Game Informer just released their 200th issue, and with it put together their list of top 200 games. Its an interesting list with some really good stuff in there, though the most intriguing part is when some of these games were released (damn I feel old). According to the magazine they took into account "quality, cultural relevance, and industry impact" with votes tallied "by a clever computer application and a series of heated meetings to parse the results". I'm sure not everyone will agree, but I think they did a pretty good job.
1 Legend of Zelda NES 1987 2 Super Mario Bros. NES 1985 3 Tetris PC 1984 4 Grand Theft Auto III PS2 2001 5 Half-Life 2 PC 2004 6 Doom PC 1993 7 Metroid NES 1986 8 Final Fantasy III SNES 1994 9 Super Mario Bros. 3 NES 1990 10 Ms. Pac-Man Arcade 1981 11 World of Warcraft PC 2004 12 Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past SNES 1992 13 Super Mario 64 N64 1996 14 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare PS3/360/PC 2007 15 Final Fantasy VII PS1 1997 16 Mike Tyson's Punch Out NES 1987 17 Chrono Trigger SNES 1995 18 Resident Evil 4 GC 2005 19 Metal Gear Solid PS1 1998 20 Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time N64 1998 21 Super Metroid SNES 1994 22 Contra NES 1988 23 Galaga Arcade 1981 24 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night PS1 1997 25 Street Fighter II Arcade 1991 26 God of War PS2 2005 27 Bioshock 360/PC 2007 28 Diablo II PC 2000 29 Half Life PC 1998 30 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion PC/360 2006 31 Tecmo Super Bowl NES 1991 32 Goldeneye 007 N64 1997 33 Super Mario Kart SNES 1992 34 Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis 1991 35 StarCraft PC 1998 36 Civilization PC 1991 37 SimCity PC 1989 38 Mega Man 2 NES 1988 39 Halo Xbox 2001 40 Gran Turismo PS1 1998 41 Resident Evil 2 PS1 1998 42 Pokemon Red and Blue Game Boy 1996 43 Final Fantasy X PS2 2001 44 EverQuest PC 1999 45 Final Fantasy Tactics PS1 1998 46 Grand Theft Auto IV PS3/360 2008 47 Super Mario World SNES 1991 48 Deus Ex PC 2000 49 Guitar Hero PS2 2005 50 Metal Gear Solid 2 PS2 2001 51 Super Mario Galaxy Wii 2007 52 Pac-Man Arcade 1980 53 Battlefield 2 PC 2005 54 Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Xbox 2003 55 Ico PS2 2001 56 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves PS3 2009 57 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 PS2 2000 58 Mass Effect 360 2007 59 Adventure Atari 2600 1980 60 Arkanoid Arcade 1986 61 Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Game Boy 1993 62 Star Wars: X-Wing PC 1993 63 Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask N64 2000 64 Grand Theft Auto San Andreas PS2 2004 65 Fallout 3 PS3/360/PC 2008 66 Zork PC 1980 67 Soul Calibur Dreamcast 1999 68 Double Dragon Arcade 1987 69 Dr. Mario NES 1990 70 The Sims PC 2000 71 Age of Empires PC 1997 72 Mortal Kombat 2 Arcade 1993 73 Rock Band 2 PS3/360 2008 74 Tomb Raider PS1 1996 75 Super Bomberman SNES 1993 76 Mario's Picross Game Boy 1995 77 Ninja Gaiden NES 1989 78 Command & Conquer PC 1995 79 Kingdom Hearts PS2 2002 80 Final Fantasy II SNES 1991 81 Super Mario Bros. 2 NES 1988 82 Left 4 Dead PC 2008 83 Okami PS2 2006 84 Shadow of the Colossus PS2 2005 85 Metroid Prime GC 2002 86 Super Smash Bros. Melee GC 2001 87 Warcraft II PC 1995 88 Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn PC 2000 89 God of War II PS2 2007 90 Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Wii 2006 91 Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal PS2 2004 92 Medal of Honor: Allied Assault PC 2002 93 Skies of Arcadia Dreamcast 2000 94 Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker GC 2003 95 Silent Hill 2 PS2 2001 96 Counter-Strike PC 1999 97 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Genesis 1992 98 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City PS2 2002 99 Prince of Persia: Sand of Time PS2/Xbox/GC 2003 100 Portal PC/360 2007 101 Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind PC 2002 102 Heroes of Might & Magic III PC 1999 103 Donkey Kong Arcade 1981 104 Batman: Arkham Asylum PS3/360 2009 105 System Shock 2 PC 1999 106 Resident Evil PS1 1996 107 Gears of War 360 2006 108 Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3 2008 109 Crash Bandicoot: Warped PS1 1998 110 Halo 2 Xbox 2004 111 Tetris Attack SNES 1996 112 Final Fantasy XII PS2 2006 113 Earthbound SNES 1995 114 Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri PC 1998 115 Command & Conquer Red Alert PC 1996 116 Advance Wars GBA 1997 117 Fallout PC 1997 118 Team Fortress 2 PS3/360/PC 2007 119 Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory Xbox 2005 120 Mega Man X SNES 1994 121 Lemmings PC 1991 122 Panzer Dragoon Saga Saturn 1998 123 NHL '94 Genesis 1993 124 Warlords Arcade 1980 125 Shadowrun SNES 1993 126 Twisted Metal 2 PS1 1996 127 Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee PS1 1997 128 Metroid Fusion GBA 2002 129 Homeworld PC 1999 130 Kingdom Hearts 2 PS2 2006 131 Pilotwings SNES 1991 132 Quake II PC 1997 133 Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II PC 1997 134 Borderlands PS3/360/PC 2009 135 Final Fight Arcade 1989 136 Star Fox SNES 1993 137 Madden '99 PS1/N64/PC 1998 138 Call of Duty 2 360/PC 2005 139 Wolfenstein 3D PC 1992 140 Diablo PC 1996 141 Civilization IV PC 2005 142 Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle PC 1993 143 Assassin's Creed PS3/360 2007 144 Burnout 3: Takedown PS2/Xbox 2004 145 Unreal Tournament 2004 PC 2004 146 Power Stone 2 Dreamcast 2000 147 Super Castlevania IV SNES 1991 148 Super Mario RPG SNES 1996 149 Warcraft III PC 2002 150 ActRaiser SNES 1991 151 Fable Xbox 2004 152 Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht PS2 2003 153 Asteroids Arcade 1979 154 LittleBigPlanet PS3 2008 155 Crackdown 360 2007 156 Gauntlet Arcade 1985 157 Devil May Cry PS2 2001 158 Pong Arcade 1972 159 Battlefield 1942 PC 2002 160 Thief PC 1998 161 Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 360 2005 162 Far Cry PC 2004 163 Robotron: 2084 Arcade 1982 164 X-Com: UFO Defense PC 1993 165 Peggle PC 2007 166 King's Quest VI PC 1992 167 Doom 2 PC 1994 168 Tempest 2000 Jaguar 1994 169 Braid 360 2008 170 Ridge Racer PS1 1995 171 Bully PS2 2006 172 Ikaruga GC 2006 173 Lode Runner Apple II 1983 174 Gunstar Heroes Genesis 1993 175 Dig Dug Arcade 1982 176 Castlevania NES 1988 177 Tekken 3 Arcade 1997 178 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney DS 2005 179 NBA Jam Tournament Edition Arcade 1993 180 Max Payne PC 2001 181 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 PS3/360/PC 2009 182 Samurai Showdown Neo Geo 1993 183 NFL 2k5 PS2/Xbox 2004 184 Vagrant Story PS1 2000 185 Super Mario World 2:Yoshi's Island SNES 1995 186 Marble Madness Arcade 1984 187 Infamous PS3 2009 188 Planescape: Torment PC 1999 189 Kid Icarus NES 1986 190 Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay Xbox 2004 191 Metal Gear Solid 3 PS2 2004 192 Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem GC 2002 193 Jak 3 PS2 2004 194 Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Dreamcast 2002 195 Ultima PC 1981 196 Call of Duty PC 2003 197 NHL 09 PS3/360 2008 198 Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow Xbox 2004 199 Tactics Ogre PS1 1997 200 Beyond Good and Evil PS2/Xbox/GC 2003
Lisa: Poor predicatble Bart, always picks rock Bart: Good ole rock, nothing beats that
Wow - pretty much impossible to come up with a list like this that would resonate with all, but they've done a pretty darn good job for mine. So Kudos.
I notice everything is 'home platform' rather than arcade, which if that's how they've defined 'games' is fine. I always found the experience of games like Gauntlet never translated as well in the home, as you couldn't beat you and three of your mates crowded around a machine in a dingy arcade. We could never really recreate that atmosphere. Same for some of the multiplayer horizontal fighters.
Good to see some older games getting some love, proving that good gameplay != killer graphics only.
Worryingly, there aren't too many games on that list that I haven't played
Random comments Unless I missed it, no love for Dune 2? In terms of it's importance to the industry, I would think it would rate pretty high. I remember a time when everyione I knew was playing it until Warcraft 2 and C&C came out.
Good to see Peggle getting some love.
I still have a working NES and cartridges for items 2, 7 & 9. SM3 was so much deeper than anything else on the NES, but came at the end of the platform. I poured so much time into this, leaving the console powered up for days at a time trying to finish the game.
Of all the Sid Meier games, no Civ 2 (unless I missed it again) I thought that one was his peak and what took his name to bigger than the game.
Hey SM2 at #81. I wonder which one they mean? The weirdo re-badged one with the onion tossing? I seem to remember that some parts of the world got differing games?
To answer some questions: -Yes it was the SMB2 game with the throwing of the onions -There are quite a few arcade games on the list (including gauntlet) -no Dune 2 -no Civ 2 (but there was Civ 1 and Civ 4)
My thoughts -While SM64 was a little high at 13, and Link to the Past could be higher than 11, I can't think of a game in the top 10 to remove (I really think the two most likely candidates (HLF2 and Metroid) deserve to be in the top 10 as well) -Punch Out was great, but it was rated a little high -whoever said it was right, Street Fighter 2 should at least be in the top 20 -Halo basically ensured the X-box would survive until more games came out therefore it should be a little higher than 39
Lisa: Poor predicatble Bart, always picks rock Bart: Good ole rock, nothing beats that
Seems unlikely so many games in the Super Mario franchise would qualify. In my (old) mind, they blur.
Wasn't Intellivision the first console to have game vocals with the Intellivoice hardware add-on? That seems like a significant bump in the evolution of games. I recall that system's B-17 Bomber had a variety of voices within one game, including one with a thick Southern accent. That level of atmosphere and technology should earn a ranking.
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Who released TETRIS in 1984? Lord knows, there have been some incredible renditions and version that have come out. I'd probably give my vote to the pirate Tengen version that came out for the NES, or the original for the Game Boy over a PC version I can't remember. Lord knows, in the day of Shareware and BBSes, I was able to get over fifteen versions of the game from developers that I can't even remember.
Tetris Attack: wasn't that a Mario-esque game with Yoshi? I remember it being a very fun game.
I'm gonna guess I'm in the minority, but I hated Super Mario 64.
I'm not happy that Final Fantasy VIII isn't on that list. FFVII's ending really irked me. For a game with the word FINAL in it, it seemed to need a few other parts to finish the story, such as an additional game and a movie or something. I dunno. Anyhow, FFVIII had a set ending, with great characters and a great storyline with Squall and Rinoa. It's easily my favorite out of the series.
And yes, I know that Aeris's death is a brilliant turning point in video games, so I'm not denouncing the game's greatness. I just thought that 8 was better than 7.
The fact that Dance Dance Revolution isn't on this list is a crying shame.
Vice City was A LOT better than San Andreas. Sorry.
I agree with Oliver on GTA: Vice City. It might be okay to put GTA III ahead of it (I wouldn't myself as VC was the game that got me into GTA), but to put VC below SA is silly.
Ocarina of Time is way too low on this list. As is Metroid Prime.
The biggest omission is any of the Paper Mario games, especially Paper Mario 2: The Thousand Year Door. That's the game that showed me that I could actually like an RPG game.
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Urgh. How the hell did I miss all that? Sorry all. Scary bit is it wasn't as if I did a 3 second scan and then posted either. Mental Note - need to check everything I did at work today when I get in tomorrow.
CivII and Dune2 points still stand though. Thanks for the corrrections.
Originally posted by Doc_whiskey31 Tecmo Super Bowl NES 1991
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Agreed. TSB for the NES is still the best football video game I've ever played, and I've been playing Madden games since Madden '93. As soon as Nintendo decides to release TSB for the Virtual Console I'm buying another Wii (I sold all the Wiis I owned before).
Also, the list has it right re: the order of Grand Theft Auto games. GTA III revolutionized free-form gaming. GTA IV took it to a whole 'nother level of graphics and depth. Vice City was a SWEET game and remains one of my all time favorites, but San Andreas was much, much deeper, more difficult, and more rewarding to make progress in. Take everything that was great about Vice City and make the game like five times larger and give it a little presentational upgrade to boot. It was like the intermediate step between GTA III and GTA IV in terms of bringing something new to the table.
-Did anyone find ANY wrestling game on there? If we have boxing games, you think we would have wrestling games.
-COD4's is an amazing game, but 17 seems to be amazingly high. Especially when you compare it with any of the Halo games, the first at 39. Halo 3's multiplayer alone should warrant at least SOME inclusion on this list for the Forge feature that is pretty much going to keep that game alive forever. Love or hate the series, Halo outside of the top 25 makes little sense.
-While I love me some zelda, I don't know how ANY of the games in that series would beat out Mario in terms of cultural relevancy, and the quality of the games would be a push at the NES level. I'd switch Mario 1 with Zelda 1, and then swap a Link to the Past with the Original Zelda. In terms of quality, you can't beat A Link to the Past.
-Mario 64 is top-ten worthy.
-No Donkey Kong Country? That was a pretty important platformer series for the SNES.
As a PC only gamer, the list is kind of meh for me.
- It's good to see X-Com getting some love, but it's about 150 spots too low on the list.
- It's also good to see Roberta Williams getting some love, even if I do think they picked the wrong King's Quest game.
- Putting Oblivion above games like Baldur's Gate II and Planescape: Torment is just wrong. I really enjoyed Oblivion, but it wasn't as good as either of the aforementioned games. For that matter, I'm not sure Oblivion was better than Morrowwind.
- As others have noted, Civ II was much better and much more addictive than Civ IV.
- I'd probably argue that Max Payne is too low on the list as well.
- Echoing CRZ, where's Defender? For that matter, where's the arcade version of Smash TV? The quarters spent on those games probably would have financed one of my years of graduate school.
- Finally, where's M.U.L.E. and either Master of Orion or MOO II? The amount of time I spent on those games is just ludicrous and they were undeniably influential and lots of fun.
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Clearly, there is altogether not enough Manic Miner on this list.
I still maintain that Super Mario Bros was one of the most hideously overrated games in the history of man, but nearly a quarter of a century on I'm just about ready to accept that the rest of the world will never come round to my way of thinking.
Originally posted by StingArmyTSB for the NES is still the best football video game I've ever played, and I've been playing Madden games since Madden '93.
Wasn't it Madden that first introduced the 'vertical POV' type camera angle that most football games since went on to adopt? If so, I would've thought Madden should get some more love just for that. And the player-crushing ambulance from '92 remains one of the finest things in sports games' history. ;)