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The Best Video Games of 2024 So Far

by Jason Dietz —?
Square Enix / Metacritic

Which videogames impressed critics during the first half of the year? On this page we rank the highest-scoring games with release dates between January 1, 2024 and June 30, 2024. Titles are included based on their Metascores as of June 26, 2024 and must have a minimum of 7 reviews from professional critics to be eligible for inclusion.

Note that ...

If a game was released on multiple platforms, we included only the version receiving the largest total number of reviews (usually, but not always, the PS5 or PS4 version).

Multi-game compilations and newly released ports of games released in recent years on other platforms are excluded, unless they are substantially different from the prior release(s) (for example, an HD remaster that also adds some new content or is multiple hardware generations beyond the previous release). Mobile games, "Definitive"/GOTY editions, and expansions/DLC are also ineligible. (Yes, that means you won't find Shadow of the Erdtree here.)

Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island (Switch)

#19: 1000xRESIST (PC)

1000xRESIST (PC)

#18: qomp2 (Switch)

qomp2 (Switch)
Solium Infernum (PC)
Dragon's Dogma 2 (PS5)
Sons of the Forest (PC)
Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown (PS5)
Unicorn Overlord (PS5)

#12: Riven (PC)

Riven (PC)
Minishoot' Adventures (PC)
Persona 3 Reload (PS5)
Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance (PS5)

#8: Mullet MadJack (PC)

Mullet MadJack (PC)
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Switch)
Lorelei and the Laser Eyes (Switch)
Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth (PS5)

#4: Tekken 8 (PS5)

Tekken 8 (PS5)

#3: Balatro (PC)

Balatro (PC)

#2: Animal Well (PC)

Animal Well (PC)
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth (PS5)
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