The Guardian have named the 50 greatest video games of the 21st century

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Video games are one of the most popular forms of entertainment media for a reason.

If you're reading this, the chances are you continue to spend hours playing away on your PC or games console on the latest releases with your friends and family.

At the very least, playing video games will have comprised a massive part of your childhood and revisiting some older releases pluck away on your nostalgia strings.

It's also an subject that can spark popular debate with certain series like Grand Theft Auto, Call Of Duty and EA Sports' FIFA games boasting loyal followings.

However, there are also hitherto one-off games like Minecraft and Fortnite that show no sign of slowing down in their grip on the online gaming zeitgeist.

Greatest video games ever?

And if there's anything you can take from all of that, it's the fact that deciding the greatest ever video games would be a serious topic of controversy.

But try telling that to the Guardian, who took on the unenviable task of focusing on the 21st Century - sorry Space Invaders fans - to select the 50 greatest video games of the modern era.

We'll give you one spoiler ahead of time with Minecraft taking the title at number one, but you can check out the list in full to find your favourite - or not, as they case may be - down below:

50. SingStar (2004)

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49. Katamari Damacy (2004)

48. Journey (2012)

47. Dead Space (2008)

46. Limbo (2010)

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45. Papers, Please (2013)

44. Forza Horizon (2012)

43. Rocket League (2015)

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42. Burnout 3: Takedown (2004)

41. Overwatch (2016)

40. Gears of War 2 (2008)

39. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (2000)

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38. Super Smash Bros Melee (2001)

37. Silent Hill 2 (2001)

36. Spelunky (2008)

35. Assassin’s Creed 2 (2009)

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34. Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)

33. Battlefield 1942 (2002)

32. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)

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31. God of War (2018)

30. Shadow of the Colossus (2005)

29. Deus Ex (2000)

28. Wii Sports (2006)

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27. Guitar Hero (2005)

26. Left 4 Dead (2008)

25. Ico (2001)

24. The Last of Us (2013)

23. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (2000)

22. Mario Kart 8 (2014)

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21. Mass Effect 2 (2010)

20. Fortnite (2017)

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19. Grand Theft Auto IV (2008)

18. Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)

17. The Sims (2000)

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16. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009)

15. Resident Evil 4 (2005)

14. Super Mario Odyssey (2017)

13. World of Warcraft (2004)

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12. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015)

11. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)

10. Bloodborne (2015)

9. BioShock (2007)

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8. Portal 2 (2011)

7. Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)

6. Grand Theft Auto V (2013)

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5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)

4. Half-Life 2 (2004)

3. Dark Souls (2011)

2. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)

1. Minecraft (2009)

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