My Top 25 Games of All Time (Compared to 2011)

A few weeks ago I came across a list of what I had then considered my Top 25 Games of All Time. It was written way back in 2011.  I should warn you that nostalgia plays a heavy hand in my “all-time” decision making and it still does, but I thought I would show you the list I found from 10 years ago and compare it to what I would probably put on that Top 25 list now.


OLD 2011 List:

  1. Hot Shots Golf Fore! PlayStation 2, 2003 [Clap Hanz, Sony Computer Entertainment]
  2. Jet MotoSony PlayStation, 1996 [SingleTrac, Sony Computer Entertainment]
  3. MLB ’10: The ShowPlayStation 3, 2010 [San Diego Studio, Sony Computer Entertainment]
  4. Donkey Kong CountrySuper Nintendo, 1994 [Rare, Nintendo]
  5. Roller Coaster TycoonPC, 1999 [Chris Sawyer, MicroProse]
  6. Streets of Rage 2Sega Genesis, 1992 [SEGA]
  7. Star Wars: Knights of the Old RepublicXbox, 2003 [BioWare, LucasArts]
  8. Tekken 3Sony PlayStation, 1998 [Namco]
  9. Ape EscapeSony PlayStation, 1999 [Japan Studio, Sony Computer Entertainment]
  10. Super Mario Bros. 3Nintendo Entertainment System, 1990 [Nintendo]
  11. Sonic the Hedgehog 2Sega Genesis, 1992 [Sega Technical Institute, SEGA]
  12. Pokémon Red VersionGame Boy, 1998 [Game Freak, Nintendo]
  13. Final Fantasy VIIISony PlayStation, 1999 [Squaresoft]
  14. Shadow of the ColossusPlayStation 2, 2005 [Japan Studio, Team Ico, Sony Computer Entertainment]
  15. Freedom FightersPlayStation 2 / Gamecube / Xbox / Windows, 2003 [IO Interactive, Electronic Arts]
  16. Ratchet & ClankPlayStation 2, 2002 [Insomniac Games, Sony Computer Entertainment]
  17. Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes BackSony PlayStation, 1997 [Naughty Dog, Sony Comp. Ent.]
  18. Kingdom HeartsPlayStation 2, 2002 [Squaresoft, Disney Interactive Studios]
  19. Batman: Arkham CityPlayStation 3 / Xbox 360, 2011 [Rocksteady Studios, Warner Bros.]
  20. Mario & Luigi: Superstar SagaGame Boy Advance, 2003 [AlphaDream, Nintendo]
  21. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of LibertyPlayStation 2, 2001 [Konami]
  22. Uncharted 2: Among ThievesPlayStation 3, 2009 [Naughty Dog, Sony Computer Entertainment]
  23. Pokémon Silver VersionGame Boy Color, 2000 [Game Freak, Nintendo]
  24. Final Fantasy XPlayStation 2, 2001 [Squaresoft]
  25. Metal Gear SolidSony PlayStation, 1998 [Konami]

NEW 2021 List:

25. Streets of Rage 2 – DOWN↓ 5 SPOTS

24. Journey – PlayStation 3, 2012 [Thatgamecompany, Santa Monica Studio, SCE] NEW

23. Everybody’s Golf – PlayStation 4, 2017 [Clap Hanz, Japan Studio, SIE] NEW

22. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – DOWN↓ 3 SPOTS

21. Tekken 3 – DOWN↓ 3 SPOTS

20. MLB The Show ‘20 – PlayStation 4, 2020 [San Diego Studio, Sony Interactive Entertainment] NEW

19. Freedom Fighters – DOWN↓ 8 SPOTS

18. Earthbound – Super NES, 1995 [Ape Inc., HAL Laboratory, Nintendo] NEW

17. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – DOWN↓ 2 SPOTS

16. Shovel Knight – PC / Nintendo 3DS / WiiU, 2014 [Yacht Club Games] NEW

15. Super Mario Bros. 3 – UP↑ 1 SPOT

14. Final Fantasy 7 – Sony PlayStation, 1997 [Squaresoft] NEW

13. Shadow of the Colossus – DOWN↓ 1 SPOT

12. Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back – DOWN↓ 3 SPOTS

11. Ratchet & Clank – DOWN↓ 1 SPOT

10. Kingdom Hearts – DOWN↓ 2 SPOTS

9. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga – DOWN↓ 3 SPOTS

8. Suikoden II – Sony PlayStation, 1999 [Konami] NEW

7. Batman: Arkham City – [SAME]

6. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty – DOWN↓ 1 SPOT

5. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – DOWN↓ 1 SPOT

4. Spider-man – PlayStation 4, 2018 [Insomniac Games, Sony Interactive Entertainment] NEW

3. Pokémon Red Version & Pokémon Silver Version – [SAME]

2. Final Fantasy X – [SAME]

1. Metal Gear Solid – [SAME]


I’m honestly not that surprised that my ‘Top 5’ games haven’t really changed. (With the exception of Spider-Man now joining the fray) But I do find it amazing how many new games have entered into this Top 25 discussion. I think it really shows how much games are constantly trying to push to get better and better. I think it will be very interesting to see how much this list will change in another few years.

If you would like, list some of your ‘TOP’ games in the comment area below – and maybe even tell me how your ‘Top Games List’ may have changed in the last 10 years!

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