Video games can be an enjoyable way to relieve stress and, for many, provide a much-needed break from the realities of everyday life. This is true even for simulation games such as animal crossing, where many of the players’ daily tasks – pulling weeds, keeping up with neighbors, and so on – are things that people already have to do in reality.
Everyone will have their favorite video game based on their preferences, and there have been countless discussion threads online of gamers detailing what theirs are and why they feel this way. Forums used to be the primary way for fans to share their opinions, but over time, most discussions have become centralized on just a handful of social media platforms. Reddit is an excellent example of this, with many users taking to gaming-centric communities to ask others what their favorite game of all time is.
10 Despite Its Flaws, People Feel Connected To Life Is Strange
Dontnod’s Life Is Strange was released in late January 2015, though only its first episode was available at launch, with the others added incrementally. The game primarily follows Max Caulfield as she attempts to uncover the dark secrets that lie hidden in Arcadia Bay while trying to stop the town from being destroyed by a tornado.
The game has flaws, with the writing certainly being criticized for being too “cringy” at times. However, for many, this is part of the game’s charm, and the bond between Max and Chloe is an incredibly special one that’s hard for many to forget.
9 It’s Hard To Beat The Immersive Experience Of Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2, published by Rockstar Games, saw its initial release in late October 2018 for consoles, and received a PC port about a year later. The game is considered a great example of how video games are a valid art form – and it’s not hard to see why.
From its absolutely stunning visuals to the sheer amount of activities that players can lose themselves in while playing, it’s hard to find a more immersive gameplay experience. Within two weeks of its launch, RDR2 had outperformed the total sales of its predecessor.
8 The Last Of Us Sets A Gold Standard For Emotional Storytelling
Its sequel might not have been the smash-hit that Naughty Dog was hoping for, but that’s only to be expected with just how beloved the original The Last of Us is – even today. It was originally released in 2013 for the Playstation 3, with a PS4 remaster released the following year.
TLOU‘s setting, characters, narrative, visuals, gameplay, and sound design are all heralded as being top-tier, with the game going on to win multiple Game of The Year awards. Even after all this time, the emotional bond that forms between Joel and Ellie is hard to forget.
7 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Is An All-Time Best-Seller
One of the biggest reasons why player expectations were so high for Cyberpunk 2077 is because CD Projekt Red absolutely knocked it out of the park with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The only area of the game that received minor criticism is some of technical issues.
This doesn’t stop Wild Hunt from being heralded as one of the best video games by both critics and players alike. With over 40 million copies shipped, it’s statistically one of the best-selling video games of all time.
6 The Original Dark Souls Still Has A Place In Many Fans’ Hearts
dark souls is actually the second installment in FromSoftware’s roguelike series, the first being Demon’s Souls. The game was originally released in 2011, with the enhanced Prepare To Die edition launching a year later.
Its combat and level design have been praised as being some of the best that gaming has to offer. One of the few criticisms it received is that it feels too unforgiving for some players, but this is a trademark of the soulslike genre that fans would come to expect and appreciate from later titles.
5 Borderlands 2 Has A Charm That’s Hard To Replicate
It’s been 10 years since the release of Borderlands 2, but it’s got an undeniable charm that many fans feel hasn’t been replicated since. One of the biggest draws is its story, which was primarily written by the incredibly talented Anthony Burch, is that it holds up to this day, especially when compared to later titles like Borderlands 3.
While the game’s mission design is brought up as its main weak point, virtually everything else about the title has been met with critical acclaim. This is especially true for the handling of the main antagonist, Handsome Jack, as well as the designs of the game’s playable cast of characters.
4 Terrariums Charming Sandbox Design Garnered A Loyal Following
While many think of Minecraft as the first sandbox game to truly popularize the genre, Terrariums actually released about half a year prior in May 2011. As of 2022, it’s sold almost 45 million copies, which marks it as one of the best-selling video games of all time.
This is incredibly impressive for an independent game developer. Two sequels have been planned for the game, Terrariums 2 and Terrariums: Otherworld, though both were inevitably cancelled.
3 Hollow Knight’s Story And Aesthetic Are Highly Praised
Hollow Knight may not have performed as well as others on this list going by sales statistics, but it impacts those who get their hands on it. It’s both a 2D side-scroller and a soulslike, and it has sold over three million copies total.
The game has been praised for many of its elements, including its visuals, gameplay, and soundtrack, though the most-beloved aspect is its story. A sequel titled Hollow Knight: SIlksong is set to be released within the next year, to the delight of fans.
2 NieR: Automata Is A Love Letter To The Original
Square Enix’s NieR: Automata, developed by Yoko Taro, is meant to be a love letter to the original Kidney, capturing the original’s spirit while improving on the game’s systems, such as combat. As of mid-2022, a Nintendo Switch port is under development, showing that the series is still relevant in the hearts of fans.
Its story, themes, gameplay, and music were all met with critical acclaim – especially the game’s handling of themes such as finding reasons to live or analyzing why people would be driven to kill. The PC version did garner mixed reviews for technical issues, although some of them were addressed in a 2021 patch for the game, and it’s still playable.
1 The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth Is The Roguelike That Started It All
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, published by Nicalis and developed by Edmund McMillen, will be immediately familiar to fans of the roguelike genre. It’s often referred to as the “original” roguelike, as its predecessor, The Binding of Isaac† was a significant contributor to revitalizing players’ interest in the genre.
Three total expansions have been released, with each adding a ton of new content, and the last confirmed final expansion, called Repentance having, which was released in Early 2021. It’s highly regarded as one of the best roguelikes of all time, though it received criticism for its graphic imagery, and some players found the expansions too difficult.
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