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The 50 best video games of all time

Best 50 Games of All Time
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Trying to pick the best video games of all time is a task defined by one word: hubris.

How could anyone possibly create a definitive list of gaming’s greatest accomplishments when there’s such a wildly large variety of games to choose from? That’s a question we asked ourselves over and over when deciding to put together our own top 50 list. It was the kind of task we could slice up hundreds of ways, coming out with completely different lists every single time based on our preferred methodology. That’s a testament to the rich history of games, which offer countless diverse experiences worthy of praise.

So it may seem silly to try and distill that rich landscape down to a short list. While we may have agreed when initially embarking on this ambitious project, the months of debates among the Digital Trends team have proved to be more valuable than we could have ever imagined. Construction of a list like this gave us the chance to determine what we value most in the games we love, forcing us to more closely examine our personal favorites and enduring classics. That led to long conversations where each writer involved got a chance to gush about the titles they love. It was an exchange of passion that reaffirmed our collective love of the medium we cover.

Now, we’re excited to pass those warm feelings along to our readers in a list that captures that spirit. The 50 games we ended up agreeing upon span decades, from some of gaming’s earliest hits to a 2020 indie that stands toe-to-toe with foundational classics. Not every game included may play perfectly by today’s standards, but we firmly believe that every single one of them still has something special to offer today. Whether that’s giving you a deeper understanding of how a genre formed or presenting the kind of jaw-dropping spectacle that captures the medium’s endless potential, these are the games that still resonate with us in an ever-expanding universe of interactive experiences.

The 10 Best Games of All Time

So indulge us in our hubris and follow along with our picks for the 50 best video games of all time. You might disagree (we hope you do, in fact), but our wish is that you’ll leave with a better understanding of what we love about video games. ~ Giovanni Colantonio, Gaming Section Editor

50. Fire Emblem: Awakening

50. Fire Emblem: Awakening
86%
T
Platforms
Nintendo 3DS
Genre
Role-playing (RPG), Strategy, Adventure
Developer
Intelligent Systems Co., Ltd., Nintendo SPD Production Group No. 2, Intelligent Systems
Publisher
Nintendo
Release
April 19, 2012
Fire Emblem Awakening not only turned a niche Nintendo series into a global hit, but it single-handedly ushered in a new era for strategy games in general. This turn-based tactics game put the focus back on characters and story, telling an exciting fantasy tale that included heroes from multiple generations, including now-iconic ones like Chrom and Lucina. It made a typically hard to get into genre feel approachable again, and now stands as one of the best strategy games ever made and one of the handheld gaming era’s best titles period. ~ Tomas Franzese
[Minna no NC] Fire Emblem: Awakening - Overview Trailer

49. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

49. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
76%
T
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre
Fighting
Developer
Eighting, Capcom
Publisher
Capcom
Release
November 15, 2011
Those looking for a traditional fighting game to play can’t do much better than Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. This game not only excels thanks to its beautiful comic book style and diverse cast of characters from Marvel Comics and Capcom video games, but it offers a surprisingly deep fighting experience as well. Faster-paced than many of its counterparts, one can lose hours learning the best combos of every character, as well as the best team compositions for the game’s 3-on-3 battles. Whether someone is a casual fighting game fan or loves to master any game in that genre that they play, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is universally appealing in a way many fighting games aren’t. ~ Tomas Franzese
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 returns!

48. Amnesia: The Dark Descent

48. Amnesia: The Dark Descent
78%
M
Platforms
Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre
Puzzle, Adventure, Indie
Developer
Frictional Games
Publisher
Frictional Games
Release
September 08, 2010
There’s nothing scarier than darkness, and Amnesia: The Dark Descent is, well, dark both physically and narratively. It might be one of the most purposefully grim games ever made, but it’s all in service of creating a scenario that feels oppressive and insurmountable. And it’s all the better for it. Some horror fans claim that Amnesia: The Dark Descent is one of the scariest games ever made, and while that’s subjective, it might be close to true. There’s no denying that it works hard to keep you feeling frantic as you use any light source you can find to escape a cultish, gothic castle. Just try to stay alive, especially in the water level. ~ Carli Velocci
Amnesia: The Dark Descent - Trailer

47. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2

47. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
86%
E
Platforms
Nintendo 64, PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation, Xbox, Mac, Dreamcast, iOS
Genre
Sport
Developer
Westlake Interactive, Neversoft Entertainment
Publisher
Aspyr Media, Activision
Release
September 20, 2000
The sports genre can be a tough one to crack, but Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 kickflipped over that challenge with finesse. Rather than replicating the real art of skateboarding, developer Neversoft found a perfect marriage between sports simulation and approachable arcade fun in the beloved sequel. It’s a larger-than-life skating game that does an incredible job at bottling up the energy of an entire era of 1990s youth counterculture. That doesn’t just make it an excellent sports game, but a valuable time capsule that’s as riotous as its soundtrack’s punk rock anthems. ~ Giovanni Colantonio
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 - PS1 Intro

46. Yakuza: Like a Dragon

46. Yakuza: Like a Dragon
88%
M
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Role-playing (RPG), Turn-based strategy (TBS), Adventure
Developer
Ryū Ga Gotoku Studios
Publisher
Sega
Release
January 16, 2020
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is on this list because of one man: Ichiban Kasuga. This RPG soft reboot of the long-running Yakuza franchise not only delivers the series’ trademark drama and humor, but does so with a main character that you can’t help but adore due to his well-natured spirit. Kasuga is one of the best video game protagonists ever crafted, and he’s the perfect hero to explore a unique RPG that takes advantage of its contemporary setting with wacky gameplay scenarios and character classes that you don’t typically find in this genre. Make Ichiban happy and check out Yakuza: Like a Dragon. ~ Tomas Franzese
PS4専用ソフト『龍が如く7 光と闇の行方』ティザートレイラー

45. Sid Meier's Civilization V

45. Sid Meier's Civilization V
86%
E10
Platforms
Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac
Genre
Simulator, Strategy, Turn-based strategy (TBS)
Developer
Firaxis Games
Publisher
2K Games, Aspyr Media, Mastertronic
Release
September 21, 2010
Pick any game from the storied Civilization franchise, and you’ll be experiencing the crown jewel of the 4X strategy genre. We’re highlighting Civilization V, though, because it perfected the winning formula the franchise introduced in 1991. It’s a dense, systems-focused strategy game that never feels that way. Instead, Civilization V slowly reveals how complex it is, allowing any player to experience a genre that, by design, has an extremely high barrier to entry. ~ Jacob Roach
Sid Meier's Civilization® V Trailer

44. NieR: Automata

44. NieR: Automata
91%
M
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4
Genre
Role-playing (RPG), Hack and slash/Beat 'em up
Developer
PlatinumGames
Publisher
Square Enix
Release
February 23, 2017
There are plenty of incredible gameplay twists that I’m happy to share when convincing a friend to give NieR: Automata a shot, as I paint a picture of PlatinumGames’ haunting, beautiful, and totally wild sci-fi action epic. However, I still refuse to talk about my favorite moment. A moving game about sacrifice, Nier: Automata’s conclusion remains one of gaming’s finest accomplishments, and makes one think about how the decisions we make in a game can communicate something greater. There’s a moving, life-affirming moment at the end of the long, twisty journey, and you simply need to see it through yourself to understand its impact. ~ Giovanni Colantonio
NieR - E3 2015 Trailer (Official)

43. Papers, Please

43. Papers, Please
82%
M
Platforms
Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, Android, iOS, PlayStation Vita
Genre
Point-and-click, Simulator, Indie
Developer
Lucas Pope
Publisher
3909
Release
August 08, 2013
Any game that can tie gameplay and narrative closely together is bound to leave an impact, and indie game Papers, Please is one of the best examples of this. Lucas Pope’s unique deduction game follows a border security guard as he checks the papers of people crossing over the border into a country rife with political conflict. It raises lots of moral questions, as players must weigh the benefits and punishments of letting someone with faulty paperwork cross the border. It’s a politically charged experience that leaves players thinking about their actions years after they beat the game, making it a must-play indie darling. ~ Tomas Franzese 
Papers, Please - Trailer

42. Left 4 Dead 2

42. Left 4 Dead 2
82%
M
Platforms
Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox 360, Mac
Genre
Shooter
Developer
Valve, Turtle Rock Studios
Publisher
Valve
Release
November 17, 2009
It’s rare that a game can define an entire genre or create one of its own, but Left 4 Dead is one of the precious few. PvE isn’t a particularly novel idea, but creating multiple interconnected levels that you can either play solo with AI or with friends while blasting your way through hundreds of zombies is a winning formula. Left 4 Dead 2 perfected the idea, fleshing out what it means to barrel through zombie hordes with the introduction of “special” infected, a concept that’s been co-opted for just about every zombie or monster shooter since. It not only forces you to change up your strategy as you go, but it creates a sense of surprise that truly never gets old, even over a decade later. There have been many spiritual successors since, but Valve got it right in 2009. ~ Carli Velocci
Left 4 Dead 2 Trailer Cinematic Video

41. Final Fantasy VI

41. Final Fantasy VI
90%
T
Platforms
Wii, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Super Famicom
Genre
Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer
Square
Publisher
Square Enix, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Square
Release
April 02, 1994
You could argue that any number of Final Fantasy games should be on this list (and trust me, we did too), but there’s something undeniable about Final Fantasy VI. The SNES RPG is operatic in tone and scale, telling a dense political tale about a military dictatorship that’s enslaving magic users and harvesting their powers to fuel its weapons. The dramatic setup gives the long-running series one of its most enthralling narratives, as well as some of gaming’s fiercest political commentaries. ~ Giovanni Colantonio
Final Fantasy VI-Trailer

40. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

40. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
85%
M
Platforms
Wii, PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Mac, Nintendo DS
Genre
Shooter, Simulator
Developer
Infinity Ward, n-Space, Treyarch
Publisher
Activision
Release
November 05, 2007
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare earns the honor of top COD installment for bringing the series out of World War II and into the modern age. Instead of storming the beaches of Normandy again, players got to ditch the history lesson and instead navigate fictional civil wars and fight terrorist organizations in Russia and the Middle East. Modern military-entertainment complex aside, this was a huge leap for the franchise that ushered in a new era of shooters with creative takes on worldwide warfare. On top of that, this entry’s contribution to COD’s multiplayer scene is unrivaled. Players went from firing the M1 Garand and using bayonets in predecessors to sending attack helicopters and nuclear bombs to their enemies’ coordinates with the introduction of killstreaks. It’s a defining shooter that even Call of Duty itself is still chasing after. ~ Sam Hill
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Trailer

39. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

39. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
89%
T
Platforms
PlayStation 3
Genre
Shooter, Platform, Adventure
Developer
Naughty Dog
Publisher
Sony Computer Entertainment
Release
October 13, 2009
Well before Naughty Dog would replicate the tone of prestige TV with The Last of Us, it would beat summer action flicks at their own game with Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Nathan Drake’s second adventure is one of gaming’s most thrilling blockbusters, delivering a collection of expertly crafted set pieces that few of its peers have topped. Its opening sequence, where Drake climbs up the interior of a train dangling on a cliff, is the kind of tense action scene Hollywood executives dream of. It marks the moment in history when games truly positioned themselves as a primary entertainment spectacle alongside big-budget movies. ~ Giovanni Colantonio
UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves - E3 2009 Trailer (HD)

38. Diablo II

38. Diablo II
88%
M
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac
Genre
Role-playing (RPG), Hack and slash/Beat 'em up
Developer
Blizzard North
Publisher
Blizzard Entertainment
Release
June 29, 2000
There aren’t many games that are 21 years old that we’re still talking about, but Diablo 2 has that kind of staying power. It carried the dense, foreboding atmosphere and addictive isometric combat of the first game, but the sequel perfected the endless gameplay loop that has kept players hooked for two decades. Even today, you’ll find multiplayer lobbies looking for players to farm loot for characters that hit the level cap years ago. It’s hard to recommend playing the original release today, even though the servers are still up, so newcomers are better off investing in its excellent modern remake, Diablo 2: Resurrected. ~ Jacob Roach
Diablo 2 trailer

37. Disco Elysium

37. Disco Elysium
96%
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac
Genre
Role-playing (RPG), Turn-based strategy (TBS), Adventure
Developer
ZA/UM
Publisher
ZA/UM
Release
October 15, 2019
Disco Elysium starts off basic enough. You’re a detective, there’s a dead body, and you have to figure out who committed murder. But that goes out the door very quickly. For starters, your detective has total amnesia after a particularly terrible bender and he’s missing pants. The city is also embroiled in class and political warfare that you have to navigate. And, if you choose, you can investigate the existence of cryptids. This is a packed game filled with memorable characters, intense theoretical discussions, and darkly comedic moments. While it takes inspiration from choice-driven narrative games of yore, it creates a unique space all its own. And it’ll inspire story games for years to come. ~ Carli Velocci
DISCO ELYSIUM - Title Trailer (Official)

36. Celeste

36. Celeste
88%
E10
Platforms
Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia
Genre
Platform, Adventure, Indie
Developer
Extremely OK Games
Publisher
Maddy Makes Games
Release
January 25, 2018
Punishing platformers are a dime a dozen, but none of them manage to reach the heights of Celeste. The 2D indie features some of the most satisfying controls and movement of any platformer ever made, but it’s how Celeste deeply marries its difficult gameplay to its narrative themes that makes it such a satisfying experience. It tells a fairly straightforward story about climbing out of depression, but the harmony between narrative and the challenging platforming brings an experience that’s impossible to replicate. ~ Jacob Roach
Exclusive: 10 Minutes of CELESTE Gameplay — TOWERFALL Creators' Next Game!

35. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

35. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
87%
E10
Platforms
Nintendo Switch
Genre
Fighting, Platform
Developer
Sora, Bandai Namco Studios
Publisher
Nintendo
Release
December 07, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s tagline is “Everyone is Here!” and that mantra defines almost every aspect of the game. From Mario to Metal Gear’s Solid Snake to Kingdom Hearts’ Sora, 89 different characters are faithfully represented in this easy-to-learn-but-hard-to-master fighting game. It’s a celebration of gaming in its purest form, not only serving as a crash course of who’s who in the gaming world, but also as a way for people to get into series they might not have heard about. A variety of enjoyable modes mean Super Smash Bros. Ultimate works well as a single-player adventure, casual party game, or highly competitive fighter. It’s the game to play if you want to truly understand the breadth of gaming in one title. ~ Tomas Franzese
Super Smash Bros. is coming to Nintendo Switch!

34. Resident Evil 4

34. Resident Evil 4
88%
M
Platforms
PlayStation 2, PC (Microsoft Windows), Nintendo GameCube
Genre
Shooter
Developer
Capcom Production Studio 4
Publisher
Capcom
Release
October 25, 2005
A lot of modern video games have the tendency to lean into straight drama, taking on a serious tone to deliver mature stories. Resident Evil 4, on the other hand, understands that video games are an inherently playful medium and that there’s no shame in getting a little silly. The action-horror classic is a quintessential video game largely based on how well it walks the line between unsettling horror film and goofball B-movie camp. The fact that it doesn’t need to pick between the two to create something cohesive is a testament to its pitch-perfect tone, which understands that comedy and horror as forms of entertainment are more connected than we might think. ~ Giovanni Colantonio
Resident Evil 4 Professional Mode Gameplay PS2 1080p

33. Metroid Prime

33. Metroid Prime
93%
T
Platforms
Nintendo GameCube
Genre
Shooter, Platform, Adventure
Developer
Retro Studios
Publisher
Nintendo
Release
November 17, 2002
In Metroid Prime, Samus Aran is truly alone. During her adventures through the Phazon-poisoned biomes of Tallon IV, she never meets a single NPC to explain what’s going on. She doesn’t even say a word herself. And yet, the unique first-person platformer is one of the most communicative games out there, telling its tragic story of a race’s demise through subtle environmental cues and an unforgettable score that always makes players feel the weight of the world even if they don’t fully understand why they feel it. It’s an astonishing master class in atmosphere that highlights all the special ways video games can deliver emotionally rich stories without spelling anything out for players. ~ Giovanni Colantonio
Metroid Prime Trailer #1

32. Doom

32. Doom
85%
M
Platforms
Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox 360, PC DOS, Mac, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy Advance, Sega 32X, Sega Saturn, iOS, 3DO Interactive Multiplayer, Super Famicom, Atari Jaguar, PC-98
Genre
Shooter
Developer
id Software
Publisher
Activision, Art Data Interactive, Bashou House, Ocean Software, Imagineer, Atari, id Software, Sega, Soft Bank, GT Interactive, Williams Entertainment
Release
December 10, 1993
A lot of the earliest hits in a video game genre can often feel like first drafts, setting the stage for developers to perfect a new formula. The original Doom, however, is not one of those games. To this day, it remains one of the best first-person shooters around with its maze-like exploration, hellish atmosphere, and weighty gunplay that you can feel even without a controller rumble. Its simplicity hasn’t just aged well; it’s become Doom’s greatest asset over time. It’s a satisfying shooter that remains fun and easy to hop back into any time you get the urge to replay it (and fortunately, there’s no shortage of ways to do that). ~ Giovanni Colantonio
DOOM 1993 E1m7 ultraviolence

31. Halo 3

31. Halo 3
86%
M
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox 360, Xbox One
Genre
Shooter
Developer
Bungie
Publisher
Microsoft Game Studios
Release
September 25, 2007
Everyone has a favorite Halo installment, but Halo 3 is the peak of the series in our eyes. The Master Chief and the UNSC teaming up with Arbiter Thel ‘Vadam and his Covenant followers against the Prophet of Truth in an all-out civil war for the fate of the universe results in an absolute cinematic adventure. The only thing better than the massive blowout of this epic sci-fi story was the game’s robust multiplayer scene. The battle royale era has captured a bit of the magic, but there was nothing quite like spending an entire day queuing up with your buddies in Slayer. But the real game-changer here was the introduction of Forge to create custom maps and modes. It was a huge boon to the genre at the time and few shooters since have really captured that same creative spark. ~ Sam Hill
Halo 3 - Official 90 Second Spot

30. Sonic the Hedgehog 2

30. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
86%
E
Platforms
Wii, PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U
Genre
Platform, Adventure
Developer
Sonic Team, Sega Technical Institute
Publisher
Sega, Tec Toy
Release
November 21, 1992
In Sonic the Hedgehog 2, style triumphs over all. Sure, the Sega Genesis platformer is worth celebrating for its fast-paced gameplay, and this game finds the series at its most confident. But what really stands out are its unmistakable aesthetic sensibilities. Colorful and detailed zones make for some of gaming’s most memorable levels, while its soundtrack is a wall-to-wall collection of 16-bit bangers. All of that gives the sequel an incredibly distinct attitude that paints a thorough picture of Sonic’s world without speaking a word. It’s the world’s coolest tone piece, one that feels like it’ll never go out of fashion. ~ Giovanni Colantonio
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Mega Drive/Genesis) [Longplay]

29. The Sims 4

29. The Sims 4
73%
T
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Role-playing (RPG), Simulator
Developer
The Sims Studio, Maxis
Publisher
Electronic Arts
Release
September 02, 2014
Video games are often at their best when the possibilities feel endless, and that’s never been more true than with The Sims. These sandbox life builders allow you to either live a normal existence or play around with the edges of the game, which is why the series continues to resonate after decades. You can kind of do whatever you want, and that’s especially the case in The Sims 4. Thanks to a decade of DLC packs and a robust modding community, you can truly do anything. Start a family and build your dream home? Sure. Trap a vampire in a pool? Absolutely. Bring people back from the dead? Why not! There’s a reason why players haven’t put the game down since it was released in 2013. They never run out of things to do. ~ Carli Velocci
First Look: The Sims 4 Official Gameplay Trailer

28. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

28. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
95%
M
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer
CD Projekt RED
Publisher
WB Games, Bandai Namco Entertainment, cdp.pl, Spike ChunSoft
Release
May 19, 2015
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of gaming’s definitive fantasy RPG experiences. Its story about a grizzled monster slayer trying to find his adopted daughter features industry-leading writing for a game of its scale. Whether playing the next mainline quest or a small story that is encountered by happenstance, the same level of care is given to every single conversation, character, and narrative thread that players come across in their lengthy journey. Even with some clunky combat that’s outclassed by other action-RPGs, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt remains a must-play for anyone interested in a truly immersive experience. ~ Tomas Franzese
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - The Beginning trailer

27. World of Warcraft

27. World of Warcraft
85%
T
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac
Genre
Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer
Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher
Blizzard Entertainment
Release
November 23, 2004
For nearly 20 years, millions of World of Warcraft players have been logging on to explore the land of Azeroth, raid perilous dungeons with their clans, and slay deadly beasts in search of loot, fame, and honor. Undoubtedly the most popular MMO of all time and an exemplary title in live-service practices, WoW survived the pop culture walk of shame all nerdy hobbies go through (see Star Wars and Dungeons & Dragons) and has kept providing an incomparable online gaming experience for adventures. Every other MMO is basically WoW Lite, and that’s not an insult in the least bit. ~ Sam Hill
For Azeroth - 25 Years of Warcraft

26. Stardew Valley

26. Stardew Valley
87%
E10
Platforms
Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, Android, iOS, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Genre
Role-playing (RPG), Simulator, Strategy, Indie
Developer
ConcernedApe
Publisher
ConcernedApe, Chucklefish Games
Release
February 26, 2016
Stardew Valley is the definitive game about managing a farm in a small, but growing town, which is a much more common premise than one might think. A farming sim inspired by series like Harvest Moon, Stardew Valley looks unassuming, but captivates for hundreds of hours thanks to its grounded cast of townsfolk and surprisingly deep, yet enjoyable farming systems. From crop management to romance, Stardew Valley perfected every part of the genre, and copycats have had trouble matching it in the years since its release. You could say that Stardew Valley nearly ruined an entire genre, making it the only real option for those who want to play a fantastic farming life sim.  ~ Tomas Franzese
Stardew Valley Trailer

25. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

25. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
93%
M
Platforms
PlayStation 2
Genre
Shooter, Tactical, Adventure
Developer
Konami Computer Entertainment Japan
Publisher
Konami
Release
November 17, 2004
Deep in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Naked Snake simply has to climb a ladder to get out of an underground corridor. As he rises, the game’s excellent James Bond-like theme song rings out through the chamber. He won’t reach the top of the seemingly infinite ladder until the last note of that two-minute composition plays. It’s a bizarre moment and one that exemplifies what makes the cCold War stealth-action game such an unforgettable experience. Strange sequences like are seamlessly weaved between grounded commentary about aggressive militarization. It all makes for a surreal political epic that revels in its ability to mess with players’ heads. ~ Giovanni Colantonio
PS2 Longplay [001] Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (part 1 of 9)

24. Grand Theft Auto V

24. Grand Theft Auto V
90%
M
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre
Shooter, Adventure
Developer
Rockstar North
Publisher
Rockstar Games, Take-Two Interactive
Release
September 17, 2013
Grand Theft Auto V may be at the forefront of every “video games are making the youth violent” conversation, but it also has a rich story and one of the liveliest open worlds in gaming. Yes, you can certainly fire a rocket launcher at a cluster of police squad cars or crash a plane into a crowd of innocent civilians, but there’s also a complex tale exploring the seedy underbelly of a fictionalized American city as three very different protagonists commit daring heists while staring down mob bosses and being investigated by corrupt government agencies. It’s not the most wholesome experience and it definitely doesn’t bring out the best in people (unless you’re playing on an online role-playing server as a traffic cop or EMT), but GTA V offers a whole city that’s yours to race around, explore, and absolutely terrorize — making for a truly unique experience that no one else has replicated. ~ Sam Hill
Grand Theft Auto V Trailer

23. Chrono Trigger

23. Chrono Trigger
93%
E10
Platforms
Wii, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Famicom, Satellaview
Genre
Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer
Square
Publisher
Square
Release
March 11, 1995
The death knell for many great games is when they stop showing players something new. It’s something even the best RPGs struggle with, as repetitive grinding can wear thin after dozens of hours. Few games dodge around that pitfall as expertly as Chrono Trigger, an RPG that always keeps players on their toes. The 1995 adventure is a delightfully unpredictable experience that weaves cavemen, robots, and valiant frogs together into an epic story that’s always changing. Though what’s remarkable is how well all of its disparate ideas gel together, creating a one-of-a-kind RPG that’s anything but boring. ~ Giovanni Colantonio
Chrono Trigger (SNES) 【Longplay】

22. Dark Souls

22. Dark Souls
87%
M
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre
Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer
FromSoftware
Publisher
Bandai Namco Entertainment
Release
September 22, 2011
At this point, there isn’t a single game that has been more influential on modern action games than Dark Souls (or Demon’s Souls, if you want to give its rougher predecessor credit). From straight Souls clones to the Assassin’s Creed franchise to indie darlings like Hollow Knight and Blasphemous, Dark Souls is a bedrock for how to reward, infuriate, and ultimately motivate players in punishing action games. Beyond being influential, Dark Souls stands as proof that throwing out the playbook can result in something wholly unique that, even a decade past its release, is still enjoyable today. ~ Jacob Roach
Dark Souls Prepare to Die Edition trailer - GGD

21. Batman: Arkham Asylum

21. Batman: Arkham Asylum
86%
T
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Mac, Ouya
Genre
Hack and slash/Beat 'em up, Adventure
Developer
Rocksteady Studios
Publisher
Eidos Interactive, Playcast-media, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Release
August 25, 2009
Batman: Arkham Asylum is the best superhero game ever made, no question. It deeply understands the characters of Batman and The Joker, placing its hero in his worst nightmare. He’s stuck at the titular Asylum, and everyone there wants to kill him. Mixing that fantastic narrative with an atmospheric Metroidvania setup and an immensely satisfying attack-and-counter combat system that would influence countless games, Batman: Arkham Asylum remains one of the best superhero adventures any comic book fan could ask for. ~ Tomas Franzese
Batman: Arkham Asylum Joker Trailer

20. Mass Effect 2

20. Mass Effect 2
91%
M
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre
Shooter, Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer
BioWare, BioWare Edmonton
Publisher
Electronic Arts
Release
January 26, 2010
If the Mass Effect series is gaming’s version of Star Wars, then Mass Effect 2 is its Empire Strikes Back. This sci-fi RPG shooter upped the ante from its rough-around-the-edges predecessor in every way with exciting combat, lots of memorable companions to fight with, a subversive narrative that has its protagonist working for an evil organization, and lots of meaningful choices for players to make. With a final suicide run that can play out in many different ways and tons of different character deaths depending on the player’s choices, Mass Effect 2 is one of the few RPGs where it really feels like every decision matters.  ~ Tomas Franzese
Mass Effect 2 E3 Trailer

19. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

19. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
84%
E
Platforms
Nintendo Switch
Genre
Racing, Arcade
Developer
Nintendo EPD
Publisher
Nintendo of America, Nintendo of Europe
Release
April 28, 2017
Video games will always have detractors who see them as an isolating hobby, but anyone who’s played a Mario Kart game will tell you that’s not the case. A great multiplayer game can be a strong social uniter, bringing friends – even total strangers – together to share a moment of pure, unadulterated joy. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a sales behemoth that continues to zoom through the record books, best exemplifies that spirit. There are few things as delightful as getting a room full of friends together to playfully smack talk one another over a few tense, but easy-to-learn races. The Nintendo Switch edition has only made that experience stronger, bringing enough colorful tracks to make it feel like a party staple that will be hard for any local multiplayer game to totally replace. ~ Giovanni Colantonio
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer

18. Shadow of the Colossus

18. Shadow of the Colossus
90%
T
Platforms
PlayStation 2
Genre
Platform, Puzzle, Adventure
Developer
Team Ico
Publisher
Sony Computer Entertainment
Release
October 18, 2005
Shadow of the Colossus was originally meant to be a much more complex game. In its early stages, the adventure had explicit RPG systems and small enemies to fight between bosses. Director Fumito Ueda took a long look at those systems during development and decided to cut out anything that didn’t explicitly serve its narrative. The end result is a banner case for restraint in game design that delivers a laser-focused gauntlet of puzzle-like battles against enormous titans. That handful of fights all serve a haunting story about environmental destruction, creating a world that only becomes more barren each time another one of its magnificent creatures falls. ~ Giovanni Colantonio
Shadow Of Colossus Trailer - Playstation 2

17. Fortnite

17. Fortnite
70%
T
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Shooter, Role-playing (RPG), Strategy, Adventure
Developer
Epic Games
Publisher
Epic Games
Release
July 25, 2017
Even if Fortnite isn’t your cup of tea, you can’t deny that it’s a cultural juggernaut. The shooter is one of the few modern games that’s reached “household name” status, and there was a stretch of time when you couldn’t go outside without seeing a kid hitting the Take the L dance or flossing in public. We’re not just including it here because it’s unavoidable, though. Fortnite is approachable for new players, but still complex enough for streamers and hardcore adult gamers. It kick-started an era of free-to-play live-service shooters and constantly pushes the envelope with mechanical changes, all while perfecting its unique take on the battle royale genre. ~ Sam Hill
Fortnite Trailer

16. Silent Hill 2

16. Silent Hill 2
92%
M
Platforms
PlayStation 2
Genre
Puzzle, Adventure
Developer
Team Silent
Publisher
Konami
Release
September 24, 2001
The first three (or four, depending on who you talk to) Silent Hill games are masterworks in horror, tension, and creature design, and Silent Hill 2 is the pinnacle of that winning formula. Though what truly makes the sequel one of the best horror games of all time isn’t just that it does the basics well. It elevates the genre into its most impactful form, taking the story of James Sunderland and building the true fear around an unimaginable trauma. Whether you believe James is in his own personal hell or in a weird supernatural town is up to you, but what Silent Hill 2 does so masterfully is center everything around characters, creating a story that feels real. What would your Silent Hill look like? ~ Carli Velocci
SILENT HILL 2 (TGS 2001) HD TRAILER

15. EarthBound

15. EarthBound
90%
T
Platforms
Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Wii U, Super Famicom, New Nintendo 3DS
Genre
Role-playing (RPG), Turn-based strategy (TBS), Adventure
Developer
HAL Laboratory, Creatures Inc., Ape
Publisher
Nintendo
Release
August 27, 1994
Underappreciated at the time of release, EarthBound is one of the most influential RPGs ever. Instead of the fantasy worlds of Final Fantasy VI or The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, EarthBound makes the bold choice of setting its adventure in a contemporary America. It spices up otherwise standard RPG combat too, with a unique health system, trippy visuals, and enemies like “Annoying Old Party Man” and “New Age Retro Hippy.” With an earnest, yet hilarious sense of humor to match its take on Americana, it’s not surprising that EarthBound‘s clever wit and presentation would go on to inspire games like Undertale. ~ Tomas Franzese
EarthBound Commercial

14. The Last of Us

14. The Last of Us
93%
M
Platforms
PlayStation 3
Genre
Shooter, Adventure
Developer
Naughty Dog
Publisher
Sony Computer Entertainment
Release
June 14, 2013
While less remarkable in terms of its stealth action gameplay, The Last of Us set a new standard for video game narratives when it was released in 2013. Joel and Ellie’s journey in a harsh and unforgiving postapocalyptic world is an emotional roller coaster that challenges players to really think about what they would do for something that they truly love. With writing and performances that stood toe-to-toe with that of prestige TV, it’s no surprise that The Last of Us eventually made its way to HBO. If you were to hand someone a game that proved the medium could carry emotional heft, The Last of Us is still the best game for the job. ~ Tomas Franzese
The Last of Us - Teaser (Official)

13. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

13. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
88%
M
Platforms
Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, PC (Microsoft Windows)
Genre
Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer
Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher
Bethesda Softworks
Release
November 10, 2011
The Skyrim rerelease cycle is a meme at this point, but there’s a reason gamers have bought this open-world fantasy RPG over and over again. Bethesda delivered a master class in world design and player freedom with this story. Players can focus on the front-and-center legend of the Dragonborn and defeating the dragon Alduin the World-Eater, or they can just learn a little magic, become a thief, and work hard to provide for their adopted family on a little farm. Dual-wielding barbarian who kills everyone he sees, pacifist Khajiit trader (that’s a cat-person race for the unfamiliar), or an elven necromancer — there’s no wrong way to explore this land. The replay value of this sprawling adventure and the deep customization options for player characters is what makes Skyrim an all-time great. ~ Sam Hill
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Full Trailer

12. Wii Sports

12. Wii Sports
75%
E
Platforms
Wii
Genre
Simulator, Sport
Developer
Nintendo EAD Software Development Group No.2
Publisher
Nintendo
Release
November 19, 2006
I’m being very serious when I call Wii Sports the most subversive game of all time. Before it launched alongside the Nintendo Wii in 2006, video games were gaining a reputation for complicated controls and increasingly complex gameplay systems that threatened to leave casual audiences behind. Wii Sports would buck that trend entirely in favor of an incredibly streamlined sports collection that was so intuitive, even your grandmother could play it. That approachable (though still not entirely accessible) play remains a simple pleasure, as there’s still nothing quite as satisfying as serving a tennis ball or bowling a strike with the flick of the wrist. ~ Giovanni Colantonio
Wii Sports Trailer

11. Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

11. Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
87%
E
Platforms
Nintendo DS
Genre
Role-playing (RPG), Turn-based strategy (TBS), Adventure
Developer
Game Freak
Publisher
The Pokémon Company, Nintendo
Release
September 12, 2009
The original Pokémon Gold and Silver were mind-blowing sequels to the first-gen titles, adding a then-unheard of 100 new Pokémon, a breeding system, new evolutions for fan favorites, and a time mechanic that made catching ’em all a real-life challenge — all of which have become staples of installments since. But for this list, we agreed that their remakes, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, are the true pinnacle of the iconic series. These faithful remakes kept everything that made the originals great, added worthwhile features, and brought the experience online on the Nintendo DS. In an era where Pokémon is constantly reinventing itself and adding one-off features, the revisited Johto adventure was one of the last cumulative installments and is pure classic Pokémon. ~ Sam Hill
Pokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver Versions-NDS Trailer 2 (JPN)

10. Super Mario 64

10. Super Mario 64
90%
E
Platforms
Nintendo 64, Wii, Wii U
Genre
Platform, Adventure
Developer
Nintendo EAD
Publisher
Nintendo
Release
June 23, 1996
No matter how much Nintendo improves its flagship series, Super Mario 64 will always deserve its spot in history. The iconic platformer taught players and developers alike how to move in 3D space, making it something of a patient zero for modern game design. But the Nintendo 64 classic isn’t just here for its influence. It remains one of gaming’s most joyfully creative adventures, with a wealth of colorful levels and characters that stick in our memories. Even with its now-blocky visuals, it remains one of gaming’s most immersive adventures, taking players through their TV screens like Mario hopping into a painting. ~ Giovanni Colantonio
Super Mario 64 Official Trailer

9. Half-Life 2

9. Half-Life 2
91%
M
Platforms
Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360, Mac, Android
Genre
Shooter
Developer
Valve
Publisher
Sierra Entertainment, Valve, NVIDIA Lightspeed Studios
Release
November 16, 2004
The original Half-Life is often credited as being among the first narrative-driven first-person shooters, but Half-Life 2 only built on the world Valve established with its 1998 release. Engaging gunplay and a groundbreaking physics system took center stage when Half-Life 2 was released, but the open-ended narrative and creative world has spawned fan speculation and engagement even two decades after the game came out. It also laid the foundation for gameplay-centered storytelling, influencing a new generation of games in a genre that previously opted for straight action or strict cutscene limits of narrative development. ~ Jacob Roach
Half Life 2 Trailer

8. Hades

8. Hades
92%
T
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Role-playing (RPG), Hack and slash/Beat 'em up, Adventure, Indie
Developer
Supergiant Games
Publisher
Supergiant Games
Release
December 10, 2019
The explosion of roguelites over the past few years has brought a barrage of excellent games, but no title has perfected the formula quite like Hades. Addictive combat, beautiful world design, and pulse-pounding music bring you into the experience, but the staying power of Hades lies in its narrative consistency and emergent build-crafting system. It’s a game that continues to be satisfying hundreds of hours after your first escape attempt and only grows deeper and more rewarding the more you engage with it. ~ Jacob Roach
Hades - Early Access Trailer

7. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

7. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
92%
E
Platforms
Nintendo 64, Wii, Nintendo GameCube, Wii U
Genre
Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer
Nintendo EAD
Publisher
Nintendo
Release
November 21, 1998
Considering how young video games are compared to other art forms, we’ve yet to quite reach the point where we have true canonical classics like the literature world. For my money, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is the closest thing the gaming industry has to Beowulf or The Canterbury Tales. The Nintendo 64 title feels like a foundational game in two ways: It tells a definitive hero’s journey story that’s classical in its construction and it delivers a template for what an adventure game looks like that’s still followed to this day. Link’s time-warping quest to defeat Ganondorf and save Hyrule is an ageless tale that deserves a permanent spot on any gaming syllabus. ~ Giovanni Colantonio
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Commercials collection

6. Minecraft

6. Minecraft
84%
E10
Platforms
Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac
Genre
Simulator, Adventure
Developer
Mojang Studios
Publisher
Mojang Studios
Release
November 18, 2011
Minecraft set the modern standard for not just survival games, but multiplayer experiences meant to appeal to all ages. Its cute, blocky aesthetic is inherently approachable, but its deep building, crafting, and Redstone system features mean that players can lose thousands of hours in this creative sandbox that’s gone on to define a generation of gamers. Games like Roblox and Fortnite owe their foundation to Minecraft’s existence. Even almost 15 years after its alpha release, Minecraft is still one of the most widely available (and enjoyable) games that one can play. ~ Tomas Franzese
Official Minecraft Trailer

5. Pac-Man

5. Pac-Man
78%
E
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox 360, Arcade, Legacy Cellphone, Commodore VIC-20, BlackBerry OS, Windows Phone, Sharp X1, Texas Instruments TI-99, PC-98, FM-7, Sharp MZ-2200, Palm OS
Genre
Arcade
Developer
Namco Networks America, Inc., Namco
Publisher
Wiz, Midway Manufacturing, Namco Networks America, Inc., Atarisoft, Namco, Bandai Namco Games, Dempa Shimbunsha
Release
May 22, 1980
My mom only plays one game, and it’s Pac-Man. That alone speaks to how ubiquitous it is in my book. Pac-Man is so charming and easy to understand that virtually anyone can get caught up in the flow state of dodging ghosts and eating power pellets in a maze. It’s just as fun to play today as it was in 1980, even if later games like Ms. Pac-Man would refine its formula. Pac-Man is so synonymous with gaming that it would feel like a crime if it wasn’t this high up on the list. It’s a truly iconic experience that very few titles can claim despite being built on much more sophisticated tech. ~ Tomas Franzese
Arcade Game: Pac-Man (1980 Namco (Midway License for US release))

4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
93%
E10
Platforms
Wii U, Nintendo Switch
Genre
Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer
Nintendo EPD Production Group No. 3
Publisher
Nintendo
Release
March 03, 2017
When The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild released in 2017, it instantly redefined the open-world experience, revitalizing a genre that had started to get stale. It accomplished that by emphasizing satisfying movement and removing any roadblocks that could get in the player’s way. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the rare games where a player can feel like they can go anywhere and do anything while getting a wholly unique and satisfying experience in the process. It has been one of the most influential titles in the industry since its release – its mark can clearly be seen in great games like Elden Ring — so its lasting power is simply undeniable. ~ Tomas Franzese
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - E3 2014 Announcement Trailer [HD]

3. Super Mario Bros. 3

3. Super Mario Bros. 3
89%
E
Platforms
Wii, Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Arcade, Family Computer
Genre
Platform
Developer
Nintendo R&D4
Publisher
Nintendo
Release
October 23, 1988
Several Super Mario Bros. titles are some of the most influential games of all time, but Super Mario Bros. 3 is still a peak for the series. To this day, it remains the definitive 2D platformer, with outstanding level design and theming, intuitive controls, and an iconic visual style that served as the base of what the Mushroom Kingdom would look like going forward. No matter if you’re playing it on NES, Game Boy Advance, Wii, 3DS, Wii U or Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Bros. 3 is one of the purest games that anyone can play and immediately understand the magic of gaming. ~ Tomas Franzese
Super Mario Bros 3 - Commercial

2. Portal 2

2. Portal 2
92%
E10
Platforms
Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Mac
Genre
Shooter, Platform, Puzzle, Adventure
Developer
Valve
Publisher
Valve, Electronic Arts
Release
April 18, 2011
The first Portal might be one of the best physics demos ever made. It’s a tight, funny puzzle experience that also introduced audiences to one of video games’ most iconic villains, GLaDOS. But then Valve followed it up with Portal 2, showing that there was so much more to explore in Aperture Science’s deranged depths, from experiments with moon rocks to the use of AI for more diabolical ends. The game is hilarious, with the addition of Wheatley and Cave Johnson among some of its highlights, and the puzzles are more involved and challenging. What catapults it so high on our list, though, is its heart. It’s a game filled to the brim with joy, whether you’re learning to love a potato or messing with friends in its multiplayer mode. Portal 2 not only shows what you can do with a sequel but also how to make a game you can love. ~ Carli Velocci
Portal 2 Coop Trailer HD

1. Tetris

1. Tetris
82%
E
Platforms
Game Boy
Genre
Puzzle
Developer
Nintendo
Publisher
Nintendo
Release
May 14, 1989
There were a lot of debates about what should be on this list and where, but one decision was unanimous from the start: placing Tetris in the top spot. The iconic puzzler is the definition of elegance, with an unimpeachable core hook that made it feel like a timeless classic the moment it was released. It strikes a remarkable balance between being a tetromino zen organization game with a relaxing flow state and a tense test of skill that can take a lifetime to truly master. No matter how developers have rotated over four decades — from a trippy VR version to an ingenious battle royale format — the addictive formula perseveres, embodying a universal form of entertainment unrestrained by language or age barriers. ~ Giovanni Colantonio

Honorable mentions: Borderlands 2, Candy Crush Saga, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Destiny 2, Elden Ring, Fallout: New Vegas, Final Fantasy XIV, Galaga, Gauntlet, God of War (2018), Inside, Kingdom Hearts 2, Myst, Persona 5 Royal, Red Dead Redemption 2, SimCity 2000, Streets of Rage 2, Super Mario Odyssey, System Shock 2, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

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Don’t ignore Spider-Man 2’s side missions. They’re the best parts of the game
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With Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 out, you might be tempted to devour Insomniac’s new superhero adventure as fast as possible like a hungry Venom. I wouldn’t blame you. The sequel’s sprawling story is a complicated web of threads that beg to be untangled. It’s tempting to zoom from mission to mission, ignoring all other side activities until New York City has been properly saved from Kraven’s wrath.

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A Victrix Pro BFG and all its parts sit splayed out on a table.

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Sony just made all other wireless gaming earbuds obsolete
Sony InZone Buds sitting among other earbuds.

I've struggled to find an audio solution that works for PC gaming. Over-ear headphones, even premium ones like the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pros, irritate my ears by pressing into my glasses. And earbuds, almost regardless of brand, either lack the features I want out of a premium audio experience or come with horrendous Bluetooth lag. The new Sony InZone Buds have finally solved my problem.

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