Aaron Michelson's 100 favorite Video games of all time

by AaronTMichelson | created - 28 Dec 2010 | updated - 17 Sep 2014 | Public
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1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Drama

9.7
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A young Hylian boy discovers that his destiny is to free the Seven Sages and save the land of Hyrule from the treacherous sorcerer Ganondorf.

Directors: Eiji Aonuma, Yoshiaki Koizumi, Shigeru Miyamoto, Yoichi Yamada, Tôru Ôsawa | Stars: Nobuyuki Hiyama, Fujiko Takimoto, Jun Mizusawa, Takashi Nagasako

Votes: 6,181

2. Half-Life 2 (2004 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

9.5
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Dr. Freeman is taken out of stasis by his "employer" to help rid the planet of invading aliens forces known as the Combine that entered through the portals he helped create.

Director: David Speyrer | Stars: Robert Guillaume, Robert Culp, Louis Gossett Jr., Michelle Forbes

Votes: 12,044

3. Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991 Video Game)

T | Action, Fantasy

8.5
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Choose one out of eight playable characters and engage your opponents in one-on-one close quarter street combat in a series of best-two-out-of-three matches.

Stars: Johnpaul Williams, Eri Nakamura

Votes: 1,075

4. Super Mario 64 (1996 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Comedy

9.2
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When the evil Bowser steals 120 power stars and traps Princess Peach within the walls of her own castle, it's up to Mario to save her once again.

Director: Shigeru Miyamoto | Stars: Charles Martinet, Leslie Swan

Votes: 3,234

5. GoldenEye 007 (1997 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Thriller

9.2
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James Bond must track down agent-turned-terrorist Alec Trevelyan to stop the launch of a powerful satellite. Play the game that set the stage for the First-person shooter genre on the console.

Director: Martin Hollis | Stars: Kevin Bayliss, Ken Lobb

Votes: 4,300

6. The Last of Us (2013 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

9.8
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In a hostile, post-pandemic world, Joel and Ellie, brought together by desperate circumstances, must rely on each other to survive a brutal journey across what remains of the United States.

Directors: Neil Druckmann, Bruce Straley | Stars: Troy Baker, Ashley Johnson, Hana Hayes, Jeffrey Pierce

Votes: 31,894

7. Mass Effect 2 (2010 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

9.6
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After being revived from death and having to join a pro-human organization without a choice, Commander Shepard must assemble a team, battle a new threat, and make tough choices in order to save the galaxy from total annihilation once more.

Director: Casey Hudson | Stars: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Maggie Baird, Adam Baldwin, Michael Beattie

Votes: 14,910

8. Poketto Monsutâ Aka (1996 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Family

8.9
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Play as a young Pokémon trainer trying to catch all 150 Pokémon.

Director: Satoshi Tajiri

Votes: 1,638

9. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

9.5
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After being tracked down by Harry Flynn, Nathan Drake goes on a quest for Marco Polo' lost fleet. However when things take an unexpected turn for the worst, Drake must rely on those closest to him in order to find the Cintomani Stone.

Directors: Amy Hennig, Bruce Straley | Stars: Nolan North, Emily Rose, Claudia Black, Richard McGonagle

Votes: 14,179

10. Super Metroid (1994 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

9.2
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Samus Aran returns to the brooding planet Zebes to recover the last metroid from the Space Pirates.

Director: Yoshio Sakamoto | Star: Dan Owsen

Votes: 1,178

11. Super Mario Bros. (1985 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Family

9.1
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A plumber named Mario and his brother Luigi travel through the Mushroom Kingdom to save the princess from evil Bowser.

Director: Shigeru Miyamoto

Votes: 3,444

12. Batman: Arkham City (2011 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Crime

9.5
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When part of Gotham is turned into a private reserve for criminals known as Arkham City, all hell is sure to break loose, and the Dark Knight is the only one who can stop it.

Director: Sefton Hill | Stars: Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, David Kaye, Carlos Alazraqui

Votes: 21,005

13. Red Dead Redemption (2010 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

9.5
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John Marston, former outlaw, is forced by the federal government to hunt down the members of his old gang.

Directors: Rod Edge, John Zurhellen | Stars: Rob Wiethoff, Josh Blaylock, Sophia Marzocchi, Spider Madison

Votes: 16,049

14. Halo (2001 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Mystery

8.9
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Super-soldier John-117, Master Chief of the United Nations Space Command, must battle a genocidal alien race known as the Covenant following his violent crash-landing on Halo, an ancient and mysterious ring-world.

Director: Joseph Staten | Stars: Jen Taylor, Pete Stacker, Tim Dadabo, Steve Downes

Votes: 8,182

15. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

9.6
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A republic soldier, training to become a Jedi Knight, is given the task of halting the conquest of Darth Malak by discovering the location of a weapon known as the Star Forge.

Director: Casey Hudson | Stars: Jennifer Hale, Raphael Sbarge, Rafael Ferrer, John Cygan

Votes: 6,147

16. BioShock (2007 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror, Mystery

9.2
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In 1960, a lone survivor of a plane crash named Jack discovers an abandoned underwater utopia, only to find out that the mystery behind its creation is much more sinister than he first believed.

Director: Ken Levine | Stars: John Ahlin, Greg Baldwin, Jane Beller, Susanne Blakeslee

Votes: 13,247

17. Metal Gear Solid (1998 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

9.7
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A crack government anti-terrorist squad takes over an obscure Alaskan nuclear disposal facility. Solid Snake is up for the task to infiltrate the facility, rescue the two hostages and thwart the terrorists' plans.

Director: Hideo Kojima | Stars: David Hayter, Patric Zimmerman, Peter Lurie, Akio Ôtsuka

Votes: 8,590

18. Doom (1993 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

8.7
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A rogue tough space marine (referred as Doomguy) is the only survivor in a hell-infested facility. He must fight his way to uncover a bitter truth

Director: Tom Hall | Stars: Mike Dopud, David Koseruba, Christopher Murvey, Kevin Cloud

Votes: 2,959

19. Zeruda no densetsu: Kamigami no toraifôsu (1991 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

9.4
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The wizard Agahnim has abducted seven maidens, intent on using their power to open a portal to the Dark World. Armed with a trusty sword and shield, Link begins a great and treacherous journey.

Directors: Takashi Tezuka, Hidemaro Fujibayashi | Star: Fujiko Takimoto

Votes: 2,039

20. The Walking Dead: The Game - Season 1 (2012 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

9.2
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In a world devastated by the undead, a convicted criminal is given a second chance at life when he comes across a little girl named Clementine.

Directors: Sean Ainsworth, Nick Herman, Dennis Lenart, Eric Parsons, Jake Rodkin, Sean Vanaman | Stars: Dave Fennoy, Melissa Hutchison, Nick Herman, Chuck Kourouklis

Votes: 7,311

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21. Resident Evil 4 (2005 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

9.3
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Six years after the events in Raccoon City, Leon Kennedy, now a federal agent, is sent to a rural part of Spain to rescue the U.S. President's kidnapped daughter, Ashley Graham from a sinister cult.

Directors: Kuniomi Matsushita, Shinji Mikami | Stars: Paul Mercier, Carolyn Lawrence, Rino Romano, Salli Saffioti

Votes: 8,207

22. God of War (2005 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

9.2
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After 10 years of endless nightmares and servitude to the gods of Olympus, Kratos is assigned with a final task, to kill the Ares, the God Of War.

Directors: David Jaffe, Greg Tiernan | Stars: Linda Hunt, Terrence 'T.C.' Carson, Carole Ruggier, Steve Blum

Votes: 6,813

23. Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (2002 Video Game)

Action, Fantasy

8.9
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Years after the fall of the Orcish Horde to the human Alliance of Lordaeron, the remaining humans and orcs find themselves facing a common enemy: the demons of the Burning Legion and their armies of undead monsters.

Director: Nicholas S. Carpenter | Stars: Michael Barken, Milton James, Michael Bradberry, William Bassett

Votes: 2,479

24. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

9.5
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After escaping execution, the last living Dragonborn must grow in strength and power to defeat the dragons that have once again begun to plague the land of Skyrim.

Director: Todd Howard | Stars: Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Joan Allen, Michael Hogan

Votes: 19,918

25. Metroid Prime (2002 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Horror

8.9
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A Space Pirate distress signal draws bounty hunter Samus Aran to Tallon IV, a world she discovers is being consumed by a terrible poison.

Star: Audrey Peterson

Votes: 1,278

26. Super Mario World (1990 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Family

9.3
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While Mario and Luigi are vacationing in Dinosaur Land, Bowser kidnaps the Princess. During the rescue, they find a new dino friend, Yoshi.

Director: Takashi Tezuka

Votes: 2,599

27. Shadow of the Colossus (2005 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

9.5
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A young man brings his deceased love to a forbidden land inhabited by colossal beings said to house the power to revive the dead.

Director: Fumito Ueda | Stars: Kenji Nojima, Kazuhiro Nakata, Kyôko Hikami, Naoki Bando

Votes: 2,407

28. Resident Evil (2002 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror, Mystery

9.2
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Remake of the first game in which the RPD squad, Jill and Chris, are forced to flee into a mysterious mansion. Featuring new gameplay mechanics, revised puzzles, additional explorable areas, a revised script, and new story details.

Directors: Shinji Mikami, Atsushi Doi, Shimako Sato | Stars: Joe Whyte, Heidi Anderson-Swan, Ed Smaron, Hope Levy

Votes: 2,336

29. Dairantô Sumasshu Burazâzu ekkusu (2008 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.8
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The third Super Smash Bros. title, featuring a number of new additions, including a Adventure Mode with storylines and co-op play, new characters, new stages, and online combat.

Director: Masahiro Sakurai | Stars: Pat Cashman, Charles Martinet, Makiko Ômoto, Jim Walker

Votes: 3,007

30. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Family

8.9
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Mario goes back in the galaxy to save Princess Peach from Bowser.

Director: Koichi Hayashida | Stars: Charles Martinet, Dex Manley, Scott Burns, Mercedes Rose

Votes: 1,026

31. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Thriller

9.1
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The Call of Duty series returns this time into a modern day setting. The player takes control of a character nicknamed "Soap," for the majority of the campaign and will need to progress through many modern warfare scenarios.

Director: Jason West | Stars: Billy Murray, Craig Fairbrass, David Sobolov, Mark Grigsby

Votes: 16,541

32. Sonic the Hedgehog (I) (1991 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Family

8.3
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A blue hedgehog with supersonic speed must rescue animals from being turned into robots by a mad scientist.

Votes: 1,725

33. Grand Theft Auto IV (2008 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Comedy

9.0
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Niko Bellic comes to Liberty City, America to live the good life, but ends up having to assist his dangerously indebted cousin Roman with his financial troubles, by any (mostly illegal) means necessary.

Directors: Rod Edge, John Zurhellen | Stars: Michael Hollick, Jason Zumwalt, Timothy Adams, Moti Margolin

Votes: 25,908

34. Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Family

9.3
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King Koopa has kidnapped Princess Toadstool, taken over all seven kingdoms in the Mushroom World, and put his seven kids in charge of all of them. It's the Mario Brothers to the rescue.

Directors: Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka

Votes: 2,809

35. Metoroido (1986 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.2
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Space Pirates attack a Galactic Federation-owned space research vessel and seize samples of Metroid creatures, dangerous parasitic lifeforms. Lone bounty hunter Samus Aran is send to penetrate the Pirates' base and destroy Mother Brain.

Directors: Yoshio Sakamoto, Satoru Okada

Votes: 873

36. Gears of War (2006 Video Game)

M | Action, Sci-Fi

8.7
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Mankind's epic struggle for survival against a dominating Locust Horde, a nightmarish race of creatures that surface from the planet's vortex.

Stars: John DiMaggio, Carlos Ferro, Lester Speight, Fred Tatasciore

Votes: 6,974

37. Duke Nukem 3D (1996 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.4
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Blonde action hero Duke Nukem takes on murderous aliens and mutated Los Angeles police officers that have taken over Los Angeles.

Director: George Broussard | Stars: Lee Jackson, Lani Minella, Jon St. John

Votes: 2,225

38. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2003 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.6
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A young prince with expert fighting skills acquires the Dagger of Time, and unknowingly releases the powerful Sands of Time with it. Now he is trapped in a palace with sand creatures and must undo the unfortunate deed he has done.

Director: Patrice Désilets | Stars: Yuri Lowenthal, Joanna Wasick, Barry Dennen, William Knight

Votes: 3,770

39. Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Crime

9.3
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You control Batman as he fights to subdue The Joker and his fellows when they seize control of the Arkham Island.

Directors: Sefton Hill, Paul Boulden | Stars: Mark Hamill, Kevin Conroy, Arleen Sorkin, Tom Kane

Votes: 18,514

40. Street Fighter IV (2008 Video Game)

T | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.5
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Street Fighter IV is a 2008 fighting video game published by Capcom. A new system called Focus Attacks has been introduced, as well as Ultra Moves.

Directors: Takashi Tsukamoto, Tomio Yamauchi, Taliesin Jaffe, Ryôsuke Naya | Stars: Hiroki Takahashi, Kyle Hebert, Yûji Kishi, Reuben Langdon

Votes: 899

41. Half-Life (1998 Video Game)

M | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

9.3
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You play a scientist who must make his way through a ruined underground scientific complex infested with danger.

Director: Randy Pitchford | Stars: Kathy Levin, Lani Minella, Brice Armstrong, Harry S. Robins

Votes: 7,019

42. Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (2005 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Thriller

8.7
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Proving you can't keep a good agent down, Sam Fisher returns for this third undercover outing, which takes him deep inside North Korea on an information warfare mission.

Director: Mario Galardo | Stars: Michael Ironside, Claudia Besso, Don Jordan, Thor Bishopric

Votes: 2,156

43. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

9.6
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When the nations of the world rely upon private military companies to fight their battles for them, renegade Liquid Ocelot emerges as the head of a potent coalition of mercenary powers. Solid Snake returns to save the world once again.

Director: Hideo Kojima | Stars: David Hayter, Josh Keaton, Peter Lurie, Paul Eiding

Votes: 8,552

44. Donkey Kong Country (1994 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.8
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Waking to find his banana hoard clean gone, Donkey Kong sets out with his nephew Diddy Kong through jungle and cavern, past temples and reef, across pine forests, factories, and mountains to rid the island of the wicked Kremlings and reclaim his bananas.

Directors: Chris Stamper, Tim Stamper | Star: Chris Sutherland

Votes: 1,468

45. Star Wars: Jedi Knight II - Jedi Outcast (2002 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Drama

8.6
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You guide mercenary Kyle Katarn, who must stop the evil plot of a renegade Jedi by relearning his skills as a Jedi Knight.

Stars: Jeff Bennett, Billy Dee Williams, Mark Klastorin, Vanessa Marshall

Votes: 1,570

46. Star Fox 64 (1997 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.5
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Mad scientist Andross arises as the emperor of Venom and declares war on the entire Lylat System, starting with Corneria. General Pepper sends in the Star Fox team to protect the key planets of the Lylat System and stop Dr. Andross.

Director: Takao Shimizu | Stars: Daisuke Gôri, Kyôko Tongû, Tomohisa Asô, Hisao Egawa

Votes: 1,122

47. Far Cry 3 (2012 Video Game)

M | Action, Thriller

9.0
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While skydiving, Jason Brody and his friends land on an island overrun by pirates, where Jason is torn between fighting for the Rakyat resistance and rescuing his friends.

Director: Laurent Bernier | Stars: Lane Edwards, Alex Harrouch, Mylène Dinh-Robic, Kristian Hodko

Votes: 11,567

48. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Thriller

9.1
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The Call of Duty series returns this time into a modern day setting. The player takes control of a character nicknamed "Soap," for the majority of the campaign and will need to progress through many modern warfare scenarios.

Director: Jason West | Stars: Billy Murray, Craig Fairbrass, David Sobolov, Mark Grigsby

Votes: 16,541

49. Zeruda no densetsu Towairaito purinsesu (2006 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

9.1
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Link, a young man from a small farming village, finds Hyrule is being consumed by an otherworldly twilight. Guided by a strange pixie named Midna, he endeavors to return light to the land and confront the usurper king Zant.

Director: Eiji Aonuma | Stars: Akira Sasanuma, Akiko Kômoto, Hironori Miyata, Junji Kitajima

Votes: 3,476

50. Portal 2 (2011 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Adventure, Comedy

9.5
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Many years after "Portal," Chell reawakens at Aperture Science and tries to stop GLADoS once again with the help of Wheatley, who has his own plans for the historical facility.

Director: Joshua Weier | Stars: Ellen McLain, Stephen Merchant, J.K. Simmons, Joe Micheals

Votes: 10,166

51. BioShock Infinite (2013 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

9.3
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A man is sent to the flying city of Columbia to find a missing girl. However, upon arrival he discovers that the city, its people, and his objective are all not what they seem.

Director: Ken Levine | Stars: Troy Baker, Courtnee Draper, Kiff VandenHeuvel, Laura Bailey

Votes: 13,751