Man… I know everyone has their own preferences… but does any MGS really deserve to be on a top anything list? …Really? I refuse to believe you guys haven’t played at least half a dozen way better games
This question is actually really hard to narrow down to just three.
FF6 is the only obvious choice. Everything else is pretty much tied for second
The game I’ve probably logged the most hours on is Brood War, but I don’t FEEL like it belongs on this list either.
The Megaman SERIES is one of the best there is, but I don’t think any individual game in it makes the cut. X6 is the closest.
Chrono Trigger? No. It just didn’t have enough scope or emotional clout to really stick its claws in me. I’ve played through it a few times, but I’ll probably never understand the legendary status it has in some peoples’ minds. It’s not THAT good Unless you’re comparing it to its sequel.
FF7? Maybe. I don’t want to list two Square games, especially two consecutive Final Fantasies, but all bullshit aside, Square really did have the entire gaming world by the balls for a really long time.
Shinobi? Maybe. It’s probably the hardest game I’ve ever played, and the one I was most excited to finally beat on its hardest setting. It was real, skill-based challenge, too. You couldn’t win with luck. You had to be GOOD. The game that lives in the shadow of the popular-but-comparatively-easy Ninja Gaiden.
Secret of Evermore: Probably the best arpg of all time. I don’t get the feeling I can’t think of three games I like more though.
The Original LoZ: This game was THE SHIT when I was little. But it didn’t have enough depth to really get me attached to it. It was mostly a puzzle game. It was fun the same way Sudoku is fun, but it doesn’t have enough staying power to be one of my top three games.
Mario64: When it first came out, I was awed with the graphics and gameplay in a way that no other game has come close to recreating. I had dreams about owning it that I felt like shit waking up from. I didn’t want to include any classic Nintendo games since most of them fall nicely into the good-but-not-great category, but I might not be able to get away with shunning this one. The most revolutionary game of all time. But I don’t like things just for being revolutionary, it’s also a damn good game regardless.
SF2: I completely understand why some people would include this, but personally… A 2d, 1v1, side scrolling fighter can only entertain a single player for so long. Probably the second-best competitive game next to Starcraft. Not on my top 3 though.
Suikoden II: Maybe. It’s the only game I’ve ever played that had such a huge scope without being all save-the-world-y. The perfect adventure/tactics hybrid RPG.
FFT: I have to comment on this since someone brought it up. I loathe this game. I loathe the fact that people mistake its shitty writing for depth and nuance. I loathe the fact that only a few character builds are viable and most of the skills are absolutely worthless, which is the shittiest way to handle a “tactical” battle system, ever. I loathe the fact that the one-on-one battle with Weigraf is literally impossible to beat unless you exploit every shitty battle glitch in the game, and even then it’s almost entirely luck-based. In fact, for a tactics game, there’s an absurd amount of luck involved that just shouldn’t be there. You can choose where to move, who to attack, and what to attack with. But the turn you attack on, your hit%, and the damage you do have almost nothing to do with any visible stats and are in no way predictable, except for a turns list that has a nasty habit of shuffling itself after almost every turn. The story is slow, un-engaging, and poorly presented. The gameplay involves repeating the same 20-30 minute fights until you get lucky enough to win. You can grind, but it won’t help; the enemies level up faster than you do (and why are there levels in a tactics game anyway?). This might just be the worst game I’ve ever played. Whew
Anyway, I think my final list would be:
- Final Fantasy VI
- Mario64 or Suikoden II
I can’t really decide. I feel like there’s a lot I’m forgetting about. There are so many good games out there.