Monday, July 27, 2015

Choicest Games Top 100: Honourable Mentions and Analysis



Honourable Mentions


There were truly too many games to choose from when it came to the Top 100 so there are no doubt some classics that are missing. Some of the games below are held in very high regard but usually by only one judge and were hence pushed further down the list. Honourable mentions go to:

  • Age of Empires
  • Battlefield 3
  • Borderlands
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2
  • Call of Duty: World at War
  • Call to Power 2
  • Civilization III
  • Commander Keen
  • Doom 3
  • Fahrenheit (aka Indigo Prophecy)
  • Fallout
  • Fallout 3
  • Far Cry 2
  • Homeworld
  • Hotline Miami
  • Lemmings
  • Little Big Adventure (aka Relentless: Twinsen's Adventure)
  • Loom
  • Mafia II
  • Max Payne
  • Neverwinter Nights 2
  • Planetside 2
  • Privateer 2: The Darkening
  • Rome: Total War
  • Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
  • Sid Meier's Colonization
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Star Control 2
  • Starcraft II
  • Syndicate (1993)
  • System Shock 2
  • The Walking Dead
  • Tomb Raider (2013)
  • Tropico 3
  • Ultima Online
  • Unreal Tournament
  • Wacky Wheels
  • Wing Commander: Privateer
  • Worms 2

Analysis


Also, since I love analysing data I thought I'd pick some interesting stats I noticed with respect to the games we picked for the Choicest Games Top 100.

Oldest Game on the List
The oldest game on the list is 1985's Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? . Other old games include 1986's Tetris and 1988's Battle Chess.

Newest Game on the List
The newest game on the list is 2014's Civilization: Beyond Earth. Other recent games include 2013's The Wolf Among Us and Battlefield 4.



Year with most Top 100 Games
The year with the most Top 100 games is 1999 with 8 games:

  • Age of Empires II
  • Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
  • Counter-Strike
  • The Longest Journey
  • Planescape: Torment
  • Quake III
  • SimCity 3000
  • Team Fortress Classic

1996 (6 games), 2004 (7 games) and 2005 (6 games) were also years with many Top 100 games.

Decade with most Top 100 Games
The 2000s had the most Top 100 games with 45 games in total. This was followed by the 1990s (39 games) then the 2010s (11 games). There were 5 games on the list from the 1980s.



Developer with most Top 100 Games
The developer with most Top 100 Games was Valve with 10 games on the list being developed by them. Bioware came second with 8 Top 100 Games and Maxis came third with 6 Top 100 Games.



Publisher with most Top 100 Games
The publisher with most Top 100 Games was Electronic Arts or EA with a whopping 18 games on the list. Second on the list is the now defunct Lucasfilm/Lucasarts with 9 games and third is Valve with 8 games.



The most represented genre in the Choicest Games Top 100
More than one fifth of the games on the Choicest Games Top 100 are First-Person Shooters (22 games) although the list is also dominated by RPGs (18 games) and Real-Time Strategy (RTS) games (15 games).

Highest ranked FPS on the list
Wolfenstein 3D

Highest ranked RPG on the list
Diablo II

Highest ranked RTS on the list
Starcraft

Highest ranked Point 'n' Click Adventure on the list
The Secret of Monkey Island

Highest ranked Turn-based Strategy on the list
Civilization II

Highest ranked City Builder on the list
SimCity

Highest ranked Business Simulation on the list
Theme Hospital

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