I have always caught myself saying something like, "This has to be one of my all time top XX games." But lately I wondered to myself, what is
my all time top... whatever, just list them.
So I have, and found sticking to a top 10 is hard. Even now, I can sense some rough entries in the later areas simply for lack of not knowing what the game was. I also handcuffed myself to just one game per franchise, if it indeed had multipal entries. So below is my top 20 all time favourite games.
My Top 20 Best Games of All-Time:
Panzer Dragoon Saga – Sega Saturn
Kidnapping the girl of the game, is possibly the main plot for a vast majority of games in some fashion or another, but in a sequence that last over 10 minutes to set the story and the goal of what you are trying to do, only for your character to be not only shot in the heart, and fall off a rope bridge into a mile deep chasm, is some serious player motivation. and while you may or not have died, something mystical heals you in the water. and he awakens. and later meets the dragon. then begins a 24-50 hour adventure RPG. Sure its awesome having a 100+ hour grind fest but PDS was no grind, and was just pure content. take away that final fantasy grind, and your left with something very simalar to PDS. However PDS did all of that. the graphics were the equivlent of spirits within for its time. and is the ONLY game I have ever played that ends entirely with a BAD ending. Them gameplay, the variations, the characters, and the grand bosses are legendary. This is the best game in the world to me and hardly a soul has played it. So we need a full remake without any directors cut crap released on 360 and ps3, or at minimum a digital download for XBLA,PSN and VC.
Shadow of the Colossus – Playstation 2
A game with no minion enemies, just bosses. How this works I can never quite fathom, but it does. Not only does it make its realism, well real. When you meet the colossai for the first time your eyes just widen. Probably a worldwide pick for '#1 games are art' debates but the twist is just so amazing, tacked onto a picture perfect game with the most awesome gameplay you will ever come to know, SOTC is a masterpiece in everyway, its just flawless.
Red Dead Redemption – Xbox 360
Sure I was initally sucked in by the PR videos, but I like GTA games, and this felt like GTA meets Fallout (once the land begins healing) and While I think its still to fresh to be spoiling the ending. I will just say I love revenge story's and this is the current pinnacle of revenge plotlines.
Skies of Arcadia – Dreamcast
Only one thing beats my love of a Hitman game, and its an epic storyline, that is filled with gameplay, has that revenge element, and that twist you never saw coming. Skies had all of that in some way or another, and the rollercoaster ride it was from flying pirate ships, to just a journey around a sunken planet was a treat, from the islands, the characters, or the story itself. Arcadia to me is the second best SEGA game ever made and if I worked for SEGA I would make this one of my top 5 priorties for making a genuine sequel too.
Hitman: Blood Money – Xbox 360
Hitman has been all over the place, people found it too hard, too easy, controls too fiddly. So when its controls are perfect, its difficulty is just perfect, and its story is based around 47's funeral, and is the end to the Hitman series (so your supposed to be lead to thinking) and that credit sequence rolls only for you to wake up and have another level to do in an ever more badass suit, coupled with its tease of an ending. I can't help but make this the best in the series and want the next one as soon as inhumanly possible.
Fallout 3 – Xbox 360
337 hours... 349 saves... but I wouldn't trade a second for Fawkes, the walking battletank. He always wins, and can take a super behemoth in a minute flat. I'm just glad he is on my side. So when Bethesda threw in all those DLC's with point lookout being my favorite of the lot I can't help but love this game. it quite literally is Elder Scrolls with guns, and has a selection of swords that can mean you can play it that way if you must. then through in that stealth suit, which was like a digital wetdream, as my prefered playtype is the sneaky thief I was away.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – Playstation
Simply the best Castlevania ever made. not only did you have to do the castle, you had to do it a second time, but inverted. so it is quiet the shock to the system when you find the inverted castle is so cleverly thought out as the original it becomes a masterpiece of inginuity. If that was not enough past completion you then had the choice to do the entire thing over again, but as Richter Belmont. It was just a classic game that kept on giving, and was full of secrets, and ways in which to break sequence.
Left 4 Dead – Xbox 360
You know what I don't hate? I don't hate Francis or Left 4 Dead. However I was very close to manufacturing a 'Bill ninja'd my medpack' t-shirt so I was elated when I discovered he died in the passing. But I can't figure out why I love the original over the much improved sequel. maybe it was the initial experience, or it was just more fun in tighter corridors when playing versus. Or laughing my head off down a headset when I reached the very first saferoom in 30-40 seconds and the enemy team is wondering 'where's the fourth one?' when ythe rest of my team is on the roof. All I know is there are engrained experiences I will never forget doing expert to completion with my friends on this one.
Demon’s Souls – Playstation 3
I always imagined what would Diablo 2 be like if it was a 3D adventure, Demon;'s is that answer. I was so disappointed with the reveal of Diablo 3 as a top down game I almost felt my heartbreak. Sure back in the day it made sense, but with the leaps and bounds games have come since Diablo 2, I felt a 'meh' reaction. So When my mate introduced me to Demon's Souls I lost like four months in what felt like a week and a half and a level 300+ character that yawned at dragons with the damage I could inflict. Over a year and a half later I still get this constant itch to play the game (I had the import version one month after the asian release) Theres always something to do, or something I want to try. just because you killed a boss with magic, doesn't mean to say you cant retry on another playthrough with arrows, or that new super sword you crafted.
Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind – Xbox
Oblivion was awesome I will always remember those brotherhood missions, however I got Oblivion thanks to Morrowind, but Morrowind clearly did it better, spells that made you fly, and could bombard enemies from above, the ability to steal some of the top class armour in the game five minutes in, if you knew where or how. and watching your own in game house being built exclusively for you over months of ingame days was a treat. and for me at one point I noticed Oblivion treading over simalar ground to morrowind and the gods. But I will always remember the raining hellfire I was able to cause. this game sucked up so much time from plotline, to side missions, to no point at all other than to raid and loot crap sections that were just there for the hell of it. If this game ever came out as a console MMO, I might as well be declared dead.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater – Playstation 2
While I am probably the one of the biggest Liquid Snake fans, adore the original to death, Snake Eater had both story I felt on par with the original MGS, but I found myself an even bigger fan of eyepatches and bikini girls in overalls. So adding a realistic healing system, what felt like the longest Metal Gear in terms of gameplay, took you over several variations of terrain that stopped only when it felt nessicary, with a story that was revenge over betrayal. A james bond intro with the only song I've ever heard make tree frogs sound epic, and then that 'interactive ending' meant it would always be in my memory. then came my introduction to speedrunning games shaving 12 hours, to 2:49. became an addictive pass time for me.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - Xbox
EIGHT!! Completions. Either I loved HK-47 so much I could listen to him for hours, or the Reven reveal was the gamer equivlent of original movie-goers finding out Vader was Luke's father I couldn't stop, I didn't want it to end.
Super Mario Bros 3 - NES
3D Mario sucks ass, sorry it just does. So not only do I have to go with the best 2D Mario ever made, it is a bench mark for 2D Mario's for all time.
Burning Rangers – Sega Saturn
Name me one other game about Fire fighting that does suck ass!, Burning Rangers is the only one I know of that felt extremely original, fun, and gave you that after thought respect towards real fire fighters.
Devil May Cry 2 – Playstation 2
DMC 1 was ok, but a bit on the hard side for me, DMC 2 however it felt the same, but Dante looked cooler, and the diffculty wasn't tweaked but felt you genuinely had a sword and guns, rather than a popsicle stick and nerf guns, so much so I was able to master every difficulty after barely scrapping through hard mode in DMC 1 and subsequant DMC's. It felt like the perfect balance, and Dante' shrugged off the exact same attack that crippled Kratos ;) You just know Dante would infuriate Kratos to the point his head explodes with rage.
Diablo II - PC
Dear Blizzard, Please can I half my teen years back please, while your game was/is freakin awesome, I barely remember school and then one day having a 2 foot long beard.
Deus Ex - PC
JC Denton, I could listen to that guys voice actor spew conspiracy theories for hours! and even though it has its attrocious moments. This was the first and only FPS RPG I knew about, and with multipal ending to achieve; I lost so many hours to this, and its Xbox sequel, which was good but had its moment when it was like playing the matrix, before the matrix existed.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - Wii
When it comes to Zelda games, I'm a hater. The story hasn't changed since I was a kid, and it infuriates me Nintendo haven't come up with anything new, its always Ganon in the end, and you always win. However the gameplay is flawlessly fun, you pick up a controller to play a zelda game and you lose hours, and seeming Twilight Princess was the more mature graphic setting, and at least Tried to fool you in think it wasn't ganon, it became my favourite. OOT is second incase your wondering.
Resident Evil 2 - Playstation
Everyone can remember the original doberman through the window, and the atrocious voice acting, but its original is a classic. However for me Resident Evil 2 is the best in the series for me, not only did it have up to 4 possible replays, and two different takes on the story, I somehow broke through a barrier, and felt that gaming god moment when I beat each senario in just over an hour, and remember one particular Claire run at 58 minutes and change.
Shadowman - Dreamcast
Probably the hardest pick, as alot of games, could fill this slot, for me, but Shadowman was a combination of Tomb Raider, Manhunt, Legacy of Kain and much more. It had a bit of everything and some decent voice acting for the time. Then throw in the hundred hour gameplay I remember racking up in a single playthrough to get 100%, it stands up higher than the rest for me.
Clearly not everyone
will agree, and be like where the hell is Game x, y
on that list? Well for a start, it's my
list; however if you feel inspired awesome. read