My favorite video games top 45

These are my favorite video games of all time. I have many more games to play, and this list will continue to change. But for now, these are my all time favorites.
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The Last of Us (2013 Video Game)
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20 years after a pandemic destroyed the United States, Joel gets the task of taking Ellie into a nation-wide mission to unveil a secret that can save humanity.
Metal Gear Solid (1998 Video Game)
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A crack government anti-terrorist squad takes over an obscure Alaskan nuclear disposal facility with...
Director: Hideo Kojima
“ The game that made me want to become a game director/designer. Completely broke the barriers of film and video games, and is the ultimate interactive experience. From a gameplay perspective, character perspective, story perspective there is nothing better (IMO).

From it's unique twisting story, to it's incredible game design, to the way the game developed and changed its protagonists and antagonists throughout and sent them on varying and amazing arcs, this game is a masterpiece. ” - FormerlyDoh11
Twisted Metal: Black (2001 Video Game)
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Twisted Metal:Black features 15 psychotic mental patients competing in the Twisted Metal tournament for one wish that will grant them anything they want.
Director: David Jaffe
“ Did what David Jaffe always promises, a fun shooter/car combat game that was taken to the next level with massive levels, varied vehicles., incredible weapon design and overall a blast to play from beginning to end.

In addition to that though, Jaffe developed as a storyteller, giving each character a unique backstory that played out over the game through cut scenes that were wonderfully rendered in CG. Dark, twisted and memorable, these cut scenes were brilliantly done in all aspects and added the one thing that Twisted Metal and Twisted Metal 2 lacked, brilliant storytelling. ” - FormerlyDoh11
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009 Video Game)
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After being tracked down by Harry Flynn, Nathan Drake goes on a quest for Marco Polo' lost fleet. However when things take an unexpected turn for the worst, Drake must rely on those closest to him in order to find the Cintomani Stone.
“ This is arguably one of the best paced games ever made, and the best example of a game that not only fully captures the spirit of Indiana Jones at his peak, but even surpasses him.

Yes, Naughty Dog's presentation is only beaten by that of Kojima Productions in this respect. The cut scenes are incredible, the story gripping, the characters perfectly constructed. And the gameplay is varied, fun and incredibly intense and perfectly paced. Also there are things scene here gameplay wise that are so incredible, and are bigger than anything you could have possibly imagined (all the stuff on the train).

Multiplayer wise this game is the best multiplayer game I've ever played. Nothing comes close in terms of the level design. Every level drips with variety and perfection in its design. No load outs either, you find the guns you want to use. It's simple in its set up but executed perfectly by sticking to what made the single player great with the gameplay and just transplanted it to team based modes that are TO THIS DAY, ONE AND A HALF YEARS LATER the best multiplayer game on the market.

This game has an incredible single player campaign and a perfect multiplayer mode. This is practically a perfect game. ” - FormerlyDoh11
Twisted Metal 2: World Tour (1996 Video Game)
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Director: David Jaffe
“ A sequel that took everything that made the original good and made it great. From a gameplay perspective, this might be the most fun I've ever had playing a game. The weapons are a blast, the music is great, the cars are all well designed, the levels are outstanding and the overall sheer amount of fun will last for years either by yourself or with a friend.

The only part of TM2 that lacks is the stories. They're fun and cheesy which they're supposed to be, but after seeing Black, they simply don't stand up. They're good in their own right, but not when compared to Black. ” - FormerlyDoh11
God of War (2005 Video Game)
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Driven by revenge, Kratos embarks on an epic journey to bring down Ares, the God of War.
Director: David Jaffe
“ David Jaffe's "epic" game. Redefined hack and slashers by making a larger than life revenge story coupled with uniquely designed puzzles and pristinely polished and incredibly satisfying combat moves. Jaffe took Greek mythology to a whole new level, and man is it satisfying even to this day to fight beasts that are ten times bigger than you, rip apart enemies, and destroy everything in your path to kill the god of war, Aires for his betrayal towards the main character, Kratos. ” - FormerlyDoh11
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008 Video Game)
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"MGS4" brings a totally new concept and situation, resulting in the toughest "Metal Gear" infiltration mission ever devised. The game is set after the events of "MGS2" and players will reprise the role of top secret agent Solid Snake.
Director: Hideo Kojima
“ Kojima ends his Metal Gear saga in a memorable way from a gameplay and storytelling perspective. Kojima puts Hollywood to shame by composing eight hours of cut scenes that for the most part, push cinematic prowess in games to levels never before dreamed of. From the cinematography, to the emotional power and ride Kojima takes these beloved characters on, this is truly a fan's dream.

He also opens up a lot of new game design techniques that truly gives the player the option to go stealthy or go in with all guns blazing. Actually being able to make a game that can work both ways is incredible and makes it unique. Kojima also tweaks the controls, making them silky fluid and smooth. All the things that Snake can physically do is outstanding, with new CQC moves and sneaking abilities that are very well designed.

Although some of the cutscenes drag on a little bit, there's no denying the overall emotional power of Kojima's vision. ” - FormerlyDoh11
Halo 2 (2004 Video Game)
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Master Chief must defend Earth from invading Covenant forces.
“ An outstanding pulse pounding campaign that set the standard for shooters. The multiplayer was great and all, but the heart of this game was in its single player. The story was awesome, and the all out firefights on seemingly endless battlefields was awe inspiringly stunning. ” - FormerlyDoh11
Heavy Rain (2010 Video Game)
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As a child goes missing, his father tirelessly works to rescue him, while a journalist, an FBI agent, and a private detective try to identify his kidnapper known only as the "Origami Killer".
Director: David Cage
“ David Cage took a big leap forward in terms of storytelling in gaming. Although there are a few glaring plot holes for the most part the story is very well told, and the gameplay scenarios are brilliant. This is a very unique game in terms of that every move you make affects the story directly. This game is perfect in terms of capturing the emotional feel of characters, and puts you closer to characters than ever before with its ingenious game design and plot twists.

If you're tired of shooting things or jumping on stuff, try this game out. It's an emotionally powerful roller coaster with great characters, great presentation and a very engaging story. Story completely dictates the game design and it's awesome. If there weren't a couple of plot holes, Cage's masterpiece would be even better than it already is. ” - FormerlyDoh11
NBA (2010 Short Film)
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Not only will the founding fathers of flight such as Julius Erving and Dominique Wilkins tell their stories... (15 mins.)
Director: Larry Thigpen
“ NBA Street, they don't have it listed, so I used this short film as a placeholder.

In terms of sheer fun in arcade basketball games, I don't think I've had more fun with a sports game than I have with NBA Street. While I like the sequels, street was simple, fun and provided endless hours of 2 player competitions and tournaments for me and my friends. Maybe a little nostalgia is involved as well, but overall this game is a blast to play, and is even better when you have a friend (or friends) to play it with. ” - FormerlyDoh11
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (2005 Video Game)
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A remake of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater with many added features; such as the free range camera, new camouflage outfits, bonus levels and a theater mode.
Director: Hideo Kojima
“ Kojima's epic prequel to the entire Metal Gear universe is a masterpiece that is the blue print for how MGS4 and Peace Walker were designed in terms of their core mechanics. Presenting an epic story, along with throwing the game outdoors (almost completely) presents a great time.

The new way of surviving by eating animals and treating wounds is a great addition and learning about the roots of the Metal Gear saga with its incredible twisting plot that ends in incredible tragedy is Kojima at the top of his game. ” - FormerlyDoh11
BioShock (2007 Video Game)
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In 1960, a lone survivor of a plane crash named Jack discovers an abandoned underwater utopia, only to find out that the mystery behind its creation is much more sinister than he first believed.
Director: Paul Hellquist
“ An epic FPS with an incredible atmosphere, gameplay mechanics and a truly epic feel that is captured with a brilliant story. The game expands and expands until the very end giving you so many different weapons to utilize against enemies, and stands out as one of the definitive FPS games of this generation. ” - FormerlyDoh11
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014 Video Game)
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The family of Talion, a ranger of Gondor responsible for guarding the Black Gate of Mordor, is killed by Saurons armies, but Talion is revived with wraith-like abilities and heads into Mordor to exact his revenge.
Flower (2009 Video Game)
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Float as a lone petal through beautiful surroundings and recognise the beauty, peace and serenity that is 'Flower'.
Red Dead Redemption (2010 Video Game)
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John Marston, former outlaw, is forced by the federal government to hunt down the members of his old gang.
“ Rockstar's masterpiece. Basically took the mechanics laid out by GTA and refined them to a tee for the wild west. Presenting the tragic story of John Marston along with pulse pounding western action, coupled with its epic and setting, fantastic score, memorable characters creates one spellbinding experience.

The multiplayer is good, if a little predictable, and there are times when the game can drag a bit. But overall, RDR is the definition of an epic western. Sergio Leone would be proud. ” - FormerlyDoh11
Sly 2: Band of Thieves (2004 Video Game)
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Two years after defeating Clockwerk, Sly Cooper and his band of thieves must recover and destroy all of the stolen Clockwerk parts from a sinister organization before their old nemesis can return from the dead.
Ico (2001 Video Game)
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On a distant island village, there is a legend that anyone born with horns will bring about calamity...
Director: Fumito Ueda
Madden NFL 2005 (2004 Video Game)
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“ The best football game. Ever. Yeah, 2K5 was and still is a great game, but Madden surpasses it with the gameplay. But even though it's supposed to be realistic and it is, Madden 05 plays a touch arcadey and revolutionizes how you play defense with the hit stick.

With improved online modes and seemingly perfect football gameplay, Madden 05 is a hell of a sports game. Also has the best franchise mode in a football game ever that easily outshines Madden this gen with owner mode returning, your players having attitudes and a damn sports talk radio show! This game is incredible! ” - FormerlyDoh11
Madden NFL 2004 (2003 Video Game)
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“ Ah, my first Madden game. Revolutionized offense with the playmaker control and like its successor played pretty much to perfection. Also the introduction of the owner mode was amazing and added a nice touch to the game. 04 and 05 are the football games to own. 2K5 is up there as well. ” - FormerlyDoh11
Star Wars: Battlefront II (2005 Video Game)
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Play as the foot soldier of the galaxy's greatest factions and wage war across countless planets.
“ One of the best games over in terms of fun with an online shooter. Great level design, fun classes and even though there was only one mode, it was enough to keep me and my friends busy for years.

Single player wise, the game is mostly a wash, although it is fun. Still online is so strong that there is very little that the shortcomings of single player can do to detract from this online masterpiece. ” - FormerlyDoh11
NCAA Football 2004 (2003 Video Game)
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“ Captured the essence of what it means to play on Saturday. A game that runs and plays to perfection. In terms of college football games, nothing beats NCAA Football 2004. ” - FormerlyDoh11
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare I (2007 Video Game)
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The Call of Duty series returns this time into a modern day setting. The player takes control of a character nicknamed "Soap," for the majority of the campaign and will need to progress through many modern warfare scenarios.
Director: Jason West
“ The best FPS of this generation. The campaign is short, sweet and riveting. The online is a revolution in the way online games are played. COD4 is a damn near perfect game, and while I wish the main characters actually had feelings and emotions that would make the story better, it's still a hell of a game. ” - FormerlyDoh11
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011 Video Game)
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After escaping from execution, the last living Dragonborn must grow in strength and power to defeat the dragons that have begun to once again plague the land of Skyrim.
Director: Todd Howard
Rayman Origins (2011 Video Game)
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Hotline Miami (2012 Video Game)
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A surrealist video game that dives into the mind of an assassin living within the neon gloss of the late 1980s of Miami.
Halo (2001 Video Game)
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Super-soldier John-117, Master Chief of the United Nations Space Command, must battle a genocidal alien race known as the Covenant following his violent crash-landing on Halo, an ancient and mysterious ring-world.
Director: Joseph Staten
“ Put the X-Box on the map with this engrossing and genre defining shooter that changed the way FPS' were played forever. This is an excellent achievement in terms of shaping a great sci-fi world with unique weapons and characters and putting the player into something that hadn't really been seen at this point. Bungie and Microsoft deserve a pat on the back for creating a great shooter franchise. ” - FormerlyDoh11
LittleBigPlanet (2008 Video Game)
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You are a sack person, now go explore and get cool prizes off and online
“ MM revolutionized what one can do with a game. Allowing people to create their own levels with a super in depth level creator makes this game's life span never ending. Not to mention that the story mode is great in its own right too. But the share feature of LBP is its shining moment. Allowing anyone to publish their levels to the PSN for anyone to play is just marvelous. While the depth perception can be a little frustrating along with the floaty controls, once adjusted to it, LBP is a freaking blast. ” - FormerlyDoh11
BioShock 2 (2010 Video Game)
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In 1968, the first successfully-bonded Big Daddy is reawakened to save his Little Sister from the clutches of Rapture's new leader, Sofia Lamb.
Director: Jordan Thomas
“ Easily one of the most underrated games ever. The story and emotional power of the game is excellent. The gameplay itself is more or less more Bioshock, but the new plasmids, and new gameplay mechanics are great and a welcome addition.

Rapture's saga comes to a close in an epic manner that'll leave you breathless.

The multiplayer is a lot of fun, but all of the levels are very similar to each other and aren't varied enough. But the way the game plays, and the way it incorporates rapture lore along with the unique game design of the single player, makes the multiplayer very unique (minus COD like challenges). Bioshock 2 is a great achievement and is vastly underrated. ” - FormerlyDoh11
Assassin's Creed II (2009 Video Game)
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Desmond Miles is trained to become a modern-day Assassin through the resurrected memories of ancestor Ezio Auditore da Firenze, who uncovers a massive Templar conspiracy in Renaissance Italy leading to the new Pope.
“ Took the skeleton that was AC and made it into an actual body that really worked. With at least 15 hours of gameplay, the amount of content, side quests and the overall arching story will keep you hooked for hours. The refinements and additions to the gameplay are incredible, and the story itself is wonderful and so are the character. This is an incredible adventure game. ” - FormerlyDoh11
Rayman Legends (2013 Video Game)
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Rayman, Globox and the Teensies have been sleeping for a century. During that time, the Bubble Dreamer's nightmares grew in strength and numbers...
Director: Michel Ancel
Journey (2012 Video Game)
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A robed figure in a desolate world undertakes a journey towards a distant, glowing mountain.
Director: Jenova Chen
Super Smash Bros. (1999 Video Game)
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Mario and everybody's favorite Nintendo characters battle it out in a no holds bar tournament. It's to see who's the best Nintendo character.
“ Where's Nintendo in this list? Here they are, I'm not the biggest fan of the Big N, but I sure do respect the hell out of them. Super Smash Bros is my favorite fighting game. The characters all have great moves, the multiplayer is a blast and the game itself is incredibly well executed. I love fighting with all the characters to this day with friends. ” - FormerlyDoh11
GoldenEye (1997 Video Game)
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James Bond must track down agent-turned-terrorist Alec Trevelyan to stop the launch of a powerful satellite.
Director: Martin Hollis
“ This game defined the multiplayer experience in the 90s (for me). It was brilliant in terms of how well the game played and how the levels were designed, and translated into a hell of a lot of fun for me, my friends and so many others.

The single player is a blast, too. With a nice story, engrossing game play and varied missions, Goldeneye is a must own for any FPS fan. ” - FormerlyDoh11
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008 Video Game)
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An update of the classic fighter that pits Nintendo's most famous characters against each other, for the Nintendo Wii.
“ Nintendo got everything right with Brawl (gameplay wise). This is a blast to play with the most refined precision in terms of fighting mechanics ever. The level editor is fun, even though it's not in depth enough.

The single player is fun, but very weak. The story drags it down, is uninteresting, as are many of the actual levels in the story mode.

Overall though, this game is so much fun in terms of the actual gameplay that it is impossible to not recognize it among my list. ” - FormerlyDoh11
Super Mario Galaxy (2007 Video Game)
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When Princess Peach is abducted as part of Bowser's galaxy creation scheme, stalwart plumber Mario must leap to her rescue, with the help of new celestial friends and powers.
“ The more I play it, the more I love it. Mario's first outing on the Wii, is so innovative and so much fun. Miyamoto redefines what can be done in gaming (again!) with another timeless epic. While some of it is a little too easy, overall the genius in the game design cannot go without being recognized. The music is beautiful, and the game itself is simply stunning. ” - FormerlyDoh11
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004 Video Game)
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A family tragedy prompts a man to return home, only to find it overrun by crime and corruption, which he must regain control of the streets before it gets even worse.
“ Rockstar went insane with this game. A very fun, and over the top story, with so much content packed into it, it makes a lot of games even today look silly.

The core mechanics are a blast, the story is a blast, the environments are detailed and the overall experience is incredible. ” - FormerlyDoh11
Spyro the Dragon (1998 Video Game)
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A young cute purple dragon named Spyro has set out to free his dragon buddies, after when they had fallen victim to the villainous Gnasty Gnorc...
“ A very fun platformer that put Insomniac on the map. Spyro is a long, and very fun game involving a lovable dragon his quest to free his people who have been turned into crystal. The levels are varied, the gameplay is fun, the music is wonderful and Insomniac pushed the PS1 very far, and made a great 3D platformer. ” - FormerlyDoh11
Infamous (2009 Video Game)
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Control Cole MacGrath as he evolves his newly found ability to control electricity. In a city on lock down due to plague and super-powered psychos, you must choose to act as savior to the people or become the reckless demon of Empire City.
Director: Nate Fox
“ Sucker Punch comes out swinging with a great sandbox game, and the greatest super hero game ever made.

Great choice based situations, awesome powers, a good story that puts all the power in your hands. This is a thrill from start to finish.

Some of the supporting cast is flat, but the overall story is great and so is the addicting gameplay. ” - FormerlyDoh11
God of War II (2007 Video Game)
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Kratos, a brutally violent Greek soldier, tortured by the memories of his past, has taken the throne...
Director: Cory Barlog
Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988 Video Game)
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Bowser has kidnapped Princess Toadstool, taken over all seven Kingdoms in the Mushroom World and put his seven kids in charge of all of them. It's the Mario Brothers to the rescue!
Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009 Video Game)
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You control Batman as he fights to subdue The Joker and his fellows when they seize control of the forensic mental hospital.
Batman: Arkham City (2011 Video Game)
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When part of Gotham is turned into a private reserve for criminals, all hell is sure to break loose, and the Dark Knight is the only one who can stop it.
Director: Sefton Hill
God of War: Ghost of Sparta (2010 Video Game)
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Kratos is still haunted by the visions of his mortal past and decides to explore his origins. In Atlantis...
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (2010 Video Game)
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In 1974, Snake (a.k.a. Big Boss) is no longer part of the US special forces and has his own merc team. While on a mission in South America, they encounter a strange hostile merc unit with far superior equipment than their latest tech.
Director: Hideo Kojima
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (2002 Video Game)
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A remake of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty; adding VR missions, 5 Short-Story missions with Snake at the helm, "Skater Mode" and more.
Director: Hideo Kojima
Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves (2005 Video Game)
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Sly Cooper and the gang must recruit a team of world-class thieves in order to penetrate his family vault of massive wealth and collect his inheritance before an evil genius retrieves it first.