This list is an expansion on my old ‘Top 10 games of all time’ list I made a while back, this list is more accurate and definitive!
Let’s get into it.
20- Red Faction (2001)
“BETTER RUN, MINER!”
Red Faction is in at number 20 because it was so memorable, being able to destroy the entire environment had never been done before in a game and hasn’t really been done in the way Red Faction did it ever since, couple the brilliant gameplay with a terrific story and this game was a great game to play when it came out.
I will always remember that opening scene with the miners and the guards in the mineshaft, classic.
19- Myst III: Exile (2001)
Many people consider the Myst series to be the sole reason for people believing PC gaming in the 90s was just dull point-and-clicks but if you’ve actually experienced a Myst game then you’ll know these games are far from dull, out of all of the Myst games that I’d played with my Dad while I was growing up, Myst III: Exile stood out the most and for that fact it has earned a spot in my Top 20 list. If you haven’t had the change to experience a Myst game, do so now as they’re relatively cheap to get a hold of these days.
18- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2003)
GTA: Vice City was one of the first games I got for my PS2 when it was released (that along with Burnout 2 being my very first Ps2 game) and I just loved it from start to finish, that 80s style with the music, the cars and the characters was incredible and unforgettable experience.
17- Driver (1999)
Playing Driver was like being in your favourite car chase in your favourite movie, the cars handled so well, the cops were so tough and the game had a director mode where you could save and edit your own replays, like a director! No way! I’ll never forget the first time my Dad unlocked the Newcastle level and he played it, we both found it hilarious, the level was so tiny and the cars drove on the wrong side of the road. Some of the cheats in this game were hilarious and I would spend many hours on this game trying to beat my own times in survival mode.
16- Deus Ex (2000)
Deus Ex.. What’s a definitive gaming list without Deus Ex in it, most people class Deus Ex as the greatest game of all time, while I can go along with that for me it wasn’t the ‘Greatest of all time’ it was however innovative and offered a Role-Playing experience unlike anything before it and I’ll always remember being savagely attacked for entering a female toilet.
15- Destruction Derby RAW (2000)
“Can anyone stop the mechanical mayhem!?”
Destruction Derby RAW, not the original and not Destruction Derby 2 but RAW, a game that I’ve adored so much since it’s release that I still play it in long sessions to this day, the soundtrack was so bloody brilliant! Unfortunately the game was limited only to the PS1, it would have been nice if Studio 33 and Reflections held it back for the PS2 release as it would have been a fantastic launch title. a very late PS1 release and a very great PS1 release and in my opinion the best game in the Destruction Derby series.
I love this game so much I even made a (unfinished) mod of it for Carmageddon 2!
14- Worms 2 (1997)
The reason Worms 2 isn’t up higher on this list is due to Worms Armageddon which essentially replaced Worms 2 but I’ll never forget Worms 2, I enjoyed this game far more than World Party or Armageddon and I have so many memories of when me and my father used to play this game together. At one point I was so addicted to Worms that I could beat pretty much anyone with just a Bazooka!
And that Microprose/Team17 intro video was so rocking!
13- Return to Castle Wolfenstein (2001)
Return to Castle Wolfenstein was an extremely unique game when it came out, it wasn’t just your average World War II shooter but it had twists that separated it from the rest, like battles with the undead! Also with the Wolfenstein name behind it I wasn’t going to pass this one up, it was also the game that introduced me into modding games, I used to mod this game a lot back when it was new, this game has so many memorable moments for me. A great shooter that is definitely worth a play, even today!
12- Road Rash (1991)
Road Rash! What can I say, my first experience of violence in a video game, being able to race along at break-neck speeds whilst smacking other riders into submission was insane. The 1995 Road Rash of the same name (3DO, PS1, PC, Saturn) almost took this position but I couldn’t force the original game out due to it’s nostalgia factor. Road Rash needs to make a return!
11- Grand Theft Auto 2 (1999)
“Elvis has left the building!”
I think I’m fairly alone in my opinions on the Grand Theft Auto series as I think GTA2 is the best game in the entire franchise whereas most people say it’s the worst, I loved the futuristic setting of the game, the radio stations were fantastic and some of the missions were just hilarious. I still, to this day frequently shout out quotes from this game.
10- Half-Life (1998)
“Hey, catch me later I’ll buy ya’ a beer!”
Half-Life, one of the greatest story-driven games ever! I absolutely love the Half-Life series and I love Valve, this game holds so many great memories for me, me and my father often quote this game. It was difficult, it was scary, it was a real masterpiece of a game.
9- Sonic the Hedgehog: 2 (1992)
This was the first game that I ever played, ever and I’ll never forget that this is the game which introduced me to the world of video games. Sonic 2 was and still is the greatest Sonic game that Sega has ever made, the zones, the music and the spindash feature were all fantastic and this game is worthy of making it into the top 10.
8- Diablo (1996)
One of the pioneers of the Hack and slash, RPG genre, Diablo was unlike anything you’d ever experienced before, it’s satanic and dark theme had never been seen in a game before. Truly a game well ahead of it’s time!
7- Half-Life 2 (2004)
“Rise and shine, Mr. Freeman. Rise and shine.”
The sequel to one of the greatest games of all time and the experience was just as fresh as the first time around, for a game from 2004, Half-Life 2 just blew away all of the competition. The storyline, the voice acting, the graphics, the gameplay, everything about Half-Life 2 was perfect. This game is truly deserved of every great thing said about it.
6- Unreal Tournament 2004 (2004)
UT2k4, what a brilliant multiplayer game this was, back in the day I had an extremely successful Trials clan with over 70 members. This game is nowhere near as popular today as it used to be but back in the day this game was incredible.
5- Duke Nukem 3D (1996)
“It’s time to kick ass and chew bubblegum and I’m all outta gum!”
Duke Nukem 3D, I do remember this very well from my childhood, watching my father play this and also playing it myself. The level design was brilliant the enemies were tough, the babes were rough and the humour was unmatched.
What a thrill this game was!
4- Crysis/Crysis: WARHEAD (2007/8)
How can I not mention the brilliance of Crysis on my top 20, I love Crysis! The gaming world was just chugging along merrily until 2007 when Crytek unleashed this beast onto the PC, it would throttle your system to the max and even today it’s an extremely demanding game and is the base benchmark for anyone building a custom rig. The AI was silly, the aliens were deadly and the visuals are unmatched. Crysis is a must-have on PC for anybody who wants to experience how a game should be made.
3- Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna (2002)
The original Dungeon Siege with it’s Legends of Aranna expansion pack, oh hell yes! Before the time of DLC there were expansion packs, things that developers would actually craft into fully-fledged addons to a game! The original Dungeon Siege is brilliant, my father and I spent oh so many hours, days and weeks battling through the story over and over and over again over LAN. A brilliant game with brilliant weapons a brilliant story and a fantastic range of difficult enemies to boot.
2- Quake III Arena (1999)
Q3A, the beast of all multiplayer First Person Shooters. Quake III Arena is one of my most loved games, I have been playing it since the day it was released, I adore it. The community for this game has been dying a little ever since id Software released Quake Live for beta testing, I was a part of the beta tests for that game and I only played it twice, it does not stand up to the original Quake III Arena and neither does any other multiplayer First Person Shooter.
1- Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now! (1998)
“I was in the war!”
Anybody who knows me will know that I am an INSANE Carmageddon fan, I would go as far as to say I own the largest collection of Carmageddon related items in the world I love the franchise that much. Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now! was the first Carmageddon game I played.
I remember to this day the first time that my father let me play it; I was racing on one of the Beaver City levels and I was trying to waste Jenny Taylia in her Jetcar and I shouted out “Die! Stupid Jenny Taylia!” and my mother was shocked to hear me say such a thing, I had to explain to her that it was a character in the game.
I have added a ton of addon cars, tracks and other mods to this game and am currently working on a PSX mod that will recreate the entire PlayStation version of Carmageddon on Carmageddon II’s BRender engine.
I love the Carmageddon franchise, the modding community is fantastic and they’re extremely dedicated and some amazing things have been done with Carmageddon and Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now! and I’m so eagerly awaiting to play the upcoming Carmageddon: Reincarnation. Stainless Games never fail to deliver!
And that was my definitive Top 20 favourite games of all time!
A lot of repeats of the previous Top 10 list but this is definitive and wont be changing!
Thanks for reading and good gaming to all!