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The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time 

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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
Released: 2007 (Edge of Reality)
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Half-Life 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Released: 2004 (Valve Corporation)
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Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Released: 2012 (Straight Right)
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BioShock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
midnightq2 added Released: 2007 (Irrational Games)
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Portal 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Released: 2011 (Valve Corporation)
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Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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Half-Life is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Released: 1998 (Valve Corporation)
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Portal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Released: 2007 (Valve Corporation)
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Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Released: 2008 (Visceral Games)
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Halo 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Released: 2004 (Microsoft Studios)
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BioShock Infinite is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
midnightq2 added Released: 2013 (Irrational Games)
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StarCraft is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Released: 1998 (THQ)
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Halo 3 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Released: 2007 (Bungie Studios)
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Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
jess-hart added Released: 2010 (Obsidian Entertainment)
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Half-Life 2: Episode Two... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Half-Life 2: Episode Two Released: 2007 (Valve Corporation)
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Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Released: 2011 (Visceral Games)
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Fallout 4 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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BioShock 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Released: 2010 (2K China)
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Doom is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Released: 2010 (BioWare)
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Borderlands 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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Fallout is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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Metroid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Freddyjason added Released: 1986 (Intelligent Systems)
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Halo: Reach is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Released: 2010 (Bungie Studios)
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