Are these the greatest 100 modern games?

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There’s one thing I do love – and something I do religiously – when I head off to Gamescom and E3. I pick up the latest copy of Edge Magazine, which features some of the finest games writing on the planet. The esteemed publication has once again published its list of the 100 best games you can play right now – and it’s something that’s no doubt going to cause a great deal of debate.

If you’re wondering why your nostalgic favourites fail to show up, there are some interesting criteria for their selection:

“In compiling the list, we worked to simple criteria: all formats – console, PC, portable, coin-op, touchscreen – were eligible; we could include only a single entry from any series that features straight-up sequels; and each game had to stand up today rather than making the cut for reasons of nostalgia or historic significance. The result is a collection of modern classics that must not be missed.”

  1. WarioWare Inc GBA
  2. Spec Ops: The Line
  3. Papers, Please
  4. DriveClub
  5. Braid
  6. Super Hexagon
  7. Her Story
  8. Super Monkey Ball
  9. Final Fantasy XII
  10. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  11. Katamari Damacy
  12. Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  13. Resogun
  14. Puzzle Bobble
  15. Zero GX
  16. The Sims 3
  17. Type Final
  18. Elite: Dangerous
  19. Bomberman
  20. Starcraft II
  21. Pac-Man Championship Edition
  22. BioShock
  23. CoD 4: Modern Warfare
  24. Puzzle & Dragons
  25. Tearaway
  26. League of Legends
  27. Super Meat Boy
  28. Xenoblade Chronicles
  29. Titanfall
  30. Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast
  31. Left 4 Dead 2
  32. Counter-Strike Global Offensive
  33. Civilization IV
  34. Rez
  35. Battlefield 4
  36. Metroid Prime
  37. Hearthstone
  38. Castlevania SotN
  39. Limbo
  40. Towerfall: Ascension
  41. Earthbound
  42. Batman: Arkham Knight
  43. Transistor
  44. Puyo Puyo
  45. FTL Advanced Edition
  46. Persona 4 Golden
  47. Mass Effect 2
  48. Okami
  49. The Stanley Parable
  50. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  51. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
  52. The Witcher III
  53. Far Cry 4
  54. LittleBigPlanet 3
  55. Trials Fusion
  56. Nidhogg
  57. Fez
  58. Super Mario 3D World
  59. Journey
  60. Fire Emblem: Awakening
  61. Dead Space
  62. Dota 2
  63. Vanquish
  64. Super Mario Maker
  65. Shadow of the Colossus
  66. Halo 3
  67. Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
  68. Spelunky HD
  69. Destiny
  70. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  71. Kerbal Space Program
  72. Dishonored
  73. Splatoon
  74. Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
  75. Rock Band 3
  76. Skyrim
  77. Drop7
  78. Uncharted 2
  79. Ico
  80. Super Metroid
  81. Demon’s Souls
  82. Advance Wars
  83. Mario Kart 8
  84. Ultra Street Fighter IV
  85. MGS V: The Phantom Pain
  86. Super Mario World
  87. Red Dead Redemption
  88. Super Mario 64
  89. Portal
  90. Bayonetta 2
  91. Minecraft
  92. Resident Evil 4
  93. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  94. Super Mario Galaxy 2
  95. Tetris
  96. Half-Life 2
  97. Bloodborne
  98. The Last of Us
  99. GTA V
  100. Dark Souls

Do you agree? Do you think the list a load of codswallop? It’s said that opinions are like assholes; everybody’s got one, and it stinks – but in truth, I think opinions are like nipples; everybody’s got at least 3 of them. What games would make your cut for top three modern classics?

Last Updated: September 29, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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