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.
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.