What Are Your Five Favourite Games Of All Time?

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The latest thing doing the rounds of Twitter this morning is a good bit of fun: people are talking about their five favourite games of all time.

It's always fun to see what strikes a chord amongst different people, especially there's always one or two surprises here or there that leave a mark. Some are obvious: Mark loves Dark Souls. Amanda really loves Rollercoaster Tycoon, which makes sense for someone who tried as hard as they could to murder people in Planet Coaster.

For myself, Counter-Strike is a given. But Uncharted 2 is still comfortably in my top five - top three, really - games of all time, even though I'm not a huge fan of the rest of the series so far. I always took UC2 as the kind of flick that Indiana Jones: Legend of the Crystal Skull should have been, and I'll always have a special place in my heart for StarCraft. Even though my wrists won't feel the same way.

Cam and Hayley both loved Dead Space, and Knights of the Old Republic got mentioned a few times as well. Gizmodo's Rae brought up Daytona USA - arcade edition only, of course - while Tegan couldn't go past Age of Empires and, for true nostalgia, Alex Kidd in Miracle World.

Those weren't the only games everyone mentioned, of course, but I'm sure there's a few favourites for readers above. But what about yourself? What are your five favourite games of all time?


    Mine change from time to time, but I've managed to nail it down to a few that are in no order.

    Dues Ex Human Revolution
    Metal Gear Solid
    Castlevania Symphony of the Night
    Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts
    Resident Evil 4

    I understand some people will complain about the lack of early era games, but Super Mario Bros. 3, Knight of the Old Republic, Donkey Kong County 2 and Super Metroid don't sit in my top 5. Plus then games like Spider-Man 2 and Pokemon Red/Blue are close to my heart also.

    But the five I listed are games I can sit back and play endlessly.

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      You're the first person I've ever heard even compliment Nuts & Bolts, let alone say it's top 5.

      What about it makes it so good may I ask? ( I hardly played any Banjo games but friends of mine condemn Nuts & Bolts for killing Banjo )

        I love LEGO and this for me came way before Minecraft. So mixing parts and creating vehicles to take on races and tasks was just a dream come true. The visuals, and gameplay are utterly brilliant. And the music is amazing. I understand people wanted something similar to the original two games, but this was just a change I needed at just the right time.

        On top of that, the fact the levels are created worlds where you actually see 'behind the scenes' was fun. It felt like a return to classic rare humour.

    1. Link to the Past - SNES
    2. Final Fantasy 7 - PS
    3. World of Warcraft - PC
    4. Super Mario Kart - SNES
    5. Baldur's Gate - PC

    Galaga (Arcade)
    Wizball (C64)
    World of Warcraft (PC)
    Pirates! (C64)
    Red Dead Redemption (PS3)

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    The Dig (PC)
    Mass Effect 2 (360)
    Sleeping Dogs (360/XBOne)
    Space Quest III (PC)
    Halo: Reach (360)

    My top 5 is pretty fluid but these are the games that sprung to mind as games I really loved playing:

    Final Fantasy 7 - PS
    Baldur's Gate - PC
    Super Metroid - SNES
    Resident Evil - PS
    Dark Sun - Shattered Lands - PC

    Hmm, that's a tough one as I really like a lot of games. I'd have to say:
    1. Breath of Fire III
    2. Final Fantasy 7
    3. Suikoden 2
    4. Alundra
    5. King of Fighters (as a series)

    Honourable mentions go to:
    Salt and Sactuary
    The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile
    Devil May Cry series (Except 2 and DMC)

    Been gaming for a very long time so it's difficult to narrow down to five, but these are the most memorable for various reasons:

    Pitfall II - Commodore 64
    Wonder Boy in Monster Land - Master System
    Street Fighter II - Arcade /SNES
    Metal Gear Solid - PlayStation
    Horizon Zero Dawn - PlayStation 4

    In no particular order

    Dungeon Keeper
    Warcraft III
    Tony Hawk Pro Skater

    In terms of a complicated, black box time/enjoyment formula:
    1. Red Alert 2
    2. Homeworld 2 w/ mods
    3. Medieval 2: Total War w/ mods
    4. All the NDS Castlevanias
    5. X-Wing Alliance

    Ocarina of Time
    Mega Man X
    Secret of Mana
    Resident Evil (GC remake)
    Perfect Dark

    I was actually surprised how Super Nintendo-centric my top games are. They definitely left an impact on me.

    1. Super Metroid
    2. Final Fantasy VI
    3. Chrono Trigger
    4. Pokemon Gold/Silver
    5. Super Mario RPG

    I love questions like this, you get so many nostalgia pangs reading everyone's list and see titles you thought you'd forgotten.
    Some of these responses are getting reinstalled or played this weekend for sure.

    Mine changes but these 5 keeps coming up in my mind. They aren't perfect but you can't argue they are some of the best games ever made:

    Zelda - Ocarina of Time (N64)
    The Last of Us (PS3)
    Final Fantasy VI (GBA)
    Knights of the Old Republic (Xbox)
    GTA: San Andreas (Xbox)

    Another 5 worth mentioning:
    Goldeneye 007 (N64)
    Horizons: Zero Dawn (PS4)
    Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
    Chrono Trigger (SNES)
    PoP: Sands of Time (Xbox)

    Tough one for sure... Of all time? Not sure I could do just 5 over all platforms from my whole life. Most likely I'd think of something later that I'd prefer to add that I can't think of right now or something. Then there's stuff like Link to the Past and Super Mario World, Super Metroid etc., which will always be favs, but kind of need to be on their own as like elite classics or something.

    Think I'll stick to PC for now as that's what I play the most.

    So.. no order cos I couldn't possible rank them against each other....

    Gothic 2
    Industry Giant 2
    Europa 1400 (aka The Guild)
    Quake Series (can't split, cos each has been just as good during it's generation)
    Might and Magic series (including Heroes) (again, can't split cos they've all been great)

      Interesting you have the Quake series in your list. My opinion:

      Quake - technically impressive but the single player was so boring. Loved MP though!
      Quake II - Loved SP but never got the chance to play MP.
      QIIIA - Loved it until I played Unreal Tournament and never went back.
      Quake 4 - Didn't like it at all.
      Quake Live - It was OK. Hated how they nerfed the rail gun.

      I signed up to Quake Champions but haven't had the time to download 11GB, plus my laptop won't be able to handle it unless I turn down the settings :-(

        TBH, I'd forgotten about Q4! Tried to block that from my mind I guess ;) I didn't really enjoy it, but it wasn't the multiplayer beast people wanted it to be, so that could be why.
        I enjoyed quake 1 single player myself, and while it was possibly a bit on the dull side, it was still damn impressive for its time. Back in those days I could only really play multi on rare occasions, as I didn't really have the right kit for lan gaming at home til a couple of years after it came out.
        With Q2, I enjoyed single too, but multi was where it was mostly at for me in those days. Decent enough internet for online play by that stage, and I can't even begin to tell you how many hours I must have put in to playing stuff like Rocket Arena 2 and Lithium!
        Q3 was just amazeballs. I also played a lot of UT, but I probably played more quake as more friends had it than had UT. Live.. well... it's still just q3, so I kind of consider them the same thing (despite the minor differences as you mentioned)
        Champions is great though! I've been playing since the second round of the closed beta, and it's as fun as Q3 was back in the day! If you miss that old school online shooter feel, definitely give it a go, cos it's great fun! :)

        Oh, and without knowing your pc specs, I can't say how well it will perform, but the minimum requirements are quite low considering. Intel Core 2 Quad 6600, or AMD Phenom II X4-945, 4gb ram and nvidia 660 or amd r9 280x.

        Even recommended is only like i5 2400 or AMD A1-7870K, 8gb ram, and nvidia 970 or AMD R9 390X 4GB. If you're anywhere between those specs, you shouldn't have too many problems with it. (I assume those recommended settings are based around 1080p gameplay at high settings)

          I've got a 930m which is WAY lower than the minimum spec.
          However Overwatch runs fine on it with low textures. I might have to give Quake Champions a try then!
          I've always preferred the "lone wolf" MP games than the crappy team based ones like Overwatch or Counter Strike. If I lose it's because of me and not because some idiot team mate :-)

            Yep same here. Not a fan of having to rely on team mates unless it's at a LAN with close friends. Especially if they're class based too... bleah! Classes of characters belongs in RPG's, not shooters!

            Just as a bit more encouragement, I'm not 100% familiar with the specs of the 930m, (though I can't imagine it's too supreme) but I started playing Champions on my old system (i7-920 and GTX960) and I could get playable (though not great) framerates at 2160p with all settings maxed. I played mostly in 1440p just for the extra smoothness, but I reckon you should do ok with mid-high settings if you're only running 1080p.

    Ugh, that's a tight list...

    Metal Gear Solid
    Quake 3
    Deus Ex
    The Elder Scrolls 3

    ...Maybe but there so much I could change out there

    The Witcher 3
    Chrono Trigger
    Tekken 3
    Unreal Tournament
    Wing Commander 3

    Or Maybe...

    Final Fantasy 8
    Diablo 2
    Total Annihilation

    That number is too small.

      Clive Owen at his very best and damn the naysayers!!
      ...thinking about it he may have only appeared in P2...

        Yeah that was P2, also had John Hurt and Christopher Walken.

    Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd
    Mass Effect 3
    Persona 4 Golden
    Legend of Heroes Trails in the Sky FC
    Borderlands 2

    Ocarina of Time (with the gold cartridge on N64, first console i bought myself)
    Final Fantasy 7 (was lost in that for months and months)
    Harvest Moon (No idea why... maybe i subconsciously wanted to be a farmer)
    Final Fantasy X (had a crush on Yuna although couldn't finish it until the PS3 re release)
    Perfect Dark (my first shooter)

    I realise that besides harvest moon i was always lost in the stories and that was what i loved about them.

    The Last of Us
    Uncharted 2
    Final Fantasy VII

    hard to pick off the top of my head right now

    baldurs gate 2
    world of warcraft
    alex kidd in miracle world
    time crisis

    honorable mentions to breath of the wild, castlevania, obilivion, twisted metal world tour 2, roller coaster tycoon 2, doom 1 and 2

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    Elite: Dangerous (PC)
    The Dig (PC and everything else via SCUMM VM and where's the remaster dammit there's only an HD concept trailer and waaaaaaaaaaaa))
    Gran Turismo (Playstation)
    Far Cry (PC)
    Journey (PS3/PS4)

    Super Mario Kart
    NBA Jam TE
    GTA Vice City
    Scorched Earth
    Age of Empires 2

    In no particular order off the top of my head:

    Flashback - first game that really got me sucked into a fictional world
    Gone Home - game that I had the strongest strongest emotional to (runner up would be Beginners Guide)
    Timesplitters 2 - Shooter I can sink the most hours into
    Silent Hill 2 - Game that scared me without relying on shocking me
    Persona 4: Golden - The only JRPG I've been able to get through (well, I've since finished P3P)

    Ecco the Dolphin
    Ecco: The Tides of Time
    Final Fantasy IX
    JuJu Densetsu (Toki: Going Ape Spit)

      hahah Toki is one of my fav arcade games :) So good!

    Baldur's Gate 2
    Mass Effect
    Fallout New Vegas
    Witcher 3

      All RPGs eh. Almost went that way myself...

    Half Life 2 (PC)
    Rock Band 3 (360)
    WWF No Mercy (N64)
    GTA Vice City (PC)
    Micro Machines 96 (Mega Drive)

    Honorable mentions:
    The Last of Us (PS3)
    Quake (PC)
    World of Warcraft (PC)
    Legend of Zelda: BoTW (Switch)

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