The Greatest Action Video Games of All Time

by nightmuffin937 | created - 21 Oct 2017 | updated - 21 Oct 2017 | Public

My List of The Greatest Action Video Games of All Time. One game per franchise

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1. Metal Gear Solid (1998 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

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: 9,475

2. Max Payne (2001 Video Game)

M | Action, Crime, Drama

A troubled NYPD cop is framed for murder and finds himself being hunted by the police, the mob, and a ruthless corporation.

Stars: James McCaffrey, Haviland Morris, Chris Phillips, Jane Gennaro

Votes: 11,697

3. Doom (2016 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Horror

On Mars, a massive research facility tapping energy from hell has been overwhelmed by demonic forces. As the last DOOM Marine, you have been resurrected to do one thing; to cleanse this world and send them back to where they came from.

Directors: Jerry Keehan, Marty Stratton, Tim Willits | Stars: Darin De Paul, Kevin Schon, Abby Craden, Bumper Robinson

Votes: 2,500

4. Ninja Gaiden II (2008 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

Ryu Hayabusa hunts down the Greater Fiends who threaten to destroy the world by unleashing the Archfiend.

Directors: Katsunori Ehara, Tomonobu Itagaki, Hiroaki Matsui | Stars: Josh Keaton, Kari Wahlgren, Keone Young, Neil Kaplan

Votes: 320

5. 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: 9,410

6. Perfect Dark (2000 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A female spy named Joanna Dark who received the highest grade ever from her spy training at Carrington Institute is sent to rescue a Doctor Caroll who sent a distress call to Carrington a few days before.

Director: Martin Hollis | Stars: Eveline Fischer, Chris Sutherland, Chris Seavor, John Silke

Votes: 1,234

7. Resident Evil 4 (2005 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

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: 8,942

8. 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: 16,123

9. Final Fantasy VII (1997 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A former soldier from an evil company joins a mercenary clan to fight the company he once served.

Directors: Yoshinori Kitase, Yasushi Matsumura, Masato Yagi | Star: Karen Strassman

Votes: 7,899

10. Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010 Video Game)

M | Action, Mystery, Thriller

Former Marine Captain and CIA operative Alex Mason, upon interrogation by an unknown party, recounts his violent experiences with the Bay of Pigs, a radical Soviet conspiracy, and the Vietnam war.

Director: Dave Anthony | Stars: James C. Burns, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Ice Cube, Ed Harris

Votes: 14,533

11. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend (2006 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Crime

Lara goes in search of an artifact, but instead, is thrown into the search of another artifact and she is pitted against a rival Tomb Raider and someone she thought was long dead.

Stars: Keeley Hawes, Alex Désert, Greg Ellis, Alan Shearman

Votes: 1,822

12. Gears of War 3 (2011 Video Game)

M | Action, Sci-Fi

With survivors scattered and civilization in ruins, time is running out for Delta Squad in the spectacular conclusion to one of the most celebrated sagas in video games.

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

Votes: 3,551

13. Red Dead Redemption (2010 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

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

Stars: Rob Wiethoff, Josh Blaylock, Sophia Marzocchi, Spider Madison

Votes: 18,498

14. GoldenEye 007 (1997 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Thriller

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: 4,527

15. Killzone 2 (2009 Video Game)

M | Action, Sci-Fi, War

Two years after the Helghast assault on Vekta, the ISA launched an assault on the enemy's home world of Helghan. The ISA goal is to capture the Helghast leader, Emperor Visari, and bring the Helghast war machine to a halt.

Directors: Mathijs de Jonge, Jonathan Kray | Stars: Demetri Goritsas, Charles Everett, Ryan McCluskey, Noah Lee Margetts

Votes: 1,618

16. Grand Theft Auto V (2013 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Three very different criminals team up for a series of heists in the corrupt city of Los Santos.

Stars: Shawn Fonteno, Ned Luke, Steven Ogg, Gerald 'Slink' Johnson

Votes: 39,874

17. Half-Life 2 (2004 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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: 12,977

18. Darkwatch: Curse of the West (2005 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A vampiric frontiersman sets out on a path of violence against evil forces that plague the old west.

Stars: Jennifer Hale, Rose McGowan, Michael Bell, Keith Szarabajka

Votes: 168

19. Batman: Arkham City (2011 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Crime

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: 22,767

20. Syphon Filter 2 (2000 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Mystery

The sequel to Syphon Filter takes place right after the first one, the Agency has apparently betrayed Gabe Logan and framed him for the Khazakstani ICBM missile launch containing the Syphon... See full summary »

Stars: John Chacon, Zoe Galvez, Shannon Tilton, Peter Kepler

Votes: 450

21. Super Metroid (1994 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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

Director: Yoshio Sakamoto | Star: Dan Owsen

Votes: 1,347

22. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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: 3,812

23. Super C (1988 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

One year after the events of Contra, the aliens return and invade an allied base. Bill and Lance are not only fighting their mortal enemy Red Falcon, they must now face off against their former comrades.

Director: Hideyuki Tsujimoto

Votes: 147

24. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (2010 Video Game)

M | Action, Thriller, War

Bravo 2 are back, and are wanting to go home more than ever.

Directors: Patrick Bach, Tobias Falk, Lars Gustavsson | Stars: David Menkin, Bruce Johnson, Nigel Whitmey, Richard Lynson

Votes: 3,029

25. Stranglehold (2007 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

A third-person video game set in Hong Kong and Chicago where a tough cop battles the mob.

Directors: John Woo, Martin Stoltz | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Rio Ahn, Henry Milton Chu, Jeremy Dunn

Votes: 1,626

26. TimeSplitters 2 (2002 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Comedy

In 2401, humanity is at war with relentless aliens, TimeSplitters. Space marines Cortez and Hart travel through time to stop the aliens in various spots, including Wild West, zombie-infested Gothic church and Blade Runner-esque future.

Directors: David Doak, Stephen Ellis | Stars: Tom Clarke Hill, Anna Burford, Kevin Clarke, Imme Dahlberg

Votes: 620

27. Cuphead (2017 Video Game)

E | Animation, Action, Adventure

An anthropomorphic cup embarks on a journey and fights a series of bosses to repay a debt to the devil.

Directors: Chad Moldenhauer, Jared Moldenhauer | Stars: Luke de Ayora, Denise Hatton, Alana Bridgewater

Votes: 628

28. Strider (2014 Video Game)

Action

Help Strider (Hiryu) end the Grandmaster Meio's invasion in this fun and adventurous game.

Director: Lani Minella | Stars: Moriah Angeline, John Bautista, Marc Biagi, Erik Braa

Votes: 62

29. Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (1989 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

In this prequel to Castlevania (1986), Simon Belmont's ancestor Trevor Belmont takes up the cause of defeating Dracula with the help of three others, including Dracula's own son, Alucard.

Director: Hitoshi Akamatsu

Votes: 357

30. Dead Rising 2: Off the Record (2011 Video Game)

M | Action, Comedy, Horror

The entire game is a "What If?" scenario where Frank West covered the Fortune City outbreak, instead of Chuck Greene. After surviving the Dead Rising zombie outbreak, Frank West quickly ... See full summary »

Directors: Yoshinori Kawano, Alistair Abell | Stars: Terence J. Rotolo, Robyn Ross, Benita Ha, Daren A. Herbert

Votes: 325

31. Freedom Fighters (2003 Video Game)

Action

In an alternate present, a vigilante named Chris Stone works to return New York City to its people as the Soviet Union continue their conquest for global rule.

Stars: David Thomas, Drew Massey, Henry Dittman, Brigitte Burdine

Votes: 483

32. Urban Chaos: Riot Response (2006 Video Game)

R | Action

Nick Mason, a elite police officer that has the job of clearing crazy rioters of the streets of New York City.

Stars: Tom Clarke Hill, Noah Lee Margetts, Eric Meyers, William Roberts

Votes: 80

33. Time Crisis (1995 Video Game)

T | Action, Thriller

The daughter of the president of Sercia, Rachel McPherson has been kidnapped by Sherudo Garo, who demands reinstatement for ruler for life in exchange for Rachel's life. VSSE sent the "... See full summary »

Stars: Ramsay Scott, Michael Guinn, Lynn Harris

Votes: 174

34. Gunstar Heroes (1993 Video Game)

Not Rated | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Futuristic action adventure set on another planet.

Votes: 117

35. Metal Slug 3 (2000 Video Game)

T | Action

After peace is returning to the world, the 4 main characters of the PF SPARROWS squad are sent to combat different areas of the planet. However, little do they know that a returning threat is now on the cusp of taking over the world.

Votes: 268

36. Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven (2003 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

After Lord Mei-Oh was defeated, Rikimaru return to protect Three Jewels from Tenrai, an evil wizard.

Stars: Daniel Dae Kim, Quinton Flynn, Cam Clarke, Michelle Krusiec

Votes: 98

37. Jackie Chan Stuntmaster (2000 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Jackie works for his grandfather's courier service. After his grandfather is kidnapped along with a package by henchmen, working for an unknown boss, Jackie has to journey to areas of the city to find his grandfather and the package.

Stars: Jackie Chan, Paul Dobson, Kirby Morrow, Richard Side

Votes: 134

38. Wet (2009 Video Game)

M | Action

Rubi is a problem solver. She fixes problems. She's good at it. But when she agrees to fix a wealthy man's problem by finding and bringing back his wayward son, she thinks it's all going to... See full synopsis »

Director: Antoine Charreyron | Stars: Eliza Dushku, Alan Cumming, Malcolm McDowell, Ron Yuan

Votes: 333

39. Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction (2005 Video Game)

T | Action, Crime, War

Korea has become a war zone when the president is assumed dead and Song, a ruthless dictator, takes over. Suddenly, the Allied Nations, China, the Russian Mafia, and South Korea are all engaged in the war.

Director: Cameron Brown | Stars: Peter Stormare, Jennifer Hale, Phil LaMarr, Amy Lee

Votes: 515

40. Dead to Rights (2002 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

Grant City, the ardest place on earth. You are Jack Slate, a hard nosed K-9 cop, reports to normal duty call at a construction yard, only to find out that his father has been murdered. He ... See full summary »

Directors: Andre Emerson, Michael P. Kennedy | Stars: Chris Bruno, Patrick Dollaghan, Rebecca Riedy, Steve Susskind

Votes: 169



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