27 years is a long time. For nearly three decades, Game Informer has made it its mission to inform the public about this thriving medium and the complex industry it’s housed in. For our 300th issue, we sat down as a group for the sake of a massive undertaking: ranking the 300 greatest games of all time. We argued for weeks on the basis on historical significance, enjoyability, and of course that je ne sais quoi that just makes some games better than others to put together this list. The process was brutal, with passionate pleas for many of our favorite titles failing to make the cut, but in the end we emerged with what we feel as a group is the definitive list.
Besides celebrating this achievement with a party we’ve put on with Fulton brewery, we also commissioned five beautiful covers that celebrate some of gaming’s finest works and eras by artist Greg Semkov. We chose our covers on a number of factors, including giving classics that we never did a cover story on a chance to grace the cover of Game Informer as well as picking genre-diverse titles in order to present the rich breadth of gaming. The four games chosen four special covers are Red Dead Redemption, Minecraft, Metroid, and World Of Warcraft. The fifth cover is a both a callback to the original magazine design from 1991 as well as a thematic piece of art intended to capture the enthralling experience of falling in love with the world of video games for the first time.
You can view all the covers here:
In addition to our massive declaration of gaming’s greatest, this issues features a piece on the dangers of crowdfunding by Jeff Marchiafava, as well as our reviews of an indie triple threat: Celeste, Crossing Souls, and Iconoclasts.
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