The Satirical Troll’s Top 100 Games of All Time Part 2 (#80-61)

80. Ninja Gaiden Black (Tecmo, 2005)-

Ninja Gaiden Black is one of the best action games of all-time. It manages to transition the classic series from platformer to 3D hack and slash adventure game without straying too far from the series’ challenging roots. There’s an extremely varied arsenal of weapons, and Ryu’s range of movement and the flow of combat is sensational for a 6th gen action game. The animations and FMV’s are really fantastic for their time as well. Some cool and tough as nails bosses and a slick soundtrack make Ninja Gaiden Black one of my favorite Action games.

79. Silent Hill 4: The Room (Team Silent, 2004)-

The cult classic (literally and figuratively speaking) of the Silent Hill franchise, Silent Hill 4 is the most unique game in the series. The game employs the masterful horror design of returning you to Henry’s apartment after every level which provides a respite and sense of safety until later on in the game when it becomes haunted and is no longer a safe haven. The story about an occult ghost murderer is easily the best in the series after 2, and the soundtrack is amazing to boot. Unfortunately, this is a game that while I love, isn’t something I can recommend to others as people who aren’t emotionally attached to it will likely not be able to overlook the massive number of flaws due to the rushed development time.

78. Skies of Arcadia Legends (Sega, 2002)-

The original Skies of Arcadia was critically panned upon release for a multitude of reasons; including a frustratingly high random encounter rate, extremely long load times and an unpolished battle system. The 2002 re-release on Gamecube however fixed nearly all of the game’s issues and allowed the title to become a cult hit. At this point though, Skies of Arcadia has transcended cult status and is now considered one of the best RPGs Sega has ever made. The setting, gameplay and characters are superb, and the added bounty system and side quests make an already good game even better. The setting is really what sets it apart. Airships are not something new to JRPGs, but having a game entirely focused around being an airship pirate is a really fresh take on a genre trope.

77. Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga (2004)-

The Shin Megami Tensei games have been popular for a good while, between the now beloved Persona franchise and the various other main series games and spin-offs, SMT has become a household name for fans of JRPGs. However, Digital Devil Saga, released on the PS2 is still arguably the most underappreciated game in the entire franchise. The game takes place in a grim post-apocalyptic world and the story reflects that setting. The narrative is very dark and mature, and the splendid heavy metal and grunge soundtrack adds to the atmosphere. Digital Devil Saga is sure to delight fans of dungeon crawlers, and even though it ends on a cliffhanger, you can jump right into the equally excellent sequel to continue the story.

76. Pikmin 2 (Nintendo, 2004)-

Nintendo have always been masters of taking established concepts and putting their own unique and colorful spin on them. Pikmin is Nintendo’s take on the classic RTS genre. Pikmin 2 is about commanding an army of alien creatures to rebuild your space ship. The three major changes from the original game are the removal of the in-game timer, the addition of a second playable character and also randomly generated caves that act as the game’s dungeons. The game’s sound design and soundtrack are tranquil, yet mysterious and it fits the themes of the game perfectly. Pikmin 2 is a great Real Time Strategy/adventure game hybrid that improves on the original in nearly every way.

75. Super Mario RPG (Squaresoft/Nintendo, 1996)-

In the 90’s, Nintendo and Squaresoft were the undisputed kings of video games. So many classic games from this era were made by these two companies, it’s no surprise that a collaboration between the two would result in one of the best JRPGs ever made. The Mario universe is such a natural fit for a turn-based RPG it’s insane, and taking the polished gameplay of the Final Fantasy games in conjunction with the characters and enemies of the Mushroom Kingdom is a match made in heaven. This game also popularized the active button presses during turn based combat that is now a staple of the genre. It may not have aged that well graphically, but SMRPG is one of the games that got me into turn-based Role-Playing Games and remains a classic to this day.

74. Quake (Id Software, 1996)-

Fresh off the revolutionary titles of Doom and Doom II, John Romero and John Carmack collaborated again on 1996’s Quake. Quake takes the basic principles that defined the early FPS genre created by Doom and took it to a more Lovecraftian style world. With tons of varied weapons, quick paced combat, a plethora of open-ended levels to explore and a soundtrack by Nine Inch Nails, Quake is easily one of the best shooters ever made. I’m not sure why we need a nail gun and a super nail gun though.

73. Hitman: Blood Money (IO Interactive, 2006)-

The Hitman series is rightly beloved for its fine-tuned stealth action gameplay. Hitman: Blood Money is easily the best game in the franchise. The open ended, organic levels make for some of the best emergent gameplay in the history of gaming. You can truly choose how exactly to take down your targets. Do you bust down the door, draw your weapon and just shoot them in broad daylight before making your daring escape, or do you instead sneak in without a trace, assassinate your victim making it seem like a freak accident, and leave without so much as being caught on camera? The game is almost infinitely replayable, as I’ve spent hours and hours retrying levels in this game just testing out new and insane ways to achieve the end goals.

72. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Retro Studios, 2007)-

The final game in the original Metroid Prime trilogy, Corruption was one of the initial big First Party titles Nintendo released on the Wii. The Wii’s motion controls seem perfectly fit for a first-person shooting adventure, and while Prime 3 is a bit more linear and story driven than the other 2 games in the trilogy, it does little to change how immersive, atmospheric and well crafted a Metroidvania game this is. This is the Metroid game with the most varied environmental design as it takes place across multiple planets instead of just one or two. The stellar sound and visual design make Metroid Prime 3 one of the best adventure games to grace the scene.

71. Half Life 2 (Valve, 2004)-

Half Life 2 is a very special game in more than a few ways. Not only is it groundbreaking in the way that physics were used in games, but it’s also a landmark title in the history of story telling in the gaming medium. Sure, Half Life 2 is a lot slower than its predecessor, as it takes the time to really make use of the gravity gun and other physics-based set pieces, but it’s hard to imagine where gaming would be without it. Facial animations are something we take for granted now that people won’t even buy games if you can’t see every individual droplet of boob sweat rendered on Lara Croft’s tits, but this game was truly revolutionary for its time. From the point of Ravenholm onwards, Half Life 2 is a stellar shooter, and one of the most innovative games of all-time that still holds up to this day.

70. Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald (Gamefreak, 2002/2004)-

The Pokémon series is something that has always been a huge part of my gaming history, and I still from time to time play the new games when they come out. It was a hard choice which game to put on this list. The originals probably have the most nostalgic value to me, while Silver and Gold are objectively probably the best (Especially the remakes) but Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald are the ones I’ve put the most time into. The Hoenn region is one of my favorites and this game introduced a lot of series conventions that would be added to every iteration from there on out. Groudon, Kyogre and Rayquaza along with Jirachi and Deoxys are in my opinion, the best batch of legendary Pokémon in the entire series. Sapphire was also the first game I ever got a complete national pokedex in.  

69. Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes (Silicon Knights, 2004)-

This might be a slightly controversial pick since there’s an ongoing debate amongst the MGS fandom whether or not Twin Snakes is actually the superior version of Hideo Kojima’s groundbreaking stealth action game. For me, I don’t really see how there’s a debate, this version is superior in nearly every way to the original except maybe the sound design. The gameplay, cinematics and graphics are all vastly superior, and while the dialog is a bit more over the top, I think it works for the game’s tone though. As for the game itself, I don’t have much to say. If you don’t know why the original Metal Gear Solid is one of the best games of all-time, then you haven’t really been paying attention to gaming history.

68. Perfect Dark (Rareware, 2000)-

In the 90’s and early 2000’s, Rareware was hands down one of the most versatile and acclaimed developers in the business. Perfect Dark is a first-person shooter released in the dying days of the Nintendo 64 centered around a dark world of aliens, government conspiracy and espionage. Joanna Dark is one of the best female protagonists in gaming. Many games from this era don’t hold up, but if you play the re-releases of this game, then it really remains a great experience once the technical issues are cleared up. Real G’s know the best way to play this game is 60 FPS emulated on PC with mouse and keyboard, but don’t tell anybody I told you that.

67. Doom (Id Software, 2016)-

Doom is a balls to the wall, fast paced, open leveled shooter in the mold of yesteryear. For too long shooters had been linear military wankfests that played like the player was on a conveyer belt to the next bit of chest high wall. Doom kicked in the door, handed them a rocket launcher and said “Get the fuck in there and strap your dick back on.” The game is nothing but raw, unfiltered ass kicking from the word go, and it has distilled the classic shooter down to just its best parts. Mick Gordon’s visceral and brutal heavy metal soundtrack really adds to the game’s atmosphere and is the finishing touch on an already stellar game.

66. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Nintendo, 1991)-

Our first and nowhere near our last Zelda entry on this list, A Link to the Past was a landmark in action-adventure games at the time of release, and 30 years later, it still holds up as being a high-water mark of the genre. It’s crazy just how ambitious and deep the world of this game is, with hundreds of secrets to find and tons of well-designed dungeons. Stuff like the classic overworld theme and even some of the game’s hidden secrets have still stuck with me years and years after first playing it. Unfortunately, I don’t really have the same nostalgic connection to this game as I do other Zelda titles, so for me it’s not at the top of the list, but it’s still an all-time great game, and it really stands the test of time as being a fantastic adventure in its own right.

 65. Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando (Insomniac, 2003)-

There is no shortage of amazing 3D platformers out there, and the Ratchet and Clank series has always been one of those closest to my heart. The game separates itself from its numerous contemporaries by having a huge arsenal of unique and creative guns to buy and upgrade. The planet hopping saga is well written, with very light-hearted and fun characters and clever dialog. Picking up this game again is always a trip down memory lane for me as this is one of those titles I played religiously as a kid.

64. Dark Cloud (Level 5, 2001)-

Speaking of nostalgia trips, Dark Cloud is one of the first games I ever played on the PlayStation 2 and a game I replay at least once every couple years along with the sequel. Dark Cloud is a mixture of dungeon crawler and city building simulator, as you play as the hero who must rebuild the city to the citizen’s liking. The gameplay isn’t exactly super polished, or even anything really unique for the genre, but it has a lot of heart, and there’s tons of content to keep you playing for hours, especially the fishing mini-game which is without a doubt the best one ever in a game. This is a huge nostalgia pick for me, and is probably one of the reasons I love RPGs so much. For what it’s worth, my step-dad used to play this game all the time with me, and he hates video games so… It did something right.

63. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo, 2010)-

Super Mario Galaxy is one of the best 3D platformers ever made, and while Super Mario Galaxy 2 is not as original as the first one, it still is masterful in its own right. The game started out as an expansion pack to the first title, but it makes sense why it was ultimately made into a full-fledged sequel, because there is no absence of fresh ideas here. It makes up for not being as unique in concept as its predecessor by showing absolutely no restraint with its level design. And adding Yoshi, obviously. The triumphant orchestral score and atmosphere of each level is extraordinary. It’s not as good as the first game, but Super Mario Galaxy 2 is still a masterclass in game design.

62. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Nintendo, 1993)-

Imagine that you’re a kid in 1993, playing A Link to the Past on your SNES. Now imagine how blown you radical, super hardcore 90’s mind is being able to play a game similar in quality to that on a handheld console. Link’s Awakening doesn’t do a whole lot to differentiate itself from other entries in the franchise, but the surreal, dreamlike nature of the story is very unique in the Zelda cannon. What I love about this game is the fact that it has very little to do with the rest of the series. There is no Zelda or Gannon, no triforce or Hyrule. It’s one of the only games in the series that separates itself entirely from the usual tropes and plot points of the franchise. If you have a Switch, pick up the Remake of this game, you won’t be disappointed.

61. Rayman Legends (Ubisoft, 2013)-

Rayman Legends is a fun, beautiful and joyous platforming adventure. Legends has some of the most fun and inventive level design in a platformer to date. This game has so much personality dripping from every pore, most AAA games could only hope to have as much character as Rayman and his pals have. Legends has an insane amount of content as well, including basically all of Rayman Origins. This begs the question why this will be lower than Origins on the list, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. Castle Rock is easily one of the best levels in any game, platformer or not, period. Rayman Legends is one of the best games in a series that has had some really great highs, as well as some spectacular lows.