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on 12 Jan 2012 11:07

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People who added this item 303  Average listal rating (155 ratings) 8.7  IMDB Rating
1. Grim Fandango - PC Games
I'll admit, I haven't played this game that much. In fact, I barely played it at all, maybe an hour total. That said, what little I played, I absolutely fell in love with. The damnedest thing is trying to get this thing to run on a modern PC without crashing. If there is a game that deserves to get an HD Remake, THIS is THAT game. It borders on criminal that it hasn't happened so far. It might not have been the most popular game, but you will be sorely pressed to find anyone who will speak ill of it.

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People who added this item 9  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
2. Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath - PC Games
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People who added this item 28  Average listal rating (14 ratings) 8.7  IMDB Rating
3. Donkey Kong Country - Wii Virtual Console
All Donkey Kong wants to do is just sit back and enjoy his bananas, but noooooo, those damn crocs have to go and steal his entire banana horde. Well, better go get em all back! This stunningly beautiful game for the SNES is complimented by an equally stunning soundtrack. One of the best platforming games ever made.


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People who added this item 39  Average listal rating (19 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
4. inFAMOUS: Second Son - PlayStation 4
I very much enjoyed the suite of powers you acquire in this game. It is easily the most fun I've had traversing a game world as a super hero.

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People who added this item 85  Average listal rating (46 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
5. Aliens Versus Predator 2 - PC Games
I love playing as the Alien, going through stages of it's life, from Facehugger, to immature Alien, to full adult Alien. The Predator is ridiculously overpowered but is still quite fun. The Marine campaign easily had the most time and effort dedicated to it, but is my least favorite to play. Shame, really. Still a great game overall.

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People who added this item 139  Average listal rating (74 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating
6. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory - Xbox
Kinda like being Batman, only without any super-villains. Still I cannot suppress my impish glee at picking off guards one by one. This is a game that thrives on tension more than action.


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People who added this item 6  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating
7. Myth: The Fallen Lords - PC Games
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People who added this item 115  Average listal rating (62 ratings) 9  IMDB Rating
8. Journey - PlayStation Network
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People who added this item 405  Average listal rating (176 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
9. Super Paper Mario - Nintendo Wii
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People who added this item 37  Average listal rating (17 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
10. Gemini Rue - PC Games
A more recent entry into the point & click adventure games genre. This game is superbly done. It has a great noir-detective themed story, set in a fascinating futuristic sci-fi setting.
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People who added this item 51  Average listal rating (30 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
11. Shadow Complex - Xbox 360 Live Arcade
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People who added this item 33  Average listal rating (19 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating
12. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons - PC Games
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People who added this item 64  Average listal rating (27 ratings) 9.1  IMDB Rating
13. Fire Emblem Awakening - Nintendo 3DS
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People who added this item 307  Average listal rating (179 ratings) 8.7  IMDB Rating
14. Super Metroid - Super famicom and SNES
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People who added this item 25  Average listal rating (17 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating
15. Master of Magic - PC Games
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People who added this item 712  Average listal rating (445 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
16. Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos - PC Games
I might suck ass at RTS resource-race unit-spamming fests, but I'll be damned if I didn't enjoy playing this game anyways. The inclusion of RPG elements for upgrading your hero units is what really sold me on this game.

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People who added this item 11  Average listal rating (6 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating
17. Bionic Commando - PC Games
I've thought long and hard about adding this game to my favorites list. But I suppose that says something in the fact that I'm still thinking about this game long after I've played it.

This game certainly isn't without faults. In fact, it has MANY faults. Yet despite all of those faults, I strangely found myself enjoying playing it.

The dialogue between characters is awful. I'd say it's hilariously bad. Much of the dialogue is spoken in what sounds like an accusatory tone, as though every character were a 14 year old with a bad attitude.

Also, the checkpoint system is rather punishing. The saves the game makes are few and FAR between. This, combined with the fact that you can die VERY quickly makes for some unnecessary frustration. Also, the fact that you can't just load up a level to try for unlocking achievements or completing combat challenges or finding collectibles is really frustrating, it's also tricky to know when the game is going to move you to the next area, because you can't ever go back if you missed something.

A lot of people complain about how the game is rather linear, in that there is tons of radiation that forces you to go where it wants you to. Still, those areas where you can go are often quite large already.

The loading times that some people complain about don't really bother me quite so much after playing Skyrim, with it's absurdly long and frequent loading screens. I mean, this game IS beautiful, graphics wise, and the areas it's loading up are really quite large, so I don't hold the loading times against it too much.

The frequent real world ads in game I don't begrudge the game too much for having. If there are big billboards that you can swing from all over the place, why WOULDN'T they have advertisements on them? The only culprit I'm not happy with is Pepsi. There are Pepsi machines all over the damn place, and you absolutely cannot use those big-ass, heavy objects as weapons. They are just BEGGING to be chucked at groups of enemies. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that Pepsi didn't want their product being used as a weapon.

The fact that I thought all the dialogue was awful certainly didn't pull me into the story, so I didn't care too much about the big twist at the end, which I suppose I should have seen coming, but I didn't, again, because I wasn't following it too closely. But seperate from the big twist is the big reveal near the end, that is officially the most IDIOTIC thing I have EVER heard in a video game. His "missing" wife gave her life to make his bionic arm, because bionic prosthesis need an emotional anchor to work with their user.



Okay, with all of those complaints out the way, I suppose I should tell you why it's on my favorites list. The swinging mechanic. I love it. There's nothing quite like it in any other video game I've played. Just Cause 2 comes close, but this game was designed around the idea that you're going to be swinging around, and it shows. Granted, you've got to be careful that you don't swing into a radiation area that will kill you in a matter of seconds, or land in deep water, as you'll sink like a rock, but I feel like that just adds to the tension and excitement.

Breaking up large swinging sections are combat encounters. A lot of other game critics have ragged on the combat in this game. I suppose if you play this game as a straight up shooter, it might not hold up. I, personally, was using the arm to it's fullest extent. I was making hit-and-run attacks, chucking heavy objects at my enemies, chucking enemies at other enemies, or grappling an enemy with my arm and flinging myself at the enemy, or hurling an enemy or object in the air and then punting the item at other enemies. I enjoyed mixing it up like that as often as I did just playing it straight, using guns and grenades.

This game can (as of 09/14/2012) be bought used from Gamestop for $5. Less than the cost of a McDonald's combo meal. I feel like there's no reason not to go out and pick this game up.

People who added this item 61  Average listal rating (29 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
18. Freedom Force - PC Games
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People who added this item 7  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating
19. Titanfall - PC Games


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People who added this item 161  Average listal rating (89 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
20. Fallout: New Vegas - Xbox 360
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People who added this item 107  Average listal rating (51 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating
21. BioShock Infinite - PC Games
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People who added this item 79  Average listal rating (29 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
22. Resistance 3 - PlayStation 3
This game has absolutely superb gameplay. It has, without a doubt, some of the most fun weapons I've ever seen in a first-person shooter. One of the staples of the series, the Bullseye is still fun and effective, with it's homing bullets, and a new weapon called the Mutator is an absolute riot to use.



In a gaming market already saturated with post-apocalyptic American settings, this game initially didn't seem to offer much in the way of innovation. Especially once it was brought to my attention that this game seems to borrow a bit from Half-Life 2. But I suppose if you're going to borrow from a game, it might as well be an awesome one. I did find it odd how the game characterizes the hell out of your character, Joseph Capelli in cutscenes, but he is all but a silent protagonist when you're playing him.
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People who added this item 17  Average listal rating (11 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
23. Road Rash 3D - PlayStation
The only other racing game on my favorites list. Good tunes, fast bikes, and bitchin' weapons make for a damn good time.

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People who added this item 115  Average listal rating (62 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
24. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver - PlayStation
This game has some of my favorite voice acting. The story of revenge that Raziel tells is what compelled me through this game. The game could be challenging at times, but I felt it was always worth it.

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People who added this item 115  Average listal rating (51 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
25. Max Payne 3 - PC Games
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People who added this item 12  Average listal rating (6 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
26. Shadow Warrior - PC Games
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People who added this item 3  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating
27. The Punisher - Arcade

People who added this item 39  Average listal rating (28 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
28. River City Ransom - Famicom and NES
Indulge in your violent side. Beat the everliving snot out of gang members with: your fists, your feet, rocks, lead pipes, brass knuckles, bike chains, trash cans, old tires and even the bodies of fallen enemies, even curb stomp enemies when they get knocked down. Don't worry, they've got it coming, they kidnapped your girlfriend, and those bastards are going to pay...

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People who added this item 4  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
29. Gemfire - Super famicom and SNES
I'll admit, this is an incredibly simple turn-based strategy game. It would make for a suitable Baby's First Turn Based Strategy. Not very challenging (well, it WAS challenging, when I was 12), but the music and (for the time) beautiful SNES graphics, were gorgeous. It still has a simple kind of charm to it.

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People who added this item 74  Average listal rating (50 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
30. Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines - PC Games
This is one of the VERY few games that have an absolutely CRUSHING level of difficulty that I still manage to enjoy. The sheer joy felt at successfully completing a mission is unlike anything I've ever felt in a game. The sense of accomplishment is supreme. You feel like you are making a difference in the outcome of WWII.

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People who added this item 9  Average listal rating (5 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
31. Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick P... - Xbox 360 Live Arcade
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People who added this item 10  Average listal rating (7 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
32. Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick P... - Xbox 360 Live Arcade
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People who added this item 657  Average listal rating (454 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
33. Super Mario Bros. 2 - Famicom and NES
Interesting in the fact that originally this game wasn't intended to be a Mario game at all. It shows because this game has almost nothing in common with the first Super Mario Bros game. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed the bizarro journey through the Subcon world. Princess Toadstool is easily the best character, btw.

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People who added this item 70  Average listal rating (40 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
34. Super Punch-Out!! - Super famicom and SNES
Good, clean, pugilistic fun. Whether your knocking out poor old Gabby Jay or the intimidating Rick and Nick Bruiser, it's always fun. Old favorites make return appearances: Mr. Sandman, Super Macho Man, and of course, Bald Bull. "My barber didn't know when to quit, do you?"


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People who added this item 126  Average listal rating (67 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
35. Dead Rising 2 - Xbox 360
It might be a bit unfair to describe this game as mindless zombie killing fun, but that's exactly what makes it so great. Again, this is a game that boards the first train to absurd bizarro land. When Capcom crafts a games story, it seems like they only have the most tenuous grasp of reality-land. The story isn't what compels me to play this game, it's just the absurd level of fun that is had in finding new and more inventive ways to mow down (sometimes literally) hordes of zombies.


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People who added this item 44  Average listal rating (24 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
36. Sins of a Solar Empire - PC Games
Real-time Strategy on an epic scale.

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People who added this item 55  Average listal rating (31 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating
37. Bushido Blade - PlayStation
A fighting game that makes use of 1 hit kills. The tension created by the fact that a match can end with a single blow leads to some incredibly tense moments. Your death or your enemies is only a breath away... looking for the exact moment to strike... you and your opponent with weapons drawn and ready, circling each other amidst the cherry blossom trees...

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People who added this item 7  Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
38. Close Combat 4 - PC Games
The Battle of the Bulge is one of the most fascinating battles in all of WWII. The desperate attempt to hold the line in the Ardennes Forest is appropriately captured in this real-time strategy. There aren't going to be any reinforcements for quite some time, and all you've got are a mix of green recruits and war-weary veterans and those German Panther Panzers backed up by hard-assed SS Vets from the Eastern Front are bearing down on you...


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People who added this item 21  Average listal rating (9 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
39. Tropico 4 - PC Games
This is a game that obviously draws many comparisons to the SimCity franchise. I would argue that Tropico is just more fun. I thoroughly enjoy setting up my socialist paradise. Free healthcare, free housing, free food. I keep my Tropicans happy. So I'm sure that they don't mind the "special taxes" I levy on building permits that gets deposited directly into my Swiss bank account slush fund...

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People who added this item 13  Average listal rating (9 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating
40. WWF Royal Rumble - Super famicom and SNES
Fun, old-school WWF Wrestling. Played as though it were "real." Wear down your opponents health until you can pin them. Or toss their ass over the top rope if you're in the titular Royal Rumble. Lotsa classic wrestling icons in this title. Undertaker, Bret "The Hitman Hart", Razor Ramon, Mr. Perfect, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels, just to name a few.

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People who added this item 69  Average listal rating (29 ratings) 5.5  IMDB Rating
41. Duke Nukem Forever - PC Games
I must say, despite every game critic on this planet telling me otherwise, I thought Duke Nukem Forever was a fun game. It's an old-school first person shooter. I was strangely happy to not have a cover mechanic in a game for once. The old-school assumes you have enough sense to put a piece of cover between you and the incoming bullets, so you don't have to snuggle up to a piece of cover like you were planning on getting into it's pants later. The sense of humor in the game was delightfully immature, and I expect nothing less from Duke Nukem. The gimmick that makes Duke Nukem different from other games is how you interact with the environment to increase Duke's Ego (his health bar), I'm not going to lie, I liked hunting down all the objects to interact with, because it was frequently funny to do so. The combat was visceral, and the weapons felt powerful, and seeing pigcops explode when blasted point-blank with the shotgun was extremely gratifying.

I suppose a large part of whether or not you're going to enjoy playing this game depends on whether or not you see the deliberately immature humor as a pro or a con.



It's no surprise that this game ends up being somewhat disappointing. However, my complaints with this game are purely technical ones. The load times were entirely too long, and there was an annoying tendency for textures to pop in after some delay. All that said, I'll be damned if I didn't enjoy playing this game.
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People who added this item 19  Average listal rating (13 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
42. Bahamut Lagoon - Super famicom and SNES
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People who added this item 12  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
43. Gunstringer - Xbox 360
This is how you do a Kinect game right. It might be one of the most unique game ideas ever hatched. A humorous wild-west themed marionette out-for-revenge against his old posse who murdered him all set up as a puppet show. The game moves along at a brisk pace without feeling rushed. It is a wonderfully funny game. In particular, I like the narrator who tells the story as you go, it makes it all the more amusing hearing a gruff voice describe how the lord of the underworld, El Taco Diablo approves of your quest for vengeance, and shows his approval by offering up healing tacos for you. The controls for Kinect are beautifully simple, you control the Gunstringer's movement with your left hand, and you paint targets by moving your right hand over them. Once you have your targets painted, you bring your hand up to your shoulder, kind of miming a "bang" move with your hand. You don't HAVE to hold your hand like an imaginary gun, but... why WOULDN'T you? Making accompanying "bang" noises is optional, however. There is a whole slew of unlockables to earn. Not many of them are terribly useful, but they are usually at least amusing. I was particularly fond of the commentary by the people at RoosterTeeth.

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People who added this item 10  Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
44. Shadowrun Returns - PC Games
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People who added this item 217  Average listal rating (121 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating
45. Minecraft - PC Games
Not so much a game as a creativity tool. Your imagination is the limit as far as fun goes in this decidedly retro looking game.


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People who added this item 4  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
46. Birthright: The Gorgon's Alliance - PC Games
A faithful PC rendition of the AD&D 2nd Edition Campaign setting of Birthright. Fantastically deep and challenging.

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People who added this item 49  Average listal rating (24 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
47. X-COM: Terror From The Deep - PC Games
A game that I haven't ever beaten, and may very well not ever beat. The enemy numbers grow at an exponential rate. Still, it's a unique game that takes place 50% of the time underwater. Gotta stop those aliens from taking over the earth, by any means necessary.

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People who added this item 63  Average listal rating (37 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
48. Indigo Prophecy - Xbox
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People who added this item 33  Average listal rating (17 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
49. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon - PC Games
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People who added this item 514  Average listal rating (303 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
50. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Xbox 360
I hate to say it, but if you've played one Elder Scrolls game, you've played them all. This is a solid entry for the series though. Remarkable for having both the best and worst DLC's ever made. The Shivering Isles and Horse Armor. I'll let you guess which one is best.

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Comments

Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jan 31 11:30
Wow, a lot of stellar honorable mentions, but I get this feeling that you could easily make another list with another 100 games on it... :)
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Feb 1 6:44
Yeah, I absolutely could. I had to do a good bit of trimming with this one. But I think there would be diminishing returns. I think I'd have to change the name from being Favorite games to something like Games I Remember Fondly, or some such.
Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at Dec 21 1:29
Good list!

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