365 Games To Play Before You Die

These are all the game that have appeared on my (ir)regular blog of the same title. They are in no particular order and I'm going to update it as I go along.

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Posted by AgentJ

The fact that you are using the list function this way makes me all tingly inside. :P

Posted by CaptainTightPants

Ah Max Payne 2... Such an Outstanding game yet it sold so poorly. Why oh why

Posted by Skytylz

Age of empires being on there made me want to find my copy and play it again :)

Posted by StarFoxA


Posted by Defias

Glad to say I played nearly all of them.

Posted by Diamond

Some of those games are definitely superfluous, borderline mediocre.
I'd better see Robotron 2084, Joust, Wing Commander, Chrono Trigger, and Tie Fighter before this list is done!

Posted by mracoon
@Diamond: I think there's few people who have actually played 365 amazing games and I'm not one of them, so I have to have some filler games in the list. 
Don't worry I've still got over 200 games left so I'm bound to include your favourites somewhere.
Posted by Diamond
@mracoon said:
@Diamond: I think there's few people who have actually played 365 amazing games and I'm not one of them, so I have to have some filler games in the list.   Don't worry I've still got over 200 games left so I'm bound to include your favourites somewhere.
I understand then.  I should congratulate you on having some worthy obscure games like Jazz Jackrabbit and Gabriel Knight.  I see a fair number of adventure games on your list, ever play any of the Tex Murphy games, especially the later ones (Under a Killing Moon onwards?)?
Posted by busted1der

GREAT idea for a list.

Posted by spankingaddict

borderlands is a great game, but there are a lot better games to experience... o and where's Okami?

Posted by Belonpopo

I've played like 150 of these game in one way or another. I feel special.

Posted by FreakAche

Forgive me if this is a stupid question, but why does this list now only contain 125 entries? Am I missing something?

Posted by mracoon
@FreakAche:  I haven't got around to finishing it.
Posted by Sepultallica86

an alright list, not enough classics on there, like for instance "Super Mario Bros", or even asteroids, and even street fighter 2 as well as mortal kombat, but good for what it is so far.

Posted by Stefan

Hmm I guess if you put out a list of games that someone should play you will fail without a doubt if you pick games from multiple decades. At their time they may have been great (I still love to switch on my SNES) but today they are close to garbage, not all but a lot of them. Games that succeeded due to their well written story and dialogues are more likely to live on gracefully than games that mostly counted on stunning graphics. Famous example: Pick up Final Fantasy VII today and you will fail to see how anyone could have gotten pleasure out of that game... (sry fanboys, some might say the same about my all-time favourite Terranigma though 2D sprites age way better than early 3D games). What I am trying to say is that you might wanna rephrase the name of the list as it's more like: 365 games you should have played when they came out, doh! Still, great games on the list... FIFA 99, yeah!!! :-D

Posted by Organicalistic_

I have played the most of those games, and i think they deserve to be on this list as well.

Posted by SnackyP

By the way, I'm so glad you put grow cube.  I forgot about that game.  I''m going to have to beat it again.  I love all the grow games, and grow cube is the best.

Posted by Rezonator

iv played about 75 of those games i need to play alot more

Posted by ChernobylCow

Sorry, this list just seems to be every game you ever played and half-ass enjoyed.  Maybe a description for the games? Some of them honestly are not worth revisiting.

Posted by mracoon
@ChernobylCow:  I got about 20 games in then realised that I'd never played 365 games that were amazing, so the title is quite misleading but I couldn't be bothered to change it. I have written descriptions for most of the games on the list in my blog which I started before the list feature came out.
Posted by habster3
@spankingaddict said:
" borderlands is a great game, but there are a lot better games to experience... o and where's Okami? "
Okami should NOT belong on this list.
As far as the list itself, I've only played some of these games, but the ones that I played were REALLY good.
Posted by HarderBetterFasterStronger

MOVIES! YES! Why is that game so hard to find. :( 
I wanna play it again so bad.

Posted by jangomack

Wow .. I own most of these. Have to agree with your selections, it's a pretty comprehensive list.

Posted by gungrave45

Where is Bioshock, Fallout 3, Halo, Halo 3, and street fighter 4?

Posted by habster3

I still love this list, but PLEASE finish it :)

Posted by Video_Game_King
@habster3 said:

I still love this list, but PLEASE finish it :)

Same here, for I need more games to beat.
Posted by dankempster

Any chance on you picking this list back up, mracoon? It was shaping up to be awesome.

Posted by mracoon
@dankempster: I want to but then something else always comes up. I will finish it eventually.
Posted by mylifeforAiur

Grim Fandango better be in the next 215!

Posted by dancingpolkabear

Great list, I love the diversity of genres it has.

Posted by Tsoglani

Great to see Freedom Fighters on the list: I believe it was one of the most under-rated games out there.

Posted by Dizazter

Great List.
I'm totally with you on when Warcraft was a strategy game. I HATE it when people called WoW "Warcraft". It's not. Warcract is the strategy game that WoW is just in the "world of". These people need to learn the heritage of their beloved crack game.
One suggestion: Freelancer. A great game that somehow slipped under the radar. If you haven't yet, play it sometime.

Posted by glanesb

If only I had a year to live. 
Thanks for the list
Posted by g6065

Great list mate.

Posted by Bonecrusher

interesting list. can remove some of them and add some better, but still interesting.

Edited by timothyhorton904

Great list.

Going to show my age here...I've been playing games since the days of Pong and Atari 2600 and even though I've gone through periods of time in my life when they haven't been my main focus / hobby / pastime for various reasons, undoubtedly I've seen a few games in my time, that's for sure. I've also stumbled upon countless lists of 'games to play before you die' and I must say, your list is really refreshing to see. Although I can't absolutely agree with everything on the list (I'm sure you'll agree, it just gets harder to do, the older and wiser you get!) but it surely does reflect a lot of my personal favourites.

Posted by TychoX

Stopped reading at Max Payne.

Posted by soderman

Two games that are best by my opinion are S.W.I.N.E. offline and GGS Empire online.

S.W.I.N.E. i finished several times and i keep coming back. Download and see why ;) . And GGS Empire keeps me 3+ years on it. It's because that's best looking freeware online browser strategy game i found in flash. If you wona join and try to burn my castle here is the link:


My knights are waiting.

Edited by mafon2

Now i can die

the most amazingly addictive game in thins list is Picross.

Posted by mattack

How is there no #2?

Also, are the "<br>"s really needed? Seeing raw HTML is weeeird.