Year Released (US): 2007
PC  Xbox 360  PS3
Genre: FPS
34.  The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
3498
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZlV-Kp0gVaw?rel=0
"So to say that the GameCube Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker has a lot to live up to is, simply put, the understatement of the year. And yet, Nintendo delivers."
-IGN
Δ pwnScore: 38
Δ pwnRank: -1
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 13
Total appearances: 29

Year Released (US): 2002
GC    
Genre: Action-Adventure
35.  Portal
3348
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/GzvqjZo7pcU?rel=0
"Hugely addictive and immensely rewarding, the only criticism of Portal is that it's too short and should be re-released with a hundred more levels to satisfy hungry fans."
Δ pwnScore: -166
Δ pwnRank: -5
Highest rank on any list: 3
Top 25 appearances: 18
Total appearances: 37

Year Released (US): 2007
PC    
Genre: Puzzle-Platform
36.  Fallout 3
3296
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/mCEThrx6qqY?rel=0
"Fallout 3 is arguably the most detailed, immersive and addictive game in the past 10 years, if not of all time… We dare you to find a more endearing post-apocalyptic first-person RPG."
-G4
Δ pwnScore: -204
Δ pwnRank: -4
Highest rank on any list: 3
Top 25 appearances: 16
Total appearances: 35

Year Released (US): 2008
Xbox 360  PS3  PC
Genre: FPS Action-RPG
37.  Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
3090
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/QNXyZ9M_9Nk?rel=0
"...brought the stealth action into the jungles of the Cold War and introduced new camouflage mechanics, as well as an intriguing injury system that no longer relied solely on an ordinary life meter."
Δ pwnScore: 339
Δ pwnRank: 5
Highest rank on any list: 2
Top 25 appearances: 14
Total appearances: 29

Year Released (US): 2004
PS2    
Genre: Stealth
38.  Dark Souls
2890
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/KmLaLqYauTA?rel=0
"On a deeper level, Dark Souls' audacity at shoving you into an adventure, giving you a colossal world to explore, and forcing you to earn every speck of progress is downright exhilarating."
Δ pwnScore: 324
Δ pwnRank: 5
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 11
Total appearances: 25

Year Released (US): 2011
PC  PS3  Xbox 360
Genre: Action RPG
39.  Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
2862
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/mvcATDbaifQ?rel=0
"With its strong story, well-written dialogue, terrific voice cast, impressive graphics, great in-game sound, and extremely entertaining and varied gameplay, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a stupendous thrill ride…"
Δ pwnScore: 80
Δ pwnRank: 2
Highest rank on any list: 5
Top 25 appearances: 8
Total appearances: 23

Year Released (US): 2004
PS2    
Genre: Action-Adventure
40.  The Legend of Zelda
2675
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/UpDvqB69RCQ?rel=0
"It was wrapped in gold when released, and now it's earned the gold amongst its peers… Perfect in every conceivable way, it is well-deserving of the top honor amongst the greats."
Δ pwnScore: -114
Δ pwnRank: 0
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 17
Total appearances: 30

Year Released (US): 1986
NES    
Genre: Action-Adventure
41.  Street Fighter II
2603
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/97Ikfr_tZD8?rel=0
"The perfection of combo attacks and special movies, the intuitive controls: SF2 was the most perfectly judged beat ‘em up of its era."
Δ pwnScore: 88
Δ pwnRank: 3
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 20
Total appearances: 31

Year Released (US): 1991
SNES  Arcade  
Genre: Fighting
42.  Batman: Arkham City
2600
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/c2yWYEqoPsY?rel=0
"Arkham City is what every lesser open-world videogame wishes it could be, a few important pieces of core gameplay that have been polished to perfection, set in a wide-open city filled to the brim with things to do."
Δ pwnScore: 165
Δ pwnRank: 3
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 9
Total appearances: 21

Year Released (US): 2011
Xbox 360  PS3  PC
Genre: Action-Adventure
43.  Grand Theft Auto IV
2568
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/nNYVh0lVeoE?rel=0
"Grand Theft Auto III... inspired a whole new generation of 3D action games. Grand Theft Auto IV is just as big a leap forward, though perhaps in subtler ways, and sets a new benchmark for open-world games. "
-IGN
Δ pwnScore: -310
Δ pwnRank: -6
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 7
Total appearances: 22

Year Released (US): 2008
PS3  Xbox 360  PC
Genre: Action-Adventure
44.  Grand Theft Auto III
2557
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/6RKLWVPpZMQ?rel=0
"...GTAIII is one of the most influential games in console history and has informed every crime caper to hit the shelves ever since."
Δ pwnScore: -280
Δ pwnRank: -6
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 21
Total appearances: 27

Year Released (US): 2001
PS2    
Genre: Action-Adventure
45.  Starcraft
2531
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/FsQB9RAhkHQ?rel=0
"In a game that revolutionized multiplayer head-to-head action, StarCraft packed a large graphical punch as well as a means to an end. "
Δ pwnScore: 156
Δ pwnRank: 1
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 14
Total appearances: 39

Year Released (US): 1998
PC    
Genre: RTS
46.  The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
2516
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/asiIoMHxjKk?rel=0
"The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is Nintendo's most ambitious and impressive game to date."
Δ pwnScore: 1548
Δ pwnRank: 65
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 9
Total appearances: 10

Year Released (US): 2017
Switch  Wii U  
Genre: Action-Adventure
47.  Super Mario Galaxy
2455
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/Txke11KLx0c?rel=0
"...Super Mario Galaxy felt like the true sequel to Super Mario 64. Named by dozens of magazines and websites as game of the year on its release, SMG remains one of the Wii's most accomplished adventures…"
Δ pwnScore: -359
Δ pwnRank: -8
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 9
Total appearances: 22

Year Released (US): 2007
Wii    
Genre: Platform
48.  Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
2383
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZClIoVwFM2M?rel=0
"In many ways, Baldur's Gate II is the culmination of the powerful RPG renaissance that's been driving the genre over the last several years; a rebirth that originally started with its predecessor, Baldur's Gate."
-IGN
Δ pwnScore: 103
Δ pwnRank: 1
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 9
Total appearances: 27

Year Released (US): 2000
PC    
Genre: RPG
49.  Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
2380
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/g6Sa-xbFL2A?rel=0
"Hailed by many as the best game in the venerable Castlevania franchise, Symphony of the Night innovates the series by introducing RPG elements and providing a more open gameplay experience…"
Δ pwnScore: 187
Δ pwnRank: 2
Highest rank on any list: 4
Top 25 appearances: 6
Total appearances: 26

Year Released (US): 1997
PlayStation    
Genre: Platform
50.  The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
2337
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/iO1ckmGe-do?rel=0
"Using Ocarina of Time's engine was no mistake for Miyamoto on one of the last great games for the N64. "
Δ pwnScore: -24
Δ pwnRank: -3
Highest rank on any list: 7
Top 25 appearances: 9
Total appearances: 25

Year Released (US): 2000
N64    
Genre: Action-Adventure
51.  Super Mario Galaxy 2
2325
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/oLgZHonjb8U?rel=0
"Super Mario Galaxy 2 is even more varied, challenging, and fun than its superb predecessor, making it the new standard for platformers."
Δ pwnScore: 9
Δ pwnRank: -3
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 10
Total appearances: 18

Year Released (US): 2010
Wii    
Genre: Platform
52.  Final Fantasy VI
2284
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/qBZSgIX7huw?rel=0
"The fact that Final Fantasy VI is often named best the Final Fantasy game says enough: this is a must play for anyone."
Δ pwnScore: 161
Δ pwnRank: 2
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 12
Total appearances: 29

Year Released (US): 1994
SNES    
Genre: RPG
53.  Diablo II
2265
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/fABzCGRa--8?rel=0
"The most traditional of dungeon-crawling hack'n'slashers, Diablo II is the star pupil in a genre that's been sullied by a proliferation of pretenders…"
Δ pwnScore: 252
Δ pwnRank: 2
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 12
Total appearances: 30

Year Released (US): 2000
PC    
Genre: Action RPG
54.  The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
2254
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/VpevTNRK-_M?rel=0
"Even if the plot isn’t terribly interesting, the many characters who play a part in it are, and along with the excellent combat and RPG gameplay, they elevate The Witcher 3 to a plane few other RPGs inhabit."
-IGN
Δ pwnScore: 244
Δ pwnRank: 2
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 9
Total appearances: 14

Year Released (US): 2015
PS4  Xbox One  PC
Genre: Action RPG
55.  Super Mario Kart
2209
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/FGygzMZ963c?rel=0
"20 years ago, Mario appeared in his first true spin-off and created a genre in the process."
Δ pwnScore: 225
Δ pwnRank: 3
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 11
Total appearances: 29

Year Released (US): 1992
SNES    
Genre: Racing
56.  Silent Hill 2
2163
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/gfDjQX2iT9s?rel=0
"Silent Hill 2 is survival horror masterpiece, there, we said it… To this day, Silent Hill 2 is a game many play with the lights on."
-G4
Δ pwnScore: 235
Δ pwnRank: 4
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 6
Total appearances: 24

Year Released (US): 2001
Xbox  PS2  
Genre: Survival Horror
57.  Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
2139
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/7jeS7t4VI3E?rel=0
"...GTA: Vice City is still one of the most impressive games of 2002, without a doubt. It's highly recommendable…"
-IGN
Δ pwnScore: -31
Δ pwnRank: -5
Highest rank on any list: 7
Top 25 appearances: 5
Total appearances: 21

Year Released (US): 2002
PS2    
Genre: Action-Adventure
58.  Mass Effect
2069
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/zIFojY2Ceow?rel=0
"This is a game that takes the aspects of film that make cinema so compelling and crosses it with the interactivity of games with unprecedented success. Linear storytelling feels quaint by comparison."
-IGN
Δ pwnScore: -124
Δ pwnRank: -8
Highest rank on any list: 9
Top 25 appearances: 4
Total appearances: 23

Year Released (US): 2007
Xbox 360    
Genre: Action RPG
59.  Super Smash Bros. Melee
2062
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/LxPQezjsReA?rel=0
"Nintendo released a game changer when they set free Super Smash Bros Melee. In 2001 the GameCube caught some serious momentum thanks to Nintendo's brawler."
-G4
Δ pwnScore: 75
Δ pwnRank: -2
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 6
Total appearances: 26

Year Released (US): 2001
GC    
Genre: Fighting
60.  Final Fantasy X
1966
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/bv-mzzkZ-eE?rel=0
"The ambitious design of Final Fantasy X ultimately pervades in every aspect of the game. And so, like many of its predecessors, Final Fantasy X stands as a testament to just how affecting a game can be."
Δ pwnScore: 162
Δ pwnRank: 4
Highest rank on any list: 10
Top 25 appearances: 6
Total appearances: 23

Year Released (US): 2001
PS2    
Genre: RPG
61.  Halo 2
1909
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/3m3ecsq4DBc?rel=0
"After Halo: Combat Evolved (2001) was done saving the Xbox game console system from being a disaster, Halo 2 came along and literally evolved the entire gaming industry."
Δ pwnScore: -27
Δ pwnRank: -2
Highest rank on any list: 2
Top 25 appearances: 5
Total appearances: 19

Year Released (US): 2004
Xbox    
Genre: FPS
62.  Journey
1867
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/bKqeD7ojynw?rel=0
"Journey's interactive, visual, and aural elements work together, rather than fight with each other, in order to provide a flowing, seamless, influential, and utterly exhilarating experience...This is interactive art."
Δ pwnScore: -293
Δ pwnRank: -9
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 6
Total appearances: 21

Year Released (US): 2012
PS3    
Genre: Adventure
63.  Persona 4 / Golden
1843
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/?rel=0
""
-
Δ pwnScore: 1350
Δ pwnRank: 130
Highest rank on any list: 4
Top 25 appearances: 6
Total appearances: 21

Year Released (US): 2008
PS2    
Genre: RPG
64.  Kingdom Hearts
1757
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/qDZXO_o120c?rel=0
"Square Enix and Disney worked together to bring gamers an unforgettable action-RPG with a mix of dark themes and Winnie the Pooh."
-G4
Δ pwnScore: 147
Δ pwnRank: 9
Highest rank on any list: 10
Top 25 appearances: 2
Total appearances: 18

Year Released (US): 2002
PS2    
Genre: Action RPG
65.  Batman: Arkham Asylum
1751
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/dl1ukcG2Hss?rel=0
"Arkham Asylum wasn’t just a surprisingly good game when it released: it was arguably the game of the year… it will no doubt influence the next decade of the relationship between gaming and super heroes."
Δ pwnScore: -87
Δ pwnRank: -2
Highest rank on any list: 5
Top 25 appearances: 5
Total appearances: 21

Year Released (US): 2009
Xbox 360  PS3  PC
Genre: Action-Adventure
66.  Assassin's Creed II
1750
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/AhPR0lLqiCg?rel=0
"Assassin's Creed II transforms a middling action game into an intriguing and consistently entertaining open-world adventure… The experience is layered, unique, and shows an incredible attention to detail. "
-IGN
Δ pwnScore: 136
Δ pwnRank: 6
Highest rank on any list: 8
Top 25 appearances: 5
Total appearances: 21

Year Released (US): 2009
Xbox 360  PS3  
Genre: Action-Adventure
67.  The Secret of Monkey Island
1721
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/oYDjKH86YWM?rel=0
"The deft combination of humor, great storytelling, and clever puzzles made The Secret of Monkey Island a defining adventure game for its era as well as a timeless classic."
Δ pwnScore: -9
Δ pwnRank: 0
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 8
Total appearances: 26

Year Released (US): 1990
PC    
Genre: Graphic Adventure
68.  Shenmue
1715
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/hOwMD7IDkvU?rel=0
"Placing players in a virtual Japan that obeyed the same rules as the real world, Shenmue - the brainchild of legendary designer Yu Suzuki - was a revelation, and made an indelible mark on adventure gaming."
Δ pwnScore: 397
Δ pwnRank: 15
Highest rank on any list: 3
Top 25 appearances: 4
Total appearances: 17

Year Released (US): 2000
Dreamcast    
Genre: Action RPG
69.  The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
1642
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/-TKC5ll23XU?rel=0
"If you're an RPG fan, it's an incredible experience. If you regularly beat RPG fans with hockey sticks, you should still try this one out."
-IGN
Δ pwnScore: -84
Δ pwnRank: -1
Highest rank on any list: 18
Top 25 appearances: 3
Total appearances: 24

Year Released (US): 2006
Xbox 360  PS3  PC
Genre: Action RPG
70.  Soulcalibur
1631
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/clc5XjUqWrU?rel=0
"Let's get one thing out of the way: Soul Calibur is the best 3D fighting game ever released in the arcades."
Δ pwnScore: -235
Δ pwnRank: -9
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 6
Total appearances: 12

Year Released (US): 1998
Arcade  Dreamcast  
Genre: Fighting
71.  BioShock Infinite
1608
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/jchIi-vR_js?rel=0
"Familiar threads run through it – a lighthouse, a strange city, a charismatic antagonist – but they are homages to the past rather than attempts to recycle it."
Δ pwnScore: -124
Δ pwnRank: -5
Highest rank on any list: 9
Top 25 appearances: 6
Total appearances: 15

Year Released (US): 2013
Xbox 360  PS3  PC
Genre: FPS
72.  Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
1601
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/r83H7ry2LiY?rel=0
"This fourth installment released on the PlayStation 3 to rave reviews... It also received many Game of the Year awards in recognition of its melding of a complex and layered story with engaging stealth gameplay."
Δ pwnScore: 8
Δ pwnRank: 2
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 5
Total appearances: 17

Year Released (US): 2008
PS3    
Genre: Stealth
73.  Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
1594
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/JgdrOMdUcqI?rel=0
"Debate will rage over whether it’s the best, but The Phantom Pain is very arguably the ultimate Metal Gear, grabbing the best ideas, themes and mechanics from every game..."
Δ pwnScore: 447
Δ pwnRank: 20
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 4
Total appearances: 10

Year Released (US): 2015
PC  Xbox One  PS4
Genre: Action-Adventure Stealth
74.  Space Invaders
1540
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/Rz4lMm21Uf4?rel=0
"Chup-chup-chup-chup-boop-boop! — call it the mono-analog pulse of arcade gold… In just four years, Space Invaders hauled in $2 billion in quarter-based profits in the U.S. alone."
Δ pwnScore: -237
Δ pwnRank: -9
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 17
Total appearances: 18

Year Released (US): 1978
Arcade    
Genre: Shooter
75.  Counter-Strike
1536
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/sYdPTQgmxa8?rel=0
"Counter-Strike has a simple yet effective design that's brought to life with superior maps and vivid graphics and sound… Counter-Strike is a model of its kind and a thrilling action game."
Δ pwnScore: 206
Δ pwnRank: 7
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 8
Total appearances: 25

Year Released (US): 1999
PC    
Genre: FPS
76.  Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
1531
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/6cXyQg_5uoc?rel=0
"A remarkable achievement in blockbuster storytelling and graphical beauty..."
-IGN
Δ pwnScore: 240
Δ pwnRank: 10
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 6
Total appearances: 9

Year Released (US): 2016
PS4    
Genre: Action-Adventure
77.  The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
1475
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/kBRGtbXJYAs?rel=0
"Ocarina, your time is up. It took Nintendo almost a decade to do it, but the publisher has finally created a new Zelda game that is so well designed and so epic that it deserves to be crowned the best in its class."
-IGN
Δ pwnScore: -385
Δ pwnRank: -15
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 5
Total appearances: 18

Year Released (US): 2006
Wii  GC  
Genre: Action-Adventure
78.  The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
1461
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/jf0jiOpD-AQ?rel=0
"The third installment in the long-running and extremely popular Elder Scrolls series, Morrowind establishes a new standard in role-playing games."
Δ pwnScore: 303
Δ pwnRank: 12
Highest rank on any list: 5
Top 25 appearances: 3
Total appearances: 17

Year Released (US): 2002
PC  Xbox  
Genre: Action RPG
79.  God of War
1433
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/y1nmnqgLH28?rel=0
"The original God of War made the cursed warrior Kratos an iconic character while evolving the action / adventure genre into a new form that would be adopted by countless other games."
Δ pwnScore: -189
Δ pwnRank: -9
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 1
Total appearances: 18

Year Released (US): 2005
PS2    
Genre: Action-Adventure
80.  Sonic the Hedgehog
1428
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/QMxnDJQ_VIQ?rel=0
"Sonic is now in his twenties, roughly three times the lifespan of actual hedgehogs. And what a life he’s lived… going on to become one of the best-selling video game franchises in the world."
Δ pwnScore: -3
Δ pwnRank: -2
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 4
Total appearances: 19

Year Released (US): 1991
Sega Genesis    
Genre: Platform
81.  The Sims
1402
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/IwF0RIkCamU?rel=0
"The premise of The Sims sounded so stupid. Then people played it. Then it won Game of the Year. Then it became the best-selling PC game of all time."
Δ pwnScore: -110
Δ pwnRank: -6
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 11
Total appearances: 23

Year Released (US): 2000
PC    
Genre: Life Simulation
82.  Ms. Pac-Man
1385
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/WpsfPJ9RuYI?rel=0
"It's been more than 30 years since Ms. Pac-Man hit the arcade scene, but when it did, everyone was hunched over at the local bar playing it... it improved on its predecessor in every way possible…"
-G4
Δ pwnScore: -255
Δ pwnRank: -13
Highest rank on any list: 5
Top 25 appearances: 9
Total appearances: 13

Year Released (US): 1982
Arcade    
Genre: Maze
83.  Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
1383
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/snedktetyCA?rel=0
"Play it just once and you're cheating yourself of more than the purchase price... You're cheating yourself of a great experience, and perhaps the best on PlayStation 2..."
-IGN
Δ pwnScore: -67
Δ pwnRank: -6
Highest rank on any list: 15
Top 25 appearances: 3
Total appearances: 17

Year Released (US): 2001
PS2    
Genre: Stealth
84.  Pokémon Gold and Silver
1367
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/_felwg61w1Y?rel=0
"Pokémon is not a fad, it's here to stay, and this new Game Boy Color series is only going to fuel the blaze of popularity further."
-IGN
Δ pwnScore: 36
Δ pwnRank: -3
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 5
Total appearances: 14

Year Released (US): 2000
GBA    
Genre: RPG
85.  Pac-Man
1360
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/FRWp9sO2P68?rel=0
"Namco's breakthrough arcade hit tapped deep into the human psyche with nothing more than a little yellow circle."
Δ pwnScore: -261
Δ pwnRank: -14
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 15
Total appearances: 22

Year Released (US): 1980
Arcade    
Genre: Maze
86.  Grim Fandango
1347
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/ip_JUO3vR0o?rel=0
"Everything in the game reeks of excellence. The characters are good, the story is intriguing and the Land of the Dead is a wonderful place."
Δ pwnScore: 0
Δ pwnRank: -6
Highest rank on any list: 18
Top 25 appearances: 2
Total appearances: 17

Year Released (US): 1998
PC    
Genre: Graphic Adventure
87.  Halo 3
1317
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/KCmJIWmG1Qs?rel=0
"In substance it’s nothing new, merely a magnificent, beautiful monster of an FPS sequel. In concept and execution, though, Halo 3 is the future."
Δ pwnScore: 37
Δ pwnRank: 0
Highest rank on any list: 2
Top 25 appearances: 4
Total appearances: 14

Year Released (US): 2007
Xbox 360    
Genre: FPS
88.  Civilization IV
1313
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/K_D1KxQpqVk?rel=0
"In fact, I’ll certainly go as far as saying it’s the best pure strategy game I’ve played this year, and that’s good enough for me."
Δ pwnScore: 0
Δ pwnRank: -4
Highest rank on any list: 11
Top 25 appearances: 3
Total appearances: 12

Year Released (US): 2005
PC    
Genre: TBS
89.  Kingdom Hearts II
1307
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/12XlBRnNKgA?rel=0
"An inspiring emotional work of art and perhaps the best role-playing game this year. Square Enix continues to prove that you can take even the most played out source material in the world (Disney's various franchises) and make something wonderful."
Δ pwnScore: 181
Δ pwnRank: 6
Highest rank on any list: 17
Top 25 appearances: 3
Total appearances: 13

Year Released (US): 2005
PS2    
Genre: Action RPG
90.  Team Fortress 2
1253
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/Ue4Z1rY-p5I?rel=0
"Valve has done a fantastic job creating and balancing the maps, classes, and other game elements that are within their control… You'd be remiss not to reap this harvest."
Δ pwnScore: -202
Δ pwnRank: -14
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 5
Total appearances: 17

Year Released (US): 2007
PC  Xbox 360  PS3
Genre: FPS
91.  Mega Man 2
1236
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/EQcxPVIZzYg?rel=0
"One of best-known platformers on the NES wasn't made by Nintendo, it was made by Capcom… They were determined to top their first game critically, and they succeeded. Mega Man 2 became an instant classic."
-G4
Δ pwnScore: -162
Δ pwnRank: -12
Highest rank on any list: 15
Top 25 appearances: 2
Total appearances: 16

Year Released (US): 1988
NES    
Genre: Platform
92.  ICO
1207
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/TbJ99XfJw7U?rel=0
"In an industry justly accused of leaning towards style over content, ICO is a beacon of light and a bastion of superb game design."
Δ pwnScore: 138
Δ pwnRank: 7
Highest rank on any list: 18
Top 25 appearances: 3
Total appearances: 18

Year Released (US): 2001
PS2    
Genre: Puzzle-Platform
93.  Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
1205
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/-ronOqY7mEw?rel=0
"The best skateboarding game ever and one of the greatest PlayStation games of all time."
Δ pwnScore: -4
Δ pwnRank: -5
Highest rank on any list: 2
Top 25 appearances: 3
Total appearances: 9

Year Released (US): 2001
PlayStation  PC  Dreamcast
Genre: Sports
94.  Donkey Kong
1196
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/LyNv1Ok0p5g?rel=0
"Traces of this classic platformer still appear in games today, paying tribute to the brilliance of its design."
Δ pwnScore: 72
Δ pwnRank: 2
Highest rank on any list: 1
Top 25 appearances: 10
Total appearances: 19

Year Released (US): 1981
Arcade    
Genre: Platform
95.  The Walking Dead
1183
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/rWQZUrTl4Hc?rel=0
"Using player choice, award-winning writing, and your own emotions, The Walking Dead: The Game delivers an experience that's flawed but unforgettable."
-IGN
Δ pwnScore: -121
Δ pwnRank: -10
Highest rank on any list: 21
Top 25 appearances: 2
Total appearances: 17

Year Released (US): 2012
Xbox 360  PS3  PC
Genre: Graphic Adventure
96.  Quake
1183
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/55SKXLWYstU?rel=0
"It was technologically revolutionary, featuring full 3D environments and enemies, the latter of which could now be ‘gibbed,’ resulting in flying chunks of meat that actually hit the walls."
Δ pwnScore: 109
Δ pwnRank: 2
Highest rank on any list: 4
Top 25 appearances: 8
Total appearances: 17

Year Released (US): 1996
PC    
Genre: FPS
97.  Planescape: Torment
1160
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/iblKGNtpEnE?rel=0
"Yet another astounding title out the doors of the Black Isle factory."
Δ pwnScore: -3
Δ pwnRank: -8
Highest rank on any list: 10
Top 25 appearances: 4
Total appearances: 13

Year Released (US): 1999
PC    
Genre: RPG
98.  Resident Evil 2
1145
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/mqvx1Jp_hEI?rel=0
"Capcom's second attempt at survival horror had the protégé besting his master."
Δ pwnScore: -6
Δ pwnRank: -6
Highest rank on any list: 32
Top 25 appearances: 0
Total appearances: 15

Year Released (US): 1998
PlayStation    
Genre: Survival Horror
99.  EarthBound
1128
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/IwAlZERKaqU?rel=0
"Though its punishing difficulty in its early stages might be tough to get past, EarthBound still remains one of the best, most unique RPGs to date."
-IGN
Δ pwnScore: 358
Δ pwnRank: 36
Highest rank on any list: 21
Top 25 appearances: 3
Total appearances: 16

Year Released (US): 1995
SNES    
Genre: RPG
100.  Resident Evil (1996)
1128
p
http://www.youtube.com/embed/xDCx5ugc3A8?rel=0
"Alone In The Dark would probably qualify as the first in the ‘survival horror’ genre, but Resident Evil picked up the bloody, rotting ball and carried it over the goal-line."
Δ pwnScore: 315
Δ pwnRank: 27
Highest rank on any list: 13
Top 25 appearances: 2
Total appearances: 20

Year Released (US): 1996
PlayStation  PC  
Genre: Survival Horror