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The 40 best video games of all time

We wanted to introduce you to the best games ever. But which should we include and which should we omit from this list? In the end, we have compiled 40 titles that boast fun, an original story or both and have influenced the game genre to a certain extent.

So here is our - of course subjective - selection, sorted by date of publication:

1. Tetris (06/06/1984)

Tetris is also known as the mother of all video games. Thanks to the timeless gameplay, the title will never really go out of style. The point is to line up blocks of different shapes so that they form a complete line, which then disappears. Nowadays the game can be played online in numerous variations

2. Super Mario Bros. (11/13/1985)

Probably the most popular jump and run series has created an offshoot with Super Mario Bros. that is still fun for many gamers to this day. He also paved the way not only for other Super Mario titles, but also for the genre itself. Originally released on the Nintendo Entertainment System, old-school fans can still enjoy the title on the Nintendo Classic Mini today.

You can buy the Nintendo Classic Mini from us in the Euronics shop.

3. Metroid (08/06/1986)

As Samus Aran you will find yourself in a world full of aliens. In this 2D action role-playing game, you move around in a relatively open game world, which you can use to gain access to new objects and skills. This progression system was used by many other games after Metroid and ensures that skills and items offer real added value for the player.

4th Street Fighter (08/30/1987)

Street Fighter is a milestone in the Beat’em Up genre. There two fighters compete against each other in order to reduce their energy bars as effectively as possible until a knockout. goes. With Street Fighter, dull button mashing, i.e. pressing as many buttons as possible, can lead to success. Experienced fighters can counter this tactic with ease.

5. The Secret of Monkey Island (October 15, 1990)

The Secret of Monkey Island is another classic that friends of point-and-click adventure games must have played. As Guybrush Threepwood, you reveal the secrets of the Monkey Island. You will come across all sorts of funny characters and a large portion of humor. The graphics are very old-fashioned, but with the special edition you can experience the classic in a new guise.

The special edition is available to buy on Steam.

6. Alone in the Dark (1992)

Alone in the Dark was one of the first survival horror games to hit the shelves. You're on the trail of a crime in a Louisiana mansion. It looks like suicide, but is that the case? During your investigations you come across all sorts of suspicious clues to clear up the situation.

Alone in the Dark is available in the Anthology Edition on Steam.

7. Doom (12/10/1993)

Doom co-founded the first person shooter and relies on tough action. The game doesn't take any prisoners. As a marine you fight against the demons from hell to make the earth a safe place. In 1995 it was the most brutal game the world had ever seen, but by today's standards that is no longer the case.

The original Doom is available on Steam as Ultimate Doom with a few extra levels.

8. Resident Evil (03/22/1996)

Survival horror at its finest awaits you at Resident Evil. Because of a mysterious murder in Raccoon City, a special unit was dispatched, which was driven into a villa by unidentified creatures. As a player, you have the task of finding this unit and finding out what happened to them. Thanks to the dense atmosphere and the constant struggle for survival, Resident Evil still gives goose bumps today.

In the PS4 software pyramid you can secure the classic as an HD remastered.

9. Command & Conquer: Red Alert (11/22/1996)

Command & Conquer is known for its excellent gameplay. Many real-time strategy fans still like to play the classic today. The story is about New Mexico scientists trying to prevent World War II before Hitler comes to power. This happens under the direction of Albert Einstein and with the help of time travel. Another special feature of the game is that all cutscenes were recorded with real actors.

10. Half-Life (11/08/1998)

One of the best first-person shooters to date, comes from Valve and is called Half-Life. With a crisp level of difficulty, fluid gameplay and an oppressive atmosphere, Half-Life does not only convince shooter fans. Friends of the old school are also welcome to take a look at the title.

Half-Life is available on Steam.

11. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (11/21/1998)

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of my all-time favorite games. As a young hero named Link, you set out on a journey to save the world from the villain Ganondorf in this Nintendo 64 classic. In the open game world you will meet a wide variety of characters and locations that bring the game world to life.

12. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (08/31/1999)

Before Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, hardly any gamer had heard of skating games. Still, the title has proven that skating can be a hell of a lot of fun in the virtual world. Use trick combos to skate your way into the highscore lists to earn money and fame. New skaters and levels are unlocked.

13. Age of Empires 2 (09/30/1999)

Age of Empires 2 is a time travel in real time strategy form. In the game you travel through the different eras to unlock better units and buildings. The game offers a single player campaign, whereby the multiplayer part is still actively played today. Real-time strategy fans shouldn't miss this!

Age of Empires 2 is available in the HD version on Steam.

14. Unreal Tournament (11/30/1999)

Unreal Tournament has always stood for lightning-fast multiplayer action. The title offers everything that first-person shooter fans desire: Fast movement, well thought-out maps, various weapons and plenty of game modes. With this timeless formula, Unreal Tournament is still one of the best multiplayer shooters today.

A new edition of Unreal Tournament is currently in development at Epic Games and can be downloaded for free.

15. The Sims (02/04/2000)

Who needs real life when you can play the Sims? In 2000 the life simulation was a huge hit, which also gave me a few hours of gaming fun. The concept is simple: simulate a successful life. The game is both relaxing and entertaining. That is why it is a recommendation for everyone who needs a break from the action-packed everyday life.

16. Diablo 2 (06/29/2000)

Diablo 2 offers the finest hack and slay action. So keep your click fingers ready because you will need them. In addition to the story, the aim is to kill as many opponents as possible in order to get better items. With these items you can then face even tougher opponents. If you have killed the last final boss for the first time, you can go straight to the next higher level of difficulty.

Diablo 2 and the Lord of Destruction expansion are available for purchase in the Blizzard Shop.

17th Counter-Strike (11/08/2000)

One of the most famous and controversial games of all time: Counter-Strike. Again and again it became the center of the killer game debate and has therefore received a lot of criticism. Still, the flawless gameplay remains unaffected. It's one of the best tactical multiplayer shooters ever made. The original Counter-Strike, as well as the modern variant Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, don't do much wrong. The latter has also established itself as an esports discipline. Our guys from Euronics Gaming are on their way to tournaments here with their own team.

You can purchase Counter-Strike on Steam.

18. Gothic (03/15/2001)

Gothic is a role-playing game from Germany, which can inspire the masses with its open game world and the crisp level of difficulty. The huge and lively game world makes Gothic an adventure playground for gamblers who like to explore. If you can overlook the bugs, this is one of the best open-world role-playing games in the world.

You can buy Gothic on Steam.

19. Max Payne (07/23/2001)

Max Payne is the forefather of slow motion action. With this mechanism, the third person shooter is the model for a whole generation of action games. Also not to be underestimated is the charm of Max himself when he jumps into the room in slow motion with his mischievous grin and the guns sing.

20. Halo (11/15/2001)

The Master Chief made a name for himself with Halo on Xbox. The first person shooter takes place in a futuristic scenario. The Master Chief has to save the earth from the alien invasion with the help of his comrades. All sorts of companions such as buggies and tanks are used to make the action a round thing. The multiplayer games are also not to be underestimated!

The Halo is available in the Xbox One Masterchief Collection in our Euronics shop.

21. Warcraft 3 (06/03/2002)

Warcraft 3 is best known for its popularity as an esports title. But the real-time strategy game also has an excellent single-player campaign, which is enhanced by the add-on The Frozen Throne. The hero system in strategy games, which was unique at the time, brought new momentum to the genre and we are still playing hard today.

Warcraft 3 and its add-on are available in the Blizzard Shop.

22nd Battlefield 1942 (09/10/2002)

Battlefield 1942 is still one of the best World War II shooters to this day. Up to 64 players compete against each other in teams and fight to fill key points on the map. Each player can choose a role such as sniper, anti-tank, medic or soldier. There are also numerous vehicles from the Second World War such as tanks and airplanes. All in all, one of the best war simulations.

23. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (07/15/2003)

Good Star Wars games are few and far between, despite the large number, but Knights of the Old Republic, or KotOR, is one of them. In the role-playing game, you have the choice of whether you want to be a Jedi Knight, a Blaster Master or a Master Hacker. You will go on your adventure with a group of up to four people who are controlled by the computer. The fights are turn-based, but can still be action-packed.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is available on Steam.

24. Fable (09/14/2004)

Fable is one of those games that take you into a dreamy world that you enter as a young man and from which you say goodbye as a seasoned warrior. In your career you always have the decision whether you want to do good or whether the evil side comes to the fore. All actions and decisions have an impact on your character and make him a shining hero or a grim villain.

Fable is available to buy on Steam.

25th World of Warcraft (11/23/2004)

Anyone who knows the word "video games" has most likely heard of World of Warcraft. The game was the most played video game in the world for a long time and is still played hard today. In the MMO you can fight against computer bosses together with other players. Or you plunge into player-versus-player battles, which are getting a new coat of paint with the new Battle for Azeroth add-on.

You can purchase World of Warcraft in the Blizzard Shop.

26th Anno 1701 (10/26/2006)

Anno 1701 is one of the best parts of the series, as it can completely convince with setting and gameplay. You start with a ship and drive through archipelagos, from which you choose the best island for your new settlement. As the game progresses, your settlers become more and more needy, which means that you have to acquire new resources that may not even exist on your island. To get this, you can either colonize new islands or establish trade routes.

Anno 1701 is available in our Euronics shop.

27. Portal (10/10/2007)

Portal is a puzzle game from the creators of Half Life. Armed with the so-called portal gun, you puzzle your way through the rooms. The weapon can create an entrance and an exit portal, with which you can teleport yourself or objects. This mechanic is so well used in Portal that it can easily carry the fun over several hours.

Portal is available to buy on Steam.

28. Super Mario Galaxy (11/01/2007)

The Wii offshoot of Super Mario has managed to take the Mario series to a new level. At Galaxy, Mario moves across many small planets that he can travel to as he pleases, always looking for his princess. The story is not surprising, but the gameplay brings out a lot. Thanks to the space setting, there are also some gravity gimmicks on board.

The Nintendo Select Edition of Super Mario Galaxy is available to buy from us in the Euronics shop.

29.Mass Effect (11/16/2007)

The Mass Effect trilogy is impressive by its sheer size. So Commander Shepard you fight your way through the galaxy and wage war against the threatening alien invasion. All three parts build on each other, so that decisions you made in the first part can definitely have an impact on the third part. The action role-playing game is ideal for everyone who likes good stories and role-playing games.

The entire Mass Effect trilogy can be bought from us in the Euronics shop.

30. Uncharted (11/19/2007)

Nathan Drake is always looking for new adventures. He experiences a lot of them in the Uncharted series, always on the trail of old myths and treasures. You could call it the Tomb Raider for Playstation owners. The well-written characters, Hollywood action, good storytelling and outstanding Playstation 3 graphics made Uncharted a superstar of its generation.

The Nathan Drake Collection from Uncharted for the Playstation 4 is available in our Euronics shop.

31. Batman: Arkham Asylum (08/25/2009)

In Arkham Asylum you roam the Asylum as Batman and take on hordes of Joker's henchmen. Above all, the combat system, which allows combos to be strung together seamlessly, was highly praised. This system is considered a model for many current games, in a modified form. But the atmosphere and story also make Arkham Asylum a unique game.

Batman: Arkham Asylum is available on Steam.

32nd League of Legends (October 27, 2009)

League of Legends is another milestone in video game history and has become one of the most popular games in the world. However, the idea does not come from developer Riot Games, but was taken over from the Warcraft 3 map mod Defend of the Ancients and packed in a new guise. The MOBA is about destroying the enemy base in teams of five heroes.

League of Legends is available free of charge from the provider's website.

33. StarCraft 2 (07/27/2010)

When we talk about real-time strategy, we have to talk about StarCraft. To this day, StarCraft 2 is the undisputed king of real-time strategy esports. With three different races that play each other completely different and an almost infinite number of strategies, the game offers enough content to inspire for years to come. The game is so well balanced that fair competitions are not a problem.

StarCraft 2 is available for purchase in the Blizzard Shop.

34. Call of Duty: Black Ops (11/09/2010)

Call of Duty: Black Ops is the beginning of the Black Ops series, which is one of the most fun multiplayer shooters in the world. With fast gameplay and fast deaths, the game speed is so high that it just goes smoothly, no matter whether you win or lose. With customizable weapons and strategies, the game offers a bit of depth in addition to blunt firing. In addition, single players can immerse themselves in the single player campaign to experience a Hollywood-style story.

Call of Duty: Black Ops is available on Steam.

35.Dark Souls (09/22/2011)

Dark Souls founded a whole genre with its appearance. Now known as Souls-Like, it is characterized by the combat system known from Dark Souls and a high level of difficulty. The fun of the game lies in constantly facing new and bigger challenges, which you then finally master after many hours of frustration.

Dark Souls is available in the remastered version on Steam.

36th Bioshock Infinite (03/26/2013)

Bioshock: Infinite takes you to the flying city of Columbia. There the mercenary Booker DeWitt has the order to save Elizabeth. She is a girl with mysterious powers who has been imprisoned since she was a child. The first person shooter throws you into a beautiful, but at the same time terrifying world, in which one likes to be. The exciting story makes the game round and thus one of the best games of all time.

Bioshock: Infinite is available on Steam.

37th Assassin's Creed: Black Flag (October 29, 2013)

Assassin's Creed has seen many locations, but the Caribbean in 1715 is an absolute highlight of the series. In addition to the series-typical game mechanics consisting of combat, sneaking, climbing, hiding and killing, Black Flag introduced sea combat and seafaring for the first time. You can sail peacefully across the seas while your crew sings pirate songs, or you can board merchant ships to get the big booty.This makes Black Flag not only a highlight of the Assassin’s Creed series, but also one of the best games of all time.

Assassin's Creed Black Flag is available to buy on Steam.

38th GTA V (11/17/2013)

GTA games traditionally get better part by part. This makes GTA V not only the best part of the series, but also one of the best games available to buy right now. Anyone who likes Open World is on cloud nine. From shooting to driving, flying, golfing, eating, drinking, visiting the strip club, playing tennis and much more, everything is possible here. You can also enjoy GTA V in single or multiplayer mode.

GTA V is there, along with all available DLCs, on Steam.

39. The Witcher 3 (May 19, 2015)

In The Witcher 3 you play Geralt, a contract monster butcher. With Geralt you move through the huge open play world in search of a child. Fans of fantasy role-playing games should definitely not miss The Witcher 3. With a gripping story, well-written characters and a magical world, the game knows how to convince.

The Witcher 3 is available on Steam.

40 Overwatch (May 24, 2016)

Overwatch is a hero shooter from Blizzard in which six against six players always play. The individual heroes are divided into the classes damage, tank and support, but each individual character plays so unique that you always have a new feel to the game. That's why Overwatch doesn't get boring even after several hours of play.

You can buy Overwatch in the Blizzard Shop.

Our video game leaderboard includes any game that we think is the best in its genre, deserves special recognition, or is a game that has made a lasting impact on the video game world. We are aware that such a list is always subjective, which is why we do not claim to be complete. Should you still miss a title, discuss it with us in the comments!