We delve even deeper into our list now with some true heavyweights as we continue to bring you the top 200 video games of all-time (as voted on by our social media following).
30) Resident Evil 4
The Resident Evil series has had a few hits or miss games over the years, but Resident Evil 4 definitely stands with the best. Where most zombie horror games feature lack-luster narratives and glitchy combat, Resident Evil 4 is compelling, smooth, and fun to play. This game puts you in the shoes of Leon S. Kennedy, who has been tasked with rescuing the president’s daughter from a cult. Credited with popularizing the third person over the shoulder perspective, Resident Evil 4 is a game worthy of the legacy it’s left behind.
29) Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
This Nintendo Switch launch title is breath-taking (no pun intended), beautiful, brings all of the nostalgia of old Legend of Zelda games, while at the same time making the franchise feel new again. This open-world adventure had critics and fans alike in a state of awe, and within a year sold almost ten million copies worldwide, surpassing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess as the best selling game in the series. It also won several games of the year awards. Even a year after its launch it’s still worth the $59.99 price tag.
28) Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Call of Duty is one of those franchises that has its ups and down, yet, gamers continue to flock to each entry despite critical praise or disappointment. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare marks the first time the series has stepped out of World War II and into a modern setting. For those of you who care about the campaign, it takes place in the years 2011 and is seen from the perspectives of a U.S. Force Reconnaissance Marine and a British SAS commando. As for the multiplayer, this iteration introduces you to the loved and despised perk system that gives players an advantage in a battle that, at times, seems unfair.
27) Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was revolutionary in two ways, one it allowed you to play with friends in a very limited multiplayer mode that let you pick from three different zones from the main game. It also plugged neatly into the top of the Sonic and Knuckles cartridge, allowing you to replay the game as Knuckles. While it features more of the same things that the original entry did, everybody remembers those water levels and trying not to drown. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has recently been re-released on iOS and Android.
26) Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out
Despite being such a simple game, Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out is hailed by many as being one of the greatest games of all time. Later released on NES as Punch-Out, Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out was released in 1987 and came to life after Nintendo of America’s former president Minoru Arakawa attended a boxing match featuring Mike Tyson. Allegedly he was so impressed that he wanted to use Tyson’s likeness in an upcoming port of the game. Even today it still makes top 200 lists all over the internet, as is evident by its presence here.
25) Final Fantasy IV
While it took the Final Fantasy series a while to get their numbering correct – at least for their North American releases – its influence on the role-playing genre is far-reaching and without question. Final Fantasy IV (originally titled Final Fantasy II in North America) was released in 1991 for the Super Nintendo. The fourth installment in the series has you playing as Cecil, a knight who is trying to prevent the evil sorcerer Golbez from using crystals to destroy the world. Since its release, it’s been remade for the Nintendo DS, Wii, mobile devices, and the PSP. In 2008 a sequel was released called Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, which shoed what happened in the aftermath of the original game.
24) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Nathan Drake returns in this follow up to Naughty Dog’s 2007 hit Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. The sequel takes place two years later and follows Nathan Drake into a mystery surrounding Marco Polo and is undocumented voyage from China. This entry brings back favorites from the first game Elena Fisher and Victor Sullivan, as well as introduces the star of Uncharted: Lost Legacy, Chloe Frazer. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves also had the fortune (no pun intended) of being the most critically acclaimed game of 2009 with its narrative considered by many to be among the very best.
This predecessor to Valve’s more recent hit Portal 2 was released in The Orange Box for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3 in 2007. Portal is a puzzle game that requires you to teleport from one place to the next to get through a laboratory with the assistance of an artificial life form named GLaDOS. Considered to be an important part of the Half-Life mythology, Portal ranked fairly well among game critics, garnering an average score of 90% and a sequel in 2011.
22) Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong‘s place among Nintendo’s main mascots has been debated for years, but if you grew up in a time when he was no longer chucking barrels at Mario and instead of going on his own adventures, you no doubt have fond memories of the character. Donkey Kong Country was released in 1994 and allowed you to play as Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong through 40 side-scrolling levels. It has since been re-released in many forms with plenty of sequels and spin-offs.
21) GoldenEye 007
A top 200 list that doesn’t feature GoldenEye 007 is like expecting a nice day without sunshine. This 1997 first-person shooter developed by Rare for the Nintendo 64 put you in the shoes of the best spy and provocateur to ever wear a suit and tie to take on the Soviet Union. If you’ve seen the movie, you know the story. Let’s talk about the multiplayer. Any gamer alive in the ’90s has some kind of memories of this game. This was the multiplayer game to own. There were birthdays, sleepovers, and countless hours of just hanging out that revolved around this game. While GoldenEye 007 was reimagined in 2010, it never quite captured the nostalgic magic of the original.
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