So, you’re looking to play a game by Activision? Hey, us too! This is why we gathered our strength and mental prowess to choose the greatest games made by the game publisher. But, pick a strong password, and add 2-step verification. This applies to both new players and those who already have an account. The reason? There was a report of over 500,000 Activision accounts hacked in mid-September 2020. Although Activision denied the claims, you don’t want to speculate if yours was or could be on the list. With that warning out of the way, here are the best Activision games.
1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (2016)
We thought long and hard which of the Call of Duty games should be on top of the best Activision games list. After a lot of deliberation between this one and Warzone, this is how the cookie crumbled. Although a remake from a game from 2007, this is one of the best video games for PC ever created. As the name suggests, in this FPS, there will be a lot of fighting and killing with guns, snipers included. It is definitely a legendary 3D game, and a game designed for boys (and men). It leaves a lasting impression on everyone that plays it, both singleplayer or multiplayer, and whether on PC, Xbox, or PlayStation.
2. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
This is one of the best warrior games for PC. We’re not kidding, this violent video game actually won a “Game of the Year” at The Game Awards in 2019. It is not hard to guess why this heroic tale of Wolf, a master samurai, shinobi, and ninja, who seeks justice for the kidnapped clan lord, is so captivating. It is a masterful mix of action, almost impossible encounters against multiple opponents, and walking the thin edge between survival and success. Granted, you can choose to use stealth to your advantage, and avoid unnecessary combat. But where’s the fun in that?
3. Return to Castle Wolfenstein (2001)
This old, low spec game captured our hearts and we’ve never been able to let go. Yes, there were multiple newer releases with amazing graphics, including the sequel, Wolfenstein (2009). But, there’s something magical about this one. It’s a straight-up first-person shooter with military elements, set during World War II. In fact, we think its genius was heavily underrated and that it deserves the title of one of the best Activision games. And, if you ever played multiplayer, focused on the battle of Axis vs. Allies, you know how much of a trailblazer the game was.
4. Destiny 2
We knew from the start that a game like Destiny will be on the list of best Activision games. Many consider Destiny 2 to be the flagship product, something like GTA 5 is to Rockstar Games, and similar to Borderlands. Wonder why? It is considered one of the best-paid games for PC, it has an amazing open world and a rich storyline while being decently optimized. Secondly, it’s an MMORPG action-adventure, putting you in the role of a guardian against an alien invasion. Although this game is technically no longer published by Activision, it left a great impression.
5. Spyro Reignited Trilogy
This one is actually a collection of remasters of three 3 great games in the series, Spyro the Dragon, Ripto’s Rage! and Year of the Dragon. Although this single-player adventure is focused on a dragon as the protagonist, it’s not the beast of legends you’d expect. Spyro has a cartoonish look, which makes this a cute game, and a game for girls. Sometimes a remaster isn’t the right decision, but in this instance, it’s amazing. Characters have distinctive personalities, graphics are overhauled completely, the voice acting was re-recorded and improved. What more could you want?
6. Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
This game was heavily motivated by the success of their remaster package, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. It is a direct sequel to the remaster, and the 8th game in the series, released just a few days ago. As always, the game’s main focus is Crash Bandicoot and Coco, his sister. Only this time, you won’t be fighting your enemy, Dingodiles, but team up with him in an alternate universe. This time, your archenemies are Doctor Nefarious Tropy and Doctor Neo Cortex. Besides new magical powers through Quantum Masks and new levels, the game also added an online mode.
7. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
Did you really think we would forget about this sports masterpiece that attracted a cult following at the time? It skyrocketed Tony Hawk to fame and was also called both one of the best Activision games, and the greatest simulation games of all time. It brought hours of fun through its addictive gameplay that allowed you to do borderline parkour on a skateboard, both offline and in multiplayer. The game also offered detailed worlds, fun but precise controls, a reward system, immersive music, Career Mode (campaign), cities and skate parks to explore, and much, much more.
8. Guitar Hero 5
Although never released for PC, this music rhythm video game remains a classic. This is for two reasons. First, it allowed people to either compete or collaborate with their friends as a two-player game via LAN, or even against others online. Second, it allowed players to play drums, bass guitar, and lead guitar, as well as sing instead of being limited to guitar-only. This added a new step in difficulty for those that were skilled enough while allowing those at a lower skill level to pick something they enjoy. Best of all? There are 83 unique tracks by 83 artists to bob your head to.
9. Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions
Without a doubt, this one of the best Activision games when it comes to space and air combat. This multi-directional shooter game is both very addictive and challenging. You are constantly forced to try and achieve high scores if you hope to battle stronger bosses and progress further. Trust us, you’ll always be at the edge of your seat, doing whatever is in your power to survive. With that said, this shooter has versions for iOS, PlayStation, and Xbox, though the mobile game received the best score. We think we know the reason – a lack of changes in content as the game progresses.
10. Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled
Have you been looking for an alternative to Sega’s Mario Kart racing? Although technically a Crash Bandicoot game, you’ll be doing a lot of car racing, fast driving, and drifting, trying to win coveted Wumpa coins. Then, you can use them to buy things in the shop such as skins. Additionally, you can play on 40 tracks, use 40 different karts, and 56 characters in 9 local game modes including Career Mode. Furthermore, you can even start competing in LAN against friends, or through online matchmaking.
11. Prototype 2
Ever wanted to play a game where you’re both the hero and the monster simultaneously? How does James Heller, a human mutant with superhuman speed, stamina, and strength, who can jump across or down the buildings without losing health sound? Sounds great to us, and thousands of others! We would describe him as having a mix of abilities Spiderman, Superman, Wolverine, and Deadpool. We’ll get to Deadpool yet, but this should already sound exciting. Oh, and there’s a massive plot twist in the story, which will make your heart drop.
12. Rome: Total War
This one is, as they say, an oldie but goldie. Originally published by Activision in 2004, this turn-based strategy game is also one of our favorite kingdom games for PC. Since then, it saw a release for macOS, Android, and iOS, which meant a broader audience got to enjoy this Roman war simulation. It follows a broad period of about 3 centuries, between 270 BCE to 14 CE, which was a glorious time in history. Many considered it one of the best games of all time, even. Its two expansions, Barbarian Invasion and Alexander, and multiplayer mode only attracted new players.
13. Zork: Grand Inquisitor
Saw Steven Spielberg’s movie, Ready Player One? The movie has a reference to this game from 1997. It is a classic puzzle mystery adventure and the 12th game in the series. It deals with the Grand Inquisitor who forbade magic in the world of Zork. Your goal is to restore magic to the kingdom while having the freedom to look 360 degrees from a first-person perspective. You won’t get to craft items, but you can do a lot of looting, examination, and connecting the clues like a true detective. Keep in mind, this game is brutal and you’ll end up watching a “kill cam” often.
14. Doom 3
Do you know what came before Doom Eternal? Its ancestor, Doom 3. It was released back in 2004 but the base story has the same feeling of horror. The gateway to Hell has opened, and demons have invaded a base on Mars. You, as Doomguy, are tasked with stopping them before they invade Earth. Just like in newer games, you’re always at a severe disadvantage, with multiple demons attacking at once, and can play in both singleplayer and multiplayer as well. While this game is now hard to find, there’s a remastered version for Android, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
15. Transformers: War for Cybertron
How does one of the best Activision games fare in comparison to the Transformers movie franchise? Not too bad, honestly. It follows the battle between Autobots and Deceptions, but you can join either side. Both sides also have unique campaigns, although they are both closely tied to obtaining Dark Energon, a substance that powers Transformers. You can play online or offline, choose 3 characters in each of the campaigns, and play as one of 4 classes. No need to explain too much, the plot, storyline, and mechanics are just as you would expect.
So, you love car racing, but Need For Speed is not an Activision game, and Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is too cartoonish for you? We have the solution, a mix of car racing and car crashing. The game featured a lot of unique characters, and Activision licensed plenty of easily identifiable cars to form the real world. The game can be played solo or online (4 plays in split-screen or up to 20 players over the Internet or LAN). Unfortunately, the game itself is defunct. Luckily, there’s a remastered version, titled Blur Overdrive, for Android and iOS.
Did you like the two movies with Ryan Reynolds? If so, you would like this action-adventure, third-person shooter too. It boasts the same level and type of humor. And, just like in the movie, he joins X-Men, encounters Cable, refers to himself often as a joke, and breaks the fourth wall often. You have access to both stealth and an arsenal of weapons – guns, hammers, swords, plasma guns, and even teleportation and increased healing. The game could, unfortunately, be hard to acquire due to licensing issues between Marvel and Activision.
18. Sierra: King’s Quest
In this game, the 3D graphics aren’t stunning. They are still very immersive, though. It isn’t the base game you might know, hence the “Sierra” in front of it. This is mere “episodical re-imagining” published by Activision between 2015 and 2016 in 5 chapters. it follows the story of King Graham and his granddaughter Gwendolyn and tells the story of the kingdom and how it came to be. Sierra: King’s Quest is filled with mystery, adventure, puzzle-solving, and a lot of history to uncover. This is not an idle game and is classified as point-and-click.
19. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2
Activision published this game instead of Marvel. Does that fact surprise you? Well, what does it matter? All the known and lesser-known heroes and villains are present. Plus, you can play in teams of up to 4, which makes going through the comics-based storyline, countless missions, and dungeons easier. Oh, and any two characters can combine their powers to cast a unique Fusion ability. This allows them to form a single but devastating attack. Discovering these abilities is a treat in itself, trust us.
20. Skylanders: Imaginators (2016)
We would describe this toys-to-life 3D platformer game as “just an epic game“. It has all you’d expect – a vast magical world for starters. You also get to pick a class that fits your playstyle (Knight, Sentinel, Smasher, Swashbuckler, Quickshot, Brawler, Bowslinger, Sorcerer, etc.) As is typical, there is a powerful creature locked away by the ancients. Its return is imminent and its danger lies in the Mind Magic sealed alongside him. The game looks fun, and it truly is. But at its core, it forces you to work hard, follow a story, and do a lot of fighting and puzzle-solving.