Braulio’s Top 100 Games of All Time

Life is getting real now that I’m about to graduate from my University with a B.A. in Television, Film, and Media so I need to prioritize my life goals and take a bit of time off from Cynosure Gaming. I’ve spent countless hours since the early days of June 2015 and they continued until now. I have been lucky enough to find and gather easily the best people on the internet to take care of my baby while my time is consumed with job applications that could eventually lead to my career. Thank you to those who have taken the time to read anything we’ve posted. Now starts a new era under the leadership of Camron, good luck buddy and here are my top 100 games of all time!

Games to add: Sonic Mania, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Journey (?), Actraiser

100. Overwatch (PS4)

99. Guacamelee! (PS3)

98. Kirby’s Canvas Curse (DS)

97. Ratchet and Clank Going Commando (PS2)

96. Bioshock (Xbox 360)

95. Transistor (PS4)

94. Punch Out!! (NES)

93. Soldier Blade (TurboGrafx-16)

92. Yoshi’s Island (SNES)

91. Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath (Xbox)

90. King of Fighters 98 (Arcade)

89. F-Zero X (N64)

88.Garou: Mark of the Wolves (Neo-Geo)

87. Super Mario World (SNES)

86. Tetris (GB)

85. Mega Man 2 (NES)

84. The Legend of Zelda (NES)

83. Beyond Good and Evil HD (PS3)

82. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PS1)

81. Halo 2 (Xbox)

80. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Ps3)

79. Donkey Kong Country (SNES)

78. DOOM (Ps4)

77. The Legend of Zelda:Oracle of Ages/Seasons (GBC)

76. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Genesis)

75. Super Mario Kart (SNES)

74. Hyper Light Drifter (PS4)

73. Final Fantasy VI (SNES)

72. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest (SNES)

71. X-men vs Street Fighter (PS1)

70. Spyro the Dragon (PS1)

69. Metroid Fusion (GBA)

68. Final Fantasy V (PS1)

67. Soul Caliber 2 (GCN)

66. Kingdom Hearts II (PS2)

65. God of War 3 (PS3)

64. Sly Cooper (PS2)

63. Ikaruga (GCN)

62. Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (SNES)

61. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)

60. Super Metroid (SNES)

59. Kirby Super Star (SNES)

58. Ninja Gaiden (NES) 

57. Sonic the Hedgehog (Genesis)

56. Pokemon Puzzle League Champion (N64)

55. Burnout 3: Takedown (Xbox)

54. Sin and Punishment (N64)

53. Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)

52. Final Fantasy XV (PS4)

51. Twisted Metal Black (PS2)

50. 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (DS)

49. Galaga (Arcade)

48. Marvel vs Capcom 2 (PS2)

47. Dr. Mario (NES)

46. No More Heroes 1/2 (Wii)

45. Pokemon Snap (N64)

44. Final Fantasy X (PS2)

43. Metal Gear Solid (PS1)

42. Super Meat Boy (Xbox 360)

41. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 (Ps3)

40. Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)

39. Catherine (PS3)

38. Fire Emblem (GBA)

37. Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN)

36. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GCN)

35. Final Fantasy IV (SNES)

34. Pac Man Championship Edition DX (PS3)

33. Xenoblade Chronicles (3DS)

32. Puyo Puyo Tetris (Switch)

31. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2)

30. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U)

29. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)

28. Vanquish (PS3)

27. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (Ps3)

26. Capcom vs SNK 2 (PS2)

25. Halo 3 (Xbox 360)

24. Fire Emblem Awakening (DS)

23. Ninja Gaiden 2 (PS3)

22. Burnout Paradise (PS3)

21. F-Zero GX (GCN)

20. Splatoon 2 (Switch)

19. Chrono Trigger (SNES)

18. Resident Evil 4 (GCN)

17. Bayonetta 2 (Wii U)

16. Shovel Knight (Switch)

15. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (Wii U)

14. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4)

13. Ratchet and Clank Up Your Arsenal (PS2)

12. Super Mario Galaxy 1/2 (Wii)

11. Star Fox 64 (N64)

 

10. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Genesis):

9. Metroid: Zero Mission (GBA): Easily my favorite Metroid of all time. Zero Mission builds on the foundation that the original masterfully prepared for a sub-genre that wasn’t well established yet. Having access to a map, yes a map, and the grip ability (originated in Metroid Fusion) makes an already great game into a perfect game. 

8. Pokemon Silver Version (GBC): Catching them all was fun and cool back in Red version, but as Nintendo does best they expanded something good into something great. Pokemon Silver/Gold is as good as the series ever got. Sadly, Nintendo never tried to copy what many consider the peak of the series. I still recall rushing through the game with my Totodile trying to uncover the many hidden secrets in Johto and trying to catch the new 100 Pokemon only to be surprised with an extension to the Kanto region (thanks to the late and great Satoru Iwata). Pokemon Silver should be what Game Freak strives for in the inevitable next generation of the pocket monsters. 

7. The Last of Us (Ps3): Why wouldn’t Sony’s best game be on my top 100 games of all time? Joel and Ellie’s story was told in a masterful way while infusing perfect stealth mechanics into the 16 hour journey. The Last of Us made me feel emotions I didn’t know I could feel through a video game. Damn them Naughty Dog developers and their amazing story telling skills. Let’s hope they hit thunder a second time with The Last of Us Part II.

6. Earthbound (SNES): I started Earthbound back when I was still in high school and I recently finished it and completely fell in love with just about everything this game had to offer. The characters and set pieces really make this game shine. Not once did I find it cumbersome to grind out levels to have advantages over tough enemies due to the clever game mechanic on skipping out on under-leveled enemy fights. Real world scenarios brought into the video game with a comedic twist makes Earthbound a thought-provoking game that every RPG fan should experience. 

5. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS2): As soon as I finished Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain I regarded it as my favorite game of all time, but since then I’ve gotten the time to think it over constantly and Snake Eater is always the game I talk about to people outside of CSG. Snake Eater has the staying power on my top games of all time due to the impactful storytelling that Hideo Kojima came up with. The last two hours of this game is brilliant and shows off why this game is a masterpiece. Plus Big Boss is the most badass character in video game history.

4. Final Fantasy VII (PS1): Final Fantasy VII was my first foray into JRPG’s just like many gamers of my age. Not only was it my first JRPG, it was a damn good game that still holds up even now. Sure, the gameplay might be a tad slow, but the PC/PS4 port fixes that with in-game “cheats” that allow the gameplay to go twice as fast. The game’s party members have amazing back stories that intertwine the story arc to what I feel is perfection. Every character, good and bad, have some sort of purpose (except for Yuffie and Vincent) that pushes the story in interesting ways. I can safely say that Final Fantasy VII was the first game to ever make me give a damn about what was going on within it and I can safely say it’s the reason I’m a television/film major. Without Final Fantasy VII, I don’t know if I would enjoy telling/writing stories of my own. 

3. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES): What has been my favorite game for nearly two decades was finally dethroned. Being dethroned isn’t such a bad thing as the game had the staying power to outrank hundreds of games that I had played in the span of 5 generations of video games. A Link to the Past is one of the first games I can call perfect. I have nothing bad to say about it. Hell, I even reviewed it during CSG’s Nintendo/Zelda week in celebration for the release of the Nintendo Switch/Breath of the Wild. 

2. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U): Super Mario Kart on the SNES is the first game I ever saved up my allowances for. The series has a special place in my heart, mostly because of all the blue shells I’ve taken. Yes, Mario Kart isn’t as skilled based as many “hardcore” gamers might like, but that’s the joy of the series. No matter how old, young, hardcore, or casual you are, you have a chance of winning the race. It allows everyone to have fun regardless of winning or losing and Mario Kart 8 brought that idea tenfold with tons of tracks and characters to chose from. Mario Kart 8 is a love letter to the word “fun” and it’s difficult to pass up a race no matter how much time you have to sit down and play a video game.

1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch): I was in kindergarden when I got a Game Boy. That Game Boy wasn’t packed in with Super Mario Land or Tetris like the majority of Game Boy owners. My Game Boy came with a copy of The Legend of Zelda: A Link’s Awakening and since then I’ve been a fan of the series. As a kid I wasn’t very good at video games, but that didn’t stop me from playing them. Having this giant world to explore and gather weapons to fight off hoards of enemies was awesome. Fast forward over two decades and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild releases on the Nintendo Switch and the Wii U and it gave me that same sense of satisfaction that I received on that old gray Game Boy. Having a massive world to explore at my leisure and not be held by my hand made me feel a sense of a joy that no video game has ever given me. Breath of the Wild isn’t just my favorite video game of all time, it’s literally my favorite piece of medium of all time and we’ll see if this ever gets dethroned by anything. Nintendo has managed to make something so spectacular that I can’t even describe what I feel when I play the game. Breath of the Wild is my favorite game of all time. 

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Braulio Ortiz

Founder and creator of Cynosure Gaming. Has roughly 24 years of gaming experience and began gaming on the NES. After playing countless hours of Ninja Gaiden and The Legend of Zelda a new hobby was born. Since then I’ve owned every major console and handheld and have beaten nearly every game that is relevant to the industry. Now I continue my passion through this website and see no end to this awesome world of entertainment. PSN & NID: happydude633

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