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QOTW: Name your top three video games of all time

by Parm Mann on 12 October 2012, 17:00

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Super Mario Kart. Halo. World of Warcraft. Sonic The Hedgehog. Half Life. Zelda. Metal Gear Solid. Forza. Kick Off. Grand Theft Auto. Doom. Angry Birds. Where do you start?

It's a question that's going to require some serious thought, so don't rush in, take your time, and once you've settled on your top three games of all time, let us know in the comments below.

The games can be from any platform, but we'd like to see your choices listed in order or greatness - with number one being your all-time favourite.

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This is something I've thought about a few times and I always find it hard to answer because I think it depends on the criteria you are judging it by. I am basing mine on the overall enjoyment and play time I got out of the titles below even though they have all been superseded by newer versions now:
1: Medieval Total War (version 1) - PC
2: Gran Turismo (version 1) - PS1
3: Super Mario Kart (version 1) - SNES
Everquest - I put so much of my life into that game, played it for 7 years, still in touch with some of those folks 8 years later. It was a challenging game from day 1, and I havent seen another MMORPG that has come close to rivalling it for ingenuity and challenge. The quest system was a bit vague tho :)

Manic Miner - Probably the best platform game of the early 80's. Timing was crucial, levels were well thought out and there was a fair bit of humour throughout the game. It was also the first game I ever had on the Spectrum, and introduced me to the world of gaming.

The 3rd game to choose is a real teaser tho. I spent a great deal of my youth in games arcades playing Street Fighter 2 and Tekken and Bubble Bobble and Outrun and Shinobi and Baddudes Vs the Dragonninja and all. But these days very few of those types of games get played on my systems and although I now play COD (MW2, MW3 but preferrably Black Ops) the game that got me interested in Xbox Live and FPS in general was Halo 3, and thats where I have to put this. Its incredibly polished, has a phenomenal campaign (far better than Reach or ODST), awesome multiplayer with several different and fun modes (Griffball, Rocket Race) and being able to play 4 player co-op campaign was utterly brilliant. Best in its genre in recent tmes.

On a side note, top 3 isnt enough lol, it never is, if you had made it top 5 then I would have had 6 games to add, but a special mention has to go to Ninja Gaiden as the best game of its type imo, far better than all the clones that have followed such as God of War and Bayonetta, no matter how polished they were.
1) Battlefield 2
2) Star Control 2
3) Newzealand Story
For me games are Simulators and Games. Simulators are what I bought my PC for in 1995. So I'll just say “ArmA 1+2” and “Il2 Sturmovik: 1946” are the narrowly missed in my list, but simlply “game-wise”, in no order:

1 Mechwarrior (PC) - it began here
2 UFO (XCOM: Ufo Defence) (PC)
3 Secret of Mana (SNES)
1. Unreal
2. Baldur's Gate 2
3. System Shock 2