Your Top 10 Video Games, all time!

Yep, this is just like the GOTY lists in some ways; great opportunities to see stuff we missed or should revisit. I think I still agree with my list.

I still haven't replayed BOTW, and with the sequel coming I don't see myself playing it again beforehand. I think the Crossbell arc of the Legend of Heroes series (Trails from Zero/Trails to Azure) is objectively better than Trails of the Sky First/Second chapter were, but I don't know if Azure will knock those games off that list since the Sky games made a bigger impact since I played them first.

I think Fire Emblem: Three Houses came the closest to jumping onto my list; the only thing holding it back is that the maps could have been more interesting. If those took another step or two towards FE: Conquest in terms of combat complexity, I think it would have claimed a spot easily.

Checking my list I’m not sure I’d change anything. The only one I might rethink is Final Fantasy Adventure (aka the first Mana game), but seeing I’m currently playing through it again, I guess it deserves to stay on there.

There certainly have been some new outliners.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night threatens Castlevania: Symphony of the Night a bit, and it is a fine replacement for it, but it just seems to lack a certain something in comparison, I’m not sure if it’s polish, depth, or simply the strength of a familiar franchise. Likely it’s a bit of all three.

Neo: TWEWY is a fine sequel and captures everything that was great about the original (and the grind which wasn’t so great) and also makes excellent use of returning characters. They came up with a good combat system for it, but it really feels like the fights drag on at times, which is my biggest complaint about an otherwise superb sequel.

If you told me I had to choose between Tetris and whatever the new hotness is that is consuming all of my time, and never play the other game ever again, I would still pick tetris every time. 2-10 are as variable as the sea and change upon the slightest whim. DA:I would be in this list somewhere. I would still pick Tetris over DA:I.

I may have posted a different top 10 before, but for the heck of it, one more... this one is a mix of impressions and time sink. In no particular order...

. Sid Meiers Colonization
. Championship Manager 01/02
. Heroes of Might and Magic III
. Karateka (Aple II)
. Defender of the Crown (Amiga)
. Mission impossible (commodore 64)
. Ascendancy
. World of Warcraft
. Command & Conquer / Red Alert
. Dune (crygame.. 'we saw you coming from the other sietch')

In release order.

Chrono Trigger: The apex of the Square SNES Golden Age.
Grand Theft Auto Vice City: Adds bikes and that 80's soundtrack, but still early enough in the series that it isn't completely full of itself.
The World Ends With You: What if we just go nuts with an out-there gameplay system and also what if we give it a haunting, emotionally intense story?
Portal: Valve's obsessive playtesting and hilarious writing yields the perfect puzzler.
Crusader Kings II (or III?): My favorite "strategy game"/"emergent story generator". III may yet replace II, but I haven't decided.
Kerbal Space Program: It's so simple, but the joy of reaching orbit or sticking a landing after hours of tinkering? There is nothing else like it in any game.
Horizon Zero Dawn: For 5 days, it was easily the best open world game on the market...
Breath of the Wild: ...but now it's a coin toss.
Celeste: You can do it.

Taking a break from modded Minecraft to make sure Minecraft was on my list.

A pity about the original creator, but that formula still holds up

Hmm…tough question. I’ve been gaming since the 2600 days and I’ll add impact on me at the time.
No particular order:

Dragon’s Lair.Unbelievable back in the arcade days.
Tunnels of Doom. Ti994A. My first dungeon crawler.
Fallout New Vegas.
Skyrim.
Wing Commander. PC
Rescue Raiders. Apple II. I wrote a letter to the company, Sir Tech Software, when I was 9 or 10 telling me how much I loved this game, I received a nice letter in return with a Rescue Raiders keychain.
Titanfall. Only FPS I ever prestiged.
Assassin’s Creed II.
Street Fighter II. Back in the waning days of arcades.
Ultima III. Only Ultima I played until the end.

Chad

Looking back at my list, I'd move Mass Effect back into the top spot, add XCOM2 at #4, and add Outer Wilds just above Portal.

Those changes push Super Mario World off the bottom, and that's a bummer.

Rezzy wrote:

Taking a break from modded Minecraft to make sure Minecraft was on my list.

A pity about the original creator, but that formula still holds up

Looking back at my list, I'd want to add Minecraft too. Also maybe Slay the Spire.

Not sure what I'd kick off to make them fit though.

I've given this some thought, and I can't do it.

I don't know how to weigh the games I played when I was 10 against the ones I played when I was 40.

Are the ZX Spectrum games that are objectively crap but were personally impactful on the list? Are they "better" or "worse" than modern AAA games? It's not so much chalk and cheese, as chalk and abstract concepts of metaphysical existentialism.

About as far as I got was Tetris, which stands alone as one of the games that i fell in love with on the venerable Speccy and still have installed on my current-day platforms.

Jonman wrote:

I've given this some thought, and I can't do it.

I don't know how to weigh the games I played when I was 10 against the ones I played when I was 40.

I'm right there with you. I had a fairly easy time making my top 10 of the last decade list, but top 10 of all time? I have no idea how to rate the games of my childhood against more recent titles.

My list has changed little since I began gaming over 40 years ago, but the most recent change has been:

1. Star Fleet II - This took my top spot last year after realizing it's pretty much everything I want in a space game. Exploration? Check. Stuff with planets? Check. Battles and ship boarding? Check. Randomness? Check. Replayability? Check. Nothing has come close to the depth of this thing.
2. Freespace 2 - This was my top game for over twenty years, and is still the best space dogfighter around.
3. Starflight - Few games have given me the feeling of awe as this one, and none have had such an insane twist.
4. TIE Fighter - Still one of the best dogfighters out there and still, I feel, the best Star Wars game ever.
5. EF2000 - Still my favorite jet sim after 16 years. A wonderful mix of accessibility and replayability that hasn't been matched.
6. 1942: Pacific Air War - Still my favorite prop sim due to its variety of play styles and tons of content.
7. Titanfall 2 - For years Jedi Knight was my favorite FPS, then this came along and utterly smashed it. Effect and Cause is still, I feel, the finest FPS level ever.
8. Megafortress - I think the only modern bomber sim ever made, and one of the few games I can say I've completed.
9. Jumpgate - Still my most-played MMO game ever, still so many great memories.
10. Bloody Rally Show - I love racing games, but am terrible at them. I'm also terrible at this one, but since it encourages pedestrians be run over, it's not so bad. I play the random daily tracks nearly every day still over 1.5 years after it's release.

For anyone who knows me, none of these should be a surprise.

I reserve the right to modify this list at any time, for any reason and replace it with all Atari 8-bit titles from my childhood.

In no particular order:

  • Minecraft
  • No Man's Sky
  • Diablo 2
  • X-Com (Micropose original)
  • Final Fantasy Tactics
  • Final Fantasy 6
  • Puzzle Quest
  • Privateer
  • Doom
  • Starflight

I have only finished 4 of these.

Honorable Mention: Blaseball, which is more of a phenomenon than a game at this point. A thing I love so much I made a stat-tracking web site for it (see my signature).

Also the Rocket League and Jackbox chat in GWJ Discord that helped save my sanity and my wife's during the pandemic.

As much as I love these lists, props to folks who mentioned stuff I wasn't expecting like Hard Drivin' , SWAT 3 and Ascendancy. All fantastic stuff.

Jonman wrote:

I've given this some thought, and I can't do it.

I don't know how to weigh the games I played when I was 10 against the ones I played when I was 40.

I'm kind of on this point as well. There are some games I'd stand by on my original list, and I can see the rationale behind other decisions, but it's like... nah man, can't break it down at this point.

ccesarano wrote:
Jonman wrote:

I've given this some thought, and I can't do it.

I don't know how to weigh the games I played when I was 10 against the ones I played when I was 40.

I'm kind of on this point as well. There are some games I'd stand by on my original list, and I can see the rationale behind other decisions, but it's like... nah man, can't break it down at this point.

I guess it is some kind of the Terror-Management-Theory that I don't put up Strip Poker (Apple 2) on my list.

Playing away the clothes of these pixelated vixens on a CRT 12" green screen was nec plus ultra. This probably was the same for the directors of World of Warcraft and/or Guardians of the Galaxy. Else I have no idea how or why they put up green babes in a movie.

Peoj Snamreh wrote:

I guess it is some kind of the Terror-Management-Theory that I don't put up Strip Poker (Apple 2) on my list.

Playing away the clothes of these pixelated vixens on a CRT 12" green screen was nec plus ultra. This probably was the same for the directors of World of Warcraft and/or Guardians of the Galaxy. Else I have no idea how or why they put up green babes in a movie.

Ha! I spent a lot of time with a similar Strip Poker for the Atari 800.

Scintillating!

Began drafting up my list yesterday and there's A LOT of game vying for 3-4 spots. This is a lot harder than it first seems especially for someone with 30+ years of gaming under their belt.

Path of Exile
Thief 2
Mass Effect 1
Kotor 2
Bayonetta
Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines
Fire Emblem 3 Houses
Hitman Blood Money
Perfect Dark
X3 TC

My qualifiers were play time, permanently installed(assuming I own the current system), and what jumped to mind. So Witcher 3 came close but is not on my always installed list. POE is nit currently install but has so much time played that it as either that or Warframe.

PoE was close to making my list, but I felt I didn't need it and Diablo 2.

What idiot troll attention whore made this thread...

UpToIsomorphion wrote:

...

Oh...

Well, let me make the list again, and see what changed.

1) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (-)

2) Kingdom Hearts (-)

3) Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic (+1)

4) Dragon Age II (+1)

5) Chrono Trigger (-2)

6) Pyre (Unranked)

7) Mass Effect 2 (+2)

8) The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (-1)

9) Final Fantasy VI (III) (-3)

10) Mutant League Hockey (-2)

Off the List: Metal Gear Solid III: Subsistence

Games that if I think any longer will probably be on the list: Hades, Stardew Valley

Yeah Hades might have to find a spot. Definitely the best game from the past couple years. Hm...

I could agonize forever about choosing only 10 games, but here are my picks:

Rocket League: Insert the Aubrey Plaza "my two true passions" here. Soccer and driving. Easy to learn, hard to master. As long as I can match with people in my skill level, I could play RL forever.
Counter Strike: I spent endless hours playing the early versions with friends in cybercafes back home. We literally played all night long. One of the best things of finally getting broadband internet in my apartment was finally being able to play CS from home against other people.
Gran Turismo 4: If I had to guess what is the single player game I've spent the most time playing in my life, it would have to be either GT4 or GP3. This (and Winning Eleven) was the main reason I saved money from my first job to buy a PS2. No other game ever felt so good to drive with a controller.
Grand Theft Auto Vice City: Obviously open world games have evolved a lot since then but Vice City was so awesome to play. The setting was perfect, and I don't think any other game has ever had such an amazing lineup of licensed music.
Borderlands 2: Possibly my favorite coop game ever. I could go back to it anytime, I only wish I was able to skip the cutscenes.
Forza Horizon 3: I could have put the first FH game here, but FH3 was a high point for this franchise and the first one to come to PC. I still think the Hot Wheels DLC is one of the best pieces of paid DLC in any game ever.
Grand Prix 3: Yes, I do have four racing games in my top 10. GP3 was just fantastic. The best part of it was the modding community, which is probably less known because it a racing game but it rivals any other modding community out there. This game came out with the 1998 F1 season and you can still find mods for the 2021 season online.
Day of the Tentacle: I had to have a point-and-click adventure and I cannot believe I'm leaving Monkey Island out, but I'm ultimately going with DotT, mainly because I think the puzzles are better. One of the funniest games ever with one of the best villains ever.
Tetris: I remember when I got my Switch and then spent most of my time playing the Tetris mode in Puyo Puyo Tetris. Tetris is the burger and fries of videogames, you can absolutely never go wrong with it.
Sokoban: I put Sokoban not only for the game itself but also for all the games that it continues to inspire 40 years later. Two of my favorite games of the last few years (Baba is You and A Monster's Expedition) are based on the concept of Sokoban.

Pink? Come play Rocket League with us tomorrow night. We play every Saturday in discord! Thread here

Sent you a friend invite on Steam.

FF6
Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past
Fallout 2
Chronic Trigger
TF2
Slay the Spire
Trails in the Sky
Persona 3
Etrain Odyssey 3
Bloodborne

No particular order

1) Dark Age of Camelot
Goldeneye
Madden Series
FF6
Unreal Tournament
Warcraft II
WoW
Ace Combat Series
Gran Turismo 2/3
Diablo II

Those would be 10 on my list. With DAoC being the top spot. But 10 is not nearly enough.

JohnKillo wrote:

TF2

Yay another Titanfall 2 fan!

JohnKillo wrote:

Chronic Trigger

Hey, man, what if, like, one of the dudes was a frog who said "Thou" a lot?

Whoa.

AUs_TBirD in May, 2018 wrote:
Spoiler:

My first seven are a lock:
Sid Meier's Pirates!
Super Metroid
TMNT IV: Turtles in Time
DooM (original)
Quake
Rise of Nations & expansion
Unreal Tournament 2004

The next three are just how I'm feeling at the moment:
Tales from the Borderlands
Retro Game Challenge
Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! / Elite Beat Agents

Were under consideration for positions 8-10:
Super Mario Bros 2
Vampire: Bloodlines
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
Aliens vs Predator 2
Mafia I (and II)
The Walking Dead season 1&2/The Wolf Among Us
Bandit Kings of Ancient China
Castlevania games in the style of Symphony of the Night
Night in the Woods

Let's see what has changed by September 2021

1. Quake (the just released remaster is great!)
2. Rise of Nations & expansion
3. Unreal Tournament 2004
4. Sid Meier's Pirates!
5. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice - NEW!
6. TMNT IV: Turtles in Time
7. Super Metroid
8. DooM (original)
9. Tales from the Borderlands
10.Streets of Rage 4 - NEW!

Other challengers:
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus - STILL playing post-game content. So very, very good.
Life is Strange: Before the Storm
Moss
What Remains of Edith Finch
Marvel's Spider Man (2018)
Retro Game Challenge
Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! / Elite Beat Agents
Mafia I (and II)
The Walking Dead season 1&2/The Wolf Among Us
Bandit Kings of Ancient China
Castlevania games in the style of Symphony of the Night

Veloxi wrote:
JohnKillo wrote:

TF2

Yay another Titanfall 2 fan!

I love TItan Fall 2 but Team Fortress 2 was my break up and forget game.