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This is a list of video games considered the best or greatest of all time. These are the highest-ranking games that have appeared on various critics' lists and audience polls conducted by different publications and organizations.

According to most criteria, the title widely regarded as the greatest game of all time is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998) for the Nintendo 64. It has been included in the most "best games ever" lists, as well as topping the most lists and ranking within most lists. In addition, it has the highest rating on Metacritic (99 out of 100).

Methodology

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998) is widely regarded as the greatest video game of all time, according to most criteria.

The article has several lists based on several methodologies:

  • The first list is based on weighted scores, ranked according to a system of top-ten weighted ranking scores from a handful of selected lists, originally devised by the Filibuster site in 2012.[1]
  • The second list only includes the top two ranks from most lists.
  • The third list includes all ranks from a large number of lists, with the minimum criterion for inclusion being at least ten sources; gor sources listing the top 200 games, only the top 100 are considered. For sources restricted to the "seventh generation" of gaming, only the top 25 games are considered.

A number of sources taken from across publications, from 1985 to the present, were used to compile the list. Games which consistently showed up in multiple lists are featured below. Some of the lists are outdated in that the same publication later published another best-of list. There were two notable exceptions to critic "best of" lists: games are credited for having Metacritic scores of 95 or greater, and several large reader-submitted polls are used. In general, contemporary reviews do not necessarily reflect the long-term consensus, hence only a single source of credit for high Metacritic reviews; and open player-submitted polls, while obviously measuring an important facet of a game's reputation, tend to be easy to rig or otherwise influence, hence the primary usage of critic lists.

Because most sources are from the English-language press, this list generally reflects the preferences of the English-speaking world, rather than those of other video-game-playing areas, such as Japan and South Korea. The only non-English sources used are Japanese reader polls from Famitsu and Dengeki, and a German reader poll from Maniac magazine.

This list mostly includes games since the "third generation" of gaming onwards, along with some prior arcade games of the late 70s to early 80s.

Long-term consensus (lists of best games)

Weighted scores

Rank Game Release year Original platform(s) Genre(s) Developer Weighted score Ref(s)
1 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 1998 Flag of Japan N64 Action Adventure Flag of Japan Nintendo EAD 454 [2]
2 Super Mario 64 1996 Flag of Japan N64 Platformer Flag of Japan Nintendo EAD 242 [3]
3 Final Fantasy VII 1997 Flag of Japan PS1 RPG Flag of Japan Square Product Development Division 1 232 [4]
4 Tetris 1984 Flag of the Soviet Union DVK2 Puzzle Flag of the Soviet Union Dorodnitsyn 204 [5]
5 Super Mario Bros. 1985 Flag of Japan NES Platformer Flag of Japan Nintendo EAD 201 [6]
6 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 1991 Flag of Japan SNES Action Adventure Flag of Japan Nintendo EAD 162 [7]
7 Super Mario Bros. 3 1988 Flag of Japan NES Platformer Flag of Japan Nintendo EAD 138 [8]
8 Chrono Trigger 1995 Flag of Japan SNES RPG Flag of Japan Squaresoft 135 [9]
9 Resident Evil 4 2005 Flag of Japan GC, PS2 TPS, Horror Flag of Japan Capcom Production Studio 4 129 [10]
10 GoldenEye 007 1997 Flag of Japan N64 FPS Flag of the United Kingdom Rare 110 [11]
11 Metal Gear Solid 1998 Flag of Japan PS1 Stealth Flag of Japan Konami Computer Entertainment Japan 98 [12]
12 Super Mario World 1990 Flag of Japan SNES Platformer Flag of Japan Nintendo EAD 94 [13]
13 Half-Life 2 2004 Flag of the United States WIN FPS Flag of the United States Valve 92 [14]
14 The Legend of Zelda 1986 Flag of Japan NES Action Adventure, Sandbox Flag of Japan Nintendo R&D4 88 [15]
15 Super Metroid 1994 Flag of Japan SNES Metroidvania Flag of Japan Nintendo R&D1 83 [16]
16 Doom 1993 DOS FPS Flag of the United States id Software 81 [1]
17 Super Mario Galaxy 2007 Flag of Japan Wii Platformer Flag of Japan Nintendo EAD Tokyo 79 [17]
18 Street Fighter II 1991 ARC Fighting Flag of Japan Capcom 78 [18]
19 Final Fantasy VI 1994 Flag of Japan SNES RPG Flag of Japan Squaresoft 71 [19]
20 Soul Calibur 1998 ARC, Flag of Japan DC Fighting Flag of Japan Namco 58 [20]
21 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 2008 Flag of Japan PS3 TPS, Stealth Flag of Japan Kojima Productions 57 [21]
22 Pac-Man 1980 ARC Maze Flag of Japan Namco 56 [22]
23 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2007 Flag of Japan PS3, Flag of the United States 360, WIN FPS Flag of the United States Infinity Ward 47 [1]
24 Super Mario Galaxy 2 2010 Flag of Japan Wii Platformer Flag of Japan Nintendo EAD Tokyo 47 [23]
25 Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Flag of Japan PS3, Flag of the United States 360 TPS, Sandbox Flag of the United Kingdom Rockstar North 41 [1]
26 Half-Life 1998 Flag of the United States WIN FPS Valve 38 [1]
27 Super Mario Kart 1992 Flag of Japan SNES Racing Flag of Japan Nintendo EAD 37 [1]
28 Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 2004 Flag of Japan PS2 Stealth Flag of Japan Konami Computer Entertainment Japan 35 [24]
29 Civilization 1991 DOS Strategy Flag of the United States MicroProse 34 [1]
30 Super Smash Bros. Melee 2001 Flag of Japan GC Fighting Flag of Japan HAL Laboratory 31 [25]
31 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 2002 Flag of Japan GC Action Adventure Flag of Japan Nintendo EAD Group No. 3 32 [26]
32 Civilization II 1996 Flag of the United States WIN Strategy Flag of the United States MicroProse 30 [1]
33 Final Fantasy X 2001 Flag of Japan PS2 RPG Flag of Japan Squaresoft 29 [27]
34 Space Invaders 1978 ARC Shmup Flag of Japan Taito 26 [28]
35 Elite 1984 Flag of the United Kingdom BBC Simulation Flag of the United Kingdom Acornsoft 26 [1]
36 Donkey Kong 1981 ARC Platformer Flag of Japan Nintendo 25 [29]
37 Halo: Combat Evolved 2001 Flag of the United States XB FPS Flag of the United States Bungie 25 [30]
38 Portal 2007 Flag of the United States WIN Puzzle Flag of the United States Valve 23 [1]
39 Grand Theft Auto III 2001 Flag of Japan PS2 Sandbox Flag of the United Kingdom DMA Design 22 [1]
40 Shadow of the Colossus 2005 Flag of Japan PS2 Action Adventure Flag of Japan Team Ico 20 [31]</ref>
41 Dark Souls 2011 Flag of Japan PS3, Flag of the United States 360, WIN Action RPG Flag of JapanFrom Software 20 [32]
42 Metroid Prime 2002 Flag of Japan GC FPS, Metroidvania Flag of the United States Retro Studios, Flag of Japan Nintendo 20 [33]
43 Fallout 3 2008 Flag of Japan PS3, Flag of the United States 360, WIN RPS Flag of the United States Bethesda Game Studios 20 [1]
44 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 1997 Flag of Japan PS1 Metroidvania Flag of Japan Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo 19 [34]
45 Ms. Pac-Man 1981 ARC Maze Flag of the United States General Computer Corp. 19 [35]
46 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 2000 Flag of Japan N64 Action Adventure Flag of Japan Nintendo EAD 18 [36]
47 Quake 1996 DOS FPS Flag of the United States id Software 18 [1]
48 Super Smash Bros. Brawl 2008 Flag of Japan Wii Fighting Flag of Japan HAL Laboratory, Nintendo, Game Arts, Monolith Soft 17 [37]
49 StarCraft 1998 Flag of the United States WIN RTS Flag of the United States Blizzard 17 [1]
50 Mass Effect 2 2010 Flag of the United States 360, WIN RPS Flag of Canada BioWare 17 [1]
51 Halo 3 2007 Flag of the United States 360 FPS Flag of the United States Bungie 17 [1]
52 Galaga 1981 ARC Shmup Flag of Japan Namco 16 [38]
53 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 2009 Flag of Japan PS3 TPS, Platformer Flag of the United States Naughty Dog 15 [1]

Top ranks

This table lists video games by the number of "best games ever" lists that they topped.

Video games by the number of "best games ever" lists topped
Year Game Genre Creator Top 2 ranks #1 ranks Original platform References
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-adventure Nintendo 39 26 Nintendo 64 [n 1]
1997 Final Fantasy VII Role-playing Square 14 5 PlayStation [n 2]
1996 Super Mario 64 Platform Nintendo 12 4 Nintendo 64 [n 3]
1985 Super Mario Bros. Platform Nintendo 10 7 NES [n 4]
1991 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Action-adventure Nintendo 10 5 Super NES [n 5]
1988 Super Mario Bros. 3 Platform Nintendo 10 3 NES [n 6]
1984 Tetris Puzzle Alexei Pajitnov 9 3 Elektronika 60 [n 7]
2011 Dark Souls Action role-playing FromSoftware 7 4 PS3, Xbox 360 [n 8]
1990 Super Mario World Platform Nintendo 7 2 Super NES [n 9]
1995 Chrono Trigger Role-playing Square 7 2 Super NES [n 10]
2007 Super Mario Galaxy Platform Nintendo 6 4 Wii [n 11]
2004 Half-Life 2 First-person shooter Valve 5 3 PC [n 12]
1986 The Legend of Zelda Action-adventure Nintendo 4 4 NES [n 13]
1992 Super Mario Kart Kart racing Nintendo 4 3 Super NES [n 14]
2001 Final Fantasy X Role-playing Square 4 2 PlayStation 2 [n 15]
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival horror Capcom 4 2 GameCube [n 16]
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure Naughty Dog 4 2 PlayStation 3 [n 17]
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Action-adventure Nintendo 4 2 Switch, Wii U [n 18]
1980 Pac-Man Maze Namco 4 1 Arcade [n 19]
1991 Street Fighter II Fighting Capcom 4 1 Arcade [n 20]
1984 Elite Space simulation David Braben 3 2 BBC Micro [n 21]
1978 Space Invaders Shoot 'em up Taito 2 2 Arcade [n 22]
1982 Ms. Pac-Man Maze Namco 2 2 Arcade [n 23]
1996 Resident Evil Survival horror Capcom 2 2 PlayStation [n 24]
1998 Resident Evil 2 Survival horror Capcom 2 2 PlayStation [n 25]
2000 Deus Ex Role-playing shooter Ion Storm 2 2 PC [n 26]
1981 Donkey Kong Platform Nintendo 2 1 Arcade [n 27]
1981 Galaga Shoot 'em up Namco 2 1 Arcade [n 28]
1988 Dragon Quest III Role-playing Chunsoft 2 1 NES [n 29]
1993 The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Action-adventure Nintendo 2 1 Game Boy [n 30]
1999 Shenmue Adventure Sega AM2 2 1 Dreamcast [n 31]
2005 Shadow of the Colossus Action-adventure Team Ico 2 1 PlayStation 2 [n 32]
1998 SoulCalibur Fighting Namco 2 Dreamcast [n 33]
1991 Puyo Puyo Puzzle Compile 1 1 MSX2 [81]
1992 Dragon Quest V Role-playing Chunsoft 1 1 Super NES [81]
1992 Tengai Makyō II: Manjimaru Role-playing Red Entertainment 1 1 PC Engine Super CD-ROM² [88]
1994 Super Metroid Platform-adventure Nintendo 1 1 Super NES [110]
1998 Street Fighter Alpha 3 Fighting Capcom 1 1 Arcade [n 34]
2000 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Action-adventure Nintendo 1 1 Nintendo 64 [125]
2002 Momotarō Dentetsu 11 Traditional Hudson Soft 1 1 GameCube, PlayStation 2 [81]
2004 Dragon Quest VIII Role-playing Level-5 1 1 PlayStation 2 [81]
2008 Monster Hunter Freedom Unite Action role-playing Capcom 1 1 PlayStation Portable [81]
2015 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Action-adventure Kojima 1 1 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC [140]
2016 Persona 5 Role-playing Atlus 1 1 PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 [137]
1997 Tekken 3 Fighting Namco 1 1 PlayStation [141]
1998 Metal Gear Solid Stealth Konami 1 PlayStation [141]

Number of listings

Game Original release year Genre Number of listings References (lists of best games)
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 1998 Action-Adventure 37 EGM2006,[94] CVG,[142] CNET,[143] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005,[67] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2007,[96] IGN2008Readers,[47] Empire2014,[73] Metacritic,[48] Edge2000,[39] Edge2007,[40] Edge2009,[41] Edge2013,[42] EGM2001,[110] Empire2009,[85] Famitsu2006,[84] G4,[95] GameRankings,[70] GamingBolt,[43] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GI1999,[45] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] GameSpot2006,[144] GameSpot2014,[145] Guinness,[146] Maniac,[138] NowGamer,[72] RetroGamer,[117] Stuff2008,[71] Stuff2014,[76] Yahoo[92]
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 1991 Action-Adventure 33 BuzzFeed,[119] EGM2006,[94] IGN2005,[67] GamesRadar,[111] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2007,[96] Empire2014,[73] Metacritic,[48] Edge2000,[39] Edge2007,[40] Edge2009,[41] EG1992,[147] EGM1997,[107] EGM2001,[110] Empire2009,[85] Famitsu2006,[84] G4,[95] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GameSpot2006,[144] GamingBolt,[43] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] Guinness,[146] IGN2008Readers,[47] NowGamer,[72] RetroGamer,[117] Stuff2008,[71] Yahoo[92]
Chrono Trigger 1995 Role-Playing Game 33 EGM1997,[107] EGM2001,[110] EGM2006,[94] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005,[67] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2007,[96] GamesRadar,[111] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2008Readers,[47] Empire2009,[85] Empire2014,[73] Edge2007,[40] Edge2009,[41] Edge2013,[42] G4,[95] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GameSpot2006,[144] GamingBolt,[43] GI1998,[83] GI1999,[45] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] Dengeki,[80] Famitsu2006,[84] Guinness,[146] GameRankings,[70] Maniac,[138] NowGamer,[72] Time[148]
Super Mario 64 1996 Platformer 33 EGM2006,[94] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005,[67] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] Empire2009,[85] Empire2014,[73] Edge2000,[39] Edge2007,[40] Edge2009,[41] Edge2013,[42] EGM1997,[107] EGM2001,[110] G4,[95] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GamingBolt,[43] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] GamesRadar,[111] Guinness,[146] Maniac,[138] NextGen1996,[89] NowGamer,[72] GameRankings,[70] IGN2007,[96] IGN2008Readers,[47] RetroGamer,[117] Stuff2008,[71] Time,[148] Yahoo[92]
Final Fantasy VII 1997 Role-Playing Game 33 EGM2006,[94] EGM1997,[107] EGM2001,[110] CVG,[142] IGN2005,[67] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2007,[96] IGN2008Readers,[47] Empire2009,[85] Empire2014,[73] Edge2007,[40] Edge2009,[41] Edge2013,[42] G4,[95] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GameSpot2006,[144] GamingBolt,[43] GI1998,[83] GI2001,[101] GI2009,[101] Guinness,[146] Dengeki,[80] Famitsu2006,[84] NowGamer,[72] RetroGamer,[117] Stuff2008,[71] Stuff2014,[76] Time,[148] Yahoo[92]
Street Fighter II 1991 Fighting 31 BuzzFeed,[119] Edge2000,[39] EG1992,[147] EGM1997,[107] EGM2001,[110] EGM2006,[94] Empire2009,[85] Empire2014,[73] Famitsu2006,[84] FHM,[51] G4,[95] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GameSpot2006,[144] GamingBolt,[43] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] Guinness,[146] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005,[67] IGN2007,[96] NextGen1996,[89] NextGen1999,[52] NowGamer,[72] RetroGamer,[117] Stuff2008,[71] Stuff2014,[76] Time,[148] Yahoo[92]
Metal Gear Solid 1998 Stealth 29 EGM2006,[94] EGM2001,[110] CNET,[143] CVG,[142] Edge2009,[41] Edge2013,[42] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005,[67] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2007,[96] Empire2009,[85] Empire2014,[73] GamesRadar,[111] Famitsu2006,[84] G4,[95] GF2004,[79] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GamingBolt,[43] GI1999,[45] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] Guinness,[146] IGN2008Readers,[47] NowGamer,[72] RetroGamer,[117] Time,[148] Yahoo[92]
Super Mario World 1990 Platformer 28 BuzzFeed,[119] GamesRadar,[111] Empire2009,[85] Empire2014,[73] Edge2000,[39] Edge2007,[40] Edge2009,[41] EG1992,[147] EGM1997,[107] EGM2001,[110] Famitsu2006,[84] GameSpot2006,[144] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2007,[96] Guinness,[146] Maniac,[138] NowGamer,[72] RetroGamer,[117] Stuff2008,[71] Yahoo[92]
Super Metroid 1994 Platform-Adventure 27 BuzzFeed,[119] EGM1997,[107] EGM2001,[110] EGM2006,[94] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005,[67] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2007,[96] IGN2008Readers,[47] Empire2009,[85] Empire2014,[73] Edge2007,[40] Edge2009,[41] GamesRadar,[111] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] Guinness,[146] GameRankings,[70] NowGamer,[72] RetroGamer,[117] Stuff2008,[71] Yahoo[92]
Super Mario Kart 1992 Racing 26 BuzzFeed,[119] Edge2007,[40] Empire2009,[85] Empire2014,[73] EG1992,[147] EGM1997,[107] EGM2001,[110] EGM2006,[94] Famitsu2006,[84] GF2009,[44] GameSpot2006,[144] G4,[95] GF2005,[69] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] Guinness,[146] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005,[67] IGN2007,[96] NextGen1996,[89] NextGen1999,[52] NowGamer,[72] RetroGamer,[117] Stuff2008,[71] Stuff2014,[76] Yahoo[92]
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 1997 Platform-Adventure 24 EGM2006,[94] EGM1997,[107] EGM2001,[110] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005,[67] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2007,[96] GamesRadar,[111] IGN2006Readers,[46] Edge2007,[40] Edge2009,[41] G4,[95] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GameSpot2006,[144] GamingBolt,[43] GI1998,[83] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] Guinness,[146] IGN2008Readers,[47] NowGamer[72]
Super Mario Bros. 3 1988 Platformer 23 EG1992,[147] EGM1997,[107] EGM2001,[110] EGM2006,[94] Famitsu1989,[106] Famitsu2006,[84] IGN2005,[67] IGN2005Readers,[68] GamesRadar,[111] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2007,[96] Edge2009,[41] G4,[95] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GameSpot2006,[144] GamingBolt,[43] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] RetroGamer,[117] Stuff2008[71]
Resident Evil 4 2005 Survival Horror 23 EGM2006,[94] IGN2005,[67] Famitsu2006,[84] GamesRadar,[111] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2007,[96] IGN2008Readers,[47] Empire2009,[85] Empire2014,[73] Metacritic,[48] Edge2007,[40] Edge2009,[41] Edge2013,[42] G4,[95] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GamingBolt,[43] GI2009,[101] Guinness,[146] GameRankings,[70] Stuff2008[71]
Super Mario Bros. 1985 Platformer 22 EGM2006,[94] IGN2005,[67] IGN2006Readers,[46] GameSpy80s,[99] EGM1997,[107] EGM2001,[110] Empire2014,[73] Famitsu1989,[106] Famitsu2006,[84] G4,[95] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GamingBolt,[43] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] Guinness,[146] IGN2003,[66] IGN2007,[96] NowGamer,[72] RetroGamer,[117] Stuff2014,[76] Time[148]
Final Fantasy VI 1994 Role-Playing Game 20 EGM2006,[94] EGM1997,[107] EGM2001,[110] Edge2009,[41] GamesRadar,[111] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005,[67] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2007,[96] IGN2006Readers,[46] Famitsu2006,[84] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GI2001,[101] GI2009,[101] GF2014,[75] IGN2008Readers,[47] NowGamer,[72] Stuff2008[71]
Resident Evil 1996 Survival Horror 20 EGM2006,[94] Empire2009,[85] Empire2014,[73] Edge2007,[40] Edge2009,[41] Famitsu2006,[84] G4,[95] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GI1998,[83] Guinness,[146] IGN2007,[96] Maniac,[138] NextGen1996,[89] NowGamer,[72] RetroGamer,[117] Stuff2014,[76] Time,[148] Yahoo[92]
GoldenEye 007 1997 First-Person Shooter 20 Edge2013,[42] EGM2006,[94] CVG,[142] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GI1998,[83] GI1999,[45] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005,[67] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2007,[96] Empire2014,[73] GF2005,[69] Metacritic,[48] NextGen1999,[52] NowGamer,[72] RetroGamer,[117] Stuff2008,[71] Yahoo[92]
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 Platformer 19 BuzzFeed,[119] EG1992,[147] EGM2006,[94] CVG,[142] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005,[67] IGN2007,[96] Empire2009,[85] Empire2014,[73] EGM2001,[110] Famitsu2006,[84] G4,[95] GF2009,[44] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] NowGamer,[72] RetroGamer,[117] Stuff2008,[71] Time[148]
SoulCalibur 1999 Fighting 19 EGM2006,[94] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005,[67] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2008Readers,[47] Metacritic,[48] Edge2007,[40] EGM2001,[110] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GamingBolt,[43] GI2001,[100] GameSpot2014,[145] Guinness,[146] GameRankings,[70] RetroGamer,[117] Yahoo[92]
Shadow of the Colossus 2005 Action-Adventure 18 EGM2006,[94] GamesRadar,[111] Empire2009,[85] Empire2014,[73] Edge2007,[40] Edge2009,[41] Edge2013,[42] G4,[95] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GamingBolt,[43] GI2009,[101] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2007,[96] IGN2008Readers,[47] IGN2000s,[122] Stuff2014,[76] Time[148]
Pac-Man 1980 Maze 17 EGM2006,[94] EG1985,[149] FHM,[51] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GameSpy80s,[99] GameSpot2006,[144] GamingBolt,[43] GI2009,[101] KLOV,[130] NowGamer,[72] RetroGamer,[117] Stuff2008,[71] Stuff2014,[76] Time,[148] Yahoo[92]
The Legend of Zelda 1986 Action-Adventure 17 EGM2006,[94] GameSpy80s,[99] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2007,[96] IGN2008Readers,[47] EGM1997,[107] EGM2001,[110] Famitsu1989,[106] Famitsu2006,[84] G4,[95] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] Time[148]
Tetris 1986 Puzzle 17 EGM1997,[107] EGM2006,[94] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005,[67] IGN2007,[96] Famitsu1989,[106] Famitsu2006,[84] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GamesRadar,[111] GameSpy80s,[99] Empire2014,[73] NextGen1999,[52] NowGamer,[72] RetroGamer,[117] Yahoo[92]
Donkey Kong 1981 Platformer 16 EGM2006,[94] EGM2001,[110] EG1985,[149] FHM,[51] GF2004,[79] GF2009,[44] GameSpy80s,[99] G4,[95] GamingBolt,[43] GI2001,[100] KLOV,[130] NextGen1996,[89] RetroGamer,[117] Stuff2014,[76] Time,[148] Yahoo[92]
Contra 1987 Run & Gun Shooter 16 EG1992,[147] EGM2001,[110] EGM2006,[94] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GameSpy80s,[99] EGM1997,[107] G4,[95] GameSpot2006,[144] GamingBolt,[43] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] IGN2003,[66] IGN2007,[96] Time[148]
Pokémon Red & Blue 1996 Role-Playing Game 16 EGM2006,[94] Edge2009,[41] Empire2014,[73] Famitsu2006,[84] G4,[95] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GI1999,[45] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] Guinness,[146] IGN2003,[66] IGN2007,[96] NowGamer,[72] Yahoo[92]
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty 2001 Stealth 16 EGM2006,[94] Empire2009,[85] Empire2014,[73] GF2014,[75] GI2009,[101] Metacritic,[48] Famitsu2006,[84] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GameRankings,[70] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2007,[96] Stuff2008,[71] Stuff2014[76]
Half-Life 2 2004 First-Person Shooter 16 IGN2005,[67] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2007,[96] IGN2000s,[122] PCGamer2011,[134] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GameRankings,[70] GamesRadar,[111] GameSpyPC2000s,[150] Edge2013,[42] Empire2014,[73] Metacritic,[48] Stuff2008[71]
Halo: Combat Evolved 2001 First-Person Shooter 15 CNET,[143] Edge2013,[42] EGM2006,[94] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005,[67] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2007,[96] Empire2014,[73] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] Metacritic,[48] RetroGamer,[117] Yahoo[92]
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 2002 Action-Adventure 15 EGM2006,[94] GamesRadar,[111] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2008Readers,[47] Edge2009,[41] Empire2014,[73] Metacritic,[48] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GamingBolt,[43] GI2009,[101] Yahoo[92]
Punch-Out!! 1983 Sports 14 EGM2006,[94] EGM2001,[110] GameSpy80s,[99] G4,[95] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GameSpot2006,[144] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] IGN2003,[66] IGN2007,[96] Time,[148] KLOV,[130] Yahoo[92]
Secret of Mana 1993 Action Role-Playing Game 14 Famitsu2006,[84] IGN2005,[67] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GamesRadar,[111] GamingBolt,[43] GI2001,[100] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2007,[96] NowGamer,[72] RetroGamer[117]
Final Fantasy Tactics 1997 Tactical Role-Playing Game 14 EGM2006,[94] EGM2001,[110] Famitsu2006,[84] GamesRadar,[111] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GameSpot2006,[144] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] IGN2007,[96] NowGamer,[72] Time[148]
Half-Life 1998 First-Person Shooter 14 CNET,[143] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005,[67] IGN2007,[96] PCGamer2011,[134] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GameSpyPC90s,[151] Empire2014,[73] Metacritic,[48] NowGamer,[72] RetroGamer,[117] Yahoo[92]
Resident Evil 2 1998 Survival Horror 14 EGM2006,[94] Empire2009,[85] Empire2014,[73] EGM2001,[110] CVG,[142] Famitsu2006,[84] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GamingBolt,[43] GI1998,[83] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] IGN2003,[66] RetroGamer[117]
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 2000 Action-Adventure 14 Edge2013,[42] EGM2006,[94] EGM2001,[110] Edge2009,[41] Empire2014,[73] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2007,[96] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] NowGamer[72]
Grand Theft Auto III 2001 Action-Adventure 14 CNET,[143] EGM2006,[94] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005,[67] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2007,[96] IGN2000s,[122] Metacritic,[48] GameRankings,[70] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GI2009,[101] RetroGamer,[117] Yahoo[92]
Super Mario Galaxy 2007 Platformer 14 Eurogamer7thGen,[114] Metacritic,[48] Empire2009,[85] Empire2014,[73] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] Guinness,[146] Edge2009,[41] Edge2013,[42] Edge7thGen,[112] IGN2000s,[122] IGN7thGen,[121] GameRankings,[70] Stuff2008[71]
Space Invaders 1978 Shoot 'Em Up 13 EGM2006,[94] EG1985,[149] FHM,[51] G4,[95] GF2009,[44] KLOV,[130] IGN2007,[96] NextGen1996,[89] NowGamer,[72] RetroGamer,[117] Stuff2014,[76] Time,[148] Yahoo[92]
StarCraft 1998 Real-Time Strategy 13 CNET,[143] IGN2005,[67] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2007,[96] PCGamer2011,[134] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GameSpot2006,[144] GameSpyPC90s,[151] Empire2014,[73] IGN2003,[66] NowGamer[72]
Final Fantasy X 2001 Role-Playing Game 13 GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GI2009,[101] GamesRadar,[111] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005,[67] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2008Readers,[46] Dengeki,[80] Famitsu2006[84]
Super Smash Bros. Melee 2001 Fighting 13 EGM2006,[94] GamesRadar,[111] Edge2007,[40] G4,[95] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GI2009,[101] GF2014,[75] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2008Readers[47]
Metroid Prime 2002 First-Person Adventure 13 EGM2006,[94] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005,[67] IGN2005Readers,[68] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GamesRadar,[111] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2007,[96] Empire2014,[73] Metacritic[48]
Final Fantasy IV 1991 Role-Playing Game 12 EGM2006,[94] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005,[67] IGN2007,[96] EGM2001,[110] Famitsu2006,[84] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GameSpot2006,[144] GI2001,[100] GI2009[101]
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 Platformer 12 EGM1997,[107] EGM2001,[110] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GamingBolt,[43] GI2009,[101] Guinness,[146] NowGamer,[72] RetroGamer,[117] Yahoo[92]
Doom 1993 First-Person Shooter 12 BuzzFeed,[119] IGN2005,[67] PCGamer2011,[134] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GameSpyPC90s,[151] Empire2014,[73] IGN2003,[66] IGN2007,[96] NowGamer,[72] RetroGamer,[117] Yahoo[92]
Shenmue 1999 Adventure 12 Empire2009,[85] Empire2014,[73] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2008Readers,[47] Edge2007,[40] Maniac,[138] NowGamer,[72] Stuff2008,[71] Yahoo[92]
Ico 2001 Action-Adventure 12 Edge2007,[40] Edge2009,[41] Edge2013,[42] Empire2009,[85] G4,[95] GF2005,[69] GI2009,[101] GamesRadar,[111] Guinness,[146] IGN2007,[96] Stuff2008,[71] Time[148]
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2003 Role-Playing Game 12 EGM2006,[94] PCGamer2011,[134] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GamesRadar,[111] GameSpyPC2000s,[150] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2007,[96] IGN2000s,[122] Empire2014,[73] Yahoo[92]
World of Warcraft 2004 Massively Multiplayer Online RPG 12 Edge2013,[42] Eurogamer7thGen,[114] PCGamer2011,[134] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GamesRadar,[111] GameSpyPC2000s,[150] Empire2014,[73] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2007,[96] Yahoo[92]
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 Maze 11 EGM1997,[107] EGM2001,[110] G4,[95] GamingBolt,[43] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] GamesRadar,[111] IGN2003,[66] IGN2007,[96] KLOV,[130] NextGen1996[89]
Metroid 1986 Platform-Adventure 11 EGM1997,[107] EGM2006,[94] Famitsu1989,[106] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GameSpy80s,[99] GameSpot2006,[144] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] Time[148]
Double Dragon 1987 Beat 'Em Up 11 EGM2006,[94] Empire2009,[85] G4,[95] GameSpot2006,[144] GamingBolt,[43] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] KLOV,[130] NowGamer,[72] RetroGamer,[117] Yahoo[92]
Mega Man 2 1988 Platformer 11 EGM2006,[94] GF2009,[44] GamesRadar,[111] GameSpy80s,[99] EGM1997,[107] EGM2001,[110] G4,[95] GameSpot2006,[144] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] IGN2007[96]
Gunstar Heroes 1993 Run & Gun Shooter 11 EGM2006,[94] EGM1997,[107] EGM2001,[110] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] Guinness,[146] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005Readers,[68] NowGamer,[72] RetroGamer[117]
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island 1995 Platformer 11 EGM2006,[94] EGM2001,[110] Edge2009,[41] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GamesRadar,[111] GamingBolt,[43] IGN2003,[66] IGN2007,[96] NowGamer[72]
Advance Wars 2001 Turn-Based Tactics 11 EGM2006,[94] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005,[67] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2007,[96] IGN2008Readers,[47] Edge2007,[40] Edge2009,[41] GF2005,[69] Guinness[146]
Silent Hill 2 2001 Survival Horror 11 Empire2009,[85] Empire2014,[73] Edge2007,[40] Edge2009,[41] G4,[95] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GamesRadar,[111] GamingBolt,[43] GI2009,[101] IGN2007[96]
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 2003 Action-Adventure 11 GamesRadar,[111] IGN2005,[67] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2007,[96] Edge2007,[40] Edge2009,[41] G4,[95] GF2005,[69] GamingBolt,[43] GI2009[101]
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2007 First-Person Shooter 11 IGN2011Modern,[152] Eurogamer7thGen,[114] Edge7thGen,[112] IGN7thGen,[121] G4,[95] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] Empire2014,[73] Time,[148] GI2009,[101] IGN2008Readers[47]
Galaga 1981 Shoot 'Em Up 10 EGM2006,[94] EGM2001,[110] G4,[95] GF2004,[79] GF2009,[44] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] IGN2003,[66] KLOV,[130] Time[148]
Kingdom Hearts 2002 Action Role-Playing Game 10 Empire2014,[73] IGN2005,[67] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2008Readers,[47] Famitsu2006,[84] G4,[95] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014[75]
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 2004 Stealth 10 Empire2014,[73] Edge2009,[41] Famitsu2006,[84] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GamesRadar,[111] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2008Readers[47]
BioShock 2007 First-Person Shooter 10 IGN2011Modern,[152] Edge2013,[42] Eurogamer7thGen,[114] PCGamer2011,[134] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GamesRadar,[111] GameSpyPC2000s,[150] Empire2014,[73] Metacritic[48]
Xenogears 1998 Role-Playing Game 9 IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2008Readers,[46] Dengeki,[80] Famitsu2006,[84] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014[75]
Counter-Strike 2000 First-Person Shooter 9 IGN2003,[66] IGN2005,[67] IGN2000s,[122] PCGamer2011,[134] GF2005,[69] GamesRadar,[111] GameSpyPC90s,[151] GameSpyPC2000s,[150] Empire2014[73]
The Last of Us 2013 Survival Horror 9 Edge2013,[42] Eurogamer7thGen,[114] GamesRadar,[111] Empire2014,[73] GF2014,[75] Metacritic,[48] IGN7thGen,[121] Edge7thGen,[112] GameRankings[70]
Daytona USA 1993 Racing 8 EGM2006,[94] EGM2001,[110] Edge2009,[41] Empire2009,[85] KLOV,[130] NextGen1996,[89] NowGamer,[72] Yahoo[92]
Virtua Fighter 2 1994 Fighting 8 EGM1997,[107] EGM2001,[110] EGM2006,[94] Famitsu2006,[84] IGN2003,[66] NextGen1996,[89] NextGen1999,[52] Stuff2008[71]
Nights into Dreams... 1996 Action 8 EGM2006,[94] Edge2007,[40] EGM1997,[107] EGM2001,[110] GF2004,[79] GF2005,[69] NextGen1996,[89] NowGamer[72]
Gran Turismo 1997 Racing Simulation 8 EGM2006,[94] Empire2009,[85] CVG,[142] GF2005,[69] GameSpot2006,[144] GI2001,[100] GI2009,[101] Guinness[146]
Panzer Dragoon Saga 1998 Role-Playing Game 8 EGM2006,[94] EGM2001,[110] G4,[95] GF2004,[79] GI2001,[100] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2007,[96] NowGamer[72]
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004 Action-Adventure 8 Edge2009,[41] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] IGN2005Readers,[68] IGN2006Readers,[46] IGN2008Readers,[47] Stuff2014[76]
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess 2006 Action-Adventure 8 Edge2009,[41] Empire2009,[85] Empire2014,[73] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GameRankings,[70] IGN2008Readers,[47] Metacritic[48]
Super Smash Bros. Brawl 2008 Fighting 8 Empire2009,[85] Edge2009,[41] Empire2014,[73] Eurogamer,[114] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] IGN2011Modern,[152] IGN2008Readers[47]
Super Mario Galaxy 2 2010 Platformer 8 IGN2011Modern,[152] GF2014,[75] GamesRadar,[111] GameSpot2014,[145] Empire2014,[73] Metacritic,[48] IGN7thGen,[121] GameRankings[70]
OutRun 1986 Racing 7 G4,[95] KLOV,[130] NextGen1996,[89] NowGamer,[72] RetroGamer,[117] Stuff2008,[71] Time,[148] Yahoo[92]
Tecmo Bowl 1987 Sports 7 EGM2006,[94] GameSpy80s,[99] G4,[95] GameSpot2006,[144] IGN2003,[66] IGN2007,[96] Time[148]
Ninja Gaiden 1988 Platformer 7 EGM2001,[110] Famitsu1989,[106] GF2009,[44] GameSpy80s,[99] G4,[95] GI2001,[100] GI2009[101]
Herzog Zwei 1989 Real-Time Strategy 7 EG1992,[147] EGM1997,[107] EGM2001,[110] IGN2003,[66] IGN2005,[67] NextGen1996,[89] NextGen1999[52]
Sega Rally 1994 Racing 7 GamesRadar,[111] EGM1997,[107] Edge2007,[40] Guinness,[146] NextGen1996,[89] NowGamer,[72] Stuff2008[71]
Chrono Cross 1999 Role-Playing Game 7 EGM2001,[110] GF2005,[69] GF2009,[44] GF2014,[75] GI2001,[100] GameSpot2014,[145] IGN2008Readers[47]
Okami 2006 Action-Adventure 7 Edge2007,[40] Empire2009,[85] Empire2014,[73] GI2009,[101] IGN2007,[96] IGN2000s,[122] Stuff2008[71]
Portal 2007 Puzzle Platformer 7 Edge2013,[42] Eurogamer7thGen,[114] PCGamer2011,[134] GF2009,[44] GamesRadar,[111] GameSpyPC2000s,[150] Empire2014[73]
Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Action-Adventure 7 GF2009,[44] GamesRadar,[111] GameSpot2014,[145] Metacritic,[48] IGN2011Modern,[152] PCGamer2011,[134] GameRankings[70]
Street Fighter IV 2008 Fighting 7 GamesRadar,[111] Eurogamer7thGen,[114] Edge2009,[41] Edge7thGen,[112] G4,[95] GF2009,[44] IGN7thGen[121]
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 2009 Action-Adventure 7 IGN2000s,[122] IGN2011Modern,[152] GF2014,[75] GamesRadar,[111] Empire2014,[73] Metacritic,[48] GameRankings[70]
Mass Effect 2 2010 Role-Playing Shooter 7 IGN2011Modern,[152] PCGamer2011,[134] GF2014,[75] GameRankings,[70] GamesRadar,[111] Empire2014,[73] Metacritic[48]
Red Dead Redemption 2010 Action-Adventure 7 IGN2011Modern,[152] Edge2013,[42] Eurogamer7thGen,[114] GF2014,[75] GamesRadar,[111] Empire2014,[73] Metacritic[48]
Batman: Arkham City 2011 Action-Adventure 7 G4,[95] IGN7thGen,[121] Empire2014,[73] Metacritic,[48] GameRankings,[70] GamingBolt,[43] GF2014[75]
Dark Souls 2011 Action Role-Playing Game 7 Eurogamer7thGen,[114] GamesRadar,[111] Empire2014,[73] Edge2013,[42] Edge7thGen,[112] GF2014,[75] IGN7thGen[121]
Portal 2 2011 Puzzle Platformer 7 IGN7thGen,[121] IGN2011Modern,[152] Empire2014,[73] GameRankings,[70] GF2014,[75] Metacritic,[48] GamingBolt[43]
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2011 Action Role-Playing Game 7 Eurogamer7thGen,[114] GF2014,[75] GamesRadar,[111] Empire2014,[73] Edge7thGen,[112] IGN7thGen,[121] Metacritic[48]
Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Action-Adventure 7 Empire2014,[73] GF2014,[75] GamesRadar,[111] Metacritic,[48] GameRankings,[70] Edge7thGen,[112] IGN7thGen[121]
Dragon Quest 1986 Role-Playing Game 6 Famitsu1989,[106] Famitsu2006,[84] GF2005,[69] GI2001,[100] IGN2005,[67] IGN2007[96]
Phantasy Star II 1989 Role-Playing Game 6 EGM1997,[107] EGM2001,[110] EGM2006,[94] GameSpot2006,[144] IGN2003,[66] Stuff2008[71]
Streets of Rage 2 1992 Beat 'Em Up 6 BuzzFeed,[119] GF2009,[44] NowGamer,[72] RetroGamer,[117] Stuff2008,[71] Stuff2014[76]
Ridge Racer 1993 Racing 6 EGM2006,[94] FHM,[51] GI2001,[100] Guinness,[146] NowGamer,[72] Yahoo[92]
Tekken 2 1995 Fighting 6 EGM1997,[107] Empire2009,[85] GI2001,[100] GameSpot2006,[144] Guinness,[146] NextGen1996[89]
Tekken 3 1997 Fighting 6 CVG,[142] Edge2007,[40] Metacritic,[48] GF2005,[69] GI1999,[45] GameRankings[70]
Grim Fandango 1998 Adventure 6 IGN2005,[67] IGN2007,[96] PCGamer2011,[134] GamesRadar,[111] GameSpyPC90s,[151] Empire2014[73]
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 2008 Stealth 6 Empire2009,[85] Empire2014,[73] GF2009,[44] GameSpot2014,[145] IGN2008Readers,[47] IGN7thGen[121]

Short-term perceptions (review scores)

This is a list of games that have been given the highest aggregate review scores by Metacritic and GameRankings, based on an average aggregate of contemporary review scores. However, contemporary reviews do not necessarily reflect the long-term consensus (which the "best of" lists for the main tables above represent better), but review scores mainly represent the short-term perceptions of a game at the time of its release.

In addition, the selection of reviews used by Metacritic and GameRankings are mostly restricted to modern websites and magazines, with older defunct publications excluded, hence older games (especially games prior to the sixth generation) are usually heavily under-represented. Furthermore, most of the reviews are from the English-language press, thus mostly reflecting the review scores of modern English-language reviewers, and to a lesser extent, Western European reviewers, downplaying the preferences of other major markets such as Japan and South Korea.

GameRankings
Video Game Publisher Platform Year Aggregate score Number of reviews Refs
Super Mario Odyssey Nintendo Nintendo Switch 2017 98.17 44 [153]
Super Mario Galaxy Nintendo Wii 2007 97.64 78 [154]
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Nintendo Nintendo 64 1998 97.54 28 [155]
Super Mario Galaxy 2 Nintendo Wii 2010 97.35 56 [156]
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Nintendo Nintendo Switch 2017 97.28 62 [157]
Grand Theft Auto IV Rockstar Games PlayStation 3 2008 97.04 60 [158]
Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar Games PlayStation 3 2013 97.01 34 [159]
Soul Calibur Namco Dreamcast 1999 96.56 25 [160]
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Sony Computer Entertainment PlayStation 3 2009 96.43 82 [161]
Super Mario 64 Nintendo Nintendo 64 2009 96.41 22 [162]
Metroid Prime Nintendo GameCube 2002 96.33 87 [163]
Notes:


  • Only video games with 10 reviews or more.
  • Only 1 platform per game (best reviewed).
  • Only games scoring 96% or above.
Metacritic
Video Game Publisher Platform Year Aggregate score Number of reviews Refs
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Nintendo Nintendo 64 1998 99 22 [164]
Soul Calibur Namco Dreamcast 1999 98 28 [165]
Grand Theft Auto IV Rockstar Games Xbox 360 2008 98 86 [166]
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Activision PlayStation 2000 98 19 [167]
Super Mario Galaxy 2 Nintendo Wii 2010 97 88 [168]
Super Mario Galaxy Nintendo Wii 2007 97 73 [169]
Super Mario Odyssey Nintendo Nintendo Switch 2017 97 91 [170]
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Nintendo Nintendo Switch 2017 97 108 [171]
Metroid Prime Nintendo GameCube 2002 97 70 [172]
NFL 2K1 Sega Dreamcast 2000 97 22 [173]
Perfect Dark Nintendo Nintendo 64 2000 97 30 [174]
Halo: Combat Evolved Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 2001 97 68 [175]
Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar Games Xbox 360 2013 97 58 [176]
Grand Theft Auto III Rockstar Games PlayStation 2 2001 97 56 [177]
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 Activision PlayStation 2 2001 97 34 [178]
Notes:


  • Only video games with 10 reviews or more.
  • Only 1 platform per game (best reviewed).
  • Only games scoring 97 or above.
MobyRank[61]
Video Game Publisher Platform Year Aggregate score
Super Mario Odyssey Nintendo Nintendo Switch 2017 98
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Nintendo Nintendo 64 1998 97
Grand Theft Auto IV Rockstar Games PlayStation 3 2008 96
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Nintendo Nintendo Switch 2017 96
Metroid Prime Nintendo GameCube 2002 96
Soul Calibur Namco Dreamcast 1999 96
Super Mario Galaxy Nintendo Wii 2007 96
Super Mario Bros. 3 NES Nintendo 1988 96
Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar Games Xbox One 2014 96
Chrono Trigger Squaresoft SNES 1995 96
Notes:


  • Only video games with 10 reviews or more.
  • Only 1 platform per game (best reviewed).
  • Only games scoring 96 or above.

See also

Notes

  1. #1 ranks:[39][40][41][42][43][44][45][46][47][48][49][50][51][52][53][54][55][56][57][58][59][60][61][62][63][64]
    #2 ranks:[65][66][67][68][69][70][71][72][73][74][75][76][77][78]
  2. #1 ranks:[79][69][80][81][82]
    #2 ranks:[83][84][85][44][81][56][86][60][87]
  3. #1 ranks:[88][89][90][78]
    #2 ranks:[91][39][41][42][92][93][54][59]
  4. #1 ranks:[94][95][66][67][96][97][98]
    #2 ranks:[99][100][101]
  5. #1 ranks:[52][54][102][103][78]
    #2 ranks:[90][95][55][104][105]
  6. #1 ranks:[104][105][87]
    #2 ranks:[106][107][108][43][54][103][61]
  7. #1 ranks:[92][107][93]
    #2 ranks:[109][89][52][110][96][97]
  8. #1 ranks:[111][112][113][78]
    #2 rank:[114][115][116]
  9. #1 ranks:[85][77]
    #2 rank:[117][54][118][119][120]
  10. #1 rank:[75][74]
    #2 ranks:[79][46][47][111][49][61]
  11. #1 rank:[70][114][121][54]
    #2 rank:[112][61]
  12. #1 rank:[71][76][122]
    #2 rank:[123][124]
  13. [100][101][52][99]
  14. #1 ranks:[109][72][119]
    #2 rank:[88]
  15. #1 ranks:[84][81]
    #2 rank:[80][125]
  16. #1 ranks:[68][54]
    #2 ranks:[53][40]
  17. #1 ranks:[73][126]
    #2 ranks:[127][58]
  18. #1 ranks:[116][128]
    #2 ranks:[61][129]
  19. #1 rank:[130]
    #2 rank:[94][131][98]
  20. #1 ranks:[132]
    #2 rank:[88][102][78]
  21. #1 ranks:[117][120]
    #2 rank:[61]
  22. [88][131]
  23. [133][130]
  24. [91][81]
  25. [83][82]
  26. [134][135]
  27. #1 rank: [136]
    #2 rank: [133]
  28. #1 rank: [88]
    #2 rank: [130]
  29. #1 rank: [106]
    #2 rank: [137]
  30. #1 rank: [52]
    #2 rank: [54]
  31. #1 rank: [138]
    #2 rank: [139]
  32. #1 rank: [124]
    #2 rank: [122]
  33. #2 rank: [48][61]
  34. [45]

References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 The Best Video Games in the History of Humanity, Filibuster, 2012
  2. 308 score on Filibuster, in addition to:
    • 10 points (rank #1) from 2013 Metacritic list
    • 10 points (rank #1) from 2013 VideoGamer list
    • 10 points (rank #1) from 2013 Edge list
    • 10 points (rank #1) from 2012 GameStats list
    • 10 points (rank #1) from 2013 Unikgamer list
    • 10 points (rank #1) from 2013 At The Buzzer list
    • 10 points (rank #1) from 2013 Gaming Bolt list
    • 10 points (rank #1) from 2009 GameFAQs poll
    • 9 points (rank #2) from 2005 GameFAQs poll
    • 9 points (rank #2) from 2013 GameRankings list
    • 9 points (rank #2) from 2013 MobyGames list
    • 9 points (rank #2) from 2013 GameFAQs poll
    • 9 points (rank #2) from 2014 GameFAQs poll
    • 7 points (rank #4) from 2013 Stuff list
    • 6 points (rank #5) from 2004 GameFAQs poll
    • 5 points (rank #6) from 2002 GameSpot poll
    • 3 points (rank #8) from 2014 GameFAQs poll
  3. 201 score on Filibuster, in addition to:
    • 10 points (rank #1) from 2002 GameSpot poll
    • 9 points (rank #2) from 2013 Edge list
    • 7 points (rank #4) from 2013 Leet Gamers Asia list
    • 5 points (rank #6) from 2011 1UP list
    • 4 points (rank #7) from 2013 GameRankings list
    • 3 points (rank #8) from 2013 Stuff list
    • 2 points (rank #9) from 2009 GameFAQs poll
    • 1 point (rank #10) from 2013 At The Buzzer list
  4. 135 score on Filibuster, in addition to:
  5. 198 score on Filibuster, in addition to 6 points (rank #5) from 2012 G4 list.
  6. 94 score on Filibuster, in addition to:
  7. 113 score on Filibuster, in addition to:
    • 9 points (rank #2) from 2012 G4 list
    • 8 points (rank #3) from 2009 GameFAQs poll
    • 7 points (rank #4) from 2005 GameFAQs poll
    • 7 points (rank #4) from 2013 GameFAQs poll
    • 6 points (rank #5) from 2004 GameFAQs poll
    • 6 points (rank #5) from 2013 Gaming Bolt list
    • 6 points (rank #5) from 2014 GameFAQs poll
    • 2 points (rank #9) from 2012 GamesRadar list
  8. 76 score on Filibuster, in addition to:
    • 10 points (rank #1) from 2009 Yahoo list
    • 9 points (rank #2) from 2013 Gaming Bolt list
    • 8 points (rank #3) from 2004 GameFAQs poll
    • 7 points (rank #4) from 2013 MobyGames list
    • 6 points (rank #5) from 2005 GameFAQs poll
    • 6 points (rank #5) from 2009 GameFAQs poll
    • 5 points (rank #6) from 2014 GameFAQs poll
    • 4 points (rank #7) from 2012 G4 list
    • 4 points (rank #7) from 2012 GamesRadar list
    • 3 points (rank #8) from 2014 GameFAQs poll
  9. 60 score on Filibuster, in addition to:
    • 10 points (rank #1) from 2013 MobyGames list
    • 10 points (rank #1) from 2014 GameFAQs poll
    • 9 points (rank #2) from 2012 GamesRadar list
    • 9 points (rank #2) from 2004 GameFAQs poll
    • 8 points (rank #3) from 2005 GameFAQs poll
    • 8 points (rank #3) and 4 points (rank #7) from 2013 GameFAQs poll
    • 8 points (rank #3) from 2013 At The Buzzer list
    • 3 points (rank #8) from 2008 Dengeki poll
    • 1 point (rank #10) from 2014 GameFAQs poll
  10. 75 score on Filibuster, in addition to:
  11. 103 score on Filibuster, in addition to:
    • 4 points (rank #7) from 2013 Edge list
    • 3 points (rank #8) from 2012 G4 list
  12. 53 score on Filibuster, in addition to:
  13. 77 score on Filibuster, in addition to:
    • 6 points (rank #5) from 2009 GameFAQs poll
    • 5 points (rank #6) from 2014 GameFAQs poll
    • 4 points (rank #7) from 2012 GamesRadar list
    • 2 points (rank #9) from 2004 GameFAQs poll
  14. 84 score on Filibuster, in addition to 8 points (rank #3) from 2013 Edge list
  15. 39 score on Filibuster, in addition to:
  16. 73 score on Filibuster, in addition to:
  17. 33 score on Filibuster, in addition to:
    • 10 points (rank #1) from 2013 Eurogamer poll
    • 10 points (rank #1) from 2013 GameRankings list
    • 9 points (rank #2) from 2014 Edge list
    • 7 points (rank #4) from 2013 MobyGames list
    • 6 points (rank #5) from 2013 Metacritic list
    • 3 points (rank #8) from 2012 GameStats list
    • 1 point (rank #10) from 2013 Edge list
  18. 63 score on Filibuster, in addition to:
  19. 42 score on Filibuster, in addition to:
    • 10 points (rank #1) from 2013 GameFAQs poll
    • 7 points (rank #4) from 2014 GameFAQs poll
    • 6 points (rank #5) from 2014 GameFAQs poll
    • 3 points (rank #8) from 2013 At The Buzzer list
    • 2 points (rank #9) from 2004 GameFAQs poll
    • 2 points (rank #9) from 2009 GameFAQs poll
    • 1 point (rank #10) from 2005 GameFAQs poll
  20. 27 score on Filibuster, in addition to:
  21. 24 score on Filibuster, in addition to:
  22. 10 score on Filibuster, in addition to:
  23. 16 score on Filibuster, in addition to:
    • 10 points (rank #1) from 2013 VideoGamer list
    • 8 points (rank #3) from 2013 GameRankings list
    • 7 points (rank #4) from 2011 IGN list
    • 6 points (rank #5) from 2013 Metacritic list
  24. 12 score on Filibuster, in addition to:
    • 9 points (rank #2) and 2 points (rank #9) from 2014 GameFAQs poll
    • 7 points (rank #4) from 2010 GameFAQs poll
    • 5 points (rank #6) from 2014 GameFAQs poll
  25. 9 score on Filibuster, in addition to:
    • 8 points (rank #3) from 2004 GameFAQs poll
    • 5 points (rank #6) from 2005 GameFAQs poll
    • 5 points (rank #6) from 2010 GameFAQs poll
    • 2 points (rank #9) from 2009 GameFAQs poll
    • 2 points (rank #9) from 2014 GameFAQs poll
  26. 13 score on Filibuster, in addition to:
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    • 2 points (rank #9) from 2004 GameFAQs poll
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