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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 (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 6 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 Odyssey, with 98.83%.[5]

Site Inclusion Rules

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

These are the Top 15 games (over 20 reviews) with the best scores on the site.[6]


External links

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 Odyssey 2017 Nintendo Nintendo Switch 97.42%
4 Super Mario Galaxy 2 2010 Nintendo Wii 97.35%
5 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2017 Nintendo Nintendo Switch 97.28%
6 Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Rockstar Games PlayStation 3 97.04%
7 Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Rockstar Games PlayStation 3 97.01%
8 Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Rockstar Games Xbox 360 96.67%
9 SoulCalibur 1999 Namco Dreamcast 96.56%
10 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 2009 Sony Computer Entertainment PlayStation 3 96.43%
11 Super Mario 64 1996 Nintendo Nintendo 64 96.41%
12 The Orange Box 2007 Valve Corporation Xbox 360 96.36%
13 Metroid Prime 2002 Nintendo GameCube 96.33%
13 Grand Theft Auto V 2014 Rockstar Games PlayStation 4 96.33%
14 Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Rockstar Games Xbox 360 96.10%
15 Batman: Arkham City 2011 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment PlayStation 3 95.94%