Best Games Of All Time  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Best Games Of All Time  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network The Best Game of All Time https://www.gameskinny.com/qox7j/the-best-game-of-all-time https://www.gameskinny.com/qox7j/the-best-game-of-all-time Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:00:01 -0400 Rettsu Dansu

Kotaku writer Mark Serrels made an article the other day titled 'Tetris is Not the Best Game of All Time' in an opinionated response to Time Magazine's placement of Tetris in number one of their Top 50 games of all time.

Serrels goes into explaining how Tetris is the obvious choice, it doesn't change anything, it doesn't show what games can be, it is "the safe choice that puts video games in the cultural corner with a dunce cap on, where it belongs." This made me, like most other readers, question what the best game of all time really was, but it also made me think about whether one truly exists.

At the end of last year, GameFAQs allowed users to vote for their best game ever, whichever game got the most votes came out on top, a pretty simple way of creating a general consensus on a favourite game.

As anyone could have foreseen, the final result aggravated people that didn't vote for it. However, in this case I feel that they might have been justified.

You see, the winner this year was Undertale, the immensely popular indie title that came out a couple of weeks before the GameFAQs vote.

And that's precisely the problem

Now obviously a bunch of people were annoyed because they wanted their favourite game on top, but others were frustrated for a different reason, and that's that the game had just come out.

Undertale is a great game, don't get me wrong, but who's to say that it can be the best game of all time, within a couple weeks of its release?

There's two reasons for this, the first is that some people might not have even been done with the game at the time of voting, some people might have just voted for it because they hadn't have time to digest what they had just experienced; they were still riding the waves of excitement the game generated.

But what's even more important, is that how can we compare Undertale to games like Ocarina of Time, Dark Souls, or Symphony of the Night? Games that have a legacy, have stood the test of time. Games that innovated the genres they belong to and changed the way we think about them.

It's impossible to say whether or not Undertale has done this, in fact I would go so far to say that it probably hasn't. Because of the nature of Undertale, it probably won't inspire any more games like it, because if it did, Undertale fans would probably put it down as a trying too hard to replicate the game they love.

It's also debatable whether Undertale is a perfect game, it's definitely an amazing experience, with superbly written characters and events, and that's what it's true focus is on. Whether or not Undertale is a truly great game is up to opinion, whether or not you think plot is a massive priority in games, but that's a story for another time.

This, however, questions are idea of what determines the 'Best Game Ever'

The obvious choice would be a game that plays perfectly, solid gameplay, perfectly executed, and perhaps has an immersive and engrossing story, but above all it should be better than any other game before it.

But what game does that? A lot of people seem to think Mass Effect 2, but in my opinion the first game has better gameplay, sure the story isn't as good, but I myself focus more on how fun the game itself is. But then again if we're talking gameplay, I would probably prefer something like Bloodborne, not as much story, but certainly deeper combat, and faster to boot.

But if we're talking story, well I'd say I prefer Persona 4, it's got incredibly deep and well written characters, and a plot that's all about looking into those characters and finding more about them.

Hang on though, because I've spent so much time on Super Smash Bros. Melee, more than any other game, plus it's given me so many fun experiences, and I've made a lot of friends through it's community, doesn't that make it the best game ever?

In fact I can't think of a game I would say is the best

The thing is, no one can say for sure what the best game ever is in that retrospect, (which is where I actually agree with Mark Serrels' article) because so much is up to opinion. A lot of people prefer shooter gameplay over gameplay like Bloodborne's, or The Last of Us' story over Persona 4's, or Smash 4 over Melee.

If anyone said any one game was the best, there would be at least a thousand people who preferred another game over it, and at least a hundred who didn't even enjoy that game at all.

I'd say, it's impossible to determine the best game ever this way, unless a game came out that every single person unanimously loved and thought was the best, considering everyone's differing tastes, that game seems like a fantasy.

However, we could still determine 'the best', we just need to look at games differently.

Some ways we can measure the best

The way in which you look for the 'best game of all time' is also up to opinion.

For instance, you could look at games that still hold up today, games like Mario 3, Super Metroid, or Megaman X. Games like these are so well developed in areas like graphics and design that they are still challenging, deep and visually appealing today, and will most likely be so in the future. Even if people don't particularly like some of these games, it's hard to deny that they play a lot better than most games of the time.

However, I would say that the best game would be one of those games I mentioned before, those with a legacy that provided innovative mechanics to pave the way for those to be improved and utilised in other games, or those that inspired other games in the future. Games that have indirectly provided millions of people with fun experiences, simply by providing the mechanics that other great games have used.

Consider Ocarina of Time, which provided Z-Targeting to allow combat in a 3D space, or even the original Zelda which arguably 'created' open world games. There's also genre-creating games like Castlevania and Metroid, providing the metroidvania formula used in games like Dark Souls, or even the Batman Arkham games (best shown in Asylum).

These games aren't particularly the best, they may not have aged well. It could be argued that some games have done what they did but better, but that's the point.

It's hard to deny that the game that inspired the most games -- especially if those turned out to be some of the greatest -- would be the 'The Best Game of All Time.' A true pioneer for the medium, a master class of game design that many great games could be traced back to. One that games could not have been as great without.

And what game is this? Well I don't really know. To be honest it would require a lot of data and calculation that I'm not capable for doing.

One More Try

But let's reel it back a bit. If we wanted to choose a game simply on how fun it is to play in this day and age, could we do that? Possibly.

To choose a game this way, we need to think about it like this: it doesn't need to be a game that everybody loves, but one that nobody hates. We need to focus on that final result, when people see that number one spot, we need as many people as possible to look at it and go "sure, I can get down with that."

A game with no obvious flaws, that succeeds at exactly what it tries to do, but doesn't try to do too much. Perhaps even one that has encompassed everything that I've said so far. Does that game exist? I think so.

And that game: is Tetris.

You see, no one hates Tetris, it's no one's favourite game, but no one can say there's anything wrong with it. I haven't seen a single person play Tetris and not enjoy it even a little. Maybe they won't play it for hours on end, but they'll still enjoy the time they had on it. Add the fact that even people who don't play many games enjoy Tetris, it succeeds where many games don't.

As Serrels explains, it's a game you play every now and then for five minutes, on the bus or when there's nothing else. But isn't that great? A game that 3 decades later people are still enjoying. It sits on our phones, our computers, our handheld consoles even to this day, and when there's nothing else, Tetris is still there. It's reliable.

If Tetris were anything more, if it were any deeper or had any additions, it would begin to move into a territory of genres in which some people might like, but others won't. It's in an area of simplicity that it appeals to casual gamers, but it is done so well that it appeals to the mainstream as well.

It may not show what games can be, it doesn't have an immersive plot or deep gameplay, but it is a perfect lesson in design. It relies on a single, simple idea, but it's addictive and fun without anything else. It puts games like Candy Crush, that rely on other methods than gameplay to addict, to shame. It doesn't try as hard, or have the same budget as many triple A games today, but it doesn't need constant sequels to still be relevant -- even though EA seems to think it does.

I can definitely understand Serrels' frustration with where Tetris was placed in Time Magazine, it's in a position where it is a representation of what games can be to a demographic of people who usually dismiss them. Where a game like Mass Effect or Dark souls could prove games to be a respectable medium, or even an art, Tetris just confirms their views on games as a pastime. But when considering a game that appeals to the most people, stands the test of time -- even with massive technological advances --, and is just an enjoyable experience, Tetris might just be worthy of that title.

Sometimes the obvious choice, is the right choice.

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Best retro gaming buys: Best SNES games of all time https://www.gameskinny.com/yo883/best-retro-gaming-buys-best-snes-games-of-all-time https://www.gameskinny.com/yo883/best-retro-gaming-buys-best-snes-games-of-all-time Wed, 17 Aug 2016 07:00:01 -0400 kate.farrow

Last week’s post gave you the hardware. Today’s post will give you the must-have games for your Super Nintendo. The best SNES games don’t come cheap, but these tried and true titles are worth it. Part three of this series includes the best SNES games of all time.

Part One: SNES games under $50.

Part Two: SNES games under $100.

Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen

Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen - from $104.98 to $139.00

Reportedly one of the best strategy RPGs for SNES. Only 25,000 copies were released for North America so this is a higher ticket title.

Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger - from $65.00 to $155.50

If you already own this game, consider yourself a lucky, lucky human. Chrono Trigger has been called “one of the best video games of all time”.

EarthBound

EarthBound - from $49.00 to $260.43

If you’ve never played EarthBound, you need to. EarthBound is an all-time favorite with great replayability. The character, Ness, who you may know from Super Smash Bros, originated in this series. This particular title is known as Mother 2 in Japan, and was the first in the series to release in North America. Definitely one for the retro enthusiast. Fun fact: Former Nintendo President and CEO, Satoru Iwata, worked on this game.

This article concludes the "Best retro gaming buys: SNES games" series. Stay tuned for more great gaming articles!

 

I’m always looking for new awesome products, so please send me your favorites at commerce@LaunchMediaNetwork.com.

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The top 10 best video games of all time, according to the Internet https://www.gameskinny.com/b6kti/the-top-10-best-video-games-of-all-time-according-to-the-internet https://www.gameskinny.com/b6kti/the-top-10-best-video-games-of-all-time-according-to-the-internet Mon, 02 Nov 2015 18:44:29 -0500 Joe DeClara

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The Results...

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After looking over these lists, it would be easy to compare the top-rated games, name Ocarina of Time the champion of games, and call it a day. But this overlooks some significant factors; many of these games, whether No. 1 or not, appear in numerous lists far more than others.

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For instance, Dark Souls was given the highest honor in GamesRadar+'s list, but it appears not once in any other list (unless you count VideoGamer's inclusion of Dark Souls 2).

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In order to establish the most authoritative Top 10 list, we have gone over the data to find which games appear most out of these nine lists (including ranks 1-20, as all of these sources provide 20 or more rankings), then calculated their average ranking to find which games were most consistently considered the best.

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Here are the results. GameSkinny is proud to present the Top 10 Best Video Games, According to the Internet!

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  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
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  3. Half-Life 2
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  5. Super Mario Galaxy 2
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  7. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
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  9. Resident Evil 4
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  11. Mass Effect 2
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  13. Tetris
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  15. Super Mario Bros. 3
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  17. Portal 2
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  19. Shadow of the Colossus
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What do you think of this list? Let us know in the comments below!

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Gamespot

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Though they haven't quite yet supplied its readers with a "Top 100 Games of Awesomeness" equivalent, Gamespot recently went over their list of 10/10 reviews and discussed their reviewing process. These games were not given a numeric ranking, but are instead equally considered "essential" experiences for gamers of any kind. Another modern-focused list, the oldest games on this list (and by a margin) are Chrono Cross and the one and only The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

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  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
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  • Journey
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  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
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  • Bayonetta 2
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  • Grand Theft Auto 4
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  • Soulcalibur
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  • Super Mario Galaxy 2
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  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
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  • Chrono Cross
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  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
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  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
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Slant Magazine

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Though more of a multi-medium magazine than a video game-centric outlet, Slant Magazine respects the delicate nature of compiling a list of pieces from an art form still in its historic "infancy." 

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How...do you compare the limited efficiencies of an 8-bit side-scroller to the gleaming HD vistas of a next-gen open world? How do you survey everything that video games are capable of, every idiosyncratic way they've been shaped and contorted, and come up with a list that accommodates all of it? How do you account for outmoded styles or formats, or obsolete technologies, or milestones beginning to show their age?

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By going with a sure thing, of course! Like many before them, Slant put The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time at the top of their list, followed closely by the old and the new - titles like Chrono Trigger, Portal 2, Super Metroid, and Bioshock.

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  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
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  3. Chrono Trigger
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  5. Super Metroid
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  7. Red Dead Redemption
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  9. Shadow of the Colossus
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  11. Half-Life 2
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  13. Portal 2
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  15. Braid
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  17. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
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  19. Bioshock
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Game Informer

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With its 200th issue back in December of 2009, Game Informer rallied up and put together a list of the Top 200 Games of All Time. Heading the list is none other than the original The Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

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Released back in 1986, this seminal piece of gaming history was the first to feature a battery-powered save system and a fully open world to explore. Immediately following this masterpiece is Super Mario Bros. and Tetris, completing the Nintendo trifecta. This may not be the most modern list of gaming achievement, but old-school gamers will certainly be appreciative.

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  1. The Legend of Zelda (NES)
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  3. Super Mario Bros.
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  5. Tetris
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  7. Grand Theft Auto 3
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  9. Half-Life 2
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  11. Doom
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  13. Metroid
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  15. Final Fantasy VI
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  17. Super Mario Bros. 3
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  19. Ms. Pacman
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VideoGamer

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Possibly the most divergent of these lists, Videogamer's Top Games of All Time lists thirty "sheer class" video games which will allegedly leave the player with immense satisfaction. What sets this list apart from the rest is its clear focus on contemporary games. Of the top ten out of thirty games listed, none date further back than 2005. This could be due to a possible bias against older games like Super Mario Bros, which "can occasionally venture into the infuriating," or the Final Fantasy series, which sports "pretty silly" stories and a laborious number of battles. Topping this list is Rocksteady's most recent title, Batman: Arkham Knight, which is currently sporting an 8.5 on Metacritic.

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  1. Batman: Arkham Knight
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  3. Grand Theft Auto 5
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  5. Bloodborne
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  7. The Last of Us: Remastered
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  9. Dark Souls 2
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  11. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
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  13. The Last of Us (PS3)
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  15. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
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  17. Batman: Arkham City
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  19. Resident Evil 4
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WatchMojo

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After completing lists for the best games of each console generation, WatchMojo gathered the results of these lists and scrutinized over them to create their grand finale. For their countdown of the top 10 video games of all time, only one game per series could qualify for the short list. Heading this compilation of gaming excellence is, once again, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time. The N64 classic was applauded for its "precise gameplay, revolutionary mechanics, well-paced storyline, replayability, fantastic level design, combat variety, and [epic scope]."

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  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
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  3. Tetris
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  5. Half-Life 2
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  7. Super Mario World
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  9. Chrono Trigger
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  11. Portal 2
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  13. Mass Effect 2
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  15. Skyrim
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  17. Resident Evil 4
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  19. 007 Goldeneye
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GamesRadar+

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 As part of the evolution process from GamesRadar to GamesRadar+, the team of fresh blood and senior members thought it pertinent to join forces and establish a list of the 100 best games ever. Boasting a list which bypasses nostalgia and historical significance, GamesRadar+'s countdown is one of the few to not feature a Nintendo game in the top spot.

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Applauding its precise and well-honed mechanics, its severely challenging and rewarding gameplay, and its dense lore; GamesRadar+ awarded Dark Souls the title of best game ever, followed closely by other modern masterpieces like Red Dead Redemption, Uncharted 2, Resident Evil 4, and Super Mario Galaxy 2.

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  3. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
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  5. Resident Evil 4
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  7. Super Mario Galaxy 2
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  9. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
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  11. Red Dead Redemption
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  13. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
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  15. Half-Life 2
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  17. Grand Theft Auto V
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  19. Shadow of the Colossus
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IGN

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IGN's Justin Davis called Super Mario Bros. 3 an unrivaled "master class of platforming excellence," praising its variety show of ingenious design ideas, as well as its timeless playability. Standing as the greatest game of all time in IGN's top 100 games of all time, Super Mario Bros. 3 heads this list as the sequel of all sequels, followed closely by titles like Portal 2, Half-Life 2, Halo 2, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

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  5. Doom
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  7. Super Mario Bros.
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  9. Portal 2
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  11. Half-Life 2
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  13. Super Metroid
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  15. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
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  17. Halo 2
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  19. Tetris
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G4

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For their top 100 videogames of all time list, G4tv.com awarded Super Mario Bros. the No. 1 spot, praising it for saving the video game industry while simultaneously making millions of kids gamers for life. While more than half of the top ten spots are dedicated to aged Nintendo exclusives, G4 also acknowledges some slightly more recent titles like Bioshock, Shadow of the Colossus, and World of Warcraft.

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  3. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
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  5. Bioshock
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  7. Asteroids
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  9. Tetris
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  11. The Legend of Zelda (NES)
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  13. Super Mario Bros. 3
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  15. 007 Goldeneye
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  17. Shadow of the Colossus
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  19. World of Warcraft
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Metacritic

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Though this list may not have been slaved over by an authoritative group of passionate gamers, it's still a very valuable source of data. Metacritic collects the most noteworthy reviews for a single video game and calculates its average rating based on numeric scores. Their list of the 100 all-time best reviewed games has a few repeats due to multi-platform reviews and re-releases, but by omitting these duplicates, we are given an objective list of the top ten best games, according to user and critic reviews. At the top sits The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Here are the top ten of the list:

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1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
2. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
3. Grand Theft Auto IV
4. Soulcalibur
5. Super Mario Galaxy
6. Super Mario Galaxy 2
7. Grand Theft Auto V
8. Perfect Dark
9. Metroid Prime
10. Halo: Combat Evolved

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Organizing a list of the greatest games of all time is a bold, challenging, and sometimes presumptuous feat. Producing results which are unanimously satisfying is impossible. Nevertheless, several game journalism outlets have taken on this endeavor over the years - a brave few even went as far as compiling lists of one hundred games! Projects like these require many hours of unrelenting dedication and teams of passionate, intelligent individuals who should be congratulated.

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With this wealth of informative content at our disposal, it all begs to be measured up and analyzed. What would one find from making comparisons between IGN's top 100 games and Gamespot's ten perfect-scored titles? Many of the sites have varying opinions on the top ten, and some had surprising entries in the No. 1 spot. In some cases, many games found their way to the top 10s or 20s of almost every list around.

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This all brings up some interesting questions: which games appeared the most? How many top-ranking games were from recent generations? And most of all - can comparing these lists reveal to us the greatest video game of all time?

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