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All Time Top 25 Games

  • Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution#1241 in All Time Favorite Games#1Virtua Fighter 4: Evolutionmgsbigboss's opinion: Simply the deepest, most varied, and balanced fighter out there. The variety of martial art styles is truely impressive and play radically different while being one of the most balanced rosters ever. The training mode is easily the deepest and most sophisticated every to be included in a fighter that really explains the mechanics of the game and displays their depth while being understandable to novices. The Quest mode is the best single player mode in a fighter too, battling against advance AI that actually resemble real players. Grossly underrated, probably the crowning achievement of Yu Suzuki's storied legacy.
  • Persona 4 Golden#290 in All Time Favorite Games#2Persona 4 Goldenmgsbigboss's opinion: If Atlus struck gold with Persona 3, Persona 4 was Atlus saying we're going to mine this vein for all it's worth! It takes everything good about P3 and improves or expands on those mechanics. Storywise the game is a fair bit lighter than P3, upping the silly highschool hijinks and minimizing the forboding darker elements. The cast is sillier than the realistic P3 characters but have enough depth to still be likeable. And despite the lighter tone, the central theme of the game is actually quite substantive and real in a way most games never approach. The PS Vita version is the definitive version of P4 adding significant content and tweaks. Nothing less than a paragon all other modern JRPGs will be compared to.
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence#181 in All Time Favorite Games#3Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistencemgsbigboss's opinion: The best in a fantastic series. It's basically my favorite action movie, and still has my favorite ending in gaming. Love love love this game. Great boss battles, great backdrop, and the original Snake turns out to be a more interesting character than old Solid!
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time#1 in All Time Favorite Games#4The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of...mgsbigboss's opinion: Greatest action-adventure game of all time. Not every aspect of the game may be ageless, but it is the real deal and deserves all of the praise it has received over the years. I'm still kind of amazed Miyamoto was able to top his great Mario run.
  • Final Fantasy VII#7 in All Time Favorite Games#5Final Fantasy VIImgsbigboss's opinion: Maybe not the most technically sound RPG, but it is certainly a bold game that deservingly captured the zeitgeist of the early 3D era. While it hasn't aged as gracefully as other FF titles, it still has an ambitious fearlessness to it that still comes across today. No game has shaped my tastes in gaming as much as Final Fantasy VII did.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening#132 in All Time Favorite Games#6The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awak...mgsbigboss's opinion: Still my favorite handheld game and 2nd favorite Zelda to boot. GREAT dungeon designs make this as fun to play today as it did in '93, and because of that I still go back to play this often.
  • Final Fantasy VI#34 in All Time Favorite Games#7Final Fantasy VImgsbigboss's opinion: Probably the most well rounded entry in the series and one of the best console RPGs of all time. Any who thinks FF VII was the first cinematic FF hasn't played this beautiful game.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim#3 in All Time Favorite Games#8The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrimmgsbigboss's opinion: The Elder Scrolls has always been ambitious series, albeit ludicrously so. Despite their charms Bethesda's games have always been to clunky to sift through the good stuff to me. But here Bethesda grasp has almost caught up to their vision, resulting in a game that plays much more smoothly than any previous ES game, making all the difference. This is a true adventure like few others. The setting is wonderfully cohesive and alive like few other games I've played, especially sandbox games. The art style is very strong too, taking Scandinavian influences while still comfortably a part of the magical ES universe. Jeremy Soule's soundtrack is as beautiful as ever, with an extra dose of epic this time. Bring on Elder Scrolls VI!
  • Valkyrie Profile#509 in All Time Favorite Games#9Valkyrie Profilemgsbigboss's opinion: A near masterpiece from developer Tri-Ace, a favorite of mine. Really fun battle system, unique game mechanics, and surprisingly good storyline. The world is very interesting too and the music and graphics are well done. Overall a great experience for jaded JRPG fans.
  • Resident Evil 4#24 in All Time Favorite Games#10Resident Evil 4mgsbigboss's opinion: Awesome fun. More action than survival-horror but still containing some creepy environments to take down zombies in. I don't even like shooter (FPS or otherwise) or survival-horror genres much but this game is outstanding. The unique control scheme was the perfect facelift the series needed, and the amount of variety of gameplay and setpieces this game has is hard to overstate. Perfectly paced, plenty to do but never outstays its' welcome. It may be different but anyone who thinks this game "ruined" Resident Evil or is just a "typical TPS" needs their head examined.
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots#56 in All Time Favorite Games#11Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the...mgsbigboss's opinion: The most playable MGS game, and story, while somewhat stilted, nonetheless left me a supremely satisfying experience. A great end to Snake's storyline.
  • Final Fantasy IX#49 in All Time Favorite Games#12Final Fantasy IXmgsbigboss's opinion: Probably the funnest "traditional" RPG I've ever played. Simple but effective battle system and awesome sidequests and minigames keeps me coming back to this one. While the story sadly crosses from homage to cliche too much, most of the characters are great, with some surprisingly good humor. Even if you're put off by the art style I strongly recommend this one to anyone interested in JRPGs at all.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3#124 in All Time Favorite Games#13Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3mgsbigboss's opinion: When Atlus decided to revamp their Persona series they struck gold with P3. Combining a traditionally dark SMT storyline with lighter and sillier moments, realistic, maturely written characters, unique social sim mechanics, a calendar system, and some old fashioned dungeon crawling, Persona 3 is easily one of the best console-style rpgs I've ever played. The game has great atmosphere and great music that really sells the modern Japan setting. While the game can be grindy at times (though the extent is up to you) and pacing is a little slow at spots, you'll love all the time the game lets you spend with the characters' dramatic and comedic moments both. It's sad to see it end but it goes out on a great note. A must play.
  • Rock Band 2#334 in All Time Favorite Games#14Rock Band 2mgsbigboss's opinion: Rock band was a logical expansion of the Guitar Hero experience, but it was RB2 that really took the series to heights unseen. Every thing is refined from the original, and the tracklist is still the best in the genre in my opinion.
  • Final Fantasy VIII#64 in All Time Favorite Games#15Final Fantasy VIIImgsbigboss's opinion: After FF VII blew up Squaresoft took the opportunity to experiment with the FF formula in the form of the junction system as well as edging to a more character focused game compared to the usual band out to save the world. The plot is admittingly nonsensical but I loved the experience anyway. The game was big, beautiful, and very entertaining blockbuster of a game. The soundtrack is maybe the best in the series (no small deal) and the graphics still look great. I kind of wish they had gone all in in making it a character-centric game forgoing any save the world shenanigans but oh well.
  • Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus#440 in All Time Favorite Games#16Sly Cooper and the Thievius Racc...mgsbigboss's opinion: The thing I love about this game is how little filler this game has. Unlike other 3D platformers the collecting and exploration elements are kept pretty low key, supporting the simple joys of running, jumping, and climbing. It takes advantage of feeling like a full 3D world but keeps level design fairly straightforward, sticking close to the genre's 2D roots, which is what I adore this game for. Add a very attractive world, very well done humor (which isn't afraid to be low key in the delivery of some of its jokes) and some surprisingly well done voice work (boss characters being the best) and you have a classic platformer. It is true that the game is a tad easy and on the short side, but every moment is so good you won't mind one bit.
  • Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown#1791 in All Time Favorite Games#17Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdownmgsbigboss's opinion: The original Virtua Fighter 5, while an excellent game in itself, felt a little unsure of where to take the series, following the imo legendary VF4 series. Fast forward to Final Showdown, the final update of the VF5 line which stands as a more confident flat out improved game. To attract newcomers the game has been streamlined slightly and the feel of the movement and tempo has been quickened. The throw system has been simplified to lower execution barriers of novices. I'm not a big fan of this change as it robs the complexity of the mind games and the uniqueness of how in depth throwing is compared to other fighters, but overall it's a fair compromise. Balance is excellent as usual, and just as important nobody feels underpowered.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons#443 in All Time Favorite Games#18The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of S...mgsbigboss's opinion: The Oracle series is probably some of the most overlooked Zelda games and that's a shame, because these are some of the best in the series. Seasons' story is very basic (on par with the original) but the overhead gameplay is excellent. Season' central gimmick is the ability to alter the seasons as you progress through the game, and is my favorite in the series. Every map screen has four variations because of this, making it a blast to explore. More action oriented than it's sister entry Ages, but not totally lacking in that department either, the two games together form one of the longest and most satisfying Zelda adventures ever. Go find these games!
  • Metal Gear Solid#16 in All Time Favorite Games#19Metal Gear Solidmgsbigboss's opinion: Kind of dated now but at its release the stealth gameplay and cinematic storytelling was head-turning.
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum#45 in All Time Favorite Games#20Batman: Arkham Asylummgsbigboss's opinion: This game seemed to come out of nowhere to kick everyone's ass! The simply but tricky thing the game nails is that you really feel like Batman. From his famous gadgets to being able to take out a whole gang of thugs at once to fighting a judicious selection of Batman's villian gallery, everything is steeped in a love for the Bat-universe. Great voice acting by regulars from the Animated Series and a dark art style that captures the feel of the comics better than any other medium yet goes a long way too.
  • Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together#1181 in All Time Favorite Games#21Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Toget...mgsbigboss's opinion: Takes a classic game and rebuilds it into a refined and polished product that is even better than the original. Despite the SNES looking sprites and maps, the menus, graphics, music, and overall production values are polished to a very high degree. New systems like the Chariot and wheel of fortune mechanics helps make the tough game more accessible while being completely optional that purists can ignore. This allows for all story paths to be explored more readily. Add in class rebalancing and a fairer leveling system and you have the definitive version of a classic game. It's hard to argue against remakes when they are done this well. A must-play for serious RPG gamers.
  • Lunar: Silver Star Harmony#2134 in All Time Favorite Games#22Lunar: Silver Star Harmonymgsbigboss's opinion: A pretty nice version of a great game. While the gameplay was sadly nerfed, the games strength remains the narrative and characters. In some ways I prefer this version over the Playstation release (voice work). Nothing outside the box, just a really enduring JRPG. Sadly it doesn't appear that there will be a PSP release of Eternal Blue (boo!).
  • Super Mario Bros. 3#31 in All Time Favorite Games#23Super Mario Bros. 3mgsbigboss's opinion: While the original SMB was a revelation, and World was arguably the fully matured Mario game, SMB3 was when the Mario platformer fully bloomed into everything it could be. Very nostalgic game for me (just listening to the music sends me into childhood memories).
  • Super Mario Kart#139 in All Time Favorite Games#24Super Mario Kartmgsbigboss's opinion: The original is still the best. Played this game constantly for years with friends, siblings, cousins, parents, everyone could have fun with this. Best thing is that it weighs racing skill more than the random roving battles the later games became.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages#505 in All Time Favorite Games#25The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of A...mgsbigboss's opinion: The Oracle series is probably some of the most overlooked Zelda games and that's a shame, because these are some of the best in the series. Ages has more plot than seasons, but the puzzles are the real highlight of the game, containing some of the best in the series. The central premise, the ability to go back and forth between two time periods, isn't that original but it's much more extensive than in say Ocarina. Together the two games, Ages and Seasons, form one of the longest and best Zelda adventures out there.

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  • Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City#504 in Best Current Favorites#1Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned...
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim#1 in Best Current Favorites#2The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrimmgsbigboss's opinion: The Elder Scrolls has always been ambitious series, albeit ludicrously so. Despite their charms Bethesda's games have always been to clunky to sift through the good stuff to me. But here Bethesda grasp has almost caught up to their vision, resulting in a game that plays much more smoothly than any previous ES game, making all the difference. This is a true adventure like few others. The setting is wonderfully cohesive and alive like few other games I've played, especially sandbox games. The art style is very strong too, taking Scandinavian influences while still comfortably a part of the magical ES universe. Jeremy Soule's soundtrack is as beautiful as ever, with an extra dose of epic this time. Bring on Elder Scrolls VI!
  • Pokemon Black and White#73 in Best Current Favorites#3Pokemon Black and White
  • Crash Team Racing#313 in Best Current Favorites#4Crash Team Racing
  • Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan#232 in Best Current Favorites#5Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of th...
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey#1007 in Best Current Favorites#6Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Jour...
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked#555 in Best Current Favorites#7Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Surviv...
  • Pokemon Black and White 2#37 in Best Current Favorites#8Pokemon Black and White 2
  • Pokemon X and Y#21 in Best Current Favorites#9Pokemon X and Y
  • Kid Icarus#1242 in Best Current Favorites#10Kid Icarusmgsbigboss's opinion: While this game is quite difficult, and the move-to-one-side-of-the-screen-to-get-to-the-other is dated and overly arcade-y for a NES game, there is a charm to it that keeps you coming back. Partly because of the fun Japanese pastiche of Greek myth imagery, and partly because it's gameplay is a mix of platforming and adventure. A cult game I share a soft spot for. Glad Nintendo resurrected the Kid.

mgsbigboss's Reviews

Kid IcarusNintendo (1986)

Kid Icarus

Review written Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 at 06:10 pm.

7.5Great

While this game is quite difficult, and the move-to-one-side-of-the-screen-to-get-to-the-other is dated and overly arcade-y for a NES game, there is a charm to it that keeps you coming back. Partly because of the fun Japanese pastiche of Greek myth imagery, and partly because it's gameplay is a mix of platforming and adventure. A cult game I share a soft spot for. Glad Nintendo resurrected the Kid.

The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimBethesda Game Studios (2011)

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Review written Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 at 06:58 pm.

9.5Classic!

The Elder Scrolls has always been ambitious series, albeit ludicrously so. Despite their charms Bethesda's games have always been to clunky to sift through the good stuff to me. But here Bethesda grasp has almost caught up to their vision, resulting in a game that plays much more smoothly than any previous ES game, making all the difference. This is a true adventure like few others. The setting is wonderfully cohesive and alive like few other games I've played, especially sandbox games. The art style is very strong too, taking Scandinavian influences while still comfortably a part of the magical ES universe. Jeremy Soule's soundtrack is as beautiful as ever, with an extra dose of epic this time. Bring on Elder Scrolls VI!

Muramasa: The Demon BladeVanillaware (2009)

Muramasa: The Demon Blade

Review written Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 at 06:40 pm.

7.5Great

The best thing about this game is the amazing artwork. Not that it's a bad game to play, but this game has the probably the best 2D graphics ever to appear in a video game. Not to metion one of the best visual takes on traditional Japan I've come across. As for the game itself , it's a pretty good action title. You have a lot of moves at your disposal, but don't gain new abilities besides minor special moves as you get stronger swords, so the gameplay doesn't evolve as much as you might like. Nonetheless a cool gem of the game for it's visual style alone.

Muramasa RebirthVanillaware (2013)

Muramasa Rebirth

Review written Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 at 06:40 pm.

7.5Great

The best thing about this game is the amazing artwork. Not that it's a bad game to play, but this game has the probably the best 2D graphics ever to appear in a video game. As for the game itself , it's a pretty good action title. You have a lot of moves at your disposal, but don't gain new abilities besides minor special moves as you get stronger swords, so the gameplay doesn't evolve as much as you might like. Nonetheless a cool gem of the game for it's visual style alone.

Journey (2012)thatgamecompany (2012)

Journey (2012)

Review written Sunday, September 1st, 2013 at 04:28 pm.

5.5Fine

I'll be the bad guy here. I really wanted to like this game and anticipated its release. It's certainly a pretty game with some striking visuals and music. However it didn't hit me emotionally like it did other people. I find the story telling too vague that it's just another rendition of the hero's journey/monomyth without any twists or interesting perspective. It's just there. Not good when your game has pretty much no mechanical hooks for the player either. I guess it's worth experiencing, just don't pay too much for it.

Mass EffectBioWare (2007)

Mass Effect

Review written Thursday, August 1st, 2013 at 04:29 pm.

7.0Good

Mass Effect is one of the biggest success story's of it's generation, being one of the most talked about games when it came out. And on the whole there is a lot to like. The sci-fi setting, while not anything terribly original, is well detailed and inhabited by well designed alien races that have interesting relationships, and the plot is decent. However, the shooting gameplay is frankly not very good, especially at the beginning which can be overwhelming, and exploring planets in the Mako is dull too. Even the dialog decisions feel limiting for a game that claims to be all about role-playing. That said, I do like how big the game feels exploring the galaxy. Greater than the sum of it's parts, despite some serious flaws.

Review written Sunday, July 21st, 2013 at 09:47 pm.

7.0Good

SFXT is a mixed bag. On the positive side the main draw of Tekken characters being presented in a 2D SF-style game is handled well and is inviting to people more inclined toward Tekken such as myself. On the other hand Capcom overreached with bad dlc practices in the form of the gem system, which isn't exactly pay-to-win but is enough of a competitive edge vs people who won't pay for gems, especially a something as execution-heavy as SF. Between that and lock on-disc characters you have to pay more for, it isn't surprising this game sort of flopped. The gameplay is fun (especially after the v.2013 patch which I believe upped damage across the board) and the tag team aspect is cool, but some gameplay systems should've been handled better

Injustice: Gods Among UsNetherRealm Studios (2013)

Injustice: Gods Among Us

Review written Thursday, June 27th, 2013 at 05:13 am.

8.0Great

Finally Ed Boon's studio is allowed to do something other than another Mortal Kombat game, even if a DC fighter isn't a big stretch. Following the formula of MK11, 2D combat on via detailed 3D models is the name of the game, with an emphasis on the story mode and single player content. It plays a lot like MK with a little more Street Fighter influence, as staccato as ever. Environmental interactions are a cool addition done well. Unfortunately single player content comes off a bit short compared to MK11 and the roster could have been larger and better chosen. Also the tone is too grimdark, the story is largely terrible, and some of the characters designs are pretty bad.The core is fun but the presentation could have used more polish.

Dragon Fantasy Book I_Individual Developer (2013)

Dragon Fantasy Book I

Review written Saturday, May 18th, 2013 at 04:34 am.

5.5Fine

About what you would expect a homage to early console-rpgs by a small indie developer. It's a loving, self-aware project that imitates NES Dragon Quests games more than anything. Unfortunately that includes very simplistic, grindy gameplay to pad out the game length. Fine if that's what you want, but hopefully Muteki will step up in the future with a more interesting and less-winking tribute to jrpgs in the future.

Review written Thursday, April 25th, 2013 at 01:28 am.

9.0Fantastic

As handsome as you would expect being a result of Level-5 pooling assets with Studio Ghibli. Level-5 continues to show the rest of the industry why they are the best at cel-shaded graphics. Maybe even better, the orchestrated soundtrack is just as lush. The gameplay itself mostly imitates their previous Dragon Quest games, right down to the cute monsters with puny names. Add in some pokemon-esque monster raising and fighting and some real-time action elements mixed into the turn-based battle system. It mostly works although companion AI isn't great and the interface is clunky for the quick reactions you need against tough enemies. The story isn't great but actually is better than most of Level-5's previous efforts.

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