G4′s Top 100 Videogames of All Time – Day 5 (20-1)
- 20. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
- 19. Diablo II
- 18. Ms. Pac-Man
- 17. StarCraft
- 16. Half-Life
- 15. Donkey Kong
- 14. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
- 13. Portal
- 12. Doom II: Hell on Earth
- 11. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- 10. World of Warcraft
- 9. Shadow of the Colossus
- 8. Goldeneye 007
- 7. Super Mario Bros. 3
- 6. The Legend of Zelda
- 5. Tetris
- 4. Asteroids
- 3. Bioshock
- 2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Yep, the original Super Mario Bros. wins it. For a generation this was the first console game, and probably even the first videogame they ever played. Plus, it did pretty much save the videogame industry.
Ok, now for a few thoughts I have on the list.
- Where’s Centipede? They had room for fucking Burger Time, but not Centipede?
- It shouldn’t surprise me too much that there wasn’t a MechWarrior game on the list given how the franchise has kind of dropped off, but I was holding out hope up through the third show.
- Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando getting a good spot made me happy, but I was kind of bummed out that none of the Sly Cooper games made it. Oh, and screw Jak & Daxter. I’m glad those got left off.
- They did a good job teasing their viewers, as there were a few teases (those “Coming up…” things before commercials) where they used footage from Half-Life 2 and Metroid Prime to throw people off.
- I would have ranked it just a little higher, but 13-year-old me was pretty psyched to see Quake III: Arena sitting 22 spots above Unreal Tournament. Don’t get me wrong, I really like the UT games. But Quake III is the only game I’ve ever been playing, had someone come ask if I wanted to go to dinner, and I honestly had to ask what day it was.
- I was really glad to see some more obscure games (to today’s gamers) make the list, like Star Wars: Tie Fighter, Day of the Tentacle, Panzer Dragoon Saga (and in the top-25 no less!), and Wing Commander 2.
- No Medal of Honor: Allied Assault? The game that single-handedly steered the industry into a glut of WW2 shooters with its popularity couldn’t make the list. Hmm… maybe I just explained why it isn’t here.
- Silent Hill 2 – 85? Really? This one should have been top-20.
- Castlevania: Symphony of the Night - 35 is a lot better than the treatment Silent Hill 2 got, but still should have been higher.
- Pokemon Red & Blue – I just ran the numbers in my head, and I’ve probably put in more than a thousand hours across the Pokemon series, and I’m not even among its most serious fans. It couldn’t even break the top 50?
- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – I know it’s already top-20, but I would have put it top-10. I’m glad none of the other games in the series made the list, but this one almost feels like the embrace by dude-bros has diminished its importance with too many people.
- World of Warcraft – Because I think it’s the most overrated game of all time. (Oh, and the comments on this one included Felicia Day saying how much she liked it. Really? You like the game that is the only reason you have an acting career? I’m shocked.)
- Ocarina of Time – I’ve already made my thoughts known on this one.
- Double Dribble – You already have NBA Jam on the list. This should have been lower. Like, not on the list lower.
- Halo 3 – Good game, but I would have put it back around 80-something.
Oh, and those jokes people make about G4 just showing X-Play, Attack of the Show, and Cops? They followed this finale with… a rerun of Cops. You have the best lead in your network could ask for to show off something new, or promote a good, but struggling show, and you run another damn Cops rerun. A severely impaired box turtle could do a better job programing a TV network.
So, thoughts on the top-20, the whole list, or anything else?
For convenience, here are the previous day’s lists: