IGN’s Top 100 Video Games of All Time: Why We Made The Changes We Made

We recently refreshed our list on one of the most difficult debates in gaming — the 100 best of all time. You’ll notice that we already outlined some of the rationales behind the changes we made in the list itself, but we wanted to dive in deeper to address your inevitable questions as much as possible.

The 100 Games of All (2019 Update)

IGN’s 100 Best Games of All Time: Biggest Changes

Here’s a quick rundown of our biggest changes made for the 2019 edition of this list:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was bumped out of the top 10
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was added to the top 10
  • The placement of Portal and Portal 2 was swapped
  • The placement of Halo and Halo 2 was swapped
  • God of War (2019) was added
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee was swapped out for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt moved up on the list, while Shadow of the Colossus was moved down
  • Fallout 3 was swapped out for Fallout: New Vegas
  • 5 Nintendo games were removed across the Zelda and Mario series
  • Left 4 Dead 2, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Splinter Cell Chaos Theory, Red Dead Redemption 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Fable 2, Fortnite, Resident Evil 2 Remake, Monster Hunter: World, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, Assasin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, Dishonored, Divinity: Original Sin 2 and Borderlands 2 were all added
  • Team Fortress 2, Warcraft 2, Fallout 3, Metal Gear Solid 2, Galaga, Grim Fandango, Banjo Kazooie, and Oregon Trail were all removed

How Did IGN Choose the Best Games of All Time?

Some of these decisions surely feel like they were based on total insanity — Ultimate over Melee? No more Wind Waker?? We tried to make room for more franchises, capture our staff’s loud opinions, and focus more on the best games rather than the most influential ones (that’s a separate list we’re planning to make soon).

You probably have questions. This time around, we made a video that, hopefully, answers a lot of those questions. You can listen to the reasoning behind our biggest changes in the video below.Of course, we’ve also been continuously updating our best games per platform: the 25 best PS4 games so far, the 25 best Xbox One games so far, the 25 best Switch games so far, and the 25 best PC games so far. For something even more current, check out the best games of 2019, that we’ll update until there’s no more 2019 left.

Agree with our choices? Disagree with our choices? Make sure you vocalize why in the comment section below.

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