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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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The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 2 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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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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Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
May 18 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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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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BioShock is listed (or ranked) 6 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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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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Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 8 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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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 9 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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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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Batman: Arkham City is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Shadow of the Colossus is listed (or ranked) 13 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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The Legend of Zelda: Majora's ... is listed (or ranked) 14 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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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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Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 17 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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The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 18 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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BioShock 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 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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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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Banjo-Kazooie is listed (or ranked) 22 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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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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Tomb Raider: Underworld is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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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Ninja Gaiden is listed (or ranked) 26 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

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Tomb Raider: Legend is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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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Banjo-Tooie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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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Luigi's Mansion is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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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Metroid Fusion is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
2002 Metroid Fusion is an action-adventure video game published by Nintendo for the Game Boy Advance. It was released in North America, Europe, and Australia in November 2002, and in Japan in ...more

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Conker's Bad Fur Day is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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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Lego Star Wars: The Video Game is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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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Adventure is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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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The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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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Bomberman Generation is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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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LEGO Star Wars II: The Origina... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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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Asterix & Obelix XXL is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
2004 Asterix & Obelix XXL is an action adventure video game released in 2004. It is based on the French comic book series Asterix, about the Gaulish warrior Asterix in the year 50 BC, as he ...more

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Alundra is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
1997 Alundra, released in Europe as The Adventures of Alundra, is an action-adventure video game developed by Matrix Software for the Sony PlayStation and was released in 1997. It was published by ...more

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Crash of the Titans is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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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Alundra 2: A New Legend Begins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a 2009 hack and slash action-adventure game loosely based on the film of the same name. The game release coincided with the release of the film on May 1, 2009 for the ...more

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Lego Indiana Jones: The Origin... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
2008 Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures is a 2008 video game developed by Traveller's Tales and published by LucasArts. The game allows players to recreate moments from the first three ...more

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Crystalis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
1990 Crystalis, originally released in Japan as God Slayer: Haruka Tenkū no Sonata, is a 1990 action RPG/action-adventure video game produced by SNK for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Though ...more

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Mega Man IV is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
1993 Mega Man IV, known as Rockman World 4 in Japan, is a video game developed by Capcom for the Nintendo Game Boy. It is the fourth installment in the handheld version of the Mega Man series. The ...more

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Mega Man III is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
1992 Mega Man III, known as Rockman World 3 in Japan, is a video game developed by Capcom for the Nintendo Game Boy. It is the third game in the handheld version of the Mega Man series. The game ...more

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Bionicle: The Game is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
2003 Bionicle: The Game is an action-adventure video game released in 2003. The game is based on parts of the movie Bionicle: Mask of Light and other parts of the Bionicle storyline. Initially, the ...more

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Alone in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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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Faxanadu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
1987 Faxanadu is an action role-playing platform-adventure video game for the Family Computer and Nintendo Entertainment System. The name was licensed by computer game developer Nihon Falcom and was ...more

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3D Dot Game Heroes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
2009 3D Dot Game Heroes is a 2009 action-adventure video game developed by Silicon Studio and published by From Software in Japan, Atlus in North America and by SouthPeak Games in Europe. The game ...more

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Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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