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    Top 10 games of all time

    I find these sorts of lists fascinating. What are the best 10 games you ever played, IN ORDER? Whatever criteria you like.

    I will start, and my criteria will be total enjoyment experienced and average level of enjoyment while playing.

    1. Everquest - far and away. By a factor of 100. There never has been and never will be anything to match EQ in my lifetime.

    2. Anarchy Online - this will stun many because of its launch, but this is easily the most underrated game in the history of gaming.

    3. Civilization - (2 primarily and to some degree IV). I once played Civ2 for 32 hours straight.

    4. Baldur's Gate 2 - best single player RPG ever. There will never be a strategic RPG this good again based on the current trend.

    5. Heroes of Might and Magic 2 and 3 with expansions (two more than three). VERY close to as addictive as Civ. The series should have just ended after HOMM3 though.

    6. Might and Magic VI - sentimental pick. This was my first rpg and I played hundreds of hours in this world. I still play it every few years just for nostalgia. This was an important game because when it came out there was flat-out nothing else going on in the RPG genre and hadn't been for years.

    7. Diablo 2 - Fiendishly addictive and if I didn't burn out after a few weeks every ladder I'd move this higher. Its the fact that I've essentially had to play this game alone that burns me out. The one season when I sort of pooled with a couple other guys was far and away the best its been. If it was like that all the time, this would go higher.

    8. World of Warcraft (Original release only) - what can I say. Even if it has made the genre more "accessible", its done so brilliantly.

    9. Half Life 2 - the perfect shooter in terms of atmosphere, pacing and "we aren't going to force-feed you the story like Bioware you lazy punk" storytelling.

    10. Deus Ex - One of the most important games of all time and the only brilliant action-RPG I'm aware of besides system shock 2 (Bioshock isn't on the list).

    Honorable Mentions:
    Master of Orion II - Flawed, but great
    Dungeon Keeper - I want this on the top 10, and I want a sequel that doesn't suck
    Lord of the Rings Online - a solid game if you go into it with a casual mindset
    NOLF 1 and 2 - completely unexpected and a crime that it didn't sell enough to continue
    Age of Mythology - the best RTS I've ever played
    Team Fortress Classic - it kills me to not have this on the list, but it sort of is with HL2
    Portal - short on time invested, but it qualifies for sheer unexpected brilliance
    Quake - after almost 15 years this is still an example of great level design.
    XCom - In the discussion for greatest game design in history
    The Elder Scrolls Series, but its falling into decline. The best of series is pretty obviously Morrowind.
    Fear (only the first one). Cheesy, campy and sometimes clunky, but it nailed it enough to make me actually finish it. I RARELY finish games.

    Last edited by Zarniwoop; 31-05-2011 at 18:35.

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    Re: Top 10 games of all time

    Chrono Cross

    Shadow Hearts 1

    Chrono Trigger

    Tales of phantasia


    Grandia II

    Assassin's Creed II



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    EQ makes me rage like no other.
    hate that game. nothing like them rose-tinted glasses.

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    Re: Top 10 games of all time

    Not sure what to think of all the MMOs lol, kinda like saying that shooting heroin up the veins is the greatest fun in the world. It might feel great but it aint the real stuff(unlike gameplay based "great games" like the rts, tbs, fps games)

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    Re: Top 10 games of all time

    can i do a Top Five? lol! i've played more than ten games, but of all time? it's tough and i didn't grow up playing the latest games, ya know?

    Top Five:

    1.) Chrono Trigger
    2.) Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    3.) Tetris (idc what anyone says, this fulfills my OCD fix i get with this game)
    4.) Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck's World of Illusion
    5.) Spyro the Dragon for the original PlayStation (that was the only "recent" game system my family ever bought and my sibs and i would play all day long. we never finished it because we'd get stuck at Gnasty Gnorc's level and we couldn't find him, but man... that was one of the best summers ever)

    and i hate admitting this, but... i have to mention that the Pocahontas game for the Sega Genesis back in the mid-90s was the best game ever when i was 8 YO. it was a lot of fun, i beat it so many times (and lost to see what would happen. my village burned to the ground and i had to start over. ). good times.


    and i can't believe i forgot... Sonic the Hedgehog. idk if i ever beat it, but i remember one night i had gotten pretty far. we went out to go eat across the street (where i used to live then, there was a bunch of fast-food places and other restaurants), i left it on pause and came back home and played.

    so while my accomplishments aren't as huge as others around here, im proud.

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    Re: Top 10 games of all time

    Cant really put them in order by how awesomen they seems to me so I will stick to alphabetical order. Also I will mention two lists of pc games, one for single-player (games I have played more than twice) and the other for multi-player.

    1. commandos
    commandos1 + datadisc and commandos 2 are superb games that take dozens of hours to finish

    2. diablo
    played d1 about 2 months really much and then got my hands on d2, simply the best and most addictive BPG (build playing game) ever, the only one I keep playing ever since, and its here because I play alone even on bnet

    3. fallout tactics
    f1 and f2 just didnt get me but FT certainly did, pure awesomeness gearing and perking the squad, huge maps, tons of gear, again hours and hours of battling enemies

    4. hidden & dangerous 2
    h&d2 + datadisc is a top game of its genre (squad based tactical fps) and imho the best ww2-themed game ever, this game is not so well-known so link here

    5. tom clancy's franchise
    almost always excellent gaming experience, here 3 games really stand out for me
    • ghost recon with both datadiscs, the original GR not the later GRAWs!
    • splinter cell series though havent played SC Conviction yet
    • rainbow six 3 raven shield - the best anti-terrorist simulator ever, again squad based tactical fps/rts with insane difficulty and without save option that makes you wanna smash your pc every time Ding Chavez dies

    1. battlefield bad company 2
    I was really impressed with this game, I thought I had dropped online shooters for good before this one appeared last year

    2. counter-strike source
    imho the best online team shooter, superb and most balanced gameplay experience that no other game has ever offered, note I regard css an improvement over cs1.6 eventhough its kinda hard to separate these two games

    3. team fortress 2
    the most fun online thing if you play on your own

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    Re: Top 10 games of all time

    In no particular order

    Diablo II
    Blizzard won me over when they released the 1.10 patch, for free, 3 years after the expansion.

    World of Warcraft
    Gone through quite a few gamecards, the most fun I ever has was leveling a 24ish orc shammy right around when we had the honor system and battlegrounds were first released. PvPed my heart out in WSG and ended up ranked #1 overall on the server that first week.

    Civilization IV
    BtS expansion makes this is an incredible game, I so enjoy an industrial era war to the tune of Dvoark's Slavic Dances #7, there is no better music to conquer and subjugate other countries with. It's a shame CiV V is such a pathetic offering.

    Rhye's of Civilization III
    By far my favourite mod for this version, I had a lot of fun re-creating the Mongol Empire with those Mangudais.

    I was so good at multiplayer Goldeneye on N64 my friends didn't want to play me. If they let me pick the settings I'd flip the Y axis or remove the targeting crosshair (since I'd practiced with both). If you gave me proximity mines in a 2 player game I could mine every spawn location infinitely.

    Shining Force II
    Legend of Zelda: Orcania of Time

    Nostalgic RPG picks from my childhood, I replay them both every once in a while.

    Dune II
    The original RTS game, grrr stop eating my harvesters damn worms...

    Settlers of Catan
    The board game, our group played this A LOT.

    Diablo III
    Preemptively adding this one.

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    Re: Top 10 games of all time

    Theres so many I dont think 10 is enough but anyway

    Dungeon keeper 1+2
    Advance wars series
    Battlezone 2
    Diablo 2
    Dune 2
    Populous 3
    Magic carpet 1+2
    Planescape Torment
    Fallout 3(haven't played the previous)

    Worthy mentions(didn't make top 10 and I might edit in some more)
    Sacred 2
    Dungeonsiege series
    Gothic series
    Majesty (only discovered last year)

    Last edited by kavlor; 06-07-2011 at 14:36.

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    Re: Top 10 games of all time

    Quote Originally Posted by plastiqe View Post
    Shining Force II
    hells yes

    I don't know if I have ten but...

    Shining Force 2 absolutely
    Sonic 3
    Dragon Warrior VII
    Raiden & Raiden II
    Resident Evil series
    Soul Calibur
    Advance Wars 1&2
    Castlevania SotN I like the whole series but the quintessential metroidvania gets my pick

    somebody mentioned TFC, that might be my one PC game that makes the list

    I seem to have a lot of turn-based strategy which is no surprise, I don't really care for the resource management of RTS

    could also mention Fire Emblem and the Shin Megami Tensei and Persona series

    I didn't really care for Final Fantasy Tactics, should've mentioned that in the other thread

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    Re: Top 10 games of all time

    Top Ten (read 11)

    - Just incredible for team-based multiplayer fun.
    Quake Wars - Another cracker for team-based multiplayer, this also scores high for vehicle variety.
    Diablo - The only game out of the three that I would get a bit scared playing it alone at night going into dark areas and hell.
    Sim City - Classic city builder.
    Command & Conquer - The first truly polished RTS and stands the test of time.
    Hi-Octane - Insanely fun multiplayer combat hover racing game from the mid 90's
    Hexan - Shooter/RPG
    Dungeon Master - Dungeon Crawler from the early 90's.
    Operation Flashpoint 1/2 - Brilliant Co-op.
    World of Warcraft (Vanilla) - Before they dumbed it down for the masses
    Phaoroh - Historical city builder

    Honourable Mentions

    Mafia II
    Battlefield Bad Company 2
    Red Alert

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    Diablo 3
    The Secret World

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    Re: Top 10 games of all time

    Quote Originally Posted by Elly View Post
    Top Ten (read 11)

    - Just incredible for team-based multiplayer fun.
    I am sometimes shocked how few people know of/played this game. There has never been an FPS that has matched the three-dimensional feel of hurtling at hundreds of miles/hr thru enhanced jetpack flying mixed with skiing down hills and mountains, and add into that a massive team-based strategy element that relies on timing and chat commands for coordination.

    There has literally never been another game that pumped as much adrenaline through my veins. I will admit it had a slightly steep learning curve... you never forget those first times trying to teach a friend how to play, and he is running circles on the ground while you hover over him launching disks of death ;-)

    FFXI Online - I have to rate this MMO over WoW, because all of my fondest memories of beautiful landscapes, closest online friendships, and accomplishments that felt like they really meant something, all came from ffxi. Gaining access to Sea or Sky in ffxi felt epic, and in comparison seeing a little plaque pop up in WoW to let you know you've explored a continent or something equally as lame just comes off as cheesy.

    FF7 - I rate this game at the top for one feature alone... the clever materia system. It holds so much replay value solely because playing with materia combos is so insanely fun and addictive.

    I guess WoW has to be somewhere in the list, mostly because it has at least half the beauty of FFXI while being much more casual-friendly to those of us with lessening gameplay time. The Quake series as well, and Doom for being the first game that could immerse me so far to be genuinely scared/creeped out.


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