Here’s EDGE Readers Twenty Best Games Of Our Lifetime


Respected UK gaming publication EDGE has quizzed its readers to find out what they determine to be the best games of our lifetime. As expected there’s an incredible number of critically acclaimed titles in the list ranging from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask to Resident Evil 4. You can see the high-profile games that the readers have voted for, below.

20 – World of Warcraft
19 – Marjoa’s Mask
18 – Vice City
17 – Chrono Trigger
16 – Portal
15 – Red Dead Redemption
14 – Bioshock
13 – Ico
12 – The Last of Us
11- Dark Souls
10 – Super Mario Galaxy
9 – Metal Gear Solid
8 – Shadow of the Colossus
7 – Goldeneye
6 – Halo
5 – RE4
4 – Final Fantasy VII
3 – Half Life 2
2 – Super Mario 64
1 – Ocarina of Time

Thanks, Timmy

87 thoughts on “Here’s EDGE Readers Twenty Best Games Of Our Lifetime”

  1. These lists always show just how underrated the N64 is. Easily the best console of all time imo, Super Mario 64 and OoT were just amazing!

    1. Smash Bros. Brawl should DEFINITELY be in there! But really, its so hard to make a Top 20 games list when there are just so many amazing games out there. If it was my list, I’d add InFamous, Mario Kart: Double Dash, Ratchet & Clank 3 and Twilight Princess in there too!

      1. brawl was considered a disappointment when standing next to melee. Double Dash was and twilight princess were both somewhat meh on the ratings list as well.

        as for the guy saying banjo kazooie, have you played the original??? It was horrible, well not horrible, but ridiculously difficult. I only beat it after I finally downloaded it for an emulator with save states… I consider myself a pretty competent platformer, but that game is ridiculous.

    1. Hey, I’m just wondering; what exactly is a game that YOU would play? Give me some examples, or I just wont be able to evaluate your reliability?


    2. All the games are kiddy? According to Svenson The Last of Us, GoldenEye, RE4 and Vice City are kiddy games. Cap com couldn’t get RE right after RE4.

  2. Seeing GTA5 not in the list I’m actually a bit suprised when the last of us make into the list. I’m glad with 2 Zelda games in the list though.

    1. True about Banjo Kazooie and Tooie. Best plat former in history. Nintendo just showed Rare how to build a plat former and did it better. I also think DK64 should have been in that list. Damn N64 was the best!

      1. your damn right man, banjo kazooie and tooie are the best 3d platformers ever. tooie being a little better. also conker is great too.

  3. There are some things I opinionatedly disagree with this list. Chrono Trigger should have been in top 10. Final Fantasy 4,6,9.12 are all better than 7 anyway. Maybe FF7 has the most fanbases since it introduced many people into jrpgs in the PS1/N64/Saturn era. I can’t blame them.
    Not a bad list, though.

      1. WoW makes more sense in that list than dark souls

        i know many hate WoW for its community but that’s not really the fault of the game
        it’s a pretty good game all things considered.. i didn’t enjoy it but i can see why others do
        and it was extremely influential on top of that

      2. I just wasn’t a huge fan of Galaxy. Don’t get me wrong, I did like the game and it was a solid way to start Mario off on the Wii, but I actually preferred 64 and Sunshine. 64…nuff said. We all know why it’s legendary. Liking Sunshine more than Galaxy may be controversial, but I loved how unique the game was. Adding in F.L.U.D.D. was a genius move on Nintendo’s part

          1. Well, they’re both pretty solid games, that’s for sure. Even so, I would not put either one in my personal top 20 of all time. This list lacked nostalgic games

    1. i agree.. kick dark souls out (it had no right to be in that list x_x) and put shenmue in its place
      sadly shenmue had a very small install base and thus very likely not many people voted for it
      i’m surprised crono trigger made it in there considering it was never released in europe (and terranigma didn’t GRRR)

  4. This does make me remember that Galaxy 1 was taking a more cinematic approach and I don’t think Miyamoto didn’t like that

    oh well this list is nice

  5. not a bad list at all. although I’m sick of oot getting #1 every time. it was great back then, but today compared to other amazing games, it’s alright.

    1. yeah this list is supposed to be a lifetime award.. if you’d just vote for games regarding their advancements in visuals or gameplay it wouldn’t very well be a lifetime award would it?

  6. A very good list. Note what their best game of the last generation (i.e. Wii/Ps3/360) was. Years from now, I think the games that will be most remembered from this generation are the SMG games. There’s no bells or whistles to them, they are excellently designed games that will stand the test of time.

  7. dark souls? really? i can even agree with WoW in this list.. while i didn’t enjoy it one bit i can see its merits and the huge effort that went into designing the game world and gameplay mechanics and how all that affected the game world

    but dark souls one of the best games of our life(!)time? just because it’s hard or why? never!

    1. I think it’s just too hard to ignore those guys. The comments can definitely be funny! Still, we do our best to read all of the knowledgeable comments as well

  8. Alright guys, here’s my top 20! So that one franchise (DBZ) doesn’t dominate, I’ll only have 1 game per series on the list

    1. Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3
    2. Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations
    3. Project Versus Jump! (Not out yet, but I can tell these things…)
    4. Super Smash Bros!
    5. Bakugan Defendors of the Core
    6. Sonic Adventure 2 Battle
    7. Tatsunoko vs Capcom
    8. Star Fox Assault
    9. Custom Robo
    10. Legend of Zelda Wind Waker
    11. Bleach Soul Resurrection
    12. Final Fantasy XIII-2
    13. Pokémon Ruby
    14. Yugioh Tag Force 5
    15. Godzilla Destroy All Monsters
    16. Mario 64
    17. Madden 2004
    18. Ratchet and Clank Deadlocked
    19. Kingdom Hearts II
    20. Jak II

    Of course, with all of the games out there, I probably forgot a few that should have been there. Nontheless, off the top of my head, these are the 20 best games!

      1. Yes, that’s why I limited it to 1 per series. Imagine how badly DBZ, Smash Bros, Sonic, and Naruto would have destroyed the list. Most of the other franchises wouldn’t have been able to land a spot! B)

  9. Goldeneye is on here (which I still love) but not Super Metroid?? It should be in the top ten, if not top five. There are many games on here that do not deserve to be rated higher than SM. If Chrono Trigger is not too old to be on this list, then there is no excuse.

    Vice City and Red Dead Redemption are not nearly as timeless, and The Last of Us is too new to be on such lists. Wait for the hype wnd novelty to wear off first before you can know how good it Really is in the big picture.

  10. no super metroid or super mario 3? what no link to thepast ? come on super metroid and link to the past should be 1 and 2

  11. VII isn’t even the best Final Fantasy, not to mention one of the best games ever made. What a boring, predictable list.

  12. I could agree with almost everything in that list in a different order. But The Last of Us is the most overrated game of all time and shouldn’t be even near the top 20.

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