I don’t know about you guys, but I would look at Top 10, 20, 50 and even Top 100 Video Game lists of all time, and each seemed to have their own favorites which seemed to surface to the top, or they would vary so wildly that I didn’t trust the lists.
There were some titles that made the lists over and over, but I got curious about what was the actual Top Video Games of All Time based on actual survey. I wanted a consensus- not biased opinions, lists or tallies.
So, I surveyed over 30 Top Video Games Lists. These lists were from what I considered to be valid sources. In the case of a Top 100 list, I only took the Top 10. It was very revealing, and after about 20 lists certain names were already filtering to the top as the obvious champs. After at least another 10, I had enough evidence.
There were a few titles I wish would be here, but with over 30 years of gaming and multiple generations, there’s a lot of games and gamers out there. This survey would seem to be the timeless, enduring games in video game history.
This is formatted in a Top Ten List of my own, but you’ll see several titles and where they tied for those positions. A grand total of 25 titles made this list.
So, here we go:
The Top Video Games Of All Time- CLARIFIED
This should be no surprise to anyone gaming over the last 25 years. I would be shocked (and maybe a little appalled) if this did not show up here. Picking up from where Wolfenstein 3D left off, Doom showed us what FPS was all about.
Super Mario Galaxy
As you are going to see, Nintendo is a powerhouse and for good reason- titles like Super Mario Galaxy.
Red Dead Redemption
Rockstar North, of course. Red Dead took the sandbox/open-world to a whole new level- the Western.
World of Warcraft
Considering that WoW has made 8 Billion dollars for Blizzard, I would say it is fair that this makes the list, don’t you? People’s wallets and countless hours have spoken.
I am not a Portal player, but know a few who are and all have credited Portal with being one of the most original and ingenius games they have ever played. The survey seems to agree…
This is one of my all-time favorites, so am glad to see it make the list. Now, even 7 years after its original release date, this game still has a loyal and massive following, with mods galore.
Bethesda strikes again with the next in the Elder Scrolls Series: Skyrim. Oblivion was amazing, Skyrim was so awesome, it’s almost stupid.
Chrono Trigger is another I am not experienced with, but it looks like I may be one of the few in gaming who isn’t in the know on this one. Consistent in the lists, it joins the others tied at #9.
We knew this would be in here somewhere- the original Halo: Combat Evolved. I am not a big Halo guy myself, but considering that Halo 3 made 170 Million Dollars in its first day of release, I think we can bet a few people like this series.
Resident Evil 4
Another that was very consistent in the Top Ten Lists. I followed Resident Evil since Resident Evil 2. Many a gamer got picked up on this franchise with RE2, and many a diaper was filled as we were all scared s***less. No surprise to see RE4 land in the Top Ten. Very worthy of the franchise and the top games.
Is this one any surprise? It holds something like 6 world records, is another billion dollar champion for Rockstar North, and has one of the mot charismatic crazies yet- Trevor.
Mass Effect 2
This is another I am not experienced with, but after this survey I think I am going to have to get this one under my belt- the sci-fi fan that I am. It’s said that some of the alien races from Mass Effect were based on an actual secret Russian government book on real documented alien races.
Shadow of the Colossus
This one showed up again…and again…and again. I hadn’t even heard of this one, but again it looks like I am the minority on Shadow.
The Legend of Zelda
If this didn’t show up as one of the best of all time, I would have a severe disagreement. The original that launched one of the largest, most successful gaming franchises ever (and has one of the most die-hard fan bases you’ll find).
The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past
Zelda. Nintendo. You’re gonna see a theme here…
Super Mario World
Super. Mario. World. Who didn’t dump countless hours into this? A Super NES blockbuster.
This is another I am glad to see survey into the Top Ten. This is one of my personal Top 5 favs of all time. If you are a male above the age of 20-25, chances are you dumped at least six months into the multiplayer. I personally have 9 months dedicated to blowing up my friends with grenades in the bathroom of the Facility.
This is another groundbreaker and was another consistent favorite that made the lists, even amongst the lists with hugely varied titles- Bioshock was always there.
Super Mario Brothers
Obviously. Do I even need to say anything about Super Mario Brothers? I don’t think so.
Super Mario 3
Nintendo. Mario. Again.
Super Mario 64
Nintendo. Mario. Again. This time on the N64. Loved that console. This was one of the first console games that gave me a taste of open-world possibilities.
Final Fantasy 7
No more ties from here on. The rest of the titles on this list had far more tallies in their survey than any others prior. Starting with Final Fantasy VII– loved on nearly every list I encountered. Another of the longest running and most successful gaming franchises of all time. The demo of FFXV (soon to be released) may get some attention. Just a guess…
Half Life 2
Best seller. Winner of endless awards. Yes, it’s Valve’s baby- Half-Life 2. Solidly at #3. A historical game, no doubt- but I was still surprised to see this rank at #3 of all-time. I was expecting Pac-Man or Donkey Kong or Street Figher 2 or something similar, honestly. But the numbers don’t lie!
The #2 makes total and complete sense to me- Tetris. The game that nearly EVERYONE, and I mean everyone, knows and has probably played. Alexey Pajitnov’s 1984 blockbuster nailed it. Talk about getting it right the first time.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
I knew this was going to be #1. Ocarina of Time was #1 on most lists out there. And rightfully so… Ocarina of Time was tallied as #1 with a big lead over every other game here. The survey has spoken.
I remember playing this on the N64 having the initial thought that it was too “kiddie.” That thought was short-lived. Ocarina of Time gave me the first real open-world 3D experience in a character and story driven environment. It was engaging, challenging and overall a masterpiece of a video game. Ocarina of Time is not on my personal all-time favorite Top 5, but if you asked me what the #1 video game of all time was, I’d tell you it was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, hands down.