Monday, June 23, 2008

Entertainment Weekly lists the classic games from the last 25 years

 classic gamesIn its historic 1000th issue, Entertainment Weekly made a point to name the new classics of the last 25 years. While EW took everything from movies to tech to task, writers Geoff Keighley, Wook Kim and Gary Eng Walk clawed through the last 25 years of gaming to list the industry's most important releases. Two Xbox-exclusive titles landed in the top 25 of the 50 title list, at number 11 the classic 2001 Xbox launch title Halo: Combat Evolved from Bungie and ranking in at number 20 was Epic's Gears of War.

Other strong Xbox released titles on the list included Grand Theft Auto IV (#9), BioShock (#28), Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (#30), Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (#38), Psychonauts (#43), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (#45), Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (#47) and Madden NFL 2005 (#50).

What are the most important titles in your gaming life and how do you think this list stacks up as a collection of gaming's new classics in the last 25 years? The full 50 title listing can be found after the jump.

1. Tetris (PC)
2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
3. Doom (PC)
4. Super Mario World (SNES)
5. Guitar Hero (PS2)
6. Street Fighter II (SNES)
7. Super Mario Kart (SNES)
8. GoldenEye 007 (N64)
9. Grand Theft Auto IV (X360/PS3)
10. Metal Gear Solid (PS)
11. Halo: Combat Evolved (Xbox)
12. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
13. Final Fantasy VII (PS)
14. Resident Evil 4 (GCN)
15. Chrono Trigger (SNES)
16. Gran Turismo (PS)
17. SimCity (Mac/Amiga)
18. Half-Life (PC)
19. Sid Meier's Civilization II (PC)
20. Gears of War (X360)
21. StarCraft (PC)
22. Super Metroid (SNES)
23. Deus Ex (PC)
24. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (PS)
25. Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)
26. God of War (PS2)
27. Soul Calibur (DC)
28. BioShock (PC/X360)
29. Final Fantasy III (Famicom)
30. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (XB)
31. Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (DC)
32. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PS)
33. Metroid Prime (GCN)
34. Tomb Raider (PC/PS)
35. Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo (PS)
36. Star Wars: TIE Fighter (PC)
37. Tekken 3 (PS)
38. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PC/X360/PS3)
39. Contra (NES)
40. Okami (PS2)
41. Tecmo Super Bowl (NES)
42. Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi (PC)
43. Psychonauts (Xbox/PS2)
44. Silent Hill 2 (PS2)
45. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Xbox/PS2/PC)
46. Perfect Dark (N64)
47. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (X360/PC/PS3)
48. WipEout (PS)
49. World of Warcraft (PC)
50. Madden NFL 2005 (Xbox/PS2/PC)

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