Our '7 Fave Games'

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Hey! We're 'hip'. We're 'with it'. We saw that '#7favegames' was trending on the 'social medias'.

We thought 'why not give it a try'.

So I asked everyone in our office what their #7favegames were. THE ANSWERS WILL (probably not) SHOCK YOU.

Since I'm writing the post. I'm going first. I will say, however, that my favourite thing about these lists is how different they all are. Very interesting.

This was surprisingly easy! It feels like I have most of my top 5 pretty dialled in my head after years of writing lists like this...


Mark Serrels, Managing Editor

A Link To The Past Metroid Prime Dark Souls Monkey Island 2 Red Dead Redemption MGS 3 Trials Evolution


Alex Walker, Kotaku Editor

StarCraft: Brood War Counter-Strike 1.6 Mass Effect 2 Heroes of Might and Magic 3 Heaven and Earth Quake 3: Arena Uncharted 2


Campbell Simpson, Gizmodo Editor

Deus Ex Fallout Half-Life Half-Life 2 Ocarina of Time Strike Commander Star Wars: TIE Fighter


Rae Johnston, Gizmodo Journalist

Journey Uncharted 2 The Last of Us Tekken Daytona (Arcade) Dragon Age: Inquisition The Sims


Amanda Yeo, Night Editor

Dota 2 Overwatch Rollercoaster Tycoon II The Sims II Medieval: Total War II Age Of Empires II Princess Maker II


Hayley Williams, Editorial Assistant

Journey Metroid Prime Majora’s Mask Banjo Kazooie Firewatch Amnesia: The Dark Descent Mass Effect 2


Chris Jager, Lifehacker Editor

Red Dead Redemption Cannon Fodder Final Fantasy 7 Tekken 2 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Shadow Of The Colossus R-Type


Spandas Lui, Lifehacker Journalist

Portal Shadow Of The Colossus Super Bomberman 3 Fallout 3 Pocky And Rocky Overwatch Tekken 3


Danny Allen, Publisher

FIFA 2009 Tekken Tag Tournament Wolfenstein 3D California Games Command & Conquer Beneath a Steel Sky Wonderboy on Sega Master System II


So there you have it. Just realised we have a ton of Tekken fans in this office! And Journey fans. And fans of The Sims. What does your top seven look like?


Comments

    Now that you're the big boss man, you should fire everyone who didn't have Journey on their list. You had a good run.

    Terrible list. I would include the following:

    A Link To The Past
    Metroid Prime
    Dark Souls
    Monkey Island 2
    Red Dead Redemption
    MGS 3
    Trials Evolution
    StarCraft: Brood War
    Counter-Strike 1.6
    Mass Effect 2
    Heroes of Might and Magic 3
    Heaven and Earth
    Quake 3: Arena
    Uncharted 2
    Deus Ex
    Fallout
    Half-Life
    Half-Life 2
    Ocarina of Time
    Strike Commander
    Star Wars: TIE Fighter
    Journey
    Uncharted 2
    The Last of Us
    Tekken
    Daytona (Arcade)
    Dragon Age: Inquisition
    The Sims
    Dota 2
    Overwatch
    Rollercoaster Tycoon II
    The Sims II
    Medieval: Total War II
    Age Of Empires II
    Princess Maker II
    Journey
    Metroid Prime
    Majora’s Mask
    Banjo Kazooie
    Firewatch
    Amnesia: The Dark Descent
    Mass Effect 2
    Red Dead Redemption
    Cannon Fodder
    Final Fantasy 7
    Tekken 2
    Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
    Shadow Of The Colossus
    R-Type
    Portal
    Shadow Of The Colossus
    Super Bomberman 3
    Fallout 3
    Pocky And Rocky
    Overwatch
    Tekken 3
    FIFA 2009
    Tekken Tag Tournament
    Wolfenstein 3D
    California Games
    Command & Conquer
    Beneath a Steel Sky
    Wonderboy on Sega Master System II

      Uhh...where Witcher 3 at? Otherwise I would agree.

      On an unrelated note, thanks so much for making the comments section more annoying to scroll though now... :P

        I've been doing that for years but it's always great to receive love from the fans.

    You sure you don't want to hold off on Overwatch until the sequel, Amanda?

    Mine were:

    The Dig
    Mass Effect
    Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge
    Jet Set Radio Future
    Star Wars: TIE Fighter
    Halo: ODST
    Saint's Row 2

    No trjn, Journey isn't on my list. As magical as that experience was, it doesn't quite make the cut above Jet Set Radioooooooooooooooo.

      Kudos for your top 3 choices! Monkey Island 2 in particular is so great. Also, I will gladly stand alongside you in saying that Journey, while great, doesnt warrant a place in the top 7.

    My choices seem really pedestrian and boring now. I don't really play that games any more. Firewatch was nice though.

      They may not be recent but they are certainly good choices.

      Some of my favorite games, I rarely play these days - but I have spent so much time in them, and enjoy them so much when I do play them, that it makes them my favorites. They're the kind of games I go back to every (couple of years) and replay again.

    Surprised by the lack of Final Fantasy in general here.

    My top 7 are:

    1. Sam & Max Hit the Road - Just the most fun I've had in a game, and a childhood favourite
    2. Final Fantasy 7 - Introduced me basically to Japan in general - Also I met some of my best friends from primary school by talking about this game. (still friends with them now, some 17 years later)
    3. Valkyria Chronicles - This game just blew me away. Gorgeous, story was great, gameplay was intriguing and different, was also a surprise gem since I had not heard about it before I purchased it. I like it so much I have actually purchased it as steam gifts for most of my friends list.
    4. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - The absolute highpoint of the MGS series for me. Everything about it was great. Also it was back in the day when the plot made sense...sort of...
    5. Super Smash Brothers Melee - One of the best multiplayer games ever. So many great moments with friends
    6. GTA: Vice City - One of the few games I've spent the time to get 100% completion on. This was after 3 restarts due to glitches/me missing shit.
    7. Pokemon Red - Original and the best.

    These list are hard for me cause there are other games I would easily put in this list. Honorable mentions go to Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Final Fantasy X, Overwatch, Civilization V, and Mass Effect 2.

      Just realised no one else is justifying their choices. Clearly I'm not cut out for these twitter hashtag shenanigans...

        I like justifications. Otherwise it's just a list full of incorrect entries.

    Counter Strike
    Rocket League
    Fallout: New Vegas
    Rome: Total War
    League of Legends
    Unreal Tournament GOTY (instagib)
    Fallout 4

    @alexwalker you traitor where are the 4x games?!?! :O

      I picked the ones that I had the most evocative memories, things with friends or family. 4X games have always been things I enjoyed alone, and while that's great it's the stuff I've shared with others that stayed with me longer.

      Always a soft spot in my heart for Alpha Centauri though (and a big frown at Firaxis for buggering up Beyond Earth)

        Yeah I never ended up getting Beyond Earth, just kept playing Civ V instead. Thoughts on Civ VI?

          Last few Civ games haven't come into their own until at least the first or second expansion, and this one is biting off an awful lot to pull off at the first attempt. I'll wait and see how it turns out.

            That's been the case since Civ III though so realllly I'm not surprised by that. But still intrigued. I initially was very meh but am much more impressed after seeing the scenario they wrote for E3. I love the idea of the maps too, turning to an 18th Century style map for the fog of war :)

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    Persona 4 Golden
    Mass Effect 2
    Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
    Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward
    Kingdom Hearts II

    I was drunk when I played Journey so idk

    My 7

    Alex Kidd in Miracle World
    Sonic the Hedgehog
    Super Mario Bros 3
    The Wild Bunch (speccy)
    Ocarina of Time
    Hard Driving (arcade)
    Super Mario 64

      Loved Hard Drivin'! Almost put it on my list but there are so many other good games!

        Such a good game. I practically learnt to drive stick in that cabinet. Made outrun suddenly seem archaic.

    Because I can't nail down a single title...

    Borderlands (franchise)
    Saints Row (franchise)
    Warriors Orochi (franchise)
    Fallout (franchise, except maybe #4 the DLC is disappoint)
    Mass Effect (franchise)
    Batman (the rocksteady/montreal franchise, except maybe Blackgate)
    Call of Duty (franchise, single player)

    Last edited 11/08/16 4:00 pm

    That's like asking who my favourite child is....

    Doom2. Doom 2 is definitely my favourite child. Followed by:
    Dark Souls
    Operation Flashpoint
    Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
    Silent Hill 2
    Uncharted 3
    Mass Effect 2

    I’ll go different and put together the Top 7 stoned on the lounge with friends games of all time:

    Mashed
    Goldeneye
    #IDARB
    F-Zero X
    Worms 2
    Fusion Frenzy (just the Twisted System game)
    Smash Bros 64

    Loner special mention to future HOF’er Rocket League

    Last edited 11/08/16 4:11 pm

      I like it :)
      I preferred worms armageddon personally, due to more game modes. Also, I'm a little surprised to not see any Tony Hawk or burnout games on your list. Tony Hawk was especially good with the music that perfectly captured the mood of our late 90's 'smoke, south park and gaming' nights.

        Oh man, Tony Hawk was a classic smoking party game back in the day. Solid pick.

        Burnout 3 Crash Mode also a classic.

        I also wanted to add a few Mario spin off's but couldn't fit then in:
        The Mario party that had a game where you grabbed people from behind then raped the coins out of them by mashing B.
        Mario Golf on the GC.
        Mario Kart 64.

        Also the Raymond Raving Rabbids game on Wii where you pointed at them with one hand and squirted them in the face by shaking the controller like you were jerking off.

        All good things!

      Bahahaha you and me my friend are kindred spirits. Fusion frenzy twisted system omg. Yes we still play that as a family and mashed as well. And golden eye and smash bro's go without saying! Nice dude, you can so have a BBQ with me and my kin!

      Mashed was so good.

      I had it on PS2, and there was a weird bug when two people were sharing a controller where the inputs would just flip mid-race for no apparent reason. You had to quit out of the game to fix it.

      It was pretty hilarious to watch the race leader fly off the track because all of a sudden left was right and vice-versa. Really bizarre bug, though.

        HAHA! I don’t know if you ever played the sequel, Wrecked (which was a bit of a disappointment), but it actually had a post-death gun that could do that intentionally!

        Instead of keeping the round target curser over a remaining opponent and firing a homing rocket you could choose a triangle curser that counted down and then reversed their steering. If you were a drunken (and high) ninja the coolest thing to do was hit a 180 and drive the course backwards until the effect wore off.

    Zelda Ocarina of Time
    The Last of Us
    Final Fantasy VI
    Knights of the Old Republic
    GTA Sans Andreas
    Goldeneye 007
    Super Mario 64

    7 other worthy games:
    Super Mario Galaxy, Half-Life, Unreal Tournament, Super Mario Kart, PoP Sands of Time, Final Fantasy and Day of the Tentacle.

    Wind Waker
    Fire Emblem: PoR
    Yoshis Island
    Alan Wake
    Bloodborne
    Tactics Ogre: LUCT
    Metroid Prime

    I love how well these lists feel like they characterise everyone :P

    Battletoads
    Lylat Wars
    F-Zero X (with Expansion Kit)
    Metroid Zero Mission
    Super Mario Advance 4 (with full compliment of e-reader cards)
    Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
    Rhythm Heaven

    I think that's right. Although I feel like maybe I should have put de Blob or HotD Overkill in there instead.

    Final Fantasy 8
    Uncharted 2
    Winning Eleven 9 (Pro Evo 5)
    Age of Empires II
    Red Alert 2
    Pokemon
    Shadow of Mordor

    Special mentions to Fire Emblem Awakening and Final Fantasy Tactics

    Final Fantasy VII
    World of Warcraft
    DayZ
    Witcher 3
    Left 4 Dead 2
    Crash Bandicoot 3
    Bloodborne

    Tenchu Stealth Assassins
    Street Fighter Alpha 3
    Uncharted 2
    MGS 3 Subsistence
    Batman: Arkham City (which is pretty much a Zelda Game with a Batman wrap).
    Katamari Damacy
    GTA III

    Monopoly
    Game of life
    Hungry Hippos
    Operation
    Stratego
    Simon
    Kerplunk

    Mind Games
    War Games
    Game of Thrones
    Olympic Games
    Good Game
    Parlour Games
    Hunger Games

    Yes I am being a tool. Happy Thursday :)

    Metroid Prime
    Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
    Shadow of the Colossus
    Super Metroid
    The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    Bayonetta 2

    Apart from Bayonetta 2, this has pretty much been The List for me for a long, long time - it'd take a lot to dislodge the top four games at the very least, and I cannot fathom what it'd take to take Metroid Prime's place in my heart.

    In no particular order...

    Sonic CD
    Burnout Paradise
    Super Mario Bros 3
    Bloodborne
    Call of Duty Modern Warfare
    Skyrim
    Final Fantasy VII.... Or VIII, I can't decide on that one

    Alright I'll bite:
    Castlevania SOTN
    Mario 64
    Wipeout 3
    Resident Evil 4
    Resident Evil 1 Directors Cut
    Resident Evil 5
    Silent Hill 2
    Street Fighter Alpha 2

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