Like a pop music countdown, we break into the Top 40 of the best video games of all-time (as voted upon by our audience)…
40) Double Dragon
Like its successor, Double Dragon was originally released in arcades before later being made available on a wide variety of home consoles. This 1987 beat em up side scroller features the Lee brothers, who are – as you might have guessed – martial artists, who take on street gangs, thugs, and seemingly overpowered bosses. Double Dragon has not just left a legacy in video games, due to its popularity, it was also adapted into a cartoon and a movie, which Pop Culture Cosmos’ very own Gerald Glassford worked on.
Blizzard’s foray into the first-person multiplayer genre has been anything but unsuccessful. In fact, an open beta back in 2016, nearly 10 million players signed on to play. With each match consisting of two teams of six, there are over 20 characters available to choose from and several awards to be gained from winning from new skins to other cosmetics that will make your character stand out. Whether you play this game or not, Overwatch has had a massive amount of influence on the way the rest of the world sees gaming. It recently became an eSport with its own league and is currently in the running to be featured in the Olympics.
38) Mario Kart 64
Take me back to the days of pizza, sleepovers, and Nintendo 64. Every child of the 90s – even those who didn’t own a Nintendo 64 – has played Mario Kart 64. In this legendary racing game, players control one of eight characters to race on different tracks. If your opponents drive dirty, you can collect shells and bananas to fight back. When you’re bored with racing, the battle courses offer plenty more hours of good times and kart-driven mayhem. Though following entries in the series were good, nothing will ever quite live up to the bliss of Mario Kart 64.
37) Final Fantasy X
Of all of the Final Fantasy titles released in the main series, Final Fantasy X could be counted as one of the most dividing. Though the world is beautiful and the story is a lot easier to follow than previous entries, gamers will forever argue about the game’s protagonist Tidus and whether or not he was too whiney. Wherever you stand on the issue, Final Fantasy X has built a very unique and massive following. Even after defeating Sin and making it to the end of the game, players are still clamoring for more adventures in Spira and closure to the romance between Tidus and Yuna. While Final Fantasy X-2was not as well-received, fans are still holding out hope that Square will follow through with Final Fantasy X-3.
36) Legend of Zelda II: The Adventures of Link
There’s no questioning the Legend of Zelda‘s dominance on this list. It would seem that our friend Link has managed to capture the imagination of gamers all across the decades he’s been around. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is a direct sequel to the original. This top-down role-playing game features some platforming elements and was a significant departure from the gameplay of the original. This entry also has the unique honor of being the only game in the series that allows you to gain experience points to upgrade Link’s attack, magic, and life.
35) Fallout 3
Possibly the favorite amongst Fallout fans, Fallout 3 returns players to wasteland and is the first Fallout game to be created and published by Bethesda since being purchased from Interplay Entertainment. This game has your character seeking to complete the work of their father while surviving a vicious open world and taking on the remains of the former U.S government. Fallout 3 received numerous Game of the Year awards and over 600,000 copies during its first month.
34) Super Mario Bros.
A game that has probably been played more than any other video game in existence, Super Mario Bros is a title that every gamer and non-gamer has heard of. This 1985 platform game puts you in the shoes of everybody’s favorite plumber, as you once again try to save the Mushroom Kingdom, rescue Princess Toadstool, and take on Bowser. This is the game that expanded this franchise into a household name, spawning more games, an animated series, and even that even a movie that we like to pretend didn’t happen. If you haven’t played it, it’s probably also the most easy game to find, seeing how many times it’s been re-released and emulated.
33) Grand Theft Auto 5
Rockstar is back on this list at number 33 with Grand Theft Auto V. This 2013 sandbox game can be played in third or first person and takes place in the fictional state of San Andreas. Like it’s predecessors, Grand Theft Auto V came with plenty of controversies, including its depictions of women, torture, and overall violence. Despite all of this, it’s considered one of the most significant gaming titles ever made and is, as of this writing, the third best-selling video game of all time with 95 million copies shipped and over $6 billion in worldwide revenue.
32) Conker’s Bad Fur Day
Conker’s Bad Fur Day is a 2001 3D platformer developed by Rare for the Nintendo 64. The game’s protagonist, Conker is a degenerate squirrel who tries to get home to his girlfriend. Though it plays much like Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64, it’s actually far simpler. Conker can run, jump, and attack enemies with a frying pan. And while the protagonists from the above-mentioned games are considered heroic, Conker is in a predicament of his own making. If you’re looking to play this classic, it’s available now on Rare Replay for the Xbox One.
31) Super Smash Bros (N64)
While Smash Bros was always popular amongst Nintendo enthusiasts, it was the Nintendo 64 that truly brought it to the attention of a new generation of gamers that have grown up playing it. Known as Super Smash Bros 64, this fighting game was released on the Nintendo 64 in 1999 and featured a roster of fighters from all of your favorite Nintendo properties including Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, Metroid, and so many more. Though it released to average scores by critics, any kid with a Nintendo 64 and a few friends probably sank hundreds of hours it.
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