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.
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.
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.
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.