Abby's Top 20 Games

Check it out, a list of some of my favorite games in no particular order. These may not be the best games, but they all hold a sweet spot in my heart in one way or another. Like many people, my favs are constantly in flux but here are some of my tried and true titles.

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  • WarioWare was one of the first games I got 100% completion on and I was sad there wasn't more for me to do. I'm forever bummed they didn't release a WarioWare for the 3DS and my fingers are crossed for a proper Switch title.

  • After putting over a hundred hours of gameplay into Borderlands 2, it became almost a meditative experience for me. Zer0 was my go-to dude and sometimes I feel like I know him better than I know my own family.

  • SSX is my kind of "sport" game franchise: it doesn't take itself too seriously, it's full of fun music, and the physics are so wacky it's barely even snowboarding.

  • I find the rhythmic combat so satisfying when paired with the gory dismembering of orcs. The nemesis system is revolutionary and made me feel incredibly connected to the in-game world. My only complaint is that there was too much of that fucker, Gollum.

  • This game is so utterly COOL. From its soundtrack to its design, this game is sleek, challenging, and brutal in a way I absolutely loved.

  • Animal Crossing is one of the most charming games I've ever played. I love being a part of this sweet little world full of my sweet little friends. Also, I'm very power hungry and I love being a mayor.

  • I spent many long summers with my sister playing Perfect Dark on our N64. There are a ton of different customization options for PVP matches and an engaging campaign. There is also a gun that can disguise itself as a laptop, so what's not to like?

  • The Sims is a classic as far as I'm concerned. I've played every Sims game in the main series, and I imagine I'll continue that streak with whatever they put out next. I really love a game where you can set your own goals and each playthrough is different depending on the characters you make.

  • It's always tough to pick your favorite Zelda game, but there's something about this handheld that's so dang good. It updates the map from A Link to the Past to create a fresh take on a classic.

  • Syndicate is so good in many ways, but one of my favorite things about it was its diverse cast of characters. There was something so refreshingly normal about the inclusion of different gender identities, races, and ages. Obviously, we still have a long way to go, but pushes towards inclusion are necessary and good.

  • I'll always have a soft-spot for the Nancy Drew series. I find the puzzles challenging, the stories spooky, and the earnest writing endearing. Also, these games make me just plain nostalgic.

  • I love so many things about this game: the warm aesthetics, the rich characters, and the bittersweet story. Also, Bucket is the best dog name that ever was.

  • I love a Western in pretty much any context, and RDR does the genre so well. Exploring the Wild West with John Marston remains one of the best video game experiences I've had.

  • I impulse bought this game with low expectations, but I was hooked immediately. Splatoon manages to be fun, fast paced, and fresh throughout hours of gameplay. Splatoon alone made the WiiU worth getting.

  • This game is best played knowing little about it going in. The Beginner's Guide asks questions about why we create art and the ways in which we consume it. This game stayed with me for long after I played it and if you're a creative, I think it'll stay with you, too.

  • The Last of Us is one of the greatest video games of this decade, but in many ways, it's DLC surpasses it. Left Behind is incredibly moving, human, and real in a way that many games often aren't.

  • I?LOVE?THIS?GAME?. It's so funny and weird and unique and FUN! There is truly nothing like this series and it has the best soundtrack I've ever heard.

  • This game is perfect and I will not hear otherwise.

  • I love the rebooted Lara Croft almost as much as I love the satisfying bow-and-arrow combat and puzzling tombs.

  • I love a game with a sense of humor and Tomodachi Life does not disappoint. I am an artist when it comes to making Miis and this is one of the few games where I can put my photo-real Ellen Degeneres to good use.

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Good to see some SSX love!

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Neat!

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I love Animal Crossing and Katamari so much <3

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You have good taste!

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SSX 3 is one of the best PS2 games. Perfect Dark, Tomb Raider and a lot more on this list are super good, too!

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Some solid choices.

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Man yeah, its a crime there was not a new WarioWare for the 3DS. Good list!

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Great list of diverse games there. Thanks Abby!

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Nice to see some Nancy Drew love, I never knew about them until I saw Sean (Day9) playing one on Mostly Walking and they seem like fun adventures, especially to anybody who grew up with the series.

Now we just need to get Abby into the world of Yakuza and have Yakuza 0-6 take one of those spots in the future as she marvels at Majima doing the Hussle.

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Another potential Red Dead partisan for game of the decade discussions.

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RDR is only game on this list that I'd consider a "favorite" of mine.

Personal taste is subjective I guess.

Edit: I just noticed, no fighting games! I like you now!!

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This is a mighty fine buncha games

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Likes Red Dead Redemption

Likes Mario Party.

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Not a bad list. However, Mario Party 3 > 2

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This list is dope.

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50% of Beast likes Mario Party. Hmm...?

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@ybbaaabby I'm curious if you've played/what you thought of Horizon: Zero Dawn. It felt very Tomb Raider-esque to me.

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Hmm, this list is weird and good and full of unique...

Mario Party 2

WTF.

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This list makes me so happy. Abby is a bawse.

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That's a pretty solid list.

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Mario Party 2 is pretty good but its no Mario Party 4

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I don't want this to come off as judge-y or being "that 'actually' guy" that everyone hates, but A Link Between Worlds is the successor to A Link to the Past not A Link Between Time. When I read the latter, I actually thought I had misremembered this entire time and googled it thinking "was there some entirely different game called A Link Between Time?!"

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This is a damn fine list. I can never decide between ALTTP/ALBW myself. Grew up playing and beating ALTTP multiple times a year. Always saying it was my favorite game BUT ALBW has a better story and characters.

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I think Twilight Breath of the Ocarina's Mask is the best Zelda game, personally, but otherwise I like Abby's list. Between the games and the personality she's added to GBEast's #content over the past few weeks, I'd call her a very solid addition.

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Mario Party 2 is the best Mario Party. Overall it was fun to see this list!

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Yeah Abby, I'm gonna need a Katamari Feature from you all stat, ok? Have it on my desk by 5.

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Some serious childhood memories on this list for me, ssx, katamari, warioware touched! haven't thought about it in like 10 years but i freakin loved that game as a kid. Pretty solid list, Ybba

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Unique list. Cool to have someone with such varied and different game tastes on the crew. Damn fine job Vinny did hiring you. Looking forward to your goty 2017 list.

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This is a great and varied list with some classics like SSX3 to a contemporary indie like Firewatch. I especially love to see AC: Syndicate here, because I think it largely got brushed off as just another Assassin's Creed game, but it just might be the best game in the series. It certainly has the most memorable and lovable cast, the most refined parkour mechanics, and it's one of the coolest most beautiful cities they've built. Just thinking about it now makes me want to play it again.

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Weird, for some reason there's a Mario Party game mixed in this list. It must be some bug, hopefully it can be fixed.

Cool list overall!

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I like all of the games on this list except for Shadow of Mordor. Mario Party 2 is also the best Mario Party.

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Anyone who lists Katamari as one of their favorite games is a friend of mine.

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Huh that was weird way to spell Mass Effect 2 The Witcher 3.

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I've been waiting to find out what games you like! I don't listen to the Beastcast, so maybe I missed it there. Good list!

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Perfect Dark for N64 is so good. Some of my favorite moments:

* throwing remote mines by the dozen onto MeatSim characters in multiplayer and detonating them in the middle of a crowded map. There was some hard limit on how many explosions the N64 could handle simultaneously so it would continue for nearly a minute

* grabbing the hover crate from the hangar in the Carrington Institute and wedging it in the sliding glass door of the shooting range. Then you could launch guided missiles up into all the offices and see the look on those those silly Rare-ass low-poly faces right before they blew up. That was way more satisfying than using the farsight to shoot through walls.

This list is a hot dunk! So happy you joined the crew, Abby!

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I played a lot of SSX3 on the Gamecube. It also got me to buy that Ima Robot album.

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Animal Crossing New Leaf is such a special game.

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swap out animal crossing for harvest moon or stardew and swap syndicate for black flag and you have a great list, they did a great job with the two new staff members.

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SSX is a real good series. Never dissapointed me.

First SSX was also a great demo. I got real good at that one track :)

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Can't argue with a list of fantastic games like that.

Especially Animal Crossing

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That's one solid list, thanks for sharing!

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Man, Abby must have made a mistake putting Mario Party 2 there.

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Firewatch: When you don't make an ending and try to skate by with "That's the point."

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I'm really glad you made this

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Mario Party 2 is the best Mario Party on N64

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This person is truly a monster.

++ For TLOU and Hotline Miami.

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I've had Rise of the Tomb Raider sitting dormant on my hard drive for months, ever since a half off sale. This may be the push I need to set MLB The Show down for a while and finally dedicate a weekend to that one; I was heavily hooked on the first Tomb Raider and played through it twice on each Playstation (well, I played the PS4 version until the beach portion that it broke on for almost everyone and that sucked) so I'm not sure what's been keeping me from Rise. I really want to play it but I just don't.

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Hotline Miami and HM2 have soundtracks that work for... pretty much everything I do: house chores, running, driving, working, lovemaking, and playing videogames that are not HM.