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Posted 29 June 2017 - 04:28 PM

Curious to know what you guys have in your top 5 games of all times list

Name the game and the platform you've played it on

A video game series can take up one slot and feel free to state why that game is on your list

*You dont need to name GTA if you don't want to. For me and I'm sure for most here it goes without saying

 

 

1. River City Ransom (NES) - This was the game I started on and the fist game that ever had me hooked. It's possible I put more hours into this game then any other

2. GTA Series (Multiple Platforms) - I was debating whether or not to add this to the list. I'm sure for most people here it goes without saying

3. Streets of Rage Series (Sega Genesis) - RCR got me into "beat 'em ups" and these games are quality

4. Bust A Groove Series (PS1) - Not to be confused with that puzzle game Bust A Move. Bust A Groove 1 and 2 are the most underrated dancing games of all time. Real gems. Screw DDR and Just Dance

5. NBA Street Vol. 2 (PS2) - The best basketball game out there. I was actually introduced to and learned about a lot of NBA legends from this game. A lot of gaming review outlets gave this game a perfect score and deservingly so. V3 was trash

 

This was alot more challenging than I thought it would be. Sorry MGS4 and Shadow of the Colossus :/

 


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Posted 30 June 2017 - 03:03 AM

1) The GTA Series - This is easily the best series in the history of gaming. GTA: San Andreas, GTA:V, and GTA:IV are my favorites in the series and is also what helped influence the sandbox games that i know and love today.

 

2) Resident Evil 4 - This game is just perfect. Tons of unlockables, Tons of replayability, Mercenaries mode, fun and rewarding shooting mechanics, and it also helped birth the Devil May Cry series. I love Both of them.

 

3) The Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series (Excluding that back ally abortion, THPS5.) - I've never really liked playing sports in real life. However i like the extreme sports games like THPS. My favorites of this series are THPS3, THPS4, THUG, THUG2, and THAW. Sadly, it all went bad after THAW with stupid plastic boards and nostalgia cash ins.

 

4) Red Dead Redemption - I bought this GOTY edition at Wal*Mart about 5 years back on Black Friday for about $25.00, not knowing anything about it. I loved it. I like John Marston, riding horses, hunting, exploring the map, and playing the story. Undead Nightmare was also one of the best DLC ever released. I didn't think I'd like this game with it being a western, but i was wrong. The multiplayer was also really fun, until it got broken by cheaters.

 

5) The Dead Rising series - I love the fun addition of using anything in the mall as weapons to kill zombies, saving survivors, taking pictures, and finding the best route to complete as much as possible in the least amount of time. Think of it as Dawn of the Dead and Shawn of the Dead combined in a game. Frank West is also one of my favorite protagonists to play as. Too bad they ruined him In Dead Rising 4. My favorite of this series is Dead Rising, and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record.

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Posted 30 June 2017 - 04:34 AM

1) The Last of Us
2) The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt
3) Horizon Zero Dawn
4) Red Dead Redemption
5) GTA V

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Posted 30 June 2017 - 04:40 AM

Max Payne
GTA IV/EFLC
Red Dead Redemption(UN)/Revolver
Fallout New Vegas
GUN
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Posted 30 June 2017 - 11:07 AM Edited by LeslieMckinney, 30 June 2017 - 11:07 AM.

1.Starcraft

2.Diablo

3.Dota

4.Warcraft

5.DmC

 

And for the desert I  play online slot machines when I have time.


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Posted 30 June 2017 - 11:46 AM Edited by marmoo, 30 June 2017 - 11:48 AM.

In no order in particular. Link added as may be a bit old for some of ya :)

 

Homeworld PC  (One of my many on line battles :))

Half Life 2 PC

Metal Gear Solid 1 PS1

Resident Evil 1 PS1

Elite ZX Spectrum 48k (Elite Dangerous is based upon this - Great game also :))


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Posted 30 June 2017 - 11:56 AM

1. GTA Vice City

2. LA Noire

3. Need For Speed Underground 2

4. Mafia 2

5. Gran Turismo 4

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Posted 30 June 2017 - 12:08 PM Edited by Tycek, 30 June 2017 - 12:08 PM.

1. System Shock 2

2. GTA IV

3. GTA: Vice City

4. Fallout 2

5. Half-Life


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Posted 30 June 2017 - 03:59 PM

5 : Head Over Heels. - One of the early ground breakers and also one of the toughest puzzlers still in existence today.  It should be remade again after the original 8 bit launch and then the 16 bit remakes only improved on the style. 

 

4 : Fallout, both 1 and 2. - The best story content and better than the modern era games both in terms of combat and atmosphere.

 

3 : Half - Life, both 1 and 2 .- The story needs more content, but the fighting style, gritty atmosphere and the crossover with Portal makes it intriguing.

 

2 : System Shock series - Both 1 and 2. - Cannot wait for the new and remake material coming.  SHODAN remains the perfect example of how to do a villain right.

 

1 : Paradroid. - A C64 classic and the epitaph of originality, the first game to feature a true line of sight to the main character and it remains a true example of hardcore shooter to this day.

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Posted 30 June 2017 - 04:00 PM Edited by MrBellicLC, 30 June 2017 - 04:00 PM.

1.GTA IV

2.GTA IV

3.GTA IV

4.GTA IV

5.GTA IV

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Posted 30 June 2017 - 04:12 PM

FF7, Shenmue, PSO, SotC and TLOU


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Posted 01 July 2017 - 03:59 AM

In order.

 

1) GTA IV

 

2) Vice City

 

3) Forza Motorsport 4

 

4) Assassin's Creed II

 

5) Until Dawn

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Posted 01 July 2017 - 04:22 AM Edited by Audi, 01 July 2017 - 04:23 AM.

Hmm, just 5 huh? No particular order...

 

1. Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (PC)

 

2. GTA Vice City (PS2)

 

3. Goldeneye 007 (N64, my all time favorite console)

 

4. Gran Turismo 4 (PS2)

 

5. Scarface: The World Is Yours (PS2)

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Posted 01 July 2017 - 06:35 AM Edited by fashion, 01 July 2017 - 06:55 AM.

1. Tony Hawk Series, especially Underground 1+2 and Pro Skater 2. Been playing these basically all my life. I play the UG games on my 360 with backwards compatibility. TH games never get old and are incredible fun even today. I also don't want to praise myself, but if there's one game I'm a pro at, it's Tony Hawk. I'm not even slightly satisfied with a combo less than 2 million and my combos go as far as 8,5 million. I still can't break my own record I did as a kid though. Got 5,2 mil in THUG2 recently.

2. Nier Automata. Probably. I did one full playthrough of this game so far so it's early to judge but I've been planning to play it again ever since I saw the final credits. Automata is a masterpiece and a game I won't forget anytime soon. It's a work of art and every game element (soundtrack, gameplay, story ect.) is merged together perfectly.

3. Fallout New Vegas. You know you love a game when you play the sh*t out of it so that you can't even play through the intro anymore.

4. Skyrim. ^^

5. GTAIV. My favorite GTA. Has the charm and atmosphere GTAV hasn't. Also a humble and fun MP mode instead of the retarded money sceme if V.

Though I love these games about equally. I could go on and add a lot of other games I didn't think of right now. It hurts not to mention Mass Effect, Last of Us, Halo 3, Halo Reach, RDR, GTA3, GTASA, Witcher 2 and 3, Yakuza 0, FFX, Ratchet and Clank 1-3, Jak 1-3.
Also some Telltale titles, Tales from the Borderlands, Walking Dead series. I also love walking sims like Firewatch. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is my favorite.
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Posted 01 July 2017 - 12:21 PM

1) GTA V

2) Bloodborne

3) Mafia 1

4) GTA SA

5) Dark Souls

 

I think these are the games I've enjoyed the most (and replayed the most).

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Posted 01 July 2017 - 03:15 PM Edited by Mister Pink, 05 July 2017 - 04:06 PM.

1. San Andreas:

 

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 Nothing will beat anticipating a game that had multiple cities and towns. At that stage I was obsessed with Vice City and III. I couldn't wrap my head around there being small towns and countryside. It now seems par for the course but back in 2004, It was mind-blowing for me. I wasn't a fan of gang-banger stuff or gangsta rap and even disliked it (even though I liked other Hip Hop music) but that grew on me some time later. The funk music, the reggae, the country music, the crazy map, all the new features; swimming, gang wars, flying planes, gambling, burglary missions and crazy amount of interior; barbers, gyms, casinos, off-track betting, there's too many things to mention. 

 

2. Skyrim: 

 

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Just love that world. I love all the quirks. Love the odd voice acting, the unusual locations and the scenic beauty of it all. I love exploring the map and not knowing what is behind a rock, a bush, over the hill. I love being able to double-cross people like The Redgaurd Woman side-mission. I love the sort of empire-building in Skyrim. It doesn't get mentioned much but I think it's quite amazing. You get to find materials, craft items and build your big home. Then you can store all the rare loot you come across. I love buying and selling items. I make sure I always leave on a quest with only my essentials and I usually come back full to the brim of items to sell. I love amassing wealth in the game and feeling comfortable as I have plenty of healing potions on me at all times. I like collecting nice, unique looking armor. The game is well worth it's cash. The dollar to hours played ratio is very rewarding with this game. 

 

3. Fallout 4: 

 

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I find it hard to pick one. Fallout 3, NV and 4 are all similar in how much I've enjoyed them and how original and entertaining they are.  I've not completed New Vegas but I might try play it today. I'm going to say 4 purely because it's most recent in my mind and I have been loving it. Nothing really particular about 4 that 3 or NV doesn't have. I just love the adventure. Exploring old ruined factories, collecting items to keep, sell or help build weapons. Building a fort is f*cking cool too. I spend from about 12AM to about 6Am one morning building a whopper house that looked like a seaside beach house that a one-story open-plan, complete with balcony. Man, I loved it. The crazy and quircky characters like Valentine. He's just a great companion and has that smooth but gravelly patriarchal voice. The character customization is always fun, the strange places, the beautiful but haunting vistas.

 

4.  GTA IV + DLC

 

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I complained about the game so much. It was just too bad a downgrade (featurewise and mapwise) than what I was used to playing for the last 4 years. Looking back, maybe with rose-tints a little but I did play the game a lot. I still think I was in the height of my GTA obsession. New York is also one of my favourite cities be it for a backdrop for TV, films or Videogames to the music that came from there, it's always a place I will love. I think GTA IV would be a greater game if it wasn't a GTA for me. Like a spin-off title under a different name or if it was marketed as a throw-back to GTA III (in terms of features, limited map etc) maybe "IV" was the clue. Coming from III to VC to SA as a player I just thought things were getting bigger, I never thought we would go from countryside and 3 cities to a single islands city. Anyway, I put a lot of hours in to the game, the physics and graphics at the time were mind-blowing. It was also during a jump from analogue TV to HDTV, from PS2/Xbox to 360 for me so there was leaps in technology all happening at the same time. 

 

5. The Warriors: 

 

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There's a bunch of games that could have sat here, Deus Ex: HR, Vice City, GTA III, RDR, Sonic The Hedgehog, Mario: 6 Golden Coins, Scarface: The World Is Yours. But I'm going to give it to The Warriors purely because The Warriors was one of those films I seen as a kid and it freaked me out. Then I seen it when I was older and just fell in love it it. When I saw a game was coming out, I was shocked and excited. My favourite dev, doing a videogame version of a film cult classic, based around escaping enemy turf, brawling, stealing car radios and breaking in to shops and doing graffiti. I really thought wow, finally there's a dev willing to do something different than military-based games for spotty teenagers, fantasy games for pale white nerds or sports games for douchey jocks. Here's something a bit off-kilter, it's in based on a cult film, it's the antithesis of a sell-out commercial cash cow and the game delivered more than I could have imagined. 

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Posted 01 July 2017 - 06:20 PM

1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

2. Mass Effect 2

3. GTA San Andreas

4. Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence

5. Assassin's Creed II

 

The Witcher 3 is easily the best game that I have ever played. But it's really hard to properly rate other games. I'm not even sure that they're my other favorites. But they're the ones that I thought of first and there's probably a reason for that.

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Posted 01 July 2017 - 09:50 PM

Good taste everybody. A lot of games on peoples top 5 are also on my full list of the best games of all time
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Posted 02 July 2017 - 02:15 AM Edited by Leftist Bastard, 02 July 2017 - 02:16 AM.

This is super hard for me because I always end up forgetting something and editing those lists like three hundred times but i'll try:

 

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Honorable mentions:

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Posted 02 July 2017 - 11:49 AM

1. Baldur's Gate 2

2. GTA: San Andreas

3. Carmageddon 2

4. The Witcher 3

5. Rollercoaster Tycoon 2

 

I don't know man, my Top 5 changes almost every year according to which games I played most that year. The only thing static is Baldur's Gate 2: Shadow of Amn at #1

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Posted 02 July 2017 - 01:20 PM

If we're talking favourites and not absolute best, it would probably be these.

 

1) Grand Theft Auto IV

2) Red Dead Redemption

3) Project Gotham Racing 3

4) Team Fortress 2

5) Fifa series

 

I have so, so many good memories with those games in the online modes, whether it was the little communities I played with in PGR3 and TF2 or playing with mates in IV's/RDR's online free roam and Fifa's Pro Clubs mode. Hundreds and thousands of hours of good times.

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Posted 03 July 2017 - 06:28 PM

1. Gta series
2. Far cry series
3. Max payne series
4. Crysis 2
5. Nfs most wanted 2005

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 02:02 PM Edited by AnotherDave, 19 July 2017 - 08:48 AM.

I've got a fairly solid top 10 or so in my head but narrowing it down to 5 was very difficult. Not necessarily in order, here they are:

 

1. GTA: San Andreas (2004, PlayStation 2)

It was a toss up between San Andreas and the original Grand Theft Auto. San Andreas gets the nod because it is in my opinion the pinnacle of the series to date.

 

2. SWAT 3: Close Quarters Battle (1999, PC)

Pretty much the perfect tactical shooter. The police theme and realism (for a video game at least) put it firmly above the chasing pack.

 

3. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006, Xbox 360)

This game opened my eyes to the fantasy genre that I'd previously incorrectly assumed I wouldn't like.

 

4. Deus Ex (1999, PC)

An absolute masterpiece of a game. If my top 5 were in order this would be no lower than 2nd.

 

5. Mass Effect (2007, Xbox 360)

It's undoubtedly been bettered in many ways by the sequels but there's a sci-fi charm to Mass Effect that no other game has come close to. No Man's Sky almost had it but fell short.

 

 

Honourable Mentions

 

Broken Sword (1996, PC)

Head Over Heels (1988, Amstrad CPC 464)

Portal (2007, Xbox 360)

Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield (2006, Xbox 360)

The Settlers III (1998, PC)

Theme Hospital (1997, PC)

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 06:52 PM Edited by nido997, 04 July 2017 - 06:58 PM.

my top 5 (all PC games , I don´t play on consoles) :

 

1. GTA (obviously) especially GTA V : Online of course

2. Need For Speed : Porsche Unleashed : easy , I m a Porsche Fan and this was my very first game I think ....

3. Call Of Duty 2 : had the best memories of all these LAN Parties with my friends back in the day, sooo much fun in deed

4. CS:GO : still so much fun after all these years , although I ´m a bad ego shooter player

5. H1Z1 : king Of The Kill : I´m really enjoying the game, again, I´m not a pro , but still ...

 

ah Project cars and even Arma 3 are excellent , too .... they might be in my top 5 in the next few weeks, once I have more time to play them ... especially Project Cars , such an excellent Game ....

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 03:22 PM Edited by Mexicola9302, 05 July 2017 - 03:25 PM.

PC

 

1. GTA V (+2000 Hours) Only played 34 Hours in SP rest Online

2. The Elder Scrolls: III (400 Hours) and Skyrim (+1000 Hours) Heavy Modded +250 Mods Merged a lot of stuff (i never played Oblivion)

3. Fallout 3, New Vegas and 4 (together +2500 Hours) all with around +150 Mods

4. Battlefield 2, 3 and 4 (together +3500 Hours) 2000 Hours on just one Map Wake Island in Battlefield 2 around 700 Hours in Jet in BF2

5. Command & Conquer Generats (+500 Hours) Mostly Online with friends

 

Console

 

1. Metal Gear 2 PS2

2. Gran Turismo 3&4 PS2

3. GTA San Andreas Xbox

4. Perfect Dark and Goldeneye N64

5. All sort of Mario Games on NES and SNES and N64

 

Top 5 well it`s not really much but i mentioned so pretty much the most important games.

 

Lately i mostly play Forza Horizon 3 and GTA V and i hope the Scriptextender gets released soon for Skyrim SE then im gonna play that again and Fallout probably too. But im gonna wait for more mods.

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 03:48 PM

Wasteland: 1988, Commodore 64. My personal best game ever. Perfect atmosphere. Great story. Branching choices. In 1988!

Elite: 1985, Commodore 64. Open ended. Do whatever you want in a spaceship. Hard to believe something so basic could last for as long as it has.

Ultima IV: 1985, Commodore 64. A sprawling fantasy adventure with nuanced design, a fascinating story, and the real genesis of the Ultima world (1-3 aren't the same).

THPS4: 2002, PS2. THPS2 was my first, THPS3 was probably more of a watershed, but THPS4 had the most replay value. My friends and I would hang out and endlessly dick around against each other and online against randoms while under a constant cloud of smoke. I don't think anything since then has ever had the same grasp on me.

Gunship: 1986, Commodore 64: My friends were playing Legend of Zelda. I was killing Commies across three regions behind the stick of my state of the art AH64. It felt like an actual simulator, not an arcade game. Sure, the idea of being able to fly NoE and pop up from trees wasn't something you could practice too well, but still Gunship was part of why I always felt that a keyboard could be advantageous to a humble gamepad.

 

 

Honourable mentions goto Knights of the Sky (1990, PC-AT), Need for Speed Underground 2 (2004, PS2), GTA 3: VC (2003, PS2), Monkey Shines (1981, Magnevox Odyssey), SimCity (1989, C64), Red Storm Rising (1988, C64), and Tetris (1989, NES), Dishonoured (PS3, 2012), Last of Us (2013, PS3) and GTA V (2013, PS3).

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 06:40 PM Edited by Candy_Licker, 05 July 2017 - 06:41 PM.

I'll leave out the GTA series, as the OP suggested since it's obvious.

 

In no particular order:

 

-Total War series (Shogun - Medieval 2) was my absolute fav. franchise besides GTA, but since Empire, I don't like where this series is heading. Shogun II was great again, but since Rome II the series is essentially dead to me

- Age oe Empires 2 : the game which triggered my love for history & strategy games. I'm not that into RTS anymore, but this is simply a masterpiece, a timeless classic

- Wither 3: best game of this decade for sure, didn't think it was still possible for me to be this much emotionally invested in a game

- Mario Kart series: so many good memories, so much fun.

 

5 th I can't decide. Hot contestants are Pro Evolution Soccer 6 (best football game ever imo) and Crusader Kings 2 (really a unique game, sadly Paradox is heading in the wrong direction nowadays too, they've become lazy&greedy)


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Posted 08 July 2017 - 10:30 AM

Good stuff people. From what I remember I've always heard about that game Witcher 3 getting a lot of praise. That's the only game here I'm unfamiliar with. You guys say it's good so I'm going to check it out on YouTube and see what it's about

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 01:41 PM Edited by B Dawg, 12 July 2017 - 03:59 PM.

Separated by genres:

Open World Shooter/Driving mix - Grand Theft Auto IV & The Lost And Damned

Hack 'n Slash/Real Time Strategy mix - Brutal Legend

Shooter - Fistful Of Frags

Driving/Racing - Test Drive Unlimited 1

Life Simulator - Postal 2

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 02:42 PM Edited by Wu-Tang Forever, 12 July 2017 - 09:59 PM.

In no particular order...

 

* Grand Theft Auto IV - Still the peak of the series IMO, and all these years later, I think it actually feels more innovative and ambitious than GTA V. The setting is just amazing - it doesn't feel like movie NYC, but rather an authentic slice of NYC life. Hell, just big city life in general. I've never been to NYC, but I do live near a fairly big city (hey, Winston-Salem is big by NC standards), and no other game has given me the feel of actually being in the city than this one has. The story is awesome, diverse, and even quite moving, with an incredible cast of characters, especially Niko. The soundtrack is amazing and insanely varied, with something for everyone. And the gameplay is just a blast. It's kind of bare-bones compared to San Andreas, but what IS there was refined and improved to become even more enjoyable (and let's be honest, was every side-activity in SA really that good?), and if you dig a little, you'll find a TON of side missions - taxi, drug dealing, vehicle theft, assassinations - that really fit the theme of the game. This one was a grower for me (I've always liked it though), but I'm so glad I was finally able to see just how wonderful this game really is.

 

* Assassin's Creed III - I love this whole series, but if I were to pick a personal favorite, it'd be this one. AC III has some issues - it's rough around the edges, combat is dumbed down, stealth is barely there, missions are overly linear, the crafting/convoy sh*t is half-assed, the lockpicking is by far the worst I've ever seen in a video game - but other than those gripes, I unashamedly love this game and I don't think I'll ever really understand why some people hate it so much. It helps that I'm a complete sucker for the time frame and setting (GAH the Frontier is amazing), and Native American culture. It's also easily my favorite story of the series, with one of my favorite characters in Connor. 

 

* Red Dead Redemption - On some days, I think Rockstar's best game is GTA IV. On others, I think it's RDR. The setting is incredible, the story and writing are excellent (even if it does kind of meander in places, which is true for even GTA IV), and the gameplay is just so much fun. Even the stupid non-canon zombie-themed DLC was a blast! Yeah, not much to say here, because it's one of those games that just about everyone loves, so it's kinda like explaining why you like the Beatles or Star Wars or what have you. 

 

* Mother 3 - I'm not a fan of Japanese turn-based RPGs. I don't dislike them, but they're just not my preferred genre. But this one made me absolutely love it. The gameplay and combat are really fun, but the real star of this game is the story. At first it seems like some cutesy, goofy, whimsical game about a little boy going on an adventure with his dog and a couple of his weird friends. Which is extremely f*cking deceptive. Sure, the game is that in parts, but this thing is an emotional powerhouse with some of the most genuinely heartbreaking moments I've ever experienced in any form of media. There were like four moments in this game that made me cry - not just tearing up, but actual, full-on sobbing. Is it emotionally manipulative and unsubtle? Yeah, it kinda is. But damn if it doesn't work perfectly.

 

* Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest - Easily my favorite platformer ever, it's just amazing. The level designs are excellent, the tone and atmosphere are through the roof, it's a lot longer and more challenging than the first one, and the music, oh my God the music. Just go listen to "Stickerbrush Symphony" for an idea of just how incredible this game's soundtrack is. 

 

 

Yeah, nostalgia does have an effect here, but I think this more than holds up outside of that context. If it weren't for "Animal Antics" (F*CK that section in the windy brambles, seriously), this would be one of the few games I'd call perfect.

 

Some honorable mentions:

 

* Far Cry 3 - The story is pretty weak (aside from a few awesome characters), but the gameplay and setting are so much fun it doesn't matter. 

* Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Trilogy - I'm cheating here, but I consider these all one game. It's just so awesome and epic, following this one guy for pretty much his whole life as he experiences so many historical events, rubs shoulders with guys like Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli, and a young Suleiman I, and tangles with the Borgias. The gameplay's a ton of fun too, with a lot to see and do. And it's hard not to love Ezio. Ubisoft did such an incredible job with this character.

* Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Probably the best pirate game ever made, with a surprisingly thoughtful and engaging storyline that takes advantage of its protagonist being a neutral pirate to explore both the Assassins and Templars from an outsider's perspective.

* Assassin's Creed: Syndicate - I like Unity, but THIS is what that game should have been. London is about as amazing as that game's Paris, and the gameplay is just a blast, with Unity's much-improved assassin gameplay mixed with a ton of AC II/Black Flag style content. And the story isn't terribly ambitious, but it's a ton of fun, with some great characters. And I totally have a fanboy crush on Evie Frye, haha :p

* Resident Evil REmake - A survival horror classic, insanely improved so that it holds up by today's standards better and you can take it a lot more seriously (as hilarious as the original voice acting is). Can't beat the Spencer Mansion, Chris and Jill as the protagonists, Barry Burton, the L-shaped hallway, the Hunters, Yawn, the Neptunes, Tyrant, the classic puzzles, etc.

* Resident Evil 4 - Yeah, it's not that scary compared to some of the other games in the series, but this is another game I'd call nearly perfect. Every facet of the gameplay, level design, enemy AI, etc. just works so well, and while it takes some getting used to by today's standards, before long you'll be dodging attacks and popping heads like a pro. The story's cheesy fun too, with a likable, badass protagonist in Leon and a fun slew of villains.

* The Last of Us - One of the most gripping stories I've ever experienced, combined with really fun and challenging gameplay and a surprisingly fresh take on the zombie genre.

* Uncharted - I can't pick just one. I love all four of these games, they're just so much fun and have such awesome adventure stories and characters.

* Wolfenstein: The New Order - A complete blast of a first-person shooter, combined with a surprisingly moving storyline. I also love how it doesn't just depict the Nazis as a standard villainous dictatorship, but rather explores the ideologies and disregard for human life that really made them so f*cking horrifying... and even more satisfying to wipe out with your twin machine guns.

* Doom and Doom II - I absolutely love the 2016 game, but there's still no beating these two classics. It'll never cease to amaze me just how well these ancient games have held up, both in terms of gameplay and even graphics (it doesn't even matter that those are 2D sprites, you WILL believe that they are demons out to get you, thanks to some amazing monster design and just how detailed the sprites are). Like, take GTA III. To really appreciate that game today, you have to put yourself in the time it came out. But that's not the case with Doom. You can play this in 2017, even without all the mods like Brutal Doom, and enjoy yourself without even trying.

* Life is Strange - The ending is kinda disappointing, but everything before it is amazing, with some really endearing characters.

* Watch Dogs 2 - SO much fun! Story's kinda weak, but has a really likable cast of characters IMO, and San Francisco is just amazing and a joy to tool around in. And the gameplay, from driving to hacking to just running around, is a complete blast. I really like GTA V, but I think this is about the first time the competition have ever beat Rockstar at their own game. Even if it took them until the sequel to do it. (Gah, I forget that GTA V is really getting kind of old by now :p)

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