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The Best Video Games of All Time

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Video games are more popular than ever. Since the early '80 when gaming systems like Atari, Nintendo and Sega first took arcade favorite and made them available to a wider audience, video games have become a part of the pop culture lexicon. Many of the best video games are action and adventure games, usually with an ultimate goal to reach in the end. That could mean rescuing a princess, like in games like the Super Mario franchise and Legend of Zelda, or it could mean battling it out with iconic villains like in Goldeneye. Sometime whooping some butt is fun and if that's your favorite type of video game, then you would be partial to the Grand Theft Auto franchise, Contra and Mortal Kombat as the best video games.

The aughts produced some of the best video games of all time. Halo, Assassin's Creed and The Sims have remained popular ten year after their respective releases. People love playing these games and they've taken their place as classics within the gaming community. 

Vote for your favorite games on this Ultimate List of The Best Video Games of All Time. If there are any of your favorite video games that aren't on this list, feel free to add them. 

 

List Criteria: Any System, Any year

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  1. 1
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

    Nov 21 1998 More
    100
  2. 2
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    Super Mario Bros.

    Sep 13 1985 More
    97
  3. 3
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    Oct 23 1988 More
    95
    added by: midnightq2
  4. 4
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    Jun 23 1996 More
    92
  5. 5
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    Nov 11 2011 More
    90
  6. 6
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    Jan 01 1990 More
    87
    added by: midnightq2
  7. 7
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    Jan 01 1991 More
    86
  8. 8
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    often listed
    Tetris

    85
  9. 9
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    Oct 26 2004 More
    85
  10. 10
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    ranked low on reranks
    GoldenEye 007

    Aug 23 1997 More
    83
    added by: MatthewSteuernagle
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Grand Theft Auto IV

    Apr 29 2008 More
    83
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    Oct 28 2008 More
    83
  13. 13
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    often listed
    Final Fantasy VII

    Jan 01 1997 More
    82
  14. 14
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    May 18 2010 More
    81
  15. 15
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mass Effect 2

    Jan 26 2010 More
    80
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Batman: Arkham City

    Oct 18 2011 More
    80
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    Super Mario Kart

    Jan 01 1992 More
    79
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    Batman: Arkham Asylum

    Aug 25 2009 More
    79
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    Half-Life 2

    Nov 16 2004 More
    79
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

    Oct 27 2002 More
    79
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Resident Evil 4

    Jan 11 2005 More
    79
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    Portal

    Oct 09 2007 More
    78
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    Mario Kart 64

    Dec 14 1996 More
    76
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    often listed
    Grand Theft Auto III

    Nov 01 2003 More
    76
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    often listed
    The Legend of Zelda

    1986 More
    75
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    Jan 21 1999 More
    74
  27. 27
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    Nov 19 1998 More
    74
  28. 28
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    Aug 21 2007 More
    74
  29. 29
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Chrono Trigger

    Jan 01 1995 More
    74
  30. 30
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    Mar 20 2006 More
    73
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mass Effect 3

    Mar 06 2012 More
    72
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Halo: Combat Evolved

    Nov 15 2001 More
    72
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    Mass Effect

    Nov 16 2007 More
    72
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    Doom

    Dec 10 1993 More
    72
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    Jul 15 2003 More
    71
  36. 36
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    Aug 01 1992 More
    71
  37. 37
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    Feb 04 2000 More
    70
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

    Nov 05 2007 More
    70
  39. 39
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    ranked low on reranks
    Super Smash Bros. Melee

    Nov 21 2001 More
    70
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    often listed
    God of War

    Mar 22 2005 More
    70
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Halo 3

    Sep 25 2007 More
    69
  42. 42
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    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Super Smash Bros. Brawl

    Jan 31 2008 More
    69
  43. 43
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    Nov 17 2009 More
    69
  44. 44
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    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Super Mario Galaxy

    Nov 01 2007 More
    68
  45. 45
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    ranked low on reranks
    Sonic the Hedgehog

    Jun 23 1991 More
    68
  46. 46
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Super Mario Galaxy 2

    May 23 2010 More
    67
  47. 47
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    May 17 2009 More
    66
    added by: designergamergeek
  48. 48
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    Oct 13 2009 More
    66
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    ranked low on reranks
    Donkey Kong Country

    Nov 21 1994 More
    66
  50. 50
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Silent Hill 2

    Dec 21 2001 More
    66
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