And this is IGN’s Top 100 we’re talking about – their top 100 modern video games. And by modern they appear to mean “nothing that came out earlier than 2005”. There are a ton of games on this list, many of which you might not have heard of, so we’ll skip straight to the important stuff.
The first Valve game on this list is Team Fortress 2, at #27. It seems to be pretty high on the list, but then again you look further up and notice that it got beaten by Gears of War and Call of Duty 4. The next one is Left 4 Dead 2, at #17. A good choice by IGN – in terms of gameplay, L4D2 does come out on top of its predecessor. So that’s pretty high up, isn’t it? Well, sort of, but it got outranked by Halo: Reach, of all games.
Next is Half-Life 2: Episode Two, at #12. A strange choice – while EP2 is, arguably, the finest the HL2 formula has to offer in terms of gameplay, I’m sure anyone would pick Half-Life 2 instead. Pretty high up on the list, but again, it’s beaten out by some pretty odd choices, like Fallout 3 and Uncharted 2.
And the last Valve game on the list is Portal 2, at #5. It’s outranked by a few other peculiar choices, but then again, number 5 is good enough, and hell, it’s their list. Overall, it’s not that bad a ranking, but we do wish some games were a bit higher on the list.
And thanks to Riku for the tip.