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Personal Top 10 games
Hello everyone.

2020 is (thankfully) reaching its end. This year took its toll from everyone, just in different degrees. I think I was therefore never that grateful to have the hobby of gaming in my life, just to be able to take of your mind of the current problems once in a while. Events on TrueAchievements like GTASC were also a further help, so big thanks for all of your effort. And I think a lot of people here feel similar.

So I took this year's gaming experience as a reason to rework one of my older blogs and present my lists of personal Top 10 games of the different gaming systems. Another reason for the updated list is that I decided to not get the new consoles PS5 and Xbox Series X. I just don't have enough time to play the games I got as much as I would like to and the situation is not getting better if I just keep buying the newest systems and games. I am like 2 console generations behind of what I want to get done in gaming. So in the next years I will work mostly on the backlog. Maybe I will get a PS5 and Series X in 5-6 years at the end of their lifecycle and catch up with some of the highlights, but for the foreseeable future I won't purchase them. So this is a good moment to update the lists, there shouldn't be much change or additions in the upcoming years.

Before I start with the Top 10s, here are some ground rules I used:

- I need to have played the game on that specific system. For example: If I'd ever had the chance to play Chrono Trigger on the SNES, it would have made my Top 10 SNES games, but I didn't so it doesn't (thanks again for never releasing this gem in Europe on that system). Spoiler: it will show up somewhere else ; )
- If a game main series had several great games on one system I will pick my favorite and only that one will appear on that list. It doesn't mean that I don't like the other entries. But if the games are just the same IP, but not in the same game series, they can theoretically both get spots in the Top 10. For example on Top 10 PS1 both FF VIII and FF Tactics could appear, but not FF VIII and FF IX.
- If I should have played a game I really like on several systems, it will probably only show up in the Top 10 of the first system I ever played it on, because there I had the first impressions with that game. For example: I enjoy Dragon Quest 11 pretty much equally on PS 4, Switch and Xbox One, but I played it first on PS4 and it is the console that I associate the game the most with so it only would show up there in the Top 10.
- If there are games on a system that just barely missed the Top 10, I will put them in the category "Honorable Mentions"
- I also will list recommendations to try out for every system under the category "Hidden gems". That can be games that have good quality, but are not that well known. But I would also put their games that are in my opinion way better than their reputation. Or maybe even a AAA game of good quality that just got a little bit forgotten or doesn't get enough praises.
-Next to Top 10 game lists for game systems I will also put here a Top 10 board games list. Analog gaming is also a big hobby of mine and maybe one or two of you are also interested in it. And if not: sorry, but my blog and my lists ; )

So, without further ado, my personal, definitive, never changing Top 10 game lists ... of 31.12.2020 : )

Game Boy:
01. Parodius
02. Tiny Toon Adventures
03. Super Mario Land 2
04. Duck Tales
05. Tetris
06. Donkey Kong
07. Mystic Quest
08. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
09. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
10. Castlevania Adventures
Honorable Mentions: -
Hidden Gems: Gargoyle's Quest, Batman, Dr. Mario

NES:
01. Super Mario Bros 3
02. Mega Man 2
03. Mike Tyson's Punch Out!!!
04. The Legend of Zelda
05. Metroid
06. Bucky O'Hare
07. Kirby's Adventure
08. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: the Arcade game
09. Probotector/Contra
10. Little Nemo Dream Master
Honorable Mentions: -
Hidden Gems: Kid Icarus, Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers, Startropics, Pirates!, Kickle Cubicle

Super Nintendo/SNES:
01. Super Probotector/Contra III
02. Super Mario World
03. Super Street Fighter II
04. Super Mario Kart
05. Donkey Kong Country
06. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the past
07. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time
08. Super Bomberman
09. Secret of Mana
10. Super Metroid
Honorable Mentions: Lost Vikings, Killer Instinct, Super Mario RPG, Saturday Night Slam Masters, F-Zero, Aladdin
Hidden Gems: SimCity, Axelay, Actraiser, Joe & Mac, Pocky & Rocky, Lufia, Pop 'n' Twinbee, Dragon - the Bruce Lee Story, Wild Guns, Goof Troop

Sega Mega Drive/Genesis:
01. Streets of Rage 2
02. Revenge of Shinobi
03. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
04. Shining Force
05. Golden Axe 2
06. The Story of Thor
07. Aladdin
08. Wonder Boy 3: Monster Lair
09. Castle of Illusion
10. Rocket Knight Adventures
Honorable Mentions: Mega Contra
Hidden Gems: Eternal Champions

PlayStation:
01. Metal Gear Solid
02. Final Fantasy VII
03. Resident Evil 2
04. Tekken 3
05. Xenogears
06. Suikoden
07. Gran Turismo 2
08. Final Fantasy Tactics
09. Vagrant Story
10. Front Mission 3
Honorable Mentions: Silent Hill, Soul Blade, Dino Crisis 2
Hidden Gems: Battle Arena Toshinden, OgreBattle, Parasite Eve 2, Breath of Fire 3, Wild Arms, Worms, Tobal No. 1

Game Boy Advance:
01. Fire Emblem
02. Metroid Fusion
03. Advance Wars
04. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
05. Golden Sun
06. Astro Boy: Omega Factor
07. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
08. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
09. Wario Land 4
10. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Honorable Mentions: -
Hidden Gems: Onimusha Tactics, Iridion 3D, Sword of Mana

N64:
01. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
02. WWF No Mercy
03. Super Mario 64
04. Mario Kart 64
05. Perfect Dark
06. Paper Mario
07. F-Zero X
08. Lylat Wars
09. Wave Race 64
10. Diddy Kong Racing
Honorable Mentions: Star Wars Rogue Squadron, Donkey Kong 64
Hidden Gems: Jet Force Gemini, Blast Corps, 1080 Snowboarding, Duke Nukem Zero Hour

Sega Saturn:
01. Dark Savior (still the only game I've played for that system)

Sega Dreamcast:
01. Shenmue 2
02. Soul Calibur
03. Grandia 2
04. Street Fighter Alpha 3
05. Garou: Mark of the Wolves
06. Marvel vs Capcom 2
07. Street Fighter 3: Third Strike
08. Crazy Taxi 2
09. House of the Dead 2
10. Skies of Arcadia
Honorable Mentions: Dead or Alive 2, NBA 2k2, Space Channel 5
Hidden Gems: Sword of the Berserk, Power Stone 2, Plasma Sword, Metropolis Street Racer, Zombie Revenge

PlayStation 2:
01. God of War
02. Dragon Quest VIII
03. The Mark of Kri
04. Disgaea
05. Onimusha 2
06. Metal Gear Solid 3
07. Ring of Red
08. Suikoden V
09. Rogue Galaxy
10. Final Fantasy X
Honorable Mentions: Persona 3, God Hand, Silent Hill 2, Virtua Fighter 4, Champions of Norrath, Contra: Shattered Soldiers, Ratchet & Clank 3, Dark Chronicle
Hidden Gems: Baldur'S Gate: Dark Alliance, Obscure, Zone of the Enders 2, Arc - Twilight of Spirits, Shadow of Rome, Shadow Hearts Covenant, Okami, Odin Sphere, LaPucelle Tactics, Sly Raccoon, Canis Canem Edit/Bully, Yakuza, Gradius V

GameCube:
01. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
02. Resident Evil 4
03. Tales of Symphonia
04. Super Smash Bros. Melee
05. Mario Kart Double Dash
06. Mertroid Prime
07. Eternal Darkness
08. Pikmin
09. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
10. Paper Mario 2
Honorable Mentions: Luigi's Mansion, MGS: the Twin Snakes, Ikaruga, Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2
Hidden Gems: Animal Crossing, Viewtiful Joe, X-Men Legends, Gladius, Second Sight, Need for Speed Underground

Nintendo DS:
01. New Super Mario Bros.
02. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
03. Tetris DS
04. Chrono Trigger
05. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
06. Professor Layton games
07. Mario & Luigi: Adventure Bowser
08. Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
09. Dragon Quest IX
10. The World ends with You
Honorable Mentions: Sands of Destruction, Final Fantasy 4
Hidden Gems: Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, Digital Devil Survivor, Bangai-O-Spirits, Etrian Odyssey, GTA Chinatown Wars, Aliens Infestation

PSP:
01. Jeanne D'Arc
02. Ridge Racer
03. Ultimate Ghosts 'n' Goblins
04. Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII
05. Lumines 2
06. Valkyria Chronicles 2
07. Crush
08. Gradius Collection
09. Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops
10. Everybody's Golf
Honorable Mentions: Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth, Patapon, Tactics Ogre, God of War: Chains of Olympus
Hidden Gems: Exit, Mortal Kombat Unchained, Killzone Liberation

Xbox:
01. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
02. Jade Empire
03. DefJam: Fight for NY
04. Halo 2
05. The Warriors
06. Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
07. Fable
08. Mortal Kombat Deception
09. Chronicles of Riddick
10. Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks
Honorable Mentions: Ninja Gaiden Black, Project Gotham Racing 2, Star Wars Republic Commando, Time Splitters Future Perfect
Hidden Gems: Panzer Dragoon Orta, Mech Assault 2, Mercenaries, Spartan Total Warrior, Oddworld Stranger's Wrath

Xbox360:
01. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
02. Red Dead Redemption
03. Mass Effect
04. Dragon Age: Origins
05. Gears of War 3
06. XCOM: Enemy Within
07. Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil Edition
08. Ultra Street Fighter IV
09. Resident Evil 5
10. Dead Space
Honorable Mentions: Civilization Revolution, Batman Arkham City, Vanquish, Castle Crashers, Mortal Kombat 9, Halo Reach, Rock Band 3, Left 4 Dead 2
Hidden Gems: Stranglehold, The Darkness, Eternal Sonata, The Orange Box, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Darksiders, Alpha Protocol, Bulletstorm, Dead Rising, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, WWE All-Stars, Asura's Wrath, Street Fighter X Tekken, Binary Domain, Sleeping Dogs, 007: Blood Stone, L.A. Noire

PlayStation 3:
01. Ni no Kuni
02. Dragon's Crown
03. Little Big Planet
04. Killzone 2
05. Uncharted 2
06. Disgaea D2
07. Valkyria Chronicles
08. The Last of Us
09. Metal Gear Solid 4
10. God of War 3
Honorable Mentions: Heavy Rain, Demon's Souls
Hidden Gems: Folklore, Mod Nation Racers, Guilty Gear Xrd Sign, BlazBlue Chronophantasma

Wii:
01. Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn
02. Mario Kart Wii
03. Super Mario Galaxy 2
04. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
05. Xenoblade Chronicles
06. House of the Dead Overkill
07. Resident Evil - the Umbrella Chronicles
08. No More Heroes
09. Madworld
10. Trauma Center: Second Opinion
Honorable Mentions: Zack & Wiki
Hidden Gems: Sin & Punishment: Succesor of the Skies, Dead Space Extraction, Samba de Amigo, Red Steel 2

Nintendo 3DS:
01. Fire Emblem Fates
02. Super Mario 3D Land
03. Bravely Default
04. The Legend of Zelda: a Link between worlds
05. Luigi's Mansion 2
06. Mario Kart 7
07. Pokémon Sun
08. Tales of the Abyss
09. Resident Evil Revelations
10. Project X Zone
Honorable Mentions: Cave Story
Hidden Gems: Ever Oasis, Fantasy Life, Puzzle & Dragons 2

Wii U:
01. Mario Kart 8
02. Super Mario 3D World
03. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
04. Super Smash Bros. for WiiU
05. Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
06. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
07. New Super Mario Bros. U
08. Bayonetta 2
09. Xenoblade Chronicles X
10. Pikmin 3
Honorable Mentions: -
Hidden Gems: Lego City Undercover, Pokémon Tekken

Xbox One:
01. Red Dead Redemption 2
02. Halo Master Chief Collection
03. Killer Instinct
04. XCOM 2
05. Forza Horizon 3
06. Mortal Kombat X
07. Streets of Rage 4
08. The Witcher 3
09. Gems of War
10. Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Honorable Mentions: Resident Evil 2 Remake, Gears of War 4, Doom, Titanfall 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Rocket League
Hidden Gems: Ryse - Son of Rome, Divinity Original Sin, Wasteland 3, The Outer Worlds, Desperados III, Banner Saga Trilogy, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Dead Cells, Battletoads, Two-Point Hospital, Redeemer, My Friend Pedro

PlayStation 4:
01. God of War
02. Street Fighter V
03. Persona 5
04. Dragon Quest XI
05. Uncharted 4
06. Spider-Man
07. Ghost of Tsushima
08. Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 1
09. Bloodborne
10. Disgaea 5
Honorable Mentions: Nioh, Horizon - Zero Dawn, The Last of Us 2
Hidden Gems: The Order 1886, Dragon Quest Builders, Judgment, Granblue Fantasy: Versus

Nintendo Switch:
01. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
02. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
03. Super Mario Odyssey
04. Octopath Traveller
05. Luigi's Mansion 3
06. Pokémon Sword
07. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
08. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
09. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
10. Hades
Honorable Mentions: Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Hidden Gems: Collection of Mana, Panzer Paladin

Board Games:
01. Blood Rage
02. Terraforming Mars
03. Sçythe
04. Champions of Midgard
05. Raiders of the North Sea
06. Clank! in! Space!
07. Shards of Infinity
08. Viticulture
09. Heroes of Land, Air & Sea
10. Pandemic (sorry)
Honorable Mentions: Everdell, Thunderstone Quest, Architects of the West Kingdom, 51st State, Roll for the Galaxy, Rising Sun, Kemet and many, many more
Hidden Gems: probably too many to mention

So, that's about it. Feel free to comment, if you like. Do you agree, do you disagree with the choices? What are some of your favorites? I'd like to know. Gaming is a great hobby and everybody has so different experiences with it.
I am looking forward to the gaming year 2021. Besides working on the backlog I am also anticipating some new releases like Guilty Gear Strive (PS4), Bravely Default 2 (Switch) and Phoenix Point (Xbox One). Maybe I will also try to build an own home arcade, could be fun.

So, only a few hours left of this dreadful year. I wish everyone a hopefully better 2021 and keep on gaming!

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