|Author||General Editor: Tony Mott|
Preface by Peter Molyneux
|Published||2010 (Universe Publishing)|
|Media type||Print (Hardback)|
1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die is a video game reference book first published in October 2010. It consists of a list of video games released between 1970 and 2013, arranged chronologically by release date. Each entry in the list is accompanied by a short essay written by a video game critic, with some entries accompanied by screen shots. It was ed by Tony Mott, longtime or of Edge magazine. The book's preface was written by video game designer Peter Molyneux.
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.
While The Austin Chronicle praised the history that the book presented, it criticized the book for its repetitiveness in listing so many sequels in certain long-running series, such as the Final Fantasy or Resident Evil series.
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."