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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
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
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
3
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
muzziac added 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 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 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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Half-Life is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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
7
Portal 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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
8
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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
9
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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
10
Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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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Halo 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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
12
Portal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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
13
BioShock Infinite is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
midnightq2 added 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
14
Halo 3 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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
15
StarCraft is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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
16
Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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
17
Doom is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Freddyjason added 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
18
Fallout: 4 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
armok added 2015
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
19
Borderlands 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Freddyjason added 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
20
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
21
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
jess-hart added 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
22
BioShock 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Science Fiction 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
23
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
midnightq2 added 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
24
Metroid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
Freddyjason added 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
25
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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