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My Top 50 Video Games: #10 – #1

10. Metal Gear Solid 3


An excellent addition to the Metal Gear saga, but there’s pretty much one reason its on the list: the sniper battle level.  I could play that over and over.

9. Ms. Pac Man



Our university arcade/hang-out had a ms. pac man machine, and damn did we ever play it a lot between classes.  Got pretty good at it to.  There’s a reason pac man is one of the most popular games in the world.

8. Jurassic Park


Yes, I am a huge fan of the movies, but thats not the only reason this game is on the list.  I lved the island exploration aspectt and how it turns into a Wolfenstein-style first person view when you enter the buildings.  I also like the idea of unlocking different floors depending on whose character cards you have.  Plus, raptors!

7. The Legend of Zelda


Zelda is proof that video games can be art.

6. Crystalis


One of my favourite story-driven games.  Its an RPG that still has the best parts; exploring the world, seeking for items, talking to people, buying upgrades.  But it takes out that separate screen, turn based fighting like Final fantasy and instead you can jsut fight enemies as you come to them.  This game is awesome, and the further you get the deeper and richer the story becomes.

5. Contra


The greatest of all shoot ’em up games.  Great with two players.  Plus, the spread gun!

4. Tetris


The best puzzle game of all time, as well as one of the most addictive games of all time.

3. Super Mario Bros.


The classic of all classics

2. Metal Gear Solid



I was first introduced to Metal Gear through a demo disc when I borrowed my friend’s playstation for the weekend, and I fell in love with it immediately.  It took all those stealth based games of my childhood (hide and seek, capture the flag) and put it into a video game.  The story was fully detailed and interesting, and the sneaking around gameplay style was incredible amounts of fun. I love this game, and this whole series.

1. Super Mario Bros. 3



When this game was released it was a pretty big deal, especially for a 9 year old.  Mario was certainly taken up a notch.  There were now 8 rich, full worlds to explore, each with their own distict features and each made you feel like you were going further down the rabbit whole.  There were new enemies and new abilities, the most famous of which is the flying raccoon suit.  The gameplay made you feel much more free and Mario and Luigi were able to do things they never could before.  Best game ever.

2 Responses to “My Top 50 Video Games: #10 – #1”

  1. My top 1-10 games, from my enjoyment. top is bestest.
    generally a turnbased fan. some games probably suck in hindsight, but at the time, i enjoyed a lot.
    i lump series’ together. i can never remember which one is which. lazy, i know, but…

    nhl 97 series sega genesis.
    hitting after the whistle=gleeful heaven.
    a couple problems plagued the series but it still deserves 11/10.
    ie roenick = too good. one had too many 2 line passes by computer.
    too many interference penalties. running the goalie is a penalty..whatev.
    since when!

    advance wars series nds.
    turnbased fan. this is a great cartoony wargame.

    zelda series
    everywhere nintendo. everyone but majora’s mask. hate time travel stuff.

    mat mania arcade. i got good enough to go 100(s of) matches.

    baldur’s gate series pc. best rpg

    professor layton series nds, great puzzles

    neverwinter nights series pc. same as baldur’s but 3d’er

    final fantasy tactics series, ps. there were several clones but i think fft was the best

    eternal champions 2d fighting sega gen. never could beat the boss.

    ice hockey original nes. how many skinny, fat, medium is best? amazingly simple but fun game.

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