The 100 Greatest Games Of All Time: 40-31

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.

 

40. Half-Life

Because the industry loves labels, Everything after Doom was automatically labeled a “Doom Clone”. From Quake to Unreal Tournament to Tribes, That label was stuck on every First Person Shooter till Half-Life. Combining a strong narrative with scripted sequences that revolutionized the genre, Half-Life more than earns a spot on this list.

 

39. Team Fortress 2

Few, if any game is worth a 10 year wait. There’s a reason why Duke Nukem Forever is a industry joke, It’s impossible to keep player interest and even harder to deliver anything even remotely satisfying. Team Fortress 2 was not only worth the 10 year wait but was 10 years ahead of the curve. With stylistic visuals that haven’t aged a day and loads of free downloadable content, This team based shooter is still played by millions 10 years later.

 

38. Super Mario Kart

Although every game in the series had easily eclipsed the first in terms of quality and popularity, You can’t forget the one that started it all. Creating a racing genre that’s been copied a million times but never equaled, Super Mario Kart may be the destroyer of friendships but you’re still going to play it with friends in the first place.

 

37. Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night

Metroid created the formula but Castlevania improved upon it by introducing fast paced combat and RPG elements. This successful Frankenstein -like combination of elements proved so successful, The series has never looked back.

 

36. Super Mario Galaxy

When it comes the Mario franchise, It’s not the story that keeps fans coming back again and again. Everyone expects Peach to get kidnapped and for Mario to defeat Bowser in the end. It’s expected. It’s the mechanics each new iteration brings to the table that fans are attracted to. And Galaxy perfected what it’s predecessor started 20 years earlier. It was so well received, It got a sequel less than two years later. A first for the series.

 

34. Goldeneye

The James Bond franchise is one of the most popular film series of all time. Spanning over 50 years with over 30 movies, millions of people from all the globe have embraced the franchise. Cut to 97 and now the fans are all in dorm rooms covered in a weekend stink and playing till their eyes bled. And Fuck whoever picks Oddjob.

 

33. Sim City

Who the Fuck thought city planning could be so much fun? Designing entire cityscapes down to budget management and even where the water pipes go proved to be incredibly entertaining. Turning the simulation genre into an industry staple, It also helped create an entire new generation of video game designers.

 

32. Soul Caliber

Sonic Adventure was a great launch title but it was Soul Calibur that proved the Dreamcast might be a legitimate competitor in the console wars. Demolishing the term “Arcade Perfect”, this port was actually better in every conceivable way. Tighter controls, Amazing graphics and a great cast of characters make this one of the ultimate fighting experiences.

 

32. StarCraft

They say chess is the most perfect game ever created. No two players could ever have the same game. StarCraft is the closest a video game has come to capturing that feeling. There’s always a new strategy, A new way to improve your skills. The game that created competitive sports as we know it.

 

31. Pokemon: Red/Blue

If there was ever a franchise to rival Mario’s fame, It’s Pokemon. The beginning of a multi-dollar franchise that shows no signs of stopping, This video game juggernaut took the world by storm. Gotta Catch Em All.

  • I can still feel the rage by simply looking at that Mario Kart cover. Goddamn blue shells…

  • Tanis11

    Yeah the cliff hanger was annoying, but the Halo 2 single player was still long if I remember correctly. The fucking library just DRAGGED during the original Halo for me.

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  • sailor monsoon

    Even if it dies, It had a 20 year run.
    That’s Damn impressive

  • Tanis11

    I like the optimism and hope you’re right….but with the rise of MOBA’s i doubt it.

  • sailor monsoon

    No.
    No.
    No.

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  • sailor monsoon

    I actually prefer this on to Mario kart 64.
    There’s some that are great.
    Crash team racing and sonic and sega all star racing transformed are great but that’s literally it.
    Everything else is a copy of a copy

  • sailor monsoon

    I liken the Mario kart games to grunge bands.
    64 is nirvana. Everyone wanted to be nirvana but nirvana wanted to be the pixies. No pixies, No Nirvana.
    No super Mario kart, No mario kart 64

  • sailor monsoon

    I think it’ll come back.
    I think fans Will be nostalgic for it and it’ll make a comeback

  • sailor monsoon

    That was my thought as well.
    Halo 2 didn’t make the cut because although the multiplayer is amazing, the single player is half a story. Right when it gets great,it ends.
    So the Game is only half great in my opinion

  • Tanis11

    As someone who loves Starcraft mostly for solo play/custom games and not a ton of multiplayer….I am really sad to see it dying as an E-sport. Watching those people play SC2 is very humbling.

  • Tanis11

    I would put Halo (Halo 2 specifically) above GE as well. While GE laid the foundation and the influence….Halo did it better. But nothing will take away my memories of Proximity Mines on Complex from 007.

  • sailor monsoon

    I had too many.
    A lot of my favorite games didn’t make the cut.
    There was 2 Mario games that came extremely close to the list but something had to go.

  • Jean Morel

    I have a feeling it was Mario Kart 64 more than Super Mario Kart which made the “mascot racing” genre a massive thing everybody wanted to copy.

    Also of note, Starcraft is now free.

  • Joe Newman

    How can you cut your favorite? It better not be SMB3.

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    “Creating a racing genre that’s been copied a million times but never equaled, ”

    Woah woah woah…
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  • sailor monsoon

    I bumped up a game just for you sir

  • sailor monsoon

    I actually bumped it up.
    It was about 15 spots lower.
    It’s on the last solely for it’s impact.
    How a game ages is also a determining factor in where it will be placed and it plays like ass.
    Every single sequel is a million times better.

  • sailor monsoon

    I’ve changed some of the order around while doing this but i think the top 30 is solid

  • sailor monsoon

    Perfect dark was *this* close to making the cut

  • sailor monsoon

    True but i wanted a mixture of a lot of different genres.
    Mario is amazing but i needed some racing games and some sports games

  • Lydia Deetz

    Pokemon Red & Blue aren’t in the top twenty? I’m sorry, Sailor…. You’ve brought this on yourself.

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  • Duke

    There’s never enough Mario if the series has been so impactful to video gaming

  • Goldeneye has forever ruined any first person shooter with two sticks for me. I always end up looking at the floor or ceiling. I’m a big Perfect Dark fan too.

  • TheGreenMalice

    Oh I know, I have a list in my head that are essential. So far you are hitting everything. I am not worried.

  • sailor monsoon

    The only game in the top 30 it would switch with is halo and i think halo had as much of an impact but did more things correct.
    Any FPS that’s controlled with one stick doesn’t age well

  • sailor monsoon

    I know it seems like there’s a lot of gold low on the list but that top 30…

  • TheGreenMalice

    I bought a Wii just to play Galaxy.
    I bought a new computer to play Half-Life.
    I bought a Dreamcast to play Soul Caliber.

    I knew SotN was coming up!

  • sailor monsoon

    I had to cut my favorite Mario from the list because there’s too much Mario.

  • TheGreenMalice

    It will be…

  • *blank stare*

    Goldeneye, the only game I ever rented a console for. That plus sambuca and some friends misspent a lot of Friday nights.

    Et tu, Soul Calibur. I’m never getting all those arcade tokens back, am I.

  • Duke

    When you feel that Mario has appeared too often now and won’t be in the top 25.

  • TheDeadFellow

    EN TARO ADUN, SAILOR MONSOON!

  • Goldeneye is too low.