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50)Left 4 Dead 2(Xbox 360)

I love me some zombie killing! Especially with my friends! The thrill of mowing through hoards of zombies in co-op is just plain sweet.


49) Trackmania Nations forever PC

A free game in my top 50?? Well considering it is the best free game on Steam, I have no problem including it.  When you first start out, you realize the shear scope of the game.  Millions of users worldwide(even tens of thousands in your own state!) trying to earn medals to climb the ranking ladder. I'm not a soccer fan, but occasionally I'm interested in the World Cup events.  This in a sense has the same appeal; watching how your country compares to everyone else in the medal chase and user created content frenzy. 

Of course the gameplay is solid too. All the loops, sharp turns, and power-necessary jumps makes for an addictive classic timewaster.



48)Team Fortress 2 PC

Having somewhat specialized roles in an FPS might seem boring and shallow to some, but the class-based package Valve put together is a delight.  What makes it work?  The graphical style is light hearted, the weapons are great(best flamethrower in an FPS), and the levels put a great emphasis on the class based gameplay.  Any deviation from those areas would detract the game.  To put it simply, Valve constructed this game correctly.  Furthermore, the dlc and numerous items shows Valve is willing to support this classic for a long long time.  I'm glad of that.


47)Star fox 64

The N64 had some pretty innovative titles, and this was one of them.  With its tight gameplay, multiple paths, and great multiplayer this was easily one of my favorites back in the day. Here's to a quality starfox game next fall!


46) Perfect Dark N64

One of the nintendo 64 swan songs(and for Rare for that matter), this game was much ahead of its time.  Perfect Dark came out with great depth, replayability, and innovation.  Multiplayer was largely customizable and altogether awesome. Perhaps it's forgetton b/c it was a late gen N64 title and being unofficial goldeneye successor.  It is truly  fifth gens most technologically advance game and a damn fine one at that.


45)Super Mario Bros 3

Perhaps it is kind of ironic that this ridiculous thread surfaced on th same day as my #45 pick. 

Admittedly I'm not an NES connisuer, so it should come as no surprise this is my lone third gen title. SNES was my first console, so anything prior at times can at times seem shallow.  I respect many of the groundbreaking titles from that era, but they aren't part of my memorable first moments of gaming.  One of those exceptions was Super mario bros 3.  In comparison to the Super mario legion, this title had some great suits including the raccoon suit, frog suit, and most noticably the level-limited boot.  All around this game was great.  I guess my biggest gripe was the difficulty level.  In terms of completion, the game was fairly easy.  Still, this was an important game and personally my favorite of the third gen.  Is it my favorite mario game?...well you'll just have to wait to find out.


44) Ratchet & Clank PS2

Truth be told I'm not much of a Sony fan. However there is one series I've always admired, it being Ratchet & Clank.  Insomniac's 2002 debut of R&C was filled with a great deal of innovation, value, and most importantly fun! With a touch of platforming and third person shooting this game struck gold.  Perhaps there are better Ratchet experiences, but this is the one I'm familiar with.


43) Super Smash TV (SNES)

Known to some as the granddaddy of top down shooters, so possibly the genre at its finest. The gameplay is fast and intense, the bosses arelengthy and at times difficult, and co-op is awesome.


42) Bunrout 3 (Xbox)

Burnout burst onto the scene sixth gen with a novel concept; fast racing with incentives to cause damage to your vehicle and others.  The formula was refined to a great deal in the third entry.  This is simply put my favorite 'simulated driving' game ever created.  The xbox live gameplay was smooth, the modes were fun, and the action was intense.


41) 007 nightfire (GCN)

EA's finest Bond iteration may not have been as groundbreaking as Goldeneye, but it sure was a fun game.  Under EA the bond series tried to focus on the stealth and gadgets.  The campaign had a lot going for it.  Sure the first playthrough was somewhat short, but the replayablility was fairly high with the platinum rankings and multiple paths in the levels.  Multiplayer was awesome with tons of guns(all crazy accurate, but I can forgive it), fun maps, and psuedo-customizable bots.  Overall a fun game with a satisfying quality campaign and addicting multiplayer.


40) Boom Blox bash party


Some hate the genre, or the reference of 'party game', or the third party wii stigma.  I say bring on the interactive, deep puzzle games.  The sequel to the smash hit boom blox trimmed most of the fat from the original leaving a satisfying game to be enjoyed by both core and casual alike.  To me this has been more than just a party game.  Some of the single player gold medals are devilish.  Co-op can be great.  Of course competitive multiplayer is a blast!  Most of all though, User-created content is amazing.  I'd argue this game has the capacity for core play equal to little big planet o_O.  Furthermore most of the gameplay tools(throwing balls, pulling blox...urr blocks etc) have been some of my favorite use of motion ever in gaming.

 This is a damn good wii game EA!


39) Lemmings (SNES)

The goal of Lemmings was simple; get a percentage of your green-haired friends from the beginning gate to the ending gate. To accomplish the goal you'll of course have to overcome some obstacles, many of which involved reaching a higher elevation and dropping the pik lemmings safely from a high point. With over 100 levels, the game was an excellent challenge and quite a good play. 


38) Monster Hunter Tri 


Some gamers have grown impatient the past few years with some casual games nintendo and third parties have been publishing.  This can help put that thought to rest. Great online, deep gameplay and rewarding quests make for a true gem.  Undoubtedly it is not for everyone, and the learning curve is quite high, but once you're in, you're hooked.

To some people this is game of the year worthy. I'd say it's the finest third party game on the wii.  Thank you capcom.

37) Donkey Kong Country 2 Diddy Kong's quest

Sure, there was no playable donkey kong.  To dismiss the game on that point alone would be quite a shame.  DKC2 had some of the smoothest platforming in the final days of the SNES.  I don't think I'll ever forget the amazing lava and swamp levels.


36) Street Fighter 2 (SNES)


35) Sonic & Knuckles

I have a confession to make. I love the SNES!!!!!! However I did at one point own a sega genesis aswell. Many of the super arch rival games seemed like b-rated generic copies, but I do have to give props to Sonic. Sure the save system was convoluted at best, but he did deliver solid gameplay and more importantly competition.  My favorite of the series was Sonic and Knuckles.  S&K featured solid platforming, alternate routes, and great bosses.  Quite a blast to play through. Most importantly though this was the most replayable Sonic game with a playable Knuckles and the stellar sphere minigame.


34) F-Zero GX

F Zero had always been a quality racing franchise, but GX came and rocked the world of many.  Anyone creating a top 10 hardest games list will undoubtedly include this gem.  This racer featured fast gameplay, smooth controls, plenty of drivers with differing vehicles, and vehicle customization.  I hope to see the series get some love as a 3DS title or super Wii launch title.


33) Final fight

Ahh beat em ups. This is one of the best! The gameplay may be simplistic by todays standards, but this was sure a fun game to play through. This is one of my favorite games to play when I want to blow off some steam(or taking a break from a difficult game).


32) Halo Reach

Bungie's final hurrah with the halo series is a bute. Admittedly I've only played the campaign and a dozen hours or so of online, but just that little bit has cemented it's greatness to me.  The story is top notch and multiplayer is as fully featured as ever.  Generally speaking it may have the least impact in the series, it will continue to be enjoyed by many.


31) Contra 3(SNES)

Can a game separate the men from the boys? Perhaps. Contra 3 will test your abilities but also leave you wanting to come back for more.  Solid guns, fun co-op, great action.  


30) Gradius 3

2D ship-style shooters got quite some love on the SNES. Gradius 3 was the best, featuring numerous weapons and upgrades and awesome bosses.  Finding new ways to get through a level with different upgrades always delighted me as a young gamer. Another great game on a great console!