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Okay here's my list:

 

#50: Street of Rage  (SEGA Genesis) : What can i say about this game? It's such a great game very addictive and you can call the cops whenever you want :P

It has a fanmade remake which im playing right now it's great.

 

#49: Punch Out! (NES/Wii remake) :This game it's full of stereotypes and it's so F*cking hard! But anyway I always enjoyed fighting with King Hicupp.

 

#48: The Sims (PC) : Well what can i say about this game? Everybody knows it and it's really a great game, I spent so much hours making my family (and then kill everybody xD) It such a great game and that's why it's on my 50 list

 

#47 : Parasite Eve (PSX): A survival horror set in a modern day New York with elements of RPG? Count me in. This game is great, it was so difficult to me (I was a kid...kind of) but anyway Eve was so evil and sexy(? The story got me hooked a lot even though I lose my save like 4 times before I finished the game.

 

#46: Final Fight 3 (SNES) : This game is absolutely FUN, the story mode was a little short but you had different paths and it was the first (and last true Final fight) to implement combos and super attacks which added a lot of replay value. I played this game a lot with my friends, always using different characters and discovering new  paths. Great game!

 

#45: Devil May Cry 1 (PS2): Man, this game is absolutely amazing and hard! I remember staying hours collecting red orbs in some mission because you could only save between missions, so i usually picked up some easy peasy mission and then spent hours collecting the orbs. This was because I started playing on Hard XD

I beat it like 5 times on Hard and one on Dante Must Die or something like that

 

#44: Gran Turismo 2 (PSX) : Aside for Need for speed series, I don't usually play car racing games let alone 'Driving Simulation'  games. But GT series had something different and got me hooked the instant I started watching my brother playing it. The first one was ok, but this is a real sequel, the career mode was absolutely addictive. I spent hours buying cars and tuning them, and then I ran out of money so I needed to start racing again :)

#43: Katamary Damacy Series(PS2): What can I say about these games? They are incredible fun and bizarre. Charming characters, great soundtrack and that feeling of power when suddenly you are the same size as a Giant Octopus

 

#42: Megaman X - X-4(Snes/PSX): When I was a kid, I loved Megaman with all my heart, the Megaman X series were a blast and I spent a lot of time getting the capsules of Dr.Light and killing every maverick on the game. Weird case is, I never beat any of them but X4, but even considering that, those games are the best of the megaman series.Period 

#41: Zombies ate my neighbours(SNES) (probably a Typo on the name) : Local Co-Op? Monsters from B-Movies? Funny Pre-Level statements? Count me in!.

Man, to anyone who didn't played the game, i recommend to start playing right now. It's one of the best SNES game, altough it's VERY hard and kind of frustrating, it has a lot of charm and cool gameplay mechanics.

#40: Clock Tower (SNES): While some may argue this game is not the first survival horror, nobody would argue this game is effin scary. There is something on being a little helpless girld being chased by psychopaths and having multiple (and bad) endings. This game is a true jewel for survival horror fans.

 

#39: Front Mission (SNES): Yeah, the first Front Mission is to me, the best of the series. Loved the story, characters and gameplay. The combat is easy to learn but deep to master.

 

#38:Heroes of Might And Magic 3 (PC) : What can i say about this game? Easily I spent 120hrs in it, and to think I never beat any campaing (yeah I suck) but anyways this game is great with a lot of different units/castles/heroes and the posibility to play with 8 characters on one computer was a blast.

 

#37:Mario 64 (N64): A pioneer of 3D platforming, looking for stars in the levels was a blast to play. I managed to get all 120 stars and the feeling of accomplishment cannot be compared to any game. Truly amazing and brutal in difficulty at the same time.

#36:Sim Tower (PC): Yes, Sim tower above Mario 64, how come? Well this game is easily one of my most played game in my life. Every a couple of years I keep coming for more and never gets old. Even today (I played it a couple of months ago) the game is incredibily good looking and fun. 

 

#35:Silent Hill(PSX):This game was the only one so scary to give me literally nightmares. And that's considering I wasn't playing it, but watching my brother play.

I loved the atmosphere and the unsettling characters in Silent Hill, one of the scariest game I ever played.

 

#34:Grandia(PSX): Great characters, fun battle system, a nice and personal story. Grandia is one of those RPG that seems generic, but when you play it you find a undiscovered gem. It's a shame I never beat the game because my save data was erased a couple of times (and i was in the end of the game)

 

#33:Final Fantasy VI(SNES): This was my 4th Final Fantasy game, and it's the second best final fantasy i've played. The story is amazing, the combat is fun, there is a load of characters with loads of charm. It's an incredible game, no wonder why almost everyone think the same way about this game. Truly a gem

 

#32:Suikoden 3(PS2): My first suikoden game, at first I didn't know what to expect and by the time I started playing it it was kind of unconfortable the lack of voice acting. But nevertheless the combat was so addictive to me, loved the characters, the "Chapter" system and absolutely LOVED recruiting party members and seeing them on the Thomas's Castle. Even so, the final battle of this game was epic (using all of the party members in an epic battle). The strategy mini -game was friggin great.

 

#31:Harvest Moon 3(GBC): Yeah, a harvest moon on top of FF, call me an heretic if you want xD but anyways this harvest moon is the third best HM game ever made (so expect 2 more higher in the list)  You could choose being girl or boy. Each one had different abilities, the girl is better on animals and the boy on the farm part. When you choose the other character lives with you and you can told them to do something each day which gives you a lot of free time to do the MANY things you could do. It was the first in the GBC series that you could buy furniture and sell items in a bazaar-esque. The only downside was you could not choose your bride/husband.

 

 

#30:Mario Kart(SNES): The game that it started all... what can I say about this game? Super fun and addictive, colorful graphics and a nice feeling of "3D". And on top of that a pure fun multiplayer to play with your buddies.

 

#29:Chronno Trigger(SNES): Well, this game has mixed reactions in me. One part wants to make it one of the best RPG of all history, and the other part couldn't stand the battle system and the story near the ending. That said, I really loved the game altough I never beat it because lavos was for some reason undefeteable (to my defense I must say that I didn't had the same level in English as of now)

 

#28:Monkey Island 3(PC): The first Monkey Island I beat really. The first Monkey Island was my first point and click game, and I enjoyed it (Sword battles FTW) but never beat it, some years later I tried MI3 and fell in love with the graphics, gameplay, story and the silliness of the plot. The ship and sword battles made me laugh out loud many many times. I have good memories of this game and it's one of those game I keep on playing it over and over in the course of the years.

 

#27:Zelda: OoT(N64): Well everyone  knows this game already. To me is one of the best Zelda games, and the one that made me play zelda games. Altough nostalgia takes a great part in here, I played this game a couple of years ago and, while fun, it was a completely different game in my mind.

 

#26:Persona 2 Innocent Sin(PSX) : First of all, I'm not a "new" persona fanboy, I know Persona series since it's second release (altough at the time I heard about revelations persona but never really cared of) As usual, I never beat that game because a bug I had in my CD that freezed the game in a certain part of the story. Years later I tried to re-play this game with an emulator and man, I had such a blast playing it. With more skills on my english, I understood the story and the problems the characters faced, and completely blew my mind. The story is convoluted but great, and I absolutely adore the 2D graphics. A really great JRPG the second best Persona game (yes, the third one was the best to me)

 

#25:Super Mario RPG(SNES) : The first and better mario RPG so far. Outside of mario characters and world, it can perfectly be another rpg with other chracters and still be incredibly fun, addictive and deep. Loved the isometric view, and messing around in mushroom kingdom.

 

#24:Resident Evil 2(PSX): One of the best RE out there. The story is  nice, you can play as 2 different characters and the story varies depending on which character story you finished first (you can finish Leon story then Claire's or viceversa) The tyrant and william birkin were such amazing bosses and the sidecharacters were cool too.

 

#23:Chrono Cross(PSX): I played Chrono Trigger first, then Cross. I prefer Cross (yeah, you can insult me) for the story, the different "dimensions" the HUGE list of party members and  the battle system. Is an amazing game and the first RPG i played that doesn't had level and still be challenging. Really great.

 

#22:Harvest Moon(SNES): The second best harvest moon I ever played. First of all, my first Harvest moon was the amazing Back to Nature, and then I played the GBC's ones and finally this one. I absolutely love the music on this game, I still remember the spring music,  and the sprites were so nice to see. Also the locations of this game (A very important factor to me in a HM game) was gorgeous and it seemed so lively at the time. Also in this game exist my favorite wife ;)

 

#21:Monster Rancher 2(PSX): The best monster rancher game ever, and one of my favorite monster breeding games. Tons of things to do, with a lot of secret monster to get, and the ever original system to create a monster based on ANY CD you had. I spent dozens of hours trying all my music/games cd's to see which monster had. 

 

#20:Pokemon Red/Blue(GB):  The best best best BEST pokemon game ever, it has a lot of less things than newer pokemon games, but anyway the first generation of Pokémon where the best and yes I know nostalgia plays a huge part in this, but nobody can deny this game exceeeds originality and it's incredibly fun.

 

#19:Resident Evil : Nemesis(PSX) : The best resident evil of the saga. I beat this game like 10 times and never got tired of it. Furthermore I love Jill and Nemesis and it had that mercenaries game that was so incredibly addictive (ok, it wasn't addictive but the prizes were so neat it made you to play until you bleed)

 

 

#18:Sim City 3k(PC) : What can I say about this game? Beautiful music (the best of the series), gorgeous graphics (even by today I still like it) and a balanced gameplay (not the overly chaotic mess that was SC4), this is one of the best Sim City so far.

 

#17 Phoenix Wright Saga (since every game is more of the same) (DS): When I first read about this game I was "A game about lawyers? that's so boring even for Capcom standars" but I was REALLY wrong, the game is incredibly easy to understand, extremely funny and some cases are so freaking great it leaves you craving for more and more. Really unique

 

 

#16 Dissidia 012 (PSP): To be brief, I bought my PSP (a couple of months ago) for this game.I was extremely hooked, I love everything except the cheap AI sometimes. I know this game is basically the same as Dissidia, but I didin't played it so 012 was an excellent game for me and one of the best Fighting games i ever played.

 

 

#15 Xenosaga 2 (PS2): Ahh Xenosaga, one of the best RPG I ever played, your never-ending cutscenes and ever-changing characters models between each chapter are missed these days. This saga has one of the best story in an RPG, the battle system was nice (I prefer the one in Xenosaga 1 though) and the characters were all likable (even Momo) 

 

 

#14 Fragile Dreams (Wii): One of the best games in Wii I played. The atmosphere in this game is something I've never seen in games, the characters are so expressive with their huge eyes. Also the story is really nice and touching, It will make you feel a little sad for Seto  and the other characters in the game.

The combat part could use some work because it's simple and it's annoying replacing the broken weapons all the time, but even so this is a great game and really unique.

 

#13 Xenosaga 1(PS2) : The second best episode in the Xenosaga trilogy. I put these games in different entries because they are all awesome on their own. The story in this episode was ok, the character models looked like dolls or something BUT the battle system was so fun and also later in the game you can see how the story is taking shape and it lets you so hooked hoping for the second episode. Loved every piece of this game.

 

#12 The Worlds ends with you(DS) : Unique styles, 2D graphics, set in a modern world and a fast battle system, adding a little of drama and suspense to an epic story and you have The World Ends With You (TWEWY).

The game is amazing, I loved every inch of this game. I remember even playing the neat extras you had once you finish the game (which is so rare in me) 

 

#11 Broken Sword : Shadow of the Templar(PC) : The first fully voiced point and click game I've played and one of the best of it's genre. Excellent graphics, animations, characters and story, I kept playing the game in these years (I finished like 8 times already and never gets boring)

 

#10 Xenosaga Episode 3(PS2): The trilogy could not had ended better. The character models were improved over the entries, the story was amazing and mind f*cking, and the ending was so great. It's one of the best RPG I've ever played. Truly amazing

 

#09 SimCity(PSX): Ahh the original Sim City, I remember getting this game when I was a little kid for Christmas. I got instantly hooked with the game music, the gameplay, how the little village turned out to be a Capital or a Metropolis... those were good times.

Maybe it's only nostalgia, but this game is THE best Sim City ever made to me. 

 

#08 Harvest Moon : Back To Nature(PSX): The first time I heard about this game was from a games magazine I read when I was younger. I remember the reviewer praised the game for being relaxing, the freedom you have and the little real life simulation the game had. He was right in every word of his review, the game got everything I wanted in that time, the graphics were so nice to look at (I'm a sucker for 2D ) and the isometric view was great.

The mountain part of the town was beatiful and the music accompanies very well the locations. This is one of the -few- games I played over 250hrs

Because of this game I'm now a fan of the HM series.

 

#07 Final Fantasy VII : Crisis Core(PSP): The best PSP game out there, and one of my most beloved games. Yes, I know I sound like a FF VII fanboy, but there so much awesome in the stories of these FF (except cerberus, that game sucked hard) and this is not an exception.

First of all, I never got linked with the story of Zack and Cloud, to me Zack was a guy who died and that's it... of course after playing this game I was so so wrong. At first the story doesn't make much sense and you wonder why most of things that happen during this game doesn't get mentioned in FF 7 but in the later half of the  game, the story becomes so freaking awesome and you start to understand why those things happened.

The battle system is addictive, altough I would love to had a party but that's just me. The ending of this game is incredibly sad I cried when zack died (And I'm still sad). A truly beatiful game

 

#06 999 : Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors(DS): Yup, this game came completely out of the blue  and let me tell you guys this game is an excellent visual novel. As most of visual novel, the real awesomness of this game comes from the story, you are trapped in a ship with 8 strangers, each one with a number in their arms. These people were kidnapped by a guy named Zero which gives them an ordeal to pass: they have 9hrs to escape the ship before it explodes and kills them all. But in order to advance they have to go to numbered doors , each door has it puzzles and it reveals a little of the story.

The game has over 8 endings and the True ending is really one of the most mind fucking endings of videogames of all times, seriously the story is excellent but the true ending was one of the best

 

#05 Final Fantasy Tactics(PSX): The first tactical RPG I've ever played, I first bought this game because I thought It was Vandal Hearts (yeah, I was more stupid at that time) but thank god I ever bought this game. The gameplay was fantastic, the different classes were great, the story I didn't understand it but now I do and was really nice, I absolutely love the isometric 2D graphics. Amazing game, the best of the series (I mean the FF tactics series)

 

#04 Shin Megami Tensei : Digital Devil Saga Part 1(PS2): There's something in this game that makes it one of the best RPG i've ever played. Be it for the excellent music, the sadness of the Junyard, the atmosphere, the characters and the simple but deep battle system. On top of that, the story is so intriguing and the game is incredibly hard (and cheap at times). It's really one of those games that went kinda unnoticed but are nonetheless great.

Absolutely love muldhara music

 

#03 Xenoblade Chronicles(Wii): Yes, a recent game so high on my list. Let me explain why: this game has everything I wanted in a JRPG for a LONG time, the battle systems feels fresh and old at the same time, you have an incredibly amount of freedom in this game, the story is epic as hell and a plethora of questies to do just adds awesomness to this.

Also, the music in this game is one of the best soundtrack I've ever heard (Gaur Plains FTW) and the locations *gasp* absolutely beatiful.

Imagine this game on HD *drools*

 

#02 Persona 3 FES/P3P(PS2): Well to be fair Im playing P3P, but the original Persona 3 (And later, P3 FES) is such an amazing and unique game (and a lot of change since Persona 2). You go to school, form bonds  with your schoolmates and in the midnight you have to explore a weird tower and fight weird enemies called shadows how? by shooting your head of course :P

This game, is a fresh take on JRPG while continuing with the amazing story Persona games has.

 

#01 Final Fantasy VII(PSX): Yes, Final Fantaxy VII (which is better than VI btw :P) is my top game of all time. Be it for nostalgia, the story, Sephirot or because this game is the reason I got into RPGs and Final Fantasy's games.

What more can I say about this game? Everyone knows it, and like or not can't be argued this game is something different.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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49 - Deus Ex Human Revolution (pc)

48 - From Dust (pc)

47 - Motorstorm Apocalypse (ps3)

46 - Indigo Prophecy (pc)

45 - Assassin's Creed Brotherhood (ps3)

44 - Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time (ps3)

43 - Dead Nation (ps3)

42 - Burnout Paradise (ps3)

41 - Tomb Raider Anniversary (ps3 HD remake)

40 - Shadow of the Colossus (ps2)

39 - Metal Gear Solid (ps1) 

38 - Valkyria Chronicles (ps3)

37 - Conker's Bad Fur Day (n64)

36 - Bayonetta (ps3)

35 - Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (ps2)

34 - Banjo-Kazooie (n64)

33 - Plants Vs. Zombies (pc)

32 - Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (ps2)

31 - Killzone 3 (ps3)

30 - The Sims (pc)

29 - Battlefield Bad Company 2 (pc)

28 - Overlord (pc)

27 - Infamous (ps3)

26 - Bioshock 2 (ps3)

25 - Empire Earth (pc)

24 - Mass Effect (pc)

23 - Uncharted (ps3)

22 - Counter-Strike: Source (pc)

21 - Age of Mythology (pc)

20 - God of War II (ps2)

19 - Portal (pc)

18 - Battlefield 2 (pc)

17 - Motostorm Pacific Rift (ps3)

16 - Rollercoaster Tycoon (pc)

15 - Rise of Nations (pc)

14 - Batman Arkham Asylum (pc/ps3)

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12 - Bioshock (ps3)

11 - Rome Total War (pc)

10 - Red Dead Redemption (ps3)

9 - Rayman 2: The Great Escape (pc)

8 - Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (pc)

7 - Pokemon Gold (gba)

6 - SimCity 4 (pc)

5 - Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (pc)

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Runa's super glorious top 50 games of all time list!  

50 - Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) 

I'm not a fan of shooters, but the original Modern Warfare game was basically everything I wanted in a game.  it was modern, it was well written, it had game mechanics and multiplayer I loved, and it had emotional impact!  Great all around game, and it basically revolutionized the way console FPS multiplayer was done.  Too bad its sequels (Modern Warfare 2 and Modern warfare 3) dropped the ball in the storytelling department or they'd have a place on my list as well.  

49 - Joe and Mac: Caveman Ninja (SNES) 

What a quirky, silly game.  So all the caveman babes have been stolen from your villags, so Joe and Mac, the Caveman Ninja, have to trek across a prehistoric land beating up rival cavemen and killing dinosaurs with help of the simplest weapons.  Good level design, great music, and a surprisingly weird turn at the end.  This game has LOADS of sentimental value for me and the sheer volume of times I've replayed it is a testament to its staying power! 

48 - Ratchet and Clank (PS2)

what can I say?  The first Ratchet and Clank was a hell of a starting point for a fantastic series, blending gunplay, platforming, puzzling, and basically every other genre you can think of into one cute package.  While it doesn't hold up compared to later entries, which incorporate RPG and multiplayer elements, this was still a fine place to start.  and Ratchet is cute, so nyah! 

47 - MegaMan X (SNES, PSP) 

I actually couldn't chose between Megaman X, X3, or X4, so I simply went with the one I spent the most time on since it's the oldest; thus making it my most nostalgic favorite.  think about it, it's the same forumla that worked for Megaman so well, but with more powerups, heart tanks, armor, better graphics, better music, and deeper bosses.  Now if only they'd listen to me about doing a prospective Megaman X-9, they could have a REAL winner on their hands! (seriously, asl me more).  

46 - Final Fantasy (NES, PS1, GBA, PSP) 

It may be simple, it may be relatively shallow, but Final Fantasy was a huge leap forward in the genre and to this day remains one of the most addicting games I've ever played.  It's such an odd dichotomy because compared to other Final Fantasy games (I recently played this for the first time after beating XII) it's the simplest, most boring thing, yet I loved every second of it.  Simple but effecting, I'd say!  Two well-excercised thumbs up for this grand start! 

45 - Metroid Prime (GCN, Wii) 

I had never played a Metroid game before Metroid Prime, but like many others I was afraid the perspective (first person) would make it more about action and less about atmostphere or exploration.  We were all wrong! while it had some monotonous parts (having to traverse back and forth across the world a dozen times got boring), the atmosphere, action, boss fights, and exploration elements were all top-notch!  I enjoyed the sequels, too, but not as much as this masterpiece. 

44 - Kirby super Star (SNES, DS) 

Not a huge fan of Kirby usually, and in retrospect this should be down there between Joe and Mac, and Modern Warfare, but whatever.  This game is just special to me, the combination of value, variety, fun factor, and nostalgia make it just so damn awesome. It's not just a collection of minigames, but a collection of full-length kirby games, and I wouldn't have it any other way.  I still love attacking Dyna Blade every chance I get.  I have this on DS, maybe I'll play it again soon! 

43 - Megaman 9 (Wii, PS3, 360) 

I don't even know what to say about this one other than the fact that, for all intents and purposes, it's the proper spiritual sequel to Megaman 2, what was once considered my alltime favorite game before I really sat down to compare (spoiler alert, Megaman 2 is VERY high on my list).  It's got the same mechanics, same graphics, same structure, you name it.  this is what a sequel should be, not filled to the brim with useless powerup.  Plus I have this bit of pride knowing I was able to beat the game before my friend, who is a super megaman nut and went on to place in the top 1% on the leaderboards.  Great way to cater to nostalgia.  Nintendo, I have some lessons for you! 

42 - Left 4 Dead (360, PC) 

This here is how you make a game with replay value.  It seemed so simple at first, and to this day has a really basic premise, but it's the focus on teamwork and the randomly generated hoardes and special infected that keep you coming back for more.  Add to that the later additions of survival mode and Vs (free on PC) and you have plenty of reasons to play this more than once.  Also, I'm a huge fan of Co Op multiplayer as opposed to competitive multiplayer, so this game gets extra bonus points from me. 

41 - Guitar Hero 2 (PS2, 360)

I didn't like Rythm games before the original Guitar Hero came out.  I thought DDR was silly and had no interest in it. While Guitar Hero proved to me that pressing buttons and strumming on the clicky strumbar of a fake plastic guitar could be loads of fun, Guitar Hero 2 proved to me that there was an enormous wealth of amazingly fun songs to play, many of which I'd never heard of.  If it wasn't for Guitar Hero 2, I'd never have fallen in love with bands like Rush and Megadeth (two of my favorite bands), and I would never have gained the respect deserved for bands like Guns n Roses.  The genre has continued to introduce me to some amazing musical acts throughout the ages, and while Guitar Hero has never been as good as it was when it was helmed by Harmonix, I continue to learn about all kinds of music through the series, which peaked with 2.  

40 - Final Fantasy Tactics (PS1, PSP) 

The only game on my list I've never beaten, but damn was it ever an epic quest.  It may have been hard as hell, but I could sit there for days fighting battles, discovering characters like Cloud and Robo, and unlocking all sorts of items.  I personally prefer the PSP version, but it will always be a PS1 game in my heart.  Hell, I love this game so much I convinced my friend (who was much better at it than me) to finish it while I watched so I could see the ending.  The story, gameplay, and versatility of the game is unmatched in the other Final Fantasy games, and as you're about to find out I loves me some Final Fantasy.  It's only this low on my list because it's harder than nipples on a blind lesbian in a fishmarket.  

39 - Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)

By all means this entry should be higher on my list, but the fact that it hasn't had time to settle in the nostalgia centers of my brain keeps it from being top 25 material...and that's literally the only thing keeping it from being higher.  Not only did this game somehow manage to capture the essence of the other three Donkey Kong Country games (There was no N64 iteration, end of discussion), it managed to transcend them by giving us more options, more worlds, and more gameplay modes (time trials, etc).  While it had it's flaws (not a fan of using the Wiimote on it's side, the lack of kremlings is saddening, and you can't swim), it's every much as great a game as the SNES trilogy...and man was it HARD!  So very impressed by that. 

38 - The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GCN) 

I still can't understand why there was so much controversy over the cellshaded graphics here.  the game's aesthetics were far and away better than basically anything else on the Gamecube (and would still be at home on the Wii), and it leant The Wind Waker a charm all its own.  Personally, I absolutely loved basically everything about this game, including the story, controls, gameplay, content, level design, and even the large amounts of sailing you had to do!  Nothing quite like kicking back and enjoying a moment as you go from one place to another, listening to the gorgeous score as a group of seagulls follow you.  Pure atmospheric goodness.  Aside from one part of the game I didn't care for (finding the Triforce Shards), I can't think of any one thing I  personally didn't enjoy.  This is my #3 zelda title.  

37 - Pokemon Black/White (DS)

If nothing else, the sheer amount of time I spent on Pokemon Black/White when I should have been playing other games (for review or just for fun) should be a testament to how much I love this series.  Furthermore, Black/White were, in my opinion, the pinnacle of the series thus far.  with something like 600 pokemon to collect, a massive world with TWO singleplayer campaigns, and all the trading and battling to be had...well, I can't imagine a much better time sink.  Hell, I probably spent more time just staring at Base-Stat charts on Bulbapedia than I do with most modern games, and that alone shows that Pokemon should earn the liftime achievement award of "Easiest to learn, toughest to master", because anyone can play it but there's just so damn much to it that even the most hardcore players will never master it.  I truly mean that, too.  Simple but deep. 

36 - Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (PS3/360)

yeah, I know that 'yearly iterations' are ruining the industry (my review of Assassin's Creed: Revelations helps to further this point), but as long as the content and quality are there, I have no problem paying for annual sequels.  Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is one such sequel.  A whole new town, new characters, new gameplay mechanics, a great story, and some of the best art design I've ever seen in a video game; this all makes for a truly great game in its own right, and yet it continued the story of the beloved Ezio in such a way that it's almost infectious. I do still think some of the climbing mechanics could use some work, but the full/partial synch mechanic really gave the game some replay value, and the property management subquest was a perfect way to keep yourself busy in between missions.  also: Assassin's Creed multiplayer.  Nuff said. 

35 - Portal (PS3, PC, 360) 

the very definition of 'short but sweet'. Sure, the game only lasted about 2-4 hours depending on how good you were, but those few hours are likely to be some of the most fun hours you've spent on a videogame in the last decade or so.  The mechanics were fresh, the puzzles were deliciously challenging without being frustrating, and GlaDOS will go down in history as one of the most beautifully malicious videogame characters in history.  Over this last generation, my attention span has suffered; some games I never beat and I never return to the same game twice, but I've played portal through about a dozen times, giving it something in common with my favorites from the SNES era, and that alone is something special. 

34 - Left 4 Dead 2 (PC, 360) 

While Left 4 Dead gave us a great idea in a simple game, LEft 4 Dead 2 refined that idea to a needlepoint.  or a mirror shine.  I don't care, this game is great! A lot of people complain about the lack of content, but even just the campaign alone is about 5-7 hours long if you string the 5 levels together as they were intented, plus there's a bunch of other modes and free DLC (if you're lucky enough to have it on PC) to keep you busy.  Not to mention there are more weapons, more abilities, more enemies, and better level design.  This is how you do a sequel, and like the Portal Series, it's one of the few designed with replay value in mind, and it's one of the few I can pick up and play any time for an hour or two and be done with it.  Valve knows how to give a game replay value. 

33 - Kingdom Hearts 2 (PS2)

I actually prefer putting Kingdom Hearts here as a collective (1, 2, birth by sleep) since I like them as a collective rather than individually, but I felt the need to put this here because I preferred Kingdom Hearts 2 over the other games in the series.  Not only did it greatly expand the story and characters, but the reaction commands were just amazing, the combat was fluid and fun, and the Little Mermaid level was only a rythm singing game rather than an actual level1  Yayy!  Who would have thought a Disney/Final Fantasy Fanfiction crossover would do well? Dammit, when will Kingdom Hearts 3 be released?  it better be PS3 exclusive to get the most out of that system.

32 - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii, GCN)

It's funny, The Zelda series hasn't really changed significantly since its inception on the NES back in the 80's, and when it does change (The Adventures of Link, Majora's Mask, Wind Waker) from the established structure, people complain.  On the flipside, when it stays the same (Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess), people complain about stagnancy.  Funny, I loved this game!  Basically, it took everything that the series was trying to do a decade before with Ocarina of Time, but did it right.  The game looked better, played better, and was more epic in every way, not to mention I actually thoroughly enjoyed the Wolf Link/Midna relationship.  What a way to take the best elements from Ocarina and Link to the Past into what could easily be seen as one of the best games this generation has to offer.  Now I wanna play skyward Sword!  I am sad! 

31 - Resident Evil 4 (GCN, PS2, Wii) 

I didn't care for Resident Evil in the past and to this day still can't handle playing the first three entries in the series, but Resident Evil 4 took everything I didn't like about the series and replaced it with so many things I loved.  The atmosphere was foreboding without being too schlocky, the enemies were creative, the action was plentiful, the weapons fun to use, and even the escort missions were tolerable!  Few games have ever nailed basically every aspect you could hope for all at once with so few missteps.  If you're looking for a pure fun game, well...I've got a lot of great deals for you...stranger! 

30 - Minecraft (PC)

There's not a lot to say about Minecraft that hasn't already been done.  In fact I Did a review for it already in which I explain in detail why it's a great game but not for everyone.  me?  I love to create shit, and it's still basically digital lego.

29 - Ratchet and Clank; Going Commando (PS2)

while the first game was really good and set the foundation for the series, Going Commando is what really cemented many of the series' flagship features.  This game featured upgradeable weapons, more RPG elements, a new game plus mode, and various features to really refine the formula. While the plot was...silly and kind of pointless, the gameplay more than made up for that by being fast, fun, frenetic, and...various other adjectives that start with F.  It's also worth noting that Insomniac gained a reputation for their silly title puns that work as double entendres which continued with basically every iteration from here on out (especially Size Matters on the PSP)

28 - Super smash Brothers Melee (GCN) 

while we're on the topic of sequels that took the original and made it better, I present to you Smash Brothers Melee!  While the original N64 iteration was...good for its time but hasn't aged well, Melee tightened the controls, massively increased the roster, and gave us waves of options and tricks to play with. This game has been a staple at game tournaments for years and will likely continue to do so even now that Brawl has come out.  I don't like talking about it, but I've won a few local Smash Brothers tournaments in my time, but I wouldn't win anymore.  People who shut off all the items and only play on Final Destination bore me.  IT's all about getting the most out of your game, and you can only do that by keeping items on, randomizing the level, and randomizing your character!  I've spent well over 1200 hours on this game, total... 

27 - Super Mario Brothers 3 (NES, SNES, GBA)

Everything about this game oozes Quality Nostalgia. The levels were inventive, the many tricks and secrets to be found are still wonderful to stumble upon to this day, the music was some of the best to EVER come out, and ties Super Mario World for the best mario soundtrack, and...Seriously, do I have to explain myself?  It's mario 3, it's epic, it's memorable, and it will forever have a special place in my heart. 

26 - Ratchet and Clank Future: tools of Destruction (PS3)

Basically take everything about the series to that point and refine it to a perfect sheen.  While the campaign did seem a little short, it was arguably the best story in the series up to that point, not to mention the graphics were described as "If Pixar Made a Videogame."  I admit, though, I'm a touch biased in favor of Ratchet and Clank due to the persistently well-made mishmash of genres and styles.  

25 - Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (SNES, GBA)

This one kind of took me by surprise because, like many others at the time, I was turned off by it at first.  The art style was weird, you didn't play as mario, and when you got hit, Mario whined and cried and....But none of that mattered in the end becuase when I picked it up on GBA, I realized just how amazing this game truly was.  the art style was generations ahead of its time, the level design was arguably the best in the entire Mario Brothers series, and it had so much to do for an SNES game, making it a tremendous value.  This one grew on me and has earned its spot as #25 on my all time list. 

24 - Rock Band 2 (PS3, PS2, Xbox 360, Wii)

Of all the games on my list, I think I've spent the most time on Rock Band 2.  I don't mean the most time of the ones mentioned so far, I mean the most time EVER.  I've easily put over 2000 hours in on Rock Band 2, downloading almost 2000 songs, mastering all the intstruments, and always being 'the guy' who brought my entire kit to parties so people could rock out.  while public love for the genre has withered, I'm still rockin out and still loving playing along on the plastic guitar, drums, and mic.  Seriously, if anyone still plays on PS3 (RB3), hit me up, I'm sure we can work something out.  

23 - Portal 2 (PS3, PC, Xbox 360) 

What can I say?  My personal Game of the Year 2011, Portal 2 basically took everything epic about Portal and made it better.   It's longer, the humor is funnier, the puzzles are better, the story is better, the voice acting is easily some of the best to have ever been produced, and it has Co Op!  I still say this is like the perfect game, because it's long enough to make it worth your while but still short enough (and enjoyable enough) to give you reason to play through more than once, not to mention the co Op mode will keep you entertained for hours.  I still put in the original Portal when I'm in the mood to do something quick, and once this year's awesome-game blitz is over, I can see myself returning to Portal 2 many times.  

22 - Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PS2, Xbox)

While Grand Theft Auto III introduced the idea of a crime-based sanbox game, Vice city took it to the next level by giving us more to do, refining the mechanics, and above all else having memorable characters, settings, and plot.  I also learned the value of NOT using cheats thanks to the great fun that was brought on by trying to get 100% in this game.  While I never did get 100% due to the sheer volume of stuff that could be done, I am proud to say that, at one point, I was able to memorize all 100 locations of the hidden packages!  Dont remember it anymore, but I remember getting bored one afternoon and trying to get all 100 from memory and I did it!  That shows dedication! 

21 - Final Fantasy IV: the Complete Collection (SNES, PS1, PSP, GBA, DS, iOS) 

I know I said Portal 2 was my Game of the Year, but this is an oddly special case because it's a remake of a game.  I only just played Final Fantasy IV for the first time earlier this year when I reviewed it, and I have to say, HOLY CRAP WAS IT GOOD!  It was a little short, but it was cheap and had TWO pseudo-sequels with upgraded graphics, so there's no loss there.  And I have to say, this was by far the best version of FFIV.  If you have a PSP, GET THIS GAME!  I cannot stress that enough.  

20 - Grand Theft Auto San Andreas (PS2, Xbox)

Where Grand Theft Auto: Vice City may have had the best character and setting of all the GTA games, San Andreas had by far the best gameplay and value. Three cities, each almost as big as Vice City, connected by open country roads, highways, and even a full mountain to dive off. Three different types of collectibles, RPG stat building, and territory minigames that actually didn't suck, and you have here the best the series has to offer. Too bad GTA IV basically threw everything that made Vice City and San Andreeas great out the window.

19 - Assassin's Creed II (PS3, 360)

While the first game was pretty and the story sucked me right in, the gameplay was messed up and uneven (seriously, guards attacking you just for being there? Forget that.) Luckily, Ubisoft took the time to refine everything about the first game into a game that was actually fun to play! They elaborated on the already fantastic story, they added more stuff to do, more collectables to collect, and better characters to interact with. The perfect sequel, though it still had a few gameplay related refinements to work on.

18 - Super MarioWorld (SNES, GBA)

Oh man, what a fantastically nostalgic experience that just doesn't stop being awesome. Dozens upon dozens of levels, an intricate world that has many, MANY secrets to explore, and some of the best level design to ever grace a platformer. In my opinion the apex of the Mario series. While others have beat it in individual categories, no game in the series ever brought all those elements together in such a way. Hell, any game that can be beaten in less than half an hour through exploiting secrets is awesome. I've been playing this game for two decades now and I STILL haven't found everything. That's replay value. (for the record there's only one room I can't get into, I have in fact gotten the coveted 96* score)

17 - Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal (PS2)

This is where the series really skyrocketed into the stratosphere for me. While the first two had flimsy plots and frankly lame character development, Up your Arsenal introduced us to what would become Ratchet's main nemesis: dr Nefarious. In turn the story actually mattered, Quark was less of a douche, and the sheer variety of gameplay in this is outstanding. Flying, shooting, platforming, puzzling, RPG elements, even a little RTS if you know where to look. They even added a multiplayer that didn't suck. Wasn't great, but it certainly didn't suck! When I'm arguing in favor of unified genre theory, this is one of the games I use as an example.

16 - Rock Band 3 (PS3, 360, Wii)

While I admit this game's release really pissed me off (No PS3 keyboards in Canada, no bundles, STILL no Pro guitars), and I ended up loathing most of the setlist on-disc (seriously, I'm a guitarist who hates chordfests), this really expanded what a Rythm game could be. Almost doubling the potential players from 4 to 7, adding a keyboard, and incorporating better RBN support made this a real winner in my eyes. Plus, the continued DLC has proven to be a steady source of entertainment. While I feel the game itself was a touch lackluster compared to the pristine Rock Band 2, it has since fixed itself and proven to be the de-facto Rock Band experience. Oh, and since Rock Band 3's release, we've been treated to some of the best DLC ever, most notably Meat Loaf's Paradise by the Dashboard Light and Dream Theater's On the backs of Angels, both perfect full-band experiences. There's also been 4 rush songs and 12 songs by The Doors. Shit, I best stop, because this game is awesome.

15 - Red Dead Redemption (PS3, 360)

After the debacle that was Grand Theft Auto IV, I was incredibly hesitant to buy into the hype of another Rockstar game. Well, I ended up waiting a while and getting this for cheap ('cheap' being 40 bucks) thanks to getting a gift card. Well, I was blown away. I didn't really know Rockstar for their storytelling ability, but Red Dead Redemption's story was amazingly well-told from beginning to end, revolving around likeable and believable characters in a gloriously realized world. Hell, if you just did the story it'd last you 20+ hours, that's not including the many, MANY things to do on the side as you explore around Texas and Mexico. Red Dead Redemption showed what a sandbox game could be, and in my opinion is what a sandbox game should be.

14 - Final Fantasy IX (PS1)

I have a confession to make: I don't remember most of this game. It keeps getting overshadowed by FF games I liked better (VI, VII, X, XII) and often gets left out when compared to the more controversial FFVIII, so I haven't played it as much as some of the others in the series. All I know is that what I did play of it I absolutely adored. I loved the characters, the plot, the fact that GASP terrible things happened a LOT! Not to mention I was fond of the battle system and the world they lived in. It was precicely what Amano wanted: a 3D version of a classic Final Fantasy. Now if only they'd return to their roots and quit with the stupid FFXIII sequels, we could get more great games!

13 - Final Fantasy VIII (PS1)

This one had it's fair share of controversy, from the Emo-poster boy Squall to the complicated but easy to abuse junction/draw system, this game reeks of weird decisions...and yet it worked. Squall may have been emo, but it made for one of the best-developed character arches in videogame history when he manned up and fell for Rinoa. The junction system may have been cumbersome, but once you learned it, it was remarkably deep and fun to use. Drawing still sucks, but if you know how to refine things then it becomes less necessary. Oh, and it has arguably the best minigame to ever grace Final Fantasy: Triple Triad. It had its faults, but I think it's strengths greatly outweigh them.

12 - Super Smash Brothers Brawl (Wii)

I know it's going to sound weird, but Smash brothers has always been one of those games I can pick up any day and play for hours.  I was once a tournament player, but instead opted to be more casual with my gaming so I'm given this:  an amazing game in every right.  The combat physics are (in my opinion) the best in the series, there are more characters, secrets, and unlockables than ever before, a level creator, and above all else a co-op campaign mode that's honestly worh the price of the game on its own. This game fires on all cylinders and is one of the only games this generation I find myself returning to on a regular basis.  you have no idea how much this excites me for the announced Smash brothers 3DS game.  

11 - Donkey Kong Country (SNES, GBA)

Platforming at its best.  the original Donkey Kong Country was what some would say the perfect blend of gameplay and presentation (and in its day it was more than worth the money you paid for it.)  Dozens of unique levels, hundreds of bonuses and collectibles to find, and all along the backdrop of what was at the time the best music and graphics any system had ever seen.  The remarkably well-rendered backgrounds and characters still look better than many games today, not to mention the game itself is still as fun as it ever was.  this is how you make a classic. 

10 - Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time (PS3)

If you've been paying attention, you'll see that I absolutely adore the Ratchet and Clank series with a passion.  Its blend of platforming, action, shooting, puzzling, and even RPG elements has really made what I Feel is one of the best examples of genre-blending in histoy, and A Crack in Time is the best in the series for many reasons.  The story is better and longer, the weapons are more fun, the action is greater, the comedy is better, and the extra content/exploration elements are welcome addition.  So much to do, so much fun, and in spite of being a relatively cheap game, production wise, has proven to have more polish and sheen than most.  Awesome game.  

09 - Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble (SNES, GBA)

It may have had its fair share of detractors due to the saccharine aesthetics and the minor changes in enemy design, Donkey Kong Country 3 still proved to be an amazing game and in many ways superior to its prequels.  In addition to all the things the previous entries introduced (bonus levels, kong letters, bananas, spending money, hidden worlds), this time we also get the banana birds, vehicles, and the brothers bear miniquest to conquer.  Plus, in spite of the enemies being silly and not what you've come to love, the level design was easily the best in the series up to that point.  Now that you're older, I urge you to give a shot and ignore the aesthetic changes, you'd be surprised how well it's held up. 

08 - Final Fantasy XII (PS2)

Here we go...hooo boy.  I just want everyone to know that this entry and the next two are tied equally in my books, but I had to order them so I did so chronologically.  anyway, WOW what a game!  I really don't know what to say, really, I mean, the characters (save Vaan and Penelo) were some of the best developed in the series, the sheer scope of the world, accent on exploration, and volume of content/sidequests meant that even for the most eager of gamers, truly completing this game was remarkably challenging and a hell of a fun time.  The story is peculiar in that the plot that's fed to you is pretty basic, but if you're the type that likes to explore and unearth more (through sidequests or whatever), it proves itself to have one of the richest stories of any game, ever.  

7 - Final Fantasy X (PS2)

I didn't like that they took away the world map, but everything else about this game fired on all cylinders!  The plot was moving and poignant (religion is bad, yo), the characters were deep and had meaningful character arches, the combat made for some incredibly tactical decisions, and there was just SO much to do, in spite of the fact that exploration wasn't really all that viable due to the lack of worldmap.  Plus there's Blitzball (what is arguably one of the best minigames ever), and stuff like deciphering a language, and you have one hell of a game.  also: Tidus being whiny was his character arc, he went from being a spoiled brat to a mature adult.  That was kind of the backdrop of the whole story.  

6 - Final Fantasy VII (PS1) 

What can I say?  It's overrated but it's still phenomenal in every way!  sure the graphics haven't aged well (See: Donkey King Country for graphics that aged well), but the story is as powerful as it ever was, the characters still as nuanced as ever, and the world as fleshed out as any game.  Yeah, the game has its detractors, but the the combination of what was the most impressive visuals at the time and a scope far beyond what anyone had accomplished really shows that there's something special about this game, and it will always have a place in my heart.  I have this on my PSP and still play it from time to time! 

05 - Donkey Kong Country 2 (SNES, GBA)

Where the original Donkey Kong Country initiated something great, and the third expanded but had some weird design choices, the second was perfection.  It took the gameplay of the first and cranked up the difficulty; it took the visual and audio and perfected them by giving us some of the moodiest, most atmospheric worlds and soundtrack the world has ever seen; and it added a bunch of gameplay features that made it stand out. More worlds, more secrets, more animal buddies, better graphics, and one of the best game soundtracks of all time makes this a worthy entry into my top 5 games.  

04 - Megaman 2 (NES) 

What was once my #1 game of all time lost its spot becuase I came to realize that its nostalgia factor played into it more than anything else.  That nostalgia still is there, as it was the first game I ever mastered and probably the single game I've played more than any other game in existence (having beaten it more times than I beat all three Donkey Kong Country games combined), but the gameplay is still tight, the characters still memorable, and it's still fun as can be.  There's a reason I was so happy to see that megaman 9 basically took everything from this game to make a proper sequel.  

03 - The Legend of Zelda: a Link to the Past (SNES, GBA)

Here we go, the final descent into the last three.  I don't know what to say, other than the fact that A Link to the Pas was....epic.  I still don't really care much about the story, but everything else was awesome.  The dungeons were all cleverly designed, the world was alive, there were so many side quests and hidden items to find that most could easily spend 50+ hours looking for them all...on the SNES.  Sure, I can beat the entire game in a matter of hours (did the entire light world in 32 minutes), but that's because I loved it so much that I basically memorized the entire game, all the heart pieces, all the secrets, and...you get the point.  Regardless, I loved this game but didn't care much for its successor: Ocarina of Time, becuase at the time I wasn't accustomed to the idea that all zeldas are basically the same, so it just felt like an uglier, glitcher version of Link to the Past in 3D. Also, LttP was my first Zelda game! 

02 - Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES)

This is seriously one game I'd go out on a limb and call perfect.  I don't need to talk about its storied history, and how it was the game that seperated square and nintendo, but the result can't be argued with.  Some of the best graphics of all time that still hold up today, some of the best videogame music I've ever heard, perfect combination of charm and sincerity, all backed up by an odd but seamlessly integrated combination of platforming and RPG elements.  The world is set up like a platformer, the game is an RPG, it has traditional mario elements as well as its own lore, it has the perfect difficulty curve, plenty of side quests and easter eggs, memorable characters...I could go on but I honestly can't find a single flaw to balance it out. There's a very good reason this is so high on the list, and while Nintendo has tried to recapture the magic with the Paper Mario and Mario and Luigi games, nothing has ever or will ever truly compare to this gem. 

01 - Final Fantasy VI (SNES, PS1, GBA)

Bask in the glory of Final Fantasy VI.  DO IT!  why?  becuase it's the best final fantasy game to date, and my all time favorite game!  I'll tell you a story about it, though.  A long time ago, I saw this game on the shelf of my local videogame store and I decided to pick it up because I'd tried everything else and my friend recommended it to me.  I hated it.  I thought picking your moves instead of DOING Them was stupid, I couldn't understand what to do, I did't care about story in a game (back then), and I sucked at it.  It left a sour taste in my mouth, and I decided not to play it anymore.  then that same friend told me to play super Mario RPG, claiming it was a nice blend of platforming and RPG elements, so I tried that and fell in love with it.  Once I finally beat Mario RPG, he told me to give this game another shot, and I did.  What happened?  I don't know, but it was like a switch had been flipped.  Mario RPG was a nice introduction to the RPG genre and opened my eyes to the glories of turn based combat and story-driven gameplay.  I played this again and was hooked for weeks until I finally finished it.  By the time it was all said and done, I was a believer, and I turned right around and played it not once more, but three more times before finally retiring it to play something else for once. I have since played through this game a full three dozen times or more, and I've gotten so good at it I can beat it in a weekend (got through most of the world of balance in one sitting).  Why do I love this game?  Well, why wouldn't I?  The protagonists are the most interesting and well developed in ANY game I've ever played, the villain is easily the most memorable and psychotic (I haven't played Suikoden 32 yet, so the jury's still out on Luca Blight), the world was beautiful, the graphics wer simple but surprisingly effective, and the plot was....wow.  I know it was generic, but it's all in the presentation and Final Fantasy VI nailed it. Not to mention the Score was easily the best of its time and a strong contender for best of all time (easily in the top 10), there was plenty of side quests, and it was the perfect 'balance' between linear and nonlinear which has not been recreated in a final fantasy game since (Seriously, the world of ruin is nonlinearity incarnate).  While it's not perfect, there were a few minor glitches, the game's strong points catapult it into my number 1 position.  Hell, this game is so deep that I'm STILL learning new things about it!  I just learned for the first time that (spoilers) Shadow is Relm's father! I'm not even kidding! Seriously if you have a GBA  or a DS that plays GBA games, get Final Fantasy VI advance, it's the definitive version of this game.  I have it on SNES, GBA, PS1, and on the PSN, and would gladly pay for it again if it was rereleased as a PSV title or if they gave it the Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection treatment.  

 

 

 

With all that said, this list was makeshift and not a true representation of what I consider my true 'top games' list, mostly becuase I see a lot of game series' as collective entries rather than having them cut up. for instance, the "Ratchet and Clank" series is one entry, as is the "Megaman X series", I also have "Super Mario All-Stars + Super Marioworld" as one entry becuase having one game cartrige have two of my all time favorite games is a win for me (mario 3 and mario world).  so for those interested in my real, established top games list, here it is: 

100- Final Fantasy VI

99 - Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

99 - The Legend of Zelda: a Link to the Past

98 - Donkey Kong Country 1-3 

98 - Megaman 2

97 - Final Fantasy VII, X, XII

96 - Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario World

96 - Final Fantasy IV, VIII, IX

96 - Ratchet and Clank Series

96 - Super Smash Brothers Series

95 - Rock Band Series

95 - Grand Theft Auto VC/SA

95 - Donkey Kong Country Returns

95 - Portal series

95 - Red Dead Redemption and Undead Nightmare

95 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (I'm not even done it and it's this high, could beat out red Dead and Portal if it proves to be awesomer.)

95 - Left 4 Dead Series

95 - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

95 - Megaman X Collection

94 - Assassin's Creed Series

94 - Kingdom Hearts Series

94 - The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

94 - Pokemon Series

94 - Super Marioworld 2: Yoshi's Island

94 - Resident Evil 4/5

93 - Minecraft

93 - Megaman series

93 - Guitar Hero 1-2

93 - Joe and Mac

92 - Final Fantasy

92 - Metroid Prime Series

92 - Final Fantasy Tactics series

 

And keep in mind the following are all games that have high expectations but I've never played: 

 

Vagrant Story

Chrono Trigger

Chrono Cross

Castlevania IV

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Super Metroid

Earthbound

Tales of Phantasia

Mass Effect series

BioShock series

StarCraft series

Diablo series

Half-Life series

Shadow of the Colossus



I got it all, baby! 

PS4, Switch, WiiU, XBO, PC
Vita, 3DS, Android

Top 3 this generation: 
Bloodborne, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Dark Souls III

Around the Network

50. Eduardo The Samurai Toaster (WiiWare)

49. Kameo: Elements of Power (Xbox 360)

48. Plants Vs. Zombies (Pc/ios)

47. Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion (3DS)

46. Jake Hunter Detective Story: Memories of the Past (DS)

45. Wii Music

44. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations (Wiiware)

43. Lost Winds (WiiWare)

42. Trace Memory (DS)

41. Kirby's Dreamland (VC)

40. Gabrielle's Ghostly Grooves (3DS)

39. Samba De Amigo (Wii)

38. Just Dance 3 (Wii)

37.Lost Winds: Winter of the Melodias (Wiiware)



Warrior of Light #66

"I'm not illiterate, my parents were married!"

3DS FC: 2878 9589 2016

50: Wii Fit Wii
49: Just Cause 2 ps3
48: Swing (Marble Master in NA) PSOne
47: Music PSOne
46: 
Brian Lara Cricket PsOne
45: Portal Ps3/PC
44: Timesplitters 2 Ps2
43: Player Manager 2000 PSOne
42: Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town GBA
41: Kingdom Hearts PS2
40: Future Cop LAPD PsOne/PC
39: Krushi PsOne
38: Superstar Dust HD PSN/3
37: Destruction Derby 2 PsOne
36: Dracula Undead Awakening Psp/3/Minis
35: Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle Cars PSN/3
34: Pokemon Pinball Ruby+Sapphire GBA
33: Infamous PS3
32: Gran Turismo 3 PS2
31: Sports Champions PS3
30: Fallout New Vegas PS3
29: Wipeout 2097 PSOne
28: International Superstar Soccer SNES
27: Demon's Souls PS3
26: Little Big Planet 2 PS3
25: Gran Turismo 5 PS3
24: InFamous 2 PS3
23: Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 PS3
22: Tekken 6 PS3
21: Die Hard Trilogy 1 PSOne
20: Tekken 3 PSOne
19: Final Fantasy VIII PSOne
18: The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time N64
17: Pharaoh PC
16: Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire GBA
15: Grand Theft Auto San Andreas PS2
14 Sodium One PS3/Home
13: Final Fantasy IX PSOne
12: Final Fantasy X-2 PS2
11: Dissidia PSP
10: Sensible Soccer SNES
09: Persona 4 PS2
08: flOwer PSN/3
07: WipEout HD/Fury PS3
06: Valkyria Chronicles PS3
05: Pro Evolution 6 PS2
04: Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions PSP
03: Uncharted 2: Amongst Thieves PS3
02: Final Fantasy 7 PSOne/PC
01: Final Fantasy X



PS One/2/p/3slim/Vita owner. I survived the Apocalyps3/Collaps3 and all I got was this lousy signature.


Xbox One: What are you doing Dave?

First a tribute to the fallen games : Tekken 3, God of War III, Yoshi's Island, Kingdom Hearts, Portal

I had to make room for 2011's additions and these were the ones to go. It wasn't an easy choice so I thought they deserved to be mentionned.

#50 Dance Central (XBox 360) [ Details]
#49 Plants vs. Zombies (PC) [ Details]
#48 Batman Arkham Asylum (PC) [ Details]
#47 Max Payne (PS2) [ Details]
#46 New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) [ Details]
#45 Final Fantasy Tactics (PS1) [ Details]
#44 Blast Corps (N64) [ Details]
#43 Resident Evil 5 (PS3) [ Details]
#42 Killer Instinct Gold (N64) [ Details]
#41 Rock Band (PS3) [ Details]
#40 Super Smash Bros. Melee (GC) [ Details]
#39 Mario Kart Wii (Wii) [ Details]
#38 Super Castlevania IV (SNES, VC) [ Details]
#37 Blaster Master (NES, VC) [ Details]
#36 Uncharted 2: Among Theives (PS3) [ Details]
#35 Super Punch Out!! (SNES, VC) [ Details]
#34 Tenchu: Stealth Assassins (PS1) [ Details]
#33 Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS2) [ Details]
#32 Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (NES, VC) [ Details]
#31 Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) [ Details]
#30 Battletoads (NES) [ Details]
#29 Mega Man 2 (NES, VC) [ Details]
#28 Metroid Prime (GC) [ Details]
#27 Mario Kart 64 (N64, VC) [ Details]
#26 Donkey Kong Country (SNES, VC) [ Details]
#25 Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii) [ Details]
#24 Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii) [ Details]
#23 Resident Evil 2 (PS1) [ Details]
#22 Final Fantasy II(IV) (SNES) [ Details]
#21 Final Fantasy X (PS2) [ Details]
#20 Metal Gear Solid (PS1) [ Details]
#19 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PS1, PSN) [ Details]
#18 Star Fox 64 (N64, VC) [ Details]
#17 Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES, VC) [ Details]
#16 Super Mario World (SNES, VC) [ Details]
#15 Super Metroid (SNES, VC) [ Details]
#14 Super Mario 64 (N64, VC) [ Details]
#13 Tekken Tag Tournament (PS2) [ Details]
#12 Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64, VC)  
#11 StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (PC)  
#10 Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (GC)  
#9 Secret of Mana (SNES, VC)  
#8 Final Fantasy III(VI) (SNES)  
#7 Resident Evil 4 (GC, Wii)  
#6 Diablo II (Lord of Destruction)(PC)  
#5 Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES, VC)  
#4 Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)  
#3 Final Fantasy VII (PS1, PSN)  
#2 Chrono Trigger (SNES)  
#1 StarCraft (Brood War) (PC)  


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50. Dead Rising 2

49. Counter- Strike

48. Diablo II

47. DOTA allstar

 

46. SIMS

45. Sonic Adventure (DC)

44. Professor Layton and the Curious Village

43. Hotel Dusk Room 215

42. Romance of the Three Kingdoms VI: Awakening of the Dragon

41. Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy

40. Ragnarok Online

39. Silent Hill: Origins

 

38. Monster Rancher II

37. Wild Arms

36. Shadow of the Colossus

35. Legend of Legaia

34. Devil May Cry 3

33. Silent HIll 2 

32. Final Fantasy XII

31. Final Fantasy XIII

30. Wild arms 2

29. Uncharted 2

28. Uncharted 

27. Crisis Core

26. Azure Dreams

25. Pokemon Fire Red

24. Pokemon Yellow

23. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

22. Final Fantasy X-2

21. Suikoden IV

20. Yakuza

19. Metal Gear Solid

18. Suikoden V

17. Silent Hill

16. Final Fantasy IX 

15. Breath Of FIre 3

14. Yakuza 3

13. Kingdom Hearts

12. Xenogears

11. Shenmue II

10. Shenmue I

9. Final Fantasy Tactics

8. Resident Evil 2

7. Final Fantasy X

6.Kingdom Hearts II

5. Final Fantasy VIII

4. Persona 3

3. Persona 4

1. Final Fantasy VII

 

1. Suikoden II

 

 



50 - Dead Space (PS3)

49 - SoulCalibur III (PS2)

48 - Mortal Kombat: Deception (PS2)

47-Dino Crisis (PS)

46-Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade (PC)

45-Gran Turismo 2 (PS)

44-Heavy Rain (PS3)

43-Fear Effect (PS)

42-Half-Life (PC)

41-Borderlands (PC)

40-Tekken 5 (PS2)

39-StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (PC)

38-Mass Effect (PC)

37-Silent Hill 2 (PS2)

36-Half-Life 2 (PC)

35-Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (PS3)

34-Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3)

33-BioShock (PS3)

32-Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3)

31-Tomb Raider II (PS)

30-Silent Hill 3 (PS2)

29-Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)

28-Silent Hill (PS)

27-God of War (PS2)

26-Resident Evil 5 (PS3)

25-Warcraft III

24-Fable: The Lost Chapters (PC)

23-Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening (PS2)

22-God of War (PS2)

21-Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (PS)

20-Tekken 3 (PS)

19-Final Fantasy X-2 (PS2)

18-God of War III (PS3)

17-Dragon Age II (PS3)

16-Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2)

15-Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PS2)

14-Fallout 3 (PS3)

13-The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (PS3)

12-Dragon Age: Origins (PS3)

11-Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (PS2)

10-Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)

9-Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS2)

8-Red Dead Redemption (PS3)

7-Final Fantasy X (PS2)

6-Final Fantasy IX (PS)

 

And now the TOP 5

N.º 5 - Resident Evil 4 (Ps3)

N.º 4 - Final Fantasy VIII (PS1)

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N.º 3 - Mass effect 2(PS3)

N.º 2 - Metal Gear Solid (PS1)

N.º 1 -FINAL FANTASY VII (PS1)