#13 Greatest Video Game of All Time

Look at us, we’re on a roll! One week back to back already! Let’s see if we can keep this up. As a refresher, this is the video game brain trust’s list of the top 25 greatest video games of all time and we are now down to #13! These are the ones you’ve missed so  far: #25, #24,#23, #22, #21, #20 #19#18#17#16#15, and #14. Let’s hit it.

Kai – Goldeneye 007 – The only game on this list that I never actually owned (no N64), Goldeneye is an amazing game that I played at every one of my friends’ houses.  It’s a first-person shooter based on the Bond movie and is one of the best movie to game conversions ever made.

The single-player is really well done, with complex level design and objectives that scale with difficulty.  As good as that was, the multiplayer was even better, with insane tension and battles.  I’ve never played more splitscreen multiplayer of anything, even Mario Kart.  My friends and I would always load up license to kill (one-shot kills) and proximity mines.  It truly revolutionized multiplayer shooters going forward and is still a lot of fun.

Po – Conker’s Bad Fur Day – Such an underrated multiplayer system that I spent hours and hours of time playing. The single player has arguably one of the best narratives (especially in terms of hilarity & clever parody) of any game I’ve played. Conker is King.

Andrew – Warcraft III – I originally had this in my top 3, but I removed it because it just wasn’t fair. Warcraft III’s single player campaigns were masterful and beautiful, people desperate for an update since WC2 got what they wanted. On Starcraft, I spent a lot of time on level editor but I never did that here (don’t even know if it existed). For me, this game was all about Defense of the Ancients. DOTA was a game that I spent thousands (not an exaggeration) of hours on between 2005 and 2013 – it was addicting and ruining and for a year or two, I was in the top 200 players in the world based on a field of about 20,000 (in all fairness I followed this over from Aeon of Strife on SC). Before some new games came out, I actually started playing through about 1/8 of this and I’m gonna pick it up again soon. Unfortunately, as we get into the higher rankings, I have to resort my list every week and this week this is the game that got bumped down.
Fit – Star Wars: Rebellion – I can still remember when my brother got this game. I was stuck at a ham radio meet with my dad and Kai had told me all the details about this game. It sounded like the best thing in the world to me. I actually pictured it like a second Yoda Stories. I was wrong. However, the hype was justified. Even though it was very different from Yoda Stories, it filled my 8-year-old hopes and dreams. 
Rebellion is a real-time strategy game, but it’s set in space. It’s similar to Master of Orion if you are familiar with that game. You pick the Empire or Rebel faction and both are very different. You start with the characters you know and love (Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie on the Rebel side and good old Palpy and Vader on the Empire side). Basically, you are trying to topple the other faction. The Empire seem to have the advantage at first as they control more planets and whatnot, but the Rebels come in from the Outer Rim to do their justice. You can do a lot in this game. It all centers down to missions: recruitment, research, espionage, capture, assassination, diplomacy, sabotage, uprising, and so forth. Different characters have different capabilities (Luke can feel the Force and grow this power and even train others) and their skills increase as they do more missions. You can build up your fleets and your troops to invade planets, or just use diplomacy to rouse up the galaxy behind you. I can return to this game again and again–I highly suggest it. 
Hungry – Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – My favorite installment in one of my favorite series of all time. If this list was about the best games of all time, then I can’t imagine this falling outside of the top 5. For now, it’s the perfect #13 right before this Friday the 13th. Since 1986 Castlevania has given the fans what they wanted while still staying true to the series and I love that. Despite the transition to 3D style games (Lords of Shadow is definitely high on my list of most enjoyable games), Konami still releases their 2D side scrollers and SOTN was their greatest creation. 
It’s the perfect monster. A beautiful soundtrack complimenting the series, voice acting at such an early stage in gaming, the perfect hero (Alucard), the staple pieces to the series (Dracula and the Belmonts), difficult hidden bosses and quests to 100% the game, and two “endings.” This was revolutionary for the industry. There are probably thousands of people alive that think they beat the game, but if you didn’t use those holy glasses (which are not “easy” to obtain) and just killed Richter, the game is over. Oh, and depending on how much of the game you completed, the actual ending will be different. 
Seriously, I can’t even. I’ve played this games so many times in the past 18 years; the replay value is unreal. This game is unreal. 
Do you enjoy any of the games on this list? Reach out to us in the comments below. Hopefully we are on a serious roll and you will see #12 next week! But for now, stay hungry and fit!
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  1. Hungry & Fit

    March 14, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    I cannot fathom how Warcraft III is so low on your list when you’ve played it more than any other game ever…

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