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IGN's Top 100 Games
# 070 // Pokemon Red/Blue
Pokemon Red/Blue
Name: Pokemon Red/Blue
Platform: Game Boy
Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: Nintendo
Year Released: 1998
Why it Made the Top 100 List: This is one of the few games that became so wildly popular that it transcended videogames and became a part of popular culture. The deceptively deep game launched so many movies, TV shows, and toys that it's easy to forget just how great a game Pokemon is. By melding deep strategy, lovable characters, rewarding exploration, and a simple game interface, Nintendo delivered a game that succeeded on all levels. It brought a new dimension of interactivity to RPGs by making it beneficial to link up with other trainers to do battle or trade towards that ultimate goal of catching 'em all.

# 069 // Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs
Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs
Name: Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs
Platform: Sega Genesis
Developer: EA Sports
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Year Released: 1990
Why it Made the Top 100 List: This is the game that introduced gamers to Clyde "The Glide," Michael Jordan's baseline reverse, Sir Charles' gorilla slam, and of course, Tom Chambers dunking from the three-point line. This was the first 5-on-5 basketball game where you could actually tell the difference between the players on the court, not only by the graphics (and short shorts), but by the special moves that changed the way we played videogame hoops. And while there were only eight selectable teams and modes were limited to Exhibition and Playoffs, Lakers vs. Celtics' gameplay continues to live on in our minds, as we can still picture Barkley taking off from the free throw line and throwing it down with two hands.

# 068 // Starsiege: Tribes
Starsiege: Tribes
Name: Starsiege: Tribes
Platform: PC
Developer: Dynamix
Publisher: Sierra Online
Year Released: 1998
Why it Made the Top 100 List: Sierra Online used to be the biggest thing going for online action games. One of our favorite titles from their catalog was the online sci-fi shooter Tribes. Players flew around in jetpacks, launching energy discs at each other in intense online matches. Long before Counter-Strike, Battlefield, and a host of other imitators, Tribes offered up more than 32 player support, different player classes, a variety of weapon kits and a handful of multi-passenger vehicles. Loads of gameplay types, a wide variety of maps, and plenty of team-oriented features (and a lack of copy protection) made Tribes one of the most popular online shooters around.

# 067 // Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Name: Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Platform: Multiple Systems
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Year Released: 2000
Why it Made the Top 100 List: Platform gaming has long been known for jumping, bopping enemies, and collecting items. Rayman 2 broke no new grounds in these areas, but instead perfected them as no other game had before. Starring a character with no arms, legs or neck, Rayman 2 is a demonstration of what the modern platform game could be -- smart, fast and challenging.

# 066 // Homeworld
Name: Homeworld
Platform: PC
Developer: Relic
Publisher: Sierra
Year Released: 1999
Why it Made the Top 100 List: Story is one aspect of gaming that doesn't always receive the attention it needs to move a game from good to classic. Homeworld provided one of the most unique RTS story experiences ever seen on the PC. It was hard not to become connected to the Kushan as they fought across the galaxy to regain their lives and their home while teetering on the brink of extinction. The fact that it was also the first fully 3D RTS (meaning you could move units on the Z axis as well) only helped create wicked challenges in a new type of environment. Homeworld was an excellently crafted game that will forever remain in a place of honor among other real-time strategy greats.

# 065 // MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat
MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat
Name: MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat
Platform: PC
Developer: Activision
Publisher: Activision
Year Released: 1995
Why it Made the Top 100 List: "It is the year 3057 and mankind is once again at war." That introductory line alone still causes irregular heartbeats in PC gamers who can remember the glory of MechWarrior 2. Activision's first- and third-person mech combat simulator was essentially an uncompromising assortment of slick graphical wizardry, super-advanced audio, exciting online play, and remarkably complex gameplay mechanics that developers are still trying to dumb down for cousin Cletus. For years after its release, MechWarrior was used as a showcase for PC gaming. The story of the great Clans, Flacon the crusaders and Wolf the wardens, is one that birthed a 15-title series spanning multiple platforms and genres.

# 064 // Advance Wars
Advance Wars
Name: Advance Wars
Platform: GBA
Developer: Intelligent Systems
Publisher: Nintendo
Year Released: 2001
Why it Made the Top 100 List: Nintendo's team at Intelligent Systems had been quietly making strategy games in the Famicom Wars series for years, but it was an inspired new visual style in the GBA edition that brought this game to international acclaim. The anime make-over caught the eyes of Nintendo fans in America and Europe. NOA took a chance in trying the stand-alone title here, and the rest is another chapter in Nintendo's book of history. The depth of strategy allowed players to battle alone for hours through memorable encounters on over 100 maps (as well as create their own maps for further challenge), while the multiplayer offering let up to four players wage war even with only one cartridge between them.

# 063 // Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog
Name: Sonic the Hedgehog
Platform: Sega Genesis
Developer: Sonic Team
Publisher: SEGA
Year Released: 1991
Why it Made the Top 100 List: For a while, Sonic the Hedgehog was the most recognized mascot in the entire world, bigger than Mickey Mouse and more recognized than the beloved Mario. If not for the little blue guy, Nintendo may have extended its iron grip on the industry for a number of years. Sonic introduced the adrenalin rush to video games and his first three titles reached a level of platforming Zen that developers are still trying to recreate in three dimensions.

# 062 // Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Name: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Platform: Multiple Systems
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Year Released: 2003
Why it Made the Top 100 List: Anyone who played the original Prince of Persia and saw the new one in previews was probably a little apprehensive at first. But actually playing Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time should have dispelled any notion that the re-imagining of Jordan Mechner's classic would be anything less than a great experience. Finally, technology that does the great POP concept justice! Running on walls and performing amazing feats of acrobatic grace gave us heart-stopping moments we gamers live for. And then there was the innovative use of time rewind that allowed us to pause if we screwed up, rewind the action, and try it all again. If you haven't played this one, head to the nearest game store right now and pick it up.

# 061 // Sam & Max Hit the Road
Sam & Max Hit the Road
Name: Sam & Max Hit the Road
Platform: PC
Developer: LucasArts
Publisher: LucasArts
Year Released: 1993
Why it Made the Top 100 List: In this alternate universe, a giant dog in a trench coat and a naked homicidal rabbit go traveling across the country looking for an escaped Sasquatch. And while that's a great setup, it's the execution that consistently made this game stand out from the rest. Roadside attractions turn out not to be some pile of junk waiting for suckers, but mystical sites loaded with clues and clever puzzles to help the unlikely duo on their way. True to the comic that inspired it, Sam & Max Hit the Road starts out funny and keeps up its manic pace all the way to the end.