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#4 Grim Fandango played on PC, released 1998



I've played over 80 different adventure games that I can remember, Grim Fandango is the best. The story is truly original and tons of fun to play through. Great humor, artwork, characters, dialogue, voice work, cut scenes, music, puzzles and overall atmosphere. The only thing not on par with the rest is controlling the main character Mani Calavera. He controls like a slow moving Lara from the original Tombraider. It doesn't matter much though for an adventure game, you'll get the hang of it.
I love that he looks at points of interest while you walk around, instead of the careful screen scanning you are usually required to do in point and click adventures.
Grim Fandango is an awesome adventure which takes you to all kinds of great places, even to the edge of the earth. Everyone should play this.



Grim Fandango, Half-Life, Baldur's Gate, Zelda OOT, Metal gear solid, 1998 truly was the best year for gaming.

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8. Super Mario 64 (N64)

Super Mario 64 was the main N64 launch game, but I didn't actually play it until about two years after getting my N64, and after playing it I asked myself why I waited those two years, because it's a fantastic game and I felt pretty stupid about waiting so long to play it. It marks the transition from 2D to 3D in the Mario series, which gave the series extra freshness, not that the 2D games were getting anywhere near being stale. The change in perspective wasn't the only change, as collecting stars was introduced as the main goal in each level, and as you didn't necessarily have to do them in order, the game was fairly open. As is the norm with Mario games, it remains as playable now as it did back then, and that's why there are still more Mario games to come in my list.



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7. Super Mario Galaxy

Super Mario Galaxy has everything a platformer needs to be great and more. Superior level design, excellent gameplay, simple yet effective controls, clever use of gravity (it's always fun trying to jump around a planet) and a soaring soundtrack all make for a truly spectacular experience. Playing through this game is simply a joy from start to finish, it is never a chore, and that's something that not many games can match, and the ones that do are probably other Mario games. There's so many standout moments that it's hard to pick out a particular level as the best, but there is something special about some of the early levels where you're flying through space for the first time with the soundtrack blaring and you see your next planetoid approaching. Despite all that, it still isn't my favourite Mario game, but we are now into the top 3.



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6. Grand Theft Auto III (PS2)

The first two Grand Theft Auto games were pretty controversial and garnered their fair share of bad press, but the series didn't truly become something major until the release of this game. The move to 3D greatly changed the dynamic of the game and made it far more enjoyable, even though the basic structure wasn't really that different from the previous games. Of course one of the great things about GTA is that you don't even need to progress through any missions if you don't feel like it at that particular moment, you can just mess around in the city creating chaos or finding things to jump off in your car. Then there's the various radio stations which were always entertaining, particularly the talk show hosted by Lazlow. This stands out amongst later GTA games for me because it was the moment the series changed, and it was a change for the better.



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hatmoza said:

I want to vote!

 

So help me God if Chrono Cross is not on the list. Otherwise a certain red echinda is going to die! 

Silly transexual, if you wanted Chrono Cross at the top all you had to do is make your own Top 50 list.



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TruckOSaurus said:
hatmoza said:

I want to vote!

 

So help me God if Chrono Cross is not on the list. Otherwise a certain red echinda is going to die! 

Silly transexual, if you wanted Chrono Cross at the top all you had to do is make your own Top 50 list.


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24. Zelda: OoT 3D - 3DS (New, but the original was 16 last year):

I'm sure many will be shocked by me putting what is often called the best game of all time about half way on my list.  Don't get me wrong, this game is fantastic and I love it, but other games in the series easily surpass it IMO.  The 3DS version is the best way to play the game and opened the game for a whole new generation to experience.

 

23. Tales of Symphonia - GC (17 last year):

Easily one the best RPGs ever produced in my opinion.  PAL copies of this game are quite rare and therefore expensive, but I found a fairly cheap copy in 2009 and couldn't put the game down for the next couple of months.  This game has great story, fantastic characters, a very good soundtrack and an amazing battle system.  I've been meaning to play the sequel ever since, but have never got round to it.

 

22. Pokemon Black/White - DS (New):

I think this is the best set of Pokemon RPGs.  Being released about a month before the 3DS hit, it in many ways acted as a swansong for easily one of the best platforms of all time.  I loved the new features and pokemon introduced in the 5th generation of Pokemon RPGs and really hope that the 6th continue in the same direction.




Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II for number 4. Here is early teenage nostalgia at its finest



Monster Hunter: pissing me off since 2010.

5. Donkey Kong Country (SNES)

I've heard people say that DKC saved the SNES, that it marked the turning point in the race with Sega's Mega Drive/Genesis. I've no idea if that's really true, but it's a nice little soundbite to wheel out. That's not why it makes it into my top 5 though, it makes it because it's one of the finest and most frustratingly brilliant games ever created. There are moments where you will get stuck on a particular level, and you fail at the same point a few times again, and again. In other games, that would be incredibly rage inducing, but it was never like that with Donkey Kong. There was always that 'just one more go, you can do this' mentality, and that's a crucial difference between an average game and a great game. There have been a fair few Rare games in my list, but this right here is Rare's finest hour.



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4. Super Mario Galaxy 2

Nintendo are more than capable of bettering their previous achievements. They're so good at it, that it rarely comes as a surprise to me any more, but SMG2 most definitely was a surprise. It's the first direct sequel to a 3D Mario game, and for that reason alone, it was something completely unexpected. I also didn't expect them to better the brilliance of the first game so soon after its release, but they made SMG look like the warm up act at a concert (albeit the best damn warm up act you'll ever see), with this being the main attraction. Again, every level was an absolute joy to play, the gameplay was as good as ever, the soundtrack was just as epic as before, but what put it above the original was the reintroduction of Yoshi to the series. That loveable companion gave the game that something a little extra special over the first game. I just can't wait to see where Nintendo go next.



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