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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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mario bros 3 ruined all the other mario games for me.
With no disrespect intended to Nintendo and Square but could you have cluttered the top end of the list with more of their titles? They're all GOOD games for sure, some great, some even on my list of 200. But Dr. Mario??? Come on, seriosuly? Your seemingly blind, faithful adoration for these IP's has you devaluing landscape-changing games like Bioshock (best game ever, IMO), Mass Effect, and Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. And you totally dissed innovative gems like Intelligent Qube (PSOne, 1997) and Indigo Prophecy (Xbox, PlayStation 2, PC, 2005). Was there some system or formula you used to create this list or was there bidding involved?
this is a good list but how did Halo 3 not get on? MGS4? did they put on all the games that they gave a 10?
I wish my stupid magazine would come in...
But without Myst on it????
i, for one, am completely shocked that you completely overlooked all of the classic Sierra adventure games from this list. series like King's Quest, Space Quest, and Quest for Glory all have installments that deserve to be in the top 200 games of all time. but the biggest omission in my eyes is Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father. this game was an absolute masterpiece of storytelling and needs to be recognized. for shame, Game Informer Staff. for. shame.
Seriously, am I the only person who has played any of the Ace Combat series? Even their worst entry (Ace Combat X for the PSP) is better to me than Super Mario Bros., Super Mario 3, Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympics or Mario and Buddies at the Lower Oakland Roller Derby Finals. I loved those games when I was 6 years old but that was in 1985.
I dont like how Boarderlands and Modern Warefare 2 are on the list and have only been out for two weeks...
I actually enjoyed Super Mario World more than SMB3. And I'm surprised I didn't see Secrets of Monkey Island on the list (or maybe it was, gotta' check harder).
No Assassin's Creed II at all...wow...simply wow.
Morrowind is number 101 on the 200 list
boogerman needs to be added to the list as a last minute entry
if not the GIANT SQUIDS OF ANGER WILL RAGE RRRRAAAGGGGEEEEE!!! INTO A SQUALL OF MAGNIFICENT DEVASTATION THE LIKES OF WHICH THE WORLD HAS NEVER SEEN! I MEAN HE SHOT FIRE OUT HIS BUTTOCKS WHO DOESN'T LOVE THAT WHO DOESN'T LOVE IT! lol!
but seriously I loved boogerman... also Toejam and Earl if they're not on there... well I won't do anything but I'm sure SOMEONE WILL!!
i was dissapointed that neither Metroid: Zero Mission and Gauntlet: Dark Legacy weren't on the list. I mean honestly, i can take out at least 15 of those games and replace them with others. If anybody agrees with me, just post a comment. I don't want to feel like the only gamer who enjoys those games more than most others.
If I were to base the best game on sales alone, it would be Tetris. I think I have more hours dedicated to that game than any other, and it's a universal game-- everyone can like it. I just don't think the first Legend of Zelda should be top of the list, however awesome it was.
There were some great games on the list, and I have little to add. My only problem were the really crappy titles that still made it, or what games topped the other (Metal Gear 2 over Metal Gear 4? ...really?).
The one thing I didn't understand on the list was the placement of Assassins Creed. I understand its impact on animation/character movement, open world, and how well it sold. But I think everyone agreed it was a just the first step towards making an incredible sequel, and its weird to me that you gave AC2 an extremely high score and said, in the review, it was a far superior game to its predecessor, which it is. But then, why put the first one on instead of the second? AC2 is everything the first strived to be, so put it on the list, not the first one just because it took the first step. I don't really understand that logic.
Great list, i have played like 90% of games on this list>
I'm just happy Kingdom Hearts made the list. That game has been seriously misunderstood and underestimated by my peers because it features Disney characters.
I can't wait for the reader mail next issue...
The first Metroid has not aged well.
And of course, Star Control 2 and Zelda 2 should have been on the list. Especially Star Control 2.