The #1 Greatest Video Game of All Time

This is it. The final entry in H&F’s Greatest Video Game of All Time series. This is big-time stuff. This is our ultimate FAVORITE game ever in the world. These games are important to us, tied to who we are, and in our hearts. We’ve finally arrived. If you missed the others on our countdown, please check them out: #25,#24,#23,#22,#21,#20#19#18#17#16#15, #14#13#12#11#10, #9#8, #7#6, #5#4#3, and #2

#1 Greatest Video Game of All Time

Kai – Morrowind I struggled to decide which of my top 3 is my most favorite game, but in the end it had to be Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.  No other piece of art has ever transported me to another world like Morrowind.  The art, the lore, the music, and the quests all contribute to an amazing world that you can truly get lost in.

Like most Elder Scrolls games, you start out as a prisoner, this time exiled to the island of Vvardenfell, home of the dark elves or Dunmer.  You wake up as your ship reaches the harbor, with vague memories of a strange dream.  With only a vague instruction to meet with an Imperial agent named Caius, you’re dropped off into this strange world, with the freedom to take part in any of the hundreds of stories taking place throughout the land.
I’m not sure what it is that makes Morrowind so much better than the other Elder Scrolls games.  Perhaps it’s the lack of guidance and hand-holding, causing the player to feel like they’re exploring a wide-open world, rather than the set of fairly linear narratives in Skyrim and Oblivion.  There are great secrets hidden within the world and the game allows the player to find them rather than leading the player to them.  Also a tremendous amount of work and care was put into the art and lore to really make the world feel real and it really shows.  The graphics don’t quite hold up anymore (at the time they were amazing), but the game is still really engrossing.  
If you want to see the best of what gaming has to offer, you have to try Morrowind.

Po – Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars my childhood. I try to play this game annually because the week or so that I spend revisiting it always proves to be an experience of nostalgic joy. I fell in love with the characters (GENO!), the story, the music, the entire aesthetic when I was 8 years old…and frankly, I believe it’ll be one of those loves that’ll never let me down. Now, if only we could get Geno into the next Super Smash Bros. game…


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Andrew – Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time The Hero of Time, more like The GHOAT (see what I did there?). So yes, I’m that guy who chooses this, all to predictable, favorite. Whether it’s multiple incarnations or the same guy, Link will forever battle the forces of Evil to champion Courage, temper Power, and nurture Wisdom. Nothing else I’m going to say here (except my same repetitive beautiful score comments). I would adore a Morrowind/Metroid Prime-ish Legend of Zelda but that is not going to happen – just think about it though graphically? Walking into the Temple of Time and grasping the Master Sword…

Fit – Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – I didn’t really have to think about what was my favorite game of all time. It was the beautiful marriage of BioWare and LucasArts, creating the game that would suck me in with its Star Wars lore, witty writing, and captivating characters. We were already Star Wars fanatics, and then KotOR came out, blowing us away. They carved out such a rich part of the history of the Star Wars expanded universe and we were able to dive right in. You were in it, you lived it–you created it. Once again, BioWare gives you the capabilities to change the storyline as you see fit, making your choices really matter. This game had one of the biggest reveals that caught you off guard. I can replay this game over and over, and the music is a constant on my soundtrack. Favorite game ever–epic storytelling throughout a vastly loved universe with the power to change your fate. 

Hungry – Final Fantasy VIII Have you seen the side of my body? An Inuyasha tattoo on one side, and a FF VIII on the other. Sure, other nerdy ones will come soon but these were first for a reason. (Morrowind, G Gundam, Song of Ice and Fire) I think the game in the characters, plot, and soundtrack probably say a lot about me. Similar to Morrowind, this isn’t a game I like to play around people; it means a lot more to me than Super Smash or Mario Kart. I spent a ton of money importing the soundtrack, the Japanese version, a gunblade necklace, triple triad cards, and more. It’s funny, most people think this was the worst Final Fantasy of that era but for me, it’s untouchable. I can play this game over and over again, but it only took the first play through for it to be my greatest of all time.  


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So there you have it. You now know our top 25 games of all time. But wait–there’s more! Even though we hit the end of the list, we still have something fun to share. Prepare yourself for the Master List. You probably don’t even remember our #25 or our #19. We are creating a list, ordering the games that got the most votes. It’s going to be a lot of fun. So stay tuned! And as always, stay hungry and fit!


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