Entertainment Weekly Ranks 50 “New Classic” Games

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Entertainment news outlet Entertainment Weekly has selected its top 50 classic games from the past 25 years.

With gaming’s demographic encompassing a new generation of gamers, many newcomers may not remember the old gems from the Frogger days. Game industry reporters Wook Kim, Geoff Keighley, and Gary Eng Walk compiled a 50-game long list of modern classics from the NES era through 2007.

Topping the charts are two timeless titles many gamers will likely agree with: Tetris, which EW describes as “a blockbuster in every sense of the word,” and Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which brought “an engaging epic quest, clever puzzles, tight controls” to the third dimension.

EW‘s full list, from greatest to least-classic includes:

  1. Tetris
  2. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  3. DOOM
  4. Super Mario World
  5. Guitar Hero
  6. Street Fighter II
  7. Super Mario Kart
  8. Goldeneye 007
  9. Grand Theft Auto IV
  10. Metal Gear Solid
  11. Halo: Combat Evolved
  12. Super Mario Galaxy
  13. Final Fantasy VII
  14. Resident Evil 4
  15. Chrono Trigger
  16. Gran Turismo
  17. Sim City
  18. Half-Life
  19. Sid Meier’s Civilization II
  20. Gears of War
  21. Starcraft
  22. Super Metroid
  23. Deus Ex
  24. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
  25. Shadow of the Colossus
  26. God of War
  27. Soul Calibur
  28. Bioshock
  29. Final Fantasy III
  30. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  31. Marvel vs Capcom 2
  32. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  33. Metroid Prime
  34. Tomb Raider
  35. Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  36. Star Wars: Tie Fighter
  37. Tekken 3
  38. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  39. Contra
  40. Okami
  41. Tecmo Super Bowl
  42. Wing Commander II: Vengeance Of The Kilrathi
  43. Psychonauts
  44. Silent Hill 2
  45. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  46. Perfect Dark
  47. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  48. Wipeout
  49. World of Warcraft
  50. Madden NFL 2005

A fine list, to be sure, but we’re guessing you have your own suggestions to make, so start making them.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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