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.

A Role-Playing Game is hard to define. They have to be character-driven, but not always. There has to be a fantasy or sci-fi element, but not always. There has to be a deep, immersive story, but not always. There has to be a leveling or empowerment system, but not always. There has to be an element of freedom, but not always. The combat has to prioritize strategy over quick reflexes, but not always.

I think the key to a good RPG is escapism. Either escaping into the role of an established character like Link, Cloud, or Crono, or a character you create, like Fable's "Hero," Dragon Age: Inquisition's "Herald," or Skyrim's "Dragonborn." An RPG engages you, tries to sell you on the fantasy of who you are, or where you are, depending on what the main selling point of the game is.

As much of a sucker as I am for the occasional beat-'em-up, tournament fighter, Metroidvania, or other type of polished combat game, at the end of the day, I will always come back to the good old ...more

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

I think that they are the best games ever

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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


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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!

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

Legend of Zelda ocarina of time - venomouskillingmachine

I Love action Mostly 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

No other gaming type keeps my attention hair triggered or frightens me like a bunch of brain crabs in HalfLife or Halo bursting in an explosion onto the screen.

Is good ye? u get me?

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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.

Does sandbox and open world are same thing?

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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?

A great, way to relax and, very simple to make. They are by far one of the greatest genres.

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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!

Way too underrated

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9 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

Hack n Slash games give me the best feeling of gaming. In my own opinion, this is my 3rd favorite genre.

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10 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.

Metal Gear Solid, the best stealth video game franchise of all time.

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


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The Contenders

11 Turn-Based Strategy

This is a very special genre which captures fascinating sides of different tabletop games. A great genre for rest and relaxing. Who would not want to spend some time behind Civilization, Total war or Heroes campaign? For sure I do!


12 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.

Outlast was best they actually did it right

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13 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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14 Third-Person Shooter

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

Last of us is awesome

This isn't really a genre - MRniceguy583

Not really a genre but Resident Evil, Tom Clancy, Splatoon, Uncharted etc. You just can't play enough of these franchises. - B1ueNew

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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.


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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

I like the sims game,its very intresting

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 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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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!

Guild Wars 2 is my favorite game. Also, random fact, the rank 15 on this site, "Legendary Defender of Ascalon", references the first game. - Cyri


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19 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.

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.)


Love the puzzles.. train by brain

21 2-D Sidescrollers
22 Point-and-click adventure

This is my favorite genre. It requires a fair amount of thinking to get through these games, due to the puzzles, and the storytelling capabilities are limitless.

Telltale's The Walking Dead

Quest For Glory, Space Quest, King's Quest, Police Quest, ZackMcKracken, Loom and Monkey Island, enough said. - darthvadern


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23 Party
24 Sports

They are beast especially FIFA

NBA LIVE 15 for the Xbox one!

Why not just play sports irl? - 8chAnonymous

Pretty competetive love it

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To be honest JRPG should be in the same spot as RPG since a JRPG is just a RPG from Japan. But oh well.

26 Tower Defense

Pokemon tower defense is the best!

Guys really good genre come on

27 Battle Royale

Just like fortnight.

Can't deny it, despite it being new it's incredibly fun

Popularity number 1 in 2018


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28 Scrolling Shooters

Personally Nothing is more thrilling then facing off with countless enemies, trying to fire at the enemies, it reminds me of arcade games honestly.

HOW IS 26! Amazing games such as megaman are in this genre - Alapisboy

Go play some Ketsui. It's amazing.

29 Multiplayer Online Battle Arena

Most Addicting and Competitive games oh and of course intense game mechanics

Lol, Dota, Heroes, it's whatever you choose

Amazing and fun to play

I like mobile legends, Arden of valour, lol, clash Royale all of them! Battle arenas are number 1

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30 War


31 Roguelike

Unlimited replayability.


These games should be at least 15.
These games just have such a unique feel to it, there's no way to describe this genre.
The defining feature about this genre is that in most rogue-likes you will never play two playthroughs the same.

32 Builder

Very Underrated Genre

33 Tactical RPG

Valiant Force

Lol fire emblem

34 Indie

Indie games are amazing! Run and gun games like Cuphead, to building games like Minecraft~!

35 Open First-Person Shooter

Ever played far cry

36 Trivia
37 Bullet Hell

Example: Realm of the Mad God
Bullets flying everywhere, how can it get better than this..

RotMG is the best

Touhou is best

38 Wave Survival

I love wave survival game like call of duty zombies for example

My absolute favorite. It deserves far more attention.


39 Life Simulation

Is not it what every video game is about? The more you play, the more you ruin your real life. Sounds fair. A pretty popular trend nowadays, by the way.

How could this not be higher?

40 Survival-Adventure
41 Graphic Adventure
42 Clicker

Click click click

It is the best genre!

43 Mini Games
44 Adult
45 Monster Taming


46 Otome
47 Space Combat

Games like freespace and descent have left a legacy - Toucan


48 Manic Pixie Dream Girl
49 Music

Fun and always enjoyabl althpugh can be boring after a whiile necause of repetition and doing the same tning over and over

Minecraft is the best game in this genre, I love rock and roll like blood on the dance floor, 5 seconds if summer, Led Zeppelin, and Bastille. Bastille is the best rock band ever. 5sos is 2nd.

Led Zeppelin is awesome, Bastille is alright, but the rest suck. - Powerfultekin

50 Horror

Always exiting and keeps you on your toes, with horror games your bound to get scared but it thrills you to keep on going

I find that Horror games can go in depth with the story & really make you feel as if it was you in the game.

Outlast 2 is the best

so good

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