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Re: Your Top 50 Games of All Time Lists

Post by ratsoalbion » July 12th, 2019, 12:04 pm

Definitely a case of your list, your rules I think.
Although one might be cheating oneself by including 50+ game compilations like Megea Drive/Genesis Classics...

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Re: Your Top 50 Games of All Time Lists

Post by Sinclair Gregstrum » July 22nd, 2019, 11:21 am

Finally chipped mine down to 50 and included everything new since my 2013 list, along with a bit of general spring cleaning of dropping and including some older stuff.

All alphabetical, no ranking! Although if you asked me for a favourite it would still be Panzer Dragoon Saga...

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Aladdin (Mega Drive)
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Bioshock
Championship Manager 99/00
Command & Conquer
Crazy Taxi
The Darkness
Dead Space
Dune 2
Earthworm Jim
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Forza Horizon 3
Gears of War
Golden Eye
Grim Fandango
Halo: Combat Evolved
Inside
Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
Lemmings
Marvel’s Spider-Man (PS4)
Mass Effect
Metropolis Street Racer
Mirrors Edge
NBA 2K
Nights Into Dreams
The Orange Box
Panzer Dragoon Saga
PES 2008
Phantasy Star Online
Resident Evil: Code Veronica
Rock Band
Sega Rally
Shenmue
Shenmue 2
Sonic Adventure
Sonic The Hedgehog (Game Gear)
Sonic Jam
Star Wars – Knights Of The Old Republic
Street Fighter Alpha 2
Streets Of Rage 2
Super Mario Galaxy
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1989 coin-op)
Tomb Raider (Saturn)
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Virtua Fighter 2
Virtua Tennis
The Witcher 3
The Wolf Among Us
Wolfenstein: The New Order

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Re: Your Top 50 Games of All Time Lists

Post by James » July 24th, 2019, 9:21 pm

Excellent list, Sinclair Gregstrum! A couple on there that sparked some pangs of regret as they only very narrowly missed my list. Speaking of which, I had another crack at my own list tonight and I have it down to 50.

Some heartbreaking decisions, and a lot of changes since my last list in 2016. As mentioned previously, I've tried to avoid choosing games from the same series in order to help with variety. Only The Legend Of Zelda and Hitman made it onto the list twice, both due to recent releases that I've absolutely adored.

Oh, I've put the games in order of release year. Though not necessarily the order I played them in, I felt this provided a sense of chronology.
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Tetris (1989)
The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past (1991)
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992)
Street Fighter II (1993)
SimCity 2000 (1994)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert (1996)
Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night (1997)
Championship Manager 97/98 (1997)
Metal Gear Solid (1998)
Deus Ex (2000)
Rez (2001)
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (2002)
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (2003)
Half-Life 2 (2004)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (2005)
Okami (2006)
Shadow Of The Colossus (2006)
BioShock (2007)
Mass Effect (2007)
Burnout Paradise (2008)
Dear Esther (2008/2012)
Far Cry 2 (2008)
999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (2009)
Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)
Demon's Souls (2009)
Plants Vs Zombies (2009)
Fallout: New Vegas (2010)
Halo: Reach (2010)
NIER (2010)
Dark Souls (2011)
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (2011)
Portal 2 (2011)
Rayman: Origins (2011)
The Binding Of Isaac (2011)
To The Moon (2011)
Hotline Miami (2012)
Mark Of The Ninja (2012)
Gone Home (2013)
80 Days (2014)
Threes! (2014)
Bloodborne (2015)
Everybody's Gone To The Rapture (2015)
Ori & The Blind Forest (2015)
The Beginner's Guide (2015)
Firewatch (2016)
Cuphead (2017)
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (2017)
Hollow Knight (2017)
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild (2017)
Hitman 2 (2018)
Phew! :D

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Re: Your Top 50 Games of All Time Lists

Post by Caligulas Horse » August 2nd, 2019, 10:17 am

Enjoying reading through all of the lists in here (Shout out Dynasty Warriors 3) I might have to give it a go but I always end up with too many choices and find it really difficult to narrow down; it's always a bit painful putting these lists together and having to exclude things you love.
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July 24th, 2019, 9:21 pm
Excellent list, Sinclair Gregstrum! A couple on there that sparked some pangs of regret as they only very narrowly missed my list. Speaking of which, I had another crack at my own list tonight and I have it down to 50.

Some heartbreaking decisions, and a lot of changes since my last list in 2016. As mentioned previously, I've tried to avoid choosing games from the same series in order to help with variety. Only The Legend Of Zelda and Hitman made it onto the list twice, both due to recent releases that I've absolutely adored.

Oh, I've put the games in order of release year. Though not necessarily the order I played them in, I felt this provided a sense of chronology.
Spoiler: show
Tetris (1989)
The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past (1991)
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992)
Street Fighter II (1993)
SimCity 2000 (1994)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert (1996)
Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night (1997)
Championship Manager 97/98 (1997)
Metal Gear Solid (1998)
Deus Ex (2000)
Rez (2001)
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (2002)
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (2003)
Half-Life 2 (2004)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (2005)
Okami (2006)
Shadow Of The Colossus (2006)
BioShock (2007)
Mass Effect (2007)
Burnout Paradise (2008)
Dear Esther (2008/2012)
Far Cry 2 (2008)
999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (2009)
Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)
Demon's Souls (2009)
Plants Vs Zombies (2009)
Fallout: New Vegas (2010)
Halo: Reach (2010)
NIER (2010)
Dark Souls (2011)
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (2011)
Portal 2 (2011)
Rayman: Origins (2011)
The Binding Of Isaac (2011)
To The Moon (2011)
Hotline Miami (2012)
Mark Of The Ninja (2012)
Gone Home (2013)
80 Days (2014)
Threes! (2014)
Bloodborne (2015)
Everybody's Gone To The Rapture (2015)
Ori & The Blind Forest (2015)
The Beginner's Guide (2015)
Firewatch (2016)
Cuphead (2017)
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (2017)
Hollow Knight (2017)
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild (2017)
Hitman 2 (2018)
Phew! :D
I'm surprised to see Silent Assassin in there over Blood Money but that's partly my own nostalgia talking.

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Re: Your Top 50 Games of All Time Lists

Post by James » August 2nd, 2019, 2:01 pm

Caligulas Horse wrote:
August 2nd, 2019, 10:17 am
I'm surprised to see Silent Assassin in there over Blood Money but that's partly my own nostalgia talking.
Fear not, I like Blood Money pretty-much exactly as much as Silent Assassin. I know for many fans, Blood Money was where IO fulfilled the promise that the Hitman series had held up to that point. For me, almost everything the series would go on to do in Blood Money, and (arguably) the 2016/2018 reboots, was there in Silent Assassin. I know it's a rough experience now, but it's a game that truly blew me away at the time.

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Re: Your Top 50 Games of All Time Lists

Post by Caligulas Horse » August 2nd, 2019, 7:03 pm

James wrote:
August 2nd, 2019, 2:01 pm
Caligulas Horse wrote:
August 2nd, 2019, 10:17 am
I'm surprised to see Silent Assassin in there over Blood Money but that's partly my own nostalgia talking.
Fear not, I like Blood Money pretty-much exactly as much as Silent Assassin. I know for many fans, Blood Money was where IO fulfilled the promise that the Hitman series had held up to that point. For me, almost everything the series would go on to do in Blood Money, and (arguably) the 2016/2018 reboots, was there in Silent Assassin. I know it's a rough experience now, but it's a game that truly blew me away at the time.
Totally get that and I guess that's what makes these lists fun. I know my own list would include some choices that'll seem crazy to everybody else.

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Re: Your Top 50 Games of All Time Lists

Post by Mr Ixolite » September 6th, 2019, 1:15 pm

I wasn't able to get 50 entries, and could only properly rank a few. But at least now my narrow gaming preferences should be embarrasingly obvious to see:

1: KLONOA: DOOR TO PHANTOMILE (PS1)

Pretty happy with this order tier
- 2: Undertale (PC)
- 3: Final fantasy IX (PS1)
- 4: Mega Man IV (gameboy)
- 5: Flower (PS3)

Order subject to change, this is really hard tier
- 6: Shovel Knight (PS3)
- 7: Final fantasy V (SNES)
- 8: Final Fantasy VII (PS1)
- 9: Kingdom Hearts (PS2)
- 10: Journey (PS3)

I can’t rank anymore Top tier:
- Ape escape (PS1)
- Castlevania: Rondo of Blood (Turbografx)
- Celeste (Switch)
- Crash Bandicoot 2 (PS1)
- Grandia (PS1)
- Grandia II (PS2)
- PORTAL (PC)

Bloody great fun & comfort games tier:
- Batman: Arkham asylum (PS3)
- Bayonetta (PS3)
- Bioshock (PS3)
- Crash team racing (PS1)
- Final Fantasy X (PS2)
- Katamari Damacy (PS2)
- Kirby super star ultra (DS)
- Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)
- Rayman Origins (PS3)
- Spyro the dragon (PS1)
- Super Smash Bros Ultimate (Switch)

Really fond memories tier:
- Ace attorney (DS)
- Beyond good and evil (PS2)
- Ghost trick (DS)
- Megaman X4 (PS1)
- Metroid fusion (GBA)
- Oddworld: Abes Oddysey (PS1)
- Tomba (PS1)
- Thomas Was Alone (PS3)
- Zone of the enders 2 (PS2)


Really good though I’m not itching to replay right at this moment tier:
- Castlevania 3 (NES)
- God of War 2 (PS2)
- Jak 2 (PS2)
- Megaman Zero 3 (GBA)
- Okami (PS2)
- Pony Island (PC)
- Shadow Of The Colossus (PS2)
- Soul reaver (PS1)
- Starcraft (PC)
- The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (Gamecube)
- Theme Park World (PC)
- Warcraft III (PC)
- Warioland (gameboy)

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Re: Your Top 50 Games of All Time Lists

Post by Sinclair Gregstrum » September 6th, 2019, 2:01 pm

Like the breaking up of things into themed categories! Gives a bit of context!

Some interesting choices as well. Not sure what it says about you that you find Bioshock fun and comforting, but different strokes for different folks ;)

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Re: Your Top 50 Games of All Time Lists

Post by Magical_Isopod » September 6th, 2019, 7:37 pm

I actually already have a list ready for this. The order is ALWAYS in flux, and I'll probably re-do it sometime, but here's what I have:

Metro: Exodus, Ys VIII and Iconoclasts are games I've played recently that definitely belong on this list. They're probably Top 10, Top 25, and Top 35 respectively.

1 Silent Hill 2 2001 Japan
2 Resident Evil 2002 Japan
3 SOMA 2015 Sweden
4 .hack//GU: Last Recode 2017 Japan
5 Final Fantasy VII 1997 Japan
6 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2015 Poland
7 Mega Man Legends 2 2000 Japan
8 Chrono Trigger 1995 Japan
9 Mega Man X 1993 Japan
10 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 2000 Japan
11 Einhander 1998 Japan
12 Half-Life 2 2004 USA
13 Horizon: Zero Dawn 2017 Netherlands
14 Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 1998 Japan
15 Metro Redux 2009/2013 Ukraine
16 Resident Evil: Code Veronica 2000 Japan
17 Metal Gear Solid 2 2001 Japan
18 Mega Man Legends 1998 Japan
19 Kingdom Hearts 2002 Japan
20 Seiken Densetsu 3 1995 Japan
21 Terranigma 1996 Japan
22 TMNT IV: Turtles in Time 1991 Japan
23 Observer 2017 Poland
24 Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen 2004 Japan
25 Final Fantasy Tactics 1998 Japan
26 DOOM 2016 USA
27 DmC: Devil May Cry 2013 UK
28 Albino Lullaby 2015 USA
29 Valkyria Chronicles 4 2018 Japan
30 Sonic Mania 2017 USA
31 Valkyria Chronicles 2008 Japan
32 Thunder Force IV 1992 Japan
33 Raiden II 1993 Japan
34 Resident Evil VII 2017 Japan
35 Fallout: New Vegas 2010 USA
36 Metroid Fusion 2002 Japan
37 Xenoblade Chronicles 2010 Japan
38 Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess 2006 Japan
39 Silent Hill 3 2003 Japan
40 Killer7 2005 Japan
41 Singularity 2011 USA
42 Sonic 3 & Knuckles 1994 USA
43 Final Fantasy V 1992 Japan
44 Portal 2 2011 USA
45 Deus Ex: Human Revolution 2011 Canada
46 Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver 2010 Japan
47 Nier: Automata 2017 Japan
48 Resistance 3 2011 USA
49 Metroid Prime 2002 USA
50 Until Dawn 2015 UK

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Re: Your Top 50 Games of All Time Lists

Post by ColinAlonso » September 6th, 2019, 8:56 pm

Although it didn't make my top 50, its nice to see some Final Fantasy V love in those lists.

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Re: Your Top 50 Games of All Time Lists

Post by Magical_Isopod » September 6th, 2019, 9:04 pm

ColinAlonso wrote:
September 6th, 2019, 8:56 pm
Although it didn't make my top 50, its nice to see some Final Fantasy V love in those lists.
It's really a shame that we didn't get FF5 in the west, because it's really the beginning of the Final Fantasy golden age. FF4 is still kind of trapped in NES design conventions in a lot of ways, but FF5 is really the first in the series to perfect the formula. Yet, it's probably the least-played numbered entry aside from FF3 and MAYBE FF2.

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Re: Your Top 50 Games of All Time Lists

Post by hazeredmist » September 6th, 2019, 9:15 pm

Some love for Until Dawn too. A game I really enjoyed.

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Re: Your Top 50 Games of All Time Lists

Post by Magical_Isopod » September 7th, 2019, 3:50 am

hazeredmist wrote:
September 6th, 2019, 9:15 pm
Some love for Until Dawn too. A game I really enjoyed.
Until Dawn was great, and I strongly recommend Man of Medan as well. It's not AS good, but it's definitely worth experiencing, especially if you can gather some friends and family and play co-op. It's 2 players online, or up to 5 local co-op. But even single player, it's quite good. It's been review-bombed for reasons I don't quite understand though.

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Re: Your Top 50 Games of All Time Lists

Post by Chopper » September 7th, 2019, 8:03 am

Would be really interesting to grab all these top 50s and bang them into Access and generate a few reports and graphs. A fair bit of cleanup to do that though.

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Re: Your Top 50 Games of All Time Lists

Post by Magical_Isopod » September 8th, 2019, 6:21 am

I just finished updating my Top 100 list, so here you go:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... TXQMn3v5w/

It's rather different, but I tried a new method this time, and I think I like it a little better. I think there's around 10 new games on the list vs. my old one.

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Re: Your Top 50 Games of All Time Lists

Post by Chopper » September 8th, 2019, 10:11 am

Chopper wrote:
September 7th, 2019, 8:03 am
Would be really interesting to grab all these top 50s and bang them into Access and generate a few reports and graphs. A fair bit of cleanup to do that though.
I had a look at doing something this morning; I thought it'd be nice to have something where you could quickly see what the highest ranked games were, what the most common top-10 games were, etc, and maybe have something where you could plug in a forum member's name and get a nice report with closest matches against other members etc, as well as exceptions (hello, Beyond: Two Souls), patterns etc.

I thought I had Access on an old work laptop but it turned out I didn't. I downloaded a freeware DB called Kexi, and while it was quite interesting, I could see no way of setting criteria in individual query fields (eg summing totals on the fly, or selecting within ranges) so that was an issue. Still, I figured I could get some simple queries going upon which I could export to excel and graph etc. I was using Isopod's spreadsheet, randomised for him and two other users to test this.

Happy enough I could come up with something basic, I then turned to the data. Lots of unranked lists in here! And people spelling Pokemon with and without the accent! And Dark Souls 3 vs Dark Souls III! And so on and so on.

So I am not pursuing it further at this time :lol:

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Re: Your Top 50 Games of All Time Lists

Post by Mr Ixolite » September 9th, 2019, 8:14 am

Sinclair Gregstrum wrote:
September 6th, 2019, 2:01 pm
Like the breaking up of things into themed categories! Gives a bit of context!

Some interesting choices as well. Not sure what it says about you that you find Bioshock fun and comforting, but different strokes for different folks ;)
Hahaha, I've actually only ever played Bioshock once, so its definetely more on the bloody great fun side of things rahter than comfort game...maybe I should've split them up into seperate groups, but the tiers are still ranked from highest to lowest, so this felt like the closest I could approximate an overral ranking.

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Re: Your Top 50 Games of All Time Lists

Post by Mr Ixolite » September 9th, 2019, 8:17 am

ColinAlonso wrote:
September 6th, 2019, 8:56 pm
Although it didn't make my top 50, its nice to see some Final Fantasy V love in those lists.
In terms of pure gameplay, I'd rank FFV as the best in the series. On top of that, its wrapped in an charmingly cheesy romp of a narrative that I can't help but adore. FFIX adds some gravitas to balance things out later which is why it wins out for me, but I still feel like the games are tonally kindred spirits. I don't think its an accident that Zidane and Bartz team up in Dissidia.

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Re: Your Top 50 Games of All Time Lists

Post by Chopper » September 9th, 2019, 12:06 pm

The results are in and there is some surprising news:

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The db thing I'm using has no aggregation functions, so I might post another graph as and when I get time.

Also, some caveats:
The data contains all lists in this thread; earlier lists that have since been superseded (in the form of an updated list) are not included. So one per person.
The thread goes back to 2013, so current gen might be a bit unrepresented overall. It's hard to believe those guys lived in a world where The Witcher 3 did not exist. :D
Ratsoalbion's list is from, I believe, 2004.
The two sets of participants (2013 vs 2018 forward) are suffering from two different sets of recency bias.

NB 34 people in total created lists.

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Re: Your Top 50 Games of All Time Lists

Post by Chopper » September 9th, 2019, 12:32 pm

One more - if we look at how 'popuar' a game was, ie how far it was towards the top of people's lists, we get this for our top games:

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NB this is skewed because some people didn't rank their lists (I just took them in the order they were presented). So Bioshock benefits from being near the top of Alphabetical lists, for example (also, Bayonetta, which was number 11, though it had a strong showing overall in any case). Similarly, Super Mario games would suffer slightly from being at the 'bottom' of these lists.

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