TekZero's top 10 games of all time

Hey all.

I belive you can tell alot about a gamer just by looking at this top 10 favorite game list.  So I took the time to remember my favorite games of all time and ranked them accordingly.   I am not putting this down in blog form because I actually think you people care which games are or aren't on my list.  But rather as a reference for myself in the future.  It took me some time to put this list together, and now I have an article that I can link to for other internet forums or if I ever forget where I placed a certain game in my top 10. 

1 more thing to keep in mind.  While growing up, I didn't own all the systems nor all the games that came out for them.  I also didn't play many of the "must play" games of all time.  So games like Super Mario 64, Half Life, Halo, and Ocarina of Time will not be on this list.  Not because I disagree with their quality, but because I simply didn't get a chance to judge them for myself. 

With that all out of the way, here are my top 10 favorite games of all time.


10. Bioshock -  My only modern game on my favorites list. Great story, great gameplay, great setting, great concept. Seems worthy enough for me.

9. Neverwinter Nights - One of the few post Baldur's Gate PC Rpgs that I still play regularly. Fits on my top 10 games of all time quite nicely.

8. Monkey Island - One of my favorite games of all time. Some family game nights in my house included spending time around the computer trying to get through this game. We would all contrbute ideas and solutions to solve the various problems. This is a game that got me deeper into gaming. Definitely belongs on my top 10 list.

7. Tie Fighter -  I like this more than X-Wing and this game was instrumental for me to get deeper into gaming.

6. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain - I loved the whole series. But this was by far the best game in the series for me. They kept it simple in terms of story, and this game was more of an action/rpg than the others that followed. The games that followed confused the story too much and even created a paradox where the story in Blood Omen2 never happened. The storyline in the later games were too difficult to follow with all the constant time traveling and secret villians appearing out of nowhere.  Even with the storyline problems, I still consider this series one of the best I have ever played. In my opinion, the later games tarnished the legacy of such a great series.

5. Deus Ex -  I have to add this game. I loved it and consider it to be a fantastic game worthy of my favorite games of all time list.  I wouldn't be a true cyberpunk fan if my list didn't include this great game.

4. Shadowrun - Of the 2 Shadowrun games for the Snes/Genesis generation, this one is my favorite.. And is going on the list. This is the game that got me really heavy into cyberpunk.  After playing this game, I went on to buy Shadowrun books, play the table top Shadowrun with friends, and started reading William Gibson.   Without Shadowrun, I wouldn't have appreciated Deus Ex or any other cyberpunk game/movie as much as I do now.   No other game on this list has affected me in quite the same way as Shadowrun did.  As a game, it's not the best in terms of gameplay, or innovation.. but it's influence can not be measured.

3. Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn - One of the best RPGs ever made.  I still think of different characters to make just for 1 more run through the game.  The game is huge and offers pleanty of hours of gameplay..but I still keep coming back.  Brilliant and in my opinion, the best game Bioware has ever made and a triumph of the infinity engine.

2. Civilization (series) - With every game released in this epic franchise, my love for it grows.  I play every Civ game to death and don't even get bored of it by the time the next game in the series is released.  I am now playing CIv 4 and I doubt I will ever get bored of this series.  Endless replayability and different ways to win/lose a game makes this series stand out for me.  I have probably spent more time playing Civ in my life than playing any other game on this list.  The only hard part about putting this series on my list is putting it at number 2, right behind...

1.Fallout 2 - The best RPG ever made and my favorite game of all time.  I enjoy making choices in games and the choices in Fallout 2 made the game for me.  I simply can't get enough of the opportunity to play the game with a different character and having the game be totally different.  I still play the game to this day and the gameplay still feels fresh because of that.  The story, the setting, and the moral/mature choices in this game help make it the great game that it is.  I could go on and on about Fallout 2, but much of that has already been said by people more eloquent than me.  


There's my list.  Like it or hate it; that's fine with me.

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Edited by TekZero

Hey all.

I belive you can tell alot about a gamer just by looking at this top 10 favorite game list.  So I took the time to remember my favorite games of all time and ranked them accordingly.   I am not putting this down in blog form because I actually think you people care which games are or aren't on my list.  But rather as a reference for myself in the future.  It took me some time to put this list together, and now I have an article that I can link to for other internet forums or if I ever forget where I placed a certain game in my top 10. 

1 more thing to keep in mind.  While growing up, I didn't own all the systems nor all the games that came out for them.  I also didn't play many of the "must play" games of all time.  So games like Super Mario 64, Half Life, Halo, and Ocarina of Time will not be on this list.  Not because I disagree with their quality, but because I simply didn't get a chance to judge them for myself. 

With that all out of the way, here are my top 10 favorite games of all time.


10. Bioshock -  My only modern game on my favorites list. Great story, great gameplay, great setting, great concept. Seems worthy enough for me.

9. Neverwinter Nights - One of the few post Baldur's Gate PC Rpgs that I still play regularly. Fits on my top 10 games of all time quite nicely.

8. Monkey Island - One of my favorite games of all time. Some family game nights in my house included spending time around the computer trying to get through this game. We would all contrbute ideas and solutions to solve the various problems. This is a game that got me deeper into gaming. Definitely belongs on my top 10 list.

7. Tie Fighter -  I like this more than X-Wing and this game was instrumental for me to get deeper into gaming.

6. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain - I loved the whole series. But this was by far the best game in the series for me. They kept it simple in terms of story, and this game was more of an action/rpg than the others that followed. The games that followed confused the story too much and even created a paradox where the story in Blood Omen2 never happened. The storyline in the later games were too difficult to follow with all the constant time traveling and secret villians appearing out of nowhere.  Even with the storyline problems, I still consider this series one of the best I have ever played. In my opinion, the later games tarnished the legacy of such a great series.

5. Deus Ex -  I have to add this game. I loved it and consider it to be a fantastic game worthy of my favorite games of all time list.  I wouldn't be a true cyberpunk fan if my list didn't include this great game.

4. Shadowrun - Of the 2 Shadowrun games for the Snes/Genesis generation, this one is my favorite.. And is going on the list. This is the game that got me really heavy into cyberpunk.  After playing this game, I went on to buy Shadowrun books, play the table top Shadowrun with friends, and started reading William Gibson.   Without Shadowrun, I wouldn't have appreciated Deus Ex or any other cyberpunk game/movie as much as I do now.   No other game on this list has affected me in quite the same way as Shadowrun did.  As a game, it's not the best in terms of gameplay, or innovation.. but it's influence can not be measured.

3. Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn - One of the best RPGs ever made.  I still think of different characters to make just for 1 more run through the game.  The game is huge and offers pleanty of hours of gameplay..but I still keep coming back.  Brilliant and in my opinion, the best game Bioware has ever made and a triumph of the infinity engine.

2. Civilization (series) - With every game released in this epic franchise, my love for it grows.  I play every Civ game to death and don't even get bored of it by the time the next game in the series is released.  I am now playing CIv 4 and I doubt I will ever get bored of this series.  Endless replayability and different ways to win/lose a game makes this series stand out for me.  I have probably spent more time playing Civ in my life than playing any other game on this list.  The only hard part about putting this series on my list is putting it at number 2, right behind...

1.Fallout 2 - The best RPG ever made and my favorite game of all time.  I enjoy making choices in games and the choices in Fallout 2 made the game for me.  I simply can't get enough of the opportunity to play the game with a different character and having the game be totally different.  I still play the game to this day and the gameplay still feels fresh because of that.  The story, the setting, and the moral/mature choices in this game help make it the great game that it is.  I could go on and on about Fallout 2, but much of that has already been said by people more eloquent than me.  


There's my list.  Like it or hate it; that's fine with me.

Posted by mracoon

I like this list. A lot of classic PC games.

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Posted by turbomonkey138

i see your a PC gamer .. fair enough but shadow run is appauling

Posted by TekZero

Yeah, I noticed I didn't justify the Shadowrun position well enough.  I fixed that with a little more detail behind my reasoning.

Posted by turbomonkey138
TekZero said:
"Yeah, I noticed I didn't justify the Shadowrun position well enough.  I fixed that with a little more detail behind my reasoning. "
Fair enough . I had no idea Shadowrun has so much background material . All i saw was a mediocre video game .
Posted by ahoodedfigure

Yeah, Shadowrun was sort of my cyberpunk in-road, too.  Even though in many ways it's not as pure punk as the stuff that inspired it, it still allowed you to fiddle around with all of the ideas. 

Posted by Red

Hmmmm....you're a PC gamer with only one "modern" game on your list.

I wonder why that is.
Oh, I think this could be the reason:


PC Gaming is Dead

Eat it.

Posted by Captain_Fookup

Nice to see someone on GiantBomb has taste. RiP Black Isle.

Posted by Video_Game_King
turbomonkey138 said:
"TekZero said:
"Yeah, I noticed I didn't justify the Shadowrun position well enough.  I fixed that with a little more detail behind my reasoning. "
Fair enough . I had no idea Shadowrun has so much background material . All i saw was a mediocre video game ."
Same here. An RPG is supposed to make you feel powerful by the end of the game; why the hell am I still shooting at crappy little window snipers by the end of the game, PERCEIVING THEM AS A THREAT?
Edited by atejas
Video_Game_King said:
"turbomonkey138 said:
"TekZero said:
"Yeah, I noticed I didn't justify the Shadowrun position well enough.  I fixed that with a little more detail behind my reasoning. "
Fair enough . I had no idea Shadowrun has so much background material . All i saw was a mediocre video game ."
Same here. An RPG is supposed to make you feel powerful by the end of the game; why the hell am I still shooting at crappy little window snipers by the end of the game, PERCEIVING THEM AS A THREAT?"
And yet Oblivion went on to receive universal acclaim despite the Daedric armoured bandits.


Excellent list, Tekzero. If you liked Bioshock you should definitely try System Shock.

Be warned that SS is straight up horror, though. I know it was too scary for me.
Posted by Video_Game_King
atejas said:
"Video_Game_King said:
"turbomonkey138 said:
"TekZero said:
"Yeah, I noticed I didn't justify the Shadowrun position well enough.  I fixed that with a little more detail behind my reasoning. "
Fair enough . I had no idea Shadowrun has so much background material . All i saw was a mediocre video game ."
Same here. An RPG is supposed to make you feel powerful by the end of the game; why the hell am I still shooting at crappy little window snipers by the end of the game, PERCEIVING THEM AS A THREAT?"
And yet Oblivion went on to receive universal acclaim despite the Daedric armoured bandits. Excellent list, Tekzero. If you liked Bioshock you should definitely try System Shock.Be warned that SS is straight up horror, though. I know it was too scary for me."
Did I say Oblivion was good? No. I haven't played it, so I can't comment on it.
Posted by lvl10Wizard

Great list. I've played all of those games and if I made a top 10 I'd definitely have to include Shadowrun, Baldur's Gate 2, Deus Ex and Bioshock too. Like others have said Shadowrun was my route into the Cyberpunk genre and after playing it I also bought the Shaowrun source books (as well as Cyberpunk and Rifts). I played Shadowrun to completion recently and I really enjoyed it (I took all the screenshots and made the character profiles for the wiki) I'm glad to see others who hold this game up so highly because it's just amazing. I wasn't impreesed by the multiplayer shooter of the same name, that game was a huge waste of the IP.

Posted by TekZero
@Red said:
"Hmmmm....you're a PC gamer with only one "modern" game on your list.
I wonder why that is.
Oh, I think this could be the reason:


PC Gaming is Dead

Eat it.

"

Maybe because I feel that the last great Computer RPG was Baldur's Gate 2.  I just started playing Neverwinter Nights 2, but I haven't finished it yet to decide if it belongs on a list.

Plus, they're not all PC games... Legacy of Kain, Shadowrun, Bioshock were console games.
Posted by Carlozz34

Except for bioshock and tie fighter, and the lack of anything thief related, this is one of few lists that i approve of :)

Edited by Budster

I approve of this list and its great to see Fallout 2 getting love instead of its horrible step sister Fallout 3 IMO, but it wasn't that bad just very bland.... 
 
Anyways excellent list, wish to see Planescape , Jagged Alliance, and Full Throttle on that list though :)