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Type of site
Owner CBS Interactive
Created by Scott Bedard
Alexa rank Decrease 44,832 (June 2016)[1]
Commercial Yes
Launched March 10, 1999; 18 years ago (1999-03-10)[2]
Current status Active

GameRankings is a website that collects review scores from both offline and online sources to give an average rating.[3] It indexes over 315,000 articles relating to more than 14,500 video games.

GameRankings is owned by CBS Interactive. Similar websites include GameStats, Metacritic (also owned by CBS Interactive), MobyGames, and TopTenReviews.


GameRankings collects and links to (but does not host) reviews from other websites and magazines and averages specific ones.[4] While hundreds of reviews may get listed, only the ones that GameRankings deems notable are used for the average. Scores are culled from numerous American and European sources. The site uses a percentage grade for all reviews in order to be able to calculate an average. However, because not all sites use the same scoring system (some rate out of 5 or 10, while others use a letter grade), GameRankings changes all other types of scores into percentages using a relatively straightforward conversion process.[3]

When a game has accumulated 20 total reviews, it is given a ranking compared to all other games in the database and a ranking compared to games on its console.

The current highest rated game is Super Mario Galaxy, with 97.64%.[5][6]

Site Inclusion Rules[edit]

There are specific rules that GameRankings follows to determine which review sites are used in calculating a game's overall score. From the GameRankings Help page, they are:

  • Sites must have at least 300 archived reviews for a multi-system/multi-genre sites, or 100 reviews for single-system or genre sites.
  • Sites must publish a minimum of 15 reviews a month.
  • Sites must be visually appealing and look professional.
  • Sites must review a variety of titles.
  • Sites must have a dedicated domain name with professional hosting.
  • Site reviews must be well written.
  • Sites must conduct themselves in a professional manner.[3]

However, some sites that follow these rules are not included, such as sites in non-English languages.

Game ranking[edit]

These are the top 20 games (over 20 reviews) with best scores on the site.[7]

Rank Game Released Publisher Platform(s) Score
1 Super Mario Galaxy 2007 Nintendo Wii 97.64%
2 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 1998 Nintendo Nintendo 64 97.54%
3 Super Mario Galaxy 2 2010 Nintendo Wii 97.35%
4 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2017 Nintendo Nintendo Switch, Wii U 97.26%
5 Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Rockstar Games PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows 97.04%
6 Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Rockstar Games PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One 97.01%
7 SoulCalibur 1999 Namco Arcade, Dreamcast, iOS, Android, Xbox Live 96.56%
8 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 2009 Sony Computer Entertainment PlayStation 3 96.43%
9 Super Mario 64 1996 Nintendo Nintendo 64 96.41%
10 The Orange Box 2007 Valve Corporation Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 96.36%
11 Metroid Prime 2002 Nintendo GameCube, Wii 96.33%
12 Batman: Arkham City 2011 WBIE Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 95.94%
13 Resident Evil 4 2005 Capcom Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 95.85%
14 Tekken 3 1998 Namco Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 2 95.80%
15 Mass Effect 2 2010 Electronic Arts Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 95.77%
16 The Last of Us Remastered 2014 Sony Computer Entertainment PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 95.70%
17 Halo: Combat Evolved 2001 Microsoft Studios Xbox 95.54%
18 Half-Life 2 2004 Valve Corporation Microsoft Windows, Xbox 95.48%
19 Grand Theft Auto III 2001 Rockstar Games PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Xbox, PlayStation 3, iOS, Android 95.19%
20 Portal 2 2011 Valve Corporation Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 95.16%


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