Your 20 Favorite Games Ever.

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List if you will, your 20 favorite games of all time. Rank them if you can. Do it.

There are tons of lists out there about some random group of 3 or 4 game editors favorite 100 games or what-have-you. I'm interested in crunching the numbers to see what THE PEOPLE (The well-informed and well-traveled Escapist masses) think are the best of the best.

Once this thread finally dies down and out, I'll crunch the numbers, give it a bump and edit this post with a definitive list based on the data. The Escapist forums are made up of the most intelligent, eloquent, and cultured group of video gamers on the Internet. Let us bask in the aura of our collective viewpoint.

Then we can all agree that the list is crap. It's tradition.


(I will also explain how the data was interpreted and scored when all is said and done. I won't post that now because this thread will turn into a debate about the best way to do that nonsense instead of what our favorite games are.)

Here's my list:

    1. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
    2. Chrono Trigger
    3. Persona 4
    4. Melty Blood: Actress Again Current Code
    5. Persona 3 Portable
    6. Tsukihime
    7. Tales of Symphonia
    8. Katawa Shoujo
    9. Persona 4 Arena
    10. Phantasy Star Online
    11. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
    12. Mass Effect 2
    13. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
    14. Mega Man X
    15. Okami
    16. Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition
    17. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
    18. The World Ends With You
    19. Super Street Fighter II Turbo
    20. Mega Man 2

Odd of you not to list your own. Anyways, in no specific order:

Persona 4
Kingdom Hearts
Final Fantasy X
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Smash Bros Brawl
Pokemon White (well, really the whole series. Just went with the one I view objectively as the "best")
Fallout: New Vegas
Sonic 2
Megaman 2
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Katamari Damacy
World of Warcraft
No More Heroes
Half-Minute Hero
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
The World Ends With You
Super Mario 64

Here's my list:

    3. Persona 4

    9. Persona 4 Arena

    18. The World Ends With You

    20. Mega Man 2

A man of good taste, I see. I was considering putting P4 Arena on my list, but I only got the game about 2 weeks ago, so I can't say for sure if it's truly on my top twenty. So I went with BlazBlue instead.

I don't think I can rank them, so here they are in unspecified order

In order of best first

1. Final Fantasy X
2. Knights of the Old Republic 2
3. Katawa Shoujo
4. Planescape: Torment
5. Metal Gear Solid 4
6. Uncharted 2

7. Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition (Specifically the special edition, not the main one)
8. Age of Empires 2 (Age of Conquererers if we can include expansions)
9. Deus Ex: Human Revolution

10. To The Moon
11. Rome Total War
12. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005 version)
13. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
14. Pokemon Gold/Silver

15. Heavy Rain
EDIT: (Took out Spiderman 2, put in Valkyria Chronicles)
16. Metal Gear Solid 3
17. Valkyria Chronicles
18. Dungeon Keeper 2
19. Red Faction: Guerilla
20. Batman Arkhum Asylum

(Uncharted 1 is nearly on this list I just can't figure out what to remove. If I could have 21 I would.)

Honourable mentions: Kingdom Hearts, Mass Effect ish, if I could combine the level hubs of 1 with the characters and missions of 2 with the combat of 3 it would get on my list. Shadow of the Colossus, Theme Hospital, Theme Park World, The Sims 3, The Walking Dead (ultimately too negative for me), Loved (flash game), In The Company of Myself (flash game), One Chance (flash game)

It's pretty rough, I don't think the human memory is perfect enough to guarantee these are my top 20, I'd nearly completed the list before I remembered Uncharted 2 for example (I really haven't played that many games when I think about it. Whilst these are all favourites, I'm probably only excluding 20-40 games)

In "general" order of preference (not exactly very-best to least-best, but the higher on the list, the generally higher my feeling on it):

Mass Effect 3
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy Tactics
Knights of the Old Republic
Halo 3
Mass Effect
Mass Effect 2
Dragon Age II
Final Fantasy XIII
Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy V
Paper Mario
Super Smash Bros.
Pokemon Crystal
Doom II
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals
Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Addendum: Honourable mention goes to Dead to Rights: Retribution.

These lists get longer every time I see a new one. First it was top five, then top ten, now we've skipped fifteen and gone straight for twenty.

Anyway, the line between how much I like a title is pretty blurry, but the list will be a general top-to-bottom affair:

Final Fantasy IX
Persona 4 Golden
Mass Effect
Sonic Generations
Metal Gear Solid 3
Kingdom Hearts
(Franchise) (II if I had to choose a specific one.)
Banjo-Kazooie (Franchise) (Tooie for a specific one.)
Halo (Franchise) (2... again, for a specific one.)
World of Warcraft
Dark Souls
Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II
(Franchise) (I had more fun with 2, but I'm hoping Infinite blows both of them out of the water.)
Devil May Cry 3
Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Rocksteady's Batman Franchise (Arkham City if I'm forced to choose.)
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Odd of you not to list your own. Anyways, in no specific order:

Persona 4
Kingdom Hearts
Final Fantasy X
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Smash Bros Brawl
Pokemon White
Fallout: New Vegas
Sonic 2
Megaman 2
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Katamari Damacy
World of Warcraft
No More Heroes
Half-Minute Hero
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
The World Ends With You
Super Mario 64

I will definitely list mine. I just didn't want to hog the first post with it. EVERYONE'S games go there at the end. Mine go down here with the rest of us.

Top 5 is somewhat interchangeable given my mood and current feelings on games, but as of right now...

1. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
2. Chrono Trigger
3. Final Fantasy X
4. Mass Effect 2
5. Final Fantasy VI
6. Walking Dead
7. Fallout: New Vegas
8. Doom II
9. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
10. Super Mario World
11. Age of Empires II
12. Civilization IV
13. Company of Heroes
14. Civilization V
15. Fallout 2
16. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
17. Mass Effect 3
18. Pokemon: Gold
19. Skyrim
20. Age of Empires III

I REALLY want to put the Walking Dead in the top 5, but I just can't drop any of them. Last 10 are also in a kinda whatever order. For the most part however, there's my list.

I'll do a top 16 instead, as my number 1 is five games.

1. The Legend of Zelda series
> Ocarina of Time
> Twilight Princess
> Wind Waker
> A Link to the Past
> Majora's Mask

2. Shadow of the Colossus
3. Beyond Good and Evil
4. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
5. Psychonauts
6. LA Noire
7. Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee
8. Brutal Legend
9. Jet Force Gemini
10. Mother 3
11. Journey
12. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
13. Jade Empire
14. Yoshi's Island
15. Heavy Rain
16. Super Smash Bros. (series)

Frak? 20? In no particular order:

Final Fantasy X
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Pokemon White
Rock Band 2
Empire: Total War
Sim City 2000
Extreme Warfare Revenge 4
Might and Magic VII
Mass Effect
Super Street Fighter II
Ace Combat 6
Star Wars Galaxies
Civilization IV
Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012
Smackdown vs. Raw 2010
Culdcept SAGA
The Sims 3

1.Final Fantasy VII
2.Silent Hill 2
4.Persona 3
6.Red Dead Redemption
7.Mass Effect 2
8.Resident Evil 4
10.Fallout 3
11.Final Fantasy VIII
13.Space Channel 5
14.Super Mario Bros. 3
15.Donkey Kong Country
17.Half-Life 2
18.Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines
19.Super Mario World
20.Daytona USA

In no particular order

Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy VII
Final fantasy X
Unreal Tournament 2004
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Persona 4
Pokemon FireRed
Super Mario World
Donkey Kong Country
Gears of War 3
Halo 3
Fallout 3
GTA San Andreas
Super Metroid
Silent Hill 2
Age of Mythology
Super Mario Galaxy 2


1. Mount & Blade (all of em) **GAME OF THE DECADE (IF IT WEREN'T SO BLOODY UGLY)** The wonder of a full 200-man line battle in M&B:Napoleonic Wars is stunning. Line infantry lining up for volley fire, cannon balls tearing up chunks of earth and smashing down fortifications, cavalry milling on the flanks waiting for the order to charge, the crack of dozens of muskets firing at once, the enemy line completely disappearing in a wall of smoke from their muskets ... I don't understand why people play CounterStrike with their fancy guns that fire more than once a minute. Pfft. Women fight with automatic weapons, men fix bayonets and charge !
2. Planescape: Torment (who doesn't like a game where your inventory includes one of your arms, one of your eyes, your entrails, and one of your fingers ... btw you can beat people to death with your own severed arm) PC
3. Total War (all of em - only gripe I have is that I invariably have to play every damned battle to win on hard mode because the PC stacks it against your own forces' AI) PC


4. Kengo III PS2
5. Pirates! AMIGA
6. Defender of the Crown AMIGA
7. Lords of the Rising Sun AMIGA
8. The Faery Tale Adventure AMIGA
9. The Legend of Zelda (esp. Adventure of Link & A Link to the Past) NES & SNES
10. B17 Flying Fortress PC
11. The Walking Dead (not so much a game ... but still freakin' awesome) PC
12. Ryu ga Gotoku (all of em) PS1-3
13. Biohazard / Res Evil (the first 3 + Outbreak files 1 & 2; the rest don't count and should be named something else) PS1-2
14. Fallout II (but all Fallout in general is tops) PC
15. Half-Life (the old one ... tried the new one and just couldn't get into it) PC
16. Aces of the Pacific PC
17. System Shock II PC
18. UFO: Enemy Unknown (only played the old one) PC
19. Project Zero / Fatal Frame PS2


20. Bust A Move (c'mon there has to be a puzzle game in there somewhere) SNES

Also in no particular order:

Halo CE
Burnout 3
GTA San Andreas
Saints Row the Third
Beyond Good and Evil
Spyro (first one)
Mass Effect
Fallout 3
Silent Hill
Operation Flashpoint
Diablo 2
Ratchet & Clank A Crack in Time
Portal 2
Road Rash
Far Cry Instincts
Prince of Persia The Sands of Time

In no particular order:

Fallout 1 & 2
City of Heroes
World of Warcraft
Diablo 2
Hitman Blood Money
Sim City 2000
Baldur's Gate 1 & 2
Civ 4
Rome Total War
Vampire Bloodlines (with unofficial patch)
Wizardry 1
System Shock 2
GTA San Andreas
KOTOR 1 & 2

Ooh love these kind of things, also my list isn't in any order (that'd drive me insane);

Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City
Magic The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers
Pokémon: Silver
The Darkness I
Tony Hawks Pro Skater (As a series series up until 4)
God of War (As a series)
SimCity 2000
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Team Fortress 2
Fallout 3
The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion
Left 4 Dead (As a series)
Civilization V
Red Dead Redemption
Hotline Miami
Legend of Grimrock
Guild Wars 2
Hitman: Blood Money

I could give it a shot...
I'll only list games I know I've liked not games I remember liking when I was like 10

Warcraft III
Star Wars Republic Commando
Zelda Majoras Mask
Zelda Twilight
Zelda Skyward
Metroid Prime Corruption
Last Story
Tales of Symphonia (first one)
Pokemon FireRed
Mario Sunshine
Prince of Persia Forgotten Sands
DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi 3

Here is my list:

1. Psychonauts
2. Dark Souls
3. Fallout New Vegas
4. Baldurs Gate 2
5. Portal 2
6. Portal 1
7. Planescape Torment
8. Demon's Souls
9. Dragon Age Origins
10. Dragon Age 2
11. Half Life 2 and the episodes
12. Sly 2
13. Ratchet and Clank Up your Arsenal & Going Commando
14. Painkiller
15. Deus Ex Human Revolution
16. Batman Arkham Asylum
17. Journey
18. Skyrim
19. Borderlands 2
20. Scott Pilgrim vs the World

I feel like I probably want to rearrange this a bit, but it works for now.

1. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
2. Resident Evil 4
3. Super Metroid
4. Shadow of the Colossus
5. Zelda II: Adventures of Link
6. Banjo Kazooie
7. Twisted Metal 2
8. The Legend of Zelda
9. Starfox 64
10. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
11. Contra III
12. Super Castlevania 4
13. Jumping Flash
14. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
15. Mega Man X
16. Mega Man 3
17. God of War (1)
18. Jak 2
19. Ratchet and Clank: Up your Arsenal
20. Super Mario World

Every other game in the entire world could burst into flames and I would still be happy to just have these... which is good since NOTHING from this current gen has made it to my list (first time ever!)
I do however have some honorable mentions from this gen: Portal, Rayman Origins, Shadow Complex, Castle Crashers and Dead Rising. All were fantastic, but fell one thread away from perfection.

Company of Heroes
Fire Emblem (GBA 2003)
Pokemon DPPt
The World Ends With You
Left 4 Dead (series)
Fallout 3/NV
Advanced Wars: Dual Strike
Civilization V
Team Fortress 2
Valkyria Chronicles II
XCOM (the new one)
Persona 3
Mario Kart DS
Soul Caliber II
Super Smash Bros Melee
F-Zero GX
9 hours 9 persons 9 doors/Virtue's last reward
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Saints Row 2

I know I'm forgetting a few, but whatever; this is off the top of my head anyway.

Sure! In no particular order my personal favorites are:

1. Blaster Master (nes)
2. Final Fantasy 4 (snes and dlc on Wii)
3. Final Fantasy X (PS2)
4. Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3)
5. Sol Feace (Sega cd)
6. Fallout: NV (including dlc)
7. Resident Evil 4 (Wii version)
8. Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)
9. Dark Souls (PS3)
10. Skyrim (Xbox 360)
11. Jet Moto 2 (PS1)
12. Dragon Warrior 3 (nes)
13. Planetfall (PC)
14. Need for Speed: Underground 1 (PS2)
15. Wizardry 7: Crusaders if the Dark Savant (PC)
16. The Legend of Zelda: OoT (N64)
17. Castlevania: SoTN (PS1)
18. Front Mission 3 (PS1)
19. Super Metroid (snes)
20. Pokemon: Black 1 (nds)

1) monkey island 2: lechuck's revenge
2) the secret of monkey island
3) age of empires 2: age of kings*
4) age of empires 3*
5) starcraft*
6) diablo 2*
7) nba live 2004
8) nhl 2002
9) grim fandango
10) deus ex: human revolution
11) indiana jones and the last crusade
12) indiana jones and the fate of atlantis
13) age of empires: rise of rome
14) gta IV
15) assassin's creed 2
16) limbo
17) prince of persia (1989)
18) gta - episodes from liberty city
19) loom
20) beneath a steel sky

* loved both the original game and the expansion(s).

I'll stick to one game per series to be fair.

1. Shadow of the Colossus
2. Fallout 3
3. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
4. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations
5. Zero Escape: Virtues Last Reward
6. Kingdom Hearts
7. Bioshock
8. Okami
9. Persona 4
10. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
11. The World Ends With You
12. Dead Space
13. Metroid Fusion
14. Pokemon G/S
15. Chrono Trigger
16. Metal Gear Solid 3
17. Portal
18. Donkey Kong 64 - REMAKE THIS ALREADY
19. Mass Effect 2
20. Resident Evil 4

I feel in time Farcry 3, UMVC3, Halo 4, Skyrim and Dishonored may find their ways onto the list. But for now its just too soon.

List is subject to change but the top 3 will probably be in those spots for a long time.

20.Rock Band 2
19.Portal 2
18.007 Nightfire
17.Need For Speed Most Wanted (original)
16.Shining Force
15.ACII (would be higher but III brought the series down as a whole for me)
13.Shadow Complex
11.Just Cause 2
9. Oblivion
8. Fallout 3
7. Bastion
6. Borderlands 2
5. Minecraft
4. Dishonored
3. Wind Waker
2. Mass Effect 3 (come at be bro)

Okay, I'll bite.

Like others here, I'm not going to list them in any particular order (aside from the first four entries being absolute must-haves in my top 5 list).

Shadow of the Colossus
Mass Effect 1, 2, and 3 (can't pick just one)
Perfect Dark
The Neverhood
Uncharted 2 and 3 (again, couldn't pick just one)
LoZ: Twilight Princess
LoZ: Ocarina of Time
TESV: Skyrim
Secret of Monkey Island
Goldeneye (N64)
Road Rash 64
You Don't Know Jack 2 (the old PC game)
Fallout: New Vegas
Saints Row 2
Team Fortress 2
Halo: CE (not necessarily my favourite in the series, but very nostalgic)
Portal 2

I considered including Skyward Sword, but I haven't finished it yet, so I don't think it's fair to say I like it more than TP or OoT.

Attempted to rank them; hopefully I didn't leave anything out.

20. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
19. Halo: Reach
18. Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War
17. Metroid Prime
16. Fallout: New Vegas
15. Left 4 Dead 2
14. Sonic 3 & Knuckles
13. Super Mario Sunshine
12. Psychonauts
11. Super Smash Bros. Melee
10. Bastion
9. Super Meat Boy
8. Super Mario Galaxy
7. Assassin's Creed 2
6. Spec Ops: The Line
5. Portal 2
4. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
3. Earthbound
2. Fallout 3
1. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Attempted to rank them; hopefully I didn't leave anything out.

20. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
19. Halo: Reach
18. Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War
17. Metroid Prime
16. Fallout: New Vegas
15. Left 4 Dead 2
14. Sonic 3 & Knuckles
13. Super Mario Sunshine
12. Psychonauts
11. Super Smash Bros. Melee
10. Bastion
9. Super Meat Boy
8. Super Mario Galaxy
7. Assassin's Creed 2
6. Spec Ops: The Line
5. Portal 2
4. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
3. Earthbound
2. Fallout 3
1. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

In no specific order:

Baldurs Gate II (+expansion...who could not like people as crazy as Minsk or Irenicus?)
LoZ: OoT (N64: You know the deal)
Planscape Torment (More a book than a game...but what a great one)
Far Cry (Try plaing it on hard...I killed 70% of all enemies by shooting their arms)
Pokemon Silver/Gold (The best editions in my opinion)
Battletoads (with a friend on an emulator with quicksave its a lot of fun...)
Zombies ate my neighbours (kickass in Coop and sooo many levels!)
Conkers bad fur day (The great mighty poo alone wins this)
Age of Empire II (I could identify every building just by the klicking sound)
Rise of Legends (Not yet forgotten)
Warcraft III (Fun in Multi and Singleplayer)
Far Cry 3 (Best shooter in years)
The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion (The Expansion was even better)
Wild Guns (also in 2 player coop)
Super Meat Boy (Never made the effing kid stage)
Rayman Origins (Beat it with my gf...thats a plus)
Gothic 2 (Best feeling of character-growth in an rpg)
Mashed (better then mario kart in my opinion)
Super Smash Bros Melee (Right before Sonic destroyed the balance)
Zelda: Wind Waker of maybe Links Awakening (Both are great)

In some vague best to lastish order and with only picking one out of every franchise (sept warcraft)

1 Warcraft 3
2 Diablo 2
3 Starcraft 2
4 World of Warcraft
5 Darksiders
6 Jak and Daxter
7 Portal
8 Skyrim
9 Crysis
10 Halo Reach
11 Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
12 Amnesia
13 Total War: Shogun 2
14 Age of Empires III
15 Max Payne 3
16 Battlefield 3
17 Super Meat Boy
18 Arkum City
19 Age of Mythology
20 Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

lol captcha: is it enough xD

edit: ahhh i forgot about pokemon stadium, mario kart, smashbros, and donkey kong... damn you fading childhood memories

I'm not even sure I could make a list of 20 games I thoroughly enjoy. Well probably, but unlike some of you other dudes, I don't play shit loads of games. Maybe 3 a year? So eh, I dunno. I'll have a crack though. No order though, that's one thing I couldn't do.

Gothic II
Gothic 3 (provided all the patches and stuff are accumulated)
Risen 1
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition
The Witcher 2 (Enhanced or not, damn magnificent)
Rome: Total War
Fallout 1
Baldur's Gate 1
Mass Effect 1, 2 & 3.
Mount & Blade: Warband
Delta Force 1
F.E.A.R 1

Hmm... there are other games I enjoy of course, but for an actual list of favourites, I can't even make 20. Eh, well, that looks like a pretty good list for me.

In approximate order (I couldn't come to exact ranking decisions but these are in the ballpark.) Oh, and only one per series, a very few had a predecessor or sequel that was worthy... but I just included the best of series.

Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
Assassin's Creed 2
Ultima VII: The Black Gate
Final Fantasy VIII
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
Star Wars (vector graphics cabinet)
Fallout 3
Kagero: Deception 2
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Super Metroid
Masters of Orion 2
Perfect Dark (N64)
Star Wars: Tie Fighter
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger
Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes
Silent Hill 2
Shadows of the Colossus
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Chrono Cross

That's not to say I don't like RTS or Sports games. A couple are right outside the 20 (namely Starcraft, C&C: Red Alert, and EA's NHL 19 or 20xx pick one.) It is to say I don't like MMS or MMO's. MW1 was fine but I didn't like it's predecessors or progeny, and the MMO I played the most is still the very first graphical one SSI's Unlimited Adventure engine Neverwinter Nights (yes, the one on AOL.)

..That's kinda hard.

Well, i'll try (no specific order)

Burnout 3: Takedown
Epyx Winter Games
Half Life 2
Metal Gear Solid 1
Metal Gear Solid 3
Max Payne 2
Shadow of the Colossus
Portal 2
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Rock Band 2
Deus Ex
God of War
Contra 3
Alan Wake
Tetris (if more specific, Tetris DS)
Beyond Good and Evil
Mass Effect 2 (i like the whole trilogy...yes, even Mass Effect 3, but 2 is kinda the best)
Colony Wars 3
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3

What an excellent idea. Thank you for taking the time, and I look forward to seeing the results. Now, on with the list making!

20. Pod
19. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (the video game)
18. Worms 2: Armageddon
17. Star Wars Battlefront 2
16. Age of Empires 2
15. DayZ
14. Slender
13. Resident Evil 5
12. Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
11. Dead Space 2
10. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
9. Gears of War 3
8. Assassin's Creed 2
7. Doom 3
6. Evolution: The Game of Intelligent Life
5. Fallout 3
4. Portal 2
3. Halo 3
2. Mass Effect 3
1. Skyrim

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