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Top 50 Games of all Time
  • 20. Diablo II

    Epic. That word alone is enough to describe DII and its expansion, Lord of Destruction — but I could go on. Blizzard built upon Diablo’s randomly generated dungeon-exploration mechanic by adding more in-depth classes, items,... READ MORE

  • 19. Super Mario 64

    Looking back at Mario 64 now, it feels so simple and natural that it’s hard to remember what a revelation it was. Of course the camera should let the player take control. Of course the... READ MORE

  • 18. Bioshock

    Maybe gamers were supposed to feel ashamed when, midway through BioShock, we found out we’d been blindly following orders from the game’s villain, and not a friend. Instead, we felt elated. How many games are... READ MORE

  • 17. Sonic the Hedgehog 2

    Oh, Tails. You were so cute, yet so useless. We had no direct control over you, so whenever one of Doctor Robotnik’s sinister creations inevitably tagged you, Sonic lost precious power rings. He kind of... READ MORE

  • 16. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

    A classic game with a story for the ages: an adorable team of dinosaurs have to bring a diaper-wearing baby Mario across their island to save the day. Okay, maybe it’s not that classic, but... READ MORE

  • 15. Metroid Prime

    Samus Aran has always been Nintendo’s best-loved blonde bombshell, and she finally burst into the next generation of gaming with the GameCube’s Metroid Prime. Prime capitalized on the staples of the series — exploration, puzzle... READ MORE

  • 14. Final Fantasy VII

    FFVII brought Japanese RPGs to the forefront of the gaming world, along with everything that entails: emo haircuts, impractical weapons, sexy bishonen, and more yaoi fanfiction than you can shake a buster sword at. FFVII’s... READ MORE

  • 13. The Secret of Monkey Island

    “ ‘Guybrush Threepwood’? That’s the stupidest name I ever heard.” “Well, what’s your name?” “My name is Mancomb Seepgood.” Either you like this kind of cornball humor or you don’t. If not, I’m sorry to... READ MORE

  • 12. Shadow of the Colossus

    Whenever the subject of games-as-art comes up, supporters invariably point to Shadow of the Colossus. They laud its majestic, empty landscapes, a storyline that gradually reveals unintended consequences, and the tragic beauty of the colossi... READ MORE

  • 11. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

    With its gelling action, puzzles, dazzling 3-D landscape, and bullshit about elves and monsters scrapping over arcane artifacts, this N64 upgrade of the Zelda series absorbed far too much of our time and attention back... READ MORE

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