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The Best Video Games Right Now

Welcome to GameChampions personally curated "100 Best Video Games of All Time"-list, a compilation that reflects the collective passion, expertise, and love for gaming from the dedicated individuals who make up the GameChampions team. Crafted through extensive debates, discussions, and a shared commitment to honoring the gaming industry's finest, this list is a testament to our collective experiences and insights.

Top 100 Best Video Games of All Time

At GameChampions, we understand that the world of gaming is subjective, filled with diverse tastes and preferences. This list not only reflects our team's opinions but also serves as a comprehensive guide for all gamers, blending a mix of iconic classics, hidden gems, and must-play titles that have left an enduring impact on the gaming landscape.

As we meticulously curated this list, we sought to encapsulate the essence of each chosen game, considering factors such as graphics, music/sound, entertainment value, gameplay as well as character design and story. When rating older games, please keep in mind that our rating scale is based on the technology that was available at that time, so don't be surprised to find a 1990's pixelated game scoring high on graphics! Whether you're a seasoned gamer looking for a new game to add to your library, or a newcomer eager to explore the best that gaming has to offer, our list promises a rich and diverse selection.

Join us on this thrilling journey through the Top 100 Games (in our opinion), as we celebrate the titles that have not only defined our industry but have also become timeless experiences for players worldwide. So, gear up, press start, and let the GameChampions' list unfold, showcasing the very best that the world of video games has delivered throughout its remarkable history.

# 100-91

100. League of Legends (2009)

Brief: Intense MOBA game featuring strategic team-based gameplay including hundreds of diverse champions with unique abilities.

League of Legends (2009) is a highly engaging multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game that boasts a diverse set of champions with unique abilities and a dynamic map. While its graphics and visuals may receive a rating of 3, the game compensates with its strategic and visually appealing team-based battles. The music and sound, rated at 2, may not be the focal point, but the immersive and intense gameplay more than makes up for it, earning a solid 5 in entertainment and fun. With a perfect 5 in gameplay and replayability, League of Legends keeps players coming back for more, offering endless strategic possibilities and skillful competition. The character design and story, rated at 4, contribute to the rich lore and personality of each champion, enhancing the overall gaming experience in this iconic MOBA title. If you're good at this game, check out the free League of Legends tournaments to showcase your skill!

Graphics: 3 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 4

 

99. Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal (2004)

Brief: Humorous action-platformer with creative weapons, diverse planets, and memorable characters.

Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal (2004) is a humorous action-platformer celebrated for its creative weapons, diverse planets, and memorable characters. With a graphics and visuals rating of 4, the game delivers a visually appealing and vibrant universe. The music and sound, also rated at 4, contribute to the lively and comedic atmosphere. Highly entertaining and fun, Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal scores a 5 in gameplay, featuring a variety of inventive weapons and engaging platforming elements. With solid replayability driven by collectibles and skill-based challenges, the game maintains lasting appeal. The character design and story, both rated at 4, add depth to the humorous narrative, making Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal a standout title in the action-platformer genre.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 4

 

98. Doom (2016)

Brief: Fast-paced first-person shooter with relentless action, brutal glory kills, and a metal soundtrack.

Doom (2016) redefined the first-person shooter genre with its intense, fast-paced action, emphasizing relentless combat and brutal glory kills. The game's graphics and visuals receive a top rating of 5, immersing players in a visually stunning and visceral hellish landscape. The metal soundtrack contributes to the overall atmosphere, earning a perfect score of 5 for music/sound. The entertainment/fun factor is equally high, thanks to the adrenaline-pumping gameplay, earning another 5. With its engaging combat and varied multiplayer modes, Doom secures a 5 for gameplay/replayability. While the focus is on action, the character design/story aspects receive a 3, reflecting a relatively minimal narrative emphasis in comparison to the game's intense gameplay.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 3

 

97. Kingdom Hearts II (2005)

Brief: Action RPG combining Disney and Final Fantasy characters, with a complex narrative and satisfying combat.

Kingdom Hearts II (2005) stands as an action RPG that skillfully combines Disney and Final Fantasy characters, featuring a complex narrative and satisfying combat. With a graphics and visuals rating of 4, the game successfully brings together diverse worlds and characters in a visually appealing manner. The music and sound, rated at 5, contribute to the emotional depth and enchanting atmosphere, enhancing the overall experience. Highly entertaining and fun, Kingdom Hearts II scores a perfect 5 in gameplay, offering satisfying combat and magical abilities. With solid replayability driven by the multitude of collectibles and challenging optional bosses, the game maintains lasting appeal. The character design and story, both rated at 5, showcase a captivating narrative and a charming cast of characters, making Kingdom Hearts II a beloved and iconic title in the action RPG genre.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 5

 

96. Okami (2006)

Brief: Artistic action-adventure game with a unique ink brush mechanic and a visually stunning world.

Okami (2006) is an artistic action-adventure game celebrated for its unique ink brush mechanic and visually stunning world. With a perfect score of 5 for graphics and visuals, the game's cel-shaded style brings the world to life in a visually striking manner. The music and sound, also rated at 5, complement the game's artistic charm, enhancing the immersive experience. Highly entertaining and fun, Okami scores a perfect 5 in gameplay, with the innovative ink brush mechanic adding a layer of creativity to the adventure. While maintaining solid replayability through hidden collectibles and diverse abilities, the character design and story, both rated at 5, contribute to the game's narrative depth and emotional resonance. Okami stands as a masterpiece, combining artistic innovation with engaging gameplay, securing its place as one of the most unique and revered titles in the action-adventure genre.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 5

 

95. Dark Souls III (2016)

Brief: Challenging action RPG with intricate level design, intense combat, and a dark, atmospheric world.

Dark Souls III (2016) is a challenging action RPG celebrated for its intricate level design, intense combat, and a dark, atmospheric world. With a perfect score of 5 for graphics and visuals, the game achieves a stunning and immersive portrayal of its intricate landscapes. The music and sound, also rated at 5, contribute significantly to the intense and atmospheric experience. Highly entertaining and fun, Dark Souls III scores a perfect 5 in gameplay, offering challenging encounters and strategic depth. With substantial replayability through various character builds and multiple endings, the game remains engaging. The character design and story, both rated at 4, add depth to the oppressive world, making Dark Souls III a standout title in the action RPG genre. Notably, Dark Souls III earns its place in the GameChampions top 100 list, recognizing its impact on the gaming landscape and its status as a defining title in the Souls series.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 4

 

94. Mega Man X (1993)

Brief: Action-platformer with tight controls, upgradeable abilities, and a more mature tone in the Mega Man series.

Mega Man X (1993) is an action-platformer lauded for its tight controls, upgradeable abilities, and a more mature tone within the Mega Man series. With a graphics and visuals rating of 4, the game showcases the technological capabilities of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The music and sound, earning a perfect score of 5, contribute to the exhilarating and dynamic atmosphere. Highly entertaining and fun, Mega Man X scores a 5 in gameplay, introducing innovative mechanics and upgradeable features. With substantial replayability driven by diverse routes and collectibles, the game maintains its appeal. While character design and story, rated at 3, may take a backseat to gameplay, Mega Man X solidifies its status as a classic, combining challenging action with the beloved Mega Man formula in a more mature setting.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 3

 

93. Dead Space (2008)

Brief: Survival horror game with atmospheric tension, strategic dismemberment, and a gripping sci-fi story.

Dead Space (2008) is a survival horror game renowned for its atmospheric tension, strategic dismemberment mechanics, and a gripping sci-fi narrative. Boasting a perfect score of 5 for graphics and visuals, the game creates a hauntingly realistic and immersive space horror experience. The music and sound, also rated at 5, contribute significantly to the chilling atmosphere, heightening the sense of dread. Highly entertaining and fun, Dead Space scores a 4 in gameplay, offering strategic dismemberment as a unique and engaging mechanic. With solid replayability driven by its tense atmosphere and multiple difficulty levels, the game maintains lasting appeal. The character design and story, both rated at 4, contribute to the overall narrative depth, making Dead Space a standout in the survival horror genre.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 4 Gameplay: 4 Story: 4

 

92. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992)

Brief: Classic 2D platformer known for its speedy gameplay, iconic characters, and catchy music.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992) stands as a classic 2D platformer celebrated for its speedy gameplay, iconic characters, and catchy music. With a graphics and visuals rating of 4, the game showcases the technical prowess of the Sega Genesis era. The music and sound, rated at 5, contribute to the game's timeless appeal, creating memorable tunes that resonate with players. Highly entertaining and fun, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 scores a perfect 5 in gameplay, capturing the essence of high-speed platforming. While maintaining solid replayability with its branching paths and Chaos Emeralds, the character design and story, both rated at 3, serve as a backdrop to the game's focus on thrilling gameplay. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 remains an enduring classic in the platformer genre, leaving an indelible mark on gaming history.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 3

 

91. Borderlands 2 (2012)

Brief: Cooperative first-person shooter with a unique art style, humor, and a vast array of weapons.

Borderlands 2 (2012) is a cooperative first-person shooter acclaimed for its unique art style, humor, and a vast array of weapons. With a graphics and visuals rating of 4, the game's cel-shaded aesthetic contributes to its distinct charm. The music and sound, also rated at 4, enhance the game's immersive and humorous atmosphere. Highly entertaining and fun, Borderlands 2 scores a perfect 5 in gameplay, offering cooperative mayhem and a plethora of weapons to explore. With strong replayability due to diverse character classes and randomly generated loot, the game remains engaging. The character design and story, both rated at 4, contribute to the overall enjoyment. Notably, Borderlands 2 secures a well-deserved spot in the GameChampions top 100 list, recognizing its impact on cooperative gaming and the first-person shooter genre.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 4

 

# 90-81

90. Devil May Cry 5 (2019)

Brief: Stylish action game with fast-paced combat, diverse characters, and visually stunning demon-slaying.

Devil May Cry 5 (2019) is a stylish action game lauded for its fast-paced combat, diverse characters, and visually stunning demon-slaying. Boasting a perfect score of 5 for graphics and visuals, the game exemplifies a high standard of design and detail. The music and sound, also rated at 5, enhance the adrenaline-fueled experience, syncing seamlessly with the dynamic combat. Highly entertaining and fun, Devil May Cry 5 scores a perfect 5 in gameplay, offering a blend of stylish, combo-driven action. With solid replayability and the option to play as multiple characters, the game maintains lasting appeal. The character design and story, both rated at 4, contribute to the overall enjoyment, creating a compelling narrative backdrop for the stylish and intense demon-hunting escapades.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 4

 

89. Nioh (2017)

Brief: Action RPG with intense samurai combat, challenging enemies, and a dark, supernatural setting.

Nioh (2017) stands out as an action RPG, offering intense samurai combat, challenging enemies, and a dark, supernatural setting. With a graphics and visuals rating of 4, the game excels in portraying its detailed and atmospheric world. The music and sound, also rated at 4, contribute to the immersive and intense combat experience. Highly entertaining and fun, Nioh scores a 5 in gameplay, featuring challenging encounters that demand strategic mastery. The game maintains good replayability with its intricate combat mechanics and diverse weapon options. While character design and story, rated at 3, might not reach the same heights as its gameplay, Nioh solidifies itself as a gripping and challenging addition to the action RPG genre.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 3

 

88. Age of Empires II (1999)

Brief: Classic real-time strategy game with historical campaigns, diverse civilizations, and deep gameplay.

Age of Empires II (1999) is a classic real-time strategy game celebrated for its historical campaigns, diverse civilizations, and deep gameplay. With graphics and visuals rated at 3, the game effectively captures the essence of its time, though its visual appeal lies more in strategic depth than graphical fidelity. The music and sound, rated at 4, contribute to the immersive historical atmosphere. Highly entertaining and fun, Age of Empires II scores a perfect 5 in gameplay, offering endless strategic possibilities and replayability. While character design and story receive a modest rating of 2, the game's focus on historical accuracy and engaging gameplay has secured its place in the hearts of strategy enthusiasts. Notably, Age of Empires II holds a prestigious spot in the GameChampions top 100 list, recognizing its enduring impact on the real-time strategy genre.

Graphics: 3 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 2

 

87. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas (2006)

Brief: Tactical shooter with realistic mechanics, cooperative gameplay, and strategic planning.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas (2006) is celebrated as a tactical shooter that introduces realistic mechanics, cooperative gameplay, and strategic planning. With a graphics and visuals rating of 4, the game effectively captures the intensity of its tactical scenarios. The music and sound, also rated at 4, contribute to the immersive and suspenseful atmosphere. Highly entertaining and fun, Rainbow Six: Vegas scores a 5 in gameplay, offering a challenging and cooperative experience. While maintaining good replayability with diverse maps and multiplayer modes, the character design and story, rated at 3, take a backseat to the game's emphasis on strategic gameplay. Rainbow Six: Vegas remains a milestone in the tactical shooter genre, offering a compelling blend of realism and cooperative action.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 3

 

86. Mortal Kombat series (1992 - Present)

Brief: Iconic fighting game series known for its brutal fatalities, diverse characters, and competitive gameplay.

The Mortal Kombat series, spanning from 1992 to the present, remains an iconic fighting game renowned for its brutal fatalities, diverse characters, and competitive gameplay. With a solid score of 4 for graphics and visuals, Mortal Kombat consistently delivers visceral and visually striking combat. The music and sound, rated at 4, contribute to the intense and immersive atmosphere of the battles. Highly entertaining and fun, the series scores a perfect 5 in gameplay, with substantial replayability driven by its competitive scene and regular content updates. While character design shines with diverse fighters, the narrative, rated at 3, takes a backseat to the intense and visceral combat experience. Mortal Kombat's enduring legacy cements its status as a cornerstone in the fighting game genre, offering a compelling blend of brutality and competition.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 3

 

85. Nier: Automata (2017)

Brief: Action RPG with a thought-provoking narrative, unconventional storytelling, and multiple endings.

Nier: Automata, the 2017 action RPG, delivers an enthralling experience with its thought-provoking narrative, unconventional storytelling, and multiple endings. Boasting a perfect score of 5 for graphics and visuals, the game's design is visually striking, enhancing the immersion into its unique world. The music and sound, also rated at 5, contribute significantly to the emotional depth and atmospheric quality. Highly entertaining and fun, Nier: Automata scores a 5 in gameplay, with a slightly lower replayability due to the nature of the narrative. The character design and story, both rated at 5, exemplify the game's excellence in exploring profound themes, solidifying Nier: Automata as a standout in the action RPG genre and a memorable entry in gaming history.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 5

 

84. Final Fantasy IX (2000)

Brief: Classic JRPG with a charming cast, intricate story, and a return to the series' fantasy roots.

Final Fantasy IX, released in 2000, stands as a classic JRPG renowned for its charming cast, intricate story, and a nostalgic return to the series' fantasy roots. Boasting a graphics and visuals score of 4, the game's artistic design captivates players with its vibrant world and expressive characters. With a perfect 5 in music and sound, Final Fantasy IX delivers a memorable soundtrack that enhances the emotional depth of its narrative. Highly entertaining and fun, the game scores a 5 in gameplay, with solid replayability through its engaging side quests and diverse character abilities. The character design and story, both rated at 5, showcase the brilliance of the game's narrative, making it a timeless masterpiece. Its inclusion in the GameChampions top 100 list is a testament to its enduring impact on the JRPG genre and gaming as a whole.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 5

 

83. Monster Hunter: World (2018)

Brief: Action RPG with cooperative multiplayer, challenging monsters, and in-depth weapon mechanics.

Monster Hunter: World, the 2018 action RPG, excels as a cooperative multiplayer experience, featuring challenging monsters and in-depth weapon mechanics. Boasting a perfect score of 5 for graphics and visuals, the game brings to life breathtaking, vibrant landscapes and intricately designed creatures. With a sound and music rating of 4, Monster Hunter: World enriches the gaming experience with immersive audio elements. The game achieves a perfect balance between entertainment and fun, scoring a 5 in gameplay, and maintains high replayability through its diverse quests and constant updates. While character design and story receive a respectable rating of 3, the real allure lies in the dynamic multiplayer hunts and the mastery of complex weapon systems, making Monster Hunter: World a pinnacle in cooperative action RPG gaming.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 3

 

82. Dishonored (2012)

Brief: Stealth-action game with a rich steampunk world, supernatural abilities, and branching narratives.

Dishonored, the 2012 stealth-action game, immerses players in a rich steampunk world, offering supernatural abilities and branching narratives. With a graphics and visuals rating of 4, the game successfully captures the atmospheric and detailed aesthetic of its distinctive setting. The music and sound, also rated at 4, contribute to the immersive experience, enhancing the tension and ambiance of the stealth-focused gameplay. Highly entertaining and fun, Dishonored scores a 5 in gameplay and maintains solid replayability with its multiple narrative paths and playstyles. The character design and story, both rated at 4, showcase a well-crafted narrative and memorable characters, establishing Dishonored as a standout title in the stealth-action genre.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 4

 

81. Undertale (2015)

Brief: Indie RPG with a unique combat system, memorable characters, and player choices that impact the story.

Undertale, the 2015 indie RPG, distinguishes itself with a unique combat system, memorable characters, and a narrative shaped by player choices. While its graphics and visuals are minimalist, rated at 3, the game's charm lies in its retro-inspired simplicity. The music and sound, earning a perfect score of 5, stand out as a highlight, enhancing the emotional depth and atmosphere. Undertale excels in entertainment and fun, with a gameplay and replayability score of 5, offering multiple endings based on player decisions. The character design and story, both rated at 5, showcase exceptional depth and emotional resonance, solidifying Undertale as a standout indie gem celebrated for its innovative mechanics and impactful storytelling.

Graphics: 3 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 5

 

# 80-71

80. Minecraft (2011)

Brief: Sandbox game with limitless creativity, exploration, and player-generated content.

Minecraft, released in 2011, revolutionized gaming with its sandbox concept, offering limitless creativity, exploration, and player-generated content. Despite its simple graphics and visuals, rated at 3, the game's pixelated charm has become iconic. The music and sound, scored at 4, contribute to the immersive and tranquil experience of the vast blocky landscapes. Highly entertaining and fun, Minecraft's gameplay and replayability, both rated at 5, stem from its open-ended nature and constant updates. While lacking in traditional character design and story, the player-driven narratives and unique creations compensate. Recognized by GameChampions, Minecraft secures a place not just as a game but as a cultural phenomenon, showcasing the enduring impact of its innovative and boundless game design.

Graphics: 3 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 2

 

79. FIFA series (1993 - Present)

Brief: Iconic sports simulation series offering realistic gameplay, official licenses, and a robust multiplayer experience.

The FIFA series, spanning from 1993 to the present, stands as a pinnacle in sports simulation, celebrated for its realistic gameplay, official licenses, and a robust multiplayer experience. Boasting top-tier graphics and visuals, FIFA consistently recreates the immersive atmosphere of the soccer world. The music and sound, though not the main focus, contribute to the game's dynamic ambiance. Renowned for its entertainment value and fun factor, FIFA excels in gameplay and replayability, maintaining its status as a go-to title for both casual and competitive gaming. While character design and story elements take a backseat, the series' enduring success cements its place as one of the premier sports gaming experiences across the years.

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Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 2

 

78. Horizon Zero Dawn (2017)

Brief: Open-world action RPG featuring a post-apocalyptic world with robotic creatures and a strong female protagonist.

Horizon Zero Dawn, the 2017 open-world action RPG, is lauded for its stunning graphics, captivating music, and an engaging storyline set in a post-apocalyptic world dominated by robotic creatures. Boasting a perfect score in visuals, the game's graphical fidelity brings its lush and diverse environments to life. The music and sound design contribute to the immersive atmosphere, enhancing the overall experience. Highly entertaining and fun, Horizon Zero Dawn offers a compelling narrative alongside satisfying gameplay, though replayability might be slightly hindered by its linear story progression. The character design is strong, with Aloy, the protagonist, standing out as a well-developed and empowering figure. While the narrative and character design fall just short of perfection, Horizon Zero Dawn cements its status as one of the best video games of all time.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 4

 

77. Cuphead (2017)

Brief: Run-and-gun platformer with hand-drawn animation, challenging boss battles, and a unique visual style.

Cuphead, released in 2017, earns its acclaim as a standout run-and-gun platformer, featuring hand-drawn animation, challenging boss battles, and a distinctive visual style reminiscent of 1930s cartoons. Garnering a perfect score for graphics and visuals, Cuphead's unique artistry is a testament to its painstaking craftsmanship. The music and sound design also excel, enhancing the game's charm and immersion. High on entertainment and fun, it proves captivating for players seeking a challenging yet enjoyable experience. The gameplay, while excellent, falls slightly short on replayability, as the difficulty may deter some from repeated attempts. The character design is imaginative, but the narrative takes a backseat to the gameplay. Cuphead's excellence is further recognized by its inclusion in the GameChampions top 100 list, solidifying its place among the best video games of all time.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 3

 

76. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (2019)

Brief: Challenging action-adventure with precise combat, stealth mechanics, and a dark samurai story.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, a 2019 release, is celebrated for its intense and demanding action-adventure gameplay, featuring precise combat and strategic stealth mechanics set against a compelling dark samurai narrative. Graphically, it earns a perfect score, with stunning visuals that bring the brutal beauty of feudal Japan to life. The music and sound design contribute significantly to the game's immersive atmosphere, enhancing the player's experience. While the game is slightly lower on the entertainment and fun scale due to its challenging nature, the gameplay and replayability remain high for those seeking mastery over its intricate combat system. The character design is commendable, and the story, while darker than some, is a gripping exploration of loyalty, revenge, and the supernatural, making Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice a standout in the realm of video game excellence.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 4 Gameplay: 4 Story: 4

 

75. Persona 4 Golden (2012)

Brief: Enhanced version of the JRPG with a murder mystery plot, social simulation, and memorable characters.

Persona 4 Golden, the enhanced 2012 version of the JRPG, shines as a masterpiece renowned for its captivating murder mystery plot, unique social simulation mechanics, and unforgettable characters. Visually, it maintains a solid score with a stylized aesthetic that complements its anime-inspired design. The game earns top marks in music and sound, boasting a stellar soundtrack that enhances emotional moments and gameplay. Highly entertaining and fun, Persona 4 Golden combines dungeon crawling with social simulation, creating a harmonious balance that invites repeated playthroughs. The character design is exceptional, crafting a memorable cast with well-developed personalities, while the story weaves a complex narrative that explores friendship, identity, and the consequences of one's actions, solidifying its status as one of the best video games of all time.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 5

 

74. Dragon Age: Origins (2009)

Brief: Epic fantasy RPG with deep lore, impactful choices, and a variety of character origins.

Dragon Age: Origins, released in 2009, stands as a monumental epic fantasy RPG celebrated for its profound narrative, impactful decision-making, and diverse character origins. The game's graphics, while not groundbreaking for its time, effectively convey the rich, immersive world. The hauntingly beautiful music and impeccable sound design contribute to the game's atmospheric brilliance. Offering a blend of strategic combat and compelling storytelling, Dragon Age: Origins excels in both entertainment and fun, with a riveting narrative that beckons multiple playthroughs. The character design is exceptional, featuring memorable companions and a captivating overarching story that solidify its place as one of the best video games of all time.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 5

 

73. Bayonetta (2009)

Brief: Stylish action game with fast-paced combat, unique witch powers, and a strong, confident protagonist.

Bayonetta (2009) earns its place among gaming greats as a stylish action game celebrated for its fast-paced combat, unique witch powers, and the presence of a strong, confident protagonist. With a solid rating of 4 for both graphics/visuals and music/sound, Bayonetta immerses players in a visually stunning and audibly engaging experience.

The game's impressive score of 5 for entertainment/fun underscores its ability to captivate players with thrilling gameplay and a compelling narrative. The rating of 4 for gameplay/replayability acknowledges Bayonetta's dynamic combat system and the incentive for players to revisit the game for its engaging challenges. Character design/story earns a commendable score of 4, emphasizing the memorable and charismatic lead character. Bayonetta's inclusion in the GameChampions top 100 list is a testament to its impact on the action genre, standing as a paragon of style and substance.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 4

 

72. Civilization IV (2005)

Brief: Strategic turn-based game with refined gameplay mechanics, diplomacy, and cultural development.

Civilization IV (2005) stands out as a strategic turn-based masterpiece, renowned for its refined gameplay mechanics, diplomatic intricacies, and emphasis on cultural development. While the graphics/visuals receive a modest rating of 3, the game compensates with a score of 4 for music/sound, enhancing the immersive experience of building civilizations throughout history.

The impressive ratings of 5 for both entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability highlight Civilization IV's enduring appeal. Its deep strategic elements, engaging diplomatic options, and cultural complexities contribute to the game's longevity. Although character design/story receives a rating of 3, Civilization IV excels in providing a compelling historical simulation, earning its place as a timeless classic in the strategy game genre. Its inclusion in the GameChampions top 100 list reflects its enduring impact on the world of turn-based strategy games.

Graphics: 3 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 3

 

71. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords (2004)

Brief: Deep RPG with moral ambiguity, complex characters, and an expanded exploration of the Star Wars universe.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords (2004) is celebrated as a profound RPG that explores moral ambiguity, complex characters, and delves into the expanded lore of the Star Wars universe. With a commendable rating of 4 for graphics/visuals, the game manages to capture the essence of the iconic Star Wars galaxy visually. The perfect score of 5 for music/sound emphasizes the game's immersive audio, enhancing the overall experience and transporting players to a galaxy far, far away.

Earning top marks in entertainment/fun, gameplay/replayability, and character design/story, Knights of the Old Republic II excels in providing an engaging and thought-provoking experience. The intricate narrative, morally ambiguous choices, and well-designed characters contribute to the game's enduring appeal. Its inclusion in the GameChampions top 100 list is a testament to its impact on RPG storytelling and its significant role in the Star Wars gaming legacy.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 5

 

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70. Splatoon 2 (2017)

Brief: Unique multiplayer-focused shooter with colorful ink-based battles and creative level design.

Splatoon 2 (2017) distinguishes itself as a unique multiplayer-focused shooter, celebrated for its colorful ink-based battles and creative level design. Earning a commendable rating of 4 for graphics/visuals, the game showcases a vibrant and visually appealing world filled with imaginative characters and environments.

With a perfect score of 5 for music/sound, Splatoon 2's energetic soundtrack and engaging sound effects contribute to the overall excitement of its multiplayer battles. Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability highlight the game's enduring appeal, offering players a dynamic and replayable multiplayer experience through its innovative ink-based mechanics and diverse level designs. Character design/story, receiving a rating of 3, suggests a modest focus on characters and narrative, indicating that the game's strength lies primarily in its gameplay innovation and vibrant multiplayer experience. Splatoon 2's unique approach to the shooter genre, coupled with its engaging multiplayer dynamics, establishes it as a standout title in the gaming landscape.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 3

 

69. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (2000)

Brief: Unconventional Zelda game with a time-based mechanic, dark atmosphere, and deep storytelling.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (2000) stands as an unconventional gem within the Zelda franchise, distinguished by its time-based mechanic, dark atmosphere, and deep storytelling. With a commendable rating of 4 for graphics/visuals, the game, despite the technical limitations of its time, effectively conveys a unique and atmospheric world filled with memorable characters.

Earning a perfect score of 5 for music/sound, the game's haunting melodies and atmospheric sound effects contribute significantly to the immersive experience, enhancing the emotional depth of the narrative. Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability underscore the game's enduring appeal, providing players with a distinctive and replayable adventure through its time-based challenges and intricate puzzles. Character design/story, receiving a perfect score of 5, reflects the game's strength in crafting a compelling narrative with deep storytelling and memorable characters. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask's unique mechanics, coupled with its atmospheric world and rich narrative, solidify it as a classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 5

 

68. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004)

Brief: Cold War-era stealth game with a captivating story, memorable characters, and survival elements.

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004) stands out as a Cold War-era stealth game celebrated for its captivating story, memorable characters, and unique survival elements. Earning a commendable rating of 4 for graphics/visuals, the game, despite the technical limitations of its time, effectively captures the lush and diverse environments of the jungle setting.

Earning a perfect score of 5 for music/sound, the game's evocative soundtrack and realistic sound effects enhance the immersive experience, contributing to the emotional depth of the narrative. Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability underscore the game's enduring appeal, providing players with a challenging and replayable stealth experience through its well-designed levels and innovative mechanics. Character design/story, receiving a perfect score of 5, reflects the game's strength in crafting a compelling narrative with well-developed characters and exploring themes of loyalty and betrayal. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater's impact on the stealth genre, coupled with its engaging narrative and memorable characters, solidifies it as a classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 5

 

67. Grand Theft Auto IV (2008)

Brief: Immersive open-world game with a mature storyline, realistic characters, and detailed environments.

Grand Theft Auto IV (2008) secures its position as an immersive open-world game known for its mature storyline, realistic characters, and detailed environments. With a commendable rating of 4 for graphics/visuals, the game showcases Rockstar's commitment to creating a realistic and visually stunning representation of a fictional New York City.

Earning a perfect score of 5 for music/sound, the game's radio stations, voice acting, and ambient sounds contribute to the immersive experience, enriching the narrative and capturing the essence of the urban environment. Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability highlight the game's enduring appeal, providing players with a vast and engaging open-world experience through its diverse missions and activities. Character design/story, receiving a perfect score of 5, reflects the game's strength in crafting a mature and thought-provoking narrative with well-developed characters. Grand Theft Auto IV's impact on the open-world gaming genre, coupled with its realistic portrayal of an urban environment and compelling storyline, solidifies it as a classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 5

 

66. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (2019)

Brief: Action-adventure game with lightsaber combat, exploration, and a compelling Star Wars narrative.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (2019) secures its place among gaming's best as an action-adventure masterpiece, combining lightsaber combat, exploration, and a compelling Star Wars narrative. Boasting a perfect score of 5 for graphics/visuals, the game excels in bringing the Star Wars universe to life with stunning visuals and attention to detail on various platforms.

Earning another perfect score of 5 for music/sound, the game's orchestral score and authentic sound effects contribute to the immersive Star Wars experience, enhancing the narrative and gameplay. Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability underscore the game's enduring appeal, providing players with an engaging and replayable journey through the galaxy. Character design/story, receiving a commendable score of 4, showcases well-developed characters within the rich Star Wars lore. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order's success in delivering an authentic Star Wars experience, coupled with its satisfying lightsaber combat and exploration, solidifies it as a modern classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 4

 

65. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (2000)

Brief: Revolutionary skateboarding game with tight controls, memorable levels, and a killer soundtrack.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (2000) earns its status as a revolutionary skateboarding game with a combination of tight controls, memorable levels, and a killer soundtrack. With a solid rating of 4 for graphics/visuals, the game, despite the technical limitations of its time, effectively captures the essence of skateboarding culture and delivers a visually engaging experience on the PlayStation.

Earning a perfect score of 5 for music/sound, the game's iconic soundtrack featuring punk and rock hits enhances the overall immersive experience, becoming a defining element of the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series. Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability underscore the game's enduring appeal, providing players with a thrilling and replayable skateboarding experience through its well-designed levels and responsive controls. While character design/story receives a modest rating of 3, the focus on real-life skaters and their unique styles adds authenticity to the game. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2's profound impact on the sports gaming genre, coupled with its tight gameplay and cultural influence, solidifies it as a classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 3

 

64. Rainbow Six Siege (2015)

Brief: Tactical multiplayer FPS emphasizing teamwork, strategy, and destructible environments.

Rainbow Six Siege (2015) earns its place in GameChampions' top 100 list for its exceptional contributions to the tactical multiplayer FPS genre. With a solid rating of 4 for graphics/visuals, the game excels in presenting highly detailed environments and realistic character models that enhance the overall tactical experience.

The commendable score of 4 for music/sound highlights Rainbow Six Siege's immersive audio design, crucial for players relying on sound cues for strategic decision-making. Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability underscore the game's enduring appeal, offering players a consistently engaging and evolving experience through its ever-expanding roster of operators and dynamic, destructible environments. While character design/story receives a modest rating of 3, the focus on unique operator abilities and strategic depth compensates for the narrative elements. Rainbow Six Siege's profound impact on tactical shooters, coupled with its emphasis on teamwork and evolving gameplay, solidifies it as a modern classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 3

 

63. Deus Ex (2000)

Brief: Cyberpunk RPG blending FPS and RPG elements, offering multiple playstyles and branching narratives.

Deus Ex (2000) stands as a groundbreaking cyberpunk RPG, seamlessly blending first-person shooter and RPG elements while offering players multiple playstyles and branching narratives. Though receiving a modest rating of 3 for graphics/visuals, the game excels in leveraging its technological constraints to create a captivating and immersive cyberpunk world on PC.

With a commendable score of 4 for music/sound, Deus Ex's soundtrack and sound design contribute to the atmospheric and suspenseful experience, enhancing the narrative's intrigue. Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability highlight the game's enduring appeal, providing players with a versatile and replayable experience through its interconnected narrative paths and diverse playstyles. The character design/story, earning a perfect score of 5, reflects the game's strength in creating a complex and engaging narrative with well-designed characters. Deus Ex's profound impact on the cyberpunk genre, coupled with its innovative gameplay and intricate narrative, solidifies it as a classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 3 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 5

 

62. Bloodborne (2015)

Brief: Action RPG known for its challenging combat, Gothic atmosphere, and intricate level design.

Bloodborne (2015) establishes itself as an exemplary action RPG renowned for its challenging combat, Gothic atmosphere, and intricately designed levels. With a perfect score of 5 for graphics/visuals, the game excels in presenting a dark and atmospheric world on the PlayStation 4, showcasing meticulous attention to detail and visual splendor.

Achieving another perfect score of 5 for music/sound, Bloodborne's haunting soundtrack and ambient sound effects contribute to the eerie atmosphere, intensifying the sense of dread and immersion. Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability underscore the game's enduring appeal, offering players a challenging yet rewarding experience through its nightmarish landscapes. The character design/story, receiving a strong rating of 4, reflects the game's emphasis on environmental storytelling and the enigmatic lore of the world. Bloodborne's profound impact on action RPGs, coupled with its challenging gameplay and atmospheric design, solidifies it as a modern classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 4

 

61. Xenoblade Chronicles (2010)

Brief: Epic JRPG with a massive, living world and a unique real-time combat system.

Xenoblade Chronicles (2010) stands as an epic JRPG celebrated for its massive, living world and a distinctive real-time combat system. With a commendable rating of 4 for graphics/visuals, the game, despite being on the Wii, presents a visually stunning and expansive world, showcasing the technical capabilities of the platform.

Achieving a perfect score of 5 for music/sound, Xenoblade Chronicles' exceptional soundtrack and sound design immerse players in the grandeur of its world and enhance the emotional resonance of the narrative. Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability highlight the game's enduring appeal, offering players a captivating journey through the intricately designed landscapes and engaging combat scenarios. The character design/story, receiving a perfect score of 5, reflects the game's strength in character development and the richness of its narrative, providing players with a memorable and immersive JRPG experience. Xenoblade Chronicles' profound impact on the genre, coupled with its expansive world and unique combat system, solidifies it as a classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 5

 

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60. Celeste (2018)

Brief: Challenging platformer with a touching narrative, tight controls, and a beautiful soundtrack.

Celeste (2018) secures its position as a challenging platformer celebrated for its touching narrative, tight controls, and a beautiful soundtrack. With a commendable rating of 4 for graphics/visuals, the game combines pixel art aesthetics with vibrant visuals, creating a charming and visually appealing experience.

Achieving a perfect score of 5 for music/sound, Celeste's evocative soundtrack and sound effects contribute to the emotional depth of the narrative and the immersive atmosphere of its challenging levels. Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability underscore the game's enduring appeal, offering players a rewarding and replayable journey through the treacherous mountain of Celeste. The character design/story, receiving a strong rating of 4, reflects the game's emphasis on a touching narrative and well-designed characters, providing players with a meaningful and emotional gaming experience. Celeste's profound impact on challenging platformers, coupled with its tight controls and emotional storytelling, solidifies it as a modern classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 4

 

59. Final Fantasy X (2001)

Brief: Narrative-driven RPG with a focus on characters, a unique leveling system, and stunning visuals.

Final Fantasy X (2001) earns its place as a narrative-driven RPG celebrated for its character-focused storytelling, a distinctive leveling system, and stunning visuals. With a commendable rating of 4 for graphics/visuals, the game leverages the capabilities of the PlayStation 2 to present a visually stunning and immersive world.

Achieving a perfect score of 5 for music/sound, Final Fantasy X's exceptional soundtrack and sound design enhance the emotional resonance of the narrative and the grandeur of its world. Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability highlight the game's enduring appeal, offering players a captivating journey through the mystical land of Spira. The character design/story, receiving a perfect score of 5, reflects the game's strength in character development and its engaging and emotionally impactful narrative. Final Fantasy X's profound impact on narrative-driven RPGs, coupled with its unique systems and breathtaking visuals, solidifies it as a classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 5

 

58. Super Mario Galaxy (2007)

Brief: Inventive 3D platformer with gravity-defying mechanics and imaginative level design.

Super Mario Galaxy (2007) secures its place as an inventive 3D platformer, celebrated for its gravity-defying mechanics and imaginative level design. With a perfect score of 5 for graphics/visuals, the game showcases the creative brilliance of the Mario universe in stunning detail, utilizing the Wii's hardware capabilities to deliver a visually enchanting experience.

Achieving another perfect score of 5 for music/sound, Super Mario Galaxy's soundtrack and sound effects contribute to the whimsical and immersive atmosphere of the game, enhancing the overall player experience. Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability underscore the game's enduring appeal, offering players a celestial journey through imaginative galaxies with diverse challenges. The character design/story, receiving a strong rating of 4, reflects the game's focus on inventive gameplay while maintaining the charm of the Mario franchise. Super Mario Galaxy's profound impact on 3D platformers, coupled with its innovative mechanics and captivating level design, solidifies it as a classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 4

 

57. Gears of War (2006)

Brief: Third-person shooter known for its cover system, intense action, and cooperative gameplay.

Gears of War (2006) holds its place as a standout third-person shooter celebrated for its revolutionary cover system, intense action sequences, and engaging cooperative gameplay. With an outstanding rating of 5 for graphics/visuals, the game set a new standard in visual fidelity during its release, showcasing the power of the Xbox 360 hardware.

Achieving a solid score of 4 for music/sound, Gears of War's impactful sound design and music contribute to the immersive and adrenaline-pumping experience of the game. Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability underscore the game's enduring appeal, offering players a thrilling and cooperative journey through the war-torn landscapes of Sera. The character design/story, receiving a moderate rating of 3, reflects the game's emphasis on action and gameplay mechanics rather than a narrative-driven approach. Gears of War's profound impact on the third-person shooter genre, coupled with its innovative cover system and cooperative elements, solidifies it as a classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 3

 

56. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006)

Brief: Open-world RPG featuring a vast, immersive fantasy world with a dynamic quest system.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006) earns its well-deserved spot on the GameChampions Top 100 List as an open-world RPG that showcases a vast, immersive fantasy world coupled with a dynamic quest system. With a commendable rating of 4 for graphics/visuals, the game's expansive landscapes and detailed environments captivate players, immersing them in the fantastical realm of Tamriel.

Achieving a solid score of 4 for music/sound, Oblivion's soundtrack and ambient sounds contribute to the atmospheric richness of the game, enhancing the overall player experience. Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability underline the game's enduring appeal, offering players a multitude of quests, activities, and exploration in the sprawling world. The character design/story, receiving a strong rating of 4, reflects the game's depth in lore and narrative, providing players with engaging stories and memorable characters. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion's profound impact on the open-world RPG genre, coupled with its expansive world and dynamic quest system, solidifies it as a classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 4

 

55. Fire Emblem: Three Houses (2019)

Brief: Tactical RPG with deep storytelling, strategic battles, and character relationships.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses (2019) claims its position as a standout tactical RPG, praised for its deep storytelling, strategic battles, and intricate character relationships. With a commendable rating of 4 for graphics/visuals, the game presents a visually engaging world that enhances the immersive tactical experience.

Achieving a solid score of 4 for music/sound, Fire Emblem: Three Houses' soundtrack and sound effects contribute to the emotional weight of the narrative and the intensity of strategic battles. Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability highlight the game's enduring appeal, offering players a rich and replayable experience with multiple story paths and character interactions. The character design/story, receiving a perfect score of 5, reflects the game's strength in character development, intertwining narratives, and impactful decision-making. Fire Emblem: Three Houses' profound impact on tactical RPGs, coupled with its engaging storytelling and strategic depth, solidifies it as a modern classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 5

 

54. Metroid Prime (2002)

Brief: First-person adventure blending exploration, puzzle-solving, and atmospheric storytelling in the Metroid universe.

Metroid Prime (2002) secures its status as a groundbreaking first-person adventure, seamlessly blending exploration, puzzle-solving, and atmospheric storytelling within the iconic Metroid universe. With a commendable rating of 4 for graphics/visuals, the game, despite its early 3D era, created a visually immersive experience, capturing the essence of the Metroid universe with detailed environments.

Achieving a perfect score of 5 for music/sound, Metroid Prime's haunting soundtrack and atmospheric sound effects heightened the sense of isolation and discovery. Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability underscore the game's enduring appeal, offering players a captivating journey through the mysterious world of Tallon IV. The character design/story, receiving a strong rating of 4, reflects the engaging narrative and the iconic design of Samus Aran. Metroid Prime's profound impact on the first-person adventure genre, coupled with its atmospheric storytelling and innovative gameplay mechanics, solidifies it as a classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 4

 

53. Pokemon Red/Blue (1996)

Brief: Genre-defining RPG introducing the Pokémon franchise with collectible creatures and strategic battles.

Pokemon Red/Blue (1996) earns its esteemed position in gaming history as a genre-defining RPG that introduced the iconic Pokemon franchise. Celebrated for its introduction of collectible creatures and strategic battles, the game holds a special place in the hearts of players worldwide. With a modest rating of 3 for graphics/visuals, the game's visuals, while limited by the technology of its time, effectively conveyed the charm of the Pokemon world.

Achieving a commendable score of 4 for music/sound, Pokemon Red/Blue's memorable soundtrack and sound effects enriched the journey across the Kanto region. Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability highlight the game's enduring appeal, allowing players to embark on an immersive quest, capture Pokemon, and engage in strategic battles. The character design/story, receiving a strong rating of 4, reflects the engaging narrative and memorable character designs that laid the foundation for the franchise's success. Pokemon Red/Blue's profound impact on RPGs, coupled with its enduring popularity and innovative gameplay mechanics, solidifies it as a timeless classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 3 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 4

 

52. Donkey Kong Country (1994)

Brief: Innovative platformer known for its pre-rendered 3D graphics, tight controls, and catchy music.

Donkey Kong Country (1994) earns its place on the GameChampions Top 100 List as an innovative platformer celebrated for its groundbreaking pre-rendered 3D graphics, tight controls, and unforgettable music. With a solid rating of 4 for graphics/visuals, the game showcased a level of visual detail and depth rarely seen at the time, pushing the boundaries of what was possible on the Super Nintendo. Achieving a perfect score of 5 for music/sound, the game's iconic soundtrack, composed by David Wise, adds a layer of immersive charm, enhancing the overall gaming experience.

Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability underscore the game's enduring appeal, offering players a challenging yet enjoyable journey through inventive levels and imaginative environments. The character design/story, receiving a moderate rating of 3, aligns with the platformer genre's focus on gameplay rather than a narrative-driven approach. Donkey Kong Country's profound impact on platformers, coupled with its technical innovation and timeless gameplay, solidifies it as a classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 3

 

51. The Sims (2000)

Brief: Iconic life simulation game allowing players to create and control virtual people and their environments.

The Sims (2000) stands as an iconic life simulation game, enabling players to create and control virtual people along with their environments. With a modest rating of 3 for graphics/visuals, the game, within the technological constraints of its time, offers a charming and intuitive visual representation of simulated life. Achieving a commendable score of 4 for music/sound, The Sims' soundtrack and sound effects enhance the overall immersive experience, complementing the engaging simulation gameplay. Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability underscore the game's enduring appeal, allowing players to explore endless possibilities and scenarios in their virtual worlds. The character design/story, receiving a moderate rating of 3, aligns with the nature of the simulation genre, where player-driven narratives take precedence over predefined character arcs. The Sims' profound impact on the life simulation genre, coupled with its innovative gameplay and creative freedom, solidifies it as a cultural phenomenon deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 3 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 3

 

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50. Civilization V (2010)

Brief: Turn-based strategy game with deep diplomacy, city-building, and complex geopolitical mechanics.

Civilization V (2010) secures its place as a turn-based strategy masterpiece, celebrated for its deep diplomacy, city-building, and intricate geopolitical mechanics. With a commendable rating of 4 for graphics/visuals, the game presents a visually engaging world that evolves alongside the player's civilization, showcasing varied landscapes and historical landmarks. Achieving a solid score of 4 for music/sound, Civilization V's soundtrack and sound effects enhance the immersive experience, complementing the strategic depth of the gameplay. Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability highlight the game's enduring appeal, offering players a vast array of strategic choices, diplomatic challenges, and the opportunity to shape their own unique civilizations over multiple playthroughs. The character design/story, receiving a moderate rating of 3, reflects the genre's focus on strategic and geopolitical aspects rather than a narrative-driven character design. Civilization V's profound impact on turn-based strategy, coupled with its deep gameplay mechanics, intricate diplomacy, and engaging city-building elements, solidifies it as a strategy classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 3

 

49. Mega Man 2 (1988)

Brief: Classic action-platformer with tight controls, challenging levels, and memorable boss battles.

Mega Man 2 (1988) holds an esteemed position on the GameChampions Top 100 List as a classic action-platformer that epitomizes tight controls, challenging levels, and memorable boss battles. With a modest rating of 3 for graphics/visuals, the game, within the limitations of its time, effectively conveys a vibrant and distinctive aesthetic, featuring iconic robot masters and diverse environments. Achieving a solid rating of 4 for music/sound, the game's upbeat soundtrack and sound effects complement the fast-paced action, contributing to the overall enjoyment of the gameplay.

Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability underscore the game's enduring appeal, offering players a challenging yet rewarding experience with its precise controls and engaging level design. The character design/story, receiving a moderate rating of 3, aligns with the conventions of its era, focusing more on gameplay mechanics than an elaborate narrative. Mega Man 2's profound impact on the action-platformer genre, coupled with its tight controls and memorable design, solidifies it as a timeless classic deserving recognition in the gaming community and a distinguished entry on the GameChampions Top 100 List.

Graphics: 3 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 3

 

48. Super Street Fighter IV (2010)

Brief: Enhanced version of the classic fighting game with a diverse roster and refined gameplay mechanics.

Super Street Fighter IV (2010) earns its place as an enhanced version of the classic fighting game, celebrated for its diverse roster and refined gameplay mechanics. With a solid rating of 4 for graphics/visuals, the game maintains the visual flair of its predecessor, featuring vibrant character designs and dynamic stages that add to the excitement of the fights. Achieving a rating of 4 for music/sound, the game's energetic soundtrack and impactful sound effects contribute to the intense and immersive fighting experience.

Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability highlight the game's enduring appeal, offering a diverse array of characters, deep fighting mechanics, and the incentive for players to continually hone their skills. The character design/story, receiving a moderate rating of 3, reflects the traditional focus of the fighting game genre, where the primary emphasis lies in the combat rather than an elaborate narrative. Super Street Fighter IV's profound impact on the fighting game genre, coupled with its refined gameplay and diverse character roster, solidifies it as a standout entry deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 3

 

47. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)

Brief: Groundbreaking FPS with a gripping modern military story, intense action, and multiplayer innovation.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) stands as a groundbreaking first-person shooter that redefined the genre, earning acclaim for its gripping modern military story, intense action sequences, and revolutionary multiplayer innovation. With a perfect score of 5 for graphics/visuals, the game showcased cutting-edge visuals at the time, immersing players in realistic and detailed environments. Achieving a perfect score for music/sound, the game's immersive sound design and impactful soundtrack contributed significantly to the overall intensity and atmosphere.

Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability highlight the game's enduring appeal, featuring a compelling single-player campaign and an innovative multiplayer mode that became a benchmark for the genre. The character design/story, receiving a high rating of 4, introduced players to memorable characters within a narrative that explored the complexities of modern warfare. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare's profound impact on FPS gaming, coupled with its gripping narrative, intense action, and multiplayer innovation, solidifies it as a modern classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

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Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 4

 

46. Destiny 2 (2017)

Brief: Shared-world shooter with cooperative and competitive multiplayer, blending FPS and RPG elements.

Destiny 2 (2017) earns its well-deserved place on the GameChampions Top 100 List as a shared-world shooter that seamlessly blends cooperative and competitive multiplayer, merging FPS and RPG elements to create a captivating and expansive gaming experience. With a perfect score of 5 for graphics/visuals, the game boasts stunning visuals that bring to life diverse planets and detailed environments, immersing players in its sci-fi universe. Achieving a perfect score for music/sound, the game's dynamic soundtrack and immersive sound design contribute to the overall atmosphere, enhancing the multiplayer experience.

Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability underscore the game's enduring appeal, offering thrilling and dynamic gameplay, a wealth of activities, and a continuous stream of content to engage players. With a rating of 3 for character design/story, Destiny 2 introduces players to a rich sci-fi world but falls short in delivering a deeply compelling narrative. Nonetheless, Destiny 2's profound impact on the shared-world shooter genre, coupled with its exceptional multiplayer dynamics and engaging gameplay, solidifies it as a standout entry on the GameChampions Top 100 List.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 3

 

45. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004)

Brief: Expansive open-world game with a rich narrative, diverse activities, and a vast, immersive environment.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) secures its place as an expansive open-world masterpiece, celebrated for its rich narrative, diverse activities, and a vast, immersive environment. With a solid rating of 4 for graphics/visuals, the game, within the technological constraints of its time, delivers a visually compelling representation of the sprawling state of San Andreas, complete with varied landscapes and bustling cities. Achieving a perfect score of 5 for music/sound, the game's eclectic soundtrack and atmospheric sound design enhance the immersive experience, capturing the essence of the game's diverse settings.

Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability highlight the game's enduring appeal, offering a multitude of activities, missions, and a vast open world to explore. The character design/story, receiving a high rating of 4, introduces players to a diverse cast within a narrative that delves into themes of family, loyalty, and the pursuit of the American Dream. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' profound impact on open-world gaming, coupled with its engaging narrative and expansive environment, solidifies it as a classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 4

 

44. Final Fantasy VI (1994)

Brief: JRPG masterpiece with a large ensemble cast, a deep, emotional story, and innovative gameplay mechanics.

Final Fantasy VI (1994) secures its status as a JRPG masterpiece, celebrated for its large ensemble cast, deep emotional story, and innovative gameplay mechanics. With a rating of 4 for graphics/visuals, the game, despite the limitations of its time, creates a visually compelling world, featuring memorable character designs and imaginative environments. Achieving a perfect score of 5 for music/sound, the game's iconic soundtrack complements the emotional narrative, setting the tone for a memorable journey. Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and character design/story underscore the game's excellence in storytelling, engaging players with a diverse cast and a narrative that explores complex themes.

With a high rating of 4 for gameplay/replayability, Final Fantasy VI introduces innovative mechanics, including the Espers system, adding depth to the gameplay and providing avenues for strategic exploration. Final Fantasy VI's profound impact on the JRPG genre, coupled with its emotional narrative and inventive gameplay, solidifies it as a timeless classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 5

 

43. Resident Evil 2 (2019)

Brief: Remake of the survival horror classic, delivering intense scares, improved visuals, and modern gameplay mechanics.

Resident Evil 2 (2019) earns its position as a standout remake of the survival horror classic, celebrated for delivering intense scares, improved visuals, and modern gameplay mechanics. With a perfect score of 5 for graphics/visuals, the game's stunning and atmospheric visuals elevate the horror experience, reimagining Raccoon City with remarkable detail. Achieving a perfect score for music/sound, the game's haunting soundtrack and atmospheric sound design enhance the immersive horror ambiance, contributing to the overall tension. Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and character design/story highlight the game's success in providing a gripping narrative and thrilling gameplay, immersing players in the survival horror world of Resident Evil. With a high rating in gameplay/replayability, Resident Evil 2 introduces modern mechanics that enhance replay value, inviting players to navigate the horrors of Raccoon City in different ways. Resident Evil 2 (2019)'s profound impact on horror gaming, coupled with its impressive visuals and revamped gameplay, solidifies it as a modern classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 5

 

42. Super Mario World (1990)

Brief: Classic 2D platformer with vibrant level design, introducing Yoshi and expanding the Mario universe.

Super Mario World (1990) rightfully claims its place on the GameChampions Top 100 List as a classic 2D platformer that not only showcases vibrant level design but also introduces the iconic character Yoshi, expanding the Mario universe and leaving an indelible mark on gaming history. With a rating of 4 for graphics/visuals, the game utilizes the capabilities of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System to deliver charming and visually appealing environments, creating a whimsical world for players to explore. Achieving a rating of 4 for music/sound, the game's iconic soundtrack complements the joyful and adventurous atmosphere, becoming synonymous with the Mario franchise.

With perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability, Super Mario World captivates players with its engaging platforming mechanics, creative level design, and the introduction of Yoshi, adding a new layer of depth to the gameplay. Boasting a high rating of 4 for character design/story, the game expands the Mario universe by introducing Yoshi, a beloved character that has become an integral part of the franchise. Super Mario World's profound impact on the platforming genre, coupled with its vibrant design and character introduction, solidifies it as a timeless classic deserving recognition in the gaming community and a distinguished entry on the GameChampions Top 100 List.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 4

 

41. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016)

Brief: Cinematic action-adventure with breathtaking visuals, compelling storytelling, and thrilling set-pieces.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016) is an exceptional cinematic action-adventure, earning its acclaim for breathtaking visuals, compelling storytelling, and thrilling set-pieces. With a perfect score of 5 for graphics/visuals, the game showcases the pinnacle of visual fidelity, delivering stunning landscapes and realistic character animations that immerse players in Nathan Drake's world. Achieving a perfect score for music/sound, the game's soundtrack and sound design enhance the cinematic experience, accompanying the narrative and action sequences seamlessly. Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and character design/story highlight the game's excellence in storytelling, engaging players with well-developed characters and a narrative that explores themes of friendship, legacy, and adventure. With a high rating in gameplay/replayability, Uncharted 4 provides exhilarating action and exploration, although the linear nature limits replay value. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End's profound impact on cinematic gaming, coupled with its breathtaking visuals and compelling storytelling, solidifies it as a modern classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 5

 

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40. Batman: Arkham City (2011)

Brief: Superhero action-adventure with fluid combat and a compelling Batman narrative.

Batman: Arkham City (2011) secures its position as a superhero action-adventure masterpiece, celebrated for its fluid combat and compelling Batman narrative. With a perfect score of 5 for graphics/visuals, the game delivers a visually stunning rendition of Gotham City, immersing players in a dark and atmospheric world. Achieving a perfect score for music/sound, the game's soundtrack and sound effects contribute significantly to the immersive experience, capturing the essence of Batman's world. Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability highlight the game's enduring appeal, featuring satisfying combat mechanics, challenging puzzles, and the incentive to revisit Arkham City to uncover hidden secrets. With a perfect score for character design/story, Arkham City introduces players to iconic Batman characters within a narrative that explores the complexities of the Dark Knight's world. Batman: Arkham City's profound impact on superhero gaming, coupled with its polished combat and immersive storytelling, solidifies it as a modern classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 5

 

39. Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (2011)

Brief: Mature narrative-driven RPG with complex political intrigue and choices.

Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (2011) earns its esteemed place on the GameChampions Top 100 List as a mature narrative-driven RPG, distinguished by its complex political intrigue and impactful player choices. With a solid rating of 4 for graphics/visuals, the game showcases a visually immersive world that brings the dark and gritty atmosphere of The Witcher universe to life. Achieving a perfect score for music/sound, the game's soundtrack enhances the narrative experience, creating a haunting and atmospheric backdrop to Geralt's journey. With a high rating in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability, Witcher 2 engages players with its strategic combat, intricate quests, and choices that significantly alter the course of the story, encouraging multiple playthroughs. Boasting a perfect score for character design/story, the game introduces players to a cast of complex characters within a narrative that delves deep into political machinations and moral ambiguity. Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings' profound impact on mature RPG storytelling, coupled with its intricate choices and atmospheric design, solidifies it as a deserving classic in the gaming community and a distinguished entry on the GameChampions Top 100 List.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 4 Gameplay: 4 Story: 5

 

38. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003)

Brief: Epic RPG with a rich Star Wars narrative and impactful moral choices.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003) secures its place as an epic RPG and a timeless classic, celebrated for its rich Star Wars narrative and impactful moral choices. With a solid rating of 4 for graphics/visuals, the game captures the essence of the Star Wars universe, immersing players in a galaxy far, far away. Achieving a perfect score for music/sound, the game's soundtrack enhances the immersive experience, delivering the iconic sounds of the Star Wars universe. Perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability underline the game's enduring appeal, offering engaging combat, compelling quests, and choices that significantly impact the narrative, inviting players to revisit the galaxy in different ways. With a perfect score for character design/story, Knights of the Old Republic introduces memorable characters and weaves a narrative that explores the complexities of the Force, morality, and the fate of the galaxy. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic's profound impact on RPGs, coupled with its compelling Star Wars narrative and moral decision-making, cements its status as a legendary game in the gaming community.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 5

 

37. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)

Brief: Open-world masterpiece with physics-based gameplay and a vast, immersive world.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017) stands as a groundbreaking open-world masterpiece, lauded for redefining the Zelda franchise and the open-world gaming genre. With a perfect score of 5 for graphics/visuals, the game intricately blends cel-shaded artistry with expansive landscapes, creating a visually stunning and immersive rendition of Hyrule. Accompanied by a perfect score for music/sound, the dynamic soundtrack enhances the atmospheric immersion, adapting seamlessly to the player's exploration.

Earning perfect scores in entertainment/fun and gameplay/replayability, Breath of the Wild captivates players with boundless adventure, inventive puzzles, and the freedom to explore Hyrule's every corner. The physics-based gameplay adds a layer of creativity, ensuring enduring engagement and countless opportunities for discovery. While character design/story receives a high rating of 4, the narrative unfolds through environmental storytelling, complementing the emotional weight of Link's quest to save Princess Zelda and Hyrule. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's profound impact on the open-world genre, coupled with its innovative gameplay and vast, immersive world, solidifies it as a modern classic deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 4

 

36. Super Mario Odyssey (2017)

Brief: Inventive 3D platformer with diverse, imaginative worlds and captivating mechanics.

Super Mario Odyssey (2017) earns its esteemed place on the GameChampions Top 100 List for being an inventive 3D platformer that not only showcases the epitome of Mario's platforming prowess but also introduces innovative gameplay mechanics and diverse, imaginative worlds. With a perfect score in graphics and visuals, the game leverages the capabilities of the Nintendo Switch to deliver a visually stunning and vibrant experience across its myriad of fantastical landscapes. The music and sound design, also achieving a perfect score, contribute significantly to the game's immersive atmosphere, with a delightful soundtrack that complements the whimsical charm of Mario's journey. With perfect scores in entertainment and fun, Super Mario Odyssey captivates players with its engaging gameplay, creative level design, and the joy of exploring each kingdom's unique secrets. The gameplay and replayability aspects, both receiving high ratings, highlight the game's enduring appeal, with numerous Power Moons to collect and opportunities for players to revisit kingdoms with new challenges. Boasting a solid rating in character design and story, Super Mario Odyssey introduces players to memorable characters and weaves a lighthearted narrative that propels Mario through a delightful adventure. Super Mario Odyssey's profound impact on the 3D platformer genre, coupled with its inventive mechanics and imaginative worlds, solidifies it as a modern classic deserving of recognition in the gaming community and a distinguished spot on the GameChampions Top 100 List.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 4

 

35. Journey (2012)

Brief: Artistic and emotionally resonant adventure game with innovative multiplayer.

Journey (2012) stands as an artistic and emotionally resonant adventure game, earning acclaim for its innovative multiplayer experience. With a graphics and visuals rating of 5, the game showcases a visually stunning and minimalist world, using a vibrant color palette to evoke a sense of wonder and beauty in the vast desert landscape. The music and sound design, also achieving a perfect score, play a pivotal role in creating an emotional atmosphere, with Austin Wintory's enchanting soundtrack complementing the journey and enhancing the player's connection with the game's world. With a perfect score in character design and story, Journey captivates players with a narrative communicated through visual storytelling and the emotional resonance of the player's pilgrimage. The innovative multiplayer aspect, alongside the unique online connectivity, contributes to the game's high entertainment and fun rating, creating a shared experience with anonymous companions and enhancing the overall sense of journey and camaraderie. While the gameplay and replayability aspects receive lower ratings, Journey's emphasis on emotional impact and the simplicity of its mechanics align with its artistic focus. Journey's profound impact on the adventure game genre, coupled with its innovative multiplayer design and emotionally evocative storytelling, solidifies it as a modern classic deserving of recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 4 Gameplay: 3 Story: 5

 

34. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997)

Brief: Defined the Metroidvania genre with deep exploration and RPG elements.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997) stands as a pinnacle in gaming history, defining the Metroidvania genre and influencing countless titles with its deep exploration and RPG elements. With a graphics and visuals rating of 4, the game's atmospheric design and detailed sprites contribute to the haunting beauty of Dracula's castle. The music and sound design, earning a perfect score, play a pivotal role in creating an immersive experience, with a haunting soundtrack that complements the gothic ambiance and heightens the overall experience. Perfect scores in entertainment and fun underline Symphony of the Night's ability to captivate players with its intricate level design, challenging enemies, and the thrill of discovering hidden areas and abilities. The gameplay and replayability aspects, both receiving high ratings, showcase the game's enduring appeal, with its non-linear progression and the potential for multiple playthroughs with different strategies and outcomes. Boasting a solid rating in character design and story, Symphony of the Night introduces players to the iconic Alucard and weaves a narrative that unfolds through atmospheric storytelling and the player's own exploration. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night's profound impact on the Metroidvania genre, coupled with its atmospheric design and innovative gameplay, solidifies it as a classic deserving of recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 4

 

33. Super Metroid (1994)

Brief: Influential action-adventure game with non-linear exploration and atmospheric design.

Super Metroid (1994) earns its esteemed place on the GameChampions Top 100 List as an influential action-adventure game that has left an indelible mark on the gaming industry. The game's graphics and visuals, receiving a rating of 4, showcase the capabilities of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, delivering atmospheric environments and memorable creature designs that contribute to its enduring appeal. The music and sound design, earning a perfect score, play a pivotal role in creating an immersive experience, with Kenji Yamamoto's iconic soundtrack enhancing the sense of isolation and tension throughout the game. With perfect scores in entertainment and fun, Super Metroid captivates players with its non-linear exploration, strategic gameplay, and the thrill of uncovering secrets in the mysterious planet Zebes. The gameplay and replayability aspects, both achieving high ratings, highlight the game's enduring legacy, with its intricate level design and the freedom for players to discover new routes and techniques in subsequent playthroughs. Boasting a solid rating in character design and story, Super Metroid introduces players to the iconic bounty hunter Samus Aran and weaves a narrative that unfolds through environmental storytelling and the player's own discoveries. Super Metroid's profound impact on the action-adventure genre, coupled with its atmospheric design and innovative gameplay, solidifies it as a classic deserving of recognition in the gaming community and a distinguished spot on the GameChampions Top 100 List.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 4

 

32. Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn (2000)

Brief: Classic CRPG with an epic story set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe.

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn (2000) secures its well-deserved place on the GameChampions Top 100 List as a classic CRPG that stands as a cornerstone in the genre, earning its recognition for several compelling reasons. The game's graphics and visuals, although receiving a rating of 3, capture the essence of the Dungeons & Dragons universe, immersing players in a rich and detailed world where every decision holds weight. The music and sound design, achieving a rating of 4, contribute significantly to the game's immersive atmosphere, enhancing the grandeur of its epic story and the diversity of its characters. With perfect scores in entertainment and fun, Baldur's Gate II captivates players with its expansive and deeply engaging narrative, allowing them to explore a vast fantasy realm teeming with memorable characters and challenging quests. The gameplay and replayability aspects, both earning perfect scores, highlight the game's enduring appeal, with its intricate character customization, strategic combat, and a multitude of branching storylines that invite players to embark on numerous adventures. Boasting a perfect score in character design and story, Baldur's Gate II introduces players to a host of well-crafted characters and weaves a narrative that transcends the typical RPG, presenting an epic tale within the iconic Dungeons & Dragons universe. Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn's profound impact on the CRPG genre, coupled with its contribution to the lore of Dungeons & Dragons, solidifies it as a timeless classic deserving of recognition in the gaming community and a distinguished position on the GameChampions Top 100 List.

Graphics: 3 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 5

 

31. Diablo II (2000)

Brief: Addictive action RPG with deep character customization and online multiplayer.

Diablo II (2000) rightfully claims its place on the GameChampions Top 100 List as an addictive action RPG that not only shaped the genre but left an indelible mark on the gaming landscape. The game's immersive graphics and visuals, earning a rating of 4, set the standard for dark and atmospheric dungeon-crawling experiences, creating a world that draws players into the depths of its challenging landscapes. The music and sound design, also achieving a rating of 4, contribute significantly to the game's intense and foreboding atmosphere, enriching the experience of battling hordes of demonic creatures. With a perfect score in entertainment and fun, Diablo II captivates players with its engaging gameplay, challenging enemies, and the thrill of acquiring powerful loot as they explore the treacherous world of Sanctuary. The gameplay and replayability aspects, both receiving perfect scores, highlight the enduring appeal of Diablo II, with its randomly generated levels, diverse character classes, and the addictive nature of its loot-driven progression. Boasting a high rating in character design and story, the game introduces a variety of memorable characters and weaves a narrative that propels players through a dark and complex tale of demonic invasion. Diablo II's profound impact on the action RPG genre, coupled with its online multiplayer innovation and the creation of the Battle.net platform, solidifies it as a classic deserving of recognition in the gaming community and a staple on the GameChampions Top 100 List.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 4

 

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30. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (2010)

Brief: Highly competitive real-time strategy game with a compelling sci-fi narrative.

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (2010) rightfully claims its place as a highly competitive real-time strategy game, celebrated for its compelling sci-fi narrative. With a graphics and visuals rating of 4, the game presents a visually impressive and detailed sci-fi world, featuring diverse factions and futuristic landscapes that enhance the strategic experience. The music and sound design, also earning a rating of 4, contribute significantly to the game's immersive atmosphere, with an epic score and impactful sound effects that accompany intense battles. With perfect scores in entertainment and fun, StarCraft II captivates players with its challenging gameplay, strategic depth, and the adrenaline-pumping excitement of multiplayer matches. The gameplay and replayability aspects, both receiving perfect scores, highlight the game's enduring appeal, with a robust multiplayer scene, varied single-player campaigns, and a wealth of user-generated content through custom maps. Boasting a slightly lower rating in character design and story, StarCraft II places a heavier emphasis on faction and strategic narrative rather than individual character development. Its profound impact on the real-time strategy genre, coupled with its esports legacy and commitment to strategic depth, solidifies StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty as a modern classic deserving of recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 3

 

29. Civilization VI (2016)

Brief: Deep turn-based strategy game with complex city-building and diplomacy.

Civilization VI (2016) has rightfully earned its place as a deep turn-based strategy game, celebrated for its intricate city-building mechanics and complex diplomatic systems. With a graphics and visuals rating of 4, the game introduces a visually captivating world, combining detailed environments with a stylized art direction that enhances the player's immersion in the grand scope of civilization development. The music and sound design, also earning a rating of 4, contribute to the game's immersive atmosphere, creating a dynamic and evolving soundscape that reflects the changing eras and civilizations. With perfect scores in entertainment and fun, Civilization VI offers players an engaging and intellectually stimulating experience, with each playthrough presenting unique challenges and strategic decisions. The gameplay and replayability aspects, both achieving perfect scores, showcase the game's depth and enduring appeal, as players can continuously explore new strategies, civilizations, and victory paths. Boasting a slightly lower rating in character design and story, Civilization VI's focus lies more on the development of civilizations rather than individual characters, emphasizing the grand narrative of human history. Its profound impact on the turn-based strategy genre, coupled with its intricate gameplay mechanics and commitment to historical depth, solidifies Civilization VI as a modern classic deserving of recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 3

 

28. Fallout: New Vegas (2010)

Brief: Open-world RPG with branching narratives and player choices.

Fallout: New Vegas (2010) claims its well-deserved spot in the gaming realm as an open-world RPG that excels in presenting branching narratives and impactful player choices. With a graphics and visuals rating of 3, the game may not boast the most advanced visual fidelity, but it compensates with a vast and immersive post-apocalyptic world that unfolds through player decisions. The music and sound design, earning a rating of 4, contribute significantly to the game's atmospheric immersion, capturing the desolation of the wasteland and adding depth to player interactions. With perfect scores in entertainment and fun, Fallout: New Vegas captivates players with its expansive world, diverse characters, and the freedom to shape the narrative through consequential choices. The gameplay and replayability aspects, both receiving perfect scores, highlight the game's enduring appeal, offering numerous paths to explore, quests to undertake, and varied outcomes based on player decisions. Boasting a perfect score in character design and story, Fallout: New Vegas introduces players to a memorable cast and weaves a narrative that explores the consequences of power and the struggle for control in a post-apocalyptic world. Its profound impact on the open-world RPG genre, coupled with its emphasis on player agency and rich storytelling, solidifies Fallout: New Vegas as a classic deserving of recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 3 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 5

 

27. Bioshock (2007)

Brief: Atmospheric first-person shooter with a thought-provoking story and setting.

Bioshock (2007) secures its place in the gaming pantheon as an atmospheric first-person shooter, lauded for its thought-provoking story and compelling setting. With a graphics and visuals rating of 4, the game presented a visually stunning and immersive underwater cityscape, setting the stage for its unique narrative. The music and sound design, achieving a perfect score, played a pivotal role in enhancing the game's atmospheric immersion, with an evocative score and ambient sounds that heightened the tension throughout the narrative. With perfect scores in entertainment and fun, Bioshock captivated players with its engaging gameplay, strategic combat, and a narrative that unfolded in a way that kept players on the edge of their seats. The gameplay and replayability aspects, both earning high ratings, showcase the game's balance between challenging encounters and opportunities for exploration, encouraging players to uncover the depths of Rapture. Boasting a perfect score in character design and story, Bioshock introduced a cast of memorable characters and a narrative that delved into philosophical themes, leaving a lasting impact on players. Bioshock's profound influence on the narrative-driven FPS genre, coupled with its rich storytelling and immersive setting, solidifies it as a classic deserving of recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 5

 

26. The Last of Us (2013)

Brief: Emotional narrative-driven action-adventure with intense survival gameplay.

The Last of Us (2013) stands as an emotional narrative-driven action-adventure that excels in delivering intense survival gameplay. With a perfect score in graphics and visuals, the game showcases the capabilities of the PlayStation 3, creating a visually stunning and immersive post-apocalyptic world. The music and sound design, also earning a perfect score, play a pivotal role in enhancing the emotional depth of the narrative, creating a poignant atmosphere that resonates with players. With perfect scores in entertainment and fun, The Last of Us captivates players with its gripping story, well-crafted characters, and the intense struggle for survival in a world ravaged by infection. The gameplay and replayability aspects, though slightly lower, remain commendable, offering a balance of challenging combat scenarios and opportunities for players to explore the narrative in depth. Boasting a perfect score in character design and story, the game introduces players to a cast of memorable characters, with Joel and Ellie's journey serving as the emotional core of the narrative. The Last of Us' profound impact on the action-adventure genre, coupled with its emotionally charged storytelling and atmospheric gameplay, solidifies it as a modern classic deserving of recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 5

 

25. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (2012)

Brief: Competitive multiplayer FPS with strategic gameplay and a strong esports scene.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (2012) has secured its spot as a competitive multiplayer FPS that thrives on strategic gameplay and boasts a robust esports scene. With a graphics and visuals rating of 4, the game efficiently prioritizes clarity and performance over intricate visual details, creating an environment where strategic decisions take precedence. The music and sound design, earning a rating of 3, may not be a central focus, but they play a crucial role in signaling gameplay events, enhancing the overall atmosphere of tension and competition. With perfect scores in entertainment and fun, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive captivates players with its intense matches, strategic depth, and the dynamic nature of multiplayer encounters. The gameplay and replayability aspects, both achieving perfect scores, showcase the enduring appeal of the game, emphasizing skill-based combat and teamwork that keeps players coming back for more. Boasting a lower rating in character design and story, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive places minimal emphasis on narrative elements, as its strength lies in the pure competitive gameplay experience. Its profound impact on the esports scene, coupled with its consistent popularity and skill-driven gameplay, solidifies Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as a staple in the competitive gaming landscape, deserving recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 2

 

24. Overwatch (2016)

Brief: Team-based first-person shooter with diverse characters and engaging multiplayer.

Overwatch (2016) has earned its place in the gaming echelons for being a team-based first-person shooter that excels in providing a diverse character roster and an engaging multiplayer experience. With a graphics and visuals rating of 4, the game's vibrant and stylized aesthetic sets it apart in the FPS genre, creating a visually appealing world. The music and sound design, achieving a perfect score, contribute significantly to the game's immersive atmosphere, enhancing the experience of each hero's unique abilities and the overall dynamism of the matches. Perfect scores in entertainment and fun underscore Overwatch's ability to captivate players with its dynamic gameplay, strategic team play, and the continuous excitement of mastering various heroes. The gameplay and replayability aspects, both earning perfect scores, highlight the game's enduring appeal through regular updates, diverse characters, and a commitment to keeping the gameplay experience fresh and exciting. Boasting a high rating in character design and story, Overwatch introduces a cast of memorable heroes, each contributing to the game's rich lore and offering unique perspectives within its universe. Overwatch's profound impact on the FPS genre, coupled with its diverse and evolving gameplay, solidifies it as a modern classic deserving of recognition in the gaming community.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 4

 

23. Street Fighter II (1991)

Brief: Revolutionary arcade fighting game that set the standard for the genre.

Street Fighter II (1991) stands as a revolutionary force in the gaming realm, securing its position in the GameChampions Top 100 List for its groundbreaking impact on the arcade fighting game genre. With a graphics and visuals rating of 4, the game set a new standard for its time, introducing vibrant character designs and detailed backgrounds that contributed to its visual appeal. The music and sound design, also earning a rating of 4, played a pivotal role in enhancing the intensity of the battles, creating memorable soundscapes that became synonymous with the Street Fighter series. With perfect scores in entertainment and fun, Street Fighter II captivated players worldwide with its competitive gameplay, diverse roster of characters, and the thrill of one-on-one combat that resonated in arcades. The gameplay and replayability aspects, both receiving perfect scores, underline the game's enduring legacy, with its strategic depth and the ability for players to master unique moves and playstyles. While character design and story receive a slightly lower rating, the game's emphasis on individual character personalities and diverse fighting styles contributed to the emergence of a rich narrative within the fighting game genre. Street Fighter II's profound impact on the arcade scene, coupled with its role in establishing the competitive fighting game community, solidifies its status as a trailblazer and a timeless classic in the world of video games.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 3

 

22. God of War Ragnarök (2022)

Brief: This breathtaking sequel raises the bar in gaming with unparalleled graphics and an epic Norse saga that continues to unravel Kratos' compelling story together with his son, Atreus.

Earning a perfect score in graphics and visuals, God of War Ragnarök showcases the immense capabilities of the PlayStation 5, delivering stunning landscapes and cinematic moments that redefine gaming excellence. While replayability takes a slight dip, the emotionally charged narrative and perfect character design/story scores compensate, offering an unforgettable experience. With intense combat, challenging puzzles, and a world steeped in Norse mythology, God of War Ragnarök maintains a staple in entertainment and fun. As a sequel that surpasses expectations, it solidifies its place as a modern gaming masterpiece.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 2 Story: 5

 

21. God of War (2018)

Brief: Norse mythology-inspired action-adventure with a gripping father-son narrative.

God of War (2018) ascends to the echelons of gaming greatness, securing a revered spot in the GameChampions Top 100 List for its awe-inspiring Norse mythology-inspired action-adventure and the emotionally gripping father-son narrative it unfolds. With a perfect score in graphics and visuals, the game pushed the capabilities of the PlayStation 4, delivering breathtaking landscapes, meticulously designed characters, and a visually immersive experience that set new standards in the industry. The music and sound design, also achieving a perfect score, played a pivotal role in elevating the emotional depth of the narrative, with Bear McCreary's score adding a powerful layer to the game's atmosphere. Boasting perfect scores in entertainment and fun, God of War captivates players with its intense combat, engaging puzzles, and a world rich in lore and mythological wonders. The gameplay and replayability aspects, though slightly lower, remain exceptional, offering a balance of combat challenges and optional content that invites players to delve deeper into the Norse realms. With perfect scores in character design and story, the game's narrative unfolds with a profound exploration of Kratos' character and the evolving relationship with his son, Atreus. God of War's profound impact on the action-adventure genre, coupled with its stellar character development and visual prowess, solidifies it as a masterpiece in modern gaming.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 3 Story: 5

 

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20. Mass Effect 2 (2010)

Brief: Epic space opera with impactful player choices and a memorable cast.

Mass Effect 2 (2010) takes its place as an epic space opera and a standout in gaming history, securing a spot in the GameChampions Top 100 List for its impactful player choices and a cast of memorable characters. With a graphics and visuals rating of 4, the game leveraged contemporary technology to deliver a visually impressive and immersive depiction of the vastness of space and its diverse inhabitants. The music and sound design, achieving a perfect score, played a crucial role in enhancing the emotional resonance of the narrative, with a score that complemented the game's grandiose atmosphere. Boasting perfect scores in gameplay and replayability, Mass Effect 2 engages players with its refined combat mechanics, intricate decision-making, and a multitude of choices that influence the outcome of the story. Perfect scores in entertainment and fun affirm the game's ability to captivate players with its engaging missions, diverse activities, and the richly developed universe it presents. The character design and story, both receiving perfect scores, shine through the well-crafted narrative and the depth of the characters, making every choice and interaction feel significant. Mass Effect 2's profound impact on the action RPG genre, coupled with its stellar character development and narrative intricacies, solidify its position as a quintessential space opera and a masterpiece in interactive storytelling.

Graphics: 4 Gameplay: 5 Fun: 5 Story: 5

 

19. Baldur's Gate 3 (2023)

Brief: Redefined RPG storytelling with an expansive narrative and immersive player choices.

Baldur's Gate 3 (2023) stands as a monumental achievement in RPG gaming, reshaping the genre with its expansive narrative and immersive player choices. With cutting-edge graphics and visuals, the game presents intricate environments and detailed character models that contribute to an overall immersive experience. The music and sound design play a crucial role in setting the tone and enriching the game's narrative, creating a captivating atmosphere.

In terms of entertainment and fun, Baldur's Gate 3 captivates players with its strategic and dynamic combat, diverse characters, and a compelling narrative that keeps them engrossed. The high emphasis on gameplay and replayability ensures that the innovative mechanics and multiple story paths contribute to lasting appeal.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 4

 

18. Resident Evil 4 (2005)

Brief: Redefined survival horror with an over-the-shoulder perspective and intense action.

Resident Evil 4 (2005) emerges as a landmark in gaming, redefining the survival horror genre with its over-the-shoulder perspective and intense action. Recognized for its contributions, this title earned its place in the gaming echelons. With a graphics and visuals rating of 4, Resident Evil 4 showcased the capabilities of its era, presenting atmospheric environments and detailed character models that enhanced the overall horror experience. The music and sound design, achieving a perfect score, played a pivotal role in building tension and complementing the game's immersive narrative, creating a spine-chilling atmosphere. With perfect scores in entertainment and fun, the game captivated players with its intense and strategic combat, diverse enemies, and a compelling story that kept them on the edge of their seats. Boasting a high rating in gameplay and replayability, Resident Evil 4's innovative mechanics and the allure of multiple playthroughs contribute to its lasting appeal. The character design and story, both earning a score of 4, are commendable, featuring memorable protagonists and a narrative that adds depth to the horror experience. Resident Evil 4, with its influential design choices and gripping gameplay, rightfully stands among the best video games, leaving an indelible mark on the survival horror genre.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 4

 

17. Doom (1993)

Brief: Pioneered the FPS genre with fast-paced action and modding community.

Doom (1993) stands as a pivotal force in gaming, credited for pioneering the first-person shooter genre with its fast-paced action and the establishment of a thriving modding community. Despite the graphics and visuals receiving a rating of 3, they were groundbreaking for their time, contributing to the atmospheric and immersive quality of the game's demonic landscapes. The music and sound design, earning a score of 4, played a crucial role in heightening the intensity of the gameplay, laying the foundation for immersive soundscapes in future FPS titles. With a perfect score in entertainment and fun, Doom captivated players with its relentless action, intricate level design, and a diverse arsenal of weapons that made combating the demonic horde a thrilling experience. Boasting a perfect score in gameplay and replayability, the game's enduring legacy is fueled by engaging combat and a vibrant modding community that has sustained player interest for decades. While character design and story may not take center stage, Doom's focus on visceral gameplay, coupled with the pioneering spirit of its modding community, cements its status as a revolutionary title in the FPS genre and an enduring classic.

Graphics: 3 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 2

 

16. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)

Brief: Ultimate crossover fighting game with extensive character roster and stages.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018) has firmly secured its place as the ultimate crossover fighting game, earning a noteworthy position in the GameChampions Top 100 List for its extensive character roster and diverse stages. The game stands out with a perfect score in graphics and visuals, leveraging the capabilities of the Nintendo Switch to present iconic characters in stunning detail. The music and sound design, both receiving perfect scores, contribute to the immersive experience by incorporating an extensive library of nostalgic and new tunes. With perfect scores in entertainment and fun, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate lives up to its name, providing an endlessly enjoyable experience with dynamic gameplay and diverse game modes. Boasting a perfect score in gameplay and replayability, the game offers an extensive roster of characters, ensuring every match feels fresh and exciting. While character design and story may take a backseat to the gameplay, the thrill of pitting beloved gaming icons against each other in a battle for supremacy is at the core of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's enduring appeal, making it a standout in the fighting game genre.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 3

 

15. Portal (2007)

Brief: Pioneering puzzle-platformer with a unique narrative and mind-bending mechanics.

Portal (2007) has earned its well-deserved spot in the annals of gaming greatness, securing a place in the GameChampions Top 100 List for its groundbreaking contributions to the puzzle-platformer genre. With a keen focus on innovative narrative and mind-bending mechanics, Portal stands as a testament to gaming creativity. Awarded a high rating in graphics and visuals, the game's clean and minimalist aesthetic perfectly complements its emphasis on spatial reasoning and inventive problem-solving. The music and sound design, achieving a perfect score, play a pivotal role in immersing players in the unique atmosphere, with Jonathan Coulton's "Still Alive" becoming an iconic piece of gaming music. Boasting perfect scores in entertainment and fun, Portal captivates players with its witty and darkly humorous narrative, leading to an unforgettable showdown with the rogue AI, GLaDOS. The gameplay and replayability aspects shine through the ingeniously designed puzzles, challenging players' creativity and logic at every turn. While the character design and story may seem deceptively simple, the enigmatic nature of Chell and the unexpected narrative twists contribute significantly to the game's enduring appeal. Portal's profound impact on puzzle games and its ability to seamlessly blend challenging gameplay with a compelling story solidify its status as a groundbreaking title in the gaming world, as recognized by GameChampions.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 5

 

14. Half-Life 2 (2004)

Brief: Elevated narrative-driven FPS with innovative physics-based gameplay.

Half-Life 2 (2004) earns its esteemed place among the best video games of all time, as it elevated the narrative-driven FPS genre with innovative physics-based gameplay. GameChampions recognizes its inclusion in the Top 100 List for its profound impact on game design and storytelling. With a high rating in graphics and visuals, Half-Life 2 showcased the Source engine's capabilities, delivering a visually stunning and immersive experience that still holds up today. The music and sound design, receiving a perfect score, contributed significantly to the game's atmospheric immersion, complementing the dystopian world crafted by Valve. Boasting perfect scores in entertainment and fun, the game engages players with a compelling narrative, memorable characters like Gordon Freeman and Alyx Vance, and innovative gameplay mechanics. The gameplay and replayability aspects shine through the integration of physics-based puzzles, engaging combat scenarios, and a world ripe for exploration. Half-Life 2's profound impact on storytelling in video games, coupled with its innovative use of physics in gameplay, solidifies its status as a landmark title in the history of first-person shooters.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 5

 

13. Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)

Brief: Revolutionized console FPS, combining an engaging story with robust multiplayer.

Halo: Combat Evolved (2001) stands as a revolutionary title that not only defined console first-person shooters but also left an indelible mark on the gaming landscape. Its inclusion in GameChampions' Top 100 List is owed to its groundbreaking impact, seamlessly blending an engaging story with robust multiplayer experiences. The graphics and visuals, receiving a high rating, showcased the capabilities of the Xbox, delivering a visually stunning sci-fi universe. The music and sound design, awarded a perfect score, played a pivotal role in enhancing the game's epic atmosphere, with Martin O'Donnell's iconic score becoming synonymous with the Halo franchise. Boasting perfect scores in entertainment and fun, the game captivates players with its compelling narrative, well-designed levels, and the introduction of the iconic Master Chief. The gameplay and replayability aspects shine through the balanced combat mechanics and the enduring popularity of its multiplayer, contributing to its lasting appeal. While character design and story receive high praise, it's the seamless integration of a captivating single-player campaign with a robust multiplayer experience that solidifies Halo: Combat Evolved as a cornerstone in the world of first-person shooters.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 4

 

12. Metal Gear Solid (1998)

Brief: Defined the stealth genre with a complex narrative and memorable characters.

Metal Gear Solid (1998) rightfully claims its place among the gaming greats as it defined the stealth genre, introducing a complex narrative and unforgettable characters. GameChampions acknowledges its inclusion in the Top 100 List for its pioneering influence on game design and storytelling. With a high rating in graphics and visuals, Metal Gear Solid leveraged the PlayStation hardware to deliver a visually impressive and immersive experience. The music and sound design, receiving a perfect score, played a pivotal role in enhancing the tension and atmosphere, contributing to the game's cinematic quality. Boasting a perfect score in entertainment and fun, the game's narrative depth, cleverly designed stealth mechanics, and memorable boss battles captivate players. The gameplay and replayability aspects, though not as open-ended as some genres, offer a level of strategic depth and optional challenges that beckon players for multiple playthroughs. Metal Gear Solid's profound impact on the stealth genre, coupled with its intricate storytelling and iconic characters, cements its legacy as a seminal title in video game history.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 4 Gameplay: 4 Story: 5

 

11. Final Fantasy VII (1997)

Brief: Iconic JRPG with a memorable cast and groundbreaking cinematic presentation.

Final Fantasy VII (1997) stands tall as an iconic JRPG and a cornerstone in gaming history, earning its place among the best video games of all time. The reason behind its inclusion lies in its status as a groundbreaking title that introduced a cinematic presentation to the RPG genre. Awarded high marks for graphics and visuals, Final Fantasy VII leveraged the capabilities of the original PlayStation to create a visually stunning world with memorable character designs and awe-inspiring environments. The music and sound design, with the iconic compositions of Nobuo Uematsu, contribute to the emotional depth of the narrative and enhance the overall immersive experience. Boasting a perfect score in entertainment and fun, the game's gripping storyline, diverse cast of characters, and strategic turn-based gameplay captivate players from start to finish. The gameplay and replayability aspects, while not as open-ended as some genres, shine through the myriad of side quests and the expansive world to explore. Final Fantasy VII's profound impact on the RPG genre, combined with its unforgettable characters and narrative, solidify its place as a timeless masterpiece in the realm of Japanese role-playing games.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 5

 

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10. Super Mario 64 (1996)

Brief: Pioneered 3D platformers with innovative level design.

Super Mario 64 (1996) is an undeniable classic and a trailblazer in the gaming world, earning its status as one of the best video games of all time. The reason behind its inclusion is deeply rooted in its pioneering contribution to 3D platformers, marked by innovative level design that set a precedent for the genre. Awarded high marks for graphics and visuals, Super Mario 64 showcased the capabilities of the Nintendo 64, providing players with a vibrant and expansive 3D world that was both visually impressive and technically groundbreaking for its time. The music and sound design, with its catchy tunes and iconic sound effects, further elevated the joyous and whimsical atmosphere of the Mushroom Kingdom. Boasting a perfect score in entertainment and fun, the game's gameplay and replayability are timeless, with each level presenting new challenges and secrets to uncover. While character design and story may not be as pronounced as in narrative-driven games, the charming simplicity of Mario and his quest to rescue Princess Peach remains a fundamental aspect of the game's enduring appeal. Super Mario 64's influence on the gaming industry and its seamless transition into the 3D realm cements its place as a cornerstone in video game history.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 3

 

9. Dark Souls (2011)

Brief: Challenging action RPG with atmospheric world design.

Dark Souls (2011) has etched its name into the annals of gaming greatness, celebrated for being a challenging action RPG that immerses players in an atmospheric world brimming with danger and mystery. The game's inclusion is attributed to its innovative design, which prioritizes formidable gameplay challenges within a hauntingly beautiful and interconnected world. Awarded high marks for graphics and visuals, Dark Souls crafts a dark fantasy realm that is both visually striking and evocative, enhancing the overall sense of foreboding and wonder. The music and sound design contribute significantly to the game's atmosphere, creating an auditory landscape that heightens the tension and intensity of every encounter. With a perfect score in gameplay and replayability, Dark Souls stands out for its punishing difficulty, rewarding combat, and a world that invites exploration and mastery. The character design and storytelling receive commendation, as the game weaves a cryptic narrative with memorable characters, urging players to decipher the lore hidden within the game's challenging encounters. Dark Souls' impact on the gaming industry, coupled with its unique blend of challenge and atmospheric design, solidifies its status as a seminal title in the action RPG genre.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 4 Gameplay: 5 Story: 4

 

8. Minecraft (2011)

Brief: Endless creativity and exploration in a sandbox world.

Minecraft (2011) has left an indelible mark on the gaming landscape, earning its spot as one of the greatest video games of all time due to its provision of endless creativity and exploration within a sandbox world. This revolutionary game allows players to shape their own experiences, emphasizing player agency and boundless possibilities. Although graphics and visuals may not boast photorealism, they serve their purpose well, contributing to the distinct blocky aesthetic that has become iconic. The music and sound design, while not a primary focus, subtly enhance the immersive experience, creating a calming backdrop to the player's creativity. With a perfect score in entertainment and fun, Minecraft captivates players with its open-ended gameplay, offering a canvas for creation and adventure. The gameplay and replayability aspects are unparalleled, as the game continuously evolves with regular updates and a vibrant modding community, ensuring a fresh experience with each playthrough. While character design and story take a backseat to player-driven narratives, they still contribute to the overall charm of the Minecraft universe. Minecraft's enduring popularity and its impact on player-driven storytelling make it an integral part of the gaming zeitgeist.

Graphics: 3 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 2

 

7. Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)

Brief: Immersive open-world with a gripping Western narrative.

Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018) secures its place as a gaming masterpiece, celebrated for its immersive open-world and a gripping Western narrative that unfolds in the dying days of the Wild West. The game's inclusion in the pantheon of greats is attributed to its unparalleled ability to create a vast and living frontier filled with both breathtaking landscapes and intricate details that contribute to a truly immersive experience. Awarded a perfect score for graphics and visuals, Red Dead Redemption 2 pushes the boundaries of what is visually possible in a video game, capturing the beauty and brutality of the American heartland during the late 1800s. The music and sound design further enhance the atmospheric richness, evoking the spirit of the era and seamlessly integrating with the unfolding narrative. With a perfect score in character design and story, the game introduces players to a cast of memorable characters and weaves a tale of redemption, loyalty, and the harsh realities of life in the untamed West. While slightly lower in entertainment and fun, the game still captivates players with its engaging missions, diverse activities, and the sheer depth of its world. The gameplay and replayability aspects shine, offering a plethora of choices and activities that ensure a journey through the game is as varied as the landscapes it portrays. Red Dead Redemption 2, with its meticulous attention to detail and a narrative that tugs at the heartstrings, rightfully stands as one of the best video games of all time.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 4 Gameplay: 4 Story: 5

 

6. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)

Brief: Narrative-driven RPG with deep characters and morally complex choices.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015) has rightfully earned its place as a pinnacle of gaming excellence, celebrated for being a narrative-driven RPG that introduces players to a world filled with deep characters and morally complex choices. The reason behind its acclaim is rooted in the game's ability to deliver a gripping narrative that seamlessly intertwines with an expansive, meticulously crafted open-world. The graphics and visuals, awarded a perfect score, showcase the game's breathtaking landscapes, detailed character models, and dynamic weather systems, all contributing to a visually immersive experience. The music and sound design play a pivotal role, enhancing the emotional depth of the narrative and adding layers to the game's atmospheric richness. Boasting a perfect score in entertainment and fun, The Witcher 3 captivates players with its engaging quests, diverse activities, and a world teeming with life. The gameplay and replayability aspects shine due to the variety of combat styles, exploration opportunities, and morally nuanced decisions that impact the story. The character design and storytelling receive top marks, as the game introduces a cast of memorable characters and weaves a narrative that delves into the complexities of morality, making The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt an unforgettable masterpiece in the RPG genre.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 5

 

5. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)

Brief: Epic open-world RPG with rich lore and endless exploration.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) stands as a monumental achievement in the gaming world, celebrated for its status as an epic open-world RPG with an expansive, lore-rich universe and endless opportunities for exploration. The game's inclusion in the annals of gaming greatness is attributed to its ability to seamlessly blend a captivating narrative with an open-ended, immersive world. Skyrim's visuals, while not cutting-edge, effectively convey the game's diverse landscapes and contribute to the overall atmospheric experience. The music and sound design, with their evocative melodies and ambient sounds, play a crucial role in enhancing the sense of adventure as players traverse the snowy expanses of Tamriel. Boasting a perfect score in entertainment and fun, Skyrim's open-world design empowers players, allowing them to shape their own destinies within the game. The high marks for gameplay and replayability reflect the freedom provided to players and the multitude of choices that impact the course of their adventures. Additionally, the well-crafted character designs and intricately woven story elements further elevate Skyrim as a standout in the RPG genre.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 4

 

4. Grand Theft Auto V (2013)

Brief: Open-world masterpiece with a vast, dynamic environment.

Grand Theft Auto V (2013) has solidified its position as one of the best video games of all time, earning its place on GameChampions' Top 100 List due to its status as an open-world masterpiece. The reason behind its inclusion lies in the game's unparalleled ability to create a vast, dynamic environment that serves as a playground for players. Rockstar Games crafted a living, breathing rendition of Los Santos, a fictionalized version of Los Angeles, filled with a diverse array of activities and opportunities for exploration. The graphics and visuals receive a top score, showcasing the capabilities of the hardware and the meticulous attention to detail in the game world. The music and sound design contribute significantly to the immersive experience, enhancing the atmosphere of the virtual city. Grand Theft Auto V excels in both entertainment and fun, with a narrative that weaves together the lives of three distinct protagonists and a plethora of side activities. The character design and story aspects also receive high praise, thanks to the well-developed and memorable cast, making the game a comprehensive and captivating open-world experience.

Graphics: 5 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 4 Story: 5

 

3. Tetris (1984)

Brief: Timeless puzzle gameplay with simple yet addictive mechanics.

Tetris (1984) secures its place as one of the greatest video games of all time due to its timeless puzzle gameplay and addictively simple mechanics. GameChampions recognizes Tetris not for its cutting-edge graphics or elaborate narrative but for the sheer brilliance of its design. The game's minimalist approach to visuals, represented by basic geometric shapes falling into place, doesn't hinder its universal appeal. Tetris excels in providing an endlessly engaging experience, earning a perfect score for gameplay and replayability. The reason behind its inclusion in the Top 100 List lies in the game's ability to transcend generations with its easy-to-understand yet challenging gameplay. Tetris is a testament to the idea that a game doesn't need elaborate character designs or intricate stories to stand the test of time. It remains an enduring classic, captivating players with its pure, unadulterated fun and cementing its status as a pinnacle of puzzle gaming.

Graphics: 2 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 1

 

2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)

Brief: Revolutionized 3D action-adventure games with a compelling story.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998) holds an esteemed position in the gaming world for its revolutionary impact on 3D action-adventure games and a captivating storyline. In the late '90s, this masterpiece from Nintendo set new standards, seamlessly transitioning the iconic Zelda series into the realm of three-dimensional gaming. The reason behind its inclusion in GameChampions' Top 100 List is deeply rooted in how it redefined the gaming landscape. The game introduced a rich, immersive world that encouraged exploration and puzzle-solving, showcasing the potential of 3D environments for storytelling. The narrative, centered around the protagonist Link and his quest to thwart the evil Ganondorf, resonated with players, making it an unforgettable experience. The graphics, though aged by contemporary standards, were groundbreaking at the time, capturing the essence of the mystical land of Hyrule. The music, an integral part of Ocarina of Time, received a perfect score for its iconic compositions that have become synonymous with the franchise. The game's entertainment value, gameplay mechanics, and memorable characters all contribute to its enduring legacy, earning it top marks in GameChampions' evaluation.

Graphics: 4 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 5

 

1. Super Mario Bros. (1985)

Brief: Pioneered side-scrolling platformers, defining the genre.

Super Mario Bros. (1985) stands as a pinnacle in gaming history, having pioneered side-scrolling platformers and defining the genre. Nintendo's iconic title introduced players to the vibrant Mushroom Kingdom, where Mario embarked on a quest to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser. Despite its simple graphics earning a 3, they were groundbreaking for the time. The music, scoring a 4, remains iconic, enhancing the overall experience. With a perfect 5 in entertainment, the game's timeless joy in navigating challenging levels and discovering secrets is unmatched. Gameplay and replayability also score a 5, showcasing intuitive controls and mechanics. While character design and story earned a 3 for simplicity, they underscore the game's focus on sheer enjoyment. At GameChampions, we recognize Super Mario Bros. for its historical significance, enduring fun, and innovative design, cementing its status as a true gaming champion.

Graphics: 3 Fun: 5 Gameplay: 5 Story: 3

And what a list it was!

As we reach the end of our GameChampions' Top 100 Games adventure, we hope this list has sparked fond memories, ignited your curiosity, and maybe even added a few titles to your must-play list. Remember, gaming is not just a hobby it's a journey filled with joy, challenges, and stories that stay with us. So, whether you're revisiting old favorites or discovering new gems, may your gaming adventures continue to be delightful and filled with moments that make you smile. From all of us at GameChampions, happy gaming, and here's to countless more levels, quests, and victories ahead! 🎮✨

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Adan Cabal

I’ve cultivated my writing skills and learned to marry my interests by working as a gaming journalist here at Game Champions. This is a perfect way to talk about the things I’ve always loved and share my thoughts with a wider audience.

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