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List of video games considered the best

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This is a list of video games that have consistently been ranked among the best by video game journalists, critics and publications. It is largely based on "Top 25 / Top 100" type lists that list the best games ever in the publication's view, sometimes restricted to a time period or a "generation" of systems.

While any single publication's list reflects its own taste, when the lists are taken in aggregate, a handful of notable games have achieved something approaching critical consensus by multiple appearances in such lists, and often ranking highly when they do appear.

Lists of best games

Methodology

A number of sources taken from across publications, from 1985 to the present, were used to compile the list. Games which consistently showed up in multiple lists are featured below. Some of the lists are outdated in that the same publication later published another best-of list. There were two notable exceptions to critic "best of" lists: games are credited for having GameRankings or Metacritic scores of 95 or greater (about 50 games as of 2013), and several large reader-submitted polls are used. In general, contemporary reviews do not necessarily reflect the long-term consensus, hence only a single source of credit for high GameRankings/Metacritic reviews; and open player-submitted polls, while obviously measuring an important facet of a game's reputation, tend to be easy to rig or otherwise influence, hence the primary usage of critic lists.

Because most sources are from the English-language press, this list reflects the preferences of the English-speaking world, primarily North America, and to a lesser extent, Western Europe, and not those of other video-game-playing areas, such as Japan and South Korea. The only non-English sources used are Japanese reader polls from Famitsu and Dengeki, and a German reader poll from M! Games. Very recent games are not usually represented either. Another issue is "vote split;" many publications, either implicitly or explicitly, choose a single game from a set of closely related games as a "stand-in" for the whole group. Sometimes, this is easily combined, as with the various versions of Tetris or Street Fighter II. In other cases, this is impossible, resulting in a series that would have made the list had all versions been combined, but not separately. One example is the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series – of which the first, second and third games all received nods from a variety of critic best-of lists, yet no individual game achieved enough consensus to be listed here.

This list mostly includes games since the "third generation" of gaming onwards, along with some prior arcade games of the late late 70s to early 80s.

The minimum criteria for inclusion is at least five sources for games released before 1995, six sources for games after 1995, and seven sources for games after 2010. For sources listing the top 200 games, only the top 100 are considered. For sources restricted to the "seventh generation" of gaming, only the top 25 games are considered.

Table

Game Original release year Genre Number of lists Platform of original release Lists / References
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 1998 Action-Adventure 42 Nintendo 64 CNET,[1] CVG2000,[2] Edge2000,[3] Edge2007,[4] Edge2009,[5] Edge2013,[6] Edge10s,[7] EGM2001,[8] EGM2006,[9] Empire2009,[10] Empire2014,[11] Famitsu2006,[12] G4,[13] GameRankings,[14] GamingBolt,[15] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GI1999,[20] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] GameSpot2006,[23] GameSpot2014,[24] GuinnessConsole,[25] IGN10s,[26] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005,[28] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2007,[31] IGN2008Readers,[32] Maniac,[33] Metacritic,[34] NowGamer,[35] PM2014,[36] RetroGamer,[37] Slant2014,[38] Stuff2008,[39] Stuff2014,[40] UnikGamer,[41] Yahoo[42]
Chrono Trigger 1995 Role-Playing Game 39 Super Nintendo Entertainment System ActionButton,[43] Dengeki,[44] Edge2007,[4] Edge2009,[5] Edge2013,[6] EGM1997,[45] EGM2001,[8] EGM2006,[9] Empire2009,[10] Empire2014,[11] Famitsu2006,[12] G4,[13] GameRankings,[14] GamesRadar,[46] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GameSpot2006,[23] GamingBolt,[15] GI1998,[47] GI1999,[20] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] GuinnessConsole,[25] IGN10s,[26] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005,[28] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2007,[31] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2008Readers,[32] IGN10s,[26] Maniac,[33] NowGamer,[35] PM2014,[36] Slant2014,[38] Time,[48] UnikGamer[41]
Final Fantasy VII 1997 Role-Playing Game 39 PlayStation CVG2000,[2] CVG2007PC,[49] Dengeki,[44] Edge2007,[4] Edge2009,[5] Edge2013,[6] EGM1997,[45] EGM1997Dev,[50] EGM1997Readers,[51] EGM2001,[8] EGM2006,[9] Empire2009,[10] Empire2014,[11] Famitsu2006,[12] G4,[13] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GameSpot2006,[23] GamingBolt,[15] GI1998,[47] GI2001,[22] GI2009,[22] GuinnessConsole,[25] IGN2005,[28] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2007,[31] IGN2008Readers,[32] NowGamer,[35] PM2014,[36] RetroGamer,[37] Slant2014,[38] Stuff2008,[39] Stuff2014,[40] Time,[48] UnikGamer,[41] Yahoo[42]
Super Mario 64 1996 Platformer 38 Nintendo 64 CVG2000,[2] Edge2000,[3] Edge2007,[4] Edge2009,[5] Edge2013,[6] Edge10s,[7] EGM1997,[45] EGM1997Dev,[50] EGM1997Readers,[51] EGM2001,[8] EGM2006,[9] Empire2009,[10] Empire2014,[11] G4,[13] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GamingBolt,[15] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] GamesRadar,[46] GuinnessConsole,[25] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005,[28] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] Maniac,[33] NextGen1996,[52] NowGamer,[35] GameRankings,[14] IGN2007,[31] IGN2008Readers,[32] PM2014,[36] RetroGamer,[37] Slant2014,[38] Stuff2008,[39] Time,[48] Yahoo[42]
Street Fighter II 1991 Fighting 37 Arcade CVG2000,[2] Edge2000,[3] EG1992,[53] EGM1997,[45] EGM1997Arcade,[54] EGM1997Dev,[50] EGM2001,[8] EGM2006,[9] Empire2009,[10] Empire2014,[11] Famitsu2006,[12] FHM,[55] G4,[13] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GameSpot2006,[23] GameSpyArcade,[56] GamingBolt,[15] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] GuinnessArcade,[57] GuinnessConsole,[25] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005,[28] IGN2007,[31] NextGen1996,[52] NextGen1999,[58] NowGamer,[35] PM2014,[36] RetroGamer,[37] Slant2014,[38] Stuff2008,[39] Stuff2014,[40] Time,[48] Yahoo[42]
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 1991 Action-Adventure 35 Super Nintendo Entertainment System CVG2000,[2] Edge2000,[3] Edge2007,[4] Edge2009,[5] EG1992,[53] EGM1997,[45] EGM2001,[8] EGM2006,[9] Empire2009,[10] Empire2014,[11] Famitsu2006,[12] G4,[13] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GameSpot2006,[23] GamesRadar,[46] GamingBolt,[15] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] GuinnessConsole,[25] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005,[28] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2007,[31] IGN2008Readers,[32] Metacritic,[34] PM2014,[36] NowGamer,[35] RetroGamer,[37] Slant2014,[38] Stuff2008,[39] Yahoo[42]
Super Mario World 1990 Platformer 31 Super Nintendo Entertainment System CVG2000,[2] Edge2000,[3] Edge2007,[4] Edge2009,[5] EG1992,[53] EGM1997,[45] EGM2001,[8] Empire2009,[10] Empire2014,[11] Famitsu2006,[12] GameSpot2006,[23] GamesRadar,[46] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2007,[31] GuinnessConsole,[25] Maniac,[33] NowGamer,[35] PM2014,[36] RetroGamer,[37] Slant2014,[38] Stuff2008,[39] Yahoo[42]
Metal Gear Solid 1998 Stealth 32 PlayStation CNET,[1] CVG2000,[2] Edge2009,[5] Edge2013,[6] EGM2001,[8] EGM2006,[9] Empire2009,[10] Empire2014,[11] Famitsu2006,[12] G4,[13] GamesRadar,[46] GF2004,[16] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GamingBolt,[15] GI1999,[20] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] GuinnessConsole,[25] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005,[28] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2007,[31] IGN2008Readers,[32] IGN10s,[26] NowGamer,[35] PM2014,[36] RetroGamer,[37] Time,[48] UnikGamer,[41] Yahoo[42]
Super Metroid 1994 Platform-Adventure 29 Super Nintendo Entertainment System EGM1997,[45] EGM1997Dev,[50] EGM2001,[8] EGM2006,[9] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005,[28] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2007,[31] IGN2008Readers,[32] Empire2009,[10] Empire2014,[11] Edge2007,[4] Edge2009,[5] GamesRadar,[46] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] GuinnessConsole,[25] GameRankings,[14] NowGamer,[35] PM2014,[36] RetroGamer,[37] Slant2014,[38] Stuff2008,[39] Yahoo[42]
Resident Evil 4 2005 Survival Horror 28 Nintendo GameCube Destructoid2000s,[59] Edge2007,[4] Edge2009,[5] Edge2013,[6] Edge10s,[7] EGM2006,[9] Empire2009,[10] Empire2014,[11] Famitsu2006,[12] G4,[13] GameRankings,[14] GamesRadar,[46] GamingBolt,[15] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GI2009,[22] GuinnessConsole,[25] IGN2005,[28] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2007,[31] IGN2008Readers,[32] Metacritic,[34] MyGameMag,[60] PM2014,[36] Slant2014,[38] Stuff2008[39]
Super Mario Kart 1992 Kart Racing 27 Super Nintendo Entertainment System CVG2000,[2] Edge2007,[4] Empire2009,[10] Empire2014,[11] EG1992,[53] EGM1997,[45] EGM1997Dev,[50] EGM2001,[8] EGM2006,[9] Famitsu2006,[12] GF2009,[18] GameSpot2006,[23] G4,[13] GF2005,[17] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] GuinnessConsole,[25] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005,[28] IGN2007,[31] NextGen1996,[52] NextGen1999,[58] NowGamer,[35] RetroGamer,[37] PM2014,[36] Stuff2008,[39] Stuff2014,[40] Yahoo[42]
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 1997 Platform-Adventure 27 PlayStation CVG2000,[2] Edge2007,[4] Edge2009,[5] EGM1997,[45] EGM2001,[8] EGM2006,[9] GamesRadar,[46] IGN2006Readers,[30] G4,[13] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GameSpot2006,[23] GamingBolt,[15] GI1998,[47] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] GuinnessConsole,[25] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005,[28] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2007,[31] IGN2008Readers,[32] NowGamer,[35] PM2014,[36] Slant2014[38]
Super Mario Bros. 1985 Platformer 26 Nintendo Entertainment System CVG2000,[2] EGM1997,[45] EGM1997Dev,[50] EGM2001,[8] EGM2006,[9] Empire2014,[11] Famitsu1989,[61] Famitsu2006,[12] G4,[13] GameSpy80s,[62] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GamingBolt,[15] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] GuinnessConsole,[25] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005,[28] IGN2007,[31] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN10s,[26] NowGamer,[35] RetroGamer,[37] Slant2014,[38] Stuff2014,[40] Time[48]
Super Mario Bros. 3 1988 Platformer 25 Nintendo Entertainment System ActionButton,[43] EG1992,[53] EGM1997,[45] EGM2001,[8] EGM2006,[9] Famitsu1989,[61] Famitsu2006,[12] IGN2005,[28] IGN2005Readers,[29] GamesRadar,[46] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2007,[31] Edge2009,[5] G4,[13] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GameSpot2006,[23] GamingBolt,[15] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] PM2014,[36] RetroGamer,[37] Stuff2008[39]
Tetris 1984 Puzzle 24 Nintendo Game Boy, Electronika 60 CVG2000,[2] EGM1997,[45] EGM1997Dev,[50] EGM2006,[9] Empire2014,[11] Famitsu1989,[61] Famitsu2006,[12] GameSpyArcade,[56] GameSpy80s,[62] GamesRadar,[46] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GuinnessArcade,[57] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005,[28] IGN2007,[31] NextGen1999,[58] NowGamer,[35] PM2014,[36] RetroGamer,[37] Slant2014,[38] Strong,[63] Yahoo[42]
Half-Life 2 2004 First-Person Shooter 24 PC ActionButton,[43] CVG2007PC,[49] Destructoid2000s,[59] Edge2013,[6] Edge10s,[7] Empire2014,[11] GameRankings,[14] GamesRadar,[46] GameSpyPC2000s,[64] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] IGN2005,[28] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2007,[31] IGN2000s,[65] Metacritic,[34] PCGamer2011,[66] PCGamer2013,[67] PM2014,[36] Slant2014,[38] Stuff2008,[39] UnikGamer[41]
Final Fantasy VI 1994 Role-Playing Game 23 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Edge2009,[5] EGM1997,[45] EGM1997Readers,[51] EGM2001,[8] EGM2006,[9] GamesRadar,[46] Famitsu2006,[12] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GI2001,[22] GI2009,[22] GF2014,[19] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005,[28] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2007,[31] IGN2008Readers,[32] NowGamer,[35] PM2014,[36] Slant2014,[38] Stuff2008[39]
Resident Evil 1996 Survival Horror 23 PlayStation CVG2000,[2] Edge2007,[4] Edge2009,[5] EGM1997Readers,[51] EGM2006,[9] Empire2009,[10] Empire2014,[11] Famitsu2006,[12] G4,[13] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GI1998,[47] GuinnessConsole,[25] IGN2007,[31] Maniac,[33] MyGameMag,[60] NextGen1996,[52] NowGamer,[35] RetroGamer,[37] Stuff2014,[40] Time,[48] Yahoo[42]
GoldenEye 007 1997 First-Person Shooter 23 Nintendo 64 CVG2000,[2] Edge2013,[6] Edge10s,[7] EGM2006,[9] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GI1998,[47] GI1999,[20] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005,[28] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2007,[31] Empire2014,[11] GF2005,[17] Metacritic,[34] NextGen1999,[58] NowGamer,[35] PM2014,[36] RetroGamer,[37] Slant2014,[38] Stuff2008,[39] Yahoo[42]
SoulCalibur 1998 Fighting 23 Sega Dreamcast, Arcade CVG2000,[2] Edge2007,[4] EGM2001,[8] EGM2006,[9] GamingBolt,[15] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GI2001,[21] GameSpot2014,[24] GuinnessConsole,[25] GameRankings,[14] IGN10s,[26] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005,[28] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2008Readers,[32] Metacritic,[34] MyGameMag,[60] RetroGamer,[37] Slant2014,[38] Yahoo[42]
Shadow of the Colossus 2005 Action-Adventure 22 PlayStation 2 Destructoid2000s,[59] Edge2007,[4] Edge2009,[5] Edge2013,[6] EGM2006,[9] Empire2009,[10] Empire2014,[11] G4,[13] GamesRadar,[46] GamingBolt,[15] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GI2009,[22] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2007,[31] IGN2008Readers,[32] IGN2000s,[65] MyGameMag,[60] PM2014,[36] Slant2014,[38] Stuff2014,[40] Time[48]
Pac-Man 1980 Maze 21 Arcade CVG2000,[2] EG1985,[68] EGM2006,[9] FHM,[55] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GameSpyArcade,[56] GameSpy80s,[62] GameSpot2006,[23] GamingBolt,[15] GI2009,[22] GuinnessArcade,[57] KLOV,[69] NowGamer,[35] RetroGamer,[37] Strong,[63] Stuff2008,[39] Stuff2014,[40] Time,[48] Yahoo[42]
Pokémon Red & Blue 1996 Role-Playing Game 21 Nintendo Game Boy CVG2000,[2] Edge2009,[5] EGM2006,[9] Empire2014,[11] Famitsu2006,[12] G4,[13] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GI1999,[20] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] GuinnessConsole,[25] IGN10s,[26] IGN2003,[27] IGN2007,[31] NowGamer,[35] PM2014,[36] Slant2014,[38] Strong,[63] Yahoo[42]
Donkey Kong 1981 Platformer 20 Arcade EG1985,[68] EGM1997Dev,[50] EGM2001,[8] EGM2006,[9] FHM,[55] GF2004,[16] GF2009,[18] GameSpyArcade,[56] GameSpy80s,[62] G4,[13] GamingBolt,[15] GI2001,[21] GuinnessArcade,[57] KLOV,[69] NextGen1996,[52] PM2014,[36] RetroGamer,[37] Stuff2014,[40] Time,[48] Yahoo[42]
The Legend of Zelda 1986 Action-Adventure 20 Nintendo Entertainment System EGM1997,[45] EGM1997Dev,[50] EGM1997Readers,[51] EGM2001,[8] EGM2006,[9] Famitsu1989,[61] Famitsu2006,[12] G4,[13] GameSpy80s,[62] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2007,[31] IGN2008Readers,[32] Strong,[63] Time[48]
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 Platformer 20 Sega Genesis/Mega Drive CVG2000,[2] EG1992,[53] EGM2001,[8] EGM2006,[9] Empire2009,[10] Empire2014,[11] Famitsu2006,[12] G4,[13] GF2009,[18] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005,[28] IGN2007,[31] NowGamer,[35] PM2014,[36] RetroGamer,[37] Strong,[63] Stuff2008,[39] Time[48]
Space Invaders 1978 Shoot 'Em Up 18 Arcade CVG2000,[2] EG1985,[68] EGM1997Dev,[50] EGM2006,[9] FHM,[55] G4,[13] GameSpyArcade,[56] GF2009,[18] GuinnessArcade,[57] KLOV,[69] IGN2007,[31] NextGen1996,[52] NowGamer,[35] PM2014,[36] RetroGamer,[37] Strong,[63] Stuff2014,[40] Time,[48] Yahoo[42]
Punch-Out!! 1983 Sports 17 Arcade EGM1997Dev,[50] EGM2001,[8] EGM2006,[9] G4,[13] GameSpot2006,[23] GameSpyArcade,[56] GameSpy80s,[62] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] IGN2003,[27] IGN2007,[31] KLOV,[69] PM2014,[36] Time,[48] Yahoo[42]
Contra 1987 Run & Gun Shooter 17 Arcade EG1992,[53] EGM2001,[8] EGM2006,[9] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GameSpy80s,[62] EGM1997,[45] G4,[13] GameSpot2006,[23] GamingBolt,[15] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] GuinnessArcade,[57] IGN2003,[27] IGN2007,[31] Time[48]
Doom 1993 First-Person Shooter 17 PC CVG2000,[2] CVG2007PC,[49] EGM1997Dev,[50] IGN2005,[28] PCGamer2011,[66] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GameSpyPC90s,[70] Empire2014,[11] IGN2003,[27] IGN2007,[31] NowGamer,[35] PCGamer2013,[67] PM2014,[36] RetroGamer,[37] Strong,[63] Yahoo[42]
Half-Life 1998 First-Person Shooter 17 PC CNET,[1] CVG2000,[2] CVG2007PC,[49] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005,[28] IGN2007,[31] PCGamer2011,[66] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GameSpyPC90s,[70] Empire2014,[11] Metacritic,[34] NowGamer,[35] PCGamer2013,[67] RetroGamer,[37] Yahoo[42]
Halo: Combat Evolved 2001 First-Person Shooter 17 Xbox CNET,[1] Edge2013,[6] Edge10s,[7] EGM2006,[9] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005,[28] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2007,[31] Empire2014,[11] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] Metacritic,[34] RetroGamer,[37] Slant2014,[38] Yahoo[42]
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty 2001 Stealth 17 PlayStation 2 EGM2006,[9] Empire2009,[10] Empire2014,[11] GF2014,[19] GI2009,[22] Metacritic,[34] Famitsu2006,[12] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GameRankings,[14] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2007,[31] Slant2014,[38] Stuff2008,[39] Stuff2014[40]
Super Smash Bros. Melee 2001 Fighting 17 Nintendo GameCube Destructoid2000s,[59] Edge2007,[4] EGM2006,[9] G4,[13] GamesRadar,[46] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GI2009,[22] GF2014,[19] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2008Readers,[32] MyGameMag,[60] PM2014,[36] Slant2014[38]
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 2002 Action-Adventure 17 Nintendo GameCube Destructoid2000s,[59] EGM2006,[9] GamesRadar,[46] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2008Readers,[32] Edge2009,[5] Empire2014,[11] Metacritic,[34] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GamingBolt,[15] GI2009,[22] Slant2014,[38] Yahoo[42]
World of Warcraft 2004 Massively Multiplayer Online RPG 17 PC CVG2007PC,[49] Destructoid2000s,[59] Edge2013,[6] Eurogamer7thGen,[71] PCGamer2011,[66] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GamesRadar,[46] GameSpyPC2000s,[64] Empire2014,[11] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2007,[31] PCGamer2013,[67] PM2014,[36] Strong,[63] Yahoo[42]
Super Mario Galaxy 2007 Platformer 17 Nintendo Wii Destructoid2000s,[59] Edge2009,[5] Edge2013,[6] Edge10s,[7] Edge7thGen,[72] Eurogamer7thGen,[71] Empire2009,[10] Empire2014,[11] Edge10s,[7] GameRankings,[14] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GuinnessConsole,[25] IGN2000s,[65] IGN7thGen,[73] Metacritic,[34] Stuff2008[39]
Secret of Mana 1993 Action Role-Playing Game 16 Super Nintendo Entertainment System CVG2000,[2] Famitsu2006,[12] GamesRadar,[46] GamingBolt,[15] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GI2001,[21] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005,[28] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2007,[31] NowGamer,[35] PM2014,[36] RetroGamer[37]
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 2000 Action-Adventure 16 Nintendo 64 Edge2013,[6] EGM2006,[9] EGM2001,[8] Edge2009,[5] Empire2014,[11] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2007,[31] IGN2008Readers,[32] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] NowGamer,[35] Slant2014[38]
Tomb Raider 1996 Action-Adventure 15 Sega Saturn, PlayStation CVG2000,[2] CVG2007PC,[49] Edge2007,[4] EGM1997,[45] EGM1997Dev,[50] EGM1997Readers,[51] EGM2006,[9] Empire2009,[10] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] GuinnessConsole,[25] PCGamer2013,[67] RetroGamer,[37] Stuff2008,[39] Yahoo[42]
Resident Evil 2 1998 Survival Horror 15 PlayStation CVG2000,[2] EGM2001,[8] EGM2006,[9] Empire2009,[10] Empire2014,[11] Famitsu2006,[12] GamingBolt,[15] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GI1998,[47] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] IGN2003,[27] MyGameMag,[60] RetroGamer[37]
StarCraft 1998 Real-Time Strategy 15 PC CNET,[1] CVG2007PC,[49] IGN2005,[28] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2007,[31] PCGamer2011,[66] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GameSpot2006,[23] GameSpyPC90s,[70] Empire2014,[11] IGN2003,[27] NowGamer[35] PM2014,[36]
Final Fantasy X 2001 Role-Playing Game 15 PlayStation 2 GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GI2009,[22] GamesRadar,[46] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005,[28] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2008Readers,[30] Dengeki,[44] Famitsu2006,[12] PM2014,[36] Slant2014[38]
Metroid Prime 2002 First-Person Adventure 15 Nintendo GameCube Destructoid2000s,[59] EGM2006,[9] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005,[28] IGN2005Readers,[29] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GamesRadar,[46] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2007,[31] Empire2014,[11] Metacritic,[34] Slant2014[38]
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 2003 Action-Adventure 15 PlayStation 2 CVG2007PC,[49] Destructoid2000s,[59] Edge2007,[4] Edge2009,[5] G4,[13] GamesRadar,[46] GF2005,[17] GamingBolt,[15] GI2009,[22] IGN2005,[28] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2007,[31] PM2014,[36] Slant2014[38]
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2007 First-Person Shooter 15 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC Destructoid2000s,[59] Edge7thGen,[72] Empire2014,[11] Eurogamer7thGen,[71] IGN2011Modern,[74] IGN7thGen,[73] G4,[13] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GI2009,[22] IGN2008Readers,[32] PCGamer2013,[67] PM2014,[36] Slant2014,[38] Time[48]
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 Maze 14 Arcade EGM1997,[45] EGM2001,[8] G4,[13] GameSpyArcade,[56] GamingBolt,[15] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] GamesRadar,[46] GuinnessArcade,[57] IGN2003,[27] IGN2007,[31] KLOV,[69] NextGen1996[52] PM2014[36]
Double Dragon 1987 Beat 'Em Up 14 Arcade EGM1997Arcade,[54] EGM2006,[9] Empire2009,[10] G4,[13] GameSpot2006,[23] GameSpyArcade,[56] GamingBolt,[15] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] GuinnessArcade,[57] KLOV,[69] NowGamer,[35] RetroGamer,[37] Yahoo[42]
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island 1995 Platformer 14 Super Nintendo Entertainment System CVG2000,[2] EGM2006,[9] EGM2001,[8] Edge2009,[5] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GamesRadar,[46] GamingBolt,[15] IGN2003,[27] IGN2007,[31] NowGamer,[35] RetroGamer,[37] Slant2014[38]
Final Fantasy Tactics 1997 Tactical Role-Playing Game 14 PlayStation EGM2006,[9] EGM2001,[8] Famitsu2006,[12] GamesRadar,[46] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GameSpot2006,[23] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] IGN2007,[31] NowGamer,[35] Time[48]
Grand Theft Auto III 2001 Action-Adventure 14 PlayStation 2 CNET,[1] EGM2006,[9] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005,[28] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2007,[31] IGN2000s,[65] Metacritic,[34] GameRankings,[14] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GI2009,[22] RetroGamer,[37] Yahoo[42]
Ico 2001 Action-Adventure 14 PlayStation 2 Destructoid2000s,[59] Edge2007,[4] Edge2009,[5] Edge2013,[6] Empire2009,[10] G4,[13] GF2005,[17] GI2009,[22] GamesRadar,[46] GuinnessConsole,[25] IGN2007,[31] Slant2014,[38] Stuff2008,[39] Time[48]
Silent Hill 2 2001 Survival Horror 14 PlayStation 2 Destructoid2000s,[59] Empire2009,[10] Empire2014,[11] Edge2007,[4] Edge2009,[5] G4,[13] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GamesRadar,[46] GamingBolt,[15] GI2009,[22] IGN2007,[31] PM2014,[36] Slant2014[38]
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2003 Role-Playing Game 14 Xbox CVG2007PC,[49] Destructoid2000s,[59] EGM2006,[9] PCGamer2011,[66] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GamesRadar,[46] GameSpyPC2000s,[64] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2007,[31] IGN2000s,[65] Empire2014,[11] Yahoo[42]
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 2004 Stealth 14 PlayStation 2 ActionButton,[43] Destructoid2000s,[59] Empire2014,[11] Edge2009,[5] Famitsu2006,[12] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GamesRadar,[46] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2008Readers,[32] PM2014,[36] Slant2014[38]
BioShock 2007 First-Person Shooter 14 PC, Xbox 360 Destructoid2000s,[59] Edge2013,[6] Empire2014,[11] Eurogamer7thGen,[71] GamesRadar,[46] GameSpyPC2000s,[64] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] IGN2011Modern,[74] Metacritic,[34] PCGamer2011,[66] PCGamer2013,[67] PM2014,[36] Slant2014[38]
Galaga 1981 Shoot 'Em Up 13 Arcade EGM1997Dev,[50] EGM2001,[8] EGM2006,[9] G4,[13] GameSpyArcade,[56] GF2004,[16] GF2009,[18] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] GuinnessArcade,[57] IGN2003,[27] KLOV,[69] Time[48]
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 Platformer 13 Sega Genesis/Mega Drive EGM1997,[45] EGM2001,[8] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GamingBolt,[15] GI2009,[22] GuinnessConsole,[25] IGN10s,[26] NowGamer,[35] RetroGamer,[37] Yahoo[42]
Shenmue 1999 Adventure 13 Sega Dreamcast Empire2009,[10] Empire2014,[11] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2008Readers,[32] Edge2007,[4] Maniac,[33] NowGamer,[35] Slant2014,[38] Stuff2008,[39] Yahoo[42]
The Last of Us 2013 Survival Horror 13 PlayStation 3 Edge2013,[6] Edge10s,[7] Eurogamer7thGen,[71] GamesRadar,[46] Empire2014,[11] GF2014,[19] Metacritic,[34] IGN10s,[26] IGN7thGen,[73] Edge7thGen,[72] GameRankings,[14] PM2014,[36] Slant2014[38]
Mega Man 2 1988 Platformer 12 Nintendo Entertainment System EGM1997,[45] EGM2001,[8] EGM2006,[9] G4,[13] GameSpot2006,[23] GamesRadar,[46] GameSpy80s,[62] GF2009,[18] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] IGN2007,[31] PM2014[36]
Final Fantasy IV 1991 Role-Playing Game 12 Super Nintendo Entertainment System EGM2006,[9] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005,[28] IGN2007,[31] EGM2001,[8] Famitsu2006,[12] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GameSpot2006,[23] GI2001,[21] GI2009[22]
Daytona USA 1993 Racing 12 Arcade CVG2000,[2] EGM1997Arcade,[54] EGM1997Dev,[50] EGM2006,[9] EGM2001,[8] Edge2009,[5] Empire2009,[10] GuinnessArcade,[57] KLOV,[69] NextGen1996,[52] NowGamer,[35] Yahoo[42]
Advance Wars 2001 Turn-Based Tactics 12 Game Boy Advance Edge10s,[7] EGM2006,[9] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005,[28] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2007,[31] IGN2008Readers,[32] Edge2007,[4] Edge2009,[5] GF2005,[17] GuinnessConsole[25]
Metroid 1986 Platform-Adventure 11 Nintendo Entertainment System EGM1997,[45] EGM2006,[9] Famitsu1989,[61] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GameSpy80s,[62] GameSpot2006,[23] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] Time[48]
Gunstar Heroes 1993 Run & Gun Shooter 11 Sega Genesis/Mega Drive EGM2006,[9] EGM1997,[45] EGM2001,[8] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GuinnessConsole,[25] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005Readers,[29] NowGamer,[35] RetroGamer[37]
Xenogears 1998 Role-Playing Game 11 PlayStation IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2008Readers,[30] Dengeki,[44] Famitsu2006,[12] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] PM2014,[36] Slant2014[38]
Deus Ex 2000 Role-Playing Shooter 11 PC CVG2007PC,[49] Destructoid2000s,[59] Empire2014,[11] GameSpyPC2000s,[64] GamesRadar,[46] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GI2009[22] IGN2005Readers,[29] PCGamer2013,[67] Time[48]
Kingdom Hearts 2002 Action Role-Playing Game 11 PlayStation 2 Destructoid2000s,[59] Empire2014,[11] IGN2005,[28] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2008Readers,[32] Famitsu2006,[12] G4,[13] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014[19]
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004 Action-Adventure 11 PlayStation 2 Destructoid2000s,[59] Edge2009,[5] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GI2009,[22] GuinnessConsole,[25] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2008Readers,[32] Stuff2014[40]
Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Action-Adventure 11 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Edge10s,[7] GamesRadar,[46] GameSpot2014,[24] GF2009,[18] IGN2011Modern,[74] IGN10s,[26] GameRankings,[14] Metacritic,[34] PCGamer2011,[66] PM2014,[36] Slant2014[38]
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 2009 Action-Adventure 11 PlayStation 3 Destructoid2000s,[59] IGN2000s,[65] IGN2011Modern,[74] GF2014,[19] GamesRadar,[46] Empire2014,[11] Metacritic,[34] GameRankings,[14] PM2014,[36] Slant2014[38] UnikGamer[41]
Mass Effect 2 2010 Role-Playing Shooter 11 PC, Xbox 360 Empire2014,[11] GameRankings,[14] GamesRadar,[46] GF2014,[19] IGN2011Modern,[74] Metacritic,[34] PCGamer2011,[66] PCGamer2013,[67] PM2014,[36] Slant2014,[38] UnikGamer[41]
OutRun 1986 Racing 10 Arcade CVG2000,[2] G4,[13] GameSpyArcade,[56] GuinnessArcade,[57] KLOV,[69] NextGen1996,[52] NowGamer,[35] RetroGamer,[37] Stuff2008,[39] Time,[48] Yahoo[42]
Grim Fandango 1998 Adventure 10 PC CVG2007PC,[49] Empire2014,[11] IGN2005,[28] IGN2007,[31] PCGamer2011,[66] GamesRadar,[46] GameSpyPC90s,[70] PCGamer2013,[67] PM2014,[36] Slant2014[38]
Portal 2007 Puzzle Platformer 10 PC, Xbox 360 Destructoid2000s,[59] Edge2013,[6] Eurogamer7thGen,[71] PCGamer2011,[66] GF2009,[18] GamesRadar,[46] GameSpyPC2000s,[64] Empire2014,[11] Slant2014,[38] UnikGamer[41]
Red Dead Redemption 2010 Action-Adventure 10 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Edge2013,[6] Edge10s,[7] Eurogamer7thGen,[71] GF2014,[19] GamesRadar,[46] Empire2014,[11] IGN2011Modern,[74] Metacritic,[34] PM2014,[36] Slant2014[38]
Super Mario Galaxy 2 2010 Platformer 10 Nintendo Wii Edge10s,[7] Empire2014,[11] GF2014,[19] GameRankings,[14] GameSpot2014,[24] GamesRadar,[46] IGN10s,[26] IGN2011Modern,[74] IGN7thGen,[73] Metacritic[34]
Dark Souls 2011 Action Role-Playing Game 10 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Edge2013,[6] Edge10s,[7] Edge7thGen,[72] Eurogamer7thGen,[71] Empire2014,[11] GamesRadar,[46] GF2014,[19] IGN7thGen,[73] PCGamer2013,[67] PM2014[36]
Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Action-Adventure 10 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Edge10s,[7] Empire2014,[11] GF2014,[19] GamesRadar,[46] Metacritic,[34] GameRankings,[14] Edge7thGen,[72] IGN10s,[26] IGN7thGen,[73] Slant2014[38]
Portal 2 2011 Puzzle Platformer 9 PC, Mac OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 IGN7thGen,[73] IGN2011Modern,[74] Empire2014,[11] GameRankings,[14] GF2014,[19] Metacritic,[34] GamingBolt,[15] PM2014,[36] Slant2014,[38]
Virtua Fighter 2 1994 Fighting 9 Arcade EGM1997,[45] EGM1997Dev,[50] EGM2001,[8] EGM2006,[9] Famitsu2006,[12] IGN2003,[27] NextGen1996,[52] NextGen1999,[58] Stuff2008[39]
Nights into Dreams... 1996 Action 9 Sega Saturn CVG2000,[2] EGM2006,[9] Edge2007,[4] EGM1997,[45] EGM2001,[8] GF2004,[16] GF2005,[17] NextGen1996,[52] NowGamer[35]
Gran Turismo 1997 Racing Simulation 9 PlayStation CVG2000,[2] Edge10s,[7] EGM2006,[9] Empire2009,[10] GameSpot2006,[23] GF2005,[17] GI2001,[21] GI2009,[22] GuinnessConsole[25]
Panzer Dragoon Saga 1998 Role-Playing Game 9 Sega Saturn CVG2000,[2] EGM2001,[8] EGM2006,[9] G4,[13] GF2004,[16] GI2001,[21] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2007,[31] NowGamer[35]
Counter-Strike 2000 First-Person Shooter 9 PC Empire2014,[11] GameSpyPC90s,[70] GameSpyPC2000s,[64] GamesRadar,[46] GF2005,[17] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005,[28] IGN2000s,[65] PCGamer2011[66]
Ōkami 2006 Action-Adventure 9 PlayStation 2 Destructoid2000s,[59] Edge2007,[4] Empire2009,[10] Empire2014,[11] GI2009,[22] IGN2007,[31] IGN2000s,[65] Slant2014,[38] Stuff2008[39]
Fallout 3 2008 Role-Playing Shooter 9 PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Empire2014,[11] Eurogamer7thGen,[71] GamesRadar,[46] IGN2011Modern,[74] IGN7thGen,[73] PCGamer2013,[67] PM2014,[36] Slant2014,[38] UnikGamer[41]
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 2008 Stealth 9 PlayStation 3 Empire2009,[10] Empire2014,[11] GF2009,[18] GameSpot2014,[24] IGN10s,[26] IGN2008Readers,[32] IGN10s,[26] IGN7thGen,[73] Slant2014[38]
Street Fighter IV 2008 Fighting 9 Arcade Edge2009,[5] Edge10s,[7] Edge7thGen,[72] Eurogamer7thGen,[71] G4,[13] GamesRadar,[46] GF2009,[18] IGN7thGen,[73] MyGameMag[60]
Batman: Arkham City 2011 Action-Adventure 9 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 G4,[13] IGN7thGen,[73] Empire2014,[11] Metacritic,[34] GameRankings,[14] GamingBolt,[15] GF2014,[19] PM2014,[36] Slant2014[38]
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2011 Action Role-Playing Game 9 PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Eurogamer7thGen,[71] GF2014,[19] GamesRadar,[46] Empire2014,[11] Edge7thGen,[72] IGN7thGen,[73] Metacritic,[34] PCGamer2013,[67] PM2014[36]
Journey 2012 Adventure 9 PlayStation 3 Empire2014,[11] Eurogamer7thGen,[71] GameSpot2014,[24] GamesRadar 2013,[46] Metacritic,[34] GameRankings,[14] IGN7thGen,[73] PM2014,[36] Slant2014[38]
Tecmo Bowl 1987 Sports 8 Arcade EGM1997Dev,[50] EGM2006,[9] GameSpy80s,[62] G4,[13] GameSpot2006,[23] IGN2003,[27] IGN2007,[31] Time[48]
Sega Rally 1994 Racing 8 Arcade CVG2000,[2] GamesRadar,[46] EGM1997,[45] Edge2007,[4] GuinnessConsole,[25] NextGen1996,[52] NowGamer,[35] Stuff2008[39]
Tekken 2 1995 Fighting 8 Arcade EGM1997,[45] EGM1997Dev,[50] EGM1997Readers,[51] Empire2009,[10] GI2001,[21] GameSpot2006,[23] GuinnessConsole,[25] NextGen1996[52]
Chrono Cross 1999 Role-Playing Game 8 PlayStation EGM2001,[8] GF2005,[17] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GI2001,[21] GameSpot2014,[24] IGN2008Readers,[32] Slant2014[38]
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess 2006 Action-Adventure 8 Nintendo Wii Edge2009,[5] Empire2009,[10] Empire2014,[11] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] GameRankings,[14] IGN2008Readers,[32] Metacritic[34]
Super Smash Bros. Brawl 2008 Fighting 8 Nintendo Wii Empire2009,[10] Edge2009,[5] Empire2014,[11] Eurogamer,[71] GF2009,[18] GF2014,[19] IGN2011Modern,[74] IGN2008Readers[32]
Dragon Quest 1986 Role-Playing Game 7 Nintendo Entertainment System Famitsu1989,[61] Famitsu2006,[12] GameSpy80s,[62] GF2005,[17] GI2001,[21] IGN2005,[28] IGN2007[31]
Ninja Gaiden 1988 Platformer 7 Nintendo Entertainment System EGM2001,[8] Famitsu1989,[61] GF2009,[18] G4,[13] GameSpy80s,[62] GI2001,[21] GI2009[22]
Herzog Zwei 1989 Real-Time Strategy 7 Sega Genesis/Mega Drive EG1992,[53] EGM1997,[45] EGM2001,[8] IGN2003,[27] IGN2005,[28] NextGen1996,[52] NextGen1999[58]
Ridge Racer 1993 Racing 7 Arcade EGM2006,[9] FHM,[55] GI2001,[21] GuinnessArcade,[57] GuinnessConsole,[25] NowGamer,[35] Yahoo[42]
EarthBound 1994 Role-Playing Game 7 Super Nintendo Entertainment System GamesRadar,[46] GamingBolt,[15] GF2005,[17] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2008Readers,[32] NowGamer,[35] Slant2014[38]
Tekken 3 1997 Fighting 8 Arcade CVG2000,[2] Edge2007,[4] EGM1997Arcade,[54] Metacritic,[34] GF2005,[17] GI1999,[20] GameRankings[14]GamesRadar[75]
Phantasy Star II 1989 Role-Playing Game 6 Sega Genesis/Mega Drive EGM1997,[45] EGM2001,[8] EGM2006,[9] GameSpot2006,[23] IGN2003,[27] Stuff2008[39]
Shenmue II 2001 Adventure 6 Sega Dreamcast Destructoid2000s,[59] Empire2014,[11] IGN2005Readers,[29] IGN2006Readers,[30] IGN2008Readers,[32] RetroGamer[37]
Streets of Rage 2 1992 Beat 'Em Up 5 Arcade GF2009,[18] NowGamer,[35] RetroGamer,[37] Stuff2008,[39] Stuff2014[40]

Other criteria

Metacritic
Video Game Publisher Platform Year Average score Number of reviews Refs
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Nintendo Nintendo 64 1998 99 22 reviews [76]
Grand Theft Auto IV Rockstar Games Xbox 360 2008 98 86 reviews [77]
SoulCalibur Namco Dreamcast 1999 98 24 reviews [78]
Super Mario Galaxy 2 Nintendo Wii 2010 97 87 reviews [79]
Super Mario Galaxy Nintendo Wii 2007 97 73 reviews [80]
Metroid Prime Nintendo GameCube 2002 97 70 reviews [81]
Halo: Combat Evolved Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 2001 97 68 reviews [82]
Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar Games Xbox 360 2013 97 58 reviews [83]
Grand Theft Auto III Rockstar Games PlayStation 2 2001 97 56 reviews [84]
Perfect Dark Nintendo Nintendo 64 2000 97 30 reviews [85]
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 Activision PlayStation 2 2001 97 34 reviews [86]
NFL 2K1 Sega Dreamcast 2000 97 22 reviews [87]
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Sony Computer Entertainment PlayStation 3 2009 96 105 reviews [88]
Mass Effect 2 Electronic Arts Xbox 360 2010 96 98 reviews [89]
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Bethesda Softworks Xbox 360 2011 96 89 reviews [90]
BioShock 2K Games Xbox 360 2007 96 88 reviews [91]
Resident Evil 4 Capcom GameCube 2005 96 82 reviews [92]
Half-Life 2 Valve Software PC 2004 96 81 reviews [93]
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Nintendo GameCube 2003 96 80 reviews [94]
Batman: Arkham City Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment PlayStation 3 2011 96 42 reviews [95]
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty Konami PlayStation 2 2001 96 42 reviews [96]
Half-Life Valve Software PC 1998 96 24 reviews [97]
GoldenEye 007 Nintendo Nintendo 64 1997 96 21 reviews [98]

Notes:

  • Only video games with 20 reviews or more are included.
  • Only the best reviewed version per game is used, filtering out multi-platform releases.
GameRankings
Video Game Publisher Platform Year Average score Number of reviews Refs
Super Mario Galaxy Nintendo Wii 2007 97.64 78 reviews [99]
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Nintendo Nintendo 64 1998 97.54 28 reviews [100]
Super Mario Galaxy 2 Nintendo Wii 2010 97.35 56 reviews [101]
Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar Games PlayStation 3 2013 97.01 34 reviews [102]
SoulCalibur Namco Dreamcast 1999 96.56 25 reviews [103]
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Sony Computer Entertainment PlayStation 3 2009 96.43 82 reviews [104]
Super Mario 64 Nintendo Nintendo 64 1996 96.41 22 reviews [105]
Metroid Prime Nintendo GameCube 2002 96.33 87 reviews [106]
Batman: Arkham City Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment PlayStation 3 2011 95.94 33 reviews [107]
Resident Evil 4 Capcom PlayStation 2 2005 95.85 54 reviews [108]
Tekken 3 Namco PlayStation 1998 95.80 23 reviews [109]
Mass Effect 2 Electronic Arts Xbox 360 2010 95.77 75 reviews [110]
Halo: Combat Evolved Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 2001 95.54 78 reviews [111]
Half-Life 2 Valve Software PC 2004 95.48 86 reviews [112]
Grand Theft Auto III Rockstar Games PlayStation 2 2001 95.19 69 reviews [113]
Portal 2 Valve Software PC 2011 95.16 38 reviews [114]
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Bethesda Softworks Xbox 360 2011 95.15 75 reviews [115]
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty Konami PlayStation 2 2001 95.09 68 reviews [116]
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Rockstar Games PlayStation 2 2004 95.08 94 reviews [117]

Notes:

  • Only video games with 20 reviews or more are included.
  • Only the best reviewed version per game is used, filtering out multi-platform releases.

See also

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