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The 50 best video games of the 21st century by The Guardian

Bullet Club

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The Guardian's List

50. SingStar (2004)
49. Katamari Damacy (2004)
48. Journey (2012)
47. Dead Space (2008)
46. Limbo (2010)
45. Papers, Please (2013)
44. Forza Horizon (2012)
43. Rocket League (2015)
42. Burnout 3: Takedown (2004)
41. Overwatch (2016)
40. Gears of War 2 (2008)
39. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (2000)
38. Super Smash Bros Melee (2001)
37. Silent Hill 2 (2001)
36. Spelunky (2008)
35. Assassin’s Creed 2 (2009)
34. Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)
33. Battlefield 1942 (2002)
32. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)
31. God of War (2018)
30. Shadow of the Colossus (2005)
29. Deus Ex (2000)
28. Wii Sports (2006)
27. Guitar Hero (2005)
26. Left 4 Dead (2008)
25. Ico (2001)
24. The Last of Us (2013)
23. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (2000)
22. Mario Kart 8 (2014)
21. Mass Effect 2 (2010)
20. Fortnite (2017)
19. Grand Theft Auto IV (2008)
18. Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
17. The Sims (2000)
16. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009)
15. Resident Evil 4 (2005)
14. Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
13. World of Warcraft (2004)
12. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015)
11. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
10. Bloodborne (2015)
9. BioShock (2007)
8. Portal 2 (2011)
7. Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)
6. Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
4. Half-Life 2 (2004)
3. Dark Souls (2011)
2. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
1. Minecraft (2009)

Agree?

Disagree?

Don't give a shit?
 

kunonabi

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Not as bad as I expected considering it's the guardian. Still only agree with like 4 games though.
 

Helios

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Much better list than I expected. I'd happily boot up and play most of these.
Yeah, I was expecting some zoomer shit so it is better than I expected. Though that's not saying much.


EDIT: Nevermind, I just saw that they put Wii sports above Deus Ex.
Bring the guillotine.
 
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Cravis

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I saw Singstar at number 50 and said nope don’t give a shit about this list.
 
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I agree:

Minecraft (2009)
Dark Souls (2011)
Resident Evil 4 (2005)
Ico (2001)
Deus Ex (2000)
Shadow of the Colossus (2005)
Silent Hill 2 (2001)
Dead Space (2008)

Great game but not top 50 for me:

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
BioShock (2007)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009)
Grand Theft Auto IV (2008)
Mario Kart 8 (2014)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (2000)
The Last of Us (2013)
Guitar Hero (2005)
Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)
Spelunky (2008)
Rocket League (2015)

Disagree:

Half-Life 2 (2004)
Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)
God of War (2018)
Super Smash Bros Melee (2001)
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (2000)
Papers, Please (2013) (No, lol.)
Limbo (2010)
Journey (2012)
Katamari Damacy (2004) (enjoyed, but no.)

Haven't played the others.

There, now I have an opinion too.
 
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Yeah, I was expecting some zoomer shit so it is better than I expected. Though that's not saying much.


EDIT: Nevermind, I just saw that they put Wii sports above Deus Ex.
Bring the guillotine.
Wii Sports (Resort) really is one of the best games every made, though. Don't hate. The rankings on these lists are essentially meaningless. I just look to see which ones made the list in the first place. 🤷‍♀️

I mean, Shadow and Ico? Don't choke so hard on your "games are art" cred amirite The Guardian?
 

Clear

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Total shit.

Not that there aren't a load of great games on the list, but the ranking order is just.... WTF!

Its also pretty weird which franchise entries are included.
 
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Caffeine

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I call bullshit on this list if they had mass effect 2 at 21 they would have had kotor 1 and 2 on the list period. also deus ex and half life 2 but no doom. I knew it was shit when I saw singstar at 50.
 

DrJohnGalt

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I don't like these lists because they are always so subjective.

Also, didn't bother clicking the link. How do they define "best"? Sales revenue? Units moved? Review scores? Cultural importance? Technological innovation? Or just personal taste? And is that measured in gameplay? Graphics? Fun factor? Story? Or something else?

To be fair, there are some good games on the list. But it seems to me most (or all) the choices are safe bets. Not really putting much on the line or getting too niche.

And the oldest (that I saw at a quick glance) is 2001? So nothing prior was worth mentioning?

So I agree with some, disagree with others, but mostly don't give a shit.
 
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Missing these:

Diablo II
Resident Evil (2002)
Super Street Fighter IV

Personally I'd also have Demon's Souls, DiRT Rally and Eternal Darkness in there.
 
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No MGS2 is complete BS. Same with Diablo II. Gears of War 2? No Devil May Cry either. Halo 2 brought matchmaking to Xbox. I'm shocked we only see Halo 1 on the list.
 

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Some great choices here and there, but there are some really weird choices and so many games missing that I don't even know where to begin, but I'll try. Gravity Rush, Resident Evil Remake, Devil May Cry, Grand Theft Auto III, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and 3: Snake Eater, Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec, Ninja Gaiden, Mirror's Edge ...etc etc etc.

Also, Silent Hill 2 at 37th... what a joke.
 
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Vandole

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Limbo can take a dive off a cliff.

SingStar? I get wanting to add an all-inclusive casual party game thats not Wii Sports or Guitar Hero, but maybe go Just Dance?

And Sims should have been Sims 2. Much better than the original and still maybe best in the series.

Overall though, it's not a terrible list.
 

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Overwatch and Fortnite need to get off the list entirely - and any other eligible Metal Gear besides V.