#12 Greatest Video Game of All Time

I know we are one day late, but hey, we are still in the same week! Three weeks in a row–yes!! This countdown is on a roll and dangerously close to the top 10. As a refresher, this is the video game brain trust’s list of the top 25 greatest video games of all time and we are now down to #12! These are the ones you’ve missed so  far: #25, #24,#23, #22, #21, #20#19#18#17#16#15, #14, and #13

Kai – Master of Orion II In my opinion, Masters of Orion II is the best space-based 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate) ever made.  I love science fiction and this game really makes you feel like you’re running an alien empire, but doesn’t overwhelm you with options.  There’s lore, multiple victory conditions, colonization, building, and space battles.  You design your ships, decide which technologies to research, and can even create your own alien species.

It’s a turn-based game like Civilization and definitely shares that “one more turn” compulsion.  It still holds up today as nothing in the genre has really come close (the sequel was probably the most disappointing game of all time for me).  If you’re looking to conquer the galaxy in an afternoon, I can’t recommend anything other than Masters of Orion II.

 Po – Shenmue Groundbreaking for all the right reasons. Coupled with a glorious leather jacket and a ridiculous forklift race — it’s hard not to like this game.

Andrew – Super Mario 64 – Here we gooooooo.  Nothing else to say here, absolute classic series and a great entry into 64 bit. It was terrible the way that Yoshi and Luigi were worked into this game, but overall fantastic. Part of a couple of games that made the N64 launch successful and one of the few things that is keeping Nintendo alive.

Alana – Neverwinter Nights – The ultimate fantasy RPG game with real aspects of pen and paper RPG. Closely based off of Dungeons and Dragons concepts and gameplay (morality, races, classes, attributes, fighting system), this game has a rich story that will draw you in. What I really loved about it, though, was the character development. I loved being able to pick morality, race, class and all the different things that affected. I usually played as a druid or a ranger and loved the abilities that would come from there. The game is very creative and enjoyable to play. I could replay it any day of the week–it’s that good! 

Hungry – Tales of the Abyss – My favorite entry in one of the greatest JRPG series ever. Originally released on PS2 and re-released on 3DS, this game gives you plenty of enjoyable hours and the most annoying main character ever who ends up being a total badass in the closing credits leaving you with a total cliffhanger what happened. It’s one of the top games that I want to find out what happened afterwards because the story sucked me in so well. The battle system is clean while you were pleased by the graphics and soundtrack. The characters are great, especially Jade. I watched the anime, read the manga. It was going to be a lot higher but the competition is going to get stiff.

That sums it up for #12 in this fun countdown. Stay tuned for #11 next week. And as always, stay hungry and fit!

*Question of the Day: Have you played any of our #12 picks? Comment below!