These days, there are so many great games being released across a multitude of platforms, that it seems nearly impossible to stay up to date on what’s currently popular. Unless, of course, you put your video gaming priorities above all other forms of entertainment.
Sure, there are a lot of great movies to see and Netflix shows to binge-watch, but nothing quite engages a participant like an amazing video game. After all, a movie will keep playing even when you’re not watching it. But a video game requires you to be engaged if the story is ever going to advance further -- which is no doubt why video gaming is quickly becoming the highest-grossing form of entertainment around the world.
The downside of this is that being a gamer isn’t exactly cheap. Consoles alone are hundreds of dollars, and the average video game costs about 60 bucks. So ironically, just when you’re old enough to have the extra money to indulge in gaming, you’ll probably find your life overflowing with adult responsibilities.
So whether you’ve been gaming since at-home consoles were first released or you're new to the gaming world, let’s find out how refined your tastes are by hypothetically passing or playing on these popular titles.
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1The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Released on March 3rd of last year, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was one of the best-reviewed games of 2017, as well as one of the greatest installment of the Zelda franchise. To date, the game has sold around 7 million copies.
First released in 2004 for the Xbox and Microsoft Windows, this second installment of the Halo series outdid its predecessor in nearly every way imaginable. While the storyline was still solid, online play in Halo 2 is where it was at.
3Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
2011’s Skyrim really brought The Elder Scrolls series into the mainstream. The game is set 200 years after the previous installment and requires the player to go on and defeat the dragon Alduin, who is on a quest to destroy the world.
4Super Mario World
Often ranked the greatest Mario game of all time, Super Mario World was released for the SNES back in 1990. It is the first game to introduce Mario’s animal sidekick Yoshi, and as a whole, Super Mario World has held up outstandingly well over the last 27 years.
5Call of Duty: WWII
After focusing solely on modern and future warfare for nearly a decade, the Call of Duty franchise finally returned to their World War II roots with there 2017 installment. While online play was still the primary attraction of the game, the story-mode allowed players to partake in Operation Overlord.
Released in September of last year for a plethora of consoles, NBA 2K18 is the 19th installment of the franchise which went on to receive mostly positive reviews. But whether you would pass or play really depends on if you’re into sport-based video games.
7Pokemon Red and Blue
The game that started it all, Pokemon Red and Blue was the first installment of the Pokemon gaming franchise which was originally released in 1996 for the Game Boy. So was this your game growing up? Or was it a little before your time?
8Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
There have been a number of Uncharted games released since, but few have received such critical acclaim as the second installment in the series, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. In fact, Uncharted 2 even won Game of the Year for 2009.
9Grand Theft Auto V
Thanks to its impressively large modding community, Grand Theft Auto V still has a noteable number of players in its online community despite being released back in 2015. But are you just as excited about wreaking havoc around San Andreas as so many others?
10Horizon Zero Dawn
Released earlier last year for the PlayStation 4, Horizon Zero Dawn centers on the female protagonist of Aloy, who uses a plethora of ranged weapons to defeat the gigantic machines that have overrun her world. It went on to win the award for Best Original Game of the Year.
There have been two more installment of the Souls series released since, but while they have been just as enjoyable, they couldn’t quite live up to what a game-changing installment the original Dark Souls was. So do you like playing games that aren’t afraid to punish their players?
12Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
If you’re a fan of the Assassin’s Creed series, it’s hard to pick out which game stands above the rest. But by and large, the 2013 installment Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is often near the top of many players’ lists.
One of the most underrated video games of all time, 2012’s Journey received critical acclaim and won a number of accolades, yet didn’t sell nearly as many copies as it should have. The game has a beautifully simplistic story, which boils the adventure game format down to its bare bones.
Though first-person shooters have certainly come a long way since, the 1997 game GoldenEye 007 played an important role in the genre's development. The game was released for Nintendo 64 and had a campaign mode in addition to a split-screen death-match option you could enjoy with friends.
Released in 2016 for PS4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows, Overwatch is an online FPS game that allows players to pick from a roster of 20 characters and then go head-to-head with a team of six players apiece. Overwatch has a massive online community that has only continued to grow.
16Red Dead Redemption
After the release of 2004’s Red Dead Redemption, it was clear that Rockstar Games could turn out more than just Grand Theft Auto installment. Despite the game winning a number of accolades, they have yet to turn out another installment to the franchise — which will finally change this year.
This long-awaited sequel to the renowned 1998 game, Half-Life 2 was released in 2004 for and follows the main character, Gordon Freeman, who awakens to find that his world has been overrun by aliens. The film went on to win Game of the Decade at the Spike Awards.
18World of Warcraft
Released in 2004 for Microsoft and Mac, World of Warcraft is the fourth installment of the Warcraft franchise, which went on to spawn an online gaming revolution. Even now the game still maintains a passionately following, with an estimated 100 million collective players since the game’s release.
19The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Though the graphics may not hold up today, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is still regarded as one of the greatest — if not the greatest — video games ever made. So have you had the pleasure of playing/ revisiting this classic?
20Super Mario Odyssey
Mario has been on top of the gaming world for decades, and that trend continued with last year’s installment for the Nintendo Switch. Super Mario Odyssey introduced an inventive new concept, which allowed Mario to take control of other objects and characters thanks to his magical cap.
21Resident Evil 4
Easily the best game in the franchise, Resident Evil 4 was first released back in 2005. The game follows government agent Leon Kennedy, who is sent on a mission to rescue the President’s daughter. Of course, a bizarre cult of evil-doers and deranged undead are standing in his way.
22Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
If you’re a fan of stealth gameplay, then you have definitely played a Metal Gear Solid game in your lifetime. This latest installment, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, was released in 2015 and is set 10 years before the events of the first game in the series.
While most games feature their fair share of puzzles, the Portal games are for those who specifically like a mental challenge. This 2011 sequel greatly expanded on the concepts of the original installment, which made for an all-around more enjoyable and challenging experience.
24Donkey Kong Country
Before the release of this 1994 platform game, the character of Donkey Kong was originally an antagonist rather than one of Nintendo’s most notable heroes. So do you have fond memories of playing this game on your SNES or Game Boy?
Those who are fond of the Dark Souls series have no doubt picked up a copy of Bloodborne — another game developed by FromSoftware that revels in punishing its players. While the game may have a large following, it is renowned amongst hardcore gamers.
Originally released in 2012 for Windows and MacOS, Diablo III is a role-playing dungeon crawler that allows the player to choose from seven different classes of characters. Upon its release, the game set a record for fastest-selling PC game in 24 hours.
Drawing inspiration from dystopian sci-fi classics like 1984 and Brave New World, this 2007 FPS was greeted with critical acclaim upon its debut. The gameplay follows its protagonist as he arrives in the underwater city of Rapture, which is overrun with deranged and murderous inhabitants.
Looking for a game that you can play while sitting on the toilet? Look no further than Temple Run, one of the most-downloaded free mobile games of all time. While the gameplay is easy to understand, that far from makes it easy to master.
29Batman: Arkham City
Released back in 2011, Batman: Arkham City is the second installment of the Arkham series which picks up after the events of 2009’s Batman: Arkham Asylum. Unlike plenty of comic book games that are often a disappointment, Arkham City received near-perfect reviews from every gaming outlet.
30The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Based on the fantasy novels of the same name, this third installment of the Witcher series was released in 2015 for the PS4, Xbox One, and Windows. The story follows Geralt of Rivia, who is in search of his adoptive daughter in a world overrun with evil forces.
31Madden NFL 18
Football season may be over for a while, but if you’re looking to get your fix of America’s favorite sport, then look no further than Madden NFL 18. The game was released in the summer of last year for PS4 and Xbox One and successfully implemented a story mode.
While online gameplay used to be a supplemental feature to most first-person shooters, gaming developers have long since released that this mode is the primary attraction for many. Hence why Destiny 2 forgoes an overlong story in favor of online-only play.
33Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Call of Duty has long been the franchise that has dominated the warfare-based FPS. But for those looking to mix things up a little bit, both the Battlefield and Tom Clancy games offer a slightly different approach to a beloved genre. So would you pick up Ghost Recon: Wildlands?
34Final Fantasy VII
The seventh installment of the main Final Fantasy main is often ranked amongst one of the franchise’s best games. Of course, the 20-year-old graphics are long out of date — which made many excited to know that a revamped version is in the works for the PlayStation 4.
Those who enjoy navigating their way through a post-apocalyptic landscape have no doubt picked up a Fallout game or two on their lifetime. This third installment was a game-changer to the series, which implemented real-time battle and 3D graphics which weren’t present in the ‘90s games.
36Silent Hill 2
There have been plenty of Silent Hill games turned out since this franchise first launched in 1999, but none have been as well-received as the 2001 sequel. The game doesn’t just have enjoyable gameplay — but its ability to prey on the player’s fears also makes it downright terrifying.
37The Last of Us
You know you’ve just played a great game when the ending makes you cry -- which is exactly the case with this 2013 game. The Last of Us will get you so wrapped up in the character’s lives, that you almost forget you’re playing a game at all.
38Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
If you can’t invest hours in a game’s story mode, then you may find yourself favoring games more like Guitar Hero III, which will give you a quick fix of entertainment, improve your hand-eye coordination, and give you something awesome to listen to in the process.
39Candy Crush Saga
One of the most-popular mobile games of all time, Candy Crush Saga was originally released back in 2012. While the game can be played for free, the game has made hundreds of millions of dollars off of players simply buying upgrades to push their progress beyond their friends.
40Star Wars Battlefront II
Maybe one Star Wars movie a year still isn’t enough for you, and you’ve had to turn to their various video game franchises to get your sci-fi fix. So would you enjoy playing this 2015 release — which also served as a reboot to the 2005 installment?