It'll legitimately take longer than writing and sorting your own personalised list, but if you have time to kill and like making really, really difficult choices, this online program will help you create your top 20 video games of all time list.
Its super fun. But it's also a slow descent into madness. Be warned. Click here and leave your sanity behind.
How does the program work? Essentially it's presented as a series of choices. It presents you with an endless array of choices: which game do you prefer? Then at the end it creates you a list of your preferences.
The choices become increasingly brutal. Take this one for example:
I sat here for like five whole minutes.
(I chose Super Metroid in the end.)
Then this one. This one was even worse.
I honestly don't think I can pick between these two games. This made me break down into tears. I honestly put Metroid Prime, A Link To The Past and Dark Souls as my top three games of all time.
Bugger it, I went with A Link To The Past. That was brutal.
Next tough choice was this. This is basically my face-off for Game of the Year 2015.
Also — be warned. It takes a long time. For perspective — I was 55% of the way through and I had made a ridiculous 277 choices.
Things started to get a little easier towards the end, but there were still some humdingers thrown in there...
But then this fucking happened. No. Stop. Stop making me choose. No. GOD NO. PLEASE NO. WHY. WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?
Why are you doing this to me? Why do you want to hurt me. These choices are ripping apart the molecules of my goddamn humanity.
(I chose Metroid Prime. I hovered the mouse over A Link To The Past for a long time, then I rapidly switched it to Metroid Prime. I think I regret this decision.)
This was the point I sort of figured out that my top 3 would be Metroid Prime, A Link To The Past and Dark Souls.
The end game was near. I could almost sense the choices filtering into my list.
Here, in all it's glory, was my final list.
1 Metroid Prime 2 Zelda: A Link to the Past 3 Dark Souls 4 Super Metroid 5 Super Mario World 6 Zelda: Ocarina of Time 7 Super Mario Galaxy 8 Halo: Combat Evolved 9 Bloodborne 10 Red Dead Redemption 11 Metal Gear Solid 3 12 Mass Effect 2 13 Journey 14 Super Mario Galaxy 2 15 Metal Gear Solid 16 Metal Gear Solid 4 17 Super Mario 64 18 Halo 3 19 Resident Evil 4 20 Metal Gear Solid 2 21 Metal Gear Solid V 22 Chrono Trigger 23 Assassin's Creed II 24 Zelda: The Wind Waker 25 Star Wars: KOTOR 26 Shadow of the Colossus 27 Resident Evil 28 Portal 2 29 Resident Evil 2 30 Morrowind 31 Skyrim 32 Zelda: Twilight Princess 33 Uncharted 2 34 Tetris 35 Super Mario Bros. 3 36 Portal 37 The Last of Us 38 Perfect Dark 39 Splatoon 40 Okami 41 Mass Effect 42 Batman: Arkham City 43 Destiny 44 Oblivion 45 Grand Theft Auto V 46 Mario Kart 8 47 Phoenix Wright 48 GoldenEye 007 49 Minecraft 50 Final Fantasy VII 51 GTA: Vice City 52 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 53 Fallout 3 53 Life is Strange 53 Undertale 53 Mass Effect 3 57 Final Fantasy VI 57 Paper Mario: TYD 57 Tales of Symphonia 57 Xenogears 57 Pokemon X/Y 57 Smash Bros. Wii U 57 Planescape: Torment 64 The Witcher 3 65 DK Country 2 66 Zelda: Majora's Mask 67 Call of Duty 4 67 Dragon Age: Origins 69 Super Mario Maker 70 Final Fantasy XII 70 Valkyria Chronicles 72 Banjo-Kazooie 72 Castlevania: SOTN 74 Smash Bros. Melee 74 Kingdom Hearts II 74 Age of Empires II 74 Pokemon Red/Blue 74 The Walking Dead 74 Final Fantasy VIII 74 Animal Crossing New Leaf 74 Diablo II 74 Demon's Souls 74 Final Fantasy Tactics 74 Skies of Arcadia 74 Persona 4 74 999 74 Hearthstone 74 Suikoden II 74 Monster Hunter 4U 74 Warcraft III 74 Final Fantasy IX 74 Xenoblade Chronicles 74 Baldur's Gate II 74 Phoenix Wright: Trials 74 Civilization V 74 Shenmue 74 Super Mario RPG 74 GTA: San Andreas 74 Binding of Isaac Rebirth 74 Fallout: New Vegas 74 Paper Mario 74 EarthBound 74 Team Fortress 2 74 Bayonetta 2 74 Mother 3 74 Silent Hill 2 74 Starcraft 74 Virtue's Last Reward 109 Half-Life 2 110 BioShock 111 Ratchet & Clank 3 111 Dragon Quest VIII 111 Persona 3 111 Mega Man X 111 Final Fantasy X 111 Pokemon Gold/Silver 111 World Ends with You 111 Fire Emblem: Awakening 111 Cave Story 111 Deus Ex 111 Shovel Knight 111 Chrono Cross 111 BioShock Infinite 111 Borderlands 2 125 Half-Life 126 Kingdom Hearts 126 Final Fantasy IV 126 World of Warcraft
It's weird. I think this is a good list that does a fairly good job of filtering my own personal tastes. I think if I were to sit down and create a list like this manually, it would look pretty similar.
There are a few exceptions. I think Bloodborne might be a little high, I think Super Mario World is also a little high. I'm surprised to see Splatoon at 39, but I really, really love that game. Towards the bottom end it all gets a little bit messy. There are games I haven't even played here like Deus Ex and Kingdom Hearts (I know I know).
Regardless, this was a lot of fun. I recommend it. Post your lists below!