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

How do you define greatness? While this is certainly subjective, gamers, critics and industry leaders have been weighing in for decades. With so many best-of-the-best lists and criteria to sift through, how do you make sense of it all? Which games are really the greatest?

That's where pwnRank comes in. Since 2013, we've been diligently aggregating ranking data – currently from 85 lists worldwide - and applying a sensible scoring system to generate the most comprehensive and unbiased list of top video games ever made. Greatness is hard to define, but we know this - you should play these games!

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

v6.1  |  Last Updated: 12/31/2019 | Data from 83 Lists | How it Works

100.  Spelunky
1102p
2009 // Action-Adventure // PC  Virtual Console   Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -11 Highest rank on any list: 5 Top 25 appearances: 3 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."
99.  Undertale
1106p
2015 // RPG // PC     Δ pwnRank: -18 Δ pwnScore: -311 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..."
98.  Planescape: Torment
1111p
1999 // RPG // PC     Δ pwnRank: -8 Δ pwnScore: -130 Highest rank on any list: 10 Top 25 appearances: 5 Total appearances: 12
https://www.youtube.com/embed/iblKGNtpEnE?rel=0
"Yet another astounding title out the doors of the Black Isle factory."
97.  Halo 3
1133p
2007 // FPS // Xbox 360     Δ pwnRank: -9 Δ pwnScore: -211 Highest rank on any list: 2 Top 25 appearances: 2 Total appearances: 11
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."
96.  Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
1134p
2001 // Stealth // PS2     Δ pwnRank: -25 Δ pwnScore: -520 Highest rank on any list: 15 Top 25 appearances: 2 Total appearances: 11
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
95.  The Witness
1141p
2016 // Puzzle // PC  PS4  Xbox One Δ pwnRank: 19 Δ pwnScore: 227 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 3 Total appearances: 5
https://www.youtube.com/embed/xH7nnPnc56Y?rel=0
"It's a beautiful game and knowing that I finished it with minimal help actually does make me feel smarter. It also contains some subtle messages about human potential that I found surprisingly uplifting (when I wasn't pulling my hair out)."
94.  Pokémon Gold and Silver
1146p
2000 // RPG // GBC     Δ pwnRank: -5 Δ pwnScore: -106 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 11
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
93.  Sonic the Hedgehog
1158p
1991 // Platform // Sega Genesis     Δ pwnRank: 1 Δ pwnScore: -33 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 5 Total appearances: 14
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."
92.  Donkey Kong
1166p
1981 // Platform // Arcade     Δ pwnRank: 5 Δ pwnScore: 22 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 7 Total appearances: 15
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."
91.  Shenmue
1173p
2000 // Action RPG // Dreamcast     Δ pwnRank: 4 Δ pwnScore: 0 Highest rank on any list: 3 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 12
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."
90.  Final Fantasy IX
1189p
2000 // RPG // PlayStation     Δ pwnRank: 13 Δ pwnScore: 141 Highest rank on any list: 9 Top 25 appearances: 3 Total appearances: 18
https://www.youtube.com/embed/XrmQXD6Z1Sk?rel=0
"While it manages to only just fall short of greatness, it does so with a level of grace so memorizing, it's hard to believe sometimes. If you still aren't convinced, just play to the final cutscene. That should convince you just fine."
89.  The Secret of Monkey Island
1213p
1990 // Graphic Adventure // PC     Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: -7 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 5 Total appearances: 17
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."
88.  Tomb Raider (1996)
1229p
1996 // Action-Adventure // PC  PlayStation   Δ pwnRank: 20 Δ pwnScore: 266 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 7 Total appearances: 17
https://www.youtube.com/embed/pL25stkOQpw?rel=0
"Peel off the pretty layers, however, and you had a title with brain-busting puzzles, platforming, quick gunplay, plus plot twists and turns."
87.  Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
1281p
2001 // Sports // PlayStation  PC  Dreamcast Δ pwnRank: 6 Δ pwnScore: 89 Highest rank on any list: 2 Top 25 appearances: 5 Total appearances: 10
https://www.youtube.com/embed/-ronOqY7mEw?rel=0
"The best skateboarding game ever and one of the greatest PlayStation games of all time."
86.  BioShock Infinite
1323p
2013 // FPS // Xbox 360  PS3  PC Δ pwnRank: -12 Δ pwnScore: -234 Highest rank on any list: 9 Top 25 appearances: 5 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."
85.  Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
1334p
2008 // Stealth // PS3     Δ pwnRank: -9 Δ pwnScore: -152 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 11
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."
84.  The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
1336p
2006 // Action-Adventure // Wii  GC   Δ pwnRank: -12 Δ pwnScore: -306 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 3 Total appearances: 11
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
83.  Batman: Arkham Asylum
1349p
2009 // Action-Adventure // Xbox 360  PS3  PC Δ pwnRank: -4 Δ pwnScore: -86 Highest rank on any list: 5 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 20
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."
82.  Inside
1361p
2016 // Puzzle-Platform // Xbox One  PS4  PC Δ pwnRank: 27 Δ pwnScore: 400 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 3 Total appearances: 9
https://www.youtube.com/embed/L_z2GpICAXA?rel=0
"Limbo... stands as one of the first great triumphs of console indie games. It was a gorgeous, clever, moody, polished platformer that gushed confidence, boasting a stark black-and-white art style and a haunting, unspoken narrative that left itself open to interpretation. It was fantastic. But Inside is better."
81.  Super Mario Odyssey
1385p
2017 // Platform // Switch     Δ pwnRank: -18 Δ pwnScore: -485 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 9
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."
80.  Fallout: New Vegas
1398p
2010 // FPS Action-RPG // PC  PS3  Xbox 360 Δ pwnRank: 44 Δ pwnScore: 565 Highest rank on any list: 5 Top 25 appearances: 3 Total appearances: 13
https://www.youtube.com/embed/N8XLN1N0vtM?rel=0
"The debate about which 3D Fallout is best has been raging for years, and probably will forever. But for my money, New Vegas is the clear winner... The quests are more entertaining and varied, the characters are stronger, and the faction system makes it a much richer role-playing experience."
79.  Persona 5
1404p
2017 // RPG // PS4     Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -51 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 8
https://www.youtube.com/embed/9tP4UkC6dB0?rel=0
"Persona 5 is a long, loitering tale of disaffected youth desperate for a shift in the status quo — in short, the most millennial game that I’ve ever played."
78.  Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
1408p
2015 // Action-Adventure Stealth // PC  Xbox One  PS4 Δ pwnRank: 5 Δ pwnScore: 15 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..."
77.  Assassin's Creed II
1432p
2009 // Action-Adventure // Xbox 360  PS3   Δ pwnRank: 7 Δ pwnScore: 43 Highest rank on any list: 9 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 20
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
76.  Pac-Man
1435p
1980 // Maze // Arcade     Δ pwnRank: 10 Δ pwnScore: 74 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 15 Total appearances: 18
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."
75.  The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
1463p
2002 // Action RPG // PC  Xbox   Δ pwnRank: 12 Δ pwnScore: 108 Highest rank on any list: 2 Top 25 appearances: 4 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."
74.  Kingdom Hearts II
1483p
2005 // Action RPG // PS2     Δ pwnRank: 4 Δ pwnScore: 32 Highest rank on any list: 5 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 12
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."
73.  EarthBound
1492p
1995 // RPG // SNES     Δ pwnRank: 9 Δ pwnScore: 80 Highest rank on any list: 5 Top 25 appearances: 4 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
72.  Final Fantasy X
1539p
2001 // RPG // PS2     Δ pwnRank: 1 Δ pwnScore: -26 Highest rank on any list: 10 Top 25 appearances: 3 Total appearances: 16
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."
71.  Persona 4 / Golden
1546p
2008 // RPG // PS2     Δ pwnRank: -11 Δ pwnScore: -410 Highest rank on any list: 10 Top 25 appearances: 5 Total appearances: 18
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
70.  Ms. Pac-Man
1604p
1982 // Maze // Arcade     Δ pwnRank: -1 Δ pwnScore: -147 Highest rank on any list: 5 Top 25 appearances: 7 Total appearances: 11
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
69.  Space Invaders
1605p
1978 // Shooter // Arcade     Δ pwnRank: 16 Δ pwnScore: 234 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 14 Total appearances: 15
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."
68.  Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
1685p
2016 // Action-Adventure // PS4     Δ pwnRank: 12 Δ pwnScore: 260 Highest rank on any list: 6 Top 25 appearances: 7 Total appearances: 10
https://www.youtube.com/embed/6cXyQg_5uoc?rel=0
"A remarkable achievement in blockbuster storytelling and graphical beauty..."
-IGN
67.  Mass Effect
1720p
2007 // Action RPG // Xbox 360     Δ pwnRank: 1 Δ pwnScore: -55 Highest rank on any list: 9 Top 25 appearances: 5 Total appearances: 18
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
66.  Soulcalibur
1752p
1998 // Fighting // Arcade  Dreamcast   Δ pwnRank: -4 Δ pwnScore: -129 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 4 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."
65.  Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
1768p
2000 // RPG // PC     Δ pwnRank: -4 Δ pwnScore: -143 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 6 Total appearances: 20
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
64.  Halo 2
1771p
2004 // FPS // Xbox     Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -63 Highest rank on any list: 7 Top 25 appearances: 3 Total appearances: 15
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 Kart
1817p
1992 // Racing // SNES     Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: -16 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 10 Total appearances: 21
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."
62.  The Sims
1852p
2000 // Life Simulation // PC     Δ pwnRank: 5 Δ pwnScore: 49 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 11 Total appearances: 19
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."
61.  Super Smash Bros. Melee
1855p
2001 // Fighting // GC     Δ pwnRank: -5 Δ pwnScore: -231 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 8 Total appearances: 24
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
60.  Grand Theft Auto IV
1865p
2008 // Action-Adventure // PS3  Xbox 360  PC Δ pwnRank: -7 Δ pwnScore: -346 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 11
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
59.  Diablo II
1885p
2000 // Action RPG // PC     Δ pwnRank: -1 Δ pwnScore: -124 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 8 Total appearances: 24
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…"
58.  Overwatch
1888p
2016 // FPS // PC  PS4  Xbox One Δ pwnRank: 12 Δ pwnScore: 162 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 6 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."
57.  Bloodborne
1935p
2015 // Action RPG // PS4     Δ pwnRank: 9 Δ pwnScore: 126 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 5 Total appearances: 15
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."
56.  Red Dead Redemption 2
1953p
2018 // Action-Adventure // Xbox One  PS4   Δ pwnRank: 3 Δ pwnScore: -10 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 7 Total appearances: 9
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
55.  Super Mario Galaxy
1976p
2007 // Platform // Wii     Δ pwnRank: -9 Δ pwnScore: -694 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 15
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…"
54.  Super Mario Galaxy 2
2019p
2010 // Platform // Wii     Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -243 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 6 Total appearances: 17
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."
53.  Journey
2109p
2012 // Adventure // PS3     Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -160 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 7 Total appearances: 22
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."
52.  Silent Hill 2
2133p
2001 // Survival Horror // Xbox  PS2   Δ pwnRank: 5 Δ pwnScore: 114 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 6 Total appearances: 21
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
51.  Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
2168p
2007 // FPS // PC  Xbox 360  PS3 Δ pwnRank: -3 Δ pwnScore: -426 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 5 Total appearances: 27
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."
50.  Starcraft
2177p
1998 // RTS // PC     Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -228 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 9 Total appearances: 27
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: Vice City
2193p
2002 // Action-Adventure // PS2     Δ pwnRank: 6 Δ pwnScore: 102 Highest rank on any list: 5 Top 25 appearances: 7 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
48.  Fallout 3
2255p
2008 // FPS Action-RPG // Xbox 360  PS3  PC Δ pwnRank: -5 Δ pwnScore: -467 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 10 Total appearances: 25
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
47.  Grand Theft Auto III
2264p
2001 // Action-Adventure // PS2     Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: -292 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 20 Total appearances: 24
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."
46.  The Legend of Zelda
2355p
1986 // Action-Adventure // NES     Δ pwnRank: -6 Δ pwnScore: -511 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 12 Total appearances: 22
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."
45.  The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
2398p
2000 // Action-Adventure // N64     Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -284 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 8 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.  Batman: Arkham City
2431p
2011 // Action-Adventure // Xbox 360  PS3  PC Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -315 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 8 Total appearances: 20
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."
43.  God of War (2018)
2538p
2018 // Action-Adventure // PS4     Δ pwnRank: 11 Δ pwnScore: 446 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 6 Total appearances: 10
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."
42.  Final Fantasy VI
2544p
1994 // RPG // SNES     Δ pwnRank: 5 Δ pwnScore: -123 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 11 Total appearances: 23
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."
41.  Half-Life
2744p
1998 // FPS // PC     Δ pwnRank: -3 Δ pwnScore: -228 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 14 Total appearances: 32
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."
40.  Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
2870p
1997 // Platform // PlayStation     Δ pwnRank: -1 Δ pwnScore: -100 Highest rank on any list: 4 Top 25 appearances: 6 Total appearances: 23
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…"
39.  Deus Ex
2917p
2000 // FPS Action-RPG // PC     Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: 149 Highest rank on any list: 6 Top 25 appearances: 9 Total appearances: 28
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."
38.  Portal
2917p
2007 // Puzzle-Platform // PC     Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -134 Highest rank on any list: 3 Top 25 appearances: 16 Total appearances: 29
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."
37.  Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
2992p
2004 // Action-Adventure // PS2     Δ pwnRank: -3 Δ pwnScore: -249 Highest rank on any list: 5 Top 25 appearances: 8 Total appearances: 23
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…"
36.  Street Fighter II
3039p
1991 // Fighting // SNES  Arcade   Δ pwnRank: 8 Δ pwnScore: 349 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 18 Total appearances: 24
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."
35.  Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
3058p
2003 // RPG // Xbox  PC   Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -365 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 8 Total appearances: 30
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
34.  Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
3089p
2004 // Stealth // PS2     Δ pwnRank: 3 Δ pwnScore: 56 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."
33.  Dark Souls
3168p
2011 // Action RPG // PC  PS3  Xbox 360 Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: -57 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."
32.  The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
3268p
2002 // Action-Adventure // GC     Δ pwnRank: -4 Δ pwnScore: -500 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 9 Total appearances: 24
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
31.  Pokémon Red and Blue
3449p
1996 // RPG // GB     Δ pwnRank: -1 Δ pwnScore: -181 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 19 Total appearances: 36
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."
30.  Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
3629p
2009 // Action-Adventure // PS3     Δ pwnRank: -6 Δ pwnScore: -435 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 20 Total appearances: 33
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…"
29.  Super Mario Bros.
3648p
1985 // Platform // NES     Δ pwnRank: 3 Δ pwnScore: 64 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 25 Total appearances: 33
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."
28.  Metroid Prime
3684p
2002 // Action-Adventure // GC     Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -206 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."
27.  World of Warcraft
3764p
2004 // MMO // PC     Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: 60 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 26 Total appearances: 41
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."
26.  Super Metroid
3832p
1994 // Action-Adventure // SNES     Δ pwnRank: -5 Δ pwnScore: -368 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 15 Total appearances: 27
https://www.youtube.com/embed/YuujwWl3R0I?rel=0
"Inventive open-ended levels? Check. Epic bosses? Check. Social life? Not so much."
-FHM
25.  Super Mario Bros. 3
3848p
1990 // Platform // NES     Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -255 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 20 Total appearances: 34
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."
24.  Shadow of the Colossus
4006p
2005 // Action-Adventure // PS2     Δ pwnRank: -4 Δ pwnScore: -201 Highest rank on any list: 2 Top 25 appearances: 14 Total appearances: 33
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…"
23.  The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
4041p
2017 // Action-Adventure // Switch  Wii U   Δ pwnRank: -1 Δ pwnScore: -64 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 16 Total appearances: 18
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."
22.  Minecraft
4044p
2011 // Sandbox // PC    Mobile Δ pwnRank: 9 Δ pwnScore: 455 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 25 Total appearances: 42
https://www.youtube.com/embed/5oghqTROa7o?rel=0
"What sets Minecraft apart is its scope and sense of unlimited possibility."
21.  GoldenEye 007
4061p
1997 // FPS // N64     Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -260 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 22 Total appearances: 38
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. "
20.  Portal 2
4133p
2011 // Puzzle-Platform // PC  PS3  Xbox 360 Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -217 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 24 Total appearances: 40
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
19.  The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
4145p
2015 // Action RPG // PS4  Xbox One  PC Δ pwnRank: 8 Δ pwnScore: 309 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 17 Total appearances: 27
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
18.  BioShock
4161p
2007 // FPS // Xbox 360  PC   Δ pwnRank: -4 Δ pwnScore: -359 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 20 Total appearances: 36
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."
17.  Doom
4180p
1993 // FPS // PC     Δ pwnRank: 8 Δ pwnScore: 245 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 27 Total appearances: 39
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."
16.  Metal Gear Solid
4316p
1998 // Stealth // PlayStation     Δ pwnRank: -4 Δ pwnScore: -308 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 26 Total appearances: 41
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."
15.  Final Fantasy VII
4316p
1997 // RPG // PlayStation     Δ pwnRank: 1 Δ pwnScore: -161 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 28 Total appearances: 39
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."
14.  Halo: Combat Evolved
4376p
2001 // FPS // Xbox     Δ pwnRank: 1 Δ pwnScore: -102 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 23 Total appearances: 36
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."
13.  Mass Effect 2
4580p
2010 // Action RPG // Xbox 360  PS3  PC Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -208 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 26 Total appearances: 40
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
12.  Tetris
4593p
1986 // Puzzle // PC  GB  NES Δ pwnRank: 5 Δ pwnScore: 126 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 34 Total appearances: 43
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."
11.  Resident Evil 4
4837p
2005 // Survival Horror // GC  PS2   Δ pwnRank: -3 Δ pwnScore: -428 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 16 Total appearances: 36
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."
10.  Super Mario World
4901p
1990 // Platform // SNES     Δ pwnRank: 3 Δ pwnScore: 333 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 26 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. "
9.  Chrono Trigger
4957p
1995 // RPG // SNES     Δ pwnRank: -3 Δ pwnScore: -383 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 23 Total appearances: 33
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."
8.  The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
4958p
1991 // Action-Adventure // SNES     Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: 5 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 20 Total appearances: 33
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
7.  The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
5151p
2011 // Action RPG // Xbox 360  PS3  PC Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: -8 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 29 Total appearances: 46
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."
6.  Super Mario 64
5253p
1996 // Platform // N64     Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -383 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 30 Total appearances: 40
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
5.  Red Dead Redemption
5295p
2010 // Action-Adventure // Xbox 360  PS3   Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -137 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 27 Total appearances: 39
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.  Grand Theft Auto V
5625p
2013 // Action-Adventure // PS3  Xbox 360   Δ pwnRank: 3 Δ pwnScore: 320 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 25 Total appearances: 37
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."
3.  The Last of Us
5772p
2013 // Action-Adventure // PS3  PS4   Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: 31 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 32 Total appearances: 40
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
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2004 // FPS // PC  Xbox 360  PS3 Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -99 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 35 Total appearances: 44
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
6582p
1998 // Action-Adventure // N64     Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -590 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 41 Total appearances: 47
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."