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Sat, 04 Aug 2018 16:00:08
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To celebrate our 10 year anniversary I think it's only fair that we do the exact same thing every video game magazine did whenever they reached a milestone... create a top 100 list. So that's what I'm going to do. I've spent the last couple weeks thinking this over and I have a list in front of me that I'm pretty happy with. No one else on earth will be happy with it, but as I always say, "fuck off it's my list and I don't give two shits what you think you little pissant." At least I think I say that.

Also, if you recall I did do a top 28 list a while back. However, that was 5 years ago and many great games have come out since, so even that top 28 has some changes in it. There's a few new games, a few games my opinions have changed on, and there was one really great one that I completely overlooked somehow when I made the list the first time. So rest assured there will be some very noticeable changes.

And it's going to go by fast. Since I've got that new job starting in just over a week, my free time may be reduced, so I'm going to try to get all 100 games posted within the next two weeks. I need to sharpen up my writing since this is a PR job so it's good practice. Writing about insurance benefits and filing medical claims is just like video games right?



100Sonic Adventure

99Kaboom

98Conquests of the Longbow

97Streets of Rage 2

96Lollipop Chainsaw

95Bloodborne

94 Crazy Taxi

93Bit.Trip.Beat

92Wii Ski & Snowboard

91RiverCity Ransom

90Dragon Quest Monsters

89Jones in the Fastlane

88Dark Cloud 2

87Professor Layton and the Curious Village

86MadWorld

85Marvel Vs. Capcom 2

84Torneko the Last Hope

83Crystal Castles

82Space Harrier

81Retro Game Challenge

80Final Fantasy VII

79Bulletstorm

78Rayman Legends

77Super Dodge Ball

76World of Goo

75The Magic of Scherazade

74Minecraft

73Fantasy Zone 2

72Golden Axe: Revege of Death Adder

71Final Fantasy Legend II

70Hotel Dusk

69Splatoon

68Pitfall

67Dragon Quest V

66SteamWorld Dig

65Street Fighter 3: Third Strike

64Order Up

63Hearthstone

62Monkey Island II: LeChuck's Revenge

61Bayonetta

60Galaga

59 Earthbound

58Super Mario Bros.

57Wii Sports Resort

56Pac-Man CE: DX

55Trauma Team

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Sat, 04 Aug 2018 17:53:40
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I already don’t like it. Nyaa

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I already don’t like it. Nyaa

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Sat, 04 Aug 2018 18:16:05
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#100. Sonic Adventure

Here we go, with Sonic's first real 3-D adventure. While the game has aged like an open jug of milk, at the time it was one of those games that got an audible gasp out of me when I first saw it. Nothing looked this good. Just look at that water!!! I would make up excuses for myself just to go to Best Buy and mess around with the demo. When I finally purchased my Dreamcast this was the first game I got, and it did not let me down. The camera was kind of a mess, but the gameplay was pretty strong. The South American themed setting were unlike anything I'd seen in a video game before. And having five characters (we will not acknowledge Big the Cat) with completely different playstyles was icing on the cake. It was a rare combination of a game that was equally wow'ing me on a technical level as much as a fun level. It's not quite a game I'd want to revisit much these days, though the DX version on the Gamecube was a bit better, but it was a ton of fun at the time and always holds a special place for me.

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Sat, 04 Aug 2018 18:23:14
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#99. Kaboom!

Kaboom! was simple masochistic fun. You caught bombs that the prisoner was tossing over the walls and prayed to the diety of your choice that you'd catch them all. Kaboom! didn't ramp it's difficulty level up slowly. You'd start at what would be considered the "hard" level and within minutes you'd reach the "fuck you and your entire family" level of difficulty. But like guys who pay to have their testicles stomped on by a dominatrix, we'd enjoy the pain and keep coming back for more. There was just something about using the dial controller and getting to see the prisoner fail that made it too good to quit playing. Even today I'll go back to this game when given the opportunity, though I'm lucky to be alive after 2 minutes.

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Sat, 04 Aug 2018 18:42:32
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I loved Sonic Adventure too....also my first Dreamcast game. Kind of felt wrong to play something other than Sonic first. I'd like to go back and mess with it, but it would probably ruin my rose tinted glasses.

And Kaboom....the game that started Activision's path to the corporate toolbags they are today.

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Sat, 04 Aug 2018 23:09:27
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robio said:
Archangel3371 said:

I already don’t like it. Nyaa

Well now you’ve gone and made me love it. LOL

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Sat, 04 Aug 2018 23:13:31
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Ah, the token Sonic game in any top 100 game list. Glad you had the sense to pick Adventure, and put it at 100.

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Sun, 05 Aug 2018 01:21:45
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Ah, the token Sonic game in any top 100 game list. Glad you had the sense to pick Adventure, and put it at 100.


I actually do have a second Sonic game on the list. This one came very close to not making it.
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Sun, 05 Aug 2018 04:31:12

Yay!! Love stuff like this.

Sonic Adventure was a major game, that graphical jump was insanity. The game was magical, loved it.

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Sun, 05 Aug 2018 10:13:50
It inspired Super Mario Odyssey's city world.

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Sun, 05 Aug 2018 15:07:06

#98. Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood

The very first Disney movie I ever saw was the animated Robin Hood and it created a lifelong love of the character and lore. To this day whenever any kind of new Robin Hood media comes out (movie, show, game) I'm quick to check it, but often disappointed. Not with Conquests of the Longbow though, which is not just a great Robin Hood game, but one of the best adventure games Sierra Online ever made. There were a lot of clever puzzles, some original light strategy elements, and some really amazing graphics and music for the time. The main attraction though was the story. It may be the best that Sierra ever crafted. Few liberties were taken with the characters, but the writers still found a way to create many original adventures for Robin and his merry men while still respecting and incorporating the most famous stories (i.e. the archery tournament). Outside of some literature and maybe two of the movies, this may very well have been one of the best portrayals ever made of the character. Very high recommendation for any Robin Hood fans.

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Sun, 05 Aug 2018 16:47:59

Is it PC only?

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Sun, 05 Aug 2018 17:44:54
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Is it PC only?


Yes. Sierra only dabbled with consoles once when they made King's Quest 5 for the NES and that was epic enough of a failure that they never tried again.
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Sun, 05 Aug 2018 20:53:09

#97. Streets of Rage 2

I've never been a big fan of the beat'em up/brawler genre. Even at its heyday when it was the biggest genre in the arcades it never did much for me. Too formulaic and repititious. Take a few steps, punch a few villains, repeat until you get to a boss. Streets of Rage II of course followed this mold, but the result was much better. There was noticeably more effort put into the development of this game that made it stand out amongst all the others in a very crowded genre. The playable characters all felt very different from one another and they had larger move sets than any other beat'em up at the time. Enemy AI wasn't as blindingly stupid as other brawlers. It has an amazing techno soundtracks, that while basic still holds up. Really is a great reminder of how extra time, care, and passion from a development team can make what would usually be an average game into something special that stands the test of time. *HINT HINT SEGA! YOU CAN DO BETTER*

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Sun, 05 Aug 2018 22:08:11
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robio said:
travo said:

Is it PC only?



Yes. Sierra only dabbled with consoles once when they made King's Quest 5 for the NES and that was epic enough of a failure that they never tried again.

Crazy how there used to be so many PC only developers. Xbox really opened the floodgates for a lot of those guys to consoles.

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Sun, 05 Aug 2018 22:14:22

Does your love of Robin Hood go deep enough that you've read the earliest known source material in which he's a devout Christian exposing the hypocrisies of knights and bishops?

Streets of Rage 2 is the embodiment of A E S T H E T I C. It'd be all over the internet if it looked a little more like an anime. Looks perfect as it is, don't get me wrong...

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Sun, 05 Aug 2018 22:37:40
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Does your love of Robin Hood go deep enough that you've read the earliest known source material in which he's a devout Christian exposing the hypocrisies of knights and bishops?


I've never gone that far down the hole. Most of what I know begins with some of the ballads that were written in the 15th and 16th century. And even those I am pretty rusty on these days. But what you said certainly makes sense. There's a lot of threads of exposing the church in some of those stories.

In fact, in this game with the exception of Friar Tuck the Church was painted very negatively. The main church in town was filled with drunk and womanizing priests along with a highly corrupted Abbott. Then there was a separate sect of monks that was made up of former soldiers who kill and torture enemies of King John in the name of God.
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Mon, 06 Aug 2018 13:32:54

#96. Lollipop Chainsaw

When this list is over and done with, Lollipop Chainsaw will probably have the lowest Metacritic score of any game on it. Because of that I'm tempted to call it a guilty pleasure, but screw that. I maintain this is an excellent game. A collaboration between Suda 51 and an up-and-coming writer and director of cult and monster movies named James Gunn, this game is a reminder that sometimes video games are nothing more than goofy-ass fun. If you want to complain about the game over-indulges in male fantasy or arguing that it's about female empowerment, then you are spending too much time analyzing the game and not enough time playing it. Everything in the game is fun and ridiculous and has the depth of a sidewalk puddle after 2 minutes of rain, with the exception of the combat which is right on par with most action games of the time. And best of all it's the perfect length at about 6 hours. It's perfect for a weekend or even just a day or good schlocky video game fun.

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Mon, 06 Aug 2018 14:47:27

I was very disappointed to discover that this game is not backwards compatible on Xbone.  Not having been able to play this Suda51 game has been bugging me ever since this released.  The internet however is pretty pessimistic about this ever appearing as a BC game, which is double sad since I know of a place that still sells this game new for under €20.

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