By Patrick Maxwell
This is the fifth installment of VGchartz top 100. We’re up to the halfway mark and now many personal favorites and GOTY winners are showing up. The first 50 have been nothing short of amazing, covering just about every genre and generation, and the next 50 will be sure to please.
60. Final Fantasy Tactics
Final Fantasy’s first venture into the strategy role playing game (SRPG) ring, Final Fantasy Tactics takes place in the world of Ivalice. You play as Ramza, the son of nobleman Balbanes. He and his childhood friend Delita uncover many secrets of Ivalice and seek to bring justice to the land. The game includes many of the normal characters you’d expect to find in Final Fantasy such as black mages, dragoons, and thieves, but instead of your normal turn based Final Fantasy game you move your characters around a map and attack. Certain moves take much longer than others to execute, so setting up your foe is the key to victory. Final Fantasy Tactics is still held as the best in the Tactics series and the world it created has even became a part of the main series in Final Fantasy XII.
59. Street Fighter II
Street Fighter II holds a special place in many people’s hearts as their first and favorite fighter. Many of us spent a good portion of our youth in the arcades throwing away lunch money just to bring the smackdown upon all of our friends. Street Fighter II perfected the formula of 2D fighting with easy to pick up but hard to master controls, and continues its legacy being remade once again for XBLA and PSN. For a lot of fans of the fighting genre Street Fighter II was their first and will forever hold a spot in their favorite games list.
Platforms: Arcade, SNES, SEGA Genesis
58. The Legend of Zelda
The game that started the legacy of the Zelda series and for that earned its place in history as one of the best games ever. The story of the first game was largely non-existent in the game itself ; instead it was in the instruction manual, where you’re told of how Ganon has captured princess Zelda and Link sets out on a journey to find the Triforce fragments and destroy the evil king . The original adventure laid the ground work for most games in the series: Ganon wants the ultimate power of the triforce, he takes Zelda to obtain this power, and so the Link must put on the green tunic once more and save Hyrule.
57. Resident Evil (Gamecube - REmake)
Yes, that’s right, Resident Evil is so awesome it takes up two spots on the top 100 list. The remake of the original Resident Evil on the Gamecube the game was built from the ground up, with stunning prerendered environments, new gameplay mechanics, and a rewritten script to give it a more serious tone to match the series’ direction since the first game. Resident Evil's Gamecube remake is, for many RE fans, the definitive version and a must have.
56. Mario Kart Wii
The latest game in the long running Mario Kart series, Mario Kart Wii adds a ton of new features and finally a console version with extensive online modes. The game features 12 player online, battle modes, and tournament challenges, all first for the series, and online that has yet to be topped on the Wii. Mario Kart Wii was one of the top sellers of 2008, continues to be one of the top sellers of 2009, and does not appear to be slowing down any time soon.
55. Halo 2
The Halo series is heralded as the game that brought great FPS controls to consoles and its second installment, Halo 2, did its predecessor justice by bringing the best online experience for consoles at the time. Halo 2 continued the story of Master Chief fighting the Covenant and the Flood but also brought new gameplay mechanics, such as dual-wielding guns and hijacking vehicles others are driving. Halo 2 was the most played Xbox Live game for two years and still one of the most played games today.
Platform: Xbox, PC
54. Warcraft 3
Blizzard makes hit after hit and Warcraft 3 is no different. Humans and Orcs have no love lost in Warcraft 3 but this time around they have a common enemy, the Undead Scourge, which seeks to destroy all of Azeroth. Warcraft 3 for many is the game for RTS players, featuring many different game types, custom maps, heroes, and extensive online features. Warcraft 3 will go down as one of the best RTS games ever created and has earned its spot on the top 100.
53. Fallout 3
The third game in the main Fallout series, Fallout 3 takes place 36 years after the events in Fallout 2 and on the opposite side of the country. Set in the post apocalyptic Washington DC area, the lone wanderer from the vault must search for his/her father in the wastelands and in the process help or harm the people he or she meets along the way. Fallout 3 was one of the best games to come out in 2008 and has become the best game this generation for many which shows by how this game has shot up the list versus many other classics.
Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PS3
52. Uncharted: Drakes Fortune
Naughty Dog's latest and greatest IP for the PS3. Uncharted has been called many things such as Man Raider, after the Tomb Raider series, but there’s no doubt that Uncharted has a style of its own and gameplay to back it up. In Uncharted you take control of Nathan Drake as he tries to uncover the treasure his ancestor Sir Francis Drake had found. Uncharted: Drakes Fortune has cemented itself as one of this generation's best and for many will stand the test of time.
51. Sonic & Knuckles
Often called the greatest Sonic game ever made. Not only did it add new elements to the Sonic formula, adding Knuckles to the mix and levels designed to his traits of gliding and climbing, and could also be combined with Sonic 2 and 3, in the top of the cartrage, to use Knuckles and unlock many secrets in those games. Sonic & Knuckles will be remembered for its amazing level design, beautiful 2D graphics, and for the rivalry between the blue hedgehog and red echidna culminating in its own video game.
Platform: SEGA Genesis
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The VGC Top 100 Best Games of All Time is based entirely on votes by our members. The source for the list can be found here . Only games released before January 1st 2009 are included.