List: My Favorite Games of All Time

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So, I was talking with my wife the other night about how I would rank my favorite games, all systems. Turns out this is more difficult than it sounds. Since I've been playing my entire life, nostalgia is a difficult thing to wrap your head around. So, I got to thinking, and decided on a list that seemed accurate.

Ground rule: Only one game per franchise. This simplifies things quite a bit.

Here goes:
1. Tie Fighter - DOS, PC
2. Eye of the Beholder 2 - DOS, PC
3. Half-Life 2 - Windows, PC
4. World of Warcraft - Windows, PC
5. Curse of the Azure Bonds - DOS, PC
6. Kings Quest 5 - DOS, PC
7. Civilization 2 - Windows, PC
8. Mechwarrior 2 - DOS, PC
9. Heroes of Might and Magic 3 - Windows, PC
10. Skyrim - Windows, PC (Edged out Morrowind for me on the one-per-franchise rule)
11. Warcraft 2 - DOS, PC (I don't count this as the same franchise as WoW)
12. Quake 3 Arena
13. Mortal Kombat 2 - Arcade
14. Doom 2 - DOS, PC
15. Super Mario Brothers 3 - NES
16. The Seventh Guest - DOS, PC
17. Pirates - DOS, PC
18. Call of Duty, Modern Warfare 2 - XBOX 360
19. Myst 3 - Windows, PC
20. Final Fantasy 1 - NES

I haven't finished Bioshock Infinite yet - so far (halfway through), It's in the running.

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I love a list - know they are

I love a list - know they are highly subjective - but I like to read people's thinking behind them...

I like this one http://www.amazon.co.uk/1001-Video-Games-Must-Before/dp/1844036812

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I love to read lists, but

I love to read lists, but hate how they are made. I have always said the NEW stuff will get the most love. its simple, things improve, get better add more, etc. The DAGGERFALL part of this.. I must say it was quite possibly my favorite game of all time.. even over the NEWER ones Skyrim, etc.. The hours I spent on that game, creating spells, just exploring.. it felt like the most "real" world ever for me.. it never ended, there was always something new to see. I felt like I was put on some alternate AD&D world.. with nothing but myself to just live, explore and loot. when it was released it was fantastic. With all that said (and the fact its free to download now from their webpage) i played it about a year or two ago and i couldn't play it for any length of time, things have improved so much, and Im not just talking Graphics.. I can overlook those on almost any game, but interface, controls, just everything. I still recognize how awesome it was, but its not awesome today. I am on the side of the fence that Elder scrolls is leaving behind.. they are hand building everything now, but Morrowind was part hand built and part random.. I would love to see DAGGERFALL in the Skyrim engine.. a world so big you cant explore it all.. throw in the same building block dungeons (but updated with the tech of today).. I would be in heaven..yes i would have seen it all eventually, yes the random generated quests can get old. but.. knowing I hadn't been in that next dungeon.. knowing it could be a new weapon.. Armour.. .. man.. I would love it.. It was Blizzards Diablo loot system.. and map generation.. but in an open world RPG..

yep its hard to use old games in most lists.. maybe when talking influential or firsts.. I just go by heart or time played on these lists.. Still like to see um...

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Daggerfall is probably best

Daggerfall is probably best existing game from designers point of view, i have to say that Matts review was big disappontment for me. But would be at the top of my todays list? I have problems with such list, because there is designers point of view, but there are also:
1) Shifts in technology, so lots of aspect of old games is realy cumbersome know.. so gameplay is now much more smooth.
2) Players view, very complex systems, possibilities, usualy also means, problems in game balance more, but and time to teach how to play game. Because is realy hard to me, compare complex systems of Daggerfall to probably best dungeon ever Stonekeep, were systems where trivial, but atmosfphere of new particular dungeon was much better. Smooth gameplay - automaticaly generated dungeons in Daggerfall and jumping + AI, was sometimes big pain.

So i have tell which game was best at time when was shipped, from my designers point of view, i have to say that Daggerfall is best game. If is should keep technology shifts in mind (and count limits where particular game was shipped), i would say that Morrowind is best game.

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BitWraith wrote:
That's why I tacked in that little note about nostalgia being a difficult thing to come to terms with. For example: I spent more hours playing Daggerfall than any other Elder Scrolls game. Today? In no universe would I say that Daggerfall is a "better game" than Skyrim, so they fall where thay may on my list os favorites. How Daggerfall impacted the industry, and its legacy, would have to be considered when making a "Greatest Games of All Time" list.

That's always the conundrum with such lists, is it still something you play today (or WOULD play today)? Really, the only games that are generally immune to that are classic arcade games. Lots of reasons for that, I guess.

One thing Matt and I are focusing on for our upcoming Vintage Game Consoles book is just a SELECTION of 10 great games for a particular platform to get special mention at the end of each chapter. There's no way we could mention all the great games on a great game playing platform, and creating a "real" top ten is silly, because a lot of the best games would repeat on various platforms. That's wasteful, so essentially we just picked 10 of the ones worth checking out for whatever reason and that may or may not be particularly obvious. The point is, it's all about the methodology, and I don't think anyone can ultimately quibble as long as a list is put together thoughtfully.

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A game can be better than another...

That's why I tacked in that little note about nostalgia being a difficult thing to come to terms with. For example: I spent more hours playing Daggerfall than any other Elder Scrolls game. Today? In no universe would I say that Daggerfall is a "better game" than Skyrim, so they fall where thay may on my list os favorites.

How Daggerfall impacted the industry, and its legacy, would have to be considered when making a "Greatest Games of All Time" list.

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A game can be better than another - doesn't mean you prefer it or even like it. Modern FPS games seem to be very well crafted but I have little interest in them for example - though I admire the design , tech achievement etc.

Hard for me to draw up a list - I find it's best to not over analyse it....

Tetris - there are "better" puzzle games like Puyo Puyo but I keep coming back to this - 2 player battle mode makes it even better
Asteroids - non linear - timeless - something compulsive in the screen clearing.
Worms Armageddon - turn based tactics + humour. Endless variety with the level editor and range of weapons. This was the sweet spot.
Doom 2 - the level design and humour inherent in the enemies and situations you find yourself in. Then there no faffing about trying to aim in 3D - just twitch shooting in 3D (faked) levels.
Super Monkey Ball (Gamecube) - beautiful control, endless gameplay - ingenuous mini-games for multiplayer
Mario Kart (probably double dash) - this version realised Miyamoto's dream - great multiplayer and TT - and has a LAN mode too.
Parodius (probably Oshaberi - the 3rd one) (Sega Saturn) - craziest of them all which is saying something- this one has loads of content and extra modes and options
Super Mario World - pinnacle of 2D platformer - inertia, design - has it all.
WarioWare (Gamecube) - boiled down gameplay - but nothing beats the first time you play this and you are in free fall - then as you know the game there is so much scope for improvement - and the GC version has hilarious multi-player
Virtua Tennis - best Tennis game ever - and tennis is the perfect sport for video gaming
Tempest 2000 - love the original but this brings it up to date
Ghosts & Goblins - too hard - but entertaining and great design
F-Zero X (N64) - just manic 30 car racing - nothing matches it - GX is just a bit too hard for its own good.
Super Breakout - just love bat and ball games and I prefer the stripped down purity over Arkanoid
Castlevania (probably iV) - straight up linear platforming with great design and a compulsive control scheme - the whip has never been used better than in this version
Daytona USA - straight up Sega sparkly racer
Warlords (the paddle game) - 4 player battle paddle game - quite unique.

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Here goes: 1. Wizardry Series

Here goes:
1. Wizardry Series (im replaying 8 and have replayed 7 a few times)
2. Dune II- rpgs are my first choice, but RTS is my second
3. Everquest- quite honestly might need t be #1.. but if it wasn't for Wiz I wouldn't have played any RPG's
4. Wings (amiga) my gosh is it clunky today, but back then.. WOW!
5. AD&D series (misty MT and Treasure of tarmin) on the intelvision (i played no other console game as much, and doubt i ever will)
6. Ultima Series- started my love affair with RPGs and computers, better ones came, but your first will always hold a place.
7. Populous- amiga (I could almost say "ANYTHING BULLFROG in the amiga days.. magic Carpet needs a remake!!!!)
8. Elder Scrolls series (other then the oddball offshoots, not a bad game ever in my mind)
9. Warlords- Amiga turn based war game
10. AD&D gold box
11. DOOM
12. Quake II CTF
13. L4D series - coop that penailzes poor team players.. BOYAH!
14. Wing Commander series
15. Madden (early years)
16. Kohan- RTS with a more control point based play (4 years before RELIC did it it in warhammer to critical acclaim)
17. Dark Souls series BEST new game i have played in years, best console game I have played in years.
18. Codename: Panzers series (RTS but with far more tactics.. no unlimited units, use what ya brung) wish it played on WIN7
19. Dungeon Keeper series.. I play this one through almost yearly to this day..
20. WoW- love hate.. great ideas but some bad ones that will water down every MMORPG to come after forever..

Best game nobody has played: KOHAN series..
best game I like that didnt make the list: Settlers 2 (so many to take it place nowdays.. but it was awsome for its day)
best game I don't like: Shadow Of the Beast.. man did i want to love that god awful hard game..

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Oddball Games

Bill Loguidice wrote:
Nice, solid list. The only "criticism," if you want to call it that is that those are all common, well-known games. I would have been interested to see a few oddballs that you really loved. Maybe if the list got to 25? Also, you can always get around the "picking one" thing by saying "series," for instance, with Civilization II, you might say, "Civilization series." That's of course assuming that, like me, you like most of the games in a particular series and one doesn't necessarily stand head and shoulders above the others. With that said, I too probably favor Civilization II the most myself. CivNet would be right up there as well, though obviously I love most of them.

Yeah I'm sitting here trying to think of something oddball - I played the hell out of Gantelet II (Misspelling is intentional) on the CoCo 3. As an adult, though, I dunno that I would consider it a "greatest game". Other oddballs - Dallas Quest on the CoCo, Malcom Mortar on the CoCo.

...and I'm thinking that Prince of Persia should be on there somewhere LOL. Also Ultima 7.

From a certain point of view, my franchise rule is sorta what you described. I'm a huge fan of the entire Elder Scrolls series - I'm using Skyrim as a "representative" of the group as my favorite one.

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Can't argue with that!

Nice, solid list. The only "criticism," if you want to call it that is that those are all common, well-known games. I would have been interested to see a few oddballs that you really loved. Maybe if the list got to 25?

Also, you can always get around the "picking one" thing by saying "series," for instance, with Civilization II, you might say, "Civilization series." That's of course assuming that, like me, you like most of the games in a particular series and one doesn't necessarily stand head and shoulders above the others. With that said, I too probably favor Civilization II the most myself. CivNet would be right up there as well, though obviously I love most of them.

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