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By the GameSpot Editorial Team

The editors of GameSpot have one thing in common: We've all been playing games for as long as we can remember. Over the years, we've each played some truly incredible games that have left a permanent impression on us, helping set the very high expectations for quality that we and our users alike have come to hold for today's games. As time has gone by, games have changed dramatically in every way--games from the 1980s aren't directly comparable to more-modern games, for example. Nevertheless, we can think of numerous remarkable games from every era of this still-young industry.

This much is certain: We have strong views on what we believe to be the greatest games ever made. These are all uniquely different games, on a variety of different platforms, released at completely different times. We hold them in equally high regard--they're the absolute best of the best, each one a genuine classic that can still be appreciated today or whenever. And here, in GameSpot's weekly Greatest Games of All Time feature, we will present them to you, letting you know what was so great about these games to begin with and shedding some new light on them at the same time.

How do you feel about the games on our list? Want to comment on one of our choices? Discuss the Greatest Games of All Time in our forums.


2/27/06
King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow (1992)
The Girl in the Tower >>
2/13/06
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (1995)
Zug Zug! >>
1/30/06
Doom (1993)
This Is My Boomstick >>
11/30/05
The Sims (2000)
Balancing Domestic Coefficients >>
11/14/05
Freespace 2 (1999)
Look at the size of that thing! >>
10/24/05
Super Mario Kart (1992)
Launchin' Red Shells Like It Ain't No Thang >>
10/10/05
Planescape: Torment (1999)
I Feel Stronger >>
9/09/05
Final Fantasy II (1991)
Sail to the Moon >>
8/26/05
Master of Orion (1993)
Ridding the Galaxy of Klackons, One Solar System at a Time >>
8/12/05
System Shock 2 (1999)
A Shock to the System >>
7/15/05
Phantasy Star II (1989)
Sega's Apocalyptic Role-Playing Epic >>
7/01/05
Diablo (1996)
Click-click-click-click-click >>
4/22/05
Tribes (1998)
Shazbot! >>
4/22/05
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (1987)
Where's the NHK TV camera? Hello, Tokyo! >>
9/24/04
Metroid (1986)
Whoa! Samus is a woman?!? >>
9/17/04
EverQuest (1999)
There Couldn't Have Been a Better Name for It >>
9/10/04
Contra (1988)
Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A >>
8/25/04
Tekken 2 (1995)
The King of Iron Fist Tournament >>
8/13/04
Star Raiders (1979)
The Zylon Empire Strikes Back >>
8/06/04
Sensible World of Soccer (1994)
The Beautiful Game >>
7/30/04
Star Wars: TIE Fighter (1994)
The TIEs That Bind >>
7/23/04
M.U.L.E. (1983)
Because We Never Got Tired of Catching the Mountain Wampus >>
7/09/04
Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990)
17 Million Players Can't Be Wrong >>
7/02/04
Civilization (1991)
One Tribe to Rule Them All >>
6/18/04
Dance Dance Revolution 3rd Mix (1999)
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised >>
6/11/04
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo (1996)
When Tetris Gets Tough and Ken Gets Cute >>
6/04/04
MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat (1995)
The Granddaddy of Giant Robot Combat Games >>
4/30/04
Day of the Tentacle (1993)
The Only Good Tentacle Is a Green Tentacle >>
4/23/04
X-Men: The Arcade Game (1992)
Because Six Heads Are Better Than Two... >>
4/16/04
Smash TV (1990)
Big...money! Big...prizes! I love it! >>
4/09/04
Darklands (1992)
One Order Medieval Role-playing, Hold the Dwarves and the Elves >>
4/02/04
Defender (1980)
I'm the Defender, a Mind-bender >>
3/26/04
Total Annihilation (1997)
Armed to the Core >>
3/19/04
Pitfall! (1982)
The Real Dirty Harry >>
3/12/04
Archon (1983)
Goblins, Golems, and Doppelgangers and Not a Single 20-Sided Die to Be Seen >>
3/05/04
The Revenge of Shinobi (1989)
Spider-Man, Batman, Rambo, Godzilla, and The Terminator: All Suckers >>
2/27/04
Ys Book I & II (1989)
Ys...An Ideal Utopia >>
2/20/04
Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (1990)
Who's Bad? >>
2/13/04
Neuromancer (1988)
Hacking the Future with a Joystick >>
2/06/04
California Games (1989)
I Wish They All Could Be California... >>
1/30/04
Theme Park (1994)
Inducing Vomit Is Part of the Fun >>
1/23/04
Oregon Trail (1974)
Jimmy Has Dysentery >>
1/16/04
Thief: The Dark Project (1998)
Not Your Common Thief >>
1/09/04
SimCity (1989)
We Built This Virtual Urban Simulation on Rock and Roll >>
12/19/03
Samurai Shodown II (1994)
That's the Law of Samurai >>
12/12/03
ActRaiser (1991)
Build a World in Three Easy Steps >>
12/05/03
Marble Madness (1984)
Everything You Know Is Wrong >>
11/26/03
Myth: The Fallen Lords (1997)
Casualties. Lots of Casualties >>
11/21/03
NFL Blitz '99 (1998)
Because Pass Interference is for Chumps >>
11/14/03
Double Dragon (1987)
What's Better Than a Single Dragon? >>
11/07/03
Dragon Force (1996)
Kneel Before the Power of My Sprite Army >>
10/31/03
Rayman 2: The Great Escape (1999)
You Don't Need Limbs to Be a Hero >>
10/24/03
Mega Man 2 (1988)
Saving the World From Our Robot Overlords >>
10/17/03
Quake (1996)
The Rocket Heard 'Round the World >>
10/10/03
Bionic Commando (1988)
Leave the Jumping to the Marios >>
10/03/03
Heroes of Might and Magic II: The Succession Wars (1996)
True Heroes Live Forever >>
9/26/03
Grim Fandango (1998)
Love? Love Is for the Living >>
9/19/03
Wipeout XL (1996)
The First Video Game For Club Kids >>
9/12/03
Mortal Kombat II (1993)
The First Fighting Game That Let You Be Just Friends >>
8/29/03
Final Fantasy Tactics (1997)
If Shakespeare Made a Game >>
8/21/03
X-COM: UFO Defense (1994)
A Triumph in Turn-based Strategy >>
8/16/03
Fallout (1997)
If the Postnuclear Future Is This Good, Sign Us Up >>
8/09/03
Tecmo Bowl (1989)
Four Plays Is All You Need, Dammit >>
8/02/03
Counter-Strike (2000)
The Greatest Online Tactical Shooter Ever >>
7/26/03
Twisted Metal 2 (1996)
Combining Cars and Guns in the Best Way Possible >>
7/18/03
Super Mario World (1991)
He May Not Have an S on His Chest, but He's Still Awfully Super >>
7/11/03
Pac-Man (1980)
Buckner & Garcia Got the Fever >>
7/02/03
Tetris (1985)
They'll Keep Playing It Long After All of Us Are Dead >>
6/27/03
Star Control II (1992)
The Best and Only Epic Sci-Fi Space Shooter Role-Playing Game >>
6/20/03
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991)
It Ushered in a New Era in Video Arcades >>
6/20/03
Starcraft and Starcraft: Brood War (1998)
The Standard by Which All Real-Time Strategy Games Are Judged >>
6/20/03
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)
GameSpot's First Perfect 10 >>
6/20/03
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997)
It Carried the Torch for 2D Games in an Increasingly 3D World >>
6/20/03
Lode Runner (1983)
An Action Game and Game Generator >>