Your Top 10 Video Games, all time!

We had one of these several years back. I am trying to track it down to no avail.
It would be interesting to see If I am consistent.

Diablo Series (3 over 1 over 2)
World of Warcraft
Mechcommander 2
Dawn of War 2
Quake Series (4 for the game, 1 for the mapmaking)
Dark Sun Series (1 then 2)
AD&D gold box games (CoK, CotAB, BR:CtD, DQoK, SotSB, GttSF)
Battletech Crescent Hawks (Revenge over Inception)
Borderlands Series (really tough to choose between the 3 but I guess 2 because of the mechromancer)
Mechwarrior Mercenaries (4 over 2)

Honorable mentions:
Fallout 1-2 (1 over 2)
Age of Kings because it got me into RTS's the most.
Phantasie
Might and Magic 3, 4, and 5
Lands of Lore 1 (not 2 or 3)

In no order

Fallout 1
Privateer
Planescape Torment
X-Com - the original one.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines
Skyrim
Marvel Vs Capcom
Seaman - Man what I wouldn't do for a remake
God of War 1+2
Dungeon Keeper 1 - Shocking I know

Didn't make the cut for reasons
Mugen - might not be legal. I had many custom builds with hundreds of fighters.
Pokemon - I love me some pokemon but none have replay value for me.
The Sims 1-3 - Most of the fun came from user mods.

gewy wrote:

System Shock (first one)

No wrong answers, of course, but what was it about the first one that you preferred over SS2? I played quite a bit of the first one, and it just didn't grab me like the sequel did.

Jesus. I used to keep a top 10 list but there's been so many great games over the years that I've had to update this over and over again. Even recently one of my perennial favorites just got removed.

Ok, I'm probably going to return to this list over and over again to edit it, but here's my first shot.

I no particular order:
Baldur's Gate Series 1, Siege of Dragonspear, and 2 (it's one long game as far as I'm concerned)
The Witcher 3
Mass Effect 2 & 3
World of Warcraft
Rome: Total War
Ultimate Soccer Manager 98
Half Life 2
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
Ultima 4
XCOM 2

Honorable mentions (which may still make the list the more I think about it):
The Sims 1-4
SimCity 2000
Fallout 1 & 2
FTL
Master of Orion 2
Bioshock
Dragon Age
Planescape: Torment
Zork 1-3, actually all of the Infocom games (I'm old)
Thief 1 & 2
No One Lives Forever
Europa 1400: The Guild
Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines
GTA: Vice City
Sid Meier's Pirates!
Assassin's Creed 2 and Brotherhood
KOTOR
Madden 99
Wing Commander 1&2
Tropico 3
Shogun and Medieval: Total War

On the Intellivision (I'm old):
Dungeons & Dragons: Treasure of Tarmin
B-17 Bomber
Bomb Squad
Astrosmash
Utopia
Burgertime
Night Stalker
Tron: Deadly Discs
Microsurgeon

EDIT: Jesus I keep updating this list but in a way it's great. It's kind of my personal Hall of Fame for Games

In no order

Witcher 3
Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines
Path of Exile
Thief II
Hitman Contract/Blood Money
Bayonetta 1/2
X3 TC
Rocket League
Tyranny
KOTOR 1/2

Honorable mentions as they came close
Mass Effect 1
Perfect Dark
Fallout 3/New Vegas
Age of Empires 2
Bioshock
System Shock 2
Dawn of War
Skyrim

I am sure I am forgetting some.

I love these discussions and listings. It's one of my favorite subjects to ruminate over.

I cannot zero in on a top ten, at least not right now. Here are my contenders. Sorted by release date (Europe - PAL).

Space Invaders (1978)
Tetris (1984)
Super Mario Bros. (1985)
Super Mario Bros. 3 (1991)
Streets of Rage (1991)
Super Metroid (1994)
Super Street Fighter 2 (1994)
Metal Gear Solid (1998)
Half-Life (1998)
Baldur's Gate (1998)
Silent Hill (1999)
Deus Ex (2000)
Diablo 2 (2000)
Grand Theft Auto 3 (2001)
Metroid Prime (2002)
Guild Wars (2005)
Mass Effect 2 (2010)
Portal 2 (2011)
FTL: Faster Than Light (2012)
Resogun (2013)
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (2014)
Mario Kart 8 (2014)
Bloodborne (2015)
Splatoon (2015)
Nex Machina (2017)

So, I need to narrow 25 down to 10.

I'd better clear my diary.

So many lists have Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines! I need to bump this up in the queue. It's been on my pile for years now.

Asteroids (Arcade)
X-Com (original)
Fallout 1
System Shock 2
Wing Commander: Privateer
Saints Row the Third
Civilization . . . V?
Mass Effect 2
Bioshock 2
Destiny

This is great. My wife and I literally just talked about nothing other than this over lunch. Although, her initially adding to the list was not helping. It really has us wanting to revisit a few of these gems.

I've also narrowed the list, a little. Success!

Colour me intrigued by the Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines love. It's also on my pile.

PaladinTom wrote:

So many lists have Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines! I need to bump this up in the queue. It's been on my pile for years now.

It didn't even cross my mind, but it's an essential. IMO. There is a mod that fixes a lot that's broken though which is important.

RnRClown wrote:

This is great. My wife and I literally just talked about nothing other than this over lunch. Although, her initially adding to the list was not helping. It really has us wanting to revisit a few of these gems.

I've also narrowed the list, a little. Success!

Colour me intrigued by the Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines love. It's also on my pile.

I love Bloodlines. It is a quirky niche game that is a surprisingly good love letter to the World of Darkness.

My first seven are a lock:
Sid Meier's Pirates! - first game I got hooked on for months and years at a time
Super Metroid - first game I played straight through to the exclusion of all others
TMNT IV: Turtles in Time - TMNT II: Arcade, Double Dragon II, Streets of Rage 2 were all great multiplayer fun, but this one is the one I go back to most.
DooM (original) - The first FPS game I got hooked on and have gone back to multipe times over the decades.
Quake - my first major online gaming obsession that lasted for years. It had an
Rise of Nations & expansion - The epitome of the RTS genre for me, which I played regularly for about 7 years
Unreal Tournament 2004 - UT-99 dethroned Quake for me eventually, and 2004 dethroned '99. It kept me playing regularly for 8 years.

The next three are just how I'm feeling at the moment:
Tales from the Borderlands - I can't understate how much I enjoyed this. The soundtrack definitely helped as well.
Retro Game Challenge - wonderfully captures my childhood.
Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! / Elite Beat Agents - insanely hard but never unfair and an astoundingly fun time! This is definitely my outlier on the list. It's not my regular fare.

Were under consideration for positions 8-10:
Super Mario Bros 2 (yes, the Mario game that wasn't originally a Mario game)
Vampire: Bloodlines (perhaps if I'd ever finished the last 10%, it would have made the cut)
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (super immersive and I felt like a real predator)
Aliens vs Predator 2 (mostly because I felt so awesome as a full-grown alien...similar feelings as with Riddick)
Mafia I/II (Especially the original. GTA but with a great story. The world building was amazing for what was doable with the tech at the time. I lived in this world)
The Walking Dead season 1&2/The Wolf Among Us (also great, but Borderlands was just a tiny bit better)
Bandit Kings of Ancient China (any 30 year old game I've played for at least 1000 hours and still returned to a week ago deserves to be here)
Castlevania games in the style of Symphony of the Night (I just loved almost all of these on the GBA and DS systems. Same goes for the 2d Metroids on the handhelds)
Night in the Woods (my most recent pick. I just loved the entire package).

Over the past decade I've leaned more towards older games when I look at what I want to play. They are usually easy to pick up and put down, and they also transport me to a simpler time. For the top 10 though, I think my picks are pretty well spread out over the decades.

1. Witcher 3
2. Nier Automata
3. Bayonetta
4. Guild Wars
5. Civilization 5
6. Mirrors Edge Catalyst
7. Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus
8. Ocarina of Time
9. Banjo Kazooie
10. 3rd Strike

After looking at this topic I've sort of had a list ready. The fact that I haven't thought of anything that wasnt on the list initially should have been telling enough, but I kept wrecking my brain. In the end these are the 10 I came up with.

This is my top 10 that I've had on my backloggery for a while now. It probably needs a bit of updating but I still stand by these games as some of my all time favorites.

1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (honestly love everything about this game)
2. Shadow of the Colossus (all the feels)
3. Journey (always leaves me starry eyed after each playthrough)
4. Mass Effect 2 (those loyalty missions and the end mission. Just great stuff)
5. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (initially couldn't get into this one but after diving into it's many side quests, I really fell in love with it)
6. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly/Silent Hill 2 (cheating here but they occupy the same space for me. They're both survival horror games whose atmosphere and story have stuck with me)
7. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (still reeling from that plot twist years later. great Star Wars game with interesting choices)
8. Paper Mario (charming/quirky characters and story)
9. Half Life 2 (heartbroken that we'll never get HL3)
10. Pokemon (all main handhelds. Also cheating on this one. Pokemon was what got me into gaming so I have a soft spot for all the entries)

Honorable mentions

Witcher 3
Sims 1-3
Okami
Psychonauts
Banjo Kazooie
Metroid Prime
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Metal Gear Solid series
(minus 4/5 since I haven't played those yet)
Assassin's Creed series (Mainly, the Ezio trilogy)

I don't know how everyone can remember the games they've played over the years. I think if I made a list I'd need to cheat and pick from other peoples' lists and my Steam library. I doubt one of the Atari 2600 games would crack the top 10, but there is a lot of time between then and when I started getting most of my games on Steam.

Running Man wrote:
gewy wrote:

System Shock (first one)

No wrong answers, of course, but what was it about the first one that you preferred over SS2? I played quite a bit of the first one, and it just didn't grab me like the sequel did.

It's been so long since I've played either of these, but the main thing is just how far ahead of its time it was. I played both at release. Someone made the point somewhere that System Shock was a game that was released closer to Doom than Quake, much less Half-life. Yet, it still introduced us to one of the best game villains of all time (SHODAN). Who was the main bad guy in Doom? I don't even remember. Quake was a big tentacle monster I think. Yawn.

There was something of a suspenseful plot where you had to thwart each of SHODAN's plans in sequence. And it succeeded in making you feel like the odds were really against you. David vs. Goliath. Or as she would say, you're like pathetic insect compared to her.

Most importantly though, Citadel Station felt like a real, functioning place in a way that games of that time didn't even pull off or honestly even think to pull off (except maybe its precursors, the Ultima Underworld games). Each level had a different function. The engineering level seemed full of pipes and wiring, at least as best they could do with the primitive graphics of the time. The executive quarters felt posh with carpeted floors, an auditorium and a rec room. Flight deck had huge hangars. The groves were beautiful- ideal for a crewmember to hang out and relax in. And so on.

Is this the first game with voice logs? I think so, but could be wrong. That added further to the atmosphere and back story. These people whose bodies you're seeing? They were real people with real history.

I still vividly remember one part, early in the game, when I had yet to encounter many enemies and I was just exploring this lab level, feeling very vulnerable. I heard this door open and close in the distance. "What the hell is that!?" Feared an enemy was moving around, possibly hunting me. Came to find this malfunctioning door that just kept opening and closing nonstop. The way they ratcheted up the tension slowly and the sense that this was a functioning place that had fallen into decay. It made quite the impression on me.

Second time around (SS2) was great, but you can never recapture the first time you experience something like that.

Granted, if you tried to go back to the first now, the control scheme would probably be a deal-breaker.

1. Ishar
A custom-coded MUD heavily influenced by Diku conventions, this is what I played with just about every free minute during junior high and most of high school. Information about the world and equipment was tightly held, exploration was critical, and mastery of the game took years. No game has ever since provided me with the adrenaline rush to match that of an exhaustively planned and carefully executed player kill, as the tricks were myriad, tracking a wary target was difficult, and player skill and knowledge vastly outweighed character stats. And you got to loot their entire kit off their body.

After the mortal experience with several characters, it was on to a life of creation as an immortal, making new zones and writing custom code to perform nifty tricks. I still maintain contact with several people I met through this game, and was delighted to discover it was recently placed back online (ishar.com port 9999 via telnet).

2. Quakeworld Team Fortress
The greatest multiplayer experience and competitive clan scene in history. All those who cut their teeth on TF2, you missed out.

3. Starcraft
Found some guys sharing this on the LAN at college and had my mind blown when I learned it was a new game from the Warcraft studio. Spread like wildfire through the dorms, and playing custom games with a grab bag of friends soon become a nightly activity.

4. Super Mario World
Tough call between this and Mario 64, but have to give the nod to Mario World. A game I have played through over and over and over again.

5. Counter-Strike Beta5
Another one that appeared out of nowhere and blew us all away in college. Beta5 was the sweet spot for weapons tuning, before it became all about first bullet accuracy and map releases started favoring happy-go-snipey camper bullsh*t.

6. Master of Orion
Without question the game I have most commonly come back to when I don't know what else to play. MOO2 got too fiddly. MOO1 was just right.

7. World of Warcraft
The game I so badly wanted Everquest to be, and to date the only game that provoked sufficient frustration to cause me to damage my residence. Good times.

8. Civ 4
The game that shall forever be synonymous with having no responsibilities other than working and drinking. Would fire up a co-op round with a buddy at least twice a week.

9. Star Control 2
Unrivaled feeling of exploration. Finding a rainbow world or recruiting a race with a good ship was like Christmas. And I can't imagine how many hours the kid down the street and I spent playing supermelee frenzy. You can't make a single player experience like this any more, because people will just dig for information online and ruin the whole thing.

10. Action Quake 2
The best re-creation of a Hong Kong film experience ever made. Fantastically frenetic action, every goddamn weapon was great; it was a true pioneer far too ahead of its time. The powers-of-2 killstreak scoring system has sadly never been copied, but my god it was fantastic. If you never won a round of 8 player FFA with a score of 60 and the second place player with 3, you let gaming's greatest feeling of domination pass you by.

11. Final Fantasy: Tactics
A game you can play forever, and revisit as often as you like. Bonus for having a cool story with some of the best Engrish and downright bizarre translation in history. Life is short...Bury! Layer upon layer, make your mark now!

Thread sort of fell off while I was thinking, but I still wanted to weigh in. Cheated a bit more than many others by including an entire phase of a genre and the output of studios, though I chose exemplars for each. All are presented in chronological order:

Sierra Adventure Games - Especially Space Quest III - My among first real experiences with games, and my first real social experience with games too, my buddies and I all traded and played these together at various times, sharing jokes and secrets.

Full Throttle - A great adventure game, but also a pretty great early cinematic experience. Played the remastered version this weekend, and it's still a lot of fun.

Final Fantasy - Especially VII and Tactics - My perennial series, I turn up for them all eventually. They're my game comfort food.

The Golden Age of JRPGs - Especially Chrono Trigger, Xenogears, and Suikoden II - So, here things get a bit complicated because I could have lumped in FF VI-IX and Tactics in with these, but my relationship with FF is different from these, but essentially this era of the JRPG convinced me that games were malleable and could basically do anything and be about anything.

Civilization II - I just spent a sh*tload of hours playing this.

Unreal Tournament - I also spent a sh*tload of hours playing this, but it was also the first MP experience I invested in deeply. All other MP maps bow before Facing Worlds.

Grand Theft Auto 3 - Perfect timing: this came out right after my mates and I all moved into our post-college flop house. It was as much fun to spectate as too play, as we sought to outdo each others' carnage.

The Mass Effect and Dragon Age Paradigm - Especially Mass Effect 2 - I told a Zelda-loving friend that, yeah, I played Zelda back in the day, but that was because Dragon Age didn't exist yet. This is the sort of format that's always going to be especially appealing to me--being a key figure in a rollicking sci-fi or fantasy epic, meeting cool characters, dealing with factions, having enough influence on the setting to satisfy me, yeah, dig it.

The Works of Naughty Dog - Especially The Last of Us - Really admire the care and craft and developing attitude that goes into each ND release since the first Uncharted.

Life is Strange and Life is Strange: Before the Storm - I'm praising LiS again, which is definitely a rule in the Me Drinking Game, so drink. But when I mentioned being convinced that games could do anything, including move you deeply, these games were the proof I was hoping to encounter.

Honorable Mentions:
Planetfall - The first game that was ever mine, so I played a lot of it, mapping things out and everything.

Doom
- I mean, I was as much of my generation as anyone.

Flower and Journey - When I need to deal with someone convinced games are vapid exercises in violence, I point them to these beautiful ruminations on the cycle of life and death.

Outlier wise, I don't necessarily see one outlier, but there are clumps. Civ stands out as the lone strictly strategy sort of affair, but it also joins with UT and Doom as being the lightest on character and story. But here's the fascinating one I stumbled on while playing Full Throttle yesterday--Civ, UT, and Planetfall all lack in distinctive musical themes. I can hum a few bars from all these others or, hell, pull the soundtrack itself off my shelves, and often had crucial moments tied to their music. Cool thing I noticed.

Sinistar
Cobra Command (laser disc)
Smash TV/Total Carnage
NARC
Contra
Warhawk
Twisted Metal 2
Soul Calibur (DC)
Time Crisis 2
Halo 2

Honourable Menschen:
Ikari Warriors 2: Victory Road
Ridge Racer (PSX)
Crackdown (360)
Katamari Damacy (PS2)
Mars Matrix
Raiden

Undecided:
Mario Brothers

A List of its Own:
Castlevania series (except for that fighter thing on the Wii)

F-U List;
Conquest of the Crystal Palace
Bugs (trs80)
Donkey Kong Jr
Choplifter
Ghouls n Ghosts or Ghosts n Goblins

Peter Griffin's "DONE!" List:
Sonic the Hedgehog (360/PS3)
Blasto! (PSX)
ODT (PSX)
Fugitive Hunter (PS2)

Portal - a nearly perfect game. The humor, the puzzles, the way it teaches you, and so much more.

Fallout 3 - All around amazing open world experience, taking the familiar world of the D.C. area and allowing you to roam it's post-apocalyptic ruins.

Deadly Rooms of Death - Found this puzzle game years ago at Home of the Underdogs as abandonware. A very challenging dungeon of puzzles 25 levels deep. Found out the creator of the game got the rights back, and rebuilt the game in a new engine, adding much welcome checkpoints in rooms, a level editor and scripting, and some sequels and countless fan made holds.

Icewind Dale - Baldur's Gate 2 was grander in scale and had some great NPCs to adventure with, but I loved the idea that Icewind Dale let you choose and create your entire party from scratch at the start. I beat that game because of my choices in characters and how they leveled up.

Diablo 2/Diablo 3 - I put so many hours into Diablo 2 years ago, making various builds of every character class. Diablo 3 started on shaky ground with the original loot system and item store, but has since redeemed itself and added some welcome features, including Seasons which gives the game some added replayablity.

Thief/Thief 2 - I got back into gaming through Doom in the 1990s and loved all first person shooters, but these two games reinvented the concept. Made me play a different way, and I love them for it.

Burnout: Paradise City - the only racing game I have ever completed. The only racing game I've gotten 100% of the achievements. And, so far, the only racing games that could ever make me even want to attempt to 100% it.

Team Fortress 2 - I'm not a multi-player sort of person by default. Usually, just give me a single player experience and let me do my own thing. But the times spent in TF2 were some of my favorite gaming experiences ever. The community I found here was a big part of that, but there had to be this great game underneath it all for these people to flock to.

Guild Wars 2 - Speaking of multiplayer for a single player person. This game allows you for the most part to go off and do your own thing in a world inhabited by hundreds of players. And when you were in the mood there were dungeons and the multiplayer maps to tackle as a team. The afternoon I spent as part of a successful assault on the base of a rival server in the multiplayer maps, just so I could get access to the last vista I needed to reach 100% map completion was amazing.

I get conflicted about choosing between my favorite games vs the games I would consider the best. This is my favorites. I was surprised a lot of it is older games, but I guess it’s because I had more time and was in more social gaming environments. Not sure the order but the list would include:

Tecmo Super Bowl
Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out
NBA Jam
Mario Golf
Mario Kart 64
Left4Dead 1&2 (I really miss the amazing GWJ vs games. I probably put 600+ hours in on those vs games)
Civilization 4
Bioshock
Guitar Hero 2
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2

IUMogg wrote:

I get conflicted about choosing between my favorite games vs the games I would consider the best.

So do I.

Earthbound
Chrono Trigger
Final Fantasy VII
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Halo
Skyrim
Harvest Moon 64
Rock Band
Grim Fandango
Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance

I went with that these are my personal favorites. Obviously not all hold up in time, but I can't say I spent more time on any games than these.

Outliers:
Rock Band may not be the perfect game, but it came out when I was in college and despite having to pay lots for peripherals it was fun as hell.

Harvest Moon 64 was IMO the best RPG farm simulator out there. Its only downside was that it had a ceiling and you could run out of things to do. If only they make a Stardew Valley 64 with the same graphical style I'd be in heaven.

I have 3 top tens in no particular order. I probably should have 4 but I left off the arcade/atari/intellivision years. River Raid, Robotron, Pac Man, Black Tiger, Video Pinball and all the other dinosaurs will have to stay back in the haze.

1) The Late Formative Years.
Big events here included a friend of mine going to see his friend in Ontario every year or so and bringing back a bundle of pirated games on floppies for the C64. We also made a trip to Maine every summer. Bangor was the closest Electronic Boutique to me so I saved up and bought 2 new games every summer. The summer I got Wasteland and Sentinel Worlds: Future Magic goes down in the hall of fame. I easily could have put 10 more games here, but managed to trim it to 11. SSI and Microprose ruled the day in my house even after the NES arrived.

Wasteland (C64)
Pool of Radiance (C64)
Civilization 1
Pirates! (C64)
Gunship (C64)
Super Mario Brothers (NES)
Mario Kart (SNES)
The Eternal Dagger (C64)
Decathlon (C64)
Ultimate Wizard (C64)
Racing Destruction Set (C64)

2) The Golden Age. The Doom, Diablo and X-Com (3 1/2 inch floppy in a CGW magazine) DEMOS probably each got over 40 hours of play. PC technology accelerated quickly here as did my income. More games looking and sounding better than ever. I still remember the first time I saw Tomb Raider on a 3d-Fx card. It was amazing. Eye of the Beholder, X-Wing, Fantasy General, Thief and Master of Orion couldn't crack the top 11 so you know there were a few good games out there.

Transport Tycoon
NHL 94
Mario 64
Arctic Mud
Doom
Wing Commander 1
System Shock 2
Diablo 2
Might and Magic World of Xeen
Ultima Underworld
X-Com

3) The Casual Years. I stuck Baldurs Gate, Planescape Torment, and Unreal Tournament here even though they probably fit earlier. I don't play any game long enough now for anything to reach pantheon status. I think the sun is setting on my game playing. I treat games more like magazines now. I play them for a while, enjoy the new technology or idea, and then put them down never to return. I've tried to play the older games again, but the lightning is out of the bottle never to return.

Dark Souls 1/2
Path of Exile
Crawl Stone Soup
SpaceChem
Pinball FX2
Unreal Tournament
Nuclear Throne
Kings Bounty Series
Baldurs Gate 2
Planescape: Torment
Mario/Hot shots golfs

Tough to do. Cribbing from other people lists after reading. Think I have to do series, with my top game highlighted.

TIE Fighter, X-Wing series. Obviously, look at my name. Probably because my first internet game was XvT in late 97, my online handle became Stele and it stuck. TIE Fighter would be my desert island game. If I could only play 1 thing ever this is it.

Super Metroid My favorite 16-bit game. For about a decade I'd replay this yearly. Just beat it again on my 3DS last year.

King's Quest 6. My first PC games were KQ4 and the updated KQ1. I went back and found 2 and 3, played 5-7 at release, and loved all of it.

Final Fantasy 6. Like Mantid said this is the best. Pinnacle of series for me and likely never topped. Kefka wins. Amazing story, characters, and gameplay. Started up a new game on SNES Classic last month.

Super Mario World. Yeah I like world more than 3, I'm odd. Also I love Yoshi. I use him in Mario Kart, Golf, Tennis, etc. Everything but Smash Bros, where other characters take my top spot. Love that silly dinosaur. Special mention to both Galaxy games, best of the 3d ones for me.

Mass Effect 2. Enjoyed all 3, but this was the one I beat over and over. At a time when the Steam pile was building and I never replayed games, this one earned 3.

Left 4 Dead 2. Hundreds of hours of both games with you goodjers. This and TF2 felt like the perfect years of online gaming to me.

Persona 3. Opened my eyes to this genre. I may enjoyed P5 a lot, it may take the top spot after a NG+. And 4 had gameplay improvements but I love the characters of 3 most.

Rocket League. I've played a lot of online games but this one has its hooks in me like nothing before. Perfect blend of sports and game.

Ocarina of Time. I love LttP and BotW. But OoT holds a special place for me. Plus playing Master Quest on GameCube was such a breath of fresh air, it gave the game new depth for me.

So many good things I'm leaving off, so honorable mentions:
City of Heroes will always be my favorite MMO.
Uncharted 2 and the Naughty Dog games.
Disgaea, Fire Emblem, and other SRPGs like XCOM. I love the genre but can't pick just one.

Dark Souls. I mean I platinumed Demon's, DS1, and DS2 on PS3. Bought them again on PC. Beat DS3 too. I love these. Probably should bump King's Quest at this point but my childhood memories are so strong.

Budo wrote:

On the Intellivision (I'm old):
Dungeons & Dragons: Treasure of Tarmin
B-17 Bomber
Bomb Squad
Astrosmash
Utopia

It really was an amazing system. I only had the first AD&D, not Tarmin. B17 and Bomb Squad were great. Your list is solid.

I'd add Night Stalker and Tron: Deadly Discs to my list for INTV. Also Major League Baseball. 9+ buttons to control any player on demand.

Stele wrote:
Budo wrote:

On the Intellivision (I'm old):
Dungeons & Dragons: Treasure of Tarmin
B-17 Bomber
Bomb Squad
Astrosmash
Utopia

It really was an amazing system. I only had the first AD&D, not Tarmin. B17 and Bomb Squad were great. Your list is solid.

I'd add Night Stalker and Tron: Deadly Discs to my list for INTV. Also Major League Baseball. 9+ buttons to control any player on demand.

Yes to both of those. Especially Tron Deadly Discs. That and Astrosmash are the only two games I've ever played where I can honestly say I achieved mastery. Now I have to add those. And Burgertime. I thought the AD&D game was great and I loved loved loved the map. Also Microsurgeon. How is it that we haven't made another great Fantastic Voyage game since?

Stele wrote:

It really was an amazing system. I only had the first AD&D, not Tarmin.

Tarmin (Intellivision) made my Top 10. It was just that good.

That's one of the things I enjoy about reading Top 10 lists that stick to 10 entries.

It forces people to make hard choices and makes for a more interesting final product.

I could hammer out 50 of my favorite games since Atari 2600 in the blink of an eye.

But whittling that list of 50 down to 10? That proves tougher and ultimately more compelling.

I've noticed as I've gotten older my top 10 list has gotten progressively more mordern. Those classic games I loved have fallen further down the list or been pushed right off. I'm not sure if it's just nostalgia isn't working as much for me anymore or if the newer games just resonate more. My list is in no particular order.

1. Final Fantasy 6
2. Megaman 2
3. Bioshock Infinite
4. Civ 4
5. Ultima Online
6. Dishonored
7. Doom (2016)
8. Monster Hunter World
9. Diablo 3
10. Prey (Most recent game I've played as well just started it last week and it quickly climbed my list)

I think Prey may have pushed off Last of Us for me. Prey is just so insanely open and has so much to dig into, it took a few hours to grab me but I'm so glad I've stuck with it. Never played a game that has such a fully realized environment to explore.

I was genuinely shocked by how modern my list has become though. Games like Mario World, Metriod, and Zelda used to be guaranteed I just don't find them interesting to go back to any more.

A couple of honorable mentions for me are Tales from the Borderlands, Life is Strange, wolf among us. They are all just narrative and I loved them like a great movie it's just hard to go back to play the again.

Edit ** This is very hard to do, a list of just 10 is almost impossible** just noticed I managed to forget BloodBorne and Dark Souls from my list both deserve a spot but I don't know what would I would take off. Ugh Shovel knight as well, I could do this all day but I won't. There are alot of really fantastic games out.

Gosh this was a good topic. Not sure I can change anything on my list from 2018. Would love to fit Spider-Man or Miles Morales in but not sure I can bump anything at this time.

I have replayed both Super Metroid and Samus Returns since my list though. That series remains up there. Hopefully Dread will be great.