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With our 200th issue, we decided to look back at the history of gaming. Since we’re gluttons for punishment (and meetings), we compiled a list of the Top 200 games of all time. As you can imagine, it’s generated its share of discussions and controversy. Several of our editors have made blog posts that are at least peripherally related to the list, and we thought it would be fun to compile these into one central hub.If you’re wondering just how we came up with such a massive list, Reiner explains it all. (It’s a bit more involved than coming up with random titles and throwing darts, in case you’re curious.) He's also put up his Top 10 games of all time list for all to see.Andy Mac has a pair of posts, first outlining his thoughts on the list and then following up with his Top 11 games. (Apparently his picks are so powerful that a mere Top 10 wasn’t adequate.)Tim, Ben, and Annette took this as an opportunity to write about some of their favorite games that didn’t make the cut for various reasons. Oddly enough, both Tim and Annette have a common denominator in Banjo-Kazooie. (Ben is doing his own thing, as usual.) I took a similar approach, naming four games that I would have put in there, along with the games that they could have replaced. Dan's compiled a list of his favorite games, with the explicit qualifier that these are not "the best." Ever the underachiever, Jeff Marchiafava lists his three favorite games that didn’t make the cut. Also, some guy named Sean has posted a list. He claims he works here. Who knew?Miller’s interest in downloadable games bled over from his Impulse column. He’s listed his Top 10 downloadable console games. (Believe it or not, Space Giraffe didn’t make the list. Maybe next time.)If you thought our list didn’t contain enough classic PC titles, you’re not alone. Adam has compiled a list of what he calls the most “egregious snubs” for your reading pleasure. Tell us how you really feel, Adam.Kato saw the process of compiling Game Informer's Top 200 video games as a walk through the past. In his blog he shares personal memories he had about some of the world's greatest video games. Nick took a similar angle, sharing five of the game’s that he says he’s played the most. Not one to be outdone, Bertz compiles a list of 10 games he's spent the most time with. (Don't let "sucks" throw you off; these are good games.)
Just because a game is great, that doesn't mean it's without flaws. Joe's blog shows off how players can deviously exploit the mechanics built into one of the best RPGs of all time.Finally, Bryan ruins it all with his baseless claims that Super Mario World is superior to Super Mario Bros. 3. (Be sure to leave comments on his outrageous lies.)
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Super Mario is a great game. Though I like Super Mario World I don't think it is better then Super Mario Bros. 3
I don't agree with the original Zelda being #1. Like the original Super Mario Bros. it was outclassed by its successors on Super Nintendo and N64. It was great back in the 80's but doesn't hold up as well today as the later versions.
I can understand the omission of some of my favorites, but neglecting Donkey Kong Country 2? You might not be aware of this given their current track record, but Rare was once known for great games.
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Got my issue the day before Thanksgiving and I really like the list. It was a bit of a surprise to see The Legend of Zelda at #1. My personal favorite was at #9, but since both Ico and SotC were on there, I was happy. There were just two games missing that I felt deserved to be there: Viewtiful Joe & Fire Emblem (GBA).
Good issue though, guys.
yep, you guys were just asking for it with this one. although personally i do like super mario world more than 3.
okay I think we all can agree that the best game of all time is in fact the legend of zelda: the wind waker....:)
list is win!
I think secret of mana and Suikoden 2 deserved a slot on that list
I love how the Zelda games were all very high up. I think they are all wayyy underrated. They are excellent games, and I still play them a ton.
how about tilight princess. that game *** ruled... all the way!!!!!!
In my opinion, Ocarnia of Time is the greatest game ever made. I was very happy to see Links Awakening make the list, I've never had so much fun in black and white.
Yeah lets see, borderlands is higher on the list than Planescape Torment and Fallout 3 better than Fallout 1:
List confirmed for retard tier.
Loved the list, love the magazine - but feel you left off a couple classic games. 1. I did not see a baseball game on the list at all. Nintendo's classic "Baseball Stars" by SNK should have made the list or PC's "Old Time Baseball" should have snuck in there somewhere. "Earl Weaver Baseball" was one of the first and great baseball PC games. 2. What about a gambling game? Another game that slipped under the radar (and has yet to be duplicated) was the PC Game "Lucky's Casino Adventure." If you ever had the opportunity to play it - you know what I'm talking about. Took the Vegas theme and expanded it to an adventure game. Why no one has done something similar in the past 10 years is beyond me.
Okay, my eyes teared up when i saw Ico on the list... but then Shadow of the Colossus?! I cried... literally. These two games are just so far beyond any traditional gaming experience and really deserve any credit they get. Game Informer nailed the top 200 list perfectly. FF III, Chrono Trigger, Contra... you got everything I was personally looking for and made me aware of the importance of games I wasn't looking for.
No love for timesplitters!? aw well, i'm glad to see Morrowind made it
What about Legacy of Kain??? How does the Soul Reaver series not make the list??? The list is great, but, this is one of the first series of games to allow you to play in the normal universe and an alternate one at the same time. Great concept along with excellent game play...
Wow- I'm shocked that "Xenogears" didn't make the cut. *tsk tsk*