The Top 200 Video Games of All-Time: #151-160

#151-160 are next on the list of the Pop Culture Cosmos top 200 video games (as voted by our followers) of all-time.

160) Sonic the Hedgehog
As the only gaming mascot to ever give Mario a run (no pun intended) for his money, Sonic the Hedgehog has a very special place in the hearts of gamers all over the world. In 1990 Sega ordered its in-house team to create a game featuring a mascot for the company. After hours in a room and several days mulling over ideas, they decided on a blue hedgehog who can run really fast. The game was well-received by critics and fans and is considered by many to be one of the greatest games of all time. As you’ve already seen on this list, it’s spawned a number of sequels, comic books, and even cartoons.
159) Snatcher
Hideo Kojima is one of the biggest names in the video game industry today. Responsible for bringing classics to life like Metal Gear Solid and the yet to be released Death Stranding, Kojima’s origins go a lot further back than you might have thought. Making the 159 spots on this list, Snatcher is a cyberpunk game that takes place int the wake of an event called “The Catastrophe.” With fifty percent of the world’s population wiped out, you play as Gillian Seed, an amnesiac tracking down machines known as snatchers while also trying to unravel your own past. Like most Konami games, it’s long, confusing, and still somehow great at the end of it.
158) Smash TV
In 1990, developers Eugene Jarvis and Mark Turmell created a dual-stick shooter called Smash TV. As you can see in the video above, this game was a top-down shooter that borrows various elements from Robotron 2084 and took the action to a whole new level. Competing in a violent game show, players move from one room to the next, trying to clear stages and get out alive. The Super NES, Genesis, and Game Gear versions were called Super Smash TV and were released to mixed reviews.
157) Rock n’ Roll Racing
The ’90s was a weird time for racing games. Instead of the simulators we have today like Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsports, which are pretty straight forward, developers were putting out all sorts of hybrid racing games that blended various elements of other popular video games. Rock n’ Roll Racing is one such game. the game was developed by Silicon and Synapse, whom you might know now as Blizzard Entertainment, Rock n’ Roll Racing pits four racers against each other making them race while also trying to blow each other up. Is this what inspired games like Twisted Metal? Who knows, but we do remember sinking hours into this particular title on the Sega Genesis.
156) RoadBlasters
There’s nothing more threatening to drivers (especially millennials) than being in a hurry to get somewhere and running out of gas. In RoadBlasters, not only is the threat of running out of gas imminent, but it happens while you’re racing other drivers. Too bad electric cars weren’t around. If you can complete all fifty rallies without running out of gas, you were considered a legend. How many players actually did that? We’ll never know, but you can count on feeling both satisfied and frustrated while playing this game.
155) Pokemon Red
Every kid remembers their first Pokemon game. It’s the role-playing game for beginners. This 1998 top-down game had you playing as Ash Ketchum a pokemon trainer from the land of Kanto. In Pokemon Red, it’s your job to capture Pokemon, collect badges and eventually take on the most elite Pokemon trainers in all the land. Though not without flaw, your childhood is lacking if you’ve never sunken any time into this amazing game.
154) Pokemon Gold
Pokemon Gold was one part of the second installments in the Pokemon series. Released on the Game Boy Color in 2000 this is believed by many to be the best game in the series, as well as one of Nintendo’s most significant titles. Pokemon Gold sees you exploring a brand new region called Johto, which lies just west of Kanto. As with the first game, you get to choose between three different elemental type pokemon. Assisted by Doctor Elm this time around, you earn badges, take on Team Rocket, and you can even journey back to Kanto to see what your friends have been up to since that last game. Why this one isn’t higher up on the list, I don’t know, but I’m glad it’s here.
153) Out of this World (Another World)
Out of this World is an action-adventure platforming game originally released on the Atari ST in 1991. In this game, players take on the role of Lester Knight Chaykin, a physicist from the earth, who unwillingly finds himself on a hostile alien planet thanks to an experiment gone wrong. What makes this game stand out amongst other titles is that instead of side-scrolling the game is presented through flipping screens. Since it’s original release, Out of this World was given new life with a 20th-anniversary edition that seemingly found its way onto just about every console ever since.
152) Minecraft
Minecraft has done for gaming what Pokemon Go has done for obesity. Though many will argue that Fortnite has become the new Minecraft in terms of bringing non-gamers into gaming, Minecraft spawned an entire sub-culture within gaming, creating conventions, YouTube stars, and has been streamed for countless hours on Twitch. Whether you’re a casual gamer who enjoys building things, or you’re more into competitive gameplay, or perhaps you enjoy a good story, Minecraft has something for everybody.
151) Super Mario 64
If you owned a Nintendo 64 or grew up in the 64/Playstation era of gaming, chances are you’ve played this game. To say that Mario 64 is a classic would be a severe understatement. This game not only breathed new life into Mario, but it was also the first time our favorite plumber graced the screen of a 3D platformer, and it was good. The Mario games that followed this release were great, but it’s unlikely we’ll ever see another game that truly redefines Nintendo quite like Super Mario 64.
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#’s 81-90

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