You’ve seen my favourite movies, now for my favourite games
A little while ago I wrote about my TOP 20 FAVOURITE FILMS OF ALL TIME and it inspired me to then write about my other huge hobby/passion which is video games. I’ve been playing games since I can remember starting with the Sega Master System all the way up to the most modern console generation. I’ve never been a PC gamer, so don’t expect any PC games on this list. Before we start here are some honourable mentions:
Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
God of war (2018)
Resident Evil 7 (2017)
Resident Evil 2 Remake (2019)
Mortal Kombat 2 (1993)
Crash Bandicoot N’Sane Trilogy (2017)
Mario Kart Double Dash (2003)
Mortal Kombat Deception (2004)
Comix Zone (1995)
Mortal Kombat 11 (2019)
Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland (2005)
The Simpsons: Hit and Run (2003)
I love each and every one of these games and some days they may replace some of the twenty on this list. But without further ado, here are my top 20 video games of all time!
NUMBER 20: Fallout: New Vegas (2010)
A lot of people prefer New Vegas to Fallout 3, I personally don’t, mainly for the reason that Fallout 3 was the first one I played in the series and I have a lot of nostalgia for it. Secondly, my first playthrough of New Vegas was disastrous – I had one save and was stuck on a game-breaking glitch, that I had to wait for ages for them to patch to even play the game. Once this was done though, I explored one of the best open worlds of all time and the game still gets compared to every time a new Fallout is released. The main quest, characters and RPG elements were far better than Fallout 3’s and the DLC for this game is brilliant. I’m very excited to play Obsidian’s new RPG The Outer Worlds, as I absolutely love this game.
NUMBER 19: Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
I love the GTA series, I own every game in the series. GTA 5 stands tall as one of the best. It has the best story, the best side missions and the best open sandbox of the series. I spent countless hours playing this game to 100% completion. I wasn’t a massive fan of the online portion of the game (although I’m not a fan of online games in particular) and I prefer one other entry in the series, but GTA 5 was a great closing chapter of the previous console generation and I still have very fond memories of it today.
NUMBER 18: Devil May Cry 3 (2005)
Devil May Cry 3 is the most cool and stylish game I have ever played to this day. DMC 5 attempted to bring back the flavour of this game and although it was a great game, there was something missing compared to 3. In my opinion, this features the best story of the series, the best bosses and one of the best opening cut scenes of any game ever. I do prefer one other game in this series for one reason, I miss the horror element from the first game, I really hoped they would it bring back in 5 – they didn’t. Saying this I have replayed this game more times than most other games on this list and probably will again in the coming years.
NUMBER 17: Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (2000)
I love Marvel, I love fighting games and I love a lot of Capcom games; so, of course I’m going to love the Marvel vs. Capcom series. I enjoy the whole series, but the second one is my favourite, it had the best roster – by far and one of the most technical, yet fun fighting systems that I can think of. My main team always were: Wolverine, Iron Man and Dhalsim and I poured dozens of hours into this game on console and in the arcade.
NUMBER 16. Batman Arkham Asylum (2009)
Batman is my favourite superhero of all time and the Arkham Series is my favourite adaptation of him outside of the comics. Arkham Asylum is the best of the series, the whole game oozes Batman’s Gothic atmosphere and every character is voice acted perfectly. The combat inspired nearly a decades worth of games since and the story was excellent. Everything about this game is amazing and I’m very excited to see what Rocksteady’s new Superman game will be like.
NUMBER 15. God of War (2005)
I am obsessed with ancient mythology and history, Greek being my all-time favourite. The whole God of War series is among my favourite game series, but the first one was nothing like I’d ever seen. It had a simplified version of Devil May Cry’s combat, but with way better bosses and an epic story and music score to boot. The reason this ranks higher than the others in the series is something very petty, but I absolutely love, I prefer the way cutscenes were done in this game – it reminded me of 300. The scenes are highly stylised and I prefer the narration. It may seem small, but that is what edges it over all the other great games in the series for me.
NUMBER 14: Dead Rising (2006)
I got the Xbox 360 in 2007 for two reasons: Gears of War and Dead Rising. Dead Rising is a game that is close to my heart, I’ve replayed it more times than I can count. It is the most re-playable and fun game that I can think of at that time. The amount of enemies on screen was unparalleled and the bosses rank as some of my most memorable game bosses of all time – specifically the clown. I enjoyed all the sequels but the first game is a timeless classic.
NUMBER 13: Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006)
Let’s go back to Christmas 2008, one of my most memorable Christmases of all time. I had been playing my first ever RPG (Fallout 3) for a couple months and asked my parents to get me Bethesda’s (the creators of Fallout 3 and Oblivion) previous game Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion. They let me have it the early morning of Christmas to play whilst I waited for them to wake up and straight away I was captured. This was it, I now knew I loved RPGs specifically Bethesda’s ones. I put hundreds of hours into this game and it was my favourite game of all time along with Fallout 3, until 2011.
NUMBER 12. Hotline Miami (2012)
It was just by chance that I saw Hotline Miami on Youtube and the Youtuber told their viewers that this game was awesome. I love the 80s and gory action movies/ games so I was down. I downloaded the game and was addicted. I got to the point where I would dream of this game (Which has only happened with two other games: Fallout 3 and Mortal Kombat 2) and the music specifically stuck with me forever. It is the only Indie game on this list and for good reason, it is a modern masterpiece.
NUMBER 11: Grand Theft Auto Vice City (2002)
This was my first GTA and is my favourite. I would say this game is the reason I completely love 80s music, it introduced me to a ton of music I had not heard before and got me to research more. It wasn’t just the music though, the overall style was perfect and was way ahead of it’s time when it comes to storytelling and atmosphere. I wish that this and Simpsons Hit and Run would be remade, as this is a childhood favourite of mine.
NUMBER 10: Tekken 3 (1997)
Tekken 3 is the only 3-D fighting game from the 90s that still holds up today. The graphics have aged quite a bit, but the fluidity and gameplay has changed very little in the newest title: Tekken 7. Which shows how good this game really was and is even still to this day. The music screamed the late 90s, it was super cool and there was a ton of side content to unlock and play. I had late nights and early mornings playing this game and it will always stay with me as one of my favourite fighting games of all time.
NUMBER 9: Devil May Cry (2001)
My mum randomly got me this game when I was young, as a gift, she saw it was about demons and the game was from Japan and knew that I would probably like it. As soon as I saw the opening cinematic I knew I would love it straight away, the style was cooler than anything I had ever seen before and the combat unlike any game at that time. It created the hack’n’slash action game genre, not yet perfected, but was great for the time. The thing that makes this so much better compared to the sequels for me is the atmosphere, it has a much heavier horror tone in this one (probably because this was going to be Resident Evil 4) and I don’t know why the rest of the series never kept this tone. This being said it started off one of my favourite game franchises and remains my favourite in the series.
NUMBER 8: Gears of War (2006)
As I said earlier, there were two reasons I bought a 360 and Gears of War was the main one. This game revolutionised gaming. They took what Resident Evil 4 did so well with third-person shooting and improved on it from all angles, creating 3rd person shooting gameplay that hasn’t really changed much today, 12 years later. It wasn’t just the gameplay though, the world-building was great, monster designs iconic and a ton of gore which I’ve always loved in my video games. Lastly, this is the first online multiplayer I remember playing and still remains some of my favourite online memories. True, the second and third ones improved parts of the first, but I prefer the small horror elements in this game and there was no other game at the time that showed how powerful the new generation’s graphics were compared to the past generation and there was nothing like the feeling of when I first played it.
NUMBER 7: Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
The best game of this generation? 100% yes! And this generation has had some of the best games ever produced, but for nostalgia reasons, the other 19 games have managed to beat them all. The list could possibly be different in 5-10 years, but one game from this generation deserved to be on this list now: The Witcher 3. It has inspired nearly every open-world game since, but none have managed to capture the magic of this game. It features one of the best open worlds ever produced, one of the best stories (both main and side) I’ve ever seen in an RPG and a huge array of amazing enemy designs. This could easily be number one in a few more years, but right now it sits comfortably at number 7. I am very excited for the Witcher series to come out to Netflix and even more so for CD Projekt Red’s new ambitious RPG Cyberpunk 2077 coming early next year.
NUMBER 6: Bioshock (2007)
What is there to say about Bioshock that hasn’t been said in the last 12 years? It has one of the coolest worlds ever featured in a game, the gameplay and graphics still hold up today and the story is among the best of all time. The blend of first-person shooter/ horror/ RPG had not been done to death at this point and this still compares with the best of today. I enjoyed Bioshock 2 and really liked Infinite, but the original Bioshock is easily the best and will remain as one of the best games ever made.
NUMBER 5: Elder Scrolls V Skyrim (2011)
There’s a reason people still talk about and still make memes/gifs of Skyrim eight years later; it is one of the best games ever made. It is the reason that open-world RPGs are so big now, but hardly any except for maybe Witcher 3 has been able to match it. Obviously, there are holes you can point out, a lot of RPG elements were left out compared to Oblivion and the side quests weren’t as strong, but I can’t say I’ve ever put more hours into a game since and I’m not sure if I ever will. The game also came out at a very tough point in my life and the escapism of the game really helped.
NUMBER 4: Resident Evil 4 (2005)
Resident Evil 4 revolutionised gaming for years to come. The third-person shooting was unlike anything we had ever played and it shot the series from a popular one to a AAA game series. The story was nothing special, but the characters were fun, the combat addictive and it is one of the most replayable games out there. The game has been re-released done to death in the last fourteen years, being released on literally every gaming platform since. That being said; I still go back to this game time to time and similar to Gears of War, there haven’t been many games that have given me that same feeling I got in the first playthrough of this game.
NUMBER 3: Fallout 3 (2008)
The game that introduced me to the world of RPGs. Before I played this game most games I played were action-adventure and fighting games, then I saw the trailer for the game at E3 and knew I had to get it. I know that technically Fallout New Vegas is the better game, but you have to understand I had never played a game like Fallout 3 before. The amount of content, different ways of playing a game and the customization was unparalleled to me, even if there were games before it (Oblivion and Morrowind) that played very similar. I have put the most hours into this game over any other and although Bethesda have screwed up with Fallout 76 and Fallout 4 didn’t even feel like an RPG, the amount of choice and fun I had in Fallout 3 cannot be forgotten.
NUMBER 2: Mortal Kombat (2011)
My top two games of all time, really swap around often. Sometimes this will be number one, other times number two. Right now, Mortal Kombat (MK9) is number two. MK9 brought back my favourite franchise of all time back to the masses. It completely overhauled the combat and brought back the good name the series once had years prior. The fatalities were the best of the time, the graphics were great and there was a ton of unlockable content and a bunch of different modes to play through. My favourite thing about the game though was the story, it was the first time we got so many cut scenes of all our favourite characters and although I have small complaints (the use of Baraka, Reptile and the Shokan) this remains my favourite Mortal Kombat and probably will be in at least my top five for the rest of my life.
NUMBER 1: Dark Souls (2011)
Can I just say, 2011 was a damn good year for games. Skyrim, MK9 and Dark Souls! Everyone has heard of Dark Souls and Fromsoftware by now as they have shot into stardom. In 2011 this wasn’t the case they were a small games developer who had made a few games previously including the cult hit Demon’s Souls, but it was the release of Dark Souls that changed everything. From 2011-2013 the word spread of the hardest game of all time, a game rich in lore and that had old school action RPG mechanics had come out with some of the best creature, boss and world designs ever crafted and that game was Dark Souls. I purchased the game mid-2013 and it changed my whole viewpoint on gaming forever. I had never played such a challenging, yet rewarding game in my life before. The combat was addictive to learn and get good at and every single enemy you came up against was a little puzzle to get past and the bosses were and still are some of the best ever in gaming. For a long time, I couldn’t get back into normal AAA games, as I didn’t find them fulfilling enough and I’m not sure if I ever got fully over that. Sure, it could be argued that Dark Souls 3 or Bloodborne are technically better games by now, but neither of them gave me that feeling I had when I first played Dark Souls.
There we have it, my top 20 games of all time. It was a very difficult list, similar to my top 20 movies, the top 5 I know, but the rest are hard because there are so many great games! I hope you enjoyed reading this, giving you a little history why these games mean so much to me and if you haven’t played any of them, I hope I’ve given you a reason to (even the honourable mentions) Thanks for reading! Follow my blog for more posts like this!