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People who added this item 145 Average listal rating (95 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0
Kirby Super Star - Super famicom and SNES


It's strange that Kirby has sold 30 millions games and yet, he's still under the radar in comparison to his Nintendo peers like Mario, Zelda and Metroid. Even when the majority of this series' entries are really easy, I am just enamoured by the cute yet brave pink blob. Out of all the Kirby games, Super Star still stands out as the best in both my opinion and overall consensus. With eight different modes at your disposal, it's the most expansive terms of entertainment value. Even if it's way too easy, Kirby's copy abilities and how different and engaging each modes were sold me on it.


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Destroying the Halberd ship
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People who added this item 48 Average listal rating (32 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 0
Tecmo Super Bowl - Famicom and NES


As someone who grew up in in the UK, I absolutely know little to nothing about American Football. Further more, I rarely get into sports-oriented video games, though, there are some exceptions, particularly with Tecmo Super Bowl. This was and still is my favourite sports video game. I have had my share of the more modern and technically advanced titles that I've played but unlike those games where I get bored after a couple of playthroughs, I can play Super Bowl without getting fatigued. Its simple but intensely competitive gameplay is easily accessible and appealing to anyone who doesn't want to go through all those complicated routines just to make a play. Nevertheless, the tactical choices, while quite shallow, gives the game a surprising amount of depth and unpredictability, even for a NES game.


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Doing a run without getting tackled
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People who added this item 56 Average listal rating (27 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 0
Harvest Moon 64 - Nintendo 64


On an earshot, a video game based on farming sounds like the most boring fucking thing in the world, but the Harvest Moon series manages to make tedium calming and addicting. Sometimes, it is nice to relax from the usual violence of video games and just farm. I know that there are other entries in the series that improves upon what 64 does but it's the one that introduced me to Harvest Moon and the one that I always go back to. While it can get mundane at the beginning with the usual farm-sleep-farm-sleep routine to gather money, patience is rewarded as different and interesting mechanics becomes more prevalent as you progress through the game years and it is the most prideful thing when your farm just looks awesome.


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The blue hat stays. Even on my wedding day.
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People who added this item 220 Average listal rating (97 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 0


Just a small notice: prepare to see a couple of Zelda games on this list.

Spirit Tracks is my favourite handheld entry of the series and even though it's obvious that other portable games like A Link Between Worlds and Minish Cap have better mechanic and gameplay overall, there was something charming about Spirit Track's story and control scheme. A follow up from the slightly disappointing but still good Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks improves on what Phantom Hourglass introduced, from the touch screen controls to using the DS mic as an extra mechanic to use an item. It also has a fun story and possibly my favourite incarnation of Princess Zelda to date.


Most Memorable Moment:
Zelda freaks out
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People who added this item 605 Average listal rating (318 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 0
Mass Effect - Xbox 360


Mass Effect holds a very special place in my heart because it started a love story between me and, in my opinion, the greatest science fiction trilogy to be ever conceived since Star Wars. While the sequel is an improvement in almost every aspect, the original had enough rich lore, story, and characters to implore multiple replays, which makes up for the mediocre combat and unrefined RPG mechanics.


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One of the most controversial moments in video game history... according to stupid, biased journalists with ridiculous straw man arguments.
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People who added this item 141 Average listal rating (69 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0


Remember that time where rhythm games with expensive plastic peripherals were the new hot thing? Of course, after Activision milked the genre to shit and ran it to the ground and Harmonix being more selective with their games, it's now a thing of the past. Out of all the rhythm titles that came out of that short era, Guitar Hero III stuck out for me as the best. While the learning curve is much steeper than some of the others in the series, it had a great selection of songs to choose from, it's a lot more responsive than the previous entries, and its difficulty, even if a little bit unfair in some parts, felt satisfying. All thanks to this game, I discovered new artists - some I'm still listening to today - and it inspired me to learn guitar.


Most Memorable Moment:
Beating a virtual Slash in a guitar battle
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People who added this item 229 Average listal rating (100 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0
Fire Emblem - Game Boy Advance


Here's another under-appreciated Nintendo intellectual property - one that needs more recognition than it deserves. Probably because they have never released a game outside Japan until this game. I'm guessing it's because the Japanese think us westerners are too dumb and stupid to comprehend this famously difficult and often punishing game series. The very first Fire Emblem game released outside of Japan is the one that paved way in popularising the series in the west and for a lot of people - including me - this was the first one we've ever played. This portable tactical gem boasted an unusually involving epic that spans years and numerous characters - with story-telling akin to fantasy and historical fiction. The gamble-like style of the strategy brings a lot of tension into your decision making and the notion that a character can die for good, makes it all the more riveting.


Most Memorable Moment:
Florina dying on your first playthrough. Never again...
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People who added this item 1198 Average listal rating (882 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 0
Final Fantasy VII - PlayStation


A lot of my friends have suggested this game and advertised it as the "best game ever" or "the best Final Fantasy game". Unfortunately for me - that type of hype kind of put me off it for a while. After playing it of course, I think it's a great Final Fantasy game though I've played better ones (you will see further in this list). Credit can be given to VII for completely popularizing Final Fantasy and JRPGs in general around the world. While it does look like crap in today's standards, the solid RPG gameplay, carefully paced storytelling, and good character development are still intact and quite timeless. Although, I also blame this game for progressing a few annoying features that future Final Fantasy games tend to overuse - from the angsty and broody protagonist, overtly visual set pieces and more emphasis on a needlessly convoluted plot.


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Trying to woo Aeris ended up being kind of pointless.
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People who added this item 797 Average listal rating (828 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 0
Super Mario 64 - Nintendo 64


Much like how Super Mario Bros. revolutionised 2D platformers on the NES, Super Mario 64 did the same thing transitioning to polygonal 3D. Putting aside how important this game is to video games in general, it still holds up as a fun and well-designed platformer. With the exception of the stiff camera and outdated visuals, the controls are still tight in today's standards, has a tonne of variety with its gameplay and the levels are wonderfully retro in design.


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I believe Mario can fly...
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People who added this item 1016 Average listal rating (582 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 0


Oh look, it's another Zelda game on my list, how surprising. Twilight Princess is another brilliant entry from a consistently fantastic series of games. It has probably my favourite story out of all the Zelda games and that is all thanks to your sidekick, Midna, who I think is one of the most interesting and compelling video game characters I have ever met. Gameplay-wise, it's fucking Zelda so it's great - both on the Wii or the GameCube. It's lengthy, varied and has a ton of content to digest. My only problem with it is that it is possibly the easiest Zelda title I've ever played as I didn't break a sweat playing through it.




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Anything Midna related. She's just that awesome.
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People who added this item 130 Average listal rating (63 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 0
Fire Emblem Awakening - Nintendo 3DS


I wasn't expecting Awakening to completely rule months of my life after it came out. Being a casual player of the series since the Game Boy Advance entry, Awakening made me a full-fledged fan. Fire Emblem Awakening is my favourite game in the franchise to date and has been acquiring a classic status as one of the finest 3DS games ever made. The gameplay is still the solid, highly intense and deeply strategic turn-based game the series is known for and the characters are so lovable and unforgettable, brimming with different personalities and backgrounds, that them dying permanently is absolutely unacceptable. The marriage and inheritance system is a fantastic mechanic that they should use more often and the accessibility, from the ability to choose a difficulty (turning permanent death on or off) to a very streamlined interface and learning curve, are a very welcome additions, all resulting in satisfying both new players and hardcore Fire Emblem fans.


Most Memorable Moment:
Accidental nakedness eventually turns into love and marriage
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People who added this item 470 Average listal rating (351 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
Tekken 3 - PlayStation


I am not really into fighting games. Well, the one-on-one fighting games, that is, since I am more into the free for all, four player like Super Smash Bros. The only one-on-one fighting series that I really enjoy is the Tekken series, my favourite being the third instalment on the PSOne. While it isn't as fast paced as Street Fighter or violent as Mortal Kombat, the Tekken series felt a lot more realistic in terms of its mechanics. When you make a hit, the power of the attack feels much more authentic and the slow paced fighting makes it more strategic when it comes to figuring out how to beat an opponent. I acknowledge that later Tekken games are more refined but I always keep gravitating back to the third one.


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The Panda
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People who added this item 319 Average listal rating (153 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 0


Easily the best Resident Evil game in the entire franchise, probably the only good one from what I've played. Resident Evil 4 was the best risk the series ever entered into, changing from the fixed camera control to an over-the-shoulder third person perspective and abandoning the zombie trope that the series is very known for. This resulted in a very tense, very atmospheric and absolutely brilliant survival horror game. Aside from the Ashley escort missions, the game is just entertaining and action packed all the way through.


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Ummm...where did my head go?
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People who added this item 919 Average listal rating (549 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 0


I do wish that this game gets recognised a bit more and gets shunned less in comparison to the other Super Mario games. I think this game did a great job on following what Mario 64 introduced and in my opinion, an improvement overall. As well as looking a lot better and more prettier, it had better and more tighter controls, a more intuitive and less frustrating camera, and I did appreciate its further emphasis on exploration and problem solving, even if the level design did lack a tad bit (though remedied by the platform challenge levels).


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You vs Shadow Mario
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When I was young, I've always wanted a game that has free running like mechanics to complement platforming. While Super Mario 64 did have a free run sense in its gameplay, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time captures the authenticity. While the combat is quite repetitive, the free running platforming, time reversal and clever level design is just brilliant and a lot of fun. In addition to that, the story is surprisingly compelling with good, three dimensional characters.


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Scaling the Tower of Dawn with no Sand powers
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People who added this item 170 Average listal rating (83 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow - Game Boy Advance


Aria of Sorrow was the first Castlevania game I've ever played. I have played a good number of Castlevania games but I have never played Symphony of the Night. I'm sure it's a great game but I have never played it so I have no opinion of it. I mentioned Symphony of the Night because one: you don't have to pester me into putting it on my list and two: it is the game that changed the structure of Castlevania, from a linear side-scrolling action platformer to a metroid-style backtrack action RPG and Aria of Sorrow follows suit. Aria, and it's sequel, Dawn of Sorrows are the best Castlevania games I have ever played, in comparison to what I've played. While lacking on depth of its RPG elements, the game has flowing controls, interesting story, great combat, and a cleverly dark take on Kirby's copy cat mechanics in the form of Souls, which can be taken from an enemy and used as a weapon or ability, which makes combat and exploration a lot more fun and interesting.


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A giant chicken shooting laserbeams out of its eyes
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People who added this item 868 Average listal rating (529 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 0
Super Mario Galaxy - Nintendo Wii


To me, this is the best 3D Mario game and since its sequel, Galaxy 2, is practically the same game, even though I prefer Galaxy, I might as well acknowledge it too. The Mario Galaxy games are the amalgamation of what the level designers have learned in the previous 3D Mario games. As usual with Mario games, very tight controls and very ingenious level designs, though, the Mario Galaxy games takes advantage of the planetary gravity and gave the platforming a whole new dimension, even if the fixed camera leads to unintentional mistakes. Not to mention that both games look absolutely gorgeous, even with the Wii's technical limitations, and the soundtrack is orchestral heaven, complementing the spacious and grandiose nature of the games.


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That giant bee is enjoying that way too much...
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People who added this item 760 Average listal rating (462 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 0


While I have to admit that this isn't the best Mario Kart game in the series in terms of control and content, Mario Kart DS holding that title, me and my friends love this game and still play it to this day. The controls will need time to get used to but other than that, the track selections are very varied and unforgettable, and the hectic, douche bag-ery nature that all Mario Kart games have is still intact in this game and with the addition of two characters in one kart, it can be surprisingly strategic, especially if you're working as a team with your friend.


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DK Mountain Barrel Cannon
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People who added this item 398 Average listal rating (230 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 0
Spyro the Dragon - PlayStation


Oh Spyro, how I've missed you so. Seriously, someone should just bring back Spyro with his own solo game. Spyro the Dragon is a very solid exploration platformer and one of the Playstation games that I have played the most because its just so much fun. While the level designs are a bit minimalistic, some taking less than 5 minutes to complete, the open ended nature of the game and Spyro's ease of control encourages exploration and collecting, which is the game's strongest aspect.


Most Memorable Moment
The Tree Top level launch ramps
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People who added this item 729 Average listal rating (478 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Nintendo Wii


Most of my friends argue with me that Melee is better than Brawl, which I always ignore because I just had more fun with it than the former. Brawl is pretty much the same game as Melee. Same control scheme and same concept of victory. Only with a more balanced roster, more modes, and more replay value. It got rid of the clones (fucking Pichu's gone, thank god) and the Final Smashes made matches more intense. My only problems with this game are that the online multiplayer sucks, characters can trip for some inexplicit reason, and the loading times are a tad bit ridiculous, probably because there are Virtual Console demo games on the disk that takes up a lot of space.


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Giant Jigglypuff
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People who added this item 208 Average listal rating (91 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 0
Jade Empire - Xbox


Easily one of the best games to come out on the original Xbox. Bioware's Wuxia influenced RPG showcases that the development company can actually do combat since, in my opinion, they never really excelled at as they put forward story first. While I do like Knights of the Old Republic, Jade Empire felt a lot more balanced to me and improved a lot of RPG elements and of course, made the combat less static and more player involving. The martial arts combat is highly intuitive and a lot of fun, and the story, while not as gripping as Knights of the Old Republic or Mass Effect, is still enjoyably dialogue heavy and character driven.


Most Memorable Moment:
Romantic three way
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People who added this item 317 Average listal rating (124 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 0


My favourite game on the Nintendo Wii and the only game that knows how to really use the console's gimmicky motion controls. Skyward Sword is a befitting celebratory game for the 25th anniversary of the Zelda series as it is the chronological first in the entire timeline and one of the best video game swan songs I've seen for a console. The game looks great visually, with a water painting style and while it isn't perfect, the control scheme and motion control are overall intuitive and adds another dimension into the overall traditional gameplay of the series, making the puzzles more fun and the combat more challenging. It also has, in my opinion, the best set of dungeon designs I have seen in the series so far, all thanks to its unorthodox approach of making the whole world map into a dungeon layout.


Most Memorable Moment:
Koloktos Boss battle
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People who added this item 1144 Average listal rating (1025 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 0
The Sims 2 - PC Games


I think The Sims series is one of the few properties that EA hasn't ruined yet with its recent, not so admirable business and marketing practices. At least they're smart enough to know that if they put any bullshit like the unreliable DRM from SimCity on an extremely popular franchise aimed for casual gamers - most who will probably have no clue what it is or what to do with it, there will be a mob after their asses. The Sims 2 takes everything good and bad in the first Sims game into account and just made everything a whole lot better. As well as looking a lot better, visual and technical wise, there is just so much to do on Sims 2, including its expansions. It is so fun and addicting, you will lose track of time quite easily. The familial generation mechanic and ageing adds a lot more depth into the gameplay, making you more invested in your created Sims. Some odd quirks like the separate time and ageing on only one area was kind of annoying, which they have fixed on its almost on-par sequel as the entire town ages with your designated Sim.


Most Memorable Moment:
He seems a lot more glowing after that alien abduction
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People who added this item 241 Average listal rating (124 ratings) 9 IMDB Rating 0
The Orange Box - PC Games



I know it is a bit cheating to include a collection with five games in one spot but I just had to make an exception. The Orange Box is the best game compilation package that I have ever played. Five absolutely excellent first-person games in one package is something to behold. Half-Life 2 and its two episodes are well designed, action packed first person shooter games that uses the physics of the Source engine to its full potential, Team Fortress 2 is the best, most balanced class based PC multiplayer shooter ever, and Portal is a surprise gem with ingenious portal dimension puzzle level design and a short but surprisingly humorous story.


Most Memorable Moment:
Anything involving GLaDOS
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People who added this item 276 Average listal rating (163 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 0
The Walking Dead - PC Games


This is how you fucking do a video game adaptation of another source material. Telltale's episodic saga based on Robert Kirkman's acclaimed comic book series is one of the best plot-driven games I have ever played. Technical issues and lack in gameplay aside, it's an impeccably paced and carefully written narrative masterpiece that proves video games as a viable story telling medium. There are characters to care for, difficult decisions to make, and set-pieces that are both gut-wrenching and heartfelt. Not even its television counterpart could ever match up to this one-of-a-kind game.


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You taught Clementine well...
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People who added this item 267 Average listal rating (126 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 0


Playing Skyrim, I was actually expecting to be disappointed because having played Oblivion, the previous Elder Scrolls, which I thought was a giant bore of a game, I was anticipating the same results. Not this time, as Skyrim completely exceeded my expectations and the best game Bethesda has put out so far. Learning from what they did in previous Elder Scrolls games and Fallout 3 and New Vegas, Skyrim is a deep yet accessible RPG. The world map of Skyrim is incredibly atmospheric and gigantic, with many quests and secrets to discover and the overall gameplay, from combat to RPG elements like skills to armour making, have been considerably improved. You will lose a lot of hours playing this game and it is so huge and so open ended, I don't think I've done all the quests.


Most Memorable Moment:
Did that dog just talk?
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People who added this item 767 Average listal rating (507 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 0
Shadow of the Colossus - PlayStation 2


Colossus is a strangely simple game if you look at it from a broader perspective. The world map is completely empty and the only thing you do is fight giant after giant, nothing more, nothing less. Where it truly shines is in the intrigue and anticipation of what the next giant looks like. A very beautiful and at times, quite depressing game, Shadow of the Colossus is a game that goes beyond epic. The Colossi battle gameplay is very authentic, with a grip mechanic that gives the battle a lot more intensity and each giant are very unique in their design and how they move, and have very different approaches to them when trying to take them down.


Most Memorable Moment:
The first time you ever fight a Colossi
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People who added this item 397 Average listal rating (206 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 0
Red Dead Redemption - PlayStation 3


Best western game ever? Yeah it is, and none has ever top Red Dead Redemption from capturing the atmosphere, mood and authenticity of anything western related. While quite similar to Grand Theft Auto IV's gameplay and control scheme, Redemption does have some quirks and features that sets it apart. The open world presentation is just amazing and just riding around the area has a quite hypnotic, "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" effect and the story is one of the best I've ever encountered in a video game; a poignant, riveting tale of the game's namesake.


Most Memorable Moment:
One of the best endings ever
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People who added this item 26 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 0
Kingdom Hearts 2 - PlayStation 2


Kingdom Hearts 3, Kingdom Hearts 3, where art thou, Kingdom Hearts 3? No, seriously, hurry the fuck up, Square Enix, finish developing the sequel to probably one of your finest intellectual properties. Kingdom Hearts 2 is one of my favourite games on the PS2 and a sequel done absolutely right. Continuing with the unusual mixture of Final Fantasy and Disney, Kingdom Hearts 2 addresses and fixes problems that marred the original. Bigger story, more side quests and more characters to meet and interact with. The difficulty is much more balanced, and the control and camera is a lot better. The drive gauge made the real time combat a lot more strategic and it streamlined the RPG elements , making them more accessible. In my opinion, Kingdom Hearts' storyline is something that I can never take seriously but its overblown nature is something that I always enjoy, even if it can get a bit too sappy and convoluted at points.


Most Memorable Moment:
Mano-a-Mano with Sephiroth, Round 2
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People who added this item 747 Average listal rating (845 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 0
Super Mario Bros. 3 - Famicom and NES


What do you get when you get the first Super Mario Bros. and just made every single aspect of it better? An absolutely awesome Super Mario game. Mario 3 was like a giant facelift to an already classic game. Rounder and more detailed visuals, better level designs, more power-ups and a very satisfying difficulty curve. It also introduced the world selection screen, which has become a staple of the whole series and added a lot of replay value as it lets you find secrets and other hidden levels.


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Tank Brigade
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Grimoire of the Rift is, for me, the Nintendo DS' surprise gem. I never really saw it coming when this game took a lot of hours from my life. It consumed me so much that I finished it 100%. It's because it is one of the finest, most addictive turn based strategy games I have ever played and one of the best games I have ever played that has the Final Fantasy name on it, and rightfully so, it is just a content packed, fully detailed and deep game. Even if the battle pacing is quite slow, it actually adds a lot of tension and the slower it was, the higher the anticipation and expectation of your moves and your opponent's moves. The game also boast an incredible job system (a gameplay system that Final Fantasy should use more) and adds customisation to your clan. A lot of people are saying that the judgement system is kind of unfair but I think it makes the game a lot more interesting and challenging. Even if it gave you a bullshit condition, abiding to it is a lot more rewarding than disobeying it.


Most Memorable Moment:
Defeating the "Final Quest"
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People who added this item 521 Average listal rating (258 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 0
Heavy Rain - PlayStation 3


Heavy Rain is something of a controversial choice. Controversial because it really blurs the line between being a video game or being a film. Nevertheless, Heavy Rain is an absolutely gripping interactive adventure game and in my opinion, one of the best games on the PS3. My only sole criticism for this game is the movement controls, which are quite bad and hard to get used to. The story is fantastic, one of the best I've ever seen in a video game, with a sort of pacing that will only work for a video game, and its multiple endings and decisional paths allow for a lot of replay value. The quick time events tend to be quite unpredictable but it is very effective when it comes to action set-pieces and can be a lot of fun to do. Also, it is a very beautiful game, both technically and visually.


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Google gla- I mean Ari glasses
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People who added this item 464 Average listal rating (297 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island - Super famicom and SNES


I always wondered why Nintendo never released this game properly on the Virtual Console as of yet, only temporarily for 3DS Ambassadors. Don't they realise that this game is very popular? And you know why it's popular? Because it is a friggin' awesome platformer. Yoshi's Island was just platforming heaven. It took the tightness of Mario's control and put a hand drawn style to its level design and backed it with many different and interesting mechanics exclusive to Yoshi, such as eating enemies and turning them into egg projectiles . Of course, the only glaring problem to an otherwise perfect platformer is that annoying baby on Yoshi's back, a fine proof that no one likes escort missions.


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Most epic boss battle ever
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People who added this item 935 Average listal rating (816 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 0


Okay, I love this game but I have to fully admit, I think it is kind of overrated, being always declared as "the greatest game ever" and the best game in the entire franchise. As from what I've played, there are better Zelda games (you'll see later in the list) than Ocarina of Time. But it is kind of hard to deny the impact it brought to the entire franchise and gaming in general. Even if I call it overrated, it is still an absolutely solid Zelda game. It's transition to 3D not only improved the franchise, but innovated how 3D action games should be. While the controls have stiffened with age and it doesn't look that pretty any more, it still has the best soundtrack in the franchise and it is still a solid Zelda adventure.


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Acquiring the Giant's Knife from that giant Goron
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People who added this item 898 Average listal rating (561 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
Final Fantasy IX - PlayStation


The last Final Fantasy game that sticks to the old school style and in my opinion, the last great Final Fantasy game I've played as the games after IX were hit, miss or just downright shit (looking at you, XIII). While the ridiculously long loading times between battles can ruin the flow, it is a back to the roots Final Fantasy. The RPG is solid, four character and non-complicated and has a lot of interesting side quest to do (a new one was just discovered recently). The character development is one of the best I've seen in the series (lots of love for Vivi). As for the story, after two overly dramatic, depressing and angst-ridden games, it is so nice to see the series go back to being whimsical and joyful again. That doesn't mean that there is no drama, there is a good amount, but unlike VII or VIII, it never drowns the overall feel.


Most Memorable Moment:
Vivi. Just, Vivi.
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People who added this item 651 Average listal rating (334 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 0
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - PlayStation 3


The game that made me get a Playstation 3 and never regretted one thing about it. Uncharted 2 is one of the best action games I have ever played, and excellently blurred the lines between gameplay and cinematics while at the same time telling a compelling adventure story. The combat is a lot of fun, the platforming, though fidgety at times, feels very authentic and its multiplayer is surprisingly good. The game is a console technical marvel, pushing all the technological limits of the PS3, resulting in a very beautiful looking game full of very detailed environments and high octane, intense action set-pieces.


Most Memorable Moment:
Probably the best tutorial ever
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People who added this item 616 Average listal rating (345 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 0
BioShock - Xbox 360


Bioshock is probably the most beautifully grim games I have ever played. As well as being beautifully grim, it is a damn fine first person shooter and my favourite action-horror game. Has a very interesting set up, gorgeous environments, intense and claustrophobic atmosphere, a good mixture of gun-play and scientific powers, and a cryptic and eerie storyline. The flow of the gameplay tests your moral standing and fully affects the outcome of the game and how the environment and characters change around your decisions. Its themes and messages of social unrest and the desire of freedom are so thought provoking and at times, quite disturbing, it makes you get more engrossed into the game's universe.


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Enter Big Daddy
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Age of Empires 2 was the game that introduced me to RTS games and to this day, remains my favourite in the genre. As well as a surprisingly educational game, AoE 2 has aged incredibly well as it is still fun today as it was back when I was in high school, even if the visuals are quite outdated. Very deep strategic mechanics, good variety and balance in units, incredibly intense multiplayer, and highly customisable maps and scenarios.


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Small map, many player free for all
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You will notice that I don't have a lot of FPS games on my list, there's in fact only seven, including this one. That's because nowadays, because it's such an over-saturated genre, I just get bored of them, with only few exceptions. Subsequent Halo titles have bored me because of this over-saturation. Back in the day, there was a time when FPS games were just hitting its prime, and that was the time when Halo: Combat Evolved came into the picture. My all-time favourite FPS game and still the best game in the Halo series, Halo: Combat Evolved just did everything right for me when it came to shooters. As well as having an incredibly balanced multiplayer, it has a good story, surprisingly intelligent enemy AI, good variety and balance of weapons (with the exception of the pistol), and an openly linear structure. I prefer the game on PC since the multiplayer has fun mods and FPS games are just easier to control on a mouse and keyboard.


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Anything that happens in the Blood Gulch map
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Chrono Trigger - Super famicom and SNES


The SNES is especially famous for having top class, triple A quality RPGs. Chrono Trigger is one of them. Chrono Trigger was and still is one of the most epic and mind blowing JRPGs I have ever played and one of the finest examples of why the SNES was the go to console for RPGs. Very likeable and interesting characters, very good story with multiple endings, awesome art style from Akira Toriyama, a very intuitive combat system, and uses all the technical limits of the SNES to full effect.


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Giant Rainbow Frog Attack
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It is actually quite a shame that this game gets shunned in favour of Ocarina of Time. Well, I think Majora's Mask is far superior, even if they are technically the same game. Has a better story, has more challenge, and has more interesting gameplay mechanics, particularly the highly original and ingenious three day clock mechanic. No game in the entire series has ever been so dark, morbid and twisted as Majora's Mask and that's why it is such a darn brilliant Zelda game, a great game in general.


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Why is there a hand in the toilet?
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Let me just address something first before I comment on how awesome this game is. Why the hell did you not put Crash Bandicoot on Playstation All-Stars? That's the equivalent of not putting Mario in the Super Smash Bros. games, I am dead serious. I made the comparison because Crash was the Mario of the Playstation console and an absolutely brilliant one at that. Crash Bandicoot 2 is just pure platforming heaven. Tight controls, has a good variety of level design and clever camera perspectives ,and Crash was just an awesome character. Though I highly recommend 2, The Naughty Dog era Crash Bandicoots are a very worthwhile play.


Most Memorable Moment:
Crazy polar bear taxi cub
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Or Pokemon Gold on the Gameboy Colour, doesn't really matter. In my opinion, the second generation of Pokemon is the best. It improved upon everything in the first generation and just made everything bigger and better, without severing its ties to the first generation. Thanks to its gigantic map and new aesthetic and mechanical additions, there is so much to do, so many things to discover and has just the right amount of Pokemon to capture.


Most Memorable Moment:
Finding out that Kanto is just next door
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Now, on a broad perspective, this game is a piece of crap. Horrible camera, out-of-sync voice acting, the overall sound isn't mixed well and apart from Sonic and Shadow's levels, the rest are really boring and annoying (looking at you, Knuckles and Rouge). But goddammit, I still adore this game and I still have a shit ton of fun with it even with its numerous flaws. This is my personal favourite Sonic game ever and holds a lot of sentimental value as this game came out at the time when I was really into Sonic, trying to get my hands on every Sonic game currently available at the time. As I've mentioned before, the Sonic and Shadow stages are fantastic, the soundtrack is one of the best in the franchise, and the Chao Garden is so deep and so rewarding, I just forgive that this game is not that good overall. It's a piece of crap but it's my wonderful piece of crap that I love.


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Runnin' around at the speed of- HOLY SHIT, A GIANT TRUCK!
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Super Mario World - Super famicom and SNES


Super Mario World was the bona fide sign that the SNES was going to be an awesome console. World is the most definitive Super Mario game I have ever played and pretty much set the standard for future Mario games. Bigger and brighter world layout chock full of secrets, very welcomed new gameplay mechanics such as Yoshi, imaginative level designs, and overall a fine example of a perfect platformer.


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Discovering Star Road
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This was the game that finally convinced me to get a Playstation 2. The best game Rockstar has ever put out and easily the best game in the GTA franchise. Even though the character models look like crap, even back then, the map is absolutely humongous and very detailed, the gameplay is more varied than it has ever been, and the story and premise is an absolutely perfect snapshot of the early 90's California. So far, no GTA game has ever come close to San Andreas, not one. In my opinion, this is the finest definition on how to do a sandbox game. A huge open world, different gameplay mechanics, tons of side missions, and near endless replay value.


Most Memorable Moment:
There's a hydra jet in my hood
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Tombi (PS) - PlayStation


Woah, woah. An obscure, not very well known platformer beats out Mario as my favourite platformer ever? That's right, Tombi or Tomba is my favourite "jump from thing to thing" game and also my favourite PSOne game. The game is quite an oddity as it adds adventure and RPG into its unique platformer gameplay, comprising of hugging/biting on things from platforms, walls and enemies. The game is just so wonderfully whacky and absurd, it's very hard not to like, from its bizarre premise to the strange environments.


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That creepy as shit emotion mushroom forest
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Final Fantasy VI - Super famicom and SNES


The finest and most complete game I have ever played in the Final Fantasy franchise. It has the best story, it has the most memorable characters and it had the most well rounded gameplay. Well in my opinion it was. Before the franchise went into the angsty, cyberpunk route in
Final Fantasy VII and beyond (excluding IX), VI was the pinnacle of what Squaresoft was doing with their previous titles on the NES and SNES. Its story is a lot more dramatic and heartbreaking than IV, its gameplay streamlines and refines the inconvenient edges of the previously static combat and its characters are the most diversed and interesting in the whole franchise. It is my favourite SNES game and my favourite JRPG of all time.


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Finding out that you can suplex a moving train
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Mass Effect 2 - Xbox 360


Sitting at number 2 is in my opinion, the best 7th generation game I have ever played. Mass Effect 2 was the game that solidified the fact that video games can put out excellent stories. Bioware really outdone themselves and created probably the greatest narrative I have ever experienced in a video game and easily the best title Bioware has made. While the third person shooter gameplay is quite fun, it is the player involving story that really makes Mass Effect 2 such an incredible game. Only a few games come close to Mass Effect 2 in terms of making a story so personal and so emotionally involving with its well written and well realised universe, unforgettable and lovable characters, and the choices and sacrifices that you have to make throughout the game. It is also one of the finest example of how to do a sequel, completely improving on the good and bad of the original Mass Effect. Its amazing open ended ending, various conversational and decisional paths and various character developments leaves a lot for many replays.


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Reporter... PUNCH!
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This is the one game that made me take video games seriously. Wind Waker wasn't just a game, it was an experience - one that pretty much change my perspective on the medium. I was an impressionable 11 year old when Wind Waker came out and I will never forget the very first time I completed this grandiose adventure. After it was finished, my expectations of what a video game is changed dramatically. At first, it was all about having fun. After Wind Waker, it was all about realizing that video games can transcend from being more than just a piece of entertainment - on the same level of books, music and films. I cannot praise this game enough, really. I mean, it is one of those games that will last through the ages. The graphics and visuals are still breathtaking as they were more than 10 years ago , the gameplay is still fun, engaging and entertaining, and its engrossing and atmospheric world can be explored over and over again and it never gets tiring. Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker forever.


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Giving Ganondorf the worst headache of his life.
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A list of my personal favourite games and probably my most ambitious list to date. In my eyes, these games will never get old and I can play them over and over again without getting bored. These games are also quite influential in shaping my taste in video games. Don't take it too seriously, it's just a personal list. Oh, and warning: Will contain spoilers

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Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Jun 4 11:55
This list is VERY well done. I congratulate you. Keep up the good work!
Posted: 9 months, 1 week ago at Jan 13 1:38
Since you enjoy Zelda games, have you ever heard of a little game called Okami? I think it easily holds its own against the best from games of its category. In fact, it felt like a godsend at a time when my interest in the Zelda series began to wane considerably after Majora's Mask. After the sour taste left by Twilight Princess, I was looking for something to recover from that huge disappoint. Count on Okami to save the day and provide me my 'Zelda' fix.

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