The 100 Greatest Games of All Time 70-61

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.

 

70. Mortal Kombat 2

Highly controversial upon release, This influential game not only paved the way for every violent game that came after but was instrumental in the creation of the ESRB. But controversy alone doesn’t create a legacy (Nobody remembers Night Trap) It’s also an incredible fighting game.

 

69. The Sims

A 20 year franchise built around the incredibly simple premise of watching virtual people go about their day. Watching them wake up, make breakfast, take a shower and so on. Sequels would add everything from magic to celebrities but this is the foundation everything spawned from.

 

68. Fallout 3

The original Fallout games are some of the best isometric RPGs of all time. But the jump to First Person and 3D added another degree of immersion the previous games lacked. You’re no longer looking at the Wasteland, you’re in it.

 

67. Rockband 3

Harmonix perfected the rhythm game with Guitar hero. Perfected it again with Guitar Hero 2. Added some more instruments and created Rock Band. Polished that and gave us Rock Band 2. Took everything they had learned from all their previous games and created the perfect party game in Rock Band 3. Harmonix some how figured out how to perfect perfection.

 

66. Ico

Most games build a mechanic and craft entire games around it. Pac-Man eats dots for points and avoids ghosts. Asteroids involves you shooting asteroids. Simple mechanics anyone can instantly understand. Ico isn’t any different. You hold have to navigate a princess around a castle by holding her hand. That’s it. But the game isn’t the mechanic, It’s the emotional connection the mechanic creates. There’s no other game like Ico.

 

65. Castlevania

Replacing the ninjas and robots the genre is known fire with universal monsters, This early classic helped define the NES era. With instantly recognizable whip, Simon Belmont could easily sit alongside Mario, Link and Samus in The Videogame Hall of Fame.

 

64. Donkey Kong

Before there was Mario, There was ‘Jumpman’. Before Bowser and Peach, There was Donkey Kong and Pauline. This granddaddy of video gaming was not only the precursor to the greatest video game franchise of all time but is also one of the most iconic arcade cabinets around. Over 30 years later, people from all over the world are still trying to get that high score.

 

63. Double Dragon

It begins with one of the most insane openings in all of video gaming: Street thugs punch Marion in the gut and haul her away and her two lovers, Billy and Jimmy have to Karate chop their way through the grimy streets of New York to come to her rescue. This is where Co-op beat em up’s got their start. Thank god Super Mario Bros didn’t start like that though.

 

62. Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence

Improving over the original in everyway. This extended addition added a much better camera that greatly improved the gameplay, Two previous NES titles, mini games, Side missions and an all new competitive multiplayer mode. This is the definitive version of an already amazing game.

 

61. Silent Hill 2

Survival horror games are all the rage now but there was a time they were few and far between. Before Slenderman and the jumpscare-a-thon that is Five nights at Freddy’s, There was Pyramid Head and the town of Silent Hill. Trading jump scares for tension, No game has cultivated dread better.

  • Tanis11

    Oooo FO3, I wonder if New Vegas makes the list then.

  • DontBeMeanInternet

    Yep, the new Batgirl, the cheap character.

  • Jean Morel

    Do I?

  • Joshua Martyniouk

    Batgirl was hard to pull of combos however Black Canary once you start hitting your enemy you can combo them easily and destroy them and her ear deafening scream hits from a long distance and her super is really good and she is so good at combos that you can get 10 hit combos with Black Canary! She is my favorite newcomer in Injustice 2. She is really good in tournaments!

  • Joshua Martyniouk

    I almost lost to a kid spamming Green Lantern. But he only had 2 mains I had a lot of mains so I made a comeback and bested him for an awesome Frank Miller The Dark Knight Returns comic! I have crushed everyone in my path except one person who is just as good as me.

  • sailor monsoon

    Oh very nice!

  • DontBeMeanInternet

    That sounds like Black Canary is the new Batgirl to what Injustice 1 was?

  • Joshua Martyniouk

    I won an Injustice 2 tournament with Black Canary and mastered the game in 1 day! I love injustice 2 it is a great improvement from the original! I need to play the story because I heard its really good!

  • sailor monsoon

    Agreed.
    You check out injustice 2?

  • Joshua Martyniouk

    Mortal Kombat X was fantastic

  • Joshua Martyniouk

    Then again I haven´t played mortal kombat 2 in a while!

  • sailor monsoon

    Played.
    Past tense.
    It’s old and it’s mechanics are obsolete.
    Mortal kombat X is infinitely better

  • DontBeMeanInternet

    You always do lol

  • DontBeMeanInternet

    So fun

  • DontBeMeanInternet

    Lies

  • Joshua Martyniouk

    On arcade controllers yes but on a console it played perfectly.

  • sailor monsoon

    Mortal kombat 2 plays like ass Joshua

  • Joshua Martyniouk

    Crazy as a psychopath!

  • sailor monsoon

    Very true.

  • Jean Morel

    I was there disagreeing right from the beginning my man.

  • sailor monsoon

    Crazy as a fox!

  • sailor monsoon

    My personal list would have alien vs predator or the punisher.
    Those are my absolute favorite beat em up’s

  • sailor monsoon

    I try to explain why certain games are ranked higher or lower.
    Mortal kombat 2 is extremely important but it’s not even in the top 4 best kombat games
    Fallout 3 is one of my absolute favorite games but it has a ton of bugs and there are parts that have not aged well at all.
    There’s many factors that determine the rankings

  • TheGreenMalice

    It makes sense. I was more of a Streets of Rage guy, but the TMNT and The Simpsons 4 player arcade games, were the bees knees.

    Your lists are really making me realize just how much of a gamer I was and am…

  • sailor monsoon

    I have 1 other castlevania game the list.
    And I’m more of a final fight guy myself but double Dragon was there first.
    I can’t ignore it’s influence

  • TheGreenMalice

    I think I will disagree more once the full list is shown and I can see what is higher and lower than the other things. For the most part there is no real reason to get worked up over YOUR opinion of the top games.

  • Joshua Martyniouk

    Rock Band 3 over Fallout 3 and Mortal Kombat 2? You crazy!

  • TheGreenMalice

    I question your Rock Band 3 choice, only because I never played it, and I don’t enjoy any of the Guitar Hero franchise.

    Ico (and Shadow of the Colossus) are iconic and groundbreaking.

    Double Dragon is great, but I feel like it paved the way for other better games.

    If that’s your only Castlevania game on the list, you failed. My nieces were playing that game on Mothers Day, so it has sticking power.

    Metal Gear Solid 3, Fallout 3, MK II, DKG, are all games I have played the heck out of, because they are great.

    I never got into The Sims, I was always a Sim City fan. Silent Hill 2 was the same, I was always more of an RE fan.

  • Duke

    Hell hath no fury!

  • sailor monsoon

    Ocarina of time is on the list
    There’s 3 Mario games ahead of world

  • sailor monsoon

    That’s not even in my top 500 sir

  • Duke

    I just happily read it. It’s a good list, with a nice brief paragraph reasoning. But if Back to the Future: The Telltale Series isn’t #1 there will be some stabbing going on (I Kidd)

  • TheGreenMalice

    If Ocarina of Time isn’t on the list, I will burn this place to the ground…

    Super Mario World didn’t innovate much from Super Mario Bros. 3… I can really hear the sound effects in my head from World, though.

  • Joe Newman
  • sailor monsoon

    I’m actually surprised it’s taken this long for someone to disagree with the list.
    I’m just waiting for the pitchforks when you y’all see which zelda games i didn’t include and where super Mario world landed

  • Joe Newman

    Agree to disagree.

  • sailor monsoon

    Rock band 3 does what it does for its genre better than what fallout 3 did for rpgs

  • Joe Newman

    I don’t want to live in a world where Rock Band 3 is rated higher than both Mortal Kombat II and Fallout 3.