The list keeps going strong as we reach numbers #71-80 in our countdown of the top 200 video games of all-time (as voted upon by our fans). So let the games begin…
80) NBA Jam
Boomshakalaka! The fast-paced excitement of NBA Jam 2 on 2 gameplay made for some true basketball excitement at the arcades, and it was one of the first games to feature officially licensed NBA players and teams. NBA Jam would allow you to spend hours making slamming dunks that defied human capability and also made it so you could track your characters stats and records. This 1993 hit saw release on many consoles and made it all the way to 2011 before disappearing like so many other licenses into the shadow of EA.
79) Metal Storm
This mech-based action-platformer was developed by Tamtex and published by Irem. Released on the Nintendo in 1991, the story takes place in 2501 when a laser weapons malfunctions on Pluto and begins destroying the solar system. It’s your job to pilot an M-308 mech suit, storm the base, and activate the weapons self-destruct system before it’s too late. Metal Storm only ever got average reviews, but it has made its way on to top 100 lists all over the Internet.
78) Halo 3
Halo fans everywhere were anxiously anticipating this 2007 title. As the end of a trilogy, Bungie put you back in the boots of Master Chief, one of the last Spartan soldiers designed by the UNSC to take on the Covenant. In this game, you shoot, punch, and plasma charge your way through aliens, parasites, and sentinels to the tragic and emotional ending to a story arc that began back in 2001 with Halo: Combat Evolved. Though we did eventually get more adventures with Master Chief, many of us look back fondly on Halo 3for both its single-player campaign and the hours we invested into the multiplayer.
77) God of War 2
God of War II had a lot to live up to after the critical praise of the first game. This hack and slash action-adventure games lets you once again take up the blades of chaos to take on Zeus and anything else that stands in his way. This game has more blood, more combos, and even a little bit of time travel to keep the plot moving. Now that we know where Kratos will eventually end up, it’s hard not to look back on these earlier entries with a little more cheer.
76) Elder Scrolls: Oblivion
Bethesda’s 2006 entry into the Elder Scrolls series was it’s most daring to date, and though many gamers look back on their journey through the oblivion gates in frustration, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is still played by many fans today. As the fourth entry in the franchise Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion places you in the province of Cyrodiil, a place that was talked about in other entries, but never explorable. With its open map and nearly infinite ways to play the game, one can skip the story and wander around the open-world forever exploring dungeons, hunting animals, engaging with the fully voiced NPCs. There were two expansions released for Oblivion, and even today it’s considered a classic.
Probably the most recent game to make this list, Celeste is a platforming game made by indie developers Matt Thorson and Noel Berry. It follows a young woman named Madeline as they attempt to climb Celeste Mountain because according to legend, something at the top has the power to soothe her inner turmoil. Celeste is not only fun and incredibly challenging, but it also tackles the theme of mental health in a way that few other games have. If you add that to the engaging NPCs and amazing soundtrack, it’s not wondering Celeste made this list.
74) Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
It was only a matter of time before our friend Nathan Drake made the list. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception has our favorite treasure hunting duo Nathan Drake (voiced by Nolan North) and Victor “Sully” Sullivan (voiced by Richard McGonagle) searching for the Atlantis of the Sands. This entry not only gives you more action-adventure, but it also dives further into the mythology of the series by offering some backstory on our heroes and paving the way for the fourth and final game. The Uncharted series has always been revered for its immersive storytelling and Uncharted 3 to some (including our own Gerald who gave it a 10 on our Game Source podcast and now-defunct site yourgamesource.com) is an integral part of Nathan Darke’s journey.)
73) Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
The adventure that started it all. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is a 2007 action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog. For those of you unfamiliar with the franchise and its protagonist Nathan Drake. You play a treasure hunter, who, in this entry, finds the coffin of his alleged ancestor Sir Francis Drake using a family heirloom. In the coffin, he finds Sir Francis Drake’s diary, which leads him on an adventure to El Dorado. Originally announced at E3 2006, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune quickly became a fan favorite, winning several awards from game review sites and sold over a million copies in its first two months on shelves. Drake’s Fortune set up a series whereas Gerald put it way back when “…The Uncharted series is the definitive iteration of games for the modern console era.”
72) Strider Arcade
Another Capcom game, Strider was released on arcade systems in 1989. This side scroller introduces the world to Hiryu, the main character of the manga Strider Hiryu, as well as a playable character in just about every Capcom created fighting game since the ’90s. Strider went on to influence major franchises like Ninja Gaiden, Devil May Cry, and several others. Though the character of Hiryu lives on, the future of Strider is currently unknown. There was rumored reboot back in 2014 but was canceled by Capcom. If you’re looking to get your hands on this classic, the remaster is out now on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Steam.
71) Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Still thought of today as being one of the best (if not THE best) Star Wars video games. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic aka KOTOR stands out as not only a definitive title in the RPG genre but one of the defining games of the original Xbox console. Though its graphics have aged, its compelling storytelling and gameplay still are as compelling as ever to anyone who wants to sit down and play this classic for an hour or two…or maybe thirty.
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