Author Topic: "30 Games You Must Play Before You Die"  (Read 4324 times)


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« on: April 02, 2009, 06:07:10 PM »

Granted, it's one site's opinion, but what do you think? To put it broadly, I think some are missing and some that aren't should be.
"Mario is your oyster." ~The Chef

« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2009, 08:04:08 PM »
OK, so you should play SMW, SMG, and even MKDS, but not SM64 and SMB? Ludicrous is the only word for this.  Pac-Man CE, however, I agree is only barely unqualified enough to not be included on the list.
If she is indeed genetically mutated such that she has an eye in the back of her head, then I guess that she is genetically mutated and has an eye in the back of her head.


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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2009, 08:47:28 PM »
Pac-Man Championship Edition must be really good if it's better than SPAC3 INVADERS EXTR3ME (which I hear is coming to XBLA soon, so those of you with 360s will be able to play it in glorious 1080i).

Where's StarCraft?

Chupperson Weird

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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2009, 08:55:14 PM »
Seriously? They chose Final Fantasy X? ...
And no, I'm not pushing for VII.
Anyway, I find this list to contain almost none of the games I consider "essential". Waayy too many American games and uninteresting games that look like everything else.
That was a joke.


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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2009, 09:12:16 PM »
Final Fantasy VI is the best in the series anyway, at least in my opinion. This list had a few games that I would consider essential, however there are a lot of new games that really don't seem all that long standing. There's a difference between a very good game and a game that you must play. A game that someone must play has to be at least somewhat appealing to everyone--since it's regarded as a must-play for everyone--so I don't understand why there are so many sequels on that list. While I may not have played it, Metal Gear Solid 4 really doesn't seem as much as a "must play" when compared to the first game in the series. Also, Super Mario Galaxy is more of a "must play" than SM64?

Just a few random, less justified gripes include Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare but no Halo? How does that happen? Did a twelve year old who got a 360 last Christmas write this list? Also, no Chrono Trigger? And, lastly Mario Kart: DS? There are so many better unrealistic racing games than this that it's not even funny. And they were debating whether or not to include MKDS or Burnout Paradise. That's just hilarious.

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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2009, 09:49:27 PM »
Well, "they" was actually one guy.
That was a joke.


« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2009, 11:28:18 PM »
World of Warcraft? Bwahahahahaha!

Chupperson Weird

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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2009, 11:42:15 PM »
I think that game actually makes you die.
That was a joke.


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« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2009, 08:23:51 PM »
Games I need to play before I die

Banjo Kazooie
Banjo Tooie
Starfox 64
some of the classic Warioland games
Regards, Uncle Dolan

« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2009, 11:14:46 AM »
Most of those games on that list are either:

1. Good, but not great.
2.  Boring games that are overrated to the extreme.
3.  Just there because of Nostalgia.

You don't have to play any sort of game before you die, this seems like a "The best games ever" list in disguise.
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« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2009, 12:37:00 PM »
That's why top game lists are never accurate; if your list doesn't have SMB, Zelda and SM64, it's attacked by everyone on the internet.

« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2009, 01:20:10 PM »
Why don't we make our own?  Here's mine in no particular order:

1. EarthBound
2. Mother 3
3. Super Mario Bros.
4. Super Mario Bros. 2
5. Super Mario Bros. 3
6. Super Mario World
7. Chrono Trigger
8. Final Fantasy III/IV
9. Super Mario RPG
10. Super Metroid
11. Super Mario 64
12. Mario Kart 64
13. Robotrek
14. Mega Man X
15. Actraiser
16. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
17. Illusion of Gaia
18. NES Open Tournament Golf
19. Donkey Kong Country
20. Castlevania
21. Star Tropics
22. Tetris
23. Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3
24. Super Mario Land 2
25. Super Mario Land
26. Revenge of the Gator
27. Lemmings
28. Mega Man 2
29. Sim City
30. Maniac Mansion

« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2009, 02:17:21 PM »
This list is my opinion and shouldn't spark debate. If you say "Your list is flawed because you forgot to include such and such," chances are I'm going to respond with "I don't care, make your own list if you feel that way." Props to anyone who asks that question word for word.

1. Super Mario Galaxy (Wonderful platformer and the true sequel to SM64)
2. Metal Gear Solid 2 (I used to do speedruns on this game...twas awesome)
3. Metal Gear Solid 3 (sneaking around, not getting caught, and shooting bad guys is the stuff of legends)
4. Metal Gear Solid 4 (Not my favorite Metal Gear but still an amazing game)
5. Mega Man 2 (presented the fun, riveting idea of playing extreme rock-paper-scissors)
6. Super Smash Brothers Brawl (best multiplayer fighter)
7. Super Mario Brothers (not much to say, just a wonderful game)
8. Sonic the Hedgehog (not much to say here either, just an awesome platformer)
9. Wario Ware: Mega Microgames (crazy fun at a super fast pace)
10. Diddy Kong Racing (not really innovative but fun nonetheless, some argue it's better than Mario Kart)
11. Legend of Zelda (same as SMB and Sonic)
12. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (greatest game ever in the eyes of many)
13. Halo 3 (best online game in my opinion)
14. Super Mario Kart (best Mario spin-off title)
15. Mario Kart 64 (sequel to the best Mario spin-off title and my first game)
16. Paper Mario: TTYD (great RPG and riveting story line)
17. Donkey Kong Country (great 2-player adventure)
18. Star Fox 64 (finest rail shooter out there)
19. Star Fox 2 (get the ROM fellas, it's a great game)
20. The Sims 2 (it's fun to play God sometimes)
21. Mother 2 (amazing RPG, very challenging and has a great story)
22. Mega Man: Network Transmission (very challenging, actually)
23. Donkey Kong 64 (A huge and insanely fun game)
24. Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (getting all the masks is hella fun and a good challenge)
25. Star Fox Adventures (sue me)
26. Banjo Tooie (same with DK64)
27. Kirby Super Star (like Donkey Kong Country, it presented an amazing two player experience)
28. F-Zero GX (highly underrated and overlooked racing game)
29. Viewtiful Joe (innovative and super fun)

30. Last and probably my favorite game ever...Banjo Kazooie. This game truly has everything a great game should have and still entertains me to this day.
« Last Edit: April 05, 2009, 02:33:11 PM by PaperLuigi »
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« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2009, 05:30:07 PM »
Why don't we make our own?
Personally I think it's a bad idea because I'm not going to read any posts that have big giant boring lists.


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« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2009, 05:38:50 PM »
Not in any particular order.

3. Meteos
4-28. BioShock
30. Peggle


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« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2009, 06:07:17 PM »
On the first post, I was actually going to say something along the lines of "you can also consider this your own 'Games to play before I/you die' thread", but I figured that would happen on its own.

Most of those games on that list are either:

1. Good, but not great.
2.  Boring games that are overrated to the extreme.
3.  Just there because of Nostalgia.

You don't have to play any sort of game before you die, this seems like a "The best games ever" list in disguise.
Whether this is what it was intended to be or not, I saw the list (or, rather, saw the ideal "Games to Play Before You Die" list) as being not just a list of great games but a list of games that, whether you like them or not, are worth a play-through or at least playing-with because of some sort of significance they hold. It's like watching Casblanca or reading The Great Gatsby or something--whether you think you'll enjoy it or not, you might as well give it a shot out of respect (then again, I was more or less forced to do those two things, so maybe that's an inappropriate parallel. Still, I hope you know what I mean).
"Mario is your oyster." ~The Chef


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« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2009, 10:03:03 PM »
Games I feel the need to play before I die Revised In no particular order

1-3. Mother trilogy
4. Chrono Trigger
5. VB Wario Land
6. Super Metroid
7. Banjo Kazooie
8. Banjo Tooie
9. Donkey Kong Country
10. Star Fox 64
11. first Wario Ware game
12. Castlevania
13. Final Fantasy 6
14. Kirby Superstar Ultra
15. one of the Metal Gear games

Second half of the list Games I've played, and recommend
16. Super Mario Bros.
17. Mario Kart DS
18. Super Mario World
19. Yoshi's Island
20. LoZ: A Link to the Past
21. Zelda: Ocarina of Tima
22-23. Super Smash Bros. Melee and Brawl
24. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
25. Super Mario 64
26. Metroid Prime
27. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
28. Pokemon Colosseum or Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness
29. Mario Kart 64
30. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Regards, Uncle Dolan

Chupperson Weird

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« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2009, 11:57:25 PM »

2. Ico
1. Xenogears
1. Chrono Trigger
That was a joke.


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« Reply #18 on: April 06, 2009, 03:13:55 PM »
1-30. Everything made by Valve.

« Reply #19 on: April 06, 2009, 04:20:05 PM »
I like how it says "Unbiased opinions from a community of gamers".   Isn't that like an oxymoron or something?

When your kids wanna get into videogames, here's what they should play, in order.

Super Mario Bros.: I've called this an industry standard before. Really, it's what a basic platformer looks like when it doesn't screw up or suck at all. Plus the music flows so well with the motions and action of the game, it'll get stuck in your head. Make sure your children play this too.

The Legend of Zelda: hand in hand with Super Mario Bros. should be the Legend of Zelda. The first few times through the game will be long and (hopefully) addicting for those young-uns (shelter them!!! They mustn't know of the other Zeldas yet!!), and it might encourage them to look outside for even more adventure (come to think of it, be sure to educate them on fire safety.)

Super Mario Bros. 3: After giving them a break through Mario via Zelda, SMB3 is a good boost. the maps, extended worlds, and broad stages are assisted by the new powerups.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2-4, doesn't matter which or in what order.

Mega Man 2

Mega Man 3
Mega Man 1 (optional)

A Link to the Past

Super Metroid: Yeah, super. The original really can wait, it doesn't matter as much. Plus, it felt kinda short.Given, SM is really about as long as the original (after all you have a time-related goal...), but it just... the road is much more interesting, and it feels like there's more chapters to this.

Mortal Kombat

Up to Halo, this field is pretty much open after this.
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« Reply #20 on: April 06, 2009, 05:03:20 PM »
Glorb, your list has a distinct lack of game choices that can be contested.
World 6 Retainer, Mortal Kombat should not be on anyone's "games to play before you die" list, ever.
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« Reply #21 on: April 06, 2009, 05:15:06 PM »
It actually should. It brought fighting games into the mainstream (I mean the actual mainstream, not just gamer culture mainstream) and was actually pretty fun. Granted, the entire game's focus was on dialing in insanely convoluted, stiff combos (and constantly spamming uppercut and sweep kick), but it was still pretty fun with a few buddies.