Favorite games of all time (since the late 90s)
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Nothing can quite describe the feeling of immersion for the first time in a beloved universe being able to make truly personal choices while traversing a brilliant story with unforgettable characters by my side.
Super Mario 64 - Nintendo 64
This game changed the 3D landscape by taking it from a clunky medium to instant perfection. To this day, platformers still mirror what made Mario 64 great.
Mass Effect 2 - Xbox 360
Everything I'd hoped for in ME1 was realized here. Improved battle mechanics, incredible character connections and a perfectly balanced story, pace, action, and writing.
Freespace 2 - PC Games
This was the best gaming surprise I could ask for -- beautiful graphics for 1999, addictive gameplay, and a remarkably interweaving and escalating plot.
BioShock Infinite - PC Games
Despite a slow and unbalanced start, Infinite wraps up as philosophically, psychologically, and emotionally incomparable and mind-blowing.
Super Smash Bros. Melee - GameCube
Fluid, crisp, fast-paced, diverse, and never ever got old playing with groups of friends.
Journey - PlayStation Network
An emotional, personal experience like no other. The less you know the better.
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 - PlayStation 2
The purely definitive fighting game in every respect. Littered with an insane roster, balanced before the era of patch updates, this was gold for many years.
Mario Kart 64 - Nintendo 64
Timeless, gorgeous, fantastic music, and one of the few games that nearly every person alive can ridiculously enjoy.
The Last of Us - PlayStation 3
Still emotionally resonating, years later. Extraordinary graphics, voice acting, gameplay, and difficulty. Unforgettable sequences and arcs, impeccable writing.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty - PlayStation 2
The biggest 'gotcha' of gaming. Despite its slow and annoying start, the philosophical and visionary-like story development of this game trumps any negatives.
Halo 3 - Xbox 360
The most perfect arcade shooter, online maps and arenas, ever made.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - PlayStation 3
The developers hit us with sequence after sequence of memorable and dopamine-filled brilliance, with an exquisite villain and emotionally-gripping characters.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 - PlayStation 2
Games in this series were always insanely entertaining. This one for me had the most intrigue, with the many unlockable characters and immaculate level design.
Tomb Raider - PlayStation 3
The art/level design, battle system, voice acting, characters, pace of the story, action-filled sequences, and collectibles were just so excellently done.
Batman: Arkham Asylum - Xbox 360
Batman has the best superhero movie, the best superhero cartoon, and now the best superhero game? So many homages, such great gameplay, so fluid, so right.
Horizon Zero Dawn - PlayStation 4
Guerilla Games escaped the shadow of their Killzone series and created a visually glorious game with incredibly fun, unique, and layered gameplay, story, and writing.
Of games that I've played. I've gotten a bit behind but I'll catch up :)