November 19th, 2009

GAMEFURY’s Top 40 Console Games of All Time (#40 – #31)

Since the very beginning of gaming, even before Nintendo came along, developers and publishers have been providing us with games which will always have a special place in the hearts of all gamers- whether those games be titles like The Legend of Zelda or Super Mario Bros, titles which changed the gaming industry forever, or horrendously bad titles like E.T and Superman 64, or modern masterpieces like Metal Gear Solid 4 and God of War.

As a tribute to those games, which changed this industry forever and defined the way it should be, Gamfury presents to all of you the Top 40 Console Games of All Time, where every weak, we will present to you ten games which deserve more than just “scores”, until we reach the Greatest Console Game of All Time.

Also, before beginning, we would like to tell all of you that no PC games will be featured in this list, so if you don’t find Half Life 2 down there, please don’t boycott us!

So, without further ado, let’s begin!

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40. Tomb Raider (Playstation) (EIDOS INTERACTIVE)

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider

Upon its release in 1996, Tomb Raider was universally acclaimed for its revolutionary graphics and fresh gameplay and involving storyline. The way it combined top-notch gameplay mechanics, movie-like presentation and an ethereal soundtrack to provide us all with an unparalleled experience was, at that time, unprecedented. Lara immediately became a smash hit, and was featured on comic covers, movies, and god knows where else. And Tomb Raider sold more than anything Eidos Interactive could have ever imagined, topping all charts.

Tomb Raider began a type of gameplay that modern popular titles like Uncharted still follow. Whilst Tomb Raider may not be much of a success these days, back on the Playstation, it was one of the most revolutionary, fresh and involving experiences ever.

39. Medal of Honor (Playstation) (EA GAMES)

Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor

One of the most prevalent franchises these days is Medal of Honor. Yes, it has lost the sheen and the shine it originally possessed, but it still is the franchise that revolutionised the FPS genre. Touted to be the “Goldeneye of the Playstation” by many, the first Medal of Honor was said to be one of the most exhilarating and involving adventures of all time. With all new spot-on controls, fresh new gameplay and a wide range of missions, this 1999 became one of those games which led the Playstation to its immense success.

It is because of Medal of Honor that we have games like Call of Duty and other war games. So if you’re waiting for Modern Warfare 2 to be released, it is, after all, because of this game.

38. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES) (NINTENDO)

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

It is no big secret, that after the smashing success of the revolution that was The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II came across as a big disappointment. They were appalled at how irreverently Zelda II treated the gameplay mechanics of Zelda 1. But what we forget is that, after all is said and done, Zelda II still remains one of the best titles on the NES. It introduced many new concepts, like Magic Meters and the addition of NPC’s along with the introduction of the Triforce of Courage, all of which are very relevant to the newer Zelda titles.

Be as it may, Zelda II not only maintained the pedigree of the original title, but in many instances, it far surpassed it. Today, this game can be looked back upon as a monumentally landmark title, one integral in forming the gameplay experience that we are all so well acquainted with today.

37. Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (Playstation 2) (SCEA)

Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy

Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy

Riding on the success wave of their Crash Bandicoot series, developers Naughty Dog followed it up with what is still regarded as one of the highlights of platforming games last generation. Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy brought with it an all new hybrid of action and platforming, witty humour, and a story that you actually cared about, thus, bucking the trends on all fronts.

The game was subsequently bettered by others including its own sequels and Insomniac’s Ratchet and Clank series. But the value of this game remains today what it was back then, and hopefully it’ll carry over into the upcoming Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier.

36. Ninja Gaiden (NES) (TECMO)

Ninja Gaiden (NES)

Ninja Gaiden (NES)

Ninja Gaiden arrived on the NES and instantly found a place in the hearts of all gamers, thanks to its hybrid action-platforming side-scrolling gameplay as well as its maddening difficulty… well, okay, the last maybe not so much. The problem is that the NES was a console that was flooded with insanely difficult games, and Ninja Gaiden’s difficulty stood out even then.

Today, the legacy lives on not only in the form of the 3D Ninja Gaiden reboots, but also via other obviously inspired game franchises like Devil May Cry and, of course, God of War.

35. Resident Evil (Playstation) (CAPCOM)

Resident Evil

Resident Evil

One of the most renowned franchises of all time is Resident Evil. Resident Evil was the franchise that, in a way, started the survival horror genre. The first Resident Evil game was nothing short of a revolution. Apart from being one of the top selling games on the Playstation, it was widely acclaimed and recieved generally good reviews. With all new gameplay mechanics, a great presentation styl and an atmospheric soundtrack, Resident Evil became a smash hit.

Resident Evil has spawned many currently popular survival horror franchises, including the likes of Dead Space. Resident Evil has also been remade several times, and always, it has bested itself.

34. Super Mario Kart (SNES) (NINENDO)

Super Mario Kart

Super Mario Kart

Mario Kart is most probably the most fun racing series ever created. Super Mario Kart, the first Mario game ever, was the game that invented the genre of Kart Racing Games. Not only was it (in a way) the first 3D game ever, it wasalso the game that introduced all new multiplayer modes to the racing genre. Super Mario Kart was the first racing game ever to have incorporated the split-screen multiplayer mode meaningfully and properly. At the time of it’s release, with a (then) fresh and addictive gameplay, Super Mario Kart went on to sell eight million copies, thus becoming the third highest selling game on the SNES.

In the present day, even though games like Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart Wii have outdone the game that started it all, Super Mario Kart is still the purest and most quintessential form of the Mario Kart series.

33. Star Fox 64 (N64) (NINTENDO)

Star Fox 64

Star Fox 64

When Star Fox was first released, it met with immediate success. Immediately, it was followed up by Star Fox 64 which promised to improve upon every flaw that Star Fox had. Sure enough, when Star Fox 64 was released, it met with overwhelming acclaim, and for good reason. It had stunning graphics, great voice acting, which was unheard of for any N64 game, infinite replay value and a great multiplayer mode. Star Foc 64 was also the first game ever to be supported by the rumble pack.

To this day, players are craving for Star Fox games on the Wii and the DS, hoping that the stunning game that they played twelve years ago will be replicated and bested.

32. Shenmue (DC) (SEGA)

Shunmue

Shunmue

Few games, if any, have ever promised to be as ambitious or as promising as Shenmue. Disappointing many, and still managing unprecedented critical acclaim, Shenmue was one of the last titles that represented what Sega had been in its heyday. Years before Grand Theft Auto III hit the scene and took the world by storm, Shenmue offered players all of that, and more, such as the weather cycle and the day/night cycle, which actually affected the player’s progress, features which still haven’t been implemented in GTA.

The relative lack of commercial success that Shenmue met with, coupled with the high losses sustained by Sega meant that the title which had been a promising start to a franchise, would be followed through by only one sequel. To this day, all gamers alike demand Shenmue 3 from Sega so that they may complete what they originally started and bring the awesomness back in a full circle.

31. Devil May Cry (Playstation 2) (CAPCOM)

Devil May Cry

Devil May Cry

Although Devil May Cry may not have actually started anything new, like all other games on this list, it still was a standout title, because it finally managed to do what developers had been trying to achieve for several years since the dawn of 3D gaming- to achieve the fluidity and the free-flowing nature of the 2D side-scrolling action games of yore, both visually and controls-wise.

Capcom never did manage to get it right with its sequels- Devil May Cry 2 was simply disappopinting, 3 was too difficult for its own good, and 4 was lacklustre. Today, even though the legacy of DMC is being carried forward by other games, people still remember this title as the big daddy of all 3D action games.

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That’s it for today, people. Check back on 25th November to see if your favourite games make it to the Top 30- Top 21!

See Also:

GAMEFURY’s Top 40 Console Games of All Time (#30- 21)

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