Best Video Games of All Time

Regardless of genre, platform, and age; these are the greatest video games ever created.

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1The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Legend of zelda ocarina of time time is the best video game of all time it had an incredible awesome story the temples were all very very very fun my list of favorite temples go water forest fire spirit shadow time there was nothing bad about the game it was perfect unlike mario games the reason I don't like mario games is because besides paper mario the story is always save peach from bowser again and again and AGAIN IT GETS so BORING the game is different each time but the story never changes I don't count mario party and sports games and those I gave up on mario ever since I played legend of zelda cause the story is a million times better it has a different story every single game when marios story is ALWAYS SAVE PEACH FROM BOWSER MARIO SUCKS AND SO DOSE HIS GAMES THERE TO EASY AND NO STORY WHAT SO EVER mario sucks. Legend of zelda is the best game ever cause unlike mario its story changes every time and its harder then mario there are puzzles to figure out you have to use your ...more

Even though I'm only 12, I can still say that this game is indeed, the best video game ever! The game is very long, so you like never get bored of it. Plus, it's got many cleverly thought out puzzles that are fun to solve, ^^ lastly, the atmosphere is amazing! Very, very well made game!

This game is amazing. It requires you to think and is not afraid to not hold your hand and throw you into a game with no help. It is an accomplishment to beat this game. It is timeless and so uniquely difficult (yet rewarding) that to not have this rated as the best video game ever would be a lie. I love how it makes you think for yourself and figure things out because many games today do not do that. Most games walk you through step by step and fool you into thinking that you accomplished anything challenging. Dumb people like dumb games like that, but I believe that the challenge of this game scares a lot of dumb people away. Dumb people who couldn't really even apriciate this game for what it is in the first place. Have you ever played Call of Duty after playing Zelda? It makes you feel like an idiot. Seeing the easiness and mindlessness in such a widely popular game after playing a game so challenging is enlightening. Games like Call of Duty or Halo walk you through step by step, ...more

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2Super Smash Bros. Brawl

One of the only games left in the world (excluding Mario Kart) where you can go around to your mates for some good, fun gaming.
One of the better looking games on the Wii, the single player is decent and the replayability is near endless...
But it's the multiplayer that gives it my vote. =D
People please vote this game higher to show that Nintendo still has the ability to contend with the likes of Halo and Call of Duty! D

Best... Game... Ever... There is no way anything can possibly change my opinion of this game. That is, until they come out with the next Smash Bros. Game.

SSBB is my stress reliever and my life. The multiplayer's awesome, and the Subspace Emissary lasts for an impressive 9 hours.

The Smash series as a whole has massive quality and unlimited replay value and multiplayer fun. - WonkeyDude98

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3Grand Theft Auto San Andreas

Best game of all time with best features and even though mediocre graphics still enough for everyones liking.

You'd have to be mad not to love this game, in San Best Grand Theft Auto and in my opinion, best game of all time.
Get it. Eight years late? Mate this game will last a century.

This is THE game. I can assure you that hundreds of thousands players still play this awesome game. You can virtually do anything. The missions are fun. There is multiplayer available for download( THIS IS THE BEST GAME.

Best game EVER Grand Theft Auto is the best game it should be 1

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4The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Laugh out loud its not even out yet but I know that this game will obliterate any other video game so that's why I'm casting my vote now because this game will be the best and there is no doubt in my mind that it will be amazing. No matter what anyone says. - Rando

This game is too epic to even be released to the general game public. Though it will be released (on an EPIC date: 11-11-11) soon, we already know that it is the best game ever made, and will be untill another new Elder Scrolls game will come out.

I LOVE SKYRIM! I am a total addict and I will play it for hours! I love it because there is never nothing to do and I love how sometimes I will go around a corner and get scared by something trying to kill me! Love Skyrim- no question that this is definitely the best game ever!

This game is absolutely perfect!

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Minecraft, the best game ever. On Minecraft you can do basically what ever you want. You can make a house, you can make a building. You can mine for the greatest Jewels and craft it with anything. Craft a pic axe to go mining. Craft a sword to fight off the monsters of the night. You can discover an abandon mine, Find lava or water. Craft an axe to chop up wood and make a house. Make what ever your imagination takes you. Craft a shovel to dig, Craft a hoe to make a farm. Collect resources to live. Mine redstone to make a machine, make a door bell or even a light bulb. Make a portal to another world. Discover new thing in the another world (the nether) or even in the real world. Kill monsters to brew new potions to heal or die. Make an enchanting table to enchant your tools to mine faster, dig faster, chop faster or make your sword more damage. Make armor to protect you, also enchant it for greater protection. Make anything with the best Jewels you mine. Have a pet animal including dogs and cats. Make a barn to get more resources. Find the secret portal to another world! 3 worlds, the normal world, the nether and the final world to beat the game, the end. In the end you have to make a strategy to kill the ender dragon. After you killed the dragon, you won the game. To win the game again, make the wither and kill it. After you done that, you can do whatever you want on your world. You can go on creative to fly and do what ever your imagination takes you. Make a server to go on your friends world, make a roller coaster or fight each other. If you die, it doesn't matter! You can respawn! You can blow up T.N. T and you can make a chest to put supplies in it. You can make a statue of what you want. You can eat food. On Minecraft, you can do whatever you want. Download it and Have fun!

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I was trying to decide between this and Dwarf Fortress (Which of course is nowhere to be seen on this list.) But if you were to force me to choose and threaten me with my life I think I'd Choose Minecraft. It's not just a game it's a phenomenon.

It unites a wide variety of people of different backgrounds and groups, different races, age groups, nationalities, political and religious beliefs, educations levels, creative artsy types(buildings), technical types(Red Stone), large group leaders(Massive builds and servers), small groups(Multiplayer), roleplayers(Multiplayer Servers and Multiplayer Survival Run), people interested in making levels and mingames(Adventure packs), People interested in changing the game itself(Modders) for both functionality as well as aesthetics(Texture packs and Shaders), hardcore challenge gamers(Survival on higher difficulties and Adventure Map Players) both ingame and out of game.

The Vanilla version itself has a fair amount of depth for it's simplicity, if your a hardcore player you can do a lot of high-end end game times with meta-knowledge like with Red Stone and Mechanisms, or if you can just simply build shapes, fight monsters, and explore the biomes, maybe have a garden and farm. In creative you can focus on pushing what you can build to it's limits or try to conquer nature in survival with limited means in much the same way humanity has done in the real world.(To an extent)

Then the mods multiple what you can do exponentially depending on the mods. There are entire sites and YouTube channels devoted to various facets of Minecraft, it's a game that is just as much defined by the community as it is by the developers. Some see it as a single player challenge, others as an infinite Lego brick collection, others as a way to organize group projects and/or events. Others still see it as them making their own story of their struggle against the world.(Books have been published that are simply "biographies" of ones adventures in these procedurally generated worlds.)

The reason I ultimately picked this over Dwarf Fortress was two-fold.

1. Minecraft (Unless heavily modded) Doesn't have the same depth of Dwarf Fortress however what it DOES have is a great deal of it for it's simplicity. Something Dwarf Fortress lacks is the ability to be user friendly and appear equally to everyone. Which brings me to...

2. Community. This is a hard one as well. Dwarf Fortress has an incredible community, but it often feels like (slightly trollish) group of researchers and their forums am academic journal. To play the game it requires a certain level of both intelligence and discipline which limits by necessity what kind of people can contribute to their community. Minecraft can appeal and unite both these people all the way down to a small three year old child of average intelligence that just wants a casual game.

Some people think Minecraft is highly overrated and from just an more

Minecraft inspires creativity. Minecraft has EVERYTHING. It has rpg elements, it has fighting, it has the undead, it has building, it has farming, it has exploration, it has survival, it has horror, and most importantly, it has an amazing online multiplayer mode. One thing I personally love about it is the retro graphics. This game is easy to get, and it's easy to pick up and play. This game is simply perfect.

Some people hate it because of the graphics, but they don't realize the creators intended for it to be blocky. It gives Minecraft it's own style, and it's very easy to build with.

Minecraft is a great game that I play day and night on my iPad and Xbox 360 I LOVE blowing up all my friends and sisters stuff up that takes them long to build looking at their face is hilarious I love the horror maps and that is why I like Minecraft

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6Super Mario 64

Who the hell thinks tomb raider deserves such a high place on this list. Mario kicks tomb raider's ass. - Clive888

This game is a classic! No one can forget this game. The stars, the levels, the Bowser bosses. This game is awesome! This is my favorite game and it always will be!

Why on earth is this game not higher on the list? Its way better than call of duty 4

This is the worst game I have ever played - Lord28

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7Halo 3

People always ask the question "what makes Halo so great? " I asked myself the same question for the longest time. It isn't the multiplayer, the gameplay, the campaign, or anything else that makes halo so great as how perfectly it combines all those things together. Halo's campaign the gameplay and storyline blew my mind. It's a game that will give you goosebumps throughout it, but will chill you to the bone with it's unforgettable ending (includes after-credits). You sit there in awe and you can't say anything. I couldn't find the worss to describe that feeling. It arguably has one of the greatest gaming storylines in history, and in my opinion, the best storyline in a game series. Halo 3 is also known for having one of the best FPS online multiplayer's to date. With all around outstanding game modes and maps that keep you searching for more. What makes halo 3's multiplayer so great is the fact that everybody, even starters have an even chance of being the best in the ...more

I have more great memories playing this game, with and without friends, single player or multiplayer, than any other game I've ever played. The only con I can think of was that fact that the story was a bit... Rushed, but that's only because Microsoft forced Halo 2 out of the gates before the campaign was done, so they had to cram it all into 3. Amazing game overall.

Arguably the best game from the Halo Franchise and also quite possibly the greatest FPS of all time. The online for this game is still being played all around the world, and it is still selling a lot of units. On the first day of its release Halo 3 reached $170 million dollars in the United States alone, and sold 3.3 million copies in the first 12 days and it sold 5.2 million copies WorldWide in the first two weeks and was dubbed the Best-selling Video Game of 2007.

I always enjoyed playing halo 3 with a friend the missions in that game where cool, getting lost was fun. Driving those convertibles was enjoying to do while shooting at bad guys. The only annoying thing was that girl she always gets in your way when your doing something important

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8Final Fantasy VII

Greatest PS1 game, greatest RPG, and just too much awesomeness to put into words. Best game ever, but Ocarina of Time is excellent as well. - GregRock

the first game that I actuly played seriously(i was only like 7 though). it was fun, exciting and lasted for many long hours of play. sure the graphics are bad, but the amazing gameplay makes up for it - lezakattack

While both Ocarina of Time and Tomb Raider (1) are exceptional, it has to be said that the depth, ingenuity and imagination that went into creating Final Fantasy VII puts it leagues beyond its' opposition.

I'm currently playing it and its pretty good

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9Super Mario Bros.

This is worth of number one. It was the game that ended a video game crash and recreated the whole concept of video games. It also is the second best selling all time video game. It basically started the platform genre and should be recognized for it's absolute brilliance. - Clive888

I don't care how advanced video games get, this one started it all. This game saved Nintendo from near bankruptcy and kicked off one of the greatest series of all time.

This list has way too many modern games. This was back when violence was unliked. There was no playstation whose black color resembles darkness and xbox whose green resembles vomit or slime. Just Nintendo, who was just straightforward games. But bottomline why is some piece of crud I've never heard of called Vampire something or other above this? And please tell me the guy who put Metal Gear, a game which is literally nothing but walking, dying, repeat above this. This was back when you couldn't save. You weren't simply just trying to finish the game over time, you had to finish it in one playtime. Much more awesome!

This game is old I can't believe its on here

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10Half Life 2

Why is tomb raider in first place?
It only has a girl with huge boobs

you already paid 'half life' when you play Half-Life.. - faizzent

Absolute awesome gameplay, it is a must play game and very historical for all the futerer ego shooter games!

Seriously? Like people are dying for Half-Life 3, and there's a reason for that. Guess what?

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11Red Dead Redemption

By far the most fun I've had in a video game. Other than MW2 and Skyrim Nothing comes close.

It won Game of the Year but it is still underrated. The story is absolutely amazing and actually covers a lot of life morals like racism, family, freedom, etc. Multiplayer never gets old too. Still an active game years after its release. - Riz123

11? Hell this should be in the top 5 at least. This game has a amazing story with characters that will stick to you till the end. The environment is beautiful and has so many things to do. Look I can go on forever about how great this game is and how no other game can touch its amazing story.

Why is Zelda #1 it comes nothing close to this it can't beat it

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12Grand Theft Auto IV

Awesome Game. I just love the Grand theft Auto series.
All other games were Awesome, And Grand Theft Auto IV was the awesomest.
But that main drawback was that It need a whole lot of hardware to run. I can't play that on my PC. In my opinion, Grand Theft Auto V is gonna be awesome and I HOPE I will require much less hardware.. Rockstar for the win

Playing Grand Theft Auto 4 feels like if we are watching a day of the foreign country. Video game city has never been that alive before

Grand Theft Auto series is just awesome. I was shocked to see it rated in the bottom of the list of top 100 games. Loved to see it in the top 10 here at leas t

There is so much here that makes it the best game I've ever played. The masterful storytelling, the amazing setting, the biting satire, the astounding driving and shooting, the list goes on.

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13Grand Theft Auto V

This game is awesome everything about it! I don't know where to start so I won't! I love this game.

This game has the best gameplay, graphics storyline and everything else that makes a video game. It is truly the best game ever. If you don't like it then, no offense, there is something wrong with you. The huge range of missions, cars, guns, the seemingly endless open world gameplay puts this game at the top of every list, and it has been on the top of every list since its release in 2013. And this is coming from a 10 year old who plays his older brothers copy.

Why the heck isn't this #1 yet!? Grand Theft Auto V truly lived up to the hype, and deserves the title BEST GAME EVER MADE. I can say as a person who thought Grand Theft Auto games were as mainstream as Call of Duty and didn't play them that Grand Theft Auto V is truly a game unlike any other, and is and will be the best game for a very long time

How could this game not be number 1 it is a awesome game fighting people that are your friends and family online

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14Mass Effect 2

There are some Great Games above me here, some of the Greatest I've ever played! Fallout 3, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 1 & 2, Resident Evil 4, Half Life 2, Grand Theft Auto IV AND San Andreas AND MANY MORE... But these are more or less the ones I have more experience playing, and I'm not saying that anything above, mentioned or not, is crap or anything pertaining to such thoughts, but once you've played Mass Effect, YOU KNOW Gaming doesn't get any better.

BEST story, great graphics, great gameplay... What else do you need. For me this will always be the best game ever made.

The characters and the story is just perfect. Put the entire trilogy at number 1.

I loved this game so much the ending is just so damn epic

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15The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Theories. Theories everywhere.

I love this game, Not my favorite game, but my favorite Zelda game. It has a hauntingly disturbing but glorious story, the characters feel much more easy to engage with, it brings everything we loved from Ocarina of time, and pampers that. Also, it's home to some of the best music I've heard in a video game. You have the well crafted Clock town theme, The frightening Final hour theme, and so many more. Somebody, elect this game for president and Oscar's award. Okay maybe not the first one... The game sets itself to dark, but also really enjoyable. As I said, it's not my favorite game, but definitely up there.


Best game of all time, not to mention the best atmosphere in any video game. It has a mysterious vibe and shows nintendo is willing to show for a more mature audience.

Best Zelda game. Best Adventure game. Best GAME. This game may have used the same gameplay mechanic and graphics as Ocarina of Time, but it took it to a whole mother level. Ocarina of time was amazing, but this game is an absolute masterpiece of work. Also, this game had the best story of any Zelda game. If you've never played this game, then go play it NOW! If you've played it but don't enjoy it, well then that just sucks for you. Rating: 10/10

This game has almost everything that was amazing about Ocarina of Time and adds even more amazing elements to it. The dark story, the deep characters, the mask collecting, the intense three-day time system! Need I go on? The world is fun to explore and sure there's only 4 dungeons but they are all great (yes, I even like the Great Bay Temple okay). Such a fantastic game, it's not only my favorite Zelda but probably my favorite game ever! - DrewtheGamer98

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16The Last of Us

Amazing graphics, awesome music, fun gameplay, really nice combat, and a whole lot more. Oh, and a beautiful story that changed my perspective and the way I think about things, and basically changed my life and who I am, no exaggeration.
A while back my brother beat the game and said, you have GOT to play the game. Since I had no intention to, he showed me the ending. Then, I went and watched a two hour movie of all the cutscenes and was amazed. I wanted to play the game so bad then, but worried that it would be boring since I knew everything that happened. I was proved wrong, the gameplay was just awesome and made the story even more effective. The game should've been so much longer. It is literally my definition of game perfection. This game was art.

I'm surprised this game isn't higher on the list, the graphics are superb, the storyline is amazing and The characters are incredibly deep and believable. Should be on the top 5 at least.

This Game gets everything perfect.

This game is great who wouldn't enjoy playing it

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17Super Smash Bros. Melee

By far the most ingeniously developed multiplayer fighting game. With a blend of characters all across the Nintendo universe, and a nigh flawless fighting system, this game belongs on just about any top ten list.

This game is my childhood. I remember when I finally beat the last event match I was stocked out of my mind. This game is the best in the series and is one of the best multiplayers of all time. Nothing can compare to the sheer beauty of beating the other players off the screen. It is safe to say friendships have been lost over this game :D.

Best game ever. Invested TONS of hours in this game. All but laughs at the end of every session. There are some games that hold good memories, but Melee is the one that sticks out.

Best Smash Bros. Game! This should be at five!

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18Fallout 3

This is the best game I have ever played. You can easily spend 200 hours in this game and still not. Done everything there is to do. I love the VATS gameplay, the story is very good. The graphics almost look real! I know this game came out like I don't know like five years ago I think? But it's still very good. In fact, at the time that It came out, it was the biggest video game world ever. I also love the amount of outcomes and paths you can go with in this game, there are so many possible endings, and also, if you have the broken steel add on, then the game never ends. It's like usually you die but if you have the broken steel add on then it's like the explosion made you go into a coma and you wake up 2 weeks later. I mean there are so many different paths, you can choose to go with the enclave, the brotherhood of steel, Reilly's rangers, the outcasts, and so many over groups you can choose to work with, or you can play the game solo. It is also free roam, so aside from the main story line, there are also lots and lots of side quests. Although, I warn you, DO NOT GET THE STEAM VERSION OF THIS GAME, IF YOU HAVE WINDOWS 7 THEN IT WILL CRASH WHEN YOU TRY TO OPEN IT, I LEARNED THOSE THE HARD WAY. BETHESDA HAS ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WILL NOT BE FIXING THIS! So umm yeah, that is the game. Also, well if you wanted to know what the story line is, well there was a war in the year 2050 I think it was, and nuclear bombs were dropped during the war, and like everything was destroyed, and most animals and things got mutated, but some people survived. Well the actual game takes place like 200 years after that all happened. And you are born, and you are taken to vault 101 the last safe place from all the bad people and mutated things and stuff. But you wake up one day to hear warning bells, and your friend waking you up, telling you that your dad escaped the vault, but the vault door hadn't been opened since the day that the bombs were dropped, that's what made it so safe, t here was a sealed door protecting the entrance, but somehow your dad opened it and escaped, and the guards think that you helped him, so the guards are looking for YOU. So that is when you have to escape the vault, and you are left in the capital wasteland, the name for where you are. And you are looking for your dad, and the rest is for you to decide. Also, I thought you might want to know, the game takes place in Washington, D.C. And the areas surrounding it. Overall, I give it 10 stars, even ign gave the game 9.6.

Put more than 500 hours at least on this game. It's my favorite video game no doubt. I also like Oblivion and Morrowind and New Vegas and Skyrim... Man Bethesda wins! - TheCamoGhost

Placement does not matter, this game is my favorite of all time. Let's hope that Fallout 4 will be just as good, I would say better, but I don't know how it could be.

This is the best game after Half life 2 and its episodes. This game is fun yet sad. You connect with your character in this game as he is your reflection. The game proceeds in the way you play it, each line you say, each person you kill will affect the game at some point.

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19Batman: Arkham City

Its the best game ever I have pass the story like 20 times because I am a huge batman fan also who don't want to be in arkham city kicking asses end being untouchable because of martial arts

What? What? What? What? What? What? What? Why isn't this number 5?

Its the best action/adventure game of all time and always will be! I almost cried at the end!

Needs to be a better place - Leoda1234

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20Portal 2

This game is fantastic. Although I agree that orcarina deserves its place, this should be much higher. Valve once again made a masterpiece. The voice acting is amazing, as it usually is in valve games. The graphics are also amazing, and there is a lot of small little details put in, like the vines growing from walls, cracks in the flooring, and even parts going down conveyer belts. The puzzles are also hard to solve, but not so hard that your gonna want to punch a hole through the screen. And the ending was fantastic, and quite a sad ending, with 2 amazing songs bringing closure (? ) to the series. And that last clip at the end nearly had me in tears, but laughing at the same time. The co-op mode is also fantastic, having to make you actually rely on your companion to get through the puzzles. The game also has an amazing fanbase, creating new levels every day. All in all, it is a fantastic game. I'd give it a 97%, and a spot at 3 on this list. - StormingShadow

As one of greatest games of all time, Portal 2 should be ranked way higher than it is. This game just screams brilliance. The characters, the plot, the writing, the physics, the puzzles, all crafted to perfection. And when you put the sales numbers up against other games from the same year,

The results are astounding. Modern Warfare 3 sold over 25 million copies, while portal 2 sold a mere 4 million. I'm not saying that the Call of Duty series is terrible. It has amazing multiplayer and you could spend hours of your day having fun with your friends. However, some people fail to recognize what is a true masterpiece in gaming. It has humor, wit, innovation, and will age EXTREMELY well. There are very few games that are amazing from start to finish, and this is certainly one of those games.

This sir, is a true masterpiece. This game has story, Easter eggs, humor, and even a scare factor! There are only 5 characters in this game and 3 of them do not even talk! This game has brought me SO MUCH LOVE! It has a beautiful story, amazing songs (even if there are only 4), and best of all, the best character in gaming EVER: GLaDOS!

Dumbest game that existed. They shouldn't have made this

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