Sorting your video game preferences

Can’t deal with all the news of the past few days. So instead, I’m taking online quizzes and distracting myself with my self care regimen of video game consumption.

Sorting 100+ games in order of preference is no easy task, but it can be done with some perseverance. Go here for the quiz. My results below the fold. The top 20 are not surprising at all. I’d maybe sort some of the ties, of course, but the results are really uncanny otherwise.

Rank Game
1 Undertale
2 Castlevania: SOTN
2 Super Metroid
4 Final Fantasy Tactics
4 Zelda: Twilight Princess
6 Skyrim
7 Zelda: Ocarina of Time
7 Zelda: A Link to the Past
7 Cave Story
10 Final Fantasy VI
11 Zelda: Majora’s Mask
12 Chrono Trigger
12 Zelda: The Wind Waker
14 Mother 3
15 EarthBound
16 Batman: Arkham City
16 Mega Man X
18 Red Dead Redemption
19 Kingdom Hearts II
20 Super Mario RPG
21 Super Mario World
22 Paper Mario
23 Paper Mario: TYD
24 Super Mario Bros. 3
25 Minecraft
26 Final Fantasy VII
27 Okami
27 Final Fantasy IV
29 Metal Gear Solid 3
30 Mass Effect 2
31 Oblivion
32 Metal Gear Solid 2
33 Mario Kart 8
34 Super Mario Galaxy
35 Final Fantasy IX
35 Civilization V
37 Final Fantasy X
38 Life is Strange
39 Portal 2
40 Metal Gear Solid
40 Shadow of the Colossus
42 Kingdom Hearts
42 Dragon Age: Origins
42 Borderlands 2
45 Fallout 3
46 Mass Effect 3
47 Super Mario Maker
47 Banjo-Kazooie
47 Baldur’s Gate II
47 Phoenix Wright: Trials
51 Portal
52 BioShock
53 Smash Bros. Melee
54 Metal Gear Solid 4
55 Super Mario Galaxy 2
56 GTA: San Andreas
56 Shovel Knight
58 Fallout: New Vegas
59 BioShock Infinite
60 Starcraft
61 Mass Effect
62 Smash Bros. Wii U
63 Star Wars: KOTOR
63 Xenogears
63 Diablo II
66 Super Mario 64
67 Half-Life 2
68 Metroid Prime
69 Chrono Cross
70 Half-Life
71 Tetris
72 Morrowind
73 Final Fantasy VIII
74 Tales of Symphonia
75 GTA: Vice City
76 Assassin’s Creed II
77 Age of Empires II
77 Animal Crossing New Leaf
77 Phoenix Wright
77 Demon’s Souls
77 Resident Evil 2
77 Persona 4
77 DK Country 2
77 Splatoon
77 Silent Hill 2
86 Planescape: Torment
86 GoldenEye 007
86 Skies of Arcadia
86 999
90 Ratchet & Clank 3
90 Dragon Quest VIII
90 Persona 3
93 World Ends with You
94 Pokemon Gold/Silver
94 The Last of Us
94 Halo 3
94 Pokemon X/Y
94 Halo: Combat Evolved
94 Journey
94 Pokemon Red/Blue
94 Sonic the Hedgehog 2
94 Uncharted 2
94 The Walking Dead
94 Grand Theft Auto V
94 Shenmue
94 World of Warcraft
94 Team Fortress 2
94 Bayonetta 2
94 Destiny
94 Virtue’s Last Reward
111 Xenoblade Chronicles
111 Deus Ex
113 Perfect Dark
114 Metal Gear Solid V
115 Hearthstone
115 Suikoden II
115 Monster Hunter 4U
115 Warcraft III
115 Fire Emblem: Awakening
115 Dark Souls
115 Call of Duty 4
115 Bloodborne
115 Final Fantasy XII
115 Valkyria Chronicles
115 Binding of Isaac Rebirth
115 Resident Evil 4
127 Resident Evil
128 The Witcher 3

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Sorting your video game preferences

8 thoughts on “Sorting your video game preferences

  1. 1

    Lots of good games there, but… no Heroes of Might and Magic III? No Total Annihilation? Jagged Alliance II? FTL, Streets of Rage II, Samurai Shodown / Spirits II?? This test sucks!

  2. 2

    Wellll, it had 120ish games. There were 713 licensed NES games in North America alone. There’s no way anything like this could be comprehensive without being expansive to the point of ridiculousness. But, yes, there are many games I have very fond memories of that aren’t represented. Crystalis, or River City Ransom, or Shadowgate, again thinking only of NES games. Dune 2, for PC. (Why specifically Age of Empires 2?)

    As it stands, of the games presented, this list is absolutely accurate. That Undertale hit #1 is perfect.

  3. 3

    Regarding AoE 2, I think it is listed alone on this list for basically the same reason I mentioned HoMM 3: they both happened to take an especially large leap forwards not only in terms of technology, but also in design and execution, and as a result tend to be especially cherished by those that played them back then.

  4. 4

    What a surprisingly good list sorter. My list was also pretty accurate, at least at the top slots:

    1 Planescape: Torment
    2 Baldur’s Gate II
    3 Star Wars: KOTOR
    4 The Witcher 3
    5 Fallout: New Vegas
    6 Mass Effect
    7 Deus Ex
    8 Skyrim
    9 Dragon Age: Origins
    10 Diablo II
    11 BioShock Infinite
    12 Starcraft
    13 Portal
    14 Mass Effect 2
    15 BioShock
    16 Portal 2
    17 Mass Effect 3
    18 Fallout 3
    19 Warcraft III
    20 Shadow of the Colossus
    20 Red Dead Redemption

  5. 5

    I’m not sure about this…

    1 Star Wars: KOTOR
    2 Morrowind
    3 Dragon Age: Origins
    4 Baldur’s Gate II
    5 Skyrim
    6 Pokemon X/Y
    7 Mass Effect
    8 Mass Effect 2
    9 Fallout 3
    10 Final Fantasy VIII
    11 Fallout: New Vegas
    12 Oblivion
    12 The Witcher 3
    12 Binding of Isaac Rebirth
    12 Metal Gear Solid 2
    12 Resident Evil
    12 BioShock Infinite
    12 Resident Evil 4
    12 Paper Mario
    20 Tetris
    21 Pokemon Gold/Silver
    22 Mass Effect 3
    23 Pokemon Red/Blue
    24 Sonic the Hedgehog 2

    Oblivion is the only one at number 12 that I picked. I haven’t even played the rest of the rest of the number 12s, let alone picked any of them. I’d rate Tetris above all of them because I have no interest in them. The top 10 are pretty close but I’d put Oblivion above Fallout 3 and definitely above Fallout New Vegas.

  6. 6

    I’m guessing I’m a fairway out of date here but I’d list my faves as

    1) Ayrton Senna’s superMonaco GP
    2) Mortal Kombat (the original)
    3) Streets of Rage ..I think that’s what it was called anyhow.
    4) Alex Kidd … and the something or other (not actual name) back on Sega master-system (?) pre megadrive.
    5) Road Rash think twas with a motorbike and being able to bash up cops and fellow competiootrs..

    But afraid those all go back along , lo-oong waay. All but one of those on the Sega megadrive thingamajig so not sur eif they even qualify here. Still.

  7. 7

    According to the list, here are my top five video games:
    1) FFVII
    2) Journey
    3) Baldurs Gate II
    4) Skyrim
    5) Resident Evil

    Sadly there were lots of my favorite games missing: Space Quest, Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (Intellivision), Counterstrike, X-Com (the original), Privateer, Eye Of The Beholder, Doom 1 and 2, Ultima V, Starflight. If I sat and thought about it, I could probably come up with dozens of great old games that aren’t anywhere near that list. Mind you, I’m old. And that’s the problem with video games: there are so many of them and what constitutes a “great” game varies from person to person.

  8. 8

    sinned34 #7

    Sadly there were lots of my favorite games missing

    I hear ya – I would have rated Star Control 2 and Betrayal at Krondor within the first five, but they weren’t even mentioned, same as many excellent Sierra and LucasArts adventures and many many others. I don’t know whether I should lament my old age, or pity the young for considering Smash Bros as the height of gaming.

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