Best Video Game Novels of All Time by honoku

A collection of best hand picked video game web and translated novles of all time. A list of some of the best and most popular video game-based novels. In no particular order. Transfers to video games work, but it has to be a special video game world. It also does not include novels where the world gets a system like a video game.

  • The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor cover art
    The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor
    Nam Heesung・ongoing・translation

    The man forsaken by the world, the man a s*ave to money and the man known as the legendary God of War in the highly popular MMORPG Continent of Magic. With the coming of age, he decides to say goodbye, but the feeble attempt to earn a little something for his time and effort ripples into an effect none could ever have imagined. Through a series of coincidences, his legendary avatar is sold for 3 billion won, bringing great joy to him, only to plunge him into despair at losing almost all of it to vicious loan sharks. With revelation of money through gaming, he rises from the abyss with new found resolve and steps forward into the new age of games led by the first ever Virtual Reality MMORPG, Royal Road. This is the legend of Lee Hyun on his path to becoming Emperor with only his family's loving heart, his boundless desire for money, his unexpected mind, his diligently forged body and the talent of hard work backing him.

    Korean
    Novel Updates
    Action
    Adapted to Manhwa
    Adventure
  • Reign of the Hunters cover art
    Reign of the Hunters
    Season Of Fireworks・ongoing・translation

    The happiest thing in the world is to be able to amend what you have done wrong. She who acted willfully because of a game, was reincarnated into a time when she still had her parents' love. For the sake of her family, she began her life as a pro gamer. But this time, she was no longer the Human Sorceress that she was familiar with. She was an Elven Huntress. Could she still acquire the power to be the Right Hand of God?

    Chinese
    Novel Updates
    Action
    Adultery
    Adventure
  • Rebirth of the Thief Who Roamed The World cover art
    Rebirth of the Thief Who Roamed The World
    Mad Snail・ongoing・translation

    The world's largest VRMMO, Conviction, was almost like a second world for humanity. It had integrated itself into the real world's economy, with both corporations and individuals seeking their fortunes through the game. In this game, Nie Yan prided himself in his Level 180 Thief. He could barely be considered among the top experts in the game. Though, that was the only thing he could take pride in. He was penniless and unable to advance in life; a situation he was forced into by the enemy of his father. If it weren't for the little money he made by selling off items in Conviction, he would've barely been able to eat. In the end, he chose to settle his matters once and for all. He assassinated his father's enemy. He lay dying shortly after being shot in the pursuit. However, that wasn't the end of his story. Instead, he awoke moments later to find that he had reincarnated into his past self. Armed with his experience and knowledge of future events, he sets out to live his life anew.

    Chinese
    Novel Updates
    Action
    Adventure
    Angels
  • Virtual World: Peerless White Emperor cover art
    Virtual World: Peerless White Emperor
    ShiFou KeYi LiuXia・ongoing・translation

    Year 24XX. With several hundred years of improvements, virtual reality has become more mature. It had gradually become humanity's second world. Socializing, working, studying and other everyday things could all be done while sleeping. Along with the rise in virtual reality systems, virtual games also developed successfully. Additionally, with the vigorous support of the government; every season, games continued to be born, be changed, competed with each other, and be reborn. Ye Cang is a black bellied, underachieving, 2nd year student at a city college. He appears to have been cured of his albinism yet his story is still full of mystery. In the game ‘New Age – Conviction', he began walking the path of a professional gamer. An all-rounder ranger, dark cooking, with a nasty disposition, willing to do anything. He's slowly creating his own legend. “Actually… instead of games, I prefer cooking and dramas” – The White Emperor

    Chinese
    Novel Updates
    Action
    Adventure
    Androgynous Characters
  • VRMMO no Shien Shokunin ~Top Player no Shikakenin~ cover art
    VRMMO no Shien Shokunin ~Top Player no Shikakenin~
    Nikaidou Fuuto・ongoing・translation

    He was persuaded into playing the VRMMO 「Trailblazer」 or TB for short by his cheerful childhood friend Miyu. But Wataru faced Miyu, who was full of motivation and said this. 「Then, I'll be the rearguard. Shinto priest? I'll take this one」 「What!? You are not going to fight next to me!? And you call yourself a man!?」 For some time she would become one of the top players and start getting called Hero. So Wataru had to deal with being an extra. But, during a certain PvP event, a strange nickname was attached to Wataru. That, he was actually the 「Hero's true self」.

    Japanese
    Novel Updates
    Action
    Adventure
    Adventurers
  • The King's Avatar cover art
    The King's Avatar
    Butterfly Blue・ongoing・translation

    In the online game Glory, Ye Xiu is regarded as a textbook and a top-tier pro-player. However, due to a myriad reasons, he is kicked from the team. After leaving the professional scene, he finds work in an Internet Cafe as a manager. When Glory launches its tenth server, he who possesses ten years of gaming experience once again throws himself into the game. Bringing with him the memories of his past and an incomplete, self-made weapon, his return along the road to the summit begins! After fighting and scheming, who snatched away my glory? Under the tossing of the wind and rain, my dreams shall still appear as though they had never been shattered. In all its splendor, the path shall never be lost. Before the gazes of millions, this is where I return! *Under the Gaming category, The King's Avatar received the title for Best Work in 2013 and is the first and only 1000 Pledged Work (千盟作品). It has 23 million hits on Qidian and has the 2nd most recommendations in its category with 4.6 million recommendations.

    Chinese
    Novel Updates
    Webnovel
    Action
    Adapted to Anime
    Adapted to Drama
  • The Strongest System cover art
    The Strongest System
    Xin Feng・ongoing・translation

    Yours Truly shall have all of you bow down to me! Arriving in this brand-new world, Lin Fan found himself in possession of a system which allows him to level up indefinitely unbounded by the limitations of this world. Upon learning a powerful technique of Monkey Steals Peaches, Lin Fan realises that he's poised to literally become the strongest person in this entire world. But of course, how boring would that be unless the whole world gets to know about his great name? Shameless. Righteous. Smart. Lin Fan will let no one stand in his way to glory!

    Chinese
    Novel Updates
    Webnovel
    Action
    Adventure
    Arrogant Characters
  • Shadow Hack cover art
    Shadow Hack
    Great Lord of Cloudland・ongoing・translation

    By coincidence, Li Yunmu found a super machine from humanity's age of darkness. From that point onwards, his ordinary life would never be the same! Aptitude? Innate talent? What are these? Could they be eaten? I have neither aptitude nor innate skill, but my shadow can level up using hacks. Experience, Ability points, battle prowess… all of them could be hacked. Even while he is asleep or tired, he could still increase his skills. [Ding, your shadow has killed an ant, you have gained experience points and ability points.] [Ding, your shadow has successfully killed a dragonfly, it dropped a dimensionality box.] Crap, even killing insects can also increase his experience and get him rewards. What else!

    Chinese
    Novel Updates
    Webnovel
    Action
    Adapted to Manhua
    Adventure
  • Chrysalis cover art
    Chrysalis
    RinoZ・ongoing・original

    Anthony has been reborn! Placed into the remarkable game-like world of Pangera.However, something seems a little off. What's with these skills? Bite? Dig?Wait....I've been reborn as a WHAT?!Follow Anthony as he attempts to adjust to his new life, to survive and grow in his new Dungeon home! Join us on Discord! https://discord.gg/BFEfytf

    Royal Road
    Webnovel
    Adventure
    Comedy
    Dungeon
  • The World Online cover art
    The World Online
    Sheng Xiao Jian Ke・ongoing・translation

    Earth Online – a virtual MMORPG that takes place in the future year of 2190 – a game that everyone will bet their futures on. Set in a map that is ten times the size of real-world Earth, players battle for supremacy in the first game to feature personal adventure, territory construction, and grand warfare. For every death you experience in the game, your level would drop back to zero. Ouyang Shuo, an above average player, suffered the ultimate betrayal. For merely a piece of equipment, his sworn brother betrayed and backstabbed him. This time, after he reincarnated in the game, Ouyang Shuo swore to exact vengeance. However, in an unexpected turn of events, Ouyang Shuo found himself back five years before the betrayal – right before the launch of Earth Online. This time, armed with the knowledge from his past life, Ouyang Shuo would venture upon a new path. How to perfectly complete quests? What historical battle maps would appear? How should one build up their territory? Utilizing the experience from the predecessors of his last life, Ouyang Shuo makes his bid for the top against all odds. Follow his journey as he seeks to lord over the world! A different kind of tale that blends historical characters and virtual reality gaming, with heavy emphasis on kingdom building and warfare.

    Chinese
    Novel Updates
    Webnovel
    Accelerated Growth
    Action
    Adventure
  • MMORPG: Martial Gamer cover art
    MMORPG: Martial Gamer
    Immortal Iron Bull・ongoing・translation

    Catching arrows, running up walls, crushing boulders and bending metal, these are but petty parlour tricks in the eyes of martial artists. But where can a genuine martial artist stand in an era where martial artists are nothing more than a myth? Wang Yu, the most peerless martial prodigy the world has ever seen, elopes with his wife to escape an arranged marriage that was set for him as a child. Now aimless and living off his wife, Wang Yu explores the world of “Rebirth,” to seek a living. Rebirth is a world where dragons, demons and immortals are more than just legends, and Wang Yu is set to make a legend of his own.

    Chinese
    Novel Updates
    Webnovel
    Action
    Adventure
    Alchemy
  • Gate of Revelation cover art
    Gate of Revelation
    Dancing・ongoing・translation

    We attend school, find love, work, buy a house, pay our housing loans, insert weird faces in WeChat, watch movies… do any of you find anything amiss? One day, a group of strange people entered this world, equipped in strange clothing and possessing extraordinary powers, cold-blooded killers! They call themselves [Players]. Wait! Wait! You people want to kill me? You say I am NPC (Non Playable Character)? Stop joking around! You crazy bastards! I will fight you to the death! I will survive! NPC beating up Players! Original residents beating up Transmigraters! My world, my rules! What makes you think you bastards can come over and boss us around? Treading the path of the strongest saviour in history, one destined to be filled with excitement! … Chen Xiaolian: From today onwards, an organization whose sole purpose is to oppose those bastards is established! Our guild shall be named… Player Thwarting Alliance! Guild Member: Leader, this name, if we are to say it out, I fear we will be beaten up…

    Chinese
    Novel Updates
    Webnovel
    Action
    Adventure
    Beast Companions
1