As far as today:
It is of a being that it's the first game that I ever beaten (yes, I did use a guide, but I dare you to beat it without some guide). But the world itself was so intruiging; how does everything work? How do the water make air domes? What does the wildlife live like? How do the devices work? What's their purpose? It was really the first game that made me think and ask questions, and that's always important in life.
9: The Binding of Issac
I'm not so parley about the expanssion, but the story was something I never seen before, the context was spot on, and the progression was exciting for it being random. It was the first game I ever played in a long time where it was both skill and luck that won the game. But most of the time I just play just to see how horrifingly looking I can make Issac.
8. Sonic Generations
While I don't believe this is the best Sonic game, I think it's the greatest Sonic game of this generation (pun). And that's a hard thing to pull off; while most other companies just add new maps and textures to a game and call it a new game, or others just rip you off by only getting half a game and you buying the other half. This company acutally cares about the customers; and while it's not perfect, they are stepping in the right direction.
7. World of Goo
Through out the years, gaming technology has improved over time, allowing to create the impossible. But at least to me, something has been lost behind the FPS and the RPG's; the magic, the mystery, the not knowing what to expect when you first boot up the program. Alot of people think this game is overrrated, but I think it deserves all credit; it's been so long since I have a game made me feel something.
I don't know how to explain it. The narrative was something I never seen before, the world was expansive and interesting, the atmosphere was creepy and unsettling, and the enemies were unforgetable; especially the bosses (which creeped me out even more because from all the monsters you come across, the bosses were the best and they were actual people). Sure Mike controlled like a tank but everything just lent itself so well to the comic, and I have yet to find another comic based game like it. Nothing will ever come close to Shadowman (now if only GOG would get the rights to it).
5. Cave Story
The one that started the indie game craze, but my god what a game. When you first heard of it, it was a freeware game, so you weren't expecting much from it. Booted up as a 16 bit side-scrolling metroid/castlevania game, didn't even have it's own desktop icon. But then you got more into it, you learned about the scientist, about what he has done, about your descions effecting the game, and my god the music. I would be hard-pressed to find another game that suprised me so much as that little game did.
4. Persona 4
Probably the best RPG that I played in the past 10 years. Saying alot too since I was playing in the PS1 era, so alot of ports from the Sega Saturn RPG's came over and some not (Star Ocean, Legend of Mana, FFVII, FFVIII, Lunar, Lunar 2, etc). Mind you I played the Persona 3 game for it's interesting story, c'mon, a guy shooting himself in the head to summon a demon, I never heard of anything like that, though I wasn't a fan of being forced to be friends. But when I heard that they fixed it so I didn't have to be friends... well I didn't exactly jump on it. Quite honest, it was rather a impass that had me buy it. But I can tell you that it was worth it, I only wish they made a 5.
3. Half Life 2
Not really the game itself; don't get me wrong though, nothing is wrong with the game. It works perfectly and does exactly what it sets-itself out to do. But the real reason for why it's so high is because of the community that came out of it. I understand that mod's were done way before Half Life 2, probably during Doom. But this game gave a baseline, this game made it accessable to everyone to mod, and I think we have become better and stronger community because of it. If their isn't a game we want to play, we just make our own with HL2.
2. Monster Hunter Tri
I am not a Capcom whore, I like them more than EA but that's not saying much. But something about Monster Hunter made me startled and curious about the world in it. You can talk as much shit as you want about the Wii, but I got to say this system really brought out the best in all companies (Tasunoku vs Capcom, Klonoa, Sonic Colors and The Black Knight, Okami), and this is no different in Monster Hunter Tri. Finally, a console release of this series, that hasn't been done since the first game on the PS2; and it's incredible! Interacting with your enviroment to gather ingredients for recipies of potions and buffs, carving all your kills to wear it as armor or as weapons, and it even has a online mode! I cannot praise this game enough, it's just that good.
1. Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne
I had no idea. First the story, your looking for your teacher in the hospital, suddenly the world ends... it just ends... you don't save it or anything, it's gone and your just trying to figure out what to do; ok it's not ground-breaking, but I best you to find a game that starts with the world ending and nothing you can do about it. Second the context, the game is basically a pokemon game with a blood omen style, but instead of throwing pokeballs, you have to talk to the monsters, and convince them to follow you; they can be expensive, and they can throw you a curve ball with a question, but once in they are with you for whatever you wish, can even give you gifts. And these aren't just ordinary monsters, these are monsters out of mythology, actual gods, demons, and monsters from different religions;and they are like pokemon, some evolve into other monsters, and others you can fuse with other monsters for unique monsters.
But I digress, it is still a turn-based RPG, but this game gives you more reason to grind than other RPG's out their. Not only to lvl your party up but to find monsters to join your group as well; and the AI monster can be really smart too. Sometimes they will come up to you to ask a question, others will see you have their brother and give you a gift; but mostly they will come up to you pleading for you to spare them their life for money, information, or to join your party; and it's qutie possible they are lying to you so they can take an extra turn. And the enemies don't even regard you as the choosen one, that's because your not, you are as vurneralble as any other monster; and they will take advantage of it. The combat is a turn-based and it works by turns, if you do a crit from a enemies weakness or you just hit harder, you'll get an extra turn; and their are moves that will grant you more than your parties share of turns. But the combat goes by really quick, there's nothing flashy about the game, even the super moves take less than 2 sec's; there is even a auto-combat button if the grind is a bit too much.
Third are the RPG aspects. You don't get much in the way of CC, your just a bland high schooler who was in the hospital when the world ended and became reborn, and you met Satan and he turned you into a demon to keep him from being boared. But the stat customization is the best part, for every lvl you gain you are allowed to 1 pt to spend on your staits, Str, Mag, Vit, Agl, and Luk. You gain combat skills from a parasite called Magatama, all give you certain buff while also giving you certain debuffs. When you lvl up you gain a skill from the parasite, but the best skills are in the hardest to get ones.
I could go on and on, but let me finish by saying that you fight God... you fight the guy who made everything... how many game do you know who do that. Their is just nothing that can compare to this game.
Well, that's my list. I guess you can say I like a challenge, but it just makes it that much sweeter when you win.