The Greatest Games Of All-Time
Posted on Saturday, January 21 @ 14:48:06 Eastern by GR_Staff
The Greatest Games of All-Time (or The Quest for the A+)
With Game Revolution's transition from our notorious letter grades to the five-star system for reviews, we were fated to crash into one unfinished matter of business: What would we have given an A+?
Anyone who has referenced our grading system at the bottom of the site knows what we call an A+ title: "The Holy Grail of Gaming. The Perfect Game. We have never given one." Indeed, Game Revolution has never given an A+, which would coincide with the philosophy that there is truly no such thing as absolute perfection—somewhat depressing but certainly realistic.
But with this notable cloud over our heads, we posed the inevitable question and realized immediately that, in fact, we're just writing a feature on what we think is the greatest game of all-time. We've never written that feature, either. So why not kill two birds with one... you know what, that's mean.... how about killing two congressional bills with one Internet? Is that idiom worth an A+? (Maybe.) ~ Nick Tan
Anthony Severino - Final Fantasy III
There isn’t a perfect game, and there never will be. But there are a few games that do come close. Josh and Dave’s picks were among my three-way tie for what I’d consider as close to perfection as possible. The SNES seemed to be a breeding ground for greatness. The third title, and the one they didn’t already picked, edged out the rest as my one A+ game.
There’s a special place in my heart for Final Fantasy III (VI in Japan). It’s my childhood video game equivalent of the N64 kid. And to this day, I don’t think any game has pulled me in so deeply into the story or built as strong a bond as I did with Terra, Locke, Edgar, and the rest of the crew.
I cherish the hours I spent dungeon-crawling in search of Esper-filled Magicite. I’ll never forget the shock I felt when (*spoilers*, but yeah, this game's quite old already) Kefka killed Gestahl and brought the world to ruin. The entire game is filled with moments that not only shaped me as a gamer, but will also stay with me forever. And nothing yet has ever touched me the same way.
In order to explain why I would give Bioshock a perfect score, I have to first explain why I wouldn't give one to my favorite video game series, Mass Effect. The one thing Mass Effect lacks that Bioshock doesn't can be summed up in one word: consistency. Both games implement incredible storytelling, but Bioshock has been able to preserve core shooting mechanics. Mass Effect's drastic change in RPG elements and overall style between the original and the sequel were too stark.