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The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time 

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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: Oca... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Released: 1998 (Grezzo)
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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Assassin's Creed II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Released: 2009 (Ubisoft Montreal)
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Batman: Arkham Asylum is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Released: 2009 (Rocksteady Studios)
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BioShock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Released: 2007 (Irrational Games)
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Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Released: 2010 (Rockstar San Diego)
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The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Ferry73 added Released: 2013 (Naughty Dog)
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Uncharted 2: Among Thiev... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
RockyRacecard added Released: 2009 (Naughty Dog)
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Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Ferry73 added Released: 2013 (Crystal Dynamics)
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The Legend of Zelda: A L... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Released: 1991 (Nintendo)
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Batman: Arkham City is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Ferry73 added Released: 2011 (Rocksteady Studios)
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God of War II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Ferry73 added Released: 2007 (SCE Santa Monica Studio)
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Uncharted 3: Drake's Dec... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
RockyRacecard added Released: 2011 (Naughty Dog)
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The Legend of Zelda: Maj... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Released: 2000 (Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development)
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Shadow of the Colossus ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Released: 2005 (Team Ico)
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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 Released: 2010 (SCE Santa Monica Studio)
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Assassin's Creed is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Released: 2007 (Ubisoft Montreal)
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BioShock 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Released: 2010 (2K China)
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The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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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 Released: 2005 (SCE Santa Monica Studio)
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Uncharted: Drake's Fortu... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Released: 2007 (Naughty Dog)
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Banjo-Kazooie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Released: 1998 (4J Studios)
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Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Ferry73 added Released: 1996 (Aspyr)
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Ōkami is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Released: 2006 (HexaDrive)
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Ninja Gaiden is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
Released: 2004 (Team Ninja)
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Prince of Persia: Warrio... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action-Adventure Games of All Time
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