Shea’s Top 100 Video Games of All Time

50. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006)

Oblivion is another game that didn’t click with me when it first released. I spent more time watching my brother play than playing myself. Something about the huge open world made me paralyzed with indecision. Thankfully, I eventually got over the hump and I can now appreciate just how amazing the Dark Brotherhood questline is. It’s easily one of my all-time favorite side quests.

49. Bioshock Infinite (2013)

Bioshock Infinite is a game that actually started even higher on this list, but just couldn’t hold up against some of its competition. I’m a huge Ken Levine and Irrational Games fan, and you’ll see even more Bioshock later in this list, but the spiritual successor just doesn’t have the same it factor. I like the addition of the speaking protagonist and it has great DLC, but there’s a bit too much “been there, done that.”

48. Final Fantasy XII (2006)

In recent years, plenty of people have begun to come around on Final Fantasy XII, but for quite a few years, I thought it was easily the most underrated Final Fantasy game. The MMO-inspired gambit system adds such a fun layer of strategy, and while the writing is overly verbose and Vaan sucks as a protagonist, the world of the game is interesting and Balthier is as close as we’ll ever get to having Han Solo in a Final Fantasy game.

47. GoldenEye 007 (1997)

There’s probably a fair amount of rose-tinted glasses going on here, since any video I see of GoldenEye nowadays looks pretty rough. But it’s also impossible to ignore the hours and hours of joy I had as a kid playing the local multiplayer with big head and paintball modes on. Then we’d play slaps only, like real men. The single player campaign is also an over the top blast that makes the most of the movie on which it’s based.

46. Spider-Man (2018)

Insomniac’s Spider-Man game captures the feel of swinging around New York City even better than Spider-Man 2, which is saying something. Some of the side missions become repetitive and the combat isn’t as difficult as you might hope, but the characters and story in this game are film-worthy. The game also looks and sounds amazing (pun intended).

45. Fallout 4 (2015)

There are a few picks on this list that I’m sure will raise some eyebrows, and I still can’t believe that Fallout 4 will probably be one of them. It’s a damn good game. Some might even call it the best game of 2015 (that’s me, I did that). Sure, the settlement system is sort of half-baked, but it’s fun to experiment with. Sure, the shooting still isn’t first-person shooter worthy, but it’s easily the best in the series. Fallout 4 is great, you guys.

44. Super Mario Odyssey (2017)

Pretty crazy to see my 2017 Game of the Year so relatively low on this list, but that just goes to show how many amazing games there are out there. Super Mario Odyssey is as solid and polished a 3D Mario game as you could want, but it lacks some of the imagination of some other entries you’ll see on this list. Props to the Cappy system, though. It was far more varied and fun than I anticipated.

43. The Unfinished Swan (2012)

Despite its critical praise, I’ve always found The Unfinished Swan to be an underrated game. It’s so unique in so many ways, from its startlingly monochromatic presentation early on to its surprisingly affecting story that you really only uncover as you progress. The puzzles are mostly simple, but are far more varied and fun than you might expect.

42. South Park: The Stick of Truth (2014)

The 2017 sequel, The Fractured But Whole, was a near miss for this list. Its reliance on newer South Park humor connected with me less. But the original game plays so well with both fantasy and video game tropes, and does amazing service for long-time fans of the show. It ran away with my 2014 Game of the Year award.

41. Final Fantasy VI (1994)

To me, Final Fantasy VI is an improvement on IV in basically every way. It has the same active time battle system and pixelated, artfully designed graphics. But it tells a more “grounded” story that focuses on its much better cast of 14(!) playable characters. Sephiroth often comes up when talking about the best Final Fantasy villains, but there’s a strong case to be made for Kefka.

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