Greatest Video Games (VG) of all Time

as of 2015.

In order of preference. / From the Indie Scene I'd like to nominate Dear Esther, Passage, Slender and Wasted Youth 1 (Flash). And a million of NWN1 mods. Or "ICBM" by REPVBLIC (clearly the greatest game ever made).

"What do you think is the biggest problem current games suffer from?
- [...] An obsession with gay space marines." - Denby Grace

"The title of my talk was 'Video Games are Art - What’s Next' [...] It’s good for dinner-party discussion and entertaining as an intellectual exercise, but it’s just not a serious debate anymore. As a rapidly growing medium, we game developers have so many other issues deserving of our attention." - Kellee Santiago

"But actually you try not to be too influenced by the feedback because otherwise you become a marketing person [...]"- David Cage

"Art is the most intense mode of Individualism that the world has known." - Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man

"I think most game designers really just suck" - Richard Garriott

"War is where the young and stupid are tricked by the old and bitter into killing each other." - GTA IV
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1.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
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
“ music by Jeremy Soule.
+ TES: Oblivion. ” - dsensNWN00
 
2.
Grand Theft Auto V (2013 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.7/10 X  
Three very different criminals team-up for a series of daring, yet very profitable, heists in the corrupt city of Los Santos.
Director: Rod Edge
“ + GTA IV + episodes + GTA: San Andreas.

GTA IV might be the better game, or the bigger milestone. ” - dsensNWN00
 
3.
L.A. Noire (2011 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
You play a LAPD detective in late 1940s Los Angeles as you discover dark goings on in the city.
“ +DLCs.
directed by Brendan McNamara.

to be played in b/w.

Gaming as time travel. ” - dsensNWN00
 
4.
Pillars of Eternity (2015 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Imbued with the power to interact with souls and memories of others, you set out to investigate the origin of your new found power and why infants of the world of Eora are born without a soul.
“ + 'Tyranny' will also end up here VERY close to the top (600 000 words later). ” - dsensNWN00
 
5.
The Last of Us (2013 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.8/10 X  
20 years after a pandemic destroyed the United States, Joel gets the task of taking Ellie into a nation-wide mission to unveil a secret that can save humanity.
“ - PS4 version. ” - dsensNWN00
 
6.
The Operative: No One Lives Forever (2000 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
A 1960's female spy must battle an eccentric terrorist organization.
Director: Craig Hubbard
“ - GotY Edition.
music by Nathan Grigg & Guy Whitmore. ” - dsensNWN00
 
7.
Alien: Isolation (2014 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Set 15 years after the events of Alien, gamers play as Ripley's daughter and embark on a mission to find her missing mother.
Director: Al Hope
 
8.
Fallout: New Vegas (2010 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
After surviving two bullets to the head, Courier Six traverses the post-apocalyptic Mojave desert in search of the men who wronged him, while making an impact on thousands in the process.
Director: J.E. Sawyer
“ + Fallout 3 + Fallout 4. ” - dsensNWN00
 
9.
Heavy Rain (2010 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
As a child goes missing, his father tirelessly works to rescue him, while a journalist, an FBI agent, and a private detective try to identify his kidnapper known only as the "Origami Killer".
Director: David Cage
“ + Beyond: Two Souls. Directed by David Cage. ” - dsensNWN00
 
10.
Call of Duty (2003 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
You play as three different Allied nations: the Americans, the British, and the Russians. From 1944 to 1945, you must answer the call of duty and defeat the domination-bent Germans.
Director: Keith Arem
“ - not the rubbish it has become. ” - dsensNWN00
 
11.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.6/10 X  
"MGS4" brings a totally new concept and situation, resulting in the toughest "Metal Gear" infiltration mission ever devised. The game is set after the events of "MGS2" and players will reprise the role of top secret agent Solid Snake.
Director: Hideo Kojima
“ directed by Hideo Kojima.

- and MGS V (if I could just find out, where it begins and where it ends.) ” - dsensNWN00
 
12.
Planescape: Torment (1999 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.6/10 X  
In the city of Sigil, the only place from which all realities of the Planescape universe can be reached, an immortal amnesiac, the Nameless One, must uncover his past, the mystery of his immortality as well as who's trying to kill him.
“ - I have the original discs right here. ” - dsensNWN00
 
13.
Half-Life 2 (2004 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
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
“ + Ep.1, Ep.2, HL1, "Black Mesa" (Mod) ” - dsensNWN00
 
14.
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven (2002 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
You play a 1930s mobster as you act out your confession of your rise in the ranks of organized crime.
Director: Daniel Vávra
“ music by Vladimir Simunek.
+ Mafia II + Mafia III. ” - dsensNWN00
 
15.
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (2003 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The brooding cop has left the DEA and returned to the NYPD. When his latest case ends up involving the thought-dead femme fatale Mona Sax, he finds that his journey through the night is far from over.
Director: Navid Khonsari
“ written by Sam Lake. ” - dsensNWN00
 
16.
Forgotten Realms: Baldur's Gate II - Shadows of Amn (2000 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
In Baldur's Gate 1, the main character, Gorion's ward, discovered the secret of his or her origin. Jon Irenicus, a sadistic secretive powerful mage bent on revenge, captures the ward and his/her party for a diabolical experiment.
 
17.
The Walking Dead: The Game - Season 1 (2012 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
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. (51 mins.)
“ - Telltale's The Walking Dead S01. ” - dsensNWN00
 
18.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl (2007 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
You play as a scavenger suffering from amnesia inside the exclusion zone of a nuclear power plant in the Ukraine which exploded, creating mutants, and weird paranormal activity.
Director: Zach Hanks
“ + Call of Pripyat. ” - dsensNWN00
 
19.
Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow (2004 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Stealth-mission expert Sam Fisher is sent after a terrorist, who leads an operation involving setting up bombs with the smallpox virus on US territory.
“ + Chaos Theory. Not the rubbish it has become. ” - dsensNWN00
 
20.
Red Dead Redemption (2010 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
John Marston, former outlaw, is forced by the federal government to hunt down the members of his old gang.
 
21.
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (2002 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Agent 47, a former high-target hitman for an international contractor, has spent his life hunting world-wide criminals...
“ - Hitman Series.
music by Jesper Kyd. ” - dsensNWN00
 
22.
Neverwinter Nights (2002 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Director: Trent Oster
“ + expansions + NWN2 + expansions. ” - dsensNWN00
 
23.
The Saboteur (2009 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Sean, an Irish racing driver, must help out the French resistance during WWII. The death of his friend Jules, gives him the reason to risk his life.
Director: Trey Watkins
 
24.
Thief: Deadly Shadows (2004 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Mystical order of the Keepers hires master-thief Garrett to find, steal and destroy artifacts that their prophecy describes as keys to releasing an ancient evil. Garrett is about to face his greatest, scariest and deadliest challenge yet.
Director: Warren Spector
“ directed by Warren Spector. ” - dsensNWN00
 
25.
Dishonored (2012 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
The Empress of Gristol is dead by an assassin's hand. Her bodyguard and confidant is framed for the crime, and set to be executed. When he's freed from prison by sympathizers of the rebellion, he's tasked with collapsing the city of Dunwall's aristocracy, by bloodshed or slander.
Director: Harvey Smith
“ + Dishonored 2. ” - dsensNWN00
 
26.
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (2007 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Treasure hunter Nathan Drake, embarks in the adventure of his life searching for the legendary treasure, El Dorado while fighting a group of mercenaries.
Director: Amy Hennig
“ - Uncharted Series. ” - dsensNWN00
 
27.
Risen 3: Titan Lords (2014 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A former pirate captain loses his soul, and must go on a journey to reclaim it.
Director: Michael Rüve
 
28.
Beyond Good & Evil (2003 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
...On the small island civilization of Hillys, the DomZ creatures are a ruthless alien race which have invaded the Hillyan people...
Director: Michel Ancel
“ directed by Michel Ancel.
- bought it, on release. ” - dsensNWN00
 
29.
The Witcher (2007 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
In medieval times, Geralt of Rivia, a member of a fading order of professional monster slayers known as Witchers, is on trail of Salamandra, a secretive crime syndicate that stole dangerous alchemical formulas from Witchers' fort.
“ - Witcher series. ” - dsensNWN00
 
30.
Mass Effect (2007 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
In a technologically advanced future, an elite human soldier takes command of a prototype star ship and works to defend the galaxy from danger.
Director: Casey Hudson
“ - Mass Effect series. ” - dsensNWN00
 
31.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (2011 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
After a shadowy black ops team kidnaps several scientists security manager Adam Jensen was sworn to protect, he must harness the power of his new-found cybernetic augmentations to save their lives.
 
32.
BioShock (2007 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
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: Paul Hellquist
“ - BioShock series. ” - dsensNWN00
 
33.
Gothic II (2002 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  
Rescued from the ruins of the temple of the sleeper, the nameless hero faces another great challenge...
 
34.
No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way (2002 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
At the end of the 60's, Cate Archer is once against called upon to battle the H.A.R.M. organization, which has developed a deadly virus that could allow them to rule the world!
“ - also TRON 2.0. ” - dsensNWN00
 
35.
Dark Messiah of Might and Magic (2006 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Nearly a thousand years ago the Wars of Fire raged across the face of Ashan. Men, Elves, Dwarves, and...
 
36.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.6/10 X  
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
“ + KotoR 2. ” - dsensNWN00
 
37.
Doom³ (2004 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A demonic invasion at Union Aerospace Corporation's Mars Research Facility has left only you and a handful of survivors with the chance to fight your way to safety.
 
38.
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (2004 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Set before the events of "Pitch Black", this game tells the story of how Richard B. Riddick obtained his ability to see in the dark...
Director: Tom Keegan
 
39.
F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon (2005 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
You play an elite commando for a unique covert operations unit hunting for a mysterious fugitive who commands a clone army while mysterious things occur around you.
Director: Craig Hubbard
 
40.
Left 4 Dead 2 (2009 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Four survivors must make their way across the American South while surviving a zombie apocalypse.
Director: Erik Johnson
 
41.
Saints Row: The Third (2011 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
After the Saints have transformed from a small town street gang to pop culture giants, they decide to take over another city called Steelport.
Director: Keith Arem
“ + Saints Row IV. ” - dsensNWN00
 
42.
Far Cry (2004 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
You play a man who finds himself trapped on a mad scientist's private tropical island with ruthless mercenaries and worse.
Director: Cevat Yerli
“ - Far Cry series. ” - dsensNWN00
 
43.
The Settlers: Fourth Edition (2001 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
 
44.
SimCity 3000 (1999 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Get ready for the power trip of a lifetime. You're in charge of building an entire city from the ground up...
“ - also The Sims 3. Also played the heck out of Tropico 1, and godknows what else. ” - dsensNWN00
 
45.
Yakuza 3 (2009 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
Kazuma has built an orphanage on the remote island of Okinawa, which he manages together with his adopted daughter Haruka...
Director: Daisuke Sato
“ - aka Yakuza 3. ” - dsensNWN00
 
46.
Tomb Raider: Underworld (2008 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Lara Croft continues in her search for her long lost mother in the legendary land of Avalon.
 
47.
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (2010 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Loosely based on the classic Chinese novel 'Journey to the West', players are cast as Monkey; a strong, brutish loner who is forced to partner with the tech-savvy yet physically weak Trip on a journey to freedom.
Director: Nina Kristensen
 
48.
Enclave (2002 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The gorge around the enclave starts to "heal" itself. You are asked by the queen to go in search of your ancestors to get them to help the enclave. Destroy the giant evil out-lander fortress.
“ - was not bad, back then. ” - dsensNWN00
 
49.
Colin McRae Rally 3 (2002 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
“ - or something. See also: Gran Turismo 5. ” - dsensNWN00
 
50.
Hidden & Dangerous 2 (2003 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Take command of a special forces Commando unit, carrying out special operations behind enemy lines, across various continents.
Director: Petr Vochozka
“ - didn't age very well. And was a bit wacky to begin with. ” - dsensNWN00
 
51.
“ - play it on hardest difficulty. Greatest masterpiece no one has ever heard of. ” - dsensNWN00
 
52.
Call of Juarez (2006 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Texas, 1882. A place where one wrong glance earns you a bullet in the gut. Where young Billy Candle stands wrongly accused of murder, and his very own Uncle Ray swears a holy oath to hunt him down and deliver justice at the point of a gun.
“ - I think. ” - dsensNWN00
 
53.
Prey (2006 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Cherokee Tommy (Domassi) must rescue his girlfriend and grandfather from the clutches of an Alien spaceship orbiting earth.
Director: Chris Rhinehart
 
54.
Metro 2033 (2010 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Man has fallen, struggling to survive within Moscow's metro. In the face of a new mysterious threat young Artyom must leave his home station for the first time, making a dangerous journey to the legendary Polis to enlist their help.
“ - Metro series. ” - dsensNWN00
 
55.
Ace Attorney (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
This movie is based on the second and fourth cases in the popular video game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney... (135 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ - Ace Attorney 1 for the DS. ” - dsensNWN00
 
56.
Sam & Max Season One (2007 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
The two famous private investigators, Sam and Max, must use their wits to their advantage in order to solve a hypnotism conspiracy.
“ - the whole Telltale Sam & Max. The whole Telltale catalogue, really. ” - dsensNWN00
 
57.
Gun (2005 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Gun takes gamers to the untamed West of the late-1800s where greed, lust and murder are rampant.
 
58.
Ghost Recon (2001 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
“ + expansion packs. ” - dsensNWN00