A friend recently pointed out EDGE:the 100 greatest videogames (3rd edition, Aug 2017), and confessed to only having played seventeen of the games on the list.

Intrigued, I took a quick browse of the list, and thought it'd make an interesting exercise to review against my own three decades of gaming and that it would be a fitting follow-up to my recent post, One Solution to Game Selection Paralysis, and a 2015 to May 2017 Retrospective, along with my 2012 post on Choosing Games -Through the Ages.

The purpose of this post is not to decry or rally against EDGE's list, but to briefly comment on each game from my perspective. In time, I may follow-up with my own 100 greatest videogames post, and link back to this.

I've also attached the Excel file I used to create the table below in case you, dear reader, wish to make your own commentary.

EDGE 100 greatest games (2017 edition)

EDGE Order + Game Name Comments Possess? 12hrs+ or Completed?
100. Super Hexagon Ignorant of this at time of writing. No No
99. Her Story Meaning to play through eventually. Yes No
98. Super Monkey Ball GameCube version is amazing. Unparalleled precision of Nintendo controllers. Yes No
97. Final Fantasy XII Played at an awkward stage in early adulthood, and did not hook me at the time. Yes Yes
96. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Ignorant of this at time of writing. No No
95. Hyper Light Drifter Hard to fathom this was made in Game Maker Studio (as was Undertale). Have not played since 60fps update. Yes No
94. Katamari Damacy Always wanted to play this. Looks like great fun. No No
93. Animal Crossing: New Leaf Lovely. Played more than 100 hours Stardew Valley (spiritual successor) Yes Yes
92. Resogun Ignorant of this at time of writing. No No
91. Puzzle Bobble Along with Puyo Puyo, my favourite puzzle-em-up. Yes Yes
90. F-Zero GX Have not played any F-Zero games. No No
89. The Sims 3 Played the original to death. No No
88. R-Type Final C64 was the definitive edition for me (as it was what I had as a child). No No
87. Elite: Dangerous Under 5 hours. Was not fun enough for me, but appreciated the tight controls. Almost bought flight controllers but could not justify expense for something I probably would not use much. Happy with my decision. Yes No
86. Bomberman Great game but never had worthy challengers growing up, and it is only fun with other humans. Yes No
85. StarCraft II Ignorant of this at time of writing. No No
84. Pac-Man: Championship Edition Ignorant of this at time of writing. No No
83. BioShock Played at an awkward stage in early adulthood, and did not hook me at the time. The story far exceeds the controls and shooting across all Bioshock games. Yes No
82. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Enjoyed every minute of the campaign and spent a lot of time in multiplayer. Yes Yes
81. Puzzle & Dragons Ignorant of this at time of writing. No No
80. Tearaway Under 1 hour Yes No
79. League of Legends Ignorant of this at time of writing. No No
78. Super Meat Boy Under 1 hour Yes No
77. Xenoblade Chronicles One of my favourite games ever. Yes Yes
76. OutRun 2006: Coast to Coast Still beautiful and fun on PC, playing 1440p 60fps. Yes Yes
75. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Played more than 10 hours original CS No No
74. Civilization IV Played this almost as much as original CIV. Yes Yes
73. Battlefield 4 Played more than 100 hours. Amazing fun playing on PC with a European clan 2013/2014. Yes Yes
72. Metroid Prime Bought trilogy via Wii U. Yet to get into it. Yes No
71. Hearthstone Would probably enjoy this. Played Magic:The Gathering when I was a young teenager. No No
70. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night One of my favourite games ever. Yes Yes
69. Limbo Fun and short in a good way. Yes Yes
68. Towerfall Ascension Fun little multiplayer. Yes No
67. EarthBound One of my favourite games ever. Yes Yes
66. Batman: Arkham Knight Bought, not played. Yes No
65. Transistor Ignorant of this at time of writing. No No
64. Puyo Puyo I knew this as "Qwirks" in the 1990s and it was my favourite puzzle game growing up. Yes Yes
63. FTL: Advanced Edition Addictive gameplay and great music. Yes Yes
62: Persona 4 Golden God knows, I tried to get into this on the PSVita. Yes No
61. Mass Effect 2 Meaning to play this through with partner someday. Really enjoyed ME1. Yes No
60. Okami Playe on Wii / ennui Yes No
59. The Stanley Parable Great take on Groundhog day mechanic. Yes Yes
58. XCOM: Enemy Unknown Loved this reinvention of the 1990s version. Yes Yes
57. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Did not enjoy this game, despite spending hours trying to. Yes No
56. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Meaning to play this through with partner someday. Yes No
55. Far Cry 4 Barely played Far Cry 2 or 3 so left this one alone. No No
54. Titanfall 2 Currently playing through in small doses (Jun-Sep 2017) Yes No
53. Doom (2016) Currently playing through in small doses (2016-2017) Yes No
52. Trials Fusion Think I played a lot of predecessor on XBOX360. Neither are a patch on Elasto Mania with its ace level editor. No No
51. Nidhogg Fun little multiplayer. Yes No
50. Fez Great. Played several hours but no drive to finish. Yes No
49. Overwatch As fun as it looks, when I play games nowadays, I am usually sitting on the sofa with my wife beside me playing along, and single-screen multiplayer FPS games are not an intersting genre for that scenario. Might pick-up during a PS4 sale. Yes No
48. Super Mario 3D World Excellent and fun to play with family. Yes Yes
47. Journey Gorgeous game, but quite forgettable. Yes Yes
46. Dead Space Got a fair way through. Yes No.
45. Dota 2 Played a bit Yes No
44. Vanquish Ignorant of this at time of writing. No No
43. Super Mario Maker Enjoyed for a while, but have not got my teeth into it yet. My daughter has fun designing daft levels. Yes Yes
42. Fire Emblem Fates Ignorant of this at time of writing. No No
41. Inside Those death animations are brutal and chilling. Yes No
40. Shadow of the Colossus PS3 version, to play after ICO. Yes No
39. Halo 3 I found this quite boring. Yes No
38. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask Love all the Zelda games on this list. Yes Yes
37. Spelunky Fun to play a little. Yes No
36. Destiny I am not a fan of Halo so never thought to try this. See Overwatch comments above. No No
35. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Love all the Zelda games on this list. Yes Yes
34. Kerbal Space Program Ignorant of this at time of writing. No No
33. Dishonored Meaning to play through someday… Yes No
32. Splatoon Tempted to get sequel for Switch. Looks like a lot of fun, and can play with daughter. No No
31. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Love all the Zelda games on this list. Yes Yes
30. Rock Band 3 Rocksmith is an amazing alternative, as you use a real guitar, and the difficulty varies each phrase of the song, depending on your skill. No No
29. The Last Guardian This was a wonderful and gripping experience from start to finish. Yes Yes
28. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 70 hours XBOX360 version. Several bugs left three main quests unfinishable, and moved on to something else. Yes Yes
27. Ico PS3 version. Got a fair way through. Since completing Last Guardian, may go back to Ico Yes No
26. Super Metroid Castlevania:SOTN is in my top 10, not played through this one. Yes No
25. Demon’s Souls Missed this at time of release. No No
24. Horizon: Zero Dawn Not started. Bought in PSStore sale summer 2017. Yes No
23. Advance Wars Love this game but never finished it. Yes No
22. The Witness In the final area, no drive to go back to it though. Yes Yes
21. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Own and love on Wii U. Not rebuying as I use Switch docked 99% of the time, next to Wii U. Yes Yes
20. Ultra Street Fighter IV Never been much of a Street Fighter fan. Soul Blade, OMF:2097 and Tekken are my favourites, in that order. Yes No
19. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Bored after 15-20 hours. Beautiful but not fun for me. Yes Yes
18. Rez Infinite Played original Rez a few years ago, possibly the XBOX360 port? No No
17. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Highly enjoyed, and my first Uncharted experience, but not a patch on The Last of Us. Yes Yes
16. Super Mario World Still play occassionally. Way higher on my unwritten top 100. Yes Yes
15. Red Dead Redemption Borrowed from a friend and had lots of potential but distracted by something else and never go into it. No No
14. Super Mario 64 I bought an N64 at end of its lifecycle but never owned SM64, and did not even play through Ocarina of Time until 2015 via the Wii U (Wii Virtual Console). Yes No
13. Portal Awesome game. For me, Portal 2 is far better due to split-screen co-op nature. Yes Yes
12. Bayonetta 2 Birthday or christmas present, not yet played through, but highly enjoyed few hours spent with it so far. Yes No
11. Minecraft Never got into Minecraft, WoW or EVE:online, depsite several attempts. Yes No
10. Resident Evil 4 Very scary. I have the GameCube version from a friend, and am too scared to play it very much. Yes No
9. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Love all the Zelda games on this list. Yes Yes
8. Super Mario Galaxy 2 Playing through sporadically with daughter via Wii U Yes No
7. Tetris Gameboy green and unforgettable music. Yes Yes
6. Half-Life 2 Very fond memories of this and original Half-life. Yes Yes
5. Bloodborne Have not tried to get into this genre yet. No No
4. The Last of Us One of my favourite games ever. Yes Yes
3. Grand Theft Auto V Played though quite far on XBOX360. Played through not as far on PC. Have not tried online yet. Yes Yes
2. Dark Souls Have not tried to get into this genre yet. Yes No
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild One of my favourite games ever, however played Xenoblade Chronicles for the first time shortly after BoTW and it is better in almost every aspect. Yes Yes

Notes

List order (100–1) gleaned from Nintendoeverything - EDGE ranks the top 100 greatest games (2017 edition)

List order (alphabetically) taken from Table of Contents viewable within EDGE list purchase page (I have not purchased as £15.99 is a bit too rich for my blood, but I would have paid £5 for pdf if I had the option).

Edge: the 100 greatest videogames (3rd edition) - Table of Contents (C) Future Publishing 2017

Edge: the 100 greatest videogames (3rd edition) - Table of Contents (C) Future Publishing 2017

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AuthorI.B. Simpson