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#1 Edited by liquiddragon (3323 posts) -

Update (3/26):

With 40 or so lists, I wanted to see which games were mentioned the most. I did not do any weighted scoring, a lot of the lists weren't ordered. A mention = 1 vote, honorable mentions were not counted. If a lot more ppl post their lists, I will tally them.

The top 10 games looks like this:

10 Tie: NieR: A & Hitman (9 Votes)
9 Tie: NieR: A & Hitman (9 Votes)
8 Tie: Stardew Valley & Persona 5 (10)
7 Tie: Stardew Valley & Persona 5 (10)
6: Overwatch (11)
5: Bloodborne (14)
4: Doom (15)
3 Tie: MGSV & Zelda BotW (16)
2 Tie: MGSV & Zelda BotW (16)
1: The Witcher 3 (19 Votes)

Here is the complete breakdown if you're interested.

Original Post (3/22)

I know it's kind of a boring topic but it's been such a good generation, I thought it'd be worth asking.

By this gen I mean:

  • Games released for the 1st time in your region on or after Nov 15, 2013 (PS4 release) for PS4, XBO, Wii U, Switch, 3DS, Vita, PC, and/or mobile.

  • Episodic games finished on or after Nov 15, 2013.

Here is my list, honorable mentions, and games I still haven't played but want to.

My Top 10:

10. Night in the Woods - NitW poops on itself in the final 20% or so, which almost makes you forget how powerful most of the game is. But make no mistake, most of this game is fucking gold.

9. Gravity Rush 2 - If it wasn’t for the handful of problems GR2 has, the game might be #1 on my list. Still, its beauty, its charm, its delightful attitude warms my heart like very few games.

8. Hyper Light Drifter - I was mesmerized by the mysterious world and its tone, its brilliant sounds, and its swift strategic combat. Indie masterpiece.

7. Doom - Best shooting ever in gaming period? Probably.

6. NieR: Automata - Great story, great music. Another one that could easily be higher if the gameplay had more depth to sustain a 50 hour game or the game was shorter.

5. Wolfenstein 2:The New Colossus - One of the best FPS campaigns of all time.

4. Life is Strange - Perhaps the biggest surprise of the gen, Dontnod, a promising studio with a promising game under their belt, delivered one of the most impactful games in recent memory. LiS did the unthinkable and pulled me back into a genre Telltale single-handedly over-saturated and ruined.

3. The Witcher 3 - W3 should be one of the best of all time but it has to settle as one of the best of the gen because of it's uninteresting boring combat. Still, the sheer breath of quality content makes it undeniable.

2. The Last Guardian - TLG just clicked with me in ways it just didn't for most ppl. It swept me away the previous Team Ico games almost did but not quite. Trico is amazing and the story delivered in ways I just did not expect. Thousand percent worth the wait.

1. Metal Gear Solid V - I still think it's the best playing game of this gen and it's the game I had the most fun with. I kept dumping hours into it and I don't regret a second of it. Yeah, the story is unfinished but it still has highs most games can't touch.

Honorable Mentions:

10. Emily is Away - This was like getting into a time machine. I’m a nostalgic guy and a sucker for this kinda stuff but this one especially hit the right notes.

9. Wolfenstein: The New Order - The start of what’s turning out to be a masterful trilogy.

8. The Beginner's Guide - This one just spoke to me.

7. Undertale - I wish the combat did anything for me but otherwise, Undertale is/was worth its praise.

6. Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Play it to believe it, they fucking did it. It’s great, mostly.

5. The Evil Within - The most under appreciated game of the gen. I don’t care what you think, this game is the shit.

4. Hitman Go - As a fan of the series, I was completely shocked by how they captured the spirit of Hitman. I loved the board game aesthetic, I loved the puzzles, and the deadpan black comedy essence retained.

3. The Wolf Among Us - The only Telltale game I care about. I just really dig the world and I love being a detective. Pretty nice style too.

2. Inside - Limbo was my favorite game to hate last gen so I kinda wrote off Inside even before playing it. What I got was a Uncharted 2 inspired, AAA indie thrill ride at its finest. It’s the Pixar of video games y’all.

1. Hitman - I’m a long time fan of the series and I have played some of it but I haven’t sunk enough time on this game for me to feel comfortable putting it in my top 10 but it’ll most likely eventually be on there.

Games I Haven't Played But Want To:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Don’t own a Switch/Wii U
  • Super Mario Odyssey - Don’t own a Switch
  • Dishonored 2 - Playing it. Loving it.
  • Prey - Own it. Have to play it.
  • Bloodborne - Own it. Have to play it.
  • The Evil WIthin 2 - Own it. Have to play it.
  • Persona 5 - Own it. Have to play it.
  • Into the Breach - Have to buy it.
  • Yakuza 0 - Have to buy it.
  • Quadrilateral Cowboy - Have to buy it.
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#2 Posted by KingBonesaw (1399 posts) -

I'm not putting a ton of thought into this list but off the top of my head:

  1. Uncharted 4
  2. Picross 3D: Round 2
  3. Persona 5
  4. Axiom Verge
  5. Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze
  6. Super Mario Maker
  7. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  8. Shovel Knight
  9. Life is Strange
  10. NBA 2K14,15,16,17,18

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#3 Edited by meteora3255 (678 posts) -

In no particular order:

Overwatch

Breath of the Wild

Monster Hunter World

Super Mario Maker

MGS V

The Witcher 3

Doom

Inside

Uncharted 4

Persona 5

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#4 Posted by Redhotchilimist (2960 posts) -
  1. Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  2. Persona 5
  3. Bloodborne
  4. Street Fighter V
  5. Undertale
  6. One Piece Pirate Warriors 3
  7. Shovel Knight
  8. Metal Gear Solid V
  9. Night in the Woods
  10. Valiant Hearts: The Great War

I suppose. I didn't think too hard about this, and I have a difficult time imagining what exact games have come out since November 2013.

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#5 Posted by Savage (782 posts) -
  • The Talos Principle
  • Divinity Original Sin 2
  • Persona 5
  • Downwell
  • Dota 2
  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
  • Metal Gear Solid V
  • DOOM
  • Splatoon 2
  • Dark Souls II
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#6 Posted by mems1224 (2505 posts) -

wow, thats kinda tough. gonna make a rough top 10 in no order

  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Dishonored 2
  • Doom
  • Assassins Creed Origins
  • Rocket League
  • Stardew Valley
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Dying Light
  • Whatever the new NBA 2k game is
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#7 Posted by Captain_Insano (3498 posts) -

This was actually an interesting exercise, as it made me realise that there are a number of games that I have really enjoyed the past 5 years, but also that very few have really stood out to me and properly wowed me. I may have forgotten some games. It was also interesting, going back over my GOTY lists, to see games that I really enjoyed at the time, but have moved now in my estimation of them. A large part of this list is my thinking on how much I would like to play these games now, or to play them again. So games like Rise of the Tomb Raider and Uncharted 4, while great games, are games that I have no particular interest in re-visiting, so they don't make the cut

1. The Witcher 3

Legitimately my favourite game of all time (at least for now). I recently purchased it on PC after having it on XONE originally. "I'll just check out how it runs" I thought. 3 hours later and I had to talk myself into stopping "There's other games you should be playing!". Aspects of the game are still clunky (inventory is better than it was, but still sucks), but the world, stories and character are phenomenal. It's the only game I've ever played where I properly walk through areas like they do in a gameplay demo, rather than just running or fast travelling everywhere.

2. Stardew Valley

This game just hooked me and any time I pick it up and play it (thank you Switch version), I get right back into it as if I never left.

3. A Link Between Worlds

The only Zelda game that I have really properly enjoyed, this just played really smoothly, was really pretty to look at, had a cool and interesting mechanic and was just a lot of fun.

4. Super Mario Odyssey

The real GOTY 2017

5. XCOM 2

I was tepid on XCOM 2 at launch. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't as good as XCOM:EU (or didn't have that same initial impact). The launch was rough as well, though I never ran into any major issues. I've been playing it again recently and it is fantastic. As I've gotten older, some games feel like a 'chore' to play. I'll play them, and it feels like I've been playing for an hour, but it's only been 15 minutes. XCOM 2 is the opposite. I'll be so immersed, struggle through a mission "Holy crap it's 1am and I have work in 5 hours...maybe I should just spin the globe to see if anything pops up next". Firaxis are masters of that "one more turn" feelings, but Civ VI still hasn't quite grabbed me the way that Civ V did. XCOM 2 has.

6. Hitman

Find Vinny's Sheikh Zanzibar run on GB. Then we'll talk.

7. Bloodborne

I think I hate Bloodborne? But I also really like Bloodborne? It's my first From Software game and I thought it was great. It's also the type of game that, as soon as I finished, I had no interest in playing any more of. I wasn't going to touch the DLC that came included with it, I was done. I feel like I could approach it again now (though maybe I should finish my playthrough of Nioh), and enjoy it.

8. PUBG

This game is clunky and is the type of game that I usually don't enjoy. The solo chicken dinners I have gotten (and I've played 95% of my time with the game has been solo) have been the most satisfying feeling I've had in all of gaming.

9. Assassin's Creed Origins

It's an Assassin's Creed game (despite what Vinny thinks). It has some differences to older AC games. It looks freaking amazing though. What a world that game creates.

10. Rocket League

Remember how fun Rocket League was? I haven't played this in a good long time but the time I had with it was a blast.

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#8 Posted by MezZa (3048 posts) -

I'm not going to order these because I don't have time to at the moment, bust the gist of my list would be something like:

The Witcher 3

Persona 5

Zelda Breath of the Wild

Stardew Valley

Super Mario Odyssey

Overwatch

Pyre

Nioh

Fire Emblem Fates

Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon

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#9 Posted by OurSin_360 (6158 posts) -

Grim dawn

MgsV

Darksouls 2

Endless legend

Witcher 3

Xcom 2

Stellaris

Nba 2k14

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#10 Posted by TheWildCard (694 posts) -

I'm probably forgetting a few things, but here's a list in rough order:

  • Trails in the Sky SC
  • Trails of Cold Steel
  • BlazBlue: Central Fiction
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Dark Souls III
  • Yakuza 0
  • Tearaway
  • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
  • Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2

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#11 Posted by Shiftygism (933 posts) -

As far as what I've played...

  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Saints Row IV: Re-Elected (bending the rules for this port)
  • Shadow of Mordor
  • Dying Light
  • Bloodbourne
  • Infamous: Second Son
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  • Watch Dogs
  • Valiant Hearts
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Honorable mention...

  • Uncharted 4 (better movie than game)
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (great combat/visuals, terribly boring quests)
  • Disney Infinity 3.0 (so much potential in that toy box editor)

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#12 Posted by Luchalma (538 posts) -

I don't know what 2-10 are, but The Witcher 3 is solidly number 1.

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#13 Edited by Cory7911 (5 posts) -

First ten games that popped up in my head.

1.Nier

2.Monster Hunter world(maybe it did just come out)

3.Dark souls 3

4.Uncharted 4

5.The Witcher 3

6.Stardew Valley

7.Final Fantasy 15(I'm a sucker for anything FF good or bad)

8.Overwatch

9.Persona 5

10.Super Mario Odyssey

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#14 Posted by BeachThunder (15137 posts) -

Probably something like this at the moment:

  • 10. Into the Breach
  • 9. Fidel Dungeon Rescue
  • 8. Doom
  • 7. Tales From the Borderlands
  • 6. Undertale
  • 5. Legend of Grimrock 2
  • 4. The Witness
  • 3. SOMA
  • 2.The Talos Principle
  • 1. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
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#15 Posted by John_Wiswell (299 posts) -

In no particular order:

  • Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
  • INSIDE
  • Hollow Knight
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Bloodborne
  • Dark Souls 3
  • This War of Mine
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#16 Posted by clagnaught (2117 posts) -

In alphabetical order, because I don't want to think about ranking these right now:

  1. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
  2. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
  3. Hearthstone
  4. Life is Strange
  5. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  6. NieR:Automata
  7. Persona 5
  8. Overwatch
  9. Yakuza 0
  10. Zero Time Dilemma

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#18 Edited by Willin (1405 posts) -

I cannot possibly put them in order but here are my top ten:

Persona 5
World of Warcraft: Legion
Metal Gear Solid V Phantom Pain
Overwatch
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Super Mario Odyssey
Hitman (2016)
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun
Jazzpunk
Into the Breach

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#19 Posted by Shindig (4912 posts) -
  • Bloodborne
  • The Witness
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Hitman
  • DOOM
  • Life is Strange

It's tough for me to honestly find ten. I've yet to go deep into Witcher and Mario.

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#20 Posted by Slag (8157 posts) -
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#21 Posted by StevenWallaby (32 posts) -
  1. Nier Automata
  2. Bloodborne
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  4. Hitman
  5. The Witcher 3
  6. DOOM
  7. Contradiction: Spot the Liar
  8. Stardew Valley
  9. Rise of the Tomb Raider
  10. Undertale
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#22 Posted by happenstance (525 posts) -

Hmmm, I would have to say:

  1. The Witcher 3
  2. Yakuza 0
  3. Metal Gear Solid V
  4. Monster Hunter World
  5. PUBG
  6. Super Mario Odyssey
  7. Uncharted Lost Legacy
  8. Batman: Arkham Knight
  9. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  10. DOOM
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#23 Posted by TopCat88 (371 posts) -
  1. Destiny: The Taken King
  2. Inside
  3. Wolfenstein II
  4. Doom
  5. Ori and the Blind Forest
  6. PUBG
  7. Halo 5
  8. The Witness
  9. Fallout 4
  10. Hitman
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#24 Posted by nutter (2110 posts) -

1. Witcher 3

Amazing Action RPG. Total Package.

2. Rise of the Tomb Raider

Great thrill ride and amazing environments. I really love where Tomb Raider has gone with this latest incarnation.

3. Overwatch

Maybe the best competitive multiplayer shooter I’ve ever played.

4. Hitman

The most dense game I’ve ever played. So much freedom and imagination at play here.

5. Gears of War 4

I love the campaign, it’s more big, dumb, 80’s fun. Horde is back and the best it’s ever been.

6. Flame in the Flood

Someone made this game just for me, and I thank them dearly. I don’t like survival games, but this one hits all the notes perfectly.

7. Phantom Pain

It ain’t Metal Gear, but it’s a hell of a cool sandbox. If only the entire series looked and played like this.

8. Tales from the Borderlands

Funny. Great intro sequences. Shockingly good. It’s probably my favorite Tell Tale game.

9. Shadow of Mordor

Such a great open world. The nemesis system makes for amazing, if sometimes stupid scenarios. Non-stop fun throughout.

10. Alien Isolation

It’s not fun. It’s way too long. But this game NAILS the feeling of Alien so well. Hiding and watching my motion sensor is something I’ll always remember in gaming.

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#25 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (7830 posts) -

In no order. I should try and figure it out at some point though.

Breath of the wild
Super Mario Odyssey
Bloodborne
Stardew Valley
Undertale
Dishonoured
MGSV: The Phantom Pain
Pokemon X/Y
Fire Emblem: Awakening
Overwatch

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#26 Posted by Rich666 (426 posts) -

1. NieR : Automata

2. Bloodborne

3. Doom

4. Monster Hunter World

5. Rise of the Tomb Raider

6. MGS V: The Phantom Pain

7. Dark Souls III

8. Resident Evil 7

9. Salt & Sanctuary

10. Darkest Dungeon

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#27 Posted by nutter (2110 posts) -
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#28 Edited by BaneFireLord (3564 posts) -

No order.

  • Witcher 3
  • Assassin's Creed Origins
  • Breath of the Wild
  • Jazzpunk
  • Prey
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Until Dawn
  • Fallout 4
  • Wolfenstein II
  • Hitman

Honorable Mentions for The Stanley Parable, GTA V, Europa Universalis IV and Assassin's Creed Black Flag, which all barely miss OP's cutoff but are better than half the stuff on my list.

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#29 Edited by impartialgecko (1941 posts) -

Don't have a top ten but:

MGSV

Wolfensteins New Order and Colossus

Dragon Age 3 with the DLC

Bloodborne

Inside

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#30 Edited by noboners (185 posts) -

In no particular order and without giving it too much thought:

Breath of the Wild

The Witcher 3

Overwatch

Divinity: Original Sin 2

The Witness

Goragoa

Bayonetta 2

Rocket League

Stardew Valley

Super Mario 3D World (am I in the minority for thinking this was better/more satisfying than Odyssey, or was it just that less people played it?)

Edit: after reading other folks responses I put Rocket League & Stardew Valley in and took DOOM & Ori off.

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#31 Posted by Ares42 (4342 posts) -

Top 9 in ranked order:

  1. Bloodborne
  2. Monster Hunter World
  3. Witcher 3
  4. Fallout 4
  5. Dark Souls 3
  6. Hearthstone
  7. Arkham Knight
  8. Doom
  9. Contradiction

I might've missed or forgotten something, but can't think of anything else that sticks out. Thinking about it I've probably spent as much (if not more) time enjoying old games and remakes this generation as I have on new games. Like if I were to make this list "top 10 games you've played during this generation" probably half of the list would get pushed out.

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#32 Posted by BigSpoon (30 posts) -

Hmmm, these lists are always so tough for me. Part of it is some of these games I haven't played in a couple of years so a side-by-side comparison is tough. In roughly some order:

1) Nier: Automata

2) Hitman

3) Undertale

4) Stardew Valley

5) Fallout 4

6) MGS V

7) Wolfenstein 2

8) Subnautica

9) Far Cry 4

10) Prey

Other really good games that could break the top 10:

Dishonored 2, Saints Row 4, Opus Magnum, PUBG, DOOM

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#33 Posted by Superharman (301 posts) -

I recently put together a loose list of my favourite games of the last 10 years, taking out all the games from previous gen, this is what I've ended up with...although I don't know how happy I am with it, would need to give it some more thought:

1. Inside

2. Bloodborne

3. Nier: Automata

4. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

5. Cuphead

6. Overwatch

7. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrafice

8. Undertale

9. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

10. Doom (2016)

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#34 Edited by nutter (2110 posts) -

@topcat88: Destiny, man...

I was looking at a list of played games when working on my list and completely missed Destiny TTK. That probably speaks to how much Destiny 2 soured me on all things Destiny.

Taken King and Rise of Iron were as great as vanilla Destiny and Destiny 2 were horrible let downs.

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#35 Posted by viking_funeral (2881 posts) -

Huh. No order:

  • Dark Souls II
  • The Witcher 3
  • Crypt of the Necrodancer
  • Overwatch
  • Doom
  • Stardew Valley
  • NieR: Automata
  • Persona 5
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Nioh
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#36 Edited by MalibuProfen (129 posts) -

Whew.

It was so hard to narrow my list down from 15 to 10, since many of the games might change places depending on the day, that I cheated and made a top 15 instead. Also, separately including 5 honorable mentions, that are in my mind a clear notch below the 15, and 5 games I'm hoping to play (more of) at some point.

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1. Rocket League

Still keep playing this for at least a few matches a week, though no longer daily as of this year. It is in my opinion both the best sports and driving video game ever made merging those two genres together beautifully. Only wish is that people would stop dropping out mid-match, which to this day occasionally happens. Still, representin' for the best games all across the world. Still, hittin' them corners with the aerial swirl.

2. Rainbow Six Siege

Strategically and tactically rich multiplayer gameplay that facilitates non-verbal cooperation within a team of strangers, which is awesome. Controlling vision and sound is the key to success, though a solid entry or defense strategy and steady aim also helps plenty, which feels good. The variety of the operators makes the game [hyperbole] endlessly replayable, which is cool. The tensest game I have ever played, which is terrifying.

3. Grand Theft Auto V (PC)

A beautiful yet ugly world that allows for an escape to a place that mirrors our own in many ways. I realize that much of my affection for the GTA series is my deep passionate love for music; the list of great music that I have discovered through the games is longer than an overextended longboard without l'at(t)itude. If this [V] did not have probably my least favorite video game protagonist of all time (Trevor), it might surpass San Andreas for me, maybe. Sunrises and sunsets.

4. Hollow Knight

I sometimes internally describe a part of my personality as being a hopeful melancholic. This game scratched or rather clawed that side of me without letting me go, but without letting me dwell on it for too long at a time, either. Emotionally captivating with its atmosphere courtesy of the audiovisual design and the cutesy characters inhabiting the soil, but the moment-to-moment gameplay is equally solid: so much so that chewing on it is not encouraged if one is not Jaws [the henchman, that is. The measly shark’s teeth would get effed up.].

5. Her Story

One of the most magical series of back-to-back-to-back-to -moments that I have had with a game. Piecing together a murder mystery by doing word searches in a database before and after watching police interview videos? Simply brilliant. I would love to be able to experience those four hours again, but even as a memory I'll cherish them dearly.

6. NBA 2K15

At a point in time Dwight Howard did, in fact, play for the Houston Rockets alongside James Harden and, of course, me - the second-year, 6’3” [with shoes] point guard sensation. And they even managed to win a championship that year (undoubtedly foretelling of the success they have had this year with an almost as great PG in CP3 beside Harden, albeit sans Howard). After that I signed with the Knicks for some reason, and... I haven't finished the regular season of 2016-17 yet. Occasional passing weirdness, friendly AI malfunctions and slight but somewhat realistic late-game rubberbanding aside, this is an excellent and gravity-out-of-the-building-sucking simulation of basketball. Maybe not better than real basketball, but what is? [Music, love and sex.] Ok, well, thanks. [And sleeping and dreaming. And maybe even good food and exercising in general.] Alright, I get it.

7. Into the Breach

Design-wise superb. Pondering between good moves, better moves and the eventual optimal moves is very much like the joy of discovery at its best - though kind of cold and calculated, here. The game might eventually become a tad too easy once you figure it out [16 victories in a row before a defeat on normal], but I'd honestly rather it be this way than the other way around, since the game is now more accessible to more people, and that's a positive. As a final note, I have no fondness for mechs, but I may have grown some respect for what they represent in some vision of a future - in this instance, hope for the people against the seemingly unwinnable.

8. Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

A game that heavily relies on its near-perfect soundtrack, which sets the mood both in the action-oriented gameplay segments as well as the calm and in some scenes even touching story elements. At times, the game gets frustratingly difficult, but it never managed to make me tap out. I did not anticipate the sequel to top the original for me, but it did do just that. Oh, and unless a player-critic has been either stuck to a door too many a time or playing with a controller, I’ll take their [subjectively valid] opinion on the imprecision of the controls and gameplay with more than a grain of salt mixed with loads of sugar and a pinch of pepper.

9. Wolfenstein: The New Order

For me, this is in a sense a darkhearted and brutal cousin of No One Lives Forever 2; a game that I had hoped to be reinvigorated at some point. I didn’t expect the Wolfenstein franchise to be the one to carry on the tradition of sneaky-shooty ish with a story frame that goes places outside of the frame, but it turned out to be just that. The tone fluctuates at times, which I enjoy, though it mostly walks on the somber side of the tracks. Thrilling and harrowing yet hopeful from start to finish.

10. Tales from the Borderlands

Video games rarely succeed in surprising me or making me laugh. This gem of a game managed to do both of those things multiple times with great effect during its five episodes. It even had genuinely sad moments that were executed well. Right after finishing the story (over two years ago), I thought about going back to play it for a second time to see how the possible choices would change some of the story elements, but at this point I may have already forgotten most of the choices I made the first time. Even though I highly enjoyed both Borderlands 1 and 2, this is my favorite game set in that universe. Two thumbs way up.

11. Cuphead

Visually the most gorgeous game I have ever played. The original soundtrack that accompanies the game is toe-tappingly jazztastic in its joyful compositions, free-flowingly imperfect playing and (close to) era-truthful mixing. After doing some recalibrating of the controls by making use of the shoulder buttons, the gameplay started to truly sink its teeth in me as well [hopefully not another Jaws reference]. The world and story is endearingly dumb fun, the intro song is the g.o.a.t (as is the end boss in one of its forms), and that green dragon and its spinning background with a tower can suck a fat one. An exceptional piece of art.

12. Darkest Dungeon

Oh, how I could not stop playing this game for a three-day period. I was so fixated on the turn-based, row-switching gameplay elements; the grave, dejected style and ambiance; the (at least comparatively) respectful use of both physical and mental ailments and quirks as character traits – yes, mental stress as its own real, separate damage. Only until hour 35 hit and I set my foot in Champion-level dungeons did the spell break and I could start seeing more clearly the increasingly unfavorable percentages that seemed out of proportion on the rocky road to Grindom – especially as sudden fatigue kicked in at the beginning of that third run through the same four main dungeons I had fully explored twice already. Nevertheless, a haunting experience worthy of much praise.

13. Dark Souls III

There is no question that this is the best-looking game of the Dark Souls series from the perspective of the fidelity of the textures, lighting, effects etc. I could also mildly argue that it has the best boss battles of the series in terms of consistency. The game, however, does not reinvent the wheel that spun and still spins to this day on a pin in the first Dark Souls [for others, in Demon’s Souls, which I have played some of], but rather retreads, while shining new light and injecting unfamiliar darkness, on previous paths. And there is not much wrong with not going balls out innovating since more of that true and tested, high quality Dark Souls is something that I will gladly play and pay for – though I did patiently wait for a price drop before doing so for this third volume. I have yet to play the DLC, so these thoughts are all based on the base game.

14. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Three years ago, this would have probably been my number one on this list. Two years ago, still solidly in the hunt for top 5. A year ago? Fluctuating here and there. But as of this day, I only play this every now and then; typically, when a new set is released and then monthly for a dozen or so matches to reach rank 19 or 20 in a day or two. After that I’m pretty much good. But I cannot discount the amount of time and effort I have put into this game, especially early on, leaving many more joyful memories in its wake than sullen ones.

15. Dark Souls II

Right on the heels of finishing the first Dark Souls in 2014 I jumped right into Dark Souls II, right? Right. While my unforgettable experience with the first Dark Souls was at times aided by the magic of the internet past a certain point, with the second game there was not as much of that magic handy as a safety net from the start, which was sort of liberating and exciting. While the game is lacking in some regards, particularly the 3d-model-of-the-world-spinning interconnectedness of the first game, I was constantly enjoying my journey through the land of ‘Oh, wait, I could probably now go there.’ Great game despite being held in rather low regard by many. Like with Dark Souls III, I have not yet played the DLC for this either.

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Honorable mentions (in order): The Stanley Parable, Shovel Knight, Jazzpunk, Enter the Gungeon, Total War: Warhammer

Some day: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Undertale, Subnautica, Hitman, Kentucky Route Zero (once the final episode drops)

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#37 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (7536 posts) -

In no order

  • Yakuza 0
  • Uncharted 4
  • Life is Strange
  • Assassins Creed: Black Flag
  • Assassins Creed: Origins
  • Until Dawn
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrafice
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Persona 5
  • Night in the Woods


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#38 Posted by Milkman (19286 posts) -

That’s tough but I’ll give it a shot even though I’m definitely gonna forget something.

1. The Witcher 3

2. Rocket League

3. The Banner Saga

4. Pyre

5. Night in the Woods

6. Tales from the Borderlands

7. Life is Strange

8. Inside

9. Horizon: Zero Dawn

10. Yakuza 0

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#39 Posted by TopCat88 (371 posts) -

@nutter: I'm with you. Came in a TKK, so didn't experience vanilla Destiny, but I'm holding off on Destiny 2 until the TKK equivalent DLC comes out for that.

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#40 Posted by chaz934 (42 posts) -

10) Pyre

9) DOOM

8) Super Mario Odyssey

7) Overwatch

6) Rocket League

5) Metal Gear Solid V

4) Destiny

3) Bloodborne

2) Titanfall 2

1) Breath of the Wild

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#41 Posted by JoeDangerous (578 posts) -

Great list liquid and thanks for the thread! Mine is a strange list but I'll collect my thoughts:

  1. World of Final Fantasy - I'm not sure if any game can ever top this unless a sequel comes along. The funny thing is I barely played any FF games before this, and coming back to it after now finishing a ton of them, I'll enjoy the references even more. This is definitely a highly personal choice, but everything in this game clicked for me this gen: gameplay, creature collecting, completely packed sound track, cute visuals, and a depth I never could have guessed from its E3 reveal. It's not perfect but I'll never forget it.
  2. Bloodborne - Few other games have a similar adrenaline rush-feel than this. If Vicar Amelia creeping out of the darkness towards me ever becomes unsettling, I'll knock this down peg. I doubt it ever well.
  3. Doom (2016) - This should be the barometer for action-heavy FPS. The pacing and feel of this game is master class.
  4. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth - This game spoiled me on setting the bar for rogue-likes. Its balance is absurdly well done.
  5. Bravely Default (NA Release 02/07/2014) - A restructuring of a beloved genre with some of the most addicting gameplay I've come across in awhile. Seriously why hasn't every game, with no visible enemies on the maps, integrated a random encounter slider?
  6. Nights of Azure - The best way I can describe this is, "the best 3/5 game I've ever played". It's criminal how well this game feels to play and still confuses me.
  7. Thumper - I don't think "rhythm violence" has ever and will ever be done nearly as well as Thumper. It's the only game I can describe as, "an oppressive, musical roller coaster"
  8. Resident Evil 7 - No one was expecting RE to ever be good again after what happened to RE6, but, as an old school RE fan, RE7 completely blew me out of the water.
  9. NieR: Automata - I'm over-joyed that NieR didn't die with the first game and continued to create a, surprisingly, deep and satisfying sequel.
  10. Yakuza 0 - I've dabbled in the Yakuza series before this, but this is such an excellent introduction to the series for new and returning players.
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#42 Posted by cubidog (96 posts) -

Ooh this is hard. I will definitely disagree with this list tomorrow but whatever. Most of these games could end up in my top 10 of all time as well. In alphabetical order:

  • Dark Souls 2: Is it good as Dark Souls 1? No. Is it still really good? Of course. I completed two playthroughs of this game, and both were quite enjoyable, though they did nerf the hell out of lightning spears near the end of my first playthrough, which was annoying. But I actually did a lot of co op on this one, which was really dang fun. I still need to play the dlc at some point.
  • Gangbeasts: The best wrestling game ever! Probably my favorite indie local multiplayer game from the last few years, even if there were a lot of ups and downs during development.
  • Hollow Knight: I love this game and think it's the best metroidvania game ever made! It feels like Dark Souls in a lot of ways, from the lore to the atmosphere. Just an expertly crafted game that more people should play.
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: A ton of fun maps and varied multiplayer modes make this the biggest and best Mario Kart to date. Also I'm amazing at Mario Kart so I might be a little biased for liking this game so much. But I do have complaint, and that is the lack of Diddy Kong. How do they include like 5 different versions of Mario and Peach, but not Diddy?
  • Rocket League: A game that came out of nowhere and became a phenomenon. It's just so much fun and they've continued to release more maps and interesting modes for free which is always awesome.
  • Stardew Valley: Ugh this game was too addictive! Steam says I got 180 hours in the game, but I feel like a third of that has to have just been idling. I'm not even close to finishing everything in this game, but I certainly will return to it at some point.
  • Super Mario Maker: I'm definitely one of the people that supported Jeff and Dan's choice for this being GOTY 2015. The amount of amazing and creative maps that have been made in this game is insane. Even years after release I'm still learning new mechanics, and that's always a good thing to me.
  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U: I've always loved Smash Bros. and this is my favorite(sorry Melee lovers). It's the only fighting game I actually enjoy watching competitive play and it's probably my favorite local multiplayer game ever. And it's definitely the game where I talk the most trash and get really loud, so it will always have a place in my heart.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: My current gaming obsession. Absolutely adore this game. I just hit 100 hours yesterday, and I'm probably only half way done with the game. If only the rain wasn't such a pain.
  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth: Easily my favorite roguelite. I've put hundreds of hours into it, and I will put in many more for years trying to get all the dlc unlocks.

Honorable mentions:

  • Enter the Gungeon
  • Nuclear Throne
  • Crypt of the Necrodancer
  • Until Dawn
  • Rainbow 6 Siege
  • Pubg
  • The Wolf Among Us
  • Hitman
  • XCOM 2
  • The Wolf Among Us
  • Overcooked
  • Towerfall
  • Samurai Gunn
  • Ultimate Chicken Horse
  • Duck Game
  • Ultimate Chicken Horse
  • Sportsfriends

Also there a ton of games I have not played yet but really want to like The Witcher 3, Dark Souls 3, Shovel Knight and The Witness.

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#43 Posted by MightyDuck (2019 posts) -

Here goes!

  1. Fortnite Battle Royale - This has consumed my 30 something friends and I. We love it because it's a return to the "one life per round mode" that we grew up on playing both Socom 1 and 2.
  2. Bloodborne - My first "souls" game. Even with the punishing moments, it is the most fun I've had playing a game in a long time. It brought back that "gamey" feeling I used to get as a kid. Look forward to the Dark Souls Remaster as I've never played the original.
  3. South Park: Fractured But Whole - I watched the cartoon a ton as a kid back in 97 and 98. I've peeked in here and there over the past 20 years. This RPG though was a great combination of mechanics and humor. Loved it!
  4. Dark Souls 2 - Absolutely had a blast playing the PS4 version of this. It didn't feel as smooth as Bloodborne, but I had a lot of fun looking up tips and such to get further in the game.
  5. Resident Evil 7 - Wow! I had dropped off of Resident Evil 5. The original is still one of my favorite games of all time. This brought back that survival horror feeling, but in a unique and fun way.
  6. Rise of the Tomb Raider - What a game action adventure game. It had solid pacing and was just plain fun.
  7. Alien: Isolation - I'm not a huge horror fan. In fact it took me months to beat this game because the anxiety of the stupid alien would get to me after about a half hour. Is it probably too long? Yes. Would I gladly purchase a sequel? Yes.
  8. Everybody's Golf - Great sports a game with a fun loop. Creating your character for the first time in the series and battling the "boss" golfers was pretty enjoyable.
  9. Titanfall 2- Simply put...great campaign and awesome multiplayer.
  10. Fallout 4 - It picked up what i liked of FO3 and ran with it. I actually went back and replayed each of the different endings. While none of them were really too my liking, but time spent getting to those was always fun.

Honorable Mentions!

  1. Uncharted 4 - Great conclusion to Nathan Drake's adventures. The writing and dialogue felt even better this time around.
  2. Doom - Brought flashbacks to the first time I played Doom back in like '93. Great modernization of a classic game.
  3. Injustice 2 - I can take TMNT and Batman and have them fight? This is what I did with action figures as a kid in the early 90s.
  4. Rocket League - Fun arcade sports. It reminds me of why I loved NBA Jam so much.
  5. Batman Arkham Knight - Solid ending to the Arkham series.
  6. Dirt 4- Great racing game. If only there were more rally cross events though!
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#44 Edited by liquiddragon (3323 posts) -

Update (3/26):

With 40 or so lists, I wanted to see which games were mentioned the most. I did not do any weighted scoring, a lot of the lists weren't ordered. A mention = 1 vote, honorable mentions were not counted. If a lot more ppl post their lists, I will tally them.

The top 10 games looks like this:

10 Tie: NieR: A & Hitman (9 Votes)
9 Tie: NieR: A & Hitman (9 Votes)
8 Tie: Stardew Valley & Persona 5 (10)
7 Tie: Stardew Valley & Persona 5 (10)
6: Overwatch (11)
5: Bloodborne (14)
4: Doom (15)
3 Tie: MGSV & Zelda BotW (16)
2 Tie: MGSV & Zelda BotW (16)
1: The Witcher 3 (19 Votes)

Here is the complete breakdown if you're interested.

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#45 Edited by inevpatoria (7436 posts) -

Here goes!

  1. Fortnite Battle Royale - This has consumed my 30 something friends and I. We love it because it's a return to the "one life per round mode" that we grew up on playing both Socom 1 and 2.
  2. Bloodborne - My first "souls" game. Even with the punishing moments, it is the most fun I've had playing a game in a long time. It brought back that "gamey" feeling I used to get as a kid. Look forward to the Dark Souls Remaster as I've never played the original.
  3. South Park: Fractured But Whole - I watched the cartoon a ton as a kid back in 97 and 98. I've peeked in here and there over the past 20 years. This RPG though was a great combination of mechanics and humor. Loved it!
  4. Dark Souls 2 - Absolutely had a blast playing the PS4 version of this. It didn't feel as smooth as Bloodborne, but I had a lot of fun looking up tips and such to get further in the game.
  5. Resident Evil 7 - Wow! I had dropped off of Resident Evil 5. The original is still one of my favorite games of all time. This brought back that survival horror feeling, but in a unique and fun way.
  6. Rise of the Tomb Raider - What a game action adventure game. It had solid pacing and was just plain fun.
  7. Alien: Isolation - I'm not a huge horror fan. In fact it took me months to beat this game because the anxiety of the stupid alien would get to me after about a half hour. Is it probably too long? Yes. Would I gladly purchase a sequel? Yes.
  8. Everybody's Golf - Great sports a game with a fun loop. Creating your character for the first time in the series and battling the "boss" golfers was pretty enjoyable.
  9. Titanfall 2- Simply put...great campaign and awesome multiplayer.
  10. Fallout 4 - It picked up what i liked of FO3 and ran with it. I actually went back and replayed each of the different endings. While none of them were really too my liking, but time spent getting to those was always fun.

Honorable Mentions!

  1. Uncharted 4 - Great conclusion to Nathan Drake's adventures. The writing and dialogue felt even better this time around.
  2. Doom - Brought flashbacks to the first time I played Doom back in like '93. Great modernization of a classic game.
  3. Injustice 2 - I can take TMNT and Batman and have them fight? This is what I did with action figures as a kid in the early 90s.
  4. Rocket League - Fun arcade sports. It reminds me of why I loved NBA Jam so much.
  5. Batman Arkham Knight - Solid ending to the Arkham series.
  6. Dirt 4- Great racing game. If only there were more rally cross events though!

So glad you mentioned Alien: Isolation. Not sure I have the wherewithal to put together a list of my own, but Alien: Isolation would be firmly at the top.

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#46 Posted by spankingaddict (2977 posts) -

10. Wolfenstein 2

9. The Last Guardian

8. Tales from the Borderlands

7. The Witness

6. Soma

5. Rocket League

4. Uncharted 4

3. BOTW

2. Horizon ZD

1. Witcher 3

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#47 Edited by bluefish (876 posts) -

@shiftygism: I've very much liked a lot of games this gen but I feel passion for quite few of them. Maybe I'm changing towards games, but I'm playing them as much as ever. I just rarely find myself loving a game as much as I did last gen.

Horizon: Zero Dawn (as my favourite of the generation)

The Witness

Inside

Bayonetta 2

Forza Horizon 3

Helldivers

(and then on the maybe list)

Wolfenstein: The New Collossus

x-Com 2

Life Is Strange

Uncharted 4

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#48 Posted by hans_maulwurf (641 posts) -

Not in any particular order, though Hitman is probably at the top:

Hitman

Life is Strange

Watch Dogs 2

Night in the Woods

Quantum Break

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Tales from the Borderlands

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

P4 Dancing all Night

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#50 Posted by Dragon_Puncher (619 posts) -
  1. Bloodborne
  2. Metal Gear Solid V
  3. Hearthstone
  4. Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
  5. Uncharted 4
  6. Cuphead
  7. Undertale
  8. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  9. Nier: Automata
  10. Hitman

I gotta say, I'm pretty happy with this generation overall. There's already a lot more interesting games than in the last one, I feel.