IGN Best Video Game of All Time Tournament

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Round 4 of IGN’s Best Video Game of All Time Bracket is now live, and you can vote for your favorites...

https://www.ign.com/articles/ign-best-video-game-of-all-time-bracket-vote-round-3-results-winners

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Most of my top ten games didn't even make it to round 1 and there's some really weird franchise choices. Halo 2 over Halo 1, really? Pokemon Yellow over Red or Blue? Skyrim over Morrowind? THPS2 over THPS3? My top five of what did make it onto the bracket all lost in round 1: D2, FFVII, HL2, Shadow of the Colossus, StarCraft.

I get that it's a popularity contest, but it really shows the demographic that IGN covers these days.
 

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Looks like more recent games tend to be the winners. Probably younger demographic that didn't play some of the older ones and don't realize why some of those were iconic.

Batman Arkham City is on that list. Really? It isn't a bad game, but it did nothing new or didn't change gaming in any major way.
 

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Minecraft beat out Bioshock... wh
Honestly one of the GTAs deserves it. I haven't gotten far into BOTW but it seems up there, too, just not my taste in setting.
For me personally, World of Warcraft.
But if Minecraft ends up winning.. come on.
 
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LOL, there was one game on their list that would be on my list and it was eliminated in round 1.
 

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Most of my top ten games didn't even make it to round 1 and there's some really weird franchise choices. Halo 2 over Halo 1, really? Pokemon Yellow over Red or Blue? Skyrim over Morrowind? THPS2 over THPS3? My top five of what did make it onto the bracket all lost in round 1: D2, FFVII, HL2, Shadow of the Colossus, StarCraft.

I get that it's a popularity contest, but it really shows the demographic that IGN covers these days.

It's the demographic they've always covered. We've just aged.

And yeah these tournaments are always pretty dumb, it's just a popularity contest. I guess it's interesting to see what kids like these days, but the results are nothing to get worked up about.

I find the Top 100 lists chosen by staff like what PC gamer used to do much more interesting. They were always fairly reasonable and you could look through the list and find some really good games to play you may have missed.
 

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Yeah I suppose this is simply "the best" which comes down to opinion. But if we're talking most influential, it is hard to see Half Life, Meal Gear Solid, Half Life Alyx (for VR gaming) loose out. I'm not a huge GTA fan but one of the earlier GTA games needs to be up there because it practically jump started the whole action adventure genre where you drive/steal cars to get to places.
 

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I agree that what it shows is that IGN skews towards a younger demo...lots of worthy games in the Tournament but the winners are based on the younger demographic...although Rise of the Tomb Raider did barely win out over Half Life 2- 52% to 48%, so there are still a lot of people that appreciate the classics
 

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I disagree with almost every single one of those results. My top 5 would be SF2 (or even SF4), Dark Souls, RE4, HL2, and Witcher.

I *do* appreciate that they tossed Burnout 3 in there, though. That's a forgotten classic for sure.
 

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World of Warcraft and Skyrim are the only 2 games I've put over 1,000 hours in. So I guess those are my two top games of all time. If I had to choose out of the two, Skyrim takes the win.
 

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Minecraft beat out Bioshock... wh

I don't like these types of "tournaments" but Bioshock was a shooter on rails with a thinly veiled BS political message while Minecraft has evolved into a global cultural phenomena and modern Library of Alexandria for banned books and other forms of regulated speech.

Yeah, it's a better game. It would be like if Kerbal players successfully launched a communications satellite.
 

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I disagree with almost every single one of those results. My top 5 would be SF2 (or even SF4), Dark Souls, RE4, HL2, and Witcher.

I *do* appreciate that they tossed Burnout 3 in there, though. That's a forgotten classic for sure.
Didn't Sean Murray work on that (before Hello Games)?

HL2 taking an L so early is hilarious if not disappointing.
 

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Most of my top ten games didn't even make it to round 1 and there's some really weird franchise choices. Halo 2 over Halo 1, really? Pokemon Yellow over Red or Blue? Skyrim over Morrowind? THPS2 over THPS3? My top five of what did make it onto the bracket all lost in round 1: D2, FFVII, HL2, Shadow of the Colossus, StarCraft.

I get that it's a popularity contest, but it really shows the demographic that IGN covers these days.

I agree with everything, except your comments on pokemon. I would put yellow above blue/red (green in japan), for the same reason I would put crystal above gold/silver, its just the "bigger" version of the other 2 games.

Im on the fence about San Andreas being put above Vice City, San An undoubtedly had way more features and things to do (car customization, trucks with trailers, SWIMMING!) but VC is the best GTA story ever IMO and I would value that more than the extra things SA brings to the table.

Half-Life 2 didnt seem to make the cut, I wonder if any of these people have ever actually played a video game?
 

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Minecraft makes sense, its huge, amazingly popular, well modded, and some very impressive passion projects have come from it. I don't play it, did a long time ago, but its neat to see what others have done.

God of War also kinda makes sense, Star Craft has been stagnating for a long while now.

Tomb raider over HL2 is the one I completely disagree with, HL2 defined a genre, gave us physics in a game, and still is a gold standard. Tomb Raider is recycled third person mechanics with light survival elements, so every current game basically.
 

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Minecraft makes sense, its huge, amazingly popular, well modded, and some very impressive passion projects have come from it. I don't play it, did a long time ago, but its neat to see what others have done.

God of War also kinda makes sense, Star Craft has been stagnating for a long while now.

Tomb raider over HL2 is the one I completely disagree with, HL2 defined a genre, gave us physics in a game, and still is a gold standard. Tomb Raider is recycled third person mechanics with light survival elements, so every current game basically.
Actually, Trespasser was the first FPS to incorporate real physics into a FPS game.

 

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Minecraft makes sense, its huge, amazingly popular, well modded, and some very impressive passion projects have come from it. I don't play it, did a long time ago, but its neat to see what others have done.

God of War also kinda makes sense, Star Craft has been stagnating for a long while now.

Tomb raider over HL2 is the one I completely disagree with, HL2 defined a genre, gave us physics in a game, and still is a gold standard. Tomb Raider is recycled third person mechanics with light survival elements, so every current game basically.
I agree about Minecraft, like it or not it's been way more influential than Bioshock.

The thing I hate about these "best game ever" lists is that you really have to take into account how influential the games were both in the time they were released, as well as influencing other development in the future.

I mean, sure, HL2 is pretty dated now, and doesn't really offer anything over many other shooters these days, but it was truly revolutionary for the time it was released, and heavily influenced game development going forward way more than Rise of the Tomb Raider ever did.

I would make the same argument for Starcraft versus God of War.
 

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This looks exactly the same as any Bracket Wars showdown - the young always pwn the olds.

But obviously, this one Tomb Raider owns above all (when there are like 42 different titles over the last 25 years, when you count mobile devices:)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tomb_Raider_media

But obviously, this one from 2015 is just so much moar better! (not because its the second most recent, during their most recent series reboot)

I think for me, the most surprising result was the fact that TitanFall 2 beat out Apex Legends (even though one features exactly the same movements as the other, and is only missing a mech, Apex has 13 million active players as of this month! (Titanfall 2 is lucky to top 20k, even though they have been giving the game away for under to tenner during sales for yeas now)

I play Apex Legends a whole lot more than TitanFall.
 
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Why do these lists even exist? "The best video game of all time" is subjective. Some of these games shouldn't even have been mentioned. Tetris being beat by Bloodborne? Yeah OK...lol

That being said Super Mario Bros. 3 is the greatest video game of all time.
 

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the Final 8 have been revealed: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, God of War (2018), Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Grand Theft Auto 5, Batman: Arkham City, Bloodborne, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

https://www.ign.com/articles/ign-best-video-game-of-all-time-bracket-vote-round-4-results-winners

no way should Arkham City have beaten Dark Souls!!!...I love the Arkham games but that's a disgrace...other then that I can't really argue with the Final 8
Well that settles it. Witcher 3 hands down.
 

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Mass Effect 2 lost in round 1. Half-Life and Deus Ex didn't even make the list.

Pathetic commentary on the level of intelligence of the gaming community.
 
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