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When it comes to choosing the best games, it’s different from choosing the best movie, song, album or TV show. People usually have a hard time picking their favorites in those categories, often resorting to giving a top five or top ten instead. However, when it comes to games, it’s much more likely that they will have one specific title in mind. Games have a personal and memorable impact on people, whether it’s from the story they’re experiencing or the impressive technology they’re getting hands-on with. GQ asked over 300 gaming experts, including developers, scriptwriters, journalists and gaming actors, to pick their best games of all time, resulting in a top 100 list. The top ten games on the list are presented below, with some surprising titles missing out on the top spots, such as Red Dead Redemption II and Grand Theft Auto V.
Half-Life 2 (2004):
Valve Corporation made the game Half-Life 2, which is a first-person shooter. Players take on the role of physicist Gordon Freeman in a dystopian future. The game has some interesting ways to play, like the Gravity Gun, which lets players move things around. Reviewers praised half-Life 2 for its immersive stories, impressive graphics, and new ways to play.
Dark Souls (2011):
FromSoftware made Dark Souls, which is an action role-playing game. Dark Souls has a strong fan base because of how hard it is to play, how atmospheric the world is, and how much backstory it has. Players move through a dark fantasy world full of dangerous enemies and explore linked environments. The series has become known for how hard the game is and how rewarding the combat system is.
Portal II (2011):
Portal 2 is a puzzle-platform game made by Valve Corporation. It is a sequel to the first Portal game. Players take control of Chell, who must use the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device to solve difficult puzzles. The game adds new features, such as gels that change the way surfaces work. People liked Portal 2’s tricky puzzles, funny writing, and cooperative multiplayer mode.
Metal Gear Solid (1998):
Metal Gear Solid is an action-stealth game made by Konami. It follows a special forces agent named Solid Snake as he sneaks into a nuclear weapons facility. It was the first game in the stealth genre and the first to tell a story like a movie. Metal Gear Solid is known for having a story with a lot of twists and turns, memorable characters, and gameplay mechanics that require strategy.
Mass Effect 2 (2010):
Mass Effect 2 is an action role-playing game made by BioWare. It is the second game in the Mass Effect series. The player takes on the role of Commander Shepard, who has to save the galaxy from a threat called the Collectors by putting together a team. The game has a branching storyline, so players can make decisions that change the story and how characters interact with each other. Critics praised Mass Effect 2 for having deep characters, an interesting story, and player choices that mattered.
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (2015):
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt is an open-world action role-playing game made by CD Projekt Red. It is based on the books by Andrzej Sapkowski. Players take control of monster hunter Geralt of Rivia in a huge and beautiful world. The game has a story that doesn’t go in a straight line, morally ambiguous choices, and a world with lots of details. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt got a lot of praise for its interesting quests, immersive stories, and large game world.
Bloodborne is an action role-playing game made by FromSoftware. It takes place in a dark, Lovecraftian world. Players move through the city of Yharnam, which is full of weird creatures and nightmare-like scenery. Bloodborne is known for its difficult combat and dark setting. It also has a unique mix of exploration and intense action. People liked the game for its complex level design, deep story, and fun gameplay.
Alexey Pajitnov made the puzzle game Tetris, which is now a classic. The goal is to line up falling blocks of different shapes to make lines that disappear when they are all connected. Tetris became one of the most popular and long-lasting video games ever because it was easy to learn and fun to play. It has been released on many different platforms, and players all over the world still enjoy it.
The Last of Us (2013):
Naughty Dog made the action-adventure game The Last of Us. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where infected humans have taken over. The player takes control of a smuggler named Joel, who has to take a young girl named