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Oh_Well

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I know it's cliche and a little narcissistic to assume that anyone actually cares what my top fifty games of all time are, but I'm bored and the inevitable criticism that will come from this list should be entertaining. Maybe I'm just a glutton for punishment. Without further ado here is my list.

Honorable Mention: Super Mario RPG, Banjo Kazooie, Lost Vikings, Limbo, and Zack and Wiki

50. Metroid Prime (Cube) - The labyrinthian world is amazing. Great atmosphere, mediocre controls. The transition to 3D was not as radical as I expected.
49. Rayman Origins (PS3) - The last level is perhaps my favorite level from any platformer ever
48. Super Mario Bros 2 (NES) - better than any of the other 2D incarnations, the controls feel less slippery and the exploration element is great
47. Rock N Roll Racing (SNES) - forget Mario Kart, this has more of an emphasis on actual racing
46. Pixel Junk Monsters (PS3) - best tower defense game ever made in my opinion, really hard at times too
45. Shadow of the Colossus (PS2) - clunky controls, simple yet powerful story, maybe the best ending ever to a video game
44. Metal Gear Solid 3 (PS2) - I hate 2 and 4 with a passion. Kojima must have had a moment of clarity with this one though. Awesome boss fights
43. Zelda II (NES) - Nintendo should really think about reintroducing some of the RPG elements from this entry.
42. Guitar Hero II (PS2) - good track list, the ultimate college party game too
41. Final Fantasy X (PS2) - the last good FF game in my opinion. Still pumped for the HD remake
40 Legend of Zelda (NES) - More of today's games should be this obtuse, no hints whatsoever as to where to go.
39. Final Fantasy IX (PS1) - throwback to the SNES games, but the plot is actually comprehensible. the return of the job system was also welcomed
38. Burnout 3: Takedown (PS2) - pure mayhem. Crahing cars into oncoming traffic or into a pillar never gets old.
37. Super Ghouls N Ghosts (SNES) Hard as nails, but maybe the most accessible entry in the series. Also, I actually like the jump mechanic
36. Landstalker (Genesis) - Zelda clone, but the ability to jump and the isometric viewpoint introduced interesting platforming elements
35. Uncharted (PS3) - maybe the best story in the trilogy, Drakes motivations are better defined here than in the other games.
34. Spec Ops: The Line (PS3) - Unbelievable story that carries real emotional weight. The shooting mechanics are also great despite what everyone says
33. Splinter Cell (PS2) - Brilliant blend of action and strategy. The fore thought required before execution of an action is great
32. Castlevania Symphony of the Night (PS1) - For the longest time, I thought the game ended with the defeat of Belmont. Inverted castle blew my mind.
31. Tomb Raider Anniversary (PS2) I had hopes that 2013's incarnation would supplant this as my favorite. This has more emphasis on puzzles though
30. Adventures of Lolo 2 - You would never think that simple block puzzles could be this complex. Plus you actually get to "fight" the Great Devil
29. Wonder Boy in Monster World (Genesis) - The game Zelda II should have been, only with a metroidvania sense of exploration thrown in.
28. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) - Marked the introduction of online play, I think, which really extended the game play and encouraged additional foul language
27. Resident Evil 4 (PS2) - Not a big survival horror fan, but this game introduced action elements to the formula, which made it more appealing to me
26. NCAA Football (PS2/PS3) - perhaps the only thing I like more than video games is college football. Enough said.
25. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 (PS1) - the open world feel was almost revolutionary at the time. I can still score million point runs with relative ease.
24. Legend of Zelda: Windwaker (Cube) - Maybe the best combat in the series. The ability to parry should be reintroduced.
23. Punchout (NES) - still have never beaten Tyson, but I can get there without even getting knocked down
22. Shining Force II (Genesis) - You can control up to 30 characters simultaneously in battle. Amazing final battle as well.
21. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) - The first reinvigorated the series with the new physics. This one perfected it.
20. XCOM: Enemy Unknown (PS3) - Turn based strategy and micro management with a dash of third person action mixed in. Amazing combination
19. Portal 2 (PS3) - The first was completely innovative in every way. This one was bigger and better, and introduced the propulsion gel.
18. Super Punchout (SNES) - I can actually beat this one unlike the NES version. More over the top, but I like the super punch mechanic better here
17. Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands (PS3) - Most consider sands of time the better game, but the ability to manipulate water makes this more interesting
16. Donkey Kong Country 2 (SNES) - One of the most fluid and challenging platformers ever
15. Modern Warfare 2 (PS3) - Go ahead and hate, but the multi-player is like crack
14. Metal Gear Solid (PS1) - The best story in the series hands down, crazy enough to keep you guessing but lucid enough to keep you enthralled
13. Uncharted 3 (PS3) - the complete package, also has the most well done supernatural element of the three
12. Batman: Arkham City (PS3) - Amazing game, but it lost a little of the metroidvania feel with the transition to a more open world concept
11. Uncharted 2 (PS3) Amazing story, spectacular set pieces and pacing. The most under rated multi-player maybe ever.
10. Batman Arkham Asylum (PS3) Maybe the most perfect combat system ever introduced to a video game. Also featured metroidvania like exploration
09. Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64) - a refreshing departure for the series. Dark and ominous with the time limit giving it a sense of chaos
08. Warlords (Apple II) - I'm sure very few remember this game. Hot seat, turn based strategy where games could literally last for days or weeks.
07. Final Fantasy VII (PS1) - Just the best in the series. The materia system perhaps my all time favorite magic system in an RPG
06. Donkey Kong Country (SNES) - Everyone seems to like the second better, but I think the level design is slightly better here
05. Vandal Hearts (PS1) - another unusual choice. Great story, simple but captivating upgrade system and amazing level design.
04. Super Metroid (SNES) - Perfect mix of action, exploration, paltformer. Some of the best bosses ever and an unrivaled atmosphere.
03. Super Mario 64 (N64) - The transition to 3D literally changed the way I thought about video games. Plus, it still has the best hub world of any game ever.
02. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64) Again, the transition to 3D changed everything I knew about Zelda. Great bosses, dungeons, story, sidequests
01. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) A venerable masterpiece. Perfect dungeons, simple combat, the best over world in the series. Perfect

There it is. I will admit that most of these descriptions don't do any amount of justice to these games, but I tried to keep them to one line in the interest of brevity. Bring on the hate. I'm ready.

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JGMR

2. Posted:

No, it is not narcissistic to share your beliefs, ideals and opinion with other people. Narcissism is something very, very different believe me ;) Maybe I'll share my Top 50 later on... ;)

With kind regards,

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yojo

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Totally agree about link to the past, its my favorite Zelda and I really hope they do it justice with Link Between Worlds

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Oh_Well wrote:

50. Metroid Prime (Cube) - The labyrinthian world is amazing. Great atmosphere, mediocre controls. The transition to 3D was not as radical as I expected.
04. Super Metroid (SNES) - Perfect mix of action, exploration, platformer. Some of the best bosses ever and an unrivaled atmosphere.

I don't agree completely with what's said about these two games, but I do agree with the gap you put between Super and Prime. The Metroid Prime Trilogy's version of Prime does make it a bit more appealing with its smoother and freer control experience, but Super Metroid still easily dominates it in my opinion.

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Moorpheel

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The thread title and your username just go along so well I didn't bother to read the original post itself before posting this.

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I have no real quams with this list. Maybe Ocarina is too high, but at least it's below A Link to the Past.

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TysonOfTime

7. Posted:

Having just beaten Rayman Origins the other day, I'll disagree with it on your list; I had to FORCE myself to finishing it (though Livid Dead was ...okay.)
Legends looks about a Zillion times better.

My personal vendetta against that game aside, everything else seems extremely thought out and well placed. Great list.

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