Matt’s Top Ten Games of All Time
Honorable Mentions: Star Wars: Battlefront (2015), 007: Agent Under Fire (2001), Fallout 4 (2015), Dark Souls III (2016), The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998), Star Wars: Episode I Racer (1999), Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction (2010)
10. Super Smash Bros.: Melee (2001) – “FALCON…PUUUUNCH!!!” This was the game man. A gem in the cesspool that was the majority of the games for the Gamecube. This was the game my friends and I all played non stop when we were supposed to be asleep at a sleep over. One of those games that could really make or break your friendship for a couple of days. Nothing quite like Mario and Kirby both at 300% damage sustained and it’s the championship round on the piece of notebook paper. Playing this game now takes me back to that time, and not many things can do that.
9. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2007/2016)- This was my first real experience with an online shooter. Up until this game it was all 4 way split screen and bragging rights against friends. As extremely over powered as the “noob-tube” was, I definitely used it. Most of the time for the express purpose of making others mad for my own comic relief. Never did learn how to quick scope, but was I a force to be reckoned with down a long straight away with a clear line of sight. The only reason I even bothered to buy Infinite Warfare was to play the remaster.
8. Mafia II (2010) – After countless times watching movies like The Godfather, Goodfellas, and The Departed, this game came along and let me fulfill that fantasy of being a classy Italian mobster. It was a big step up from its lackluster predecessor, and is still a few steps above its sequel. The story is far and away the best of the series, and may not have the biggest environment, but the most interesting in my opinion.
7. PAC-MAN (1980) – My first ever video game memory. I remember it vividly. Quarter arcade with my dad. He picked the game as it was his favorite from his teenage years. I watched with amazement as he would nearly break the joystick making PacMan change directions, and I wanted to play. Within a few years, I had the pattern memorized. Although I have never beaten my dad’s high score, this game always takes me back to my youth and reminds me of memories with my father I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.
6. Grand Theft Auto V (2013) – The first game in the series that features a protagonist whose personality perfectly mirrors the attitude of one playing a Grand Theft Auto game. The first in the series to also feature multiple playable protagonists. Easily the best entry in the franchise, there’s never any shortage of things to do here as the addition of GTA Online expands the experience to multiplayer and is still updating and bringing in new additions as I type this article.
5. Super Mario Bros. (1985) – This is where I reigned supreme in my teenage years, and still take pleasure in playing today. From the never ending challenge, to the upbeat tune that plays as you run from left to right, this was the epitome of bragging rights in the arcade in its day, and still provides me endless fun today on my Nintendo Entertainment System.
4. Red Dead Redemption (2010) – This is still to date Rockstar’s best game they’ve ever made. I’m surprised it took them this long to announce a new game in the series. The game has the best set narrative of any game I’ve ever played and has arguably one of the saddest endings to a game. John Marston’s story of redemption is one that anyone who calls themselves a gamer has to experience at least once.
3. Star Wars: Battlefront (2004) – Now this was the ultimate “who is the better soldier” game I would play against friends. Hell we’d even stage wars with this game on notebook paper. Whoever won one planet would advance to the next and vice versa and so on until one of us had conquered the galaxy. The 2015 reboot by EA DICE gets an honorable mention here for its very accessible and fluid gameplay, but lacks key things from the original like command posts, and galactic conquest that made this game everything it was. Hands down the best Star Wars video game out there.
2. Battlefield 1 (2016) – EA DICE’s take on the Great War has become by far my favorite shooter to ever be released. This was also my first Battlefield game, if you don’t count 2015’s Battlefront. There has never been a game that has so realistically portrayed the panic and chaos of war quite like this one, (See my review here). This game embodies everything a shooter should be and has definitely set every standard going forward.
1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011/2016) – This is absolutely my favorite game of all time. No other game has ever so beautifully allowed me to shape my own story and give me the freedom of play style that best suited me. The remaster this year gave it the graphic overhaul this game badly needed and deserved. It also brought mod support to the console players, giving us much more depth and immersion to the gameplay. The first game where I truly felt like I became legend, undoubtedly the best game ever made in my opinion, and I don’t care if you disagree.