Games I Think People Should Play

These are the games I have greatly enjoyed over time and have incredibly fond memories of. I'm going to try to avoid the obvious, but if someone asks me what my favourite games are, they should be on this list...

List items

  • From an era when Disney could do no wrong, this game is probably one of my favourites on the Master System, and one of my favourite Disney games

  • This and TWOTEF were probably the two games I played the most on my C64

  • An amazing game I wish I played 'properly' when I was younger - I mainly just ran around killing dudes. Still fun today (go GOG!)

  • Seemingly the Master System's answer to Zelda. Shame it's not particularly well-known.

  • Again, the Master System version. Time has not been kind to this one, but I still have fond memories of it...

  • The game that satiated my desire to play a skateboarding game. Never has a wheel, seat, and pole had more character.

  • The original...

  • ...and (to me) the best

  • One of my earliest video game memories - that bull was tough as nails...

  • FULL COURT DUNKS! SHAWN KEMP AND GARY PAYTON! Also, a good game of Jam to boot.

  • An amazing pack-in. Two obvious entries, but the combo cart makes it a special entry well-worth seeking out.

  • Funny as hell, even if I played through it entirely with a guide

  • Same as DOTT. They should re-release these two...

  • My favourite of the Xbox/PS2 era Burnout games (and, yes, I know it came out on the 360). Criterion almost perfected the crash mode here...

  • ...and then the driving/racing here. Also, they kind of set a standard for post-release support on this one

  • While the sequel is also amazing, the twists in the story make this one slightly better. This is also the game that made me realise how much I enjoy being a complete arsehole...

  • Obvious, yes, but still a great one.

  • Probably my favourite game of all time...

  • The game that really made me interested in fighting games (at least in a way that made me LEARN the moves rather than button mash...)

  • One of the first great fighting games I played, and probably among the best the PC has ever seen.

  • Playing the 360 version (with no cheats on Ultra-Violence) made me really appreciate this one

  • Trackmania before there was a Trackmania. Such a fun game...

  • One of the games I played the most on my friend's NES

  • The PSOne version is probably my favourite game for that system. So much to do, yet all so fun (even if some elements had some 'jank')

  • War may be hell, but it's also fun (at least here it is)

  • My personal favourite of the Sonic games

  • Can't have one...

  • ...without the other

  • Such a unique and fun game - the last sections were particularly fantastic

  • Amazing in almost all respects. When will IO come back to this one?

  • The sub-title is so apt, and game is so fun. I enjoy this more than most GTA games of the time...

  • Except for maybe this one. Great story, awesome music, and Tommy Vercetti - all qualities that make this my favourite GTA game (outside of maybe 4)

  • Always had to rep Australia and pick the 'Pou (Mark Philippoussis).

  • Among my favourite DC games...

  • One of my favorite games of this console generation - and I never played co-op. Solo soldier all the way!

  • Really fun to just walk around blowing shit up. Some frustrating elements, but still a great game

  • One of the best motocross games ever - it's just so much fun to aimlessly ride and pull out tricks. Attempted backflips and trying to ride up, and then jump off of, the cliffs added more to it.

  • Based almost solely on the epic play-off series me and a mate of mine played through on one hungover afternoon.

  • Such a great platformer.

  • The character of the worms and the arsenal make this a great experience.

  • Playing through this with Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory and Meteora playing in the background was great!

  • Worms before Worms, they managed to do so much with so little.

  • Great combat, some chilling elements, and so extraordinarily violent. I thought it was paced really well as well...

  • The BEST game the Turtles ever got - which in some ways, is kind of sad.

  • I wouldn't have thought the Apocalypse could be so much fun.

  • (I think) the first game to feature Coheed and Cambria - that alone makes it amazing. Having HIM and Children of Bodom tracks as DLC make it even better...

  • Hard as hell, but still a classic. Rock/Paper/Scissors is a game that can be deadly!

  • Having never played TIE Fighter or X-Wing (a crime, I know), this is my favourite Star Wars game (after KOTOR).

  • The improvements, the story, and the gameplay make this game amazing. The story change when you finish the game on hard make playing it through multiple times worthwhile.

  • I love WW2, and this was a fantastic WW2 game. The tweaks to the strategy elements that made it different to the RTS games of the time makes it probably my favourite RTS game.

  • Want some rye? 'Course you do!

  • One of the first (that I'm aware of...) PC platformers, and a great one to boot! The sequel iterated on a lot of concepts, but the original is still the best.

  • A 'no dur' addition, but still a great game. The best the series has been...

  • The first in the UT series was still pretty great fun single-player.

  • Again, great fun by myself. Added a bunch of stuff to an already winning formula. No doubt I would get slaughtered online...

  • The Steam version of this browser game is a great spectacle, particularly during an intense rally!

  • Best game soundtrack ever! And brutally fun to boot! The PS4 and Vita versions are way better than they probably should be...

  • Another obvious one, but a real achievement in video game narrative. The remastered PS4 version seemed to be the true achievement of Naughty Dog's original vision for this post-apocalyptic nightmare.

  • This was the best Crash game of the original trilogy.

  • It may have had a convoluted control scheme and slow/wooden animation, but, at the time, this was the closest to TV wrestling you could get.

  • The best wrestling game I've ever played. The roster depth, the quick and snappy controls (even if you really only had a small number of moves), great range of match types, and a solid 'story' mode makes this the closest a game has come to the real thing.

  • I hate you and yet, I can't stop playing you. The loot may not be varied enough, but the combat is just so good that it is a great game to get lost in for hours.

  • Adding a distinct sense of progression while having the difficulty and just-one-more-run hook of the Roguelike makes this a near-instant classic.

  • A game I love so much that I have it on 4 different platforms. So difficult, but yet so fun and even rewarding. I rarely get to Yama, and I have yet to even beat him. Still, an incredible game.

  • The game that opened up an interest to the tactical strategy game. Again, difficult, but fair and rewarding as all hell. Very well made and very interesting.

  • It was my interest in XCOM that lead me to trying VC - and I'm glad I did. The combat mechanics were fantastic, and it could get so thrilling at times. The story is a bit naff, but a great piece of work.

  • The best Forza game that wasn't even made by Turn 10. Has the openness of Burnout Paradise, while still maintaining some of Forza's handling model.

  • In some ways, this is a joke. This game takes a serious toll on the soul of any who play it. So good for aimlessly not paying attention to anything.

  • A great iPhone crossword-style game that seemingly few people know about. Well worth it!

  • The ultimate mix of simple mechanics and complicated 'level' design. Another great iPhone time-waster...

  • Amazingly simple, but amazingly complex at the same time. One of the best iPhone games that spawned a bunch of clones that achieved more success than the original. But this is the original, and by far, the best. Rarely has a tile-based puzzle game had so much personality.

  • Endless Frogger! I suck at it, but still a fantastic phone game. I can't wait for Hipster Whale's next game.

  • That music. Incredible. A great arcade-style shooter to boot.

  • A truly fantastic licensed game, based on the French comic book series I loved as a kid. Much better than anyone thought it would have be and maybe than it had any right to be.

  • Close to the epitome of video game pinball. Amazing tables and great use of the dot matrix score display idea for mini games. Great stuff.

  • What is there to say about this game? Laying functional water pipes was awful, but everything else was so good!

  • The driving/physics model may be a bit heavy, but always a great deal of fun. Taking out a dump truck with the default car with a concrete power-up enabled is still a fantastic memory

  • Pretty much the greatest game of all time, playable by 4 players, over the internet. The precursor to Tetris Battle Gaiden.

  • Looked really nice and a really good game of pool. The feel of the pool was the thing that makes this, still, one of the best virtual representations of pool ever released.

  • The only Cool Boarders game I played, but it was a very good one. It was responsive and was great fun as well.

  • A different kind of light gun game that is a throwback to the shooting challenges of yore. Only they're way more insane and fun.

  • The purest of the 'DiRT' series, and probably the best for it. The balance maintained between a realistic and 'arcade' driving model is what really makes it entertaining. Although the rewind mechanic introduced in DiRT 2 was a revelation.

  • An amazing homage to the Zelda archetype. A great time!

  • The first non-EA/non-Jam basketball game I ever played. For the time, the realism was mind-blowing and it just felt so much better than any other basketball game before it.

  • A unique take on the RTS. Sure, having the characters shoot on sight rather than requiring an order to do so would have made it much easier, but still a great and interesting take on a genre that has been done to death.

  • Another great twist on a well-worn genre. Narratively and mechanically interesting, and it looks great too. Not bad for a downloadable FPS entry in an incredibly spotty series.

  • The first of the modern Lego games, and one of the best too. Having everything about the narrative communicated through 'body' language without any dialogue was incredibly interesting.

  • One of the earliest match-3 games released before the genre was run into the ground. A little too 'luck driven', so it was really easy to feet cheated, but still a great twist on the Bejewelled fomula.

  • A more-modern NBA Jam that mixed in streetball elements for great effect. The announcer is terrible, but still: a great time!

  • Stealth perfected. Brilliant.

  • The second entry may have done it better, but the first was still an incredible experience. Another Bioware triumph.

  • One of the greatest games of the previous console generation, and one of the few licensed games (at the time) that was not only good, but made great use of the license.

  • One could argue that BioShock is Ken Levine's magnum opus. I wouldn't be so bold, but still a great narrative experience that was great to play through.

  • Keeps a lot of the tension of the first, while making a number of gameplay adjustments to make it more fun. A great horror/action romp.

  • A flawed gem. The story was close to non-existent, but the analogue combat was truly unique - making otherwise solid quests well-worth playing through.

  • Otherwise known as Everybody's Golf 2, this is probably the first golf game that I really got into. Tiger took the title when it hit the Xbox/PS2, but this was where golf was at...

  • Also known as Farhenheit, this was David Cage's 'breakout' narrative-focused adventure game, which lead to Heavy Rain. Some cliched/sloppy BS, but still a great game.

  • It may not have had the full scale destructibility and ridiculous arsenal of the first Mercenaries, but man, still so much dumb fun to be had. A fantastic take on the open world genre.

  • Another flawed gem. It wasn't what everyone expected Rockstar to release, but what it was was an excellent modernisation of the adventure game with some interesting detective-ing to boot!

  • This game is kind of like Limp Bizkit's song 'Break Stuff' come to life. So many toys to bring down so many different structures. So-so story stuff, but the destruction fun more than makes up for it.