All-TIME 100 Video Games

From Adventure to Zork, here are our picks for the All-TIME 100 greatest video games.

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SonicTheBlueBlur2
SonicTheBlueBlur2

No Super Mario Galaxy (1 OR 2), Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, or Sonic 3 & Knuckles? Time Magazine, you have no business in anything to do with video games. ANIMAL CROSSING MADE THE LIST? The only good thing about that game was the fact that you could enter codes to unlock a bunch of NES games. Go do something sane like fire the staff that wrote this list.

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MatteoFois
MatteoFois

there is angry birds and not abe's oddysee or monkey island? ok

kaitainjones
kaitainjones

No "Elite" (1984) on the list? A joke list. One written by someone who has seemingly only played US and Japanese games.


No "Secret of Monkey Island" either. C'mon, these were genre-defining games.

kalten82
kalten82

Bit ridiculous how games like Hunt the Wumpus and M.U.L.E. have so many people saying they don't deserve to be on the list.  Just because you weren't born yet, doesn't make them a bad game.  It seems like every time someone wants to make a top 100 all time list of games/movies/albums based on voters, it just ends up being stuff that released in the last couple years.

I just imagine internal conversations going something like this:

"Casablanca?  Bah, looks terrible even on my 4k TV."

"Godfather?  Not enough action for me!  IM EXTREME!"


FrankRichter
FrankRichter

Best game ever created!!!  Best game ever created!!!  Best game ever created!!!  Best game ever created!!!  Best game ever created!!!  Best game ever created!!!  Best game ever created!!!  Best game ever created!!!  Best game ever created!!!  Best game ever created!!!  Best game ever created!!!  Best game ever created!!!

von_Werra
von_Werra

There are some that extra or missing, for example should be listed Mafia and Dead Space (PC); Turok and Perfect Dark (N64); or Mass Effect 2 should be listed instead of the third.

edouad218
edouad218

The way minecraft was developed and marketed makes it one of the most influential games of all time

AronEnglefield
AronEnglefield

Paperboy and Pitfall are in the 80's list but Star Wars isn't? That doesn't reflect at all the arcade scene of the 80's I remember; kids queuing up at the sit-down Star Wars game. And I'm not a huge fan of the films, I just remember the game being a runaway success, the first 3D space shooter and a great game.

aribashi
aribashi

 ADOM > Nethack.


Thief deserves its spot on there, but Baldur's Gate and Half-life (both also from 1998) are glaring omissions.  Monkey Island 2 as well.

pukka-pie
pukka-pie

Banjo Kazooie, Minecraft, Rome Total War, Pokemon, Football Manager, Monkey Island, Age of Empires are all glaring omissions. But the weirdest, the strangest, omission is the Ocarina of Time. I mean how how how how how could Animal Crossing, the most boring game ever to be devised by man, come ahead of the N64's masterpiece?

Also, it always irritates me when critics put GTA 3 above San Andreas, i've never met anybody that prefers GTA 3, whether it came first is irrelevant in a list that is meant to list the 'greatest' games. 

Honestly I just can't see how you left Ocarina of Time out... it's like writing a 'Greatest Films' list and forgetting about The Godfather. 

Batfly
Batfly

Secret Of Mana create so many dream in video game history...... it's not an official top 100 for me!


Seacucumber
Seacucumber

I agree that more games should be on the list, but you should PLAY the games before you speak or vote against them.  I've been playing a lot of netback lately and it is one of the best games that I've ever played. (It is hard to get into though.)

AlexanderBurton
AlexanderBurton

Where's Fallout 3, Spore, Borderlands, NFS Most Wanted (2005), Red Dead Redemption, Pokémon Emerald, Kirby Air Ride... and so the list goes on!

jimmo
jimmo

I agree...minecraft

camthespear54
camthespear54

Wait, wait, wait. Does anyone care to tell me how any one of the Pokemon or Kingdom Hearts games aren't on here? How about Ratchet & Clank, or any of the other PS2 classics (I know it's ignorant to only mention one console, but it's the one I grew up with, give me a break)? What about Ocarina of Time? Given some of the "games" listed on here (Solitaire???), I'm surprised that they got anything right..

lordponcho
lordponcho

Where's Flimbo's Quest, Red Alert 2 or Monkey Island?...

a123bx
a123bx

Baldur's Gate 2 is missing.

And yes, people must be abusing the votes and voting down things they haven't played.

geejojoygeorgem
geejojoygeorgem

Are you kidding me??? Where's Half-Life, thought to be greatest game of the last decade with 50 game of the year awards??

Anyway I'm glad to see Cave Story given it's due honor. It's the greatest indie game of all time. 

AndrewPogs
AndrewPogs

I remember playing my Metroid in my GBA


AndrewPogs
AndrewPogs

This Pong Must Be Top 10 i remember when i played it 5 hrs a day!!! and half-life must be in this list!!!!



ClashWho
ClashWho

Obviously, Mega Man 2 is the one game of the Mega Man series that should be here.

ClashWho
ClashWho

Those of you who voted against Thief: The Dark Project are either fools or never played the game. I've played hundreds of games from Atari to the NES to the PC to the PS3 and XBox 360. Thief: The Dark Project is the best of them all.

qbgabe12
qbgabe12

Mass Effect Trilogy - Definitely. ME3 alone? No way.

freestylexgp
freestylexgp

I guess subjectivity is a lost concept.

WilliamTowne
WilliamTowne

Time doesn't know anything about great games. Im still in shock that The Ocarina of Time isn't on here since it was one of the top reviewed games of all time

MichaelKelbel
MichaelKelbel

Ocarina of Time.  That's all that really needs to be said, but also Majora's Mask and A Link to the Past are right up there as well.  Not to mention Windwaker, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword.  All of these are better games than most on this joke of a list.  The only conclusion I can draw is that whoever made this list doesn't actually play video games.  Seriously, Angry Birds?  A slap in the face to Shigeru Miyamoto.

DÆmMetallion
DÆmMetallion

Final Fantasy Tactics has some mistakes to cover up. It may be great sometimes, but it's mistakes sometimes really kicks itself off.  Why is there a miss on attacks sometimes? Okay, they can add the miss and hit percentages to the attacks, but why is there also a "miss" on reviving allies? You really need the reviving especially when grinding and fighting overpowered wild monsters.

Why did they came up with the idea of having a chance percentage on reviving? Square likes to spice things up by experimenting with each new games and sequels, but this is one of their unwanted experiment results.

It's a great game, but not the best one, I don't know if it really deserves to be added on this list. It has some great plot, some great systems.

SuikoKyaCross
SuikoKyaCross

You guys totally forgot Suikoden II, Kya Dark Lineage and Chrono Cross... Really?! :P 

JFranklin
JFranklin

I see that Solitaire of all this is listed as a "video game" and not only that but listed as one of the top 100 VGs of all time. All I have to say is take it off the list 'cause Solitaire ain't a "video game"

jrrich
jrrich

No Wasteland?  You missed a bet here.

Thorsten
Thorsten

I don't know, if this was mentioned before, since I'm not eager to read over 1.400 comments, but:

Unlike stated in the article, even Diablo 1 has a multiplayer-mode, not only its successors.

NotYoAverage
NotYoAverage

Please give me the addresses of those who voted no way to Final Fantasy 7. LOL....but srsly. That game is awesome.

ChrisO'keeffe
ChrisO'keeffe

The fact that Ocarina of Time is not on this list, makes the ENTIRE List invalid, if Ocarina is not on EVERYONES Top Games list, then their list has no meaning and cant be taken seriously. FACT

BadongSkee
BadongSkee

Red Dead Redemption, Super Mario 3 and Duck Hunt

tasteflavored
tasteflavored

this list was clearly dreamed up by 10-15 people that don't really even like the idea of video games, their explanation of the games/why they picked them is awful, the explanation is often incorrect or only focuses on minor elements (see Chrono Trigger).. if they needed filler they would have been better pulling descriptions off wikipedia... These guys clearly couldn't see the forest for the trees, they messed up when they made the article 'greatest games' rather than what their actually trying to list, 'games that were most influential to popular culture'

MeganHaileyGonzalez
MeganHaileyGonzalez

I'm pretty surprised how few people don't like Chrono Trigger. I found it to be better than pretty much all of the other games I've played. If you haven't played it and have time, **find a way to play it**. 

MichaëlGathy
MichaëlGathy

Braid 4,315 6,834

W.T.F ? Are people just voting no way because they don't know the game/haven't played it ? I can't believe than more than 10% of the people having actually played this game would vote no way. Scary.

DokuroKamen
DokuroKamen

Where are Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Starcraft I?
My mom would have done it better.



GTPhenom
GTPhenom

I'm sorry, but there are probably fifty+ games missing from this list that could EASILY be on here.  I understand giving some of the older games their due, but your title, Time, is All Time 100 Video Games.  So you are saying that these games you've listed are the best 100 video games of all time.  But I'm just throwing it out there, best selling, doesn't mean best.  Modern Warfare 3 is still one of the best selling games on the 360, but almost no one is going to put it on a "Best of All Time" list for Video Games.  And the same thing can be said of MANY of the games you included on this list.  

Now, with that being said, at the end of the day, this is YOUR list, and how YOU feel these games should be ranked.  But, if it were me, you simply can't have a Best Video Games of all Time list, and leave off games such as LOZ: OOT, the Pokemon Franchise as a whole (love it or hate it, few games have been as widely revolutionary or generated so much interest), Resident Evil 4, one of the Unreal Tournaments, and, as far as I'm concerned, Skyrim.  All of those games did something to truly change the way gamers view gaming (Seeings as I'll get called out if I don't expand:  OOT was probably the first true 3D adventure game to have commercial success, and puts together one of the best stories in video game history, Unreal truly changed the way FPS's and the competitive shooting genre was approached, Resi 4 redefined, and more importantly rejuvenated the near dead survival horror genre, and put together perhaps the best adventure from the series, and Skyrim single-handedly blew away any and all expectations for how much we can expect in a game.  When a game can be played for 300+ hours on a single file, and still be entertaining, something went right).

That was long winded, but those were just the obvious ones that I would argue are terrible misses by this article.  There are many other games that I personally feel deserve to be on there, but that would be for my own list, and my own opinion.

One final thing.  I don't understand this argument that a game series can't have more than one game in a "Best of All Time" list.  Guess what, some series and franchises are simply golden.  More than one Zelda game easily deserves to be on a list such as this (I would argue Link to the Past, OOT, Windwaker, and the Original could all make a "100 Best Games of All Time" list), same with Mario, Elder Scrolls, etc. etc.  Otherwise, don't call it a list of the best games, or at the very least, designate one of the spots for the whole franchise instead of picking out some of the weaker games from the series for your best of all time list (the original LOZ over OOT?  Really?!?)  Rant is officially over.