The 100 Greatest Games of All Time: 30-21

Everyday Iā€™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.

 

30. Diablo 2

Blizzard created a virtual drug that millions became instantly addicted to. Grinding and Looting and Grinding and Looting. This game made “Just ten more minutes” turn into “Jesus Christ, Where did my weekend go!?”

 

29. Civilization 5

It’s not unusual for video game companies to go back to the well. In fact, they all do. They’ll milk that money cow dead, Fill it’s corpse up with milk and keep pumping out gross milk….look the metaphor is getting out of hand. What I’m trying to say is there’s a lot of sequels out there that do nothing but take up shelf space. Some how the Civilization games get better with each new iteration. By the 15th one, I’m pretty sure it’ll be the second coming of Christ.

 

28. Street Fighter 2

There’s not many games that are synonymous with an entire genre. There’s also not many games that were so monumentally important, they actually shaped the genre they’re in. In the middle of that venn diagram is Street Fighter 2. Other fighting games may be more polished or offer more content but they wouldn’t exist without Street Fighter 2.

 

27. Overwatch

What outrage! A game that literally just had it’s one year anniversary so high on the list. Blasphemy i hear you cry. Put down your pitchforks and shut your Damn mouths, Ya titty babies. I would agree but blizzard has continuously updated, Tweaked and improved it’s magnum opus over that year and it’s gotten better every month. With a cast of characters already in the pantheon of icons and new shit being added constantly, there’s no point in waiting to declare Overwatch one of the greatest games of all time.

 

26. Mass Effect 2

Every console generation has it’s defining games. The NES had Super Mario Bros, The Super NES also…had… Mario and the Psone had Final Fantasy 7 and Metal Gear Solid. The Mass Effect series have a legitimate claim as the defining games of the 360/ PS3 era. With Mass Effect 2 being the crown jewel. When your series is actually compared to Star Wars, You’re doing something right.

 

25. Halo: Combat Evolved

The game that made Microsoft an industry titan and created an entire new generation of gamers. A remarkable single player game that crafted an entirely new universe that felt bigger than anything that came before with one of the greatest musical scores of all time providing a constant action packed ambiance. Oh and the multiplayer is pretty good too.

 

24. Final Fantasy 7

Tens of thousands of irate costumers took back Final Fantasy 7 because “They Didn’t know there would be reading” and that “It didn’t look like the commercial” there was a time that pre rendered cutscences were so new, The general public had never seen them before. But that time was 97 and that Game was Final Fantasy 7. With its aforementioned cutscenes and it’s iconic killing of a main character, It redefined how games told stories.

 

23. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Winning every video game award in existence (And probably a couple that were created just for it) there’s never been a game so instantly beloved by everyone. With a plethora of side quests, Mini games and sex with witches on unicorns, The Witcher 3 is as close to perfection as a game can get.

 

22. Resident Evil 4

Ditching the puzzle solving formula that got old years previous, Resident Evil 4 is an entire new engine built from the ground up. Gone are the tank controls and cinematic angles that plagued the series and are now replaced with a brand new third-person camera for better aiming, and a control scheme so tight, it felt like the GameCube controller was built for it. There’s many great video game moments but you’ll never forget the first time someone busts through a door wielding a chainsaw.

 

21. Half-Life 2

Half-Life 3 wouldn’t be the In joke between gamers if they seriously didn’t want it in the first place. And boy do they want it. Valve struck pay dirt when they decided to finally continue the adventures of Gordon Freeman almost ten years later. With characters that were so well written, They finally stopped feeling like game characters and started feeling like real people. The virtual world Valve created has never been topped.