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4. Age Of Empires

5. Flight Simulator

6. Sim City

7. Pokemon

8. Rollorcoaster Tycoon

9. Super Mario

10. DOnkey Kong country

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1. Sonic the Hedgehog
2. Super Mario
3. The Legend of Zelda
4. Pokemon
5. Banjo-Kazooie
6. Mario Kart
7. Resident Evil
8. Earthworm Jim
9. Donkey Kong Country
10. Metroid

1. Super Mario:
It's hard to think of anything better the the first five Super Mario games, It would be #1 on my list simply on the strength of SUper Mario Bros. 3 or Super Mario World alone. The games are all showcases of the very best in platform level design and are among the best looking and controlling games on their respective systems.

Final Fantasy:
Besides Super Mario Bros. no other franchise dominated my childhood like Final Fantasy. I first found FFVI not long after it was released in the U.S. I was 10 years old and it was the first RPG I truely fell in love with. From there I would seek out FFIV and FF and then waited for the release of FFVII, which completely blew me away again. FFVIII and FFIX had similar effects and sealed the franchise for me.

3. Chrono Series:
Awhile after my discovery of Final Fantasy I also happened upon Chrono Trigger which would become one of if not my favorite game ever (to this day), the story, beauty, combat, and amazing time travel dynamics place the game alone near the top of this list, and including a great follow up like Chrono Cross only pushes it farther. It takes nine Final Fantasys to slightly edge out two Chronos.

4. Street Fighter:
The grand daddy of all fighters, I spent so much time in the arcade playing Street Fighter II and it's followers. The balance the series shows is really unmatched, to this day I would still take Street Fighter II over any other fighter ever made, it's just that good. Including all the spin offs, and other Street Fighter series it's just hard to not include it this high.

5. The Legend of Zelda:
I have many fond memories of playing The Legend of Zelda at the age of 4-5, with my father helping me through the dungeons. It would be a few years before I was playing it on my own and when A Link to the Past arrived I was estatic. While the early games mean a lot to me, I never fully liked the transition to 3D, so it fell down my list some.

6. Sim City:
My first experience with Sim City wasn't on a PC, it was on the SNES and I played the hell out of that game, always trying to build a bigger city then my last then destorying them in a wave of glory. I'd leave my SNES on over night to rake in the money for massive building sprees the next day, and the sequels only stole more time from me.

7. Sonic The Hedgehog:
When I was a kid you either liked Mario or Sonic, not both... I secretly liked Sonic. I didn't get a Genesis until later on in it's life cycle (pretty much just wanted it for a better version of SF2) but the included Sonic The Hedgehog 2 ended up becoming one of my favorite games of all time, it might not be Super Mario Bros. 3 but it's pretty damn close.

8. Xenogears:
The only single game on my list, the overall strength of the plot alone makes it one of the greatest games ever. Xenogears had a profound experience on me, showing me the depth a video game could have (and to think I almost never played it, a friend of mine wanted my copy of FF Tactics which I had already beat... and thus Xenogears came into my life).

9. Gran Turismo:
Gran Turismo 2 is still one of the greatest racing games ever, the amount of cars, tracks, and fun produced by that game was insane. I remember first seeing Gran Turismo and wondering how they could have so much stuff in one game. Gran Turismo set the standard for the modern racing game, a legacy it continously sets with each release.

10. Metal Gear:
I most remember Metal Gear being a really tough NES game, one that I could never beat as a youngster (it would be several years into the 16 bit era before I would beat it, and even then the story didn't completely soak in) However when I first got a play of Metal Gear Solid on a PS1 demo disc I had to have it, and it started a long trend of me loving Metal Gear.

I like the way Dystopia did his list. I hadn't thought about it, but in the countdown I'm going to put people's comments about the franchises in some of the descriptions. So if you want, when you make your list add any comments about the franchises you want.

1. Super Mario
2. Pokemon
3. The Legend of Zelda
4. Final Fantasy
5. Resident Evil
6. Mario Kart
7. Sonic the Hedgehog
8. Star Fox
9. Metroid
10. Mega Man

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09tarheel said:
I like the way Dystopia did his list. I hadn't thought about it, but in the countdown I'm going to put people's comments about the franchises in some of the descriptions. So if you want, when you make your list add any comments about the franchises you want.

I felt the need to add comments about why they are my top ten.

09tarheel said:
Scoobes said:
1. Bomb Jack (no-one's gonna remember this but I loved it!)
2. Half-Life (I believe the PC version was released around the time of PS1)
3. Super Mario
4. Legend of Zelda
5. Age of Empires
6. Starcraft
7. Final Fantasy
8. Baldurs Gate
9. Street Fighter
10. Tetris

I've never heard of Bomb Jack, what kind of game is it, and what platform(s) was it for?

The wiki page pretty much cover it:

It was on multiple systems (I think it was available on mobile phones a while back too, and on VC). I played the Amstrad CPC version. Amazngly adictive platform game where you had to collect bombs (although they never exploded) but you also got bonuses for collecting them in the right order. To make things harder though you had these weird robot things that got faster and faster each level. Its the ONLY game (including Wii games) that I've managed to get my dear mother into! (and by that I mean playing on a regular basis).

It hurts not including great franchises like Civilization, but cutting off after the PS1 era means many of my favorite iterations from the old franchises are not included. Here I go:

10. Chrono Trigger
Chrono Trigger, the game that matches FF6 as my favorite JRPG of all time. The music, gameplay, graphics/art, story, and characters all amount to nothing short of perfection. Chrono Cross is included in the series as well, which was a decent game.

9. Starcraft
The greatest RTS ever solos its way onto the top 10. Not much else needs to be said about it - to this day, I still play the game occasionally.

8. Mario Kart
Super Mario Kart was my favorite racer up until Mario Kart Wii. That's saying something! The game surprised me, as it kind of came out of nowhere (I didn't know what the hell a go-kart was). The music is still the best in the series, and the game remains fun to play to this day. The 2 player GP is huge for people like me, who always have a sibling in the room (we would otherwise take turns). Mario Kart 64 wasn't quite as good, but it was still a solid game, and its battle mode remains the best in the series.

7. Counter-Strike
It's only a single game, sure, but the hours I spent on it were ridiculous. This is the game (or mod) that started it all. There isn't an FPS I've played nearly as extensively, not even close. Hell, I joined a tournament for this game, which remains the only time in my life I'd done something of the sort. Note that the vote is for Counter-Strike, not Half-Life, so count it accordingly (not a fan of HL so don't contribute to its votes, lol).

6. Quake
My favorite was the first in the series, though the fact it had 3 games in the PS1 era helps its position. Quake was the first game I'd actively find mods for (I was 9-10 yrs old when it came), so that gave it a ton of replayability, especially since we had 3 computers set up for LAN goodness in the house. Team Fortress was born on Quake, and I had plenty of fun with it (more so than Valve's version). The most addictive mod by far was AirQuake, the best flying game (or mod) I've ever played. Man, thinking about it makes me want to force my friends to set it up and play some rounds...

5. Super Mario Bros.
I was never a fan of the first game, but Super Mario Bros. 2, 3, World, and 64 are easily among my favorite platformers.

4. Final Fantasy
My favorite JRPG series overall. FFVI is my favorite, with FFX not far behind. FFIV and the PS1 RPG's were great games, though I was initially disappointed with FF7 after playing it on PC. Still, the games were consistently very high quality, with FFVI in particular boosting the series above Mario.

3. Diablo
Diablo was awesome, as it was one of my first online games. Although the hackers (town killing!) were annoying, it was a great introduction to online gaming for me. Diablo II released before PS2, so I believe it counts - that game is simply awesome. It provided entertainment for years! In fact, I only stopped playing it after WoW pretty much replaced it for me, which is amazing considering I was also playing the (ridiculously time consuming) Everquest. I revisit the game every now and then for fun.

2. Heroes of Might & Magic
Heroes II and III were freggin amazing. Seriously, these games are not given nearly enough recognition - I'll be disappointed if I'm the only one who votes for this awesome franchise! They've also aged so well, with its great music and charming 2D sprites. I plan on setting up some Heroes III games with friends soon. If you don't know what this franchise is, do yourself a favor and look into it, now!

1. The Legend of Zelda
Not much to say here - both NES titles rocked, and A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time are among my all time favorites. Ocarina in particular is tied with my all time favorite games ever (along with FF6, CT, CS, etc). Having 4 games this strong cements the series into the #1 spot.

1. Kirby
2. The Legend of Zelda
3. super mario
4. donkey kong country
5. mario kart
6. sonic the hedgehog
7. f- zero
8. pokemon
9. smash bros
10. mario party


Donkey Kong (Arcade)
Pacman (Arcade)
Super Mario Bros. (NES)
Legend of Zelda (NES)
Contra (NES)
Castlevania (NES)
Bionic Commando (NES)
Sonic the Hedgehog series (Genesis)
Super Metroid (SNES)
Street Fighter 2 (Arcade)
Mortal Kombat 2 (Arcade)
Soul Calibur (Dreamcast)

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