We now creep into the top twenty games on our list! These titles were considered by our audience as being among the best of the best as we’re almost complete with our countdown of the top 200 video games of all-time. Let’s take a look and remember, the final ten are just around the corner…
20) Resident Evil 2
What is there to say about Resident Evil 2 that hasn’t already been said several times before? Not only did this game spawn a whole genre of zombie shooters, but it redefined survival horror games, creating a standard that developers are still trying to live up to almost twenty years later. Released in 1998 Resident Evil 2 has you playing as Leon S. Kennedy, a police officer on his first day of duty. You join Clarie Redfield, a college student searching for her brother Chris. When the two of them make their way to Racoon City Police Department, you discover that something weird is going on. What is that? Just your everyday zombie infestation. After years of clamoring for a remake it was announced at E3 2018 that a remake was on its way, and people are stoked.
19) Mega Man 2
When it comes to action-platformers Mega Man has become the industry standard. Mega Man 2 otherwise known as Rockman 2: The Mystery of Dr. Wily, was released in 1988 and picks up one year after the original. You play as Mega Man as you fight your way through eight different stages, fighting Dr. Wily’s robot henchman. Mega Man 2 is the best-selling game in the franchise with more than 1.5 million copies sold and has since been re-released on all kinds of consoles and mobile devices.
18) Mass Effect 2
This 2010 sequel is the second installment in the Mass Effect series took the franchise to heights far beyond the first one. Mass Effect 2 picks up shortly after the events of the first game. For those of you who thought Commander Shepard was dead, turns out he is, but thanks to a shadowy organization called Cerberus, he’s brought back to life to continue his battle against the Reapers and their minion, as insect species called the Collectors. Without getting into too much detail, there’s plenty of romance, betrayal, sci-fi action and an immersive story that will have you clamoring for another right after the credits roll.
When the original Xbox was released back in 2001, it had action games, puzzle games, first-person shooters, but it was missing something vital, something that other consoles had in plenty, something most gamers would argue is vital to the survival of a console. That something is a role-playing game. In 2004 Lionhead studios filled that void with their action role-playing game Fable. This game has you playing as a young boy who gets trained in the way of heroes after his parents are killed and his sister is kidnapped. IN Fableyou’re free to make your own decisions. However, each decision has an effect on your character. If you choose to do evil things, you’ll start turning into a monster. If you do good, you’ll turn into the hero you were meant to become. The choice is yours. Fable spawned two sequels and a spinoff before Lionhead Studios was shut down in 2017.
16) Mortal Kombat
Test your might! Mortal Kombat is a title that needs no introduction. This 1992 release spawned an entire franchise and has been rereleased more times than anybody can count. Before Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat was the controversial title for its blood and sometimes over the top finishing moves called fatalities. Whether you played this game in arcades or at home on a console, it stands tall in the fighting game genre as a juggernaut.
15) The Legend of Zelda
Link returns! Or sort of. This is actually the adventure that started it all. The Legend of Zelda is a 1986 action-adventure game released on the Famicon Disk System and Nintendo. In this entry, you play as Link, doing what the only Link can do, rescue Princess Zelda from the evil Ganon. The Legend of Zelda spawned an entire franchise that includes prequels, spin-offs and a whole lot of sequels.
That man is playing Galaga! Thought we wouldn’t notice, but we did. If you weren’t around in the ’80s there’s a high probability that the only thing you know about Galaga is that Tony Stark called somebody out for playing the game on the helicarrier in The Avengers. This 1981 arcade game is actually a sequel to a 1979 arcade game called Galaxian. The object of his game is to destroy insect-like enemies and save the world (allegedly). There’s not really a greater story in this game. We’re just assuming that the Earth is at stake because, well, when is it not? If you’re curious about this game and why it’s had such a huge influence in gaming, you can play it on the iOS or download it on the Xbox One or Playstation 4.
Earthbound or Mother 2 as it’s known as in Japan is actually a prequel to a game mentioned above on the list. In this 1994 role-playing game, you’re playing as a party of four, traveling the world to collect melodies in order to defeat an alien force called the Giygas. It’s the second game in the Mother series and the only one to be released in English. Upon its release, it didn’t score so well, but in retrospective reviews, it did considerably better, actually being labeled a “classic” almost twenty years after its release.
12) Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
188 hours is the amount of time that Josh sank into the fifth entry of the Elder Scrolls series. Some people did less, and some people did far more than that. Everybody’s journey through the Nordic ancestral land of Skyrim was different, and it was definitely memorable. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released in 2011 and takes place 200 years after the events of Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. In this entry, players take up the sword (or sorcery) of the Dragonborn in order to defeat Alduin the World-Eater, a dragon prophesied to destroy the world. While the narrative is pretty short, the number of factions, side-quests, and the sheer size of the map make Skyrim an adventure that’s worth playing even after the credits roll.
11) Halo: Combat Evolved
Queue the chanting, coming in at number 11 is Halo: Combat Evolved. If you’ve ever had a LAN party, you’re probably familiar with Spartan 117 also known as the Master Chief. Halo: Combat Evolved takes place on an alien construct shaped like a ring, just days after the fall of the human world of Reach. You play as Master Chief, the alleged last remaining Spartan as you and your U.N.S.C. allies fight against the Covenant, a group of religiously extreme aliens trying to unlock the secrets of the halo and unleash a plague upon the galaxy. Though the mythology of the Halo series started out lacking due to the fast pace of the game, it has since been expanded upon into a whole series of games, books, short films and more. And who can forget spending hours playing against your friends on Sidewinder and Blood Gulch? Halo: Combat Evolved is well-deserving of this number 11 spot.