There are many popular phrases in the world of gaming, but only a few of them build up expectations quite as much as “triple-A”. But what hides behind the term, and what titles fit into this group and can be described as AAA games? Let’s take a look.

The meaning of “AAA”

“Triple-A” or “AAA” is not a formal classification of games by any means. The terms generally refer to games that boast a large budget for both production and marketing. Due to that, they are expected to be of high quality and sell in a substantial number of copies, typically going into millions. AAA is the gaming industry’s equivalent of the word “blockbuster” that is used for the same category of products in the movie business.

Are triple-A games worth your money?

In the vast majority of cases, AAA games are at the top regarding the technical aspects: graphics, audio design, and a limited number of bugs. They can offer their high production value thanks to large budgets and teams of people working on every aspect of the presentation and mechanics.

If your main draw is the story aspect, triple-A games can be hit or miss, although recent bestsellers such as God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2, or Insomniac’s Spider-Man offer fantastic story and competent storytelling, complemented by evocative and frequently relatable characters.

Now that we’ve cleared out what AAA games are, let’s bring up some examples divided into the most popular genres, so you can quickly find a game you might be interested in and buy it on G2A marketplace.

Best AAA Games

GameGame genreScreenshotTrailerDeveloperYearGame Price
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s EndAction-adventureuncharted 4: a thiefs end gameUncharted 4: A Thief's End YouTube TrailerNaughty Dog2016Check more
God of Wargod of war kratos attackGod of War YouTube TrailerSanta Monica Studio2018Check more
Red Dead Redemption 2Red Dead Redemption 2 gameRed Dead Redemption 2 YouTube TrailerRockstar Studios2018Check more
DOOMFirst-person shooterdoom 2016 gameDOOM YouTube Trailerid Software2016Check more
Far Cry 5far cry 5 bear car attackFar Cry 5 YouTube TrailerUbisoft2018Check more
Destiny 2destiny 2 online shooter gameDestiny 2 youtube trailerBungie2017Check more
Monster Hunter: WorldRPG & aRPGMHW monsterMonster Hunter: World youtube TrailerCapcom2018Check more
The Witcher 3: Wild Huntthe witcher ii fire knightThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt youtube TrailerCD Projekt Red2015Check more
Assassin’s Creed: OdysseyAssassin's Creed: Odyssey gameAssassin's Creed: Odyssey youtube TrailerUbisoft2018Check more
Dragon Ball FighterZFightingDragon Ball FighterZ gameDragon Ball FighterZ Youtube trailerArc System Works2018Check more
Injustice 2injustice 2 gameInjustice 2 Youtube trailerNetherRealm Studios2017Check more
Soulcalibur VIsoulcalibur 4 gameSoulcalibur VI youtube trailerBandai Namco Studios2018Check more

Action-adventure

Pick a game from this genre if you want a good mix of storytelling, environmental puzzles or other challenges, as well as exciting action scenes.

The finest triple-A adventure games include:

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Genre:Action-Adventure
Release year:2016
Developer:Naughty Dog
uncharted 4: a thiefs end game

Although it’s the last part of the quadrilogy about the intrepid treasure hunter Nathan Drake, and you should play all of them, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is one of the finest experiences in the genre. It has stunning graphics, exciting action scenes, and a protagonist full of roguish charm among its strongest assets.


God of War (2018)

Genre:Action-adventure
Release year:2018
Developer:SIE Santa Monica Studio
god of war kratos attack

God of War smashed records and many lists of the best games of the year. A tale of an older, more tired, god of war Kratos trying to do right by his son and a recently deceased wife appealed to many gamers, and the excellent audio-visual layer of the game brought to life both the diverse characters and the worlds of Norse mythology.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Genre:Action-adventure
Release year:2018
Developer:Rockstar
Red Dead Redemption 2 game

As a sequel to the beloved Red Dead Redemption and the next huge project after excellent Grand Theft Auto V, RDR2 was facing great expectations and met them with aplomb. With a living world for its protagonist, Arthur Morgan, to explore, full of animals to hunt, and heists to conduct, it’s a grand offering and one of the most detailed in the genre.

First-person shooter

First-person shooters excel at immersing you in the world and putting you closer to the action than any other game. You get to use your gun’s iron sights and see your enemies eyes.

Doom

Genre:FPS
Release year:2016
Developer:id Software
doom 2016 game

DOOM is a reboot of a classic first-person shooter, bringing back all the best features beloved by fans, but this time in high definition. The vicious dance of death against demons is completely unfair to the demons, as Doomguy is an engine of chaos on his own. It’s recommended to all fans of fast-paced, intense shooters.

Far Cry 5

Genre:FPS
Release year:2018
Developer:Ubisoft Montreal
far cry 5 bear car attack

Although Far Cry 5 could easily end up under “Action-adventure”, it is just as welcome among first-person shooters. It’s an open-world adventure full of ridiculous turns of events, set on a beautiful map of a rural Hope County in Montana. FC5 embraces the franchise’s love for player-generated mayhem and is excellent at it.

Destiny 2

Genre:FPS
Release year:2017
Developer:Bungie
destiny 2 online shooter game

Thanks to it being developed by Bungie, the creators of the cult-classic Halo franchise, Destiny 2‘s gunplay is among the best in the genre. Destiny 2 draws players in with its stunning graphics, tight action, and the interesting science-fantasy atmosphere of its storylines.

Role-playing and action role-playing

Both genres put a strong emphasis on their storylines, although where RPGs put it in the centre of the experience, action RPGs lean more towards combat and mechanical challenges.

Monster Hunter: World

Genre:RPG & aRPG
Release year:2018
Developer:Capcom
MHW monster

Although Monster Hunter is a franchise with some pedigree, Monster Hunter: World is the first to gain mainstream popularity in the Western market. Thanks to its stunning graphics, complex mechanics, as well as excellent visual and behavioral design of the creatures you hunt MHW is a must-play for fans of the genre.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Genre:RPG & aRPG
Release year:2015
Developer:CD Projekt Red
the witcher ii fire knight

The Witcher 3 is one of the most respected action RPGs of the recent years due to its production quality and storyline which resonated with many gamers, later complemented by two large expansions. TW3 has become a point of reference to judge other games against.

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

Genre:RPG & aRPG
Release year:2018
Developer:Ubisoft Quebec
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey game

Ever since the first installment of the series, Assassin’s Creed games were examples of the action-adventure genre. However, the 2017 Assassin’s Creed Origins started the shift towards action RPG, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey continued the trend, fully embracing the genre. Gorgeous recreation of Ancient Greece, great performances by voice actors, and captivating gameplay make this game an excellent choice.

Fighting

Fighting games typically take place on 2D arenas (although some games feature a full range of movement) on which two (or more) characters try to knock the opponent out using character-specific attacks and abilities.

Dragon Ball FighterZ

Genre:Fighting
Release year:2018
Developer:Arc System Works
Dragon Ball FighterZ game

Dragon Ball FighterZ is a must-have for any fan of Akira Toriyama’s seminal shounen manga and anime franchise. Despite seemingly simplified controls, DBFZ offers both accessibility to newcomers and depth for genre veterans, making it an excellent title for everyone who doesn’t dislike the aesthetic.

Injustice 2

Genre:Fighting
Release year:2017
Developer:NetherRealm

Injustice 2 improves on the formula of the first game, adding more interactions between characters and the stages, and new fighters to the roster. It also introduces gear that can be equipped by a fighter to adjust their attributes or appearance. If you like DC comic books, this game is a great choice.

Soulcalibur VI

Genre:Fighting
Release year:2018
Developer:Project Soul

SoulCalibur VI is the sixth installment of a legendary series of fighting games focusing on clashes between various melee weapon users. Featuring an extensive character creation mode and deep fighting mechanics, SC6 is a fantastic follow-up to the classic franchise.

There are many more AAA games, across many other genres. In this article, we prepared a simple list of recommendations for some of the most critically acclaimed titles in recent years that are definitely worth buying. For more recommendations and a quick way to buy them for the best prices on G2A digital marketplace, refer to the table embedded in this article.