Topic: Another Definitive Best Game of All Time Forum Megapoll (Round 1)

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Fun topic once again. It is hard to think of all the great games I have played so I will just list the first 5 that come to me. I'm also assuming it's not just Playstation correct? I'll make 2 lists just in case.
1. Mass effect 2 ps3
2. Civilization 3 PC - so many ww2 senierios I've played
3. Returnal ps5 By far my top ps5 game
4. KOTOR ps2 I think.
5. Dragons Dogma ps4

If Playstation only swap out
Civ3 for Spiderman ps4

I'm sure I'm missing many amazing games, but these are definitely up there.



@Th3solution I'll probably take you up on that offer to help! That's very kind.



@Kidfried It's fine. It just made it a bit hard to make a list for somebody that a lot of their favorite games start in the PS3/X360 generation since the PS3 changed gaming forever for me, but I managed with a loophole or two.

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I might need to utilise some 'creative licence' when it comes to the multi-platform rules/restrictions but here it goes!

1) Returnal (PS5) - Probably my favorite gaming experience in recent years. Fast paced, punishing, addictive and a tremendous showcase of PS5 power/capabilities. A gameplay loop that is as frustrating as it is addictive, and one of the few platinum trophies I pushed through to attain (purely for an excuse to 'carry on playing the game'!) Only gripe was a lack of suspend-run feature (later patched) and some occasionally punishing RNG... otherwise, simply immaculate.

2) Sekiro (PS4) - Was a toss up between this and Elden Ring, but Sekiro just clinches it for me. IMO, this is From's Magnum Opus... and it just feels so 'refreshing' for them to step out of the conventional DS/DeS formula. No builds and no summons results in a game where you basically git gud or give up, and I came close several times to throwing the towel in. I'll never experience satisfaction that could top finally beating Lasy Butterfly after 40+ consecutive losses lol

3) Ocarina of Time (N64) - This is one of the earliest games I ever played, and I remember getting it on Christmas Day.... which wasn't a certainty due to low stock levels / high demand in the UK (A time before digital purchases were 'a thing'). Really revolutionary for its time, and a great example of why Nintendo deserve their place in the industry. This weekend I started TotK, and great to see that Nintendo continue to evolve the formula and gives players something new with each entry.

4) Metal Gear Solid (PS1) - Probably the first 'grown up' game I got into, and really enjoyed the narrative elements of the game alongside the stealth gameplay. I recall it feeling particularly fresh for its time, with some very memorable moments.... eg having to swap your controller into port2 so that Psycho Mantis couldn't foreshadow your attacks! (from reading your memory card?!) MGS3 is perhaps my favorite entry, but 1 is an alltime classic hence just edging it here.

5) Hades (Multi, but played on Switch) - The game that managed a remarkable feat.... making the previously-obtuse 'rogue' genre as mainstream and accessible as possible, alongside managing to weave an exceptionally clever narrative into the gameplay loop. Great fun, the perfect 'pick up and play' game for short or long blasts. I played on Switch during periods of long travel, and have very fond memories of my time with it. Hades was essentially my gateway drug - - -> into Returnal. Really hyped for the sequel!

6) THPS 1&2 Remake (PS5) - THPS2, 3, 4, THUG, THUG2 were all favorites of mine back on PS2... but this remake really is something special. Probably the best example of a modern remake this generation, even topping DeS in my opinion, as it manages to keep true to everything that was great about these games and then maximise/improve.

Honorable mentions: MGS3, Majoras Mask, Metroid Dread, Ghost of Tsushima, Elden Ring, Inscryption, Slay The Spire, Monster Hunter Rise/Sunbreak, Thimbleweed Park, Bloodborne, Nioh 1/2, BotW, Dead Cells, Resi2 Remake, Resi 7, Mario Odyssey, and probably TotK (only a few hours in, but likely a shoe-in for GOTY...really is pretty great).

Edited on by CJD87



It was a tough struggle to only select 6 games, but here are my choices in alphabetical order:

9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors (Nintendo DS). The first game in the Zero Escape series, and the game that got me appreciating visual novels. It involves 9 people trapped on a sinking ship, with various obstacles blocking their way. As well as an excellent mystery to the story, I also enjoyed figuring out the puzzles in the escape room segments.

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (PS Vita). More visual novel death games goodness. It's about a group of students stuck on an island, with a cuddly teddy bear encouraging violence. My favourite part of this series is the class trials, which are the debates where the contradictions in people's statements need to be discovered in order to figure out the truth of the matter. Plus, Danganronpa 2 features my favourite cast and location from the series.

Pokemon Heart Gold / Soul Silver (Nintendo DS). Though I've mostly drifted away from the recent games, I was once absolutely obsessed with the series. Along with the winning pokemon formula, HG/SS got lots of dungeons and exploration. And it's also packed with side activities, such as the Pokeathlon and a Battle Frontier. These games, along with Platinum and B2/W2, were the peak of the series in my view.

Ratchet & Clank 2: Going Commando (PS2). Also known as Ratchet & Clank 2: Locked and Loaded. It's got the series' goofy humour at its best in this entry, and plenty of memorable locations with lots to explore. Plus they strongly delivered with the side content, having activities such as races, spaceship fights, and battle arenas.

The Hobbit (PS2). I'd be surprised if anyone else here cares for this game, but it was my absolute favourite back in the PS2 era. It's based on the book, which was the prequel to The Lord of the Rings. It's an action-adventure game following Bilbo Baggins, as he sets off with a group of dwarves to reclaim their gold from a ferocious dragon. There's plenty of exploration and environmental puzzles, as well as some great music and lots of charm.

Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (PS1). The classic Tomb Raider games were a masterclass in environmental puzzles and intertwined level design that required exploring everywhere in order to figure out how to advance. There's plenty of tough areas in this game, but it was so satisfying to finally figure out how to proceed. And even though this entry is predominantly based in Egypt, the different locations all feel very distinct.

I'll also give honourable mentions to Nier: Automata and Persona 5 Royal. Thankfully some kind souls have already nominated them, so I'll sneakily skip them from my list.

Also, the following would have narrowly missed out on my top 6, but I'm so glad to see others nominating them. They are Hitman: World of Assassination, Spider-Man 2 (PS2), The Sims Bustin' Out, Witcher 3, and Yakuza 0. There's also plenty of other great games I'm seeing on people's lists, and it's been fun reading people's thoughts.


Super Mario World, SNES
Gta S.A, PS2
Fallout 3, PS3
The Saboteur, PS3
Dying Light 1, PS4
Fallout 4, PS4

Honorable mentions,
Mafia 2, PS3
Borderlands 2 Handsome Jack version, PS4
Saints Row 2, PS3
Zombies Ate My Neighbors SNES
Resident Evil 4, PS2
Gta 5 on and offline, PS3 and PS4
Uncharted 2, PS3
Dino Crisis 2, PS1



@crimsontadpoles The Last Revelation is an interesting shout. One of the most underrated games on the PS1 for me.

Good job, Parappa. You can go on to the next stage now.

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@crimsontadpoles I struggled on whether to include Goodbye Despair or not. If it had been a top ten, it likely would have made the cut!

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No changes here (at least I don't think so) since last time but, in no particular order:
1) Sekiro:Shadows Die Twice.
2) Metal Gear Solid 3:Subsistence.
3) Red Dead Redemption.
4) Super Mario Galaxy.
5) Resident Evil 4.

Honourable Mention: Metroid Prime Remastered.



@RogerRoger @Gremio108 Glad to see some more fans of The Last Revelation. As much as I enjoy the classic Core Design era of Tomb Raider, it feels as if they've mostly been forgotten about, and don't get mentioned much these days.

@Ralizah I did struggle to include both Zero Escape and Danganronpa, as I'd prefer having more of a variety in my lists, but I just couldn't bear to remove one of them. 999 means a lot to me, and Danganronpa deserved a nomination as well.


I still should post my list. Made a last-minute change even, which I'm probably going to regret immediately. That's how it goes!

EarthBound (SNES)
It's a parody, but also incredibly authentic. This game is some kind of wholesome journey, and it's one of the first games that achieved that feeling of a whimsical adventure. So many games have been inspired by this game, going all the way from Zelda to today's indies.

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (NGC)
I'm skipping a generation here. There were a lot of great games released on the PS1 and N64, but this game will always have a very special place in my heart. Wind Waker to me is the ultimate marriage of on one hand exploration of the sea, being able to go everywhere, exploring islands and finding treasure. On the other hand it's a Zelda game with such a nice flow to it, from its story to its world and characters.

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS2)
Metal Gear Solid 3 is my favorite stealth game. But there's more to it, it's still one of the most succesful cinimatic games, there are many bold directions and it's I think an ideal game for a list like this, because while it is the third game in the series, it's also chronologically the firs, so very welcoming for all players.

The Last of Us (PS3)
After watching the series I have replayed the first game this year, ten years after release. And I was shocked at how good it still is. The Last of Us has become an icon in the game world, more than a game. It is the game that fortified that games had grown up, then the series has become of course symbolic of Sony's greatness, Naughty Dog's progressive values, then there's The Last of Us 2 controversies, the Part 1 remake debate, and now the series has once again become symbolic, with the release of the first good video game tv show that reached a mass audience. Why am I listing all this? It's because in the wake of all of this me, but I think also a lot of other players and industry people, have forgotten how good The Last of Us is as a game, as a story and as a total package.
It's gameplay is brilliant and fun. But it moderates enemy encounters in a way that makes the game more believable (fixing one of Uncharted's problems!), but also gives every encounter some weight. You don't head into a new area ready to kill some bad guys, but you try to survive. There's also this great evolution of the dynamic between Joel and Ellie, that transforms into its gameplay as well. Its one of the games that really popularised crafting in single player games, but it does in such a way that it never becomes a chore (like so many games these days). Thinking about it, there's nothing about this game that ever does too much. The game is a big AAA blockbuster game, but the game has the restraint that is rarely found in any blockbuster, whatever media.

And there's the ending... which does something that's really special in video games. Maybe against the player's will they are made to perform actions that might seem outrageous. But by performing these actions (I'm not spoiling anything, don't worry), you get an understanding for Joel on another level. It's sick.

(By the way, this is not the only game from that generation doing something similar. It was trending in video games for a short while, but it seemingly has gone out of style probably due to game developers trying to avoid controversies. Other examples are: Modern Warfare and Bioshock.)

Bloodborne (PS4)
Halfway last generation I was faced with some real life struggles. I probably have shared some of them here over the course of the years. Life felt directionless and I had to reinvent myself. Motivation was down, but I had to convince myself that I was strong enough to pursue a new direction. And there was Bloodborne. A game that was mean, horrific and scary. I wasn't great at it, but I felt pushed by this game to go for it, improve myself and fight all of my insecurities. I think so many games throughout the history have been about perseverance and this belief that what you want to achieve can be done, but no game has been so good at translating that aspect of gaming into a video game as Bloodborne.

Kentucky Route Zero (PC)
I find it so hard to write what makes this game good. The closest I ever got was this review. I should replay this somewhere this year.



Here are my picks:

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4)
  • Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal (PS4)
  • Journey (PS3)
  • Mass Effect 2 (PS3)
  • Final Fantasy IX (PS1)
  • Final Fantasy VII (PS1)

Thanks as always for organising all of this!




My selections are:

  • Metal Gear Solid (PS1)
  • Half-Life 2 (PS3 via The Orange Box)
  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2)
  • The Last of Us: Part II (PS4)
  • Dark Souls (PS3)
  • Resident Evil 4 (PS2)


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1) Octopath Traveler 2 (PS5)
2) Virtue’s Last Reward (PS Vita)
3) Persona 4 Golden (PS Vita)
4) Trails of Cold Steel 3 (PS4)
5) Spider-Man (PS4)
6) LA Noire (PS3)

This was really tough!


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This is a nigh on impossible task for me, but i've broken it down with some genre. These are also all games that I happily replay on an annual basis:

Metal Gear Solid 4
Final Fantasy XII
Resident Evil 2 (PS1)
Mass Effect 2
Uncharted 4
Sonic & Knuckles
Ridge Racer Type 4
Hitman (2016-2022)

This list could easily be Resident Evil and Metal Gear Solid games, but i'd be doing my back catalogue of experiences a disservice.




Here’s my picks:
1) The Binding of Isaac: Repentance (PS5)
2) Hollowknight (PS4)
3) The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time (3DS)
4) Elden Ring (PS5)
5) Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
6) Rocket League (PS4)

I’m sure I’ll change my mind tomorrow XD


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Metal Gear Solid (PlayStation) - my very favourite video game... probably. The interactive action movie I always wanted, and the first video game to tell me a story where I didn't have to meet it more than halfway. Everything I'd always wanted games to be. I played it repeatedly. Landmark game, and massively important to me.

Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars (PlayStation) - old school point and click game that I absolutely adored during my original PlayStation era. Historical artefacts/global conspiracy storyline which is absolutely my thing, some excellent writing - particularly for the time - and some actual laughs.

Mass Effect 2 (PlayStation 3) - the game that got me back into gaming after my self-imposed exile when I started to be interested in going outside and doing things and going to pubs and all that. This sucked me back into being a full time gamer, and I played it so much that I got my first ever platinum trophy without actually trophy hunting. I've probably played this through ten or twelve times. I make the same choices every time.

BioShock Infinite (PlayStation 3) - I love BioShock Infinite so much. Wonderful setting, some fantastic characters, and a story that I think is great. I actually think this is one of the best stories told in gaming. People seem to have turned on this game a bit over the years but I still have an incredible fondness for it.

Persona 5 Royal (PlayStation 4) - The modern Persona formula is absolutely perfect for me. I love loads of story and hanging out with my game friends doing things and stuff before of course becoming embroiled in some sort of world-threatening escapade. I platinumed Persona 5, and then Royal on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. If they re-release it on PlayStation 6 I'll platinum it again.

Elden Ring (PlayStation 5) - Elden Ring is a glorious video game. The world is amazing. The combat is flexible and tense and exciting. The creature designs are top notch. The lore! The music! The sights you'll see! Just being in that world is a joy. I've played it three times since it came out last year which given my backlog is absurd. I'll play it again. And again.

Honourable mentions. The only two games per machine killed me a bit because Final Fantasy VII and IX would have definitely made my top six. As would PaRappa the Rapper probably. And Silent Hill. In fact my entire list would have been PlayStation games probably. Xenoblade Chronicles is one of my favourites that didn't make the cut. Yakuza 0. Super Mario Galaxy 2. Toejam and Earl. Bloodborne. Civilization. Horizon Forbidden West. Treasure Island Dizzy. Super Street Fighter II. Xenon 2. Kurushi. Danganronpa 1 and/or 2. Lemmings. Red Dead Redemption II. A million other things. So many things.




No particular order

1. Silent Hill 2 - PS2
2. Astro Bot Rescue Mission - PS4
3. The Last of Us - PS3
4. The Legend of Zelda BotW - Switch
5. Elden Ring - PS5
6. Broken Sword - The Shadow of the Templars - PC

Edited on by dschons



1. Death Stranding (PS4)
2. Megaman 6 (NES)
3. PT (PS4)
4. Final Fantasy 6 (SNES)
5. Megaman X (SNES)
6. Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4)

Jeez, that’s hard to do. I feel like I left some of my children behind or something.

Edited on by somnambulance


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