This article serves as my personal list of favorite games of all time and it's intended to serve as a sort of live article I will keep updating.
I like thinking of games inside their greater context. Collections and bundles help illustrate that. It also avoids redundancy.
Hence their inclusion.
I played through this series for the first time in 2020 amidst the Covid pandemic, long after I had already decided to become a game developer and that I wanted to tell stories through games.
And yet, it somehow managed to completely change the way I saw the medium and made me feel much more hopeful for its potential when it comes to storytelling. Playing through them exposed and shattered a lot of the prejudices I didn't even know I had in regards to what I wanted and expected out of a game.
METAL GEAR SOLID (1998) has the honor of being the first videogame to ever make cry and METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN's ending left a lasting impression on me.
I recommend playing all the games in release order and to treat the whole series as one continuous story. It has the most beautifully consistent writing you can expect out of a franchise that started in the 1980s and lasted all the way into the mid 2010s.
The game series that inspired me to pursue game development. It forever changed the course of my life.
The Half-Life and Portal series are immersion masterpieces. I've dedicated so much time to thinking about the universe these games take place in. Half-Life: Alyx is my favorite VR game. Absolutely beautiful.
Nothing makes me more nostalgic than booting up Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, or San Andreas and losing myself in the eras each one uses for their respective setting. Nostalgia aside, they're all great games that have aged incredibly well and offer up so many gameplay scenarios
I wish there were more games like The Stanley Parable and The Beginner's guide. Davey Wreden absolutely nails using video games for interactive storytelling.
Resident Evil 4 is in my opinion the closest thing there is to a perfect videogame.
I was not expecting the 2023 Resident Evil 4 remake to be any good. I felt it was impossible to capture the lightning in a bottle the original Resident Evil 4 was. I was then more than pleasantly surprised when it did.
Resident Evil: Village doesn't do anything mind-blowing, but it takes what worked from 4 and gave it an engaging and compelling narrative.
And it never dies. No, it never dies.
Midnight Animal is a very important game that holds a great deal of emotional and artistic relevancy to me personally. If Hotline Miami is what inspired me to pursue game development, Midnight Animal was what reassured me and made me want to continue doing it and never give up no matter how tough the road gets.
The classic Doom games from the 90s have a more indie and edgy feel to them when compared to the recent ones that simply appeals to me more. I have so many fond memories of playing this game as a kid in the school computers...
Sonic was one the first few characters I recognized as coming from a videogame. Its earliest titles are still a ton of fun to this day and full of detail and surrealist imagery seen through the lenses of beautifully crafted pixel art that turned its own technical limitations into strengths.
Smash Bros is one of the games I've probably played the most and have had the most fun with. Its latest installment "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" is what I always wanted a game in the series to be.
18. Pavlov VR
21. Garry's Mod
25. Game Dev Tycoon
27. Fight'N Rage
27. Captain Commando
30. Super Mario 64
36. The Lab
43. Nuclear Throne
45. Paper Mario
48. Star Fox 64
52. The Sims 3
55. F-Zero X
56. Zuma Deluxe
60. PAYDAY 2
64. Mario Kart 8
66. Duke Nukem 3D
71. Final Fight
72. The End is Nigh
81. Pokemon Y
85. Commander Keen
86. Maldita Castilla
89. Fallout 4
90. Resident Evil 7
91. Metal Slug X
92. Papers, Please
93. Plague Inc.
94. Puyo Puyo Tetris
98. Mario Combat