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IGN's Top 100 Games
# 060 // Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle
Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle
Name: Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle
Platform: PC
Developer: LucasArts
Publisher: LucasArts
Year Released: 1993
Why it Made the Top 100 List: Overlooked the last time around, Day of the Tentacle is on the list for the funny-as-hell adventures of three different characters as they tackle problems within the same house but in different periods of time: the present, 200 years in the past, and 200 years in the future. This opens up some bizarre possibilities for puzzles such as hiding away some wine to get some vinegar for the future or socking away a few hundred thousand quarters to shrink a sweater. All this to stop the mad plans of a purple tentacle that grew some limbs thanks to toxic waste. Classic.

# 059 // Bionic Commando
Bionic Commando
Name: Bionic Commando
Platform: NES
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Year Released: 1988
Why it Made the Top 100 List: Swinging its way into the hearts of gamers, Bionic Commando stars the perfect mixture of G.I. Joe and Spider-Man. Sporting a bionic arm that allows him to swing, punch, and grab enemies, the Bionic Commando is Solid Snake with style. Though the game itself is short enough to be beaten in one day, many never did. Bionic Commando, like many games of the NES era, is as challenging as it is addictive. With a bad-ass helicopter battle and a final boss that may as well be Hitler, this action hit delivers even to this day.

# 058 // Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Name: Super Smash Bros. Melee
Platform: GameCube
Developer: HAL Laboratory
Publisher: Nintendo
Year Released: 2001
Why it Made the Top 100 List: By combining an all-star character cast with intensely quick, fighter-meets-platforming gameplay, Nintendo created a four-player phenomenon with this franchise. The original N64 version rocked the gaming world and introduced the concept, but the GameCube iteration nearly perfected it with faster gameplay, deeper strategy, and more bonuses than you can shake a fire flower at. Even today with so many games released, no one has managed to successfully duplicate Super Smash Bros. It is truly one of the most original games of modern gaming and Nintendo itself will have trouble topping this sequel, which is unparalleled in style and execution.

# 057 // Mike Tyson's Punchout!
Mike Tyson's Punchout!
Name: Mike Tyson's Punchout!
Platform: NES
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Year Released: 1987
Why it Made the Top 100 List: At one time, Mike Tyson was not only the greatest boxer in the world, but one of the greatest athletes. It's fitting that you played as Little Mac, who may have been the smallest boxer in the ring, but had a lot of heart. Battling your way through numerous comical boxers, including Soda Popinski and Mr. Sandman, the ultimate goal was to fight Iron Mike Tyson for the World Video Boxing Association Title. With a grin and a wink, Tyson unleashed a flurry of punches that, true to life, could knock Little Mac down with a single hit. No other boxing game has ever been as entertaining; few sports games have even been this good.

# 056 // Final Fantasy III (VI)
Final Fantasy III (VI)
Name: Final Fantasy III (VI)
Platform: SNES
Developer: SquareSoft
Publisher: SquareSoft
Year Released: 1994
Why it Made the Top 100 List: If the innovations of Final Fantasy IV are what shaped Square's popular role-playing series into what it is today, then the polish of Final Fantasy VI (known as Final Fantasy III in the States) is what legitimized it. Boasting a unique and entirely customizable Esper summoning system and tons of ultra-cool character-specific abilities, FF3 is one of Square's finest achievements. Rarely will you ever find an RPG that sets standards on all levels -- visually, acoustically, and mechanically -- but 1994's swords and sorcery tale is one that's done it.

# 055 // Fallout
Fallout
Name: Fallout
Platform: PC
Developer: Black Isle Studios
Publisher: Interplay
Year Released: 1997
Why it Made the Top 100 List: The sequel allowed you to put armor on your party members and order them to stay or follow, but it's the original that's warmest in our gaming hearts. It offered a huge spectrum of actual role playing, problems that had no clear answers, an enormous environment, a dignified and mature grittiness, hilarious dialog, and a fully realized world that managed to breathe life into the otherwise fading post-apocalypse cultural awareness, with a retro 50s twist. You were a true anti-hero who just wanted to do his own thing -- a loner by nature who just wanted security and peace but had to go through hell to get there.

# 054 // Panzer Dragoon Saga
Panzer Dragoon Saga
Name: Panzer Dragoon Saga
Platform: Sega Saturn
Developer: Team Andromeda
Publisher: Sega
Year Released: 1998
Why it Made the Top 100 List: It's a shame that Panzer Dragoon Saga came out at the end of the Saturn's short life. Too many people missed out on playing this gem of an RPG. Spanning 4 CDs, SEGA gave us a completely realized post-apocalyptic alternate world, complete with its own language. The story and art direction were phenomenal, but it was the combat system that had us hooked. With the ability to morph your dragon to fit your attack style and the need to constantly shift positions while doing battle, Panzer Dragoon Saga kept you on the edge of your seat.

# 053 // Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings
Name: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings
Platform: PC
Developer: Ensemble Studios
Publisher: Microsoft
Year Released: 1999
Why it Made the Top 100 List: Along with Blizzard and Westwood, Ensemble is part of the Holy Trinity of real-time strategy developers. Nowhere was their capacity to craft historical, entertaining games more apparent than in the second in their popular Age series, Age of Empires II: Age of Kings. Set during the Middle Ages, Age of Kings allowed players to take command of a vast number of Medieval civilizations, all with their own unique strengths and personalities. The rock, paper, scissors mechanic and the wide variety of units available meant that the game had nearly limitless replayability. Though the day of 2D, sprite-based RTS games has passed, Age of Kings's gameplay still wins players over.

# 052 // Metroid Prime
Metroid Prime
Name: Metroid Prime
Platform: GameCube
Developer: Retro Studios
Publisher: Nintendo
Year Released: 2002
Why it Made our Top 100 List: The IGN editors are split on Retro Studios' dazzling Metroid Prime. A considerable faction of editors nominated the game for the Top 10 while another group argued that it doesn't deserve a spot on the overall list. A compromise was struck. Like Ocarina of Time and Super Mario 64, Prime will undoubtedly be remembered for updating the Metroid franchise in new and inventive ways. But the game will also have a very special place in the hearts of adventure fans for its polished control mechanics, gorgeous world and ingenious environmental puzzles. Prime remains one of the prettiest games on Nintendo's console, too. A must-have GameCube title.

# 051 // Grand Theft Auto III
Grand Theft Auto III
Name: Grand Theft Auto III
Platform: PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC
Developer: DMA Designs
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Year Released: 2001
Why it Made the Top 100 List: Love it or hate it, it is impossible to deny GTA3's influence. Reviled by the ignorant and revered by gamers the world over, it allowed you to go into an urban environment and do pretty much whatever the heck you wanted, from the safety of your living room couch. Steal a car, beat a pedestrian, fly off a ramp, cruise the boulevard, blow crap up, chase a thug, evade the police -- all within the space of five minutes. Huge environments, a great driving model, an entertaining story, and hilarious radio commercials and incidental dialog came together to make an infamous classic.

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