The 100 Greatest Games of all Time: 80-71

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.

 

80. Counter Strike

The Mrs. Pac-Man of First Person Shooters. A mod more popular than the game it spawned from, Over 5 million people still play everyday and it’s going on 20 years old.

 

 

79. Portal

Puzzle games don’t come more deceptively simple than this. You make two portals, Whatever goes through one, comes out the other. That is the set up and solution to every puzzle but it’s designed to make you change your way of thinking about everything. That alone would earn it a spot but it also has One of the greatest villains in gaming.

The Cake Is A Lie.

 

78. Star Wars X-Wing

Building off of not only Wing Commander but improving over it’s predecessor in every possible way, This space simulator has yet to be topped.

 

77. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Before the tide turned and every gamer treated the series like a puppy rapist, Modern Warfare was the first legitimate challenger to the Halo throne. One of the best campaigns of the genre and a multiplayer experience the series never reached again.

Ignore the haters. Modern Warfare is masterful.

76. Tekken 3

The Dreamcast had Soul Caliber but The PlayStation had Tekken 3. One of the most successful games on the console, This was the first game to recreate the arcade experience in your living room.

 

75. NHL Hockey 94

The One Timer

The addition of of a quick shot directly off of a pass made this the most addicting, fast paced sports game of its time. It also added save records which added bragging rights to the game. (There was a time where just saving your game was a selling point)

 

74. Tecmo Super Bowl

In a world dominated by Madden, There is still a strong following for the original champion. Player attributes, Editable Playbooks, Substitutions, Pro Bowl, Season mode and licensing from both The NFL and NFLA. This game not only did everything first but some argue it still does everything better.

 

73. Left 4 Dead

Intense non stop zombie action enhanced with remarkable A.I and an absolute reliance on co-operation, make this the ultimate multiplayer experience.

 

72. Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out

A rhythm game cleverly disguised as a boxing game. This game taught an entire generation the virtue of patience and how timing is the most important thing.

Tyson is still a dick though.

 

71. Star wars: Knights of The Old Republic

Star Wars fans are extremely passionate. They will argue about anything and everything Star Wars related. Which movie is better: A New Hope or Empire Strikes Back, Which thing was worse: Jake Lloyd or Jar Jar but the one thing no fan debates is which game is the best in the series. This Knight is King.

  • tbone2278

    I was just talking with somebody about NHL ’94 the other day. This was definitely the peak of this series and one of the best sports video games ever made. Yes, the graphics may be at the point now where you can’t tell a video game from an actual televised hockey game, but for the sheer fun factor I will take NHL’ 94 over any of the games that came after it.

  • MichaelAndTheArgonauts

    The OG Xbox had so many great RPGs. KOTOR, Jade Empire, Fable, Mass Effect, Baldur’s Gate etc

  • DontBeMeanInternet

    All fixed.

  • sailor monsoon

    That’s a great movie

  • DontBeMeanInternet

    No worries, my friend. Soon. I’ll take a crack at it tonight after LA Confidential.

  • TheDeadFellow

    Eh, I thought MW2 was overstuffed, short and illogical while Black Ops was fun but forgettable. I did like Advanced Warfare a bunch, even though the PC port was inconsistent as hell.

  • sailor monsoon

    Portal 2 is definitely on the list

  • TheGreenMalice

    Portal is one of the very few games that I immediately restarted playing after beating it. Portal 2 also deserves a place on the list… JK Simmons as Cave Johnson, I could listen to him for hours straight.

    And KOTOR… that game forced me to make choices that I wasn’t ready for.

  • sailor monsoon

    The sequel is also fantastic and one of the black ops games is pretty great but they need to stop doing one a year

  • sailor monsoon

    I wish it took an hour
    And i tried making the thumbnails bigger but i couldn’t figure it out

  • TheDeadFellow

    Call of Duty 4 is one of the greatest shooters ever made. Intense, tight gameplay, excellent visuals, sharp audio design, surprisingly enraging story – I could go on and on for my praise with this game. It’s a shame the series will never again garner the love it did with this standout title. But at least we’ll still have to our heart’s content.

    Also fuck Activision for making the Remaster exclusive to Infinite Warfare and having the gall to put in microtransactions.

  • DontBeMeanInternet

    Oh man, I’d be here for an hour typing about this list.

  • sailor monsoon

    I almost just had it bundled with the Orange box to save some spots but it deserves it’s own spot

  • sailor monsoon

    Tekken tag tournament was the first one i remember being obsessed with
    I didn’t play fighting games when i was younger

  • Tekken 2 was a bigger deal for me. We didn’t have a memory card, so we would take turns beating the game with different characters everyday until we unlocked everyone, and could enjoy the vs mode.

  • Basement_Bros

    I’ve joked that Portal multiplayer should be used in speed dating sessions to see if pairs can get through a level without wanting to kill each other.

    Love those games.