The Top 200 Video Games of All-Time: #191-200

Our list of the top 200 video games of all-time (as voted on by our followers) begins with #’s 200-191. So here goes…

200(Tie) Time Crisis and Vigilante 8
The end of the arcade era was both a beautiful and devastating time to be a gamer. The quarter arcades were slowly fading away, and there was high hope for arcades that ran on credit to carry on the legacy, and for a while it did. If you spent any time in arcades in the late ’90s or early 2000s you’ve probably heard of a little arcade shooter called Time CrisisTime Crisis could be played alone or with a buddy, and though they attempted to revive the franchise on consoles, it never quite regained the popularity or fun that it had in the arcade.
With vehicular combat that carries the action to the maximum, Vigilante 8never ceases to excite and challenge gamers with a series of twists, turns, bumps jumps, and narrow roadways all the while avoiding the onslaught from those who seek to do you harm. It’s a good thing your car (or bus) can come equipped with an arsenal of heavy weapons and special power-ups to fight off the bad guys and take over the road maps with skill and also a bit of luck doesn’t hurt as well. Get set to fire that rocket button and honk that horn and “evade” your enemies because this is one rush hour you may not want to escape from anytime soon.
199) Tales of Grace F
Squeaking onto our list is Tales of Graces F. Originally released in Japan as Hepburn: Teiruzu Obu Gureisesu is considered a core entry in the infamous Tales series and takes place in a world called Ephinea, where moody teenage protagonist Asbel Lhant befriends an amnesiac girl named Sophie and then watches her die. Seven years later, she’s back, and there’s a kingdom to save. Garnering average scores by reviewers, this entry in the Tales series is more of the same, but holds a special place in the hearts of gamers.
198) Super Meat Boy
Super Meat Boy is one of those obscure indie games that have risen above the challenges of an oversaturated market and nestled itself deep within the hearts of awkward gamers. In the game, you’re a red cube-shaped character who is trying to rescue his girlfriend from the evil clutches of Dr. Fetus. Known for being challenging and fun, this platformer scored nines across the board and was released on just about every console out at the time. It is considered by many to be one of the most challenging games to come out in modern times as it was released in a time where gamers were clamoring for harder difficulty games.
197) Super Ghouls and Ghosts
Developed and published by Capcom, Super Ghouls and Ghosts is a Super Nintendo game was released in 1991 as the third game in the Ghosts n’ Goblins series. In the game, you play as a noble knight named Arthur, who as you can probably guess, has to rescue a princess from demons. For anybody with fond memories of his game, you’ll probably remember having to play it twice to actually complete it. Though it sounds like an annoyance, finally defeating the evil Emperor Sardius was both satisfying and quite the accomplishment.
196) Sonic and Knuckles
It was only a matter of time before a Sonic the Hedgehog game found its way onto the list. If you’re a Sonic the Hedgehog fan, chances are you’ve played this little gem. Originally released on the Sega Genesis in 1994, Sonic and Knuckles was developed alongside Sonic the Hedgehog 3, but due to time restraints and money, was a released as a single game that features “lock-on technology,” meaning you could plug Sonic 2 or Sonic 3 into the Sonic and Knuckles cartridge, allowing you combine elements from each game into one. Though this game is more of the same from the first two games, it’s notable in the fact that Knuckles is the third playable character introduced into the came, and was the first character in the series to have the ability to both glide and climb.
195) Sinistar
“Beware…I live!” If you grew up in the arcade, this is the ultra-creepy sound you heard before you contributed a few dozen quarters into this arcade classic. Sinistar is a multi-directional shooter arcade game developed by Williams Electronics. In this game, the player or players pilot a spacecraft and must create “sinibombs” and use them to destroy the game’s boss, Sinistar, a spacecraft that looks like a skull. What’s most memorable about this game is a bug that grants the player nearly infinite lives if exploited at just the right time. “Run, run, run” and stay alive while you can in this fast-paced shooter that evokes inspiration from games like AsteroidsBezerk, and Galaga.
194) River City Ransom
The ’80s wasn’t just a weird time for movies, it was also a weird time for video games. River City Ransom was developed by Technos Japan and released in 1989. The game follows high school students Alex and Ryan as they mount a daring rescue attempt to save Ryan’s girlfriend Cyndi from the evil clutches of a villain named “Slick.” Imagine Grease and Double Dragon turned into a video game and it might come close to all of the great things about River City Ransom.
193) Psychonauts
Psychonauts is a game that offered fans a breath of fresh air in a time where original video games were few and far between. However, despite being well received by the fans, it didn’t do so well for Majesco and was considered a commercial failure. As a platform game, Psychonauts incorporates various elements from adventure games and allows you to control the main character Raz in a third-person, three-dimensional view as you navigate the worlds you perceive as being real, as well as the ones that aren’t. Rumor is that there’s another Psychonauts game in development and is planned for a 2020 release. Will we ever see it come to fruition? Who knows but the original cult classic is definitely worth checking out.
192) Portal 2
Portal 2 is unique in the fact that it not only was it one of the last original titles made by Valve, it also successfully combined a compelling narrative with the puzzle genre. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this game, Portal exists in the same world as the vaunted Half-Life series. Portal 2 is rumored to take place long after the events of Portal and Half-life 2 and once again finds you controlling Chell who after the last game was put into stasis after destroying GLaDOS and escaping the facility . . . for the moment. This game features hours of compelling storytelling and fun that can be played solo or shared with a friend in co-op.
191) Pac-Man
Whenever people over fifty talk about video games, chances are, they’re going to make reference to this Video Game Hall of Fame entry and a foundational piece to the industry itself. Can you blame them, though? After all, Pac-Man was one of the biggest video games of all time, generating more than $2.5 billion dollars in quarters by the end of the 1990s. In this classic game, players navigate Pac-Man through different mazes, gobbling dots, while trying to avoid ghosts. But here’s the catch, there are a total of 256 levels, and once your lives run out, it’s over. No checkpoints here.
Check out the rest of our list here:
#’s 81-90

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