We did loyal reader, we not only made it to the top ten of this list of the Greatest Console Games of All-Time, but also to the end of 2016, it’s been a long year hasn’t it. In this list we have games for 100-91, 90-81, 80-71, 70-61, 60-51, 50-41, 40-31 , 30-21, 20-11 check out the link Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, and Here. Now let’s get back to the list.
10. Final Fantasy IX: (Square Soft) This is the best Final Fantasy game ever, if you disagree with me I will fight you. It’s a nice throwback story and great last hooray for Final Fantasy on the PlayStation as the PlayStation 2 which as come out a couple months before. The story of the little thief turned hero Zadane who saves the world and stops a massive war with the help of Princess Garnet, a timid black mage Vivi, Garnet’s personal body guard Adelbert (who takes a long time to trust Zadane), Freya, Quina, Eiko, and Amarant. This game was truly made up of Motley Crew and had it was a heart felt story that didn’t use cheap gimmicks to pull at your heart strings. You really felt for these characters and all of them were built up to a point that you used all of the characters for your party unlike a lot of RPG’s where you use the same 3 or 4 people, you used everyone in the game and you loved all of them. Also the soundtrack for the game was on point, I remember when I beat the game and watching the credits and listening to the music and sat there thinking about the game and couldn’t wait to start of the new game plus. In fact while typing this section up I really want to pop it in my PS3 and play it (which I probably will).
9. Super Mario 64: (Nintendo) When we left the world of the 2-D 16 Bit world of the Super Nintendo to the 3-D world of the Nintendo 64 everyone wondered what they would do with Mario. Would he continue to be a 2-D platformer or would he make the move to 3-D. 3-D platformers were fairly new on the market with Crash Bandicoot being the best of the bunch, but it wasn’t truly 3-D. It looked 3-D but you couldn’t go everywhere, you went up and down, then cam Super Mario 64 and completely changed how 3-D Platformers were approached. Mario was truly 3-D there was no set path in a level, you could go in all directions, completely 360 in this world. It was your typical Mario game, the Princess got kidnapped by Bowser and you had to fight him and get her back. This game was epic and gave great scope to the Mario World. Bowser was massive and you fought a massive ba-bomb, there was the Lochness Monster. This world was a world and not a 2-D world, but felt like a world and the analog stick on the N64 controller made Mario’s movement precise and fantastic. This is still one of my favorite Mario games of all times.
8. Golden Eye 64: (Rare) There had been first person shooters on consoles before, DOOM and Wolfenstein 3-D on the SNES jump to mind but before Golden Eye 64 none ran that well as they did on the PC. With the analog stick on the N64 it actually made a FPS playable. The story followed the plot of the James Bond movie of the same name and the single player mode (aside from the escort level) is fantastic but this was all about the four player death match. Hours and hours were spent while I was in high school playing this game. The only hiccup for the game was if someone picked Odd Job, that little bastard was so hard to kill because of his height.
7. Donkey Kong Country: (Rare) There is debate among DKC fans on which game is better, DKC1 or DKC2, for me it’s always been the original. This game was a huge leap forward for graphics on the SNES with it’s prerendered backgrounds and the 3-D look of Donkey Kong and Diddy. It was a straight forward side scrolling platformer. It was a lot of fun and I remember when I got it for Christmas I played it so much that I easily beat it before New Years and then when my parents had their party that night and my friends were over we played it straight through and beat it again. This game, in fact this series is so great.
6.Super Mario Bros. 1-3: (Nintendo) This is one of those areas where I can’t pick between any in the series. Super Mario Bros. is one of those games that got most of us into gaming, Super Mario Bros. 2 changed up the formula completely (yes I know it’s Doki Doki Panic in Japan, but Doki Doki’s vertical platforming existed because Miyamoto was experimenting with that for the second Mario before Nintendo told him just make Mario 1 but harder), then Mario 3 which takes what was great from the first game and expands on it to blow our mind and is maybe the best platformer ever made. We get more than just a fire flower for a power up, we get the Tooniki suit, P Wing, Frog suit, and the shoe. This game expands the mushroom kingdom and as we fight towards Boswer we don’t just fight goomba’s in disguise, we fight the Koopalings so it changes things up, not to mention introducing mini-games within the game and this game is so much fun. Sometimes going back to play old games taint them, but these games hold their own and are fantastic to play over and over again.
5. THQ’s N64 WWE/WCW Games: (THQ) The Nintendo 64 had a lot of ground breaking games on it that shaped gaming as we know it (just go back to Golden Eye) and modern day wrestling games have THQ/AKI to thank for setting the standard. It all started with WCW vs nWo World Tour and then was perfected with WWE No Mercy. No Mercy could have held this spot all on its own, namely because it’s the best, but I included all four (WCW vs nWo World Tour, WCW vs nWo Revenge, WWF Wrestlemania, WWF No Mercy) because of the way I felt the first time I popped them into my N64. Seeing the opening cut scene to the first game got me so excited and blew my mind since any wrestling game I had played before it paled in comparison to this and I can remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I first played this game, then there was Revenge which bolstered the roster and had way better graphics (and had one hell of an intro itself), but then we really got what we wanted when THQ jumped ship to the WWE. The WWE finally had a great wrestling game now that they weren’t being made by the dreadful Akklaim. And lastly No Mercy, like Revenge was to World Tour, No Mercy improved the graphics, bolstered the roster, and gave us a create a wrestler. When No Mercy came out I remember my friends and I spent the first several hours of game play making our characters. I was the first to get the game and we went straight to my friend Mike’s house and in his basement we spent nearly 12 hours creating our characters (there were five of us). We wanted to perfect these characters and make them as much like us as possible. In fact just recently the battery died on our copy erasing our characters and titles, which coincidentally, my son was the last one of us to win the title so I guess he retired as champion, something the rest of us couldn’t say.
4. The Legend of Zelda The Ocarina of Time: (Nintendo) Honestly, this and the number 3 pick can be interchangeable so this is more like 3b and not 4 but that’s not how I’m listing this list so it’s 4. Like Mario 64, Ocarina brought one of our favorite 2D characters into the 3D world and it was fantastic. The previous Zelda games before it were larger than life adventures and this game became even larger than what came before. This was the first Zelda game that made us realize that we were playing as at least our third different Link (Same Link in the first two games, New Link in the rest) and timelines. This game began setting standards for the rest of the Zelda games to follow. Basically you do the dungeons in a certain order to get items that are need to progress in other dungeons. The plot is for the most part the same of the other games, Gannon shows up, wants the Tri Force and you as Link have to stop him. This game feels nearly perfect, there are sometimes camera issues (there were always camera issues in early 3D games) and the water temple is hell on earth, but other than that I have no complaints about this game, it is damn near perfect. So perfect in fact that it’s one of the most sought after N64 games in existance, and has been re-released on the 3DS, Wii, and Wii U, which by the way the Wii and Wii U are just ports where the 3DS version is completely remastered and in my opinion is the best version of the game.
3. The Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past: (Nintendo) Like the game above it this is one of my all-time favorites and it was hard to rank these two at 3 and 4, I think this edges out Ocarina because this was the first Zelda game I ever owned and really dove deep into. It took Link back to it’s top down roots of the first game, and took advantage of the graphics and color of the SNES and given the size of the SNES cartridges over the NES we got a much larger adventure, an adventure that took us from our world of Hyrule to the dark under world where we chase Gannon after he kidnaps Zelda. Like the original Zelda you didn’t have to go in a specific order of dungeons, though you would need to collect items to go certain places, from the start several dungeons were open to you. Also, to further push the exploration element there were so many secrets to find in this game if you were man enough to explore, like ET for example. A Link to the Past is a great game, and was the second best game on the SNES.
2. BioShock Infinite: (2K Games) The only game from the last generation (and technically this Gen if you count the remaster) to make it into the top 20 and for good reason. The first BioShock game was a wonderful FPS/Survival Horror game that made you forget you were playing an FPS, the story and characters were marvelous and it kept you guess and afraid at every turn, it’s true sequel Infinite took those same tropes (though a little less of the survival horror element) and gave you a grander story with more heart and an ending that breaks your brain. This is a game I’ve played through and beaten at least ten times and each time I play it I pick up something new that I didn’t see before. The basic plot is you play as Booker Dewit, you’re hired by these creepy ass twins to go get Elizabeth Comstock from the city of Columbia, the phrase “Bring us the girl and wipe away the debt” is said multiple times and is repeated by Booker himself as well. Right away you start to wonder what this debt is, what is so special about this girl, and why did they choose Booker. From the start the game foreshadows future events but they’re so subtle its nearly impossible to catch them, and on each play through I’ve noticed them more and more. This game is a joy to play and wonderfully balanced, even on the hardest level of difficulty it never seems unfair and if you take your time and know what you’re doing you can overcome the odds. Also you will fall in love with Elizabeth, even though you’re escorting her you never have to keep her safe she can help herself and she helps you by tossing you ammo, health, and money when you need it, not to mention helping with other things in combat that I won’t spoil here. The DLC to this came is fantastic as well. There is a type of horde mode where you earn money to buy items for a museum that unlock different art aspects and behind the scene things about the making of the game, then there is the story DLC Burial at Sea which connects BioShock and BioShock Infinite and on it’s own is just wonderful, but knowing the lore of the two games makes it even better. Go buy the remastered edition and play this game now. Also I’ll let my good friend Adam Kovic tell you why he loves it.
1. Chrono Trigger: (Square Soft) Holy shit, holy shit this is the best game ever. Talk about a dream team of creators working on this title, Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of Final Fantasy; Yuji Horii, a creator of Enix‘s Dragon Quest series; and Akira Toriyama, manga artist famed for his work with Dragon Quest and creator of Dragon Ball. This game was destined to be great. A heart warming story with wonderful art and gameplay I instantly fell in love with this game and it’s characters. The game involves time travel so it will be hard to explain the plot, not to mention this game is fantastic and I wouldn’t do it justice in a paragraph. Basically you befriend a princess at a fair, she is accidentally sent to the past and you go to find her. Her going to the past accidentally causes her ancestor to die and she blinks out of existence. You then have to save her ancestor in order to bring her back and then get back to your time period. That right there sounds like a game, but no, this is just the opening act of the game. This game is so much deeper and involves going to various pasts and the future in order to save the world, and as can be expect with a game who’s characters are designed by Akira Toriyama they are very colorful and unique. And on top of the great game, graphics and art, the soundtrack is so wonderful. I have owned every physical release of this game (SNES, DS, and PS1) and have beaten it countless times given that there are 13 endings (or 17 since the first ending as 4 subsets) and like a good movie the story is just one of those you love to go back to time and time again. If you haven’t played this game I urge you to, especially if you enjoy old school JRPGs and well just great games.
So there is our list, what did you think? Did we get this right? How would you do it and what are your top 100 or at least Top 10 console games of all time? Let us know in the comments below. And as always thanks for reading.