The 100 Greatest Games Of All Time 60-51

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.

 

60. Tomb Raider

Lara Croft’s debut not only brought the adventure genre into 3D (Gamers had to make due with Pitfall! For years) but created a bonafide female icon. Like a long forgotten treasure, It may not have the luster that it used to but it’s influence is undeniable.

 

 

59. Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec

There’s multiple kinds of racing games: There’s the Kart Racer, The Street Racer, Arcade and Simulation and The king of simulation is Gran Turismo. The first game picked up where Ridge Racer left off and by the 3rd, The Formula was perfect. If you’re making a racing game, You’re borrowing from this.

 

58. Batman: Arkham City

While the first game was inarguably a masterpiece, Arkham City some how one upped it in every way. Huge city to explore, An extensive list of villains from his Rogues gallery and a story better than most movies. This is The Dark Knight of video games.

 

57. Pac-Man

Pac-Man wasn’t instrumental in kicking off the Video Game craze of the late 70’s like some believe but it did create it’s mascot. Every game before it essentially used shapes to shoot other shapes but Pac-Man gave gamers an instantly identifiable character. It’s impossible to look a pizza the same way again.

 

56. The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

Every game involving Link and zelda always fall back on the familiar tropes: You must collect the Master Sword, Explore some dungeons, Save princess Zelda and defeat Ganon at the end. Wash, Rinse, Repeat. But Majora’s Mask offered something different, Something darker. With a Groundhog Day-like time mechanic that has you not only solving puzzles but changing characters fates. Not only was the ominous moon your enemy, but so was time itself.

 

55. Metroid Prime

It’s funny to look back in retrospect at all the fans bemoaning Nintendo’s decision to take the franchise in first person because now everyone is bitching that they haven’t made a sequel. With an incredible score, graphics that still hold up and one of the greatest environments to explore in gaming, Prime showed there’s always more juice in the lemon. Or whatever the phrase is.

 

54. Final Fantasy Tactics

In 1987, Square decided to throw it’s hat into the RPG game and it changed the course of gaming forever. Ten years later, With the help of the team that made Tactics Ogre, Square crafted the greatest strategy RPG of all time. With a deep customizable class system and a story that makes Game of Thrones look easy to follow by comparison, Tactics kept you hooked for hours upon hours.

 

53. God of War 2

The first is undeniably influential. With it’s visceral kills and stunning animations, It made players feel like a badass God Killer. The Sequel made you feel like a God. It took everything good about the sequel and made it great and cut out everything else. The first has the impact and the third has the scale but two did everything right.

 

52. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Always respected in the industry thanks to games like Crash and Jak and Daxter, Uncharted 2 proved that Naughty Dog was a force to be reckoned with. Creating a story and universe on par with Indiana Jones and building off of the mechanics of Tomb Raider, Uncharted 2 is everything video games should aspire to be.

 

51. Shadow Of The Colossus

Tasked with hunting and defeating 16 towering gods, The brilliance of shadow of the Colossus, Isn’t the action, or even the killing of the beasts, It’s what happens afterwards. Nietzsche once wrote: “Anything done in love, Is beyond Good and Evil.” Maybe he was wrong.

  • sailor monsoon

    I don’t have the older generation. Those can play ps1 games.
    I downloaded it.
    For some reason you can’t download ps1 games on the ps4

  • Tanis11

    Is it backwards compatible for that game or did you buy the generation of PS3 where every PS1 & 2 game were compatible?

  • sailor monsoon
  • Lydia Deetz
  • sailor monsoon
  • Lydia Deetz
  • sailor monsoon

    I said for the winner.
    Not the ultimate loser

  • Lydia Deetz

    Well then…. Go get it.

  • sailor monsoon

    …..
    At the cookie store

  • Lydia Deetz

    1. Myst
    2. Insecticide
    3. Sam & Max
    4. Resident Evil 3
    5. Robocop VS Terminator

    Where’s my cookie?

  • sailor monsoon

    I’m going to give out free movie codes to whoever correctly guesses my top five

  • Lydia Deetz

    The greatest PC game ever!

  • sailor monsoon

    I bought a ps3 just to play Final Fantasy Tactics again.
    I already own a ps4

  • sailor monsoon

    You got it

  • Lydia Deetz
  • Tanis11

    Tactics!? If so I have you beat.

  • Tanis11

    I am a little embarrassed to say how much time I put into FF Tactics growing up and doing multiple play throughs. I have always wanted to go back and play Shadow of the Colossus. I have several friends who hold that game dear to their hearts and say its one of their favorites of all time.

  • Duke

    @disqus_E9NcYqwZ26:disqus

    You missed your cue bud

  • sailor monsoon

    I picked grim fandango over monkey island
    But 2 monkey island games and maniac mansion 2 are in the top 150.
    Really high up

  • Joe Newman

    Guybrush is making an appearance then I assume.

  • sailor monsoon

    Honestly that Game was in the top 100 forever but i had too many games by tim schafer and something needed to be cut.
    It’s technically got a sequel and i new one is on the way.
    Right now it’s number 297 on my list

  • Joe Newman

    Psychonauts

  • sailor monsoon

    And i just looked at the rest of the games on the list and i guarantee it’s not on there.
    I’m guessing either beyond good and evil, psychonaughts or okami?

  • sailor monsoon

    Before i post the top 20, I’m going to post the 400 that didn’t make the cut

  • Joe Newman

    I might be upset if my all-time favorite which didn’t have enough attention to warrant a sequel isn’t included. I’m not going to say what it is until the end.

  • sailor monsoon

    Wait till you see the rest of the last before the frowns

  • Joe Newman

    🙁

  • sailor monsoon

    Well since it’s low ranking is too Damn high, technically those cancel each other out and it’s in it’s the proper place

  • Joe Newman

    It’s great and very different with the time loop and collecting masks.

  • Joe Newman

    Since he’s not here, I will also add that the low rankings of Uncharted 2 is TOO DAMN HIGH!

  • Joe Newman

    I’m just glad Majora’s Mask made the list.

  • sailor monsoon

    I almost cut out one of the zelda games for Breath of the wild but I’ve only played a little bit of it.
    But it’s the best Zelda game by far

  • sailor monsoon

    One of these games I’ve put over 200 hours in.
    I think you win

  • MichaelAndTheArgonauts

    I would put FF Tactics higher but that’s just me. Arkham City is amazing. Majora’s Mask is probably the most divisive, intriguing and ultimately brilliant game Nintendo has put out.

  • TheGreenMalice

    I played through 7 of them, some of them multiple times. I should probably rethink my life choices.

  • TheGreenMalice

    I should probably find a way to play it someday.

  • Basement_Bros

    I own five of these, and never beat and/or barely played them.

    … I should probably just sell my whole collection.

  • sailor monsoon

    It almost made the top 50!

  • Duke

    No it’s amazing! Just glad it’s on the list

  • It’s the shit.

  • sailor monsoon

    …..
    It’s not even in my top 500
    Have you played that recently?
    It doesn’t hold up
    But i still remember the Green Jelly theme song

  • I hope Maximum Carnage ends up on this list. It was the greatest Spider-Man game of all time, and there have been some greats. I learned more about Spider-man and friends from that than anything else. I’m kicking myself for not holding on to the red cartridge.

  • sailor monsoon

    I thought you said it was just alright and i was gonna throw rocks at you

  • Duke

    Uncharted 2 alright!

  • sailor monsoon

    I’m not a huge Zelda fan but i think it’s one of the best ones

  • TheGreenMalice

    The only game I haven’t played here, is Majora’s Mask. It came out at a system transition for me, and I never went back to play it.