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All Time Top 25 Games

  • Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes#344 in All Time Favorite Games#1Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of...dspoonrt's opinion: Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is the ultimate vs. fighting game. Fans of the genre either love it or hate it due to insane combos, a nontraditional control scheme, and plenty of exploits/glitches. I have played the game on arcade machines, Dreamcast, PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360, and PS3, and while I love the nostalgia of playing MvC2 in the arcades, online play for the Xbox 360 really pushes that version over the top.
  • Final Fantasy VI#34 in All Time Favorite Games#2Final Fantasy VIdspoonrt's opinion: The perfect RPG, FF 3/6 has an inspired story, memorable characters, solid gameplay, superb sound and visuals (for the time), and hours upon hours of extras/replay value.
  • Guitar Hero II#466 in All Time Favorite Games#3Guitar Hero IIdspoonrt's opinion: Not the first but perhaps the best rhythm game of all-time. The game mechanics, song selection, and presentation are all top-notch. The PS2 version is rock solid, and the Xbox 360 version only improved upon a great thing.
  • Pokemon Red/Blue/Green#32 in All Time Favorite Games#4Pokemon Red/Blue/Greendspoonrt's opinion: What more can be said about Pokemon? It was and still is an incredibly fun, innovative, and addicting role-playing game. I have probably invested more time into this game than any other.
  • SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash#1973 in All Time Favorite Games#5SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Cl...dspoonrt's opinion: Beyond the obscure portable system and overly long name, Cardfighters Clash offers the ultimate card battle game, which is surprisingly for the offspring of two giants in the fighting game industry. The battle system is perfection in simplicity, the gameplay is short, sweet, and addictive, and the replay value is virtually endless (especially with a link cable and a friend).
  • Donkey Kong (1981)#761 in All Time Favorite Games#6Donkey Kong (1981)dspoonrt's opinion: Donkey Kong is perfect in its simplicity and difficult enough to play for a lifetime. Its legacy is truly impressive, introducing Mario (aka Jumpman) and delivering the earliest example of a platform game. As mentioned, Donkey Kong is brutally difficult, but this allows players to actually see and appreciate their progression. And because the game is so challenging, typical playthroughs only last a matter of minutes, providing a quintessential "pick-up-and-play" feel.
  • Raiden#2866 in All Time Favorite Games#7Raidendspoonrt's opinion: Raiden is the link between classic arcade shooters and modern, manic shoot-em-ups. The game is so well designed and just difficult enough that it's easy to play Raiden over and over again without getting tired of it.
  • Strikers 1945 Plus#3452 in All Time Favorite Games#8Strikers 1945 Plusdspoonrt's opinion: A Neo Geo MVS exclusive, Strikers 1945 Plus combines the best parts of the first two Strikers games from Psikyo. Everything presentation-wise in this shoot-em-up is excellent, and the charged special shots add a lot of variety and strategy to a sometimes derivative genre.
  • R.B.I. Baseball#3561 in All Time Favorite Games#9R.B.I. Baseballdspoonrt's opinion: Ultimate nostalgia. One of the simplest and, for me, most memorable sports titles in video game history, R.B.I. Baseball balances just the right mix of realism (real teams and players/stats) with 80s NES charm (uniformly dressed squat players and questionable physics).
  • Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!#384 in All Time Favorite Games#10Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!dspoonrt's opinion: After all this time, (Mike Tyson's) Punch-Out!! is still the best boxing game of all-time. The controls are perfect, and the game plays like a dream. The wacky yet memorable opponents are delicious icing on the cake.
  • Chrono Trigger#17 in All Time Favorite Games#11Chrono Triggerdspoonrt's opinion: One of the most beautiful and well-crafted video games ever created, Chrono Trigger stands virtually in a league of its own among roleplaying titles. Chrono Trigger remains endlessly entertaining no matter how many times you play through it, and the game's main characters are some of the most beloved in the history of the medium.
  • SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium#1768 in All Time Favorite Games#12SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the...dspoonrt's opinion: Match of the Millenium is the best portable fighting game ever made. Beyond that, it's one of the best portable games of all-time from any genre. The fighting is fluid yet complex for a handheld game, and the controls are perfect with the NGPC joystick. The Olympic Mode adds many hours of entertainment to an already satisfying game.
  • Earthbound#84 in All Time Favorite Games#13Earthbounddspoonrt's opinion: Earthbound deserves its cult following. The Nintendo RPG about aliens, childhood friendship, and pop culture is quirky, funny, and downright enjoyable. Ness and the gang are timeless characters, and the story is one of the best in all of video games.
  • Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike#349 in All Time Favorite Games#14Street Fighter III: 3rd Strikedspoonrt's opinion: One of the finest 2D fighters ever made, Street Fighter III: Third Strike is the highpoint of the Street Fighter series, which is often regarded as the greatest franchise in fighting games. Only salvaging a handful of characters from Street Fighter II, SFIII managed to create a slew of likeable and memorable characters from scratch. The fighting engine and gameplay are the game's highest feats; SFIII: TS controls smoothly, and a number of features, such as parries and EX moves, add to the complexity of matches.
  • NBA Jam (1993)#855 in All Time Favorite Games#15NBA Jam (1993)dspoonrt's opinion: The pinnacle of arcade sports action, NBA Jam provides endless hours of entertainment for one to four players. The roster is great, the dunks are as spectacular as they ever were, and nothing beats playing with a few friends.
  • Super Smash Bros.#114 in All Time Favorite Games#16Super Smash Bros.dspoonrt's opinion: An incredibly fun and innovative fighting game, Super Smash Bros. makes for one of the more enjoyable multiplayer experiences on the Nintendo 64. I favor the original game to the sequels as I prefer the balance and simplicity of the roster and engine as well as the natural feel of the game when played on an N64 controller.
  • SoulCalibur II#287 in All Time Favorite Games#17SoulCalibur IIdspoonrt's opinion: My favorite 3D fighting game of all-time, SoulCalibur II gives the first SoulCalibur a face lift while keeping the same extensive fighting engine, vast Weapon Master Mode, and bounty of extras. The upgrades are across the board; the graphics and sound are extraordinarily impressive, the move lists are more comprehensive, and the game is just bigger and more fulfilling than the first. The platform-specific secret characters were an additional bonus, and Spawn (for the Xbox) was definitely my favorite.
  • Galaga '88#4260 in All Time Favorite Games#18Galaga '88dspoonrt's opinion: A stellar update to the original, Galaga '88 is my favorite game in the Galaga series, which is in turn one of my favorite arcade franchises. Galaga '88 keeps the simplicity and charm of the original game, while adding a graphical facelift and many innovative gameplay features - scrolling levels and bosses!
  • Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa#3548 in All Time Favorite Games#19Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Op...dspoonrt's opinion: The best in a line of innovative arcade shooters from Sega, Fantasy Zone II combines intense shoot-em-up action with RPG-like elements, such as ship upgrades, and bizarre yet memorable visuals, characters, and backgrounds. For a game with a deep shop/upgrade system, Fantasy Zone II is surprisingly easy and fun to just pick up and play every now and then.
  • Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom#3451 in All Time Favorite Games#20Princess Tomato in the Salad Kin...dspoonrt's opinion: My first real exposure to the adventure genre, Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom is a game I've played through too many times to count. The characters are awesome, the story is funny yet well written and captivating, and Princess Tomato plays pretty smoothly (read: without too much frustration) for an early adventure game. For some reason, I just can't stop loving this game, and it appears I'm not alone. Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom enjoys a fairly large cult following on the web.
  • The Lion King#1280 in All Time Favorite Games#21The Lion Kingdspoonrt's opinion: One of the best non-Sega/Nintendo platformers of the 90s, The Lion King is an extremely enjoyable game on either the Genesis or the SNES. The controls are tight, the levels are varied, and the sound and graphics are top notch. I grew up playing this game, and I still go back to play through it from time to time (only takes about a half hour). Any Lion King movie fans will also be pleased at the numerous cameos and mini-games. The Stage 6 (Hakuna Matata) boss is my favorite character. He definitely should have been worked into a Lion King movie.
  • Neo Turf Masters#4538 in All Time Favorite Games#22Neo Turf Mastersdspoonrt's opinion: Even nearly 20 years after its release, Neo Turf Masters is the best arcade golf game of all-time. In a word, the gameplay is perfect. Turf Masters provides a gradual rise in difficulty throughout a match and offers three detailed courses to select from. The playable characters are likeable and actually different enough to necessitate selecting different characters depending on the way you'd like to play. Overall, Neo Turf Masters is another fantastic game from Nazca, the folks behind Metal Slug. The Neo Geo Pocket Color version of the game is equally fun to play, adding a fourth golf course into the mix and saving stats.
  • Breaker's Revenge#4605 in All Time Favorite Games#23Breaker's Revengedspoonrt's opinion: A hidden gem on a platform filled with 2D fighters, Breakers Revenge is one of my favorite Neo Geo MVS games. The graphics and characters are excellent, and while the game borrows the engine/gameplay almost entirely from Super Street Fighter II Turbo, I can't say that's a bad thing. Breakers Revenge is great fun with a friend or even against the overpowered opponents in 1-player mode (due to the fluidity and potential of the engine, the AI characters are still beatable, unlike in many SNK fighters).
  • Breath of Fire#2154 in All Time Favorite Games#24Breath of Firedspoonrt's opinion: Breath of Fire is pure nostalgia for me. Growing up, I had played Final Fantasy, Crystalis, and The Legend of Zelda on the NES, but Breath of Fire was among my first Super Nintendo RPG experiences. The game is so expansive in scope, story, and physical space that it easily overshadows earlier role-playing games. Although now cliche, I love the opening introduction and the story as a whole. The graphics are also a little dated, but I can't get enough of the solid turn-based gameplay, the characters (and their transformations/combinations), and the fishing side quests.
  • Alien vs. Predator (ARC)#3869 in All Time Favorite Games#25Alien vs. Predator (ARC)dspoonrt's opinion: My favorite arcade beat-em-up, Alien vs. Predator combines top-notch visuals with great gameplay and interesting characters. The 1994 Capcom brawler brings more to the table than standard side-scrolling beat-em-ups: varied and useful weapons, smooth combos, and three players at a time! The Alien worlds are perfectly realized, and the bosses are impressive and memorable. Alien vs. Predator is the total package.

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  • Jetpack Joyride#278 in Best Current Favorites#1Jetpack Joyride
  • Breaker's Revenge#623 in Best Current Favorites#2Breaker's Revengedspoonrt's opinion: A hidden gem on a platform filled with 2D fighters, Breakers Revenge is one of my favorite Neo Geo MVS games. The graphics and characters are excellent, and while the game borrows the engine/gameplay almost entirely from Super Street Fighter II Turbo, I can't say that's a bad thing. Breakers Revenge is great fun with a friend or even against the overpowered opponents in 1-player mode (due to the fluidity and potential of the engine, the AI characters are still beatable, unlike in many SNK fighters).
  • Strikers 1945 Plus#718 in Best Current Favorites#3Strikers 1945 Plusdspoonrt's opinion: A Neo Geo MVS exclusive, Strikers 1945 Plus combines the best parts of the first two Strikers games from Psikyo. Everything presentation-wise in this shoot-em-up is excellent, and the charged special shots add a lot of variety and strategy to a sometimes derivative genre.
  • Donkey Kong (1981)#887 in Best Current Favorites#4Donkey Kong (1981)dspoonrt's opinion: Donkey Kong is perfect in its simplicity and difficult enough to play for a lifetime. Its legacy is truly impressive, introducing Mario (aka Jumpman) and delivering the earliest example of a platform game. As mentioned, Donkey Kong is brutally difficult, but this allows players to actually see and appreciate their progression. And because the game is so challenging, typical playthroughs only last a matter of minutes, providing a quintessential "pick-up-and-play" feel.
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2#172 in Best Current Favorites#5Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • The King of Fighters '98#1006 in Best Current Favorites#6The King of Fighters '98dspoonrt's opinion: Probably the best game in the King of Fighters series, KOF98 advertises itself as a "slugfest" or "dream match," featuring dozens of characters from previous games. The stages are great, the control is super tight, and the fighting action is intense. The main draw is the character selection - approximately 40 fighters are playable, including bosses and hidden characters.
  • The King of Fighters '97#1059 in Best Current Favorites#7The King of Fighters '97
  • Blazing Lazers (Gunhed)#1128 in Best Current Favorites#8Blazing Lazers (Gunhed)
  • Galaga '88#1182 in Best Current Favorites#9Galaga '88dspoonrt's opinion: A stellar update to the original, Galaga '88 is my favorite game in the Galaga series, which is in turn one of my favorite arcade franchises. Galaga '88 keeps the simplicity and charm of the original game, while adding a graphical facelift and many innovative gameplay features - scrolling levels and bosses!
  • Baseball Stars 2#1206 in Best Current Favorites#10Baseball Stars 2

dspoonrt's Reviews

Donkey Kong (1981)Nintendo (1981)

Donkey Kong (1981)

Review written Monday, July 22nd, 2013 at 03:44 pm.

10Classic!

Donkey Kong is perfect in its simplicity and difficult enough to play for a lifetime. Its legacy is truly impressive, introducing Mario (aka Jumpman) and delivering the earliest example of a platform game. As mentioned, Donkey Kong is brutally difficult, but this allows players to actually see and appreciate their progression. And because the game is so challenging, typical playthroughs only last a matter of minutes, providing a quintessential "pick-up-and-play" feel.

Galaga '88Namco (1987)

Galaga '88

Review written Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 at 07:26 pm.

9.5Classic!

A stellar update to the original, Galaga '88 is my favorite game in the Galaga series, which is in turn one of my favorite arcade franchises. Galaga '88 keeps the simplicity and charm of the original game, while adding a graphical facelift and many innovative gameplay features - scrolling levels and bosses!

Street Fighter IICapcom (1991)

Street Fighter II

Review written Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 at 05:57 pm.

9.0Fantastic

The game that singlehandedly led to the 2D fighter craze of the 90s, Street Fighter II is an innovative title that, by most accounts, invented the vs. fighting genre. The fighting game sports eight now-iconic playable characters, complete with awesome special moves and matching stages. Street Fighter II features solid fighting gameplay but distinguishes itself from the pack with extras like bonus stages.

Shock TroopersSaurus (1997)

Shock Troopers

Review written Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 at 05:48 pm.

9.0Fantastic

A take on the Commando/Ikari Warriors formula, Shock Troopers provides the Neo Geo with a well-needed dose of arcade action. The graphics, music, and sound effects are all superb, but the smooth controls and action-packed gameplay really steal the show. Shock Troopers proves better than its sequel, which is gorgeous but hindered by heavy lag.

Review written Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 at 05:45 pm.

9.0Fantastic

One of the better 2D fighting games on a platform overrun by the genre, Real Bout Fatal Fury Special takes all of the good features of the previous Fatal Fury/Real Bout games and produces a near-flawless vs. fighter. The characters are large, and the visuals and animation are superb. The music is catchy, and the combo-centric gameplay is fun and addictive.

Aero Fighters 2Video System (1994)

Aero Fighters 2

Review written Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 at 05:40 pm.

8.5Fantastic

A very solid vertical shoot-em-up, Aero Fighters 2 boasts a wide selection of characters/planes, intense shooting action, huge bosses, and 10 varied stages (as well as a second loop featuring harder versions of the first 10 stages). Aero Fighters 2's sound and visuals are competent, but the game's sense of humor and charm really make it a worthwhile experience.

Metal SlugNazca Corporation (1996)

Metal Slug

Review written Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 at 05:38 pm.

9.5Classic!

A timeless classic, Metal Slug reinvigorated the arcade action genre, taking from Contra and similar games and pushing everything to the extreme. The game features beautiful visuals, smooth animation, great music and sound effects, fluid control, and plenty of secrets.

League BowlingSNK (1990)

League Bowling

Review written Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 at 10:59 pm.

8.5Fantastic

Just pure fun, League Bowling is classic arcade bowling action. The game offers three play modes for one or two players (more with system/pcb link cables). Much like Neo Turf Masters does for golf, League Bowling offers a fast-paced, arcade-style experience for fans of bowling. You can play a few rounds in a matter of minutes, making League Bowling a quintessential pick up and play game.

Sengoku 3Noise Factory (2001)

Sengoku 3

Review written Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 at 10:35 pm.

9.0Fantastic

One of the few side-scrolling brawlers for the Neo Geo, Sengoku 3 is a real treat. Not only is the game worthwhile compared to other Neo Geo beat-em-up offerings, like Burning Fight, Eight Man, and Ninja Combat, Sengoku 3 is extremely well crafted for a third party game released late in the life of the platform. The primary gameplay mechanics are top notch, featuring an excellent combo/juggle system, and there are plenty of enemies, weapons, and power-ups to please fans of the genre.

Waku Waku 7Sunsoft (1996)

Waku Waku 7

Review written Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 at 10:33 pm.

9.0Fantastic

As the title suggests, Waku Waku 7 is a wacky fighting game brought to us by the kind folks at Sunsoft. While the game only features 7 playable characters (plus the final boss and a character from the bonus stage), the roster is balanced, and each fighter remains unique. Waku Waku 7 controls tightly, looks great, and is just a lot of fun.

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