It’s come to that time of year again for BeefJack. Lewis sent an email around, asking for us to list – in order of preference and our most favourite game of all time being number one – twenty videogames that are out absolute favourites. You can read the BeefJack 2012 edition of our Top 100 Games now. The list is essentially formed by games being scored for the number of times it appeared in people’s personal lists.
But what are my top 20 favourite games of all time, as I sent over to Lewis? Well, last year they looked a little something like this:
20. Second Sight (PS2, 2004) 19. Devil May Cry 3 (PS2, 2005) 18. Just Dance (Wii, 2009) 17. Pokémon Blue/Red (Game Boy, 1999) 16. Fallout 3 (Xbox 360, 2008) 15. Team Fortress 2 (PC, 2007) 14. Dead Space (Xbox 360, 2008) 13. Final Fantasy VIII (PSOne, 1999) 12. Perfect Dark (N64, 2000) 11. The Sims (PC, 2000) 10. Elderscrolls III: Morrowind (PC, 2002) 09. The Darkness (Xbox 360, 2007) 08. Conker's Bad Fur Day (N64, 2001) 07. Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360, 2010) 06. Half-Life 2 (Xbox 360, 2007) 05. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Xbox 360, 2009) 04. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem (GameCube, 2002) 03. Left 4 Dead (Xbox 360, 2008) 02. Final Fantasy VII (PSOne, 1997) 01. Resident Evil 4 (Wii, 2007)
And in 2012 the list looks like this:
20. Second Sight (PS2, 2004) 19. Devil May Cry 3 (PS2, 2005) 18. Final Fantasy X (PS2, 2001) 17. Pokémon Blue/Red (Game Boy, 1999) 16. Conker's Bad Fur Day (N64, 2001) 15. Team Fortress 2 (PC, 2007) 14. Dead Space (Xbox 360, 2008) 13. Final Fantasy VIII (PSOne, 1999) 12. Perfect Dark (N64, 2000) 11. Fahrenheit (PS2, 2005) 10. Elderscrolls III: Morrowind (PC, 2002) 09. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem (GameCube, 2002) 08. The Darkness (Xbox 360, 2007) 07. Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360, 2010) 06. Half-Life 2 (Xbox 360, 2007) 05. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Xbox 360, 2009) 04. Deadly Premonition (Xbox 360, 2010) 03. Left 4 Dead (Xbox 360, 2008) 02. Fallout 3 (Xbox 360, 2008) 01. Resident Evil 4 (Wii, 2007)
Not a huge amount of change, you’ll notice some movers, some that have gone and some that are new. And none of the games listed have been released in the last six months or even this year. I play a lot of videogames – and while I don’t want to say that people should take note of this list, there are numerous sequels to the above games that haven’t been included.
Why haven’t they been included? Well, because I just didn’t enjoy them as much as their predecessors.
The big sequels that haven’t made it into this list are: Fallout New Vegas, Left 4 Dead 2, all the single player Final Fantasy games after X, Dead Space 2, Mass Effect 3, Batman: Arkham City, Oblivion, Skyrim, Resident Evil 5, all the Pokémon games after the original two and The Darkness II. I have played all of those games, and have really enjoyed playing them, but not as much as those that came before them.
Fallout 3 vs. Fallout New Vegas
Maybe you recall how much I ended up loathing New Vegas that I had to play Deadly Premonition in order to get over it. I preferred the story of 3 and the way you developed your character.
Left 4 Dead vs. Left 4 Dead 2
This is a close one, and it’s simply the fact that L4D captured my heart first.
The Final Fantasy situation
After Final Fantasy X, I fell out of love with the change in direction of the franchise’s battle systems. While vaguely intrigued by FFXII‘s sotryline and having completed FFXIII, I never loved them anywhere near as much as the earlier games.
Dead Space vs. Dead Space 2
Dead Space retaught me what it meant to be scared while playing a videogame. The sequel equalled this, but did not surpass it.
Batman: Arkham Asylum vs. Batman: Arkham City
Here, I liked the stories of both. But there was one thing that really put me off of City – all of the Riddler stuff, which I felt compelled to collect as I’d managed to track down everything in the first game. I detailed in this post over on BeefJack why I dislike the collectibles situation so much.
Morrowind vs. Oblivion vs. Skyrim
I’ve completed the main stories of all three and most of their side quests. Oblivion doesn’t top Morrowind as it didn’t feel to be in-depth enough, though I liked its combat improvements. And Skyrim tops neither as its world doesn’t feel fleshed out enough and I’ve been beset by major bugs in it.
Resident Evil 4 vs. Resident Evil 5
I just didn’t feel terrified enough while playing 5. Lack of scares leaves it off the list. Though I did like the co-op main story mode.
Pokémon Red/Blue vs. all sequels
Okay, so maybe I liked Yellow a little, but it was basically an amped up version of the original games. I genuinely hate how bloated the Pokémon universe has become and how difficult it is to get hold of the now many rare ‘mons that you can only get at download events – problem when you live in a rural area.
The Darkness vs. The Darkness II
I love both games, but I still prefer the first to the sequel. Why? Stealth and length. The first had both, the second lacked in them somewhat.
What are your top favourite twenty games of all time?