The finalists who just missed a spot this time are Assassin’s Creed, Candy Crush Saga, Minesweeper, NBA Jam, PaRappa the Rapper, Resident Evil, Rogue and Words with friends. These are all classics in their own way, but it’s hard to argue with any of the four choices.
Ocarina of Time made it into the Hall of Fame as a first nominee. The first 3D Zelda title is widely regarded as one of the greatest games of all time, and it remains the highest-rated game ever on Metacritic. It paved the way for the last two and a half decades of action games. Ocarina of Time walked like this Breath of the Wild could run.
Influential title for simulation and strategy The Civilization of Sid Meier was first named as a finalist in 2016 and again in 2019. Arcade Icons Mrs. Pac-Man and DDR each made the shortlist once before.
They join people like ., fate, † and † if Eurogamer notes, Zelda and Pac-Man are the first two series to have more than one entry into the Video Game Hall of Fame, although Super Mario Kart is also in it.
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