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This is a list of the best action-adventure games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated action-adventure games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest action-adventure games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these action-adventure games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging action-adventure games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new action-adventure games.

This list contains games like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and BioShock.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best action-adventure games?" and "What is the greatest action-adventure game of all time?"

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is a 1998 action-adventure video game developed by Nintendo's Entertainment Analysis and Development division for the Nintendo 64 video game console. It was ...more

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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
RockyRacecard added Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is a 2009 action-adventure third-person shooter platform video game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 3. It is ...more

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The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Ferry73 added The Last of Us 2013 The Last of Us is an action-adventure survival horror video game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. It was released for the PlayStation 3 on June 14, 2013; an ...more

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BioShock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
BioShock 2007 BioShock is a first-person shooter video game developed by 2K Boston, and published by 2K Games. The game was released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 platforms in August 2007; a PlayStation ...more

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Batman: Arkham Asylum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Batman: Arkham Asylum 2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum is a 2009 action-adventure video game based on the DC Comics superhero, Batman. It was developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Eidos Interactive in conjunction ...more

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Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Ferry73 added Tomb Raider 2013 Tomb Raider is a 2013 action-adventure video game published by Square Enix. Tomb Raider is the fourth title developed by Crystal Dynamics in the Tomb Raider franchise. As the first entry in a ...more

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Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Red Dead Redemption 2010 Red Dead Redemption is an open world, western action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games. It was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 ...more

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Assassin's Creed II is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Assassin's Creed II 2009 Assassin's Creed II is a 2009 historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the second major installment in the ...more

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 1991 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, known as Zelda no Densetsu: Kamigami no Triforce in Japan, is an action-adventure video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo ...more

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God of War II is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Ferry73 added God of War II 2007 God of War II is a third person action-adventure video game developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. First released for the PlayStation 2 console on March ...more

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Shadow of the Colossus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Shadow of the Colossus 2005 Shadow of the Colossus, released in Japan as Wander and the Colossus, is an action-adventure game published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 2. The game was released in North ...more

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Batman: Arkham City is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Ferry73 added Batman: Arkham City 2011 Batman: Arkham City is a 2011 action-adventure video game developed by Rocksteady Studios and released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 video game ...more

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Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
RockyRacecard added Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception 2011 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is a 2011 action-adventure third-person shooter platform video game developed by Naughty Dog, with a story written by script-writer Amy Hennig. It is the sequel to ...more

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God of War III is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Ferry73 added God of War III 2010 God of War III is a third-person action-adventure video game developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. Released for the PlayStation 3 console on March 16, ...more

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Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune 2007 Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is a 2007 action-adventure third-person shooter platform video game developed by Naughty Dog, and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for PlayStation 3. It is the ...more

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The Legend of Zelda: Majora's ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 2000 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask is an action-adventure video game developed by Nintendo's Entertainment Analysis and Development division for the Nintendo 64. It was released in Japan on ...more

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BioShock 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
BioShock 2 2010 BioShock 2 is a first-person shooter video game developed by 2K Marin for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The sequel to the 2007 video game BioShock, it was released worldwide on ...more

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Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Ferry73 added Tomb Raider 1996 Tomb Raider, titled Tomb Raiders in Japan, is an action-adventure video game developed by Core Design and published by Eidos Interactive. It was originally released in 1996 for DOS, PlayStation ...more

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God of War is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Ferry73 added God of War 2005 God of War is a third-person action-adventure video game developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. First released on March 22, 2005, for the PlayStation 2 ...more

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The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda, subtitled The Hyrule Fantasy in its original Japanese release, is a 1986 action-adventure video game developed and published by Nintendo, released in North America in 1987 ...more

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Assassin's Creed is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Assassin's Creed 2007 Assassin's Creed is a 2007 historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the first major installment in the ...more

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Banjo-Kazooie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Banjo-Kazooie 1998 Banjo-Kazooie is a platform video game developed by Rare and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 video game console. It was first released on 29 June 1998 in North America and on 17 July ...more

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Ōkami is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Ōkami 2006 Ōkami is an action-adventure video game developed by Clover Studio and published by Capcom. It was released for Sony Computer Entertainment's PlayStation 2 video game console in 2006 in Japan ...more

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Banjo-Tooie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Banjo-Tooie Nov 19 2000 Banjo-Tooie is a platform video game developed by Rare and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64. It was first released on 20 November 2000 in North America and on 12 April 2001 in Europe, ...more

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Conker's Bad Fur Day is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Conker's Bad Fur Day 2001 Conker's Bad Fur Day is an action-platform video game developed by Rare for the Nintendo 64 video game console. It was released on 5 March 2001 in North America and on 6 April 2001 in Europe as ...more

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Luigi's Mansion is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Luigi's Mansion 2001 Luigi's Mansion is an action-adventure game published by Nintendo for the GameCube. It was the first game in the Mario franchise to be released for Nintendo GameCube. It was released in Japan on ...more

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Ninja Gaiden is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Ninja Gaiden 2004 Ninja Gaiden is an action-adventure hack and slash video game developed by Team Ninja for the Xbox video game console. It went through five years of development before its release by Tecmo in ...more

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Tomb Raider: Underworld is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Tomb Raider: Underworld 2008 Tomb Raider: Underworld is the eighth instalment of the Tomb Raider series, following character Lara Croft. The story continues from the events in Tomb Raider: Legend as a direct sequel, but ...more

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Lego Star Wars: The Video Game is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Lego Star Wars: The Video Game 2005 Lego Star Wars: The Video Game is a video game based on the Star Wars themed toy line by the Lego Group and the first game in TT Games' Lego videogame franchise. It is a video game adaptation of ...more

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Prince of Persia: Warrior With... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
N'ayamAmarsh'e added Prince of Persia: Warrior Within 2004

The father of Parkour games. The most complex combat system with a mindf*cking story, this game is the GOAT!

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within is an action-adventure historical video game and sequel to Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Warrior Within was developed and published by Ubisoft, and ...more

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Tomb Raider: Legend is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Tomb Raider: Legend 2006 Tomb Raider: Legend is an action-adventure video game, the 7th entry in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Tomb Raider franchise. Published by Eidos Interactive, this is the first game in ...more

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Bomberman Generation is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Bomberman Generation Jan 01 2002 Bomberman Generation is a 2002 video game released for the Nintendo GameCube. It was later followed up by Bomberman Jetters.

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Adventure is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Adventure 1980 Adventure is a video game for the Atari 2600 video game console, released in Christmas 1979 or 1980. In the game, the player controls a square avatar whose quest is to hunt an open world ...more

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Alone in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Alone in the Dark 2008 Alone in the Dark is the fifth installment of the survival horror video game series under the same name created by Atari. The game was released for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and Wii in Europe, ...more

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Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain 1996 Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain is an action-adventure game developed by Silicon Knights and published by Crystal Dynamics, with distribution involvement from Activision and BMG Interactive. It was ...more

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The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons 2001 The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages are two action-adventure games in the Legend of Zelda series, developed by Flagship. They were released on February 27, 2001 in Japan, ...more

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Shadow Man is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Costas Smaseliaf added Shadow Man 2002 Shadow Man is an action-adventure game developed by Acclaim Studios Teesside and published by Acclaim Entertainment. It is based on the Shadowman comic book series published by Valiant Comics. ...more

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Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines 2009 Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines is a video game exclusively for the PlayStation Portable and is part of the Assassin's Creed franchise, taking place in between the events of Assassin's Creed and ...more

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Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Ferry73 added Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, stylized as Ninja Gaiden Σ2, is an enhanced port of the 2008 Xbox 360 video game Ninja Gaiden II, and developed by Team Ninja exclusively for the PlayStation 3. It includes ...more

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Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Batman Begins 2005 Batman Begins is a 2005 video game. It was released June 14, 2005, a day before the 2005 American superhero film it was based on was released. A planned PSP version was cancelled. It was ...more

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Brütal Legend is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Brütal Legend 2009 Brütal Legend is an action-adventure game with real-time strategy game elements created by Double Fine Productions and published by Electronic Arts for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The ...more

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LEGO Star Wars II: The Origina... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy 2006 Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy is a multi-platform action-adventure video game developed by Traveller's Tales and published by LucasArts and TT Games. It was released on September 11, ...more

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Geist is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Geist 2005 Geist is a video game for the Nintendo GameCube video game console, released on August 15, 2005, in North America, on October 7, 2005, in Europe, and on November 3, 2005, in Australia. The game ...more

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Crash of the Titans is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Crash of the Titans 2007 Crash of the Titans is a platform video game published by Sierra Entertainment and developed by Vancouver-based Radical Entertainment for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii and Xbox ...more

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Alone in the Dark 3 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Alone in the Dark 3 1995 Alone in the Dark 3 is the third installment of the Alone in the Dark survival horror video game series created by Infogrames. The video game was released for DOS computers in 1994. It was ...more

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Alone in the Dark 2 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Alone in the Dark 2 1994 Alone in the Dark 2 is the 1993 sequel to 1992's survival horror video game Alone in the Dark developed and published by Infogrames as the second installment in the series. It was ported to the ...more

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Shenmue II is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Shenmue II 2002 Shenmue II is a 2001 action-adventure game for the Dreamcast and Xbox. It is the sequel to Shenmue, and was produced and directed by Yu Suzuki of Sega AM2. Due to exclusivity rights obtained by ...more

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Blood Omen 2 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Blood Omen 2 2002 Blood Omen 2 is an action-adventure game developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Eidos Interactive, and the fourth title in the Legacy of Kain series. It was released for the PlayStation ...more

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Another World is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Another World 1991 Another World, also known as Out of This World in North America and Outer World in Japan, is a 1991 cinematic platformer action-adventure game designed by Éric Chahi for Delphine ...more

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Alundra 2: A New Legend Begins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Alundra 2: A New Legend Begins 1999 Alundra 2: A New Legend Begins is an action role-playing game developed by Matrix Software for the Sony PlayStation. It was published by SCEI in Japan and Activision worldwide. Unlike its ...more