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VGChartz Staff Picks: The Top 100 Games, Part IV

VGChartz Staff Picks: The Top 100 Games, Part IV - Article

by Evan Norris , posted on 27 January 2018 / 5,174 Views

We're down to the final two parts! Check out the earlier lists in Part I, Part II, and Part III. Up ahead are a lot of classic, beloved titles that have stood the test of time, and a few modern releases that took the gaming world by storm.


Part IV: Games 40-21

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Top 100: The Wind Waker

Criticized at launch for its cartoonish appearance, The Wind Waker, in the years that followed, earned a legion of fans for its beautiful score, its expressive graphics, and its huge waterlogged world. Sailing across the Great Sea is a joyful experience, as is stumbling across pirate nests, sunken treasure chests, and eccentric locals. Be sure to stay to the end for a truly shocking ending.



Top 100 Minecraft

After selling 144 million copies, it's safe to say Minecraft isn't going anywhere. Mojang's sandbox crafting game exploded in popularity when it arrived on the gaming scene, inspiring dozens of clones, spin-offs, and fan-made tributes. The creative freedom the game affords players is extraordinary, and the opportunities for emergent gameplay virtually limitless.


Diablo II: Lord of Destruction

Top 100: Diablo II

Four years after the original Diablo, the colossal Diablo II would release, quickly captivating gamers with its dark fantasy charm and relentless role-playing progression. Spicing up character classes, creating more diverse and sophisticated randomly-generated loot, adding customizable weaponry and armor, and granting new features that further enhanced the gameplay, Diablo II would become one of the most popular PC games of all time. [Damián Cruz Latorre]


Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Top 100: Call of Duty 4

Call of Duty as a series delivered intense first-person shooting action for several years before Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, but it was only with the jump to present-day military conflicts that the franchise achieved true greatness. The game's campaign told a story worthy of a Tom Clancy novel, all the while delivering intense firefights and incredible mission diversity. Its multiplayer options were similarly great, rivaling contemporary Halo 3 (#55) as the best in the business.


The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Top 100: Oblivion

Like so many games on this list, Oblivion is superior on all fronts. Its score, by award-winner composer Jeremy Soule, is magnificent. Its graphics, physics, and AI systems are (or were at the time) state-of-the-art. Its expansive game world is rich in content, secrets, and meaningful interactions with non-player characters. Ultimately, Oblivion pushed the series forward, technically, narratively, and aesthetically. 


Gears of War

Top 100: Gears of War

Pulling together ideas from Resident Evil 4, Kill Switch, and Bionic Commando, Gears of War became the first killer app for Microsoft's Xbox 360. On launch day it unseated Halo 2 as the most popular game on Xbox Live, and sold one million copies in its first two weeks on the market. Its violent gameplay, co-op mechanics, and stunning visuals made it an instant hit, and started a franchise that continues to this day.


Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Top 100: Mario Kart 8

The only kart racer better than Mario Kart 8 is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which married the spatial freedom, orchestral score, and absurd amount of content from the original with a suite of new battle options. With 42 characters, 48 tracks, and five different battle modes, it's an amazing value proposition.


Super Metroid

Top 100: Super Metroid

Few games are as legendary as Super Metroid, a title that perfected the non-linear exploration of the series and helped inspire the portmanteau "Metroidvania." Dripping in atmosphere, buoyed by a mysterious story, and filled with secrets, power-ups, and thrilling enemy encounters, Super Metroid earns its illustrious, timeless status.


Left 4 Dead 2

Top 100: Left 4 Dead 2

Improving on the first in every conceivable way, Left 4 Dead 2 introduces new characters, weapons, special infected monsters, and modes that grant it huge replay value. One of the game's most noteworthy successes is the diversity of its five campaigns. Where many of the campaigns in the premier Left 4 Dead felt like variations on a theme, those in the sequels feel entirely unique, with different goals and gameplay wrinkles.


Final Fantasy IX

Top 100: Final Fantasy IX

As something of a fond farewell to the games that came before it, Final Fantasy IX is essentially a monument to the history of the entire series up to that point. The countless callbacks and references are still just the surface of a game filled with charm and wit, great characters, a wonderful story, and, once again, an excellent soundtrack from Nobuo Uematsu. [Taneli Palola]


Pokémon Red and Blue

Top 100: Pokemon Red & Blue

Pokémon Red and Blue is as much a cultural phenomenon as it is a set of video games. With Pokémon, Nintendo and Game Freak tapped into something elemental and primordial — a need to collect, trade, and connect. With adorable monster mascots, and an addictive gameplay loop, Red and Blue changed the landscape of handheld gaming and assisted in securing Nintendo's dominance in the portable space.


The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Top 100: A Link Between Worlds

It might share a bunch of similarities with its predecessor A Link to the Past, but A Link Between Worlds is an original experience — make no mistake. Backed by fresh ideas, brilliantly-designed dungeons and boss battles, and lots of side-quests and secrets, this sequel is one of the finest Zelda games in years.


Metroid Prime

Top 100: Metroid Prime

Metroid Prime had no business being good when it launched in 2002. Built by a new team under the supervision of Nintendo, the game attempted to catapult the Metroid franchise from a 2D side-scroller to a 3D first-person shooter. It was madness; the reaction from fans at E3 2001 said as much. Yet, new-kid-on-the-block Retro scored big right out of the gate, turning in a veritable masterpiece of level design and environmental storytelling.


Resident Evil 2

Top 100: RE2

Directed by Hideki Kamiya and produced by Shinji Mikami, two legends in the field, Resident Evil 2 is perhaps the best "old-school" Resident Evil game. It built upon the foundation of the original game, adding more detailed environments, sharper graphics, and tighter controls. Its greatest attribute, however, is improved replay value, thanks to mini-games and four different story scenarios. 

Final Fantasy VI

Top 100: Final Fantasy VI

With so many outstanding Final Fantasy experiences available, it's difficult to identify the best of the bunch. Many fans point to Final Fantasy VI, with its amazing music and art direction, involving storyline, large cast of sympathetic characters, unique events, memorable villain, and deep role-playing gameplay. 


Final Fantasy VIII

Top 100: Final Fantasy VIII

While it's one of the more divisive entries in the long running series, Final Fantasy VIII has managed to develop a strong following regardless thanks to its excellent soundtrack, interesting story, (mostly) well-developed characters and the highly customizable junction system. The game certainly has its flaws and weaknesses, but they are constantly overshadowed by the its strengths. [Taneli Palola]

Chrono Trigger

Top 100: Chrono Trigger

Developed by Square's "Dream Team," Chrono Trigger charms instantly with colorful characters, a brilliant storyline, and unprecedented gameplay mechanics for a JRPG. Time travelling has never been this fun and this well-executed, as Crono and his friends do all they can to stop Lavos from destroying the earth in AD 1999. The campaign is relatively short by role-playing standards, but multiple endings give it a lot of staying power. [TruckOSaurus]


Resident Evil 4

Top 100: Resident Evil 4

For Resident Evil 4Capcom ditched the cumbersome control schemes and fixed camera angles of previous installments and, in the process, transformed the survival-horror series into something akin to a third-person shooter. The positive and negative aspects of its legacy are debatable, but the game itself is undeniably great.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Top 100: KOTOR

Canadian developer BioWare has come under scrutiny as of late, but back in 2003, with Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, the studio was in its prime. BioWare crafted an incredibly-detailed and alive Star Wars universe, occupied by memorable characters, shocking revelations, meaningful moral choices, and tons of content.


Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Top 100: Uncharted 2

The Uncharted series has seen quite a few high points since its inception, but no game in the franchise matches the intensity and playability of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. It's the ideal blend of arcade action and cinematic presentation, with some of the finest shoot-outs and set pieces of the entire seventh generation of video games.


That's the end of Part IV! Coming up in Part V is a cult classic that's getting a remake next month; a killer app on Microsoft's first foray into the console market; and an interstellar adventure for gaming's most popular mascot.

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GoOnKid (on 27 January 2018)

Great list so far. Can't wait for the final part!

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Veknoid_Outcast GoOnKid (on 27 January 2018)

Thanks! I know no one is going to be completely happy with a list like this, but I’m pretty proud of it. A lot of different genres and eras and gaming tastes are represented, which is pretty cool :)

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GoOnKid GoOnKid (on 27 January 2018)

Nobody will ever be satisfied with a list like this, but that's okay. We still love lists, and we love to argue about them. Side note, I think it's safe to say that we appreciate the mix. That's what makes this list even better.
Side note 2: The top spots probably could be figured out now since many heavy hitters have already been mentioned. Yet I'm still eager for a surprise or two.

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Xen (on 27 January 2018)

A lot of these are waaaaaaaaaaaaay too low on the list, but bar some exceptions like Uncharted or Gears, I can agree.

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zippy (on 27 January 2018)

I would have specifically mentioned Wind Waker HD instead of the original, due to the improvements in both visuals and gameplay. I see you did that for Mario Kart 8 by choosing the Deluxe version over the original.

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StreaK (on 28 January 2018)

Uncharted 2? Check. Wowww, wasn't expecting to see FFVIII listed so high. Check. RE2? Nice. Check! RE4? Hell yeah - check! FFIX? Check. All these games I approve!

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Johnw1104 (on 27 January 2018)

This has been one of the more perplexing lists I've seen lol... I get the distinct impression that the people who sent in their lists didn't establish what was actually being ranked. Legacy? Contemporary greatness in its time or our time? Culturally significant? This list is all over the place, but it's still filled primarily by great titles with the occasional confusing inclusion.

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COKTOE (on 27 January 2018)

Solid. I could honestly put KOTOR as my #1, depending on what I ate for breakfast.

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Slimebeast (on 27 January 2018)

Yay, Oblivion! To me it's the best game in the history of mankind, but I'm still glad it made it fairly high on VGC's official list.

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BraLoD (on 27 January 2018)

FF8 above FF9 made me lost hope LoD might have had a chance there, damn guys, get some LoD into your hearts!

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Darashiva BraLoD (on 27 January 2018)

I can't really say for sure, but I'm guessing I'm the only one who had LoD on their list, so it probably won't make it in.

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BraLoD BraLoD (on 28 January 2018)

Yup, you were my only hope, but FF9 is your n.1 and a popular pick and has already hit, so no LoD here... great way to make a list invalid by default guys!

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CaptainExplosion (on 27 January 2018)

Hopefully they pick the right game for #1.

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StreaK CaptainExplosion (on 28 January 2018)

I'm willing to bet it's a ZELDA game...don't wanna start anything, but yeah. OoT or BOTW - they'll both be in the top 10 either way haha.

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spurgeonryan (on 27 January 2018)

Minecraft! Excellent.

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Jumpin (on 27 January 2018)

Final Fantasy 8 is one of my favourite RPGs ever too!!! So happy to see it here!

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PortisheadBiscuit (on 27 January 2018)

Yesssss Wind Waker <3

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ROCKY223 (on 27 January 2018)

NO.1 is going to be occarina of time isn’t it?

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OTBWY ROCKY223 (on 27 January 2018)

And it should.

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Slimebeast ROCKY223 (on 27 January 2018)

ROCKY223, that's a given on a very console oriented and Nintendo loving site. And it's a fantastic game.

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ROCKY223 ROCKY223 (on 27 January 2018)

It WAS a fantastic game. Now there’s way better stuff to play

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Helloplite (on 27 January 2018)

What a terrible list. Why and how is FF VIII above Wind Waker, Super Metroid and FF VI and Diablo II?

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Flilix Helloplite (on 27 January 2018)

Because it's not possible to make a list that everyone completely agrees with.

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Ka-pi96 Helloplite (on 27 January 2018)

Because FF VIII is better than all of those? Should be in the top 3 really!

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Johnw1104 Helloplite (on 28 January 2018)

Just look at the avatars and such of the community here (heck I'm guilty of it). There's going to be rankings that the average person would find absurd simply based on the handful of people they selected for this ranking.

I think the list has been rather a mess, but it does include mostly fantastic games. Really, this seems like a list that ought to have taken the two step approach of first voting for these games, and then registering their agree/disagree rating with each game's final result. It tends to remedy the stranger outliers.

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Ka-pi96 (on 27 January 2018)

FF9 and Red/Blue only at 31/30 respectively? Way too low!
Same with FF8 at #25, although at least it is above 6 and 9 so that's something.

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TruckOSaurus Ka-pi96 (on 27 January 2018)

Yup, that's something wrong! ;-)

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Aidman (on 27 January 2018)

Coming news :

Breath of the wild
Ocarina of time
A link to the past
Final Fantasy VII
Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2
Super Mario 64
Super Mario bros 3
Super Mario odyssey
Shadow of the collossus

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StreaK Aidman (on 28 January 2018)

Honestly, I'll approve of this entire list if I just see Shadow of the Colossus in the top 10. I have no idea why I'm so obsessed with that game. I remember before it even came out it was probably the most hyped I have ever been about a game..with the ps4 version just around the corner, the excitement is coming back but of course not quite to the same extent.

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GOWTLOZ (on 27 January 2018)

God of War better be on the list.

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