As we get closer to the top 50 in our countdown of the top 50 video games of all-time (as selected by our followers), this next grouping includes a game known for its historical multiplayer platform and another that ending up being one of the most controversial (and popular) games of its time.
60) Bucky O’Hare
The creatures of ’90s gaming were always peculiar, but Bucky O’Haredefinitely stands out. This cosmic green rabbit is tasked with saving his crew on a series of planets while using asteroid to jump around. Often compared to Mega Man, Bucky O’Hare is an action platformer released on the Nintendo in 1992 that features a story revolving animals fighting in space. I wish there was more depth to it, but there isn’t.
59) Brave Fencer Musashi
Amongst the many titles released by Square for the original Playstation, Brave Fencer Musashi definitely stands out. With combat that takes place in real-time, 3D environments and voice-over dialogue, it paved the way for many of the role-playing games that followed. In this game, you play as Musashi, a reincarnated being who saved a kingdom 150 years prior from a dark wizard simply called The Dark Wizard. Now that evil has returned, and it’s up to you to stop it. While critic scores were sort of all over the place, it did garner enough love for a sequel titled Musashi: Samurai Legend in 2005.
58) Super Mario Odyssey
Super Mario Odyssey breathed life into Nintendo in a way that few other games have. Not only did it have the honor of being the first Mario game on the Nintendo Switch, but it was also nominated for various awards and sold over ten million copies it’s first five months. What can I say about this Mario game that hasn’t been said about any of the others? Well, yes, Bowser is up to his old tricks again, but this iteration is a welcomed return to the somewhat open-world exploration that was never quite perfected in older games. Also, the cooperative mode allows you to have a friend play as Cappy, who can take control of enemies and help Mario. Another great thing about this game is that has so much replayability, making it feel fresh every time you turn it on.
57) Halo 2
Bungie changed the landscape of gaming with Halo: Combat Evolved. Halo 2 was a welcome return to form for Bungie and the Master Chief. This 2004 sequel puts you back in the fight nearly two years later, introducing new features like double-wielding and the ability to use to the energy sword, which probably ended a few friendships. But it was the advent of its multiplayer, the matchmaking concept, and its integration into Xbox Live that changed the face forever of how we play an online experience. The game’s campaign even got an added boost from Breaking Benjamin during the raiding of the prophet’s ship. While Halo 2′s flowing narrative ended seemingly without warning (angering many players), the monstrous cliff-hanger was well appreciated when Halo 3 released in 2007.
Warlords is a turn-based strategy game mixed with role-playing elements that take on the genre in a new way, adding more technical aspects to the construction and maintenance of your city and army. Each hero class comes with their own unique properties and special abilities, meaning you have to pick carefully according to the way you play. Unlike most strategy games, in this one, you have to approach war from a more diplomatic point of view, and if diplomacy fails, a battle ensues. The series has been dormant for more than a few years, but who knows what till happen in the future?
55) Resident Evil
The game most recognize as the grandfather of horror survival games, the original Resident Evil set the bar high for all other games in the genre by providing a chilling narrative with unique puzzle-solving and intense action found in few other games in that time period. The success of this game laid the foundation for a slew of games, spinoffs, and movies unlike anything else ever seen in the video game industry.
54) Pokemon Silver
There are probably no better examples of a game utilizing what was special about the Game Boy Color than Pokemon Gold and its much-beloved alter ego in Silver. While the game still has much of what made the previous games so fun, added features that increased functionality and time management were introduced that made capturing, training and evolving your pokemon even more fun than before. With this game, it’s so much fun when you “Gotta’ catch them all”.
Capcom has a roster of franchises very few can match. With series such as Street Fighter, Resident Evil, Mega Man and Monster Hunter among many others, it goes almost without saying how many other franchises the company owns have found their own success and appreciation with gaming fans at large. One such series, Onimusha has a beginning iteration in the series that proved its own worth by creating a fascinating game world that took heavy influence from ancient Japanese culture. The dangers that hero Samanosuke faces in this third-person sword fest uses many of the same gameplay techniques found in some other famous Capcom games, but they way they’re utilized herein Onimusha helps make it a classic all on its own.
52) Spyro the Dragon
What evolved into a franchise targeting a younger audience was spawned originally as a wondrous journey through a magical land that only our precious little dragon friend could make his way through. In his travels to save fellow dragons, Spyro‘s quest takes him through a 3D platformer that while emulating similar titles still found its own excellence through its charm and balance between skill-laden platforming and correctly timed fire breathing and charges. Still fondly thought of today as a standout in the Playstation library, look for this title and its two successors to be lovingly remastered in a release coming back to consoles this fall that will remind games just how fun a Spyro game can be.
51) Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
One of the cornerstones of the Grand Theft Auto franchise, San Andreas was a massive open-world adventure that provided a unique social commentary and narrative, unlike almost anything the gaming world had seen before. With subject matter that intentionally straddled the line of its “M” rating and controversial content (Hot Coffee anyone?) that had opponents screaming in protest but gamers howling with delight, it’s no wonder this vast journey through the streets of San Andreas remains one of the most successful video games of all time.
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