QOTW: What are your top 5 games of all time?

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This week's question:

What are your top 5 games of all time?

Not just the games you liked the most, but the games you played the most. Give us your absolute fondest memories - the ones that make you feel all warm and tingly inside when you reminisce about them, or are even still playing today. Nostalgic stories are always a plus!

Answer this week's question in the comments!

Questions can also be answered in the QOTW forum thread. Our favorite posts this week will be read next week on TalkRadar 62, and appear in the next edition of this article. Listen to TalkRadar 61 on Friday for our answers!

Last week's question:

What superhero game disappointed you the most?

As always, thanks to everyone who participated! I think I can safely say that Superman 64 recieved the brunt of the bitching (and for good reason).

Below are a few of last week's answers that tickled our collective fancies, but since we can't feature them all here, check out last week's article and forum thread for more...

CanadianBaconFlavoredNipples wrote...
"BATMAN BEGINS. That got me excited, Splinter Cell-esque gameplay with the Batman mythos. Then they added in Burnout gameplay, and that was cool. Then I got it, and it was buggy. Nothing meshed together; all not helped by bland enviroments and textures. Combat wa sslow and clunky. Plus I played it on all three due to a freak accident, this included the Gamecube version *shudders*"

NightAce84 wrote...
"There is only one answer to this question: Superman 64"

EvoAnubis wrote...
"To anyone that says Superman 64, come ON! That's like everyone's favorite punching bag, and it's getting stale. At least in that game it TRIED to give you the sense of what it's like to be Superman. It failed, but it tried. You want to know what game failed at even that basic premiss? Spawn: The Eternal for the PSOne "

"Do you see a cape? I sure as hell don't. Chains? Nope. Anything at all that would suggest this isn't a game about a damned cos-player? Hell no. This game was bullshit, and I'm actually embarrassed to even admit I ever played it"

Mr.Epic64 wrote...
"Batman Begins. I hate that game. You climb out a window, if you go up, you get shot to death, if you go down, you fall to your death."

TheWebSwinger wrote...
"Spider-Man: Web of Fire (no, not Web of Shadows) for the 32X. It was literally the ONE GAME I bought the 32X add-on for. Seriously, on paper it looked great: beautiful graphics, and 3D effects (on the Genesis??). But in play, it was a middling side-scroller with zero hit detection."

Jul 30, 2009

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  • linkganon - August 10, 2009 8:36 p.m.

    okay, i know i'm already too late but i'll answer this anyways. first of all here are those who have missed the list by 10 billion miles. (helps me when deciding which games should be on the list). 100% of games made for girls bc. no violence halo series is in 2nd last bc. it's made for those who wuzz out of real gun battles to heal up. superman 64 is right next to halo, and if you don't like it, you can just go to hell. most glitchy games (matrix games for example) there you have it for those who are eliminated and will never make this list. my picks are (in no particular order) 1. mgs3 snake eater (going to try harder difficulties for more thrill) 2. legend of zelda oot, glad i finished it finally 3. 007 goldeneye(n64) NOT rogue agent, best bond game ever, period. 4. need for speed most wanted black edition (ps2), (you get to evade cops and race at the same time, lots to do in that game. 5. donkey kong makes this list for a good reason bc. the gaming indistry would have never been the way it is today, no x-box, no playstation, nor would there be a such thing as gamesradar since they might have had no intrest in the gaming industry.
  • super0sonic - August 5, 2009 11:01 p.m.

    Well my number one game would have to be “Super Mario World”. It is hands down the greatest game ever, and one that I have to play. I own it on Snes, Wii, GBA, and I play it on both my Laptop and desktop. If it shows up in the DSi store I will buy a DSi just to get it. I plan on picking up a Super Famicom and the Japanese Ver of the game sometime soon. I also love watching and playing rom hacks of it just to see new stuff in that world even if its not as good as the original. Number two would have to be “Little Big Planet” simply because there is always something new online and if there is nothing I like I can build and play that. The game really is endless! And adorable! Number three is “True Love” I originally got the game because of the “OMG SEX GAME” But I soon got hooked on the simple but fun game. I even use the title theme song as my cellphone ring tone. I have problems getting it running at times but its still fun to play. I really would like a H-free DS version. Number four is Starfox 64. It controls so great I still think it looks pretty good for a game its age. I have lost hours to it. Its almost fused to my Lime green N64. My favorite level is the Gundam Monkey level. Number five is Starcraft. I own 2 copies of that game one for my desktop and one for my laptop so if someone comes over we can play LAN with the Brood war exp. Every so often I just have to play it. I am not that good and often lose but its still fun when a game just is so close it gets your heart racing.
  • amlitt4 - August 5, 2009 7:32 p.m.

    The best games of all time in no order because it was hard enough to pick just five. Legend of Dragoon - PSX Sonic the Hedgehog 2 - Genesis Super Mario RPG - SNES Onimusha 2 - PS2 And Im sorry to have the same game that so many others have but it is true. Fallout 3 - Xbox 360
  • Solstice - August 4, 2009 11:41 p.m.

    11.)Kindgom Hearts 2
  • elitebouncer - August 4, 2009 7:44 p.m.

    1) Oblivion (for the RPG) 2) Fallout 2 (for the guns) 3) Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (for the RPG) 4) Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (for Link) 5) Final Fantasy VII (for Cloud's awesome sword) I'm an RPG fan.
  • AqueousBoy - August 4, 2009 6:24 p.m.

    5. Tetris 4. GTA: San Andreas 3. Super Mario 3 2. Age of Empires II 1. Grim Fandango
  • shelcobsohn - August 4, 2009 3:39 p.m.

    1: Banjo-tooie 2: Legend of zelda: wind waker 3: Beyond Good and Evil 4: Halo 5: Final Fantasy 6 (best to worst)
  • Smeggs - August 4, 2009 2:22 a.m.

    In no particular order... 1:Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (always gives me fond memories of childhood) (SNES) 2:Fallout 3 (Over 100+ Hours on just my first playthrough)(360) 3:Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door (Actually just played it again last week, love the characters and story, especially combat) (GC) 4:Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (I liked it, the art style, the new aproach to gameplay and settings, screw you nay-sayers)(GC) 5: Super Smash Bros. Melee (Just a fun invite-friends fighter, Brawl would have been a choice but it seems like the characters from Brawl were less sensitive to my mad analog stick spinning)
  • JizzyB - August 4, 2009 2:06 a.m.

    Top Five: 1. Deus Ex: Best game I've ever played. I cared about the characters, the story, the setting, it is the only game that I can call an experience. 2. Final Fantasy 7 3. Final Fantasy 8: These two games have always triggered an emotional chord with me. As a nerdy teenager with few friends, I found solace in these game worlds (sounds lame, I know). 4. GTA (any PS2 iteration): I've logged more time on these than any other. 5. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver: The best acting in a game I've ever heard. The gameplay was simple which was fine, but the story held this one above the rest. I've played all these games multiple times and enjoy them still. Also of note, is that they all have great soundtracks. I think good music bonds you to the experience more.
  • Solid_Gabriel - August 3, 2009 10:55 p.m.

    1- Ocarina of Time Ocarina of time is definitely the best game ever made. Damn, I really love this game, even though I never actually owned a copy of it myself. But that didn't stop me from playing it a lot, because I was always borrowing it from my friends, back then. 2- Metal Gear Solid The game that brought the franchise back to life is the second best of all times, in my opinion, and the best game of my favorite franchise. One of the best examples of how the gaming industry grew up with the help of the Playstation, showing everyone that games are not only kid's stuff anymore. 3- Chrono Trigger I must confess that I only played it on an emulator. I never had a SNES, so i only got to play it years after it was released. But anyways, this is the best RPG ever made, with it's incredible storyline, with the possibilities to travel through time. I must also mention the game graphics, with the character designs made by one of the best mangakas ever, Akira Toriyama. 4- GoldenEye 007 Goldeneye is probably the best FPS ever made for a console. This game showed to the world it is possible to make a great FPS that dosn't require a mouse of a keyboard to be played. It also had a great multyplayer mode, taking advantages of the 4 joystick inputs the N64 had, making it one of the best games to play with your buddies (that is, if none of them choose to play with Oddjob). Oh, and not to mention it's one of the few movie based games that doesn't suck. 5- GTA San Andreas San Andreas is one of the best last generation games. It has one of the biggest world to explore, with it's 3 cities and country side, making it a lot fun to explore. You can literally spend hours just driving around, doing nothing. But the game also have a great storyline, great voice acting and a lot of cool missions. One of the must have games of the last generation.
  • ACGUY - August 3, 2009 9:58 p.m.

    You know it's to hard to say what my top five is since it changes everyday, but one game always stays #1 for me and that is Legend of Zelda Ocarina of time. That game showed assholes that 3D games are alot better than 2D it made Nintendo Bigger and Better and it did the trend of action/adventure/puzzle right. In fact that game must of rub some of that magical shit on to me because after I beat the game my friend who had an ocarina and sucked bet me 300 dollars that I couldn't play it on my first time and I owned his ass at it. So I Ocarina all the way nuff said.
  • Ricky1794 - August 3, 2009 9:54 p.m.

    metal gear all the way up to metal gear solid 3 (excludeing subsistence for 2 and three and the twin snakes for GC) and the only reason i didnt put mgs4 on there is because i'm to proud of being loyal to microsoft to go and buy a PS3
  • anubisduo13 - August 3, 2009 9:53 p.m.

    Hmm, tough question really. Here goes: 1)Bioshock 2)Super Smash Bros Melee 3)Freelancer 4)Pokemon Crystal/Silver/Gold 5)Fallout 3 Choosing 5 games out of all of the games I've played is tough, especially since I can't remember half the games I've played. Then again, if I can't remember it, it probably wasn't notable enough to make this list.
  • BrandonL337 - August 3, 2009 9:36 p.m.

    1.Call of Duty 4 (great story, great multiplayer, perfect gameplay) 2.Brothers in Arms: Hells Highway(I actually like the story better than in COD4 but the gameplay isn't as polished) 3.Ninja Gaiden 2(Wonderfully satisfying combat but the retarded story and iffy camera keep this at number 3) 4.Grand Theft Auto 4(incredible and heart wrenching story) New Super Mario Bros(best 2D Mario game)
  • griffed88 - August 3, 2009 8:15 p.m.

    1. Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind 2. Knights of the Old Republic 3. Final Fantasy 7 4. World of Warcraft 5. Counter-Strike
  • RandomIdoit - August 3, 2009 8:02 p.m.

    ok... I'll try to list all of my favorites. 1.) Super Smash Bros. Brawl: I'm sure I don't have to explain why I like it, but it could have been waaaay better with create-a-character (not just people, but anything) 2.) Pokemon Platinum: Would've put Crystal here, however that entire generation of Pokemon games were destroyed (Silver: lost 9 years ago, Gold: A "freind" threw it against a wall, and Crystal: Glitched out, took it to a different friend's house, then dismantled by his EVIL 2nd cousin.) 3.) Mario Kart (any): The only problem I have with this game is THAT ****ING BLUE SHELL!!!! 4.) FF3 (DS, USA release): Treebird1 let me borrow it played it for 2 months straight, and then felt guilty for not returning it and gave it back. 5.) Pokemon R/B, Dragon monster warriors 2 (again Treebird1 let me borrow it), Pikmin 1&2, Super Mario Galaxy, Sonic Adventure 2 Battle (the last good sonic game :( ), and New Super Mario Bros. wait, that's more than 5. Oh well, who cares?
  • L4Dfan550 - August 3, 2009 7:27 p.m.

    as given from my name, my list may be a bit predictable. 5. Fallout 3 - this game changed my view of open world games and rpg shooters. 4. Gears of War 1/2 - For me this was a big change when they implemented this cover system, i thought it was the coolest thing at the time. 3. Call of Duty 4 - The singleplayer was at least decent but the multiplayer set a new standard for all other games that wanted to include a good multiplayer. 2. GTA 4 - I had been a fan of gta b4 but i didnt really like doing the story missions in the ps2 versions of gta. Once gta 4 came out, i was blown away. Thats all i wanted to do, it combined an amazing storyline with classic gta gameplay. the number 1 is........... 1. Left 4 Dead - This game was huge for me because it open my eyes to an amazing co op experience. and what was suprising to me is that it wasnt just a tacked on split screen co op this game was built for 4 people from the ground up. I dont remember the last time ive had so much fun in a video game when your playing versus mode with a bunch of your friends. This game is a blast. Honorable Mentions: Call of Duty world at war God of war 1 and 2, Chains of olympus Half Life 2 Portal GTA Vice City and San Andreas Battlefield Bad Company Metal Gear Solid 4 ( this one was close to be number 5 on my list) Mass Effect
  • BenL98 - August 3, 2009 6:41 p.m.

    5)Hitman Blood Money- One reason I loved this game was because it felt so awesome when your plan goes smoothly and when you put people in the Dump Truck and crush them. 4)Prototype- Nothing's more satisfying than ripping people apart with your big ass claws. 3)Saints Row 2- Just so much to do in this game, and the customization in the game is cool. Also tazing people is just plan fun. 2)Portal- Ohhh how much fun I had with this game. Story was good, it's gameplay was solid, and it was one of the best puzzle games I have ever played. 1)Super Mario RPG- The game that I wasted my childhood on. It is just plan awesome. How can you go wrong. It was developed by Square and Nintendo, it had good graphics for the SNES, and it has Mario. I remember renting it not knowing that I was going to play it for about 5 more years. One of the best RPG games and it will always have a place in my heart.
  • wiigamer024 - August 3, 2009 4:19 p.m.

    wow thats hard... um... Can I have more then 5? No? Damnit! Umm... ok, I'll try... 1)Sonic CD / Sonic the Hedgehog 3 I just can't pick between the two. Sonic CD had a cute story, wonderful graphics, and decent sound. While Sonic 3 had cool sprites, nice BGM, Bad-Ass Knuckles, and... MORE TAILS ABUSE! 2)Sonic Adventure AKA: The best new-gen, 3-D Sonic game ever. period. 3)Super Mario Bros. THE ORIGINAL PLATFORMER! Probably, the first game I ever played! When I play this on the Wii (Virtual Console), I always feel soooo old! 4)Super Smash Bros Brawl THE BEST FIGHTING GAME EVER! Complete with the best Roster ever. New, old, and costom levels, and a story mode (I forget what its called). It's the God of all Fighting Games 5)Pokemon Yellow Red, and Blue Verson... IMPROVED! I just think it's cool that pikachu follows you around, you get to interact with him, and stuff. It's cool. I wish the new Pokemon games were like Yellow Verson...
  • KHfan - August 3, 2009 11:24 a.m.

    1) kingdom hearts 2 2) fallout 3 3) kingdom hearts 4) mass effect 5) space invaders...jokes lol

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