The 100 Greatest Games Of All Time: 90-81

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.

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90. Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn

Masterfully blending the best elements of Dungeons and Dragons–Mythological Monsters, Magic, Standard Role Playing Archetypes–With the best storytelling Bioware has to offer, This game is the byword for Dungeon crawler.

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89. Burnout 3: The Takedown

Relentless.
With Break neck speed, Devastatingly fun crash mechanics, and the tightest controls the genre had to offer, This is easily the greatest arcade driver of all time.

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88. Inside

Building off of the incredible bones of their last game Limbo, The follow up is better in every conceivable way.
Brilliant puzzle design, meticulous eye for detail and one of the greatest endings I’ve ever witnessed.
Inside is in a league of it’s own.

87. Grand Theft Auto 5

After a decade of producing essentially remakes of 3, Rockstar finally perfected the formula and created one of the most robust sandbox games on the market.
Taking the best story elements of 4, the scope of San Andreas and the memorable characters of Vice City and including the biggest online component they’ve ever made, 5 is easily the grandest of all the GTA games.
Grand. Get it?

I’m sorry.

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86. The Walking Dead

With it’s exceptional storytelling, Unforgettable characters, Amazing Score and almost impossible to make choices, Tell Tale redefined the action adventure genre with this game.

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85. Geometry wars

Robotron 2084 on speed.
This amazing twin stick shooter was instrumental in making Xbox Live Arcade a success.
Microsoft was actually afraid this games success would lead to the end of physical media.
That’s how much of an impact it had.

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84. Advance wars

150 Maps
4 Player Vs Mode
Create a map editor
One of the deepest but also easiest strategy games to understand, This tactical game was the most addictive handheld game not involving Pocket Monsters.

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83. Undertale

A brilliant subversion of not only RPG tropes but video games themselves.
The Goal is to NOT kill anything and every time you do, the game remembers.
Every decision has a consequence and since the game super saves your file, it always remembers your decisions.
Can’t just restart this one folks.
You gotta live with your actions.

The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker

Rodney Dangerfield’s Famous catchphrase No Respect could easily applied to this game at launch.
Instantly polarizing.
Some hated the Cartoonish Graphics
While others complained about the overuse of the sailing mechanic
But over time the game has been revalued and deemed a classic.
And rightly so.

 

81. Gauntlet

This 4 Player Hack and Slash was the reason to go to the arcade.
The precursor to everything from GoldenEye, To Contra, To Halo.
Multiplayer games started here.
Elf Needs Food Badly.

  • Jean Morel

    The brand existed, but GTA V wouldn’t have existed and there’s no arguing that. And Shenmue is absolutely open world. It’s the blueprint for every open world game that came before it. And finally, no one is arguing about whether or not it’s better than this or that game, you’re the one who brought up Shenmue.

  • sailor monsoon

    But it still existed.
    And shenmue wasn’t open world.
    It just seemed like it was
    But the fact remains, it still made the top 100.
    It’s better than Over 500,000 games.
    There’s just 99 games better.
    And that’s not bad

  • Jean Morel
  • sailor monsoon

    Grand theft auto existed before shenmue and both borrowed from body harvest

  • Jean Morel

    I haven’t said I haven’t heard of them. Just that I haven’t played them. Also, GTA V wouldn’t exist without Shenmue.

  • sailor monsoon

    Maybe it made the cut….

  • sailor monsoon

    There’s more games than just shenmue my friend

  • tbone2278

    The Walking Dead game is the first time a video game ever made me cry. That ending was a brutal one.

  • I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment

  • *blank stare*

    Tell Tale, man. These need to come out with vouchers for free counselling sessions after.

  • Jean Morel

    Have played none of these.

  • sailor monsoon

    They’re all extremely good but 5 gets everything right.
    I only have one other GTA game on the list

  • Tanis11

    As far as most influential GTA’s I figured it would be Vice City. Maybe its my personal experience only but that seemed to push the GTA’s to the next level.

  • TheGreenMalice

    I am going to have to check out Undertale. I loved Limbo, so I need to check out Inside, as well. One of my friends had the OG on NES and I would always go over to his house to play. My second job was at an Arcade, and we had a Legends and then Dark Legacy cabinet, and I played the heck out of those games.

  • TheGreenMalice

    From a “complete” package standpoint, it is a fully immersive game that has the flack of the franchise thrown on it. I don’t think it gets the recognition it deserves, because of the the history of GTA games.

  • sailor monsoon

    As good as it is, it’s not nearly as influential as others on the list.
    But still good enough to make it in

  • Duke

    Wow I’m surprised to see GTA V so low. I thought it’d clear Top 25 easily.