I’ve been playing video games for far too long so there are a lot of games that I consider my favorite so I listed some of them out as honorable mentions separate from my top 10. Now let’s commence with my top 10 games of all time!
Honorable mentions: Burnout: Paradise, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Resident Evil 4, Bioshock, Super Mario Bros. 3, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker, Final Fantasy IV, Ninja Gaiden (NES), Super Metroid, Chrono Trigger, Super Meat Boy, Kirby Super Star, Mario Kart 8, Kingdom Hearts 2, Tetris
10. Mega Man 2 (NES):
The blue bomber’s first sequel is also his best. I’ve already shared my love for this game in the past so feel free to check out my review right here!
9. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Genesis):
Even though I know Super Mario games are by far superior to Sonic platformers, I will always have a soft spot for the SEGA genesis games because of how amazing they are. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 introduces players to Tails and Sonic’s obsession with chili dogs which gave players a small, silly insight into Sonic’s life, something that was absent in the original game. The way that levels were structured gave you lots of chances to show off Sonic’s intense speed but also balanced out the platforming bits as well and the game progressed in difficulty so well that anybody could jump onto the Sonic craze. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 looks and sounds fantastic as well, making Sonic 2 an easy pick for my top 10.
8. Ratchet and Clank Up Your Arsenal:
Have you ever wanted to play an action game that makes over-the-top games look normal? Well Insomniac Games’ Ratchet and Clank is just that. Having ridiculously big guns that cause even bigger damage made me fall in love with the series back in 2002 on the Playstation 2. Up Your Arsenal upped everything imaginable within the series and gave us more playable characters, including the awesome 2D Captain Quark levels, and added an online multiplayer mode that gave me hours of constant fun. Even though IG continued with the series, it never surpassed UYA and I highly doubt they ever will as UYA is easily one of the best PS2 games of all time, if not the best.
7. Pokemon Silver:
Red Version was my introduction to Pokemon games and it was fantastic. Not only did Nintendo grab me into the Poke-craze from the late 90s but Nintendo opened the doors to RPG’s for me. Red version was my first official RPG and that was the starting point where my love for video games blossomed. Fast-forward a few years when Pokemon Silver released and it blew my mind. 251 Pokemon to seek out and train, doing the shiny Gyarados story line with Lance, being able to traverse Kanto all over again (Thank you Iwata! RIP), and actually having an ultimate final boss fight with Red was mind blowing. I never left my house without my lime green Game Boy Color with Pokemon Silver for a reason and I still love going back to Johto from time to time in the re-make Soul Silver.
6. Star Fox 64:
The N64 was a terrible console in my opinion with just a handful of amazing titles. Fox McCloud led that short list of awesome games with Star Fox 64. Being able to take different routes within levels to reach new areas was a great way to promote variation and rightfully so as the game can be completed within an hour or less. Even though the game’s replay value was surprisingly high, the story itself was great, showing the origins of Fox and his team. Barrel rolling and swooping down through arches never felt so natural in any game and Nintendo proved that even rail shooter games can be exceptionally amazing even with the lack of controls like a Rogue Squadron game. Star Fox Zero is on the horizon and I am more than ready to get back in the cock pit to shoot down some alien scum!
5. The Last of Us:
Naughty Dog and Sony gave fans what might be the best story driven game of all time. The Last of Us reinvigorated the Playstation 3 with deep storytelling, great gameplay, and an amazing online mode. As a fan of Uncharted I never felt much emotion through Naughty Dog’s games because of how wacky the series can be even with those awesome set pieces but with Neil Druckmann at the helm, they managed to make one of the best experiences in gaming. Joel and Ellie will go down as the best duo in gaming not because of how “badass” they can be but because of how real they feel through their interactions. Deep down I hope a sequel is not made as the ending was perfect but I would love to jump back into the world of the Last of Us again, even if it involves new characters.
4. Super Mario Galaxy 2:
Galaxy 2 out shines its predecessor in every way imaginable. The worlds are much bigger, the score is on a grander scale, the difficulty isn’t set on easy from beginning to end, and Yoshi is playable once again with multiple power ups. Super Mario Galaxy 2 is the best platformer of all time on any console and I will always defend it as the pinnacle of fun. Galaxy 2 is more of the first but cranked up to 11 plus more! If you enjoy platformers you owe it to yourself to play the best of the best and this is clearly the best.
1.Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain:
Yes, I skipped 3 and 2 for a good reason, I can’t decide on my number one game of all time so it’s a triple tie. The latest MGS game is possibly one of my favorite games of all time. Never have I felt a game challenge me in the way that The Phantom Pain did. Games usually challenge players through difficulty spikes but this game is much different as it gives you the freedom to conquer missions in any way you imagine, as long as you have the necessary tools. Every mission I’ve completed has been a different story and it’s all because TPP challenges my mind to be creative and I truly appreciate Kojima’s hard work in making that possible when nearly every other game holds your hand with tedious tutorials. Also having the Metal Gear and Metal Gear Solid sagas come full circle gives TPP extra points as I find the ending incredibly amazing especially when it took nearly 30 years to achieve. MGSV is amazing and everyone should experience it whether you enjoy stealth games or not, as you can go all guns blazing if that’s more of your cup of tea. Also read my review here for more information about this amazing game.
- Final Fantasy VII:
Final Fantasy VII was my first foray into Japanese RPG’s that didn’t involve pocket sized monsters. Sakaguchi showed me that games can be emotionally investing and thought provoking (Aerith, the lifestream, etc.) through a lengthy deep thought out story with many twists and turns. Reaching the top of Shinra Corp. changed my thoughts on gaming forever. Seeing that blood trail that Sephiroth left behind in those halls made me want to figure out what was going on with this massive game especially after that final scene in disc one. FFVII is an amazing title and I’m glad that Square Enix is working on a remaster of the game. I just hope they don’t change up it too much so a new generation can experience what I and many others did back in 1997.
ALttP is the best Nintendo game ever. Other games have come close to such an amazing feat but none have surpassed the lore and aesthetics of ALttP. This game has been a part of my life from my early years and it’s never left me. It’s the first game I beat every single year and it still holds up. Zelda games are usually all great but ALttP just conquers all of them in nearly every imaginable way possible.