My Top 10 Years In Gaming

Over the years I have created top 10 lists for my favorite games on most of the systems I own. Then I did a best of the best list, and a top 10 developer/publisher list. Now, I am going to take a look at all the games that made those lists release years, and see which years happened to produce my favorite games the most often, so I can find out my top 10 favorite years in gaming!

 

Okay, so as predicted, this one is like the development list, and there is a whole lot of ties, so that there is actually only 9 rankings. So every year that produced some of my favorite games will be honored in this list…at least for now!

#9

There are two years that tied for ninth, with one game from each year.

1989

1990

 

#8

Four years tied for the number eight spot with two games from each of these years.

2015

2016

1999

1987

 

#7

A two way tie here, three games from these years.

2006

1988

#6

There’s a whopping five-way tie for the number six spot, four games from each.

2014

2008

1991

1998

1993

 

#5

Another five years tie for the five spot, with five games from each year. Triple fives baby!

1992

1996

2004

2001

2003

 

#4

Pulling back a bit with a slightly smaller four-way tie here, six games from each.

2007

2010

1995

2009

 

#3

Only three years tied for this one, seven games each.

2012

1994

1997

#2

In the big leagues now! No tie here! Just one year managed to represent eight great games!

2000

Go millennium!

#1

We don’t have a clear winner here. In fact, four years tie up for the number one spot!

2013

2011

2002

2005

That’s all for now. Maybe one day this list will become more clear cut.

 

 

 

 

 

My Top 10 Developers/Publishers

Over the past few years I have made top 10 lists for my favorite games on most of the consoles I own. I have recently ranked the #1 games from each list against each other to decided the best of the best.

But now it is time to pick the 10 publishers/developers that most often appeared in those top 10 lists, #1 being the company that most often made it.

I can tell you my top three developers by personal opinion right now, but I won’t. I am curious to see if those three make the list and in what position.

So here we go, the 10 most recurring companies that made games that made my top 10 lists! Okay…So there was a LOT of ties, so it turns out every developer/publisher that has made the games in my top 10 lists will make it here, so think of this as more a celebration to all these companies that have brought us such wonderful games! I thank you all!

#10- There’s a Whole Lot of Them

These companies all tied for the #10 spot, which also happens to be last place. Each of these companies appeared once in my top 10 lists…

I will list them all in no particular order

HexaDrive

Game Arts

Monolith Soft

Quintet

Mercury Steam

Naughty Dog

Electronic Arts

Visceral Games

Pandemic Studios

Jupiter Corporation

Atari SA

Spike

Activision

Treyarch

Good-Feel

Valueware Co., Ltd

Sierra Entertainment

Monolith Productions

Nordic Games Publishing

Kaiko

Devolver Digital

Flying Wild Hog

THQ

Volition Inc

Westwood Studios

Blizzard North

Takara

Eden Entertainment Software

Sega Interactive

Traveller’s Tales

Sega Technical Institute

Flying Edge

Sculptured Software

Clover Studio

Flagship

TOSE

h.a.n.d. inc.

Dimps Corporation

Grezzo

Banpresto

Arzest

Phew…Told you it was a lot…But thanks to these companies for delivering at least one video game that I very much enjoyed!

#9 There’s A Handful

Not nearly as many as the number 10’s though. These next companies made it into the top 10 lists twice.

PlatinumGames

Ubisoft Montpellier

Sucker Punch

Square EA

Raven Software

Camelot Software Planning

Game Freak

There ya go, not too bad.

#8 A Few Here Too

The next companies appeared three times in my top 10 lists. This is where the companies really start to shine in my eyes.

Ubisoft

Konami

SCE Santa Monica

Blizzard Entertainment

#7 Another Handful Here

These next companies appeared an impressive four times on my lists!

Namco Bandai (or Bandai Namco)

Retro Studios

SquareSoft

Alphadream Corportation

Inti Creates

#6 A Few Here As Well

The next companies appeared 5 times on the list. Now we are starting to see the cream of the crop!!

Intelligent Systems

LucasArts

Square Enix

Sonic Team

#5 There’s Only Two Here!

We skip the number six, because these two companies showed up seven times with amazing games!

HAL Labs

Sony Computer Entertainment America

#4 Rare Ltd.

At last, one company stands alone! Rare has made the top 10 lists eight times!

#3 Sega

The guys behind Sonic and a few other amazing titles make the number 3 spot, due to appearing a whopping 10 times on my lists! As it would so happen, I actually consider them my third favorite developer!

#2 Capcom

The company that brought us Mega Man and Resident Evil has appeared 19 times in my lists! Wowsers!! They would actually be about my fourth favorite developer in my personal opinion, but clearly they deliver more of my favorite games than any other company except…

#1 Nintendo

These guys are absolutely my favorite developers. Practically every game they have ever made has been incredible, and the ones that aren’t are just plain good. This company has destroyed the rest, taking a massive 82 spots on my lists! They are indeed my favorite video game company!

That’s all folks! Every single developer that has made my lists!

I always update these lists if new games make the top 10’s, which really doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I will update this list as well, which has the potential to change this entire thing drastically. Who knows what the future will hold? If this list does change, that just means I have discovered some truly incredible new games!!

 

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My Top Video Games: The Best of the Best

Over the past few years, I have been ranking the top 10 games on most of the systems I own. Now it is time to rank the game that I chose as number 1 game from each of these, to find out who the best of the best is! I’ve already talked about each game, so I will just attach a link to their respective original posts if you are interested in the games they beat out and such.

 

#15

Sonic & Knuckles

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Sega Genesis

Sonic Team/ Sega

1994

 

 

#14

Metroid II: Return of Samus

Metroid_II_US_boxart

Game Boy

Nintendo

1991

 

#13

Mega Man X4

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PlayStation

Capcom

1997

 

#12

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Jedi_Academy_PC

PC

Raven Software/ LucasArts

2003

#11

inFAMOUS

Infamous-cover

 

PlayStation 3

SUCKER PUNCH/ SCEA

2009

 

#10

Super Mario Bros. 3

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NES

Nintendo

1990

 

#9

Metroid: Zero Mission

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Game Boy Advance

Nintendo

2004

 

#8

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story

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DS

Alphadream Corporation/ Nintendo

2009

 

#7

Super Mario World

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SNES

Nintendo

1991

 

#6

Super Mario 3D World

super_Mario_3D_World

 

Wii U

Nintendo

2013

 

#5

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

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Wii

Game Arts/ Nintendo

2008

 

 

#4

Super Smash Bros. For 3DS

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3DS

Bandai Namco Games/ Nintendo

2014

 

#3

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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N64

Nintendo

1998

#2

Kingdom Hearts II

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PlayStation 2

Square Enix

2006

 

 

#1

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door

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GameCube

Intelligent Systems/ Nintendo

2004

 

 

And there you have it!

This isn’t a list of my favorite games of all time, but just my favorite game from each system.

Is This the End of Humble Bundle As We Know It?

For those who don’t know, Humble Bundle is a website that used to give you bundles every couple weeks of 10-15 games for just as many dollars, with part of the money you spend going to a charity of your choosing. Nowadays they have a huge store with some great sales usually, book bundles, software bundles, comics, all sorts of stuff.

But where have the game bundles gone?

For the longest time they have always had two different game bundles available, with a new one replacing the older of the two each week. But for the past month or two, there has not been a single game bundle put up on the site.

Now, most of these bundles are garbage. 90% of the time they are just lame indie titles, but occasionally they do have really good bundles, and I myself indulge in maybe 3 of them a year or so.

I looked forward to seeing the new bundles each week, even though they are almost always disappointing. But when I found that one I wanted, it made all those months of waiting worth it.

So, with the game bundles barren, are they strictly just going to be a game store nowadays like Steam? I certainly hope not.

While we wait for an answer to this sad question, gamers will have to go to fanatical.com for their ridiculously cheap bundles.

How Can People Consider the “Spin Off” Kingdom Hearts Games Not Part of the Actual Series?

In the hype leading up to KH3, I have seen a lot of people argue that the hand held games are not relevant to the series at all. These are mostly those macho “hardcore” gamers who wouldn’t dare play anything on anything other than the shiniest, manly console, thus they say only the numbered titles are the actual series.

I can understand where they are coming from. The three numbered games stick to the same formula (with huge improvements to gameplay as they go on). And they are the 3 best games, as I show in my ranking of them. So in those terms, I get what they are saying. But to just write off the others, which also have superb gameplay, is just ridiculous.

And then many others say the handheld games are not even important to the story, thus the spin off term coming into play.

This is just an unbelievably stupid thing to say and makes those who say it look incredibly ignorant. Yes, we get that you haven’t played the games. Leave it at that. Don’t keep talking about it, because the fact that you haven’t played them takes away your right to talk about them, for how can you judge what you haven’t played?

But if you want to follow the story, you will be woefully lost playing just 1, 2, and 3. I played 2 before Chain of Memories, and while I got the gist of what was going on after a while, it was confusing for a few hours. But that was just from one game. There are 4 games that came out between 2 and 3, all which set up everything that was going on in 3. Playing just the numbered games, you wouldn’t even know who 90% of the characters are. Ventus, Terra, Aqua, half the organization members, the main villain…all not important people at all. And even people you do know, like Axel and Roxas, you would only have a recognition of them and no little to nothing about their actual characters.

I’m sorry, I just get a laugh out of these folks is all.

I Must Contest The Term “Metroidvania”

Metroidvania, for those who don’t know, refers to any video game that resembles the basic formula/ set up of your basic old school Metroid or Castlevania title. More specifically, any non-linear platformer that has an emphasis on item collecting, traversing with the use of a map if needed, exploring, unlocking secrets with your new items to open new paths or find more items…etc. That’s basically the gist of a Metroidvania game.

My issue with this term comes from this…Castlevania basically ripped this formula from Metroid. So wouldn’t it just be considered a Metroid-like game?

Now I haven’t played many of the older Castlevania titles. I played 1-4, and then Symphony of the Night only like a year ago (as far as the older ones go). That is when I realized why people had been saying “Metroidvania” for so long. The game was set up just like Super Metroid, except you use a sword. So the only reason I can see “vania” being tagged on is for games that use close ranged weapons rather than a gun.

I don’t know, it’s really not relevant in the slightest, but hey, I thought I’d just point it out. It’s almost like Castlevania is riding on the coat tails of Metroid’s more successful type of platforming, not that Castlevania needed any help I guess…

My Top 10 PlayStation 3 Games

Of Sony’s consoles, the PS3 is by far my favorite…sort of. They are all so similar, it’s hard to truly judge, but in terms of games, this one takes the cake for sure. Looking into my top 10 was super difficult, because there are a TON of amazing games on the console. I couldn’t easily pick 10 of them, and the ten that I did, I’m not even sure if they are truly my top 10 or even ordered correctly…but whatever.

I’ve got a whopping 89 games for the console, and of those I have so far played 77. So here are the ten I struggled to pick out.

#10

diDante’s Inferno

Visceral Games/ Electronic Arts

2010

 

 

This is a shameless rip off of God of War, but it is actually better than almost every game in the God of War franchise. I couldn’t put this game down. It is so much fun. It was left wide open for a sequel that never came…which is nothing short of heartbreaking, because I couldn’t wait for it.

#9

re5 coverResident Evil 5

Capcom

2009

 

 

This game is so much fun. The enemies are awesome, the co-op is great, (but make sure you don’t give Sheva any bullets if playing alone) playing as Chris again is awesome. The story involving him, Jill and Wesker coming to a close is even more awesome, the intense action and real time inventory management make this a endlessly fun, intense action game.

#8

Uncharted-2-Among-Thieves-Detail-CoverUncharted 2: Among Thieves

Naughty Dog/ SCEA

2009

 

 

I don’t know why I love this game so much, but I do. The action, the settings, the characters, the story were all so perfect. I couldn’t put this game down, which is weird because the other 2 games in the trilogy (haven’t played 4 yet) I find to be just okay at best. But 2 is so stinking good.

#7

Resident_Evil_6_box_artworkResident Evil 6

Capcom

2012

 

 

Combining elements of all Resident Evil styles, having multiple campaigns with old and new characters interacting in the same interesting overall story that is fun to see how they affect each other and crossover one another, intense, yet tense gameplay, nuts bosses and just an overall amazing experience make this one of the best games out there. It is one of the few games I have ever played that made me sad to beat it.

#6

StarWarsfuStar Wars: The Force Unleashed II

LucasArts

2010

 

I didn’t really like this game the first playthrough, but when I came back to it, I loved it the second time around. The gameplay is so much fun and very satisfying. The story, however, is what is truly amazing about this game. It’s a shame they never finished the originally planned trilogy.

#5

forceunleashedStar Wars: The Force Unleashed

LucasArts

2008

 

I was hoping for a game with gameplay like this my whole life, and finally received it when this came out. I played through this game like 3 times in a row because it was so much fun. And being able to change costumes after you beat it is cool, especially when you can play as a whole slew of different Jedi. The story is amazing, the different planets look incredible. This one manages to slip by as the better of the two games by a small margin.

#4

God_of_War_III_cover_artGod of War III

SCE Santa Monica/ SCEA

2010

 

This completely blows away all other games in the series. This is taking the already perfect gameplay of the previous games and somehow perfecting it even further. I loved it from beginning to end.

#3

Castlevania_Lords_of_ShadowCastlevania: Lords of Shadow

Mercury Steam/ Konami

2010

 

This is another game I enjoyed from beginning to end. It borrows heavily from God of War, but does it better. The story is excellent, the gameplay is wonderful, the puzzles are fun, the scenery gorgeous, the music only adding to it’s allure. I just wish the second one came somewhat close to the glory of this game.

#2

Infamous_2inFAMOUS 2

Sucker Punch/ SCEA

2011

 

 

This game is incredibly fun. It’s got a very interesting story, all sorts of crazy characters, a bunch of areas to climb and explore, crazy enemies to take down and a whole slew of new powers. Top notch.

#1

Infamous-coverinFAMOUS

Sucker Punch/ SCEA

2009

 

 

That’s right, my favorite game on the PS3 is actually the first game in the inFAMOUS series. While the gameplay isn’t as good, I just liked the story and overall simplicity better. It was fun to stay in one city, obtaining your powers as you progress, trying to figure out what the heck was going on with you, and just killing hordes of gang members. A lot of the time, simple is better.

My Top 10 PlayStation 2 Games

PS2 is the best selling console of all time, and really is a much better console than the PS1, though still far from my favorite, but I do love it anyway. I have 55 games for the sequel console and have played 41 of them so far. So which are my top 10? Let’s take a look!

#10

Mega_Man_X8_Coverart

Mega Man X8

Valuewave Co., Ltd/ Capcom

2004

The last game in the X series is pretty solid and a huge step up from 7, bringing back more of the roots of the series.

#9

king kong

Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie

Ubisoft Montpellier/ Ubisoft

2005

I was gifted this randomly by someone and I thought it was going to be terrible like most movie games are. But it turned out to be an exciting, unique mostly first person shooter, and you even get to play as Kong on occasion which were great segments. A very solid and fun game. Now I know why…I had no idea it was made by Ubisoft.

#8

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Call of Duty 2: Big Red One

Treyarch/ Activision

2005

This is by far my favorite Call of Duty game. It was made in the height of first person shooters, a few years before their decline. So in addition to that, what really set this one apart for me was the story, or rather the character development of your group of soldiers. You actually get to learn about the people in your squad and develop an attachment of sorts to them, making you actually feel like part of the team. This has never been done before and never has again…as far as I know anyway.

#7

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Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3

Spike/ Atari SA

2007

This is easily my favorite Dragon Ball game of all time, and mainly because of the enormous roster. I can always sit and play a few matches thanks to the endless amount of characters, crazy attack moves and transformations.

#6

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Kingdom Hearts: Re:Chain of Memories

Jupiter Corporation/ Square Enix

2008

A full remake of the original GBA game, this version of the first sequel to Kingdom Hearts is quite impressive. Thanks to the clever use of cards, this is one of the best strategy games out there. But it’s easily the worst game in the KH series, mainly because it’s very slow moving, grindy and getting your cards broken all the time is super annoying. But it has a great story and introduces a butt load of important characters.

#5

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Star Wars: Battlefront II

Pandemic Studios/ LucasArts

2005

This is definitely my most played game on PS2. I played the crap out of it. Alone or with a friend, this game is so much fun. There’s nothing like whittling away a few hours by blowing up space ships or slaughtering armies of droids or troopers.

#4

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God of War

SCE Santa Monica/ SCEA

2005

This game set the standard for all future action games. Smooth, responsive controls, exhilarating combat, light puzzle solving, banging chicks, killing gods…this is the most macho game ever, and Kratos is easily the most bad ass character ever created. Such a fun game. Oh, and a good story.

#3

gow2

God of War II

SCE Santa Monica/ SCEA

2007

This game doesn’t F around. You start with everything you had in the first game and just get stronger. All the perfection from the first game is brought back and somehow improved upon, making this one of the best games ever made.

#2

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Kingdom Hearts

Squaresoft

2002

I was hooked the moment I played this game. This was the best RPG I ever played at the time, because it took all the good stuff from the genre and left out all that complicated crap. The gameplay is excellent, the game satisfyingly challenging, and the start of the best story ever. Oh and the incredible wacky idea of combining Disney and Final Fantasy is geniusly bizzare.mIt’s hard to believe that 16 years later, we still have not seen the conclusion of said story.

#1

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Kingdom Hearts II

Square Enix

2006

And here is my favorite PS2 game of all time! This game makes the first one look crappy beyond belief when compared to this one. It is hard to believe just how much they improved this game over it’s prequels. It’s just so good…the story, the world’s, the gameplay…my god the combat is so much fun. This is the only game I can think of that I would willingly grind just because it’s so much fun to kill stuff. It’s just a masterpiece…sniff…

 

 

 

All These Classic Mini Consoles With Pre-loaded Games Need To Stop!!!

Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of re-releasing old consoles in a miniature form for all the people who missed them. But most of them are quite pointless since you can get most of these games on every system for the last 2 generations, except for the upcoming Sega Genesis Classic. But even that, there have been so many Genesis collections that it is completely redundant.

Why not, instead, do these video game companies just release a dedicated mini console that has nothing preloaded on it at all? Instead just let it have an internet connection to something like the PlayStation Store or Nintendo eShop where games of that console can be purchased for cheap. Instead of being forced to have 20-30 games, why not give gamers a huge selection, ideally eventually getting the whole libraries of these systems on there. Yes, I know that is an unrealistic amount of work, but it’s better than releasing the same classic games over and over again on every new console, scamming people into buying them multiple times.

Imagine just buying a cheap NES Classic with no games. You plug it in, hook it up to the internet, search for a game you want, and bam! it is there. Now you have the liberty of searching for every game that ever came out on the system, and you have it forever. If these companies continued to support these mini consoles, then there would be no need to re-release these games every few years on different consoles.

It would be great to buy an SNES classic with nothing preloaded onto it, because I have almost every game on the classic. Instead of buying games I already own, I can search for the games I missed and play them on a dedicated SNES platform where I can digitally buy any SNES game ever made.

Right now I am at the mercy of what has been ported to Wii and Wii U, or else finding a very old copy on eBay or a very expensive copy.

Just think of these companies as physically re-releasing these consoles all over again, and now you have the ability to buy any and all the games you desire, on a system that is capable of running with today’s technology. And if possible, have it able to play all the old cartridges and disks from the original system, which would mean compromising the “mini” part to an extent, but oh well, that’s something we are not really worried about I would venture to say.

My Top 10 PlayStation Games

I’m not going to lie. PlayStation is my least favorite console of all time. Probably because when I was a kid, all the games I had were terrible. We somehow lost all of those games when my family moved, so I guess it wasn’t a total loss. Since then, I have grown my collection with new games, and I’m still not overly impressed. I now have 31 games for the console, and have played 25 of them so far. So of those, here are my top 10.

 

UPDATE 2/22/19: After playing Mega Man Legends, that was added to the list, knocking Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix off.

#10

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Mega Man Legends

Capcom

1998

 

 

This game isn’t all that good. That just goes to show you how little I like this console. It has just as many flaws as redeemable qualities, which is okay, because the game is actually really fun once you get used to all the annoying things about it. The RPG elements deliver an exciting new take on a very old franchise that makes for some cool customizable upgrades to your buster, which is why I think I like it so much.

#9

ChronocrossboxChrono Cross

SquareSoft/ Square EA

2000

 

 

This a pretty good game with a unique combat system that I didn’t really understand, but the story was good and the characters were fun and different. A pretty solid JRPG in any case. The light nods to Chrono Trigger are cool too.

#8

ff7Final Fantasy VII

SquareSoft/ SCEA

1997

 

 

This has a great story, awesome characters and decent enough gameplay. I never beat it though. Commitment issues…

#7

mega-man-8-anniversary-edition-playstation-front-coverMega Man 8

Capcom

1997

 

 

This is actually probably the worst Mega Man game, but it is still quite a lot of fun. I just wish they did away with the annoying high pitched voice of our hero.

 

#6

ff9boxFinal Fantasy IX

SquareSoft/ Square EA

2000

 

 

This is probably my favorite Final Fantasy of all time. It has a great story, interesting characters and the overall game isn’t overly complicated at all.

#5

x5boxMega Man X5

Capcom

2001

 

 

It’s Mega Man X. They are great games. Though this one doesn’t really compare to other games in the series, it’s still highly enjoyable.

#4

x6boxMega Man X6

Capcom

2001

 

While this is a huge improvement over 5, it is still lacking compared to other titles in the series, but again, it’s still a MMX game, and they are hard to screw up.

#3

rayman-2-the-great-escape-playstation-front-coverRayman 2: The Great Escape

Ubisoft

2000

 

 

I don’t even know why this game is so good…it just is. Fun and varied gameplay, great level design and powerups make this a pretty great adventure.

#2

Castlevania_SOTN_PALCastlevania: Symphony of the Night

Konami

1997

 

 

This game blew away any expectations I had, easily destroying all previous games in the series up to that point. It felt like playing a Metroid game more than anything, and when you can say that, you know you are in good shape.

#1

mmx4Mega Man X4

Capcom

1997

 

 

Yep, my favorite PlayStation game also happens to be my favorite Mega Man X game of all time! This game still had the simplicity of the original 3, but improved upon them greatly. The armor expansions probably give you the coolest abilities up to this point and the gameplay is so refined by now. The series constantly tried to top this and that’s when things turned into over-complicated messes.