The Video Game industry has been around for a long time, with a multitude of games released over the last 50 years. But which ones do critics call the best?
They missed out Gta IV. It's 98.
They missed a lot of stuff. It's a pointless list because videogames from different eras can not really be compared over time due to being highly reliant on technology which evolves so quickly. Doom for example was amazing at the time, Super Mario Brothers was a phenomenon, both now look very dated because times have changed.
those game you mentioned may look dated but they are remembered more for their impact on gaming history more so than their looks.
Graphical dated, but they both hold up very well if you actually play them. Both those games have level design that puts modern games to shame. The biggest problem with modern games is that they insist on taking control from the player and showing them things constantly instead of presenting interesting game play.
@darthv72 and the fact you can still load them up and they are still very fun to play and control perfectly. They are timeless. Even something like quake is still playable and fun,i ts actually more advanced gameplay wise than most shooters today.
Looking back, GTA IV just wasn't that great at all, honestly. That said, games like Castlevania SOTN or Secret of Mana aren't there either and that's a problem.
So much bad tast in games in that list, hate about half of then when I played them, the other half is alryght.
Such as? The only game on this list which I didn't like, other than the obvious NFL 2K1, is GTA V. Not because it's a bad game, the story is great, but the world itself if an empty shell. Everything else on the list is fantastic.
What I dont like and what I consider overhyped are two diferent things, but games that I dont like: Metal Gear Solid; Tekken 3; NFL 2K1; Resident Evil 4; GTA 3; Golden Eye; Perfect Dark; Halo (any Halo from Bungie); Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Good for you
can you imagine being a game critic and playing LoZ: OoT for the first time? i was just a kid with hardly any exposure to video games at the time and it still blew my mind lmao
I was a kid too. I even pre-ordered it and have the gold cartridge. I was getting driven to lunacy in anticipation. I thought it was hella overrated after playing it :/
Overrated means people think it's better than it is. If you pre-ordered it and played it on release, then it wasn't overrated because you played it before people had opinions about it.
Dunno how Dan Houser and the Author of this dribble can claim ... Zelda influenced Ico. Dragon Warrior influenced Zelda ... Ico on PS1(Techdemo, alpha code) looked better than Zelda OoT and narritive speaking Zelda got none, it's the same shite all over again. Find a Link between her pussy and her saggy tits. Atmosphere Ico beats OoT, easily. Visuals as well, only gameplay and content is where Zelda OoT wins. OoT is essentially a Witcher3 esque game with fetch quests but with the same plot of previous zeldas. Go and rescue your dumb girlfriend, again .... wait wrong franchise. Save the world from Ganon... No its Gannon!! There is nothing remotely Ico like in any Zelda game. Lock-on? About the list ... No Suikoden 2? No FFT? If a good Zelda botw makes it to the list, where's Witcher 3? Skyrim has sold better than botw... mgs2 but not 1 or 3?! Where's silent Hill, resident evil 2 ... where's metro 2033 .. NFL2k1?! Really ... Skyrim PSVR beats all those games easily. Rdr2 and all the gta are fun sandbox sp games but they for sure do not appeal to everyone. Big sandbox game = among the bestest of their kind ... the bigger the game world, the better the game ...what a load of rubbish.
Well, gameplay comes before anything else, so yeah.. that's probably why Ocarina of Time is on the list and not Ico. While I agree that Ico, resident evil 2, and silent hill are great games, i think they're abit more hit-and miss, abit more niche. Ocarina of Time is a more well-rounded experience. Also, i disagree about Ico having superior atmosphere. Ocarina of Time has alot more variety in that regard, and there's nothing quite like the atmosphere in places like The Forest Temple, or The Bottom of The Well. As far the story goes there was nothing quite like it, as OoT was my first Zelda game. But yeah, if the Zelda games before it are all similiar, then that's definitely something that goes against it. The Witcher 3 is impressive in scope, but the gameplay is far from perfect and it has its share of problems at release date. It was quite buggy at launch, the controls were clunky, and the combat is VERY sloppy. as much as I love that game, i wouldn't have placed it on a top 25 myself. I agree with the open-world part though... it annoys me how games are considered great depending on how big they are. I know alot of people who seem to think this way and I don't quite get it.
Wheres Bloodborne or Dark Souls? List is meh.
Bloodborne , dark souls 1 and demon's souls are def in my top 25
Mechanically alone they have to be on every top games of all time. Yes even if you despise them. Nothing comes close to the soulsborne games, narrative, atmo, feedback, gameplay, ambience, PvP, lore, challenge ... It's the best "Western RPG" made by japanese ppl. Make it open world and you will devalue the franchise ... one of those IPS that have to remain linear even though they're kinda open world ish. It's fromsofts Fifa, Madden ... they could release a soulsborne every year and it would sell well.
Great to see Resident Evil 4 and Metroid Prime on there. The list may not rate them by today's standards, but they've still passed the test of time so extremely well, imo.
If anything today's standards for review scorers is much lower, as long as the graphics are nice.
They should've broken this down into the separate genres.
You're not the first to suggest this. What kind of genre's would you like to see?
RPGs, action platformers, racing, sports, strategy, fighting, etc...
Would you like to see something for just about every genre then? I can make it a series set piece. Though I'd have to cut the list down from 25 to 10 or so, maybe 15. 25 took far longer than expected, and even my other writers called me crazy to go with that number lol.
It was just a recommendation based on gaming for over 35 years. Please don't just make something based on just my account. It can turn into quite the undertaking and I'm sure there will be lots of criticisms because of many gamers' tastes and opinions. Lots of great games get overlooked and some gamers only stick to one or two genres. Good luck in the event you do as I use articles like that to see what I might have missed. I still have a backlog going back to ps2!!!
Haha, I know the feeling on the backlog man! But it wouldn't be a problem. I write about games because I love the industry. Plus, doing these kinds of pieces teaches me a lot about games I may otherwise not. Though it does take time, which is why I'd cut it down. And no worries, you're not the only one who's suggested the idea to me. Although, would you like to see it in the same vein of "Best according to critics"? Like this one? Any bit of feedback/criticism helps man. So I appreciate it.
Cool! I think regardless of your sources where you pull from, there will always be critical gamers who feel like their game has been left out. Best ofs can be tough, but I'm all for them to like you said pick up something from it. Either way, I'm usually in for a good read!
I appreciate the feedback man. Keep an eye or for more in the future, or just keep up with the site, we actually have some big stuff coming.
Older games were scored much more harshly, but that was before big marketing money was involved. Ill probably get a bunch of disagrees from people too young to remember.
Regarding Zelda: BotW "We believe much of its praise is due to simple nostalgia, and the fact we hadn’t had a Zelda in almost 6 years." That's such a stupid conspiracy theory. Think about it, what is more likely, that all reviewers are biased in favor of BotW because of nostalgia and because they were desperately waiting for another zelda game and therefore gave it, despite all of its shortcomings, great scores OR that it is a great game and therefore got many great reviews? In my opinion it really is one of the best games of the decade, but what does it matter. You are free to dislike it (or my opinion), but to claim that the good scores are all because of nostalgia is just stupid.
None of these games would make my top 25.
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