1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die

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1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die
1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die - soft cover.png
Soft cover edition
AuthorGeneral Editor: Tony Mott
Preface by Peter Molyneux
CountryUnited States
GenreReference work
Published2010 (Universe Publishing)[1]
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Pages960 p.
ISBN978-0-7893-2090-2 [1]

1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die is a video game reference book first published in October 2010.[2] It consists of a list of video games released between 1970 and 2013, arranged chronologically by release date.[3] Each entry in the list is accompanied by a short essay written by a video game critic, with some entries accompanied by screen shots.[4] It was edited by Tony Mott, long-time editor of Edge magazine.[2] The book's preface was written by video game designer Peter Molyneux.[1]

It is written in a similar manner to 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, also published by Universe Publishing.[4][5]

By platform[edit]

Platform Games
3D0 1
Commodore Amiga 4
Apple II 1
Arcade 124
Commodore 64/ZX Spectrum 1
DEC PDP-10 1
Sega Dreamcast 8
Nintendo DS 42
Flash 1
Nintendo Gameboy 3
Nintendo GBA 20
Nintendo Gameboy Color 1
Nintendo GameCube 28
Intellivision 1
Internet 10
Apple iPad 1
Apple iPhone 14
Atari Jaguar 1
Apple Mac 5
Sega Master System 2
Sega Mega Drive 9
Mobile 3
Neo Geo 2
Neo Geo Pocket 1
Neo Geo Pocket Color 1
Nintendo NES 11
Nintendo 64 23
PC 149
Sony PS 21
Sony PS2 53
Sony PS3 44
Sony PSP 16
Sega Saturn 7
Nintendo SNES 26
ZX Spectrum/CPC 1
Atari ST/Mac 1
TurboGrafx-16 1
Unix 1
Nintendo Wii 35
Microsoft Xbox 8
Microsoft Xbox 360 37
ZX Spectrum/C64 1


Reception for the book has been generally positive, with critics praising the wealth of knowledge, but criticizing some particular entries. Rick Dakan of PopMatters stated, "Most of the choices seem great to me, and I like that the authors include a lot of smaller, experimental games and some flawed but important titles as well", but disagreed with some entries, such as Army of Two: The 40th Day.[3]

While The Austin Chronicle praised the history that the book presented, it criticized the book for its repetitiveness in listing several sequels in certain long-running series, such as the Final Fantasy and Resident Evil series.[4][6][7]

In his review for Starburst, Callum Shephard said that it was "a good guide" with the proviso that "It's distinctly weaker when it comes to covering handheld gaming and some titles are definitely under-represented."[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Gamertell Review: 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die". GamerTell. Technologytell.com. 23 July 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b "1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die". Kotaku. 2010-06-04. Retrieved 2012-01-09.
  3. ^ a b Dakan, Rick. "1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die (If You Want)". PopMatters. Retrieved 2012-01-09.
  4. ^ a b c "1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die – Screens Review". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-01-09.
  5. ^ Tony Mott, ed. (2010). 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die. Universe Publishing. pp. 1–990. ISBN 978-0-7893-2090-2.
  6. ^ Mott, Tony (5 December 2011). 1001 Video Games: You Must Play Before You Die – Google Boeken. ISBN 9781844037155. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
  7. ^ "1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
  8. ^ sean (2015-03-27). "Book Review: 1001 Video games you must play before you die". Starburstmagazine.com. Archived from the original on 2016-07-13. Retrieved 2016-04-09.

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