100 Best Video Games – Play them All

I have been an avid video game player since I was a little kid.  It began in the arcades that cropped up everywhere in the 80’s.  Then we got our first home system, an Atari 2600.  Next was the NES and then the SNES.

Later came the Playstation (PSOne), Playstation 2 and my current system the Xbox 360.  I haven’t made the leap to the next generation yet.

For this bucket list item, I want to play the 100 best video games of all time.  To determine the 100 best, I consulted the most popular top 100 video game lists on the internet and chose the 100 with the most votes.  Tie breakers were decided by the games I was most interested in playing. Note: A few games I agree belong on the top 100 list got bumped off during the “tiebreaker” round because I have already played them and I wanted to focus on games I haven’t played in whittling down the list.

Here is the list:

  1. Chrono Trigger
  2. BioShock
  3. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  4. Final Fantasy VII
  5. Goldeneye 007
  6. Grim Fandango
  7. Half-Life 2
  8. Resident Evil 4
  9. Shadow of the Colossus
  10. Super Mario 64
  11. Super Metroid
  12. Tetris
  13. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  14. Advance Wars
  15. Alone in the Dark
  16. Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn
  17. Batman: Arkham City
  18. Braid
  19. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  20. Civilization
  21. Civilization II
  22. Deus Ex
  23. Diablo II
  24. Donkey Kong
  25. Donkey Kong Country
  26. Doom
  27. Double Dragon
  28. Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty
  29. Dungeon Master
  30. Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem
  31. Final Fantasy Tactics
  32. Final Fantasy VI
  33. Final Fantasy X
  34. Fire Emblem: Awakening
  35. Galaga
  36. Ghost’s ‘N Goblins
  37. God of War
  38. God of War III
  39. Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec
  40. Grand Theft Auto III
  41. Grand Theft Auto IV
  42. Grand Theft Auto V
  43. Homeworld
  44. Ico
  45. Journey
  46. Limbo
  47. Maniac Mansion II: Day of the Tentacle
  48. Metal Gear Solid
  49. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  50. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
  51. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
  52. Metroid Prime
  53. Ms. Pac-Man
  54. Myst
  55. Ōkami
  56. Panzer Dragoon Saga
  57. Persona 4: The Golden
  58. Pitfall!
  59. Planescape: Torment
  60. Pokemon Red/Blue
  61. Portal
  62. Portal 2
  63. Psychonauts
  64. Punch-Out!!
  65. Resident Evil
  66. Rome: Total War
  67. Secret of Mana
  68. Shenmue
  69. Silent Hill
  70. Silent Hill 2
  71. SimCity 2000
  72. Sonic the Hedgehog
  73. Space Invaders
  74. Star Fox 64 3D
  75. Star Wars (Arcade)
  76. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  77. Star Wars: TIE Fighter
  78. StarCraft
  79. Street Fighter II
  80. Super Mario Bros.
  81. Super Mario Bros. 3
  82. Super Mario Kart
  83. Super Mario RPG
  84. Super Mario World
  85. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
  86. Super Smash Bros. Melee
  87. System Shock 2
  88. Tecmo Bowl
  89. Tecmo Super Bowl
  90. Tempest
  91. The Last of Us
  92. The Legend of Zelda
  93. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  94. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
  95. Thief II: The Metal Age
  96. Tomb Raider
  97. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  98. World of Warcraft
  99. Xenogears
  100. Zork

Sources:

Time

Games Radar

G4TV

Popular Mechanics

IGN

 Empire Online

Slant