Top 100 Games

I enjoy making “Top X” lists, and tempted by a friendly tweet some time ago I decided to make a “Top 100” list of games.

I’ve ordered these games from “Enjoyed the Most to ‘Least'”. How enjoyable a game was to me can depend on a variety of factors, most notably:

  • how much time I spend enjoying the game
  • how much it allowed me to enjoy it together with friends
  • how much the game “stood out” in story or gameplay

I’ve tried as best as I could to compensate for the recency effect and the fact that games from the 90’s are hard to compare to today’s triple-A titles. This is in fact so hard, that you might get a slightly different ordering depending on when you’d ask me. For that reason, everything below the first 20 or so games is in “unordered” buckets.

Let’s get to it!

Top 5! Best of the Best

1. [PC] Commander Keen

All episodes, but my preference would be in this order: 3, 2, 6, 1, 5, 4. (Keen Dreams sucked big time!)

Commander Keen 3

2. [PC] Warcraft 2

So. Many. Hours. Against the CPU. Against my dad. Against my friends. Plain fantastic game!

Warcraft 2

3. [N64] Golden Eye 64

Four-player-split-screen-james-bond-themed-3d-shooter. What more is there to add!?

Goldeneye 64

4. [PC] World of Warcraft

The sheer number of hours of gaming pleasure with this title makes it a must for the top 10. Favorite expansion would be Wrath of the Lich King, mostly because that’s when most of my real life friends also played the game (I’ve played Burning Legion through Cataclysm).

World of Warcraft

5. [N64] Zelda: Ocarina of Time

There’s something intrinsically great about this game that requires me to place it in a top 10.

Zelda: Ocarina of Time

6 – 20: Fantastic games

6. [PC] Dota 2

With over 1700 hours played to date it’s hard to deny that I’ve enjoyed this game. A lot.

Dota 2

7. [PC] Warcraft 3

Great gameplay, great story!

Warcraft 3

8. [PC] Prince of Persia (the original)

I still have dreams and nightmares about this game.

Prince of Persia

9. [Amiga] Impossible Mission

The first Amiga title on this list. Spending weekends at my uncle’s place just playing these games: amazing!

Impossible Mission

10. [PC] Neverwinter Nights 1

A very good game, but it’s on this list because I had some awesome full-weekend complete co-op playthroughs that were fantastic.

Neverwinter Nights

11. [AMIGA] Menace

R-Type clone I absolutely loved.


12. [PC] Wolfenstein 3D

Didn’t even play this game that much, if it weren’t for playing the home brew levels my friends made for each other.

Wolfenstein 3D

13. [PC] Hollow Knight

Played only recently, but gameplay was brilliant.

Hollow Knight

14. [PC] Heroes of the Storm

Quit the game multiple times because it was too addictive, so it deserves its spot.

Heroes of the Storm

15. [PC] GTA: San Andreas

Really got me into the sandbox genre.

GTA San Andreas

16. [AMIGA] Klax

Tetris on steroids!


17. [WII] Super Mario Galaxy

The gameplay of this game was just phenomenal.

Super Mario Galaxy

18. [PC] Whacky Wheels

Yes, I enjoyed this more than Mario Kart. Bite me!

Whacky Wheels

19. [GAMEBOY] Tetris

Dragged me through some long trips that would’ve otherwise been quite tedious.


20. [PC] Duke Nukem 3D

Hail to the king, baby! First co-op 3D shooter with amazing level design.

Duke Nukem 3D

21 – 50: Great Games

[N64] Super Mario 64
[AMIGA] Emerald Mine
[PC/RIFT] Robo Recall
[PC] Supaplex
[SNES] Super Mario World
[PC] Assassin’s Creed 1
[PC] Need for Speed – Hot Pursuit
[PC] Starcraft 2
[PC] Super Meat Boy
[PC] Amnesia: The Dark Descent
[PC] Mass Effect 2
[PC] Mark of the Ninja
[PC] Mother Goose
[PC] Trackmania Nations
[PC] Awesomenauts
[PC] Left 4 Dead 2
[PC] Civilization 4
[PC] Fallout 3
[PC] Batman: Arkham City (2011)
[PC] Portal 2
[PC] Portal 1
[N64] F-Zero X
[N64] Wipeout 64
[PC] Reunion
[PC] Guildwars 2
[PC] Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
[PC] Assassin’s Creed 2
[SNES] Super Mario Kart
[PC] Fighter’s Destiny
[PC] Fez

51 – 100: Good Games

[PC] Braid
[PC] Fallout New Vegas
[PC] Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)
[PC] Centurion: Defender of Rome
[WII] Zelda: Twilight Princess
[PC] Jazz Jackrabbit
[GAMECUBE] Soul Calibur 2
[PC] Starcraft 1
[WII] WarioWare Smooth Moves
[PC] Doom 2
[NES] Super Mario 1
[GAMECUBE] Ikaruga
[PC] Quake 2
[PC] Quake 1
[PC] Company of Heroes 1
[PC] Arkanoid
[PC] Lemmings
[PC] Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2
[PC] Ski or Die
[PC] Secret Agent
[AMIGA] Marble Madness
[PC] Thomas was Alone
[PC] Sim City 2000
[PC] Batman: Arkham Origins (2013)
[GAMEBOY] Super Mario Land
[PC] Magicka
[SNES] Street Fighter 2
[PC] World of Goo
[SNES] Mortal Combat 2
[PC] Worms
[PC] Skyroads
[PC] One Must Fall 2097
[PC] Boppin
[PC] Divinity: Original Sin
[PC] Duke Nukem 2
[GAMEBOY] Super Mario Land 2
[PC] Killer Instinct Gold
[PC] Captain Comic
[PC] Volfied
[PC] Leisure Suit Larry 1
[N64] Diddy Kong Racing
[AMIGA] Firepower
[N64] Super Mario Kart 64
[PC] Mega Race
[PC] Prehistorik
[PC] Bioshock 2
[GAMEBOY] Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle
[PC] Quake 3 Arena
[PC] Sim City 1
[PC] Skyrim

Honorable Mentions

Here’s all the games I also quite enjoyed, but didn’t make the list on the particular day I decided to make it. But it’s a tough call vs some of the 51-100 games.

[PC] Descent
[PC] Dungeon Keeper 2
[PC] Settlers 2
[PC] The Incredible Machine
[PC] Battle Chess
[AMIGA] Micky Mouse
[PC] Hugo’s House of Horrors
[PC] Carmageddon
[PC] Tomb Raider (original)
[AMIGA] Pacman
[PC] Dragon Age 2
[PC] Flatout 2
[PC] Destruction Derby 2
[PC] Age of Empires
[PC] Limbo
[PC] Paladins
[PC] Guns of Icarus
[PC] Primal Rage
[PC] Skunny Kart
[GAMEBOY] Pipe Dream
[PC] Doom 1
[PC] Dragon Age 3 Inquisition
[PC] MDK 1
[PC] Bastion
[PC] Preshistorik 2
[PC] Prince of Persia 2
[PC] Duke Nukem 1
[PC] Virtual Karts
[NES] Double Dragon 2
[PC] Warcraft 1
[PC] California Games
[PC] Unreal Tournament
[PC] Resident Evil 7
[PC] Trackmania 2

And that’s it! So, tell me about your favorite games now…

Initial Oculus Rift Top 5

My employer (Infi) has a tradition of providing three (somewhat ridiculous) options for Christmas gifts. One of them this year was the Oculus Rift with Touch Controllers. Given that I just built a fresh PC with a GTX-1080 earlier this year, the choice was obvious for me.

After two weeks of playing around with it, buying quite a few games, and trying out most of them, I certainly have my favorites. I’m curious to see how this will evolve. So time to log my current, initial Top 5 Games for Oculus Rift.

Disclaimer: I get VR-sickness quite quickly, so for obvious reasons stuff like TrackMania and Eve Valkyrie (though great games) are currently out for me.

  1. Robo Recall! It was a hard choice between 1 and 2, but replay value (achievements and high scores) sealed the deal. What a brilliant game! Bonus points for the funny story line, option to have multiple saves, diversity of levels, and brilliant sound effects and music.
  2. SuperHot VR. You feel like a BOSS in this game, a true action movie hero! Played through the entire game in one weekend (maybe 4-6 hours), which is both a good thing and a bad thing. Also a slightly more polished meta-interface (save games so I can let others replay a separate playthrough, for one) would’ve been nice.
  3. The ClimbThis borders on giving me VR sickness, yet I come back to this game every time. So that must be good?
  4. I Expect You to DieI’ve only done the first level so far, but I’m kind of “saving” the rest of this game for when I really feel like it.
  5. Arizona Sunshine. A toss up with Killing Floor: Incursion, but I think the zombie shooter should be the last item in my top 5. And I haven’t even tried coop mode yet.

Honorable mentions should go to The Invisible Hours (which my wife loves, and I can see why), Dark Days for giving me a good few scares already, and Oculus First Contact for being a fantastic tutorial.

My Backlog (games I haven’t played enough yet to judge) include Lucky’s Tale and Echo Arena so perhaps they’ll show up on a next installment of this blog series. I’m also looking forward to trying Lone Echo at some point, though I’m afraid I’ll get a heavy case of VR Sickness from it.

Oh, and the absolute worst? Well, Nature Treks VR was something my wife tried, but we asked for a refund just because it was so bad. In addition, not really “bad” but more “no experience at all”: Resident Evil 7 for PC doesn’t seem to support the Oculus Rift. Finally I’m very disappointed that Dota 2 has no good support for the Oculus controllers, making it unusable.

See you in about a year? Hopefully I’ll have a meaningful update by then!