The Top 100 Games to Play Today

This piece provoked a lot of response!

I recently babbled on about why I like Edge magazine so much and I'm back to continue spouting out some more Edge-related dribble. In issue 200, Edge compiled a list that I have been longing for ages. I love lists in general, although I appreciate how silly and arbitrary they can be. It is almost impossible to rank games without wearing those rose-tinted specs and it can be a nightmare trying to jostle between the effect they had on the industry, originality, quality for the time and their current quality. It is useless to deny that some games have aged better than others and I have always wanted someone to produce a list that eliminates most of the confusing aspects that usually come into play when compiling "100 greatest games ever" lists.

This new list is different to the above special edition of Edge, released last year documenting the greatest games of all time, nostalgia and industry impact included

This list, unlike any other solely serves to rank "the 100 best games today." I interpret this as "if you were to introduce someone intelligent and capable to gaming today, which 100 games would you tell them to play." This means that the list doesn't include games like any of the Gran Turismo or Devil May Cry series, two IPs that haven't aged particularly well, and despite initial excitement have failed to remain the definitive series in their respective genres. The list also spans a rather wide range of genres and includes "industry picks" from various industry celebrities. It is supposed to be in order, but I prefer to see the list as the 100 games to play, rather than a strict ranking of the best games. Due to the unique nature of the list, many of the games are fairly new.

100. Ridge Racer Type 4
99. Far Cry
98. Star Fox 64
97. Resident Evil
96. Zelda: Twilight Princess
95. Football Manager 2009
94. Space Giraffe
93. The Sims 2
92. Animal Crossing Wii
91. Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
90. Braid
89. Final Fantasy VI
88. Panel De Pon
87. Doom 2
86. Singstar
85. The Secret of Monkey Island
84. God of War
83. Peggle
82. Sam & Max Hit the Road
81. Silent Hill 2
80. Quake III
79. Pac-man CE
78. UFO: Enemy Unknown
77. Zelda: Majora's Mask
76. Planescape: Torment
75. F-Zero GX
74. Puzzle Quest: COTW
73. Frequency
72. Skate 2
71. Outrun 2006: C2C
70. Daytona USA
69. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
68. Shadow of the Colossus
67. Chrono Trigger
66. Prince of Persia: SOT
65. Thief II: The Metal Age
64. Puyo Pop Fever
63. Lemmings
62. Ninja Gaiden
61. Robotron 2084
60. Puzzle Bobble
59. Viewtiful Joe
58. Gears of War 2
57. Deus Ex
56. Counter Strike: Source
55. Pokemon Yellow
54. Ico
53. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
52. Fable II
51. R-Type Final
50. Metal Gear Solid: TS
49. Rez HD
48. Final Fantasy VII
47. Eve Online
46. Disgaea: AOD
45. TESIV: Oblivion
44. Jet Set Radio Future
43. Portal
42. FIFA 09
41. Race Driver GRID
40. WarioWare Inc.
39. Super Monkey Ball
38. Starcraft
37. Fallout 3
36. Burnout Paradise
35. Castlevania: SOTN
34. Bioshock
33. Geometry Wars RE2
32. Team Fortress 2
31. Bomberman
30. Company of Heroes
29. Advance Wars
28. GTA: San Andreas
27. Mario Kart DS
26. Medieval II: Total War
25. Final Fantasy XII
24. Virtua Fighter 5
23. Zelda: Wind Waker
22. GTA: Vice City
21. Metal Gear Solid 3
20. Super Mario Bros. 3
19. Civilization IV
18. COD4: Modern Warfare
17. World of Warcraft
16. Super Metroid
15. Rock Band 2
14. Street Fighter IV
13. Left 4 Dead
12. GTA IV
11. LittleBigPlanet
10. Yoshi's Island
9. Halo 3
8. Super Mario Galaxy
7. Tetris
6. Super Mario World
5. Zelda: A Link to the Past
4. Resident Evil 4
3. Half-life 2
2. Super Mario 64
1. Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Okay, there are quite a few weird ones on there, and there is no Metroid Prime. I'm sure loads of you are offended by other omissions too. I do think however, that if someone played this entire list, they would be comfortable approaching any new game and would have a comprehensive understanding of game genre and gaming as a whole. I find it hugely refreshing to find a list so confidently dismissing nostalgia and favoritism, although the Edge classics do prevail to some extent (their love for Valve and Zelda are clearly as evident as ever). How do you feel about this brave list?

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