Top 50 Video Games of All Time

Here it is, the top 50:Newsweek
50. “The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past” (2002). Game Boy Advance. Metacritic score: 95. User score: 9.0.Nintendo

The world’s first video game was invented all the way back in 1958. It was a pretty simple tennis game developed by physicist William Higinbotham.

Since then, the industry has grown exponentially—save for an over-saturation crash in 1983—and consumers have gone from arcade gaming, to home gaming and eventually, online gaming.

Remember getting three friends for a sleepover so you could play Mario Kart 64? Those days are long gone, along with saving up your quarters to go and play Ms Pac-Man or Galaga at the local arcade.

As sad as that may be, gamers have been treated to dozens of breakthrough games since the turn of the century. Nintendo keeps rolling out hits, Rockstar has taken off with Grand Theft Auto and sports games have started to lead the market.

Thanks to Metacritic, we can count down the 50 best video games based on aggregated reviews. Metacritic gives games a score out of 100 and also a user review score out of 10.

Interestingly—although not surprisingly—only six games make the list that were made before 2000. One of those, however, is number one.

Like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, consumers don’t always agree with critic reviews. A few from the top 50 list have relatively poor user rankings. But since the order comes from the critic reviews, not a single game finishes lower than 95 out of 100.

It’s also worth noting a game must have at least seven reviews to be ranked.

To give you an idea of how close the competition is, The Last of Us on PlayStation 3 and Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on Wii both fail to make the cut.

And just as a sneak preview, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater makes this list a lot of times.

Here are the top 50 video games of all time:

49. “Halo 2” (2004). Xbox. Metacritic score: 95. User score: 8.2.Bungie
48. “Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec” (2001). PlayStation 2. Metacritic score: 95. User score: 8.4.Polyphony Digital
47. “Red Dead Redemption” (2010). PlayStation 3. Metacritic score: 95. User score: 8.9.Rockstar Games
46. “The Legend of Zelda Collector’s Edition” (2003). GameCube. Metacritic score: 95. User score: 8.9.Nintendo
45. “LittleBigPlanet” (2008). PlayStation 3. Metacritic score: 95. User score: 6.8.Media Molecule
44. “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” (2002). PlayStation 2. Metacritic score: 95. User score: 8.8.Rockstar Games
43. “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” (2004). PlayStation 2. Metacritic score: 95. User score: 9.0.Rockstar Games
42. “Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn” (2000). PC. Metacritic score: 95. User score: 9.2.BioWare
41. “Grand Theft Auto Double Pack” (2003). Xbox. Metacritic score: 96. User score: 7.9.Rockstar Games
40. “Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty” (2001). PlayStation 2. Metacritic score: 96. User score: 8.7.Konami
39. “BioShock” (2007). PC. Metacritic score: 96. User score:8.5.2K Games
38. “Gran Turismo” (1998). PlayStation. Metacritic score: 96. User score:8.6.Polyphony Digital

The world’s first video game was invented all the way back in 1958. It was a pretty simple tennis game developed by physicist William Higinbotham.

Since then, the industry has grown exponentially—save for an over-saturation crash in 1983—and consumers have gone from arcade gaming, to home gaming and eventually, online gaming.

Remember getting three friends for a sleepover so you could play Mario Kart 64? Those days are long gone, along with saving up your quarters to go and play Ms Pac-Man or Galaga at the local arcade.

As sad as that may be, gamers have been treated to dozens of breakthrough games since the turn of the century. Nintendo keeps rolling out hits, Rockstar has taken off with Grand Theft Auto and sports games have started to lead the market.

Thanks to Metacritic, we can count down the 50 best video games based on aggregated reviews. Metacritic gives games a score out of 100 and also a user review score out of 10.

Interestingly—although not surprisingly—only six games make the list that were made before 2000. One of those, however, is number one.

Like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, consumers don’t always agree with critic reviews. A few from the top 50 list have relatively poor user rankings. But since the order comes from the critic reviews, not a single game finishes lower than 95 out of 100.

It’s also worth noting a game must have at least seven reviews to be ranked.

To give you an idea of how close the competition is, The Last of Us on PlayStation 3 and Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on Wii both fail to make the cut.

And just as a sneak preview, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater makes this list a lot of times.

Here are the top 50 video games of all time: