Guinness Records: Top 50 Console Games

Guinness World Records has recently announced it’s list of The 50 Console Games. Details about the list and exactly what it signifies are sketchy but based on comments made by Guinness World Records Editor, Craig Glenday, it seems to highlight cultural milestones in gaming and gathers a varied list of the most respected and influential titles.

A reminiscence of the iconic and popular, the list reads like a nostalgia trip through some of gaming’s fondest memories and features the titles who’s impact on gaming society still resonates most with fans today.

“We knew this would be a complex task so we invited a crack team of industry experts to form a judging panel.” Glenday stated “…the result is a “top 50″ list of games ranked both on their importance and on how fun they are to play.”

Lists of this nature tend to differ radically depending on who compiles them, especially when they are based more on popularity but this one is surprisingly satisfying, though the absence of some seminal games still make the nature of the list and it’s criteria a little indistinct. A few obvious omissions include Contra, Super Mario Bros. 3, Sim City and Mega Man 1,2 or 3.

The Complete List:

1. Super Mario Kart
2. Tetris
3. Grand Theft Auto
4. Super Mario World
5. Zelda Ocarina of Time
6. Halo
7. Resident Evil IV
8. Final Fantasy XII
9. Street Fighter II
10. GoldenEye
11. Super Mario 64
12. Tomb Raider
13. Metal Gear Solid
14. Call of Duty 4
15. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
16. GTA San Andreas
17. Super Mario Bros
18. Zelda: A Link to the Past
19. Gran Turismo
20. Final Fantasy VII
21. Pro Evolution Soccer 4
22. The Orange Box
23. Lego Star Wars Complete Saga
24. Tekken 2
25. Wii Sports
26. Pokemon Red/Blue
27. Guitar Hero
28. Project Gotham Racing 4
29. Super Mario Galaxy
30. Resident Evil
31. Ico
32. Chrono Trigger
33. Gunstar Heroes
34. Soul Calibur
35. Advance Wars
36. Ridge Racer
37. Super Metroid
38. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
39. GTA Vice City
40. BioShock
41. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
42. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
43. God of War
44. Sega Rally Championship
45. Starfox 64
46. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
47. WarioWare Inc
48. Saturn Bomberman
49. Crash Bandicoot
50. Outrun 2

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