Heavy Rain – The 100 Best Games Ever: 98th

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98. Heavy Rain
The most divisive game on this list? Quite possibly. Held up by some as a step forward for gaming as a whole in terms of interactive storytelling; yet decried by others as a tedious exercise in instruction following that holds both your hands way too tight.

The truth of course lies somewhere in between. Other games have certainly told their tales better, but Heavy Rain undoubtedly creates investment in the player thanks to its deep sense of authorship. But the real reason why David Cage’s best game to date has made it in here is because it’s different. Different good and different bad, but titles that stray off the beaten path deserve to be celebrated. Especially those which let you tap Square to amputate your own finger.
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Crazy Taxi – The 100 Best Games Ever: 99th

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99. Crazy Taxi
Ya ya ya ya ya! So sings Dexter Holland as the craziest of all the taxis leaps from the 128-bit San Francisco hills and straight into our hearts. While Crazy Taxi is available on everything from PSP to Xbox 360, it’s the 2000 Dreamcast original that still shines brightest.

The soundtrack comprises punk-rock anthems from The Offspring and Bad Religion, with both matching the action perfectly. It’s got the official licenses for a load of real stores, which sounds insipid but actually serves to give the cartoonish world a surreal twist. And the Dreamcast pad seems to be better suited to the incredibly deep control scheme than any other controller. It’s pure blue-sky gaming, with an incredible score system and brilliant game design that’s fun whether you’re playing it for the first or five-hundredth time.
Game: Crazy Taxi

Alien: Isolation – The 100 Best Games Ever: 100th

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100. Alien: Isolation
You usually associate space with sleek modernism. Clean lines and pristine conditions, the sterile interiors of spaceships and orbiting stations all reflect the bleakness of space back at it. Alien: Isolation is different. It’s space as seen through a CRT screen. A signal in a haze of static. Seeing the future from the past. As such, it captures the earlier films’ spirit perfectly – specifically the original, where a single alien puts up more than enough fight.

It’s scary enough for you to hide in a locker or crouch under a table when you hear so much as a blip on your chunky green radar, or ready a flashbang when you see the sharp end of a physics-enabled tail whip round a corner. Even after 15 hours of atmospheric exploration and cowering in terror, Alien: Isolation maintains its survival horror scares until the end.
Game: AlienIsolation

It’s Said to Be The 100 Best Games Ever

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Out with the old, in with the new
GamesRadar is dead; long live GamesRadar+. As you’ve probably noticed, our beloved site is giving a warm welcome to new staff who’ve joined our team from Edge, Official PlayStation Magazine, Official Xbox Magazine, and GamesMaster. With our powers combined, we’ve successfully formed a 50-person Voltron of awesome games coverage. And what better way to celebrate than a complete do-over of our most cherished, argued-over list? Welcome to the new and improved list of the 100 Best Games Ever.

Forget nostalgia – these are the finest games you can play right now, even accounting for modern standards or series unfamiliarity. To prevent long-running series like Mario and Zelda from unbalancing the list, we’re only allowing one game per series (with representatives for both the 2D and 3D iterations if need be). This isn’t a compendium of the most important games of all time, either; historic significance doesn’t mean diddly if it ain’t still fun to play. Regardless of how you feel about our ordering, you have to admit that all 100 of these games are truly excellent. So, which titles do we collectively cherish above all else? Only one way to find out…

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(FYR: gamesradar.com/best-games-ever/)