This list features my all-time favourite games on different platforms. The list will be continued as soon as a new great game enters my life (or when I´ll remeber one) ;-). You may wonder that some games are listed on multiple platforms while others are not (though they existed on other platforms too). I only list the platforms I´ve played the game.
The ranking categories :
- PLAYING TIME – how long have I played the game (from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest))
- WOW EFFECT – how impressed have I been by the game (from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest))
- GRAPHICS – my personal visual impression (from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest))
- OVERALL RANKING – a simple summation of the other 3 ranking categories
A note on the GRAPHICS category. The rank given there refers to the time (and the system) the game was released on (the platform I´ve played the game). It is not comparable with today´s standards and should not be.
The list is sorted by OVERALL RANKING but can be sorted by any column. Happy discussion !
(a click on a game directs you to Wikipedia or other sources about the game)
Game Platform / System Release Developer Playing Time WOW Effect Graphics Overall Rating
The Last of Us PS3 2013 Naughty Dog 7 10 10 27
Heavy Rain PS3 2010 Quantic Dream 6 10 10 26
Forza Horizon XBOX 360 2012 Playground Games / Turn 10 Studios 10 7 8 25
Uncharted 2 PS3 2009 Naughty Dog 6 8 10 24
RalliSport Challenge 2 XBOX 2004 DICE 9 6 8 23
Goldeneye 007 Nintendo 64 1997 Rare 5 10 8 23
Resident Evil PSX 1996 Capcom 6 9 8 23
Resident Evil : Code Veronica Sega Dreamcast 2000 Nextech / Capcom 6 8 8 22
GTA IV The Ballad of Gay Tony PC 2009 Rockstar 7 8 7 22
Street Fighter 2 Turbo SNES 1993 Capcom 8 6 7 21
Trials Evolution PC 2012 RedLynx / Ubisoft Shanghai 7 7 7 21
Super Mario World SNES 1990 Shigeru Miyamoto / Nintendo 8 6 6 20
Sega Rally Championship Arcade Sega Model 2 / Sega Saturn 1995 / 1997 Sega / AM5 / AM3 7 6 7 20
Velvet Assassin XBOX 360 2009 Replay Studios 6 7 6 19
Transport Tycoon Deluxe / Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe PC 1995 / 2004 Chris Sawyer / Microprose / OpenTTD Team & The Community 10 4 5 19
Grand Prix 2 PC 1996 Geoff Crammond / Microprose 6 5 7 18
Sega Rally 2 Arcade Sega Model 3 / Sega Dreamcast 1998 / 2000 Sega / AM5 / Smilebit 7 5 6 18
Screamer PC 1995 Grafitti 6 4 7 17
Prisoner Of Ice PC 1995 Infogrames 5 5 7 17
Tetris Nintendo Game Boy 1989 Alexey Pazhitnov / Nintendo (license) 10 4 3 17
Indiana Jones And The Fate Of Atlantis PC 1992 Lucas Arts 4 5 5 14
Some additional blabla to the games on the list follows here :
You may wonder why GTA IV – The Ballad of Gay Tony is on the list and the original GTA IV not. Well…I could have placed both of them on the list but I think that TBoGT is the cherry on the cake. Though TBoGT is much much shorter than the original game the story is straighter and more focused on an exciting and arresting game progress. The characters are authentic and bizarre at the same time and in every second of TBoGT I was really involved in the things going on there. My final conclusion – TBoGT is the better GTA IV.
Added The Last Of Us. No explanation needed ;-). Play it.
I have added Trials Evolution to the list. It wasn´t an easy decision because I had to choose between Trials HD (predecessor) and Trials Evolution. Trials HD reinvented this genre and so far I played it more often than its successor. But Trials Evolution invented the really great Supercross multiplayer and so I decided to choose it for the list.
Wow…it needed nearly 2 years to add a new game to my favourite games list. And the winner is: Forza Horizon. For me one of the greatest racers of all time and mainly because of its edge cutting mixture between arcade and racing simulation and for a superb car handling.
I´ve added Velvet Assassin and Goldeneye 007 to the list. You may know the last one, but you may be wondering about Velvet Assassin. It´s a stealth action game situated in the 2nd world war. It´s on the list because it has a very dark, depressing, emotional and scary atmosphere. Regarding the game mechanics it´s far from perfect and also definitely not the best stealth game, but the atmopshere is really really really great. One level is situated in the Warsaw Ghetto and while playing that, I really felt depressed and appalled from this gigantic crime of the nazis. By the way – not a game for children. Not at all !!!
I´ve added Heavy Rain and it easily gained the 1st position on the list. It´s a genre defining game and shows how much more video games can be rather than just simple entertainment.
I´ve changed the PLAYING TIME for Transport Tycoon Deluxe / Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe from a 8 rating to 10. Simply because I find myself playing OpenTTD again and again. And it´s never getting boring in some or another way. So I think this is just fair.
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