Adam’s Top 10 Favorite Games of All Time
Honorable Mentions: Beyond Good and Evil, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Portal, Fallout: New Vegas, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Gauntlet Dark Legacy
10. Doom (1993) – Ah, good old Doom. I adore this classic first-person shooter with all my heart. I specifically remember sneaking into my older brother’s room just so I can play this game on his PS1 for hours. Since then, I always dabbled with Doom games whether it was its sequel, Doom 64, and the recent Doom (2016). Doom has everything you could ever want in a shooting game: fast, exhilarating action and gallons of gore. My favorite aspect of Doom is its nonlinear nature, which grants you the ability to freely explore levels at your own pace. It’s no wonder Doom is a classic.
9. Kirby Super Star (1996) – I am a big fan of the Kirby games, and I would be doing the puffball a disservice if I did not include one of his games on my list. Kirby Super Star is the best Kirby game to me because it is has a lot of nostalgic value to me. I have many memories of playing this game on the SNES with my brother in our dad’s apartment. I also love it for its innovations that persist in Kirby games today like multiple game modes. These multiple game modes give Super Star a lot of well needed replay value.
8. EarthBound (1995) – Also known as Mother 2, this quirky and colorful RPG has you explore a fictionalized version of the modern world rather than a fantasy land. I love EarthBound for its uniqueness and sense of humor. The game outright parodies the conventions of standard RPGs, which instantly makes it recognizable. The game did not do to well when it first released, but it has since earned a cult status. It even inspired some elements of the hit indie game, Undertale. I wish Nintendo would put more love into this franchise by releasing a brand new game; however, there are no new plans to continue the series. At least we can still pester Nintendo into finally bringing Mother 3 stateside.
7. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998) – Ocarina of Time is often considered the best Zelda game of all time, and I must join the bandwagon on this one. The game has a variety of dungeons and areas to explore, as well as a ton of secrets to uncover. Not to mention a plot that gave way to the creation of the Zelda timeline. There is really not much I can say about this game that others have not said already. Ocarina of Time is a near perfect Zelda game.
6. System Shock 2 (1999) – This horror game puts you in a terrifyingly claustrophobic ship where you goal is simple: survive. System Shock 2 mixs strategy and RPG elements to make you build the protagonist in your own way. On top of that, add SHODAN, one of gaming’s most malevolent AI villains, and you got yourself a glorious first-person shooter.
5. Kingdom Hearts (2002) – Many people assumed that a crossover between Disney and Square Enix would never work, but I am glad Kingdom Hearts proved them wrong. This action RPG has a simple, yet enjoyable combat system that utilizes a command list for desired actions. Moreover, Kingdom Hearts has a surprisingly well written plot with a believable universe.
4. Chrono Trigger (1995) – In my opinion, Chrono Trigger is the definitive RPG with clever writing, a memorable soundtrack, and iconic characters. Chrono Trigger is a perfect game that excels and innovates in all the right areas. Play it for yourself to see why this game has received so many accolades over the years as one Square Enix’s finest games.
3. Half-Life 2 (2004) – Valve’s first-person shooter spectacularly blends puzzle solving and fast-paced action. I particularly love Half-Life 2 for its developed characters who act like real people rather than generic NPC robots. Although the release of any new Half-Life content seems implausible at this point, the second installment is definitely worth your time.
2. BioShock (2007) – BioShock is a game that is not only a masterpiece in its own right, it is also thought provoking, original, and immersive. Even though it is technically a spiritual successor to System Shock 2, BioShock brought a fresh spin on what that game originated. It simplified System Shock 2‘s mechanics to a degree that did not make it redundant or stale, making it an instant classic to me.
1. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006) – The fourth Elder Scrolls title holds a special place in my heart because it is the first game that influenced me to write my own stories. I attribute this to the game’s high fantasy setting, and its ability to create a world with its own history. Aside from that, the game is an amazing action RPG with a creative leveling system, freedom of exploration, and a multitude of quests to complete.