Yet Another Update on My List of Favorite Video Games

Howard and Nester

Oh no. Is it that time again? The time where I write an entirely unnecessary post about my long-procrastinated list of favorite video games? Yes. Yes it is.

I really do hate myself for writing another one of these, when there are so many better, heftier things I want to write. But completing video games takes time, ergo it can take a while to get to reviewing them. I honestly don’t have a reason why I haven’t done more animation and movie write-ups recently though. I feel bad about that. Let’s not even get started on all the top five and ten lists I have back-catalogued.

Yet, here we are. I’m writing another one of these while I prepare for the good stuff (like a review of Dark Souls 3), as well as the bad stuff (like a review for Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric). So be patient with me and I hope you can withstand this post.

Yes, I’m officially delaying my list of favorite video games. Again. Granted, last time I did one of these, I said there was a good chance I’d be postponing my list from its then-May deadline, but now I’m officially postponing it. For how long? A couple of months, probably. Maybe September or something. I know, that’s a long wait (though hopefully you have more important things to keep you occupied in the meantime). But there are a good number of games I’d like to review first. Some new games, and some classics that I haven’t played in a while that I’d like to have a bit more fresh in the memory banks before I lump them all in a list.

I think I’m sticking with my plan for a top 20, with an additional non-numbered ten or so “runners-up” for a total of 30-ish games on my list. I could potentially do a top 50 or even a top 100, but such an extensive list from an individual seems more than a little unnecessary. Why bother ranking games that are in the 70s and 80s area, anyway?

So anyways, I guess one of the main reasons why I’m writing this is to let my fellow bloggers know, since I originally invited them to create their own lists around the same time. They’re no longer obliged to do that, but more than welcome. Should they not want to wait and make their lists before mine, they’re free to do that too, but I would still like everyone to add links to the subsequent lists once they are made.

All of the original blogs I invited to partake are still welcome to that invitation, as well as a few new names.

NintendoBound

After Story Gaming

Very Very Gaming

Extra Life Reviews

Miketendo64

The Well-Red Mage

Mr. Panda’s Video Game Reviews

And by the way, blogs with multiple publishers are encouraged to have multiple contributors make their own lists. The more the merrier! And any other bloggers who want to join in, feel free to ask for participation.

Anyway, thanks for reading. Sorry for the further delays, but September does sound nice (it is the month of my birthday, after all). Now I’m going to go write something better.

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10 thoughts on “Yet Another Update on My List of Favorite Video Games

  1. Matt

    I am ok with the delay and with waiting as well, I am awfully busy with work and other things so I probably would not have the time to write the list right now. Plus, there is a Top 30 Wii Games list that I posted back in GS that I need to rewrite and bring over to WordPress.

    But anyway, I am looking forward to your next reviews and to the final list, whenever it may come.

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      1. Matt

        I will get to it eventually. Right now I am on a review rewriting quick.

        Things have been sort of slow at work so I have been looking into some reviews I had posted in GS and making them better so that I can publish them over here. I think you will be happy, there are a handful of reviews of games that are older than a decade and a few NES gems as well.

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  2. AfterStory

    I am more than okay with this delay, I was having a minor panic attack thinking I’d have to finish all these games and have a list written up by next month! So a delay to September is extremely reasonable in my book! I’ve been so busy with work that I haven’t had any time to write, hell I barely have any time to fit in gaming nowadays, but it’s a work in progress. I think I’ll write up a classic corner for Super Mario RPG as its all I can think about 😛 while I’m posting this comment, all I can think about is playing some more Super Mario RPG ☺️ it’s fairly saddening though as I feel my journey’s coming to an end as I only need to collect two more stars :/ I also need to play donkey kong: tropical freeze, half-life 2, the metal gear solid series, paper Mario, banjo kazooie, earthbound, final fantasy vi, secret of mana, the mega man games, and other amazing titles. Luckily the list has been shortening as I’m slowly chipping away at what needs to be played! I also haven’t finished some newly released titles; I’ve been playing the division for the last month but have yet to finish it, and I also just nabbed a copy of Ratchet & Clank so I’m excited to give that a go as well. I also hope to write a list of my favourite games from childhood and also a games of the year list for every year, like that awesome piece that you wrote a couple of months back. The end of the tunnel is in sight, I feel that September is far more approachable and less intimidating!

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    1. themancalledscott Post author

      Glad to see this delay benefits others as well as myself. I hope you get around to all those great games. I must say you probably have played through most of my favorites at this point, with the remaining ones being in your to-do list. Hopefully you’ll still want to read my reviews of them. 😛

      Very glad you’re enjoying Super Mario RPG so much. It is an incredible game in every sense of the term. It is one of those games where I also feel kind of sad as the end approaches. It’s just so good. Still a shame it never got a direct sequel.

      I look forward to your list (and future writings, whenever they may be), and hopefully I’ll be seeing DKC2 on your list somewhere as well.

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  3. Red Metal

    I don’t mind that you’re delaying the list; even being aware of my 10/10 games, I find the task of making a top 20 somewhat daunting. I vaguely know how I would order those games, so the difficult part for me is deciding which 9/10 titles get to make the cut. I think after 20 or so, you’re better off just revealing the rest of the games from each tier (9.5 games, 9 games, 8.5 games and so forth).

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    1. themancalledscott Post author

      That definitely makes sense. I wouldn’t mind listing games by rating after a certain point. I think if I were to lump my 10s and 9.5s, I would have a little over 20 games. So I think, like you, my problem is deciding which 9.5 games make it into the top 20.

      Should you choose to make your list, I look very forward to it.

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      1. Red Metal

        Speaking of scoring systems, has there ever been a time when a game was so good at conveying a certain kind of experience, that you actually thought worse of another work? I remember thinking The Stanley Parable was kind of interesting with its postmodern elements, but after playing a certain indie game from last year and watching it completely dominate the earlier title in every aspect, it made me less enthusiastic about recommending it (I changed the score from a 5/10 to a 4/10 as a result).

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      2. themancalledscott Post author

        I’m sure there’s probably an instance of me liking one game less because of another, but I can’t think of any notable examples in that negative of a sense at the moment. I can, however, think of a small handful of instances where I might rate a game I love slightly lower than I would have at launch because I feel a sequel or successor provided a more definitive version of the experience. For example, I still think Super Mario Galaxy is one of the best games out there, but because I feel Super Mario Galaxy 2 provided the definitive “Galaxy experience” I might rate Galaxy 1 slightly lower. The same can be said for Donkey Kong Country Returns when compared to Tropical Freeze, and even Dark Souls when compared to Bloodborne and Dark Souls 3 (though perhaps in this instance the freshness of the latter games are working in their favor). There might be some cases of me outright thinking less of a game because of another, but none I can really think of at the moment.

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