Favourite Games

Here's a few of my favourite games, or just games which have had an impact on me in some way. While I have many games that I treasure for nostalgic purposes, it's the games below which have affected how I look at game design today.

A bigger list with detailed descriptions of each can be found here (although I throw my childhood favourites into this one, too)

I strongly recommend players try these games at some point or another, to broaden their exposure to different game experiences. Some of these I like for generally good design, others for their storytelling or visual style or characters etc.

  1. Pokemon Red/Blue
  2. Metroid Prime
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  4. Portal
  5. Portal 2
  6. Persona 3
  7. Persona 4
  8. Super Smash Bros Melee
  9. Resident Evil 4
  10. Mass Effect (1&2)
  11. Resident Evil
  12. Resident Evil 0
  13. Super Mario Galaxy 2
  14. Chrono Trigger
  15. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  16. Fallout 3
  17. Viva Pinata
  18. Super Meat Boy
  19. God of War 1 & 2
  20. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
  21. Braid
  22. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
  23. Bayonetta
  24. Animal Crossing
  25. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
  26. Super Metroid
  27. Mario Kart DS
  28. Super Mario Sunshine
  29. The World Ends With You
  30. Professor Layton series
  31. Goldeneye 007
  32. Street Fighter 4
  33. Megaman 9
  34. Final Fantasy 6 & 7
  35. Grand Theft Auto 4
  36. SSX Tricky
  37. Gears of War 1&2
  38. Luigi's Mansion
  39. The Secret of Monkey Island
  40. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  41. Starfox 64
  42. Conker's Bad Fur Day
  43. Deadly Premonition
  44. Half Life 2
  45. Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War
  46. Warioware (series)
  47. Halo: Combat Evolved
  48. Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
  49. Bully (or Canis Canem Edit)
  50. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
  51. Okami
  52. Sonic The Hedgehog (1, 2, 3)
  53. Splosion Man
  54. Comic Jumper
  55. Limbo
  56. Castle Crashers
  57. The Simpsons Arcade Game
  58. Raiden II
  59. Guitar Hero III
  60. Pikmin
  61. VVVVVV
  62. Kirby Canvas Curse
  63. Diddy Kong Racing
  64. Perfect Dark
  65. The Legend of Zelda
  66. Super Mario Bros
If you have any games to suggest that I play for a new, different experience and they aren't on either of these lists, please let me know. Thanks!

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