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.
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.
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.