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50. Drakengard (PS2)

     This is a JRPG, which explored the more mature side of emotions. Very dark atmopshere, and you will feel like your fighting an entire army alone. Very mature plot full of betrayal, murder, and talking dragons who only want to slaughter all humans. This is a very bloody game, and the narrative in the CG is very unexpected from Square Enix. I hope Cavia make some games of this quality in the future, I hear mixed things about Nier. Regardless, this JRPG is the darkest one I have ever played yet, and it's a perfect game to play for hours at a time, in the middle of the night. One of the best uses of music, and definatly the most bizarre story I have ever play in a JRPG.

49. Halo 2 (XB)

     A more generic title for my list. Halo 2 is probably one of the best co-op games around. I would go as far as saying, that after Halo 1, it is the best co-op game of the 6th generation. Halo 2 made XBL what it is today. It got people off the PC, and got them to play multiplayer online with consoles. With a great story (which is rare in a shooter), and addictive gameplay, this is definatly of of the best games that generation 6 had to offer.

48. Front Mission 4 (PS2)

     A proper turn based strategy JRPG on consoles. It's a real shame these games aren't too popular outside of Japan, Square Enix has been making Front Mission games faithfully since the days of SNES and they typically only get 200-300k in sales nowdays. Still like any war based anime, the plots in these games are full of political twists, and many levels are so deep they will take multiple hours to complete. Ontop of that mech customization in these games plays such an imortant role, you can make your mech look like almost anything, and as different characters have different strengths, they all should look different.

47. Fallout 3 (360)

     Like all of Bethesdas recent games, Fallout 3 creates a believable open world RPG like no other. In every town, there are unique people, who each have their own goals in this post nuclear world. Some worship a giant nuke, others wish to detonate it for a nice show, and other just want zombie rights. This game just has so many side stories (which in the end take twice as long as the main plot to complete), which are all unique and interesting. On top of that, this game manages to merge shooters and RPG's in a very unique, fun and addictive way. I can never blow off enough heads. Very excited to get New Vegas Ultimate Edition early next year.

46. Counter Strike: Source (PC)

     I wasn't a huge fan of CS 1.6 because at the time I was nuts on Warcraft 3, but CS Source is probably my favorite PC multiplayer game. It came with Half Life 2, which on it's own is a great game, and this is probably the simplest multiplayer game out there. Just join a game, buy some guns and eliminate the other team, when the match is over repeat. Great maps, great to play shooters with a mouse, and it's fun as hell spraying profanity (often porn) on people you killed. Ahh the greatness of unfiltered MP.

45. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)

     People are going to hate me for putting the game so low, but for me, this is where it belongs. This is probably the most fundamental 3 dimensional game ever made. A lot of the gameplay controls and camera controls implemented in this game have been immitated and used by almost every 3D franchise since (Particularly Action/Adventure games and Platformers). Ocarina of Time represents probably the best quality game of its time, and probably still represents the best level design in any Adventure game to date. Every Zelda since this game has been measured in quality to this title, and all have failed except for maybe Skyward Sword (which still gets many of it's gameplay mechanics from this title), and there is a reason for that. This is the best game made for the N64 in terms of quality and content, it's just not my favorite. Not even my favorite Zelda.

44. Grand Theft Auto 3 (PS2)

     This was probably the first 3D game to break the incredible mold set by The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. This was one of the first games which would appeal to non gamers in the same way a movie would. This was a game which let you do almost anything you wished. This was a sandbox game. Want to go have sex with hookers and then kill them? no problem. Use missle launcher on cop cars? sure. Drive a tank around and park ontop that guy who just took your space? alright. Honestly, after beating the core game, I kept playing this game to do stupid things for a long long time, and I normally don't do that. This was the first game where looking for collectable was fun because not only did they unlock cool stuff, it was fun going crazy with a rocket launcher while doing it.

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50. Megaman X  (SNES).   Always beating the bad guy with the most stupid attack

49. Super Castlevania 4  (SNES). Where are Super Castlevania I to III?. I can't find them. Where are they?

48. Professor Layton and the Curious Village  (DS).  Tired of leading a sheltered life, the princess is trying to escape her castle.

47. Mario Kart Wii  (Wii) . Is it OK to use Bullet Bill?

46. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (GBC).  Stealing items from the maple witch.

45. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (PS).  Jill knows how to accessorize.

44. Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (DS).  Missable Djinns was a terrible idea

43. The Legend of Zelda (NES).   Claustrophobic music and sword beams.

42. Devil Survivor (DS).  The Tokyo lockdown turned out better than expected even if they didn't take a bath for 7 days.

41. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (PSP).  Climbing up in the list based purely on fun gameplay and characters.

40. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA). Ezlo is so much better than Midna.

39. Jeanne D'Arc (PSP). Took me a while to understand what Colet was saying, he is the most useful character in the game though.

38. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (GBC). Love the "There's a key in this room" sound effect.

37. Pokemon Yellow (GB). Getting stuck with poke pika at first but able to control the turtle in the end.

36. Super Mario Bros 3 (NES). The seven sons of Bowser represents the seven deadly sins.

35. Metroid: Zero Mission (GBA). Easier doesn't always mean worse.

34. Banjo Tooie (N64). Much better than all 3D Mario's.

33. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GC).  The vast sea made this one fall from the top.

32. Secret of Mana (SNES).  I bought Children of Mana thinking in how good this games was. That's why is not in the Top 30.

31. New Super Mario Bros Wii (Wii).  No more mario games on this list

30. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (GC). You can beat this game using only Ike, Nephenee and Volke

29. Parasite Eve (PS). The only good game in the series and the only one with appropiate gameplay.

28. Kirby's Adventure (NES). Green Greens and Black and White is one of the most memorable stages in gaming.

27. Super Metroid (SNES). Next Metroid should be like this one.

26. Persona 3 Portable (PSP). Three dots connect to rectangles.

25. Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (DS).  Got to hell giant enemy crab.

24. Final Fantasy XII (PS2). Matsuno and his political drama.

23. Super Smash Bros. Melee (GC). Spamming Dr. Mario pills

22. Terranigma (SNES). Magic items are as useless as a wad of paper.

21. Final Fantasy IV (DS).  No need for GBA upgrades, that's always my party for end-game anyway.

20. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii). Higher than Melee just because of Luigi's bang bang.

19. Eternal Darkness (GC).  I was once a fool.

18. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64). Stupid Expansion Pack.

17. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PS). Bad voice acting is not always bad.

16. Seiken Densetsu 3 (SNES). My favorite class system in any game.

15. Tales of Symphonia (GC). I dont know why this game is on the Top 15, probably nostagia.

14. Dragon Quest VIII (PS2).  Charming style, great characters and huge world, was expecting DQX to be like this.

13. Resident Evil 4 (GC). The best thing about this game are the Spanish voices. Empieza a rezar.

12. Final Fantasy VI (SNES). Random encounters every two steps.

11. Golden Sun: The Lost Age (GBA). Megaera is my favorite summon of all time, too bad she's not that powerful or useful.

10. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (GC). The Gamecube version is better that the Wii one.

09. Resident Evil (GC). The only bad thing about REmake is that they changed the Jill Sandwish quote.

08. Final Fantasy IX (PS). No cloud, nor squall shall hinder us.

07. Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (Wii). Mary Sue and Gary Stu.

06. The World Ends With You (DS). Not sure if I want a sequel.

05. Chrono Trigger (SNES). Memories of green.

04. Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword (GBA). Support conversations. Who's Roy's mother?

03. Okami (PS2/Wii). 3 games in 1.

02. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64/3DS). 23 is number 2.

01. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES). 





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May as well use my accidental post if max out my first one.

Notable mentions outside the top 50 (because I haven't played them enough to judge them, but I think they could break my top 50): XenoBlade, XenoGears, Shenmue 1 & 2, Final Fantasy VI(half way through), Devil May Cry 3, Jade Empire, Chrono Cross, ICO, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and Tales of Vesperia

Others that just didn't make it, but came close. Metroid Prime 2: Echos, Eternal Darkness, Conkers Bad Fur Day, Portal, Shadow of the Colossus, Gran Turismo 1-5, and PSP, GTA's, Paper Mario's (N64 and GCN), Tales of Symphonia, Starcraft, Front Mission 1, Donkey Kong Country 3, F-Zero GX, Half-Life, Any Final Fantasy game, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Advance Wars: Days of Ruin, Alan Wake, Heavy Rain and Mega Man X....and well those are the ones which had a chance to make my top 50, but didn't.

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50: Heavy Rain (PS3)

Looking at it now it was fall of plotholes and the choices and events don't matter for 98% of the game, but for

that first playthrough before you realised all this the game was amazing and really suckedyou in and made

you feel for the characters, so it gets this spot.


49: Tomb Raider: Anniversary (PS2, PS3 as part of HD Trilogy)

Best of all the TR worlds, story, setting and puzzles of the original game, graphics and updated

mechanics of the Legend reboot but not the Lara vs Soldier combat.

Nothing at all from Angel of Darkness ;)


48: Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage (SNES)

Based on what is possibly the worst comic story to ever exist, the game was actually brilliant. 

Using comic strip segments to tell the story better than 90% of games of the time, great beat-em-up side

scrolling gameplay and having heroes and villains from a wide range of comic series that featured in gameplay was ace.


47: Street Fighter IV (PS3)

Revived the fighter genre which had gone stale with 3d fighters releasing copy and pastes, SFIV went

back to the series roots after SFIII killed the series for a decade and released the best fighter since

the original SFII.  Technically SSFIV is better, but it was more an extention of this.


46: Pokemon Blue (Gameboy)

I pretty much hate the series now, but back when this one released it was something fresh and new

and hours of fun, getting all 150 just to find a crappy text thanks as a reward kind of sucked though.

Being able to play the game at 3 times the speed via Pokemon stadium was also a big plus.


45: Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (PC)

The campaign was great and all, bit too FP shooterish before you go jedi.  The multiplayer

alone gets this on the list though, was all about the lightsaber and force power only servers.


44: Elite Beat Agents (DS)

Perhaps my like for it is affect by the fact it cost less than busfair, but I didn't play this so

much because it was cheap.  Surprisingly addictive music game, and I usually hate music

games.  Good choice of music, mostly.


43: Diablo II (PC)

Great RPG, nice selection of classes, build options, weapon/armour options.  Many hours of fun.


42: Super Mario World (SNES)

I just remember unlocking everything on it and taking forever.  Enjoying every minute.


50)   Alan Wake [Xbox 360] 

THE most intense game on the Xbox 360!

49) RUSH 2: Extreme Racing USA [Nintendo 64]

Lets just say the trick track was countless hours of mindless fun!

48) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tournament Fighters [Super Nintendo Entertainment System]

To think back to a time were games were just about fun, few games do that like this game does! Countless hours of destroying my bro lol!

47)    Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt [Nintendo Entertainment System]

Doesn't get much more nostalgic than this! This was when I started gaming, period!

46)   Mike Tyson's Punch-Out [Nintendo Entertainment System]

One of the greatest feelings in gaming history exists here! Beating Mike Tyson for the first time was like discovering gold treasures in a vault!

45) Tekken 6 [PlayStation 3]

While Tekken has always been great, the customization put this above many other games!

44) Virtua Fighter 5 Online [Xbox 360]

My favorite fighting game in the 7th Generation! From the graphics, to the ultra smooth, 60fps gameplay, the game has had me hooked since 2007!

43) Intelligent Qube [Sony PlayStation]

One of the most intriguing and unique experiences in all of PlayStation. Would love to see an HD upgrade.....wishful thinking, I know!

42) EXtreme Games [Sony PlayStation]

I would LOVE for Sony to update this game! Wasn't as big a fan of the sequels, but an HD Edition would be fantastic!

41) God of War III [PlayStation 3]

One of the greatest experiences the PS3 has to offer, and still retains, albeit narrowly, its console graphics crown despite the juggernaut that is Uncharted 3!

40) Super Mario RPG: Legend Of The Seven Stars [Super Nintendo Entertainment System]

Before Final Fantasy VII, this was my favorite role playing game! Every bit of the game was satisfying!

39) Streets of Rage [Sega Genesis]

Although Sonic the Hedgehog was the title that came with my system in 1990, Streets of Rage is the game that really got me into the Genesis!

38) Ridge Racer [Sony PlayStation]  

One of the defining games of the PlayStation and of racing games in general, at least for me!

37)  Silent Hill 3 [PlayStation 2]

I often ask myself where I'd be without the Silent Hill franchise. No franchise is better for me, and this title just happens to contain my favorite girl in video games!

36) Bloody Roar II [Sony PlayStation] 

The title that got me into the Bloody Roar franchise! I LOVED Uriko!

35) Gran Turismo 5 [PlayStation 3]

This came from nowhere last year! I had more fun with this game than many other racing games over the years! Before, I never cared for GT, but GT5 has solidified a future for Gran Turismo in my life!

 34) Super Puzzle Fighter II: Turbo [Sony PlayStation]

To this day, I'd challenge anyone in this game! I was an addict in the late 90s!

33) Street Fighter III Double Impact [Sega Dreamcast]

One of the better compilations of the 6th Generation! Both titles are absolutely addicting!

32) Marvel vs Capcom 2 [Sega Dreamcast]

The best tag team, 2D game! Even now, 11 years later, I see no equal!

31) Bloody Roar Primal Fury [Nintendo Gamecube]

One of the defining games of the Gamecube for me! So many hours of watching and playing!

30) Tekken [Sony PlayStation]

Next to Tobal No.1, Tekken ruled 3D fighting games for me! These days, very few fighting franchises are as good as the Tekken series!

29) Fight Night Round 3 [PlayStation 3]

Fight Night was really the first series that screamed "next gen" to me this gen! The character models were hard to believe, they looked too good!

28) Street Fighter II: Turbo [Super Nintendo Entertainment System]

Ah the Street Fighter II series! Had it not been for it, I wouldn't be the gamer I am today! Brings back memories of Christmas 1993!

27) Gears of War 3 [Xbox 360]

With arguably the best campaign in the series and 2nd most addictive multi-player on any console, Gears of War 3 lived up to and exceeded my expectations!

26) Silent Hill 2 [PlayStation 2]

Considered the best in the series, Silent Hill 2 remains one of my all time favorite titles!

25) Siren: Blood Curse [PlayStation Network / PS3]

Scariest game I've ever played! Seriously! The only game that comes close, for me, is the original Silent Hill.

24) Killzone 2 [PlayStation 3]

One of the staples of the PlayStation 3. Still holds its own graphically and the A.I. continues to have no equal on consoles (F.E.A.R. being its closest competition)!

23) Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots [PlayStation 3]

What exclusive titles should be like! Not many games before it are as good and not too many since its release are as good! A true masterpiece!

22) Super Mario Kart [Super Nintendo Entertainment System]

Still my 2nd favorite in the series and one of the best games on the SNES!

21) Super Street Fighter II [Super Nintendo Entertainment System]

The first game to ever receive Heavy Rain-style hype from me, Super Street Fighter II proved to be very much worth the wait.....and $70!

20) Uncharted Drake's Fortune [PlayStation 3]

The first game to truly wow me on the PS3! While being eclipsed by Drake's Deception as my favorite in the series, Drake's Fortune is still a blast to play! Hard to believe they had "The Last Of Us" in production even as this bad boy was just making it to the warehouses!

19) Street Fighter Alpha [Sony PlayStation]

My first PlayStation game! Was the first fighting game I thought looked identical to the arcade version and lifted my hopes for future releases!

18) Resident Evil Director's Cut: DualShock Edition [Sony PlayStation]

The original Resident Evil was my first excursion into survival horror territory, but it wasn't until this Edition was released that I was completely hooked on the genre!

17) Mario Kart 64 [Nintendo 64]

Talk about hours of fun! Very few racing titles, especially Kart racing, contain the type of value this game offers! A true gem of the N64 era!

16) Super Metroid [Super Nintendo Entertainment System]

Next to Street Fighter II, this is the best SNES title in my library! The countless hours of fun and real sense of exploration offered is staggering! Better than many games today!

15) Tekken Tag Tournament [PlayStation 2]

My favorite PS2 game! The Tekken franchise has yet to let me down!

14) Silent Hill 4: The Room [Microsoft Xbox]

This was the first game that I was sad when I beat it. Literally. I just wanted to keep playing! My favorite Xbox game!

13) Ridge Racer 7 [PlayStation 3]

One of the best times early in the PS3's life! To this day, I can still sit down with this game and have a blast!

12) Condemned: Criminal Origins [Xbox 360]

Once my favorite game this gen, certainly on the 360, Condemned: Criminal Origins rewrote many of the rules for survival horror! Fantastic experience!

11) Ridge Racer Revolution [Sony PlayStation]

The Ridge Racer franchise redefined racing for me, but Ridge Racer Revolution took up to a bar most racing games today still haven't reached!

10)  Super Street Fighter II: Turbo [Arcade]

I used to dream about playing an exact replica of this game on consoles (closest thing to it became Street Fighter Collection on the PS1). These days, it sits happily above most games in my Top 50!

9) Super Smash Bros Melee [Nintendo Gamecube]

My favorite game in the 6th Generation! Could still go back and play it with friends and have an aboslute blast!

8) Goldeneye 007 [Nintendo 64]

Man, I may not care for first person shooters had it not been for Bond! Easily my favorite game on the N64 and my 3rd favorite game in the 5th Generation! In fact, it was my most played multi-player game before the original Gears of War came along! I could still go back and blow through 5-10 hours on it!

7) Gears of War [Xbox 360]

Although only online based (because sadly, the servers will close eventually), I haven't played any multi-player title as much as this! It defines the Xbox 360 for me, in every stretch of the imagination!

6) F.E.A.R. [Xbox 360]

Currently my favorite first person shooter ever! From the incredibly complex A.I. to the suspenseful campaign, this game will be hard to top in the genre!

5) The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion [Xbox 360]

Greatest RPG I've ever played! Definitely worthy of my Top 5!

4) Street Fighter II [Super Nintendo Entertainment System]

On this date, December 28, 2011, I realized something powerful! Tobal No.1 is a game that honestly deserves more praise than I've been giving it, which is why it is now my 2nd favorite Game Of All Time, my favorite Sony PlayStation Game Of All Time, & my favorite Fighting Game Of All Time, and because of that, it jumps ahead of both Street Fighter II & Silent Hill! While Street Fighter II is the most personal game of my childhood, and Silent Hill my favorite Survival Horror Game ever, they don't compete with the continued nature of play & emotion that Tobal brings to my crowd of friends, in addition to me! Still, Street Fighter II will always be within my Top 10 titles and will never lose the title of THE game that made me the gamer I am today!

3) Silent Hill [Sony PlayStation]

Still my favorite survival horror game to date! Very few know how to scare an audience these days, but I can still go back to this and get one here or there! Although it was just eclipsed by Tobal No.1 as my top PlayStation title, this will remain above most games in my library for some time!

2) Tobal No.1 [Sony PlayStation]

There are very few words I can type that would truly express this game's importance in my life! Heavy Rain is the only title, currently (TLOU?), that tops this classic masterpiece! As my favorite fighting game of all time and No.2 on my list, I more than praise this game, I absolutely thank the goodness above for this personal, cherished experience!




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Adriane23's Super Ultra Ultimate Hyper Top 50 Mega Games: EX + Tournament Edition........Alpha


Game: Uniracers

AKA: Unirally (EU)

Platforms: SNES

Release Date: December 1994 (US), April 1995 (EU)

Description: You race around really fast as a unicycle on a 2D sidescrolling track, with loops and obstacles and shit.

I am the Playstation Avenger.


50. Spyro: Year of the Dragon (PS1)
49.The Simpsons: Hit and Run (PS2)
48. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
47. Warhawk (PS3)
46. Heroes Of Might and Magic 3 (PC)
45. Sins Of a Solar Empire (PC)
44. Grand Theft Auto 4: The Ballad Of Gay Tony (360)
43. Resistance: Fall Of Man (PS3)
42. Final Fantasy 13 (PS3)
41. Batman Arkham Ayslum (PS3)
40. Killzone 3 (PS3)
39. God of War 3 (PS3)
38. Resident Evil 4 (Wii)
37. Conker's Bad Fur Day (Nintendo 64)
36. Hitman: Blood Money (PS2)
35. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time (Nintendo 64)
34. Minecraft (PC)
33. Oblivion (PS3)
32. Mass Effect 2 (360)
31. Dead Space 2 (PS3)
30. Knights Of The Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords (PC)
29. Halo 2 (Xbox)
28. LittleBigPlanet (PS3)
27. Bioshock (360)
26. Gears of War 2 (360)
25. Red Dead Redemption (PS3)
24. Batman Arkham City (PS3)
23. Heavy Rain (PS3)
22. Pokemon Yellow (Gameboy)
21. Medievil 2: Total War (PC)
20. Resistance: Retribution (PSP)
19. God Of War: Ghost Of Sparta (PSP)
18. Mass Effect (360)
17. Command and Conquer: Tiberian Sun (PC)
16. Jak 2 (PS2)
15. LittleBigPlanet 2 (PS3)
14. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (PC)
13. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 (PSP)
12. Infamous (PS3)
11. Final Fantasy 8 (PC)
10. Lost Odyssey (Xbox X60)
9. Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3)
8. Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2, Yuri's Revenge (PC)
7. Age Of Empires 2 (PC)
6. Halo 3 (360)
5. Half Life 2: Episode 2 (PC)
4. Ratchet and Clank (PS2)
3. Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3)
2. Deadly Premonition (Xbox 360)
1. Knights Of The Old Republic (PC) (who would've thought this would be my number one? :P)

50. Katamari Forever (PS3)
49.Burnout Paradise (PS3)
48. Crash Bandicoot 3 (PS)
47. Jak & Daxter: The Precursory Legacy (PS2)
46. Tales of Vesperia (360)
45. Borderlands  (PS3)
44. Elite Beat Agents (DS)
43. Final Fantasy VII (PS)
42. Fat Princess (PS3)
41. Sly Cooper & The Thieverus Racoonus (PS2)
40. Donkey Kong Country Returns  (Wii)
39. Alan Wake (Xbox 360)
38. GTA: Vice City (PS2)
37. Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice (PS3)
36. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves (Ps2)
35. Dragon Quest IX (DS)
34. Demon's Souls (PS3)
33. Mega Man 3 (NES)
32. ICO (Ps2)
31. Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)
30. Kirbys Adventure (NES)
29. God  of  War  II   (PS2)
28. Diddy Kong Racing (N64)
27. Plants vs Zombies (PC)
26. Spyro the Dragon (PS)
25. Animal Crossing: Wide World (NDS)
24. God of War 3 (PS3)
23. Super Smash Bros. Melee (Gamecube)
22. Uncharted: Drakes Fortunes (Ps3)
21. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)
20. Civilization 5 (PC)
19. Katamari Damacy (PS2)
18. Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction (PS3)
17. LittleBigPlanet 2 (PS3)
16. Disgaea 4 (PS3)
15. Dark Souls (PS3)
14. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (PS3)
13. Uncharted 2: Among Theives (PS3)
12. Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64)
11. Portal (PC)
10. Assassin's Creed II (PS3)
9. Diablo II (PC)
8. Super Mario World (SNES)
7. Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
6. Infamous (PS3)
5. Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time
4. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the 7 Stars (SNES)
3. Infamous 2 (PS3)
2. Portal 2 (PC/PS3)
1. Psychonauts (PS2)

Here we go!

#50. Super Monkey Ball (Gamecube)

A VERY underrated and overlooked game on a underrated and overlooked console. The concept is simple yet very fun and addictive, with loads of content, and equally fun mini games that could practically pass for stand alone games.

#49. Dr. Mario (Wiiware)

Fun tetris inspired puzzle game, that I still enjoy playing to this day. It's one of those charming simple games that never gets old. While it's tough to be the original classic, the Wiiware version manages to do it with its new four player and online mode.

#48. Shadow Complex (XBLA)

A really interesting new take on the old school sidescrolling shooters like Metroid and Contra, with a surprisingly robust campaign for an Xbox live arcade game. Epic really showed they can tackle more than FPS/TPS with this one.

#47. Everquest (PC)

Ah the MMO that started it all... You'd be hard pressed to find a game with more content and replayability than this gem, especially now that the game has like 18 expansion packs. I pretty much did nothing but level grind in this game, but the worlds were so epic and imaginative and the gameplay so satisfying it didn't matter.

#46. Worms Armageddon (PC)

Fun little turn-based strategy game with a variety of cool weapons, including banana bombs and a cow launcher. How could you go wrong?

#45. The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind (PC)

This game really intriged me at the time, because it was esentailly the first massive western-style RPG I ever played. It kept me hooked with its enriching atmosphere, seemingly endless freedom, and overall sense of wonder the game brought. Even by modern standards the scope of this game is truly epic.

#44. Halo 3 (Xbox 360)

Simply the standard of online FPS gaming, at least until the Call of Duty series took its crown. Many fun times with this one, and has a well constructed campaign mode as well, which is more than many FPS games can say these days.

#43. GTA 4 (Xbox 360)

It's GTA at it's finest. What more can be said? Excellent sandbox game that gives you total control and remains a blast to play no matter if you're playing through the main story, embarking on side quests, or just hitting up strip clubs or running from cops.

#42. Guitar Hero 3 (Xbox 360)

The pinnacle of the Guitar Hero franchise. While the first two came with crappy unlicened covers of the songs, and the more recent titles were lacking the wow factor the older ones had, this game managed to innovate with interesting new features like the rock battles, while sticking true to the fun and addictive formula that made the franchise a hit. It also has the best song library.

#41. Tony Hawk 2 (Dreamcast)

Much like Guitar Hero 3, this was, in my opinion, the pinacle of the Tony Hawk series, along with Tony Hawk 3. After about the 5th itteration, Activision seemed content on running the franchise into the ground. But thankfully we can still reminice on the series' glory days with this gem. It added enough from the first game to flesh it out more, while keeping the franchise to its fundemental simple core. Also like Guitar Hero 3, it had the best soundtrack.

#40. Legend of Zelda - A Link to the Past (SNES)

An epic game rich with content, even looking back on it from the perspective of modern gaming. This game encapsulates what makes the Zelda series so loved; a massive adventure with an intriging backstory, complete with large and interesting environments, and solid arcade-style gameplay. I also liked the light and dark world concept. Certainly beats the normal link/wolf link of Twilight Princess.

#39. Donkey Konga (Gamecube)

I see this game as sort of a precusor to the Wii formula. It had the soul that many Wii games would later incorporate and hone, which is, simple fun, arcade style gameplay that is every bit as enjoyable the first time you pick it up and play as the 50th time. And trust me, you will play this one a lot once you've tried it. Just grab a friend and enjoy countless nights of plastic bongo drumming.

#38. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)

The craftsmanship in this one is simply excellent, from the epic music to the shiny and colorful graphics, it's all done superbly. But of course, the game really shines with its gameplay, providing an insanely diverse array of levels and concepts, sweet new powerups, and the re-addition of Yoshi. This game is the pinnacle of 3D platforming, taking an already solid game in Mario Galaxy 1 and drastically improving it.

#37. Super Smash Brothers (N64)

A fighting game done right - this game really broke new ground as there were few like it. It was also the first time Nintendo went a little on the adult oriented side, pitting their memorable characters against eachother. The muliplayer is of course the major standout to this game, and it what keeps many of us playing to this day.

#36. Star Wars Battlefront (PC)

While not a perfectly made FPS by any means, the combination of the rich backstory and environments this Star Wars game entails, combined with its highly addictive and robust online multiplayer, this game is easily one of my favorite FPS's.

#35. The Legend of Zelda (Wii Virtual Console)

I was ashamed at myself that I had waited so long to place this masterpiece when I purchased it form the Wii virtual console back in '06. I found that I was enjoying it far more than Twilight Princess which I had also bought with the console at launch. The game simply has everything I love in games; open ended gameplay, large and interesting worlds, arcade-style button mashing gameplay, and a plethora of content and complexity.

#34. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo DS)

Mario Kart is one of my favorite series, and this game reaffirms that love, with added online play that allows for endless replayability, great new tracks, as well as some nice nostalgic old ones, and overall great mechanics, that is, if you are willing to deal with the cheap and often exploited snaking technique.

#33. Power Stone 2 (Dreamcast)

This game was the reson I rebought a Dreamcast after my first one bit the dust. It is like Smash Brothers on crack. It took the aspects that made those games so fun and fleshed out certain concepts like level interaction, individual character attributes, and 3D.

#32. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (PC)

This game is Bioware at its best, forget that Star Wars wannabe known as Mass Effect. This game has the real thing - epic story, huge scale, and deep gameplay, making for a masterpiece of a WRPG. Even if you're not a die hard Star Wars fan, it's tough not to enjoy this one.

#31. Little King's Story (Wii)

This to me was the surprise hit of the Wii library. While I expected a well crafted game, I certainly didn't expect to have so much fun and spend so many countless hours adventuring through the colorful worlds of Little King's Story and taking out enemies by command of my tiny soldiers. If you love Pikmin, you simply must play this. It remains one of my favorite Wii games, topped only by a certain few that happen to feature Mario and/or Donkey Kong.

#30. Metroid Prime (Gamecube)

Retro studios really showed off their talent with this FPS (FPA?) for Gamecube. It is a great game is so many ways - from the amazing atmosphere and music, to the memorable and diverse levels throughout, to the plethora of content. It is a really interesting and hugely succesful new take on the Metroid series.

#29. Roller Coaster Tycoon (PC)

Believe it or not, there are likely very few games I have spent more time playing than this one. Somehow you just never tire of this game, or at least I didn't. If you know the style The Sims/Sim City had - that sort of God-game/strategy game, think that with amusement parks, and you've got Roller Coaster Tycoon. It is one of the most addictive games you will play, as you pull all nighters crafting an epic roller coaster, building massive parks, and calculating ways to earn greater profits.

#28. Turtles in Time (SNES)

Whether you're a fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or not, this game is a solid action fighter, which especially shines in multiplayer. Though it is on the short side, as many arcade-style fighters are, you'll want to go back and play through it again and again, beating up henchmen and fighting through some memorable bosses and even more memorable enrivonments.

#27. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Xbox 360)

Sort of the Goldenye of the modern era, this game is simply the perfect FPS game, particularly when it comes to the robust, higly addictive online multiplayer. While the single player leaves a bit to be desired, it at least doesn't resort to the cliche kill aliens or fight in World War II scenarios, and creates it own fresh narrative. Besides, let's face it, you don't play this game for the campaign anyway.

#26. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Xbox 360)

This may seem a bit redundant because this game is quite similar to the one prior. However, it's a great game on its own merit, and came with some great additions such as new percs, greater class customization, and the always thrilling zombie mode.

#25. Fallout 3 (Xbox 360)

As you've probably been able to tell by now, I have a soft spot for epic, open ended games. The less linearity, the better, and Fallout 3 is anything but linear. You can chose from a number of guilds/clans/etc to side with and aid, you can adhere stricly to the main storyline, or you can simply run around killing things and stealing. I also appreciate the innovation of being one of the few RPGs to feature guns and explosives.

#24. Eternal Darkness (Gamecube)

A major hidden gem on the Gamecube library (but then again most of its great games were). I abolutely love the atmosphere and the story this game comes with, providing a very interesting and diverse wealth of environments from several periods in history. I also admire the innovation of the sanity system and the new dimension it brought to an already frightening game. This is a game that should not be missed if you own a Gamecube - you'd be insane to! har har har..

#23. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 (XBLA)

This game defines arcade fundementals, which is why this game is so much fun to me. It boils gaming down to its essence - simply survive and take out enemies in an effort to get the highest score possible. The online leaderboards make this even more fun, as you get to compete with the entire world, giving you far greater incentive to show off your ego as you play through the 6 different game modes - all of which are massively fun in their own way.

#22. Super Smash Brothers: Brawl (Wii)

This super fun Wii arcade/fighter takes all the appealing aspects of the first two games in the series and beefs them up on steroids, adding more characters with more more attacks, new and crazier levels, and new features like the single player adventure mode, the Subspace Emissary. One of the best multiplayer games of the era.

#21. Super Mario 64 (N64)

It's Mario in 3d. That concept alone was enough to excite the hell out of us back in the 90s. And Nintendo delivered. This game brought the core gameplay of Mario to the 3D plane, making for a more epic and enriching experience. While I still prefer the classic 2D Mario games, Mario 64 was hugely fun in its own way, and made me a believer in 3D video games.

#20. Resident Evil 4 (Wii)

This is the pinnacle of the Resident Evil series. Not too slow paced and puzzle heavy (RE1), yet not too FPS in your face action (RE5). It simply has the perfect balance of all the elements that make the RE series great; eerie atmosphere, creepy zombies (well in this case, crazed plagued villagers), sweet weapons, and epic boss battles. Simply survival horror at its best.

#19. Bubble Bobble (NES)

Bubble Bobble is a game that for some odd reason seemed to fly under the radar, despite being one of the best games the NES has to offer, especially the multiplayer. Sort of a classic Mario Brothers inspired style, you and a friend team up to take out waves of enemies with bubbles. Sound odd I know, but it's a concept that really works, and it's a lot of fun.

#18. Yoshi's Island (SNES)

A 2D platformer that's style is unique and interesting as the game is fun. This game takes the formula that made the 2D Mario games so memorable and adds some new elements, such as aiming and hitting your enemies with Yoshi eggs, which is oh so satisfying. The boss battles are also quite awesome. The one aspect that kept this game from being even higher on my list is the lack of multiplayer (aside from a few mini games here and there).

#17. Tales of Symphonia (Gamecube)

Bar none, the best RPG on Gamecube, and one of the best RPGs of all time. Everything is simply masterfully crafted, from the music, to the environments, the story, and the characters. And of course, the gameplay itself is solid, complete with a fun hack and slash battle system that keeps the quick pace going (unlike the boring turn based systems many RPGs are plagued with), and very deep gameplay that will last you dozens upon dozens of hours. You will enjoy every minute of your adventure.

#16. Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)

Once again Retro does a Nintendo series proud. This game managed to capture the essence of the feel good nostalgia and solid gameplay that the original DKC games had, while adding some fresh elements as well. The levels are just as memorable as the original games, and the game itself rivals the classic 2D Mario games in platformers, and is even more asthetically pleasing than the NSMB games.

#15. New Super Mario Brothers Wii (Wii)

While the new Donkey Kong Country game won in the music and visual department, this game beats it on sheer quality of gameplay. What really makes this game stand out is the insanely fun 4 player that manages to work no matter the level you are playing, and adds an entire new dimension of challenge and strategy. It also has the welcome return of the koopa kids, in addition to some fun new powers and worlds. This game is a true renaissance of the classic 2D Mario games that made the NES and SNES so popular, and is perhaps the greatest platformer of the modern era.

#14. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Xbox 360)

Take Morrowind and juice it up on steroids, and you get this epic game from Bethesda. It captures the Zelda/Lord of the Rings elements of fantasy perfectly. It is what the Zelda series SHOULD be like (at least the modern ones). The amount of gameplay, customization, and depth within is simply phenomenal. And the game is so open ended, that litterally no two people will have the exact same experience from start to finish, unlike many linear games of the modern era. If you are even a casual fan of RPGs, it'd be a crime not to check this one out.

#13. Goldeneye (N64)

This is the game that got me playing first person shooters, and this is true for many gamers. The game is not just of high quality, but it truely revolutionized gaming, and even took part in the creation of a genre, having a lasting impact to this day. The fact that it is James Bond makes it even more awesome, as well as the fact that it is based off my favorite Bond film. The multiplayer is where the game truly shines, but unlike most FPS games, the single player is nearly as memorable. Both will have you mashing buttons for hours on end.

#12. Donkey Kong Country (SNES)

This game started up where the 2D Mario series left off on the Super Nintendo, taking the reigns as the definitive platformer on the console. Unlike Mario, this game had greater style, better graphics, and superb music and atmosphere. It also used a somewhat new concept of two-player tag teaming, as well as incorporating the traditional two player competition. And who can forget the animal buddies, who were like a super-beefed up version of Yoshi. This series to me, helps to solidify the Super Nintendo as the greatest gaming console of all time.

#11. Mario Kart 64 (N64)

Simply an amazingly fun arcade racer that is still just as enjoyable today as it was over a decade ago, despite the novelty of the 3D long since wearing off. What made this game shine most, as in many Nintendo titles, is the multiplayer, but even if you exclude that, the game itself is very well made. Complete with fun new items, and the epicness of certain levels like Rainbow Road, this is easily one of the best of the N64 library.

#10. Super Mario World (SNES)

This is the game that got me, and millions of other kids, excited about the Super Nintendo, and indeed, was THE definitive game to pick up for your new console, at least until the Donkey Kong Country Series. It brought Mario to a whole new world known as Dinosaur World, which was a welcome departure from the frequently visited Mushroom Kingdom. It also brought the awesomeness of Yoshi, and had a very complex overworld map filled with shortcuts and secret paths. And let's not forget the epicness of star and special world. While the game seemed a tad dumbed down and easy at times, the quality is so great and the worlds so memorable that it didn't matter.

#9. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)

That's right, yet another Mario Kart title. But the series is one of my all time favorites, and this game stands above the rest of them, so I felt it would be an injustice to not include it. There is a reason this game has sold 30 million copies, it is damn near impossible not to enjoy. To captures that feeling of being at the arcade and having a blash with your friends, especially with the added motion control that simulates driving a car, loosely speaking of course, but it actually works quite well. If the memorable new tracks and characters weren't enough (funky kong!), there is an online mode that remains the standard for Wii online games.

#8. Donkey Kong Country 2 (SNES)

Yep, just like Mario Kart, you may notice that this is another series that populates a decent chunk of my list. But all three of the Donkey Kong Country games on my list are so fun and memorable in their own way that I really feel they all deserve to be on here. While its predecessor broke new ground in 2D platforming, Donkey Kong Country 2 perfected it, with crazier and tricker stages, even more beautiful music and atmosphere, more depth, and the always fun to use, Dixie Kong, who is blessed with the ability to float using her massive spinning hair.

#7. Pokemon Red/Blue (Gameboy)

The game that single handedly rivitalized the life of the Gameboy, and transcended nations, age, and gender with its insanely addictive appeal. It captured the magic of the TV show and delved deeper into the Pokemon universe. What this game achieves moreso than most others is its wonderful sense of accomplishment, and the excitement of catching that rare Pokemon in the wild, or finally defeating that dick Gary and the Ellite 4. Pokemon is one of those games that nearly EVERY gamer you hear from has their own memorable experience with.

#6. Super Mario RPG (SNES)

This was my first forray into the RPG genre, and ironically, still perhaps the best. The marriage of two great companies, Square and Nintendo, proved more than justified as we got a crazy epic game complete with the colorful backstory and environments of the Mushroom Kingdom, along with Squares magical touch of RPG perfection, awesome new characters to add to the Mario universe, and truly solid gameplay that is in depth without being overly complex like some RPGs. And again, the music and atmosphere is wonderful, which I believe is a huge part of the recepie for a superb game.


It was difficult for me to decide where this game or Mario RPG reigns supreme as my favorite RPG, but at the end of the day, this one wins by a hair, primarily based off the multiplayer, which adds a new element of fun to an already epic masterpiece. But I also appreciate the fast-paced and simplistic battle system and prefer it over the turn based system of Mario RPG. The elements of brilliance here are standard of many games on my list - amazing soundtrack, colorful and eye pleasing environments, and of course, solid gameplay.


About a year ago, this game came completly out of nowhere, and dominated almost all others on my list as one of my favorite games. If you are a fan of open-world gameplay, and begin to play this game, you will soon see why. It simply gives you an exhileration of adventure and a feeling of accomplishment that few games can pull off. The world is your oyster - explore anywhere you want, above ground or below, slay anything you want, customize your inventory, collect, build, etc. It is a sandbox game that stands above all the others, not only it the massive worlds and freedom of choice, but the sheer fun this game grants. And let's not forget the memorable and frightening creepers, that put the zombies in Resident Evil to shame.


Another game that grants you the power to craft - this time with massive sci-fi armies of men or aliens to battle with. Blizzard perfected the real time strategy genre with this game. It has that perfect formula of easy-to-learn-tough-to-master that is a prime ingridient in making a masterful game. It is relatively simple to pick up, yet very in depth and allows for so much customization and is so much damn fun, it's actually been made into a competitive sport in Korea. Any game that can pull THAT off must be pretty damn good..


While all three Gears of War titles are pretty similar, this latest entry is the clear cut best of the three, and is one of my favorite all time games, with the Gears of War series as a whole easily being my most played series ever. Why do I love it so much? Where to start.. The presentation is masterful, the graphics amazing, the campaign epic (no pun intended), and the story actually somewhat decent. The weapons, in typical Gears fashion, are unique and so damn fun to use. But for me, what makes this game and series immortal is the insanely fun multiplayer, which I have made almost a routine out of playing. It is, simply put, THE definitive go to game for me when I am looking for a boredom killer.


Like Donkey Kong Country 2, this game took everything that made its predecessor great and radically expanded upon it, creating a much more colorful and memorable universe, that awesome koopa kids, more fun and interesting levels, and kick ass new power-ups like the Tanooki Suit. While the game is no doubt tricky, it just makes it that much more gratifying when you finally do beat it, and adds to the replay value since you spend so much time trying to get over the hurdle. And believe me, you will want to spend MUCH time playing this gem. This is the title that not only got me into Nintendo games, but made me a gamer.

I'm in bro.

50. Super Mario bros 3 advance 4 (GBA)

First game on GBA and second Mario I've ever played. First Mario was Super Mario 64 in 1996.