#1 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
#2 Mass Effect 2
#3 Half Life 2
#4 Fallout 3
#5 World of Warcraft
#7 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
#8 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
#9 The Witcher 3
#10 Gothic 2
I will try to keep it simple and just put one game from my favorite series, it’s really hard to do that because who wants to choose between Super Metroid and Metroid Prime, REmake and RE4, ALttP, BotW and Ocarina of Time or DKC2 and DKC: Tropical Freeze but I’ll do it!
First three games are my top 3 with this exact order, after that it’s all chaos!
Resident Evil 4
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Ninja Gaiden Black
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Half Life 2
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Obviously I left out masterpieces like Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Silent Hill 2, Outrun 2, DOOM (1993), Metal Slug 3, Panzer Dragoon Orta, Rez, Tekken 3, Mortal Kombat 2, Killer Instinct (2013), Street Fighter 2, Jet Set Radio, Banjo Kazooie, Goldeneye 64, Perfect Dark, Quake 3, Final Fantasy VII, Xenogears, Vagrant Story, Dead Space 2, Prey (2017), Bioshock, Mass Effect, Devil May Cry 5, Soul Calibur, F-Zero GX, Eternal Darkness, Okami, Gears of War, Bayonetta, Super Probotector e.t.c. plus all the other amazing games from the series that I listed but I had to…
I am capriciousness personified so my “best anything” is as changeable as the sound of the breeze in the trees, the swoop of the swallow feeding on the wing or the drone of the bee.
Except Jaws, that’s literally the perfect film.
Games though that’s a trickier thing for me to say, I tend to measure “best” not the feeling it generated but the consistency of that feeling, do I still feel able to look back with fondness or enjoy again like I can With Klimt’s “The Kiss” or Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother”. i.e. can I go back to a game and still feel that same love?
Had I the time and had no new experiences to try, here are the games I think I could comfortably go back to and enjoy all over again as if new.
Shoutout to Age of Empires 2 &3, C&C Generals, Rollercoaster Tycoon, Total War Warhammer I & II, Frostpunk, FIFA 07 - FIFA 13, Need for Speed Underground 2, the Anno series and Ori and the Will of the Wisps.
3 real time strategy games, 2 racing games, 1 grand strategy/turn based strategy game, 2 simulators, 1 shared multiplayer game and 1 survival game.