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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
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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Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
2010
This game 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 consoles on ...more

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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
RockyRacecard added 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) 4 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Ferry73 added 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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Batman: Arkham Asylum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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 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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Assassin's Creed II is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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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BioShock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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 City is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Ferry73 added 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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God of War II is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Ferry73 added 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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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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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Shadow of the Colossus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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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98 54
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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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Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
RockyRacecard added 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) 15 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Ferry73 added 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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God of War is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Ferry73 added 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) 17 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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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Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Ferry73 added 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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Banjo-Kazooie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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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Assassin's Creed is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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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Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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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BioShock 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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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Ōkami is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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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Prince of Persia: Warrior With... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
N'ayamAmarsh'e added 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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Ninja Gaiden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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