IGN’s Top 100 Modern Games: The List In Full And Analysis

And so here we are: IGN has completed its countdown of what it feels to be the Top 100 ‘Modern Games’. If you don’t feel like clicking through one hundred different screens, I have saved you the trouble by compiling the results into this list along with information on the games release and developers. Be aware that this list as a result will contain massive spoilers: you have been warned. If you want the original format then go to IGN’s site here, otherwise without further ado, from 100 down to number 1, here is the list:

100 – Demon’s Souls (2009) – FromSoftware – PS3 Exclusive

99 – League Of Legends (2009) – Riot Games – PC Exclusive

98 – Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery EP (2011) – Capybara Games – iOS Exclusive

97 – Resistance 2 (2008) – Insomniac Games – PS3 Exclusive

96 – Tiny Wings (2011) – Andreas Illiger – iOS Exclusive

95 – Kirby’s Epic Yarn (2010) – Good Feel – Wii Exclusive

94 – Crysis (2007) – Crytek Studios – PC Exclusive

93 – Angry Birds (2009) – Rovio Mobile – iOS, Android, PS3 and PC

92 – Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas (2006) – Ubisoft Montreal – Xbox 360, PS3 and PC

91 – The Sims 3 (2009) – The Sims Studio – PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3, DS, Wii, Mobile

90 – Far Cry 2 (2008) – Ubisoft Montreal – Xbox 360, PS3, PC

89 – Dragon Age Origins (2009) – Bioware – Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Mac

88 – Valkyria Chronicles II (2010) – SEGA – PSP Exclusive

87 – Killzone 2 (2009) – Guerrilla Games – PS3 Exclusive

86 – Castlevania: Dawn Of Sorrow (2005) – Konami – DS,Mobile

85 – Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light (2010) – Crystal Dynamics – Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, Steam, iOS

84 – Elite Beat Agents (2006) – iNiS – DS Exclusive

83 – ‘Splosion Man (2009) – Twisted Pixel Games – Xbox LiveArcadeExclusive

82 – Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction (2010) – Ubisoft Montreal – Xbox 360, PC, Mac, Mobile

81 – Might & Magic: Clash Of Heroes (2009) – Capybara Games – DS, Xbox Live Arcade, PSN

80 – Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010) – Criterion Games – Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC, iOS

79 – Bionic Commando: Rearmed (2008) – GRIN – Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, PC

78 – Marvel Vs. Capcom: Fate Of Two Worlds (2011) – Capcom – Xbox 360, PS3

77 – Total War: Shogun 2 (2011) – Creative Assembly – PC Exclusive

76 – Dr Kawashima’s Brain Age (2006) – Nintendo SDD – DS Exclusive

75 – The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings (2011) – CD Projekt – PC, Xbox 360

74 – Cut The Rope (2010) – ZeptoLab – iOS, Android, DSiWare

73 – Flower (2009) – thatgamecompany – PS3 Exclusive

72 – The World Ends With You (2008) – Jupiter/Square Enix – DS Exclusive

71 – Meteos (2005) – Q Entertainment – DS,Mobile, Xbox Live Arcade

70 – Super Stardust HD (2007) – Housemarque – PSN Exclusive

69 – Viva Pinata: Trouble InParadise(2008) – Rare – Xbox 360 Exclusive

68 – Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story (2009) – AlphaDream – DS Exclusive

67 – Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010) – Retro Games – Wii Exclusive

66 – Picross DS (2007) – Jupiter – DS Exclusive

65 – Mega Man 9 (2008) – Inti Creates – WiiWare, PSN, Xbox Live Arcade,Mobile

64 – Burnout Paradise (2008) – Criterion Games – Xbox 360, PS3, PC

63 – Fable II (2008) – Lionhead Stuidos – Xbox 360 Exclusive

62 – Advance Wars: Dual Strike (2005) – Intelligent Systems – DS Exclusive

61 – Alan Wake (2010) – Remedy – Xbox 360 Exclusive

60 – Warhammer 40,000: Dawn Of War II (2009) – Relic Entertainment – PC Exclusive

59 – Puzzle Quest: Challenge Of The Warlords (2007) – Infinite Interactive – DS, PSP, PS2, PS3, Xbox Live Arcade, iOS, Mac, PC, Wii, Mobile

58 – Wii Sports Resort (2009) – Nintendo EAD – Wii Exclusive

57 – Mirror’s Edge (2008) – DICE Sweden– Xbox 360, PS3, PC, iOS

56 – Dead Rising (2006) – Capcom – Xbox 360 Exclusive

55 – DJ Hero (2009) – FreeStyle Games – Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii

54 – Pokemon Black & White (2011) – Game Freak – DS Exclusive

53 – Professor Layton & The Unwound Future (2010) – Level 5 – DS Exclusive

52 – Shatter (2009) – Sidhe Entertainment – PSN, PC

51 – Company Of Heroes (2006) – Relic Entertainment – PC Exclusive

50 – Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (2010) – DICE – Xbox 360, PS3, PC, iOS

49 – Geometry Wars 2: Retro Evolved (2008) – Bizarre Creations – Xbox Live Arcade Exclusive

48 – Castle Crashers (2008) – The Behemoth – Xbox Live Arcade, PSN

47 – Super StreetFighter 4 (2010) – Capcom – Xbox 360, PS3, 3DS

46 – God Of War 3 (2010) – Sony Santa Monica– PS3 Exclusive

45 – Super Paper Mario (2007) – Nintendo EAD – Wii Exclusive

44 – Braid (2008) – Number None Inc. – Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, PC, Mac

43 – Tetris DS (2006) – Nintendo – DS Exclusive

42 – World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm (2010) – Blizzard Entertainment – PC, Mac

41 – Sid Meier’s Civilization IV (2005) – Firaxis – PC, Mac

40 – Infamous 2 (2011) – Sucker Punch – PS3 Exclusive

39 – The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006) – Nintendo EAD – Wii, Gamecube

38 – Lumines (2005) – Q Entertainment – PSP, PC, Xbox Live Arcade

37 – Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (2010) – Kojima Productions – PSP Exclusive

36 – Shadow Complex (2009) – Epic Games – Xbox Live Arcade

35 – Borderlands (2009) – Gearbox Software – Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Mac

34 – Little Big Planet 2 (2011) – Media Molecule – PS3 Exclusive

33 – NBA 2K11 (2010) – Visual Concepts – Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, PC, DS Wii

32 – World Of Goo (2008) – 2D Boy – PC, Mac, iOS, WiiWare

31 – FIFA 11 (2010) – EA Canada – Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, iOS, DS, PSP, Wii

30 – Peggle (2007) – PopCap Games – PC, Mac, iPod, Mobile, DS, Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, iOS, Android

29 – Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (2007) – Retro Studios – Wii

28 – Forza Motorsport 3 (2009) – Turn 10 Studios – Xbox 360 Exclusive

27 – Team Fortress 2 (2007) – Valve Corporation – PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Mac

26 – Limbo (2010) – PlayDead – Xbox Live Arcade, PS3, PC

25 – Mario Kart DS (2005) – Nintendo EAD – DS Exclusive

24 – Rock Band 2 (2008) – Harmonix – Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii

23 – Plants vs. Zombies (2009) – PopCap Games – PC, Mac, Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, DS, Android, iOS

22 – Gears Of War (2006) – Epic Games – Xbox 360 Exclusive

21 – Starcraft II: Wings Of Liberty (2010) – Blizzard Entertainment – PC, Mac

20 – Dead Space (2008) – Visceral Games – PC, Xbox 360, PS3, iOS

19 – Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) – Infinity Ward – Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, DS, Mac

18 – The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006) –Bethesda Games – Xbox 360, PS3, PC

17 – Left 4 Dead 2 (2009) – Valve Corporation – Xbox 360, PC, Mac

16 – Heavy Rain (2010) – Quantic Dream – PS3 Exclusive

15 – New Super Mario Bros. (2006) – Nintendo EAD – DS Exclusive

14 –  Halo Reach (2010) – Bungie – Xbox 360 Exclusive

13 – Pac Man Championship Edition DX (2010) – Namco Bandai – Xbox LiveArcade, PSN,Mobile

12 – Half Life 2: Episode 2 (2007) – Valve Corporation – PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3

11 – Grand Theft Auto IV (2008) – Rockstar Games – Xbox 360, PS3, PC

10 – Super Smash Bros Brawl (2008) – Nintendo/Sora/Game Arts – Wii Exclusive

9 – Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009) – Rocksteady Studios – Xbox 360, PS3, PC

8 – Assassins Creed II (2009) – Ubisoft Montreal – Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Mac

7 – Uncharted 2: Amongst Thieves (2009) – Naughty Dog – PS3 Exclusive

6 – Fallout 3 (2008) –BethesdaGames – Xbox 360, PS3, PC

5 – Portal 2 (2011) – Valve Corporation – Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Mac

4 – Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010) – Nintendo EAD – Wii Exclusive

3 – Red Dead Redemption (2010) – Rockstar Games – Xbox 360, PS3

2 – Bioshock (2007) – 2KBoston– Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Mac

1 – Mass Effect 2 (2010) – BioWare – Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Analysis

  • Perhaps depressingly, I called the winner a week ago. Mass Effect 2 is loved by IGN, so it is unsurprising in a way. The list in general does not really throw up that many shocks in my opinion, all the big hitters are roughly where you would expect them to be. For me the biggest surprise is seeing Pac Man Championship Edition DX in 13th place, very high for a downloadable title & remake of a classic game. The other big shocks come in the form of God Of War 3 and Twilight Princess being quite far down the list (46th and 39th respectively), and as a result of IGN’s policy to only include one game from each series, it means that Metal Gear Solid 4, one of the strongest reviewed games for the PS3, does not make it to the list; instead Peace Walker hit 37th position in its place.
  • Some big franchises didn’t make this list of top ‘modern games’. The likes of Dragon Quest, Tekken, Final Fantasy, Gran Turismo and Resident Evil didn’t make the cut; perhaps implying that these franchises have been on the wane over the last few years.
  • The list is heavily swayed towards the past three years; the top year for gaming according to the list was 2010 with 24 entries, closely followed by 2009 with 22 entries. Lumines (38th) is the oldest game on the list whereas Infamous 2 (40th) is the most recent release.
  • As far as developers go, Nintendo EAD remain the king of the new generation; they have six titles in the list and the honour of the best exclusive title with Super Mario Galaxy 2. Valve and Ubisoft also did quite well with four apiece, but what is striking about the list is how many developers are represented by single games; if nothing else highlighting how important third party developers are to the modern games industry
  • And finally, one for the fanboys to argue about; which console is best represented in the list? A lot of the titles are multiplatform, meaning that a console had to have several exclusives going for it to come out on top. And the result? The humble PC is the king of consoles, with 43 games playable on your desktop. In the home console battle (Wii vs. PS3 vs. Xbox 360), it is Sony’s console that has the largest number of entries, with 40 compared to the Microsoft’s 38 and Nintendo’s rather paltry 19. One thing to note however is that many of the 360 titles did not turn up until the second half of the list, maybe suggesting quality over quantity, and in terms of the downloadable services, Xbox Live offered 16 games to PSN’s 11.

My Thoughts

Overall, I find this to be quite a well composed list, although a good friend of mine did raise a good point in questioning the whole point of trying to work out what a ‘modern game’ is. By only including one game from each franchise, the list offers up a wide range of genres and tastes, with the Top 10 in particular doing a lot to debunk the theory that this is the FPS generation. There is also a healthy amount of downloadable titles, showing how that market has come along. In fact, my one problem with this list annoyingly lies in the game that was placed at number one; Mass Effect 2 is indeed a great game, but I personally thought the first game was the better all round title, and therefore either Bioshock or Red Dead Redemption should have taken the crown. But that’s just my opinion I suppose.

I hope you have found this list format to be useful, and I would be interested in seeing what people make of this. Feel free to leave comments below and check out everything else on my blog, I’ll be getting back to reviews soon so keep your eyes peeled.

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5 thoughts on “IGN’s Top 100 Modern Games: The List In Full And Analysis

  1. Pingback: IGN’s Top 100 Modern Games: Initial Thoughts « Dazcooke's Video Game Land

  2. Wow, I thought I was making good progress with gaming over the last few years yet I have only played 37 of these. Guess I still have a lot of catching up to do…

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