The Top 200 Video Games of All-Time: #161-170

The top 200 video games of all-time (as voted upon by our followers) are counting down with our next stop being #161-170. Let’s check them out…

170) Grand Theft Auto 3
No other franchise in gaming history has garnered as much controversy as Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto. Considered one of the most significant games and one of the greatest video games of all time, Grand Theft Auto III has you playing as Claude, a bank robber who was betrayed by his girlfriend and accomplice Catalina. After being freed from a rather long jail sentence, Claude finds himself wrapped up in the criminal underbelly of the city in a third-person action game with a great story and plenty of side-quests.
169) Dungeon Explorer
This late ’80s action role-playing game was originally released on the PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 and is considered by many to be the pioneer of the action role-playing genre. Dungeon Explorer allows you to pick a class (ie: fighter, warlock, witch, bishop, elf, bard, or gnome) and sees you on a quest to recover a stone and bring about the downfall of the very originally named King Satan. Dungeon Explorer would later see a sequel, a spin-off, and a rerelease on Sega CD, Nintendo Wii, and Playstation.
168) Darksiders
In an era of bulky protagonists and oversized weapons, Darksiders stands as a titan. Developed by Vigil Games and published by THQ, Darksiders sees you playing as War, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. While this isn’t a game you would want to play with your pastor, it’s biblical themes and character conflict are interesting enough to keep you engaged through the fall of man, plenty of betrayals, and a divine conflict that will have you screaming at your television for hours long after you’ve finished the game. Darksiders saw a release on multiple consoles, as well as a remaster on modern gen systems. A sequel was released in 2012 but was nowhere near as memorable as this apocalyptic entry.
167) Crazy Taxi
Crazy Taxi showed up in arcades as the era of quarter gaming was coming to an end, and due to its success, Sega ported the game to their Dreamcast console, making it the third best-selling game in the United States. It later showed up on Playstation 2, Nintendo Gamecube, and PC with sequels developed for later generations. Anybody who played this game remembers the stress of that time as you tried to get your rider to their destination on time. You can now play the original game on iOS, and its sequels (the latest of which was released in 2017) on more modern consoles.
166) Comix Zone
This 1995 beat ’em up game was made for the Sega Genesis and took place entirely in the panels of a comic book. You play as Sketch Turner a freelance rock musician living in New York City while simultaneously working on his comic book named “Comix Zone“. One night a lightning bolt hits the pages of his comic and releases its villain out into the world. As with most games in the genre, Comix Zone is a platformer that will have you feeling nostalgic from start to finish.
165) ActRaiser
ActRaiser plays like Golden Axe meets Sim City in the fact that it’s a platformer and city-building simulation crammed into one game. When not running around levels fighting evil creatures, players take control of an angel and play in a top-down fashion, protecting and guiding villagers through growing and maintaining civilization. As an interesting hybrid game, it’s easy to see why it’s still so popular today, and why it’s made our top 200 list.
164) Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
In an era of where anybody with an opposing political opinion is considered a Nazi, it’s easy to see why Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is considered one of the most socially relevant games of our generation. Also having the honor of being in President Trump’s anti-violence anti-video game reel (scenes out of context, of course), this monumental and hyper-violent game set in an alternate history sees you back in the shoes of B.J. Blazkowicz who appeared to not make it out of the first one, but thanks to a long coma and “modern” science is back in the game, taking on new enemies and old ones. As a huge fan of this franchise and the narrative they’ve created, it bums me out to no see it in the top 100, but if you’re reading this, make sure you give it a play. You won’t regret it.
163) Undertale
Undertale is one of those rare games that only comes along once (maybe twice) a lifetime. Developed by an American Indie developer by the name of Toby Fox, this game puts you in the shoes of a human child who has fallen into a large secluded area deep beneath the Earth that’s been separated by a magic barrier. Much like Stardew Valley, every aspect of Undertale from the world itself to the soundtrack was developed and written by one man. Three years after its initial release, it’s now on just about every platform and has scored nearly perfect scores with game critics everywhere.
162) Super Smash Bros Melee
When one thinks of Nintendo, the first thing that comes to mind is obviously Mario (or Zelda) and the next thing that comes to mind (for most) is Super Smash Bros. As the first Smash Bros game to be released on the Nintendo Gamecube, Super Smash Bros Melee takes out the health bar that so many fighting games are known for and replaces it with a percentage meter. The game also features a wide variety of characters from Nintendos large roster of games including MarioThe Legend of ZeldaStar Fox, and Pokemon, and even characters from games outside of their wheelhouse like Fire Emblem (which at the time had never been released outside of Japan). With all of the hours, gamers all over the world put into this game, it’s no wonder it made the list.
161) Soul Calibur
Soul Calibur is a name that has become synonymous with fighting games. The first game in the franchise titled Soul Edge was an arcade game and exported overseas as Soul Blade on the Sony Playstation. Soul Calibur arrived in arcades a year later and was ported exclusively to the Sega Dreamcast. In this series, legendary fighters trying to obtain a legendary weapon that can stand against the evil of the Soul Edge. Though a bit rusty out the gate, it’s easy to see how influential this game has been on the genre.
Check out the rest of our list here:
#’s 81-90

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