“200th Post Approaching: 200 games to play before you die!”


It’s coming, NPCs.

Irresistibly, inevitably it is coming. This is our 195th post. And we’ve got to do something special for our 200th post, don’t we? After all, we celebrated our 100th post by sharing 100 of our gaming memories with each other (a big thanks again to our friends around the world who participated). We can’t set a precedent, right? Something’s got to go down for number two zero zero.

Here’s what that something is: a list of 200 video games every gamer should play before they breathe their last. 200 games to play before you die!

And just as with our 100th post, let’s make this a worldwide community project. Yes, that means you, sir or ma’am. If you’d like to contribute some titles to our upcoming list (you’ll get credit, probably), video games that you’re sure should be enjoyed before the big Game Over, just share them with us in the comments below! We’re out for your favorite games, games that built the industry, that made an impact, that changed our perception of what video games can be.

I’m looking forward to another awesome community-driven experience!
-The Well-Red Mage 


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  1. Gotta put in my plug for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Also some classics from my childhood like Oregon Trail and Mario Kart (N64). For the LEGO games, the Star Wars series is probably my favorite (surprise, surprise).

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  2. I’d be remiss not to say that as far as changing the way games were played and perceived – EverQuest and World of Warcraft. RPGs, and games in general, were to that point either solo experiences or extremely limited in their multiplayer capabilities. EverQuest pioneered the idea of a massive, persistent world populated by thousands upon thousands of other players, cooperating and competing with one another. You didn’t just play it – you lived another life. And World of Warcraft took that concept, polished it to a glow, and brought it to millions of people worldwide. Regardless of one’s take on those games now, they are both landmarks in gaming achievement. Can’t wait to see the final list!

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      • Happy to! There are just so many amazing games in my lifetime – reminiscing now about all of them makes my head swim. Thanks for the inspiration!

        And while we’re at it:
        – Tetris (Game Boy) – the first real killer portable app, and something that transcended what was a niche-hobby in gaming and took it into the mainstream.
        – Halo: Combat Evolved (Xbox) – Shooters can never be done well on a console; oh, wait, nevermind.
        – Dragon Quest III (NES) – This was an 8-bit game with more depth to it than most things that are released today.

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  3. I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for this!
    As for my entries:
    -Day of the Tentacle
    -Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time
    -Ducktales Remastered
    -Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
    -Crash Bandicoot Warped
    -Mega Man X

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  4. Aw, that big murderous moon is a lot more adorable than I remember…

    My big one’s have already been said so I’m going to say: Fire Emblem (GBA), Jak and Daxter, and Jak II

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  5. Reuben, here. I see Milo beat me to this. Oh well, here’s my additions:

    Gotcha Force (Gamecube) – Absolute classic and absolute fun
    Pokémon SoulSilver (DS) – Best Pokémon game and the best of the accessible RPGs
    Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Mega Drive/Genesis) – Best classic 2D platformer
    Super Smash Bros. for Wii U – Best fighter
    Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time (PS3) – Best 3D platformer
    Rocket League (PS4) – Innovative and addictive fun in ridiculous quantities
    Soulcalibur II (Gamecube) – Best 1v1 fighter
    Forza Motorsport (Xbox) – Best racer, I think
    Jet Set Radio (Dreamcast) – Just a must play
    Ready 2 Rumble Boxing (Dreamcast) – Brilliant fun for all involved
    World Cup 98 (N64) – The best football game and one of the best sports games for people not into sports
    LEGO Star Wars: the Complete Saga (Wii) – Best LEGO game and just a complete package (in two senses)
    Rayman Origins (PS3) – My personal pick for best game of all time (a bit odd I know)
    Beijing 2008 (Xbox 360) – Teaches cynics that flawed doesn’t mean bad – some of the most fun you can have multiplayer
    Halo 3 (Xbox 360) – Best shooter
    Mario Kart 7 (3DS) – Best kart racer
    Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Wii) – Best music game (also a classic)
    Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (Wii) – Best anime game but more importantly one of the funnest games of the last few generations
    Simpsons Hit & Run (Gamecube) – Absolute classic — better than GTA
    Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 (Gamecube) – Best skating game but more importantly more fun than Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and most else on this list
    Sonic Adventure 2: Battle (Gamecube) – Classic and a must play just to see what you make of it
    Worms 2 (PC) – Worms is amazing, this is the best Worms
    Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine (Mega Drive/Genesis) – Best puzzle game
    Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (PS4) – Not one of my favourites but everyone should try it
    Animal Crossing (Gamecube) – Best life simulator thingy
    Super Mario Galaxy (Wii) – Masterpiece and best Mario game
    Warioware Inc.: Mega Party Game$! (Gamecube) – Super fun multiplayer
    Streets of Rage (Mega Drive/Genesis) – Classic beat ’em up and a game that just needs to be played

    There you go. Congratulations on the milestone man!

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  6. A lot of good names brought up here! I’d like to bring up some obscure gems then since most of the big games have already been submitted.

    Oni (PS2)
    Eve of Extinction (PS2)
    White Knight Chronicles (PS3)
    Super Smash Bros for Wii U( Not obscure at all, but as my personal favorite game of all time, I had to add it!)
    Digimon Cyber Sleuth (PS4)

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  7. Wow. Big undertaking. Oh well, I’ll help you out a little bit with some recommendations of my own:

    Rollercoaster Tycoon 2
    Dragon Quest IX
    Metal Gear Solid 3
    Final Fantasy IV
    Pokémon Crystal
    Goldeneye 007
    Fire Emblem Awakening
    Super Mario Bros
    Super Smash Bros for Wii U
    FIFA World Cup 98 (N64 of course)
    Halo 3
    Sonic The Hedgehog 1 or 2
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Street Fighter II
    Lylat Wars (Star Fox 64)
    Ocarina of Time
    Bayonetta 2
    Just Cause 2
    The House of the Dead 2
    Animal Crossing New Leaf
    Donkey Kong Country Returns
    Kirby Superstar
    Mario Kart 7 or 8
    Streets of Rage
    Advance Wars
    WarioWare Inc.
    Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4
    Battle For Middle-Earth II
    Spartan Total Warrior
    Call of Duty 2
    Worms 2
    Batman Arkham Asylum
    Rocket League
    Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim
    Telltales Walking Dead Season One
    Secret of Monkey Island
    Secret of Mana
    Shining Force
    Lego Star Wars the Complete Saga
    No More Heroes

    Sorry for that… So many good games.

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  8. Here are my recommendations:
    Super Mario 64 (for showing how 2D games can be changed into 3D games),
    Goldeneye (for showing how games based on films can be good),
    Perfect Dark (for using a good cooperative mode which allowed greater independence between the players),
    Super Smash Bros (a good combative game which seemed to revive some franchises),
    Metal Gear Solid (an involving story and innovative use of stealth),
    Sonic Adventure (which showed how 3D versions of 2D games needed to use new gameplay and develop stories and characters),
    Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (a great game which seemed to be highly popular)

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  9. Another World back on the Amiga. There’s also really nicely done remastered version on Steam. Even now the cinematic cut scenes, well ahead of their time, still look great. A fantastic story, told without dialogue, plus great music and visuals, and a beautiful, evocative and hostile alien landscape to explore. Éric Chahi at his best. I wrote an article about it ages ago: https://thecakeisaliegaming.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/another-world-a-timeless-classic

    And I have to disagree with the above commentator on the Curse of Monkey Island, the first two games are far, far better adventure games and should be played by everyone 🙂

    Other worthy mentions:
    *Frontier: Elite 2 – how did all that fit onto a single floppy disk!?!
    *UFO: Enemy Unknown (Amiga AGA version because the music rocks, though the PC version has night missions)
    *Syndicate (PC version is best) – pioneering sandbox game and murder simulator 🙂
    *Cannon Fodder (Amiga version) – war has never been so much fun
    *Mega Lo Mania (Amiga version) – one of the most underrated and under appreciated strategy games, well ahead of its time predating Civilization, Dune II and Command & Conquer in its mechanics
    *Max Payne 1 and 2 (the third game has no soul or sense of fun)
    *Half-Life 1 and 2 – master classes in game design and changed the FPS landscape forever
    *Portal 1 and 2 – great puzzle games and the first has one of the best endings in gaming history
    *SWOS – still one of the best football games ever made
    *Rome: Total War – shouty Romans and fun battles (some great mods too)!
    *The S.T.A.L.K.E.R games – one of the most atmospheric and immersive game worlds ever created and the genius of combining the area around Chernobyl with the Zone from the sci-fi novel Roadside Picnic and Andrei Tarkovsky’s film adaptation Stalker
    *Aliens: Colonial Marines – just to appreciate how bad it really is!

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  10. Awesome. I am looking forward to it.

    After looking through the comments above, I will throw some games that deserve a mention but that have yet to be listed in there:

    – Banjo-Kazooie
    – Banjo-Tooie
    – Super Metroid
    – Metroid Prime
    – Super Mario Galaxy
    – Super Mario Galaxy 2

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  11. Hey! Congrats on nearing your 200! I’ve got a few contributions that I personally love and I’m sure Reuben will have a few as well!
    Sunset Overdrive
    Shadow of Mordor
    Mirror’s Edge
    Tomb Raider (the reboot)
    Borderlands 2
    MGSV: The Phantom Pain
    Sleeping Dogs
    Soul Calibur 2
    The Wolf Among Us
    Mafia II
    Heavy Rain
    Batman Arkham Asylum & City
    The Walking Dead
    State of Decay
    Assassin’s Creed II
    Resi 4
    Bioshock Infinite
    Simpsons Hit And Run
    Again, congrats on the milestone!

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  12. Wow, can I do all 200? Lol, I’ll list a few I would recommend:
    – The Last of Us (one of the best written games and excellent game design)
    – Final Fantasy (the most well renown RPG that defined a genre and set the bar for fantasy storytelling)
    – Pokemon (the winning formula in game design that captured the imagination of a whole generation)
    – Uncharted (amazing achievement in all aspects of game design)
    – Heavy Rain (one of the most dramatic and well done cinematic games)
    – No Man’s Sky (a grand achievement in technical game design and procedural generation)
    – Flower (a game changer in game design philosophy)
    – Journey (a profound adventure with excellently executed minimalistic game design)
    – Thomas Was Alone (shining example of using minimalistic narrative elements to convey emotion and personality)
    – Super Smash Bros (one of the best and most addicting couch co-ops)
    – Shadow of the Colossus (groundbreaking artistic design and one of the first and best examples of minimalistic narrative)
    – Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (excellent and respectable tactical RPG with a grand setting and poignant themes)
    – Metal Gear Solid (game changing theatrical presentation that gained the respect of a generation)
    – Sins of a Solar Empire (amazing technical accomplishment in scope and scalability within the 4X genre)
    – Suikoden (one of the grandest examples of world building and continuity)
    – Vagrant Story (highest calibur of writing in gaming and great setting)

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  13. This is a ridiculously huge task, and I will commend you and your team early on all your hard work! I will be brief here, though I feel like I could go on forever (and can, if need be.) I’ll try not to mention anything anyone else has yet!

    Super Mario Bros. 2
    E.V.O. Search for Eden
    The Curse of Monkey Island
    King’s Quest VI
    The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

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  14. This reminds me of Empire’s 200th issue, when their readers voted for the 200 greatest films.

    Now, because I’m dedicated, my submissions might be quite long. And I can of course only go on my own experience as a gamer, and my cone of genre preference, but anyway. These be the games that I consider worthy.

    (Seriously, this is a really long list. No spam intended. ;))

    Grand Theft Auto III
    Batman: Arkham City
    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    World of Warcraft
    Burnout 3: Takedown
    Mario Kart: Super Circuit
    Batman: Arkham Asylum
    Spyro: Year of the Dragon
    Colin McRae Rally 2.0
    Gran Turismo 4
    Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003
    Ridge Racer Type 4
    The Sims 3
    Colin McRae Rally 3
    Need for Speed: Underground
    Gran Turismo 5
    LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
    The Sims
    Need for Speed: Underground 2
    Need for Speed: Most Wanted
    V-Rally 3
    Gran Turismo 6
    OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast
    LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
    World Rally Championship
    Crazy Taxi
    Driver: San Francisco
    The Simpsons Hit & Run
    LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
    LEGO Batman: The Videogame
    The Sims 2
    Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue!
    Need for Speed: Carbon
    The Sims 3: Ambitions
    The Sims 3: Late Night
    The Italian Job
    The Amazing Spider-Man
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    The Sims 3: Generations
    The Sims Social
    Driver: Parallel Lines
    From Russia With Love
    The Simpsons Game
    DC Universe Online
    Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights
    James Bond 007: Bloodstone
    Wild Wild Racing
    Big Mutha Truckers
    Need for Speed World
    Driver 2
    Need for Speed: ProStreet
    Starsky & Hutch
    LEGO Racers 2
    Need for Speed: Undercover
    Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly
    The Italian Job
    World’s Scariest Police Chases

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  15. Awesome idea! And congrats on nearing the big 200! Also, what’s going on with that moon…? I don’t know how many games to name off, so I’ll name 5 for now. If you ever want more, I’m full of game recommendations!

    1. Super Mario World (of course!)
    2. Super Mario 64
    3.The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
    4. Pokemon Red/Blue
    5. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest

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    • Thanks, Mr. Pan-the-Man! Majora’s Mask Moon is just making an appearance to illustrate the impending nature of our coming 200th post project, albeit with a friendlier face. Thank you for the recommendations! No telling how many more we’ll get but I’ll keep you posted, maybe reply to this comment a second time if we need more. Thanks thanks thanks!

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