Hello my fellow GAGer's this is your favorite Toad reporting to you my top 10 favorite video games I have ever played in my life.
This is a personal list, and i guarantee you this list will not be the same as most peoples you see. I been gaming since I was 3 or so wayyyy back on the Atari 2600. Across these 3 decades there have been a lot of games that have made a heavy impact on me and made me appreciate this medium and why i still am a gamer today.
How I comprised this list
The titles i chose to be on this list fall into the following criteria
- I spent a huuuuge amount of time investment into it
- The game was all around fun
- I spent time thinking about the game AWAY from the game
- It made a huge impact on me i.e. memories, inspiration etc
So without further adieu let's get on with the list starting with...
10. Final Fantasy XI for Ps2
This was my first official entry into the MMORPG genre and man what a time I had when i first got it on the Playstation 2. I spent so many hours crafting my way up as a Red Mage. I made a ton of friends and the feels i get whenever i listen to the music always brings me back to when i played it. I quit it around 2008 to join WoW, but FFXI to me will always be special for the time and place it holds in my life.
9. Twisted Metal 2 for PS1
Once upon a time ago when the Playstation 1 had come out and making its legendary mark on the scene there was a new popular genre called Vehicular Combat. the first Twisted Metal spearheaded this genre and I fell in love with it from the beginning. But it was the 2nd game Twisted Metal 2 that made the biggest impact on me. It had so many different vehicles like a Formula race car or a Bulldozer, let you blow up famous monuments like the Eiffel Tower or the Statue of Liberty. I spent a number of days back when it came out just beating the computer and also facing off against friends whenever they came over. Lots of sweet memories playing this one. My character by the way was Outlaw 2.
8. Mega Man 2 for NES
I was maybe 5 years old when I first got my hands on Mega Man 2. And from then on I was HOOKED on this game series. anytime a new game came out I just had to get one. But what made this game so special was that it was one of the first games I ever beat on my own. All the different robot masters i thought looked cool and the powers you get made it fun. The music is some of the best you'll ever hear in a video game as well.
7. The Legend of Zelda for NES
Now if you are a Zelda fan you are probably wondering why not Ocarina of Time or a Link to the Past. While those were both very good and I especially loved Link to the Past a lot, the very first Zelda i feel made the bigger impact on me. I had to be maybe 4-5 years old at the time when I first played this or watched my older bro play it. It was soooo cool how you could literally go anywhere you wanted in this world. All the different items you could pick up. I remember even pretending to be Link gathering a bunch of items around my house lol. Yes this one is very special to me.
6. Civilization II for PC
Here's one for you PC lovers. I spent hours upon hours on Civilization II. It was very special in that it kind of cemented my love for history at the time. It had this thing called the Civilopedia which let you read about the various Technologies, nations, and other things in the game. It somewhat inspired me to learn more about history and to even think about becoming a history major. I get goosebumps evertime I hear the music themes for this one. they take me back to those days coming home from school and just playing this game forever... well before having to do homework anyways. :/
5. Final Fantasy II for SNES
Another Final Fantasy, but this one is special in that it established my love for the RPG genre. I rented this game over and over again from our video store. I couldn't get enough of it. the story and characters enthralled me. I remember pretending to be Tellah at school casting black magic lol. I think I even wrote a story for a school assignment based on the story of this game. The memories playing this at the time have stayed with me and i get chills every time I hear the Prelude from it.
4. Heroes of Might and Magic III for PC
here's another game for you PC lovers. Heroes of Might and Magic III or simply Heroes III, was a game I spent an ungodly amount of time on. gave up maybe a year to play this game. It is just sooo addicting. you can play as one of 9 different factions each with different mythological creatures and castles. You get so addicted perfecting your army and building your fort that the time just slips right by you easily. This game also established my love for Mythological creatures too.
3. Super Smash Bros series for various Nintendo platforms
So I'm cheating a bit here, but this series has been so consistent with making me nerdgasm that i couldn't just pick one. I've spent so many hours on these games its pretty ridiculous. I love all the characters, the stages, the music. These were the only fighting games I could actually be decent at and not get my ass completely wrecked lol. The N64 one probably sticks with me the most as it is where it all started, but all these games have made a pretty big impact on me. My characters now are Samus, Pac-man and Mega Man by the way. :P
2. Super Metroid for SNES
Ah Super Metroid. Now this is a game that made me really love games. It was so awesome the way you could upgrade your suit and weapons that you are thrust into this world for you to explore. The feeling of being alone on this alien world was a very impact feeling. The controls were very tight and fun to play with. I just couldn't get enough of this game. I don't know how many times I've gone back to replay it. I'd beat it under 3 hours every time and get to see sexy Samus under her armor. ;)
1. Final Fantasy Tactics for Ps1
And finally here we are at #1. Final Fantasy Tactics was a game I was in LOVE with. I loved every aspect of this game. I had to have given up maybe 2 years playing this game over and over again. I loved the story, the characters, the way you could customize each unit into your own liking. The way it made you think about how to attack during encounters. and the Music.... oh man the music from this game is my all time favorite. It inspired my imagination. I still have not yet found a game that will de-throne this one for me. It really is a fantastic game.
Sim City 3000 (pc)
Legend of Zelda a Link to the Past (snes)
Final Fantasy III (vi) (snes)
Super Mario Kart (snes)
Castlevania Symphony of the Night (ps1)
Mega Man X (snes)
Chrono Trigger (snes)
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (xbox 360)
Warcraft II (pc)
Grand Theft Auto Vice City (ps2)
Suikoden II (ps1)
Resident Evil Remake (gamecube)
Secret of Mana (snes)
Super Mario World (snes)
The Sims (pc)
Kings Quest V (pc)
Hope you enjoyed my list and don't be sad if your favorite isn't on here.. just remember this is my list and if you got your top ten then tell us! Games still make an impact on me and will continue to do so. I will be loyal to this medium until the day I die.
Thanks for reading! :D