Best games of all time.
The order will never be final. You try ranking the greatest things of all time!
The order will never be final. You try ranking the greatest things of all time!
How to explain this game's impact on my life? I could never do it in less than a thousand words. This is the game that made me feel like no other game had made me feel before. I laughed. I cried. I drew pictures on notebooks and borrowed these characters for schoolwork. This world and these characters and this story changed my life forever, and gave a lonely child a place in the universe where things actually made sense.
Shining Force was a great game, but it was 2 where it truly found its feet. This is probably my favorite strategy RPGs of all time. It's just so fun to play - unlike other SRPG series, characters don't die if you lose them in battle so you don't have to panic about every little move, you can just sit back and enjoy the experience. The lack of animation in the battle scenes looks a little dated now, but it still holds up as one of the all-time-greats.
Phantasy Star was the first RPG I ever played, and the first game to really show me that games could be more than just twitch-based time-wasters. I remember how incredible the dungeons looked to me at the time, and how the world was like something from a dream to me (I've had a life-long fascination with sci-fi, space and other planets). Despite all the hours I've put into this game since I first played it at around 7 or 8 years old. I've never actually beaten it. Those darn pit-traps scare the living hell out of me, and I have no sense of direction. One of these days I'll break down and use a guide.
When I first heard about Valkyria Chronicles, my curiosity was piqued. I've always loved SRPGs, but Sega hasn't been known for the greatest in quality in recent years, so I played the demo with healthy skepticism. I liked it, and that year, as I suffered with one of the four colds I had that year, my husband took pity on me and gave me an Xmas present early, which was, of course, this game. What can I say? I was blown away. Not only does it bring a fresh breath of air to a stale genre now swamped with crappy Final Fantasy Tactics rip-offs, it has a moving story and a cast of sweet, lovable characters, the kind of which I thought had died with the age of angsty, emo anti-heroes. A pure joy to play, look at and experience, Valkyria Chronicles just has to be played. If you can't get to grips with the battle system, have somebody else play it in front of you. Just don't miss this game. You'll be missing out.
I'd never played the other Panzer games before I played Panzer Saga (I've since rectified that mistake), and I was instantly struck by the unique flavor of the Panzer world. That, coupled with a brilliant battle system, the mysterious and beautiful Azel, and the ability to customize your dragon (I literally fiddled for hours with that option!) makes Panzer Dragoon Saga something truly different, and one of my all-time favorite games.
I'm not sure what I expected when I played Metal Gear Solid, I'm not even sure why I bought it, but I remember it surprising the hell out of me with how deep it was. The haunting, isolated atmosphere of the game and a story that is moving and at points, downright upsetting, drags you into it kicking and screaming and doesn't let go. But that would all be for nothing if the game wasn't fun to play, and it is. The idea of using stealth instead of force means that you don't need to be so much skilled as patient, and the sheer feeling of danger when you get spotted makes you feel like the vulnerable, one-man unit you are. Even though it looks a little dated now, there's always the Twin Snakes version for Gamecube (though they took out the haunting theme "The Best Is Yet To Come", which was a slight disappointment. It's still a great game, and one I would replay any time.
Never released on the SNES in Europe, I never got to play Final Fantasy VI until I learned how to use emulation, and then for real with the PlayStation release and the GBA version. I'm sure if, had I played it at the age where I played Phantasy Star IV, it would have shaped my life the way that game did. Nonetheless, older and colder as I was when I discovered this game, it didn't fail to melt my icy little heart over and over again. There's only a handful of villains that I've loved to hate over the years, and Kefka is one of them. A masterful game, I'd love to see Final Fantasy VI remade someday, so a new generation can experience this incredible tale.
There's never really been anything else quite like NiGHTS, and it's a game that always has me coming back at some point for more.
Again, another great SNES RPG that never made it to Europe and that I had to discover later on, Final Fantasy IV is another one of the greats. Not quite so much of a compelling story as VI, IV is nonetheless an incredible game, and one that set the standard for RPGs to come.
The ultimate exploration RPG, Skies takes the wonder of going out and seeing the world and puts it into this fun, upbeat adventure. No annoying angsty heroes here, just a great game with an interesting plot, people you love to like, and beautiful, varied environments. The only drawback to this game was the incredibly frequent battles, but the Legends version fixed this and made the game ultimately more playable.
Doom. How can you make this list without Doom? Only the best FPS ever made.
This is the first Final Fantasy I ever played at release, the reason I bought a PlayStation, and one of the Games That Changed My Life. Aeris's shocking death left me stunned and unable to concentrate at school for three whole days! This game also got me through a really rough patch in my life. However, it's also one of the games that's gone down in my opinion over the years. The graphics don't hold up so well, I see how awful some of the translation work is now, and having played VI, the end boss seems like a direct rip-off. It's like putting on a comfortable old sock to find it has holes in it. That said, it's still a great game, just not the holy grail to me it once was.
The first Suikoden was a moving game, but the second one was better in every way. If this game doesn't make you cry at some point, you have a heart of stone.
I've played many Zelda games, but this was my first and will always be my favorite. When I first played this game, I had no idea you could catch fairies in bottles, and so played the game without the convenience of being able to come back to life. Now I know, this game seems a lot easier!!
OMG! A non-RPG! Yes, I actually play things that aren't RPGs... occasionally. When I add Sonic and Knuckles to this list, what I actually mean is the combination of Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles when the cartridges are combined. This combined game was for me, the ultimate Sonic experience, something it has never topped and probably never will.
Here's an obscure little gem that I loved the hell out of. Defenders of Oasis is a great RPG with a unique flavor, and a game that's been mostly overlooked and forgotten.
Another super-obscure game, Crystal Warriors was a fantastic little SRPG for the Game Gear. Every character had an element, and was weak or strong against enemies based on their element. Characters would die forever if you lost them, but the game was not punishingly hard and you could recruit new characters in some towns if you had enough money. Another great that's sadly been lost to time.
It was a crime that only part 1 of this trilogy was released in English, because it's so good. So incredibly good, in fact, that I've waded through Scenario 2 in Japanese without knowing a single word. I wish Sega would release a complete pack. In English. Maybe ever with updated graphics. Please?
Another game that time forgot, I loved Dragon Force's epic battles and kingdom management. It was a huge time sink but I don't regret a second of it. I'm pretty sure I beat every kingdom, but if not all then certainly most.
I'm not that big on first-person dungeon crawlers but StHA and Phantasy Star are the two I like. Shining The Holy Ark was approachable and provided an onscreen map, which certainly helped me beat a game in a genre that's usually just a little too hardcore for me. It also had a semblance of a plot, a great atmosphere and varied environments, which stop it from becoming bland.
The strategy RPG that made me love the genre, Shining Force may seem pretty basic today, but it built the groundwork for my favorite SRPG series of all time.
The fan translators are personal heroes of mine for making the patch that allowed me to enjoy this game. What surprised me the most is how much heart this game has. I never expected to be moved by it, but I was. An adventure I'd repeat in a heartbeat.
Chrono Trigger was another great RPG that they decided us Europeans weren't good enough for. Still great years later, though, and an unforgettable experience.
The game that introduced me to Bioware, moral choices in gaming and quest based gameplay that could be fun and engaging.
BioWare did it again. Streamlining the first game and getting rid of the annoying Mako, Mass Effect 2 is a lot more fun to play and still just as epic as the first game, with an endgame that will have you on the edge of your seat.
A game that is sometimes technically flawed, a plot that is predictable to many, yet a moving, epic experience that I'm not going to forget anytime soon.
What can I say that I didn't already say in my Best Games of 2010? A great atmosphere, a real sense of danger, some fresh play mechanics and an interesting plot all make this a great experience that just has to be played.
An ambitious attempt to create a space epic, BioWare succeeds with a few flaws, notably the Mako driving, the ridiculous inventory juggling and the sometimes irritating combat. The plot really pushed the envelope for a game-based narrative, though, and the positive experience well outweighs the flaws.
A heartfelt plot with characters you actually love and care about, combined with gorgeous cel-shaded visuals that stand up even today, Tales of Symphonia is an epic adventure that both moves and entertains those looking to go on a journey with people who care about their world and its future.
I often consider this the last great Final Fantasy. Even though the series was going through changes, at this point they hadn't run out of ideas. With a great combat system, incredible visuals and varied locales, Final Fantasy X is another unforgettable journey.
Another fantastic BioWare RPG, but not without its flaws. The unwieldy inventory is back, along with NPCs who nag you to buy DLC and a ridiculous blood splatter on everybody's faces that makes it impossible to take conversations seriously. However, it has a great plot, mostly interesting characters, and interesting moral choices that redeem its failings.
One of the most beautiful games ever, Eternal Sonata is visually stunning, a cel-shaded treat for the eyes. Its characters are sweet and endearing, the battle system is great, and the soundtrack (another classic from Motoi Sakauraba) is beautiful. The plot kind of falls apart and the ending makes very little sense, but this a game you go into for the journey.
It may have simple visuals for its time, but Suikoden tells a moving story of the personal impact of war on the people who fight and those who get caught up in it.
Only the best FPS after Doom. Don't argue with me, you know I'm right. :)
A truly innovative puzzle game with a great sense of humor, Portal may not be long but its entertainment value is certainly not a lie.
One of the saddest, most poignant RPGs I've ever played. You can't fail to be moved by this game.
A great platformer with cool rocket pack mechanics and some speedy flying sections.
A great SNES side-scrolling strategy game that has been largely forgotten.
Took me a long time to eventually get around to this game, and its pretty damn hard, but it's a great shooter nonetheless.
Someday I'll actually get around to playing more of this game. I liked what I experienced, but I remember it being a long and slow moving game. Elly is incredibly beautiful, though, and I've heard the plot is supposed to be great later on so I should get back to it when I have the time.
It's been difficult in recent years to sit at anything long enough to beat it, but Dragon Quest VIII, with its quirky enemies, beautiful soundtrack, and nostalgic gameplay kept me coming back for more. Even after I beat it at 80 hours, I came back for another 10 to get the other ending. An epic quest that truly felt like one of the best fantasy RPG journeys in recent years.
Fantasy hack and slash fun. My first real encounter with this type of game, and I loved it. Can't say I really spent much time with any of the others in the series, but I love this game and I guess it's nostalgia that keeps me coming back now. And chicken legs.
This is my go-to game when I'm really angry. There's nothing more satisfying than punching and kicking the crap out of people. Hitting them with a pipe is even better.
I'm referring to the Master System version of this game, which I can't seem to find listed. I think this music will stay in my head forever...
Also the master system version, also another theme I'll never get rid of, I had a lot of fun with this as a kid. Still drive just as badly, just now with a real car.
Ico is haunting and beautiful, and even though I've never actually gotten around to beating it, it goes on this list because I need to be reminded to someday. It's a tough game, but the mystery of who Yorda is and why she's there is going to bother me until I eventually come back and find out.
Action RPGs are always a genre of RPG I've had mixed results with. Beyond Oasis, though, manages to keep things interesting. With puzzles to solve that revolve around the four elemental spirits you acquire, and several kinds of breakable weapons including knives, bombs and swords, the game manages to test your mental skills as well as your action skills.
Another BioWare game?! I hear you say. Well, they just make great games. I love the setting in Jade Empire, and I'd do anything for a sequel. Maybe when Mass Effect is over, guys?
Can't exactly make a best games ever list without this. Another game with incredibly catchy music.
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