I’m not saying this list is final or complete by any means. However in 31 years, I’ve played a lot of games. Some have come and gone. Others have persisted. This is a list of the latter or some of the games that have been so good that sequels have been spawned.
This list covers multiple consoles as well as PC gaming.
Excluded from this list (and none of them would have made the list anyways) are iOS games. Most of these are short-term titles (IE: Clash of Clans).
#10 – World of WarCraft
This game would be higher on the list, but as of late, it has simply become a chore to play. Don’t get me wrong, it is still fun, but the main reason I play is because of my guild and the friendships I’ve formed. Here is hoping that the next expansion breathes some life into the game. If not, it may be time to lay this one to rest. If you are interested in playing with us, feel free to hit me up on Hyjal, Alliance. Do a /who Order of Aquinas and ask for an invite. Tell them “Sol” sent you.
#9 – Timesplitters (1 and 2)
Crazy characters and amazing challenges, this game has it all. Here is hoping that they have a sequel. The graphics do look a bit dated by today’s standards. But I remember many days playing this (until someone corrupted my save game data). Multiplayer was a blast. Single player was just as much fun
#8 – Kingdom Hearts
Disney and Square Enix together. Admittedly when I heard this originally, I doubted it would do well. However, I was VERY wrong. Admittedly I was upset when KH 1.5 came out on DS, which meant you had to have a PS2 and a DS to know the entire story. In the end though, it was an amazing game w/ one amazing song.
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#7 – Hearthstone
I always loved battle card games. However, all the ones I played before this all required me to get friends together in a room. There is nothing wrong w/ that but this allows me to play every single day. It is a lot of fun, and it is free (if you don’t count buying card packs)
#6 – Deus Ex
A truly imaginative story. Gets you thinking about conspiracies. Admittedly, the ending is a bit of a letdown, but the overall game is amazing and more than compensates for it.
#5 – Duke Nukem 3D
I DO NOT count Duke Nukem Forever. This game however still lives to this day. I’ve got it on almost every platform that it is available on. The game’s story isn’t very deep, but overall it is an amazing game. I remember playing this during lunch break in the computer lab at school.
#4 – Planetside (1 and 2)
While not as fast paced as something like Unreal Tournament, this is simply a fun game. Work together as a squad and take bases. If they bring back mechs from PS1 it might be even better. However this one is free to play.
#3 – Dance Dance Revolution
Admittedly, I didn’t want to play this at first. In fact I actively resisted. However, I love this game. Sadly, I need to get into better shape to keep playing it. It just takes too much out of me these days. But I will keep trying. When I went to Vegas this year, I made a point to play at every DDR machine there was. Didn’t find all of them (Vegas strip is a lot larger than I pictured it) but I played at several.
#2 – Minecraft
A game where you can build whatever you want. What could be better? To be honest, I find it to be very therapeutic. Honestly, I look at an empty patch of land and think about what should arise there. Whole cities have sprung up simply due to needing to relax. While I missed the initial bandwagon, I still play constantly.
#1 – Unreal Tournament
I actually just learned today that they are making another one, and, somehow, it is going to be 100% free with no microtransactions. Not sure how that is going to work, but if so, I am very happy. A very fast paced shooter and the source of my first adrenaline overdose.
MechWarrior, Theme Hospital, Batman Arkham Series, The Stanley Parable, Alpha Protocol, Mass Effect.
So what are your top 10 games? What makes them special to you?