Everybody has at least one game in their life that changed the way they think about gaming forever. (Heck, sometimes it changes the way they think about the WORLD forever.) Gaming has been home to some of the greatest stories ever told, and home to some of the greatest entertainment experiences ever made. Whether you like to jump into games to experience life through another's eyes, or just want to sit back and forget about the stress of the world, gaming has something for you. Let's take a look at the ten best video games of all time, according to Metacritic.
10 TONY HAWK'S PRO SKATER 3
First up on the list is a part of one of the most beloved video games series of all time: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 was a standout in the series up to that point, being the first iteration of the game to have online capabilities. Online play coupled with the freedom the series was so known for ensured this games place as an instant classic.
9 THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD
The first Zelda game on this list, The Breath Of The Wild is the newest major entry in the Zelda series, and an entry that shook things up for the franchise in a major way.
Breath Of The Wild is one of the most open-ended, do-what-you-want kind of games ever released in such a major way, and was generally met with great praise by critics and players alike.
8 GRAND THEFT AUTO V
One of two Grand Theft Auto titles on this list (and three Rockstar titles), Grand Theft Auto has been a major component of the gaming scene ever since release. Grand Theft Auto V had a long and interesting Story mode, but the real reason people are still playing it today is because of the GTA Online component. Rockstar has been constantly adding new content and iterating upon existing content in GTA Online, giving players new things to do on a regular basis, inside a game-world already jam-packed with a ludicrous amount of content.
7 RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2
Another Rockstar title, Red Dead Redemption 2 is the sequel to the beloved original Red Dead Redemption released in 2010. Red Dead Redemption 2 takes place before the events of the first game and puts a western flair on the usual brand of open-world gameplay that Rockstar has grown accustomed to creating. Beautiful environments, superb acting, and excellent writing elevate this game from the outdated gameplay, making it a must-play for anybody looking for a great narrative experience.
6 SUPER MARIO GALAXY 2
The first Super Mario Galaxy game on this list (yes, they're both on here), Super Mario Galaxy 2 was initially only going to be an updated version of the original Super Mario Galaxy. But, the developers were constantly coming up with new ideas, and eventually, they decided to expand it into a full-fledged sequel. Super Mario Galaxy 2 received just as much critical acclaim as the original, and fans are still eagerly awaiting a third to this day.
5 SUPER MARIO GALAXY
The original Super Mario Galaxy was released in 2007. The gameplay largely hinged upon using gravity in various creative ways to maneuver your way through the level, and fans and critics alike praised the gameplay for being familiar enough to feel at home while still being different enough to make Super Mario Galaxy its own unique game.
As read above, Nintendo would go on to make a sequel shortly after.
Soulcalibur for the Dreamcast was a pivotal point in the world of fighting games, and how they were compared to their arcade counterparts. Soulcalibur was one of the first examples of a console fighting game being superior to the arcade version of the game; combine that with Soulcalibur's revolutionary twist on the fighting game genre, and you have something special on your hands. Soulcalibur's fighters and their techniques revolve around the weapons that the fighter's use; not just the fighters themselves. Each fighter had a weapon that reflected them in some way, and each weapon dictated exactly how that fighter was going to, well, fight. This led to a very unique looking fighting game, especially for its time, and cemented Soulcalibur's place in video game history.
3 GRAND THEFT AUTO IV
The last Rockstar game on this list, Grand Theft Auto IV was as special for its time as the next game in the franchise, Grand Theft Auto V, was for its own time. Grand Theft Auto IV may not look particularly special in retrospect, but for the time it was released, it was a marvel. Similarly to more recent Rockstar titles, it was somewhat mired by it's (even then) dated gameplay systems, but a truly fantastic story and memorable characters elevated the experience to something that lives on.
2 TONY HAWK'S PRO SKATER 2
Almost there. The last of the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series on this list, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 is a true classic. Iterating upon the original with improvements to the gameplay, bigger and more interesting levels, and a much bigger trick catalog, Pro Skater 2 was an unforgettable game for any who played it when it was it's prime. One of the greatest new features included in this version was the level editor, allowing players to create their own levels to play in.
1 THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: OCARINA OF TIME
We've made it. The most critically acclaimed game of all time: The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time. The fourth (out of ten!) Nintendo game to appear on this list, Ocarina Of Time was released for the Nintendo 64 in 1998. For its time, this entry in The Legend Of Zelda series was an incomprehensible masterpiece, with a world crafted with meticulous detail, a story taking you to incredible places, and gameplay that changed the series forever.