The Top 200 Video Games of All-Time: #171-180

The list keeps moving along with the picks (based from our followers) from #171-180 and with that, here they are…

180) WWF Superstars of Wrestling (Arcade)
WWF Superstars of Wrestling stands tall as one of the finest early wrestling options available at the arcade. So what could be better than throwing some quarters into the slot and beating you know what out of your best friends (or an AI opponent if you didn’t have any)? In this game, players select two wrestlers from a list which included Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and the Honky Tonk Man among others to tag-team their way through a series of matches in New York City and Tokyo until they could raise the championship belts and defend them with honor. Not only were there in-game cut scenes, but before each match, you could see your wrestlers entering the ring via the “ring cart.” Are you ready to play? “Macho Man” Randy Savage certainly was.
179) The Last of Us
There are very few things that gamers agree on these days, but one thing they do sing combined praises for is Naughty Dog’s 2013 action-adventure game The Last of Us. After an outbreak of a mutant fungus, a smuggler named Joel is tasked with escorting a teenage girl named Ellie across the post-apocalyptic United States. While there are a variety of different ways you can play this game, there’s nothing more satisfying than a stealth kill made out of an improvised weapon. Written by Neil Druckmann, The Last of Us features not just top tier writing, but also voice acting and a soundtrack from some of the biggest names in the industry. The Last of Us 2 is scheduled to be released in 2020. Will that happen? Who knows? But for now, this is definitely a game worthy of your time.
178) Team Fortress 2
Having earned the praise of gaming journalists and players around the world, Team Fortress 2 is what many would call the “perfect” multi-player game. With nine character classes to choose from and critical acclaim for its art direction, gameplay, and humor, it would seem that despite taking nearly nine years to complete, Valve can do absolutely no wrong. As a free-to-play game, be prepared to sink several hours into Team Fortress 2 if you’re looking for something to pass the time until Half-Life 3.
177) Syphon Filter
Wait a minute! You’re not Solid Snake! Having the misfortune of resembling so closely Metal Gear Solid (which happen to come out around the same time), Syphon Filter is a third-person shooter/stealth game that has you hiding in shadows and shooting terrorists in an attempt to apprehend the game’s big bad Erich Roemer. With six games in total, the Syphon Filter Series had a lengthy stay on the market, and assuming Splinter Cell isn’t about to make a comeback, has a high probability of success should it appear some new iteration any time soon.
176) Super Mario Sunshine
There was a lot of pressure on the shoulders of Nintendo to follow up Super Mario 64 with something special, and as the second 3D platformer in the series, they rose to the occasion. This entry takes a break from the old formula of Bowser being the main protagonist (though he is in the game) and introduces Bowser Jr. who seems eager to follow in the footsteps of his father. Garnering great reviews all across the board, Super Mario Sunshinefinds you clearing stages, achieving bonus objectives, and obtaining Shine Spirtes in attempt to take down Bowser Jr. and restore light to the Isle of Delfino. It’s not Super Mario 64 but it’s a worthy successor.
175) Star Fox
What top 200 list complete without everybody’s favorite space-flying fox named Fox McCloud. This rail shooter was released in 1993 has you taking on an evil scientist named Andross, who has declared war on the Lylat system. With the help of his friends, Falco Lombardi, Peppy Hare and Slippy Toad (we’ll give you a moment to guess what type of animals they are), they take on Andross’s army in an attempt to save the galaxy. Star Fox was originally released on the SNES and has since spawned several sequels across multiple generations of consoles.
174) Shadow the Hedgehog
After Sega got out of the console manufacturing game, they had to learn to evolve to stay in business, which meant finding ways to keep their properties fresh and relevant with gamers looking to play something on Gamecube, Playstation 2, or the Xbox. And what better way to keep Sonic the Hedgehogfresh than by making a game about a gun-wielding clone with amnesia? Shadow the Hedgehog was released to unfavorable reviews from critics, but fans loved it for its replayability, and the game went on to sell 2 million copies within two years of its release.
173) Road Rash
Anybody who owned a Sega Genesis remembers this high-octane motorcycle game, where you raced down a seemingly endless two-lane road while fighting for first place in a race against 14 other opponents who want to win just as bad as you do. Road Rash was released in 1991 saw a bevy of rereleases with each new console generation. The last game in the franchise Road Rash: Jailbreak was released in 2000, and ever since, gamers have been wondering when this legendary franchise is going to return.
172) The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Our buddy Link has been seen in through many generations, in many different forms, but none (with the exception of Ocarina of Time) stand with the tenth entry in the franchise The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. This time around, the game is set on a series of islands, where Link has to save his sister from – you guessed it – Gannon. Wind Waker spawned two direct sequels and an HD remaster on the Wii U. It’s also noted for being the last Zelda game done in this animation style before moving on to the more realistically-styled Twilight Princess.
171) Hot Rod
Based on the incredibly popular Hot Rod Magazine, this top-down racing game developed and released on the Sega allows players to compete in races and upgrade their car if they choose. For anybody who played Hot Rod up thinking it was going to be your standard racing game, they had another thing coming to them. If you got a little too carried away on the gas pedal and misjudged a turn causing you to fall off the screen, you were penalized by losing gasoline. If your meter went to zero before finding those flashing “G”s or finished the race, you got a game over.
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