In Search of the Best Games Ever

The 10 Best Games...Game

Stephen Totilo (Kotaku.com) asks, what is the best way to narrow down all games throughout history to get the top 10 best games of all time?…Cannon Fodder.  Starting with what Game Rankings lists as their top 10 games, Stephen and N’Gai Croal have come up with a game of their own to work out the ultimate top 10 games list. Contestants are give 3 choices when presented the current list;

  1. Change Nothing
  2. Make a swap (i.e. #3 and #6 swap positions)
  3. Make a replacement with any game on the list with a brand new one

Once they make their decision the list is moved onto the next contestant, with the end result being the Top 10 Best Games Ever. The list started with the following;

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time
  2. Super Mario Galaxy
  3. Grand Theft Auto IV
  4. Super Mario World
  5. Metroid Prime
  6. Soul Calibur
  7. The Orange Box
  8. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  9. Super Metroid
  10. Metal Gear Solid (Game Boy Color)

Then the contestants were asked to choose one of the above choices.  Contestants were in this order; Patrice Desilets (Creative Designer, Assassin’s Creed I & II),Peter Molyneux (Game Designer, Fable I & II), Kellee Santiago (Co-Founder and President, ThatGameCompany), Jenova Chen (Game Designer and Co-Founder, ThatGameCompany), Jade Raymond (Game Producer, Ubisoft), Jeremiah Slaczka (Creative Director, Scribblenauts), Pete Wanat (Senior Producer, Chronicles of Riddick), Alex Evans & David Smith (Game Developers, Media Molecule), Curt Schilling (Baseball Player and Owner of 38 Studios), and then the participating panelists. Here are the changes that were made;

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time No Change
  2. Super Mario Galaxy – Patrice Desilets replaced with Super Mario 64
  3. Grand Theft Auto IV – Jeremiah Slaczka replaced with Metal Gear Solid (PS1)
  4. Super Mario World – Pete Wanat replaced with Madden NFL 2004, Alex Evans & David Smith replaced with Ico, Curt Schilling replaced with Wizardry
  5. Metroid Prime – Peter Molyneux replaced with Half Life
  6. Soul Calibur – Jenova Chen replaced with World of Warcraft
  7. The Orange Box- Kellee Santiago replaced with Portal
  8. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  9. Super Metroid
  10. Metal Gear Solid (Game Boy Color) – Jade Raymond replaced with Tetris

This confusing mess was actually a long step by step process.  All of this was followed with the panelists giving their final thoughts.  This list was the result and the current “Top 10 Games Ever”

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  2. Super Mario 64
  3. Metal Gear Solid
  4. Chrono Trigger
  5. Portal
  6. Half Life
  7. World of Warcraft
  8. Starcraft
  9. Super Metroid
  10. Tetris

Some audience members were not happy with the choices but you can never please everyone.  Some people will always have their favorites.  Hopefully most people made their choices with “Best Game Ever” in mind and not just ‘their’ favorite game.

What would you have liked to see on the list?  What choice would you make?

Written by Bryan

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