The 100 Greatest Games Of All Time 20-11

Everyday I’m going to be counting down what I believe are the 100 Greatest games of all time.
My Grading criteria:

Influence-Did it shape the industry in some way.

Impact- Did the game have any cultural impact outside of the medium.

Legacy- Do people still play it today.

Graphics-The smallest criteria but bonus points if the game has unique graphics.

All Platforms are eligible.

 

20. The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past

The First Legend Of Zelda perfectly recreated the feeling of going into your backyard and letting your imagination take over. It had a sense of wonder no game had even attempted to capture. A Link To The Past expanded upon what made the first great by offering scale and stakes. You desperately wanted to save the princess and bring peace to Hyrule and A Link To The Past gave you enough weapons and items to feel like a true hero. A legend.

 

19. Red Dead Redemption

Rockstar took everything they learned from their years perfecting the open world genre and applied it to the Wild West. And nobody was prepared for the gaming experience that they would deliver. With a cornucopia of mini games, Side missions and random shit to do, This game will keep You enthralled for hours but it’s the emotional story that will make you never forget it.

 

18. Bioshock

Who knew all gamers really wanted with their shooters Was a little Ayn Rand philosophy? Besides having a deeply philosophical story that twists and turns keeping the player guessing till the end, it’s the universe of Rapture that truly sticks with the player. With audio logs expanding the lore and every square inch expertly designed to feel as real as possible, Bioshock is an instant classic.

 

17. Super Metroid

Tone and atmosphere is the hardest thing for a video game to nail. Making an environment gamers not only want to explore but want to learn more about. That’s the genius of Super Metroid. It took what worked from the first game and put into the body of what could be argued is essentially the first survival horror game. Nothing truly scary happens in the game but it’s the mood the game creates that is slightly off. Alien. It brilliantly captures the feeling of being transported to an unknown world.

 

16. Super Mario Bros. 3

Mario is like The Beatles. When creating the greatest albums of all time, it’s impossible to not have at least three in the top twenty. But thankfully, along with Mario, it’s always justified. Super Mario Bros 3 might be the greatest jump in quality from original to sequel. It added mini games for additional power-ups, a slightly branching level structure and the introduction of the greatest power-up in gaming: The Super Leaf which added a new degree of exploration to every level. A masterpiece that’s not only the blue print for every platformer but it wrote the book on how you design a sequel.

 

15. Chrono Trigger

The JRPG for people who are put off by the genre. Removing random enemy encounters and focusing more on combos than grinding sounds like “Baby’s first RPG” but it worked. Squaresoft created a master work that has been constantly referred to as the “Greatest RPG Of All Time” and when i can still remember everything about it 20 years later, I can’t really disagree.

 

14. The Last Of Us

Once in a blue moon, A game comes out that is so monumentally beloved, it instantly gets put on a pedestal. A pedestal above all other games like a king in the castle. Hype is a powerful thing but sometimes it’s deserved. The Last Of Us truly is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. The only reason it isn’t higher is other games have had a bigger impact on gaming. If influence wasn’t a big factor on placement of the games, This would easily be top 5.

 

13. Metal Gear Solid

Besides it essentially created the stealth genre and besides it’s (at the time) movie quality graphics with a staggering amount of cutscenes that was unheard of in 98, It’s the story that has kept Metal Gear Solid relevant for almost thirty years. Weaving crazy James Bond antics with real world problems like nuclear proliferation, This was the first game that felt important.

 

12. Super Mario 64

It was hard choosing between Super Mario Bros 3 and 64. It’s literally comparing titans of industry but i think the series going 3D was more important to the industry and a much bigger step forward than 3 just tightening the mechanics of the first. The whole world was waiting for What Nintendo was going to do and everyone has been affected by it. But seriously, It was damn near a coin toss.

 

11. The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time

As important to Mario’s jump to 3D but improved that games camera and added the dungeon exploration and epic storytelling from previous entries, Ocarina Of Time held the title of the greatest game of all time for quite awhile. The benefit of looking in all directions opened up an entire new way of solving puzzles and drastically changed the combat. The story was deep and it’s time traveling mechanics added something new to to the formula. This is the kitchen sink of video games.


Edit By TheGreenMalice: (I didn’t ask, so I apologize in advance if I overstepped, but such good content should be archived!)

If you would like to revisit the rest of Sailor Monsoon’s list, please see below for the links!

  • Matias Carcacha

    The top 10 is missing. What are the games 10-1?

  • Tanis11

    Glad to see Bioshock made it so high up. I really need to get a hold of a playstation to play The Last of Us…

  • sailor monsoon

    The ending is great but falls apart the minute you really think about.

  • TheDeadFellow

    I’d say I wish the combat was better paced and had a weapon wheel plus Comstock wasn’t as memorable as Ryan but it was one hell of game, with one of the greatest mindfuck endings I’ve ever seen. So much so that I think it’s probably in a top five for me, maybe even at the top.

  • sailor monsoon

    I have huge problems with the pacing and the story of infinite but it’s incredible.
    Ken levine knows how to create amazing worlds

  • TheDeadFellow

    Red Dead Redemption is one of the bleakest games I’ll ever play, right alongside Spec Ops The Line. It was pretty much Rockstar’s best game of last gen, though I did play Max Payne 3 a lot more than I did that.

    Bioshock4Life. One of the best shooters ever made, from its intelligent story to gorgeous art direction. Though I must say, I found Infinite to be even better.

  • sailor monsoon

    The future!

  • sailor monsoon

    True but Doom created the ESRB, it was blamed for Columbine, it created the term “Doom Clone”, it influenced every First Person Shooter, it influenced every horror game. Wolfenstein might’ve been first but doom is undeniably more impactful and influential.

  • DropYourLinen

    The two best Zeldas. And Mario 64 is still the craziest shit I’ve ever experienced in terms of artistic leaps forward. I’m glad to have lived through a dimensional shift. To the future!

  • sailor monsoon

    Oh no.
    I dig it.
    These things suck the energy out of me, so anyone making them better is aces in my book.

  • Jean Morel

    Without Wolf 3D there’d be no Doom. So applying you Mario Kart logic: Nirvana, Pixies, all that.

  • sailor monsoon

    I know.
    That one almost switched places with my number 11 spot but number 11 is waaay too ambitious to not be 11.
    It’s the highest on the list on pure quality. Everything higher is more influential but i know.
    I know

  • TheGreenMalice

    I still highly recommend doing that at the end! You can remove them if I stepped on your plan.

  • sailor monsoon

    I bet you do!

  • TheGreenMalice

    I know the game!

  • sailor monsoon

    *This Close*
    There’s another game that was more influential

  • sailor monsoon

    Thank you for the links
    I was just going to put them all in order in one giant post at the end

  • TheGreenMalice

    This list is great. I can’t disagree with anything. Placement of 64 over 3 is valid. The jump to 3D mechanics had a much larger effect on the industry and that franchise in general.

    I hate to admit it, but Chrono Trigger is my only blind spot on the list. It just never crossed my path, since I didn’t get into real RPGs until FF7.

  • TheGreenMalice

    You are missing out on RDR. That game has one of the best “act breaks” in any game or film. I would recommend checking it out on youtube, but it really doesn’t work unless you have experienced the game up to that point.

  • Duke

    Man of man were almost at the top 10. You should do the top 10, one at a time just to build up some insane suspense! But two Mario! Nice.

  • Jean Morel

    I forget, has Wolfenstein 3D been listed yet? If not, boy it better be in the Top 10.

  • Joe Newman

    The Last of Us should be way higher. I don’t care for your logic and reason, sir!

  • William Dhalgren

    RDR didn’t grab me. Something about the game mechanics, if I remember right. The Last of Us was one of the best video games I’ve played in a long time. My one complaint would really be a criticism of most games these days. I’m not a fan of the contrived way in which these sorts of games funnel the player through the narrative.

    My relationship with games in my adult life has been like my relationship with comics – I get on a kick and will play video games for a couple of months and then I will abruptly stop and not play again for months or even years. I can’t remember the last time I payed my PS3. But I have had some favorite games over the years. I need to go back through your lists and see if any of mine made the top 100.