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All Time Top 25 Games

  • Super Metroid#36 in All Time Favorite Games#1Super MetroidIamMikeside's opinion: Everything about this game is just perfect. The atmosphere is incredible in it's hostility and sense of being totally alone on an alien world, which is helped by having the best soundtrack of its time by a long shot. The storytelling is minimal, but oh-so-much more effective as a result. The bosses are interesting and varied throughout the game which gives it huge replayability for me. Graphically it's absolutely gorgeous, too - though on a modern TV it doesn't seem to have quite the same charm (probably just due to nostalgia) as when I play it on a dying old TV. This is a game which you can spend hours and hours exploring everything and soaking up the atmosphere, or you can blast through in a couple of hours. More of this, please.
  • Star Wars: TIE Fighter#503 in All Time Favorite Games#2Star Wars: TIE FighterIamMikeside's opinion: I didn't know what to expect when I got this game for my birthday one year. I wasn't too impressed with the idea of playing a baddy, but I tried it out none-the-less and was entirely blown away. When I think back on my time with Tie Fighter, the first thing that fills my mind is the sense of freedom I felt when playing it - flying through space was exactly how I had imagined it and I loved the variety of missions I was given. Through this game, I learned to hate those damned rebel scum and I spent many gleeful house blasting them to dust. The only shame about Tie Fighter is that graphically it just doesn't hold up anymore - but then, after so many years, why should it? Why can't LucasArts allow somebody talented to make a follow up?
  • Dwarf Fortress#358 in All Time Favorite Games#3Dwarf FortressIamMikeside's opinion: Dwarf Fortress is an INCREDIBLY hard game to love. The graphics are the first obstacle, but one I didn't have a hard time getting over. The interface, however, is very difficult and reading the wiki for countless hours is CRITICAL to not only your success with it, but your enjoyment of it. Once you learn the basics, a whole world opens up - every tiny detail seems to be simulated and I often find myself obsessing over one small gameplay element for hours, or sometimes weeks on end- be it combat, farming, crafting- all of these things have depth beyond anything I've ever played before. Dwarf Fortress' greatest strength is that through total freedom - it's a game that allows you to play out an epic tale that is entirely your own.
  • Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn#85 in All Time Favorite Games#4Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of AmnIamMikeside's opinion: Scale has always been important to me in games. I love to feel like I'm living in a huge, fully fleshed out world with a rich history and interesting placed around every corner and I love to feel like I'm part of an epic story with interesting characters and an enemy with real motivation. This is exactly what Baldur's Gate II is all about - The characters are incredible and the voice acting puts modern games to shame. The world is absolutely huge and filled to the brim with an immense variety of locations. Most importantly the combat is rich and fleshed out (as is the character development) and the game is filled with interesting quests, side-quests and distractions. Amazing on every level and holds up just as perfectly today.
  • Valkyria Chronicles#211 in All Time Favorite Games#5Valkyria Chronicles
  • Frozen Synapse#1428 in All Time Favorite Games#6Frozen SynapseIamMikeside's opinion: My first words after sampling the delights of Frozen Synapse were "why the hell hasn't this been done before?" A strategy game inspired by the planning stage of Rainbow Six, filled with replayability in the singleplayer mode due to partially randomized levels and multiple objectives - but this game really comes alive in the multiplayer, which is as tense and exciting as anything I've ever played and gives me the same feeling of the weight of my decisions as DEFCON - which is high praise indeed. The reason this is on my top list and DEFCON isn't is because this has the gameplay to back that atmosphere up. An unexpected bonus are the hilarious moments where your (or preferably, your enemy's) plans fall apart in the most tragic ways pos
  • Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge#226 in All Time Favorite Games#7Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Reven...
  • Final Fantasy VII#7 in All Time Favorite Games#8Final Fantasy VII
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2#238 in All Time Favorite Games#9Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2
  • Final Fantasy VI#34 in All Time Favorite Games#10Final Fantasy VI
  • Shadow of the Colossus#18 in All Time Favorite Games#11Shadow of the Colossus
  • Portal 2#5 in All Time Favorite Games#12Portal 2
  • Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus#440 in All Time Favorite Games#13Sly Cooper and the Thievius Racc...
  • Streets of Rage 2#313 in All Time Favorite Games#14Streets of Rage 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time#1 in All Time Favorite Games#15The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of...
  • Minecraft#9 in All Time Favorite Games#16Minecraft
  • Final Fantasy X#26 in All Time Favorite Games#17Final Fantasy X
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves#22 in All Time Favorite Games#18Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2#57 in All Time Favorite Games#19Super Mario Galaxy 2
  • Dead Space#128 in All Time Favorite Games#20Dead Space
  • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker#324 in All Time Favorite Games#21Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
  • Mass Effect 2#4 in All Time Favorite Games#22Mass Effect 2
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood#74 in All Time Favorite Games#23Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
  • Advance Wars: Days of Ruin#892 in All Time Favorite Games#24Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
  • Mirror's Edge#75 in All Time Favorite Games#25Mirror's Edge

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  • I'm a fairly well rounded gamer - I tend to lean towards RPGs and strategy games, but enjoy all sorts of shooters, adventure games, puzzlers, racers... you name it and I'll give it a go! I started on a clunky old PC, and through the years have spend many hours in front of my Atari ST, Mega Drive, SNES, N64, Playstations 1, 2, 3 & Portable, Xbox & 360, Gamecube, Wii, DS, and more PCs than I would ever care to admit!

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  • Year of Birth:1987
  • Gaming Experience:26 years
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Frozen SynapseMode 7 Games (2011)

Frozen Synapse

Review written Friday, August 5th, 2011 at 01:28 pm.

9.5Classic!

My first words after sampling the delights of Frozen Synapse were "why the hell hasn't this been done before?" A strategy game inspired by the planning stage of Rainbow Six, filled with replayability in the singleplayer mode due to partially randomized levels and multiple objectives - but this game really comes alive in the multiplayer, which is as tense and exciting as anything I've ever played and gives me the same feeling of the weight of my decisions as DEFCON - which is high praise indeed. The reason this is on my top list and DEFCON isn't is because this has the gameplay to back that atmosphere up. An unexpected bonus are the hilarious moments where your (or preferably, your enemy's) plans fall apart in the most tragic ways pos

Review written Friday, August 5th, 2011 at 01:23 pm.

9.5Classic!

Scale has always been important to me in games. I love to feel like I'm living in a huge, fully fleshed out world with a rich history and interesting placed around every corner and I love to feel like I'm part of an epic story with interesting characters and an enemy with real motivation. This is exactly what Baldur's Gate II is all about - The characters are incredible and the voice acting puts modern games to shame. The world is absolutely huge and filled to the brim with an immense variety of locations. Most importantly the combat is rich and fleshed out (as is the character development) and the game is filled with interesting quests, side-quests and distractions. Amazing on every level and holds up just as perfectly today.

Dwarf Fortress_Individual Developer (2006)

Dwarf Fortress

Review written Friday, August 5th, 2011 at 01:09 pm.

10Classic!

Dwarf Fortress is an INCREDIBLY hard game to love. The graphics are the first obstacle, but one I didn't have a hard time getting over. The interface, however, is very difficult and reading the wiki for countless hours is CRITICAL to not only your success with it, but your enjoyment of it. Once you learn the basics, a whole world opens up - every tiny detail seems to be simulated and I often find myself obsessing over one small gameplay element for hours, or sometimes weeks on end- be it combat, farming, crafting- all of these things have depth beyond anything I've ever played before. Dwarf Fortress' greatest strength is that through total freedom - it's a game that allows you to play out an epic tale that is entirely your own.

Star Wars: TIE FighterTotally Games (1994)

Star Wars: TIE Fighter

Review written Friday, August 5th, 2011 at 01:05 pm.

10Classic!

I didn't know what to expect when I got this game for my birthday one year. I wasn't too impressed with the idea of playing a baddy, but I tried it out none-the-less and was entirely blown away. When I think back on my time with Tie Fighter, the first thing that fills my mind is the sense of freedom I felt when playing it - flying through space was exactly how I had imagined it and I loved the variety of missions I was given. Through this game, I learned to hate those damned rebel scum and I spent many gleeful house blasting them to dust. The only shame about Tie Fighter is that graphically it just doesn't hold up anymore - but then, after so many years, why should it? Why can't LucasArts allow somebody talented to make a follow up?

Super MetroidNintendo (1994)

Super Metroid

Review written Friday, August 5th, 2011 at 01:01 pm.

10Classic!

Everything about this game is just perfect. The atmosphere is incredible in it's hostility and sense of being totally alone on an alien world, which is helped by having the best soundtrack of its time by a long shot. The storytelling is minimal, but oh-so-much more effective as a result. The bosses are interesting and varied throughout the game which gives it huge replayability for me. Graphically it's absolutely gorgeous, too - though on a modern TV it doesn't seem to have quite the same charm (probably just due to nostalgia) as when I play it on a dying old TV. This is a game which you can spend hours and hours exploring everything and soaking up the atmosphere, or you can blast through in a couple of hours. More of this, please.

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