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...

v7.0  |  Last Updated: 8/31/2020 | Data from 86 Lists | How it Works

100.  Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
1068p
2019 // Action-Adventure // PC  PS4  Xbox One Δ pwnRank: 27 Δ pwnScore: 274 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 5
https://www.youtube.com/embed/Od5A36FudD4?rel=0
"...the shinobi fantasy is powerfully realised in every savage deathblow and perfectly timed parry. If you're up for the challenge, Sekiro will reward your patience with some of the most spectacular, nerve-wracking duelling on PC."
99.  Final Fantasy IX
1078p
2000 // RPG // PlayStation     Δ pwnRank: -9 Δ pwnScore: -111 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."
98.  The Witness
1081p
2016 // Puzzle // PC  PS4  Xbox One Δ pwnRank: -3 Δ pwnScore: -60 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 3 Total appearances: 6
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)."
97.  Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
1086p
2001 // Stealth // PS2     Δ pwnRank: -1 Δ pwnScore: -48 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
96.  Tomb Raider (1996)
1119p
1996 // Action-Adventure // PC  PlayStation   Δ pwnRank: -8 Δ pwnScore: -109 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 7 Total appearances: 19
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."
95.  Planescape: Torment
1125p
1999 // RPG // PC     Δ pwnRank: 3 Δ pwnScore: 13 Highest rank on any list: 9 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 13
https://www.youtube.com/embed/iblKGNtpEnE?rel=0
"Yet another astounding title out the doors of the Black Isle factory."
94.  Fallout 2
1157p
1998 // RPG // PC     Δ pwnRank: 11 Δ pwnScore: 148 Highest rank on any list: 16 Top 25 appearances: 3 Total appearances: 9
https://www.youtube.com/embed/78L3zYpg1pM?rel=0
"It's pretty hard not to have fondness for a game that gives you experience points for activities as diverse as playing chess against a mutated scorpion, suffocating a mob boss, fixing a two-headed cow's leg, and slicing a Tom Cruise doppelganger in half with your trusty laser rifle."
93.  Kingdom Hearts
1188p
2002 // Action RPG // PS2     Δ pwnRank: 9 Δ pwnScore: 123 Highest rank on any list: 10 Top 25 appearances: 2 Total appearances: 15
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
92.  Okami
1203p
2006 // Action-Adventure // PS2     Δ pwnRank: 14 Δ pwnScore: 199 Highest rank on any list: 17 Top 25 appearances: 2 Total appearances: 17
https://www.youtube.com/embed/oVf2rMILU0M?rel=0
"Okami was without doubt one of the PlayStation 2’s finest hours."
-IGN
91.  Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
1206p
2001 // Sports // PlayStation  PC  Dreamcast Δ pwnRank: -4 Δ pwnScore: -75 Highest rank on any list: 2 Top 25 appearances: 5 Total appearances: 11
https://www.youtube.com/embed/-ronOqY7mEw?rel=0
"The best skateboarding game ever and one of the greatest PlayStation games of all time."
90.  Donkey Kong
1206p
1981 // Platform // Arcade     Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: 40 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 8 Total appearances: 16
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."
89.  The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
1218p
2006 // Action-Adventure // Wii  GC   Δ pwnRank: -5 Δ pwnScore: -117 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
88.  Shenmue
1238p
2000 // Action RPG // Dreamcast     Δ pwnRank: 3 Δ pwnScore: 65 Highest rank on any list: 3 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 14
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."
87.  Inside
1243p
2016 // Puzzle-Platform // Xbox One  PS4  PC Δ pwnRank: -5 Δ pwnScore: -117 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."
86.  The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
1244p
2002 // Action RPG // PC  Xbox   Δ pwnRank: -11 Δ pwnScore: -219 Highest rank on any list: 2 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 13
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."
85.  Batman: Arkham Asylum
1244p
2009 // Action-Adventure // Xbox 360  PS3  PC Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -104 Highest rank on any list: 5 Top 25 appearances: 5 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."
84.  The Secret of Monkey Island
1259p
1990 // Graphic Adventure // PC     Δ pwnRank: 5 Δ pwnScore: 46 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 7 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."
83.  Fallout: New Vegas
1276p
2010 // FPS Action-RPG // PC  PS3  Xbox 360 Δ pwnRank: -3 Δ pwnScore: -121 Highest rank on any list: 5 Top 25 appearances: 4 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."
82.  Undertale
1277p
2015 // RPG // PC     Δ pwnRank: 17 Δ pwnScore: 170 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 3 Total appearances: 13
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..."
81.  Assassin's Creed II
1294p
2009 // Action-Adventure // Xbox 360  PS3   Δ pwnRank: -4 Δ pwnScore: -138 Highest rank on any list: 9 Top 25 appearances: 5 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
80.  Persona 4 / Golden
1335p
2008 // RPG // PS2     Δ pwnRank: -9 Δ pwnScore: -211 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
79.  Final Fantasy X
1365p
2001 // RPG // PS2     Δ pwnRank: -7 Δ pwnScore: -174 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."
78.  Space Invaders
1373p
1978 // Shooter // Arcade     Δ pwnRank: -9 Δ pwnScore: -232 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."
77.  Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
1406p
2008 // Stealth // PS3     Δ pwnRank: 8 Δ pwnScore: 72 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."
76.  Kingdom Hearts II
1424p
2005 // Action RPG // PS2     Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -58 Highest rank on any list: 5 Top 25 appearances: 5 Total appearances: 11
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."
75.  EarthBound
1433p
1995 // RPG // SNES     Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -59 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
74.  Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
1478p
2015 // Action-Adventure Stealth // PC  Xbox One  PS4 Δ pwnRank: 4 Δ pwnScore: 69 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 11
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..."
73.  Pac-Man
1483p
1980 // Maze // Arcade     Δ pwnRank: 3 Δ pwnScore: 47 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."
72.  Ms. Pac-Man
1486p
1982 // Maze // Arcade     Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -117 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
71.  BioShock Infinite
1546p
2013 // FPS // Xbox 360  PS3  PC Δ pwnRank: 15 Δ pwnScore: 223 Highest rank on any list: 9 Top 25 appearances: 7 Total appearances: 19
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."
70.  The Sims
1604p
2000 // Life Simulation // PC     Δ pwnRank: -8 Δ pwnScore: -247 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 12 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."
69.  Super Mario Kart
1609p
1992 // Racing // SNES     Δ pwnRank: -6 Δ pwnScore: -208 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 10 Total appearances: 22
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."
68.  Halo 2
1612p
2004 // FPS // Xbox     Δ pwnRank: -4 Δ pwnScore: -159 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."
67.  Super Mario Odyssey
1641p
2017 // Platform // Switch     Δ pwnRank: 14 Δ pwnScore: 256 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."
66.  Mass Effect
1658p
2007 // Action RPG // Xbox 360     Δ pwnRank: 1 Δ pwnScore: -62 Highest rank on any list: 9 Top 25 appearances: 6 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
65.  Soulcalibur
1701p
1998 // Fighting // Arcade  Dreamcast   Δ pwnRank: 1 Δ pwnScore: -50 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."
64.  Grand Theft Auto IV
1742p
2008 // Action-Adventure // PS3  Xbox 360  PC Δ pwnRank: -4 Δ pwnScore: -123 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 10
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
63.  Super Smash Bros. Melee
1755p
2001 // Fighting // GC     Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -99 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
62.  Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
1793p
2000 // RPG // PC     Δ pwnRank: 3 Δ pwnScore: 24 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 5 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
61.  Diablo II
1795p
2000 // Action RPG // PC     Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -89 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 9 Total appearances: 26
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…"
60.  Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
1805p
2016 // Action-Adventure // PS4     Δ pwnRank: 8 Δ pwnScore: 120 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
59.  Starcraft
1857p
1998 // RTS // PC     Δ pwnRank: -9 Δ pwnScore: -320 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. "
58.  Super Mario Galaxy
1883p
2007 // Platform // Wii     Δ pwnRank: -3 Δ pwnScore: -93 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 5 Total appearances: 16
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…"
57.  Journey
1951p
2012 // Adventure // PS3     Δ pwnRank: -4 Δ pwnScore: -157 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."
56.  Grand Theft Auto III
1952p
2001 // Action-Adventure // PS2     Δ pwnRank: -9 Δ pwnScore: -311 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 20 Total appearances: 23
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."
55.  Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
1972p
2007 // FPS // PC  Xbox 360  PS3 Δ pwnRank: -4 Δ pwnScore: -196 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 6 Total appearances: 29
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."
54.  Bloodborne
1984p
2015 // Action RPG // PS4     Δ pwnRank: 3 Δ pwnScore: 49 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 5 Total appearances: 16
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."
53.  The Legend of Zelda
2043p
1986 // Action-Adventure // NES     Δ pwnRank: -7 Δ pwnScore: -312 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."
52.  Super Mario Galaxy 2
2043p
2010 // Platform // Wii     Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: 23 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 6 Total appearances: 18
https://www.youtube.com/embed/Yat9LvFtixs?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.  Persona 5
2063p
2017 // RPG // PS4     Δ pwnRank: 28 Δ pwnScore: 659 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 4 Total appearances: 9
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."
50.  Fallout 3
2091p
2008 // FPS Action-RPG // Xbox 360  PS3  PC Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -164 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 9 Total appearances: 24
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
49.  Red Dead Redemption 2
2247p
2018 // Action-Adventure // Xbox One  PS4   Δ pwnRank: 7 Δ pwnScore: 294 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 9 Total appearances: 11
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
48.  Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
2250p
2002 // Action-Adventure // PS2     Δ pwnRank: 1 Δ pwnScore: 57 Highest rank on any list: 5 Top 25 appearances: 7 Total appearances: 21
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
47.  Overwatch
2265p
2016 // FPS // PC  PS4  Xbox One Δ pwnRank: 11 Δ pwnScore: 376 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 8 Total appearances: 17
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."
46.  Silent Hill 2
2271p
2001 // Survival Horror // Xbox  PS2   Δ pwnRank: 6 Δ pwnScore: 138 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 7 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
45.  Final Fantasy VI
2307p
1994 // RPG // SNES     Δ pwnRank: -3 Δ pwnScore: -237 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 11 Total appearances: 22
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."
44.  Half-Life
2404p
1998 // FPS // PC     Δ pwnRank: -3 Δ pwnScore: -339 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 15 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."
43.  Batman: Arkham City
2407p
2011 // Action-Adventure // Xbox 360  PS3  PC Δ pwnRank: 1 Δ pwnScore: -24 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 8 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."
42.  The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
2423p
2000 // Action-Adventure // N64     Δ pwnRank: 3 Δ pwnScore: 24 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 9 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. "
41.  Portal
2556p
2007 // Puzzle-Platform // PC     Δ pwnRank: -3 Δ pwnScore: -361 Highest rank on any list: 3 Top 25 appearances: 16 Total appearances: 30
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."
40.  God of War (2018)
2722p
2018 // Action-Adventure // PS4     Δ pwnRank: 3 Δ pwnScore: 184 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 7 Total appearances: 11
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."
39.  Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
2735p
1997 // Platform // PlayStation     Δ pwnRank: 1 Δ pwnScore: -135 Highest rank on any list: 4 Top 25 appearances: 7 Total appearances: 24
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.  Deus Ex
2758p
2000 // FPS Action-RPG // PC     Δ pwnRank: 1 Δ pwnScore: -159 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."
37.  Street Fighter II
2783p
1991 // Fighting // SNES  Arcade   Δ pwnRank: -1 Δ pwnScore: -255 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 19 Total appearances: 25
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."
36.  Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
2828p
2003 // RPG // Xbox  PC   Δ pwnRank: -1 Δ pwnScore: -229 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 8 Total appearances: 31
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
35.  Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
2909p
2004 // Action-Adventure // PS2     Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: -83 Highest rank on any list: 5 Top 25 appearances: 9 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…"
34.  Pokémon Red and Blue
2970p
1996 // RPG // GB     Δ pwnRank: -3 Δ pwnScore: -479 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."
33.  Dark Souls
2997p
2011 // Action RPG // PC  PS3  Xbox 360 Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -170 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 14 Total appearances: 30
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
3058p
2002 // Action-Adventure // GC     Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -209 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.  Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
3092p
2004 // Stealth // PS2     Δ pwnRank: 3 Δ pwnScore: 2 Highest rank on any list: 2 Top 25 appearances: 12 Total appearances: 27
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."
30.  Super Mario Bros.
3188p
1985 // Platform // NES     Δ pwnRank: -1 Δ pwnScore: -460 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 25 Total appearances: 34
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."
29.  World of Warcraft
3373p
2004 // MMO // PC     Δ pwnRank: -2 Δ pwnScore: -391 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 27 Total appearances: 43
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.  Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
3414p
2009 // Action-Adventure // PS3     Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: -215 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 20 Total appearances: 34
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…"
27.  Metroid Prime
3477p
2002 // Action-Adventure // GC     Δ pwnRank: 1 Δ pwnScore: -207 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."
26.  GoldenEye 007
3511p
1997 // FPS // N64     Δ pwnRank: -5 Δ pwnScore: -550 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 21 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. "
25.  Super Metroid
3523p
1994 // Action-Adventure // SNES     Δ pwnRank: 1 Δ pwnScore: -308 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 15 Total appearances: 28
https://www.youtube.com/embed/YuujwWl3R0I?rel=0
"Inventive open-ended levels? Check. Epic bosses? Check. Social life? Not so much."
-FHM
24.  Doom
3668p
1993 // FPS // PC     Δ pwnRank: -7 Δ pwnScore: -511 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 29 Total appearances: 40
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."
23.  Super Mario Bros. 3
3689p
1990 // Platform // NES     Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: -159 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 19 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."
22.  Minecraft
3722p
2011 // Sandbox // PC    Mobile Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -321 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 28 Total appearances: 45
https://www.youtube.com/embed/5oghqTROa7o?rel=0
"What sets Minecraft apart is its scope and sense of unlimited possibility."
21.  BioShock
3847p
2007 // FPS // Xbox 360  PC   Δ pwnRank: -3 Δ pwnScore: -313 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 19 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."
20.  Shadow of the Colossus
3852p
2005 // Action-Adventure // PS2     Δ pwnRank: 4 Δ pwnScore: -153 Highest rank on any list: 2 Top 25 appearances: 13 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.  Metal Gear Solid
3869p
1998 // Stealth // PlayStation     Δ pwnRank: -3 Δ pwnScore: -446 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."
18.  Final Fantasy VII
3915p
1997 // RPG // PlayStation     Δ pwnRank: -3 Δ pwnScore: -400 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 27 Total appearances: 40
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."
17.  Halo: Combat Evolved
4032p
2001 // FPS // Xbox     Δ pwnRank: -3 Δ pwnScore: -344 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 26 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."
16.  The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
4150p
2017 // Action-Adventure // Switch  Wii U   Δ pwnRank: 7 Δ pwnScore: 108 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 17 Total appearances: 19
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."
15.  Portal 2
4220p
2011 // Puzzle-Platform // PC  PS3  Xbox 360 Δ pwnRank: 5 Δ pwnScore: 86 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 26 Total appearances: 42
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
14.  The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
4256p
2015 // Action RPG // PS4  Xbox One  PC Δ pwnRank: 5 Δ pwnScore: 110 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 20 Total appearances: 30
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
13.  Tetris
4258p
1986 // Puzzle // PC  GB  NES Δ pwnRank: -1 Δ pwnScore: -335 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 35 Total appearances: 44
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."
12.  Mass Effect 2
4482p
2010 // Action RPG // Xbox 360  PS3  PC Δ pwnRank: 1 Δ pwnScore: -98 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 26 Total appearances: 41
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
11.  The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
4510p
1991 // Action-Adventure // SNES     Δ pwnRank: -3 Δ pwnScore: -448 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 19 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
10.  Resident Evil 4
4591p
2005 // Survival Horror // GC  PS2   Δ pwnRank: 1 Δ pwnScore: -246 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 16 Total appearances: 37
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."
9.  Super Mario 64
4639p
1996 // Platform // N64     Δ pwnRank: -3 Δ pwnScore: -614 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
8.  Super Mario World
4722p
1990 // Platform // SNES     Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: -179 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 26 Total appearances: 35
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. "
7.  Chrono Trigger
4802p
1995 // RPG // SNES     Δ pwnRank: 2 Δ pwnScore: -155 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 22 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."
6.  The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
4994p
2011 // Action RPG // Xbox 360  PS3  PC Δ pwnRank: 1 Δ pwnScore: -157 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 28 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."
5.  Red Dead Redemption
5068p
2010 // Action-Adventure // Xbox 360  PS3   Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -227 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 28 Total appearances: 40
https://www.youtube.com/embed/19N75TL1dHU?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
5480p
2013 // Action-Adventure // PS3  Xbox 360   Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -145 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 26 Total appearances: 38
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
5536p
2013 // Action-Adventure // PS3  PS4   Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -236 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
5681p
2004 // FPS // PC  Xbox 360  PS3 Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -130 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 35 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
6291p
1998 // Action-Adventure // N64     Δ pwnRank: 0 Δ pwnScore: -291 Highest rank on any list: 1 Top 25 appearances: 42 Total appearances: 49
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."