Breaking down the 100 best games: What do our choices say about us?

100 games. 12 pages. 16,465 words. 375 comments (and counting). 30 years of history. 4 weeks of nominating, voting, arguing, ranking, then arguing some more. GamesRadar editors poured so much time, effort and tears into the making of last week’s 100 Best Games of All-Time countdown that we sort of assumed we’d be sick of the thing and never want to talk or think about it again.

Curiosity proved us wrong. Once we’d picked and posted our 100, we began to wonder... what did those choices reveal about us? What are GamesRadar’s favorite genres and platforms? Our favorite publishers and developers? Our favorite year and country, even? And what about the readers... what did your reactions and comments to the 100 say about you?

Here are some of the surprising answers we discovered.

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  • ZigzMagoo - April 13, 2011 9:54 p.m.

    If you play a lot of Halo, you would know that there is alot of mechanics into it. Like most noobs will just use an assault rifle, but a pro knows that grenades are the best weapon in the game. Also there is a huge amount of pride in killing a brute with a brute shot on legendary
  • gilgamesh310 - April 13, 2011 11:03 a.m.

    Deus Ex is a unique once in a decade masterpiece, as is System Shock 2 and Half Life 2. Gears of War 2 is an improvement on the first and the horde mode is fun, although I didn't play much of it. A lot of the combat does get a bit repetitive after a while though because of a lack of variety. The worm bit was fairly awesome though and riding the brumak was cool but it was way too easy of a level. The main thing I dislike about Halo is that there is hardly any stimulus to the shooting. It feels like shooting cardboard cut outs. Surely you can't say that about Unreal Tournament. The act of killing enemies in that is immensly satisfying as it is in gears of war and games like RE 4. The combat in Halo just gets stale after about an hour of play and the shooting is obviously the most important thing in an FPS. Story is fairly irrelevant anyway. If the story of a shooter is lacking, so what. Shooters are not to be played for their stories. RPG's are. I still think Halo's story is shit though. Playing the game on harder difficulties isn't going to change a whole lot at all.
  • ZigzMagoo - April 13, 2011 4:58 a.m.

    @gilgamesh13 Im starting to enjoy Deus Ex alot more. Its pretty dope. Gears of War 2 was fun cus it had an interesting background, bad ass weapons, tons of holy shit moments, plus it has horde moments. In what other game besides Shadow of the Collosus can you take down some giant creature (a huge ass worm) plus u can ride a giant locust and take down a giant lambent with a lancer. Way too crazy. And Halo has always been awesome. If you are like me, and have read every book, its story is actually awesome. The combat is simplistic at first, but thats only playing normal. You have no idea how hard and how much planning there is when you run through a level on legendary in Halo 3. Ive played Unreal Tournament and it had no story, and fairly shitty gameplay. Ive also played every other game there except for Timepslitters, which looks awesome, and none of them are as good as Halo except maybe Cod 4, the only good Cod. Halo has the most intense story out of all of them, and better multiplayer than all of them except for Cod 4. Halo wins. Halo will always win.
  • gilgamesh310 - April 12, 2011 6:23 p.m.

    Gob, The music in Halo is brilliant, I won't deny that but i think it's because of the music that people get it into their heads that the game is more epic and profound than it really is. Having brilliant music doesn't make the story brilliant. It's something that made people think the lord of the Rings:Return of the King had a great story when it really didn't. As regards the enemies in Halo, I liked fighting the Elites but no other enemy interested me at all.
  • Gob - April 12, 2011 1:10 a.m.

    @gilgamesh310: I've found Resistance to be utterly uninteresting, Timesplitters to look meh, and CoD 4 to be great, but not that great. I played through it once, then shelved it and went back to Halo 3. I'll concedethat the plotlines of the Halos following Combat Evolved have been poorly told, with the player having to draw from prior knowledge of the books to make anything meaningful out of it. However, even today, I can play CE and still have my jaw drop at the opening scene of the last level, with the slow pan around the crashed Pillar of Autumn with one of the best pieces of soundtrack in history playing in the background. Everything about that game stuck with me, from the inherent badass factor of the soundtrack, to the beauty and sense of mystery radiating from the Forerunner mazes, to the terrifying zealotism of the enemies, which are still challenging to fight to this day. I've never seen any level of consistency in gameplay and balance in any other series of shooters. Also, of course I insulted your intelligence. It's the internet, where everyone but me is stupid. You know it's true for you as well.
  • gilgamesh310 - April 12, 2011 12:46 a.m.

    I also find console shooters like Timesplitters 2, Resistance: Fall of Man, Killzone 3 and CoD 4 to be much better than Halo.
  • gilgamesh310 - April 12, 2011 12:44 a.m.

    Gob, maybe you're right about the Halo story being built up through the Halo novels but that's the point. The quality story isn't in the games at all. You can't just call the story of a series of games really good if the story isn't even in the fucking games. That's just bullshit. And you insult my intelligence then. Jeez I find Doom, Duke Nukem 3d, Half Life, Half Life 2, Unreal Tournament and the Quake series to be much better than any Halo game. The Halo series just has a very repetitive level structure and very little stimulus to the shooting. The multiplayer maybe good but that's not enough to cut it for me.
  • Gob - April 12, 2011 12:38 a.m.

    @gilgamesh310: Lol, you're really not that bright, are you? Halo's storyline was built up through the novels, namely the ones by Eric Nylund. The plots of the numbered installments are nothing but small snapshots of the big picture, which is one of the most detailed and massive in scope I've ever read. Also, I've played plenty of series that are said to be better than Halo simply because they're PC centric, and none of them have been as satisfying. Not Doom, not even Half-Life. I don't see WTF the big deal about PC's is; they can make bigger, prettier, smoother experiences all-around using utterly superior hardware and beefier software. But can it make the games more fun? I've seen no evidence of it.
  • gilgamesh310 - April 12, 2011 12:35 a.m.

    The aiming of Deus Ex gets better if you put the necessary skillpoints into it. You can become become very proficient in shooting if you know where to allocate the points. You can't just play it like a standard FPS. The part with Maria was well handled I admit but the story overall wasn't that great. It wasn't bad though, it's just that I find the gameplay very limiting in the Gears games. I don't see what's so great about going from a few pieces of cover and picking off a few enemies before moving on for the entirety of the game. It gets boring after a while. I didn't find Bioshock scary at all. I felt too overpowered to ever feel scared. System Shock 2 is a game that I did find scary. It simply does everything that Bioshock does better. It's graphics just aren't as good because the game is older.
  • Gob - April 12, 2011 12:21 a.m.

    @BigKingBud: Are you twelve? Also, I think that someone failed at Portal.
  • DamnHippy - April 12, 2011 12:12 a.m.

    i think portal IS the best game of all time, no other game pissed me off by not giving me cake :P
  • ZigzMagoo - April 12, 2011 12:02 a.m.

    The whole aiming mechanism on Deus Ex is so fucked. And you can't admit that you didn't feel anything when you saw how hurt Maria was. I dont actually like Bioshock that much, but I can appreciate the artistic design. I guess i didnt like it cus it scared the shit out of me
  • RideZeLitenin - April 11, 2011 8:57 p.m.

    Breakdowns like these will never be perfect and bias-free. Ever.
  • Mboy1100 - April 11, 2011 8:53 p.m.

    Also.Sweeeet Nintendo pwns the Xbox360 on every level in the top 7 consoles....*starts singing day of a reckoning* XD
  • Mboy1100 - April 11, 2011 8:50 p.m.

    Yesss.....the 1990's BA space marines serious face....WIN!
  • Spybreak8 - April 11, 2011 7:15 p.m.

    If that was Double Fine's logo as Tim Schafer it would be totally acceptable and bad ass lol.
  • gilgamesh310 - April 11, 2011 5:33 p.m.

    Deus Ex's controls are a bit dated now but you can still get used to them quickly enough. Just because Gears 2's story made sense doesn't mean it's great. Cole is basically a 400 pound toddler as well. Bioshock is in no way a sequel to System Shock 2, it's just a half arsed spiritual successor. The pc is the best platform but it's too high maintenence and expensive. It must be great to be a reviewer though and have so much choice of what to play games on.
  • zanthox - April 11, 2011 8:13 a.m.

    PC is the best platform: PROVEN! I love articles like this one, great breakdown guys!
  • ZigzMagoo - April 11, 2011 5:17 a.m.

    Ive been playing Deus Ex, and its actually pretty dope story-wise, but the controls and aiming mechanism are terrible. And Gears of War 2 had a great story. It made sense, and had true emotional content with an interesting background. Not to mention Horde Mode and muthafuckin Cole Train. And Bioshock was a form of a sequel to System Shock. I know some people think its "cool" and "hipsterish" to say that popular games suck, but the truth is that all these games are fuckin awesome, THATS WHY THEY ARE ON THE DAMN LIST! nuff said
  • BladedFalcon - April 11, 2011 4:33 a.m.

    @gilgamesh310 Heh, trust me, you're not the first person to recommend me to play those games. Specially Deus Ex, a friend just told me to play it today. XD But see, the things is that I just don't like playing games in my laptop. For one, it's not a machine fitted for gaming. And though it might theoretically be able to run older games as Deux Ex. There's the fact that I really don't like using the keyboard for playing, like, AT ALL. I'm aware this is probably a silly and flimsy reason for most people, but i simply can't get over it. So yeah, I general, i just don't touch most of the PC games out there, so that's one area of gaming (And arguably anything Wii-related, but eh, as this list proves, there's really not much to miss there XD) I admit myself to be mostly ignorant. ^^;

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