All Time Favorite Gamesby daniel_sh7 | created - 11 Jan 2015 | updated - 21 May 2019 | Public
Note that these are my "favorite" and not necessarily the best games of all time. Since I can't really compare a survival horror game with a strategy game, I decided to list them in a non-chronological order.
1. Gothic II (2002 Video Game)
M | Action, Fantasy
Rescued from the ruins of the temple of the sleeper, the nameless hero faces another great challenge when Beliar, one of the three gods, summons a tremendous army in the mine valley.
I wanted to start with the lesser known game first, as this is more of an acquired taste for role-playing aficionados out there. Get past the steep learning curve however, and you will find yourself a game worthy of the history books.
In fact, this game is so good that I feel like it puts many sacred cows of the genre to shame. I won't name names, but suffice to say that this game is a must have for any gamer who considers themselves an RPG'er.
2. Deus Ex (2000 Video Game)
M | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi
In a dark cyberpunk future where poverty, disease, oppression and terrorism are widespread, J.C. Denton, a new cybernetically-enhanced special agent, finds evidence of a massive conspiracy when his brother, also an agent, goes rogue.
3. Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia (1999 Video Game)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Turn-based strategy game in which the player goes through 7 different campaigns, controlling a number of heroes that command an army of creatures inspired by myth and legend.
Best Turn Based Strategy game ever devised.
4. StarCraft (1998 Video Game)
T | Action, Sci-Fi
In 2499 in the Koprulu sector, a ferocious collective race known as the Zerg arrives to massacre the exiled human colonies while a highly advanced race, the Protoss, intervenes to exterminate the Zerg.
5. Diablo II (2000 Video Game)
M | Action, Horror, Fantasy
Evil has survived. Diablo, the Lord of Terror, now seeks to free his demonic brothers. The armies of the High Heavens are forbidden to interfere with Diablo's plan.
Needs no real introduction.
6. Total Annihilation (1997 Video Game)
In the distant future, humanity rules the Milky Way with help from AIs, known as the Core. They prospered in peace, however, things changed when the Core tried to enforce a "patterning" process, forcefully uploading minds to a machine.
One of the top 3 greatest strategy games of all time. A hit game that came literally out of nowhere and still remains a superb RTS to this very day.
7. Silent Hill 2 (2001 Video Game)
M | Adventure, Horror, Mystery
After receiving a letter from his late wife, from Silent Hill, James Sunderland makes his way to the town in an attempt to find her.
Arguably the best Survival Horror game ever made and one of the best stories ever told in video game format. Combat is a bit *beep* but hey, it's supposed to be that way. Otherwise it would be a jolly romp through easy street, and that's not scary.
8. God Hand (2006 Video Game)
M | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Using the power of his new right arm, Gene must eliminate all the mobs who are so dead-set on trying to go after his God Hand.
The best brawler ever made - Absolutely peerless in the depth of it's gameplay mechanics, and really, what else do you need in a fighting game?
Actually, a lot more, as it turns out. It has an amazing soundtrack, tons of style, challenge modes, side missions and mini-games. And if you thought that was already too much, the game also has a fantastic sense of humor. It's all around the best thing you can ever wish for until aliens conquer the earth and make a better game, because let's face it, nothing we can make will ever be better than God Hand.
9. Persona 4 Golden (2012 Video Game)
M | Adventure, Family, Mystery
Persona 4 Golden takes place in a fictional Japanese countryside and is indirectly related to both Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 and the Persona 2 games. The player-named main protagonist ... See full summary »
My first foray into the Persona series and a damn good point to start from. This game's plot managed to surprise me more than once, and that's saying something for a guy who has been gaming since the early 90's.
10. Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening (2005 Video Game)
M | Action, Adventure, Drama
A young Dante is opening up his Merc Agency when he receives a challenge from his twin brother Vergil. The following events exponentially shape his future and make for one hell of a party.
We all know what this is, I think. I don't really need to sing it's praises, do I? :)
11. Oni (2001 Video Game)
T | Action, Adventure, Crime
A highly trained woman named Konoko has a mission she must complete to defeat the evil Syndicate. Use machine guns and other weapons as you try to uncover her past.
Profoundly poignant and well written story that takes inspiration from Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell, yet still somehow surpasses it in nearly every way. This game is a must have for anyone even remotely interested in the Beat'em-up genre.
12. Divinity: Original Sin (2014 Video Game)
M | Adventure, Fantasy
Two Source Hunters who devote their lives to ridding a mysterious energy known as Source from the world of Rivellon are tasked with something much larger when the fate of their world is placed into their hands.
What if Baldur's Gate was developed by an incredibly talented European studio? well, this is what you get - a deep, well written, atmospheric and gorgeous game that completely blew away my rather lofty expectations and left me wanting so much more.
13. Wasteland 2 (2014 Video Game)
Sequel to the original 1988 personal computer role-playing game Wasteland, revived by original director Brian Fargo and inXile Entertainment with the return of many key members of the ... See full summary »
A spectacular return to form for the series. Hailing from the creators of the original Wasteland, everything about this game feels incredibly high quality. From the storytelling to the combat system, it still retains that post apocalyptic vibe we all love so much.
14. Fallout 2: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game (1998 Video Game)
M | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In a post-nuclear future, the descendant of an ancient exiled hero must leave his tribe in search of the Garden of Eden Creation Kit, the last chance of survival for his people.
15. Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game (1997 Video Game)
M | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
After being sent by the overseer of his vault to search for a new water purifying chip, the player discovers the horrors of post apocalyptic America, and the threat of the Master's Army.
16. Forgotten Realms: Baldur's Gate II - Shadows of Amn (2000 Video Game)
T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Jon Irenicus, a sadistic secretive powerful mage bent on revenge, captures Gorion's ward and his/her party for a diabolical experiment.
17. Future Cop: L.A.P.D. (1998 Video Game)
T | Action
Take control of a transforming mech in Los Angeles and clean up the crime that is running rampant throughout. Use powerful weapons to destroy anything in your way, remember...serve, protect and survive.
Might seem like a weird choice but this is, as far as I know, the earliest instance of Moba-style gameplay in a video game. Yes, even before the Starcraft mods. In fact, this game served as the main inspiration for the entire genre as we know it today.
Incidentally, this is the only Moba-Style game I can actually stomach. Funny how the world works, eh?
Single player mode is also fantastic.
18. Relentless: Twinsen's Adventure (1994 Video Game)
Twinsen lives with his wife Zoe on the Citadel Island. They belong to the species Quetch which looks like humans with ponytails. The planet Twinsun is inhabited by three other species; ... See full summary »
One of the very few games out there that can truly be classified as "action - adventure" by old school standards. The cheesy voice acting doesn't distract from the fact that this one of the best games of it's kind.
19. Grim Fandango (1998 Video Game)
T | Adventure, Comedy
Manuel Calavera is a travel agent in The Land of the Dead who has stumbled across a ring of corruption.
One of my favorite adventure games that sadly only comes as a distant second to one game that's so obscure even Imdb doesn't list it.
20. Drakan: Order of the Flame (1999 Video Game)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
How many years will it take humanity to make a dragon riding game that doesn't suck?
Zero, is the answer to that, because it was already made in 1999. Ever since then, every attempt to make a game similar to this (outside of the 2 games in the series) was met with utter failure. Get past the ancient graphics and this game is a blast from the past that packs a great storytelling punch, tons of exploration and even minor RPG elements to spice things up. Add to that two of the most likable characters in video game history, and you get yourself Drakan: Order of the Flame.
21. Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor (1999 Video Game)
T | Fantasy
"Ever ask yourself where the lore of Heroes of Might and Magic comes from? Well, this is it.
The M&M universe had existed long before HoMM, yet sadly fell out of fashion probably due to the fact that the latter series rocketed into success and popularity. Some even clam that Might and Magic suffered because both series shared a very similar name, which may have caused a lot of confusion.
Whatever the case was, it didn't change the fact that M&M7 is my favorite game in the series and a superb Dungeon Crawler in it's own right. In fact, I firmly believe that the genre doesn't get much better than this.
22. Planescape: Torment (1999 Video Game)
T | Adventure, Fantasy
In the city of Sigil, the only place from which all realities of the Planescape universe can be reached, an immortal amnesiac, the Nameless One, must uncover his past, the mystery of his immortality as well as who's trying to kill him.
The best story ever written on a piece of paper and then converted into pure digital bliss?
It certainly deserves a spot somewhere up there. This game is often touted as the third member of the "holy trinity" of RPG along with Baldur's Gate and Fallout.
23. Blade Runner (1997 Video Game)
T | Action, Adventure, Crime
You play a blade runner investigating a series of violent replicant crimes, only to discover far more than you bargained for.
This is an astonishingly accurate depiction of the themes, atmosphere and aesthetic of the movie right down to the finest detail, taking the form of a video game. This game involved actual detective work and even multiple dialogue options that not only had a profound effect on the story but in some occasions, also altered the ending.
Suffice to say this game is one of a kind and I doubt we will ever see anything of this sort, again.
24. Undying (2001 Video Game)
M | Action, Horror, Mystery
Former soldier Patrick Galloway receives a plea for help from his old friend and former comrade in arms Jeremiah Covenant.
Possibly the most under appreciated video game in history. Superb writing, unique gameplay elements, thick atmosphere and excellent gunplay are just a few highlights of this incredible horror FPS, the likes of which will probably never be seen again.
25. Half-Life 2 (2004 Video Game)
M | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Dr. Freeman is taken out of stasis by his "employer" to help rid the planet of invading aliens forces known as the Combine that entered through the portals he helped create.
An exceptional FPS that manages to hit all the right notes when it comes to storytelling and atmosphere in a first person shooter. It also managed to nail the horror theme so well that I was actually terrified to play through Ravenholm for quite some time.
If you knew me, you'd understand why this is such an impressive achievement.
26. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl (2007 Video Game)
Action, Adventure, Horror
You play as a scavenger suffering from amnesia inside the exclusion zone of a nuclear power plant in the Ukraine which exploded, creating mutants, and weird paranormal activity.
This is what Fallout 3 should have been - an incredibly difficult and sometimes downright sadistic game that has a thick atmosphere and deep faction politics, all set in a bizarre sandbox world where all sorts of weird *beep* happens unexpectedly.
Significantly more fleshed out than Fallout 3 and next to no annoying loading screens to keep you from exploring every nook and cranny of this vast, expansive landscape.
27. The Temple of Elemental Evil: A Classic Greyhawk Adventure (2003 Video Game)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
In a medieval high fantasy land, a group of adventurers visits a booming town that still fears a nearby destroyed temple, dedicated to an evil deity, which now shows signs of activity again.
Director: Martin Denning
What this game lacks in story, it more than makes up for in gameplay, as this has, by far, the best Turn Based combat system ever implemented in an RPG.
28. Thief: The Dark Project (1998 Video Game)
M | Action, Adventure, Crime
Unbeknownst to him, a cynical but witty master-thief Garrett will become a key player in the secret war between the cult of builders and the cult of pagans in a medieval city where certain types of magic and advanced technology exist.
29. Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura (2001 Video Game)
It's time for some technology in the magic world of Arcanum. You are the sole survivor of IFS Zephyr crash. Well, you were not alone, but the noble gnome have just passed away before your ... See full summary »
Like every Troika game in existence, Arcanum is considered to be an absolute classic by fans of isometric RPGs. And, much like Troika themselves, this game had garnered far less mainstream recognition than it deserved. With the console boom of the early 2000, that notion pretty much cemented itself with the aforementioned studio shutting it's doors for good, a mere few years down the road.
A damn shame considering this game is absolutely monumental and the number of different permutations and character builds you can play with is absolutely staggering. To give you an example: Dragon Age:Origins had four playable races. Arcanum on the other hand, has eleven. Though don't equate abundant quantity with a lack of quality. Arcanum certainly has plenty of that to go around, specifically the way the developers implemented the dichotomy between technology and magic, as well as the political and moral implications of the two.
If you ever enjoyed playing Fallout, Baldur's Gate or Planescape, give this one a whirl. You won't be disappointed.
30. Alpha Centauri (1999 Video Game)
Crash-landing on a world orbiting Alpha Centauri, 7 colonist factions of widely differing ideology must contend for dominance not only with each other, but also with a mysterious power called "The Voice of Planet".
The definitive 4x strategy game, everything else simply pales in comparison. With an in game encyclopedia that's nearly thicker than a real life encyclopedia, fully customizable units with millions of different combinations of loadouts, advanced politics and robust terraforming capabilities, you can probably see why so many consider it to be the best 4x strategy game out there.
31. Burnout Revenge (2005 Video Game)
E10+ | Family, Sport
Race and crash into opponents to earn boost and speed up heavily to take first place in this fast-paced racing game.
Director: Alexander Ward
In my opinion, the best arcade racer out there, hands down. Nothing has as much speed and destruction as this game. Add to that a ton of modes, unlockable cars and tracks, and a badass soundtrack and you have everything you need from an arcady racing game. The only bad things about this game are the interminably long loading times, but that can hardly be attributed to the game itself and more to do with the putrescent dollop of donkey spunk console that it was developed for.