Special Feature: Staff’s Top 10 Games

It’s finally here – not that many of you were anticipating it – and it has produced some interesting results.

I think that the main problem with these top 10 games lists is that they usually contain too many new games, and not necessarily because they are truly the voters favourite games, but because they are in everyone’s mind due to advertising and word of mouth.

This time we have done it differently. You will find a comprehensive list with games judged as fairly as possible. The list contains games from many different platforms, and spans games from two millennia. We have collected together each participating staff member’s list of top 10 games, and using a points system, have produced the fine list below that is the staff’s top 10 games.

Without further ado, here are the games:


Position: 10
Game: The Secret of Monkey Island
Platform: PC
Publisher: LucasFilm Games
Review: No

Secret of Monkey Island

A popular game here are DarkZero, and it rightly deserves it’s position at number 10.


Position: 09
Game: Shenmue
Platform: Dreamcast
Publisher: Sega
Review: No

Shenmue

A game that has had a limited audience due to the fact that it was released on the doomed dreamcast. This makes it a surprise entry, but nonetheless worthy for it’s number 9 position in our list.


Position: 08
Game: Super Mario 64
Platform: N64
Publisher: Nintendo
Review: No

Super Mario 64

An absolute classic, that has revolutionised the way people look at games. It was, in my opinion, the first ‘proper’ 3D platformer, and I think nothing has yet topped its magical and wonderful style.


Position: 07
Game: Ico
Platform: PlayStation 2
Publisher: Sony
Review: No

Ico

Ico incorporates elements from puzzle, adventure, strategy, fighting and role-playing-game genres, which makes it a unique gaming experience. I think that anything that tries to be unique should be rewarded, if it produces something as good as Ico.


Position: 06
Game: The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
Platform: GameCube
Publisher: Nintendo
Review: No

Wind Waker

Many people were disappointed when the first screens of the Wind Waker were shown. However, they were proved wrong when the game was released, when we were finally able to see the amazing level of detail and animation that the game offers.


Position: 05
Game: Metroid Prime
Platform: GameCube
Publisher: Nintendo
Review: Yes

Metroid Prime

Metroid Prime, along with Super Mario 64 are, in my opinion the games that have made the best transition from 2D to 3D. Metroid Prime still reatains the same feel as it’s prequels, but builds on them to make a complete 3D adventure, that is simply amazing.


Position: 04
Game: Halo: Combat Evolved
Platforms: Xbox/PC
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Review: No

Halo

An absolutely superb game, that really put the Xbox in good stead to take on the competition. It was, and still is one of the best, if not the best shooter on the current range of systems.


Position: 03
Game: Goldeneye
Platform: N64
Publisher: Nintendo
Review: No

Goldeneye

This game had it all. A great storyline – thanks to the film, great characters – again, thanks to the film, great controls, great missions and a great multiplayer mode. I have so many memories of playing Goldeneye with friends – Facility, Pistols and One-Shot Kills – man, those were some good times.


Position: 02
Game: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Platform: N64
Publisher: Nintendo
Review: No

Ocarina of Time

This game is amazing. Simple as that. The story invloves the player so much, and you really feel for Link when he takes a wack from one of the game’s many bosses – which are something themselves. An amazing game that everyone must complete at least once in their lives.


Position: 01
Game: Final Fantasy VII
Platform: PlayStation
Publisher: Sony
Review: Yes

Final Fantasy VII

The first 3D Final Fantasy game had quite a reputation to uphold and it did not disappoint. It was and is an amazing game. It is a true RPG, with all the elements required, to make it great. An absolute classic.