Ranked: Rockstar's 10 best games

There are many reasons we're losing our minds over the Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer - and here are ten of them

Grand Theft Auto V is arguably the best game of the last few years, and it's the gift that keeps on giving. And today, we've had our first glimpse of Rockstar's next gift to the world: Red Dead Redemption 2.

Rumoured for ages, Red Dead 2 is now confirmed - and while the trailer is lacking in detail, it's a sumptuous feast for the eyes. Even without that trailer we'd be bursting with excitement for the next Rockstar game, because these are the guys and girls behind some of the most incredible games of the last 15 years.

Want proof? Here's our list of the company's 10 best games to date, with a bit of everything in the mix… and a lot of Grand Theft Auto, of course.

Any version of this list is bound to be controversial, as we all have our absolute favourites in the bunch; you should've seen the Slack chat that ultimately yielded this list. But everything here is a winner, and if there are any that you haven't played, you've got time to catch up before Red Dead Redemption 2 drops next year and swallows your free time whole.

10) Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis (2006)

Table Tennis? Yeah, we're starting with Table Tennis. Rockstar's first Xbox 360 game was a truly unexpected one, but this simulation is incredibly fun. It captures the essence of the sport without feeling overwhelming or tedious, and it was the first test of the game engine that would eventually power Grand Theft Auto IV and more.

It might seem like an odd duck on this list, but it's a damn fine game that we'd love to see reissued as a cheap download.

9) Max Payne (2001)

Rockstar didn't develop this one in-house (that changed with Max Payne 3, however), but the original Max Payne helped define gun-toting action games for years. The slow-mo dives turned the shootouts into superhero fantasies, while the noir theme and lovably corny voiceover helped Remedy's game stand apart.

It might not hold up spectacularly well (you can play it on smartphones these days), but its status as a legend remains intact.

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8) Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004)

Picking our favourite GTA feels a bit like choosing your favourite child. San Andreas was the grandest version of the PS2-era GTA formula, switching coasts to deliver an ultra-compelling take on California and Los Angeles in particular in the early 90s.

It's a massive, massive game – perhaps a bit too large and unpolished in some respects – but also one we happily lost ourselves in for dozens and dozens of hours.

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