My top 20(ish) games of all time.

I recently put together a couple lists of games that I really like. I'll include a link for the top ten here, and other ones that didn't quite make the cut here. But, if you're lazy, you can read them all here. And, here, I'll put it in reverse order, so you won't instantly know what number 1 is.

So, here are my "11" games that did not make the top ten. There are actually 12 of them. And when I say 12, I mean 13, because I thought of another one.

23. Saints Row The Third.

STRAP IT ON. In all seriousness, part of me really wanted to put this game on the top ten, but I also feel like not enough time has passed for me to properly judge this game. So I put it here, until enough time has passed that I can fully judge it, at which point it will probably move up this list. Or I forget and it stays here.

22. WarioWare, Inc.: Mega MicroGame$!

Much like many games I love, this one is crazy. The whole concept is that Wario decides to make tons of shovel-ware games to make some cash, and it's a crazy selection of five-ish second games that are pretty fun. And, on top of that, there are some deeper, more complicated games that can be unlocked. Like Dr. Wario. It's like Dr. Mario, except Wario is in it. I literally still bust this game out just to play Dr. Wario. I did it a couple weeks ago. It holds up.

21. Shenmue.

This game was Deadly Premonition before Deadly Premonition was Deadly Premonition. The voice acting is bad, the writing is bad, and it's pretty bad in a lot of ways. At yet, there's something weird and charming about this game in a super compelling way. It's the kind of game that crazy people like, and I'm a crazy person. Plus, not only did I play this game on my own, one time I forced my friend to play through it with me riding shotgun, and he ended up liking it too, despite him not generally liking this kind of game. He's kinda weird like me too though. Anyway, it's a divisive game, and I'm definitely on the "WHERE IS SHENMUE III?!?!" side.

20. Super Mario Sunshine.

Yes, I make two lists of my favorite games, and the only Mario platformer on either is Sunshine. There are a lot of people who like to "hate" on this game (by which I mean they say it's good, but not as good as the others), but I, on the other hand, love this game. I thought it was bigger and better than Mario 64. I loved the new water-pack stuff, I thought the game looked great (though it did have some framerate issues now and then), and you could unlock sunglasses for Mario. Forget space, Mario wore sunglasses. SUNGLASSES.

19. Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader.

I love Star Wars. I love video games. This is my favorite Star Wars video game. No, it's not that Tie Fighter game that everyone rants and raves about, but you know what? I like fast and loose arcade-y action. And it was still pretty challenging. And production value wise, it was incredible. The game looked amazing (and still looks better than most Wii games), it featured footage from the movies (the first time footage from the classic Star Wars films was officially printed onto a disc), and they got the actor who played Wedge Antilles to record a lot of new dialog for the game.

18. Metroid Prime.

The Citizen Kane of video games. Someone said that once. I dunno, I've never seen Citizen Kane, but Metroid Prime is pretty rad. This is one of those games where I feel like it achieves all of the goals it sets out to accomplish almost perfectly. No, it's not a flawless game (as the Wii one showed, the controls can be better), but it's an all around awesome game.

17. Paper Mario.

This game isn't as crazy or funny as Thousand-Year Door, but it's still a solid RPG in its own right. Also, you can tell I just copied and pasted this from the list because I make reference to a game you don't know is on this list when it's read in this order. Spoilers! I also like that other Paper Mario game.

16. Resident Evil 4.

This game kinda changed the course of video games. Or third person shooters at least. Before this, there weren't really games with the over the shoulder camera angle. But now they pretty much all are. But how this game affected the industry is irrelevant. The pacing is spot on, it's technically amazing, and most importantly, it's fun. It has both the feeling of, "Oh man, these dudes are going to smoke me" and, "Yeah, who's smoking who now?!" If you've played it, you know what I mean.

15. Fallout 3.

This was the first Bethesda Softworks game I ever played, so I was completely blown away by the size and scale of this game. There's just so much content. Yeah, it's buggy, and there are a lot of things that, even if there weren't bugs, wouldn't be that great (like the core combat), but there aren't really many other games like it. And the ones that are like it are made by the same people.

14. Mass Effect 2.

More Mass Effect. Need I say more?

13. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

This game is so weird. It features everything from mobsters to aliens to professional wrestling to a computer that falls in love in Princess Peach. And, unlike the first Paper Mario (which is also on this list), this game makes use of Mario being made out of Paper by letting him transform into things like paper airplanes. The combat is simple, but fun, the story is great (and hilarious), and I love it.

12. Star Fox Adventures.

The last of Rare's new Nintendo products (I guess they ported DKR to DS, but that doesn't count) is also one of my favorite Rare games. Yes, the Star Fox license was slapped onto it, and yes, it's just a Zelda clone, but it's a really good Zelda clone. Probably not "better" than something like Wind Waker (which came out within a year of this), but this isn't a list of "best" games, it's my favorites.

11. Soul Calibur II.

Much like the Smash Bros. games, this was something that my friends and I played ALL THE TIME when we were at each other's houses. It looked amazing (and still holds up, kinda), plays great, and had a ton of single player content. Plus, it had Link, and he was really fun to play as. And those other guys in the other versions, but come on.

So, there are the 11(ish) games that I wanted in my top ten, but they couldn't quite make it. But now, here's the top ten games, which are my favorite games, of all time. Inappropriate comma use? Maybe. But why is that Nolan North picture there? YOU'LL NEVER KNOW! Because it doesn't want to let me caption it. So I wrote this instead.

10. Diddy Kong Racing.

This was the first video game I owned. Not the first I played (not by a long stretch), but the first one I owned. When I got my N64 for Christmas as a young lad, this was the game that I got with it. So many hours spent playing this silly little racing game. A racing game with a story mode! Or an adventure mode, because it was pretty light on plot. Well, assuming you consider an evil space wizard invading light on plot!

9. Metal Gear Solid 4: Gun of the Patriots.

I played this game 12 times. Yes, a bunch of those were speed runs, but still. I have large sections of that game memorized. Photo-memorized. Literally. Even besides my obsession with the game, the climactic finale to the Solid Snake story arc was a game like no other. It had a near perfect blend of action to stealth, fantastic graphics, an insane amount of story, great writing and voice acting, and everything else that one expects out of a Metal Gear Solid game. I hear it had multiplayer too, but I never played that. Too busy trying to figure out the fastest ways through those environments, and then going out of my way to unlock dumb stuff like the Altair costume. Really weird game, but one I could jump right back into and keep on playing.

8. No More Heroes.

This game is so weird. It's about a nerd who buys an off brand lightsaber on the internet (or beam-katana as the game calls them), but because of that he doesn't have enough money to buy video games. So what does he do? He blows his remaining money at a bar, and whilst drunk accepts a job as a hitman. Then he kills the 11th ranked assassin in the world, so of course he decides to be #1. What follows is insanity. It's hilarious, pretty dumb in some amazing ways, and really a pretty unique experience. Or it was until the sequel, which is also pretty good, but didn't make as much of an impact on me.

7. Donkey Kong 64.

This game kinda falls under the same territory as Banjo Tooie, only not quite as much. I still love this game to pieces though. Huge levels, tons of collectibles, and that same classy writing from classic Rare. And, of course, that DK Rap. Lest we forget.

6. Deadly Premonition.

What a strange game. But, how could a game that I not only played three times (one of which with a friend of mine along for the ride), but I also watched the Giant Bomb Crew play through (not once but twice) not make this list? Yes, this game is really bad in a lot of ways. But the amazing story, voice acting that ranges from legitimately good to so bad it's good, and overall insanity add to up a game that is easily one of my favorite games of all time. Now if only SWERY could get the funding for something else in this universe.

5. Super Smash Bros. Melee.

I can't say for sure, but this may be the game that I have played the most. So many countless hours of playing single player content, or playing with friends. This was the game that literally all of my friends and I played when we were at each other's houses. Much like Mass Effect, this is really a case of my thinking the sequel is better in every way (to the point where Brawl is the game I would play today if I wanted some Smash Bros.), but I didn't really have people to play with when Brawl came out, so it didn't consume my life.

4. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.

If you want to know how I feel about this game, read this. It's a phenomenal game, and one that has a great story involving many years of my life (even if most of those years involved not actually playing it).

3. Mass Effect.

Much like #1 and #2 on this list, Mass Effect blew me away. It combined all the non-copyrighted things I loved about Star Wars and Star Trek, but it was a video game! I was in control of my own spaceship, I could fly all over the galaxy solving crimes and shooting people. Sure, the game has a ton of technical issues, and I think Mass Effect 2 is a better game is just about every way. But this game had such a large impact on me that it had to be on this list instead of Mass Effect 2.

2. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

Yes. The black sheep of the 3D Zeldas is not only my favorite Zelda game, it's #2 on this list. But not that #2. Get your mind out of the gutter. To be clear, this is the first Zelda game I played more than two hours of. Regardless, the scope of this game is, to be frank, epic. I know that word gets thrown around a lot these days, but it fits. The world is huge. The dungeons are huge! Everything in this game is huge! And really well designed too. Some fantastic dungeon design, really good writing (especially for Midna), and a story that was pretty good. No, that isn't a proper English sentence. DEAL WITH IT.

1. Banjo-Tooie.

Everyone has that game that has left a mark so big on him/her that you start to form these almost irrational thoughts about it because of the nostalgia. This is my game that does that. It's been so long since I've played it, and my glasses so rose tinted that I probably can't form a coherent sentence about what is actually so good about this game. The levels were huge, the writing was witty, and the puzzles were great. I love this game more than any other game ever made. And I don't think another game will ever be made that can topple this from my #1 spot.

A pot roast, because I want you, the humble reader, to imagine that this pot roast is your reward.

So, after writing this as a blog, I realized some of the stuff doesn't make as much sense in this order. Oh well! And there are plenty of other games that I feel like should be on these lists, but if I keep going from here, I'll just end up ranking every game I own. And I own a LOT of games.

Also, I'm sorry I've been unable to provide any sort of significant content about current gaming events, or games, because now that I'm back at college, I'm dealing with stuff like school work, and having to have a roommate (which I absolutely hate, just the idea of it, but that's not something I want to go into). So I don't have tons of time for games. I will try to keep some sort of stuff going out though.

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Posted by MooseyMcMan

I recently put together a couple lists of games that I really like. I'll include a link for the top ten here, and other ones that didn't quite make the cut here. But, if you're lazy, you can read them all here. And, here, I'll put it in reverse order, so you won't instantly know what number 1 is.

So, here are my "11" games that did not make the top ten. There are actually 12 of them. And when I say 12, I mean 13, because I thought of another one.

23. Saints Row The Third.

STRAP IT ON. In all seriousness, part of me really wanted to put this game on the top ten, but I also feel like not enough time has passed for me to properly judge this game. So I put it here, until enough time has passed that I can fully judge it, at which point it will probably move up this list. Or I forget and it stays here.

22. WarioWare, Inc.: Mega MicroGame$!

Much like many games I love, this one is crazy. The whole concept is that Wario decides to make tons of shovel-ware games to make some cash, and it's a crazy selection of five-ish second games that are pretty fun. And, on top of that, there are some deeper, more complicated games that can be unlocked. Like Dr. Wario. It's like Dr. Mario, except Wario is in it. I literally still bust this game out just to play Dr. Wario. I did it a couple weeks ago. It holds up.

21. Shenmue.

This game was Deadly Premonition before Deadly Premonition was Deadly Premonition. The voice acting is bad, the writing is bad, and it's pretty bad in a lot of ways. At yet, there's something weird and charming about this game in a super compelling way. It's the kind of game that crazy people like, and I'm a crazy person. Plus, not only did I play this game on my own, one time I forced my friend to play through it with me riding shotgun, and he ended up liking it too, despite him not generally liking this kind of game. He's kinda weird like me too though. Anyway, it's a divisive game, and I'm definitely on the "WHERE IS SHENMUE III?!?!" side.

20. Super Mario Sunshine.

Yes, I make two lists of my favorite games, and the only Mario platformer on either is Sunshine. There are a lot of people who like to "hate" on this game (by which I mean they say it's good, but not as good as the others), but I, on the other hand, love this game. I thought it was bigger and better than Mario 64. I loved the new water-pack stuff, I thought the game looked great (though it did have some framerate issues now and then), and you could unlock sunglasses for Mario. Forget space, Mario wore sunglasses. SUNGLASSES.

19. Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader.

I love Star Wars. I love video games. This is my favorite Star Wars video game. No, it's not that Tie Fighter game that everyone rants and raves about, but you know what? I like fast and loose arcade-y action. And it was still pretty challenging. And production value wise, it was incredible. The game looked amazing (and still looks better than most Wii games), it featured footage from the movies (the first time footage from the classic Star Wars films was officially printed onto a disc), and they got the actor who played Wedge Antilles to record a lot of new dialog for the game.

18. Metroid Prime.

The Citizen Kane of video games. Someone said that once. I dunno, I've never seen Citizen Kane, but Metroid Prime is pretty rad. This is one of those games where I feel like it achieves all of the goals it sets out to accomplish almost perfectly. No, it's not a flawless game (as the Wii one showed, the controls can be better), but it's an all around awesome game.

17. Paper Mario.

This game isn't as crazy or funny as Thousand-Year Door, but it's still a solid RPG in its own right. Also, you can tell I just copied and pasted this from the list because I make reference to a game you don't know is on this list when it's read in this order. Spoilers! I also like that other Paper Mario game.

16. Resident Evil 4.

This game kinda changed the course of video games. Or third person shooters at least. Before this, there weren't really games with the over the shoulder camera angle. But now they pretty much all are. But how this game affected the industry is irrelevant. The pacing is spot on, it's technically amazing, and most importantly, it's fun. It has both the feeling of, "Oh man, these dudes are going to smoke me" and, "Yeah, who's smoking who now?!" If you've played it, you know what I mean.

15. Fallout 3.

This was the first Bethesda Softworks game I ever played, so I was completely blown away by the size and scale of this game. There's just so much content. Yeah, it's buggy, and there are a lot of things that, even if there weren't bugs, wouldn't be that great (like the core combat), but there aren't really many other games like it. And the ones that are like it are made by the same people.

14. Mass Effect 2.

More Mass Effect. Need I say more?

13. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

This game is so weird. It features everything from mobsters to aliens to professional wrestling to a computer that falls in love in Princess Peach. And, unlike the first Paper Mario (which is also on this list), this game makes use of Mario being made out of Paper by letting him transform into things like paper airplanes. The combat is simple, but fun, the story is great (and hilarious), and I love it.

12. Star Fox Adventures.

The last of Rare's new Nintendo products (I guess they ported DKR to DS, but that doesn't count) is also one of my favorite Rare games. Yes, the Star Fox license was slapped onto it, and yes, it's just a Zelda clone, but it's a really good Zelda clone. Probably not "better" than something like Wind Waker (which came out within a year of this), but this isn't a list of "best" games, it's my favorites.

11. Soul Calibur II.

Much like the Smash Bros. games, this was something that my friends and I played ALL THE TIME when we were at each other's houses. It looked amazing (and still holds up, kinda), plays great, and had a ton of single player content. Plus, it had Link, and he was really fun to play as. And those other guys in the other versions, but come on.

So, there are the 11(ish) games that I wanted in my top ten, but they couldn't quite make it. But now, here's the top ten games, which are my favorite games, of all time. Inappropriate comma use? Maybe. But why is that Nolan North picture there? YOU'LL NEVER KNOW! Because it doesn't want to let me caption it. So I wrote this instead.

10. Diddy Kong Racing.

This was the first video game I owned. Not the first I played (not by a long stretch), but the first one I owned. When I got my N64 for Christmas as a young lad, this was the game that I got with it. So many hours spent playing this silly little racing game. A racing game with a story mode! Or an adventure mode, because it was pretty light on plot. Well, assuming you consider an evil space wizard invading light on plot!

9. Metal Gear Solid 4: Gun of the Patriots.

I played this game 12 times. Yes, a bunch of those were speed runs, but still. I have large sections of that game memorized. Photo-memorized. Literally. Even besides my obsession with the game, the climactic finale to the Solid Snake story arc was a game like no other. It had a near perfect blend of action to stealth, fantastic graphics, an insane amount of story, great writing and voice acting, and everything else that one expects out of a Metal Gear Solid game. I hear it had multiplayer too, but I never played that. Too busy trying to figure out the fastest ways through those environments, and then going out of my way to unlock dumb stuff like the Altair costume. Really weird game, but one I could jump right back into and keep on playing.

8. No More Heroes.

This game is so weird. It's about a nerd who buys an off brand lightsaber on the internet (or beam-katana as the game calls them), but because of that he doesn't have enough money to buy video games. So what does he do? He blows his remaining money at a bar, and whilst drunk accepts a job as a hitman. Then he kills the 11th ranked assassin in the world, so of course he decides to be #1. What follows is insanity. It's hilarious, pretty dumb in some amazing ways, and really a pretty unique experience. Or it was until the sequel, which is also pretty good, but didn't make as much of an impact on me.

7. Donkey Kong 64.

This game kinda falls under the same territory as Banjo Tooie, only not quite as much. I still love this game to pieces though. Huge levels, tons of collectibles, and that same classy writing from classic Rare. And, of course, that DK Rap. Lest we forget.

6. Deadly Premonition.

What a strange game. But, how could a game that I not only played three times (one of which with a friend of mine along for the ride), but I also watched the Giant Bomb Crew play through (not once but twice) not make this list? Yes, this game is really bad in a lot of ways. But the amazing story, voice acting that ranges from legitimately good to so bad it's good, and overall insanity add to up a game that is easily one of my favorite games of all time. Now if only SWERY could get the funding for something else in this universe.

5. Super Smash Bros. Melee.

I can't say for sure, but this may be the game that I have played the most. So many countless hours of playing single player content, or playing with friends. This was the game that literally all of my friends and I played when we were at each other's houses. Much like Mass Effect, this is really a case of my thinking the sequel is better in every way (to the point where Brawl is the game I would play today if I wanted some Smash Bros.), but I didn't really have people to play with when Brawl came out, so it didn't consume my life.

4. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.

If you want to know how I feel about this game, read this. It's a phenomenal game, and one that has a great story involving many years of my life (even if most of those years involved not actually playing it).

3. Mass Effect.

Much like #1 and #2 on this list, Mass Effect blew me away. It combined all the non-copyrighted things I loved about Star Wars and Star Trek, but it was a video game! I was in control of my own spaceship, I could fly all over the galaxy solving crimes and shooting people. Sure, the game has a ton of technical issues, and I think Mass Effect 2 is a better game is just about every way. But this game had such a large impact on me that it had to be on this list instead of Mass Effect 2.

2. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

Yes. The black sheep of the 3D Zeldas is not only my favorite Zelda game, it's #2 on this list. But not that #2. Get your mind out of the gutter. To be clear, this is the first Zelda game I played more than two hours of. Regardless, the scope of this game is, to be frank, epic. I know that word gets thrown around a lot these days, but it fits. The world is huge. The dungeons are huge! Everything in this game is huge! And really well designed too. Some fantastic dungeon design, really good writing (especially for Midna), and a story that was pretty good. No, that isn't a proper English sentence. DEAL WITH IT.

1. Banjo-Tooie.

Everyone has that game that has left a mark so big on him/her that you start to form these almost irrational thoughts about it because of the nostalgia. This is my game that does that. It's been so long since I've played it, and my glasses so rose tinted that I probably can't form a coherent sentence about what is actually so good about this game. The levels were huge, the writing was witty, and the puzzles were great. I love this game more than any other game ever made. And I don't think another game will ever be made that can topple this from my #1 spot.

A pot roast, because I want you, the humble reader, to imagine that this pot roast is your reward.

So, after writing this as a blog, I realized some of the stuff doesn't make as much sense in this order. Oh well! And there are plenty of other games that I feel like should be on these lists, but if I keep going from here, I'll just end up ranking every game I own. And I own a LOT of games.

Also, I'm sorry I've been unable to provide any sort of significant content about current gaming events, or games, because now that I'm back at college, I'm dealing with stuff like school work, and having to have a roommate (which I absolutely hate, just the idea of it, but that's not something I want to go into). So I don't have tons of time for games. I will try to keep some sort of stuff going out though.

Posted by SirOptimusPrime

I'm going to just say that I disagree with a lot of those games. But fuck, man, games is games. 
 
That is all. Oh, and that roast looks goddamned delicious. 

Posted by C0V3RT

@MooseyMcMan said:

10. Diddy Kong Racing.

This was the first video game I owned. Not the first I played (not by a long stretch), but the first one I owned. When I got my N64 for Christmas as a young lad, this was the game that I got with it. So many hours spent playing this silly little racing game. A racing game with a story mode! Or an adventure mode, because it was pretty light on plot. Well, assuming you consider an evil space wizard invading light on plot!

You, sir, are okay in my book.

Posted by Cloudenvy

I can accept this list!

I'm also hungry now, I should go get a roast.

Posted by MooseyMcMan

@Cloudenvy said:

I can accept this list!

I'm also hungry now, I should go get a roast.

Ha, my pro-pot roast agenda is working! Uh, I mean, look, Nolan North!

Posted by Cloudenvy

@MooseyMcMan said:

@Cloudenvy said:

I can accept this list!

I'm also hungry now, I should go get a roast.

Ha, my pro-pot roast agenda is working! Uh, I mean, look, Nolan North!

I could certainly also go for some Nolan North...Wait what, oh look! pot roast!

Posted by ssj4raditz

It's interesting to see "Top ##" lists of people who (maybe?) have not been playing games for as long as I have. (Not a knock, just an observation, since I see only N64 and later games on there...)

Not a bad list, to be sure, and I enjoyed seeing your reasoning.

Also, love that picture of Double N. He's so dreamy!

Posted by c0l0nelp0c0rn1

You and I have a fair amount in common when it comes to games. Also, I have that "game you've played a whole lot but can't beat" in Metroid Prime. I don't know why, though.

Posted by SexyToad

I defintly agree with #2

Posted by MooseyMcMan

@ssj4raditz: Yeah, the N64 was the first system I owned, but I played a fair number of Genesis and SNES games on my friends' machines. But none of those games quite made the cut, despite my love for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time. I have since bought my own NES and SNES, and played some of the older games (no Genesis though).

Posted by superpow

YOU SIR! have impeccable taste.

Posted by benspyda

A top 20 is hard list to make. I'd say it'd take me a long time to come up with.

Interesting list. I'd probably only have Resident Evil 4 and Mass Effect 2 on mine out of your list and I'd swap MGS4 with Snake Eater. But so many games, so everyone's would be so different.

Posted by ssj4raditz

@MooseyMcMan: Cool, nice to see that you've gone back. Respect for that. A quick question: Do you think there will ever be a game that could oust Tooie as your #1? Or is it so concrete that nothing could ever touch it, no matter what? For example: My top game is Mega Man 2, and I know, no matter what, nothing can knock it from that number one spot. Do you feel like Tooie will hold on forever? (I know it's kind of a loaded Q, since we don't know what the future holds, but I'm just curious!)

Posted by Claude

A lot of people give Twilight Princess crap, especially the Wii version, but I thought it was a tremendously fun game. It's funny how different it is compared to Skyward Sword. I kind of miss the Link fishing minigame.

Posted by wefwefasdf

That really is a great list. Good to see some Diddy Kong Racing and Donkey Kong 64 getting some love.

Posted by MooseyMcMan

@ssj4raditz: I think it's pretty firmly entrenched. I was fairly young when I played it (around 10), so just old enough to remember a lot of it, but young enough that it gets distorted with time. So, I'd either have to play a game that was literally perfect (for me) in absolutely every single way, or play Banjo-Tooie again and somehow have a bad time with it and thus lessen my opinion of it.

But there's nothing wrong with that, it's my favorite games ever, not the "best" games ever.

Also, I have not played Mega Man 2, but I feel like I should at some point. I've played 1 and 4 (or parts of them, a couple of my friends and I marathon-ed them, with us switching off every time someone game over-ed (which was a lot)), and they are quite fun.

Posted by Lockeyness

@MooseyMcMan: Very interesting list, dude. It's great to hear that people really enjoyed games like Star Fox Adventures or Super Mario Sunshine so much even when I didn't particularly care for them that much. I definitely see some heavy Nintendo 64 influence on this list, which was a great system that not too many people focused on when it was around. Personally, I had tunnel vision for the PlayStation and then eventually the Dreamcast when it was released later on. I've never played games like Donkey Kong 64 or Banjo Tooie, but would I enjoy something like that now? I could always pick up Tooie on XBLA or something. I think I might!

It's refreshing to see a top ten that isn't boiled down to three Zelda games and four Mario games or three Final Fantasy games and five Metroid games or what have you. Great, great list!

Posted by MooseyMcMan

@Lockeyness: Thanks! Just keep in mind that Banjo-Tooie is 90s game design to a T. It's all about collecting stuff, and everything is really silly and weird. Infinite lives though, so at least that isn't a problem. I have not played the 360 version, but I've heard it's a fine port. Regardless, it definitely has plenty of content for the price.

And much like you, I had some tunnel vision going on in the 90s too, just on the other side of the fence.

Posted by katanalauncher

Not a PC gamer I see :(

Posted by Hot_Karl

I disagree with all but maybe 5 of these games, but whatever. Opinions!

Posted by CJduke

Most interesting list I have ever seen. If I were to make an equal list I think RE 4 would be the only game from your list I would have.

Posted by Clinkz

I am LOVING all the Paper Mario in this list. Also, Banjo Kazooie was better than Tooie but thats only my personal taste. I absolutely hated backtracking through the levels with new moves. I rather enjoyed immersing myself in a single level until i completed all the jiggies and met all the unique characters.

Posted by Bulby33

A lot of these games are really good! I don't agree with all of them but to each their own. I would suggest playing some more classic games from the SNES era (and other generations prior to that generation).

Posted by JazGalaxy

I agree with what others have said about how it's hard to take an all-time list when it's obvious that there's so little time represented in the samples. But, it's your list. It's sad you kind of missed out on the golden age of pc gaming though. Stuff like ultima 7 or magic carpet are fantastic games that aren't remembered enough these days.

Posted by tourgen

that pot roast looks pretty good

Posted by Hizang

Fuck yeah Banjo-Tooie! Man that game is awesome!

Posted by DarthOrange

Nice list dude! I've been meaning to do this for a long time, my list has been done for months, but I'm to lazy to do the descriptions. Here it is.

I have never played Banjo-Tooie.

Edited by ArbitraryWater

Someone likes him some Rareware, and I can respect that. Personally, having attempted to play Donkey Kong 64 at one point during my holiday break... it's kind of annoying. Say what you will about Rare's predisposition towards making games about collecting massive amounts of random items, DK64 is the absolute worst in that regard. Banjo Kazooie and Banjo Tooie at the very least have some pretension towards creative problem solving, whereas a lot of DK64 just involves hitting switches, running back and forth and engaging in those terrible minigame barrels. It's a cherished title from my childhood, but not necessarily one that has held up under close scrutiny. I will give you Banjo Tooie though. That game is rad, even if it suffers from a lot of the same problems.

Otherwise, a fine enough list, despite the inclusion of Super Mario Sunshine, Twilight Princess and Deadly Premonition. Out of a general dislike of declaring any one thing to be "my favorite", I will probably never produce one with any specific ordering, but you provide enough justification for each game that I can't really be super critical about anything else. Ok, maybe Diddy Kong Racing doesn't hold up amazing for me because it's totally fucking imbalanced to the point where if you obtain an early lead in any sort of versus match everyone else will be hard-pressed to catch up. Especially if you are using a plane because of course you are using a plane.

Posted by iBePeRFeCT

Super Smash Bros. Melee. Damn, what a game. Your list instantly became great once I saw that one there. Also, props for having DK 64 so high. I loved that game when I was younger.

Posted by Jimbo

Stop being so young :(

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Posted by believer258

I don't know if I'd call Metroid Prime the "Citizen Kane" of gaming, it's way too good for that title :)

If you can't tell, the above is way up on my list. It's only barely behind its predecessor, Super Metroid, because of the fetch quest at the end. I never was bothered by it, but I can see how some wouldn't like it.

The rest of your list probably wouldn't be stuff on mine. Resident Evil 4 might one day be, but I'm only just now playing it. I don't like giving games that I've only recently acquired and played a spot on any "top ten" lists because sometimes a game is great the first time and then isn't the rest (Lookin' at you, Halo 3 ODST). No, my top ten list probably has more PS2 games on it than anything. I haven't made one in a while, maybe I should do that later today.

Posted by Cwaff

It's nice to see a unique looking top... 23? for a change! Good for you duder.

Posted by WMWA
@MooseyMcMan Very interesting list. Good post, Duder
Posted by Pezen

Deadly Premonition, really? really? I liked that game for it's crazy parts, I think I sat through that game saying things like "WHAT?" and "They can't be serious, I hate this game" and "What is this, PSone?" I had a good time with a friend playing through it but towards the end I was literally exhausted from passionately disliking everything about it that made you actually play the game. The worst part of all though, I could see potential and big ideas somewhere in that mess. Fuck that game. It shouldn't be enjoyable, but somehow. No, just fuck you Deadly Premonition. I won't get those hours back.

Posted by Vexxan

A solid list! Twilight Princess is a goddamn good game.

Posted by upwarDBound

Pretty heavy Nintendo bias I see. Nothing wrong with that. I don't agree with most of it, but it's your opinion.

There's no way I could come up with even ten games and order them according to how much I like them. I've played so many games it's really difficult for me to say what I liked the best. I imagine the majority of the titles on your list were from when you were a young kid right? It's hard for me to distinctly remember my game playing experiences from those days. The best I can come up with is a random selection of titles that I feel impacted me the strongest or left the most indelible memories. And there's no way I would be able to rank them.