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I had a friend in high school who was, dare I say, obsessed with David Letterman's "Top Ten" lists. So much so that he would share his own top ten lists over lunch periods. The subject matter of those lists is not retained in my long-term memory, no matter how good it is. However, I'm sure I could ask him since I still know how to contact him. Thank you, Blogger and Facebook. One day, as I was reading through the blogs that I follow, I saw that many of them have theme days. That's when I thought I would try my hand at my own theme day, and "Top Five Tuesday" was born. The only disclaimer is that these lists represent my own opinions and are subject to change whenever the hell I feel like it. Also, these lists are not in ranking order, unless specifically said.
All-Time Top Five Best Video Games Ever
1. Thief (PC)
2. Fallout 3 (All Versions)
This is my go-to game. If I'm home sick or home alone with nothing to watch on the DVR and no other pressing gaming issues or household tasks, this is the one I go to. I have three versions of the game: Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. That's how much I love this game.
3. Landstalker (Sega Genesis)
One of the two games for the Sega Genesis that I still play regularly on an emulator. When I was a kid, mom and dad splurged one year and bought us the Genesis console. This was the second game I owned; the first was Toejam & Earl. A fantastic rescue storyline and a mega shit tonne of puzzles.
4. Shadowrun (Sega Genesis)
Yes, the graphics are basic, and the top-down, slightly askew perspective is old school, but there is nothing about this game that isn't great. Amazing story, three character type choices, and weapons and armor and magical upgrades. Even the repetitive nature of the shadowruns (missions to earn money) don't annoy.
5.Age of Empires II (PC)
One of the only games I can get The Wife to play. She loves games like this, and used to play AoEII all on her own while I was doing homework in grad school, or while I played something on the TV, or watched TV. We actually used to play this with her dad and brother, all four of us sitting in one room of their parents' house until the wee hours of the morning, teaming up two-on-two against four computer players, or a free-for-all against each other. So much fun, and hours of it. In addition to the multiplayer aspect, the campaigns were really great and (mostly) historically accurate. Win-Win-Win.
The Best of the Rest, or Other Games that Just Missed the Top Five:
- Myst (PC)
- Riven (PC)
- Shining Force (Sega Genesis)
- Toejam & Earl (Sega Genesis)
- Betrayal at Krondor (PC)
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