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All Time Top 25 Games

  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4#96 in All Time Favorite Games#1Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4makaalbarn007's opinion: Everything about this game is timeless. This is a wonderful snapshot of Japanese pop culture, from the cool anime characters to the suspenseful mystery storyline. The backdrops are beautiful. The developers integrate close-up camera angles for an up-close and personal experience from the character's perspective. Most of all, Shoji Meguro's cheerful contemporary soundtrack transforms this into a masterpiece for young adults of the 2000s era.
  • Chrono Trigger#18 in All Time Favorite Games#2Chrono Triggermakaalbarn007's opinion: The epic Japanese RPG of an era. Chrono Trigger included many intriguing ways of using time travel to tell a unique story. It's not just about saving the world. It's also about finding friends and building close relationships along the way.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening#131 in All Time Favorite Games#3The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awak...makaalbarn007's opinion: This is still the quintessential Zelda game for the Game Boy. The music and the graphics might look simple by today's standards, but the dialogue and the dungeons carry an unusual atmosphere of loneliness. It's a life-changing, dream-like experience with characters who convey their feelings in such a heartfelt, emotional way.
  • Secret of Mana#137 in All Time Favorite Games#4Secret of Manamakaalbarn007's opinion: Although the challenge of Secret of Mana is no longer as fresh as it was in the 90s, the presentation and the music always makes me cry. This is a beautiful tearjerker game, with colorful backdrops and a heartwarming cast of characters. Best of all, it's one of the few Japaanese role-playing games with a local multiplayer option.
  • Super Metroid#36 in All Time Favorite Games#5Super Metroidmakaalbarn007's opinion: Super Metroid showed that an adventure platformer could truly become a work of art. The no-dialogue storyline may seem archaic, but the entire environment is incredibly diverse. Super Metroid's ambient soundtrack has that mysterious, unsettling vibe that keeps people exploring. Every map contained hidden treasures that everyone just had to find. This game is amazing.
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky#1762 in All Time Favorite Games#6The Legend of Heroes: Trails in...makaalbarn007's opinion: Trails in the Sky is a huge improvement over previous Legend of Heroes games. The battle system adds in a unique skill to add strategy by interrupting a monster's turn. The quest system also immerses people into the role of a rookie warrior. The dramatic cliffhanger at the end will also leave people begging for more. Trails has an incredibly satisfying story with one of the most lighthearted journeys in the life of a teenager.
  • Final Fantasy VI#34 in All Time Favorite Games#7Final Fantasy VImakaalbarn007's opinion: This is still an amazingly beautiful RPG. It's an extremely long journey, but the characters hold an unforgettable charm that was missing in the later games in the series. The cinematic presentation of Final Fantasy 6 forever turned JRPGs into massive dramas with tons of extra content. I really miss the old characters in these games.
  • Gunstar Heroes#507 in All Time Favorite Games#8Gunstar Heroesmakaalbarn007's opinion: Very few games can match the flashy style of Gunstar Heroes. This run-and-gun shooter showed off the Genesis's "blast-processing" power, with speeding mine cart battles, incredible robot bosses and a killer soundtrack. If that wasn't enough, the game had a two-player option. Of course, beating the game is a challenge in itself.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles#197 in All Time Favorite Games#9Xenoblade Chroniclesmakaalbarn007's opinion: Xenoblade is a wonderful new experiment in free-roaming RPGs. The controls take time to adjust to, but the capabilities of this adventure outclasses everything that came before it. It looks far more beautiful than almost every other game for the Wii. People will spend a lifetime exploring the gigantic landscapes, which surpass the size of those in Western RPGs. All in all, this adventure boasts over 150 hours of content to enjoy. It is one of the longest and biggest games ever made.
  • Portal 2#5 in All Time Favorite Games#10Portal 2makaalbarn007's opinion: Portal 1 was great, but Portal 2 cemented the franchise's place as one of the best gaming experiences of all time. The grungy post-apocalyptic graphics take a frightening new meaning when paired up with GlaDOS, the computer running amok. Wheatley was a brilliant addition, providing a whimsical humane element to the grim puzzle world. So far, this is Valve's greatest installment in their FPS smorgasbord.
  • Final Fantasy Tactics#94 in All Time Favorite Games#11Final Fantasy Tacticsmakaalbarn007's opinion: In many ways, Tactics is one of the best games in the Final Fantasy franchise. It mixes a deep story with a complex job system and tons of abilities to learn. The sheer strategy of every battle is complicated. Each battle will keep gamers on their toes for every second.
  • Half-Life: Counter-Strike#154 in All Time Favorite Games#12Half-Life: Counter-Strikemakaalbarn007's opinion: Counter-Strike is still the best multiplayer shooting game ever made. Sure, some of the guns are over-powered. However, every always has fun with the wacky physics and outlandish backgrounds of this mod. Realism is over-rated. Classic Counter-Strike is still the best.
  • Star Ocean: The Last Hope#1047 in All Time Favorite Games#13Star Ocean: The Last Hopemakaalbarn007's opinion: The Star Ocean series lost most of its epic grandeur in Till the End of Time. Thankfully, The Last Hope fixed many of the problems with the battle system. The new blindside dodge ability makes fighting much more convenient, especially when the monsters are crowding people into a corner. There are a few nit-picking problems here and there, but this is a fantastic title in the Star Ocean series.
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf#348 in All Time Favorite Games#14Animal Crossing: New Leafmakaalbarn007's opinion: I usually pass on Animal Crossing games, because most of them couldn't match the charm of the first version. New Leaf is a fresh change of pace, though. The portable version's graphics look amazingly sharp. The surround sound truly immerses people into nature. The Internet features connect people to other towns and worlds in a snap. Animal Crossing finally became the world I'd always dreamed of.
  • DoDonPachi Dai Fukkatsu#3713 in All Time Favorite Games#15DoDonPachi Dai Fukkatsumakaalbarn007's opinion: In the world of shmups, Dodonpachi Resurrection (Dai Fukkatsu) is one of the best. The difficulty level is adjustable and it feels far more balanced than other shooters. The characters and the ship designs look amazing on a big screen. This is a solid, vertical shooter that doesn't rely on boring cinematic cutscenes. It shows off some of the most challenging gameplay I've ever seen. Highly recommended.
  • Metal Gear Solid#16 in All Time Favorite Games#16Metal Gear Solidmakaalbarn007's opinion: Metal Gear Solid changed how everyone developed cutscenes in video games. The polygon animation now looked more lifelike than ever before. The director, Hideo Kojima, created one of the most memorable storylines involving genetic experiments and nuclear weapons. No other game has been able to replicate the same grim theatrics as Metal Gear Solid.
  • Castlevania: Rondo of Blood#655 in All Time Favorite Games#17Castlevania: Rondo of Bloodmakaalbarn007's opinion: This game combined the best of the old and the new Castlevania games. Although the controls are limited, the gothic graphics are a marvelous piece of art. The bosses are challenging but cryptically intricate. Even the voice samples are still revolutionary by today's standards.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor#837 in All Time Favorite Games#18Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Surviv...makaalbarn007's opinion: Devil Survivor is a dark hybrid between Final Fantasy Tactics and the demons of the Shin Megami Tensei series. The story is set in the modern-day world of Tokyo, where a demon invasion forces the city into a military lockdown. This game pushes the limits of the DS system. It sports an awesome hard rock soundtrack and an epic story that will take well over a day to complete. This is a masterpiece that deserves everyone's attention.
  • Final Fantasy VII#7 in All Time Favorite Games#19Final Fantasy VIImakaalbarn007's opinion: I really miss Final Fantasy 7. It has a fantastic story involving a corrupt, futuristic empire and powerful magical superhumans. The game was incredibly easy for anyone to pick it up and play it instantly. It was one of those RPGs that just seemed to deliver everything that a gamer ever wanted in an adventure. Anyone could spend endless hours, wasting time in a deep world full of beautiful backgrounds and fun minigames.
  • Ys: The Oath in Felghana#1924 in All Time Favorite Games#20Ys: The Oath in Felghanamakaalbarn007's opinion: Ys: Oath in Felghana is one of the toughest JRPGs ever made. The giant bosses can take hours to beat. The fun in this game comes from figuring out each boss's beautifully complex attack pattern. The story is simple, but it grips people right from the beginning. The character designs look great. Although the original Ys 3 is a bit frustrating, Felghana improves on every part of the Super Nintendo/PC Engine version. The result is a true masterpiece.
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion#15 in All Time Favorite Games#21The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivionmakaalbarn007's opinion: Oblivion expanded the Elder Scrolls universe with a humongous world full of quests. The dialogue repeats the same voice so many times and it gets irritating. However, I still love this game, because there's an endless amount of things to do. The Gray Fox is especially one of my favorite characters in the game.
  • Fallout 3#6 in All Time Favorite Games#22Fallout 3makaalbarn007's opinion: Although many current Western RPGs brag about showing off the most customizable features and the best graphics, Fallout 3 made it all fun again. The dungeons are a bit drab, but the atmosphere has a clever way of building up intense drama. The offbeat humor in some of the areas cracked me up. I'd happily replay this over almost many other free-roaming RPGs.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3#124 in All Time Favorite Games#23Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3makaalbarn007's opinion: Persona 3 is a fantastic dungeon crawler with loads of style. The life simulator portion changed the entire scope of Atlus games for the better. Although this is a dark game, it packs in loads of pop music, fashion styles and a cast of eclectic characters. The Answer scenario in the FES edition builds on the first ending with mystical messiah imagery and a cyborg's journey to become a new person.
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater#30 in All Time Favorite Games#24Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eatermakaalbarn007's opinion: I really shouldn't ramble about this, but this was the first game that made Metal Gear Solid cool. From the epic James Bond-styled theme to the classy bosses, this game had a classy style that no other series could replicate. Whille the second MGS focused on the philosophical intentions of the game itself, the third game is still a moving reflection on the elders who change our lives. The only frustrating element is the controls. The archaic PS2 controller just doesn't have the analog flexibility to execute this style of gameplay. I'm glad that Konami created an HD version with revised controls.
  • Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective#596 in All Time Favorite Games#25Ghost Trick: Phantom Detectivemakaalbarn007's opinion: Normally, the game is over when the main character dies. Ghost Trick takes a clever spin on this circumstance. By giving the protagonist a wide variety of time travel and and telekinesis tricks, Capcom turns this into one of the most exciting point-and-clock adventures I've ever experienced. The epic ending especially throws people in for a tailspin.

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  • Final Fantasy VII#58 in Best Current Favorites#1Final Fantasy VIImakaalbarn007's opinion: I really miss Final Fantasy 7. It has a fantastic story involving a corrupt, futuristic empire and powerful magical superhumans. The game was incredibly easy for anyone to pick it up and play it instantly. It was one of those RPGs that just seemed to deliver everything that a gamer ever wanted in an adventure. Anyone could spend endless hours, wasting time in a deep world full of beautiful backgrounds and fun minigames.
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2#282 in Best Current Favorites#2Final Fantasy XIII-2makaalbarn007's opinion: Final Fantasy 13-2 is a dramatic improvement over the original 13. The game lets people freely roam through beautiful environments. Characters can visit actual stores to customize their weapons and armor. However, 13-2 also re-introduced random battles. Although the game gives players the freedom to run away, all the enemies practically appear out of nowhere. Still, I admit that the game had a lot of fun with alternate universes. Final Fantasy 13-2 is probably the best 3D game in the franchise so far.
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion#48 in Best Current Favorites#3The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivionmakaalbarn007's opinion: Oblivion expanded the Elder Scrolls universe with a humongous world full of quests. The dialogue repeats the same voice so many times and it gets irritating. However, I still love this game, because there's an endless amount of things to do. The Gray Fox is especially one of my favorite characters in the game.
  • Assassin's Creed II#52 in Best Current Favorites#4Assassin's Creed IImakaalbarn007's opinion: Assassin's Creed 2 improved every part of the original game. It finally built up a science-fiction storyline that lived up to everyone's expectations. The game world is humongous. The side quests are much more challenging and entertaining. I honestly wasn't expecting much out of this series, but this sequel truly immerses people into the sneaky lifestyle of a covert assassin.
  • Dead Space#177 in Best Current Favorites#5Dead Space
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow#124 in Best Current Favorites#6Castlevania: Lords of Shadowmakaalbarn007's opinion: Although many old-timers don't agree with the new 3D style, I think the new Castlevania is brilliant. It brought life into the weird fantasy elements of the franchise. Now the characters can fully express the dramatic gestures that the 2D games could never show. The 3D action also melds together well with the fighting style of Castlevania. Patrick Stewart also gives the series a new, medieval edge.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4#160 in Best Current Favorites#7Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4makaalbarn007's opinion: Everything about this game is timeless. This is a wonderful snapshot of Japanese pop culture, from the cool anime characters to the suspenseful mystery storyline. The backdrops are beautiful. The developers integrate close-up camera angles for an up-close and personal experience from the character's perspective. Most of all, Shoji Meguro's cheerful contemporary soundtrack transforms this into a masterpiece for young adults of the 2000s era.
  • Fallout 3#20 in Best Current Favorites#8Fallout 3makaalbarn007's opinion: Although many current Western RPGs brag about showing off the most customizable features and the best graphics, Fallout 3 made it all fun again. The dungeons are a bit drab, but the atmosphere has a clever way of building up intense drama. The offbeat humor in some of the areas cracked me up. I'd happily replay this over almost many other free-roaming RPGs.
  • The King of Fighters XIII#350 in Best Current Favorites#9The King of Fighters XIIImakaalbarn007's opinion: As far as fighters go, King of Fighters 13 is one of the best for online matches. The four-button controls make battles simple and strategic enough to withstand any lag delays. The new character designs are even more classy. KoF easily fills in the demand for beautiful, hand-drawn graphics in 2D fighters. Even the story is slightly more acceptable than other fighters.
  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3#154 in Best Current Favorites#10Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3makaalbarn007's opinion: I really didn't enjoy online fighting games until Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 came along. While other fighters built massive move lists, Marvel vs. Capcom simplified fighting by turning every move into a quarter-circle rotation motion on the control pad. The over-the-top attack sequences are the most entertaining, though. I don't think I've ever had this much fun watching a simple Ultra combo from Phoenix Wright.

makaalbarn007's Reviews

Kirby's Dream Land 2HAL Laboratory (1994)

Kirby's Dream Land 2

Review written Sunday, January 12th, 2014 at 08:20 am.

9.0Fantastic

I wasn't a huge Kirby fan until Kirby's Dream Land 2 came along. The animals and the new abilities expanded the Kirby world to a whole new level of hardcore platforming. Some of the sections are frustrating, but it never felt unbearable. I could actually understand all the sections where I slipped up.This is an excellent sequel that expands the Kirby universe with truly challenging levels.

Review written Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 at 06:42 am.

10Classic!

The Star Ocean series lost most of its epic grandeur in Till the End of Time. Thankfully, The Last Hope fixed many of the problems with the battle system. The new blindside dodge ability makes fighting much more convenient, especially when the monsters are crowding people into a corner. There are a few nit-picking problems here and there, but this is a fantastic title in the Star Ocean series.

Review written Monday, December 30th, 2013 at 09:41 am.

10Classic!

Devil Survivor is a dark hybrid between Final Fantasy Tactics and the demons of the Shin Megami Tensei series. The story is set in the modern-day world of Tokyo, where a demon invasion forces the city into a military lockdown. This game pushes the limits of the DS system. It sports an awesome hard rock soundtrack and an epic story that will take well over a day to complete. This is a masterpiece that deserves everyone's attention.

Review written Saturday, December 28th, 2013 at 07:31 am.

10Classic!

I usually pass on Animal Crossing games, because most of them couldn't match the charm of the first version. New Leaf is a fresh change of pace, though. The portable version's graphics look amazingly sharp. The surround sound truly immerses people into nature. The Internet features connect people to other towns and worlds in a snap. Animal Crossing finally became the world I'd always dreamed of.

Review written Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 at 12:19 am.

10Classic!

In the world of shmups, Dodonpachi Resurrection (Dai Fukkatsu) is one of the best. The difficulty level is adjustable and it feels far more balanced than other shooters. The characters and the ship designs look amazing on a big screen. This is a solid, vertical shooter that doesn't rely on boring cinematic cutscenes. It shows off some of the most challenging gameplay I've ever seen. Highly recommended.

PsychonautsDouble Fine Productions (2005)

Psychonauts

Review written Sunday, December 1st, 2013 at 08:18 am.

10Classic!

Although Psychonauts is a little tricky to figure out, the whole environment is brilliant. It feels like a living, breathing world full of wacky jokes. Although it works well as a platformer, the game does a better job at immersing people into an artistic, demented universe. The creator, Tim Schafer, did an amazing job. He helped make one of the most unique landscapes for people to roam freely in.

Final Fantasy XIII-2Square Enix (2011)

Final Fantasy XIII-2

Review written Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at 06:23 am.

9.5Classic!

Final Fantasy 13-2 is a dramatic improvement over the original 13. The game lets people freely roam through beautiful environments. Characters can visit actual stores to customize their weapons and armor. However, 13-2 also re-introduced random battles. Although the game gives players the freedom to run away, all the enemies practically appear out of nowhere. Still, I admit that the game had a lot of fun with alternate universes. Final Fantasy 13-2 is probably the best 3D game in the franchise so far.

Call of Duty 4: Modern WarfareInfinity Ward (2007)

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Review written Friday, November 8th, 2013 at 09:10 am.

9.0Fantastic

Call of Duty 4 is a ton of fun. Each mission follows a dramatic, cinematic path with an entertaining story. It's like playing through a blockbuster action film. After a certain point though, it gets silly. I'm not even sure how my soldier lives through so many gunshot wounds. It all makes no sense, but anyone would still enjoy all the ridiculous stunts and incredible situations in this game storyline.

Review written Thursday, October 17th, 2013 at 03:02 am.

9.0Fantastic

Yeah, Tecmo football for the NES is silly, but it still is one of my favorite franchises. This sequel has an awesome chiptune soundtrack, anime-style ninja players and ridiculously cool animation sequences. A lot of the players are licensed NFL superstars as well. Tecmo Super Bowl never made much sense, but it sure did make football extremely cool.

Assassin's Creed IIUbisoft Montreal (2009)

Assassin's Creed II

Review written Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 at 11:39 pm.

10Classic!

Assassin's Creed 2 improved every part of the original game. It finally built up a science-fiction storyline that lived up to everyone's expectations. The game world is humongous. The side quests are much more challenging and entertaining. I honestly wasn't expecting much out of this series, but this sequel truly immerses people into the sneaky lifestyle of a covert assassin.

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