Top Ten Video Games of the 21st Century

This is a collection of the most entertaining, amazing, and influential games of the new millennium. These games are the exact definition of a perfect video game. There is no possible way that we could make a list that will please everybody and we are not saying that this is the end all be all final list, it's simply our personal take on the matter. These games go past the point of just being a game, these "games" have changed my life in so many ways. They are all works of art and hold a special place in our hearts and are forever immortal.

The Top Ten

1 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Full of things to do, a gripping story, brilliant creative and detailed graphics and tons of content packed into one single disc, Skyrim is probably the best RPG's, or even one of the best video games ever made. You could get so involved in this game, it becomes your life.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a video game masterpiece including beautiful landscapes, rich gameplay, and endless hours of fun.

You never run out of things to do. Fight, craft, hunt, hike, horseback ride, cook, smith, and marry. The graphics are gorgeous. Beautiful storyline. It is amazing that this game continues to outshine all the rest for nearly three whole years!

Best game ever created

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2 BioShock Infinite

This game deserves to be at number 1 it tells an emotional and mend boggling story with awesome characters and graphics and had the greatest ending and story ever in a video game

This game just blows off the line between a video game and a well told fairy-fantasy movie. It's Just Epic.. Infinitely Awesome!

This has gotta be one of the best games of the twenty first century most definitely. Not only does it have an actual story to it it has a great one. The characters in this game are awesome and you get so attached to them your gonna wish Booker was protecting you from all the dangers that him and Elizibeth face. Man why is this game below Fallout 3 and Skyrim, everything about this game is infinite times better than boupth those games.


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3 Bioshock

Even though I love Skyrim like I love life I still have to say that this one is totally original. Nothing like this was made before unlike Skyrim, many video games have dragons and defeating dragons, not to mention that its in the Mid-evil time period which is kind of old school. Bioshock was in the mid 90's time period, I can honestly say that I really rarely close to never see video games in that time period. Even though many games have the lost world theme with the whole giant things wanting to kill you, I don't think any of thoses have the same quality as this one. The games has a amazing story line, in my opinion it would make a 4 star movie if it came out with one. Even though it may not have the best graphics I think everything else tops it all by a lot! Once again best story line I have seen, fun to play, easy to obsess over and a well put together game!

This game is epic. The idea and story is completely new. It's crazy, insane, amazing, weird, scary and many more than all of that. When the music plays and the enemies attacking, you will be shocked. You thought you are playing the game until you realize it is playing with you. Respect to the creators. You all let out your innermost insanity.

Brilliant game like no other, it changes what we believe is the FPS genre.

This game is unique. Nobody could make an fps as revolutionary and awesome as this game would.

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4 Fallout 3

Revolutionary RPG, showing that nearly any setting can be transformed into a gripping, free-roam RPG, Fallout 3 at the time set the benchmark for other Role-Playing games and Post-apocalyptic settings alike, with an involving story and massive environment which could take up to 80 hours to complete. This game is absolutely BRILLIANT.

Know why anyone would ever think this game has a good story or a good environment. Everything about this game is pretty much just a futuristic Skyrim and doesn't even deserve credit as being a game. The only thing that is good about this game is the beginning after al, that the game becomes a boring waste of money with nothing to do and crappy A. I that won't help you look for your father no matter what you do for them.

One of the best games I have ever played makes you think about the consequences of you actions and overall has a good story line.

Revolutionary in impact but Fallout New vegas is better

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5 The Last of Us

This is the best game ever. Its like you lost a friend when you beat the game, or make that two. The Last Of Us is a 10/10 because of its graphics, story line, and the characters. This game was really character building. And hopefully there will be a sequel. This is by far the best game I have ever played. Naughty Dog said they might make a sequel. And they still will have the same characters so woohoo.

This game deserves to be at the top for the story, graphics and characters that literally make me think their real when I play. This game has inspired my whole life and how I choose and play games, it also introduced me to pewdiepie, a youtuber that was funny and relatable, but I know he is not the best now I always stay loyal to once was great. Besides that The Last of Us has changed me and what really was the best part was they made the game emmoitional for the player and yet has killing and sometimes fustrating stealth. I think it's number one, even if it is linear I think that's the best way to have you play a Joel and Ellie and follow their story, it's not yours your just there to watch, understand and feel their story. If you have anything to say about this just say so.

This game impacted me like no other. You spend the entire journey establishing a relationship with Ellie, just like Joel. By the end, you truly feel like their journey has been yours as well. When the credits rolled, I was so sad, not because of the ending specifically, but because the game was over.

An awesome story,fantastic gameplay, marvellous charecters.The Last of Us is the best game of all times.

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6 Metroid Prime

Halo 3 better than this? NO WAY!

Metroid Prime is one of the best games ever. Period.

Why is this not number one

Excellent story line great shooter game, never get tiring to play with

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7 Red Dead Redemption

It's rare that a sequel improves upon the first in every way, but Red Dead Redemption did just that after Red Dead Revolver. An engaging and interesting story and cast of characters, fun multiplayer, and gorgeous music and landscapes make it one of the best games I've ever played.

I love this game. A classic and one of the best games ever. It will stick with you and make you feel like you've lost a member of your family by the end. If you don't like the storyline which I couldn't imagine, you can just ride around on your horse and enjoy the beautiful landscape. I hope they make another one. - OriginalVisionary

One of the best games I've played very intriguing, story line is quite captivating and the character development is something special.

Best game ever made. And I have played many games.

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8 Halo 3

Why the hell isn't this game on the list. This and Halo 2 revolutionized the series!

Halo 3 is alright I mean I find myself being bored with the story after the first level. The commercials for this game though we're some of the best video game commercials to ever be thought of made and beamed into our heads.

Easily the best game I have ever played. I honestly don't think a first person shooter could get any more perfect. 11/10 "Like Skyrim with guns."

This should be be in top 1.. guys play it.. it's the most hit expensive game... I become mad after playing all parts of halo

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9 Super Mario Galaxy

This game doesn't need to be on this list I mean Mario flying around in space rescuing Princess Peach from Bowser. This game is fun to, play but everyone saying it's the best Nintendo game ever please, that title goes to Super Mario Bros. 2

Why are there so many Nintendo haters? There's hardly any Nintendo games up there, but I know that this epic deserves 1st place!

The single highest rated game of all time. It easily tops Halo 3 and the other games above it. Get this thing in the top ten!

This game deserves #1. Super Mario Galaxy is my favorite game EVER! I love all the different galaxys. And the hub world, the best. I also love Rosalina’s story. It really allows the player to get to know her. And you can always find something new to do after defeating Bowser. I still remember my first time playing this game. I felt like I was in a whole new galaxy. In my opinion, this is the best Nintendo game to date.

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10 Super Smash Bros Melee

A good game that could be your next move for adventures if your reay

There is no metaknight using scrubs

M8 its sick

Growing up with a gamecube controller in my hands and this game in the console it was and forever will be an all time classic for me. 10 out of 10 would play this again if given the choice of this vs the 'best' game of the decade.

The Contenders

11 Portal 2

OK. PEOPLE. Are you people NUTS? Portal 2 is like, the best game EVER! Clever. Hilarious. Makes you think. Is entertaining. And that's all coming from a game that has about 4 characters! And one of them doesn't even talk! (Chell, Glados, Wheatley, and Cave Johnson) all in all, my personal favorite game.

This game is slightly underrated. Anyway it's the funniest game of all time! - Harri666

This is the best game I have ever played. This should be higher on the list...


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12 Minecraft

I love playing on Minecraft with my siblings, you can create so many amazing things and go on adventures that never seemed possible. I enjoy playing multiplayer the bet because then you can build collaboratively or have an archery competition. Minecraft should be at least in the top five.

This should be number 3, this game has sold over 400 million copies worldwide and is one of the most popular video games ever

This should be number 1. This has become so popular, grown a humongous fan base, and it's at 14. 14! this game lets you adventure throughout the world and get better weapons, better shelter, and be creative! People have created amazing things with Minecraft.

I can get a little... crazy if you know what I'm saying when I play this

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13 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Top 30? Really? This game is absolutely phenomenal. Beautifully crafted story and soundtrack. It's also polished extremely well considering how massive and deep it is (no pun intended). Best game of all time. Period.

All these puny games topping the chart are just lucky that Witcher 3 came out late.

Best game I have ever played. Rich story and polished characters. Also it's looks so beautiful.

This is the best and most perfect game

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14 Gears of War
15 Mother 3

A really beautiful game with a tear jerking ending. I recommend it.

16 Braid
17 Grand Theft Auto III

First game with an extremely vast amount of freedom. GTA3 is so full of things to do, places to go, and people to kill to keep you occupied literally forever

This game is great! I played it on my pc and I couldn't stop! And the best part are the

Without this game, we wouldn't have good open world games. Rockstar made a huge step in gaming history.

Milestone in Grand Theft Auto like gaming, original for me still the best

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18 Pokemon X

Absolutely deserves a spot on this list

I love this amazing fun game

Well I have Pokemon Y so it should be X and Y not just the one...

Y is better than X, Because Yveltal. - RiverClanRocks

19 Batman: Arkham City

This was by far my favorite installment of the Arkham franchise. New villains good story you just can't go wrong

Arkham Asylum was great but this game is even better.

Best batman with only a small room for improvement

My first real game

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20 The Walking Dead

What makes this game so incredible is that your decisions ultimately affect the whole story. Even so, this game is so sad how only almost none of the characters survive. Another thing that makes the game great is that it is such a realistic interpretation of what a real zombie apocalypse would be like, not to mention how adorable Clementine is, it breaks my heart whenever she is forced to kill for survival.

This is the best game of the century, it has a great story, great endings and a lot of suffering. I think the thing that makes the game most memorable is the characters, and their short stories. Definitely above most of the top 10, do it for Clem, Kenny, but most of all remember Lee. Definitely above Super Smash Bros., Super Mario Galaxy, and in my opinion even Skyrim.

This Game is the most Emotional Game, with the best Characters and Story ever. If you haven't played it, do it right now, it will be one of your best decisions you will ever make. Kenny is awesome, Clementine is the cutest character ever and the bond between her and the Player is just like she's real and Lee is just a Legend. In my oppinion the best Game of All-Time!

This game deserves a higher placing. Definitely above Super Mario Galaxy...

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21 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Last of Us is good but not the best. Grand Theft Auto San Andreas is the greatest game of the greatest series.

The game I love the most is sadly not here. This will have to do.

I love this game. It has obsessed me. It must be on top.

All we had to do was follow the damn train, CJ!
Best. Game. Ever.

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22 Batman: Arkham Asylum

Made you feel like you were the caped crusader himself, excellent voice acting (especially by Mr. Hammil. Great story and choice of villains allowing you to fight some of the most well known Batman villains along with some lesser known ones, great combat and gameplay and led to one of the best open world games.

I really path ink Batman Arkham City deserves to take the spot of this game on this list. Better story, p, de and more variety of Batman enemies.

Up to this point batman games were junk. This was the equivalent to what batman begins did for batman movies (except in this case for games)

A great batman story with room for improvement

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23 Super Smash Bros. Brawl

My personal favorite game. Stop hating on Nintendo, people.

Best game in the 21st century!

24 Super Smash Bros. for 3ds and Wii U

Possibly the best instalment in the franchise, my favourite fighting game ever.

If you use Shulk your bad but this game is the opposite

25 Assassin's Creed II

I don't like it when people say something is the best ever, you have to have done everything to say that. However,I think AC2 is one of the best games ever, the beautiful cities and the sad yet amazing stoyline produce a truly brilliant game. The story of Ezio Auditore the Firenze is a great work of fiction and should be remembered as one of the best game characters ever made. Also, this game made me want to learn Italian, which I absolutely love. And anyone who says GTA5 is better than this is very very wrong.

Why the hell is Assassins Creed I here Assassins Creed II improved on next to everything that was bad about the orignal. Great Story, Great Protagonist, Great Gameplay.

Awesome game shiuld be higher! EZIO IS AWESOME!

26 Super Mario Galaxy 2
27 Mass Effect 2

One of the most breathtaking stories I've ever had the pleasure of undergoing in a game.

28 God of War

God of war should be number 1 its bo$$

29 Borderlands 2

Totally Underrated...Should Be higher...Unique visuals,good story and badass gameplay

30 Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

Phenomenal game and has aged extremely well. Easily my favorite Zelda and a pinnacle of gaming. - evoxpisces

31 Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

I really love this game it's like my 2 favorite game ever. It has a great storyline and has so many cool places to explore. It has great graphics and so many levels to keep the fun going. I personally think it's the best AC game!

One of the greatest games ever

It's a tossup between AC Black Flag and AC2 on which is the best in the series for me. And I think black flag might have the edge... with beautiful worlds, interesting characters and an ending that will melt your heart. If you haven't played this game, then you really need to.

The game.. ! Its just awweeessooommmeee

32 Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic

Kotor was one of the first RPG games to give you the ability to make choices which affect the main character, other characters, and the overall storyline. This game tells the story of the ancient Jedi, and their struggle against the ancient Sith in a time of war and conquest. As a Star Wars fan, this game kept me up for many many nights. It is a true GOAT, a timeless RPG that everyone should play.

This was the best star wars game I think I played

Not only the best Star Wars game to come out to date, but it was also the first game that your descions and the dialogue you select affect the eventual outcome of the game.

This game set the standard for every MMORPG out there today.

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33 Team Fortress 2

Very fun PC game which is free now. 9 different player types.

How is it number 33. It should be at least in the top 10 or even 5

More than 10 years have passed and it is still popular.

34 Star Wars: Empire at War

A Great Strategy Game That Changed How Quite A Few Companies Did Battles

35 Halo Reach

It Has to be on the top ten list! Great multiplayer and campaign. And don't forget the amazing forge world. A lot better then most games!

36 Animal Crossing

Very fun game to chill out.

37 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

No other game is so full of things to do and paths to choose. The countless hours that can and will be sunk into this game is unparalleled. The elder scrolls in general redefine gaming with each installment but oblivion has the perfect balance of variety and story. By the time you run out of things to do you feel like a citizen of tamriel. No matter who you are or what type of games you like, oblivion will never cease to amaze and enthrall you.

I've tried playing Oblivion many times and I can never get into it. I played Skyrim first. Perhaps this is my mistake.

I love that game

38 Halo 2

Halo 2 is by far, the most hyped and craved game to be released on xbox. It was released at the moment of the last 2 decades, when games were as good as a game can be, but this was no ordenary game... This was Halo: Video Games Evolved, also with awesome soundtracks, especially Breaking Benjamin's "Blow Me Away". I wish I was born 1990 instead of 2000, just so I could be there to experience the Halo games when they was released. I started with Halo 3 in 2009, and didn't really experience the Halo games fully untill Halo: The Master Chief Collection, but I REALLY wish I would have been there. Should be top 5 at least!

39 Heavy Rain
40 Disney Infinity 3.0

i hate it

41 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

This is arguably the greatest most mind blowing game ever.
Music 10
Characters 10
Graphics 10
Gameplay 10
Story 10
Dialogue 10
Multiplayer 8.5 (8 - 9)
Not even minding it has the best part/section to a video game ever (the train scene) and also has arguably the best intro ever for a video game. - 11ahmu

42 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

This game is a classic.

This is the top 3 video games of all time:
1. Ocarina Of Time - 20th century
2. Majora's Mask - 21st century
3. SMG2 - 21st century
Therefore, this should be 1st!


43 Grand Theft Auto IV

A story of hardship, and pursuit of the American dream. Step into the boots of Niko Bellic, an Eastern European Immigrant, as he seeks out the answers to his troubled past, while pursuing a better life in America. The past catches on, as Niko is dragged back into a life of crime, where he must defend his family from the mafia, and hunt down a dangerous killer. All the while, Niko learns more about himself, what kind of man he is, and what kind of man he wants to become.

Best Grand Theft Auto ever made... Simply best game ever made...

No question it's Grand Theft Auto

44 Jak & Daxter

Going to order this soon! - Alpha101

45 Grand Theft Auto V

Come on, look how popular it is. it's gotta be in the top 10

Why is it in place 166 rockstar put a lot of money into this master piece plus it has new features some are
Three characters
Better cars
Much better graphics and more realism
Bigger map
And a huge negative is the nudity I don't want to see boobs in games

Oh Come On, How Is This Not In The Top 10, This Should Be Higher. - masoncarr2244

Not only the best Grand Theft Auto game, I vote this as the best video game ever!

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46 Injustice 2

Just...great fighting game. Must be ported to switch

47 Fallout: New Vegas

By far the best game in the fallout franchise (not including fallout 1 and fallout 2). This game has it all, but, most importantly, it has an AMAZING main story line, and don't even get me started on the DLC-s. It gets overshadowed by Fallout 3 and 4 which are, in my opinion, far inferior to New Vegas. The writing couldn't possibly be any better. When talking to the main characters, like Caesar or House, they give you detailed explanations behind everything they do, unlike in Fallout 4, where you just get a "You wouldn't understand it". Please, get Fallout New Vegas the love it deserves. Truly an amazing game!

48 Battlefield 3

The game was so stunning, the graphics were great and the gameplay made you feel like you were actually on a real battlefield.

Such a good game how come this be on 105th rank

49 Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door

I just hate the people drawing vivian all sexy and stuff

Is that a typo it said paper mario what the hell

50 Assassin's Creed III

This is one of the greatest game I have ever played.

Assassins creed 3 is a brill game lots of things to do missins are improved a lot and the graphics are outstanding

Great story, great charecters (despite what some HATERS say), awesome world and gameplay, UBISOFT MONTREAL did a great job with this one.

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