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

Games on this list include BioShock and Halo: Combat Evolved.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best science fiction games?" and "What is the greatest science fiction game of all time?"

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Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Mass Effect 2007 Mass Effect is a 2007 science fiction action role-playing third person shooter video game developed by BioWare for the Xbox 360 and ported to Microsoft Windows by Demiurge Studios. The Xbox 360 ...more

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Half-Life 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Half-Life 2 2004 Half-Life 2 is the well-recieved sequel to Half-Life. Half-Life 2 takes place in the dystopian City 17 and the surrounding area, almost 20 years after the events of the original Half-Life. In ...more

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Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
muzziac added Fallout 3 2008 Fallout 3 is an action role-playing open world video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios, and is the third major installment in the Fallout series. The game was released in North America, ...more

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BioShock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
midnightq2 added 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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Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
jess-hart added Fallout: New Vegas 2010 Fallout: New Vegas is an action role-playing video game in the Fallout video game series. The game was developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Bethesda Softworks. It released for ...more

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Portal 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Portal 2 2011 Portal 2 is a 2011 first-person puzzle-platform video game developed and published by Valve Corporation. It is the sequel to Portal and was released on April 19, 2011, for Microsoft Windows, OS ...more

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Half-Life is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Half-Life 1998 Half-Life is a science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Valve Corporation, the company's debut product and the first in the Half-Life series. First released in 1998 by Sierra ...more

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Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Mass Effect 3 2012 Mass Effect 3 is a 2012 science fiction action role-playing third person shooter video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, ...more

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Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Dead Space 2008 Dead Space is a 2008 science fiction survival horror video game developed by EA Redwood Shores for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game was released on all platforms through ...more

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BioShock Infinite is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
midnightq2 added BioShock Infinite 2013 BioShock Infinite is a first-person shooter video game developed by Irrational Games and published by 2K Games. It was released worldwide for the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 ...more

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Portal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Portal 2007 Portal is a 2007 first-person puzzle-platform video game developed by Valve Corporation. The game was released in a bundle package called The Orange Box for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 on ...more

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Doom is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Freddyjason added Doom 1993 Doom is a 1993 science fiction horror-themed first-person shooter video game by id Software. It is considered one of the most significant and influential titles in the video game industry, for ...more

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Fallout: 4 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
armok added Fallout: 4 Fallout 4 is an action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the fifth major installment in the Fallout series, and was released ...more

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Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Dead Space 2 2011 Dead Space 2 is a 2011 science fiction survival horror video game developed by Visceral Games and published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Set three years ...more

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Halo 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Halo 2 2004 Halo 2 is a 2004 first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie Studios. Released for the Xbox video game console on November 9, 2004, the game is the second installment in the Halo ...more

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Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Mass Effect 2 2010 Mass Effect 2 is an action role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts. It was released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 on January 26, 2010, and for ...more

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StarCraft is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
StarCraft 1998 StarCraft is a military science fiction real-time strategy video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment and released for Microsoft Windows on March 31, 1998. The game later ...more

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Halo 3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Halo 3 2007 Halo 3 is a 2007 first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie for the Xbox 360 console. The third installment in the Halo franchise, the game concludes the story arc begun in 2001's Halo: ...more

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Borderlands 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Freddyjason added Borderlands 2 2012 Borderlands 2 is an action role-playing first-person shooter video game, developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games on September 18, 2012. It is the second game in the Borderlands ...more

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Half-Life 2: Episode Two is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Half-Life 2: Episode Two 2007 Half-Life 2: Episode Two is a first-person shooter video game, the second episode in a series of sequels to the 2004 Half-Life 2. It was developed by Valve Corporation in tandem with Episode ...more

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Fallout is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
jess-hart added Fallout 1997 Fallout is an open world role-playing video game developed and published by Interplay Entertainment in 1997. The game has a post-apocalyptic and retro-futuristic setting, in the aftermath of a ...more

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BioShock 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Science Fiction 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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Metroid is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Freddyjason added Metroid 1986 Metroid is a military science fiction themed action-adventure video game, and the first entry in the Metroid series. It was co-developed by Nintendo's Research and Development 1 division and ...more

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Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
DaedelothThomas added Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast 2002 Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast is a 2002 first and third-person action game in the Star Wars: Jedi Knight series. The Microsoft Windows and OS X versions were developed by Raven ...more

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
midnightq2 added XCOM: Enemy Unknown 2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a military turn-based tactical alien invasion/planetary defense strategy science fiction video game, developed by Firaxis Games and published by 2K Games. The game is a ...more

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Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Resident Evil 4 2005 Resident Evil 4, known as Biohazard 4 in Japan, is a survival horror video game developed by Capcom Production Studio 4 and released by multiple publishers, including Capcom, Ubisoft, Nintendo ...more

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Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
jess-hart added Fallout 2 1998 Fallout 2 is a role-playing open world video game developed by Black Isle Studios and published by Interplay in 1998. While featuring a considerably larger game world and a far more extensive ...more

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Doom II: Hell on Earth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
KelseyMartin added Doom II: Hell on Earth 1994 Doom II: Hell on Earth is a first-person shooter video game, the second title of id Software's Doom franchise. It was originally released for MS-DOS computers in 1994 and Macintosh computers in ...more

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Metroid Prime is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Freddyjason added Metroid Prime 2002 Metroid Prime is a video game developed by Retro Studios and Nintendo for the GameCube console. It was released in North America on November 17, 2002, and in Japan and Europe the following year. ...more

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Super Metroid is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Freddyjason added Super Metroid 1994 Super Metroid is a 1994 action-adventure game published by Nintendo, developed by its R&D1 division, and programmed by Intelligent Systems for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The ...more

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StarCraft: Brood War is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
StarCraft: Brood War 1998 StarCraft: Brood War is the expansion pack for the award winning military science fiction, real-time strategy video game StarCraft. Released in 1998 for Windows and Mac OS, it was co-developed ...more

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Halo: Reach is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Halo: Reach 2010 Halo: Reach is a 2010 first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie and published by Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox 360 console. Reach was released in North America, Australia, and ...more

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Gears of War is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Gears of War 2006 Gears of War is a 2006 military science fiction third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games and published by Microsoft Game Studios. It is the first installment of the Gears of War ...more

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StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty 2010 StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is a military science fiction real-time strategy video game developed and released by Blizzard Entertainment for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. A sequel to the ...more

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Crysis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Crysis 2007 Crysis is a first-person shooter video game developed by Crytek in their headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows and released in November 2007. It ...more

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Cher... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl 2007 S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl is a first-person shooter survival horror video game developed by GSC Game World and published by THQ. The game is set in an alternative reality, where a ...more

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
KelseyMartin added Deus Ex: Human Revolution 2011 Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a cyberpunk-themed first-person action role-playing stealth video game developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix, which also produced the game's CGI ...more

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Ratchet & Clank is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Freddyjason added Ratchet & Clank 2002 Ratchet & Clank is a 2002 3D platform video game developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 2. Ratchet & Clank is the first game in the ...more

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Gears of War 2 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Gears of War 2 2008 Gears of War 2 is a 2008 military science fiction third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games and published by Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox 360. It is the second installment ...more

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Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Mega Man 1987 Mega Man, known as Rockman in Japan, is an action-platform video game developed and published by Capcom for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The first game of the Mega Man franchise and ...more

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Star Fox 64 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Freddyjason added Star Fox 64 1997 Star Fox 64, known in Australia and Europe as Lylat Wars, is a 3D scrolling shooter game themed around aircraft combat for the Nintendo 64 video game console. It is a reboot of the original Star ...more

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Prey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Prey 2006 Prey is a first-person shooter video game developed by Human Head Studios, under contract for 3D Realms, and published by 2K Games, while the Xbox 360 version was ported by Venom Games. The game ...more

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Mega Man X is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Freddyjason added Mega Man X 1993 Mega Man X, known in Japan as Rockman X, is a video game developed by Capcom for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It is the first Mega Man game for the 16-bit console and the first game ...more

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is a role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by LucasArts. Written by Drew Karpyshyn, the soundtrack for the game was composed by Jeremy ...more

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Beyond Good & Evil is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Beyond Good & Evil 2003 Beyond Good & Evil is an action-adventure video game developed and published by Ubisoft and released in late 2003 for the PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Xbox and GameCube platforms. A ...more

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Halo: Combat Evolved is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Halo: Combat Evolved 2001 Halo: Combat Evolved is a 2001 military science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie and published by Microsoft. The first game of the Halo franchise, it was released on ...more

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Far Cry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Far Cry 2004 Far Cry is a first-person shooter video game developed by German video game company Crytek and published by Ubisoft on March 23, 2004, for Microsoft Windows. It is the first installment in the ...more

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Destroy All Humans! is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Destroy All Humans! 2005 Destroy All Humans! is an action-adventure game developed by Pandemic Studios and published by THQ. It was released for PlayStation 2 and Xbox on June 21, 2005 in North America and June 24, 2005 ...more

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Galaga is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Galaga 1981 Galaga is a fixed shooter arcade game developed and published by Namco in Japan and published by Midway in North America in 1981. It is the sequel to Galaxian, released in 1979. The gameplay of ...more

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Half-Life 2: Episode One is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Half-Life 2: Episode One 2006 Half-Life 2: Episode One is a first-person shooter video game, the first in a series of episodes that serve as the sequel for the 2004 Half-Life 2. It was developed by Valve Corporation and ...more