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IGN's Top 100 Games
# 030 // Halo
Name: Halo
Platform: Xbox
Developer: Bungie
Publisher: Microsoft
Year Released: 2001
Why it Made the Top 100 List: Only a few games in the history of the industry can claim to be system sellers. Halo's crisp graphics, delicate weapon balancing and stellar multiplayer mode showed off the Xbox's edge in terms of power just enough to sway people away from Sony and Nintendo. Imitation is the highest form of flattery and almost every console FPS since the release of Halo mimicked some aspect of its control scheme. On top of that, Halo 2 earned the biggest day in entertainment history because thousands of people became devout followers of the Halo dynasty after just one game.

# 029 // GoldenEye 007
GoldenEye 007<
Name: GoldenEye 007
Platform: Nintendo 64
Developer: Rare
Publisher: Nintendo
Year Released: 1997
Why it Made the Top 100 List: Game publishers have always used movie licenses to make videogames, usually to the games' demise. But Rare's slow patience and talented studio brought the excitement, control, and multiplayer component from the PC to the consoles and created one of the best-selling N64 titles of all time. Despite an occasionally shaky framerate, GoldenEye 007 had everything: stealth levels, the ability to dual-wield, different missions for different difficulty levels, stellar level design, and the best multiplayer component for a console in its day. The two- to four-player split-screen deathmatches featured a huge assortment of play options, tons of secret paths and chambers, and past Bond enemies such as Jaws, Baron Samedi, and more.

# 028 // Half-Life 2
Half-Life 2
Name: Half-Life 2
Platform: PC
Developer: Valve
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games
Year Released: 2004
Why it Made the Top 100 List: There's probably going to be a bit of debate among the faithful as to the position of Half-Life and Half-Life 2 on this top 100 list. It was pretty obvious to all of us that both of them should be pretty high up there. When it came down to it, the original came out on top for its influence in the FPS genre and amazing AI for the time. But that can't take away from this brilliant sequel. It deserves all of the accolades that it has received since its release. It combined many different types of gameplay and levels into a meticulously created fictional future where inter-dimensional beings are trying to bring humans under their heel. Only the original Half-Life managed to make it higher on the list as a shooter, and with good reason.

# 027 // Burnout 3: Takedown
Burnout 3: Takedown
Name: Burnout 3: Takedown
Platform: Multiple Systems
Developer: Criterion
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Year Released: 2004
Why it Made the Top 100 List: Redefining speed for modern racing games, Burnout 3 is the fastest, craziest and most beautiful racing game on the current generation of consoles. Players are rewarded for driving into oncoming traffic, bumping opponents into buses and causing as much asphalt mayhem as possible. Every daring move earns more points and more speed. But sooner or later you're going to crash and that's where Burnout 3's true beauty shines. It's like the opening of every C.H.i.P.s episode compressed into a single slow-motion moment. The game's only downfall is the inclusion of easily one of the worst soundtracks ever put on a disc; fortunately the horrific sounds of a high-speed collision overwhelm the whiny pop-punk tunes.

# 026 // Final Fantasy II (IV)
Final Fantasy II (IV)
Name: Final Fantasy II (IV)
Platform: SNES
Developer: SquareSoft
Publisher: SquareSoft
Year Released: 1991
Why it Made the Top 100 List: Despite the fact that the U.S. version of SquareSoft's first 16-bit Final Fantasy was heavily censored compared to its Japanese counterpart (known as Final Fantasy IV across the Pacific), it's still one of the greatest role-playing games we've ever played -- and that's not just nostalgia talking. The game introduced many of the series' most popular staples including the introduction of the active battle system, an expanded repertoire of magic spells, the use of Chocobos, and one of the most popular additions: monster summoning. Throw in one of the strongest RPG stories ever told, truly excellent graphics, and some of Nobuo Uematsu's best audio work, and the formula for near-perfection is complete.

# 025 // Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
Name: Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
Platform: PC
Developer: BioWare
Publisher: Interplay
Year Released: 2000
Why it Made the Top 100 List: Believe it or not, there was a time when PC RPGs had an unbelievable amount of content, fat manuals, and a sense of artistry that's become harder to shoehorn in the face of an increasingly profit-oriented industry. BGII could be played for several days solid, and you'd barely ahve scratched the surface. It made Dungeons & Dragons not only accessible to the uninitiated, but darn-near delightful. On a truly epic scale, it gave us an engrossing story, colorful characters, exciting encounters, and the timeless joy of being a world-saving badass. And a branching story and varied character creation options made it possible to jump right back in after the first unbelievable run.

# 024 // Tecmo Super Bowl
Tecmo Super Bowl
Name: Tecmo Super Bowl
Platform: NES
Developer: Tecmo
Publisher: Tecmo
Year Released: 1991
Why it Made the Top 100 List: This is the one sports game that was the precursor to everything you still see today. It offered season mode with full stat tracking, injuries, and all of the players from the NFL, like the unstoppable Barry Sanders. In fact, Barry Saders was so fast, many tournaments actually instituted a no-Detroit rule. And while it was the original Tecmo Bowl that is credited with starting the sports game revolution, it's Tecmo Super Bowl that still lives on today as people continue to compete in the game across the country. Considering that the game was released back in 1991, that is a true indication of its classic status.

# 023 // Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario Bros. 3
Name: Super Mario Bros. 3
Platform: NES
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Year Released: 1990
Why it Made the Top 100 List: Directed by Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, Super Mario Bros. 3 (or just Super Mario 3) stands as the NES and Super Famicom's swan song, at least where Mario is concerned. While Super Mario 3 marked the last major Mario game for Nintendo's first home console, it packed enough gaming goodness to rule a gamer's life for months. First off, it just played damn well. The controls felt intuitive and precise, for example, and levels boasted seriously awesome design. What's more, there was an array of suits for Mario to wear, like the Frog, Raccoon and Tanooki suits, all of which bestowed groovy powers never seen before in a Mario game. In a word: awesome.

# 022 // Half-Life
Name: Half-Life
Platform: PC
Developer: Valve
Publisher: Sierra Studios
Year Released: 1998
Why it Made the Top 100 List: Valve gave the FPS genre a solid kick in the pants by creating one of the most memorable and exciting single-player experiences ever. Rather than just providing players with unlimited ammo and throwing loads of beasties at them, Half-Life truly makes main character Gordon Freeman a part of the story as he helps to fight against an alien invasion and gets involved with plenty of scuffles against human soldiers along the way. Toss in some clever AI and this is an innovative title that has inspired many games (Halo, anyone?) that have come after it.

# 021 // Deus Ex
Deus Ex
Name: Deus Ex
Platform: PC
Developer: ION Storm Austin
Publisher: Eidos
Year Released: 2000
Why it Made the Top 100 List: In an industry chock-full of hype, Deus Ex offered a complex yet plausible web of X-Files-style conspiracy while guiding the player entertainingly through open-ended environments, problems with multiple solutions, and a skillful blend of action, role-playing and good ol' fashioned adventure. It presented larger-than-life set pieces without the sometimes excessive style of the similarly-themed Metal Gear Solid games. It gave us a ton of great voice acting, interesting characters, and a sense of drama and dystopian inevitability that still had a ray of light at the end of the tunnel. Not to mention pronunciation flame wars.