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Game Informer sticks Final Fantasy VI on the cover, ranks top 200 games of all time

By Heath | November 26, 2009 at 9:41 am

The 200th issue of Game Informer gives the editors’ list of the top 200 games ever. RPGs in bold. I think I caught them all, but if I missed one, don’t flame me. It’s late (here) and it’s Thanksgiving, man.
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200. Beyond Good and Evil (PS2/Xbox/GameCube, 2003)
199. Tactics Ogre (PS, 1997)
198. Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow (Xbox, 2004)
197. NHL 09 (PS3/360, 2008)
196. Call of Duty (PC, 2003)
195. Ultima (PC, 1981)
194. Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (DC, 2002)
193. Jak 3 (PS2, 2004)
192. Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem (GameCube, 2002)
191. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS2, 2004)
190. The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (Xbox, 2004)
189. Kid Icarus (NES, 1986)
188. Planescape: Torment (PC, 1999)
187. Infamous (PS3, 2009)
186. Marble Madness (Coin-op, 1984)
185. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (SNES, 1995)
184. Vagrant Story (PS, 2000)
183. NFL 2K5 (PS2/Xbox, 2004)
182. Samurai Shodown (Neo Geo, 1993)
181. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3/360/PC, 2009)
180. Max Payne (PC, 2001)
179. NBA Jam: Tournament Edition (Coin-op, 1993)
178. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (DS, 2005)
177. Tekken 3 (Coin-op, 1997)
176. Castlevania (NES, 1988)
175. Dig Dug (Coin-op, 1982)
174. Gunstar Heroes (SEGA Genesis, 1993)
173. Lode Runner (Apple II, 1983)
172. Ikaruga (GameCube, 2006)
171. Bully (PS2, 2006)
170. Ridge Racer (PS, 1995)
169. Braid (360, 2008)
168. Tempest 2000 (Jaguar, 1994)
167. Doom II (PC, 1994)
166. King’s Quest VI (PC, 1992)
165. Peggle (PC, 2007)
164. X-COM: UFO Defense (PC, 1993)
163. Robotron: 2084 (Coin-op, 1982)
162. Far Cry (PC, 2004)
161. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved (360, 2005)
160. Thief (PC, 1998)
159. Battlefield 1942 (PC, 2002)
158. Pong (Coin-op, 1972)
157. Devil May Cry (PS2, 2001)
156. Gauntlet (Coin-op, 1985)
155. Crackdown (360, 2007)
154. LittleBigPlanet (PS3, 2008)
153. Asteroids (Coin-op, 1979)
152. Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht (PS2, 2003)
151. Fable (Xbox, 2004)
150. ActRaiser (SNES, 1991)
149. Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (PC, 2002)
148. Super Mario RPG (SNES, 1996)
147. Super Castlevania IV (SNES, 1991)
146. Power Stone 2 (DC, 2000)
145. Unreal Tournament 2004 (PC, 2004)
144. Burnout 3: Takedown (PS2/Xbox, 2004)
143. Assassin’s Creed (PS3/360, 2007)
142. Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle (PC, 1993)
141. Civilization IV (PC, 2005)
140. Diablo (PC, 1996)
139. Wolfenstein 3D (PC, 1992)
138. Call of Duty 2 (360/PC, 2005)
137. Madden NFL ‘99 (PS/N64/PC, 1999)
136. Star Fox (SNES, 1993)
135. Final Fight (Coin-op, 1989)
134. Borderlands (PS3/360/PC, 2009)
133. Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II (PC, 1997)
132. Quake II (PC, 1997)
131. Pilotwings (SNES, 1991)
130. Kingdom Hearts II (PS2, 2006)
129. Homeworld (PC, 1999)
128. Metroid Fusion (GBA, 2002)
127. Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee (PS, 1997)
126. Twisted Metal 2 (PS, 1996)
125. Shadowrun (SNES, 1993)
124. Warlords (Coin-op, 1980)
123. NHL ‘94 (SEGA Genesis/SNES, 1993)
122. Panzer Dragoon Saga (Saturn, 1998)
121. Lemmings (PC, 1991)
120. Mega Man X (SNES, 1994)
119. Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (Xbox, 2005)
118. Team Fortress 2 (PS3/360/PC, 2007)
117. Fallout (PC, 1997)
116. Advance Wars (GBA, 2001)
115. Command & Conquer: Red alert (PC, 1996)
114. Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri (PC, 1998)
113. Earthbound (SNES, 1995)
112. Final Fantasy XII (PS2, 2006)
111. Tetris Attack (SNES, 1996)
110. Halo 2 (Xbox, 2004)
109. Crash Bandicoot: Warped (PS, 1998)
108. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3, 2008)
107. Gears of War (360, 2006)
106. Resident Evil (PS, 1996)
105. System Shock 2 (PC, 1999)
104. Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3/360, 2009)
103. Donkey Kong (Coin-op, 1981)
102. Heroes of Might & Magic III (PC, 1999)
101. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (PC, 2002)
100. Portal (PC/360, 2007)
99. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PS2/Xbox/GameCube/PC, 2003)
98. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PS3/360, 2009)
97. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (SEGA Genesis, 1992)
96. Counter-Strike (PC, 1999)
95. Silent Hill 2 (PS2, 2001)
94. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (GameCube, 2003)
93. Skies of Arcadia (DC, 2000)
92. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (PC, 2002)
91. Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal (PS2, 2004)
90. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii, 2006)
89. God of War II (PS2, 2007)
88. Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn (PC, 2000)
87. Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (PC, 1995)
86. Super Smash Bros. Melee (GameCube, 2001)
85. Metroid Prime (GameCube, 2002)
84. Shadow of the Colossus (PS2, 2005)
83. Okami (PS2, 2006)
82. Left 4 Dead (PC, 2008)
81. Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES, 1988)
80. Final Fantasy II (now known worldwide as IV) (SNES, 1991)
79. Kingdom Hearts (PS2, 2002)
78. Command & Conquer (PC, 1995)
77. Ninja Gaiden (NES, 1989)
76. Mario’s Picross (GB, 1995)
75. Super Bomberman (SNES, 1993)
74. Tomb Raider (PS, 1996)
73. Rock Band 2 (PS3/360, 2008)
72. Mortal Kombat II (Coin-op, 1993)
71. Age of Empires (PC, 1997)
70. The Sims (PC, 2000)
69. Dr. Mario (NES, 1990)
68. Double Dragon (Coin-op, 1987)
67. Soul Calibur (DC, 1999)
66. Zork (PC, 1980)
65. Fallout 3 (PS3/360/PC, 2008)
64. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2, 2004)
63. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (N64, 2000)
62. Star Wars: X-Wing (PC, 1993)
61. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (GB, 1993)
60. Arkanoid (Coin-op, 1986)
59. Adventure (2600, 1980)
58. Mass Effect (360, 2007)
57. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (PS, 2000)
56. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3, 2009)
55. Ico (PS2, 2001)
54. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Xbox, 2003)
53. Battlefield 2 (PC, 2005)
52. Pac-Man (Coin-op, 1980)
51. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii, 2007)
50. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2, 2001)
49. Guitar Hero (PS2, 2005)
48. Deus Ex (PC, 2000)
47. Super Mario World (SNES, 1991)
46. Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3/360, 2008)
45. Final Fantasy Tactics (PS, 1998)
44. EverQuest (PC, 1999)
43. Final Fantasy X (PS2, 2001)
42. Pokemon Red and Blue (GB, 1996)
41. Resident Evil 2 (PS, 1998)
40. Gran Turismo (PS, 1998)
39. Halo: Combat Evolved (Xbox, 2001)
38. Mega Man 2 (NES, 1988)
37. SimCity (PC, 1989)
36. Civilization (PC, 1991)
35. Starcraft (PC, 1998)
34. Sonic the Hedgehog (SEGA Genesis, 1991)
33. Super Mario Kart (SNES, 1992)
32. GoldenEye 007 (N64, 1997)
31. Tecmo Super Bowl (NES, 1991)
30. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (360/PC, 2006)
29. Half-Life (PC, 1998)
28. Diablo II (PC, 2000)
27. BioShock (360/PC, 2007)
26. God of War (PS2, 2005)
25. Street Fighter II (Coin-op, 1991)
24. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PS, 1997)
23. Galaga (Coin-op, 1981)
22. Contra (NES, 1988)
21. Super Metroid (SNES, 1994)
20. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64, 1998)
19. Metal Gear Solid (PS, 1998)
18. Resident Evil 4 (GameCube, 2005)
17. Chrono Trigger (SNES, 1995)
16. Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! (NES, 1987)
15. Final Fantasy VII (PS, 1997)
14. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3/360/PC, 2007)
13. Super Mario 64 (N64, 1996)
12. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES, 1992)
11. World of Warcraft (PC, 2004)
10. Ms. Pac-Man (Coin-op, 1981)
9. Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES, 1990)
8. Final Fantasy III (now known worldwide as VI) (SNES, 1994)
7. Metroid (NES, 1986)
6. Doom (PC, 1993)
5. Half-Life 2 (PC, 2004)
4. Grand Theft Auto III (PS2, 2001)
3. Tetris (PC, 1984)
2. Super Mario Bros. (NES, 1985)
1. The Legend of Zelda (NES, 1987)

The highest spots on the list are reserved more for an innovation and/or “what did this game do for gaming as a whole?” sort of factor.

Thanks to Metonymy at RPG Dreamers for the cover pic and NintendoEverything for the original version of the list.

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