8 Video Games Everyone Needs To Play

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8 Video Games Everyone Needs To Play

The video game industry releases more games than you could ever play. Today we give you eight of the games you need to play, they're fun and transcend their perspective genre. So get your head in the game and get into these games.

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Was pleasantly surprised by the absence of Nintendo games (Nin fanboys are the worst). And I only disagreed with two positions (Minecraft and Diablo).

I'm not one that will bitch and moan about what is or isn't included on these and insult Mr. Dievendorf over what he picked, but how in nebulous fuck is The Last of Us not on this list!?

Only half joking though, I'm honestly curious.

FAllout 3 is the worst game of the series, and it's predecessors were NOT top down shooters. They were great RPG's.
Fallout 3 it's a disaster: awful dialogs, broken system, poor story, flat characters.
It has everything an awful game should have to be awful (did I already said it was awful? because it is).
Why should you pick the worst of the franchise? Beause it's popular?

Ugh. Fallout 3... destroying my favourite franchise and making it to lists like this. Bleh. Skyrim also bleh. Bethesda in general is just bleh :/
The rest of the list is OK I guess... no RTS at all on there though; no C&C or Total War. oh well.

Morrowind not Skyrim, Zelda not mincraft ,Fallout 2 not Fallout 3. And anything other than GTA maybe mincraft?

RealRT:
Was pleasantly surprised by the absence of Nintendo games (Nin fanboys are the worst). And I only disagreed with two positions (Minecraft and Diablo).

COD fan boys are far worse at least Zelda tends to be somewhat quality based.

Fcbook Del Orto:
FAllout 3 is the worst game of the series, and it's predecessors were NOT top down shooters. They were great RPG's.
Fallout 3 it's a disaster: awful dialogs, broken system, poor story, flat characters.
It has everything an awful game should have to be awful (did I already said it was awful? because it is).
Why should you pick the worst of the franchise? Beause it's popular?

Thank you for saying everything I wanted to say. Fallout 2 is in my favorite games of all time and 3 pissed me off so much for how the lore was treated.

ZippyDSMlee:

RealRT:
Was pleasantly surprised by the absence of Nintendo games (Nin fanboys are the worst). And I only disagreed with two positions (Minecraft and Diablo).

COD fan boys are far worse at least Zelda tends to be somewhat quality based.

COD fanboys at least keep to themselves. I've never seen a COD fanboy go all about how COD is so magnificent and SOOOOO much better than everything else and nothing can ever touch them.

I get there is a certain demographic to appease and all that, but damn do I disagree with that list. Most of it is very poor, but I suppose I should thank my lucky stars half of it wasn't Valve games, and the other Bethesda games. My eyes might have rolled too far back if that was the case.

Well people will have their own tastes.

RealRT:

COD fan boys are far worse at least Zelda tends to be somewhat quality based. COD fanboys at least keep to themselves. I've never seen a COD fanboy go all about how COD is so magnificent and SOOOOO much better than everything else and nothing can ever touch them.

You'll find most ain't going to come to forum like this one and/or are smart enough to know the heat it'd bring down on top of their head if they try.

Oh and as for Nintendo. Any list without the likes of Mario and Zelda are immediately wrong if we are talking right and wrong.
You can still have your opinion of course, but no one can deny the main event credentials of Nintendo. Its like trying to keep Hulk Hogan out of a most important wrestlers list, complete nonsense and I say that as someone who personally thinks Hogan as pretty bad for the most part.

I would like to remind everyone that nowhere on this list does it state these are the only 8 games everyone "needs" to play, nor are they in any particular order. Kudos for that, by the way. It's a great improvement over the earlier GotD segments.

More games everyone should play:
MegaMan X,
Psychonauts,
Super Smash Bros. (any version),
Super Mario Bros. 3,
Shovel Knight,
Final Fantasy VI,
Halo 2,
Warcraft 3,
Pokemon (any, probably X/Y),
Guild Wars (either),
Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past,
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?,
The Oregon Trail,
SimCity 2000,
Papers, Please (or pretty much any Devolver Digital-published game)

RealRT:

ZippyDSMlee:

RealRT:
Was pleasantly surprised by the absence of Nintendo games (Nin fanboys are the worst). And I only disagreed with two positions (Minecraft and Diablo).

COD fan boys are far worse at least Zelda tends to be somewhat quality based.

COD fanboys at least keep to themselves. I've never seen a COD fanboy go all about how COD is so magnificent and SOOOOO much better than everything else and nothing can ever touch them.

I dunno you are right in that the nin fan boys are more irritating but there are many more COD fans that relish their crappy low quality game which has helped the industry make more lower quality crap,LOL then again the ninfan boys are so bad no one wants to be around them thus nin can't sell much. LOL.

Expected Fallout 3, left suitably aggravated. Ruined an almost perfectly good list.

I like the list. Obviously you can't have everything in it. I'm a little puzzled by the presence of both GTA 3 and RDR though. Two rather similar third-person sandbox games developed by Rockstar? Why not expand your horizons a little bit, leave in GTA 3 for its historical impact and replace RDR with another genre?

Johnny Novgorod:
I like the list. Obviously you can't have everything in it. I'm a little puzzled by the presence of both GTA 3 and RDR though. Two rather similar third-person sandbox games developed by Rockstar? Why not expand your horizons a little bit, leave in GTA 3 for its historical impact and replace RDR with another genre?

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What he said about GTA 3 and RDR, and extend that to Fallout 3 and Skyrim. ^^^

Rozalia1:
I get there is a certain demographic to appease and all that, but damn do I disagree with that list. Most of it is very poor, but I suppose I should thank my lucky stars half of it wasn't Valve games, and the other Bethesda games. My eyes might have rolled too far back if that was the case.

Well people will have their own tastes.

RealRT:

COD fan boys are far worse at least Zelda tends to be somewhat quality based. COD fanboys at least keep to themselves. I've never seen a COD fanboy go all about how COD is so magnificent and SOOOOO much better than everything else and nothing can ever touch them.

You'll find most ain't going to come to forum like this one and/or are smart enough to know the heat it'd bring down on top of their head if they try.

Oh and as for Nintendo. Any list without the likes of Mario and Zelda are immediately wrong if we are talking right and wrong.
You can still have your opinion of course, but no one can deny the main event credentials of Nintendo. Its like trying to keep Hulk Hogan out of a most important wrestlers list, complete nonsense and I say that as someone who personally thinks Hogan as pretty bad for the most part.

What he said about Nintendo. ^^^

Alright, here we go...
Fallout 3 and Skyrim are nice games, but in a list that includes things as old as DOOM, having them up there instead of their predecessors is almost insulting. They are watered down mass marketed versions of their former selves.

I personally would replace DOOM with COD4 on such a short list. If you're not going for an exhaustive look at the medium, COD4 is much more accessible and has much more obvious impact on the modern FPS market.

And finally, Portal made puzzles fun? I guess everyone that played that genre beforehand were masochists.

Minecraft? Agreed. Wolfenstein 3D? Sure, either that or Doom/Quake. Grand Theft Auto 3? Hmm, I have only played 1 and 2. Not sure it deserves it. Diablo II? Agreed. Fallout 3? No, no, nope. Fallout 2. Portal? Agreed. Red Dead Redemption? Haven't played it. Does it really deserve it? Skyrim? Noooo. Morrowind.

Games that could have replaced RDR & GTA 3;
Beyond Good and Evil, Psychonauts, Freelancer, Alpha Centauri, Escape Velocity Nova, Settlers 2, and lots more.

Not really no. '8 popular games' would be a better title, but 'need to play'? lol, no.

Minecraft is subjective.

FO3 no where near as good as NV (as I've been told) and a highly controversial issue among real FO fans (to which I am not, but I know folks that are)

Diablo is only note worthy in that it popularized the Dungeon Crawler, so it's really only worth a look for historical reason, and you don't actually have to play it for that as there are far better games in the genera now that are far more deserving of the 'must play' branding

Wolfenstein 3D, also good as a historical piece, but nothing else.

GTA3 is remarkable only because of the 'realistic violence' it used, and still uses to cover sub par game play.

Portal, ya know, much as I like this game, not sure its a 'must play' for ever one ether. I can think of a few things about it that can and has turn a lot of people off and away from it.

Red Dead Redemption, -.- it just a better looking 'GTA' set in the old west, though I will concede its probably the best written thing Rockstar has ever done, that doesn't make a game very one needs to play.

Skyrim, It's good, yes. Not sure its something 'every one' needs to play though, as I'm sure a more well read TES fan then I can direct you toward a game in the series far more deserving.

No Bioshock or Half life? I am disappoint.

Don't agree with Fallout 3. Should have taken New Vegas instead, or 2 (Which wasn't a top down shooter, unless you made it one.). Also not really agree on Minecraft. Replace it with either Duke Nukem 3D or Blood.

I fired up MapEdit to work out which episode the Wolfenstein screenshot came from. (Episode 3. I'd have recognised it more quickly except I do that room from the other side.)

Nice to see the inclusion of some great titles from before the advent of 3D graphics!

Oh, wait...

They must have been eaten by a grue.

I expected the list to be different of course, but most of your choices doesn't seem like 'something for everyone' type games. I can only agree with Portal, as it's nothing too extreme and not too hard, as well as it feeling like something unique.

Lunar Templar:

Portal, ya know, much as I like this game, not sure its a 'must play' for ever one ether. I can think of a few things about it that can and has turn a lot of people off and away from it.

I think every game will have certain elements that could turn many people away from it. I would like to know the reasons for Portal if you don't mind sharing? I've just never heard any of them before.

Why did you bother to post a list of 8 random mediocre games?
Also you need to try out a few more genres of games.

I know why Minecraft is on that list but I never was much into LEGO as a kid and I really could not care any less about a LEGO type game you play from the inside out. Great concept. That is for people who are not me.

None of the old original FPS's were even remotely interesting to me...ever.

We have GTA to thank for nearly every open world game out there so can't argue with that one at all even though playing as and glorifying criminals never appealed to me at all.

I should really give Diablo 2 a second chance after the horrid experience I had with a demo years back.

Sorry Bethsoft but Fallout 3 is hands down the worst installment of the series (I'm not counting Tactics as it was only set in the setting and in my opinion not actually a Fallout game). Easily the most lifeless open world game I have ever seen. I could clearly see that their heart was more into a new Elder Scrolls game than that. Something something opinions and I enjoyed New Vegas far more.

Heck really I can only get behind Skyrim and Red Dead Redemption on this list. I really, really want to play the latter but it will never see a PC port.

My list would include Starcraft, Warcraft, Pirates! (the original Microprose version) The Shining Force Series, the Panzer Dragoon series, Dragon Warrior 4, any installment of the Final Fantasy series up to 7 and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and the Mass Effect series.

Again, something something opinions.

Darknacht:
Why did you bother to post a list of 8 random mediocre games?
Also you need to try out a few more genres of games.

Veldie:

Fcbook Del Orto:
FAllout 3 is the worst game of the series, and it's predecessors were NOT top down shooters. They were great RPG's.
Fallout 3 it's a disaster: awful dialogs, broken system, poor story, flat characters.
It has everything an awful game should have to be awful (did I already said it was awful? because it is).
Why should you pick the worst of the franchise? Beause it's popular?

Thank you for saying everything I wanted to say. Fallout 2 is in my favorite games of all time and 3 pissed me off so much for how the lore was treated.

Did you see the filing for a Van Buren TM? Though god knows what that means.

I didn't know about this. It will be nice playing van buren for more than one screen ^_^
The problem is that Bethesda has the rights to anything that is fallout related.
Maybe it will be the sequel to wasteland 2...

well I've played them all, if briefly in some cases, I like all the games on the list, but can't help but feel it could've used a few older ones, like maybe some Crash Bandicoot or Spyro, I remember Wolfenstein 3D being a fun game, but it wasn't a "must play" in my opinion (then again, I don't really like first-person games all that much) there's not a huge amount of variety in the genres here and nothing pre-PS2 era at all, and not only is there absolutely nothing from Nintendo (whether you like them or not to not acknowledge a Nintendo title at all in a list like this is just not right. Also, no Metal Gear? doesn't seem right, I expected at least one Batman title to be on here as well, it may be a bit series-fatigued now but the combat system in Arkham Asylum was revolutionary at the time

Opinions on whether a specific game should or should not be included aside, why are both GTA3 and RDR and both Fallout 3 and Skyrim on the list, especially since the opening paragraph states that each game on the list "transcend[s] their perspective [sic] genre"? Both pairs of games basically fill the same niche.

On a side note: Not to be a dick, but really? "Perspective" genre? That's something I'd expect to see in a teenager's YouTube comment or Tweet or something.

ZippyDSMlee:
Zelda not mincraft

I... What? I can understand Morrowind vs Skyrim and Fallout 2 vs Fallout 3, but Zelda and Minecraft? They're nothing alike. Seems really odd since the other games you listed were related to the games you suggested they replace.

Nothing by Nintendo, nothing from before the early 90's, nothing Eastern, Glitchout 3 on the list... nope. Your list is bad and you should feel bad.

And Man:
Opinions on whether a specific game should or should not be included aside, why are both GTA3 and RDR and both Fallout 3 and Skyrim on the list, especially since the opening paragraph states that each game on the list "transcend[s] their perspective [sic] genre"? Both pairs of games basically fill the same niche.

On a side note: Not to be a dick, but really? "Perspective" genre? That's something I'd expect to see in a teenager's YouTube comment or Tweet or something.

ZippyDSMlee:
Zelda not mincraft

I... What? I can understand Morrowind vs Skyrim and Fallout 2 vs Fallout 3, but Zelda and Minecraft? They're nothing alike. Seems really odd since the other games you listed were related to the games you suggested they replace.

It dose not have to be the same type of game it just has to be better. :P

jklinders:
I know why Minecraft is on that list but I never was much into LEGO as a kid and I really could not care any less about a LEGO type game you play from the inside out. Great concept. That is for people who are not me.

None of the old original FPS's were even remotely interesting to me...ever.

We have GTA to thank for nearly every open world game out there so can't argue with that one at all even though playing as and glorifying criminals never appealed to me at all.

I should really give Diablo 2 a second chance after the horrid experience I had with a demo years back.

Sorry Bethsoft but Fallout 3 is hands down the worst installment of the series (I'm not counting Tactics as it was only set in the setting and in my opinion not actually a Fallout game). Easily the most lifeless open world game I have ever seen. I could clearly see that their heart was more into a new Elder Scrolls game than that. Something something opinions and I enjoyed New Vegas far more.

Heck really I can only get behind Skyrim and Red Dead Redemption on this list. I really, really want to play the latter but it will never see a PC port.

My list would include Starcraft, Warcraft, Pirates! (the original Microprose version) The Shining Force Series, the Panzer Dragoon series, Dragon Warrior 4, any installment of the Final Fantasy series up to 7 and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and the Mass Effect series.

Again, something something opinions.

FO3 is unplayable out of the box even with the DLC, put FWE wanders edition mod on it and its worthwhile. SKyrim is a sad mess watered down for sells....

Fcbook Del Orto:
I didn't know about this. It will be nice playing van buren for more than one screen ^_^
The problem is that Bethesda has the rights to anything that is fallout related.
Maybe it will be the sequel to wasteland 2...

Yeah it certainly wont be a full version of Fallout 3: Van Buren. I'm hoping its a post-apocalyptic game with more of a Fallout style. The Wasteland series is doing very good with the some what more grounded right after the apocalypse setting but I would also like to see what they can do with a hundreds of years later the world is full of ghouls and super-mutants setting.

Skyrim was crap. Haven't played Fallout 3 and have no plans to ever do so.

too many first person shooters, skyrim was buggy crap, suggesting minecraft is the same as suggesting pokemon.
Why are platformers/moba/mmorpg/turned base strategy/real time strategy/fighting genres completely unrepresented.

This speaks more that the author loves first person action adventure games and not much else.

As soon as I saw this post, I decided I wanted to go into the forums for a good helping of rage, passive aggressiveness and snobbism. While I understand this list is not correct (since these will never ever be correct), I love how almost everyone here is preaching their Absolute Truth ™ like they're George W. Bush himself! It's great to feed on, real delicious.

I get Minecraft. Many won't agree as its not for them, but it is genre defining. It basically invented the genre [Not really, but it bought it to mainstream].
Wolfenstein? Never played it. I'll assume its one of those "Helped define modern FPS" games. If that's the case, perhaps Halo: CE or CoD: Modern Warfare would be more appropriate, not that I'm a fan of either.
GTA? I guess. Never really been my thing, but I get it for 'genre defining' open world gameplay.
Diablo II? I guess, 'genre defining' dungeon crawler gameplay.
Fallout 3? Haven't played it, but don't we already have genre defining open world? Maybe F3 does something different and deeper. Can't entirely agree, but W/E.
Portal? I can understand. One of the only modern puzzle games, and the only one that's become mainstream. A largely unique game, I can accept it.
Red Dead Redemption? Ok, we've already had 2 open world things. This seems to get on the list because "Open world, AND WILD WEST =D", so I'm gonna have to disagree. If we're talking games people need to play, with part of the reason being 'transcending their genre', 3/8 aren't gonna be open world.
Skyrim? Ok, hell no. Not only is it a thoroughly mediocre game, and not at all genre defining, it is also the fourth open world game on this list. Half the list is open world games. Now if they were truly deserving, fine, but 'transcend their genre'? 4 games don't transcend the same genre, and I'm sure I'd probably find it very similar playing Skyrim, then Fallout, then Red Dead, then GTA. Specifics may be different, but by and large I'd enjoy them for much the same reason, find they had much the same faults, and feel rather similar playing them.

Maybe I'm wrong, someone correct me if I am, but it seems very... Eh.
Games to replace 3 of our open world ones:
-Mass Effect. The first, as its not only the one that introduced them, but also the one that featured them most prominently due to the lackluster other gameplay elements. I'm talking about the dialogue wheel, and choices. Playing the dialogue was half the game in Mass Effect [It got progressively lesser the more the series has gone on], thereby transcending classical shooter and CRPG games. Its also not terribly unforgiving for it to be on a "Everyone must play list". Really, any of Bioware's games could probably go here, but Mass Effect is probably the best I can think of to showcase this point.
-A game from the Tycoon Series, or the Civilization series, or the Age of Empires series, or an old RPG game, old Flight Sim - ect, ect, ect.
-Kerbal Space Program. Making a game out of rocket science. Not everyone's cup of tea, but something different and worth trying.
-If we MUST have another open world RPG, Dragon Age Inquisition does it the best I've seen. Lots of stuff to do, well made world, the distractions still tie in, though sparingly, to the main plot, and story is still a big focus in the game. The world reacts to what you do, you have a customisable stronghold where friends you make along the way can meet you, and all over its the best put together open world game I've played. Well, pseudo open world anyway. Maybe that'll change when the Witcher 3 comes out.
-On that note, the Witcher 2. A game where planning and thought is important, as well as an action RPG, where your choices actually change things in a big way. I guess this could be a toss up for Mass Effect really, as both are kind of about the dialogue and choices. Where Witcher does the choices really well, as well as some nice gameplay and a brilliantly built world, and Mass Effect does the dialogue as a whole brilliantly, but fumbles a bit on gameplay, though with a better written story.

I can see a heavy open world bias in this list, Bethesda and Rockstar in particular. Seems more of a "Games I like" than "transcending their genre" list because of this IMO.

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