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Top 10s

I have been an avid gamer since I was 5 years old back in 1986. Of course back then I was playing on an Atari 2600. Over the years I have come to love many computer games so it is hard to pick just  my top 10 favorite games out of the hundreds I love.

I am only giving a brief description of each game in the list. I plan to do a review on all of these games and will link them to the reviews as I do so.

Top 10 Favorite Games

  1. Stardew Valley (PC)
  2. Neverwinter Nights(PC)
  3. Fallout 2 (PC)
  4. Chrono Trigger (SNES)
  5. Secret of Mana (SNES)
  6. The Bard’s Tale (PC)
  7. Starflight 2 (PC)
  8. Final Fantasy Mystic Quest (SNES)
  9. Skyrim (PC)
  10. Warcraft 2 Battle Net Edition (PC)

Honorable Mentions

  1. Chopper Lifter (Atari 2600)
  2. Battle of Olympus (NES)
  3. Galactic Civilizations
  4. Dragon Wars (PC)
  5. Darksun: Shattered Land (PC)

Top 10 Favorite Games

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley has risen to be my absolute favorite game. It is so relaxing to play a game where you just get to live a more peaceful life in the country. Yet if you are feeling more adventurous you and go deep into the mines or into Skull Cavern. These locations give you the chance to fight monsters and gain valuable loot. The music, Artwork, and Gameplay are all masterfully done. It is hard to believe this was done by a solo indie developer, Concerned Ape is truly gifted.. I love the Multi-Player game mode as it allows me to spend some quality time with the wife and kids doing something we all enjoy.

Neverwinter Nights

Neverwinter Nights is one of the best RPG games of all time and probably the best Dungeons and Dragons computer game ever. I really enjoy the missions that come built in. However, the real draw of the game is the ability to install player made adventures and import your characters. This allows you to build your own adventure world for your character and see them rise from a lowly level 1 to a super powerful level 20.

Fallout 2

Fallout 2 picks up years after the events of Fallout 1. The game actually feels slower at the start, however, once you get out of the primitive village your character is from it quickly picks up. It is a whole new world to explore in the Fallout franchise, yet you are able to go back and visit some key locations to see how they have turned out in the years since Fallout 1. This game also features various endings, so how long you take to do things and what you do have a real impact on how the story will end for your character. Fallout 1 and Fallout 2 will always remain among my favorite games.

Fallout II

Chrono Trigger

While I am not a JRPG fan in general this one is a rare exception. I feel the story and characters more than make up for the game play. Being able to travel through time and see how your actions affect the future is one of the best parts of this game. This game has recently been remastered for PC, originally it was only available on SNES. The remastered version feels just like the old one. This is great as it really allowed me to jump back into one of my favorite games once again. The game has multiple endings that you can find. You can also see how your actions affect history as you travel back and forth through time.

Secret of Mana

The Secret of Mana is a great game. The graphics are stunning. It has a terrific story; The game play has to be among my favorite. It breaks out of the tired old turn based combat system and allows for real time combat. This is one of the rare cases lately where I prefer the original SNES version of the game to the remastered one. I just feel the original graphics are much better. I think everyone should try this game out. Go to your local DiscTraders, DiscReplay, or Megaplay and pick up an old SNES and a copy of this game if you can find it. If not then I think I would go with an emulator and ROM for this game.

The Bard’s Tale

The Bards Tale is the first RPG I ever had the pleasure of playing. Even today I find the game fun to replay. The Bards Tale Trilogy remaster makes it even better. You have the option to take away some of the parts of the game that are a grind such as low gold drops and high XP requirements. This allows you to focus on the story. If you are like me you play these games more to play your characters and immerse yourself in the story than to challenge yourself to grind through monsters.

Starflight 2

Starflight 2 is a great game. The graphics are very outdated, and the audio is terrible. However, the sheer scope of the game is impressive. While I do not know the exact number I would say there are around 100 stars in the game that you can visit. Each star has multiple planets. You can land on some plants and explore their huge surface. This vast space exploration games feels a lot like No Mans Sky with how you fly around exploring new planets and discovering things… just on a much smaller scale.

Final Fantasy Mystic Quest

Final Fantasy Mystic Quest has a sound track I am in love with. Even today when I hear it I remember being home sick from school and playing through this master piece. It is a very relaxing and satisfying game to explore. It is one of the few games today I will play with the music on, of course today I am playing it on an emulator because they have not yet remade this masterpiece. I hope they remaster this game like they did Chrono Trigger one day. I know I for one would be the first in line to buy a copy of it if they did.

Skyrim

Ah Skyrim. I got into the Elder Scrolls series later than I did most other games. Morrowind, however, for some reason I could never make progress. I played hundreds of hours of Morrwind yet it just never clicked. Skyrim of course was much easier than the previous games in many ways. I fell in love and have put way to many hours into this game… With all of the mods available it like Neverwinter Nights allows me to customize the game world and add more content than the original had. That said the original has so many hours of game play available it is not funny.

 

Warcraft 2 Battle Net Edition

This is a game I spent far to much time playing when it first came out. I had played through Warcraft I and then when this came out had to have it. While single player was alright, what I really loved was playing Fast and Free maps. I was actually part of a clan called AKC. Also my best friend in high school and I would play this for hours. The fast and free maps let you build anything instantly and could cause really long and intense battles between players. I remember some going over 12 hours all on a dial up connection.

Warcraft II Gameplay

Honorable Mentions

I wanted to list a few other games here. Honestly if I had to pick my favorite games it would probably be near 100 items long. Picking my Top 10 Favorite Games was very hard. The games below are some of the ones I had a really hard time not including on the list.

Chopper Lifter

The Atari 7800 was the first home game console I had. Honestly I hated most of the games for it. However, there were a few treasures. In fact I have them installed on my PSP to play whenever I am bored with newer games. Chopper Lifter stands out as one of the most fun and frustrating games I have ever played.

Battle of Olympus

Battle of Olympus is one of the few platformer games I enjoy. It has a rich history in Greek mythology which is a huge interest of mine. I would say the combination of RPG and Platformer work very well together here.

Galactic Civilization

This was a hard decision for me to not include in the top 10. An even harder decision was deciding which Turn Based Strategy game to include. Civilizations 2 was another close contender. However, I really love Galactic Civilizations. It is a great game with a fantastic story.

Darksun: Shattered Land

Darksun is a great RPG. It is unique as it comes from a non-typical D&D universe where psionics rule and magic is not found very often. Metal is even more rare with most weapons being made of materials such as bones. It has a deep and impressive storyline. It is a very difficult game. However, I highly recommend it for anyone wishing to explore old school RPGs

Dragon Wars

One of the best RPG’s I have ever played. In many ways I think it is even more fun with a richer story line than The Bard’s Tale. However, The Bards Tale triggers more nostalgia in me since it was the first RPG game I played as a kid. This game with its book to look up paragraphs of text in as you played had a very rich and deep story line.

I hope you have enjoyed this list of my Top 10 Favorite Games. I plan to do more Top 10s as well as other Lists of games in the future.

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