Stuff's #Fave7Games

Prepare for a trip down memory lane. We're about to get nostalgic, yo

#Fave7Games is trending on Twitter right now, with people all over the world joining in and sharing their seven favourite games of all time.

We, too, are also people, though we suspect one of us - who shall remain unnamed - is a cyborg, but we digress.

Below is a list of our favourite games. We're sure you're going to passionately disagree with some of our choices, and that's okay.

We are all unique snowflakes, and are entitled to our own opinions. So please don't get too mad when you see Enter the Matrix pop up at some point. 

Writer (Asia) - Janine Lee

  1. Crash Bandicoot (PlayStation, 1996)
  2. Crash Team Racing (PlayStation, 1999)
  3. Metal Slug (PlayStation, 1997)
  4. Left 4 Dead 2 (PC, 2009)
  5. DOTA 2 (PC, 2013)
  6. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (PlayStation, 2000)
  7. The Sims (PC, 2000)
Why I love…. Crash Bandicoot

Countless hours of my youth spent on this addictive game with its outlandish characters and acid-trip graphics probably left permanent damage on my young, impressionable mind. Crash Bandicoot was my first foray into the world of video games and I have nothing but fond memories of the crazy orange anthropomorphic rat and his floating tribal head sidekick — spinning, jumping and smashing from one ridiculous level to the next.

With the remastered edition coming up next year for the franchise’s 20th anniversary, I’m already preparing myself to go down the rabbit hole again. #noregrets

Contributor (Asia) - Erna Mahyuni

  1. Dragon Age: Origins (PC/PlayStation/Xbox, 2009)
  2. Mass Effect trilogy (PC/PlayStation/Xbox, 2007-2012)
  3. Galaxy Trucker (iOS/Android, 2014)
  4. Sleeping Dogs (PC/PlayStation/Xbox, 2012)
  5. Final Fantasy VIII (PC/PlayStation, 1999)
  6. Dragon Age: 2 (PC/PlayStation/Xbox, 2011)
  7. Planescape: Torment (PC, 1999)
Why I love...Dragon Age: Origins

Dragons! Sword fights! Magic! With interesting choices and lots of chances for modding: Dragon Age:Origins ticked off all the boxes for this old-school RPG lover. Even after having finished the game three times, I wouldn't be surprised if some day I pick it up again.

The doomday scenario is nothing new, but the lore and storybuilding is solid enough that I wouldn't be surprised if there's a Dragon Age: 25 in my future.

Deputy Editor (Asia) - Elissa Loi

  1. Theme Hospital (PC, 1997)
  2. The Sims (PC, 2000)
  3. Age of Empires (PC, 1997)
  4. Left 4 Dead 2 (PC, 2009)
  5. Pokémon Yellow (Nintendo Game Boy, 1998)
  6. Jurassic Park: Chaos Island (PC, 1997)
  7. The Oregon Trail ( PC, 1997)
Why I love…Theme Hospital

“Patients are asked not to die in the corridors.”

Who could ever pass up on Theme Hospital with all that rat-murdering and bloaty head-curing in 16-bit glory? It had such an unapologetically dark sense of humour which I found incredibly refreshing. Watching the money roll in when I successfully hid an epidemic, witnessing doctors go mad from overwork, and clearing up mass vomit puddles are some of my fondest childhood memories. I’d like to think it’s taught me invaluable multitasking lessons in handling life’s messes to this day. 

So someone, anyone, please remake this game in my lifetime and release a ton of expansion packs that I promise to buy.

Editor, Stuff.tv - Marc McLaren

  1. Half-Life 2 (PC, 2004)
  2. Pro Evolution Soccer 5 (PS2, 2005)
  3. GTA Vice City (PS2, 2002)
  4. Doom (PC, 1993)
  5. Tetris (Nintendo GameBoy, 1990)
  6. Fallout 3 (PS3, 2008)
  7. Resident Evil (PS1, 1996)
Why I love... Half-Life 2

Everything about Half-Life 2 is perfect. I've never played a game before or since which just works so well, totally immersing you in its world and leading you through it in a way which makes it almost impossible to stop playing.

It just has everything. The story is well thought out and engaging; the characters are well rounded; the graphics are, for the time, sumptuous; the combination of awesomely inventive weapons, diverse bad guys and varied settings combine to make it constantly different, while also always feeling part of a consistent world. It's just... supremely playable. In fact I'm going to start playing it again today.

Magazine Editor - Rob Leedham

  1. Super Mario World (SNES, 1992)
  2. Final Fantasy VIII (PlayStation, 1999)
  3. Life Is Strange (PlayStation 4, 2015)
  4. Zelda: Wind Waker (GameCube, 2003)
  5. The Last of Us (PlayStation 3, 2013)
  6. Red Dead Redemption (PlayStation 3, 2010)
  7. Super Smash Bros Melee (GameCube, 2002)
Why I love... Super Mario World

There are hundreds of reasons why Super Mario World is my favourite game of all-time. It's the still best platformer in human existence. It's the high-watermark for 2D gaming. The 'You are a super player!!' message written in gold coins as you complete its very last Funky level.

All of these are entirely valid arguments, but I only need one word to proclaim SMW's true genius: Yoshi. As the very first game to feature the greatest dinosaur ever, this classic has an eternal place in my heart.

Deputy Features Editor - Esat Dedezade

  1. Halo 2 (Xbox, 2004)
  2. Destiny (PlayStation 4, 2014)
  3. Portal 2 (PC, 2011)
  4. Elder Scrolls: Oblivion (Xbox 360, 2006)
  5. GTA III (PlayStation 2, 2001)
  6. Banjo-Kazooie (N64, 1998)
  7. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64, 1998)
Why I love... Halo 2

Halo 2 is love, Halo 2 is life. That was my mantra way back then, when I spent every spare waking moment in Bungie’s incredible multiplayer shooter, which had an online experience lightyears ahead of its time.

Staying up till dawn with my clan - which incidentally pwned the Stuff team in a challenge 11 years ago - was a regular occurrence, and the custom games with my mates - turret wars, cops and robbers, zombies and more - remain my fondest gaming memory to date.

 

 

1
2