Greatest. Best. All-Time Favorite. Highest Rated. Most Important...

These are all worthy monikers for describing greatness in gaming, and many of these titles have been attached to lists created by leaders in the gaming industry - you've probably seen a few yourself. But how do you make sense of it all? Whose list is the best?

That's where pwnRank steps in. We collect all the relevant data, distill it, and present the most comprehensive and unbiased list of top games ever made. You can think of it as the "Hall of Fame" for video games. As gamers ourselves, we love this stuff. We're genuinely interested in seeing the results and sharing them with you.

Check out the Top 100 Video Games of All-Time...

v5.1 | Last Updated: 12/12/2018 | Data from 85 Lists | How it Works

100.  God of War
1105p
2005 // Action-Adventure // PS2     Δ pwnRank: -4 Δ pwnScore: -121 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 1 Total appearances: 11
https://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."
99.  Counter-Strike
1112p
1999 // FPS // PC     Δ pwnRank: -8 Δ pwnScore: -212 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 9 Total appearances: 21
https://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."
98.  Spelunky
1113p
2009 // Action-Adventure // PC  Virtual Console   Δ pwnRank: -4 Δ pwnScore: -130 Highest rank on any list: 5 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 11
https://www.youtube.com/embed/UyMCo7Kv9k4?rel=0
"Straightforward and replayable, Spelunky is precision engineered to make death fair, funny, and a story worth sharing."
97.  Donkey Kong
1143p
1981 // Platform // Arcade     Δ pwnRank: -5 Δ pwnScore: -171 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 10 Total appearances: 17
https://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."
96.  Grim Fandango
1170p
1998 // Graphic Adventure // PC     Δ pwnRank: 5 Δ pwnScore: -26 Highest rank on any list: 18 Top 25 appearances: 1 Total appearances: 15
https://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."
95.  Shenmue
1173p
2000 // Action RPG // Dreamcast     Δ pwnRank: -5 Δ pwnScore: -153 Highest rank on any list: 3 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 13
https://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."
94.  Sonic the Hedgehog
1191p
1991 // Platform // Sega Genesis     Δ pwnRank: 1 Δ pwnScore: -47 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 5 Total appearances: 16
https://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."
93.  Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
1192p
2001 // Sports // PlayStation  PC  Dreamcast Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -78 Highest rank on any list: 2 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 8
https://www.youtube.com/embed/-ronOqY7mEw?rel=0
"The best skateboarding game ever and one of the greatest PlayStation games of all time."
92.  The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
1209p
2006 // Action RPG // Xbox 360  PS3  PC Δ pwnRank: -6 Δ pwnScore: -260 Highest rank on any list: 20 Top 25 appearances: 2 Total appearances: 16
https://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
91.  The Secret of Monkey Island
1220p
1990 // Graphic Adventure // PC     Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -146 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 5 Total appearances: 19
https://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."
90.  Planescape: Torment
1242p
1999 // RPG // PC     Δ pwnRank: 17 Δ pwnScore: 150 Highest rank on any list: 8 Top 25 appearances: 5 Total appearances: 13
https://www.youtube.com/embed/iblKGNtpEnE?rel=0
"Yet another astounding title out the doors of the Black Isle factory."
89.  Pokémon Gold and Silver
1252p
2000 // RPG // GBC     Δ pwnRank: -1 Δ pwnScore: -118 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 12
https://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
88.  Halo 3
1344p
2007 // FPS // Xbox 360     Δ pwnRank: -4 Δ pwnScore: -159 Highest rank on any list: 2 Top 25 appearances: 3 Total appearances: 13
https://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."
87.  The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
1355p
2002 // Action RPG // PC  Xbox   Δ pwnRank: -17 Δ pwnScore: -424 Highest rank on any list: 5 Top 25 appearances: 3 Total appearances: 14
https://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."
86.  Pac-Man
1361p
1980 // Maze // Arcade     Δ pwnRank: -1 Δ pwnScore: -125 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 16 Total appearances: 19
https://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."
85.  Space Invaders
1371p
1978 // Shooter // Arcade     Δ pwnRank: -14 Δ pwnScore: -399 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 14 Total appearances: 16
https://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."
84.  Assassin's Creed II
1388p
2009 // Action-Adventure // Xbox 360  PS3   Δ pwnRank: 3 Δ pwnScore: -62 Highest rank on any list: 9 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 21
https://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
83.  Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
1393p
2015 // Action-Adventure Stealth // PC  Xbox One  PS4 Δ pwnRank: -1 Δ pwnScore: -115 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 10
https://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..."
82.  EarthBound
1412p
1995 // RPG // SNES     Δ pwnRank: -5 Δ pwnScore: -198 Highest rank on any list: 16 Top 25 appearances: 3 Total appearances: 14
https://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
81.  Undertale
1417p
2015 // RPG // PC     Δ pwnRank: 19 Δ pwnScore: 213 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 3 Total appearances: 12
https://www.youtube.com/embed/Cv9wv12a77Q?rel=0
"Undertale is one of the best games I’ve ever played. It manages to take a genre that has existed since the earliest days of video games and actually do something new and unique with it..."
80.  Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
1425p
2016 // Action-Adventure // PS4     Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -105 Highest rank on any list: 5 Top 25 appearances: 5 Total appearances: 10
https://www.youtube.com/embed/6cXyQg_5uoc?rel=0
"A remarkable achievement in blockbuster storytelling and graphical beauty..."
-IGN
79.  Batman: Arkham Asylum
1435p
2009 // Action-Adventure // Xbox 360  PS3  PC Δ pwnRank: -3 Δ pwnScore: -175 Highest rank on any list: 5 Top 25 appearances: 3 Total appearances: 21
https://www.youtube.com/embed/njB53b8i6i0?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."
78.  Kingdom Hearts II
1451p
2005 // Action RPG // PS2     Δ pwnRank: 1 Δ pwnScore: -105 Highest rank on any list: 8 Top 25 appearances: 5 Total appearances: 13
https://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."
77.  Persona 5
1455p
2017 // RPG // PS4     Δ pwnRank: 28 Δ pwnScore: 316 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 3 Total appearances: 7
https://www.youtube.com/embed/?rel=0
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76.  Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
1486p
2008 // Stealth // PS3     Δ pwnRank: 5 Δ pwnScore: -27 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 12
https://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."
75.  Kingdom Hearts
1522p
2002 // Action RPG // PS2     Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -179 Highest rank on any list: 10 Top 25 appearances: 2 Total appearances: 16
https://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
74.  BioShock Infinite
1558p
2013 // FPS // Xbox 360  PS3  PC Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -151 Highest rank on any list: 9 Top 25 appearances: 6 Total appearances: 17
https://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."
73.  Final Fantasy X
1566p
2001 // RPG // PS2     Δ pwnRank: -8 Δ pwnScore: -295 Highest rank on any list: 10 Top 25 appearances: 3 Total appearances: 17
https://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."
72.  The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
1642p
2006 // Action-Adventure // Wii  GC   Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -78 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 3 Total appearances: 13
https://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
71.  Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
1654p
2001 // Stealth // PS2     Δ pwnRank: -4 Δ pwnScore: -175 Highest rank on any list: 15 Top 25 appearances: 2 Total appearances: 13
https://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
70.  Overwatch
1726p
2016 // FPS // PC  PS4  Xbox One Δ pwnRank: 3 Δ pwnScore: 16 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 7 Total appearances: 14
https://www.youtube.com/embed/JF2nEfY_Thg?rel=0
"From its characters and lore to its gameplay and aesthetics, Overwatch is one of the most exquisitely polished shooters we’ve ever played, elevating the genre to a strategic team sport that even the Call of Duty-averse can get into."
69.  Ms. Pac-Man
1751p
1982 // Maze // Arcade     Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -57 Highest rank on any list: 5 Top 25 appearances: 9 Total appearances: 13
https://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
68.  Mass Effect
1775p
2007 // Action RPG // Xbox 360     Δ pwnRank: -8 Δ pwnScore: -356 Highest rank on any list: 9 Top 25 appearances: 5 Total appearances: 19
https://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
67.  The Sims
1802p
2000 // Life Simulation // PC     Δ pwnRank: -6 Δ pwnScore: -243 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 11 Total appearances: 21
https://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."
66.  Bloodborne
1808p
2015 // Action RPG // PS4     Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -31 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 5 Total appearances: 13
https://www.youtube.com/embed/X1iKYjVFigM?rel=0
"Bloodborne is a tremendous accomplishment. The latest game from Dark Souls director Hidetaki Miyazaki and his team at From Software, it is both a surprising refinement and reinvention of the Souls formula."
65.  Super Mario Kart
1834p
1992 // Racing // SNES     Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -128 Highest rank on any list: 9 Top 25 appearances: 10 Total appearances: 25
https://www.youtube.com/embed/IU-V4m8V9PQ?rel=0
"20 years ago, Mario appeared in his first true spin-off and created a genre in the process."
64.  Halo 2
1834p
2004 // FPS // Xbox     Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -158 Highest rank on any list: 7 Top 25 appearances: 2 Total appearances: 17
https://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."
63.  Super Mario Odyssey
1870p
2017 // Platform // Switch     Δ pwnRank: 5 Δ pwnScore: 48 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 10
https://www.youtube.com/embed/70pQfAsqVBg?rel=0
"From a plumber to a doctor to a tennis star to, uh, a Goomba, Mario has endured. No, this will not be the last Mario game, but it is almost certain to be lauded as one of his best."
62.  Soulcalibur
1882p
1998 // Fighting // Arcade  Dreamcast   Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: -75 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 5 Total appearances: 10
https://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."
61.  Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
1912p
2000 // RPG // PC     Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -308 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 6 Total appearances: 23
https://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
60.  Persona 4 / Golden
1957p
2008 // RPG // PS2     Δ pwnRank: -6 Δ pwnScore: -393 Highest rank on any list: 10 Top 25 appearances: 5 Total appearances: 20
https://www.youtube.com/embed/EgafGTqrQao?rel=0
"The story hooks you, dungeon crawling makes for a great time, and exploring your relationships while building a better army is the kind of tinkering you can get lose hours to. Persona 4 Golden is perfectly at home on the handheld and should dominate your free time."
-IGN
59.  Red Dead Redemption 2
1963p
2018 // Action-Adventure // Xbox One  PS4   Δ pwnRank: 19 Δ pwnScore: 402 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 6 Total appearances: 7
https://www.youtube.com/embed/wKdcRjpTpFk?rel=0
"Red Dead Redemption 2 stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Grand Theft Auto V... This is a game of rare quality; a meticulously polished open world ode to the outlaw era. Looking for one of this generation’s very best single-player action experiences? Here’s your huckleberry."
-IGN
58.  Diablo II
2009p
2000 // Action RPG // PC     Δ pwnRank: -1 Δ pwnScore: -264 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 11 Total appearances: 27
https://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…"
57.  Silent Hill 2
2019p
2001 // Survival Horror // Xbox  PS2   Δ pwnRank: -1 Δ pwnScore: -276 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 6 Total appearances: 22
https://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
56.  Super Smash Bros. Melee
2086p
2001 // Fighting // GC     Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: -147 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 8 Total appearances: 26
https://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
55.  Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
2090p
2002 // Action-Adventure // PS2     Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -260 Highest rank on any list: 5 Top 25 appearances: 5 Total appearances: 20
https://www.youtube.com/embed/qvJw3HGL4Vg?rel=0
"...GTA: Vice City is still one of the most impressive games of 2002, without a doubt. It's highly recommendable…"
-IGN
54.  God of War (2018)
2091p
2018 // Action-Adventure // PS4     Δ pwnRank: 29 Δ pwnScore: 585 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 7
https://www.youtube.com/embed/x_MtcOznfM4?rel=0
"In crafting a thoughtful fable about a man contending with surpassing his sins to keep them from his child, the new God of War has already transcended its bloody roots."
53.  Grand Theft Auto IV
2212p
2008 // Action-Adventure // PS3  Xbox 360  PC Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -278 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 5 Total appearances: 15
https://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
52.  Super Mario Galaxy 2
2263p
2010 // Platform // Wii     Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -213 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 7 Total appearances: 18
https://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."
51.  Journey
2269p
2012 // Adventure // PS3     Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: -144 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 7 Total appearances: 23
https://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."
50.  Starcraft
2406p
1998 // RTS // PC     Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -231 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 12 Total appearances: 32
https://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. "
49.  Grand Theft Auto III
2556p
2001 // Action-Adventure // PS2     Δ pwnRank: -3 Δ pwnScore: -325 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 21 Total appearances: 28
https://www.youtube.com/embed/DR9dHOvsd90?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."
48.  Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
2595p
2007 // FPS // PC  Xbox 360  PS3 Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -271 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 7 Total appearances: 32
https://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."
47.  Final Fantasy VI
2668p
1994 // RPG // SNES     Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: -194 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 12 Total appearances: 26
https://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."
46.  Super Mario Galaxy
2671p
2007 // Platform // Wii     Δ pwnRank: 1 Δ pwnScore: -196 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 5 Total appearances: 17
https://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…"
45.  The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
2682p
2000 // Action-Adventure // N64     Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -271 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 7 Total appearances: 24
https://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. "
44.  Street Fighter II
2689p
1991 // Fighting // SNES  Arcade   Δ pwnRank: 1 Δ pwnScore: -193 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 19 Total appearances: 27
https://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."
43.  Fallout 3
2722p
2008 // FPS Action-RPG // Xbox 360  PS3  PC Δ pwnRank: -1 Δ pwnScore: -282 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 12 Total appearances: 29
https://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
42.  Batman: Arkham City
2746p
2011 // Action-Adventure // Xbox 360  PS3  PC Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: -167 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 9 Total appearances: 22
https://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."
41.  Deus Ex
2768p
2000 // FPS Action-RPG // PC     Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -514 Highest rank on any list: 6 Top 25 appearances: 9 Total appearances: 30
https://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."
40.  The Legend of Zelda
2866p
1986 // Action-Adventure // NES     Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -410 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 15 Total appearances: 28
https://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."
39.  Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
2971p
1997 // Platform // PlayStation     Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: -63 Highest rank on any list: 4 Top 25 appearances: 6 Total appearances: 25
https://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…"
38.  Half-Life
2973p
1998 // FPS // PC     Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -541 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 16 Total appearances: 35
https://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."
37.  Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
3033p
2004 // Stealth // PS2     Δ pwnRank: 1 Δ pwnScore: -274 Highest rank on any list: 2 Top 25 appearances: 12 Total appearances: 26
https://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."
36.  Portal
3052p
2007 // Puzzle-Platform // PC     Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -561 Highest rank on any list: 3 Top 25 appearances: 18 Total appearances: 31
https://www.youtube.com/embed/qf2FC5GGIRI?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."
35.  Dark Souls
3226p
2011 // Action RPG // PC  PS3  Xbox 360 Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: -278 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 13 Total appearances: 27
https://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."
34.  Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
3242p
2004 // Action-Adventure // PS2     Δ pwnRank: 1 Δ pwnScore: -274 Highest rank on any list: 5 Top 25 appearances: 8 Total appearances: 24
https://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…"
33.  Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
3423p
2003 // RPG // Xbox  PC   Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -445 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 10 Total appearances: 34
https://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
32.  Super Mario Bros.
3584p
1985 // Platform // NES     Δ pwnRank: -6 Δ pwnScore: -611 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 27 Total appearances: 35
https://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."
31.  Minecraft
3588p
2011 // Sandbox // PC    Mobile Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -447 Highest rank on any list: 2 Top 25 appearances: 23 Total appearances: 43
https://www.youtube.com/embed/5oghqTROa7o?rel=0
"What sets Minecraft apart is its scope and sense of unlimited possibility."
30.  Pokémon Red and Blue
3630p
1996 // RPG // GB     Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -425 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 22 Total appearances: 40
https://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."
29.  World of Warcraft
3703p
2004 // MMO // PC     Δ pwnRank: -1 Δ pwnScore: -429 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 29 Total appearances: 44
https://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."
28.  The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
3768p
2002 // Action-Adventure // GC     Δ pwnRank: 4 Δ pwnScore: -215 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 9 Total appearances: 28
https://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
27.  The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
3836p
2015 // Action RPG // PS4  Xbox One  PC Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: -263 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 15 Total appearances: 24
https://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
26.  Metroid Prime
3891p
2002 // Action-Adventure // GC     Δ pwnRank: -1 Δ pwnScore: -438 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 13 Total appearances: 31
https://www.youtube.com/embed/aOyiOkJ4utw?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."
25.  Doom
3935p
1993 // FPS // PC     Δ pwnRank: -1 Δ pwnScore: -426 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 29 Total appearances: 41
https://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."
24.  Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
4065p
2009 // Action-Adventure // PS3     Δ pwnRank: -1 Δ pwnScore: -366 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 22 Total appearances: 36
https://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…"
23.  Super Mario Bros. 3
4103p
1990 // Platform // NES     Δ pwnRank: -1 Δ pwnScore: -387 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 20 Total appearances: 35
https://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."
22.  The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
4106p
2017 // Action-Adventure // Switch  Wii U   Δ pwnRank: 5 Δ pwnScore: -35 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 14 Total appearances: 17
https://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."
21.  Super Metroid
4200p
1994 // Action-Adventure // SNES     Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -414 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 17 Total appearances: 33
https://www.youtube.com/embed/YuujwWl3R0I?rel=0
"Inventive open-ended levels? Check. Epic bosses? Check. Social life? Not so much."
-FHM
20.  Shadow of the Colossus
4207p
2005 // Action-Adventure // PS2     Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -432 Highest rank on any list: 2 Top 25 appearances: 14 Total appearances: 35
https://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…"
19.  GoldenEye 007
4321p
1997 // FPS // N64     Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -395 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 23 Total appearances: 41
https://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. "
18.  Portal 2
4350p
2011 // Puzzle-Platform // PC  PS3  Xbox 360 Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -547 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 22 Total appearances: 41
https://www.youtube.com/embed/w9aG2qU9okk?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
17.  Tetris
4466p
1986 // Puzzle // PC  GB  NES Δ pwnRank: -3 Δ pwnScore: -559 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 36 Total appearances: 46
https://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."
16.  Final Fantasy VII
4477p
1997 // RPG // PlayStation     Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: -410 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 29 Total appearances: 43
https://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."
15.  Halo: Combat Evolved
4479p
2001 // FPS // Xbox     Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: -417 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 24 Total appearances: 38
https://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."
14.  BioShock
4521p
2007 // FPS // Xbox 360  PC   Δ pwnRank: -1 Δ pwnScore: -506 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 21 Total appearances: 39
https://www.youtube.com/embed/J2yPXF0E4zc?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."
13.  Super Mario World
4568p
1990 // Platform // SNES     Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: -337 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 25 Total appearances: 34
https://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. "
12.  Metal Gear Solid
4624p
1998 // Stealth // PlayStation     Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -410 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 26 Total appearances: 43
https://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."
11.  Mass Effect 2
4788p
2010 // Action RPG // Xbox 360  PS3  PC Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -459 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 27 Total appearances: 42
https://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
10.  The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
4952p
1991 // Action-Adventure // SNES     Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -528 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 21 Total appearances: 36
https://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
9.  The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
5159p
2011 // Action RPG // Xbox 360  PS3  PC Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -414 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 30 Total appearances: 47
https://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."
8.  Resident Evil 4
5266p
2005 // Survival Horror // GC  PS2   Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -495 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 18 Total appearances: 39
https://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."
7.  Grand Theft Auto V
5304p
2013 // Action-Adventure // PS3  Xbox 360   Δ pwnRank: 1 Δ pwnScore: -314 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 23 Total appearances: 34
https://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."
6.  Chrono Trigger
5341p
1995 // RPG // SNES     Δ pwnRank: 1 Δ pwnScore: -399 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 24 Total appearances: 36
https://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."
5.  Red Dead Redemption
5433p
2010 // Action-Adventure // Xbox 360  PS3   Δ pwnRank: -1 Δ pwnScore: -701 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 27 Total appearances: 41
https://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
4.  Super Mario 64
5637p
1996 // Platform // N64     Δ pwnRank: -1 Δ pwnScore: -758 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 31 Total appearances: 43
https://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
3.  The Last of Us
5741p
2013 // Action-Adventure // PS3  PS4   Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: -386 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 30 Total appearances: 36
https://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."
2.  Half-Life 2
5911p
2004 // FPS // PC  Xbox 360  PS3 Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -558 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 37 Total appearances: 45
https://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."
1.  The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
7172p
1998 // Action-Adventure // N64     Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -647 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 45 Total appearances: 52
https://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."