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). 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
The Adventures of Lolo 2
The Adventures of Lolo 3
Duck Tales
Kirby's Adventure
Mega Man
Mega Man 4
Mega Man 5
Mega Man 6
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 *****
Silent Hill
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 *****
Terranigma

-Honorable Mentions-
Actraiser
Chrono Cross
Crash Bandicoot 2
Duke Nukem 3D
Final Fantasy IX
Grim Fandango
Mega Man 8
Mega Man X2
Mega Man X3
Mega Man X4
Panzer Dragoon Saga
Quake
Quake II
Resident Evil: Director's Cut
Star Fox 64
Suikoden II
Tomb Raider

2000s:
Counter-Strike: Source (Multiplayer)
Half-Life 2 + Episodes 1 & 2
Metal Gear Solid 2
Metroid Prime
Minecraft (Multiplayer) *****
Resident Evil (Remake) *****
Resident Evil 4 *****
Silent Hill 2
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Smash Bros. Melee (Multiplayer)
World of Warcraft (Online Multiplayer)

-Honorable Mentions-
Cave Story+
Final Fantasy X
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Shadow of the Colossus (Remastered)
Super Monkey Ball
Worms: Armageddon (Multiplayer)

-One & Done-
Portal

2010s:
Black Mesa *****
Celeste
Crash Bandicoot 1 Remake
Dark Souls
Hollow Knight *****
League of Legends (Online Multiplayer)
Portal 2
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Super Meat Boy *****
The Talos Principle

-Honorable Mentions-
Axiom Verge
Beat Saber
Crash Bandicoot 2 Remake
Cuphead
Darkest Dungeon
Grand Theft Auto V
Hotline Miami II: Wrong Number
The Messenger
Shovel Knight
Tomb Raider (Remake)
Undertale

-One & Done-
Anti-Chamber
Fez
Obduction
The Stanley Parable
The Witness

2020s:
Half-Life: Alyx

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