All right, lets start the list, shall we? Chip's Challenge is a puzzle game and it's one of the earliest games I've ever played, one of the first five for that matter. The levels are fun, the music is great and it's a great work-out for the brain I tell you.
A fun game indeed and you can easily download it from www.dosgames.com - let me know if there are any problems!
Based on the unsuccessful film of the same name (admit it, you all have seen it), the game was nearly as unsuccessful as the film but, unlike its silver-screen counterpart, the game was better. The graphics were kinda good and the atmosphere was very dark. I loved that! Also, the vehicle movements were good but walking was a pain. The characters don't turn around in a fluid manner but rather one step at a time which proves fatal in combats.
This is the probably the most WTF? entry in this list. This is not even a full-fledged game, just a free software you receive but who the hell cares? You can either play it with a friend, sibling or with yourself (no sexual tone intended) and it's fun to the boot. It's fun, addictive and way, way better than Worms, which was annoying...
Road Rash, you may agree, is one of the bizarrest games ever and not only by the content, but by its creepy characters and audience too. It's so high-paced and exciting and it deserves a spot here. My favourite part? When my player falls off and runs, rather trots, to the bike... dunno why but it was always fun to watch!
This game was pleasing for 2 reasons: One, because of its graphics and Two, because of the interaction between your squad and the civilians. It also has several fun trivias here and there and my favourite part was in the shopping mall. Arresting people has never been *this* fun!
This is one of those games which you've never heard or if you have, you've probably never played. Ha! And you call yourself a gamer? Just look at the graphics, aren't they gorgeous? Look at the dog, ain't he rescue-worthy? I would totally risk my live for that pup, provided that he loves me back too. This is a puzzle game and expect to one level to be finished in 5-10 minutes.
Also, don't you think it's quite racially stereotypical? I mean, the guy is black, dresses as a farmer and his dog frequently gets kidnapped... Just saying!
No, this game is not unique; This is one of those "been there, done that". What actually sets this game apart from most other games in the same vein is the music. It's very catchy and immediately reels you in and, of course, the exciting characters and power-ups. It's a very enjoyable game and one of the best I ever had on PlayStation for that matter...
Seriously, have you ever played a game this silly but entertaining as hell? I must've played hundreds of basketball games but none has been this unique and addictive as this one. It's filled with familiar characters and funny upgrades + the whole gameplay ain't bad either... my advice? pick Daffy Duck!
My feelings while playing this game was akin to reading a Dan Brown novel: High-pace, sharp corners and break-neck speeds and, even though it's not in the books, the music. Seriously, the soundtrack is beyond epic. Also, whatever I hate in real-life driving, I love in this: High-speeds, epic accidents (OK, sorry) and the sound of breaking metal... all the while listening to Stop! by Jane's Addiction in the background! BRING IT ON!
Back in the days when we were sick and tired of playing Mario and Unreal Tournament, which were installed on every computer (hey, why aren't they on the list??), some upperclassman installed Prince of Persia and woah! it was love at first sight. Even though my feelings for this game has dwindled over the years, my respect hasn't and this is an amazing game and one of those that you have to play, nomadder what. The graphics are simple, the game-play is enthralling and the fight scenes are superb.
Also known as Mashed, but I like the sound of Drive to Survive better. Anyway, this is a buried game, buried under the likes of Psychonauts, Tekken 5 and GT 4 et al. And I'm quite surprised not many people have played this, really, as seeing how brilliant it is. No seriously, don't expect flowers and roses but rather smart cracks, insults and amazing camera work. Granted, the AI isn't really too bright but the camera? man, that's one of the best camera work I've ever seen in games. The further the camera zooms out, the more you're losing. Think of it as a less brutal version of Twisted Metal but a more smart version of Hot Wheels: Extreme Racing... try it, it's great!
This game, I kid you not, defines the word nostalgia for me. It's so charming, magical, fun, so... oh well, who am I kidding? It's friggin' annoying and a pain in the neck but, in a good way of course. Some parts are irritating but nevertheless, this is an unforgettable journey and the graphics were not bad at all and the V.O. were fine. I have a-many fond memories of this game and nomadder what you say, this game is worthy of being played!
MOH: V was a pretty slick game and was quite scary. The battle scenes were greatly detailed although it was a little painful to see due to the screen turning red from the injuries. But all in all, it's a very satisfying game although it's not better than the original or the other war-themed games I've played...
This is one of the best best VS. games I've played with its great cut-scenes and characters but it wasn't as exciting as Clash of Superheroes. The moves are pretty good but pulling off combos is so hard, so painful that 90% of it doesn't work out. The graphics are not bad at all although few glitches, like in any other decent game, exists...
Seriously, has there ever been a game this cooler? You know you're in for some serious shit when a game starts off with Bad to the Bone. From there the epicness just snowballs. The camera is unique, it's in isometric perspective. However, the most best thing is the music, seriously, have you ever seen Steppenwolf, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and George Thorogood all in one place? Nope, me either...
Nemesis is the complete opposite of the original Silent Hill game; while the latter scares you with its minimalistic approach and silence, the former scares you silly with its unexpected turns and violence. The atmosphere is very grim and, ironically enough, the feeling I had while playing this game and watching the silver-screen adaptation of Silent Hill was the same whereas my feelings while watching the silver-screen adaptation of Resident Evil and playing the Silent Hill game was near-to same, although not 100%... bizarre? yea, that's what I thought too...
At one point or another many of us had an unhealthy obsession with Hot Wheels die-cast models and when I was at the peak of mine, I bought this game. Anything Hot Wheels-related, I had to get it. This game is vehicular combat and an exciting one at that. The power-ups are amazing, the levels are well-defined and the transformations from land-to-sea-to-air really does the trick... a must have!
This game was given to me by my father on the grounds that I would enjoy it. And enjoy I did. One of the earliest FPS I'd played and it almost single-handedly started my obsession with that genre. Man, you gotta love FPS. Anyway, the game-play is good, the storyline is understandable and every level is well-defined although you wish it could've done better but nevertheless, nary an empty moment...
The GTA series, I'm sure you will agree, is one of the coolest game series out there and Vice City, considered by many, is the best out of the series although, frankly speaking, as seeing just how brilliant the preceding game was, I was left a-little disappointed by the laid-back, sunny environment Vice City had adopted as opposed to the grim and dark atmosphere of Liberty City. Nevertheless, this game is enjoyable down to the last mission, the last kill, the last cut-scene and is the only installment to which I remember all the cheat-codes: Aspirine, Nuttertools, Professionaltool anyone? Man, the good ole' days...
When I saw the trailer for SSX on Tour, The opening, with Run to the Hills, in the background totally won me over. The pace is fast, the graphics are great and the music is legendary + the extras and bonuses are superb!
The first war game I'd played and subsequently, one of the earliest horror. I know MOH doesn't fall under the latter but to me it was. The music was kinda spooky and the opening mission was scary. One man against all. You toss the grenades and they, the enemies, kick it back to you. WOAH! You shoot them and if their helmets fall off, they kick it towards you. DOUBLE WOAH! And that's just the first mission. It gets worse later on!
All in all, the game is quite exciting although there are much better war games out there and this gets average after the second time around...
Motocross Madness is a game better enjoyed when you're high because, however bizarre it may sound, it is quite surreal due to its sounds, crashes, graphics and the invisible sling-shot. Many prefer the sequel but I prefer this because it's more exciting whereas II was quite dull.
OK, I admit, I only played the demo (only 2 tracks and one race course) but I played the hell out of it! It's a fun game and you get to race with 20 people... that's cool!!
They say good things come in small packages. That pretty much sums up SkyRoads. OK, here's a little test for you: Google up great games lists and see how many of them have added SkyRoads. That's right, none, or maybe the odd member here and there. I've virtually finished each level more than 110 times and even then, I can't seem to get enough. If played properly, the whole game can be finished under 10 minutes, as opposed to the 100 bazillion hours in other games. So that means each level takes 30-40 seconds to finish, provided you don't fall down!!
A ship, some colourful levels and simple controls is what makes SkyRoads a brilliant, if largely unknown, game from the early 90's.
One of the only 3 NFS title in this list and you might be wondering what's it doing all the way down here? I'll tell you: Prior-Most Wanted, and bar the Underground titles, the games had no storyline, no characters and none of the customization features and that's exactly what made those games unique and fun to play. Not to say I didn't like the customization feature but it made the NFS series stray too far from its original roots. Frankly speaking, post-Underground titles felt like the Fast and the Furious movies... The reason why I ranked this is because it was very nail-biting and the race-courses were very well detailed and overall, it was executed nicely...
The Hotswap feature... is that the coolest feature ever to appear in a video-game? Man, I totally fell in love with that feature more than the game itself. The Oil-Rig mission is my favourite although I sometimes favour the opening mission too. The interaction b/w your members is great and I just love the vehicular movements. The missions itself are quite short and it doesn't take a rocket scientist in order to figure out the controls or the vicinity... A brilliant war-themed game that deserves to go back to!
For any kid growing up in the 90's, like me, Pro BMX was probably one of the coolest games they'd ever played. I mean, it's all about the "freedom", just take a BMX and woosh! do whatever you want to. You have no idea the countless hours spent on this awesome game. I highly recommend it!
Or a.k.a the coolest video-game since Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors' Dream, MvC is just unavoidable. The graphics are pure awesome and the whole setup is f**** EPIC!
With a good storyline and amazing fleshed out characters and smooth game-play, this game is meant to be treasured for a long time and if it's not in your list, then you obviously haven't played it enough. I always chose either the Hulk or Mega-Man. The latter is just fun to play with.
One of the earliest sport games and one of the earliest I fell in love with. It's unique and you literally become the skate-boarder and the whole game-play is addicting right down to boot. Ever since I was young I was always interested in skate-boarding and even though I can't skate-board in real life, I can pull off some of the most difficult and gnarliest moves ever in the game. If only I could do that in real life
The Age of Empires series, alongside the NFS series, had a big impact on me. And I mean big!Rise of Rome is just about the greatest title and probably everyone's favourite. The add-ons were great, the gameplay was purely awesome and the whole setup is just frickin' CLASSIC! You won't enjoy an AoE title this much, I guarantee!
Enter Electro is either a great sequel or an unnecessary one, depending on your point of view. For me it was, and will remain, the former. Electro has almost everything the first game didn't and even though it presents itself in an impressive manner, you might find yourself, like I, running to the first game instead of this.
The ability to finally walk on street-level was the number 1 point here and because of this, many missions felt realistic and a better understanding was enabled to the game and Spider-Man. I liked playing him much this time around. I don't know why but he acted like how he was supposed to. The game itself, unlike it's predecessor, was quite dark and quite mature. The graphics were more better and we get to see the web-line more detailed rather than just a long white hot-glue.
Anyway, Enter Electro offers much more, has a great villain gallery and you get to see Beast humping the air and Spidey's pointy ass... which is something!
I wanted to rank this higher but this is the highest I could go... now, you may have probably read this elsewhere on the site that I consider Porsche Unleashed to be the most beautiful out of the series. That's right, beautiful - in the sense that it only has Porsche cars (I consider them to be very beautifully made, don't you think) and the race-tracks, courses, paths, whatever you wanna call it, are so greatly defined and are very beautiful to look at.
The car controls are so smooth that it feels more a parade than a race (you know, when a fleet of cars parade around town to commemorate a birthday or something) and the AI is somewhat weak but gives all it can. Like I was saying, NFS hasn't created a game which is this is fun to play, beautiful to look at and very informative since.
But of course, it provokes some laughs when cars crash into an obstacle which causes them to somersault in the air but hey, this is year 2000 we're talking about...
Apart from Spiderman 1982, Web of Fire, Battle for New York and War of the Gems, I've played all Spidey titles till Web of Shadows and this one, Spider-Man 2000 is the greatest and damn near to perfect if you ask me.
This is how a Spidey game should be made. It's colourful, engaging, funny and totally unputdownable. See, the engines in the recent titles are realistic to the point that it becomes a nuisance. While swinging, Spidey would cling to the nearest surface and it was quite difficult to control the character. But in this game, however, you just press R2 (nostalgia!!) and swoosh! you're on the other side, no problem. The boss battles are quite unique and they offer a-lot than just punches and/or combos.
Unlike the previous titles and it's immediate sequel, Enter Electro, this one has a much light-hearted tone to it and a great feel over it. All in all, this is my favourite title from the never-ending series and I must've played it over 50-60 times and that sound when Spidey swings is one of my favourite video-game sounds...!!
On a further note, you else thought Monster-Ock was just about the scariest character they had seen in a game??
Any dude, or dudette, who doesn't have Symphony of the Night in their top 10 is probably a kiddo or an ignoramus...
SotN is one of the many reasons that defines the gaming industry. It's one of the coolest titles ever and, I think I've said this before, I simply love side-scrolling games and all because of SotN. It made the genre sexy and looked beautiful doing it. The game-play is superb, the characters are intriguing and... this is purely a perfect game!
God of War is all things brutal, violent and expert story-line. A damn near-to-perfect title, GOW is gamers' wet-dream and every developer's fantasy. Until the release of GOW, game icons were either very colourful or moderately adult and pretty much dominated the 90's but, Kratos however, put an end to all that and became probably the first 100% adult and aggressive gaming icon (sorry, my knowledge on games is quite low. Anyone care to disagree or agree?)
I loved it from the first battle itself although, if compared to its sequel, the boss battles were quite hard and it had more of the 'brainy' stuff and the cut-scenes, especially Desert of Lost Souls, were amazing and almost to the level of Hollywood films.
If you will notice the sequel is nearly-always ranked higher than this and for good reason. But, what exactly set the ball in motion? This game! If you want a game that is both enjoyable and gives you a feeling akin to watching a film, then God of War is that type. You don't always have to be a Greek mytho expert, like I'm, to enjoy it but it always helps when you have a little knowledge! Crack the books, then pick up the controller!
This must be the common reaction of people; "NFS 2 better than God of War" *bites the hinge-joint of the index finger*...
The reason why this is the highest ranking NFS is because maybe due to the fact that I consider it to be the *true* title in the series or maybe this is the most-played (since it's inception, I must've played it over 250 times, no kidding, serious face), so maybe its because of that reason but what the hey? The race-tracks are well-defined and the AI is not bad either. Sometimes the race becomes so nail-biting that you lose all echos of the world and sometimes it becomes so dull, so boring you just wanna stop and watch a porno... oh, let's stop this right here!
What makes this game so great in front of the recent titles? Let's see: Lack of storyline, live-action characters, voice-overs and car customization. Oh man, how these features truly caused the fall of the empire. Need for Speed had a unique identity of it's own and this title proves all that. Just pick a car and GO! not pick a car, wait for the loading screen, wait for a cut-scene, wait for a blonde to show on-screen, wait for dialogues, wait for another loading screen, wait for a menu to ask whether or not you really want to race and then the race finally begins... This is why I dig the pre-Underground titles a-lot...
Anyway, this game has an arcade, or unrealistic, feel to it but that's exactly the reason why I love it. You may laugh at this game, you modern-games worshipper, and you may not even finish it but I gotta tell you, you're really missing a classic here...
Considered by many as the second-best in the series, it's not hard to see why: The freedom is expanded, the choices are near-to-unlimited and, finally, the protagonist can swim, further adding to the freedom-factor... No longer we watch our protagonist drown while we sit there, hopeless, unable to do anything.
I personally believe that it could've done times better (I know, I know) and even though it had great characters, I somehow felt them too rushed and hurried. Not to say they weren't interesting or anything but at times it felt too amateurish and could've done better, especially on Ryder and Sweet. Also, I believe this game tackles much more issues, serious or not, than all the other titles. The others are about making a mark on the world but in this, it's all about life and arranging it all together and it's executed brilliantly.
There have been so many classic anti-heroes that it's hard to chose just one but from the mid-2000's, I think there's no better candidate than Carl 'CJ' Johnson. (OK, maybe Kratos). From the beginning you start to like him. And by the time you finish off the game, Carl becomes less a game character and more a close friend, a feeling I did not feel while playing other titles... A classic, and funny, game of modern times!
Frankly speaking, I've forgotten much about this game but I remember this game enough to rank it in the top 5. The music was tantalizing, the game-play was amazing, the characters were well-defined and overall, from start to finish, it had you hooked with its interesting corners, scary battles and engaging dialogues.
I haven't played any other FF title so I cannot compare it to others but I have a feeling they must be equally better or much, much better. Anyway, this is a great game and the amount of time spent will be worth it!
DOOM! This is a game that is found in every damn list out there. Not mentioning it would be like not mentioning Stairway to Heaven in The Top 10 Best Led Zeppelin Songs... that would be insane!
This is the game that separates the boys from men. The weak from the strong. Whether you've played it or not, there's no chance you haven't heard of it and if you haven't, please state the co-ordinates of the rock you've been living in (you may find a SWAT team near you very soon)...
Even though, I admit, the graphics are showing their age, no horror-themed game of the now can match up the creepiness and scare-factor DOOM emitted. If the 'monsters' looked scary (and badly pixellated) from a-far, then they looked absolutely hellish from near and that was enough to scare the beejezuz out of anyone.
The levels were truly macabre and still matches up to most horror-themed games and movies of today. Speaking of which, how many of you HATED the silver-screen adaptation?? I know I did!
The first two were top-down while III adopted the 3D format which would bring the series to worldwide success and controversies and would invent the 'sandbox' genre which we all love to love...
Now the reason for being the highest ranking GTA title: I've played all from GTA 1 to GTA IV and this is the only one which seemed very GTA-esque. It had a dark, grim and unpredictable atmosphere and a much more better game-play than the others (I'm old-skool I know) and Claude, the "fucking snake without a tongue" protagonist is by and far the best. Him being silent was the strong point. Even though he had a face, players could easily imagine themselves, with their voice, as Claude and could also come up with imagined-conversations. Who could've thought being silent would be *this* cool? Also, the missions were amazing and any vehicular sequences were just great!
Story-wise, it's quite strong although I like the GTA San Andreas story better, so this might be number 2. Overall, the whole game is the true personification of what GTA is really all about and is a kick-ass title... deserves to be played!
The anti-hero, Kratos, is a deicide. The game itself is a ludicide. It's Latin for God-killer and Game-killer (the latter is not an actual word, just something I came up with)...
GOW II is a brilliant, never-failing game. The controls are amazing, the violence is more than any Sam Peckinpah flick combined and story-line is very tight. The one reason why I enjoyed this game more than most is because I knew my Greek mythology and therefore, was able to pin-point many characters, events and/or connections (eg: Cronos being Zeus's father). There's nothing about this game that can be said as dull, boring or bad, everything is action-paced and keeps you entertained for long hours even after the game has finished. The graphics are nothing to sneeze at and the V.O's by almost were great. It's a good thing they bought T.C. Carson back to reprise his role as Kratos. I just can't imagine him with another voice and Michael Clarke Duncan as Atlas? That was a strong addition!
All in all, it has a much darker, maturer tone than it's predecessor and has almost twice the violence but the storyline this time is much better around and the boss battles are very well-defined. You're given more freedom than the previous game and more thinking time. My most favourite part is the whole Great Chasm level... epicness!!!!
Come on, you knew this was coming. Admit it, you knew this was coming, you... oh, you didn't? Well, for you this list ends here (tata, bye-bye).... others who knew please continue reading!
Any better candidate for the number 1 position? Even though Diablo II wasn't the first game I'd played, it was the first in terms of character-oriented. Prior to this game I only used to play racing or 'short' games like Chip's Challenge. This was the first time I'd played a game with a full-fledged story-line and various different characters. The dark, ominous-steeped-in-fantasy setting really did the trick and, I kid you not, almost single-handedly started my obsession with all things dark, horror or macabre or anything in the same line. From start to finish, the game has its hooks in you, very deep and doesn't let go unless and until you truly 100% finish off the game.
However, just like most games, this also suffers from some setbacks: Due to the spawning of the characters, the speed of the game would slow down and often crash (my computer was fast, mind you) and some glitches occur during mini-battles with the hordes but the rather impressive game-play and storyline makes it up for that and these little setbacks become a distant memory...
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50 Best Video-Games I've Played
Mind you, the list says best games I've played, not greatest games ever, so you will not find Halo, Half-Life, Bioshock, Crysis and all the cool titles of the now, and 10 years ago, because I still haven't played those... If you're expecting at least one of them to turn up, you're in for a big disappointment, sorry about that!
I've based this list mostly on nostalgia and the titles I used to play when I was a kid. I've played several games but somehow, unlike others, I wasn't attracted to the hits or the games which were high in demand. I was more into obscure and forgotten games because they had more entertainment and were easy to play. It felt like as if you really are playing a game, not playing a game and watching a movie at the same time, with the never-ending cut-scenes and all that... you will find titles which have that here but not that many!