Top 10 Greatest Video-Game Genres


The Top Ten

1 Role-Playing Games

Action adventure is way to vague of a topic to be honest. I mean the only games that aren't action adventure are the simulation virtual creators. Seriously it shouldn't even be a genre. RPGs are the best genre for a number of reasons. 1 Every video game company makes them except for maybe valve.2 they include some of the best games ever for example: Zelda, Final Fantasy, Elder Scrolls, Earthbound series, Mass Effect. 3 it is also incredibly vague when you think about it. Role playing can refer to anything people want it to refer to. I managed to list off all these great games by narrowing the topic to some of the more obvious ones.

I love a good, long story and getting to control one as it plays out is all the better. While most games have a story behind them, I find myself getting most attached to characters in RPG's. From Lavitz in "Legend of the Dragoon", to Tidus in "FFX" to Liara in "Mass Effect," when I feel connected to characters, games become something much more to me; something personal. Add to that some potentially stellar gameplay and seeing characters grow personally and physically, I now have an experience. I'm not saying I couldn't find this in other game types, but I most consistently find it here.

Favorite RPG of all time: Mass Effect 2. First game that made me cry

It lets you play who you want to be. It has better plot than other genres

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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2 Sandbox

Sandbox is the best by many reasons:
- You can do most things, more than any other genre
- You can play it the way YOU want, and decide the way you aproach the story and objectives
- No matter if you beat it or not, there's always something new to do and never gets boring
- You can explore it, and do millions of things, the feeling of Freedom is unmatched
These type will always be the most realistic and close-to-life type of game. Even if it is sci fy or stuff, the point is you are not constantly limited to game mechanics like loading screens, invisible walls, etc.

Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, Assassin's Creed, Just Cause, Saints Row, Far Cry, Mafia, Skyrim... And so on
I'm sure if a videogame masterpiece is ever created, it will be a Sandbox game. - Dodolodo

Who doesn't like going out exploring, doing what the game has, getting more stuff or helping/terrorizing people with guns, blades, magic, rope, explosives or any other stuff the game offers?! Sandbox games rule!

L. A Noire, The Saboteur, Mafia II, Scarface: The World is Yours, all of which are video game masterpieces

You can do what you want!

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3 Action-Adventure

Action-Adventure come on. Portal, Metroid, star fox adventures, There the best games ever and are Action-Adventure. I just love Action with Adventure!

Legend of Zelda ocarina of time - venomouskillingmachine

The arkham games are the best they provide the best experience you feel like you can do anything

I like adventure

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4 First-Person Shooter

The Ability to experience the game as if you were the actual person in it, added on with amazing graphics that 2017 has produced and you has some of the most iconic game franchises in video-game history (such as Halo, Call of Duty, Destiny).

Not much creativity involved with these games, but still fun to annihilate someone with an rpg from two feet away

There is nothing better than playing a game that is seen from your perspective


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5 Open World

Open-world games are the best in my opinion. I'll explain to you what an open-world is before I explain why open-world games are great. First, let me show you some examples of open-world games.

Examples of open-world games:

-Grand Theft Auto

-Saints Row



-Sunset Overdrive

-Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time


-Sleeping Dogs

-Xenoblade Chronicles

Hopefully, this made the answer to "What is an open-world game? " more understandable. Open-world games are very similar to sandboxes. The difference is one thing. Sandboxes allow you to manipulate the environment or even create your environment. There's an obvious reason for why those games are called sandboxes. Of these open-world examples, Minecraft would be an obvious example of a sandbox game. The player can create and manipulate the world he wonders. An example of a sandbox game that is not an open-world is LittleBigPlanet. You ...more

This is confusing me. A large number of games come under both open world and sandbox, it even seems illogical to split the two. This should be a subset of sandbox, not a separate genre.

They offer us immense freedom and the most recent open world games have all provided us with massive and living worlds to get lost in.

What is the difference between open world and sandbox? - TopTener

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6 Platformer

What? A game you can actually pick-up, play, and have a blast with in the first thirty seconds? By far the most accessible and most enjoyable genre.

This should be number 1 for it gave a new experience in gaming and is a fun genre, best to me.

Come on! Why isn't this number 1?

Good Fun

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7 Fighting

There great games. People really ignore the great gameplay behind these the only thing people see is beating up your opponent to the right, but it's so much more. Action-Adventue games are almost all ways credited for story and gameplay. Just think for a second, Mortal Kombat has a phenomenal story, Tekken has a good story, Soul Calibur has a good story. I find fighting games very good and I am unsatisfied with the fact that is is under open world games correct me if I am wrong but Open world is the same as Sand Box/ Free Roam so that could be changed...

In the 90's it was the most popular genre and I must admit, it's still looks good. Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Soul Calibur, Tekken, Virtua Fighter, DOA etc - Magnolia

It Should Be Number 1 Is The Best Video Game Genre Ever - MEGAMANZEROSTRIDER

The only games I've played in this genre are Smackdown: Shut Your Mouth, Smackdown: Here Comes the Pain, Smackdown Vs Raw series and WWE 2K16, - jezza0

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8 Real-Time Strategy

This is among the top 3 genre for anyone who can "think" and execute tasks at the right time. Maybe that's why this genre is underrated, people are too lazy to think. This genre requires higher skill than any other gaming genre. Eg : No normal player would ever beat a starcraft 2 player in their lifetimes unless they decide to go for professional gaming in starcraft 2 themselves.

No, seriously? Not even among top 10? Shame on you!

Raise an army or minions, kill your enemies!

My ass

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9 Stealth

Well, Stealth is almost always a sandbox and usually involves sneaking up on opponents and killing them. Stealth can also be combined with action adventure examples of this are SHADOW OF MORDOR and ASSASSIN'S CREED.

I always like when you get to be sneaky in a game. - Glirkinsnoff

Requires skill

Being stealth requires tactics. and there is nothing better than sucsefully killing your target from the shadows of the battle

10 Hack 'n Slash

Devil May Cry series, God of War series, both franchises were universal acclaim, and also other great hack & slash video games like Shinobi, Musashi, Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, etc. Bring this genre to top 10 RIGHT NOW!

Hack 'n Slash? Gotta Go With Devil may Cry

I love hack and slash games mmore than anything else especially god of war games

Star Wars Force Unleashed...need I say more?

The Contenders

11 Survival Horror

If done correctly, survival horror games can instill fear whilst remaining intriguing.
I feel that games where you cannot defend yourself to be the most impressive type of Survival Horror.

I find horror survival games fun and scary at the same time which is why I voted for survival horror

Best Genre ever in video game history. Resident evil and silent Hill are the best games ever.

Yes! Six Guns: Gang Showdown for the win!

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12 3-D Platformer

Will always be my favorite no matter what. Action-Adventure FPS and RPG are all tied next for me.

3 words "super Mario 64" that was first 3D platformer and the best

Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Super Mario, Sonic, Banjo-Kazooie, Jak, Ratchet, Tak. Haven't played Sly or Conker, but watched Pewdiepie play Conker's Bad Fur Day. I'm thinking about playing it mself. This genre is stacked especially the Spyro games.

The genre is full of timeless classics, but sadly is less used in the modern gaming era

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13 Turn-Based Strategy


14 Third-Person Shooter

Last of us is awesome

Max Payne is the best shooter ever, kids don't understand

This isn't really a genre - MRniceguy583

I love Grand Theft Auto

15 Racing

Racing should be the best type of game. It is so fun to drive however you like and drive cars that you might never be able to afford.

Racing games can be experimented with like making an action game based on racing and things like that

As a car enthusiast, I like racing games just because I will get to know about cars more and I enjoy them.

Gran Turismo, Forza, need for speed, and more. - Fullwalking2

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16 Simulation

You get never bored with simulation.
Ex: the sims, simcity,...

Goat simulator is the best simulation game where you play as goat - Aleksei

Simulator is, for me, the best and most realistic game genre made. I've played a lot of simulator games like "Euro Truck Simulator" (both the original and ETS2), "American Truck Simulator", "Microsoft Flight Simulator X", Farming Simulator series by Giants Software, "Spintires", "Construction-Simulator 2015", "Car Mechanic Simulator 2014", "My Summer Car" and "Goat Simulator".

I also love this genre because it has so various game concepts. All simulator games are different. Simulator games stand out from each other in one or another way.

17 Beat 'em Up

Beat em ups like Super Smash Bros are the best there is. You could be button smashing your way to victory, defending your team or even just playing for fun. Beat' em ups are the best.

Not like fighting, not like platformer. This is multiplayer, button mashing, awesomeness.

One thing Dark souls I

Beat 'em Up's all the way. The 90's for me were the best time for games because of all the awesome beat 'em ups. Then 3d became the norm and killed off the beat 'em up genre. I don't play a lot of newer games these days because it seems like gaming companies are so concerned with graphics and story that the game play just isn't as fun. I mean I played Metal Gear Solid 4 and geez, it was like half the damn game was just cut scenes. None of that s*** with beat 'em ups, you grab a friend pick your characters spend the next hour kicking ass.


Honestly I think MMORPGs are beautiful games because I simply love how it's like your living in the story yourself. Like reading, but at my computer, in a gorgeous world full of endless wonder. I also adore how you can share the joy of playing MMORPG with your friends! One of my favourite things to do when I have spare time is to blast through a dungeon on Dragon Nest with my level 95 Dark Avenger.

Look at WOW, Guild Wars 2, Tera, Dragon Nest! Come on!

Nothing to say..just DOTA 2

Mmorpg are open world with the exception of the "instances/raids"
one of the best genres in my opinion. you can socialize, they have great story and with the expansions they make they are infinite

19 Survival

It's Fun to start from scratch and look back at how you were like at the beginning. The feeling of progression along with the suspense at the beginning of each night makes these games extremely fun.

It is one of the best genres to play with friends as it can be great for team building but it can also be fun alone.

The feeling of the night closing in with no shelter or fire is what makes a survival game a survival game.

Its git the best atmisphere ever shooters suck

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20 Puzzle

Come on people. Tetris, Portal, Bejeweled, Candy Crush. So many great games under this genre. This should be at least #10!

Hang on, seriously? 1%? Puzzle games are my favourite! (Portal and Portal 2 in particular.)


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