Games room specialists Liberty Games have analysed IMDb ratings for every single video game from the past 30 years.
They wanted to know which video game is crowned the most popular out of all releases from every year since 1989.
And using the popular Internet Movie Database, it was able to work out what fans consistently voted as the highest rated blockbuster game for every year in recent memory.
In 1989, for example, Prince of Persia, a fantasy platformer available on Apple II Computer, beat out several other releases that year including Super Mario Land on Nintendo Gameboy, and Sim City for PC.
Two releases of the Final Fantasy franchise, as well as two of The Legend of Zelda, Mass Effect and The Last of Us are featured in the timeline.
And last year’s cowboys gaming hit Red Dead Redemption II was crowned the most popular video game of 2018.
Batman: Arkham City was the highlight on Xbox and PlayStation in 2011.
The Last Of Us won two years in a row, with the original Xbox 360 and PS3 game in 2013 and the bolt-on Left Behind expansion in 2014.
In more recent years, the Nintendo Switch only features once in the list with Zelda: Breath of the Wild making top spot in 2017.
And Playstation’s top game maker Naughty Dog, which created the likes of The Last Of Us, got no1 in 2016 with its superlative console exclusive title Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
A spokeswoman for Liberty Games said: “The video gaming industry is estimated to have a global audience between 2.2 and 2.6 billion people.
“From action-adventure classic Legend of Zelda, to last year’s gaming hit Red Dead Redemption 2 – it’s clear that whether you play video games or not, they’ve become a huge part of our global culture. “