My Favorite Video Games

My favorite video games. I consider anything in BOLD to be a top-tier A- -> A+ gaming experience. Anything with "*****" next to it is a particularly inspired experience that you should go out of your way to play first. My honorable mentions/non-bolded games, though memorable, fun, and worth playing, are B- -> B+ picks. One & Dones are games that are great the first time you play them but have little replay value (this is primarily a puzzle game problem). These three types of games I have no trouble actually beating. Cult Games, while very memorable and/or influential, tend to have dated gameplay and so I have trouble finishing them. I have not explored gaming history as extensively as I have with music and movies (especially when it comes to single-player 2010s games), but I figured I would share my favorites anyway.

1980s:
The Legend of Zelda
Mega Man 2
Mega Man 3
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2

-Honorable Mentions-
The Adventures of Lolo 1, 2, & 3
Duck Tales
Kirby’s Adventure
Mega Man
Mega Man 4
Mega Man 5
Mega Man 6

-Cult Games-
Castlevania
Contra
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

1990s:
Banjo Kazooie
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night *****
Chrono Trigger *****
Crash Bandicoot
Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country 2
Doom 1 & 2
Final Fantasy 6 *****
Final Fantasy 7 *****
Half-Life
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past *****
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time *****
Mega Man X
Metal Gear Solid *****
Resident Evil 2
Secret of Mana *****
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Super Mario 64 *****
Super Mario Bros. 3 *****
Super Mario RPG *****
Super Mario World
Super Metroid *****

-Honorable Mentions-
Actraiser
Crash Bandicoot 2
Final Fantasy IX
Mega Man 8
Mega Man X2
Mega Man X3
Mega Man X4
Quake
Quake II
Resident Evil: Director's Cut
Silent Hill

-Cult Games-
The 7th Guest
Chrono Cross
Duke Nukem 3D
Goldeneye 007
Grim Fandango
Panzer Dragoon Saga
Star Fox 64
Starcraft
Terranigma
Tomb Raider

2000s:
Counter-Strike: Source (Multiplayer)
Half-Life 2 + Episodes 1 & 2
Minecraft (Multiplayer)
Resident Evil (Remake) *****
Resident Evil 4 *****
Super Smash Bros. Melee (Multiplayer)

-Honorable Mentions-
Final Fantasy X
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Metroid Prime
Warcraft 3
World of Warcraft (Online Multiplayer)
Worms: Armageddon (Multiplayer)

-One & Done-
Portal

-Cult Games-
Cave Story+
Shadow of the Colossus

2010s:
Black Mesa
Celeste
Crash Bandicoot 1 Remake
Hollow Knight
League of Legends (Online Multiplayer)
Super Meat Boy *****

-Honorable Mentions-
Crash Bandicoot 2 Remake
The Messenger
Shovel Knight
Undertale

-One & Done-
Portal 2

-HM One & Dones-
Anti-Chamber
Fez
Obduction
The Stanley Parable
The Talos Principle

-Cult Games-
The Witness

2020s:
Half-Life: Alyx

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