I have been playing video games for quite some time now, over a decade at least, and in that time I have found some absolute masterpieces of games, and some that left a bit to be desired. Below, are my 8 greatest games of all time (#1 being the very best)
Note: This is purely my opinion, not based off any statistics.
8- Fallout: New Vegas (2010)
I must admit, I only got into the Fallout franchise recently, Fallout 4 was my first one, but I have to say, until recently it has been one of my favourite series. I bought New Vegas in late 2017, but I have to say it has one of the best stories in any game I’ve ever played. What makes it better is the numerous different ways it can end, and how most decisions you make have a butterfly effect of consequences. I love all the different little details in this game, and the comedic and sometimes light-hearted take on the apocalypse. I recommend this game, best Fallout I have played.
7- Call of Duty: World at War (2008)
COD: World at War wasn’t the biggest COD, nor the most well known, but in my experience it was the best. This is likely because of the whole World War II theme, which is a period of history I am quite interested in. Another thing about it, which I feel not many people know, is that it set up the entire Black Ops series, of which I and II were close competitors for this spot. I found the gameplay quite good for an early COD game, and the graphics for the time were really good. It is also one of the few COD games to feature gore, which whilst quite unpleasant, in a horror show like WWII, it really adds to the brutal atmosphere. The online wasn’t anything special, but I did have a lot of fun on it. If you’re a COD fanboy, I highly recommend this title.
6- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (2017)
PUBG is a very controversial game, it started out as a record breaking smash hit in its early access on PC, and now has a comparably smaller playerbase, and mediocre scores, despite being more accessible ever before with eventual console and even mobile release. That’s not to say it’s a bad game, I really enjoy it when I do play, but the whole Battle Royale thing was a bit of a novelty to a lot of people. Another massive blow to PUBG was the release of Fortnite Battle Royale, a game I absolutely despise, which was free and somehow had a more child friendly approach to ‘kill everything that moves’. Anyway, as I said before, I really like PUBG for what it is, and the developers have recently started to get on top of fixing issues and releasing more free content and gamemodes. Like it or not, it definitely revolutionised the Battle Royale genre and has paved the way for many more enjoyable ones, such as Red Dead Online’s Gun Rush, Black Ops 4’s Blackout, Apex: Legends, and Battlefield V’s upcoming ‘Firestorm’ which looks really good. A bit of a controversial game, but it has always been a staple game for me on PC, and was actually the first game I played on PC and the reason I got into PC Gaming. PUBG also won Steam’s Game of the Year for 2018. Its pretty cheap for what you get I reckon, so pick it up if you’re into Battle Royale.
5- Destiny (2014)
Destiny was one of the first games I properly got into, and it was a very positive experience. I’d had it since release and played very regularly up until the release of the disappointing Destiny 2 (which things are now looking up for, but that’s another story). I really liked the Light system, as well as the story and sideline quests, and all the weapons and armour, both aesthetically and gameplay wise. The environments within the game, like the Dreadnought or Plaguelands were also really cool. There were ups and downs, but in the end it was a really good game, and some of the raids, strikes and other moments within are fairly iconic within gaming community and I have very fond memories of, and it is a title I am truly sad to see left behind.
4- Battlefield 1 (2016)
There aren’t too many game trailers as iconic as Battlefield 1's. To this day, whenever I hear Seven Nation Army I instantly picture some poor Tommy being beaten down by Fritz, landships rolling across muddy battlefields and men being mowed down by machine guns. Reading that now it is quite a grisly scene, and it is, and that is one of the many things I love about Battlefield 1. How it brought WWI into the spotlight worldwide, and how it actually showed that these weren’t just pixels on a screen. These were real experiences, of real men who fought and died over a hundred years ago. Remembering those who served has always been something very important to me, and I really liked how this slightly obscure part of history was brought to the attention of the masses. Moving on from that sombre, yet necessary note, Battlefield 1 managed to create an amazing environment to play in, and even to me, an avid WWI enthusiast (if that’s the right word), I learnt many things from this game. I played Battlefield 1 a lot, since before release and just up until I needed space on my PS4 the other week. I stuck by it through every DLC, each of which made the game better and better, and I even got the Platinum trophy, plus all the trophies from the DLCs. I absolutely love this game, and funnily enough the release of Battlefield V brought a resurgence to 1’s servers, so I do recommend you go check it out if you haven’t.
3- ARMA 3 (2013)
The ARMA series is quite well known in the PC community, and it is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, military simulator on the market. The appeal to me for this game comes from my aspirations (which are soon becoming a reality) to join the Army, and ARMA 3 lets me live out that dream to an extent. There are very few faults I can find for this game, of which most a purely limitations of its time. The playerbase is also really non-toxic and helpful, and the comradery you feel with random strangers is great. If you’re looking for something different, or a more serious take on First-Person Shooters, ARMA 3 is certainly worth checking out.
2- Rainbow Six: Siege (2015)
Up until October 26 of last year, this would have been #1 on my list, despite Siege being my most played game ever, with over 3 weeks of playtime. However, Rainbow Six: Siege is certainly one of the greatest games on the market to date. It isn’t what it was on release, which was an indescribable experience to be honest, thanks to the revolutionary destruction system and the fairly tactical feel and gameplay, but its still an amazing game. I don’t think I’ve ever hopped on Siege and had a truly bad experience. Just like ARMA, in my experience the playerbase is quite non-toxic (however not always skilled…), which usually leads to an enjoyable game no matter the outcome, or whether you’re playing alone or with friends.
Thanks to constant support form the developers, Siege has remained a giant in the FPS market and the playerbase is still growing, almost 4 years on. There’s not much more I can say about this game that won’t have me waffle on for ages about it, so I’m going to stop it there. An amazing game in almost every way.
1- Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
We’re at the Number 1 spot now, my favourite game of all time. Red Dead Redemption 2. This game is truly a masterpiece in every way; the story, the characters, the environment, the soundtrack, the graphics, hell even the voice acting is better than some blockbuster movies. This is a game that since release I have not played anything else since (besides a Siege match or two for the Pro-League packs, but can’t blame me there). I haven’t even ejected the disc from my PS4 once since I bought it. I’ve already done two complete playthroughs, getting 100% completion on the first. I’m going for the Platinum trophy for this game, which is a rollercoaster itself sometimes, but so far has been worth it as I unlock some of the more challenging trophies.
Red Dead Online, whilst very fun to play with friends, did leave a bit to be desired, but Rockstar will hopefully add more content into it, like heists or whatever the wild west equivalent is. Unfortunately with online, unlike a few other games I’ve mentioned, the playerbase can be very toxic at times which makes it hard to play alone, but if you’re really having that much trouble with it just find a less populated server. The economy within Red Dead Online is also a pain in the ass, but that’s just something we’ll have to live with.
Overall a true masterpiece of our time. Some people say the reason it didn’t win game of the year was because it was Game of the Decade, which I honestly can’t argue with.
What do you think? anything missing from the list?
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Written by Angus Marshall for Gaming Australia