Welcome to our list of the best video games of all time. There are so many great video games out there, but let’s be honest: some of them don’t hold up as well as others over time. We’ve taken the time to carefully consider everything that makes a video game fun and engaging (and analyzed a few other lists along the way), and we’re pretty confident that we have a fairly solid handle on what makes the best video games ever. So, without further ado, here are our picks for the top 25 best video games of all time!
Chrono Trigger is a 1995 role-playing video game developed by Square for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It’s widely considered to be one of the greatest video games of all time, with critics praising its story and characters. During its initial release, Chrono Trigger was praised for incorporating more mature themes into a high-quality role-playing game; it remains among the few titles in its genre to receive such acclaim.
Chrono Trigger was developed over an 18-month period by some of Square’s finest talent: Hironobu Sakaguchi (credited as Akira Toriyama), who would later go on to create Final Fantasy VII; Yuji Horii, director of Dragon Quest IV; Masato Kato; Akihiko Matsui; Takashi Tokita; Yasunori Mitsuda (who also composed music); Tetsuya Takahashi (who also created character designs); and Nobuo Uematsu (who also composed music). The team worked together closely on each aspect of the title, including plot points and design elements
NBA Jam is a sports game released in 1993, featuring two-on-two basketball. Instead of using real players, the game features fictional characters with special abilities to both play better and act more like their actual counterparts. It was released for both arcades and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES).
The SNES port featured improved graphics, but some extra players such as Michael Jordan on the Chicago Bulls team were not included due to licensing issues with his name and likeness. An alternate version of NBA Jam was also developed with an additional player created by Midway’s own design team—the “T” version—which had fewer teams but added several new features including halftime shows and full season play.
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario Bros. 3 is a side-scrolling platformer game released in 1990 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It’s the third installment of the Mario series and was designed by Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka, Yoshihiko Maekawa, Toshihiko Nakago, Yasunari Nishida, and Hiroyuki Suzuki.
The game features an overworld map where players can choose their level to play from eight worlds with eight levels each (48 total levels). Some levels are more difficult than others as they feature boss enemies that you must fight at the end of each level. There are also some secret exits hidden throughout each world which lead to extra castles or other special areas that contain extra challenges like unique boss fights or even entire new worlds to explore!
If you love 2D platformers then this one is definitely worth checking out!
Tetris is an arcade puzzle game originally released in 1984. It was designed by Alexey Pajitnov and programmed by Vladimir Pokhilko. The game was commercially successful, and both versions have been ported to many consoles, computers and mobile devices of the time. Tetris has also inspired many clones such as Welltris (a variation on a theme with hexagons instead of squares) and Pentix (three dimensional).
This game can be played using a keyboard or joystick, but most people use the mouse today because it’s easier to control with only one hand. Players must rotate falling blocks into place so they fill up rows on the screen; when four lines are filled up at once, they disappear! As you play higher levels you’ll need more skill to win each round because there are fewer empty spaces left onscreen before they get too crowded out – this makes winning harder than before!
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is an action-adventure video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The third installment in the The Legend of Zelda series, it was first released in Japan on November 21, 1991; in North America on November 23, 1992; and in Europe on August 23, 1993. In this game you play as Link who must save Princess Zelda from Ganon by collecting pieces of the Triforce scattered throughout Hyrule.
The story begins when a wizard named Agahnim (who works for Ganon) captures Princess Zelda because he fears she might help Link retrieve all three pieces of Triforce before he does.
Doom is a first-person shooter game developed by id Software and published by GT Interactive. It was released in 1993 on MS-DOS, Mac OS and Atari Jaguar. Doom was one of the first major games to use 3D graphics, including texture mapping and bump mapping. The player assumes the role of an anonymous space marine dropped into Phobos base on Mars after a demonic invasion. The objective is to successfully navigate through the base while killing every demon in sight along with finding other soldiers who are trapped or dead along the way.
WWE WrestleMania 2000 is a professional wrestling video game developed by Iguana Entertainment and published by THQ. It was released on the Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance. The game allows players to simulate wrestling matches using superstars from both the WWF/WWE and ECW rosters that were active in the year 1999-2000 (the year of release).
The game features two single player modes: Season Mode and Exhibition Mode. In Season Mode, you play as one of eight different characters who are trying to become World Champion at WrestleMania 2000. To do this, you must win various competitions along the way including King of the Ring Tournament and Royal Rumble Match where you eliminate all other competitors until there’s only one man left standing – yourself!
In Exhibition Mode you can pick any wrestler from both rosters (including hidden ones) and set up your own match with rules like 30 minute Iron Man or 3 minutes 2 out for 5 falls etc..
Ms. Pac-Man was released in 1981 and was developed by Namco. It was originally called “Mrs. Pac-Man” and is a follow up to the original Pac-Man game from 1980. The game itself is considered much harder than its predecessor, with more difficult mazes and ghosts that move faster than before. The goal of this arcade classic is for players to navigate a maze as fast as possible while eating dots along the way (without running into ghosts).
The object of Ms. Pac-Man is to travel through four different mazes while avoiding four ghosts: Blinky (red), Pinky (pink), Inky (blue) and Clyde (orange). Players can eat fruits along the way which will add extra points or help slow down the ghost who ate them first!
Street Fighter II Turbo
Street Fighter II Turbo is the most well-known fighting game of all time. It’s also one of the most popular and played fighting games of all time. The original Street Fighter II was released for arcade machines in 1991 and became a hit, spawning countless sequels, spin-offs and clones across gaming platforms over the following decades.
Street Fighter II Turbo was released in 1993 as an upgraded version of Street Fighter II: Champion Edition (released in 1992). It featured faster gameplay than its predecessor due to some tweaks made by Capcom developers after they had seen how players were using certain characters to dominate matches online – namely Sodom’s aerial spinning kick move which made him nearly impossible to beat with other characters.
GoldenEye 007 is the best FPS of all time. It deserves this title because it is the best multiplayer FPS of all time, but also because it’s an excellent single-player experience as well. The story and characters are engaging, there are lots of varied locales to explore and plenty of guns to shoot them with, plus some pretty good music for its time too!
The game has aged well over the years, which is impressive considering how long ago it came out (1997), but GoldenEye 007 still holds up very well today thanks to its great gameplay mechanics and varied missions. If you’ve never played this incredible first-person shooter before then now would be a great opportunity since there’s currently no better way than playing it on your desktop or laptop computer using emulation software such as StepmaniaX or Dosbox Emulator Software Suite
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island is a 1993 platform game developed and published by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The game was released in Japan on August 5, 1993, in North America on August 27, 1993, and in Europe on October 1, 1993.
In this sequel to Super Mario World (1990), Baby Luigi is kidnapped by Bowser after his son is born. Princess Toadstool then sends Mario and Yoshi off to rescue him.
Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64 is a 3D action platformer that was released in 1996. It was the first 3-dimensional Super Mario game and one of the first games to use an analog stick (the Nintendo 64 controller). It was also the first game in its series to feature an open world, which meant that players could explore different areas without having to beat levels in order to unlock them.
The main character, Mario, lives in a castle with Princess Peach where she holds her annual birthday party every year on her birthday. The day before her birthday arrives, Bowser breaks into the castle and kidnaps Peach after stealing all of its power stars (which are used for decoration). After hearing about this from Luigi at breakfast time (“I guess he’s gonna steal another princess”), Mario sets off on his quest to go find Bowser and get back all those stolen power stars so they can be used again for decoration purposes during next year’s birthday party!
It’s hard to overstate how important Myst was for the gaming industry. It was the first game to use the point-and-click interface and the first game to be released on CD-ROM (which allowed it to have higher quality video than previous games), but that’s not all: it also featured a non-linear story, which means players could choose what order they went through different areas at their own pace. This was revolutionary at a time when most games forced you down narrow paths with little room for exploration or choice.
The 3D world of Myst is just as impressive today as it was in 1993, thanks in part to its gorgeous prerendered backgrounds (which were hand drawn by Cyan Worlds co-founder Rand Miller) and detailed animation—but more importantly, because unlike many other games of its era, Myst wasn’t afraid of making players think about their surroundings instead of rushing them through them as quickly as possible. The puzzles are unique enough that even after playing hundreds of hours over 20 years, I still find myself thinking about some of them long after I actually solve them—and even if one does get stuck on something for too long without finding any answers online or asking friends for help (as happened several times during my playthrough), there’s always something else interesting nearby that keeps things from getting boring while waiting for inspiration from elsewhere
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII is the seventh installment in the Final Fantasy series, and was first released for the PlayStation console on January 31st, 1997. It’s also the first game in this series to use 3D computer graphics.
The game is set in a fictional world with three major continents: Corel, which has been ravaged by a huge explosion; Wutai, whose inhabitants are constantly fighting against Shinra; and Cosmo Canyon (the home of Red XIII), where people live peacefully under their leader Bugenhagen. The player controls Cloud Strife—a mercenary who joins up with AVALANCHE after they save him from Shinra soldiers—and his friends Tifa Lockhart and Barret Wallace as they try to find out what caused the destruction of their hometown Nibelheim seven years ago.
Beneath its beautiful visuals lies an epic story filled with betrayal and tragedy that will keep you hooked until its dramatic conclusion!
Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse
Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse was released in 1990. It is the third game in the Castlevania series, and it is a side-scrolling platformer. Dracula has been resurrected once again by his creatures, who have taken up residence in various parts of Transylvania. You play as Simon Belmont, who must travel through four stages of increasing difficulty to defeat Dracula and his minions once again.
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 2 is a survival horror video game developed and published by Capcom. It is the second installment in the Resident Evil series, a sequel to Resident Evil (1996), and was released in 1998 for the PlayStation and Sega Saturn. The story follows Claire Redfield as she searches for her brother, Chris Redfield, who disappeared following their escape from Raccoon City at the end of the Umbrella incident depicted in earlier games. Meanwhile, Leon S Kennedy arrives in Raccoon City looking for his police partner during said incident only to discover himself caught up in a new zombie outbreak.
The game received critical acclaim for its atmosphere and gameplay elements. It has been hailed as one of the greatest games ever made, with several publications naming it among the best horror games ever made. A remastered version was released on January 11th 2019 for modern consoles; this version contains improved graphics over its original release along with new content such as additional difficulty modes. Resident Evil 2 remains one of Capcom’s highest selling franchises with over 33 million copies sold worldwide.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a platform game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega for the Mega Drive/Genesis. It is the sequel to the original Sonic the Hedgehog, and was first released in Japan on November 24, 1992, and in North America & Europe on June 1993. The story follows Sonic as he tries to stop Dr. Robotnik from taking over Little Planet (a planet made of small islands), defeat his new creation Metal Sonic and rescue his friend Tails who has been kidnapped by Robotnik.
The gameplay consists of running through levels at high speed while avoiding obstacles and enemies, collecting rings along the way. The game features two selectable characters: Sonic (who has red shoes) or Tails (who has two tails). Each character plays differently due to their abilities such as Tails being able to fly with his two tails or having a slower but stronger spin attack than that of Sonic’s spin dash move which allows him to break through certain walls).
Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes
Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes is a fighting game released in 2000 by Capcom for the arcade and PlayStation 2. It is the sequel to Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, and it was originally developed for the Dreamcast before being ported to other systems. The game allows players to select characters from both Marvel Comics and Capcom’s video games, who can then battle each other in tag-team combat (similar to other titles such as Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros.).
The title was critically acclaimed upon release due to its fast gameplay, high quality graphics and sound effects as well as its large roster of characters from both companies’ franchises (including Spider-Man from Marvel or Ryu from Street Fighter).
There are so many good video games, but these 25 games stand apart as the best of all time.
There are so many good video games, but these 25 games stand apart as the best of all time.
The games on this list are fun, challenging, and have great replay value. Many of them also have sequels that are equally fun (and in some cases even better than their predecessors). These games may not be perfect but they’ve stood the test of time and influenced other games to follow in their footsteps.
We can’t possibly pick the best video game ever. There are so many fantastic games, but these 25 have stood the test of time and continue to be favorites of gamers everywhere. We hope you enjoyed our list and that it helped you find some new games to enjoy!