The Scientifically Proven Best Video Games of All Time has been upgraded to “Version 2.0” thanks to the addition of four new lists that were published throughout the last year. Edge Magazine’s “100 Greatest Videogames” issue, Jeux Video’s “Top 100 Best Games of All Time,” Polygon’s massive “500 Best Games of All Time,” and Stuff UK’s “50 Greatest Games of All Time” have reshuffled the ranking in a big way. Let’s take a look…
Version 1.0 (2017)
Version 2.0 (2018)
As you can see, Tetris remains at #1, but the remainder of the Top 10 has undergone a bit of a shift. Half-Life 2 and Super Mario 64 switched places, while The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time leapfrogged both BioShock and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. But with the addition of four new lists from 2017, all games released before December 31, 2013 are now eligible for inclusion in The Scientifically Proven Best Video Games of All Time. This new batch of games includes two instant classics that debuted in the Top 15: The Last of Us at #9 and Grand Theft Auto V at #11. Valve’s popular MOBA, Dota 2, also cracked the Top 100 at #80.
Other changes to the Top 100 were less drastic, but some games did tumble in the ranking. The Walking Dead dropped 17 spots from #31 to #58, while Braid fell from #43 to #59, and Mega Man 2 dipped from #66 to #75. But Civilization fell the furthest (#75 to #100), and Contra (#82 to #110), Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn (#87 to #109), and Limbo (#89 to #106) both dropped out of the Top 100 completely.
But other games continue to impress critics and rose in the rankings, including Minecraft (which carved out a 12-spot jump from #46 to #34) and Super Mario Galaxy 2 (which jumped from #88 to #62).
We’ll have more Top 100 essays soon, but in the meantime, please visit our new spinoff site, Video Game Canon, for a complete rundown of all the games that qualified for “Version 2.0” of The Scientifically Proven Best Video Games of All Time, as well as a dozen alternate sorting options.