I have played Papers Please, Rocket League, Burnout 3 Takedown, Overwatch, Gears of War 2, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2, Smash Bros Melee, Spelunky, Call of Duty 4: MW, Wii Sports, Guitar Hero, Left 4 Dead, Mario Kart 8, Fortnite, GTA IV, Marjora's Mask, The Sims, Resident Evil 4, Mario Odyssey, Skyrim, Portal 2, Halo, GTA V, Half Life 2, BOTW and Minecraft while I have also watched my better half play Dead Space, God of War, and the Last of Us.
I think this list is more of a discussion point for games in the 21st century, rather than a definitive list of the best games. They have opted to pick the most known of the games in a franchise. For example, why the Sims and the not the superior sequel? Why the original Halo? Why that entry in the COD? Left 4 Dead over Left 4 Dead 2? Probably because those are the most experienced versions of the game rather than them being the best of that offering.
Best is such a nebulous term for a game list. With music, the basis by which we assess music is by auditory enjoyment. There is no analog in music. I could have a game on the list because of sound design, story, game-play, atmosphere or a combination of all three. It seems weird to rank the games in order from 1-50. It almost should be an unranked list. How does one compare Portal 2 to Wii Sports?
Related to above, it is weird to have Minecraft above BOTW or Portal 2. Not saying it is wrong. Just feels strange. Minecraft is probably more "fun" than BOTW or Portal 2, but is it a better experience? Not a rhetorical question, just me asking.
Only one Mario platform? Where the fuck is Galaxy?
Walking Dead Season 1 belongs on the list.
Of the list, I think that the two games I would remove having known enough about the games is Last of Us and Skyrim. I have never enjoyed the gameplay of the Naughty Dog Uncharted/Last of Us style. I played an hour of Uncharted 1 and thought the game play sucked. I watched my better half play Last of Us and thought it was immensely overrated. On the flipside, I think the Skyrim games encapsulate every problem with open world games - lots to do, nothing is fun, and lacks any worthwhile depth. I know this is controversial!
Indie games are shafted on the list. I don't believe Spelunky ultimately belongs there, but how the fuck is the Witness or FTL not included here?