GVGOAT 17 - 11
Let if be known, we're getting close. Also let it be known that things get ugly here, and games become increasingly difficult to separate.
17) Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
Having to put this game this high is one of the bigger surprises on the list. However, it's hurt by the replayability factor. It's not one of the elite games that I'll be playing forever. It is one of the best NES games ever made, but there was something about it that just didn't lend itself to elite status.
Above: I'm running a screen play...think about it.
I did enjoy the shoe in the cloud world. I just wish it would have made a larger appearance.
Fun Fact: One of the game's best easter eggs was getting the coin ship to appear. Once you boarded it you were awarded the coin purse. Hehe.
16) NCAA Football (PS)
The gameplay is great sure. Created teams are fantastic. Being able to design a league and uniforms and players, all wonderful. However, the single achievement of this game: recruiting. There are people who only play this game to recruit. That should tell you how fantastic it is.
The game also provided the fun of the merlin ball. Granted, they've made great improvements since the 2002 version. That's when QBs could make 50-yard money passes while being sacked and facing the wrong direction. But we all loves phil's option QB pitching the ball around himself with the wrong hand. Good times.
Above: Pause for the cause.
While maybe my most played sports game ever, I couldn't make it the highest rated ever. It was slightly overtaken by....
Fun Fact: I want to say the most fun I ever had was beating Phil 77-7 or coming back from 28-7 at the half to win 31-28, but it's not. Beating Jack, on a 2-pt conversion with no time left still ranks #1. He was totally in!! YOU KNOW IT!!
15) Tecmo Bowl (NES)
Congrats TB!! You win the honor of being the highest ranked sports game on the list. It was an insanely tough call between Tecmo Bowl and NCAA football, but I think the crazy fun of picking the same plays and unstoppable players just slightly edged out NCAAFB. There's not much else I can say about it, so, I won't.
Above: You just got Thurmanated.
Fun Fact: Everyone always says how unstopped Bo Jackson was, but Walter Payton might have even edged him. I'm not saying it's a fact, but a possibility.
14) Dragon Warrior 3 (NES)
It took everything that was great and bad about DW1 and made it better. Ability to pick several characters, you had a bank, it was wonderful. Plus, toward the end of the game you switched to a new land mass which was the exact shape of the DW1 world. I'm a sucker for that shit.
Above: I put on my robe and wizard hat...
Fun Fact: I always found it very strange that you fight very few dragons in the Dragon Warrior series.
13) Mega Man 2 (NES)
Mega Man is a long running and incredibly popular series. Everyone is familiar with the hero and knows about the game. But here's the dirty secret: The series of games isn't that good. Mega Man 1 was "meh", Mega Man 3 was decent, but all the other ones pretty much stink. However, there's always MM2. Great bosses, mostly useful weapons (sans the leaf shield, honestly), the Dr. Wily chain is great, and FANTASTIC music.
Above: Always do Metal Man first. ALWAYS!
Fun Fact: How many other people used to have hand-written bingo-board passwords?...Right, me neither.
12) Command and Conquer: Red Alert (PC)
When the first line of RTS games came out, there were very good, but left you wanting a little more. Then, C&C RA came out, and blew my world. An absolute glorious game. The mission modes were great, and multiplayer (even against the CPU) was a blast. Whether it was blowing shit up, squishing guys with tanks, or zapping them with a tesla coil, there were always fun ways of winning and killing.
Above: Ok, fine, it's RA2, shutup I know.
Fun Fact: I set up my first home network so I could play C&C RA against another person. I've got your IP right here, bitch!
11) Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
This game, this right here, is the single biggest upset of my list. How this game didn't make the top 10 simply blows my mind. Yet, when I got right down to it, I just couldn't put it above any of the top 10. The single reason: replayability. I don't think I've played this game 5 times since I beat it. The other thing about the game I didn't like, the ending. Don't get me wrong, I think this game has the best handling of any action game ever made, but the end sucked. The boss was fantastic, but after it was over I felt jipped, and it me pisses off.
Above: Link has a nice chat with Erin.
Otherwise, it's everything you expect from a Zelda title: fun story, lots of items, semi-difficult puzzles, and fantastic gameplay. Plus, you switch from little boy to bigger boy at various points in the game. NAMBLA is all over that.
Fun Fact: The Dungeon boss (1st dungeon once grown-up) where you have to shoot guys running out of pictures is one of the most clever bosses I've seen.
Top 10...You're on deck...