Yesterday someone asked me to list my top 5 games of all time, and after considering it for a while I realized just how difficult it was for me to narrow that it down to just 5. So last night I decided to actually put some thought into it and come up with my top 5 games in a few different categories.

Shooters

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Battlefield 2
Counterstrike: Source
Team Fortress 2

Wolfenstein comes out on top here for its replay value, I’ve played countless shooters over the years but I always end up coming back to ET. With an interesting class system, unique maps, and diverse gametypes, Enemy Territory is an amazing shooter that many people have either overlooked… or never played in the first place.

Role-playing Games

Mass Effect
Final Fantasy IX
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Chrono Trigger
Fallout 3

Mass Effect revitalized gaming for me. There really isn’t much I can say about it that hasn’t been said before. FFIX is one I get a lot of grief for liking, I know that FFVII is the most popular but you know what? This is my list.

Fighting Games

Super Smash Bros (Nintendo 64)
Soul Calibur II
Powerstone
Street Fighter 2
Blazblue

Smash Bros is one of those games that anybody can jump into and have a ton of fun, it’s also a game that everybody thinks that they’re amazing at (Like Mario Kart) Simple enough for everybody, while at the same time having the complexity and strategic options to keep veteran fighters coming back for more.

Music/Rhythm Based

Jet Set Radio Future
Jet Grind Radio
Dance Dance Revolution
Space Channel 5
Rock Band 2

Most people bought the original Xbox for Halo, I bought mine for Jet Set Radio Future. JSRF somehow combined jet-powered rollerblades, a ridiculous soundtrack, and graffiti in one of the most original games I’ve ever seen. Long before Wind Waker, Jet Grind Radio was rocking cellshading, an artistic style that has influenced a great many games.

Action/Adventure


Assassin’s Creed
Eternal Darkness
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
Grim Fandango
Fable

Not a big fan of adventure games, but Assassin’s Creed and the other games on my top 5 continually surprise me. Eternal Darkness needed to make the list for it’s scare/hallucination factor. Grim Fandango? If you’ve played it then I shouldn’t have to say anything, and if you haven’t played it… do it now.

Strategy Games


Final Fantasy Tactics
Warcraft III
Starcraft
Kingdom Under Fire
Warcraft

I can feel the Starcraft fans yelling already. I love Final Fantasy Tactics, Ive bought 4 different copies… only 2 less than Final Fantasy IX. Easily one of the most challenging and in depth strategy games I’ve ever played, FF Tactics never ceases to amaze.

– Nick Barker (Dr Strange Lulz)

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