Your 20 Favorite Games Ever.

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One list, hold the mayo...

1. Paper Mario (N64)
2. Silent Hill 2 (PS2/XBX)
3. Banjo Tooie (N64)
4. No More Heroes (Wii)
5. Pikmin 2 (GCN)
6. Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)
7. Kingdom Hearts 2 (PS2)
8. Super Mario 64 (N64)
9. Beyond Good and Evil (CGN/PS2/XBX)
10. Luigi's Mansion (GCN)
11. Portal 2 (PC/PS3/360)
12. Team Fortress 2 (PC, fuck the other versions, there is only ONE for me)
13. Okami (PS2)
14. Half-Life (XBX/PC)
15. Fallout 3 (PS3/360/PC)
16. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PS2/XBX/GCN/PC)
17. Mass Effect 2 (PS3/360/PC)
18. Bioshock (PS3/360/PC)
19. Super Meat Boy (PC/360)
20. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)

Woooooooow was this a hard list to put together, I hope I didn't forget anything important...

1. Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus
2. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
3. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
4. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
5. Tekken 3
6. Team Fortress 2
7. Halo: Combat Evolved
8. Half-Life 2
9. Call of Duty: Black Ops
10. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
11. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
12. Sonic Adventure 2 Battle
13. Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance
14. Soul Calibur 2
15. Quake 3: Arena
16. Counter-Strike Source
17. Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
18. Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped
19. Guitar Hero
20. Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence

1. Red alert 2 (and it's expansion Yuri's revenge)
2. Batman Arkham asylum (&city)
3. Mass Effect 2 (& 1,3)
4. Bayonetta
5. Red Dead Redemption
6. Company of Heroes
7. Warhammer 40K dawn of war 1
8. Xcom: Enemy Unknown
9. Fallout 3
10. Burnout Paradise City
11. Mario Kart N64
12. Cod 4
13. Gears of war 2 (& 1,3)
14. Dragon's Dogma
15. Ninja Gaiden 2
16. GTA:vice city
17. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved
18. Oddworld: Abe's exodus
19. Vanquish
20. Commandos (series)

My list is honest. You did say my favorite games and these are the ones i have played the most, not ones that i know are technically better. And I never owned a N64 as i was far too poor.

Snatcher
Sonic 1 & 2
Castle of Illusion
Golden Axe
Night Trap
Ground Zero Texas
Metal Gear Solid
Broken Sword The Shadow of the Templars
Broken Sword 2 The Smoking Mirror
Resident Evil 1, 2 & 4
Grandia
Skies of Arcadia
Red Dead Redemption
Bioshock
GTAIV
Batman Arkham Asylum
The Walking Dead

OK, in a rough semblance of order:

Mass effect 1, 2 and 3
Dishonored
the witcher 1 and 2
The Walking Dead
Spec Ops the Line
Skyrim
Halo 3 + reach
Oblivion
Half life 2
Deus Ex HR (and the original)
Portal
Minecraft
Bastion
Might and Magic: dark messiah
Bioshock

Ok that should do it. That should be reasonably accurate for me).
(oh and anyone who doesn't like the inclusion of Halo: Reach, that's good for you, I liked it :P)

That's not going to be so easy, I'd wager. Not going to put them in any kind of order and will mention two games sometimes because I'm awesome like that and I like to list things. Also I will have forgotten some...

Anyway that post is far too long already...

  • Baldur's Gate II
    Blew me away when it was released: atmosphere, characters and storyline is, beyond a doubt, great and it's still my personal reference when it comes to quests.
  • Civilization IV
    Every single game is a new experience, every single war it's own story and every single interaction another event to be recalled for years to come. I don't know how many hours I've put into that game, but I'll be damned if it isn't one of my favourites.
  • Gothic II + Night Of The Raven
    If Baldur's Gate II is my reference for questdesign, G2 is perhaps my reference for open world games. The whole game lives through it's handcrafted world that offers something new to discover at every step. It's difficulty doesn't scale and every time you beat up some monstrous troll through cunning tactics (i.e. outwitting the far too dumb AI) is a hugely rewarding experience.
  • TES IV: Oblivion & TES V: Skyrim
    Oblivion is a strange game. It shouldn't really get me like it does; After all G2 is simply better in everything except perhaps some of the quests. Still I played it and played it and still play it. I blame mods. Skyrim is the same. Though, at least, the world is much more immersive than in TES:IV and it has much better gameplay mechanics. It's quests are definitely worse than Oblivion, however. But there will be mods. And those mods are cool. Oh and did I mention the mods?
  • Heroes of Might & Magic 5
    Honestly if I called Civ IV addicting, I can call this an obsession. I have wasted so many hours in every single game from this franchise, that it's not funny anymore. The biggest drain being probably HoMM5 as it was (and still is) installed for many years on my laptop. The ingenious mix of fast tactic battles and RPG elements is a recipe for getting me into that whole "one more turn syndrome". Also worth of note: I have yet to completely beat a campaign in any one of those games.
  • Quake III Arena
    The quintessential shooter. It's speed and simplicity is still unique among any kind of fps. Just shut your brain off and enjoy the most stressful and adrenaline-pumping multiplayer experience I have ever had.
  • Bioshock
    Did show me that shooters can actually be smart and immerse one in a kind of atmosphere I had previously only encountered in RPGs. It's gameplay may be bland but it's one hell of an experience for me.
  • The Legend Of Zelda - A Link To The Past
    For some reason I never mention the Zelda series when it comes to my favourites. And that's despite having played every single entry on a major console (i.e. no handhelds and no Phillips-CDI crap - also no Zelda on the Wii because I'm bored now) - I guess I'm simply far too saturated with the Zelda formula now. Still the one I played through the most has to be mentioned: Zelda 3. It's a game that improved upon it's predecessors in almost every way and was full of stuff to discover and collectibles to find. It's one of the best games on the SNES.
  • Super Metroid
    Oh Super Metroid. One of the few games on the SNES I still play through often enough. It's a great game with myriads of things to discover and a haunting atmosphere that I don't think any game of the Prime franchise could emulate that well. It's just too good.
  • Megaman X
    Back in the day I always traded in my used games to get something different when I was bored once again. It was, without a doubt, a giant waste of money. Still, one of the games I always returned to was Megaman X. It's a game that shows how a great action-platformer has to work. It improved upon the already awesome Megaman formula, looked great for its time and was addicting to boot. Also the soundtrack fucking rocks.
  • Master Of Orion II
    Another far too addicting one. There is simply not a single 4X game up to this day that has it's appeal or insane functionality. A minimalistic but tactical combat system, many possibilities of specialization and an eventful journey like Civ 4 with every game - only with Death Stars. And I like Death Stars....
  • Xenogears
    A game that is criminally underrepresented for my tastes. It's basically Gnosticism - in space and in japanese. It features all those little annoying things I despise from JRPGs but the story is one of the most enticing I have ever played. Not for it's intricacy but for it's literal epicness.
  • Chrono Trigger
    Played it once. Exactly once, years after the SNES went out of fashion. And despite that, I still knew that this was by far the best SNES game I had ever played. It's story was enticing (much more than FF6 mind you), the soundtrack is awesome and the battle system worked - especially since it didn't feature those annoying random encounters but had the decency to show you the enemies on screen. Oh and Yasunori Mitsuda's soundtrack is, simply put, amazing.
  • FTL & Minecraft
    Two games again, since they are both indie titles which are a little bit too recent for me to be among my favourites yet sill managed to bind me like not much else: FTL & Minecraft. Where FTL is the incarnation of the Stockholm syndrome, Minecraft is a modern lego set that lets me dive into those cheerful past days of brick-induced joy.
  • Rollercoaster Tycoon & Transport Tycoon
    Yay! More addicting strategy games! Seriously, those two did cost me another lot of hours over the years. I built whole theme parks based on ancient empires and companies that spanned whole archipelagos I built myself...ahhh nostalgia....
  • Planescape Torment & NWN2: Mask Of The Betrayer
    I'm actually a bit unsure if I should put them here, for the simple reason that I've played both only once. And yet...they are such great examples of how a great story can look like and what games can achieve in terms of philosophical intricacy that I simply have to put them on this list.

I cannot rank them due to my equal love of them all!

1. Shattered Steel

The first Bioware game I ever played and my first mech simulator! Great atmosphere that allowed you to fill in the gaps, interesting enemies, and an aesthetic choice that just screamed personality!

2. Heavy Gear 2

My third mech simulator and one that had all of the above plus a significant amount of depth under the surface combined with awesome Campaign CGI cutscenes mixed with decent voice acting, A.I., and a long and interesting campaign!

3. Dark Reign 2

The very first 3D RTS I ever played and the first one that made me feel like I was controlling a real army!

4. Mechwarrior 3/4

The second mech simulator I played and the one that gave me the feeling of being a badass in a thundering chariot of steel and lasers.

5. Dungeon Siege 1/2 +Expansions

High fantasy and Dungeon crawling at its finest. So many fond memories of playing these on my grandparent's carpet on late December evenings.

6. Command and Conquer Red Alert 1/2 /Tiberian Sun (+Expansions for the latter 2) Dune 2000/Emperor: Battle For Dune

The first RTS' I ever played with the first CNC hooking me for life. The game felt so mature at the time given the live action blood and violence, top notch acting according to my 9 year old brain, vast and interesting armies, and an intriguing storyline that kept me playing through to the very end. I can pretty much same the same for the rest.

7. Golden Eye/Perfect Dark

I need not say anything as everything has already been said, you know why I like these games just as much as I do you.

8. Turok 1 through 3

Some of the most violent games I ever played with amazing environments and stellar weapons that made dispatching the enemies so effing disturbing as it was fun.

9. Space Invaders 64

Just good'ol fun blasting away with my brothers.

10. Super Mario 64/Mario Party/Super Smash Brothers

Do I really? No, I will not. Let us just leave it at that.

11. Donkey Kong Country/Donkey Kong Country 64

Amazing soundtracks that complemented amazing gameplay and environments that were fun to explore.

12. Machines: Wired For War

A 3D RTS with brutal depth under the surface that forced you down tech trees in addition to the ability to move and fight in a 1st person mode.

13. Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis

My first military sim and a game that always beat me to the curb before helping me back up with an amazing editor that let me create some absolutely insane battles.

14. Quake 2 & 4

FPS games that just oozed so much atmosphere and gameplay.

15. Battle Tanx/Global Assault

One of my all-time favourite N64 action games.

16. Battlezone 1/2

FPSRTS at its finest, filled to the brim with interesting gameplay, units, and story lines that span a number of detailed worlds.

17. Redline: Gang Warfare 2066

Not much depth but thanks to "Meats" Meier this game has an artstyle that has aged like wine and techno rust.

18. Mass Effect

The first RPG that I not only completed but completed at least 5 or 6 times. That should be enough.

19. Halo: Combat Evolved

The first game I ever played on the consoles with everything from the graphics to the gameplay locking me in and never letting me go.

20. Earth 2150/2160

3D RTS that embody everything I love about the genre.

There is my complete list and I hope to add Arma 3 to that list come this summer/fall. How can I group more than one for each count? I'm an archer that's why!

EDIT: Dammit! I ruined my 2000ths post! This should have been it!

This my list of the games I had the most fun with. I think games that are further down on the list are undeniably better games than ones higher on the list... this is just personally what I had more fun with at the time.

1 - Knights of the Old Republic - First BioWare game... absolutely loved the twist.

2 - Dragon Age Origins - Loved the deep, dark, complex, political story of the game and the gameplay.

3 - MVP 2005 - There has never been a better baseball game... the best sport in the world.

4 - Rise of Nations - The perfect RTS. Better than Starcraft, better than Age of Empires... just the absolute best.

5 - Mass Effect - Really loved the moral choice system. Genuinely felt bad when I had two crew members die on Vermire.

6 - Half Life 2 - Objectively the best shooter ever made. Just incredible.

7 - Company of Heroes - Changed RTS for me. Really relied on field/unit strategy more than base/production strategy.

8 - Mass Effect 2 - More of the first game. Didn't enjoy the story as much, but a better acted game with better gameplay.

9 - Battlefield 2142 - The best game mode of any multiplayer game ever made. Titan.

10 - Team Fortress 2 - A perfectly balanced MP shooter. Great gameplay, fun game modes, great maps, tons of content.

11 - Medieval 2 Total War - Just an evolution of Rome Total War. Further balanced the beautiful battles.

12- Rome Total War - The coolest setting available. Who doesn't love commanding thousands of Romans in battle?

13 - Homeworld 2 - Had the 3D/flank from any direction/beatiful sci-fi epic boxes checked for me.

14 - Gears of War - Had tons of fun with friends playing Execution/Warzone every night for months.

15 - Mount and Blade Warband - Go anywhere, do anything. Can't get any better than being a mercenary on the run.

16 - Left 4 Dead - Although it hasn't held up well, at the time, it had the charm of something truly new.

17 - Need for Speed High Stakes - Went to websites like nfscars.com and nfsgarage.net and found TONS of user-made cars.

18 - Portal - The only perfect game ever made. Fun, beautiful, hilarious.

19 - Jade Empire - Love the setting, love the deceptively easy (but incredibly deep) combat, and the story.

20 - Supreme Commander Forged Alliance - I love commanding massive mechanical armies. Just pure fun.

My list (Well, besides Age of Empires 2, which Is my all time favorite game) is in no particular order. Im not saying Halo 3 is better than the Witcher 2 or Vice Versa, just that these are all excellent games that could all vie for the number 2 slot.

1. Age of Empires 2: The Conquerors Expansion

2. Mass Effect 2

3. Dragon Age Origins

4. TES IV: Oblivion

5. Fallout 3

6. Rome: Total War

7. Red Dead Redemption

8. Halo 3

9. Assassins Creed II

10. TES V: Skyrim

11. Medieval 2: Total War

12. Fallout NV

13. Rise of Nations

14. Far Cry 3

15. The Witcher 2

16. Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando

17. Halo CE

18. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

19. X-Com Enemy unknown

20. Caesar 3

TheVampwizimp:
Hmm. The only issue I see with this approach is the fact that shooter fans are have a dozen shooters on the list, JRPG fans are gonna have a dozen JRPGs, Nintendo fans are gonna etc. Not sure how to fix that, anyway, but the lists are going to vary wildly and you'll need a huge sample size to get valid results.

There is no way to fix that. People can try and do their own thing to prevent it - I know I specifically restricted myself to one game per series (FFTA is barely the same series as FFIX) and tried not to have too much in the way of "same or similar genre" thing going on. And I realised as soon as I'd finished that I'd forgotten to include an RTS (which would have been Dune II).

The "greatest games ever" list I've always seen as my model for these sorts of things was Your Sinclair magazine's All-Time Top 100 from 1991, written by Stoo Campbell (yes, that Stoo, Cannon Fodder fans). It's colourful, it's smart, and as the man himself said later in a retrospective on his own website...

Stoo Campbell:
Unlike any other top 100 games list ever published, the chart below features 100 entirely distinct, different games - you'll have a hard time finding any two that are even truly in the same GENRE as each other, never mind being basically the same game. Try listing 100 of the best PS2 games of all time (to pick a random example) and see how far you get before you have to start desperately including a whole bunch of near-identical driving or fighting or FPS titles.

Any list which includes five Halos is lazy and not thought out. Any list where the entire twenty is spread over only eight franchises is lazy. (And yes, sammysoso, I am looking at you. :-p)

Top 20? Never thought that far down before.

Morrowind
Civilization 3
KOTOR 2
Star Wars Battlefronts 2
Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past
Borderlands 2
Fallout New Vegas
Halo 2
Dragon Age Origins
Minecraft
Super Smash Bros: Melee
Mario Cart 64
Jedi Outcast
Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask
KOTOR
Skyrim
Fallout 3
Bioshock
Alpha Centauri
Portal

Wow, totally blanked about halfway through. Top 5/10 are easy, the rest are pretty much just games I've played a lot.

Taking it as "favorite" rather than "best" and allowing multiple entries from a given series. Relevant order.

1. Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

2. Mega Man X (I could probably beat it with my eyes closed by this point)

3. Elder Scrolls: Morrowind

4. Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

5. Ikaruga (Not seeing enough love for this most brilliant shooter in this list #anger)

6. Sid Meier's Civilization V

7. Napoleon: Total War

8. XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2012)

9. Fire Emblem VII

10. Master of Orion II

11. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

12. Batman: Arkham City

13. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II

14. Rome: Total War

15. Portal

16. Metroid Prime

17. Metroid: Zero Mission

18. Elder Scrolls: Skyrim

19. Halo: Reach (I've had way too much fun with the multiplayer for it to fail to be mentioned)

20. Escape Velocity: Nova (I vaguely remember replaying it and discovering it to be awful, which is why it's so far down on the list, but the memory of playing it for the first time almost ten years ago and loving it is more clear, hence its inclusion at all)

hmmm tough one...this list is not in any specific order

1. Xcom: Enemy unknown (1993)(My favorite game of all time)
2. Dark souls
3. Final fantasy tactics
4. Tribes 2
5. The elder scrolls 3: Morrowind
6. Battlefield: Bad company 2 (funny story and the most balanced multiplayer Ive ever played plus excellent maps)
7. Everquest (it has the greatest raiding content Ive ever played)
8. Lufia 2: Rise of the sinistrals
9. Crystalis
10. Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines
11. Knights of the old republic
12. Descent
13. Dawn of war 2 (the only RTS Ive ever liked)
14. Shadowrun
15. Pipe dream
16. Metro 2033
17. FTL
18. Rogue galaxy
19. Thief 2
20. Final fantasy 4

Top 3:-

1) Final Fantasy VII
2) Valkyria Chronicles
3) Xenoblade Chronicles

The rest in no particular order:-

Street Fighter 2 turbo
Super Mario Bros 3
Super Mario Galaxy (first one)
Soul Calibur
Persona 4
The Last Story
Crash Team Racing
Worms
Bomberman
Bubble Bobble
FFX
FFVI
King of Fighters XIII
Disgaea: hour of darkness
Rockband
Double Dragon
Shadow Hearts: Covenant

No doubt I am forgetting some but I really cant be bothered to rip out my entire games collection and check them over

In no particular order:

Thief 2: It is the top tier of stealth. Even by this day not surpassed, tactics that worked perfect there still work in every first person stealth game released after and modern AI is just a little more polished than Thief 2 was.

Dishonored: It adds enough things to stealth that it is as fun to play as Thief and it has amazing leveldesign and artstyle.

Deus Ex: Do I really need to elaborate on that?

Half Life: My first FPS and still at least one of the best 15 I've played in my life.

Half Life 2: It brought a lot new stuff to the table. Physics, facial animations and a new standard of storytelling through setpieces and background.

Pokemon Black / White (+2): So I add those as 2 entries. Pokemon Gen 5 is just awesome. It introduced an interesting story to Pokemon and tried to deviate from the 'beat evil team, beat champ' routine by spoilers. Additional: Gen 5 has some of my favorite Pokemon designs (Scrafty, Excadrill, Volcarona).

Team Fortress 2: The best multiplayer FPS. Period. As someone who loves trading with ingame currencies I enjoy the trading aspect of the game. It also gives me the opportunity to design my mercs how I like. From gameplay it is one of the best balanced FPS with every class having mostly sidegrades for each main slot (degreaser is upgrade...) and the classes are just perfect balanced around each other (and each plays different).

Witcher 2: It finally revived my love for RPGs. In the last years I played most praised RPGs for my platform and they were either boring as fuck (Dragon Age: Origins) and failed to create motivation for my character that also motivated me or you could make a good point why they could not be considered true RPGs. Witcher 2 added clear motivations that drove my curiosity, it is one of the few games where choice actually matters (act 2 for example is completely different depending on one earlier choice). Add wit and humor in sidequests and background dialogue and a really challenging combat system (unless you find one of those many ways to break it) and you have the best RPG of thos gen.

The Binding of Isaac: Niche and Indie at its best. Yes, it doesn't appeal to everyone, it has sick themes (a friend of mine described it as 'that abortion game') but it also has really great artstyle, a fuckton of replayability and the short time it takes for one run is just perfect for a gamer that has not enough time at hands for one big game.

DOTA2: Okay, for one it has the same trade appeal as TF2. But it also got me into MOBA, it gives me an easy way to watch tournaments and it is just such an addictive game. I also started to model items to contribute to the workshop with it so it gave me a reason to add a new hobby to my life.

Serious Sam 3: Big Fucking Erection: It brought me some oldschool FPS singleplayer action while adopting some modern mechanics that actually added to the gameplay (Sprint and Iron Sights on the assault rifle and pistol that were not forced to use but were best ways for long-ass ranged combat). Unlike another oldschool IP that was basically just a MMS in disguise (Duke Nukem Forever).

Torchlight 2: The better Diablo 3. Better skillsystem, better character progression, better loot drop mechanics, modability. Enough said.

Beat Hazard: Want to enjoy your favorite songs as a crazy ass oldschool shooter? Then take that!

Duels of the Planeswalker 2012: It taught me the rules of Magic and allowed me an easy and smooth entry into Magic the Gathering.

Antichamber: Yes its new but damn, this game is soooooo goooooood and fucks with my head. I'm sure I'll remember this in 10y as one of my favorite games.

Okay, I really can't go on. 16 games is as much as I can gather without adding games I simply just 'liked' (hi DmC) or games that I may have liked a lot but never cared to finish due to repetitive missions and maps (hi XCom: EU).

1. Baldurs gate 2
2. Dark Chronicle (dark cloud 2)
3. Dark Cloud
4. Skyrim
5. Homeworld
6. Mass effect 2
7. Diablo 2
8. WoW BC
9. Fallout 2
10. Dark Souls
11. Zelda: Ocarina of Time
12. Morrowind
13. Psychonauts
14. Bioshock
15. Minecraft
16. Freespace 2
17. Starcraft 2
18. Goldeneye 64
19. Civilization 4
20. Super Meat boy

Sooooo many games I couldn't fit..... can we make this a top 100?!

I provided a little commentary for my top three and for some of the lesser well known/likely forgotten titles.

1. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Shadow of Chernobyl (The "X-Labs" alone were worth the price of admission. SoC is creepy, mysterious, tense, bleak, beautiful and dangerous. It has provided some of my best/most defining moments in gaming - including my best moment when I accidentally discovered a very important secret of the artifacts. This game is not only greater than the sum of its parts; it's actually more interesting because of its very distinctive warts and idiosyncrasies.)

2. Deus Ex (This game just had so many viable possibilities on how to approach situations that it was a complete dream for me. Like S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - SoC, Deus Ex was greater than the sum of its parts. It also took advantage of many of its shortcomings that were terrible on their own - but worked so well when put into the context of the whole. Some highlights - saving Paul; some fantastically constructed sprawling levels; kill-switch or not to kill-switch; skills made a very noticeable difference in the character; the drip-fed conspiracy story.)

3. Thief 2: The Metal Age (For me, Thief 2 is the defining pure stealth game. Looking Glass gave us the tools and the open levels and let us decide how best to approach situations based on our preference(s). The level design is nothing short of fantastic - varied environments which are full of secrets [that are actually secret - you have to work to discover them]. It also has a surprisingly well-presented story which is greatly enhanced by clues you find in mission. In addition, Karras just may be my favorite video game villain of all time - he's pompous, holier than thou, devious, he taunts Garret with such sweet sarcasm, and he actually believes his delusion of grandeur. Praise Karras...and The Builder.)

4. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
5. Galactic Civilizations 2 (with all expansions)
6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
7. Freedom Force

8. No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.S. Way (Archer and Armstrong on a tricycle chasing after Pierre the Mime King; tornado in a trailer park level; the H.A.R.M. minion conversations; great mix of stealth and gunplay; surprisingly well-presented story despite being a tongue-in-cheek spy spoof. A game that is both timelessly funny and timelessly fun.)

9. Age of Mythology
10. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
11. Gothic II

12. Hidden and Dangerous 2 (While Thief 2 provided my favorite overall level design in a game, Hidden and Dangerous 2 provided my favorite missions. The game was somewhat clunky and demanded a lot of micro-management of your squad, but the mission design was just so good that the shortcomings fell to the wayside for me. This is certainly not a game for those seeking instant gratification but it pays off with huge dividends for those willing to invest.)

13. King's Bounty: The Legend/Armored Princess
14. Fallout 3
15. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Call of Pripyat

16. Commandos 2: Men of Courage (Fantastic missions, stealth, subterfuge, teamwork with your commandos and many other things. A game that requires patience, planning and execution that never holds your hand.)

17. Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
18. Rome: Total War
19. Dishonored

20. Silent Storm (Turn-based combat with an action point system; some fantastic missions; stealth and gunplay; Axis and Allies campaigns, which actually have a number of distinctive missions; build the squad you want; fairly difficult but not frustrating. Had it not been for the sci-fi twist late in the game with the introduction of "Panzerkleins", which I personally found undermined the great atmosphere that had been established, this game would have been higher on my list.)

Making this list I realized that twenty spots aren't enough to list my "top twenty" as I feel almost guilty for some of my omissions - Fallout 2, Civilization IV (with Beyond the Sword), Hitman: Blood Money, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory and Hearts of Iron 2 - but, you have to draw the line somewhere. C'est la vie.

Also, it's nice to see that a number of people included Age of Mythology on their list. It wasn't the best RTS ever created - but man was it a lot of fun. That game just oozed charm and personality.

Difficult to put together but:
1. Homeworld 2
2. Half Life
3. Deus Ex
4. Unreal
5. UT'99
6. Elder Scrolls 3 Morrowind
7. Myth 2 Soulblighter - My introduction to MP gaming on my old 56k Modem.
8. Freespace 2
9. Just Cause 2 (PC)
10. Sins of a Solar Empire
11. C&C Retaliation (PS1) - (hooked up 2 PS1 and 2 TV's to play with a mate)
12. Halo (Xbox)
13. Ghost Recon (PC)
14. GRAW 2 (Xbox 360) - (4 player local co-op is great on a lads night)
15. Theme Hospital
16. Duke Nukem 3D
17. Doom 2 - first PC game I properly played
18. Dynasty Warriors 3 (Xbox)
19. Earth Defence Force 2017 (Xbox 260)
20. Bio Harvest (N64) - Before DMA worked on GTA they made this great game

A lot of PC titles covering many of my gaming years. Probably could change that list again, but these are what first spring to mind.

Only top 5 are in actual order (or close to it).

1. Mass Effect 2.
2. Mass Effect 3.
3. Bioshock.
4. Arkham Asylum.
5. Bastion.
6. Red Dead Redemption.
7. Starcraft.
8. Arkham City.
9. Starcraft 2.
10. Dead Space.
11. Dragon Age: Origins.
12. Mass Effect 1.
13. Final Fantasy 6.
14. Pokemon G/S.
15. Planescape: Torment.
16. The Walking Dead.
17. Warcraft 3.
18. World of Warcraft.
19. Dishonored.
20. Diablo 2.

@ TheEarthSheep
"20. Escape Velocity: Nova (I vaguely remember replaying it and discovering it to be awful, which is why it's so far down on the list, but the memory of playing it for the first time almost ten years ago and loving it is more clear, hence its inclusion at all)"

The games awesome, you just got to give it some time,its real dark and lack luster, and NAEV does everything game play wise but better. however the written dialog is one of the most surprisingly compelling "wall of text" I've ever experienced. probably why you remember it better than it is at just a glance.
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I love Oddworld, so much so that i bought the concept art book, but i think i only like the setting/beautiful art-stile.
the actual game play is rather boring, and only worth the time to see how creative and truly odd the world is.

same kinda goes for sonic adventures 1/2

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Morrowind is the best game out of the elder scrolls series , I think to be truly objective in ratings you need to look at things in context. If Bethesda made morrowind with the same technology at there disposal they have now, i think it would be better than skyrim in everybody's book. its just a vastly more interesting and divers setting and story. plus it didn't have a damn 30 min tutorial.

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I like Mass Effect,but I don't think they ever knew what they wanted too do with it. so each version feels like its full of half ideas.

plus they never added a flying in space x-series/freelancer stile meta-game that the game was basically begging to have.

I can only assume they didn't because some law was passed banning triple A game developers from making space games after the pore sales of Freespace 2.

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Kingdom hearts 2 would have made my list, except for the fact it had that HORRIBLE Little Mermaid quick-time thing. I've never been so afraid to be seen playing a game in my life.

Baldurs Gate 2
Final Fantasy 6
Chrono Trigger
Portal 2
Mass Effect 2
Half Life 2
Metal Gear Solid 3
Suikoden 5
Silent Hill 2
Uncharted 2
Final Fantasy Tactics
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
Persona 4
Knights of the Old Republic
Burn Out 3: Takedown
Shadow Hearts: Covenant
Infamous 1 & 2 (They're better as a Duology)
The World Ends With You
Fallout 2

It wasn't that hard picking 20 favorites (because I've played quite a few game in my life). They are all awesome and the ranking simply dictates the longest that I've played the and the most fun that I had playing it.

1.) Sonic & Knuckles
2.) Pokemon Silver Version/SoulSilver Version
3.) The Lion King (Sega Genesis)
4.) Final Fantasy X
5.) Sonic Generations
6.) Disgaea 2
7.) Batman: Arkham Asylum
8.) Kingdom Hearts 2
9.) Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep
10.) Megaman ZX Advent
11.) Tales of Symphonia
12.) Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
13.) Bioshock
14.) Assassin's Creed 2
15.) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
16.) Odin's Sphere
17.) Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift
18.) Rachet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal
19.) Super Mario Bros. 3
20.) Marvel vs. Capcom 2

In no particular order (because there isn't one)

1 - Bioshock
2 - Civilization IV
3 - Left 4 Dead
4 - Bayonetta
5 - XCOM (2012)
6 - Minecraft
7 - Assassin's Creed II
8 - Dishonored
9 - Fallout 3
10- Fallout
11 - Fallout 2
12 - Viva Pinata : Trouble in Paradise
13 - Halo 2 (for all the system linking of my teens-hood)
14 - Red Dead Redemption
15 - Machinarium
16 - Nazi Zombies (from World at War at least...)
17 - Endless Space
18 - Donkey Kong Country 2
19 - Ape Escape
20 - Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening

Not exactly a nuanced list, but who cares?

Jeez... a top 20? Usually it's like... 5. Alright, here goes nothing. For series that I love, I'm only going to pick the game that I like most since otherwise my entire list would be populated by only like two or three series. No particular order-

1. Deus Ex
2. System Shock 2
3. Fallout 2 ( <- love the whole series)
4. Jagged Alliance 2
5. Dead Space 2 ( <- love all three)
6. Resident Evil (REmake) ( <- love most of the main series)
7. StarCraft ( <- love both so far)
8. Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun ( <- love everything up to RA2)
9. UN Squadron
10. Zombies Ate My Neighbors
11. Perfect Dark
12. Dead Rising 2 ( <- love both)
13. Max Payne
14. Portal 2 ( <- love both)
15. The Walking Dead
16. City of Heroes/City of Villains
17. Mass Effect 2 ( <- love all three)
18. Earthbound
19. Diablo 2
20. Metal Gear Solid ( <- love the whole series)

I apparently enjoyed a lot of part 2's.

Top 5

1 - Silent Hill 2 (PS2)
2 - Half Life 2: Episode 2 (Xbox 360)
3 - The Walking Dead (Xbox 360)
4 - Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360)
5 - Solatorobo: Red the Hunter (DS)

The rest in no particular order:

Metal Gear Solid
Bioshock
Shadow of the Colossus
Sly 2: Band of Thieves
The Longest Journey
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
Uncharted 3
Halo 3
Psychonauts
Heavy Rain
Alan Wake
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Portal 2
Second Sight
Fable

I tried to rank them all... honestly I did, but it was just too hard!

In no particular order:

Dark Souls
Demon's Souls
MAG
Uncharted 2
LittleBigPlanet 2
Half-Life 2
Portal
Fallout: New Vegas
Assassin's Creed II
Just Cause 2
Mass Effect 2
Team Fortress 2
Minecraft
World of Warcraft
Batman: Arkham Asylum
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
inFamous
Star Wars: Republic Commando
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
SPORE

Wow, those are almost all sequels. There are probably some favourites that I forgot.

It'll be a nightmare curating all of these results for the final list...

okay, top 20 based on what I have played before (emulated or not) in not very tidy order
1. Minecraft
2. Sims 3
3. Portal
4. Starcraft
5. Team Fortress 2
6. Simcity 4
7. Counterstrike
8. The Walking Dead
9. COD4 (only good one IMO)
10. Just Cause 2
11. Anarchy Online
12. Super Mario Galaxy
13. GTA San Andreas
14. Mafia 2 (go me into jazz, so I'll put it in somewhere)
15. Deus Ex
16. Left for Dead
17. Rise of Nations
18. Grand Tourismo 5
19. Resistance: Fall of Man
20. Tie between Burnout Dominator and Burnout Paradise

These are what I think are the best games ever. I did twenty five, because I seriously wanted to mention them.

1. Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64)
2. Super Mario Bros 3 (NES, SNES)
3. Shadow of the Colossus (PS2, PS3)
4. Lylat Wars (Nintendo 64)
5. Final Fantasy VIII (Psone, PC)
6. Fable: The lost Chapters (Xbox, PC)
7. Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the lost Ocean (Gamecube)
8. Fallout New Vegas (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
9. Jet Set Radio (Dreamcast)
10. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem (Gamecube)
11. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS2, PS3, Xbox 360)
12. Tomb Raider (Saturn, Psone)
13. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (Gamecube, Dreamcast, Psone, PC)
14. Metroid Prime (Gamecube, Wii)
15. Rayman 2: The Great Escape (Psone, PC, Dreamcast, PS2, Gamecube, Nintendo 64)
16. Chrono Trigger (SNES, Psone)
17. Golden Axe (Arcade, Mega Drive, Amiga, Atari ST, Turbografx CD, Master System)
18. Power Stone (Dreamcast)
19. System Shock 2 (PC)
20. Final Fantasy VII (Psone, PC)
21. Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings (PC, PS2)
22. Half Life 2 (PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, PS3)
23. Shenmue 2 (Dreamcast, Xbox)
24. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door (Gamecube)
25. Rome: Total War (PC)

Yeah, I'm a rebel, sue me!

Hm... in no particular order:

Half-Life 2
Mother 3
Katawa Shoujo
Chrono Trigger
Chrono Cross
Portal
Deus Ex
The Nameless Mod
System Shock 2
Resident Evil 4
Minecraft
Planescape Torment
Shadow of the Colossus
Spec Ops: The Line
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Silent Hill 2
Megaman 2
Super Mario World
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem

1) Baldur's Gate 1 (Only game I can feel safe calling "flawless")
2) Morrowind (Unmatched immersion factor... makes me feel like I'm actually adventuring in a magical realm; unbounded freedom)
3) Fallout 2 (Makes you feel like you're really in the unforgiving wasteland... I liked FO3 but FO2 was more successful at capturing that mood)
4) Final Fantasy Tactics (Nothing in particular, just a really damn good game)
5) Mount and Blade: Warband (It's amazing how fun and satisfying a game can be with such a small budget and such a basic idea).

Ok... everything past here is a bit hard to rank... so it'd probably be in somewhat of an arbitrary order

6) Earthbound (closely tied to my childhood... evokes the feeling of going out adventuring as a kid, but I still find the game very enjoyable)
7) Secret of Evermore (Similar to EB. Also imo the most underrated game ever)
8) Mega Man X (Still the best platformer out there)
9) Baldur's Gate 2 (Not as good as BG1 but a damn fine game anyways)
10) Ogre Battle (Still have not seen any other game with this excellent formula... seriously, wtf?)
11) Minecraft (more for the fun times I had with it in SMP than for the quality of the game itself...)
12) Mother 3 (Most emotionally crushing game I've ever played. It's a shame they deemed the American public unfit to consume/enjoy this product)

Man, it's hard to figure out what should and shouldn't make the 20 cut after the first few...

13) King's Bounty: Armored Princess (Tremendously fun, although niche, game. A shame it's not more well known)
14) Jets n' Guns (prolly should go higher... likely to be the second most underrated game of all times, second to SoE)
15) Rayman Origins (Best attempt at a quality platformer since the SNES days, imo. I admit though, I have not yet played Super Meat Boy)
16) Heroes of Might and Magic III (Just a good game, I dunno. They really dropped the ball hard after this one though).
17) One of the two Icewind Dale games should prolly go somewhere here...
18) FF6 (My favorite non-Tactics FF game. Excellent game that holds up well).
19) Possibly FTL... surely the most recent game I enjoyed a lot. Got me into a brand new genre of games.
20) Majesty (Most unique game in this list probably. I frequently boot it up for a quick run between games.)

Honestly there are probably games that should make the list more than the ones listed here... but I'm most likely forgetting some key ones, especially from the PS2... hmm... maybe Disgaea should be there. Eh, whatever, there's your list.

No specific order cuz screw dat;

Devil May Cry 4
Metal Gear Solid 2
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
Bioshock
Persona 3
Bayonetta
Left 4 Dead 2
Farcry 3
DmC: Devil May Cry
Saints Row 2
Dragon Age: Origins
Fallout 3
Soul Reaver 2
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Digital Devil Saga
Borderlands 2
Lollipop Chainsaw
Final Fantasy 13
Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines
Uncharted 3

Got a few more. but that's the gist of it.

There's no way in Hell I can put these in a numerical order so I'll just group these by...franchise I guess. Possible genre but lets see where my brain takes this.

Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
Zelda 2: Adventures of Link

Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy IX
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
Pokemon Soul Silver

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Ninja Gaiden
Saint's Row 2
Super Mario World
Voodoo Vince

Duke Nukem 3D
Fallout 3

Dynasty Warriors 3
Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage
Otogi: Myth of Demons

Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge

these are grouped into Zelda Games, JRPGs, Adventure/Action kinda things, FPS titles (technically), Beat-em-up spectacle fighters and, a flight combat game.

Here they are, in no particular order:
Contra
Mass Effect (franchise)
Super Mario 64
God of War (franchise)
Skyrim
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (the only game in the CoD franchise I like)
inFamous
Gears of War (franchise)
Tomb Raider (franchise)
Scarface: The World is Yours
Red Dead Redemption
Fallout 3
Boom Blox Bash Party
GTA Chinatown Wars
Resident Evil 4
Marvel Ultimate Alliance
Assassins Creed (franchise)
Left 4 Dead 2
Saints Row the Third
Batman Arkham Asylum

Cleaned.

Aw jeez... This is gonna be tough.

1. Persona 4/ Persona 4: Golden
2. Team Fortress 2
3. Portal 2
4. The Binding of Isaac
5. Fallout 3

The last 5 for the top 10 are these games.
Persona 3/P3P/Fes
Red Dead Redemption
Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Pokemon Diamond

And then the rest are the just the result of me being too indecisive to choose.
Disgaea (They're all pretty much the same, so the whole series)
Bioshock
Journey
Rayman Origins
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Far Cry 3
Kingdom Hearts II
Borderlands 2
DotA 2
FTL: Faster Than Light

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