Mario is the Greatest Gaming Icon of All Time.
Portly plumber Mario can lay claim to being the greatest gaming icon of all time, beating off stiff competition from the likes of Master Chief, Solid Snake, Lara Croft and Sonic the Hedgehog inGAME.co.uk's Greatest Games of All Time vote and securing an impressive 11% of the overall top 100 all by himself.
His 1995 outing Super Mario 64 is his highest ranked title, while other Mario games in the top 25 include Mario Kart Wii, the beloved NES (and later SNES) platformer Super Mario Bros. 3 and the stunning Wii adventure Super Mario Galaxy.
In comparison, arch-rival Sonic the Hedgehog only had three titles which made the top 100, one of which, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, also stars the moustachioed, squeaky-voiced Nintendo mascot.
"The Third Place" Takes First Place
PlayStation 2 Wins Console Crown.
Sony’s PlayStation 2 has been crowned the Greatest Console of All Time by almost 100,000 voters, with 10% of all titles in the top 100 being PS2 Exclusives and many more titles appearing on PS2 alongside other formats.
The highest-rated PS2 title was Resident Evil 4 (also released for Wii, GameCube and PC)while the best performer among titles released only on PS2 was the superb Final Fantasy X, which pitted a group of adventurers against a horrific, monstrous force known as Sin.
Other PS2 Exclusive titles in the top 100 include the brilliant God of War and its sequel, the highly-regarded Final Fantasy XII, and to please the hardcore gamers, the incredible, artsy Shadow of the Colossus and its sort-of-prequel ICO.
Bond. Games Bond.
007 and Star Wars top list of film tie-ins.
The classic Rare-developed GoldenEye 007 for the N64 is the greatest game ever based on a film property, according to voters who ranked it very highly in GAME.co.uk’s Greatest Games of All Time.
Not to be confused with EA’s lacklustre GoldenEye: Rogue Agent, GoldenEye 007 was an FPS which was notable for being vastly innovative as well as having one of the greatest multiplayer modes in history.
After Bond, Star Wars is the most popular non-gaming property in games, with two titles, LEGO Star Wars: The Original Saga and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic making the top 100.
Notably, James Bond and Star Wars are the only two examples of non-gaming entertainment properties in the entire Top 100.
The LEGO Star Wars team return this June with LEGO Indiana Jones, which gives the same hilarious platforming-adventure treatment to the first three Harrison Ford-starring classics.
Gamers glad the "Final" is a lie.
Final Fantasy has been voted the greatest gaming series of all time by the public, with five titles appearing in GAME.co.uk’s Greatest Games of All Time list.
Predictably, the PSone title Final Fantasy VII - which had grown men everywhere weeping uncontrollably back in 1998 - performed best, nabbing a high-ranking place in the Top 100, with the sequels Final Fantasy VIII (PSone), Final Fantasy IX (PSone) and Final Fantasy X (PS2) also performing well. Online-only title Final Fantasy XI failed to crack the Top 100 but the list is completed by the incredible Final Fantasy XII on PS2.
The cast and setting of Final Fantasy VII are set to return in June 2008, in the PSP-only prequel Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core.
RPGs Dominate Greatest Ever Vote
Roleplayers most popular gaming genre.
Roleplaying games, once seen as the domain of the Uber-Geeky, have been voted as the Greatest gaming genre by the public in GAME.co.uk's Greatest Games vote. RPGs tend to be more in-depth than other games, making this result something of a surprise.
The definition of RPG has become more broad in recent years, but generally Roleplaying Games are categorised by a lead protagonist or protagonists who develop significantly throughout the game according to the player's choices, an emphasis on narrative elements, and combat which to an extent is based on chance.
RPGs that performed well include The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (PC, X360 and PS3), World of Warcraft (PC), Mass Effect (X360 and PC) and five different Final Fantasy titles.