The Satirical Troll’s Top 100 Games of all-time part 3 (#60-51)

60. Super Mario World (Nintendo, 1990)-

So many times, Mario has just upped the ante when it comes to what we can expect out of platformers and Super Mario World upon its release for the SNES was no different. Super Mario World has no bad levels, no down periods or slow bits. It’s nothing but constant moment to moment platforming perfection. There are hundreds of secrets to find and even when you think you’ve seen everything the game has to offer; it just keeps producing something new. The colorful graphics, iconic music and exciting enemies and powerups are absolutely ingrained into my memory even though I never even grew up playing it. Super Mario World is the type of game that anybody of any age or generation can pick up and immediately have fun with because it’s just that timeless.

59. Psychonauts (Double Fine, 2005)-

The 6th generation was without a doubt the golden age of the 3D platformer, and Psychonauts is a perfect example of why this era of gaming is so beloved by people my age. Psychonauts doesn’t do a whole lot mechanically to separate itself from the ever-growing pack of competitors, but it makes up for that by having a ton of creativity and heart. The levels are all psychodelic physical manifestations of different character’s subconsciousness, which leads to some really great and creative level design. What really makes Psychonauts stand out though is the amazing script, clever dialog and wonderful characters. Psychonauts makes me feel nostalgic for it, despite the fact I didn’t play it until much later on in life.

58. Resident Evil 2 REmake (Capcom, 2019)-

Remaking any game is difficult, because fans are fickle and you can never make everyone happy. Remaking a game that is considered a genre-defining masterpiece is even more of a challenge, but Capcom absolutely stuck the landing with this remake. It manages to modernize the gameplay into a more accessible over the shoulder action-based style without sacrificing the game’s survival horror roots. It’s a faithful remake, but it changes just enough to feel fresh, and all the additions are welcome. The gory, visceral combat and fantastic atmosphere make REmake 2 one of my favorite survival horror games ever, enjoying myself so much with the title that I took the time to S rank every campaign and even some of the additional challenge runs.

57. Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red, 2015)-

Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a truly a breathtaking game in every sense of the word. The soul crushing amount of effort on display here makes so many Western RPGs look lazy and poorly made by comparison, including the other games in the Witcher’s own series. Every single side quest and character has an engaging story and every choice has an impact on the game’s world. No, the combat and moment to moment gameplay isn’t amazing, but RPGs are about more than just their gameplay, they’re about story and getting you immersed in a fantasy world, and I can’t think of any game that does that anywhere near as well as Witcher 3 does.

56. Persona 4 Golden (Atlus, 2012)-

The Persona series is a spinoff from the Shin Megami Tensei universe and at this point, it’s probably more popular than the franchise that it spun off from, at least in the west. Persona 4 Golden is the revamped version of the classic 2008 PS2 game. Sure, the turn-based dungeon crawling is fantastic, but it’s the story and characters that make the game. There are so many loveable, fun and charming characters in Persona 4 Golden, it ends up being one of the best casts in any RPG to date. While I enjoy the actual gameplay and soundtrack a lot, the high school life simulator half of the game is what really kept me engaged. This game is so good that for years it was worth owning a Vita or PS TV for alone.

55. Final Fantasy X (Squaresoft, 2001)-

Final Fantasy is a series that for 3 decades has remained the gold standard for JRPGs. Final Fantasy X was their first venture into the new era when it debuted on PS2 in the summer of 2001. The characters are a bit goofy and the story is kind of dumb, but the gameplay, soundtrack and visual design of Final Fantasy X are what set it apart. The tropical island atmosphere is a pretty unique setting for a JRPG, and while the gameplay isn’t anything new, it is the ultimate culmination of what Final Fantasy battle systems had been building towards since 7. Final Fantasy X also doesn’t get enough credit for showing that huge, next generation RPGs could be fully voice acted, which is something we take for granted now, but at the time was really ambitious. The HD remaster fixes almost all the issues the game had, and is something I highly recommend.

54. Silent Hill 3 (Team Silent, 2003)-

It’s no secret that I am a massive fan of the Silent Hill franchise, and Silent Hill 3 is no exception. Silent Hill 3’s deeply symbolic story about changing from a child to an adult is something that I think a lot of people can relate to. But it’s not just the story, unrelentingly creepy atmosphere and improved gameplay that make Silent Hill 3 great. Akira Yamaoka’s incredible soundtrack is an absolute perfect score to this game, incorporating not only the guttural, hellish soundscapes, but also amazing melodic tracks as well. He even managed to work in some rebellious, punk anthems that fit Heather’s character flawlessly without clashing with the tone and atmosphere of the game. You know a horror game is truly special when certain moments still send chills up your spine despite the fact that you know to expect them.

53. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Bioware, 2003)-

There have been some really great Star Wars games over the years, but KOTOR towers over all of them as the high point of the series in this medium. Set in the days long before the events of the movies, this game has added so much to Star Wars cannon that it’s become a fan favorite chapter of Star Wars history. This was Bioware at their peak, outstanding RPG systems, characters and depth of writing, every choice matters and will affect the outcome of the story. You can choose to become a Jedi or a Sith, and this choice dramatically changes the narrative of the game, and has encouraged me to replay multiple times over the years. It’s fair to say that I would not enjoy Star Wars even half as much as I do if not for Knights of the Old Republic.

52. Super Metroid (Nintendo, 1994)-

The game that created the first half of the genre title “Metroidvania,” it’s honestly hard to believe that a game like Super Metroid exists on a console with the limitations that the Super Nintendo had. A sprawling, atmospheric world filled to the brim with secrets, Super Metroid was an ambitious undertaking that would go on to spearhead my favorite genre of games. It’s a blast to play, it’s perfectly designed, and so replayable that even now new generations of people are discovering and being enthralled by its classic gameplay. Not many games can work on so many levels simultaneously – existing both as an intense, moody adventure of exploration into an isolated alien world, but also being one of the best run-and-gun action platforming experiences of all-time.

51. F-Zero GX (Nintendo/Sega, 2003)-

F-Zero GX is a gravity-defying, fast paced and downright challenging roller-coaster of a racing experience, and is hands down my favorite arcade racer ever created. Every track is fucking perfection, and just when you think the game can’t hit you with another interesting design twist or gravity bending change in verticality, it pulls another trick out of its hat. GX doesn’t withold any punches either, if you fail to quickly pick up on each track’s unique gimmicks and identify how to best maneuver them, you will get left in the dust. It’s always been a dream of mine to own one of the arcade cabinets of this title. It would be hard for 90’s kids to believe, but old rivals Nintendo and Sega teaming up resulted in one of the best racing games ever made.