What Is The Best Video Game Of All Time? 289 Lists Later And There Is An Answer!

What is the best video game of all time? It’s a question that I have been looking into forming an answer for over the last six months and I finally have an answer that I am really happy with.

How? Well I spend countless hours finding ‘best of’ lists from around the internet and forming a combined list. This included lists that dealt with best of year, best of decade, best of generation, best of genre, best of console and (of course) best ever.

In total I combined the ratings of 289 lists from sources such as IGN, Gamesradar+, Kotaku, Eurogamer, Retro Sanctuary, Retrogamer, Complex, Arcade Sushi and (the now sadly defunt) Official Nintendo Magazine.  Using a half-life method to calculate points depending on position, list length and whether it was ranked or not I am happy to share the up-to-date list of:

The 100 Most Acclaimed Games Ever

Rank Name Year
1 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 1998
2 Resident Evil 4 2005
3 Super Mario 64 1996
4 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 1991
5 Super Mario World 1991
6 BioShock 2007
7 Chrono Trigger 1995
8 Super Metroid 1994
9 Half-Life 2 2004
10 Tetris 1985
11 Final Fantasy VII 1997
12 Super Mario Bros. 3 1990
13 Mass Effect 2 2010
14 Shadow of the Colossus 2005
15 Super Mario Bros. 1985
16 World of Warcraft 2004
17 GoldenEye 007 1997
18 Red Dead Redemption 2010
19 Minecraft 2011
20 Portal 2 2011
21 Halo: Combat Evolved 2001
22 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 2002
23 Portal 2007
24 Super Mario Kart 1992
25 Metroid Prime 2002
26 Metal Gear Solid 1998
27 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2011
28 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 1997
29 Fallout 3 2008
30 Resident Evil 1996
31 Grand Theft Auto V 2013
32 Deus Ex 2000
33 Doom 1993
34 The Last of Us 2013
35 Street Fighter II 1991
36 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2003
37 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2007
38 Okami 2006
39 The Walking Dead 2012
40 Final Fantasy VI 1994
41 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 2009
42 Yoshi’s Island 1995
43 Pokemon Red/Blue 1998
44 Final Fantasy X 2001
45 Super Smash Bros. Melee 2001
46 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004
47 Sonic the Hedgehog 1991
48 The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 2000
49 Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 2004
50 Dark Souls 2011
51 Diablo II 2000
52 Super Mario Galaxy 2007
53 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess 2006
54 Batman: Arkham City 2011
55 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty 2001
56 Donkey Kong 1981
57 Braid 2008
58 Secret of Mana 1993
59 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 2003
60 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002
61 The Legend of Zelda 1986
62 Ico 2001
63 Grand Theft Auto III 2001
64 Earthbound 1994
65 Pac-Man 1980
66 Tomb Raider 1996
67 Soul Calibur II 2002
68 Half-Life 1998
69 Mega Man 2 1989
70 Final Fantasy Tactics 1997
71 Silent Hill 2 2001
72 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 2006
73 Team Fortress 2 2007
74 Starcraft 1998
75 Beyond Good & Evil 2003
76 Super Mario Galaxy 2 2010
77 Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars 1996
78 Space Invaders 1978
79 Punch-Out!! 1987
80 Super Smash Bros. Brawl 2008
81 Perfect Dark 2000
82 Resident Evil 2 1998
83 Mario Kart 64 1996
84 Mass Effect 2007
85 Dead Space 2008
86 Rayman Legends 2013
87 Tomb Raider 2013
88 Kingdom Hearts 2002
89 Burnout 3: Takedown 2004
90 Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag 2013
91 Baldur’s Gate II 2000
92 The Secret of Monkey Island 1990
93 NBA Jam 1993
94 God of War 2005
95 Limbo 2010
96 Banjo Kazooie 1998
97 F-Zero 1990
98 SoulCalibur 1999
99 Animal Crossing 2001
100 Batman: Arkham Asylum 2009

List Item: Play 100 of the greatest computer games
Progress: 43/100

Of course when it comes to these lists it is all based on opinion, but in the end there was no question, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time just ran away with it completely.

Do you disagree with this list? Is your favourite game not on here? Do you have random ‘best of’ lists that I might have missed and should include when I update this list next year?

Would you like to see the extended list (I have a pretty stable list of between 400 and 500 games) on its own website with more details?

Please feel free to sound off in the comments!

1 thought on “What Is The Best Video Game Of All Time? 289 Lists Later And There Is An Answer!

  1. Hey, I’m new to this blog, but I just wanted to compliment this fantastic video games list! I would genuinely be interested in seeing an expanded Top 500 that you mention at the bottom of the list, though if it is too much trouble don’t feel pressured.

    Once again, awesome list!

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