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The Greatest Video Games Of All Time: 80-61

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The Greatest Video Games Of All Time: 80-61

As you might've noticed, GAMINGbible now has an all-new, very shiny online home. Partly to celebrate the launch of our new website, and partly to provide a window into the team's tastes when it comes to video games, we've put together our own top 100 greatest video games of all time. Some of us have been playing video games for 35 years, while others haven't been alive that long - so our top 100 covers a lot of bases, from across several generations of gaming.

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How we came to this top 100: a lot of listing, a smidge of voting, and then a solid bout of arguing. And then we changed some positions, and added some totally new entries to the list. It's not a science, dear reader. It's love.

To make things easier for your eyes, we've broken the top 100 into five parts. Please click the links below to go straight to the pages in question. Enjoy!

100-81
80-61 - you're looking at it
60-41
40-21
20-1

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Words: Dan Wilson (DW), Dean Abdou (DA), Ewan Moore (EM), Imogen Donovan (ID), Imogen Mellor (IM), James Daly (JD), Julian Benson (JB), Mark Foster (MF), Mike Diver (MD), Tom Ryan-Smith (TRS), Will McCue (WM)

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80: Thirty Flights of Loving
80: Thirty Flights of Loving
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Thirty Flights of Loving
Blendo Games, 2012

There isn't another game quite like Thirty Flights of Loving. It's a stylish heist drama where you only see the before and after of the heist going wrong. It tells a story in a way no other game has before, and if it's a game that resonates with you then it will stick with you for the rest of your life. JB

79: To The Moon
79: To The Moon
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To The Moon
Freebird Games, 2011

This delightful indie adventure game snuck up on most folks after it was released in 2020 for the Switch, but it's actually been around since 2011. To The Moon is a 16-bit role-playing game developed in the style of Dragon Quest or Final Fantasy. But what makes this a standout title is the fact that unlike a typical RPG, there is no battle system whatsoever. The core objective is to explore the memories of a dying man and to collect objects in order to manipulate those memories. Not only is the gameplay grabbing, but the plot will keep players hooked, too. If you're yet to play it, do so, and you'll see why it absolutely deserves to be on this list. DA

78: Left 4 Dead 2
78: Left 4 Dead 2
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Left 4 Dead 2
Valve, 2009

Valve is famous for taking their time, releasing games after years of development. Left 4 Dead 2 saw them break that pattern, turning around a sequel just a year after the original game's release. The dev team was so in love with what they'd made that they couldn't help themselves from immediately going back to the drawing board and fleshing out every aspect of their undead shooter - and that love shows all over the screen. JB

77: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
77: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

77
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Nintendo, 2018

Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Melee are fantastic potential entries to this list - but for us, Ultimate reigns supreme. Fast-paced action accompanied by the biggest roster of fighters the series has seen means Ultimate feels like the pinnacle of the series. Just look at the way fans cheered with exaltation seeing Sans and Steve from Minecraft come to the game. For a title about beating the crap out of your enemies, Smash is top-tier for making friends. IM

76: Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic
76: Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic

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Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic
BioWare, 2003

Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic was (and still is, in many respects) the game franchise that Star Wars fans wanted, and deserved. Star Wars games have a patchy history but making an epic, sprawling RPG that let you craft your own story in the galaxy far, far away was masterful, and is still without question one of developer BioWare's greatest achievements. MF

75: Ori And The Will Of The Wisps
75: Ori And The Will Of The Wisps

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Ori And The Will Of The Wisps
Moon Studios, 2020

A mighty 26 years after Super Metroid, Xbox's Moon Studios came along and perfected the art of the metroidvania with Ori And The Will Of The Wisps. The perfect blend of action, exploration, and platforming, this is a sublime experience for all ages. EM

74: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
74: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2

74
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
2000

If you can find me another game that lets you play as Spider-Man skateboarding in heaven while Rage Against The Machine thrashes away in the background, then it can replace Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2. Until then, this gem stays where it is. EM

73: Mass Effect 2
73: Mass Effect 2

73
Mass Effect 2
BioWare, 2010

The intergalactic adventures of Commander Shepard and their crew inarguably peaked with the second entry in the sci-fi RPG series. Memorable set-pieces, a cast to truly care about, and with huge stakes in play plotline wise, Mass Effect 2 is BioWare at its heart-squeezing, pulse-quickening best. MD

72: Tomb Raider 2
72: Tomb Raider 2

72
Tomb Raider 2
Eidos, 1997

What do you get if you take one of the most groundbreaking action-platformers ever made, and mix in a bunch of new weapons, level types, mechanics and an even bigger and more bombastic story? You get Tomb Raider 2. Lara Croft's second adventure is a stone-cold classic, which helped cement her as one of the most prolific and well-loved gaming icons ever. MF

71: Resident Evil 2
71: Resident Evil 2

71
Resident Evil 2
Capcom, 2019

When Capcom remade their beloved 1998 title, they got everything right. The zombies were terrifying, the gore was explicit, and the acting was... actually pretty good. Leon and Claire's nightmare never looked better, and it plays like a dream. JD

70: League of Legends
70: League of Legends

70
League of Legends
Riot Games, 2009

League of Legends is on this list, while Dota 2 isn't, because Riot's wildly popular MOBA has become so much more than just a game. No doubt, the gameplay is clean and complex with a range of over 100 champions to choose from. But League has also become a symbol of games being cool - collaborations with designers, music videos and more make this a phenomenal example of the massive cultural cornerstones that video games can be in the 21st century. IM

69: Hitman
69: Hitman

69
Hitman
IO Interactive, 2016

Each level of Hitman is a complex mechanism of moving parts: guards on rigid schedules, civilians creating gaps in the security systems at particular moments, and, at the heart of the machine, a target you must kill. You must study the machine's motions, make a plan, and execute it precisely as you can. Or, you can go in all guns blazing. It doesn't matter if everything goes wrong because you can just wind the clock back and try again. JB

68: The Sims 2
68: The Sims 2

68
The Sims 2
Maxis, 2004

This game gets major points for the way that it built upon the original life simulation. First, 3Dness. Second, so much more customisation. Third, you could centre your Sim's entire existence around cheese toasties. The series has leapt forward in scale and scope since The Sims 2, but this is the sweet spot of simplicity and chaos. There was even an IKEA DLC. Do Sims know about IKEA? ID

67: Super Hexagon
67: Super Hexagon

67
Super Hexagon
Terry Cavanagh, 2012

Getting good at Super Hexagon feels like learning a complicated dance. When you first start playing, even lasting a few seconds feels like an achievement. But, as you learn the game's patterns, and get used to its quickening rhythms, you leap from lasting seconds to playing for minutes at a time. Finally, you stop feeling threatened by the game's speed and instead find calm in its demanding pressure. JB

66: DOOM
66: DOOM

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DOOM
id Software, 1993

No DOOM, and first-person shooters as we know them today simply aren't as we know them today. It sure wasn't the first FPS, but id Software's seminal game was so incredibly captivating in its ripping and tearing, and multiplayer functionality, that everyone who touched it was changed forever. An essential for any gamer who respects their history. MD

65: Fable
65: Fable

65
Fable
Lionhead Studios, 2004

While Fable was a game that ultimately didn't deliver on some of the promises that it made, it was still an iconic fantasy adventure that perfectly encapsulated the more absurd side of British humour. One of the core ideas that made Fable standout was how the hero visually reflects his experience. If you make enough bad choices, then you'll eventually see some cheeky devil horns. Enough good choices, and that angelic halo will pop up right above your head. It certainly stood out from many RPGs at the time. DA

64: LittleBigPlanet
64: LittleBigPlanet

64
LittleBigPlanet
Media Molecule, 2008

There is an unadulterated joy attached to LittleBigPlanet that isn't found in any other game. It's about the adventures of a little Sackboy filled with your creativity. Playing the ordinary campaign of LBP gave you collectables, which in turn translate to fun costumes or actual tools to use when you made levels of your own. It offered so much creative freedom and content that it eventually became 2020's Dreams, Media Molecule's tool for audiences to make their own full-on games. IM

63: Super Metroid
63: Super Metroid

63
Super Metroid
Nintendo, 1994

Go back to Super Metroid and tell me it doesn't get under your skin. I won't believe you. Sure, it pioneered a genre that's still in full swing with the likes of the Ori games and Hollow Knight - explore, collect, venture into areas anew, repeat - but even if it wasn't special for being a foundational metroidvania game (alongside Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, which we'll say is at 101 to prevent any arguments), this would still be incredibly memorable for its thick and menacing atmosphere. In a 2D game? You'd best believe it. MD

62: RuneScape
62: RuneScape

62
RuneScape
Jagex, 2001

It's an autumn evening in 2001. You've just logged in to your RuneScape account on the family computer, and have a bottle of off-brand pop and budget multipack crisps ready to go. You load your character and wait for all your friends to join you in Lumbridge so you can slay some orcs and mine addy for armour. Life is good. MF

61: Nier: Automata
61: Nier: Automata

61
Nier: Automata
PlatinumGames, 2017

From the visionary mind of Yoko Taro, Nier: Automata may start out like a typical hack-and-slash JRPG, but there's so much more in its depths. With five serious endings, and 21 'joke' outcomes, this game pushes replayability to another level, and your mind along with it. JD

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Check out the rest of our top 100, as follows:

100-81
80-61 - you're looking at it
60-41
40-21
20-1

Featured Image Credit: Nintendo, Square Enix, EA/Disney Interactive

Topics: Xbox, Resident Evil, Mass Effect, list, Nintendo, PlayStation, DOOM, Retro Gaming

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