1990s Game Rankings-Have you played these games?

1990s Game Rankings-Have you played these games?
Which of Game Scoop's best games of the year would you choose as the overall game of the '90s?

1990: Castlevania III: The Curse of Dracula
Enter the world of Konami's classic 2D side-scrolling action game and start an epic battle with the vampire count Dracula. Castlevania III: The Curse of Dracula takes you back to the time of Simon Belmont's ancestor Trevor Belmont, allowing you to experience a journey full of challenges and adventures. It is not only a classic work of the Castlevania series, but also a representative work of 2D action games. This game will take you back to a dark, mysterious world, challenging your skills and courage, providing hours of entertainment and exploration.

1991 – Super Mario World
Does anyone doubt that Game of the Year 1991 will go to one of the best Mario games of all time, one of the best SNES games of all time, maybe even one of the best games of all time? Super Mario World, a home console game released in 1991, is still fun to play decades later.

1992 – The Legend of Zelda: A Trilogy of Gods
For a 2D Zelda game, Ancestral Forces beats the likes of Mortal Kombat and Wolfenstein 3D because it has the timeless quality that defines all the best Zelda games. You'll find our early '90s picks dominated by Nintendo, thanks to their classics like A Ancestral Forces.

1993 – Doom
DOOM didn't just revolutionize the shooter genre, it defined a generation and changed the public's perception of video games. While parental panic may seem quaint by today's standards, DOOM codifies and distills Gen X into its rawest and most satisfying identity through the iconic shooter.

1994 – Super Metroid
If you've heard me praise the Nintendo games of the '90s as timeless, it's because there are so many games from this era that live on today for their lasting impact and sheer fun. Super Metroid was a visually gorgeous game that still endures today thanks to its complex gameplay and deep exploration. As one of the main events of the annual Games Done Quick, it remains a speedrunner favorite and is rerun every year by Game Scoop panelist Justin Davis. Not only was Super Metroid the best game of 1994, but it might be the most enduring game of the '90s.

1995 – Warcraft II
Remember when a game studio would come out with an even better sequel a year later? Blizzard released Warcraft 2 a year after the first, cementing the series as a foundational pillar of one of the most beloved gaming companies of all time. Warcraft 2 improved in every way compared to its predecessor and laid the foundation for the better Warcraft games of the early 2000s before the series changed gaming forever with MMORPG (World of Warcraft) world.

1996 – Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64 was the debut game for the Nintendo 64 and the first true 3D platformer. Players control Mario to run, jump, crawl, swim, fly, etc. in the three-dimensional environment, looking for hidden energy stars. "Super Mario 64" had a profound impact on the entire game industry. It established many basic principles of 3D game design, and many modern 3D action and adventure games still emulate its design philosophy. It is regarded by many critics and players as one of the greatest video games of all time.

1997 - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Our Game Scoop team chose Symphony of the Night for a simple reason: it's still an amazing game. While some very good games were released in 1997 including Final Fantasy VII, and in hindsight, there were no shortage of new games in the series, but only one has stood the test of time in terms of quality and fun, And it's not Square Enix's 3D masterpiece but Konami's side-scrolling gothic adventure game.

1998 – Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid, a revolutionary stealth action game from director Hideo Kojima, was first released in 1998 and became one of the most acclaimed video games of its time. The game is the third entry in the "Metal Gear" series, but the first to feature 3D graphics. Metal Gear Solid had a profound impact on the entire gaming industry, not only defining the genre of stealth action games but also introducing many innovative storytelling and game design techniques. The game is regarded by many critics and players as a classic on the PlayStation platform, and it laid the foundation for subsequent works in the Metal Gear series.

1999 – Soulcalibur
Soulcalibur is a 3D weapon fighting game and the second entry in the "Soul" series, following 1995's Soul Edge. The game is one of the few fighting games that can stand up to Street Fighter and Tekken, and is known for its complex weapon combat, beautiful graphics, and unique characters. The game's story revolves around a mystical sword called Soulcalibur, which is the opposing sword to the evil Soul Edge. Each character has their own goals and motivations, with some seeking to destroy the Soulblade and others seeking power.

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