Thoughts on IGN’s Top Video Games Of All Time List (2018 Edition)

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Well, it looks like IGN has wrapped up another list of their “top 100 video games of all time.” And since I wrote a thing about it last time they did such a list in 2015 (my how time flies), I figured I’d write one about this as well. And because I’m such an opinionated bastard, I’ll give a little bit of my two cents on the selections and placements and such.

It seems like this time around, IGN’s criteria was mainly focused on how much of an impact a game had at launch, how “ahead of their time” they were, and how well they’ve stood the test of time. Which is a pretty decent list of requirements, I must say.

Of course, you can check out IGN’s actual list here, but if you like to read some random blogger’s writing about someone else’s list, then sit your butt down and stay right here!

Here, in full, is IGN’s most recent Top 100 list. Continue reading “Thoughts on IGN’s Top Video Games Of All Time List (2018 Edition)”

Thoughts on IGN’s Top Video Games of All Time List

"The above image belongs to IGN. I in no way made or own it."
“The above image belongs to IGN. I in no way made or own it.”

In a spooky coincidence worthy of the Halloween season, IGN has just finished compiling a list of the top 100 video games of all time a little more than a week after I wrote this list of top 10 lists, in which I mentioned how IGN had yet to follow up their 2007 list of greatest games. Part of me is a little bummed that this list had to come out after I compiled that top 10 of top 10s, because I think IGN’s 2015 list would need a placement on there somewhere, even if there were some questionable omissions and placements in the overall top 100.

An interesting note about this list is that, while most lists either focus on the overall impact a game had at launch or how much fun they are by today’s standards, this list instead focused on how much fun these games were when they were released. An interesting change of pace, if anything.

Here, in full, is IGN’s top 100 video games of all time (or you can just read the whole thing) followed by some of my own take on it (yes, I know it’s their opinion. But this is my opinion on their opinion).

 

100: The Walking Dead: Season 1

99: Advance Wars

98: Perfect Dark

97: Galaga

96: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

95: Super Mario Galaxy 2

94: Donkey Kong ’94

93: Ico

92: Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island

91: Batman: Arkham Asylum

90: System Shock 2

89: The Oregon Trail

88: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

87: SimCity 2000

86: Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!

85: X-Com: UFO Defense

84: Contra

83: Fallout 2

82: Resident Evil 2

81: The Secret of Monkey Island

80: Final Fantasy VII

79: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2

78: Fallout 3

77: Zork I: The Great Underground Empire

76: Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening

75: EarthBound

74: League of Legends

73: WarCraft 2: Tides of Darkness

72: Spelunky

71: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield

70: Mega Man 2

69: Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec

68: Suikoden 2

67: Final Fantasy Tactics

66: Goldeneye 007

65: Burnout 3

64: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

63: Super Smash Bros. Melee

62: Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge

61: Grim Fandango

60: Donkey Kong

59: Persona 4: Golden

58: Team Fortress 2

57: MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat

56: StarCraft

55: Star Wars Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast

54: Thief 2: The Metal Age

53: Ms. Pac-Man

52: Pokemon Yellow

51: Mass Effect 2

50: Dota 2

49: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

48: The Last of Us

47: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

46: Metroid Prime

45: Diablo 2

44: Banjo-Kazooie

43: Resident Evil 4

42: Counter-Strike 1.6

41: Metal Gear Solid

40: Dark Souls

39: Journey

38: Mass Effect

37: Silent Hill 2

36: BioShock

35: World of Warcraft

34: Shadow of the Colossus

33: Battlefield 1942

32: Rock Band

31: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

30: The Legend of Zelda

29: Red Dead Redemption

28: Final Fantasy VI

27: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

26: Half-Life

25: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

24: Sid Meier’s Civilization IV

23: Star Wars: TIE Fighter

22: Halo: Combat Evolved

21: Super Mario Galaxy

20: Street Fighter 2

19: Deus Ex

18: Baldur’s Gate 2

17: Portal

16: Grand Theft Auto V

15: Minecraft

14: Super Mario World

13: Chrono Trigger

12: Sid Meier’s Pirates!

11: Super Mario 64

10: Tetris

9: Halo 2

8: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

7: Super Metroid

6: Half-Life 2

5: Portal 2

4: Super Mario Bros.

3: Doom

2: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

1: Super Mario Bros. 3

 

It’s definitely a solid list, with many classics from various eras of gaming. It’s hard to argue with most of the selections, but some of the placements can leave a lot to be desired.

First and foremost, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Wind Waker and Yoshi’s Island are way too low. I honestly can’t think of why they would be placed way up in the 90s. I’d say that Galaxy 2 and Wind Waker are the best 3D Mario and Zelda, and Yoshi’s Island puts up an argument to being the best 2D platformer ever.

I also feel Symphony of the Night and Mario Galaxy could have placed in the top 20 (at least), but at least they aren’t far off. And while I’ve always been more of a Mario World man, I can respect Mario 3’s placement at the top.

Mega Man 2 is another game that seems strangely low, especially considering there are no other Mega Man games on the list. I would probably also place Shovel Knight in there somewhere, certainly over fellow indie title Spelunky.

I really don’t have much else to say about the games on there, since most of them are pretty great (though I personally¬†can’t stand BioShock, I know I’m alone in feeling¬†this way). However, there are some very notable games that are absent from the list.

Surely I’m not the only one who notices that there isn’t a single Mario Kart in the top 100? I know, some might say there are already a few Mario games (seven to be exact, unless you count the two Donkey Kong games, but despite Mario being the playable character, I consider those to be Donkey Kong games). But to not have a single Mario Kart in the top 100 just seems wrong. Also, no Mario RPG or Donkey Kong Country 2, so I lose again…

Although I’m the first admit that Sonic the Hedgehog has gone downhill (boy, has he ever), I think one of the Genesis titles should have made the list (Sonic 2 seems to be the favorite, though Sonic 3 and Sonic CD have strong support as well). And what about Nights?!

There are a lot of other games you could argue should be there, but it is a list limited to 100, so of course plenty of games are going to get cut. Honestly, the quibbles I’ve stated are all I have to say. The list is otherwise pretty good, with a lot of great games covered, different generations acknowledged, and thankfully there’s no bias towards newer games (I feel too many of these “best games of all time” lists end up catering to the flavors of the month). So good on IGN for making a (mostly) great list to represent the best of the best.