Games I Will Accept As Your Answer to the Question "What Is The Greatest Game Ever Made?"

Different people with different upbringings in different eras mean that everyone's going to have a different answer to the question. 
 
For the record, when people ask me, I usually say Tetris. It's certainly not my favorite game of all-time, but if you look at its popularity and the wide-rangning effect it had on games, it always seems like the most logical answer. 
 
Though GoldenEye is a somewhat common response for this list, I do not accept it as an answer. Just because you were in college at the time of its release and you and your "bros" got "really high" and "played GoldenEye" doesn't make it an all-time great.

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Posted by Cube

What if someone said Shenmue?

Posted by Milpool

Halo? Really?

Posted by DarkFlow83

Pong, Without it you have nothing else.

Posted by DJJoeJoe

Halo was totally a love of mine when I first played it, although I wouldn't say it was a greatest game ever. It has been 'helpful' and semi-influencial for a smooth transitions of it's genre to current console fps games, but I praise it more for the attention and efforts brought to the games features from Bungie. 
 
They seem to always come up with things that I feel need to be standards of online gaming all the time, and they continue to lead in a lot of these things. The party system for instance is probably the best example, it's crazy that it's only become a 360 integrated feature just recently. 
 
This was really the first triple A developer game I played, my gaming record was a slow ramp up from a very few PS/SNES games and even at those times I wasn't 'into' gaming like all these peeps here with their japanese rpg's and love of things that look like vomit to me. I envy their investment so early into gaming.

Edited by Vlaphor

My personal favorite will always be Ninja Gaiden (reg, black, sigma).  It just had this intensity that I've never seen matched, mixed with fun platforming, visuals that are still somewhat ok to this day, the best camera I've ever seen in an action game, and a brutal but fair difficulty level.  
 
Ninja Gaiden 2 was pretty good, and I am looking forward to Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, but that camera had a few small issues (simply due to the fact that the action was sped up, but they retained the same camera), and I ran into a few glitches (the acid worm glitch made me have to restart the entire game), so I can't remember the game as fondly.   However, the fact that they made the game even harder, while still keeping it fair, is pretty impressive.  How many other games have used regenerating health as an excuse to throw everything but the kitchen sink at you, with the exception of Yoshi's Island?
 
However, I'll still say that Ninja Gaiden is the best game on the Xbox, Ninja Gaiden Sigma is (currently) the best game on PS3, Ninja Gaiden 2 is the best game on the 360, and I'm looking forward to Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2.

Posted by LeadNinja

No Rockstar or Valve love?

Posted by FelixLighter

From that list I would probably say Super Mario 3 or Castlevania Symphony of the Night but usually I say either Half Life 2 or Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic when asked.  I'll be the first to admit that there are a lot of highly touted games that I have never played, though.

Posted by DefaultGen

I certainly wouldn't accept Space Invaders.  "Only thing to play at time of release" doesn't equal "Greatest of all time"

Posted by President_Evil

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.  Search your heart.  You know it to be true.

Posted by wh1terav3n

I'd have to go with Star Wars: KOTOR. It alone brought me into RPGs. Then again, Halo brought me into FPS's. Hmmm...and tetris is pretty good. Interesting. It's like I can pick a top for each genre, but I don't think I can pick a best out of those.

Posted by SleepingLesson

What about Zelda? It may be cliche to say Ocarina of Time, so how about A Link to the Past?

Posted by FesteringNeon

GTA IV. I know it seems too soon, but it is a masterpiece.  
 
Posted by JackiJinx

Favorite games of all time are Secret of Mana and Banjo Kazooie, but greatest game of all time? Tetris is probably it, but I'm not letting it go at that without throwing in at least one other possible alternative. Pokémon? Super Mario World? Earthbound? Donkey Kong? Super Mario Kart (ok, maybe not that version, but one of them)? Guitar Hero? Pong?
 
Can't forget the Final Fantasy VII peeps. I don't consider it the greatest game or even one of my favorites, but there's plenty of people out there who think otherwise. 
 
Unfortunatley, I agree with your current list and can't think of much beyond this scope.

Edited by Crono

Wow this list is pretty much spot on aside from the absence of any sort of early zelda game imo of course.  I remember Ocarina of Time having a huge effect on gaming during its release.  A Link to the Past was also an amazing title for its time.
 
Looks like SleepingLesson beat me to it.  I'm not surprised given his icon lol

Posted by streloksbolt

No Half Life? I'm shocked!

Posted by TwoOneFive

SONIC CD is fucking awesome. how Team Sonic managed to completely forget what was so cool about that is beyond me. 

Edited by SpudzDK

I´m also surprised on the lack of Halflife on the list. I might be mistaken but as far as I remember, that game was the turning point from FPS being "ZOMG I KILL STUFF" to games that could have both an actual story and also a narative style that is compeltely its own (though that last part was indeed more fleshed out in HL2). Personally I could never get myself to complete it.
Posted by MattyFTM

The problem is that people often confuse the question "What is the greatest game ever made" with "What is your favourite game ever made".

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Posted by Rayfield

Jeff, look here. Some candidates...
 
SKATE OR DIE 
 
SPACE TAXI 
 
STREETS OF RAGE 2 
 
NBA JAM TOURNAMENT EDITION 
 
 
 
But to be honest, i would say Tetris.
 

 

Posted by Absurd

Yeah...Well, FUCK YOU JEFF GERSTMANN!

Posted by razielrioux

Super Castlevania 4 was pretty awesome. Gran Turismo,  on account of it's impact on the driving genre.

Edited by Dan_CiTi

Tetris is probably the best in the way you explain it. But I can't help but say Chrono Trigger is. That being said, Chrono Trigger could be improved(high-def, better animation, a couple tweaks to what was added in the DS version). But the pure game of Tetris isn't really something can be improved beyond cool backgrounds and various tweaks to or takes on the T-spin. 
 
Are people serious when they say KOTOR or GTA? COME ON PEOPLE! 
 
That being said, my FAVORITE game is either Okami or Mother 3. It's a tough call.

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Edited by NathHaw

I would say that Super Mario Bros. is the greatest (not 3); however, Tetris is up there.

Posted by Kyle

Dude, Sonic CD isn't even the best Sonic game. give me a break.

Posted by AlexB

Surpised a Zelda game or a Final Fantasy Game are not up there. lol
 
My vote would be for Secret of Mana. But that's just me.

Posted by Jimbo

World of Warcraft.  If you really pushed me for an honest, 'correct' answer on this I would probably say World of Warcraft.  I would never forgive myself, but I think it's the correct answer.
 
For me personally it will always be Deus Ex, it's always my touchstone for the experience I'm trying to replicate with gaming.  I think a lot of it comes down to how old you are at the time - there's a sweetspot in your teens where you will probably discover your lifelong favourite game, movie, music, everything.  How depressing.
 
So what's your favourite Jeff?

Edited by DavidSnakes

Halo was an amazing and revolutionary game, childish fanboys give it a bad name.  Still the best of the trilogy
and definitely in the top 5 games ever with: Ocarina (obviously a masterpiece), GTA4, Super Mario 64, and StarCraft

Posted by DavidSnakes

Yeah, those are all well-known, but they're all well-known because of their extremely high quality.

Posted by DrFidget

If Shining Force doesn’t get put on this list at some point could you please tell me why? 

Posted by arnavdesai

Half Life no doubt. I remember as a kid trying to solve stuff and work around stuff instead of just pumping more lead into a person. It was such an amazing game and in spite of what people say about the alien levels, I actually liked them also. Portal is another game which would be on my greatest list although I would put Half Life over that.

Posted by narley

I would never in a million years say Halo is the best game ever. Even though its a good game. 
 
But I think its a little lame to say a game would be considered someones favorite because it came out when they were 12, and say that the kid's decision is wrong.  Thats obvious.
Same thing could be said about PAC-MAN. Heck. It was awesome back then. Little yellow guy eating dots and killing ghosts. I can see how a 12 year old who played it back then would say -THAT- game is the greatest thing ever.  People used to spend lots of coins in the arcades on PAC MAN. But the same thing happened with Dance Dance Revolution.
 
My point is, you could say the same thing about any game. So placing Halo, or any other game in the list, because it was chosen by a kid at the age of 12, makes no sense. Im sure some 12 y/o kid somewhere played Crash (wich I hate), or mario 64, or Zelda, or Contra, or even a Mega man game, and thought, and probably still thinks, it is the gratest game ever. 
 
One thing though, I would also understand why someone would say Symphony of the night is the greatest game ever. Its a good game.
Posted by Dethfish

My answer is unacceptable 

Posted by DeBurgo

Short list. I dunno how castlevania: sotn is pretentious though, come on, it's just a 2d actoin-RPG where you're just dracula's half-vampire son who has set out to kill his father for bizarre existential reasons partially relating to how his mother was treated by humans and his uncertain relationship with the vampire-killing clan, the Belmonts.
 
Okay never mind, I retract that. It is a little pretentious.

Posted by JoeOE18
@Cube said:
" What if someone said Shenmue? "
Posted by Metal_Mills

You'd accept Halo but not Goldeneye? That makes no sense.

Posted by Swinghi

System Shock 2

Posted by MetalGearSunny

Halo? Ugh.

Posted by pakx

No Shadow Of The Colossus, eh? that's a shame.

Edited by wwfundertaker

How about Mortal Kombat 2 and FFVii. Strange combination but the fighting and rpg genre will never be the same without these games. 

Posted by numberThirtyOne

My answer to the question is Starcraft.  DO YOU ACCEPT MY ANSWER, JEFF GERSTMANN?

Posted by ptc

Diablo 2?
Posted by GunstarRed

Yoshi will never be a raccoon suit, FACT!

Posted by teekomeeko

Damn is it nice to see someone else say that Sonic CD was the best Sonic game.

Posted by NickM

Jeff really does hate everything.

Posted by blackhrt86

I agree with Dan_CiTi. I'd have said Chrono Trigger...... *Looks down and sighs*

Posted by EndlessMike

Probably have to go with Super Smash Bros Melee. It improved on the N64 version without going all totally batshit like the new one did.

Posted by Niccoles

WOO!! Super Mario Bros. 3 made the list!

Posted by Chewii101

You know what. Hell yeah I was like 12 when Halo came out. And yes, I don't know any better. But ur right. It's not the best game ever. 

Posted by CactusWolf

I can agree with Tetris as being the greatest game ever made.
 
My favorite game would be Earthbound, however.

Posted by TheHBK

Half-Life
Super Mario World
or Ocarina of Time
those all stand to me as being candidates and worthy answers.