The Highest-Rated Video Games of All Time

Today, video games and the video game industry are more popular than ever. Dating back to the early days of gaming in the 1970s and 1980s, there have been a lot of classic titles, but none of them have received the high ratings that the video games of today do. In fact, of the 50 best-rated video games of all time, the oldest console to have a game featured on the list is the Nintendo 64.

The VR Space team used data from Metacritic to see which video games in history have the highest ratings ever.

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What Are the Highest-Rated Video Games Ever?

According to data from Metacritic, these are the 10 best-reviewed video games of all time, along with their scores and the video game consoles that they were released for. Of the ten best-reviewed video games ever, 40% are video games from the popular Grand Theft Auto series.

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time(Nintendo 64): 99
  2. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2(PlayStation): 98
  3. Grand Theft Auto IV(PlayStation 3): 98
  4. SoulCalibur(Sega Dreamcast): 98
  5. Grand Theft Auto IV(Xbox 360): 98
  6. Super Mario Galaxy(Nintendo Wii): 97
  7. Super Mario Galaxy 2(Nintendo Wii): 97
  8. Red Dead Redemption 2(Xbox One): 97
  9. Grand Theft Auto V(Xbox One): 97
  10. Grand Theft Auto V(PlayStation 3): 97

What Is the Best-Rated Video Game Ever?

The best-rated video game ever is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Released for the Nintendo 64 on Nov. 23, 1998, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is the only video game ever to receive a Metascore of at least 99. The Legend of Zelda is one of the most storied franchises in all of gaming, and this Nintendo 64 classic became the fourth-best-selling game ever for the console, with an estimated 7.6 million copies sold.

Another popular game review site, IGN, made it one of only 32 video games ever to receive a score of a perfect 10, part of an elite group of games that includes classics such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Grand Theft Auto V, and Red Dead Redemption 2.

Which Video Game Console Has the Best Games?

Based on Metacritic’s top 50 best-rated video games ever, PCs actually have the best games: PC games appeared on this list the most, grabbing eight entries, despite not having a single title appear in the top ten. If we narrow it down to the top ten games, though, it’s a three-way tie for the best console: The Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox One all have two entries.

The top 50 highest-ranked video games ever include titles on 15 different gaming platforms. Here are the 15 consoles featured in this data from Metacritic, along with what their best-ranked video game titles are.

  • Nintendo 64: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time(Metascore: 99)
  • Nintendo GameCube: Metroid Prime(Metascore: 97)
  • Nintendo Switch: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild(Metascore: 97)
  • Nintendo Wii: Super Mario Galaxy(Metascore: 97)
  • Nintendo Wii U: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild(Metascore: 96)
  • PC: Disco Elysium: The Final Cut(Metascore: 97)
  • PlayStation: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2(Metascore: 98)
  • PlayStation 2: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3(Metascore: 97)
  • PlayStation 3: Grand Theft Auto IV(Metascore: 98)
  • PlayStation 4: Red Dead Redemption 2(Metascore: 97)
  • PlayStation 5: Elden Ring(Metascore: 97)
  • Sega Dreamcast: SoulCalibur(Metascore: 98)
  • Xbox: Halo: Combat Evolved(Metascore: 97)
  • Xbox 360: Grand Theft Auto IV(Metascore: 98)
  • Xbox One: Red Dead Redemption 2(Metascore: 97)

The Top 50 Highest-Reviewed Games of All Time

Rank

Title

Platform

Release Date

Metacritic Score

1

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Nintendo 64

November 23, 1998

99

2

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2

PlayStation

September 20, 2000

98

3

Grand Theft Auto IV

PlayStation 3

April 29, 2008

98

4

SoulCalibur

Sega Dreamcast

September 8, 1999

98

5

Grand Theft Auto IV

Xbox 360

April 29, 2008

98

6

Super Mario Galaxy

Nintendo Wii

November 12, 2007

97

7

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Nintendo Wii

May 23, 2010

97

8

Red Dead Redemption 2

Xbox One

October 26, 2018

97

9

Grand Theft Auto V

Xbox One

November 18, 2014

97

10

Grand Theft Auto V

PlayStation 3

September 17, 2013

97

11

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

PC

March 30, 2021

97

12

Elden Ring

PlayStation 5

February 25, 2022

97

13

Grand Theft Auto V

Xbox 360

September 17, 2013

97

14

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2

Sega Dreamcast

November 6, 2000

97

15

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Nintendo Switch

March 3, 2017

97

16

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3

PlayStation 2

October 28, 2001

97

17

Perfect Dark

Nintendo 64

May 22, 2000

97

18

Red Dead Redemption 2

PlayStation 4

October 26, 2018

97

19

Grand Theft Auto V

PlayStation 4

November 18, 2014

97

20

Metroid Prime

Nintendo GameCube

November 17, 2002

97

21

Grand Theft Auto III

PlayStation 2

October 22, 2001

97

22

Super Mario Odyssey

Nintendo Switch

October 27, 2017

97

23

Halo: Combat Evolved

Xbox

November 14, 2001

97

24

NFL 2K1

Sega Dreamcast

September 7, 2000

97

25

Half-Life 2

PC

November 16, 2004

96

26

Grand Theft Auto V

PC

April 13, 2015

96

27

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Nintendo Wii U

March 3, 2017

96

28

BioShock

Xbox 360

August 21, 2007

96

29

GoldenEye 007

Nintendo 64

August 25, 1997

96

30

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

PlayStation 3

October 13, 2009

96

31

Resident Evil 4

Nintendo GameCube

January 11, 2005

96

32

The Orange Box

Xbox 360

October 10, 2007

96

33

The Orange Box

PC

October 10, 2007

96

34

Batman: Arkham City

PlayStation 3

October 18, 2011

96

35

Tekken 3

PlayStation

April 29, 1998

96

36

Mass Effect 2

Xbox 360

January 26, 2010

96

37

The House in Fata Morgana – Dreams of Revenants Edition

Nintendo Switch

April 9, 2021

96

38

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Nintendo GameCube

December 11, 2006

96

39

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Xbox 360

November 11, 2011

96

40

Half-Life

PC

November 19, 1998

96

41

Resident Evil 4

PlayStation 2

October 25, 2005

96

42

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Nintendo GameCube

March 24, 2003

96

43

Gran Turismo

PlayStation

April 30, 1998

96

44

BioShock

PC

August 21, 2007

96

45

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

PlayStation 2

November 12, 2001

96

46

Grand Theft Auto Double Pack

Xbox

October 31, 2003

96

47

Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn

PC

September 24, 2000

95

48

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

PlayStation 2

October 26, 2004

95

49

Elden Ring

PC

February 25, 2022

85

50

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

PlayStation 2

October 27, 2002

95

The Top 50 Highest-Reviewed Games Broken Down by Console

Console

Games in the Top 50

PC

8

PlayStation 2

6

Xbox 360

6

Nintendo GameCube

4

PlayStation 3

4

Nintendo 64

3

Nintendo Switch

3

PlayStation

3

Sega Dreamcast

3

Nintendo Wii

2

PlayStation 4

2

Xbox

2

Xbox One

2

Nintendo Wii U

1

PlayStation 5

1

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