Shea’s Top 100 Video Games of All Time

80. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Spider-Man 2 was the best Spider-Man game before Insomniac’s recent release. It successfully captured that feeling of web-swinging over New York City in a way no other Spidey game had been able to nail. And for the time, the world was absolutely huge and looked great.

79. Guacamelee! (2013)

Another recent game I find underrated, Guacamelee is a near-perfect modern take on the Metroidvania genre. It has style to spare, and I love the fluidity of motion you have while controlling your luchador hero, Juan. The bosses are downright brutal, and while that’s appropriate for the genre, they do occasionally intrude on my happy go lucky good times.

78. Dark Cloud 2 (2002)

Another underrated JRPG from the PS2 era, Dark Cloud 2 made significant changes from its predecessor — probably because the games are connected only in name and some basic gameplay features. The combat is fairly simple, but being able to play as both Max and Monica helps keep things fresh. I also greatly enjoy the city building components and the additions they bring to the world.

77. Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction (2007)

Ratchet and Clank is another series with multiple entries on this list. Tools of Destruction was one of my first favorite PS3 games, and I’m still sad Insomniac has never gone back and added trophies — I’d love an excuse to replay this one. The formula didn’t really change in the move from PS2 to PS3, but that graphical update makes a huge difference.

76. Mega Man 3 (1990)

Mega Man 3 introduced the robo-dog companion, Rush, and the slide move — both of which changed up the Mega Man formula pretty significantly. I personally prefer the second game because of its more memorable bosses, but both entries stand strong in the pantheon of best games ever made.

75. SimCity (1989)

I’m not a city builder game master, but it’s hard to ignore the impact that the original SimCity had on the genre, as well as PC games on the whole. Plenty of its systems were — and still are — over my head, but that doesn’t make them any less fun to play around with. It’s still crazy to me how many PC systems supported SimCity in the first few years of release. The game was just that popular.

74. Grand Theft Auto IV (2008)

You can tell we’re getting to the meat of this list when all of these hard-hitting series start making an appearance. There’s long been a debate on which Grand Theft Auto game is the best, and spoiler alert for future entries, but I’m saying IV is the third best. Niko is easily one of the best protagonists, which is saying something, but Liberty City just isn’t quite as awesome as some of the other locations.

73. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 (2001)

Pro Skater 3 is my pick for best Tony Hawk game, though there’s a strong case to be made for Pro Skater 4. Pro Skater 3 was the first entry on PS2 and the last one to offer time limits for objectives, something the later games missed. I also think it has the best all-around soundtrack and level options.

72. Okami (2006)

And now for something completely different. In some ways, Okami is a more artistic take on a Zelda game — but that’s selling it short. The watercolor graphical look still makes it stand as one of the most beautiful games of all time, and the celestial brush is such a unique gameplay device. It doesn’t always work the way you want it to, but it’s an inventive idea that the developers really got mileage from.

71. Final Fantasy Tactics (1997)

I’ve never been a big fan of strategy RPGs. As a kid, there was always just a bit too much going on for me, and too much waiting for things to happen. After bouncing off Tactics hard when it first released, I revisited it several years later and fell in love with its strategic depth and the world of Ivalice. The expansive character class system fits the combat style of Tactics perfectly.

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