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All-Time Favorite Games

Ever since the days of Atari, there have been thousands upon thousands of games competing for your attention and your dollars. While some have been good, only a few can be regarded as "GREAT" and amongst those, this list is made up of the best of the best! These titles showcase WHY you love gaming and serve as a measuring stick for a medium that's about pushing the limits of creativity and technology. Go ahead, press start on creating YOUR LIST of All-Time Favorite Games right here, right now!

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Comments (156)

Ulty

3 weeks ago

I can't believe i'm saying it, but the unikGamer list was better than this...

richardpale You're mad Ulty, the unikgamer list had Ocarina at #1. This is a big improvement

3 weeks ago

Ulty It's not even about OOT...

3 weeks ago

richardpale I mean sure, I see where you're coming from. Skyrim, Fallout 3 and Portal 2 are all a bit lower and Arkham Asylum, Halo 3, Time Crisis and Tekken 3 are all still criminally underrated just to name a few. I get why you're upset about that Ulty but look on the bright side ME1 & 2, RDR, SotC, Uncharted 2, The Last of Us, The Walking Dead and Dark Souls are all way higher

3 weeks ago

Aramonde I agree Ulty but the Unik list is only a little better.

3 weeks ago

Magus Magus They're...about the same? Some of the newest games are higher here since they've actually had a chance to rise. Dark Souls is way up and Minecraft is way down. The drop from some of the older Nintendo games is a shame though.

3 weeks ago

Billy McKenna UnikGamers list wasn't better, it was just bigger. This list is far from perfect too because it's effectively a popularity contest so lowest common denominator kicks in; which on message boards basically means N64 fanboys followed by Valve fanboys. The fact that Journey, Planescape Torment, and Civilization IV aren't rated far higher proves that quality is incidental; popularity, that's what matters. I say just be thankful the CoD-kiddies are too stupid to figure out how the internet works en mass, otherwise the top 20 would be littered with mindless multiplayer military FPS's.

2 weeks ago

Gries He

1 month ago

Games in the top 100 I’ve completed: 53

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Games in the top 100 I’ve not completed yet: 27

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Games in the top 100 I’ve not played yet: 17

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Games that are listed twice in the top 100 and hence don’t count: 3

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Haafie ! Finished 23, Played 32, Own 35, Don't own/Wrong System: 65 Perhaps I should stick to the PC list, because I'll never play any game unless it's brought out on PC... So PC: Finished 45, Played 59, Own 64

1 month ago

Master Crash Played 40, finished 8. Well that says a lot bout me, doesn't it?

1 month ago

Big Boss Played 60, finished 37. Plus a couple of games I do intend to finish, and a few more I'm pretty sure will play yet.

1 month ago

Ameno Oktanas Finished 20, not finished 18. I should count with out console games, because I newer owned a console.

1 day ago

Jason Moyer

1 month ago

No One Lives Forever not even making the top 500 is an affront to all things that are beautiful and right with the world.

Benji Dodds No, no classic Lucasarts adventures in the top 100 is the biggest affront. >.>

1 month ago

Sarah Smith

1 month ago

Doom? The most influential FPS of all time, the game that began workplace epidemics, and it's BELOW Journey...

Jon Paul Cuellar Well, that's because Journey is a better game.

1 month ago

McKayla Sellot Most things should be below Journey. It's top 10 material.

1 month ago

MasterWizard Xenomorph Doom is great, but a guy shooting demons isn't all that original.... plus it's a fave's list I just put what I enjoyed the most.

1 month ago

richardpale All credit to Doom for being influential but the thing is influential games get their ideas improved on. Without bringing non FPS's into it I'd say Halo, Half Life, Bioshock and Modern Warfare are all ahead of Doom because favourites is more to do with being outright awesome to play and refined than it is to do with being innovative and good for its time.

1 month ago

Benji Dodds Halo and Modern Warfare are effing terrible. I still play Doom.

1 month ago

richardpale To me Halo 1, 2, Reach and especially 3 are awesome, as is the first Modern Warfare whereas I mainly like Doom for the retro novelty of it.

1 month ago

Benji Dodds To me, Halo and Modern Warfare represent the watering and dumbing down of an entire genre.

1 month ago

richardpale Meh. Considering Halo has intricate and large maps, balanced weapons where no one gun is best in all situations, included ground and air vehicles that are useful but not overpowered, has impressively smart enemy AI and put more effort into story and style it's arguably a more intelligent game than Doom. I won't try and make the same argument for Modern Warfare but it's no dumber than Doom either and it's still a lot of fun with some awesome campaign missions and multiplayer that was very fresh in 2007.

1 month ago

Benji Dodds Short list of issues with Halo. Regenerative health, aim assist, very slow gameplay. I couldn't possibly agree with a more intelligent game, simply because of the tools used to create something like Halo, lowered the bar for all other entries in the genre. Could Halo be used as an argument for more accessibility? Sure, and you would be entitled to that opinion. Me, I view Halo as the main reason that corporations have this mindset that EVERYTHING MUST BE FIRST PERSON, even if it doesn't necessarily fit the original design. *shrug*

1 month ago

Jon Paul Cuellar What's wrong with regenerating health? It allows the designers to design every encounter knowing that the player will be at full health when they experience it. I also don't see any problem with aim assist. Playing a console shooter without aim assist is torturous, and even on PC it can be pretty frustrating. The gameplay being slow-paced is just a stylistic choice, there's nothing wrong with that.

1 month ago

McKayla Sellot There's nothing wrong with regenerating heath in theory, however it allows for less emergent gameplay, less variety of experience, reduces the need to explore, reduces the complexity of the difficulty curve and subsequently the games pacing is far easier to map. All this can break immersion, making the game feel too predictable and constructed; add that to the dissidence of regenerating heath in concept and you have multiple issues with immersion. That said regenerating health allows the designers more freedom in level design because there are less variables to consider, which could counter all of the problems above and improve of the games core aesthetics. It depends on the game really and I can't really claim one is "better" than the other.

1 month ago

Benji Dodds While all that you said is true and more, McKayla, the difference between the FPS games of the Doom era is this: without them, there would be no Halo or Cowadoody, making it a far more important entry of that particular genre. I would also say that the recent influx of "old school" shooters like Wolfenstein, RoTT Reboot, Hard Reset and Shadow Warrior, proves that that stylistic is not dead and that people still want them. Also, Jon? Stylistic choice for slow gameplay is marketing buzzwords for: "can't get it past 30 FPS."

1 month ago

MasterWizard Xenomorph "I'll just shamelessly defend Doom without mentioning its obvious shortcomings." Doom was great in some ways, but games like Left 4 Dead, Bioshock, and Half Life 2 took that genre way further than ID ever could. Quake is probably a better example for the few arguments you made for Doom.

1 month ago

Benji Dodds Except we weren't really discussing those games, as I'd agree with you on those specific titles, Xeno. We were talking Doom versus Halo/CoD specifically, I thought.

1 month ago

MasterWizard Xenomorph Sorry, I enjoyed Halo I reccomend trying the new HD remasters, regenrative health is a fun mechanic in those games which makes sense. I agree CoD makes NO SENSE whatsoever to have the mechanic since humans don't spontaneously regenerate. I'm not partial to any of those games anyway. Halo has very balanced online play, unlike CoD you won't find yourself spawning in and dying EVERY sinlge time because you didn't study the map and weapons loadouts thoroughly enough. It did have something to do with the watering down of FPS's afterwards, but that's the developers of those games fault. I give Halo some credit because it's not completely colorless and unfun to play.

1 month ago

Magus Magus Influential or no, Doom doesn't seem to be thought of as highly on most of the internet as some of gaming's other biggest classic games - and on this list even Mario 3 is barely scraping the top 50. If Doom being 78th isn't good enough for you, go get all your Doom-loving friends to join the site.

1 month ago

Ice The Retro Kid I'm only like 21 years old and I STILL say Doom is the better game easily. More influential and better actual gameplay.

3 weeks ago

Chemical Reaction Doom is the game that set the stage for mainstream FPS games. It was what future FPS games modelled themselves off of for a good amount of time. Hell, Hard Reset has a good number of Doom tropes. Also, I'm unsure as to why we're comparing two games with different genres.

3 weeks ago

Synaptic Misfire Is there a list for 'most influential' games somewhere? I don't feel like I know enough to make my own but I'd be interested in seeing it.

2 weeks ago

David C

1 month ago

Persona 4 needs to be higher. Maybe the fans should vote for both versions.

Ice The Retro Kid I hate that, can the Persona fans stop splitting the votes...go with the base game, sheesh.

3 weeks ago

Splatterhouse 5 I prefer the 3rd game, and that vote is split between 3 different versions - I voted for the base game. I'd bet that Ocarina diehards get REALLY annoyed when they notice any version other than the base version getting votes, since the vote is so close between it and The Last of Us.

3 weeks ago

Papissama

1 month ago

If you filter in just the French population, Suikoden II is number 4. So proud of you my fellow Frenchmen even though just 21 of us participated

Sha Ember Yeah! Best game ever, nothing else to say.

1 month ago

Master Crash Filter PT. Phoenix Wright Trials and Tribulations. I'm okay with this

1 month ago

DjinnFighter As long as OoT is first, everything is fine

1 month ago

nodley Suikoden>OoT

1 month ago

Riley Maguire Filter US, and Chrono Trigger is 5th. *sheds tear of joy*

1 month ago

Master Crash AH in PT it's in second

1 month ago

Riley Maguire Shoutout to Portugal

1 month ago

Leya Kath Yataaaa! :3

1 month ago

Splatterhouse 5 Unfortunately, Suikoden 2 is the only game in the entire series that I haven't played - Oh, how I would absolutely love a remake/reissue. I couldn't in good conscious vote for it. I did vote for the 5th game though.

3 weeks ago

Topi Lindh

1 month ago

I find it funny to see some people this upset that their favorite games aren't doing that well in the list. People just value different kind of games than you; that happens. I for one have never liked Zelda games, I find them boring, but seeing Ocarina of Time in the third place doesn't disturb me Some people like it and it's fine. A lot of people love TLOU (I included) and thus it is in the second place, but some you don't like it. It's all fine folks

Nick Gully

1 month ago

Come on you old timers bang them 80 90s games up

Papissama Amen to that!

1 month ago

Goluboy Pidor One of the worst lists I have ever seen. All this western crap in top 10. Terrible.

1 month ago

Papissama Well, you need to make your list then and even things out (step by step)

1 month ago

Synaptic Misfire Aww yeah western crap. Cowboys making video games. That's where it's at.

1 month ago

Papissama Synaptic Misfire lol. How can you criticize when you have Bioshock Infinite as your number 2.

1 month ago

Synaptic Misfire Man, I'm not even being sarcastic. Borderlands? Red Dead? God Hand? LUCKY LUKE?! Let's just make every game vaguely about cowboys. We can't go wrong.

1 month ago

Nick Gully LTTP what a shocker at 27th

1 month ago

Splatterhouse 5 I've been gaming since the ColecoVision, and I have to say that the vast majority of my top 25 faves have come out in the last 15 years. I have fond memories of the old school games, but it's really a rare moment that I ever want to re-visit them. Games like Fallout 3 and Mass Effect felt like games I had been waiting my whole life to play.

1 month ago

TheEyeofTruth .

1 month ago

All the people taking this joke list of opinions seriously are funny.

Hayden Kiteley

1 month ago

The fact that the 3 true gears games aren't in the top 50 disgusts me.

Sandvich Gearz iz for dudebros and haz no story. Needz moar colorz and a morality system.

1 month ago

Hayden Kiteley Gears has a great story

1 month ago

Sandvich If it doesn't have branching moral choices that go nowhere or shoehorned subtext about Objectivism then it can't possibly be a great story. Dead srs.

1 month ago

Hayden Kiteley So, The last of us doesn't have a good story? GTA doesn't have a decent story? 90% of games don't have a good story? You're delusional.

1 month ago

Sandvich The Last of Us didn't have multiple endings playing out exactly the same way with different color filters. WURST STORY EVAR!

1 month ago

Sandvich "90% of games don't have a good story?" Okay, NOW I am being perfectly totally dead serious. 10% of games are well written, if that.

1 month ago

Sandvich Oh, and for the record, Gears 1-3 and the Gears franchise page are 4 of the 12 ranked pages we have in common.

1 month ago

Hayden Kiteley You've lost me now

1 month ago

Ameno Oktanas

1 month ago

Wow Skyrim has passed Red Dead.

Synaptic Misfire Skyrim just has so much longevity to it. Stumbled across this last night - http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Fall_of_the_Space_Core,_Vol_1. I have a hard time getting into open world games myself, but I can see how it would cling to popularity even as Red Dead begins to sneak out of our collective consciousness.

1 month ago

McKayla Sellot

1 month ago

Okami not even in the top 50. This makes me sad inside.

Splatterhouse 5 Fantastic game, but there are so many fantastic games out there. Unfortunately, it didn't sell as well as it should have. I have a similar sentiment for Psychonauts.

1 month ago

Brock Pustay

1 month ago

Fun fact: Persona 4 would be in the Top 20 if you combined both versions.

PERSONA!

Billy McKenna I always hate how different versions splits the vote for some games. Especially if they're practically identical or just HD remakes.

1 month ago

Ameno Oktanas Don't you hate that???

1 month ago

Ice The Retro Kid I hate that, why can't you people add the base game and push the game up as a whole?

1 month ago

Splatterhouse 5 It's this that must be driving Ocarina diehards absoutely crazy right about now.

3 weeks ago

Billy McKenna Admittedly anything that pisses off Ocarina fanboys is worthwhile to me, they need a reality check and it makes me smile watching them getting frustrated. Ammusingly even with the remastered version, The Last Of Us doesn't seem to have the same issue.

3 weeks ago

Strider X

4 months ago

My vote made Ocarina of Time #1. Nice.

Gries He

4 months ago

completed games: 38/50

uncompleted games: 08/50
(resident evil 4, kotor, metroid 3, pokemon 1, mario galaxy 1,
metroid prime 1, dragon age 1, diablo 2)

unplayed games: 06/50
(majora’s mask, smash brawl, dark souls, smash melee, gta 5, persona 4)

Thomas Halter I'm assuming this is in relation to the current top 50, in which case I'm sitting at 38/50 completed myself, seems like it would've been 39 but Diablo 2 recently dropped to 51, oh well. My own unplayed category consists of Red Dead Redemption, Metal Gear Solid, Fallout 3, MGS 3, Resident Evil 4, The Walking Dead, FFX, GTA 5, MGS 4, Silent Hill 2, and Persona 4... Man, I ought to just buy that Metal Gear collection, probably the only series in that lot I'm truly interested in and 3 of the titles are in the top 50. Hrrrmrmmmmmm

4 months ago

Gries He Thomas Halter, very impressive! --- imho the best MGS isn't even in the top 50 though (Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker), you should definitely check out the whole series if you find the time to do so

4 months ago

Ameno Oktanas To many asholes nintendo's games in the 50 only 13 games finished. They are aseholes because they didn't sold NES SNES N64 here where I live.

3 months ago

Ulty

4 months ago

HAHAH, Dark Souls over FFX! Wasn't expecting that, so good Now, to put everything else above FFX...

Ulty -________-

4 months ago

Will Loughman good luck with that

4 months ago

Big Boss lol

4 months ago

Synaptic Misfire I mean let's be real, FFX is no Hatoful Boyfriend.

1 month ago

Ulty Holy shit balls, wasn't expecting to see Dark Souls go into the top 20. AND IT'S ABOVE FFX! TAKE THAT, YOU PIECE OF INTERGALACTIC DOGSHIT!!

1 month ago

Jon Paul Cuellar Are you kidding? People love Dark Souls. A little too much, imo.

1 month ago

Ulty You can never love Dark Souls too much...

1 month ago

Sean Wolahan

5 months ago

Ocarina is back over The Last of Us! Rejoice!

Ameno Oktanas Probably with the help of fake accounts.

5 months ago

DW Jang There are fake accounts on every fanboy's games. So it's pretty pointless fighting over which games are higher on the list.

5 months ago

Billy McKenna Yeah, but Zelda fanboys are by far the most insane.

2 months ago

Arik Manley

6 months ago

I'm just glad that Bomberman Hero finally has a nice, pretty high spot. Should be even higher, though!

Kevan Gant Bomberman World on the PS1 was pretty awesome as well

1 month ago

Arik Manley I've heard that. I should definitely get it and try it out, since I love Bomberman.

1 month ago

Ameno Oktanas

6 months ago

Oh great now there are people that rank one or two games. There should be a limit how little items you should rank before your list is counted to the main list.

Will Loughman how would that work tho?

4 months ago

Ameno Oktanas You just add a filter for that.

4 months ago

Ben Ace

7 months ago

The Last of Us passed Ocarina of Time!

Retro Wolf * Head explodes *

7 months ago

Ulty Aaaaaand there goes all credibility this list had left...

7 months ago

Aramonde just give time when this site gets out of beta and we get more users.

7 months ago

Retro Wolf I'm already quite dissapointed in the top 10 anyway, so I can't wait for more users. Half-life 2 and Red dead redemption? Bleh.

7 months ago

Pudding Ulty, what credibility are you speaking of? As the name of this site suggests, as well as the name of this list, it's about ''favorite'' games of all time. Not the best, but favorite. Let's not pretend any of these lists hold any serious weight in giving us the answers as to what's the best in any given topic. This site is all about creating lists, having fun doing so and sharing it with others. What it's not about is imposing your own opinion as to what or who's ultimately ''better''. We all have opinions on each subject and it's fun to debate, but it's also important not to take all of this too seriously.

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7 months ago

Ulty You completely missed the sarcastic remark, didn't ya?

7 months ago

Aramonde ^ i did, its really hard to detect sarcasm on the net unless you make it obvious.

7 months ago

Ulty Of course I think TLOU being near the top is BS, but I can respect that because that's what this is: a gathering of every users favorite games! If I took lists seriously, i'd go freaking berzerk with you guys xD

7 months ago

Riley Maguire Thank God.

7 months ago

Aramonde So those comments you leave on other lists are sarcasm too?

7 months ago

Ulty ...yes...

7 months ago

Aramonde Oh! I thought you were being serious. Wait a minute! Then that means your FFX hated has just been sarcasm too!!! I knew someone couldn't hate something that much.

7 months ago

Ulty I hate FFX, but being serious here I don't really care. I like going berzerk over these insignificant things with you guys because I know you all, and I know we all take it for the laughs. It's funny to do it, but deep down I have a huge respect for each and everyone of you and your opinions/tastes. Doubleagent adores FFX, it's probably his favorite work of fiction, and even though I don't like it I respect the fact he loves the game. He's very passionate about it, like many other people out there, and that's something I can relate to. Believe me, in real life I don't go s***ting on people for liking things I hate...I hope none of you guys thought I really did

7 months ago

Doubleagent Don't worry! Its all in good fun, we can all have a good laugh about it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lfiTebewnc

7 months ago

Ulty AAHHH!! What are you, trying to kill me?!?

7 months ago

Riley Maguire We have proper emoticons now?!

7 months ago

nodley Now the Wii U has failed the fanboys are jumping the Nintendo ship and moving onto Sony.

7 months ago

Ameno Oktanas Just as Last of us past Zelda strangely a new account has appeared and put a lot of zelda games in all time favorite list. A bit strange??? I hope no one is that sad to make fake accounts.

7 months ago

nodley Yeah, it happened a lot on UG too, myself and a couple of others pointed it out on more than one occasion. What can you do though? Maybe the mods can check ip.addresses and delete extra accounts, but who's to say it's not a family member on the same PC? My GF has an account here too.

7 months ago

Retro Wolf The plot thickens...

7 months ago

richardpale I was surprised The Last of Us was that high as well until I finished it, great game. More top 20 than top 3 for me but still awesome. Glad it's popular!

7 months ago

Ameno Oktanas Hey look The Last of Us is back in #2 place. I wonder for how long.

7 months ago

richardpale Oh so it is, I prefer it to Ocarina so I'm cool with that. Wonder how Ulty'll take it

7 months ago

Firion Hope After looking through it after a long period of time this is the worst best games list Ive ever seen lol

7 months ago

Aramonde remember this is not a best list of all time. It an all time favorite game list.

7 months ago

richardpale Really, there is no best game of all time because that's all subjective and down to opinion. There's just favourites from people who've played a lot with various tastes,from people who haven't played so much with various tastes and then there's an awesome project like this that tries to bring that together and figure out what people as a whole liked the most. To be honest that's about as close to objectively best as we're ever going to get.

7 months ago

Jon Paul Cuellar Ocarina is pretty overrated anyway. Though, that does bring up an interesting topic: Do we judge a game as it was in its proper context, or as it is now? Because if we judge it in its proper context, Ocarina beats Last of Us no question, but if we judge them as they are now, Last of Us beats Ocarina no question.

1 month ago

Ulty I think everything should be judged as it was in it's proper context, simply because the other way would be hugely unfair to the videogames that defined the standards in which games like TLOU so desperately hang on to. TLOU is a good game, but for f***'s sake people...

1 month ago

Riley Maguire ^I disagree. It's one thing if you were good then. It's another if the game can stand the test of time.

1 month ago

Ulty But OOT does stand the test of time. The only thing that doesn't stand is the awe factor of the innovative and revolutionary mechanics, the game is still very fun to play today AND alot more than TLOU might I add.

1 month ago

Riley Maguire ^"very fun" Right...

1 month ago

richardpale Ocarina hasn't aged too badly compared to a lot of early 3d games but that's beside the point. Today there are more epic adventures (RDR, SotC), games with tighter more refined gameplay (Dark Souls, Arkham), storytelling wasn't Ocarina's strongpoint to begin with but even so gaming storytelling's come on leaps and bounds since 98 (Mass Effect, The Walking Dead) and even if you have the kind of taste in games that makes Ocarina right up your street games like Twilight Princess, Beyond Good & Evil and Wind Waker have learned from everything Ocarina did well and made refinements and improvements so you're better off playing those. What was good for its time - going off all the nostalgia I'm guessing Ocarina was very good for 16 years ago but it was more than a decade old when I played it so I don't have that nostalgia - doesn't really come into it when I think about what the best games are, to me it's about what's best to play today and so Ocarina doesn't come close to being one of the best games of all time in my book whereas The Last of Us is up there.

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Firion Hope I think Ocarina is still really fun to play even today and that's really what it all comes down to. You can say nostalgia all you want (that's not directed at anyone in particular) but plenty of people have played it for the first time much after the fact and still enjoyed it. And besides there's just as many people that like things just because they're the new hot flavor of the month/year/whatever. Anyway I like both though I'd much sooner replay Ocarina again, take that for what it's worth.

1 month ago

Ulty When in doubt, just throw the "blinded by nostalgia" card...*sigh*

1 month ago

nodley Excellent post Richard Pale. I agree that the newer Zelda games are all better, it seems to me nostalgia plays a huge part when people rank it so highly.

1 month ago

Jon Paul Cuellar It's because you're judging Ocarina by the experience you had with it back when it first came out. In its proper context. I didn't play Ocarina when it first came out, and I really didn't like it when I did finally get around to playing it. Of course, you can play it a million times and still look at it the same way you did several years ago, because you had that experience. I guess that's nostalgia, but when I look at it this way, I don't think it's an invalid criterion for judging a game. Of course, since tLoU come out just recently, pretty much everyone who has played it has that "nostalgia" for it.

1 month ago

Ulty I have so many arguments to disprove all this crap that's usually used to drag OOT down more than any other game, but i'm finding it difficult to translate it into writing xD I cannot WAIT to finish my Favslist review/analysis of Ocarina of Time once and for all, so I can put an end this "blinded by nostalgia" and "itz cuz you played it when it came out" bullshit.

1 month ago

richardpale Not sure how you're going to disprove my/nod/jon's perspectives Ulty, it'll be interesting to see you try to prove opinion. Personally I think my opinion of Ocarina's been affected by playing it two console generations after it came out and after I'd played games like Twilight Princess that took what it did well and made improvements and I imagine if I'd played it when it was new I'd have found it a lot more impressive in that context and today I'd feel some nostalgia for it the way I do for games I did play back then (Time Crisis, Spyro, Tekken etc). I would have guessed vice versa would be true for you if you'd played Ocarina for the first time in the 2010 context I did Ulty. I think that's what Jon Paul Cuellar was getting at as well, I don't think anyone's called anyone else blinded. I'm just saying we experience things in different contexts and that plays a part in colouring our opinion of them, not that your perspective on Ocarina isn't valid because you played it when it was new.

1 month ago

richardpale It's tricky comparing games from different eras, I'm not sure there is a fair way to do it. You can keep context in mind, say it's all relative and give credit for being innovative and kudos for being great for its time i.e. "Ocarina experienced in 1998 vs The Last of Us experienced in 2013" and depending on how much value you attach to a game being refined, polished and containing elements that have only been possible on modern tech compared to the value you attach to being innovative and being great back in the day you'll end up with your criteria for a great game skewed towards older/newer games. On the other hand you could forget about context, compare which game is outright better rather than better within the context they launched and just compare like for like with gameplay, storytelling, music, graphics etc regardless of age i.e. "Ocarina experienced in 2014 vs The Last of Us experienced in 2014" and that way tend to conclude that most of the best games are recent. I guess I tend to do the latter with a few exceptions for the games I'm nostalgic for.

1 month ago

nodley When I rate old games I always first of all think about how good they were back in the day and give a score, then I think about how much fun they are compared to newer games and adjust that score. Occasionally I come across a legendary game that had so much influence on gaming it can't have anything but a 10 so I get what ulty is saying too. It's just that I don't think OoT was as important to gaming like mario/doom/tetris etc.

1 month ago

Ulty Yes, there are games that had more influence on the industry than OOT like Super Mario Bros, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Pong, Tetris, etc.

1 month ago