My Top 10 Games of All Time

After I tweeted my least favorite games I was asked what my favorite games are, but since I can’t go into great detail on Twitter due to the character limit I decided to make a post with my top 10 games of all time. 

I dropped a few games on Twitter on 5 of my favorite gaming series, but I was disappointed with what I came up with because I know those aren’t my top 5 favorite ones. I left out so many that I wanted to add, but after thinking it over I’ve decided to make a official top 10 games of all time list.

This list is subject to change as I continue to play more games, but I doubt it’ll change drastically since a good number of these games are pretty old now.

10. Street Fighter II

Street Fighter II is the best fighting game of all time. I love everything about it and every time a “best of” list comes up I always drop this game as one of my favorites of all time.

9. Fire Emblem: Awakening

One of the best games on the 3DS is also one of the best games of all time. This game saved the Fire Emblem series and also took it in a new direction. This game told one hell of a story, has great gameplay, and a memorable cast of characters.

8. Dragon Age Origins

The first game in the Dragon Age series is the best one. No game came close to topping Origins, but that doesn’t mean the two sequels are bad games. Dragon Age Origins is a masterpiece that I’ve played through more then 30 times.

7. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

When I started thinking my top 10 games of all time I knew this game would be in there somewhere. Symphony of the Night is in a league of it’s own when it comes to Metroidvania games and is still a really great game to play today.

6. Civilization V

Every time I recommend a game on PC to people looking to get into strategy games it’s always this one. It’s easy to get into and hard to put down. The “one more turn” saying started with this series and I can’t tell you how many “one more turn” I gave my wife when she asked me to do something around the house. It’s that good.

5. The Witcher 3 

I didn’t always consider The Witcher 3 one of the greatest games of all time. It slowly became on of the greatest games ever made because CD Projekt Red slowly improved it with patches, and DLC. This game has everything I look for in a modern open world game and it’s still the current standard for open world games.

4. Pokemon Sun/Moon

Pokemon Sun/Moon topped Ruby/Sapphire as my favorite Pokemon game of all time. I could easily put just about any Pokemon game here. Gold/Silver, Red/Blue, etc. This one took Pokemon in a new direction and that played a big part on why I placed on it on my list.

3. Super Mario World

This game did two things for me. It has my favorite Nintendo character ever (Mario) riding my second favorite Nintendo character ever. Yoshi was introduced to the world in this game and I love it for that. This game was also the most unique Mario game of it’s time. I love navigating the beautiful world map, collecting power ups, and playing with Mario/Yoshi.

These next two games could easily be number 1. I switch regularly between which one is my favorite.

2. Mass Effect 2

I’ve called this the best game I’ve ever played almost everyday and it is, but for the sake of this list I had to place it at number 2 because when I think of Mass Effect I think of the entire trilogy as one cohesive experience. I’ll probably come back later and swap this with the number one spot :).

1. Skyrim 

Skyrim is my most played game of all time. It’s also the reason why I started blogging. I wouldn’t be here writing this list right now if it wasn’t for this game. I’ve played well over 1000 hours of Skyrim, spent late nights modding it, writing short stories about my characters, and writing about it here. It’s the GOAT of open world games and nothing comes close to it’s amazing community and world that Bethesda has built for me to get lost in. I love this game and it’s a easy number 1 for me.

What are your favorite games of all time?

Here’s some honorable mentions.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Dark Souls

Soul Caliber

Phantasy Star II

Bioshock

Bioshock Infinite

Total War Shogun 2

Xcom Enemy Unknown

If I ever make a top 20 all of these games would make the list.

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21 thoughts on “My Top 10 Games of All Time”

    1. Thanks.

      And it has nothing to do with nostalgia. If that was the case Symphony of the Night or Super Mario would have been number 1 :). I just like Skyrim more than The Witcher. In the end I love both games, but prefer one over the other.

      Thanks for reading :).

  1. I can’t say I’ve played most of what you’ve listed here, but I’m glad I’ve yet to experience some of the best that’s out there. I always love seeing what other people enjoy as a path for me to take into new experiences. Great list!

  2. Outside of Civ V and Pokemon Sun/Moon, I can’t really disagree with any of your list. I grew up pumping quarters into SF2 and put a ridiculous amount of time in Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers on SNES. I’d put that or Street Fighter Alpha 3 in there, for sure.

    I need to redo my top 10. Looking back at it, there are one or two games that need shifted around or booted out. These lists can change on any given day of the week, at least the last two spots.

    1. You’re right about the list changing. Any of the honorable mentions that I posted could easily be in my top 10. If you’re ever in the mood to try out a strategy game Civ V is a great place to start.

      I could literally place any Pokemon game on my list and call it the best lol. Sun/Moon changed the formula and actually had a good story so I chose those two :).

      When/if you update your list drop a link and I’ll read it again.

  3. Skyrim doesn’t shock me to be fair 😉
    I really liked Civ V. I was so glad they got rid of the unit stack nonsense. It may be making an appearance on a list I have lined up :-p

  4. I never used to get what made Skyrim so special. It’s not until I gave it a second chance that I eventually came to love it as much as I do. Nice picks! 🙂

    1. Thanks! Skyrim is a game that never grows old to me. I’m planning another playthrough because there’s a mod I’ve been waiting on that’s about to release next month :).

  5. Great list, though I must admit that i’ve not played all of them.
    Out of interest, why SFII rather than one of the later iterations? I always ask as it’s II that seems to make every list, and the reasns for that vary from person to person. For example, I’ve known people who just felt that it was more polished than the later games, I’ve known people who found the increased speed of alters ones to reduce the quality of the experiene and so on. For me, it’s a toss-up between II and Alpha 2 as to which I prefer.
    Great choice with Super Mario World. That was actually the alst non-spin-off Mario game that I enjyoed (again though, I’ve not played all of them, so have likely missed out on some cool ones).

    As to my own top games … trying to narrow it down would take some time. I think that Sonic 3 & Knuckles would likely go in, along with the original Resident Evil. Outside that, I’d really have to sit down and think about it.

    1. SFII was a huge part of my childhood. I spent hours trying to master it so I could beat my older sister at the game and since that was something we had in common, she’s not much of a gamer anymore, it helped us bond. SF2’s slow gameplay is also the best it’s been in the series imo. SF5 has great gameplay, but Capcom really messed it up with their DLC policies. I think it’s a bit of everything you mentioned. It’s more polished, has the perfect speed. and served as a bonding tool for my sister and I.

      I’ve played every Mario game and Super Mario World is still my favorite. Super Mario Bros 3 is a close second.

      Making a top 10 of all time wasn’t easy. It took me months of thinking and adding/removing games from my list because I had to think of all the games I’ve ever played in my life and which ones were my favorites.

      1. SMB3 was really fun too, gotta agree with you there.
        I love the nostalgia I get from SF2, but enjoy the asked if Alpha 2. I haven’t played 5 as yet, because I really wanted an arcade mode, and I don’t believe that’s been added.

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