Your Top 20 games of all time, in 2020! Hindsight is 20:20!

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PostYour Top 20 games of all time, in 2020! Hindsight is 20:20!
by Balladeer » Mon May 18, 2020 12:19 pm

Drumstick and I were discussing top 20s/25s, so I reckon it’s time for a MEGA COOL NEW THREAD (EDIT: Thanks Karl_ :roll: ). I reckon most people’s will have changed since 2012, no? With a few metal-skinned exceptions, perhaps...

My top 25 below:

1. LoZ Breath of the Wild
2. Super Mario Odyssey
3. Paper Mario TTYD
4. Metroid Prime
5. LoZTP
6. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
7. SSB Ultimate
8. Mario Kart 8 + Deluxe
9. LoZOoT + 3D
10. Meteos
11. Celeste
12. Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulations
13. Untitled Goose Game
14. LoZALBW
15. Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice
16. Muramasa: the Demon Blade
17. LoZMC
18. Kid Icarus Uprising
19. Xenoblade 2
20. Super Mario Galaxy 2
21. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions
22. Okami
23. Kirby’s Epic Yarn
24. Bravely Second
25. LoZWW + HD


Yep I’m basically a Nintendonly gamer, sue me. (Meteos incidentally was a little-known DS puzzler from the bloke behind Lumines and Smash’s Sakurai. You linked blocks of the same colour and they blasted off, taking those above them: further ignitions launched them higher until they left the ‘atmosphere’ (screen). There were a couple of campaigny modes and all sorts of trappings. I loved it to bits.)

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PostRe: Your Top 20 Games of all time!
by Denster » Mon May 18, 2020 1:19 pm

Got about 50 games. Need some serious trimming. Can we include arcade games. Thats what started me off way back in the early 80s.

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PostRe: Your Top 20 Games of all time!
by jiggles » Mon May 18, 2020 1:37 pm

1. Divinity: Original Sin II
2. Outer Wilds
3. The Talos Principle
4. Rocket League
5. Final Fantasy XIV
6. Final Fantasy VII
7. WipEout HD
8. Vagrant Story
9. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
10. Persona 4: Golden
11. The Last of Us
12. SnowRunner
13. Hollow Knight
14. Yakuza 0
15. Dark Souls III
16. Rainbow Six: Siege
17. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
18. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
19. Rock Band
20. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The way I formed this list (put a game I think should be there down above/below the existing games as appropriate until I have 20) means that for sure I have forgotten something significant

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PostRe: Your Top 20 games of all time, in 2020! Hindsight is 20:20!
by Karl_ » Mon May 18, 2020 2:40 pm

Balladeer wrote:.

I have upgraded this from a bump to a thread. Hope that's OK!

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PostRe: Your Top 20 games of all time, in 2020! Hindsight is 20:20!
by Denster » Mon May 18, 2020 2:41 pm

Strange seeing Nood and Goat in the old thread.

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PostRe: Your Top 20 games of all time, in 2020! Hindsight is 20:20!
by Balladeer » Mon May 18, 2020 2:56 pm

Karl_ wrote:
Balladeer wrote:.

I have upgraded this from a bump to a thread. Hope that's OK!

Hey, you’re the mod! Previous fora I’ve been on prefer fewer topics and more bumps, but if you’d rather have a new thread then that’s fine... so long as you post your top 20. :P

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PostRe: Your Top 20 games of all time, in 2020! Hindsight is 20:20!
by Ironhide » Mon May 18, 2020 3:29 pm

Work in progress

2012 list
In 2012, I wrote:No numbers as I can't possibly order them.

Tetris
Ico
Shadow of the Colossus
Outrun
Civilization IV

Rez
Shenmue
The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion
Street Fighter II: Champion Edition
Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Metal Gear Solid
Soul Calibur
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
Ridge Racer Type 4
Worms Armageddon

Wipeout Pulse
Loco Roco
Rollercoaster Tycoon 2
Mario Kart Super Circuit
Power Stone


New list, again can't possibly decide an exact order.

Tetris
XCOM2: War of the Chosen (New Entry)
Shadow of the Colossus
Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (NE)
Civilization V (NE)

Jet Set Radio Future
Shenmue
Stardew Valley (NE)
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Metal Gear Solid
Soul Calibur
Crackdown (NE)
Ridge Racer Type 4
Divinity: Original Sin II (NE)

Wipeout Pulse
Grim Dawn (NE)
Rollercoaster Tycoon 2
Diddy Kong Racing (NE)
Advance Wars DS (NE)

So many games relegated from the top 20.

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PostRe: Your Top 20 games of all time, in 2020! Hindsight is 20:20!
by Captain Kinopio » Mon May 18, 2020 3:48 pm

Balladeer wrote:Drumstick and I were discussing top 20s/25s, so I reckon it’s time for a MEGA COOL NEW THREAD (EDIT: Thanks Karl_ :roll: ). I reckon most people’s will have changed since 2012, no? With a few metal-skinned exceptions, perhaps...

My top 25 below:

1. LoZ Breath of the Wild
2. Super Mario Odyssey
3. Paper Mario TTYD
4. Metroid Prime
5. LoZTP
6. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
7. SSB Ultimate
8. Mario Kart 8 + Deluxe
9. LoZOoT + 3D
10. Meteos
11. Celeste
12. Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulations
13. Untitled Goose Game
14. LoZALBW
15. Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice
16. Muramasa: the Demon Blade
17. LoZMC
18. Kid Icarus Uprising
19. Xenoblade 2
20. Super Mario Galaxy 2
21. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions
22. Okami
23. Kirby’s Epic Yarn
24. Bravely Second
25. LoZWW + HD


Yep I’m basically a Nintendonly gamer, sue me. (Meteos incidentally was a little-known DS puzzler from the bloke behind Lumines and Smash’s Sakurai. You linked blocks of the same colour and they blasted off, taking those above them: further ignitions launched them higher until they left the ‘atmosphere’ (screen). There were a couple of campaigny modes and all sorts of trappings. I loved it to bits.)


You need to play better platformers.

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PostRe: Your Top 20 Games of all time!
by Balladeer » Mon May 18, 2020 4:07 pm

jiggles wrote:1. Divinity: Original Sin II

Missed this: my girlfriend would approve. She played them both through with a PC-owning friend and had a grand old time.

I can comment on exactly none of Ironhide’s new picks. :shifty:

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PostRe: Your Top 20 games of all time, in 2020! Hindsight is 20:20!
by Super Dragon 64 » Mon May 18, 2020 4:25 pm

  1. Xenoblade Chronicles
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D
  4. Metroid Prime Trilogy
  5. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  6. Super Mario Odyssey
  7. Super Mario 64
  8. Super Smash Bros Ultimate
  9. Sid Meier's Civilization V
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  11. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
  12. Dark Souls
  13. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
  14. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  15. Perfect Dark 64 XBLA
  16. Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee
  17. Pokémon Heart Gold/Soul Silver
  18. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II
  19. Star Wars: Rogue Leader Rogue Squadron II
  20. Tales of Symphonia

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PostRe: Your Top 20 games of all time, in 2020! Hindsight is 20:20!
by Drumstick » Mon May 18, 2020 4:46 pm

Captain Kinopio wrote:You need to play better platformers.

Suggestions?

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PostRe: Your Top 20 games of all time, in 2020! Hindsight is 20:20!
by Drumstick » Mon May 18, 2020 4:48 pm

Disclaimer: I rank my games based on how I felt about them at the time I played them, how they made me feel and my memories/experiences with them. Not by how they hold up now.

1. Super Mario Odyssey (NS)
2. Resident Evil 4 (GC)
3. Perfect Dark (N64)
4. Ocarina of Time (N64)
5. Half-Life 2 (Xbox)
6. Metroid Prime (GC)
7. Donkey Kong 64 (N64)
8. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Xbox)
9. Burnout 3: Takedown (Xbox)
10. BioShock (PC)
11. Banjo-Kazooie (N64)
12. F-Zero GX (GC)
13. TimeSplitters 2 (GC)
14. Breath of the Wild (NS)
15. Diddy Kong Racing (N64)
16. Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes (GC)
17. Mario Party 2 (N64)
18. Portal (PC)
19. WWF No Mercy (N64)

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PostRe: Your Top 20 games of all time, in 2020! Hindsight is 20:20!
by Balladeer » Mon May 18, 2020 4:56 pm

Drumstick wrote:Disclaimer: I rank my games based on how I felt about them at the time I played them, how they made me feel and my memories/experiences with them. Not by how they hold up now.

I should note that I do exactly the opposite, otherwise you’d see a good deal more Super Mario 64 and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness. Shows that Breath of the Wild transcends generations. :msgreen:

I’m liking SD64’s bunch a lot. Big overlaps.

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PostRe: Your Top 20 games of all time, in 2020! Hindsight is 20:20!
by GrinWithoutaKat » Mon May 18, 2020 5:01 pm

I'm terrible at these lists. I could do it again tomorrow and use an entirely different set of criteria. Most of these are based on how much they sucked me in at the time. There are a couple I have zero desire to go back to now.

Super Mario 64
Tomb Raider
Football Manager
Shenmue
Jet Set Radio
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Kingdom Hearts
World of Warcraft
Hitman: Blood Money
Mirror's Edge
Portal
Journey
The Elderscrolls V: Skyrim
Grand Theft Auto V
Splatoon
Planet Coaster
No Man's Sky
Read Dead Redemption II
Superhot VR

(Will likely be editing this frequently)

1st edit: Replaced Gears of War with Tomb Raider (PS1)

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PostRe: Your Top 20 games of all time, in 2020! Hindsight is 20:20!
by Spindash » Mon May 18, 2020 5:12 pm

These are more or less the first 20 games I could think of that have meant something to me or have been particularly memorable at some point. Couldn't put them in order tbh.

Animal Crossing
Bubble Bobble
Championship Manager 01/02
Crash Bandicoot 2
Earthbound
Jet Set Radio Future
Mario Kart 8
OutRun 2
Pandora's Tower
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Phantasy Star IV
Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies
Pro Evolution Soccer
Shenmue II
Skies of Arcadia
Sonic Adventure 2
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
Xenoblade Chronicles

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PostRe: Your Top 20 games of all time, in 2020! Hindsight is 20:20!
by Captain Kinopio » Mon May 18, 2020 5:32 pm

Odyssey in a top 10 eurgh.

As for playing better platformers. If Kirby’s Epic Yarn is anywhere near your top 20, even for a dedicated Nintendo gamer then you need to get on the recent Donkey Kong games.

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PostRe: Your Top 20 games of all time, in 2020! Hindsight is 20:20!
by OrangeRKN » Mon May 18, 2020 5:37 pm

Ordered alphabetically so no one can mistake it for order of preference ;)

Banjo-Kazooie
Celeste
Fallout: New Vegas
Hollow Knight
Hotline Miami
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
Jak II
Metal Gear Solid 3
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
Monster Hunter Generations
Mount and Blade: Warband
Skies of Arcadia: Legends
Star Wars Battlefront II (2005)
The Last of Us
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
TimeSplitters 2
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
Uncharted 2

These lists are always impossible but this is my best current effort. Different genres are basically just incomparable!

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PostRe: Your Top 20 games of all time, in 2020! Hindsight is 20:20!
by Balladeer » Mon May 18, 2020 5:41 pm

Course they aren’t, that’s why review scores are a thing! ;)

Spindash wrote:Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies

Ooh, why DD out of the series? (I am happy to turn any thread into an AA debate.)

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PostRe: Your Top 20 games of all time, in 2020! Hindsight is 20:20!
by Captain Kinopio » Mon May 18, 2020 5:58 pm

I like doing this periodically and I share GOTY lists every year with chalkitdown. It seems the last time I compiled a list properly, thinking carefully about placements was in 2017, following you know what.

Invariably there’s a lot of jumbling around and it’s fun to see how I feel differently about games as I get older and older....and older :(

For example N64 Mario Kart and Smash Bros have been stalwarts on my top 20 rankings for ages, since I first played them in fact. But looking back now and trying to be objective I wonder how much of that really is just nostalgia. I couldn’t make any kind of case for Smash 64 being better than Ultimate for example and MK8 just plays better. Still, not being sat around a tv with friends on a Saturday morning I just don’t have the feeling of attachment and, well love for the experiences I have had in MK8 in particular as those childhood days.

Even Perfect Dark a former concrete member of my top 5 is now plummeting as I think about playing it now.

OrangeRKN wrote:Ordered alphabetically so no one can mistake it for order of preference ;)

Banjo-Kazooie
Celeste
Fallout: New Vegas
Hollow Knight
Hotline Miami
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
Jak II
Metal Gear Solid 3
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
Monster Hunter Generations
Mount and Blade: Warband
Skies of Arcadia: Legends
Star Wars Battlefront II (2005)
The Last of Us
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
TimeSplitters 2
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
Uncharted 2

These lists are always impossible but this is my best current effort. Different genres are basically just incomparable!


This is a really interesting list.

Would be good to get some thoughts on a fe of those and the compilation overall.

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PostRe: Your Top 20 games of all time, in 2020! Hindsight is 20:20!
by Met » Mon May 18, 2020 6:22 pm

1. Final Fantasy XIV
2. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
3. Final Fantasy IX
4. Metal Gear Solid 3
5. Metroid Prime
6. Yakuza 0
7. Devil May Cry 5
8. Bloodborne
9. Metroid Fusion
10. Pokemon Red/Blue
11. Final Fantasy Tactics: Advance
12. Super Mario Sunshine
13. Nier: Automata
14. James Bond 007: Nightfire
15. Persona 4: Golden
16. Final Fantasy V
17. Metal Gear Solid 2
18. Smash Ultimate
19. Morrowind
20. Dark Souls 3

That was actually harder than I thought it would be, tbh, haven't thought about anything beyond top 5 in many a year.


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