Most video games have a fairly short shelf life. If a game isn’t that great to begin with, it might only be remembered for being truly awful. And even good games can be forgotten if they don’t get the right marketing or aren’t available on the right console. But every once in a while, you’ll find a game that has staying power. Whether it’s the graphics, the story or the gameplay, certain games become so ingrained in our minds that they’re impossible to forget. We’ve rounded up some of the best video games of all time in this list below. We’ve taken many factors into account, including individual impact and critical acclaim. We’ve also made sure to include a range of genres and systems, so there’s something for everyone on this list. If you’re stumped at what to play next, take note of these 10 best video games of all time:
Most video games have a fairly short shelf life.
Video games are a form of entertainment, art, business, technology and even competition. In fact, there’s nothing better than a great video game to get people interacting with each other and having fun. The best part is that even if you’re an introvert or have social anxiety (like me), it doesn’t matter—video games allow you to engage with others in ways that simply aren’t possible otherwise.
In this blog post about the best video games of all time we’ll be taking a look at some of the biggest titles from throughout gaming history as well as some of my personal favorites!
But every once in a while, you’ll find a game that has staying power.
But every once in a while, you’ll find a game that has staying power. These are the games that find their way into your heart and mind, and are played again and again. Many factors go into making a game worth revisiting for years to come — but some common themes emerge over time.
A well-designed story can make all the difference when it comes to keeping players hooked on your game long after they’ve finished it (and maybe even before). The fact is that video games are expensive enough as it is—players shouldn’t have to spend more money on each new installment of their favorite series if they don’t want to!
Whether it’s the graphics, the story or the gameplay, certain games become so ingrained in our minds that they’re impossible to forget.
You know that feeling when you’ve just finished a game and can’t stop thinking about it? Whether it’s the graphics, the story or the gameplay, certain games become so ingrained in our minds that they’re impossible to forget.
The following 10 titles are our all-time favorites—games we’ve enjoyed for years and will continue to play forever. They may not all be perfect (and some featured more than one release), but each has earned its place in gaming history as an unforgettable example of what makes video games so special.
We’ve rounded up some of the best video games of all time in this list below.
We’ve rounded up some of the best video games of all time in this list below.
The list contains 10 games, which are listed in no particular order. The list is a mix of old and new games and includes titles from a range of genres, platforms, and developers.
We’ve taken many factors into account, including individual impact and critical acclaim.
Our list of the best video games of all time is based on how much impact, critical acclaim and popularity each game has had.
Our criteria for ranking these games were:
- Impact on gaming as a whole (how many people played it)
- Critical acclaim (reviews from professional critics)
- Popularity (ratings from customers and casual players)
We’ve also made sure to include a range of genres and systems, so there’s something for everyone on this list.
We’ve also made sure to include a range of genres and systems, so there’s something for everyone on this list. You won’t find any of the usual suspects here: no Mario or Zelda games, no Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto games, and definitely no Pong clones. We think you’ll be surprised by what we’ve chosen as our favorites.
But please keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list; it’s just 10 games we think are cool! There are certainly other games out there that would make great additions to the list—and if you have one in mind (or two), let us know about them in the comments section below!
If you’re stumped at what to play next, take note of these 10 best video games of all time.
- The Legend of Zelda (1987)
- Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
- Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015)
- Mass Effect 2 (2010)
- Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001)
Tetris (1984) Game Boy
- Play this game with your eyes closed, and you can still objectively determine if it’s a great puzzle video game.
- Tetris was originally designed by Russian game designer Alexey Pajitnov in 1984 while working for the Dorodnitsyn Computing Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR in Moscow. He derived its name from the Greek numerical prefix tetra- (alluding to four shapes) and tennis, Pajitnov’s favorite sport.
Super Mario 64 (1996) Nintendo 64
Super Mario 64’s gameplay will be familiar to anyone who has played a 3D platformer before. You control Mario as he goes on an adventure through Princess Peach’s castle, battling Bowser and his minions along the way. The game features six large worlds with a variety of environments such as forests, lava caverns, and ice castles.
Super Mario 64 has been lauded for its innovative use of the analog stick—the first time it was used in a 3D game—which allows players to control their characters in three dimensions rather than just two (up/down/left/right). It also introduced several new moves that would later become staples of the series: swimming underwater, triple jumps (jumping while already midair), backflips and sidesteps (jumping backwards), wall jumps (climbing up walls by hopping from one wall surface to another), long-range punching attacks called “fire punches” (also known as “flamethrowers”), ground pounds performed on turtles’ backsides knocking them out for short periods of time; grabbing coins out of thin air by spinning around them quickly enough; throwing turnips into enemies’ faces; executing long-range throw attacks called “handstand kicks.”
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998) Nintendo 64
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is an action-adventure video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64. It was first released in Japan on November 21, 1998; in North America on November 23, 1998; and in Europe on December 11, 1998. It is the fifth main installment in The Legend of Zelda series and the first with 3D graphics. In it, Link must save Hyrule from Ganon after being sent back to his childhood by Princess Zelda.
Ocarina of Time is often considered one of the greatest video games of all time.
Grand Theft Auto III (2001) PlayStation 2
Grand Theft Auto III, released in 2001 for the PlayStation 2, is a third-person shooter video game that features open world gameplay. The game is set in fictional Liberty City, which is loosely based on New York City. It has been released for Xbox, Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux and iOS (the last two as part of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy).
The player assumes the role of Claude Speed (voiced by Danny Dyer), who works his way up to become the leader of a criminal organization called The Leone Family after killing its leader Don Salvatore Leone (voiced by Frank Vincent).
The best video game lists always provoke arguments, so we hope ours will be no different.
As a gamer, you’re probably familiar with the best video game lists. They’re everywhere — magazines, websites, even blogs and podcasts. And they all have one thing in common: they provoke arguments!
That’s why we’ve decided to create our own list of the best games ever made (spoiler alert: it’s not perfect). But before we get into specific games, let’s talk about how our list was created and what makes a good list in general.
These video games have been around for years and have become an integral part of video game history. They’ve inspired countless developers to create their own projects, and they continue to inspire gamers today. We hope you’ll enjoy playing them as much as we did!