Top 10 Video Games of All Time
IGN’s Top 100 gaming list covers the best from every generation of consoles, handhelds, computers, and handhelds. The list saw a major update in 2019, and there have been many games that deserve to be added. Importantly, we examined the entire top 100 and asked ourselves several key questions. This resulted in some games being dropped, while others were added.
The top 100 games have to meet certain criteria. These include how great the game was when it launched, how entertaining it is today and how it compares to other games in its category. The past editions of this list put a lot of emphasis on a game’s influence and impact, but we have essentially removed that from the equation. Many games that have made an impact and inspired future designers may not survive the test of time, but they might still be fun to play today. You might have even been outdone.
All that being said, IGN’s 100 greatest games of all time are the latest staff’s 10-best games list. This collection includes games that continue to amaze us with stories and their inventive approach to game designing and set the benchmarks for the industry.
1. Google snake Game
It’s a traditional action game called “Google Snake.” If you haven’t been sleeping under a rock for the past 30 years, you know what I’m talking about when I say “Google Snake,” and even if you don’t remember the term, you’ve undoubtedly seen this game. The game’s basic idea is fairly straightforward.
The basic gameplay of this match trust me, there are many—involves you as a google snake crawling about aimlessly attempting to consume food while avoiding obstacles like walls and your ever-expanding tail. The only things that differ between versions are the controls and visuals.
2. Divinity: Original Sin 2
Divinity, Original Sin 2, filled the void in my life when Dungeons and Dragons were no longer my favorite game. Since then, I have recommended it to all my D&D groups. They all agree that this is the best D&D experience a player can get from a game. The storyline is incredibly rich and can be replayed almost indefinitely. Premade characters have their own stories, and how things play out depends on the player’s actions, backstory choices, and race. DOS2 is fun and easy to explore, no matter your difficulty level. – Casey DE Freitas (Read IGN’s Review)
3. Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII is a significant JRPG, for many reasons. But many of its achievements are now lost to technological advances and time. Its age has not changed its status as the series’ most beloved and beloved entry. This is thanks to its large cast of emotional-driven characters who journey through one of the most memorable places to emerge from Japan’s developmental scene. Square is a masterstroke in the way it pacifies its timely story. You can slowly fall for its ragtag group of eco-terrorists, before the introduction of Sephiroth, the chilling antagonist. After that, Square focuses the story on more personal stakes despite the impending apocalypse. The story is not light, but the world thrives because of its eccentricities, including bizarre enemies and hilarious minigames. Final Fantasy VII is an iconic game because it combines lightness and darkness. Matt Puestow (Read IGN’s Review)
4. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
While there are many entries to the Assassin’s Creed franchise that could make it onto a Top 100, Black Flag was the best entry we had so far in the franchise. AC4 is a unique blend of open-world exploration as well as the stealth-focused mission structures that gave the series its roots. Its naval combat, oceanic exploration, and countless guest stars made it a great series. Jon Ryan (Read IGN’s Review).
5. Monkey Island 2 Chuck’s Revenge
Monkey Island 2 was released, and we already knew Guy brush Three wood so we knew what to expect. Or so we thought. Ron Gilbert, the creator of Monkey Island 2, threw everyone for the loop. He ended Monkey Island 2 in an arcade. This left us wondering if we were playing in a boy’s imagination or if it was simply another Chuck spell. The second chapter was a great adventure game. It has the best story, jokes, pacing, and plot. – Ryan McCaffrey
6. Burnout 3 – Takedown
Burnout 3: Takedown is an undisputed classic. Point of Impact, the predecessor of Burnout 3, had fine-tuned how high-speed racing and vehicle destruction were balanced, but Takedown mastered it. This was one of those games that you can easily spend hours with friends or solo. It is hard to ruin a friendship faster than crashing someone’s ride before they cross the finish line. But, thankfully, everything was usually forgotten in the next round. – Jon Ryan (Read Our Review)
7. Fallout 2
Fallout 2 is an amazing and natural experience. I began the journey as a tribal man with nothing but a loincloth, a spear, and my name. Gradually fighting my way up to become a gauss-gunning killing robot is a phenomenal and surprisingly natural feeling. Exploring a post-apocalyptic, vast world filled with super mutants, death claws, and deadly raiders is thrilling but daunting. It feels alive and personal, even though we are only able to see it through a distant third-person view. The world is enhanced by atmospheric music, detailed writing, morally ambiguous quests, and voice-acted interactions between key characters. – Dan Stapleton (Read Our Review)
8. League of Legends
League of Legends exists somewhere in the middle of intense competition and fun and offers a unique and exciting strategy. League of Legends offers many modes that make the MOBA simple to master. However, it is still challenging as players climb the competitive ladder. Summoner’s Rift remains the most important battleground in competitive play. But, other modes offer a great opportunity to practice with Champions if things get too intense. League of Legends has the distinction of being one of the most competitive games. It offers constant improvements and a changing roster. – Miranda Sanchez (Read Our Review)
9. Mega Man 3
Mega Man 3 took the lessons Capcom learned from Mega Man 2 to expand, refine, and remix it. Our brave robot hero learned a few new tricks as he faced new enemies, such as Snake Man or Magnet Man. Mega Man was able to slide, which gave him an important upgrade. His friendly robot friend Rush allowed him to travel higher and discover more secrets than in previous outings. Mega Man 2 or Mega Man 3 is still up for debate, but it’s clear that Mega Man 3 is the ultimate NES Mega Man title. – Zach Ryan
10. Animal Crossing New Horizons
Animal Crossing New Horizons’ debut on Switch marked a major leap from a life simulation to an art form. New Horizons introduces terraforming, as well as outdoor decorations. This allows you to give a tour of your home. It’s fun to play solo. There is a daily task list that you can check off, but it doesn’t feel overwhelming – unless there’s company. This game is easy to play at your own pace. And because it changes with the seasons, visiting your hometown can be one the most enjoyable, relaxing, and meditative experiences you will ever have. The unique social experience of sharing this experience (and your creations!) with friends is something that no other game can match.