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The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time

Updated June 21, 2019 10.1k votes 982 voters 28.1k views166 items

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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  • 1
    Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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    DeveloperEdge of Reality, BioWare, Demiurge Studios

    Mass Effect is a 2007 science fiction action role-playing third person shooter video game... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 2
    Half-Life 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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    DeveloperValve Corporation

    Half-Life 2 is the well-recieved sequel to Half-Life. Half-Life 2 takes place in the dystopian... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 3
    Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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    DeveloperStraight Right, BioWare

    Mass Effect 3 is a 2012 science fiction action role-playing third person shooter video game... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 4
    Half-Life is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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    DeveloperValve Corporation, Gearbox Software

    Half-Life is a science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Valve Corporation,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 5
    BioShock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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    DeveloperIrrational Games

    BioShock is a first-person shooter video game developed by 2K Boston, and published by 2K... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 6
    Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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    DeveloperBethesda Game Studios

    Fallout 3 is an action role-playing open world video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 7
    Portal 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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    DeveloperValve Corporation

    Portal 2 is a 2011 first-person puzzle-platform video game developed and published by Valve... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time

    DeveloperObsidian Entertainment

    Fallout: New Vegas is an action role-playing video game in the Fallout video game series. The... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    Halo 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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    Halo 2

    2004

    DeveloperMicrosoft Studios, Bungie Studios, Pi Studios

    Halo 2 is a 2004 first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie Studios. Released for the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 10
    Dead Space is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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    69

    DeveloperVisceral Games

    Dead Space is a 2008 science fiction survival horror video game developed by EA Redwood Shores... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    Halo 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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    Halo 3

    2007

    DeveloperBungie Studios

    Halo 3 is a 2007 first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie for the Xbox 360 console.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    Portal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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    69

    Portal

    2007

    DeveloperValve Corporation

    Portal is a 2007 first-person puzzle-platform video game developed by Valve Corporation. The... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time

    DeveloperBioWare

    Mass Effect 2 is an action role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 14
    StarCraft is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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    DeveloperTHQ, Blizzard Entertainment

    StarCraft is a military science fiction real-time strategy video game developed and published... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 15
    BioShock Infinite is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time

    DeveloperIrrational Games, 2K Marin

    BioShock Infinite is a first-person shooter video game developed by Irrational Games and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 16
    Dead Space 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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    DeveloperVisceral Games

    Dead Space 2 is a 2011 science fiction survival horror video game developed by Visceral Games... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 17
    Metroid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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    16

    DeveloperIntelligent Systems, Nintendo Research & Development 1

    Metroid is a military science fiction themed action-adventure video game, and the first entry... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 18
    Doom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
    79
    31

    Doom

    1993

    Developerid Software, Williams Entertainment Inc.

    Doom is a 1993 science fiction horror-themed first-person shooter video game by id Software.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 19
    Fallout 4 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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    DeveloperBethesda Game Studios

    Fallout 4 is an action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 20
    Super Metroid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time

    DeveloperIntelligent Systems, Nintendo Research & Development 1

    Super Metroid is a 1994 action-adventure game published by Nintendo, developed by its R&D1... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 21
    Half-Life 2: Episode Two is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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    Half-Life 2: Episode Two

    2007

    DeveloperValve Corporation

    Half-Life 2: Episode Two is a first-person shooter video game, the second episode in a series... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 22
    Borderlands 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time

    DeveloperGearbox Software, Iron Galaxy Studios

    Borderlands 2 is an action role-playing first-person shooter video game, developed by Gearbox... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 23
    Fallout is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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    17

    DeveloperBlack Isle Studios, Interplay Entertainment

    Fallout is an open world role-playing video game developed and published by Interplay... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 24
    BioShock 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time
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    Developer2K China, 2K Marin, Digital Extremes, Feral Interactive, Darkside Game Studios

    BioShock 2 is a first-person shooter video game developed by 2K Marin for Microsoft Windows,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 25
    Metroid Prime is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Science Fiction Games of All Time

    DeveloperNintendo, Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development, Nintendo Research & Development 1, Retro Studios

    Metroid Prime is a video game developed by Retro Studios and Nintendo for the GameCube... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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