For this, I’m going to have to divide my top game into categories. And that’s because you cannot compare apples with oranges or bananas or overly laboured jokes.
Disclaimer: These are my opinions and my opinions alone. If you do not see a game you like on my list, it may very well be because I haven’t played it or am biased against it. I’m only human
JRPG: CHRONO TRIGGER
Pretty sure the internet agrees with this one. Arguably the best RPG ever made, Chrono Trigger was a massive project that pushed the limits and broke ground in its time. Multiple endings, brilliant graphics (for the time), well fleshed out characters and enjoyable gameplay mechanics makes Chrono Trigger my favourite RPG of all time! Get it? All time?
Honorable Mentions: Vagrant Story, Secret of Mana series, Tales Series, Final Fantasy Series (great games but way too mainstream), Star Ocean series and of course Chrono Cross. Also Terranigma beacuse the ending left me in tears. I never played any Zelda game Ever!
Stealth: Metal Gear Solid
Always felt like I was watching a great spy movie rather than playing a game. A very well detailed alternate history that’s built up in this universe. Kojima-sensei truly deserves every gamer’s recognition and praise for what he has made.
Honorable Mention: Hitman. And that’s all I know. I haven’t played many other Stealth games
Racing: Burnout (Revenge > Paradise)
I never really play racing games. Not a fan of the genre. But Burnout series was a ton of fun to play on the Playstation back in my college days with friends. It’s not really about coming in at #1, it’s about crashing your buddy’s car in the most horrifying way possible. Maybe that says something about the human condition, our true sense of morality and the inherent lust for violence and destruction that lies somewhat hidden in all of us. Maybe not. Watching things crash and burn is fun, especially when it’s done as cool as this
Honorable Mentions: Rollcage [Psygnosis… Never forget ], Revolt, Road Rash (Holy Cow! This game! Grunge soundtracks, I mean come on! Swervedriver and Soundgarden! WOOOOOO! And that hot blonde who come and kisses your helmet when you win… sigh Good times.)
Fighting Game: GUILTY GEAR
I know, this may not be the people’s favourite but it is my favourite. And I don’t see why I should not choose this as my favourite as it’s got a ton of things that I love. Heavy metal tracks, 2D anime sprites, very tight and responsive combat and combo system, distinctly different characters that play like completely different games every time you pick a new one (Axl will always be my main!) and I love it.
Honorable Mentions: Tekken (A close second), Dead or Alive (I mean come on! The beeeewbs!! and surprisingly a great game too. Honest!), Samurai Showdown, King of Fighters ('98, '99 because who wants balanced characters, right?), Last Blade.
Not Street Fighter because I never really enjoyed playing it. It somehow felt boring.
And BlazBlue doesn’t even come close… for me. It just doesn’t work… for me.
Age of Empires II came very very close but StarCraft takes the crown in my books.
I have no words that I can say that explains in entirety what a true masterpiece this game is.
What I will say, however, is that this game has excellent mechanics. Every race plays and looks otherworldly different (see what I did there? Bad, I know ) and the music is brilliant! The story is great, the voice acting is superb and what more do you need? Blizzard is gonna remaster it and I shall have it! I already got the free Brood War download from the Starcraft website. Can’t wait. More details here.
Honorable Mentions: Age of Empires II, WarCraft 3: Reign of Chaos, Battle Realms: Winter of the Wolf, Command and Conquer and Dune 2 What? Nobody complaints about wine being old. Screw you! Dune 2 is awesome!
Best Videogame With Colossi In It: Shadow of the Colossus
No game has moved me as much as this game. Period!
This game is not just a game, it is ART! It is so much more than interavtice entertainment. Every time you play it, you take away something new from it. And no two people can derive the exact same experience from it thanks to it’s artful ambiguity.
This game is what every artsy videogame should aspire to be more like.
And I made this category up just so that I could mention SotC Oh wait,… Titan Souls, Monster Hunter and God of War also fit in this don’t they? Damn.
Indie Game: Hotline Miami
“Do you like hurting other people? You’re not a nice person, are you? You make me sick!”
I LOVE THIS GAME! I LOVE THIS GAME! I LOVE THIS GAME! I LOVE THIS GAME! 'nuff said.
Honorable Mentions: Binding of Isaac, Knytt, Papers Please, Enter the Gungeon.
Point-and-Click Game: Loom
I love the ye old Scumm/VM LucasArts games and they hold a very special place in my heart. Day of the Tentacle was my first. Loom was my second and then came the Monkey Island games. All of these were memorable, but not as much as Loom. Loom fascinated me. It had that eerie fantasy aesthetics attached to it. The puzzles were like nothing I had ever seen before. Sure, the Monkey Island games and Maniac Mansion/DotT would take the prize for best humour but Loom is remarkably different. It’s the right taste of dark fantsy that hits the spot for me.
Honorable Mentions: Day of the Tentacle, The Monkey Island games (especially Curse of…) and Sam & Max: Hit the Road (what a tour de force of comedy!)
Survival Horror: Tied - Silent Hill 2 + Dead Space
I haven’t played the new Resident EVII_ game. Having said that, Dead Space blew my mind when it came out. It still looks great considering when it was released. It still holds up fairly well. Silent Hill 2, not so much but back in it’s day, it was amzing to look at. Where Dead Space is technically perfect with sweet sweet combat and a Sci-Fi setting; Silent Hill 2 triumps in the psychological aspect of horror. Both games feature protagonists who aren’t combat-ready, who are thrust into plot by lady love-interests and encounter things that may or may not be real. Both Isaac and James are quite insane and I love that perspective; through the eyes of mad men. I guess I am biased to these sort of games, but hey, my list! MY LIST!
Honorable Mentions: Alan Wake(another psychological horror/real-meets-unreal/love-interest-in-distress plot), Resident Evil 2, 3(not as much) and 4(the best!) and also #f***KONAMI
That’s it for my list Thank you for making this thread, and thank you for reading this post.
EDIT: Just noticed @Failord87 mention Dune 2. You rock! And yes, Populous was so much fun! Throw around your followers! God, you are amazing!