Welcome to Part Three of our Clash of the Nerds Top 100 Console Video Games of All-Time. In this list we have games 80-71, for 100-91, 90-81, and 80-71 check out the link Here, Here, and Here. Now let’s get back to the list.
70. Tecmo Bowl: (Tecmo) Back in the days of the NES this was the football game to have. It set itself apart from the competition in two ways. The first and most important was its speed. Compared to other football games on the NES this game was face paced (especially Bo Jackson) so there was no lack of action, and secondly it was so easy to play. On offense and defense you had 4 plays to choose from (2 run and 2 pass) and that’s all you need to know as far as football knowledge went. The game didn’t try to beat you over the head with in depth football skill it just wanted to be a fun game and it was. Well it was unless your opponent picked human cheat code Bo Jackson. On my NES (along with many others) the Raiders were banned because of Bo Jackson. This was in the days before “balance” was a thing in multiplayer games and Bo Jackson was just unfair, don’t believe me, check out the video below.
69. Punch Out: (Nintendo) Whether its Punch Out featuring Mike Tyson or Mr. Dream, Punch Out as a game is one of the most fun boxing/fighters you can find on any system, new or old. Being that it’s a NES game, Punch Out is a very simple game and that’s what makes it great. There is no going around the ring, your character, Little Mac can only bob and weave side to side and block, along with body punches, punches to the head, and a super upper cut. What gives this game (other than the fun simple game play) is that cast of characters you fight against. By today’s standards they might be considered insensitive but in the late 80’s we didn’t care we thought they were funny and fun to play against. From Glass Joe to King Hippo to Soda Pop Plinski they were all fun and challenging and all had a pattern that if you learned you could beat them.
68. ICO/Shadow of the Colossus: (Sony) I group these two games together because between the two they are really hard to pick between. They’re both more or less puzzle games with action under tones with beautiful art styles and haunting stories, especially when you get to the end of Shadow of the Colossus, one I won’t spoil for you because it’s wonderful enough that you need to go out to play. ICO was a game that kind of flew under the radar. I remember my friend brought it over one night and I was blown away by it. It was a very different game than I was used to playing and it was a breath of fresh air. It was like Zelda minus the action (and water level) which doesn’t sound too great, but honestly it was. And Shadow of the Colossus, when I first played that demo and I took down that first colossus I felt like I had just beaten a normal game, but that was just the beginning. I was hooked and wanted more and quite frankly got more than I bargained for.
67. Ristar: (Sega) Ristar is a game you may not have heard of and I’ll forgive you if you haven’t, not many people have. It was a Sega Genesis game made by man of the people who brought you Sonic the Hedgehog, but not even close to a clone of that game. This was a platformer just like Sonic but not based on speed. You played as a cutesy star that instead of jumping on enemies is that you grab them and pull them in to beat them. Much like Kirby was a departure from Mario this was a departure from Sonic. The game makers made it a point to use your character’s hands. You could swing and smash it was a fun game that few people actually played.
66. Rocket League: (Psyonix) Take demolition derby and then take soccer, two things a lot of people in America aren’t big fans of anymore, but combine those two and we’ve got an awesome game. Who knew all it took to get me into soccer was to add cars. Rocket League is one of those games that is so easy to sit down and start to play and fun but so detailed that it will take you long to master. It’s fast paced, games only last five minute and win or lose you always have fun, which is very different from most multiplayer games these days.
65. Forza Horizon 3: (Turn 10) Forza Horizon 3 is probably the best looking game on consoles today. This game looks phenomenal and plays wonderfully. The main series Forza games have always mixed a fine mash-up simulation and arcade style of game play, and Horizon takes that game play and throws you into the open world. Basically you race and drift your way through Australia trying to set up your festivals. It’s great fun and a must for any race fan.
64. Animal Cross: (Nintendo) Talk about a fun little game that teaches young people a valuable life lesson, you will always be in debt. The moment you arrive in your new town you buy a home and because you don’t have a job in this town you collect shells and fruit to sell just to afford to pay your mortgage and just when you think you’ve got it paid off, BAM! upgrades to your house happen that you have to pay off. Animal Crossing in a very fun an addictive game that you will spend hours and hours playing. Not to mention having the option to visit a friends town and collecting different fruit to plant and sell in your town (or if you’re an asshole, cut down all of their trees).
63. Tony Pro Hawk Skater 2: (Activision) In the mid-90’s Skating was all the rage among the youth so of course video games had to get a piece of that sweet sweet counter culture cash, and unlike roller blading, BMX, and Razor scooter games, the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series were fantastic games. The graphics (for the time) were great, the gameplay was crisp and sharp which made it fun and easy to pull off some awesome tricks and every level had several objectives you had to complete before moving on to the next level. There were a ton of unlockables in this game such as Spider-Man and Darth Maul since Activision had those video game licenses at the time, but the best part of this game was the soundtrack, it was an amazing Ska and Alternative music like Goldfinger and Rage Against the Machine.
62. Borderlands 2: What happens the the first person shooter starts to get stale? Well you give it over to gearbox and let them run wild with it. What did we get? We got a hilarious game, unique and colorful characters, and a new upgrade and shooting system that is akin to a Role Playing Game. The first Borderlands was this, but no one played it and it was slow and buggy, the sequel however addressed all those problems and improved on it with Borderlands 2. It’s a fantastic game that you can get remastered on the Xbox one and PS4.
61. Fallout 3: (Bethesda) When Fallout 3 came out I was all about it mostly because Bethesda had plastered the entire Washington DC subway system with decals to make it look like the wasteland of DC and even though I had not played a previous Fallout game I was all in. What we got was a first person shooter (which differentiated itself from the previous real time strategy games) with RPG elements. Built around Bethesda’s Elder Scroll’s engine, Fallout 3 gave us a new way to explore the Wasteland with its sprawling story and tons of side quests so you won’t be putting down the game for a while. Your objective in the game is to leave your Vault (a staple carried over from the RTS games) to find your father and maybe save DC by purifying the water system there. Fallout 3 did what many games before it tried to do, take a loved series and reinvent it to broaden the appeal yet still retain the series core audience and the heart of the original games.
So that’s this week’s list? Agree, disagree? Let us know in the comments below.