The Top Video Games of All Time

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There are many video games that players play and cherish. With countless worlds and stories to explore, the appeal of video games will never fade. There are an incredible amount of titles out there, but a select few stand above the rest.





The following top 100 games are ordered by their Critic's Rating (as recorded by Metacritic) as well as their player bases and influence on esports and gaming as a whole. It's time to travel through time and revisit some of the best video games of all time!





















100. Inside



Top 100 Video Games of All Time Inside



Release Date: June 29, 2016



Starting off at #100 is the artistic puzzle game, Inside. It was released in 2016 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows. In this game, the player controls a boy in a dark world where he must survive. The gameplay and style are similar to Limbo and Little Nightmares.









This is a puzzle game, but don't let that fool you. It is a very dark game, both aesthetically and with its themes. The failures are somewhat gruesome and graphic too, adding to the despair present in the game.



Critics praised Inside as one of the best puzzle platformers. As a result, this game has received a whole host of awards, including the Best Independent Game in the 2016 Game Critics Award and Best Art Direction in the 2016 Game Awards.





99. Spider-Man (PS4)



Top 100 Video Games of All Time Spider Man



Release Date: September 7, 2018



Next up is #99, Marvel's Spider-Man. This web-slinging adventure puts the player inside Peter Parker's iconic Spider-Man suit to fly all over New York City and stop the destructive plans of Mr. Negative. The fate of New York is in your hands.





But it's not all doom and gloom. All of NYC is yours to explore in the open-world style and, like in real life, the excitement never stops. The setting is visually stunning and the gameplay was incredible. The web-swinging was so much fun and really did justice to the feeling of flying from building to building.





When released, Spider-Man was received well. The graphics and gameplay were the main appeals, but it was chastised for its lack of innovation and use of tropes in open-world games. It feels a bit too similar to the Batman series of games. All in all, this was a must-play for Spider-Man and superhero fans alike.



98. Grand Theft Auto IV



Top 100 Video Games of All Time Grand Theft Auto 4



Release Date: April 29, 2008



98th on the list belongs to Grand Theft Auto 4. GTA IV was a massive hit at the time, as fans waited eagerly for it since Grand Theft Auto San Andreas in 2004. It took four years for GTA IV to arrive, but it was well worth it. Its open-world was based on New York City and captured both the grit and grandeur of the city excellently. The combat system was improved significantly, giving it a better, more responsive feel.







The story followed Niko Bellic, an Eastern European immigrant who comes to Liberty City to find the American dream. Unfortunately, he ends up getting tied up with gangsters and the criminal underground world and must fight to keep himself and his morality alive.



This narrative and characters, in particular, were given great acclaim.



GTA IV stands as the best installment in the GTA franchise according to Metacritic and is their #3 best game of all time according to the critics.





97. Pokemon Diamond and Pearl



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Release Date: September 28, 2006



Up next is our first Pokemon game, Generation Four. In Pokemon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum, players traveled the Sinnoh region to defeat the Gym Leaders and challenge the Elite Four. It added 107 new Pokemon to catch and train, while also adding a few gameplay features. The first of which is the reintroduction of the time mechanic, which wasn't present since Gen 2.





Secondly, the Poketch was introduced. This nifty little device had a bunch of tools to help trainers and fully utilize online services. Lastly, there was an underground area that players could explore, make secret bases and interact with friends. These new features to the game were marvelous add-ons to an already great series. Its no surprise they rank so highly here.





96. Dead Space 2



Top 100 Video Games of All Time Dead Space 2



Release Date: January 25, 2011



Dead Space 2 is a game that many people played and had nightmares for nights over. In this survival horror game, the player plays as Isaac Clarke as he fights to stop an outbreak of horrific creatures, called Necromorphs, on a space station near Saturn.





Brutal death lies around every corner of this dimly lit station. The suspense is hard to bear at times and the sheer terror of the Necromorphs is enough to send most sane people packing. Those that can handle it though are in for an intense gaming experience.





Dead Space 2 was praised by critics for its well-done horror elements and the unrelenting, hardcore gameplay. There are so many disturbing and grotesque elements of the game that make it a thrilling Sci-Fi experience like no other.



95. Starcraft 2



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Release Date: March 31, 1998



Plot Summary (from Metacritic): " In the distant future a small group of human exiles have been doomed to fight for survival on the edge of the galaxy. Through military strength, espionage and deceit, a unified Terran government has maintained an uneasy peace. As resources run short, however, these Confederate nations find themselves looking towards the rich worlds of their alien neighbors, the enigmatic Protoss. To further complicate matters, it seems that a previously unknown and deadly species known only as the Zerg has entered Protoss space and is destroying everything in its path.







As the military leader for your species, you must gather the resources you need to train and expand your forces and lead them to victory. Thirty unique missions will challenge you across three different campaigns as you control the fate of the galaxy."



Starcraft is a mainstay in the RTS (real-time strategy) genre and was a pioneer in esports.



94. Gears of War



Top 100 Video Games of All Time Gears of War



Release Date: November 7, 2006



Keeping on the themes of gore and intense shooter action, we come to Gears of War. Players assumed the role of Marcus Fenix or other members of Delta Squad who fought versus hordes of subterranean monsters, called Locust, to protect the world of Sera.







The gnarly gameplay really emphasized the brutality of war with an alien-like race. This made Gears of War one of the best third-person shooters in existence and was among the most graphically advanced games on the Xbox 360.



Critics adored this game when it came out. The graphics, gameplay and sound were all highly appreciated, though the game did lose some points for its lacking story and exposition. These aspects carried over very well to its multiplayer too. This all made Gears of War a top choice for numerous awards and appreciation for years to come.





93. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End



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Release Date: May 10, 2016



Uncharted 4: A Theif's End is the stunning conclusion to Nathan's Drake's story. Playing as Drake himself, the player must find a lost treasure while battling with a group of mercenaries that are searching for the same thing. It' similar to its predecessors but with twists and turns of its own.





The story is gripping, with a lot of character development and emotional depth. There are larger and more numerous environments to explore in too, which helps the game break from the rather linear storyline. Finally, the writing and dialogue exceed all expectations.





People loved Naughty Dog's conclusion to this story and this was reflected in its ratings. Critics loved the compelling story, relationships explored with the characters, the art and satisfying gameplay. The thief couldn't ask for a better end. This is a game and series that everyone should experience.



92. XCOM 2



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Release Date: February 5, 2016



XCOM 2 is a multi-platform turn-based tactics game that puts the character in the shoes of a resistance commander against alien invaders. The military organization tasked with defeating the aliens, XCOM, lost the war, and now the survivors must fight as a resistance force.







As a tactical game, the player doesn't control attacks themselves but controls various units. The maps were procedurally generated, so strategies had to be made up on the fly, as a survivor in this dystopia would have to.



Critics had quite a bit of fun with this game. They praised the new mechanics that the developers added to add more depth, along with its difficulty and modding tools. Unfortunately, there were some performances issues upon release, but overall it was a great game that people sunk hours and hours into.



91. God of War 3



Top 100 Video Games of All Time God of War 3



Release Date: March 16, 2010



God of War 3 is the exciting conclusion to Kratos' rampage in Greece. It's a hack-and-slash game where Kratos ascends Mount Olympus to enact revenge upon the ancient Greek gods and, ultimately, his father Zeus. Its a brutal journey filled with bloodshed and vengeance.







This was a visual masterpiece and pushed the scale of video game worlds. This particular installment introduced new features, such as a new magic system, more enemies and new camera angles. The boss fights were epics and utilized quick-time events and had puzzle elements scattered throughout.



Kratos was described as the "most impressive-looking character ever in video games." This demonstrates the great graphics present in the game, but praise was also given to the combat and sheer amount of content in the game. This pushed the standard of video games quite high and is a very memorable game.





90. Team Fortress 2



Top 100 Video Games of All Time Team Fortress 2



Release Date: October 10, 2007



This is a game that's going to be fondly remembered by many and still played today. Team Fortress 2 is a multiplayer FPS game that employs fast-paced military action and humourous elements to create a very unique experience. If you play this, you know its one of the most clever, fun multiplayer games to exist.





In Team Fortress 2, two teams battled with an array of weaponry and character classes for classic objectives, such as Capture the Flag or King of the Hill. There is a ton of content released by both Valve (the developer) and the community. It even has a competitive scene.





It's not a typical military game due to its cartoon graphics, but this adds a more lighthearted feel to the game that received critical acclaim. The personalities and appearances of the different classes was also impressive. Team Fortress 2 is a fantastic game to play both casually and competitively if you like, with a very dedicated fan base.



89. Kingdom Hearts



Top 100 Video Games of All Time Kingdom Hearts



Release Date: March 28, 2002



Kingdom Hearts is a game where the player follows Sora to battle against the forces of darkness with... Disney characters? It seems like a strange idea at first, but those who have played the KH series know that this mix of seriousness and lightheartedness made for an incredible adventure.







This game had a fantastic orchestral score and innovative graphics (for the time) that helped add to the game's gripping story. This story combined the serious elements of Final Fantasy and light elements of Disney together nearly flawlessly too.



This action-RPG pushed the boundaries of its time and had a compelling story that attracted millions around the world. As a result, it has spawned a number of sequels and is one of the most beloved video game franchises of all time.



88. DOOM 2



Top 100 Video Games of All Time DOOM 2



Release Date: September 30, 1994



DOOM 2 is the second installment in the DOOM series that pits the familiar space marine up against a horde of hellish demons. Unlike its predecessor, it had a commercial release and not limited to shareware and mail order. This helped to push the game to a wider audience.







DOOM 2 wasn't that different to DOOM, as it featured primarily the same graphics and gameplay. There were slight upgrades, but the main difference is that the levels are larger and slightly less liner. So this means that the player can explore around more to find powerups and better loot.



DOOM 2 was raved about by critics for what it was. They didn't focus on the weak story, as that's not what you bought DOOM for. You bought it for absolute carnage, and that's exactly what it did so well. It's a historic game that has a huge influence on the first-person shooter genre that will be celebrated for as long as video games exist.





87. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater



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Release Date: November 17, 2004



Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is a staple of the Metal Gear series. It served as a prequel to the games made before it and was set in a jungle setting, as opposed to the technological urban settings of games before. But the core stealth-oriented gameplay remained the same.





Codenamed Naked Snake as he went on a mission to rescue a rocket scientist and eliminate a defector. The gameplay revolved around stealth mechanics that were greatly improved from its predecessors', with new mechanics and gadgets to make missions more interesting.





Metal Gear Solid 3 received a lot of love upon release. Many praised the advanced graphics, stealth-oriented gameplay, setting and story, but found fault with the game's writing and dialogue. Despite these flaws, it was still a fantastic adventure that did well to further the Metal Gear franchise.



86. Super Mario Bros 2



Top 100 Video Games of All Time Super Mario Bros. 2



Release Date: October 9, 1988



It's a meee, Mario! As we all know, Mario is perhaps the most famous video game character and franchise of all time. The original Super Mario Bros. was a huge success, and its sequel was worthy of continuing on such a legacy.







The gameplay was much more ambitious for this game though, as the player could pick up, throw and stack objects to advance through the levels. It had co-op play and the players could choose to play as Mario, Luigi, Toad or Princess Peach on the journey to defeat the game's villain, Wart.



It didn't get as high ratings from critics as some others on this list, but Super Mario Bros. 2 is undoubtedly a great game when considered as a part of the Super Mario franchise and as a standalone game. With it being re-released on a few different systems throughout the years, the appeal of this game is more than evident.



85. Banjo-Kazooie



Top 100 Video Games of All Time Banjo Kazooie



Release Date: June 29, 1998



Banjo-Kazooie is another iconic platform video game of the '90s. In this game, the player plays as Banjo (the bear) and Kazooie (the bird) as they stop the nefarious plans of the evil witch Gruntilda. It's a game that is made to appeal to all audiences and certainly does a decent job of it.







First of all, the game centers on collecting musical notes and jigsaw pieces to advance through levels. But there are also tons of puzzles to solve to collect more of these pieces. For those unfamiliar, its similar to Super Mario 64 and many claim a better, more refined adaptation of it.



Critics adored Banjo-Kazooie. The graphics were next-level, drastically improving the polygonal look of other similar games and utilizing better lighting, textures and animations. With so many good things going for it, it'd be criminal not to include Banjo-Kazooie in this list.





84. Final Fantasy IX



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Release Date: July 7, 2000



The ninth game in the Final Fantasy series was the final one for the original Playstation and holds a special place in fans' hearts. In this game, the player followed the story of bandit Zidane as he joins forces with Princess Garnet and a gradually expanding cast of lovable characters.





Interestingly, this game was a departure from the futuristic setting of the Final Fantasy games right before it and instead returned to a medieval fantasy feel. In addition, it added new features to the game that all added new depth and customization to the playthrough.





Currently, Final Fantasy IX is the highest rated Final Fantasy game on Metacritic and hailed by some as the best in the entire franchise. While some may disagree, it does stand as a fantastic game with a compelling story that has captivated the hearts of millions.



83. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night



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Release Date: March 20, 1997



Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is the sequel to Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and follows Dracula's son, Alucard, as he explores his father's castle when it reappears after the disappearance of Richter Belmont. Its a 2D side-scrolling game with RPG elements, such as stat points and leveling up.







But there are a ton of new aspects of this game not found in the prequel. Namely, there are more weapons to use (instead of just a whip) and the game has mostly non-linear progression. Because of this, there is more opportunity to explore the castle as you please.



Surprisingly, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night didn't do well on release. It had poor sales, but due to the overwhelming praise from critics and players alike, it eventually became a hit. Though it isn't considered a mainstream game, its a cult classic of sorts that deserves recognition.



82. Mario Party



Top 100 Video Games of All Time Mario Party



Release Date: December 18, 1998



Party games are some of the most casual fun you can have with friends, and one the pioneers of this genre was Mario Party. In this game, you could play with up to four friends in a series of minigames where you collect stars. Whoever collects the most wins!







Players could choose to play as Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Wario or Donkey Kong. You play on a virtual board game, where each space contains a different minigame or effect. There are 50 minigames to experience (plus one hidden one) that keeps the fun going.



Critics praised this game for its party-based, multiplayer experience but criticized the solo-player experience. Because playing alone was so much less enjoyable, it lost some points, but overall Mario Party was a very successful game and one that started the rise of party games.





81. Ori and the Blind Forest



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Release Date: March 11, 2015



Ori and the Blind Forest is an extremely touching, natural journey that stands out from the majority of other video games. In it, you play as Ori, who is a small white guardian spirit that becomes orphaned and must save the withering forest from disaster.





Ori is joined by Sein, who guides Ori and assists them with enemies. The game is played as a 2D side-scroller and the main objective is to restore balance to the Spirit Tree. It has a very visually pleasing art style and unique storytelling that amplifies its main themes.





The majority who played Ori and the Blind Forest loved it for its art, graphics, smooth gameplay, great narrative and stunning setting. There is a lot to love about this game and those with an attraction to a well-thought-out story and natural elements will adore it.



80. Horizon Zero Dawn



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Release Date: February 28, 2017



Horizon Zero Dawn is an incredibly cool action RPG with a very unique concept. In this game, you control Aloy, who must fight through a land overrun by robotic dinosaurs and creatures to uncover her past. Fighting robotic dinosaurs is definitely one of the coolest aspects of this game and actually executed quite well.







As Aloy, you utilize a host of traditional weaponry, like spears and bows, but also a variety of traps to take down enemies. The graphics in this game are amazing and one of the main draws to the game. Along with the visuals, the narrative was also fantastic.



Upon release, Horizon Zero Dawn was raved about. Aloy is a deep character with a great voice actor and great characterization, and the world is diverse and beautiful. There were some marks taken away because of problems with dialogue and its melee combat, but there weren't enough to drop the game from conversations as one of the best video games of all time.



79. Crash Bandicoot



Top 100 Video Games of All Time Crash Bandicoot



Release Date: September 9, 1996



Crash Bandicoot is yet another series that holds a special place in people's hearts. As such, it only makes sense to include the game where the craziness all began, the original Crash Bandicoot of the same name. It's a goofy platformer that attracted millions to play it.







As the character Crash Bandicoot, the player must stop Doctor Neo Cortex's and Doctor Nitrus Brio's plans for world domination, while also saving his girlfriend Tawna. You have to jump or spin at enemies to defeat them while maneuvering over obstacles that stand in your way.



Because it spawned an entire franchise, this game deserves a ton of recognition. But as a standalone, it does too, because of the fun, colorful graphics, unique adventure and good animations. The goofy Crash is a beloved character and his debut game is a true classic.





78. Spore



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Release Date: September 7, 2008



Video games give us a lot of cool experiences, but Spore is a very unique game. This real-time strategy game made players the creator of a new creature species. It starts very small, as essentially a cell, but progresses through different evolutionary stages.





The player can control everything about their creatures. They control their appearance as they evolve, how they interact with other species and how they form their society. There's a lot that happens to the creatures in Spore, and by the end, it's crazy to see how far they've come.





Though there are multiple stages, some of the earlier ones are short. But this doesn't take away from the sheer amount of content to enjoy in this game. It has been given high praise from critics for its replayability and wealth of options for players.



77. Monster Hunter World



Top 100 Video Games of All Time Monster Hunter World



Release Date: January 26, 2018



Monster Hunter World is a breathtaking, heart-pounding experience. In this game, the player assumes the role of a hunter, who must fight, capture and kill huge creatures on the island of Astera. The game's progression is story-driven but also promoted by the cycle of killing monsters to upgrade your gear to be able to fight stronger ones.







Players are able to play alone or as a group, but crucially, neither experience is hampered by the other existing. This makes it fun for everyone. The draw of this game is the epic monster battles, who all have their own mechanics that must be learned. If not, the hunter will be in a dangerous situation.



Critics praised the game for being attractive to old Monster Hunter players and new ones alike. The visuals are stunning and the monsters well designed. Finally, the community involved in this game is truly fantastic, which makes it quite an enjoyable multiplayer game.



76. Dead Space



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Release Date: October 13, 2008



We've already covered Dead Space 2, but now its time to pay homage to the original Dead Space. This is where Isaac Clarke's horrendous journey begins, inside the USG Ishimura, where the Necromorph outbreak begins. This 3rd Person survival horror game was definitely the source of many nightmares.







This game is most notable for its well-done horror aspects. It has the perfect setting for such a story, and the story itself is something worthy of recognition. From the very beginning to the very end, this game is sure to keep the player on their toes.



This invigorating sense of terror was the main draw of acclaim from critics. It's appeared in a number of best video games of all time lists for the aforementioned reasons, as well as the fantastic graphics, especially for such a graphic game.





75. Fallout: New Vegas



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Release Date: October 19, 2010



The Fallout franchise is another massive entity in the video game industry, and though they all have their merit, Fallout: New Vegas stands at the pinnacle of it. Here, you play as the Courier in the post-apocalyptic American West. You're nearly killed while trying to deliver a Platinum Chip, and your journey starts focused on revenge. But eventually, the fate of New Vegas is in your hands.





There is a huge open-world to explore and many different factions and characters to meet. You can team up with certain NPCs and there is an interesting crafting/modding system for weapons and gear. The story has multiple endings that make your actions feel important.





The world is massive and graphically gorgeous for the time. There are bugs and such that negatively affect the experience, but they're all relatively minor compared to the great story that lies in store for players. Fallout: New Vegas is a great time for Fallout fans and first-time Fallout players alike.



74. Super Mario Kart



Top 100 Video Games of All Time Super Mario Kart



Release Date: August 27, 1992



Everyone knows about Mario Kart. In 1992, it had its humble beginnings with the iconic Super Mario Kart. Players can control a variety of staple Mario series characters and take to the track to collect coins and powerups to finish the race first.







Played on the SNES, Super Mario Kart could be played alone or with friends. It was wildly popular upon release and has inspired a whole line of sequels. It not only inspired these sequels but the genre of kart-racer too, demonstrating its massive legacy.



Critics praised the graphics as the best the SNES ever had and for its fantastic gameplay. Some say not even the sequels have been able to replicate the greatness of this game. This is surely up to debate, but regardless its abundantly clear that Super Mario Kart is a stellar game with a huge legacy.



Super Mario Kart recently released a mobile version.





73. Final Fantasy VIII



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Release Date: February 11, 1999



Final Fantasy VIII is the eighth installment in the Final Fantasy franchise and one of the best. In this game, the story follows a group of mercenaries led by Squall Leonhart in a fantasy, Sci-Fi world. Their goal is to defeat Ultimecia, a sorceress from the future, who wants to compress time.





Throughout the game, a relationship develops between Leonhart and one of the other mercenaries Rinoa Heartlily. The narrative is very compelling and has a satisfying ending. Lastly, the gameplay is complex and the battle system has a few different mechanics that make it interesting.





The game is considered by some to be a masterpiece. It featured some amazing cinematic cutscenes and an incredible story. It has a plethora of memorable moments and characters that solidify it as one of the greatest video games of all time.



72. Star Fox 64



Top 100 Video Games of All Time Star Fox 64



Release Date: April 27, 1997



Star Fox 64 is an influential game released on the N64. Its a remake of the original Star Fox, but greatly improves on it. This game is a 3D scrolling shooter game where you play as Fox McCloud. Fox is Star Fox member who protects the fictional Lylat system and must stop the plans of the evil scientist Andross.







There are different gameplay modes you have to play in, but the most common is "Corridor Mode" where you pilot Fox's vehicle is a relatively straight path where you blast enemies with lasers and dodge obstacles. This high flying adventure was truly thrilling.



Critics enjoyed many things about this game, namely the accurate controls, boss designs, high amount of quality voice lines and the multiplayer mode's replayability. Star Fox 64 is a large reason for the popularity of the Star Fox franchise and stands as a great game.



71. Super Metroid



Top 100 Video Games of All Time Super Metroid



Release Date: March 19, 1994



Super Metroid is the third game in the Metroid series that, along with Castlevania, helped create the Metroidvania subgenre of video games. In this game, you play as Samus Aran who has to rescue an infant Metroid from the Space Pirate Ridley.







The setting is on planet Zebes, which in the game is a large open-world that allows for a lot of exploring. It's a 2D game but has a large range of motion for Samus. She also has different abilities she can use to traverse different areas that add significantly to the gameplay.



When released, people were quick to give Metroid high marks. It had state of the art graphics and audio for the time and was called the best action game ever. Along with praise, it received several awards and was nominated for even more. Super Metroid is an iconic game that will demand respect for generations to come.





70. Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver



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Release Date: September 12, 2009



It's not often that remakes stand out as some of the best video games, but Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver manage to do so. These are remakes of Gold and Silver, Pokemon's Generation Two, where the player travels the Johto region to become a Pokemon master.





The Johto region is a great one in its own right with a story Pokemon fans will never forget. Despite being a remake, there are some new features though. The biggest one is that you can have your Pokemon follow behind you like Pikachu did in Pokemon Yellow. It didn't have much bearing on the game but was a nice, fun addition.





This game was accessible to people who played the originals while still feeling fresh, and were great for players who didn't. New features make the experience better and so did the updates graphics and animations.  Pokemon HG and SS are highlights of the Pokemon franchise for sure.



69. Cuphead



Top 100 Video Games of All Time Cuphead



Release Date: September 29, 2017



Cuphead is an old-school style game that heavily revolves around very challenging boss fights. Some people related it to Dark Souls because of its high difficulty, despite the vastly different art and play style. For those who've played it, you'll know how much of a challenge it is.







Cuphead's story is that he lost a deal with the Devil, and to save the soul he gambled away, he must collect soul contracts from the game's bosses. The bosses are the main challenge and all have unique individual mechanics.



Critics enjoy the difficulty, saying it provides a challenge while still being fair. It also has a very unique aesthetic and smooth gameplay. Cuphead might not be for everyone, but everyone should at least give it a shot as its one of the coolest 'modern' video game experiences.



68. Conker's Bad Fur Day



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Release Date: March 5, 2001



We all know how it feels to have a bad hair day, but having Conker's Bad Fur Day is 100x better than that! It follows Conker, a greedy, alcoholic squirrel that is just trying to get home to his girlfriend after a night of drinking. Despite its cartoony look, it's not exactly a game for kids!







Through this platformer game, Conker has to jump over obstacles, fight enemies and solve a variety of puzzles to make it through levels. It was originally going to be a family-friendly game, but was criticized for being too similar to Rare's other games, so they changed it to what it is today.



The vulgar humor and mature themes made this game a riot. It was given praise for these elements, as it was different from many other games. It also had some great graphics and advanced technical features that further set it apart from the crowd.





67. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain



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Release Date: September 1, 2015



The Metal Gear Solid series has some great games, as we've seen, but among the best is Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. These games are known for stealth-based gameplay, and this holds true here, but there are new mechanics that allow for more freedom on how to complete missions.





In this game, the player plays as Snake in a third-person open world. It carries on the story from Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and features an incredibly emotional story that explores a variety of more mature themes.





Critics enjoyed this take on the Metal Gear Solid series a ton. The story had some shortcomings but was overall great. It also had a decent multiplayer mode that kept people playing long after the story was finished. This will stand as one of the best Metal Gear Solid games for years to come.



66. Super Mario RPG



Top 100 Video Games of All Time Super Mario RPG



Release Date: March 9, 1996



RPG's have a ton of appeal, and so does Mario, so why not combine them? Well, in 1996 Square did and created Super Mario RPG! The player plays as Mario, of course, who must save Princess Peach and also taking on the Smithy Gang, who invades the world.







This game features similar gameplay to the Super Mario series but incorporates RPG elements. Plus, it has groundbreaking 3D graphics and a sense of humor that made the game interesting in every sense. The graphics, in particular, were the focus of most critics' praise.



In addition to the graphics, the music score was fantastic and perfectly matched the environment to create certain feels. It was a great experience for long-time RPG players and newbies alike. This game demonstrated how great a Mario RPG can be and as such influenced the creation of other Mario RPGs.



65. Star Wars Battlefront 2 (PS2)



Top 100 Video Games of All Time Star Wars Battlefront



Release Date: October 31, 2005



The Star Wars universe is massive and one of the largest franchises in the world, it's only fair that they have a game on this list. Star Wars Battlefront 2 (for the PlayStation 2) is an iconic video game for all Star Wars fans in the mid-2000s.







The multiplayer was the main draw of the game, with online multiplayer and local multiplayer vs AI being exciting and addicting. There were ground battles, vehicle battles and battles in space too. The story mode was done much better as compared to its predecessor, with a better story and bigger challenge.



It had its flaws, as any game does, but was an action-packed Star Wars adventure that captivated people for years. Because the story mode was improved so much, and so was the AI, it received favorable reviews and was a major part of Star Wars' fans alike for many years.





64. Hollow Knight



Top 100 Video Games of All Time Hollow Knight



Release Date: February 24, 2017



Most of the games on this list were made by big-name companies that have a track record of huge success. Interestingly, Hollow Knight isn't. Instead, it was developed by Team Cherry and partially funded through a Kickstarter campaign. Despite this, it stands up as a fantastic video game.





In Hollow Knight, the player assumes the role of a knight who ventures into Hallownest, a long-abandoned kingdom formerly inhabited by insects. This kingdom holds adventure and peril aplenty. There is also treasure to be looted and ancient secrets to be found.





Critics have praised Hollow Knight for its outstanding visuals, audio and vast world. It also has a challenging but fair difficulty that pleased many. Video games take people on journeys, but relatively few are able to take you on such a deep one as Hollow Knight does.



63. Silent Hill



Top 100 Video Games of All Time Silent Hill



Release Date: January 31, 1999



If you're in for a good scare, Silent Hill was your best bet in 1999. Indeed, it's still bound to make you have goosebumps even today. Silent Hill is a survival horror game where the protagonist, Harry Mason, must find his daughter in the town of Silent Hill.







But it's a hell of a search. He must walk through dark streets filled with fog and death around every corner. There isn't much light in this game, which amplifies the psychological horror you must face. To make matter worse, you're not an epic hero or super-soldier. You're simply a normal man who must brave terrifying circumstances.



Many put this in their top video games of all time lists and it's easy to see why. Its horror is done well, keeping you on your toes at all times instead of relying only on cheap jump scares. The setting and music track worked together to create a truly scary experience, one that players won't forget.



62. Fortnite



fortnite



Release Date: July 21, 2017



Plot Summary (from Wikipedia): "Fortnite is an online video game developed by Epic Games and released in 2017. It is available in three distinct game mode versions that otherwise share the same general gameplay and game engine: Fortnite: Save the World, a cooperative shooter-survival game for up to four players to fight off zombie-like creatures and defend objects with fortifications they can build, Fortnite Battle Royale, a free-to-play battle royale game where up to 100 players fight to be the last person standing, and Fortnite Creative, where players are given complete freedom to create worlds and battle arenas."







It’s Battle Royale is the main draw of the game and brought in over 125 million players in less than a year and is a cultural phenomenon today.



Fortnite may be a controversial choice for this list, however, it is currently a global phenomenon taking over youth culture and turning teens into millionaires. Time will tell if Fortnite will remain on this list in future editions. For those interested, you can read our new Top 50 Fortnite Players in the World article.





61. Super Mario 64



Super Mario 64



Release Date: June 23, 1996



Super Mario 64 is one of the better-known installments in the massive Mario franchise and for good reason. Its the first Mario game to feature fully three-dimensional gameplay and an open world that the player could explore as they worked towards the main story gold.





It was an extremely ambitious video game for its time. It had boundary-pushing visuals, gameplay and music that truly set it apart from other Mario games. The story was typical for the series, where Mario had to save Princess Peach from Bowser, but its gameplay is why it's rated so highly.





Many critics have given Super Mario 64 very high acclaim. It has received perfect scores from a few critics and frequently is on best video games of all time lists. Besides its funky camera system, this game is fantastic in nearly every element.



60. The Legend of Zelda (1986)



The Legend of Zelda 1986



Release Date: February 21, 1986



This is where it all began. The Zelda franchise is one of the most beloved and highly rated video game franchises of all time, and a list of this sort wouldn't be complete without including the pioneer. This action-adventure game released in 1986 continues to be impactful today.







In The Legend of Zelda, players take on the character of Link as he ventures through Hyrule to collect the Triforce of Wisdom with the goal of rescuing Princess Zelda from the villain, Ganon. He must travel through numerous dungeons and defeat various enemies to find each piece.



The legacy this game has is absolutely astounding. It has become one of the best video game franchises ever and holds high acclaim with many critics and average gamers alike. With such a huge impact on the industry and on people's lives, this game deserves a ton of recognition.



59. Divinity: Original Sin II



Divinity Original Sin 2

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