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I have an odd feeling I'm the only one to have 999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors on my list even more having it in my top 10...

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Machina said:
TruckOSaurus said:

#1. StarCraft (Brood War) (PC)

"This is not WarCraft in space!"

Warcraft II was my first Blizzard game, it was very very good but there were some issues with it, the main one being that both races felt pretty much the same. That issue was addressed brillantly in StarCraft, the game's three races were completely different from each other and not just in the spell department, units, heatlh, buildings, construction methods all differed from race to race.

In the campaign mode, you were treated to a exciting story viewed from the point of view of the Terrans, the Zerg and the Protoss. The most interesting part being Kerrigan's story from being betrayed by Mengsk to being reborn as a Zerg to double crossing everyone to become the "Queen Bitch of the Universe".

On the multiplayer front, through multiple patches Blizzard achieved what I believe to be the perfect balance between the three forces thus making all match ups a joy to play. I played countless games online against random opponents and even more games in local multiplayer against my brother in deadly Terran Vs Protoss battles.

Holy crap! Truck, we're made for eachother! My 1 and 2 are your 1 and 6.

I'm booking my flight to the UK!

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Runa216 said:

Well I haven't made it well-known, but I have to admit this  list I've posted here has its flaws.  Mostly because I do mine as collectives to fit more in my list.  For instance, I adore games like the Megaman X collection becuase it has four games I absolutely adore in it (megaman X1, 2, 3, and 4, even liked 6) as well as stuff like the SNES cartrige "Super Mario All-Stars + Super Marioworld" which has two of my all time faves as well as two more classics and a great hidden gem.  

For anyone interested, here's my current, up-to-date list of my top games (including the surprisingly awesome Skyrim) 



1 - Final Fantasy VI
2 - Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
3 - The Legend of Zelda: a Link to the Past
4 - Donkey Kong Country 1-3 
5 - Megaman 2
6 - Final Fantasy VII, X, XII
7 - Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario World
8 - Final Fantasy IV, VIII, IX
9 - Ratchet and Clank Series
10 - Super Smash Brothers Series
11 - Rock Band Series
12 - Grand Theft Auto VC/SA

13 - Donkey Kong Country Returns
14 - Portal series
15 - Red Dead Redemption and Undead Nightmare
16 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
17 - Left 4 Dead Series
18 - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
19 - Megaman X Collection
20 - Assassin's Creed Series
21 - Kingdom Hearts Series

22 - The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
23 - Pokemon Series
24 - Super Marioworld 2: Yoshi's Island
25 - Resident Evil 4/5
26 - Minecraft
27 - Megaman series
28 - Guitar Hero 1-2
29 - Joe and Mac
30 - Final Fantasy
31 - Metroid Prime Series
32 - Final Fantasy Tactics series

There are some notable games that I haven't yet played that I also think have a good chance at ending up in this list based on pedigrees and hype: 

Vagrant Story
Chrono Trigger
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Super Metroid
Tales of Phantasia
Mass Effect series
Diablo 1 and 2
Half-Life 1 and 2
Shadow of the Colossus



You can't make multiple games hold a single position!

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Games that may be added to 2012's list

Chrono Cross
Conker: Live and Reloaded
Donkey Kong Country: Returns
Dragon Quest X
Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Ed
Final Fantasy VI, VII, and/or IX
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

Jade Empire
Halo 4
Mario Party 1 or 3 (They are also excellent and I think I just forgot to include them)
Mass Effect 3
Portal 2
Resident Evil 6

Shenmue 2
The Last Story
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword
Uncharted 3



Seems I have a good year of JRPG's ahead of me (I have yet to beat any of the above games, some I haven't even played over an hour of, or are unreleased).

The italic ones are the ones I expect to beat and possibly add to the list

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Here's the final 14 of my list that I haven't posted here:

14. Final Fantasy IX - PSX (14 last year):

Still my favourite of the PSX Final Fantasy games and among the best RPGs I've ever played.  I especially liked the ability system, where abilities were gained from wearing certain armour; the system was later used in FF Tactics Advance.  I've always felt this game was overlooked compared to other Final Fantasy games on Sony platforms, which pains me because it is my favourite post-VII FF game.


13. Monster Hunter 3 - Wii (27 last year):

When I bought this game in 2010, I wasn't expected that much.  I knew the series was popular in Japan, but I had no idea how much this game would take over my life for over a year.  Over 200 hours later, this game is high up this list (and higher than last year).  I cannot wait for MH3G to hit Europe and I hope Capcom/Nintendo add online play to it.


12. Mario Kart DS - DS (18 last year):

If Mario Kart 7 was really a little earlier, it would be here instead of this game, but it released when it did so MKDS has to do.  I've put an unholy amount of hours into this game and some of my best memories with this game are playing with many of my cousins.  I far prefered MKWii's online (I put just short of 200 hours into it) and multiplayer, but the track selection on DS is second only to 7 (Waluigi Pinball and Airship Fortress ftw!).


11. Final Fantasy IV DS - DS (7 last year):

This was the first story based RPG I played and I loved it.  I couldn't get enough of the 3D graphics, the voice acting, the limited cut-scenes, the augments, the increased difficulty, the New Game +.  I'm still waiting for FFV and more importantly VI to get this treatment.


10. Super Mario Galaxy - Wii (8 last year):

Easily my GOTY 2007 and this would be my favourite platformer if it wasn't for it's sequel.  The soundtrack was superb, as was the level design and the graphics, pushing the Wii to it's limits.  I am slightly pained by how little this has sold in comparison to NSMBWii.


9. Metal Gear Solid - PSX (New):

I have a confession to make, I think the Metal Gear series is usually way overrated; however MGS and Snake Eater are the exceptions in my opinion.  I love absolutely everything about this game, the sound, the visuals, the story, the 4th wall breaking.  Even the game's length I would argue is a bonus in many ways, it means that I've replayed it many times, never getting bored.  


8. Zelda: A Link to the Past - SNES (9 last year):

The pinnacle of 2d Zelda in my opinion, even more so than my beloved Link's Awakening.  Where I think this game doesn't get enough credit is the how fantastic and atmosphere setting the soundtrack is to the game; the two overworld themes clearly illustrate this, along with many others from the game.  We've had New Super Mario Bros, now I think it's time for a 'New' Legend of Zelda to revitalise the 2d gameplay of the series.


7. Xenoblade Chronicles - Wii (New):

Even when up again Zelda: Skyward Sword, this is my GOTY 2011.  This is easily the greatest RPG of recent years, even of the 21th Century; only two RPG are higher than Xenoblade Chronicles on my list and they are two classics.  This game has a superb soundtrack (Mechanical Rhythm and Gaur Plain [day] are my favourites), an epic length (Dragon Quest/Warrior VII is the only RPG I've played with a longer story) and one of the most refreshing battle systems I've experienced.  If you have a Wii, you need to get this game.  If you don't have a Wii, it's honestly worth buying one for.


6. Super Metroid - SNES (6 last year):

Easily the best Metroid game and a game that I've replayed countless times both on my Uncle's SNES and on my Wii, using the Virtual Console.  I think this game is close to perfect, moody music (Lower Norfair is my personal favourite), a beautiful graphical style and most importantly of all perfectly refined 2d gameplay.  I want a new 2d Metroid so badly.


5. Super Smash Bros Brawl - Wii (5 last year):

I've sunk almost 250 hours into this game and I still never bore of it.  I know it's a bit of an unfair comparison, but I would argue it has the best soundtrack of any game.  People complain about the online quality of this game, but I've never experienced any more a little bit of lag every now and then.  The wait for the PAL version of this game was long, but I for one was very very happy with the final product.


4. Chrono Trigger DS - DS (4 last year):

For some reason, Europe never got Chrono Trigger on either the SNES or the PSX, so this was the first time it released here.  Having played it in early 2009, I saw what all the fuss was about and how truly ahead of it's time this game was when it first released.  While I felt the DS additions were not up the quality of the rest of the game, this is the only version of the game I have played and therefore it is the DS port which is on my list/


3. Super Mario Galaxy 2 - Wii (3 last year):

In my opinion, this is the best platformer around and also the best Wii game.  This game took everything that was fantastic about the original and added to and improved it; for example, more of the soundtrack was orcestrated, yoshi featured, more power-ups, greater difficulty, etc.  I think that in the future, many will see this as the best game of the 7th generation, I'm certain I will.


2. Final Fantasy VI - SNES (2 last year):

After all these years, I still don't think an RPG has surpassed this game.  I think this has one of the best soundtracks, the best story, some of the best party members, the best villian, etc of any game around.  Everyone who likes RPGs, needs to play this game.


1. Zelda: Wind Waker - GC (1 last year):

I think this has been my favourite game ever since I played it upon PAL release.  I've done everything this game has to offer, including that huge photography side quest that takes at least 2 playthroughs.  I was on the verge of tears when my GC memory card broke with that data on there.  Prior to release, this game's art style was controversial, but now I fail to see why; I think this game is the beautiful I have played in terms of art style, with only Okami coming close.




Here's my full list as well:

What do you think?

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I keep looking at other people's lists and seeing games I intended to add (or wish I had added) to my list. My GF really screwed me over when she threw away my list. I put a lot of thought into it. The list I ended up with was pretty rushed to get it in before the new year. I'll stand by it, though.

I know you want people to finish their lists but you may want to get that thread locked, Smeags. Some people may be tempted to make some changes. That would screw up your work so far.

Machina said:

Holy crap! Truck, we're made for eachother! My 1 and 2 are your 1 and 6.

Requoted for attention. Where are your posts about your Top 2 games? I can't seem to find them.

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There's one game from 2011 that's going to get in my top 50.
Dark souls, every game session is a solid 10/10 so far. I have only just arrived in Anor Londo after 35 hours on my 2nd character. I'm taking it as slow as possible, letting it all soak in. The decent to Qualaag's domain was truly epic. Then I found a way even further down to Ash lake, just to get the hell out of there again. Did not look like I should be there yet at all.

Machina said:
TruckOSaurus said:

Requoted for attention. Where are your posts about your Top 2 games? I can't seem to find them.

I... couldn't be bothered to post any. Which sounds awful, because it makes it seem like I don't like them that much, which is totally not the case. It's just that, if I started writing about them I'd end up writing loads, and keep editing and re-editing the text like someone with a very weird type of OCD, all because I'd want to feel like I was doing them justice. So yeah, I didn't write anything! But they were pretty much the only games I played from the end of the PS1 gen to the start of this gen, which should speak volumes. Diablo II basically became an online trading and collection game for me over the years, as I acquired masses of in-game wealth and perfected my PvP Kick Assassin, and StarCraft was just not only as close to perfectly balanced as an RTS will ever be but, thanks to UMS, allowed you to play everything from tower defence games to RPGs, all with a StarCraft twist.

I know how you feel, I felt kinda bad writing only short paragraphs for my Top Ten but I did what I could with the time I could spare.

Here's hoping Diablo III isn't region locked so we can play together when it finally comes out!

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Well, I've finished the preliminary tallying.

46 users have submitted a list containing 50 of their favorite games (last year: 26).

803 unique games have been submitted (last year: 546).

Now to starting filling in the blanks...