Up For Debate - How many of the Best Games of All Time Have You Played?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Mar 9, 2019 4:50 PM

The Metacritic Top 100. A curiously difficult list to break into, a game needs to average a review score of 93% or higher to even stand a chance of making the grade. For the uninitiated, Metacritic is an aggregator of critic reviews, pumping out an average score based on potentially hundreds of reviews. A game, in theory, needs to be universally loved to make it onto it.

Out of a casual bit of interest, I wondered how many of these games I'd actually played, but more on that later. But it all got me thinking about what we deem to be the best games of all time, as well as a few pertinent questions such as have these greats stood the test of time?

Now, it goes without saying that this list is flawed in some ways. First and foremost, Metacritic only takes in accounts reviews that went live after the site started tracking videogame reviews. This means many older games don’t make the cut, including the entire SNES and Mega Drive libraries. Some of them have had remasters and can creep in, but there are a ton, and I mean a ton, of older games that are glaring omissions from this list. Secondly, the world seemed to have a bizarre obsession with American football and Tony Hawk’s games in the early noughties. The former definitely won’t hold up, while the latter were great games but very much of their time.

With that in mind, here are the 100 best games of all time according to Metacritic aggregated review scores:

Ranking Game Metascore
1 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time 99
2 Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2 98
3 GTA IV 98
4 SoulCalibur 98
5 Super Mario Galaxy 97
6 Super Mario Galaxy 2 97
7 Red Dead Redemption 2 97
8 GTA V 97
9 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 97
10 Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3 97
11 Perfect Dark 97
12 Metroid Prime 97
13 GTA 3 97
14 Super Mario Odyssey 97
15 Halo: Combat Evolved 97
16 NFL 2K1 97
17 Half-Life 2 96
18 BioShock 96
19 GoldenEye 007 96
20 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 96
21 Resident Evil 4 96
22 The Orange Box 96
23 Batman: Arkham City 96
24 Tekken 3 96
25 Mass Effect 2 96
26 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess 96
27 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 96
28 Half-Life 96
29 The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker 96
30 Gran Turismo 96
31 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty 96
32 Baldurs Gate II: Shadows of Amn 95
33 GTA: San Andreas 95
34 GTA: Vice City 95
35 LittleBigPlanet 95
36 Red Dead Redemption 95
37 Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec 95
38 Halo 2 95
39 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 95
40 The Legend of Zelda: Majoras Mask 95
41 The Last of Us 95
42 Madden NFL 2003 95
43 Portal 2 95
44 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 95
45 World of Goo 94
46 BioShock Infinite 94
47 Final Fantasy IX 94
48 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 94
49 God of War 94
50 Tony Hawks Pro Skater 4 94
51 Devil May Cry 94
52 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 94
53 Madden NFL 2002 94
54 Chrono Cross 94
55 Madden NFL 2004 94
56 Gears of War 94
57 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 94
58 Sid Meiers Civilization II 94
59 Quake 94
60 Halo 3 94
61 Ninja Gaiden Black 94
62 Street Fighter IV 94
63 Celeste 94
64 Super Mario Bros 3 94
65 Jet Grind Radio 94
66 Metal Gear Solid 94
67 Grim Fandango 94
68 Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory 94
69 Burnout 3: Takedown 94
70 Diablo 94
71 Metal Gear Solid 3 94
72 Metal Gear Solid 4 94
73 NCAA Football 2004 94
74 God of War (PS2) 94
75 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 94
76 Sid Meiers Civilization IV 94
77 Virtua Fighter 4 94
78 Super Mario 64 94
79 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 93
80 Super Smash Bros Brawl 93
81 Company of Heroes 93
82 Gran Turismo 2 93
83 Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow 93
84 GTA: Chinatown Wars 93
85 Pac-Man Championship Edition DX 93
86 Street Fighter Alpha 3 93
87 Divinity: Original Sin 2 93
88 Unreal Tournament 2004 93
89 Braid 93
90 God of War 2 93
91 Super Mario 3D World 93
92 Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty 93
93 SSX 93
94 Minecraft 93
95 Undertale 93
96 Persona 5 93
97 SSX3 93
98 Splinter Cell 93
99 Quake 3 Arena 93
100 Homeworld 93

I don’t whether I should be proud/worried that I’ve played 85 of the games on this list, but hey ho. My list of shame, if you can call it that, of the games I haven’t played, comprises NFL 2K1, Baldur’s Gate II, Gran Turismo 3, Madden NFL 2003, Madden NFL 2002, Chrono Cross, Madden NFL 2004, NCAA Football 2004, Virtua Fighter 4, Gran Turismo 2, Pac-Man Championship Edition, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Starcraft 2, and Minecraft. Of those games, I’d say I only feel like I’m missing out on Divinity 2 or Baldur’s Gate 2, the rest don’t hold much appeal.

But, this Up For Debate isn't just about which games you may or may not have played. I think there are a lot of arguments to be made that this certainly isn't the strongest 'Best Of' list ever, with some odd entries and some even stranger omissions. The complete absence of Dark Souls, for example, which according to aggregated reviews is a worse game than World of Goo. Nope, I've no idea either.

So, get voting in the poll how many games from this you reckon you've played, and let us know below whether you think is a deserving list of the 100 best games of all time!

How many of the Best Games of All Time Have You Played?

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15:04 Mar-16-2019

Super Mario 64? oh can we go back time? that was my first best lan game ever! kart, tennis, party, smash bros etc

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13:15 Mar-11-2019

Wow I didn't know Final Fantasy IX got rated so high, Its my favorite from the series.

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14:10 Mar-10-2019

Finished 28. Played more obviously

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10:33 Mar-10-2019

Only 6 of them, a lot were before my time. It might not seem like a lot, but "the best games of all time" is very subjective and opinion based, my top 10 favorite games that i played aren't on this list at all. Everyone likes different things :)

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10:27 Mar-10-2019

played 63, but didn't finished them all

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10:15 Mar-10-2019

Only 8 so far

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09:26 Mar-10-2019

Around 10.

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06:40 Mar-10-2019

There should be a concept of "inflation" for metacritic scores

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05:52 Mar-10-2019

OVER 9000!

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04:14 Mar-10-2019

GTA V, Tekken 3, Gran Turismo, Last of Us, Witcher 3, Starcraft 2
Couple other Ive touched but really havent played.
Of the ones Ive played, GTA V doesnt deserve to be on this list. Starcraft 2 as well since the original isnt even on here..

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04:08 Mar-10-2019

28 from this list by my count. Mostly PC titles, a couple I played on emulators (Nintendo stuff, PS2, etc) or original hardware (PSP).

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03:57 Mar-10-2019

There can be only one but I have played more than a dozen.

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01:29 Mar-10-2019

Played 34, but I really think I played more because I don't agree with a lot of the games on this list. Planescape Torment? Fallout 2? Final Fantasy VII? Morrowind ? Deus Ex? Never Winter Nights? Starcraft? Warcraft? Assasin's creed Black Flag? Escape from Monkey Island? Call of duty (The original game's campaign...)

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00:34 Mar-10-2019

83, pretty much everything except for the sports and most of the fighting games.


This list is a great indication of the time Metacritic became a thing. No System Shock 2 or Deus Ex, but Bioshock. No StarCraft 1 or WarCraft 3, but StarCraft 2. And strangely SSMB instead of either Melee or Ultimate. No Morrowind at all either.


A strange list for sure.

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09:25 Mar-10-2019

Yeah for sure. I also think there may need to be some sort of score degradation or something as well because there's no way some of these games are scoring this high today

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23:42 Mar-09-2019

Only 11 for , im surprised i havent played all those 100 good games O.o

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23:39 Mar-09-2019

Wow I didn't think I'd be so far off from the majority with 57. Thought for sure it would be a lot more around here for more people

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23:37 Mar-09-2019

74 to be exact

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23:30 Mar-09-2019

Hmmm... Seven. Weird. I thought i played much more but still... Can't "catch" em all

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23:16 Mar-09-2019

Warcraft 3? Battlefield 2?? Total war warhammer 2? Rome total war?? Crash Bandicoot3? Final fantasy VII, VIII, IX??? This list is invalid.

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23:31 Mar-09-2019

This list is drunk.

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00:36 Mar-10-2019

The lack of any Total War isn't that much of a surprise, they've never reviewed well at launch, bugs are not unique to Rome 2.

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23:11 Mar-09-2019

Only 8 games for me so far


1) BioShock
2) Mass Effect 2
3) The Last of Us
4) BioShock Infinite
5) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
6) Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
7) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
8) Unreal Tournament 2004

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