IGN’s Top 100 games list encompasses the best of the best throughout history, spanning generations of consoles, PCs, handhelds, and more. Our list last saw a major update back in 2019, and since then, there have been several games released that deserved to be added. And just as importantly, we looked at the totality of the top 100 as it stood, and asked ourselves a few key questions, leading to some beloved games being dropped off, and other games we previously missed being added to the ranking.
Games added to our top 100 have to measure up to a few key metrics: how great a game it was when it launched, how fun it is to still play today, and how much any given game reflects the best in its class. While past versions of this list have put a big emphasis on a game’s impact and influence, we’ve essentially taken that out of the equation, as many games that left a mark and inspired future developers may not stand the test of time and be all that fun to play right now. Or, quite simply, they may have been surpassed by other games.
You can head to IGN to check out the full list in exhaustive detail, and we encourage you to check it all out for more context. With all of that said, IGN’s list reflects the current staff’s opinions of what are the 100 best games of all time – a collection of games that have continued to captivate us with their stories, wow us with their revelatory approach to game design, and set the standards for the rest of the industry. Here are the top 10 of that list.