The Satirical Troll’s Top 100 games of all time: #100-81

Since I’ve been writing for this site, I’ve been known as somebody who’s a bit cynical about games and the gaming industry. But, it’s important to know that I like plenty of games too. This is my top 100 games of all-time list. Keep in mind that this isn’t a definitive “Best of” list or an objective list in any way. These are just the 100 games I enjoy the most. Without further ado, let’s start the list.

100. Transistor (Supergiant Games, 2014)-

Supergiant Games has become one of my favorite development studios over the last decade, with their releases consistently making my best games of the year list upon their release. Transistor is a stylish, gorgeously animated and unique take on the pseudo turn-based Action RPG. Set in a vibrant Steampunk world, the exhilarating sound design and stunning soundtrack are what tie this amazing game together.

99. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (Fromsoft, 2019)-

Sekiro is the latest Action RPG by From software. Part Dark Souls and part Ninja Gaiden, Sekiro takes the brutal difficulty of the Dark Souls franchise and transports its core ideals into a stealth-action game set in a dark feudal Japanese world. The game took a good while to click with me, but once it did, I was treated to one of the best games  of the modern console generation, with some of the best bosses and world design in any of Fromsoft’s games to date.

98. Super Mario Sunshine (Nintendo, 2002)-

Super Mario Sunshine is the second 3D Mario game in Nintendo’s classic franchise. Super Mario Sunshine is a tropical retreat of a platforming adventure, with the star of the show being the FLUDD which allows the player to experiment with hundreds of different ways to achieve the objective. It’s fun to just mess around with the movement in this game, and while it’s probably one of my least favorite 3D Mario games, it still is a cut above nearly every game in its genre.

97. Yakuza Zero (Sega, 2017)-

The Yakuza games have become one of my favorite series in recent times, and Yakuza Zero is the best out of the few I’ve played. The base gameplay is a fun beat em’ up, but to ignore the amazing amount of stupid and ridiculously fun side content is to miss the core of what makes Yakuza games Yakuza games. While the story is really good, it never takes itself so seriously that they can’t have you fight a shirtless dude built like a dump truck on top of a building.

96. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (Retro Studios, 2004)-

The Metroid Prime series is one that is near and dear to me as a huge fan of Metroidvania style games. While I believe Prime 2 to be the worst out of the trilogy, it’s still an amazingly atmospheric, explorative and inventive game. The unique gimmick here is the light/dark world motif. While not all that original in the sphere of video games, it gives an already wonderful game a unique edge.

95. Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (Konami, 2008)-

Castlevania is another series that will appear on this list fairly often, and Order of Ecclesia is one of the best in the series. The last game of the DS trilogy, Order of Ecclesia changes up the formula by separating the game into smaller, disconnected areas instead of the one big interconnected map, but this doesn’t take away much from the game. It adds in tons of new mechanics, including a bunch of cool optional side quests that really add to the game. The cherry on top is Shanoa being one of the best protagonists in the series.

94. Nier Automata (Square-Enix/Platinum, 2017)-

Nier Automata is a slick combination of Autor game developer and writer Yoko Taro’s story telling and Platinum’s high octane character action. One of the most diverse and interesting games on the market, Nier Automata also has a fantastic story with some truly gut punching plot twists along with some really memorable characters. The incredible score is what really drives this game home as one of my all-time favorites.

93. Hollow Knight (Team Cherry, 2017)-

Hollow Knight is a game that is really special to me because I was taking notice and telling people of it back when all it had was the description “Insectoidvania” on steam greenlight. Being able to watch this game grow from kickstarter dream into one of the best Metroidvania games ever made has been quite a journey separate of the game’s immense quality. A gorgeously animated, fun and explorative Metroidvania game with elements of Dark Souls, along with the beautifully melancholic soundtrack, Hollow Knight shows that indie developers with a love and dedication to their craft can stand up alongside, and even exceed any AAA game with a mountain of corporate money behind it.

92. Thief II: The Metal Age (Looking Glass Studios, 2000)-

The game that defined the stealth genre in the early days of 3D gaming, Thief II still stands up as a genre great. The sprawling, open ended levels and dynamic enemy ai to this day still has rarely been matched in stealth games. But it’s the characters, story and world that makes Thief 2 as great as it is. Garrett as a main character makes for a great cynical and sarcastic anti-hero who is caught up in the events of a world where natural magic and steam punk technology are constantly at odds and Garrett is trying his best to not get caught up in it all.

91. System Shock 2 (Irrational Games, 1999)-

System Shock 2 is another early PC game that still remains a classic to this day. There isn’t a single game I’ve ever played that’s as dense and complex as System Shock 2. I could spend all day reading the flavor text on items and experimenting with the deep RPG mechanics in this game. The horror-like atmosphere and interesting story twists make this one of the most immersive and incredible sci-fi RPGs ever created.

90. Ico (Team Ico, 2001)-

A one-of-a-kind, atmospheric puzzle-adventure game, Ico is equal parts beautiful, unique and clever. One would expect a game that is almost entirely an escort quest would be tedious and unfun, but Ico manages to pull it off really well, even working the gameplay into the story. Visually stunning, the HD version of the game only does more to highlight how good the art direction and visual design in this game is. Team Ico have made some of my favorite games of all-time, and Ico is no exception.

89. Shovel Knight (Yacht Club Games, 2014)-

Shovel Knight is an incredible call back to the days of the NES combining elements of Mega Man II, Ducktales, Mario Bros 3 and old school Castlevania to make a platformer that gives you a nice dose of nostalgia, but also manages to stand on its own as one of the greatest 2D platformers ever made. It along with Sam Kauffman’s amazing 8-bit soundtrack makes this game a real winner.  And if this wasn’t enough of a reason to love the game, the developers Yacht Club Games has continually produced free content allowing you to replay the game with several different characters purely because they love the game and their fanbase.

88. Metroid Fusion (Nintendo, 2002)-

After not getting a new game during the N64 era, Metroid fans were treated to two of the best games in the series released for the GBA and Gamecube respectively on the same day. I didn’t play Metroid Fusion until just last year, but it still holds up as one of the best games in the franchise. It’s amazing how much atmosphere they packed into a game released for a system with the same on-screen pixel capacity as the Super Nintendo. This game has the best narrative in the franchise, and the SA-X encounters are genuinely something out of a horror game.

87. Phantasy Star IV (Sega, 1995)-

The Sega Genesis isn’t the first system that comes to mind when you think about classic JRPGs, but Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium is one of the best JRPGs ever made. There aren’t a ton of sci-fi RPGs in the classic turn-based style, and Phantasy Star IV has an incredible world. The story and the characters are engaging, and the gameplay is equally great, with tons of varied enemies and abilities to find and use. Phantasy Star IV is one of the most underrated games in Sega’s catalog.

86. Okami (Capcom, 2006)-

Okami is one of the few Zelda clone type games that stands up alongside the greats of the Zelda franchise. It’s a beautiful, fun and clever puzzle-action game. You play as the Japanese wolf god of the sun Amaterasu.  You are tasked with changing the over world with an item called the celestial brush. It is an interesting gimmick and really separates it from the Zelda games that it obviously takes its inspiration from.

85. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Rocksteady, 2009)-

No Batman game before this had truly captured the essence of becoming the caped crusader quite like Arkham Asylum. The tight, Metroidvania design of the asylum makes exploring the world engaging alongside the finesse, rhythm based counter combat that is now a staple of the action game genre. The best of Batman’s rogue’s gallery shows up in this game, with the Scarecrow sections in particular being especially great. Despite Arkham City also being an amazing game, it doesn’t quite reach the heights of the first of Rocksteady’s efforts.

84. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (Kojima Productions, 2008)-

The Metal Gear Solid series is full of classic stealth action games, and MGS 4 is no different. The game is incredibly long winded, with tons of cutscenes and story, but it does an admirable job of wrapping up nearly 3 decades of confusing and convoluted plotlines. The gameplay is some of the best in the series, and the ending will be emotional for anybody who has been following the franchise up to this point. I mean, how many games can you say have a penultimate scene where two old men fight shirtless on top of an airship?

83. Super Paper Mario (Intelligent Systems, 2007)-

The Paper Mario franchise has always been touted as a mixture of platformer and RPG, but Super Paper Mario really goes all in on the concept and is literally a platformer with RPG elements. Super Paper Mario has some of the cleverest writing and story in a franchise full of clever writing. In this game, you get to team up with and even play as Peach, Bowser and other classic Mario characters. The main villain, Dimentio is one of the best villains in the history of Mario games, Paper Mario or otherwise. Super Paper Mario is without a doubt one of the best games on the Wii and the most underrated game in the franchise.

82. No More Heroes 2: A Desperate Struggle (Grasshopper Manufacturing, 2010)-

No More Heroes 2 is an action game by Autor developer Suda 51.  You play as Travis Touchdown, gaming’s greatest anime obsessed anti-hero and an assassin that is trying to work his way back up to the top of the Assassin rankings by killing everyone from dudes who are parodies of Final Fantasy VII’s Cloud Strife to a football player whose pads turn into a giant mech. To say it’s ridiculous is an understatement but that’s why I love it. It embraces a sense of wackiness and old school devil-may-care attitude that just isn’t seen in a lot of games these days.  The satisfying combat and clever writing make this game stand out in a world full of character driven action games.

81. Sly 2: Band of Thieves (Suckerpunch, 2004)-

The Sly Cooper trilogy is one of my most beloved childhood franchises, as I played these games on my PS2 a ton growing up. Sly 2 has all the wackiness, fun characters and beautiful visual design of the first game, but with much more refined mechanics and bigger, open ended levels. The game’s unique combination of stealth and platforming makes it one of the best platformers of all-time, and easily the best in a franchise of fun and charming games.