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My 50 greatest games of all time - 2021 edition

I'll link the titles to posts that explain more about the game. The platform contains the platform (or platforms) I played said game on, it may have been released on others. As I can't remember for all which year I played it, the year is the year of release of the game.

title platform year creator
1. Heroes of Might and Magic III Windows 1999 New World Computing/3DO
2. Katamari Damacy PS2/Switch/Stadia 2004 Namco
3. Pandora's Tower Wii 2011 Ganbarion
4. Dragon Quest Builders 2 Switch 2018 SquareEnix
5. Ōkami PS2/Wii/Switch 2006 Clover Studio/Capcom
6. Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE WiiU/Switch 2015 Atlus
7. Octopath Traveler Switch/Stadia 2018 Square Enix
8. Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken Land PS2 2001 Racjin/Atlus
9. Xenoblade Chronicles Wii/Switch 2010 Monolith Soft/Nintendo
10. Baldur's Gate Windows/Switch 1998 BioWare/Black Isle Studios/Interplay Entertainment
11. Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl 3DS 2013 Atlus/NIS America
12. Star Wars: Dark Forces DOS 1995 LucasArts
13. Demon’s Souls PS3 2009 From Software/Sony
14. Kid Icarus: Uprising 3DS 2012 Sora/Nintendo
15. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Switch 2017 Nintendo
16. Day of the Tentacle DOS 1993 LucasArts
17. UFO: Enemy Unknown DOS 1994 Mythos Games/MicroProse
18. The Secret of Monkey Island DOS 1990 LucasArts
19. Another Code: R – A Journey into Lost Memories Wii 2009 Cing
20. Fire Emblem: Awakening 3DS 2012 Intelligent Systems/Nintendo
21. Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn Wii 2007 Intelligent Systems/Nintendo
22. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth 3DS 2014 Atlus
23. Graveyard Keeper Switch/Linux 2018 Lazy Bear Games/tinyBuild
24. Baldur's Gate III Stadia 2020 Larian Studios
25. Return to Zork DOS 1993 Activision/Infocom
26. Jagged Alliance DOS 1995 Madlab Software/Sir-Tech
27. Deus Ex: Human Revolution WiiU 2011 Eidos/Square Enix
28. A Short Hike Switch/Linux 2019 Adam Robinson-Yu
29. Immortals Fenyx Rising Switch/Stadia 2020 Ubisoft
30. Attack of the Friday Monsters! 3DS 2013 Millenium Kitchen/Aquria/Level-5
31. Pillars of Eternity Linux/Switch 2015 Obsidian Entertainment/Paradox Interactive
32. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3DS 2000 Nintendo
33. StarCraft/Brood War Windows 1998 Blizzard Entertainment
34. Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV Switch 2020 Koei Tecmo
35. Armello Linux/Switch 2015 League of Geeks
36. Resident Evil: Revelations 3DS/WiiU/Switch 2012 Capcom
37. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana Switch/Stadia 2016 Nihon Falcom/NIS America
38. Valkyria Chronicles 4 Switch/Stadia 2018 Sega
39. Phoenix Point Stadia 2019 Snapshot Games
40. Supaplex DOS 1991 Think!Ware Development/Dream Factory/Digital Integration
41. Monster Hunter Rise Switch 2021 Capcom
42. King's Bounty II Switch 2021 1C Entertainment
43. Dragon Quest Builders Switch 2016 SquareEnix
44. Gylt Stadia 2019 Tequila Works
45. Child of Light WiiU/Switch 2014 Ubisoft
46. Doom 64 Switch/Stadia 1997 Midway
47. The Battle for Wesnoth Linux 2005 David White and others
48. Descent DOS 1995 Parallax Software/Interplay
49. Pinball Dreams DOS 1992 Digital Illusions/21st Century Entertainment
50. Resident Evil (Remake) Wii/Switch 2002 Capcom

 

Here some statistics. As I played some games on multiple platforms, the platform numbers will add up to more than 50. As creators I list only these, which made multiple games I like.

  entries highest
platforms
Switch 23 #2 Katamari Damacy
DOS 9 #12 Star Wars: Dark Forces
Stadia 9 #2 Katamari Damacy
3DS 7 #11 Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl
Wii 6 #3 Pandora's Tower
Linux 5 #23 Graveyard Keeper
WiiU 4 #6 Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE
PS2 3 #2 Katamari Damacy
Windows 3 #1 Heroes of Might and Magic III
PS3 1 #13 Demon’s Souls
decades
90s 13 #1 Heroes of Might and Magic III
00s 9 #2 Katamari Damacy
10s 23 #3 Pandora's Tower
20s 5 #24 Baldur's Gate III
creators
Nintendo 6 #9 Xenoblade Chronicles
Atlus 4 #6 Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE
Capcom 4 #5 Ōkami
SquareEnix 4 #4 Dragon Quest Builders 2
LucasArts 3 #12 Star Wars: Dark Forces
Ubisoft 2 #29 Immortals Fenyx Rising
Intelligent Systems 2 #20 Fire Emblem Awakening
NIS America 2 #11 Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl
Interplay 2 #10 Baldur's Gate

There are games that were on previous lists of mine, but didn't make the cut this year. Look here for the list. I list them here compact, ordered by the last year I had them on my list and the rank:

  • 2017: One Must Fall: 2097 (#50), Zen Pinball 2 (#49), Super Smash Bros. Brawl (#47), NetHack/Slash'EM (#45), The Cave (#44), Splatoon (#43), Pikmin 3 (#42), Lego City Undercover (#41), Mario Kart 8 (#37), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (#33), Monster Hunter Tri (#32), Borderlands 2 (#24)
  • 2018: Disgaea 5 (#48), The Curious Expedition (#46), Hotel Dusk: Room 215 (#45), Hyrule Warriors (#43), Pokémon Omega Ruby (#42), Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate (#33), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (#28)
  • 2019: Dillon's Rolling Western (#50), Heretic (#49), Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure (#48), Rabbids Go Home (#47), Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (#46), Dyna Blaster/Bomberman (#42), Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (#41), Cadence of Hyrule (#36)
  • 2020: Pathfinder Adventures (#50), The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (#47), Ring Fit Adventure (#48), Don't Starve (#46), Spiritfarer (#42), Pikmin (#38), Assassin's Creed Odyssey (#36), Final Fantasy X (#34)

Here are some honorable mentions. As I list each year unique titles I list my honorable mentions for all of the last years:

  • 2017: Wii Sports Resort (Wii, 2009), Dune (DOS, 1992), Hearthstone (Android, 2014), Chaos Overlords (DOS, 1996), Dillon's Rolling Western (3DS, 2012), Micro Machines (DOS, 1991), Bravely Default (3DS, 2012) and Duke Nukem 3D (DOS, 1996)
  • 2018: Undertale (Switch, 2015), Oxenfree (Switch, 2016), Darksiders II (WiiU, 2012), Unreal Tournament (Windows, 1999), Doom reboot (Switch, 2016)
  • 2019: Into the Breach (Switch, 2018), Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (WiiU/Switch, 2014), Wacky Wheels (DOS, 1994), Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch, 2018), FreedroidRPG (Linux, 2011), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Switch, 2015), Sid Meier's Colonization (DOS, 1994), Blockout (DOS, 1989)
  • 2020: Beyond Good & Evil (PS2, 2003), Doom 64 (Switch/Stadia, 1997), Human Resource Machine (WiiU/Switch, 2015), Worms (DOS, 1995), Hitman (Stadia, 2016), Battle Chess (DOS, 1988)
  • 2021: Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise/Rhythm Heaven Fever (2011, Wii), Ys IX: Monstrum Nox (2019, Switch/Stadia), Battalion Wars 2 (2007, Wii), Project Zomboid (2013, Linux), Eledees/Elebits (2006, Wii), Wunderland (1994, Telnet)

And in the discussion thread we have again this year the guessing game. Here are the results of who guessed how much of my games.

 user count entries
The_Liquid_Laser 12 #25, #22, #24, #21, #20, #18, #16, #10, #8, #7, #9, #4
Darashiva 7 #45, #35, #28, #27, #26, #13, #2
Machina 6 #48, #39, #34, #29, #31, #30
drbunnig 4 #19, #15, #12, #5
Zippy6 3 #50, #43, #38
Kakadu18 3 #46, #37, #39
coolbeans 3 #17, #3, #1
TruckOSaurus 2 #33, #32
Supermario28 1 #41
S.Peelman 1 #36
Platina 1 #11
UnderwaterFunktown 1 #6
no one 7 #49, #47, #44, #42, #40, #23, #14

Last edited by Mnementh - on 21 January 2022

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my greatest games: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

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