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.
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!
- The 100 Greatest Games of all Time. 100-91
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- The 100 Greatest Games of all Time: 80-71
- The 100 Greatest Games of All Time 70-61
- The 100 Greatest Games Of All Time 60-51
- The 100 Greatest Games Of All Time 50-41
- The 100 Greatest Games Of All Time: 40-31
- The 100 Greatest Games of All Time: 30-21