Best Video Games of 2015

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The Top Ten

1 Fallout 4

This game is extremely overrated. Same formula as the previous games, very repetitive, not next gen. Yes it's very good, but about just as good at fallout 3 or maybe even worse. Bethesda's (more particularly Todd Howard's) luck to get on people's good side is soon going to fade. - MRniceguy583

The game does have its faults but it's combat, RPG elements, open world exploration and settlement building make it really enjoyable. - marmalade_skies

It's a great game but not everybody will like it. RPG is a genre that is not kept in high regards by most gamers. Just like high fantasy in literature RPG games are put down very very easily. But 2015 saw 2 of the best RPGs in modern times Witcher 3 and this. The fact that you can live a life you can't because of restraints is what makes them more appealing. Fallout gives you a post-apocalyptic life, Witcher gives you a medieval life to lead, Grand Theft Auto gives you the ability to lead a life in modern times.

Is this better than Fallout 3? Yes and No.

Yes: It has multiple improvements. First off, it is downright HUGE. 250 hours of main campaign, PLUS 200 hours of side-missions (Which Bethesda is GREAT at) and of course the new option to build stuff. You can build your own shed, house, settlements, security, defenses. It also has raiders who will occasionally raid the settlement. NPCs are a huge part in Bethesda games (Skyrim for example) and the sheer amount of things ...more

Holy crap this is way better than Fallout 3. don't listen to what people are saying. It's got a kind of similar formula: open world RPG shooter. But everything is vastly improved. Shooting mechanics are almost as good as Call of Duty (i don't really like that series but it does have good shooting mechanics.) Graphics are meh, but not horrible like people say. Base building will take up hours of your time, and is super fun. Did you like Skyrim? You will love Fallout 4. It is a lot like Skyrim but more choices seem to have a bit more impact. Also the story is much better than Fallout 3 or Skyrim. Plus, it has a very colorful world in comparison to those games. I'm 80 hours in and not even close to finished with content. I'm close to done with the main quest, but there's a ton of sidequests left. So if you want a game that's worth your money, this is worth paying that $60. More bang for your buck in comparison to, say, Assassin's Creed or nearly any game besides the Witcher 3.

Best game ever

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2 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

This game is #1. It's already considered to be the greatest RPG in history. And many fans are already claiming to be the greatest video game in history! It is perhaps the largest game ever made.. Or the largest in recent years - easily 30% longer than Skyrim.. And the longest, most fun story filled game this year with non stop action! Developers said it takes 50-100 hours to complete.. Which turned out to be on average 250 hours for many gamers to complete. I went about 400 hours! The graphics are beautiful. The side stories fit very well with the overall tone of the game. The musical score and composition is bar none - this game has everything... emotion, beautifully developed characters, plots, sub-plots, action, the list goes on and on...
had recently beat Bloodbourne before I played TW3.. So I wasn't holding out a lot of hope for it being that I thought From Softwares BB developed a very good game... Knowing the dynamics of story and game play would differ greatly I wanted to ...more

This game is absolutely incredible! The developers obviously put an immense amount of effort into creating such a deep and rich world for the player. The story is an emotional journey that's not all about killing monsters, but also about the relationships and bonds you form along your journey to save the world. The combat allows for many variations of combat that the player can choose from; whether you choose to use alchemy or magic to destroy your foes, or you prefer the classic silver sword (heck, why not all three?! ). Speaking of abilities, the developers also did an incredible job to not only make all the abilities given to you useful throughout the entire game, but they also make sure that they make the abilities balanced so that the player can choose any battle tactics they desire and they will work. During and after the story,there are so many kingdoms, forests, castles, dungeons, oceans, caves, towers, and other hidden gems to explore in this vast game. Whether you choose to ...more

Controls: Very good controls, combat functions extremely well while horseback and swimming are also pretty good

Graphics: Absolutely stunning game. Though the characters and cutscenes and monsters and items all look great, it's the in-game environments that make up the huge open world that really make the game the most beautiful I have ever seen.

Combat: Very satisfying combat. Plays like an Action RPG with heavy emphasis on the Action: similar to Dark Souls, the Witcher uses RPG stats for the gear and character stats while controlling like an action game. The Witcher uses two swords, one for monsters and one for mortals, and can also use a small crossbow, bombs, potions, and several spells. Switching between items is easy and seamless in the midst of a fight, and character progression is handled cleverly and uniquely, allowing for high customization within the boundaries set by the story of your character. While combat is very fun, due to the amount of content in the ...more

Best rpg ever. Full stop

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3 Batman: Arkham Knight

Batman Arkham Knight's story is amazing, the gameplay is fantastic, the graphics are incredible, but it is kind of repetitive and sometimes boring. The boss battles are ridiculous, but the Riddler was way improved.

I thought it was too...until I realized you had to get all those stupid riddler trophies all over again. Ugh. - Icantbelieveitsnotbutter

This game should be (in my opinion) tie with fallout 4 because they keep me playing them again and again with endless joy. And why is Star Wars battlefront on this list? I love it but The game isn't out yet, it's out when you get the DLC.

A wonderful, amazing open world game that not only tests your video game skills, but your mind as well.

I thought the story was the best in the series. It showed how the villains got into batman's head unlike any superhero game yet. There are tons of twists, great replay value, and incredible graphics.

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4 Super Mario Maker

Why play Call of Duty when you can play this? This should be No. 1. - drdevil

Anyone who has this game knows it is awesome you can make your own Mario courses even Mario kart ones!

I'm surprised no-one thought of this idea before...

Oh, and the game's great too. Obviously.

This should be #1 - BlueSheepYT

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5 Mortal Kombat X

Mortal Kombat 9 was great but this one is even BETTER! Seriously, it has much smarter reasons for fights, it has a great graphics and story. All characters are interesting, even new chars are great

Looks interesting. I'm already in love with this game - Magnolia

Mortal Kombat X is an amazing game with amazing graphics. Though I admit it is not the best game of 2015 it does come pretty close - isoldeivens18

Best game of 2015?...Maybe; maybe not. But I voted for it just because of how great the graphics are! The characters' eyes look rather funny, but on the whole the graphics for this game are superb. The redesigns on Kitana, Scorpion and Mileena are good too.

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6 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

2015 has been the best year for games since 1998. There, I said it. Every AAA title has blown expectations (except Halo 5 :( ) and it all really kicked off with MGSV. This was the first game I played this year that made me feel like I was really in the next generation, and this is from an Xbox fanboy who's never played a Metal Gear game before. The freedom you have in what you do is so relevant that I can't even fathom how well it works.

The best game to come out in over 20 years, and maybe of all time.

I had a hard time deciding between this game and Undertale but I have to give the award of best game of 2015 to this game. I love the way the gameplay mechanics worked together and the organic nature of the open-ended missions that allowed us to create our own memorable experiences, without being punished for deviating from stealth. Only downside is the overarching storyline lacks focus but this is truly a gameplay marvel, rewarding intelligence and creativity in a way few games do.

This list should be made after the games acutally come out.

Dear GOD! Why is this so low? This multiplayer and open world concept is REVOLUTIONARY, people! Just play this masterpiece and you'll see my point! - bakercomics

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7 Undertale

All things considered, Undertale is, without a doubt, one of the top 20 most overrated, yet also shockingly greatest, video games of all time. Don't let its obnoxiously cancerous, comically overblown, rapidly festering fanbase spawned from the deepest depths of Tumblr deceive you; this game lives up to its name (though probably not its hype) and is anything but mere clickbait.

To make a ridiculously long story short, I adore this simply fabulous role-playing masterpiece to death, and in hopes that its desperately needed Hard Mode will eventually be finished, I am most definitely giving it at least 9 out of 10 dollars just for its story alone. And I shall now take a very important and honorable vow...

A vow that every gamer who considers himself such fancy and egotistical words as "classy" and "intellectual" and all of that stupid pointless bollocks has absolutely NO excuse NOT to play this beauteous masterwork; if you're reading this and you still ...more - xandermartin98

Tumblr stereotyper. Please elaborate on what is wrong with the fanbase except for the immature little cocky kids. - iiKyodaiKickz

This game is a masterpiece. It has components that you just don't usually see put together properly worked in like a piece of art. It's witty characters, storyline, jokes, music, and art make you feel like a kid again. The fact that it has become so popular in less than six months blows my mind, and yet, I feel as though that's the way it should be. This game has been in development for YEARS, and I will tell you, the waiting did not disappoint. Not only does it have three runs (pacifist, neutral, and genocide) that you can do, but the story lines change almost completely! Depending on what run you do first, it can even mess up your second gameplay. While reminding me of other great games (specifically Pokémon), it is a game like no other. If you've never seen/played it before, I highly suggest it. It will hold a dear place in your heart.

This game was honestly the best game I've ever played. It's funny and emotional in a way that simply can't be recreated. The plot was full of twists and turns, and the attention to detail really surprised me. I loved finding all of the little Easter eggs and references. The characters are all so diverse different in personality. Not to mention the soundtrack, which is absolute fire if I do say so myself. And depending on what you choose to do with this little Underground realm, it gives you more than just a single expected ending. But be careful when playing, because even the littlest amount of EXP gained can come back to bite you. In True Pacifist, my favorite ending, it gets really heartfelt and emotional by the time you reach the final boss. It's feels-wracking, it's witty where it counts, and it's stocked with cool things to discover. And it's only ten dollars. Yup. All this for just ten bucks. Buying it was probably the best choice I've ever made on the Internet. So long story ...more

OVERRATED GAME
HORRIBLE FANBASE - BlueSheepYT

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8 Bloodborne

I imagine most of these games were released after this list lol. Bloodborne and dying light are the only games I consider any good, top 10 at least. Number one might be halo 5 or some other shooter genre, but for me bloodborne was similar to dark souls but also something new. Number one for the year in my opinion.

Amazing story, beautifully poetic environment, innovative yet simple combat (and weapons) that reflects the theme of the story, amazing level and enemy design, and I can continue jerking this game off but to me it all boils down to Lady Maria. I know it's DLC, but she is, in my opinion, literally the best boss in all of gaming.

Seriously how is this not in the top 10?

Amazing game, one of the best I've ever played. The best story I've seen in a game that I have played, fun and very difficult gameplay, the lore, just everything about this game is amazing.

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9 Call of Duty: Black Ops III

This game blows. It was advertised as being a leap forward for the series, but it's the same thing yet again except for the movement mechanics. Terrible campaign, boring multiplayer, half-decent zombies. Avoid.

This is by FAR my favorite Call of duty game ever made! I am absolutely in love with the new movement mechanics! the campaign could be better, but then again not many people get Call of Duty for the campaign. The new multiplayer is amazing! I love the specialists and how you can choose them. another great new feature is free run. This is an obstacle course based off the Wall-Running, Boost jumping, and power sliding. The graphics are amazing, unless you are playing on an Xbox 360 or a Playstation 3. The zombies mode is just as fun as the others, where this game features a zombies campaign, which is also named "Nightmares". No matter how you play, Black Ops 3 will blow you away!

I find it funny that people are complaint about it not innovating or doing new stuff. It's call of duty. If you want more Call of Duty you should get this game if not don't get it, it's as simple as that. I can't stand this game but those complaints don't really make sense if you want Call of Duty to innovate, don't buy it every year.

Ok, Fallout is the best to play, while this is the overall best.

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10 Halo 5: Guardians

This game was truly an upset in my opinion, the new abilities were fine the gameplay was fine, the campaign was a sorry excuse for a halo game such that I almost thought I was playing Call of Duty. That would have been acceptable, but they completely ruined multiplayer. Now the entire game revolves around reqs. They had a good concept; having ranked games to sort players into lobbies based on skill and not rank, but the ranking was based on a win-loss ratio which would have had a couple of issues anyway but the outcome of every game depended on who have the best reqs and who got their hands on the special weapon drops, so skill didn't play into the system or the multiplayer game at all. I honestly don't even think they deserve to call this Halo, regardless of the copyright. Someone needs to take Halo away from 343 until they can learn to treat it with respect

This game hangs at the border of Call of Duty and Halo. I was thoroughly disappointed by the amount of new material that brought the game further away from the general concept of Halo and more towards a game about the weapons in the game, and how cool the players can make them. That aside, I thought it was a decent game. I appreciate the game bringing back the infected game mode and the almost identical armors from Halo Reach. The Emile's Regards assassination was a nice nostalgic touch.
My biggest complaint for this game is: Where is the split screen? This should be a basic part of any Halo game. What's the fun of playing the game at your friend's house if only one of you can play? Not everyone has an Xbox One.

After playing this game for myself, I can honestly say it did not live up to the hype. The graphics, first, are indeed phenomenal. What I wouldn't give to experience it in virtual reality! But... looks don't make the cut. The campaign was cringe-worthy. You play as some strange spartan named "Loche" or "Lock" or something for the majority of the game, where the story is excruciatingly boring. Master Chief's segments are the game's only saving grace, but even then it feels lacking in plot. You're followed - whether Loche or Chief - by 3 mindless AIs that can't be controlled. My original hope for the game was the ability to play split-screen 4-players for the campaign, although I do see how that could have been hectic. Nonetheless, the plot is most definitely lacking, as if all Halo 4 drama has been thrown out the window. I can't really say more without spoilers.

Multiplayer is fine. It's suffered a loss of great game modes like Dominion and Ricochet/Oddball, but it's still fun ...more

Still play this game

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 Life is Strange

Nothing else like it this year. I've met people who have told me this game helped them through tough times and difficult points in their lives. No other video game this year has been able to do that.

You want to cry. We got it. You want one of the best indie soundtrack and score ever heard in a video game? We got it. You want a compelling story that twists and turns every which way? We got it. You want so much character development that nearly every character isn't an "every man" or "Mary-Sue"? We got that too. You want some of the prettiest graphics of the year? We got that. You want some of the most depressing scenes in video game history? You bet your sweet ass you got that. There has never been anything else like this.

It may have not been graphically the best or had the best action sequences. But no game since The Last of Us has left such an impact on myself and millions of other players. The music is among the best I've ever heard in a game. The plot twists and the compelling characters that you form a relationship with become actual friends to you. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it gave me a life lesson to not take things for granted because I don't have a rewind. I need to make everything count. Yes it's only a game, but it will change you and your view on how games are made forever.

12 what

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12 Just Cause 3

A SEVERELY underrated game

This game will tie "Game of the Year" with Fallout 4

One of the best open world games ever made. It favors FREEDOM, creativity, and epic action packed gameplay and explosions, you will NEVER be bored of this game with all the things to do in this fictional open world game based on taking down military dictatorships in beautiful exotic countries.

I know that this game hasn't come out yet, but all the gameplay footage so far just points to the fact that this game is going to be really, really fun. Just Cause isn't made for difficult gameplay, it's just a game where you can blow everything up. And that is what makes it great.

Okay so maybe the frame rate can be a bit choppy and its low on overall content, but a video game should be about fun, and no game I have ever played has had me having as much pure fun as this does. Takes its predecessor and improves almost every detail. My game of the year.

Massive map to explore I got it last year and I play it all the time and I still haven't explored the whole map

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13 Assassin's Creed Syndicate

Syndicate was a fantastic game. Nice graphics, fun gameplay, and plenty of missions to keep you occupied throughout. I also appreciated how they brought in a female role, and the environment of London is beautiful. A really solid and entertaining game for the series, this really should be higher on the list. Who gives a crap about making a Mario level when you can be living the life of the coolest and most dangerous assassin, saving historic London from the clutches of evil.

Even through Assassins Creed changed a lot, I still love this one. I play Assassins Creed since the second one was realised, but this is way better.

Mostly, I love the atmosfere. London is such a beautiful city and in the game, it's made perfectly. You can find there the most popular historical buildings and the most popular historical people whom lived in London in 19's century; like Big Ben or St. Paul's Cathedral, Charles Darwin, Queen Victoria or Alexander Graham Bell.

Shooting is way better than in Unity. The designers made a really good work here.

Switching between Jacob and Evie is really interesting, too.

Syndicate deserves to be in a top 3! - Tesu_Cassells

The launch stability was much better than unity, but that's about all it has that's improved.

Why is so far down this is a really good game

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14 Star Wars Battlefront

This sub par cabs grab certainly doesn't deserve to be in the top 20 of this list. I think the worst part about this game is that there was already a perfect model that EA could have used to make the game complete and satisfying, yet they still ignored all of the ALREADY EXISTING content from previous Battlefront games that people loved. This was nothing more than a lazy cash grab that doesn't even have good multiplayer (the one real mode this game has). There is horrible inconsistency with weapon damage and accuracy. The servers are excruciatingly slow at times. The new hero and villain characters are ridiculously OP. And last but not least, the game is just downright boring. I wanted to love this game, I really did. I've always been a huge Star Wars fan and a (at the time) next gen Star Wars game was the coolest thing ever. Sadly myself, and many other Star Wars fans, were left disappointed by this sorry excuse for a game. - Verderame

14? Okay, that is way too high for a game that only had two things that it did well: graphics and sound design. The rest of the game is garbage other than gameplay which is great but inconsistent with zero balancing. It's a 6/10 game at best in my opinion.

I agree with the person below me on the graphics and sound design: they were phenomenal. I enjoyed the iconic dogfights, blasters, and all the characters, but looking at it from purely how it fared as a game...I don't find it spectacular. It's great for giving fans something to relate the movies to, but as a game the lack of single player and repetitiveness makes it something that would just be taken out of the case every once in a while. Not a game that would keep me entertained for a long duration of time.

This game should be way higher on the list - Heyo_Simba

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15 Dragon Ball Xenoverse

If you love dbz this is your game or even if you just like fighting games is just the best

This game needs to be higher! after over a decade of attempts, Xenoverse perfectly encapsulates what it would be like to play as a DBZ fighter in a game. Plus the original story and villain is a fresh change from just rehashing the same story as the show, I pre ordered the sequel on pure faith because of how good this game was.

One of the BEST DBZ games ever, aside form Budokai 3 and Budokai Tenkaichi 3 of course. And at least these games aren't so repetitive like some other game. *cough cough* Call of Duty, - bakercomics

I love it best fighting game ever

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16 Splatoon

Uh... how the heck is Call of Duty, of ALL THINGS, higher than Splatoon? I know people hate it when someone says this, but guess what? Call of Booty is the same thing over and over again. People say "No, there's new guns and maps! " when Ubisoft (or Activision, can't remember) could just release that stuff as DLC. Improved Zombies mode? Patches/updates. New mode? Dlc. My brother is a huge Call of Duty fan, but he admits that one of the newer ones he purchased was black ops with a jetpack. Splatoon? It's a unique shooter. Heck, you don't even HAVE to shoot. Use a roller, inkbrush, octobrush! And while you can kill, your main focus is inking everything. There's even competitive Ranked Battles, map and gun dlc, (cough Call of Duty cough) campaign, local multiplayer, and not only do you buy weapons, but you can also get clothes, hats and shoes. And they actually do something; they give you special abilities instead of just looking cool. Point is, Splatoon rocks. It is definitely top 5 ...more - ShyGuySwag

Well, Black ops 3 was a comeback on next gen. The last two games were downright atrocious. But splatoon should have been in the top ten. - Nayan2003

Here's one thing, single player is fun, too. I like playing online, but I'm not connected to the internet, so I go to a friend's house to play. I already beat every level in Octo Valley, and so did my brother. I honestly think that the enemies in single player are EXTREMELY CUTE.

Anyway, just go play the game for yourself. GO FIND OUT THIS GAME IS NOT FOR BABIES. IT'S NOT EVEN EDUCATIONAL, OR SOMETHING FOR FIVE YEAR OLDS. HOW IS IT FOR BABIES?!?!

This game is great but the only problem is that you easily get bored unless you play on multiplayer or online.

How do you even vote for this game? Halo 5 and Battlefront are easily better then this, but I guess little kids whose moms wont let them play T-Rated games have to play something... - KingofSnails42

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17 Rocket League

This should be MUCH higher on the list. It's a semi new concept and the cross play allows for all gamers to enjoy it together.

Every friend I showed this too thought it was dumb, but they came out of the game loving it!

Check out my compilation of goals, I be the best player ever, 360 no scope faze optic #1

Too fun.

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18 Disney Infinity 3.0

In my opinion, this is definitely a better Star Wars game than Battlefront III. Aside from having more content, I felt this was a true improvement over the previous Disney Infinity games since they kept what was done right in the past & found ways to add to the experience. the playset story modes are awesome due to nostalgia & an original plot for "Clone Wars" fans, the gameplay is fun, & the toybox is actually a fun sandbox mode since it appeals to both those who love to create things & those who just want to kick ass. They even managed to make the "Rebels" characters fun to play as to those who are still "Clone Wars" all the way (although, honestly, I've still always enjoyed Sabine). This is one of the few toys-to-life games that doesn't feel like a rip-off, giving you the choice of collecting them all, or just playing through with the characters in the starter-pack (unlike Skylanders Superchargers, which I found not as appealing as the other games in the franchise simply because ...more

I have rarely played this game but it is quite fun. The sandbox mode is really fun to mess around with but after a fee hours you begin to feel like you've done all worth. I began to wish for more action, more storyline. So I began playing campaign mode and it was so much fun. The world was colorful, the enemies were fun and the fighting mechanics were simple but enjoyable.

Better than porn

This game, and all disney infinity, is a disgrace to Marvel and Star Wars(Disney has already been disgraced by every video game theyve made) - KingofSnails42

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19 Dying Light

The storyline is somewhat engaging and the gameplay is very engaging, but it gets boring after you finish the main quests. It's not fun to play by yourself killing zombies to level up for no reason in campaign mode, and when you blindly qeue for online mode, the players that are matched up to you can be any level, and have weapons and damage potential 100 times less or 100 times more than you. It's also hard to ignore the fact that you can ask a higher level for their trash weapons and use it to one hit virals.

The graphics are good and the parkour engine is fun at first, but that's about it. This game desperately tried to set itself apart from the other cookie-cutter zombie games, yet it sadly has the same premise as Dead Rising: go around and be everybody's errand boy!

I honestly wouldn't put this as my #1, but it REALLY deserves a lot better then the current ranking it has, Fallout 4 beats this one in my books, but just barely.

Fun game good graphics, this is what deep silver wanted dead island to be. Much better than the game breaking glitches in dead island too. And tons of Easter eggs to find

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20 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D

"In my opinion, Majora's mask was the best game I had growing up. I can't tell you how much I loved it. I had always loved creepy things, sure as hell made my day many times. The storyline was phenomenal and no matter how many times I played it, I still kept a keen interest in it. Then comes the BEN Drowned story to go along... Long story short, we the people want more LOZ like this.

Majora's Mask 3D is a very philosophical game. If you play it, it could change your life, no joke. I especially love what the moon children say after you give them masks and stuff. So philosophical. So good.

This game is a masterpiece. It was the game the not me into one of the best game series of all time, The Legend Of Zelda. With great gameplay elements, an amazing story, and the highest pitch scream in gaming history, it well deserves to be in the top ten.

Majora's Mask is one of the most mentally challenging and complex games there is.

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