My Favorite Games, Circa 2004

I’m working on several new articles, but in the meantime, this one is a fairly amusing old list of mine.  I used to have this published on my old website I had on Geocities that nobody probably ever read.  I originally made the site in 2001, and updated it every once in a rare while through the decade.  The lists below were last updated in October 2004.  I cover all of the gaming platforms I had at the time, the PC, Nintendo 64, Gamecube, Game Boy / Game Boy Color (combined only), and Game Boy Advance.  I had only gotten the GBA in summer 2003 and could only infrequently get games back in college, so I didn’t have many games for it a bit over a year later, so it is only a top 5 instead of 10 or more.

Looking at these lists now, they’re mostly pretty good, but I would now add some titles I didn’t have back then of course in each platform list, and would shift some of the orders around.  A few games definitely shouldn’t be on this list, too, most obviously Sword of Mana for the GBA, that game is mediocre at best!  I must have gotten it recently and was trying to convince myself that it was a good remake of the awesome classic Final Fantasy Adventure… which, sadly, it isn’t.   Gradius Galaxies for the GBA is also ranked too high.  Otherwise though, most all of these games are still among my favorites.  Once I decide I really like a game, it’s very hard to get me to change my mind on it. 🙂

 

Overall Best Games, All Platforms

1. Starcraft w/ Brood War (PC – Win9x or better)                                              
2. Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (PC – Win9x or better)                                         
3. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)                      
4. TIE Fighter 95 (PC – Win95) or CD-ROM Edition (PC – DOS)          
5. Civilization II Multiplayer Gold Edition (W/ Fantastic Worlds disc for music) (PC – Win3.1 or better)
6. Planescape: Torment (PC – Win9x or better)                                                 
7. Eternal Darkness (GC)                                             
8. Jedi Knight w/ Mysteries of the Sith (PC – Win9x or better) 
9. Super Mario 64 (N64)                                                               
10. Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn w/ Throne of Bhaal (PC – Win9x or better)
11. Grim Fandango (PC – Win9x or better)                                                                     
12. The Legend of Zelda – Link’s Awakening (GB)             
13. F-Zero GX (GC)                                                                   
14. Warcraft II w/ Beyond the Dark Portal or Battle.net Edition (PC – DOS or Win9x or better)              
15. San Francisco Rush 2049 (N64)            
                        

Best PC Games

1. Starcraft w/ Brood War (Win9x or better)                                                                     
2. Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos w/ The Frozen Throne (Win9x or better)                
3. TIE Fighter 95 (Win9x or better) or CD-ROM Collection (DOS)                           
4. Civilization II Gold Multiplayer Edition  (with Fantastic Worlds for all music) (Win9x or better)  5. Planescape: Torment (Win9x or better)                                                              
6. Jedi Knight w/ Mysteries of the Sith (Win9x or better)                                                
7. Grim Fandango (Win95)                                                                                   
8. Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn w/ Throne of Bhaal (Win9x or better)      
9. Medieval: Total War (Win9x or better)                                                             
10. Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness W/ Beyond the Dark Portal (DOS) or Battle.net Edition (Win9x or better)   
11. The Longest Journey (Win9x or better)                                                          
12. Disciples II: Dark Prophecy (Win9x or better)                                                       
13. Conquest: Frontier Wars (Win9x or better)                                                     
14. POD (Win9x or better)                                                                                         
15. Heroes of Might & Magic II w/ The Price of Loyalty (DOS/Win9x or better)      

Best Nintendo 64 Games

 1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time                               
2. Super Mario 64                                                          
3. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask                               
4. F-Zero X                                                                              
5. San Francisco Rush 2049                                               
6. Ogre Battle 64                                                                     
7. Wipeout 64                                                                                 
8.  Goemon’s Great Adventure                                       
9. Perfect Dark                                                                             
10. Jet Force Gemini                                                        
11. Blast Corps                                                                               
12. Excitebike 64                                                                                                             
13. Donkey Kong 64  
14. Super Smash Brothers             

Best Game Boy and/or Game Boy Color Games

1. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (GB) or DX (GB/C)              
2. Kirby’s Dream Land 2 (GB)                                                                     
3. Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land (GB)                                              
4. Super Mario Bros. Deluxe (GBC)                                                         
5. Gradius: The Interstellar Assault (GB)                                                
6. Final Fantasy Adventure (GB)                                                              
7.  Donkey Kong [’94] (GB)                                                            
8. Micro Machines V3 (GBC)                                                              
9. Warlocked (GBC)                                                                                  
10. Heroes of Might & Magic II (GBC)                                                    
11. Kirby Tilt ‘n’ Tumble (GBC)                                                              
12. Micro Machines (GB)                                                                                

Best Gamecube Game

1. Eternal Darkness                         
2. Metroid Prime                             
3. Skies of Arcadia Legends             
4. Mega Man Anniversary Collection              
5. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
6. F-Zero GX                                   
7. Super Mario Sunshine
8. Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron II                

9. Super Smash Bros. Melee
10. SNK Vs Capcom 2 – EO
        

Best Game Boy Advance Games

1. Fire Emblem                                                             
2. The Legend of Zelda – A Link to the Past / Four Swords
3. Advance Wars 2 – Black Hole Rising                            
4. Gradius Galaxies                                                         
5. Sword of Mana                                                           

 

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