Your 20 Favorite Games Ever.

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I think the amount of data here is interesting and plentiful enough tow here I'm going to have to do all kinds of things with it. (For instance, certain games that are frequently in people's top 3, but didn't have enough total mentions to make the final list, showing some of the most polarizing titles,etc.)

There are also a number of games showing that it seems like are not very many people's favorites, but pretty much everyone likes them. Red Dead Redemption, Bioshock, Portal to name a few.

my list in no particular order:

1. Half-Life
2. Half-Life 2
3. Final Fantasy 7
4. Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
5. Conker's Bad Fur Day
6. XIII
7. Goldeneye 007
8. Metal Gear Solid 4
9. Okami
10. Perfect Dark
11. Sonic Adventure 2 (shut up)
12. Final Fantasy 8
13. Final Fantasy Tactics
14. Metroid Prime
15. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
16. Resident Evil 4
17. Twisted Metal Black
18. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
19. Donkey Kong 64
20. No More Heroes

The_Scrivener:
I think the amount of data here is interesting and plentiful enough tow here I'm going to have to do all kinds of things with it. (For instance, certain games that are frequently in people's top 3, but didn't have enough total mentions to make the final list, showing some of the most polarizing titles,etc.)

There are also a number of games showing that it seems like are not very many people's favorites, but pretty much everyone likes them. Red Dead Redemption, Bioshock, Portal to name a few.

A point based system?
16-20th place worth 2points
15-10 worth 5points
9-6 worth 10 points
5-4 worth 14 points
1-3 worth 20 points

Just shooting in the dark here

I can't even count to 20, so I'll go for 10 instead.
1. Fallout 3
2. Skyrim
3. Mass Effect 3.
4. Fallout New Vegas
5. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
6. CoD: Black Ops (1)
7. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
8. Asssassin's Creed 2.
9. Far Cry 3
10. Mass Effect 2

Was tough, but I'd have to say, in no particular order:

Farenheit (Indigo Prophecy)
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy X
GoldenEye
Grand Theft Auto III
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Max Payne
MegaMan (take your pick)
Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Minecraft
Portal
Resident Evil 2
Super Marios Bros. 3
Super Mario 64
The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening
The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time
The Secret Of Monkey Island
The Sims
TimeSplitters 2

Based on the number of times/hours I've poured into these games and the fact I will still be playing them years from now.

EDIT: After reading most of the other posts I feel I need to give some honorable mentions: Pokemon Red/Blue, Super Mario Land 2, Hitman 2, Red Dead Redemption, Shadow Of The Colossus, Mass Effect 1-3, Fallout 3, The Elder Scrolls Oblivion.

Hrrrm a top 20, I don't know if can rank them but here they are in no particular order
Pokemon Heart Gold/ Soul Silver
Pokemon White/Black 2
Persona 3 Portable
Final Fantasy VI
Mass Effect 3
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The World Ends with You
Batman Arkham Asylum
Fallout 3
Borderlands 2
Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations
Ghost Trick
Resident Evil 4
Portal 2
Team Fortress 2
The Walking Dead
Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend
Bastion
No More Heroes
Super Smash Bros Brawl

I think I'll go into some detail since it's been a page...or half a page...since my original post. So here we go:

So after composing all of those explanations I think I can compile a list of my top 20 favorite games as of right-stat-now.

20: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
19: Final Fantasy IV
18: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
17: Super Mario World
16: Ninja Gaiden
15: Zelda 2: Adventures of Link
14: Voodoo Vince
13: Dynasty Warriors 3
12: Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest
11: Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
10: Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
9: Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
8: Fallout 3
7: Duke Nukem 64/3D
6: Final Fantasy VIII
5: Pokemon Soul Silver
4: Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage
3: Saint's Row 2
2: Final Fantasy IX
1: Otogi: Myth of Demons

1. Megaman 2
2. Super Metroid
3. Super Mario Bros. 3
4. Metal Gear Solid
5. Xenogears
6. Final Fantasy VI
7. Final Fantasy X
8. Kingdom Hearts II
9. Jak 2 & 3 (3 if one absolutely needs to be picked over the other)
10. Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past
11. Legend of Zelda: Windwaker
12. Diablo 2
13. World of Warcraft
14. Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade
15. Day of the Tentacle
16. Warcraft III
17. Sam & Max Hit the Road
18. Megaman X
19. Shadow of the Colossus
20. Silent Hill 2

One game per series.

1. Shadow of the Colossus
2. System Shock 2
3. Thief 2: The Metal Age
4. Metro 2033
5. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
6. Amnesia: The Dark Descent
7. Penumbra: Black Plague
8. Spec Ops: The Line
9. Bishock
10. MDK
11. Max Payne 1
12. Deus Ex
13. Fallout 1
14. Krater
15. Strongholds: Crusaders
16. Planescape: Torment
17. C'thulhu Saves the World
18. Rayman 1
19. Worms: United
20. Half-Life

Thats where i end when making this list, seems to be about where i expected.

In no particular order.
Note this list is fluid and may change based on day, week, mood, planetary alignment, etc...

Super Mario Bros 3 (NES)
Jumpman (C64)
Final Fantasy Tactics (PS1)
Disgaea (PS2)
Demon's Souls (PS3)
Valkyria Chronicles (PS3)
Tekken 3 (PS1)
Street Fighter 2 (SNES)
Dissidia (PSP)
Final Fantasy IV (SNES)
Fallout 3 (PS3)
Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
Contra 3: The Alien Wars (SNES)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES)
Zork I: The Great Underground Empire (C64)
Spiderman 2 (PS2)
Metal Gear Solid (PS1)
Civilization II (PC)
Dragon Quest VIII (PS2)
Breath of Fire III (PS1)

Hmmm, I recall a similar question on Gamefaq's a while back. I'll try to the best of my abilities to recreate that list, since I doubt if very much has changed.

1. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
2. Final Fantasy VI
3. Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne
4. Final Fantasy Tactics
5. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
6. Fallout 3
7. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
8. Katawa Shoujo
9. Super Mario World
10. Persona 2: Innocent Sin
11. Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
12. Persona 3 FES
13. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
14. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
15. Final Fantasy IX
16. Final Fantasy X
17. Planescape: Torment
18. Far Cry 3
19. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
20. Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey

in order of which i played first

super Mario bros 3
legend of Zelda link to the past
illusions of gaia
legend of Zelda OoT
golden eye
Pokemon fire red*
paper Mario
super smash bros melee*
metroid prime
fable
half life 2
resident evil 4
fire emblem path of radiance
oblivion
fire emblem sacred stones
team fortress 2
fallout 3
dragon age origins
mount and blade warband*
recettear an item shop tale*

the ones with the * at the end are the ones im most likely to change my mind on, either if something better comes along or if i just remember one i forgot

No particular order, just in which they come to mind:

1. Half-Life
2. Half-Life 2 (plus episodes)
3. Metal Gear Solid
4. Descent II
5. GoldenEye 007
6. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
7. Counter-Strike: Source
8. Driver: San Francisco
9. Fallout 3
10. Portal 2
11. Grand Theft Auto 4
12. Hitman: Blood Money
13. Left 4 Dead
14. Telltale's The Walking Dead
15. Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
16. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (I love all 3 games, but U2 stands out as my favorite.)
17. Red Dead Redemption
18. Infamous 2
19. SWAT 4
20. Monster Truck Madness

I'm going to try to limit this to one per franchise for variety's sake but when I list a game it will frequently include the others in the series as well. This is more or less ranked, give or take a ranking or two depending on my mood.
1. Pokemon Heart Gold/ Soul Silver
2. Dragon Age Origins
3. The World Ends with You
4. Devil Survivor
5. Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn
6. Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight
7. Persona 4
8. Kingdom Hearts
9. Star Wars the Old Republic
10. Fire Emblem Awakening
11. Tales of Symphonia
12. Legend of Zelda Wind Waker
13. Elite Beat Agents
14. Alien Vs Predator 2
15. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
16. Prince of Persia Sands of Time
17. Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations
18. Super Smash Bros Brawl
19. Fallout New Vegas
20. Portal

Honorable mentions go to Resident Evil 4 and Valkyria Chronicles who just lost out to Portal.

it might be better to do it by decade as a list like this will for most people only get the last 10 years at most

In no order at all,
No More Heroes
No More Heroes 2
Metal Gear Solid 4
Final Fantasy XIII
Assassin's Creed II
Soul Calibur V
Kingdom Hearts II
Yakuza 4
Heavy Rain
Cthulhu Saves the World
Super Mario bros. 3
Elder Scrolls V Skyrim
Dark Souls
Resident Evil 4
Portal
Scott Pilgram VS The World
Metal Gear Solid 3
Fallout 3
inFAMOUS
Mike Tyson's Punch Out

Oo, don't mind if I do.

1) Final Fantasy VIII
2) Final Fantasy IX
3) Lost Odyssey
4) Final Fantasy VI
5) The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
6) Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus
7) Shadow of the Colossus
8) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
9) Silent Hill 4: The Room
10) EarthBound
11) Final Fantasy V
12) Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
13) Silent Hill 2
14) Final Fantasy VII
15) Chrono Trigger
16) Prototype 2
17) Panzer Dragoon Orta
18) Alien Trilogy
19) Castlevania: Vampire's Kiss
20) Final Fantasy X

And a begrudged honourable mention to the Mass Effect trilogy.

I'll give myself ten seconds before I scream in rage at the memory of other games I should've included.

In no order:

Oblivion
Skyrim
Pokemon White (best one)
Pokemon Ruby
Pokemon Platinum
Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction (better than A Crack in Time)
Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time
Ratchet and Clank Trilogy HD
Minecraft
Killing Floor
Mass Effect 2 (better than 3)
Mass Effect 3
Super Mario 64 DS
Super Mario World
Viva Pinata
Rayman Origins
Champions: Return to Arms
Spyro 2
Batman: Arkham City
Call of Duty Multiplayer (played COD4 through to Black Ops, couldn't decide on a best)

Man, that was a hard list to construct.

In no specific order:

20. Thief: The Dark Project (also: Thief II: Metal Age)
19. Fallout: Fallout: A Post Nuclear Role Playing Game (also: Fallout: New Vegas)
18. Portal 2
17. Planescape: Torment
16. Persona 2: Innocent Sin (pSX uncensored fan translation; official PSP port was a bit poor)
15. Silent Hill (also: Silent Hill 2)
14. Persona 4 (also: Persona 3)
13. Final Fantasy VI (also: Final Fantasy VII)
12. Final Fantasy XII (Yes, I like this one.)
11. Shadow of the Colossus
10. God of War 2
9. Half-Life
8. StarCraft 2
7. Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
6. Heroes of Might & Magic III
5. Need For Speed: Porsche 2000
4. Mass Effect 2
3. Shin Megami Tensei III: Lucifer's Call
2. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
1. Bayonetta (favorite game on PS3)

Can I add at least ten more...?

1. Planescape: Torment
2. Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura
3. Dark Souls
4. Demons' Souls
5. Final Fantasy Tactics
6. Thief 2
7. Thief
8. FTL: Faster than Light
9. Age of Wonders
10. Okami
11. Dishonored
12. Dwarf Fortress
13. Baldur's Gate 2
14. The Longest Journey
15. Shadow of the Colossus
16. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2
17. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
18. M.U.L.E.
19. Xenogears
20. Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic

Lily Venus:
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
MOTHER 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
EarthBound
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.

howd you play mother 3?

In NO particular order. Mods are taken into account which is why mount and blade warband makes it on the list.

Xcom enemy unknown (original, not the new one)
Tropico 4
Dominions 3
Company of heroes
Dragon ball budokai 3
Medievil Total war
Mount and Blade warband
Warhammer 40k Dawn of war
G-police 2
Breath of fire 3
Golden Axe 2
King of Dragons Pass
Pharaoh
Evil Genius
Masters of Orion 2
Timesplitters 3
Vampire the masquerade: bloodlines
Hearts of Iron 3
Spyro the dragon 3
Armored Core 3

Im rather happy with the list :) Nice and varied, no doubt im forgetting some classics but i get a tingly feeling from looking at this list, its full of great gaming memories.
Was surprised that no bethesda or bioware game made it, but when it came to the cut i realized i strongly like some of their games, but dont love them as others do.

In no particular order

Final fantasy VI
Legend of Zelda : a link to the past
Master of Orion
Master of Orion II
Xcom
Xcom : enemy unknow
Lord of the realm II
Starcraft
Warcraft II
Ascend
Sim city 4
Civ IV : beyond the sword
Fallout new Vegas
Mario kart
Super Mario world
Evo search for Eden
Burnout paradise
Assassin creed II
Pilot wings 64
Chronotrigger

Man, a top twenty list... Oh well, I can try at least.

FROM BEST TO... WELL, NOT BEST, BUT STILL GREAT!

1: Banjo Kazooie. (I won't deny the nostalgia, but I also love the humor, which is definitely the strongest part of the game.)
2: Dark Souls. (Love it, and I really don't understand why people find it hard... I never did.)
3: Hitman: Blood Money. (Holy shit, an assassination game where you AREN'T insanely OP *CoughAssassinsCreedCough*)
4: STALKER: Shadows of Chernobyl. (For me, atmosphere is the most important part, and this game has it in spades.)
5: Half-Life 2: Episode 2. (Really the whole franchise, but mostly 2 because it has the best atmosphere.)
6: Shadows of the colossus. (Atmosphere~)
7: Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. (Love the world, the characters, and the atmosphere... The sailing's fun too.)
8: Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition. (I absolutely love Hack'n'slash games)
9: Tekken 6. (Purely because of Dragunov. God, is he fun to use.)
10: Bastion. (It's just awesome. Play it, now, I DEMAND IT!)
11: Pokemon Gen 4. (I just like that generation best. That, and it has probably the most evil villian.)
12: Jade Cocoon 2. (Only played it once, but damn did it leave a lasting impression.)
13: The Binding Of Isaac. (When it doesn't fuck me over that is.)
14: Dragon Age: Origins. (Awesome world, awesome story, awesome characters, piss-poor fighting system.)
15: Legend of Grimrock. (I love dungeon crawlers.)
16: Diablo 2. (My very first dungeon crawler, and by god do I love it.)
17: Heroes of might and magic 6. (Dunno why, just love it.)
18: Recettear: An item shop's tale. (You have no idea how surprised I was when I found out that I love this game.)
19: Prototype. (Extremely cathartic.)
20: Super Mario World. (First game I remember playing, so it has a special place in my heart.)

And this is my list. Looking over it, I can honestly say I am surprised by the variety.

Eh, I wasn't going to bother because 20 is heaps but what the hell. This isn't going to be anywhere near 100% true for me because there are alot of games I can't remember as well but still love, or just can't remember at all which is why Silent Hill 2 won't make it on my list.

1. Metroid Prime
2. Lineage 2 (Chronicles 1 to 4)
3. Half-Life 2
4. Super Metroid
5. Super Smash Brothers Melee
6. The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time
7. Shadow Of The Colossus
8. Command & Conquar Generals: Zero Hour
9. Sonic The Hedgehog 2
10. Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne
11. Portal
12. Starcraft: Broodwar
13. World Of Warcraft (vanilla)
14. Super Mario Galaxy
15. Perfect Dark (N64)
16. Diablo 2: Lord Of Destruction
17. The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past
18. Total Annihilation: The Core Contigency/Battle Tactics
19. Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge
20. Mu Online (before the pay boosts)

I like this topic. Reading through other people's lists has brought back some good gaming memories. As for my list, the order probably isn't perfect, since I can change my mind a bit from time to time. Also, I've probably forgotten quite a few.

1. Deus Ex
2. Half Life 2
3. Jak and Daxter
4. Golden Sun/Golden Sun: The Lost Age
5. Breath of Fire IV - I've only played III and IV so far.
6. Suikoden 2 - Except I didn't get all 108 stars...don't want to say anything, but the consequence of that made me very angry at one point in the game.
7. Supreme Commander
8. Grand Theft Auto 4 - It was quite difficult to choose my favourite GTA game.
9. Portal
10. XCOM Enemy Unknown
11. Hitman Blood Money
12. STALKER SoC
13. Bioshock
14. Rome Total War
15. Dragon Age Origins
16. Divinity 2
17. Pokemon Silver
18. Heroes of Might and Magic 3
19. Elder Scrolls 4
20. Time Splitters 2

Also, I am currently going through Xenosaga at the moment, which looks like it might reach a place on this list.

I'm pretty solid about my top 3, the rest changes around a bit with my mood.

1. Shadom of the Colossus
2. Demon's Souls
3. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (the Subsistence version to be precise :3)
4. Final Fantasy XII (sue me)
5. Homeworld
6. Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
7. Portal 2
8. Medieval II: Total War
9. Half-Life 2
10. Mount and Blade: Warband
11. Mass Effect 2
12. Assassin's Creed 2
13. Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos
14. Red Dead Redemption
15. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
16. Fallout 3
17. Age of Mythology
18. Okami
19. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
20. Shogun 2: Total War

Zeke63:

Lily Venus:
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
MOTHER 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
EarthBound
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.

howd you play mother 3?

GBA emulator plus fan translation is the usual route.

Here we go, this list is in no particular order.

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
Rome: Total War
Pokémon: Heart Gold/Soul Silver
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Burnout 3: Takedown
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Resident Evil 4
Portal
Tetris
Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3
Bioshock
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Fallout 3
Mass Effect 2
Advance Wars: Black Hole Rising
Gran Turismo 4
Spec Ops:The Line
The Walking Dead
Call of Duty: World at War

I'd love to add another 20 to this list.

I'm stoked to see how many Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 entries are in this thread. I know 2 used to get all the love, but I thought 3 was a much more polished up game. Plus, it had a bigger console to work with.

I didn't think MGS3 was so appreciated! Quite a few mentions. :)
I only count 3 mentions of hitman bloody money though :(

Someone just mentioned Burnout! To go back an adjust my list... or not to....

1. Portal 2
2. Sonic The Hedgehog 2
3. Ratchet And Clank 3
4. Red Steel 2
5. Super Metroid
6. Just Cause 2
7. Spider-Man 2
8. Sonic Adventure 2 (Don't call me nostalgia blinded, I first played it on the HD re-release)
9. Burnout Revenge
10. Team Fortress 2
11. Simpsons: Hit And Run
12. Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time
13. Super Mario Galaxy
14. Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped
15. Sonic Generations
16. Red Dead Redemption
17. Batman: Arkham City
18. Spongebob: Battle For Bikini Bottom
19. Rayman Origins
20. F-Zero GX

Oooh... well... there are so many games I adore, mainstream or indie. I'd go up to fifty, but I'll just settle with these titles in no particular order.

- The Mass Effect Trilogy
- Shadow of the Colossus
- Far Cry 3
- Fallout New Vegas
- The Stanley Parable
- Portal
- Portal 2
- Red Dead Redemption
- Super Meat Boy
- Minecraft
- Skyrim
- Half LIfe 2
- Amnesia: The Dark Descent
- Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
- The Ace Attorney Series
- Okami
- Beyond Good & Evil
- Psychonauts
- Arkham City/Arkham Asylum (either or I hold in equal value)
- Ghost Trick

Sounds good!

1) Portal 2
2) The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
3) Portal
4) Super Mario 64
5) Bioshock
6) Mass Effect 2
7) The World Ends With You
8) Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
9) Team Fortress 2
10) Pokemon White (or Pokemon Crystal, both are almost equal)
11) The Walking Dead (Telltale)
12) Batman Arkham Asylum/City
13) Metroid Prime
14) Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
15) Spec Ops: The Line
16) Super Smash Bros. Melee
17) Pikmin 2
18) Assassin's Creed II
19) Super Mario Galaxy
20) Bastion

XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga, Paper Mario, Kingdom Hearts II, and Star Wars: Battlefront II all barely missed the list, so they all deserve honorable mentions.

Its funny, you can tell how old somebody is by there list.

It makes me sad that so few of the younger generation have played anything besides modern games.

Its kinda the same as being a movie buff, and never seeing anything made before 2003....

I understand It can be hard, since there was no bloom effect, bumpmaping, or havoc physics.
so if you don't own a pair of nostalgia goggles, Its hard too get into them.
the only way to really appreciate old games is to dedicate some time to just playing ps1 era games for like a month.
Only then can you see things in context.

But its worth it.
And at the very least ,when you get back ,you'll have a deeper appreciation for all the technology and work that went into rendering the MWCODBO2 Newbs head that you just Pw0ned as you t-bag it.

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