Best Video Game Releases Since 1990

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1. The Secret of Monkey Island (1990 Video Game)

E | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Young pirate wanna-be Guybrush Threepwood sets out to pass the Three Trials, woo the governess Elaine Marley, reach the fabled Monkey Island and vanquish the nefarious ghost pirate LeChuck.

Directors: Craig Derrick, Ron Gilbert | Stars: Dominic Armato, Earl Boen, Alexandra Boyd, Leilani Jones

Votes: 2,630


Honorable mention: Super Mario World (7.75/10)

2. Out of this World (1991 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A freak laboratory accident transports scientist Lester Knight Chaykin to a brutal alien world, where he must work together with a strange ally to survive.

Director: Eric Chahi | Stars: Montana Loran, Andrew Polk

Votes: 412


Honorable mentions: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (7.25/10) Captain Commando (7/10)

3. Mega Man 5 (1992 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Family

Proto Man, Mega Man's "brother," becomes the prime suspect of an attack involving eight robot masters. It's now up to Mega Man to get to the bottom of the Proto Man's sudden aggression.

Director: Ichirou Mihara

Votes: 397


Honorable mention: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (7/10)

4. Mega Man X (1993 Video Game)

Not Rated | Action, Adventure, Family

In the year 21XX, a century-old capsule is unearthed containing the first Reploid: Mega Man X -- a robot able to think for himself. But after a new age of Reploids begins, the powerful Sigma goes Maverick and forms an army of evil Reploids.

Stars: Stephen Chang, Megumi Ogata

Votes: 655


Honorable mentions: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (9/10) Doom (8.25/10) SimCity 2000 (7.25/10) Kirby's Adventure (7/10) Mortal Kombat II (7/10)

5. Super Metroid (1994 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Family

Samus Aran returns to the brooding planet Zebes to recover the last metroid from the Space Pirates.

Director: Yoshio Sakamoto | Stars: Kenji Yamamoto, Dan Owsen

Votes: 1,551


Honorable mentions: Earthbound (9.5/10) Mega Man X2 (9/10) Final Fantasy VI (8.75/10) Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (7.25/10) Donkey Kong Country (7/10)

6. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Family

When the Evil Magikoopa, Kamek, is out to kidnap Baby Mario, Yoshi is on a mission to successfully carry Baby Mario back to his parents in the Mushroom Kingdom.

Directors: Shigefumi Hino, Hideki Konno, Toshihiko Nakago, Takashi Tezuka

Votes: 1,531


Honorable mentions: Mega Man X3 (8.25/10) Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (8/10) Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (7.5/10)

7. Tomb Raider (1996 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

An archaeologist and daughter to a rich aristocratic English family ventures across the world in search of the three mysterious Scion artifacts.

Stars: Shelley Blond, Nathan McCree

Votes: 2,502


Honorable mentions: Super Mario 64 (8/10) Mega Man 8 (7.75/10) Resident Evil (7.5/10) Clock Tower (7/10)

8. Mega Man X4 (1997 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Mystery

A Reploid Army declares war on the human race after being labeled as Mavericks, so X and Zero fight their way to stop this uprising and discover who is behind this.

Stars: Kentarô Itô, Ryôtarô Okiayu, Ryûzaburô Ôtomo, Jin Yamanoi

Votes: 270


Honorable mentions: Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game (9.25/10)* Mega Man Legends (9/10) Tomb Raider II Starring Lara Croft (8.25/10) Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee (8/10) Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (7.5/10)

9. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Family

A young Hylian boy discovers that his destiny is to free the Seven Sages and save the land of Hyrule from the treacherous sorcerer Ganondorf.

Directors: Eiji Aonuma, Yoichi Yamada, Yoshiaki Koizumi, Shigeru Miyamoto, Tôru Ôsawa | Stars: Nobuyuki Hiyama, Fujiko Takimoto, Jun Mizusawa, Takashi Nagasako

Votes: 7,740


Honorable mentions: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (9/10)* Parasite Eve (8.5/10) Metal Gear Solid (8/10) Fallout 2: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game (8/10) Skullmonkeys (8/10) Resident Evil 2 (7.75/10) StarCraft (7.25/10) Spyro the Dragon (7.25/10) Caesar III (7/10) Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes (7/10) Crash Bandicoot: Warped (7/10)

10. Silent Hill (1999 Video Game)

M | Drama, Horror, Mystery

After writer Harry Mason wakes up from being unconscious due to a car crash, his daughter Cheryl is missing. Harry sets out on a journey into the eerie town of Silent Hill to find her.

Director: Keiichiro Toyama | Stars: Michael Guinn, Susan Papa, Thessaly Lerner, Jarion Monroe

Votes: 4,801


Honorable mentions: Crash Team Racing (9.25/10) Rayman 2: The Great Escape (8.25/10) Ape Escape (8.25/10) Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (8.25/10) Street Fighter Alpha 3 (8.25/10) Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! (8/10) Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings (8/10) Dino Crisis (7.25/10)

11. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (2000 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Family

After becoming the hero of Hyrule, Link stumbles into the enchanted land of Termina, where a falling moon will crush the world in three days.

Directors: Eiji Aonuma, Yoshiaki Koizumi | Stars: Fujiko Takimoto, Sachi Matsumoto, Kôji Tobe, Mari Maruta

Votes: 2,701


Honorable mentions: Deus Ex (9/10) American McGee's Alice (8.75/10) Mega Man X5 (8.5/10) Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (8/10) Spyro: Year of the Dragon (7.5/10) The Sims (7.25/10) Hitman: Codename 47 (7/10)

12. Silent Hill 2 (2001 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Drama, Horror

After receiving a letter from his late wife, from Silent Hill, James Sunderland makes his way to the town in an attempt to find her.

Directors: Takayuki Kobayashi, Masashi Tsuboyama | Stars: Guy Cihi, Monica Horgan, Donna Burke, David Schaufele

Votes: 5,388


Honorable mentions: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (10/10) Ico (8.75/10) Halo: Combat Evolved (8.5/10) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (8.25/10) Sheep Raider (8.25/10) Grand Theft Auto III (8/10) Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (8/10) Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (8/10) Mega Man X6 (7.75/10) Devil May Cry (7.5/10) Max Payne (7.5/10) Super Smash Bros. Melee (7.25/10) Fatal Frame (7/10)

13. Resident Evil (2002 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror, Mystery

Remake of the first game in which the RPD squad, Jill and Chris, are forced to flee into a mysterious mansion. Featuring new gameplay mechanics, revised puzzles, additional explorable areas, a revised script, and new story details.

Directors: Shinji Mikami, Atsushi Doi, Shimako Sato | Stars: Joe Whyte, Heidi Anderson-Swan, Ed Smaron, Hope Levy

Votes: 3,009


Honorable mentions: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (9.25/10) Resident Evil 0 (8.25/10) Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (8/10) Ratchet & Clank (8/10) Kingdom Hearts (7/10)

14. Silent Hill 3 (2003 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

Heather is suddenly thrust into a strange alternate reality filled with demonic imagery and twisted monsters. She quickly comes to find that the events unfolding around her have something to do with her past.

Director: Kazuhide Nakazawa | Stars: Heather Morris, Richard Grosse, Donna Burke, Clifford Rippel

Votes: 3,158


Honorable mentions: Drakengard (9/10) Siren (8.75/10) Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (7.5/10) Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc (7.25/10) Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (7.25/10) Jak II (7/10)

15. Yume Nikki (2004 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

Explore the dreams of a reclusive and mysterious little girl named Madotsuki, and encounter a number of surrealistic horror creatures and locations.

Director: Kikiyama

Votes: 67


Honorable mentions: Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistance (10/10) The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (9/10) Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (9/10) Silent Hill 4: The Room (8.75/10) Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (8.75/10) Pokémon Emerald Version (7.75/10) The Sims 2 (7.75/10) Jak 3 (7.5/10) Mega Man X8 (7.25/10) Pokémon FireRed Version (7/10)

16. Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (2005 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

A remake of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004) with many added features; such as the free range camera, new camouflage outfits, bonus levels and a theater mode.

Director: Hideo Kojima | Stars: David Hayter, Suzetta Miñet, Jim Piddock, Heather Halley

Votes: 2,117


Honorable mentions: Haunting Ground (9.75/10) Shadow of the Colossus (9.75/10) Resident Evil 4 (9/10) Kingdom Hearts II (9/10) Ape Escape 3 (9/10) Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (8.5/10) Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening (8/10) Condemned: Criminal Origins (7.5/10) Star Wars: Battlefront II (7.25/10) Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (7.25/10)

17. Rule of Rose (2006 Video Game)

Adventure, Horror, Thriller

In 1930's England, a young woman enters an abandoned manor while looking for someone and becomes imprisoned by a cult of young girls who live on a strange airship. They force her to work for them. She must get her bearings and escape.

Director: Shuji Ishikawa | Stars: Jo Wyatt, Teresa Gallagher, Christopher Fairbank, Joanna Hall

Votes: 158


Honorable mentions: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 (10/10) Dead Rising (8.25/10) Hitman: Blood Money (7.25/10) The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (7/10)

18. Portal (2007 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A test subject wakes up in a scientific facility controlled by a sadistic artificial intelligence and must escape with the help of the only instrument she has--a gun that makes portals.

Stars: Ellen McLain, Mike Patton, Alesia Glidewell, Jeep Barnett

Votes: 10,322


Honorable mentions: BioShock (8/10) Super Mario Galaxy (7.75/10)

19. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (2008 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A high school student forms a group that explores a hidden world accessible through TV sets to find a connection between the "realm of shadows" and the mysterious murders in their town.

Directors: Katsura Hashino, Jinya Kitsui, Susumu Nishizawa | Stars: Daisuke Namikawa, Shôtarô Morikubo, Yui Horie, Ami Koshimizu

Votes: 741


Honorable mentions: Far Cry 2 (8/10) Pokémon Platinum Version (7.5/10) Braid (7.25/10)

20. Demon's Souls (2009 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The great kingdom of Boletaria has fallen into disparity. King Allant has aroused the Old One from its long slumber, and a great fog descends upon the land, bringing forth great soul-devouring demons.

Director: Hidetaka Miyazaki | Stars: Aditi Tanna, Christopher Fairbank, Clare Corbett, Evetta Muradasilova

Votes: 1,048


Honorable mentions: Minecraft (8/10) Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (7.75/10) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (7.25/10) Pokémon SoulSilver Version (7/10) Dragon Age: Origins (7/10)

21. Fallout: New Vegas (2010 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

After surviving a bullet to the head, Courier Six traverses the post-apocalyptic Mojave desert in search of the men who wronged him, while making an impact on thousands in the process.

Director: Josh Sawyer | Stars: Matthew Perry, Wayne Newton, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman

Votes: 9,980


Honorable mentions: Super Meat Boy (9.5/10) Halo: Reach (9/10) Spec Ops: The Line (8.25/10) Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (8.25/10) Deadly Premonition (8.25/10) VVVVVV (7.5/10) Red Dead Redemption (7.25/10) Super Mario Galaxy 2 (7/10) Pokémon Black Version (7/10)

22. Dark Souls (2011 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

After escaping an asylum, an undead warrior treks through the dangerous kingdom of Lordran.

Director: Hidetaka Miyazaki | Stars: Adam Sopp, Andy Gathergood, Blake Ritson, Charlie Cameron

Votes: 2,843


Honorable mentions: Catherine (8.25/10) The Binding of Isaac (8/10) Bastion (7.75/10) Shadows of the Damned (7.5/10) Batman: Arkham City (7/10)

23. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (2012 Video Game)

M | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

16 students from the famous Hope's Peak Academy are forced to live on an island, or kill each other in order to escape.

Stars: Minami Takayama, Megumi Ogata, Akira Ishida, Tomokazu Sugita

Votes: 288


Honorable mentions: Hotline Miami (9.75/10) Lone Survivor (9/10) FTL: Faster Than Light (8.25/10) Resident Evil 6 (8/10) XCOM: Enemy Unknown (7.75/10) Journey (7.5/10) Dragon's Dogma (7.25/10) Fez (7.25/10)

24. Drakengard 3 (2013 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

In this twisted dark fantasy world, you play a songstress who must kill her sisters.

Director: Yoko Taro | Stars: Ami Koshimizu, Ayana Taketatsu, Chafûrin, Chiwa Saitô

Votes: 62


Honorable mentions: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (8/10) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (8/10) Rayman Legends (8/10) Papers, Please (8/10) The Stanley Parable (7.25/10) Metro: Last Light (7/10) Payday 2 (7/10)

25. Transistor (2014 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Romance

Transistor is a sci-fi themed action RPG that invites players to wield an extraordinary weapon of unknown origin as they fight through a stunning futuristic city.

Stars: Logan Cunningham, Ashley Lynn Barrett, Christopher Saphire, Kristin Wilson

Votes: 500


Honorable mentions: This War of Mine (8.25/10) Mario Kart 8 (8/10) Shovel Knight (7.25/10) Wolfenstein: The New Order (7/10)

26. The Beginner's Guide (2015 Video Game)

T | Adventure

Davey Wreden, creator of The Stanley Parable, presents a collection of games made by his friend, Coda, and tries to establish what they all mean and what significance they have to Coda's thoughts and feelings.

Director: Davey Wreden | Star: Davey Wreden

Votes: 356


Honorable mentions: Bloodborne (10/10) Undertale (9.25/10) Soma (8/10) Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (7/10) Downwell (7/10) Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (7/10)

27. Dark Souls III (2016 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The fire is fading. Darkness creeps across the land. The Lords of Cinder charged with watching over the First Flame have abandoned their thrones. The Champion of Ash, an undead is chosen to return them to their thrones.

Directors: Hidetaka Miyazaki, Isamu Okano, Yui Tanimura | Stars: Pik Sen Lim, Olivia Mace, Roger Ringrose, Carolyn Pickles

Votes: 2,159


Honorable mentions: Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor (10/10) Persona 5 (9.5/10) Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (9/10) Hitman (8.5/10) Hyper Light Drifter (8/10) Abzû (7.25/10) Doom (7/10) Firewatch (7/10)

28. NieR: Automata (2017 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

In the forsaken wasteland below, the war between the machines and the androids rages on. A war that is soon to unveil the long-forgotten truth of this world.

Director: Yoko Taro | Stars: Yui Ishikawa, Natsuki Hanae, Ayaka Suwa, Tatsuhisa Suzuki

Votes: 1,366


Honorable mentions: Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy (10/10) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild (9.5/10) Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (9.5/10) A Hat in Time (9.5/10) Hollow Knight (9.5/10) Doki Doki Literature Club (9.5/10) Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (9/10) Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (8.25/10) Prey (7.75/10) Little Nightmares (7/10)

29. Hitman 2 (2018 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Agent 47 embarks on a stealth mission to track down the elusive Shadow Client while learning the truth about his past. The spy thriller takes the assassin across international locations, from vibrant Miami to dangerous rainforests.

Director: Jacob Mikkelsen | Stars: David Bateson, Jane Perry, John Hopkins, Philip Rosch

Votes: 524


Honorable mentions: Iconoclasts (9.25/10) God of War (8.5/10) Into the Breach (8.25/10) Monster Hunter: World (8.25/10) Celeste (8/10) Subnautica (8/10)

30. AI: The Somnium Files (2019 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Crime, Mystery

When Koname Date of the Metropolitan Police Department is sent to investigate a horrific murder that occurred at an abandoned amusement park, he and his partner will fall into a chilling investigation through both dream and reality.

Director: Kotaro Uchikoshi | Stars: Tarusuke Shingaki, Akari Kitô, Nao Shiraki, Sayaka Ôhara

Votes: 20


Honorable mentions: Death Stranding (9.5/10)* Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (9.5/10)* Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled (9.25/10)* Resident Evil 2 (8/10) The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (7.5/10) Untitled Goose Game (7.25/10)

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