Video games have come a long way, and there is no denying that. What started as an idea, and then turned into a few lines of code is now something that is nothing short of a religion. No matter the platform you are talking about, gamers all over the world are crazy after their favourite games, and are willing to spend a lot of money on the games they love.
In such a dedicated, and saturated market, one can only stop and wonder what would be the best video game of all time? This debate has been going on for a long time, and every time you start looking for an answer, you will find different results. It is safe to assume that this question is among the most controversial ones that you can face.
We have taken it upon ourselves to explore the best video games of all time in this article. Do keep in mind that if you are to spend time, you can write an entire paper on this question, but since we want to keep things nice and simple, we are only going to be looking at 8 games that we believe are the best of all time.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64)
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is considered as the genre defining game by not only the fans of the series, but gamers all across the world. The game was released back in 1998 on the much popular Nintendo 64, and quickly became one of the most revered title of its time. The game was way ahead of its time, but still welcomed all new, and seasonal Zelda veterans.
Today, Zelda is a series that is revered by people all across the world with the famous actor/comedian Robin Williams naming his daughter Zelda. Needless to say, Ocarina of Time is the benchmark that established Zelda as one of the greatest game of all times, and it does so by providing the amazing scores to back of the claim as well as the game has 99/100 on Metacritic.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (PlayStation)
When you talk about skateboard, the first thing that comes to your mind is Tony Hawk, and that is how it should be. He is the person who took something as strange, and difficult as skateboarding, and placed it right onto the mainstream. Being the huge figure he is, it was not a surprising thing to see Tony Hawk leading the charge into the console foray. While the original did not receive as much acclaim, the sequel titled Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 managed to establish itself as one of the greatest games of all time.
Released back in 2000, fans of the series still look back and wish for a remaster, and despite the fact that so many games came out after Pro Skater 2, none were that substantial to dethrone the Pro Skater 2. Needless to say, it is one of the greatest games of all time.
Grand Theft Auto IV (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
After enjoying massive success on the PS2 and other platforms of the time, it was time for Rockstar to bring something to the next generation in 2008. When they finally announced Grand Theft Auto IV, the announcement took the world by storm; it was inevitable, but it still was a huge shock.
Grand Theft Auto IV solidified itself as one of the greatest games in the history, and to be honest, it did not take long enough for the game to do so. The game was everything previous installments were, and more. This was further improved by newer, more powerful hardware that allowed for excellent graphics in that time, as well as excellent game play.
Not to forget, the story in Grand Theft Auto IV, and the sheer amount of content made this game even better for hardcore fans, but the extremely accessible nature of the game also allowed the newcomers to the series to pick up the game, and have an excellent time.
While the game hasn’t aged well in terms of graphics, it still is one of the most enjoyable outings in the entire series of GTA games.
In an era when games like Street Fighter were all the rage, SoulCalibur dared to do something different, and introduced a combat in a largely different form. Characters had weapons, graphics were a lot better, and the combo system was fleshed out to a point where things became complex, yet easy to grasp. Needless to say, many people consider the original SoulCalibur the game that paved the way for weapons in the games. The game is considered to be one of the best fighting games of all time, however, it is a lot more than just a fighting game. As a matter of fact, SoulCalibur on Dreamcast is a genre defining game, and can definitely be considered as one of the greatest games of all time.
The game brought in so many mechanics that are now commonly being used in modern fighting games, all thanks to the original Soul Calibur.
Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
It would be wrong of me to deny that the first game that I played on my NES was Super Mario. Back then, the game was considered to be the best game available, and whoever beat the game was considered out of the world. However, if you ask someone about the best Mario game, they are going to call the Super Mario Galaxy to be that game.
Released on Wii, the Super Mario Galaxy was everything that the long time fans of the series wanted. It was fun, relaxing, refreshing, and most importantly, it was very, very accessible. These, and a lot more factors solidified this game as one of the best games of all time, and the best part is that you can pick it up even today, and you’d still have a lot of fun. If this is not a good game, then I don’t know what is.
Red Dead Redemption 2 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Any list containing the best games of all time would be incomplete without the addition of Red Dead Redemption 2. Prequel to the original Red Dead Redemption, this game took the world by storm when it was first announced, and since Rockstar was behind the game, expectations were sky high with many even saying that the game might not make it out in a year filled with amazing games.
However, October arrived, and Red Dead Redemption 2 quickly became one of the fastest selling and one of the most amazing games available at that time. Not only that, it managed to outrun games like Marvel’s Spiderman, as well as God of War 4, which already had perfect scores.
Fans are now gearing up for the game’s PC release, although no proper information is revealed.
Grand Theft Auto V (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360)
If you look at the list closely, you will realise that Rockstar is more or less dominating the list. That is the thing about them as a developer/publisher. They have managed to release hit after hit, and not just in the case of sales numbers, but also when it comes to reviews. Needless to say, the release of GTA V was a ground breaking situation for the gaming industry with both critics as well as players praising the game for having one of the best story, amazing gameplay elements, and a world that feels a lot like living and breathing world.
Today, the Grand Theft Auto V is considered to be one of the greatest games of all time, and it only makes one anticipate what the future entries of GTA games are going to be like.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo Switch)
Many critics were saying that Nintendo Switch would not be able to make a mark in a market that is saturated by some amazing consoles. That would have become a reality had it not been for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The game released on Nintendo Switch, and changed the landscape of gaming on Switch for everyone. Known as one of the highest scoring modern games, this game definitely deserves all the praise that it has been getting.
The best part about this game is that it is not just for the hardcore Zelda fans, but also for newcomers who want to pick something up and play. The game offers amazing combat, great graphics, and a perfect story, making this game one of the best available on Switch.
Needless to say, all the amazing things about this game definitely results in the game being one of thest games of all time.
Finding the best game of all time is a task that happens to be extremely difficult. With thousands of games already available in the market, finding the ones that are considered the best of the best. However, the thing that you must know in this situation is that this topic is an extremely controversial one because you are always going to find different answers by different people.
We tried our best to include the games that are not only considered the best of all times, but also the games that more or less defined their respective genres. We know that we have missed some entries, but the nature of the purpose of this article was to be short and precise as to avoid any further confusions or conflicts among the gamers.