The Top 200 Video Games of All-Time: #41-50

We’re inside the top 50! That’s right, we’re down to the final fifty titles in our list of the top 200 video games of all-time (compiled from votes by our followers). So as it gets so close to the top, let’s take a look at the next ten games that are so very well thought of.

50) Doom
One of the classic benchmarks for the first-person shooter genre, Doom has the original space marine trapped on the planet Mars fighting off hordes of alien monsters as the battle through tight corridors leads from one frantic shootout to another. The game not only established the first-person genre as something the industry could rally behind, but its multiplayer planted the seeds for what was to come for an almost immeasurable amount of FPS games moving forward.
49) Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is in our opinion, one of the best, if not the best, games in the series. It was also the first game to introduce naval style combat by allowing you to set sail in the 18th century the Caribbean, taking on other ships sent by the British, Spanish, and those dirty Templars. The rest of the game, however, is your typical Assassin’s Creed romp as only Ubisoft can deliver. You play as Edward Kenway, the future father of Haytham Kenway and future grandfather of Ratonhnaketon, the protagonist and antagonist from Assassin’s Creed III. As one of the best selling games of 2013, this game will have you longing for the pirate life in no time.
48) Secret of Mana
The Secret of Mana is one of those rare games that helped define a genre. Released in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 2, this 1993 action role-playing game had you traversing a fantasy world, where mana is highly sought after for its power. It comes complete with plenty of towns and villages to explore, dungeon crawling, bosses, and a progression system. If you want to jump into this addicting fantasy world, you can play it on iOS, Android, or check out the 3D remaster for Playstation 4.
47) Contra
Who doesn’t remember Contra? This 1987 action game is a side-scrolling shooter originally released in arcades. It can be played in single-player or cooperatively and has all of the tropes of an ’80s action film. The story takes place in the year 2633, and you play as two commandos of the Contra unit, trying to save the world from the Red Falcon Organization and the aliens who control them. Though the last game came out in 2014, the series has left a lasting legacy.
46) BioShock
BioShock is one of those games that gamers will remember forever. It’s a moralistic story, creepy set pieces, and jump scare action has made it a must-play adventure for anybody with a PC or console. Though Ken Levine has been out of the gaming world for a bit, he filled the world of Rapture with rich, interesting, and terrifying thing to explore or stay away from. And who can forget the big daddies? Whether you use a plasma/weapon combo or barely win, taking them down is one of the most satisfying experiences any gamer can have. Also, you can play it on modern consoles in the BioShock: The Collection.
45) NFL Blitz
Playing NFL Blitz was like playing football with your siblings. The more you can humiliate your opponents, the more fun the game becomes. Developed by Midway and eventually EA Sports, NFL Blitz allows players to use NFL teams, but rather than encouraging you to play by the rules, exaggerates the game and takes it completely over the top. How many friendships were ended by this franchise? We’ll never know. Unfortunately, 2012 saw the last Blitz release. All there is now is Madden.
44) Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest
The second installment in the Donkey Kong Country series, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest revolves around Diddy Kong and his girlfriend Dixie Kong (hopefully they’re not related) as they try to rescue Donkey Kong, who was abducted by King K Rool. In this 2D side-scrolling adventure, you play through 52 levels in eight different worlds. True to form for games released in the ’90s, the end of each world features a boss that must be defeated in order to progress. The Super Nintendo version currently holds an average score of 90%, while its rerelease on virtual console and Game Boy Advance wasn’t received nearly as well, with a critic rating of 80%.
43) Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
The direct sequel to Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, this entry takes place four years after its predecessor. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is a 1997 platform adventure game developed by Konami and released on the original Playstation. In this entry, you play as Alucard, who seeks to destroy Dracula’s castle. This is the first game in the series to introduce non-linear level design and role-playing elements that were refined in the following entries.
42) World of Warcraft
Has there been a game that has taken more hours from the lives of nerds and attention from girlfriends as World of Warcraft? Since its release in 2005, World of Warcraft has accumulated more than 12 million subscriptions and grossed $9.23 billion in revenue, making it one of the most successful games of all time. Even today, Blizzard continues to put out story-driven expansions and continues to build the world that players have come to know and love. Will there ever be another entry in the series? With more than 100 million active accounts, it doesn’t seem likely.
41) Final Fantasy VI (III in US)
Released as Final Fantasy III in the United States originally, Final Fantasy VI is considered by many to be the best game in the series, and others the best game ever. Developed by Square and released in 1994, Final Fantasy VI builds upon the Final Fantasy titles that came before it by allowing you to travel a world map, equip and customize your characters and progress inexperience. Taking on a far darker tone than you’d expect, the first half of the game is significantly different from the second half and is set in a world that resembles something from a steampunk novel with elements of magic. Having won numerous awards and sold over 3 billion copies, this is an adventure worth going on with any console.
Check out the rest of our list here:
#’s 81-90

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