Video Games to Play Before You Die.

by nick-gillam | created - 05 Oct 2012 | updated - 07 Jan 2013 | Public
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1. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Thriller

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: 16,803

2. Minecraft (2009 Video Game)

E10+ | Adventure, Fantasy

Welcome to the world of minecraft, you can build, brew potions, enchant your armor and tools, adventure other biomes. Visit the nether, or even defeat the enderdragon in the end.

Votes: 3,904

3. Grand Theft Auto IV (2008 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Comedy

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.

Stars: Michael Hollick, Jason Zumwalt, Timothy Adams, Moti Margolin

Votes: 26,283

4. Halo 3 (2007 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Mystery

Master Chief and the Arbiter must join together to attack the Covenant and destroy the Flood.

Stars: Tim Dadabo, Keith David, Steve Downes, Jen Taylor

Votes: 8,904

5. Assassin's Creed II (2009 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, History

Desmond Miles is trained to become a modern-day Assassin through the resurrected memories of ancestor Ezio Auditore da Firenze, who uncovers a massive Templar conspiracy in Renaissance Italy leading to the new Pope.

Directors: Sylvain Bernard, Patrice Désilets, Shea Wageman | Stars: Roger Craig Smith, Kristen Bell, Nolan North, Fred Tatasciore

Votes: 15,937

6. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (2010 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, History

Desmond Miles continues to travel the memories of Ezio Auditore, bringing him to turn-of-the-century Rome with Ezio rebuilding the assassin order to bring down the tyrannical Borgia rule.

Director: Sylvain Bernard | Stars: Roger Craig Smith, Kristen Bell, Nolan North, Fred Tatasciore

Votes: 10,694

7. Halo (2001 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Mystery

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: 8,278

8. The Sims 3 (2009 Video Game)

T | Comedy, Romance

In the Sims 1 & 2 you were in your house all day. But now, you can step out of your neighborhood for the first time ever in The Sims 3.

Director: Will Wright | Stars: Khary Payton, Elisa Gabrielli, Georgie Kidder, William Salyers

Votes: 1,639

9. Mass Effect 2 (2010 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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: 15,088

10. Star Wars: Republic Commando (2005 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

You play a Republic clone commando who leads an elite strike team in the Clone Wars.

Director: Tim Longo | Stars: Temuera Morrison, Andrew Chaikin, Raphael Sbarge, Jonathan David Cook

Votes: 1,171

11. Halo 2 (2004 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Mystery

Master Chief must defend Earth from invading Covenant forces.

Stars: Dee Bradley Baker, Julie Benz, Hamilton Camp, Tim Dadabo

Votes: 6,765

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

M | Action, Adventure, Thriller

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: 2,192

13. Mass Effect (2007 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Mystery

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 | Stars: Steven Barr, Kimberly Brooks, Keith David, Seth Green

Votes: 13,763

14. Star Wars: Battlefront II (2005 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Play as the foot soldier of the galaxy's greatest factions and wage war across countless planets.

Director: Eric 'Giz' Gewirtz | Stars: Bob Bergen, Christina Rumbley, Corey Burton, David Boat

Votes: 4,756

15. Star Wars: Empire at War (2006 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The game is set before the Battle of Yavin, while the Empire is still constructing the Death Star. The campaign goes through the events before this, on both the Rebel and Imperial side.

Director: Ted Morris | Stars: Edmund Dehn, Wayne Grace, Timothy Watson, Nick Jameson

Votes: 605

16. Assassin's Creed (2007 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, History

A man enters a machine called the Animus that lets him relive the memories of his ancestor, a 12th century assassin named Altair.

Director: Patrice Désilets | Stars: Kristen Bell, Philip Shahbaz, Nolan North, Phil Proctor

Votes: 13,998

17. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, War

A massacre at a Russian airport leads to a war between Russia and the United States. Meanwhile, a Task Force is sent to find the perpetrators and bring the bloodshed to an end.

Director: Jason West | Stars: Lance Henriksen, Keith David, Barry Pepper, Kevin McKidd

Votes: 17,321

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

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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: 14,601

19. Gears of War (2006 Video Game)

M | Action, Sci-Fi

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: 7,049

20. Splinter Cell: Conviction (2010 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

Following Sam Fisher's stint as a double agent, Fisher returns out of hiding having learned that his daughter's death was no accident. Betrayed by the agency he gave his life to, Fisher now... See full summary »

Directors: Sean Stanek, Maxime Beland, David Chateauneuf | Stars: Michael Ironside, Lynne Adams, Tyrone Benskin, Claudia Besso

Votes: 2,329

22. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2008 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Drama

Darth Vader's secret apprentice, codenamed Starkiller, is trained in the Dark Side to defeat the enemies of the Empire, but must find his own path when his master betrays him.

Directors: Haden Blackman, Steve Stamatiadis, Darragh O'Farrell, Martin Stoltz | Stars: Sam Witwer, Nathalie Cox, Cully Fredricksen, David W. Collins

Votes: 5,240

23. Battlefield 2 (2005 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, War

Set during modern wartime a group soldiers must stick together to survive

Stars: Brian Bloom, Joe Hanna, Lina Hayek, Aidan Marus

Votes: 1,164

24. Civilization IV (2005 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Adventure

Fourth installment in the turn-based strategy series Civilization, adding new tools to manage and expand your civilization, all-new easy to use mod capabilities and intense multiplayer modes and options.

Stars: Leonard Nimoy, Sid Meier

Votes: 1,173

25. Poketto Monsutâ Faiareddo (2004 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Family

A new Pokemon trainer must capture all new Pokemon.

Directors: Junichi Masuda, Satoshi Tajiri

Votes: 691

26. Poketto Monsutâ Rîfugurîn (2004 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Family

A Pokémon trainer adventures through the Kanto Region to achieve their destiny of becoming a Pokemon Champion.

Directors: Junichi Masuda, Satoshi Tajiri

Votes: 505

27. Poketto Monsutâ Emerarudo (2004 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Family

The Story Continues ... Pokemon Emerald is storming onto the Gameboy Advance with a vengeance. The third adventure to take place in the Hoenn region, Pokemon Emerald features all-new areas ... See full summary »

Director: Shigeki Morimoto

Votes: 642

28. Mafia II (2010 Video Game)

M | Action, Crime, Drama

The chronicles of Vito Scalletta, a young Italian immigrant who joins the Italian mafia, but soon gets in over his head when illegal drug dealing and deception take place.

Stars: Rick Pasqualone, Robert Costanzo, Ray Iannicelli, Roger Rose

Votes: 6,796

29. Grand Theft Auto III (2001 Video Game)

M | Action, Comedy, Crime

A young bank robber escapes from police custody and works his way up through the mafia ladder of crime-ridden Liberty City, USA.

Stars: Frank Vincent, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Madsen, Michael Rapaport

Votes: 11,423

30. Far Cry 3 (2012 Video Game)

M | Action, Thriller

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: 11,956