Matty’s Top 10 games of all time (for now)

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Top 10 Cabbage Games

*Cabbage intensifies*

A long, long time ago, everybody put together a list of their top ten favourite games (here’s Alessandro’s, Darryn’s, Gavin’s, Geoff’s, and Zoe’s if you’d like to take a look). Me? I’ve never gone about doing it because, to be quite frank, it’s a monumental task that I was afraid of tackling. I mean, how is one meant to condense their entire life’s catalogues of played games (for me, 25 years or so) down to such a small number?

I’ve been thinking about my list for a long time now though, and I think I’m finally ready to share it. Just remember, what you see here represents how I’m feeling today. Ask me again next year, next month, or even tomorrow, and I’d bet that this top 10 would look somewhat different. Anyhow, without further adeu, and in no particular order, here are some of my favourite games of all time:

Metal Gear Solid

Metal Gear Solid

The very first Metal Gear Solid blew me away for a number of reasons. It had amazing stealth gameplay that was revolutionary at the time, larger than life characters, over-the-top boss battles, and full on voice acting . SNAKE? SNAKE!!!

On top of all this, I think I remember Metal Gear Solid most because it presented numerous “WOW” moments as I worked my way through its solid (HA) campaign. That fight with Psycho Mantis for example? Finding out his weakness (the need to switch the controller to another port, because REASONS) remains one of my favourite gaming memories of all time.

It was so unexpected, and at the time, mind-blowing. It’s just one of many reasons why I love this game so much.

Abe’s Oddyssey

Abe's Oddyssey

To date, I don’t think I’ve played a game that’s nearly as original as Abe’s Oddyssey. I genuinely was confused by the setting, Oddworld, the first time I laid eyes on it. Its art direction and design is unusual and unique even today I reckon.

Abe’s Oddysee was a notoriously difficult platformer, and after playing it again a year or two ago, I can’t understand how I made it to the end of it as a child even just once. What’s even more unfathomable is that I remember playing the game so often back then that I figured out every little bit of timing, every enemy movement, every trap location and more, to the point where I almost never died on a single playthrough.

One day I’ll visit Oddworld again, in the remake, New ‘n’ Tasty (which I’ve not yet played believe it or not). I need to atone for all those poor Mudokons I mercilessly killed in my childhood!

Final Fantasy VI

Final Fantasy VI

For a long time, I always thought my top 10 list would include Final Fantasy VII. It was a no brainer really – it was the first game I ever played in the franchise, and it really was excellent, despite its blocky presentation. It was my introduction to JRPGs too. Levelling up, magic and abilities, a huge world to explore, and hundreds of battles just waiting to happen? It all was something I’d never experienced before, which is why I think of that particular game so fondly.

Many years later however, I went on a quest to play every older Final Fantasy title I had missed. That just so happened to include the stellar VI. To date, I can’t wrap my head around the fact that a cartridge with only a couple of megabytes of storage space could hold an adventure of such grand scale. The story of Terra, all her companions, and Kefka – the best Final Fantasy antagonist to date in my opinion – are all seared into my memory.

Seriously, I played the game what, fifteen years after its original launch? Final Fantasy VI sunk its hooks so deep into me that I played till the early hours of the morning repeatedly until I saw those credits roll. What a game!

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Resident Evil 3

Resident Evil 3

For many, Resident Evil 2 is the pinnacle of classic Capcom survival horror. For me though, it’s Resident Evil 3. Why? It’s not because I think it’s explicitly better or anything, it boils down to that I played it a whole lot more than its predecessors. I really did finish this game more times than I care to count.

What made it so memorable for me, and more enjoyable to play I think was its big bad, Nemesis. That towering bastard dogged Jill’s footsteps at every turn. Every encounter with him left me with sweaty palms, and each escape, an enormous feeling of satisfaction, and relief.

Similarly to Abe’s Oddyssey, I played Resident Evil 3 so regularly that I became ridiculously proficient with its dodging mechanic, and unbelievably knowledgeable regarding Raccoon City’s layout. I used to run through the game in a little over an hour – something that I’m still very proud of to this day. I was a kid for crying out loud!

Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2

After having some quick time with the first Borderlands at rAge (before it was even out if I remember), I made sure I bought the game as soon as I could because I really liked what I saw. Look, I ended up enjoying it, but I wasn’t completely blown away to be honest. That ending in particular was such a letdown that left a sour taste in my mouth.

Borderlands 2 took me completely by surprise three years later. I don’t know what possessed me to pick it up, but I’m so glad I did. I played through its campaign alone, and then again with a friend, and then again with more friends. I then carried on replaying the game alone, again, and again, until I got my hands on the DLC. I completed all of them, AND THEN, went back to playing more vanilla Borderlands 2, because REASONS. That loop of levelling and looting was my weakness – I just couldn’t get enough of it!

But that’s not all that made Borderlands 2 amazing. It also happened to have some great humorous writing, delivered by a hilarious cast of characters, one of which was the amazing antagonist, Handsome Jack. I doubt I’ve giggled in any other game nearly as much as I have in this addictive shooter.

Super Mario Galaxy

Super Mario Galaxy

Say what you want about Nintendo’s mascot plumber (I get it – they do like to rehash him over and over again), but he features in some of the best games ever made. He’s been through loads of memorable games, but none to me are as epic as that of his first Wii outing, Super Mario Galaxy.

The game is classic 3D Mario, albeit with some head turning, neck clicking twists. Every topsy turvy world within Super Mario Galaxy bursts with character, colour, and as usual, great, innovative game design that Nintendo often nail.

I don’t know if they’ll manage to top this game for a long time, though I must admit, Super Mario Odyssey on the Switch is looking mighty fine. Will it be better than Galaxy? Only time will tell I suppose. A part of me doubts it however, because the the plumber’s Wii adventure is damn near perfect.

Portal 2

Portal 2

Portal shipped with the Orange Box as nothing more than an experimental puzzle game involving its namesake. I don’t know if Valve had any idea it would be received that well, but people really loved it. This naturally, prompted a sequel.

And what sequel it was! When I dived into Portal 2, I really just expected, I don’t know, more blue and orange doorway shenanigans with antagonist GlaDOS along for the ride. What I got however, was a fully fledged campaign with even more mind-boggling puzzles, along with some of the best gaming characters I’ve ever encountered.

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GlaDOS was back, along with Wheatley, a robot who turned out to be even more evil, and Cave Johnson, the founder of Aperture Science Laboratories who serves as a humorous guide from beyond the grave (actually, it’s unconfirmed as to whether he is dead or not). Hopefully we’ll see more of them all in future, though I suspect that may only be when Half-Life 3 releases (basically never sadly).

Ori and the Blind Forest

Ori and the Blind Forest

Ori and the Blind Forest is simply put, a beautiful work of art. If I ever want to show any non-gamer that the medium is anything but mindless popcorn entertainment, this is the game I show them.

More than that though, Ori and the Blind Forest is a damn near perfect platformer. It takes heavy inspiration from Metroidvania classics and more modern titles, and brings it all together into a package that’s not only a dream to play, but a visual treat to behold. There’s just something about it all that sings to my soul. I can play the game again and again, and I find myself smiling each and every time, outside of that heartwrenching opening chapter of course.

There’s a reason I go out of my way to buy copies of Ori and the Blind Forest and give them away to people at random. I feel that strongly about it that I’m compelled to get others to play it.

Overwatch

Overwatch

Over my gaming career, I’ve played many a shooter. I’ve enjoyed classics like Quake, Unreal Tournament, Counter-Strike (1.6 and beyond), Team Fortress 2, and many more. They’re all very good in their own way, and many deserve a spot on this list. I just can’t not give it to Overwatch however – my latest poison of choice in this genre. I can only sum it up in the same way I concluded my review of the game:

Blizzard have set a new example for the FPS genre that others will need to follow. Overwatch reaches near perfection with its polish and charm. It’s fun, addictive, and will keep players hooked for a good, long time.

Blizzard have outdone themselves, and they continue to go above and beyond with consistent balances, new heroes, and regular themed events. I’m hooked on Overwatch, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon!

Dota 2

Dota 2

Ha, and you thought I wouldn’t include Dota 2 on this list! Don’t worry, I saved the best for last. Just kidding, I don’t think Valve’s MOBA is the best game ever made, but it is one that’s sucked the most hours out of my life, and for that, it definitely deserves a spot.

So, how many hours of Dota 2 have I played? It’s er… *cough* only 4000 or so according to Steam. That’s not a lot, right? It’s only actual months of my life that I’ll never get back.

Do I regret it? Not at all! Between all the name calling, and underneath all the salt, lies one of the most satisfying and enjoyable games I’ve ever had the joy (and despair) of playing. Despite having managed to shelve my addiction over a year ago, I find myself heading back now and then for just one more game. Just one more. Just. One. More.

Cabbages top 10 games

That’s all folks! So, what do you think of my list, is it at least acceptable in your eyes? Of course it’s not – we all have our own unique tastes, so chances are, you think I’m the biggest moron and that I have poor taste.

Still, I’m glad that’s out of my system. Maybe I’ll come back in a year or two to see if any of these games have changed. For now though, they all have a special place in my heart.

Last Updated: February 1, 2017

Matthew Figueira

Defence of the Ancients? More like Defence of the cabbages! Have you seen my head? I look like a Merino Sheep on pole. NO SHANGE only SHAPPIES! :D

  • It was all good until you listed Dota. Why would you spoil a list like that? Sies

    • Matthew Figueira

      “I don’t think Valve’s MOBA is the best game ever made, but it is one that’s sucked the most hours out of my life, and for that, it definitely deserves a spot.”

      Because REASONS! 😛

      • Terrible reasons! Just because crack consumes your life doesn’t make it a top 10 spot on a list of healthy drugs!

        • Matthew Figueira

          YOU’RE NOT MY MOM!

    • Hammersteyn

      Agreed

    • Nikola

      Typical Matt and his stupid Moba’s…

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        I bet he spent hours trying to figure out what other 9 games he likes.

        • Hammersteyn

          XD

        • Nikola

          hahahaha oh 100%

        • Matthew Figueira

          Now that’s just mean 😛

        • Ir0nseraph

          LoL

      • Matthew Figueira

        SO MUCH HATE </3

  • Super Mario Galaxy and Ori!

    o/

    I would also add Super Mario Sunshine 😛

    • Matthew Figueira

      AWWW YISS! One day I will play Sunshine.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Borderlands’ shoot ‘n loot was so addictive. 1 & 2 are my 3rd & 2nd most played games respectively of the last decade.

    • miaau

      I, the non FPS player, played Borderlands 1, all DLC, through nearly twice. How much fun is that… Insanity levels of fun.

      One of the hallmarks of a good RPG / make weapon type game is when you do not Power MAX the weapons, you look to have fun as well.

      • Original Heretic

        2 was even better than 1. So much better!

        • miaau

          Really? Hmm, perhaps it should be on the radar

          BUT I played strictly SP. Man, some of the fights in Borderlands 1 were difficult alone and some challenges, according to Internet, were only doable SP by the very best. i can attest to that. Killed some Giant worm thing that was meant to be done by a party of people. Took me bloody ages. Remember pausing, walking away, making a cup of tea, coming back to action. Died so many times…..

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            2 is definitely my favourite as well. Just get the main game & season pass – skip the additional stuff.

          • miaau

            Thanks, will look into that.

            Also, want Titanfall 2, for the campaign. Looks like fun.

            Season pass, but skip the Additional stuff? Um, what does that mean?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            There’s a metric ton of DLC not included in the season pass that just isn’t worth the money.

          • miaau

            ah, yeah. too much content can also scare newcomers away, same-ness, boring can creep in. Big commitment to play something with as much content as they have thrown in.

          • Original Heretic

            MUST get Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep DLC. Any table-top roleplayer would love it!

          • miaau

            Tiny Tina was awesome in number 1. Very fun. And insane. Did we mention already that the game has levels, layers, of insanity?

          • Original Heretic

            Yeah, there are boos creatures designed for group play in each game.

            In 2 they really built on what they did right in 1. And the player powers were just so awesome. I enjoyed it solo and obviously jamming with mates. The number of hours we have logged on it are insane.

  • Hammersteyn

    9/10 isn’t bad 😛

  • Hammersteyn

    I’d replace Dota 2 with System Shock 2. But that’s because in my ignorance I’ve failed to grasp the phenomena that is Dota

    • Thing is Dota 2 is not even the phenomena if we look at concurrent AND subscribed player counts. LoL wins at both. And even then that game is terribad. 😛

      • Matthew Figueira

        Played LoL, I still prefer Dota 😛

        • Played both. Prefer neither. If for some weird reason I have to play a Moba I just play a quick game of HotS.

          • Matthew Figueira

            Oh yeah, if I have to play a MOBA now, I head to Heroes of the Storm for sure. I included Dota 2 on my list purely because it was such a big part of my gaming career. I sunk SO much time into that game O_O

          • Admiral Chief

            “career”
            lol, LIES

      • Hammersteyn

        True, but the amount of money in Dota is mind blowing

    • Sageville

      Yeah,what list can go without SS2??

      Also Dota 2…. I even can’t…

      • Hammersteyn

        None of us can XD

    • Lu

      Some of us are too young to have ever played system shock……As for dota, it takes a certain kind of sick to love it.

      • Hammersteyn

        Matty is sick yes
        *RUNS
        **Can’t outrun Matty
        ***Hammer is strangled by his afro

        • Lu

          Well I spend around 2 hours a day in dota XD. Easy way to escape a Portuguese guy: run past a corner. His instinct will be to open a shop there……

          • Hammersteyn

            BWHAHAHAHAHA!

  • PurplePariah

    What? No Fable?!

    • I was thinking the same xD

    • miaau

      Fable? Really?

      Why….. Was fun, but top 10 list fun? I think not.

      • Hammersteyn

        Agreed

      • PurplePariah

        Veek toor.

        • miaau

          Um, what? reference to game? Been far, far too long. Also, if pop culture reference, I miss them, easily.

          AND I googled the term.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Lagz had an intern called Victor whose top 10 list consisted half of Fable games. 😉

          • PurplePariah

            I was going to leave him in suspense. Dammit. XD

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I’M HELPFUL!

          • PurplePariah

            HI HELPFUL! NICE TO MEET YOU! WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING?!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            IN CASE ANY READERS ARE HARD OF HEARING.

          • PurplePariah

            NOW I’M LAUGHING MY ASS OFF. LOL.

          • miaau

            i am, actually, hard of hearing. But mostly to the high range of sounds. Like my wife’s voice, for example… true story

          • miaau

            Yeah, forgot about this till I glanced over and saw this.

    • Original Heretic

      Too many broken promises for it to make a list. It was fun, but damn, there was so much expectation attached to it, it could never live up to that.

  • miaau

    Not even played one of this games.. not one.

    Where is Master of Orion, 1 + 2, Civ 1, 2, III (like a million hours), IV?

    Knights of the Old Republic (1 or 2)? Deus Ex:HR?

    I, for one, am glad of the differences and the choices out there for different people.

    Now, Mr Figgs, try and get it right next time, ok?

    • Hammersteyn

      I still prefer the very first Deus EX. It was so far ahead of its time back then it’s scary

      • Original Heretic

        Back in the day, it was rather amazing.

      • miaau

        Problem is, I missed it back then and the copy I bought off GOG does not want to work in any other way than super blury, stopped stuffing around with settings.

        • Hammersteyn

          Darn, sad to hear

      • Lu

        It was one of my best gaming experiences, but visually it’s aged like milk. If anything needs a remaster it’s Deus Ex.

      • Admiral Chief

        Indeed, even predicted the Twin Tower destruction (kinda)

  • Original Heretic

    This list made me go look at all the others. nice one!

    All in all, I see many great games, past present and future, represented here (and in the others).

  • Original Heretic

    I love that the Borderlands 2 image is showing off the Siren’s ability. Loved that character. I was half forced to initially choose her, so that the group I jammed with had a healer, but in the end, after trying them all out, she was still my personal favourite.

    • Matthew Figueira

      Likewise! Definitely my favourite character 🙂 that ability to suck everybody into the same place was so satisfying.

      • Original Heretic

        She’s the controller character in the group, if specced properly. Any enemy that you catch it your bubble becomes the focus of the entire group. And her three tree were so different, she really was the most customizable of them all.

        • Not to mention the amplified damage she would apply when using her skills.

  • Nikola

    RE3 my favorite Resident Evil by faar, such a great game!!

    • Hammersteyn

      I liked 4 more

      • Nikola

        Yeah but you don’t know what you talking about soo it’s ok;) hahaha

        • Hammersteyn

          XD

    • Matthew Figueira

      GOOD TASTE YOU HAVE! 😛

  • Not even a single Mass Effect??!!

    And what about The Last of Us?

    • For that matter KoToR,Fallout 2,DOOM hell even WoW still has more merrit than certain games on this list (cough Dota cough).

      • Nikola

        WoW is and always be number one at the same time I avoid that game like a plague, it’s not have a life again hahah

        • I am still subbed and still play a few hours every week but I have completely left the Raiding/End Game scene.

          • Nikola

            Yoh dude I tried that and then I eventually get dragged into the Raiding again I can’t help myself hahaha

        • Galbedir

          I find I try to do each raid once or twice just for the story/achievement of it, then go back to my Battlegrounds and Mythic keystone dungeons every so often. Probably do like 6 hrs a week. More if i’m hungover on Sunday, then +10 hrs to that…WoW is a great hangover game.

    • Matthew Figueira

      I’ve never played Mass Effect 😀

      As for The Last of Us, it was either that or Uncharted 4 for the list. I couldn’t find a spot for either 😛

      • YOU NEVER PLAYED MASS EFFECT!!

        Time to find a new news site. 😛

        • Matthew Figueira

          Psh, some of the others like Mass Effect 😛 don’t abandon them on my behalf!

          • Okay I will stay cause that is the Paragon thing to do.

            To understand that reference please play Mass Effect. 😛

          • Dresden

            Paragon 4 lyf!

        • miaau

          This is a news site? i come for the comments. I think.

      • Fork Fork

        Oh the shame, rather make it a top 11 and add uncharted 4 ?

        • Matthew Figueira

          You shut your mouth 😛

  • Admiral Chief


    @hairyknees:disqus

  • DragonSpirit009

    Abe Oddessy was the first game I ever played on a PC… A game which is also on my top 10

  • GooseZA

    ORI !!!

    What a game. Loved it. Probably my fav platformer after Rayman Origins.

  • Dark

    No Witcher III, I is dissapoint!

    • PurplePariah

      The Witcher series wasn’t universally loved. I for one don’t care for it. That’s just how opinions work though. 🙂

    • Matthew Figueira

      Never played Witcher III. It’s in my backlog though – will get to it… ONE DAY!

  • Quentin Huggett

    lol Matty your taste is questionable

    • Matthew Figueira

      Psh 😛 taste differs among people. To me, my taste is excellent xD

  • Galbedir

    Oddly enough, I never really got into the Borderlands franchise…played about 15 hrs of Borderlands 2, then Meh. I’d put Soul Reaver 1 and 2 into that slot. God I miss those.

  • Kensei Seraph – Terran Ghost

    I have to agree with FF VI.
    It helped shape me into the gamer I am today and is the onl Final Fantasy game that I have completed multiple times.

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    Brings back some good memories this list 😀

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