There are not many things that are as nostalgic and as ever-green as the video games of the past. Whether you grew up in the 80s, 90s, or 2000s, there are bound to be at least a few video game titles that you played as a child that still remain undefeated in terms of playing pleasure. Over the past 20 years, the video game industry has completely changed. Games have evolved, and even players have changed how they approach these games. However, it is hard to deny that some of those classic titles from the past were actually more enjoyable than the high-res modern games available to us today. Maybe it was partly due to the fact that video games themselves were somewhat of a novelty or maybe it is because video games have simply become too accessible today. Even on your smartphone, you can access some very intense and graphically impressive video games. Consoles are still popular, but they are nothing out of the ordinary as they used to be when video games were new and still uncommon.
Overall, just selecting the best game of the year can be a tough decision to make and it is a very subjective decision too. Selecting the most popular games of all time is an even more challenging endeavor. However, using a few metrics such as overall player count, innovation, influence, and general playability, we can see that there are a few titles that do stand out. In nearly every genre of gaming, there are those titles that started the trend, those that changed the trends, and those that have endured through all those challenges. With these standards in mind, let’s look at some of the top games that gamers have ever had a chance to play, ranked in no particular order.
This is one of the very first, and one of the most iconic games ever made. If you have ever played with the classic Gameboy device, the original Sega, Nintendo console, or any of the early 90s platforms, Mario was one of the main titles available. It’s also the first mainstream platform game created nearly 30 years before the very popular modern-day title, Subway Surfer. The storyline revolved around Mario the plumber and the obstacles that he faces as he runs through the mushroom world. There have been dozens of variations of this game and to this day we are seeing new releases on a frequent basis. Being one of the oldest and most widely played games ever created, Mario will forever be one of the greatest of all time.
Pokemon was initially developed by an amateur Japanese game designer who simply wanted to create a different version of modern card trading games. Back when it was released it was primarily a physical card trading game, and the first video game title for this card game appeared soon after. Later on, Pokemon spread to all kinds of things including a wide range of toys for children. In fact, some of the best pokemon toys have become collector items and some original cards can be worth tens of thousands of dollars. This game got a lot of attention and one of the reasons why it is still relevant today is that there is so much development happening under the Pokemon trademark. Every year we see multiple new games in the Pokemon line-up. They are continuously testing what they can do with the Pokemon title as they are always releasing new ways to keep the story going, and people are still loving it.
3. Mortal Kombat
One of the most powerful and well-known martial artists of the modern era is Jon Claude Van Damme, and the video game Mortal Kombat actually started off with this character as the main concept. During development, the game gained a more sci-fi feel and evolved into something else. However, the character of Johnny Cage is based on JCVD. Mortal Combat was a very early game of its kind being released in 1992 it revolutionized game graphics and was developed in response to Street Fighter. One of the main reasons Mortal Kombat got so popular was its gory graphics and the special moves, and the violent consequences that these moves entailed. Many titles tried to follow the path of Mortal Kombat, such as Bloody Roar, but none were able to do it quite as well as MK. Today, MK fans stay loyal to this title, and new titles are being released every year.
4. Tony Hawks: Pro Skater
When Tony Hawks the professional skater started skating, the sport was actually coming to an end in the late 80s and early 90s. Skating had been a popular sport in Tony Hawks’ childhood, but by the time he was in his teens and able to skate properly, few fans were left. His skill level is demonstrated by the fact that he single-handedly brought the sport back to popularity. In fact, it got so popular that we saw the first skateboarding game come out soon after Tony Hawks turned professional. This development not only took the videogame industry by surprise but also rejuvenated the sport of skateboarding. The original Pro Skater game came out in the 90s and up until very recently, we have seen newer versions of the game come out on all the major platforms. To this day it remains the most popular game in its category.
The main competition that video games had back then were arcade games and other basic games that were offered on the consoles that were available back then. Today, the situation is a little different. All the modern consoles, and PC gaming rigs, offer the same kind of performance and nearly all games are on par in terms of quality. However, there is a lot more technology available, such as virtual reality goggles and interactive video game devices. Also, team playing formats and online gaming are becoming increasingly popular. The main challenge for these old-school titles and their newer counterparts is finding a way to use modern technology and cater to consumer needs. Today, people don’t want to simply play alone at home with a regular console. They are after an immersive experience where they can interact with other players, feel as though they belong to a larger community, and actually be a part of the game rather than just aiming to win a match or complete a mission.
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