The Scientifically Proven Best Video Games of All Time

Original essays discussing each title from “The Scientifically Proven Best Video Games of All Time” and their place in gaming history will be published every week.

Did Contra make the Konami Code famous, or was it the other way around? We look at both in the latest weekly essay.

“The Scientifically Proven Best Video Games of All Time” is a statistical meta-analysis of 44 “Best Video Games of All Time” lists that were published between 1995 and 2016. To qualify for inclusion, each list had to include at least 50 games, with some form of editorial oversight in the process (lists made up solely of reader polls or fan voting were excluded), and no restrictions on release dates or platforms.

An Introduction” features a breakdown of the sorting methodology we used for “The Scientifically Proven Best Video Games of All Time.”

Every week, we’ll post an original essay discussing another title from “The Scientifically Proven Best Video Games of All Time” and its place in gaming history.

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Rank Title
1 Tetris
2 Half-Life 2
3 Super Mario 64
4 Resident Evil 4
5 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
6 BioShock
7 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
8 Super Metroid
9 World of Warcraft
10 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
11 GoldenEye 007
12 Red Dead Redemption
13 Portal
14 Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
15 Shadow of the Colossus
16 Halo: Combat Evolved
17 Final Fantasy VII
18 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
19 Mass Effect 2
20 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
21 Super Mario World
22 Super Mario Kart
23 Rock Band (Series)
24 Doom
25 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
26 Journey
27 Chrono Trigger
28 Metal Gear Solid
29 StarCraft
30 Deus Ex
31 The Walking Dead
32 Ico
33 Grand Theft Auto III
34 Super Mario Bros. 3
35 Metroid Prime
36 Sonic the Hedgehog
37 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
38 Tomb Raider
39 Half-Life
40 Super Mario Bros.
41 Counter-Strike
42 Pokemon Blue / Red / Yellow
43 Braid
44 Batman: Arkham City
45 Fallout 3
46 Minecraft
47 Portal 2
48 Okami
49 Final Fantasy VI
50 Grand Theft Auto IV
51 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
52 Dark Souls
53 Advance Wars
54 SimCity 2000
55 Silent Hill 2
56 Ms. Pac-Man
57 Donkey Kong
58 Diablo II
59 Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
60 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
61 SimCity
62 Grim Fandango
63 God of War
64 Pac-Man
65 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
66 Mega Man 2
67 Secret of Mana
68 Resident Evil
69 Lemmings
70 Star Wars: TIE Fighter
71 Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!
72 The Legend of Zelda
73 The Sims
74 X-COM: UFO Defense
75 Civilization
76 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
77 Super Mario Galaxy
78 The Secret of Monkey Island
79 Guitar Hero (Series)
80 Batman: Arkham Asylum
81 Final Fantasy Tactics
82 Contra
83 XCOM: Enemy Unknown
84 Team Fortress 2
85 Civilization II
86 Street Fighter IV
87 Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn
88 Super Mario Galaxy 2
89 Limbo
90 Space Invaders
91 Madden NFL Football (Series)
92 Soul Calibur
93 System Shock 2
94 Quake
95 Gran Turismo
96 Rez
97 Shenmue
98 Elite
99 Final Fantasy X
100 Pong