My top ten favourite console games

See Getting personal: A few top ten lists for the background on this series of top ten posts (this is the fifth and final post in the series).

As you can tell from My top ten favourite computer games I do plenty of gaming on my Mac. But I don’t only play games on my computer – I also have a PlayStation 2 and an Xbox 360 (I want to upgrade my PS2 to a PlayStation 3, but I’m waiting for the price to become a bit more in touch with reality).

There are several reasons. One is that some games I really want to play aren’t available for the Mac (most notably the Gran Turismo, Final Fantasy, and Grand Theft Auto series), another is that I find it more relaxing to play games sitting on my couch in front of the TV instead of on a chair in front of the computer.

Several of the games on this list are available for multiple platforms, so I’ve made a note of which platform I have played each game on (PS2 or Xbox 360).

The list is ordered alphabetically, which means I have not ranked these games. Picking ten is hard enough as it is.

As you might guess from this list, I play nowhere near as many different console games as computer games. That’s why most of these games are quite recent and there are no oldies like on my list of computer games, though I should mention that I did a lot of gaming on a Philips G7000 in the early eighties.

Now it’s your turn – which are your ten favourite console games? If you want to share, do so either by posting a comment with your list or by posting a link to your own blog.

And that brings me to the end of my series of top ten posts. I hope you had a bit of fun reading them – I sure had fun creating these lists :-).

Posted on July 16, 2007 in Life


  1. Nice to see FF on the list. I’m a huge Final Fantasy fan myself, although haven’t played the most recent ones.

    • Final Fantasy 6, 7 and 9
    • GTA 3 + San Andreas + Vice City
  2. Never been that keen on F.E.A.R. thought it was lacking in both gameplay and graphics.

    • GTA (Vice City, San Andreas, Liberty City Stories and Vice City Stories, on PS2 or PSP (or both…))
    • Eledees (Wii)
    • Burnout: Revenge (PS2/Xbox)
    • Loco Roco (PSP)
    • LEGO Star Wars 1 & 2 (PS2)

    That’s probably it, really, for games I play regularly, and even some of these aren’t used much. My partner has all the Singstar and Dancing Stage games, and we’ve got various other games for a range of consoles, but I tend to come back to the ones in that list. I’m a bit completist, so keep going back to find the hidden packages, or do every takedown, or get every fly…

  3. July 16, 2007 by Lar


    stay on topic, accessibility and web standards. Your personality comes out naturally when you write about that stuff. This may sound really harsh, but it feels like you’re spamming my RSS reader

  4. July 16, 2007 by Carlton

    Black’s first level was great, the rest are a bit boring…F.E.A.R. was really bad though Roger :-p

    Here are mine…

    Pro Evolution Soccer 6 (PS2 and XBOX 360) Final Fantasy 7 (PS2) Grand Theft Auto San Andreas (PS2) Resident Evil 4 (PS2) God of War (PS2) Bionic Commando (NES) Super Mario 64 (N64) Street figther 2 - Hyper fighting (SNES) Super Mario World (SNES) Double Dragon 2 (NES)
  5. I loved the first Tony Hawkes game and Gran Tourismo 2 on the Playstation. Learning how to drive the TVR Speed 12 in a straight line was great fun.

    I’ve not really become addicted to another console game until I got Wii Tennis. It’s absurdly good multi-player.

  6. July 16, 2007 by Wuiqed

    Except for Forza and Black (which I haven’t tried), that list is golden. I’m a huge fan of all those games and it’s pretty cool to know, that a man whom I respect as much as you, just happen to like the same games as me.

    By the way, about Final Fantasy, Resident Evil and Silent Hill, are you a fan of other games in their respective series, or just those you listed?

  7. Resident Evil 4 hasn’t been fully experienced until you’ve played it on Wii. I tried it myself yesterday and I’m just about ready to throw out my old Gamecube version in favor of this one!

  8. July 16, 2007 by Wuiqed

    Oh, forgot another question: Even though you said this was your last top 10 post, I motion you tell us your top 10 favorite movies ;)

    1. Chrono Trigger (SNES)
    2. Grandia 2 (PSX)
    3. Final Fantasy 6 (SNES)
    4. Guilty Gear #Reload and ^ Core (PSX)
    5. Disgaea: Hour of Darkness (PSX)
    6. Treasure of the Rudra (SNES)
    7. Rhapsody: a musical adventure (PSX)
    8. .hack (PSX)
    9. Tales of Phantasia (SNES)
    10. many others…
  9. Out of the games available to Playstation 1&2 (the consoles I own), these are my all time favorites:

    1. Metal Gear Solid 3: Substinence (PS2)
    2. Metal Gear Solid (PS1)
    3. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2)
    4. Grand Theft Auto - San Andreas (PS2)
    5. Ratchet: Gladiator (PS2)
    6. Grand Theft Auto - Vice City (PS2)
    7. Crash Team Racing (PS1)
    8. Crash Bandicoot 2 (PS1)
    9. Final Fantasy VII (PS1)
    10. Final Fantasy X (PS2)

    I’m a big fan of the MGS series as you can see =)

  10. July 16, 2007 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)

    David, Carlton: I’ve heard different opinions on F.E.A.R., but I like it. Not the best graphics, but it has… something.

    Lar: I’m done spamming your RSS reader now. Sorry for the interruption. Everything will return to normal soon.


    By the way, about Final Fantasy, Resident Evil and Silent Hill, are you a fan of other games in their respective series, or just those you listed?

    Silent Hill yes. FF and Resident Evil I don’t know as I haven’t played any others… come to think of it I also have Final Fantasy X-2, so yeah I guess I’m a fan of the series, though I’ve never played anything before FF X.

    About movies… I’m not really a movie person. I watch maybe four or five movies in a year (including those I watch on TV).

    Victor: I have MGS 2, but I don’t know. It’s ok I guess, but not one of my favourites.

  11. I’m not really a fan of F.E.A.R. either. Loved the free multiplayer on computer, but finally tried the actual game on Xbox 360 a few weeks ago, and the single player just felt stale and unexciting to me.

    Other than my 360, I actually haven’t had significant playtime with a console since the N64. But here’s my list:

    • Front Mission (SNES)
    • Gears of War (Xbox 360)
    • Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Xbox 360)
    • Mortal Kombat II (SNES)
    • Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay (Xbox)
    • Forza Motorsport 2 (Xbox 360)
    • Star Fox (SNES)
    • TMNT (SNES)

    I really can’t think of 10 in total however…

  12. July 16, 2007 by Rob. E
    1. The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time (SNES)

    2. The Legend of Zelda the Wind Waker (GameCube)

    3. The Legend of Zelda the Twilight Princess (Wii)

    4. The Legend of Zelda (NES)

    5. Super Mario Bros (NES

    6. Wii Sports (Wii)

    7. Metroid (NES)

    8. Metroid Prime (GameCube)

    9. Rally Championship (GameCube)

    10. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (GameCube)

    Yes I am a Zelda fan. And I play all the GameCube games on the Wii. :D

    I also really like Resident Evil and the Need for Speed games but there was no more room on the list. :P


  13. I had no idea you were a gamer Roger. That’s a pretty sweet list and most of those titles are among my resent favourites as well — especially Resident Evil 4 and Gears of War. But they don’t quite make it in to my top ten console games of all time. Having been a hardcore console gamer ever since the NES days I have quite a few to choose from… and it’s not easy. Here’s what I’ve come up with:

    • Halo: Combat Evolved (Xbox) — still the best FPS on console. I’m eagerly awaiting Halo 3 on the 360.
    • Super Mario 64 (N64) — truly a revolutionary game.
    • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PS2) — I love all three GTA games on the PS2, but I like VC the best because of the setting and the music.
    • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) — the Zelda-games are always great, but the SNES version is still my favourite.
    • ICO (PS2) — a very unique game. Beautiful, understated and emotional.
    • Phantasy Star Online (DC) — the first game I played online has a special place in my heart. The phone bills it led to does not however.
    • Super Metroid (SNES) — I’m a big fan of Nintendos sci-fi series and I replay this game almost on a yearly basis.
    • Advance Wars: Dual Strike (NDS) — Advance Wars is portable gaming at its best and the latest version for the DS is digital crack. I’ve clocked over 130 hours so far.
    • Project Gotham Racing 2 (Xbox) — I play quite a lot of racing games, but only one make my top ten list. PGR2 was a very well balanced game that kept me hooked for a long time.
    • Metroid Prime (GC) — Retro Studios did a great job of bringing Samus Aran in to the third dimension.
  14. Roger What about the many Nintendo classics that didn’t make it into either of your top 10.

    Have you not played Mario, Zelda, GoldenEye, Perfect Dark for example on the Nintendo 64, NES, SNES gamecube and Wii. The best of the best when these games were released.

    Why like a great web professional innovating, Nintendo invented so many of the genders we see today.

    I for one welcome your random off topic entries lately. I have not felt the need to comment before now.

    All the best with the new family.

  15. July 16, 2007 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)


    Roger What about the many Nintendo classics that didn’t make it into either of your top 10.

    I’ve never owned a Nintendo console (unless you count Game & Watch), so Mario, Zelda etc are white spots on my gaming map. Well, not completely white - I have played them on friends’ consoles, but never really liked them.

  16. My list, just on the top my head, don’t know if it’ll reach 10.

    • Metal Gear Famicom/PS1/PS2
    • Gran Turismo 2 and 4 PS2
    • Naruto 3
    • Burnout: Revenge
    • Resident Evil 4
    • God of War
    • Bleach 3 and 4 PSP
    • Final Fantasy VII PS1

    I really need to get an XBOX 360 sometime soon (but the Wii is just so tempting!) Seems I’m missing out a lot on some of the good driving games; like Forza/PGR and its sequels.

  17. Final Fantasy XII? Really? Odd. It was so unlike the rest of the series. I found it worth playing but reviewers were way too kind to it.

    Anyway, Gears of War, Resident Evil 4, and Super Metroid are the only games I could say are for sure on my list.

    Silent Hill 2 is a good pick, but I think I liked it more as just a brilliant horror story than a game.

  18. Happy PS2 owner here. For me it’s gotta be Silent Hill 2, closely followed by Silent Hill 3. Absolutely, definitely. They’re both shining examples of a perfect blend of storyline, atmosphere, gameplay and… well, freaky tragic psychological horror. :-D Outside that spectrum, well I guess there’s FFX, and actually I don’t mind the latest Prince of Persia or Tomb Raider instalments either.

    Guilty pleasure award: pretty much anything from either the Buzz! or SingStar series (especially after a few beverages with friends).

    Flashback award: Super Mario 64 - that game alone made me buy the N64 many moons ago, and changed all my expectations of what gaming could be. (Can the eel come out to play? Ah, the memories.)

  19. Hmm, for me console-wise I guess there’s nothing that will really beat MGS3, Gran Turismo 3, and GTA: Vice City. So I guess I really will have to buy a PS3 at some point :-)

  20. Super Mario Strikers [Gamecube]

    Gears of War [360]

    Halo: Combat Evolved [XBox]

    Halo 3 Public Beta [360]

    FEAR’s graphics are terrible, but the gameplay (especially the slow-mo feature) really add to the experience, not to mention the sound is awesome.

    • Halo (Xbox) - one of the best games ever.
    • Halo 2 (Xbox) - in many ways better than the original (just ignore the storyline)
    • Black (Xbox) - great graphics and sound make this a really atmospheric game
    • Mario Kart (DS) - all the best tracks, great graphics … and WiFi mode!
    • Street Fighter 2 (SNES) - I was never off this on the SNES, soooo addictive
    • Timesplitters 2 (Xbox) - great challenge modes that add to longevity
    • Advanced Wars: Dual Strike (DS) - a fantastic strategy game that isn’t too complicated and has loads of levels
    • New Super Mario Bros (DS) - A fantastic addition to the Mario game series.
    • Tetris (Gameboy) - a classic. Forever playable.
    • Super Mario Land (Gameboy) - The classic mario gameplay all in glorious monochrome!
  21. Roger, just ignore Lar. Many of us have enjoyed the break and it’s been fun seeing your top 10 lists. After all, it’s not like you’re forcing him to read the posts, is it?

    I for one would like to find out how you’re coping with your ‘daddy’ status from time to time… and most particularly, the ‘not coping particularly well’ bits, as they tend to be funnier…

    Not that I mind accessibility stuff now and again, you understand :-)

  22. Where are the original 8-bit Nintendo games. Don’t get me wrong the new games are wonderful to play but there is so much processing in the game that we forget one the basics of gameplay with all video games. They are meant to be fun. I still play Jackal on NES and it is a great game (I still can’t beat it 16 years:( ).I like your list of games but I still prefer the old console games like Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy 3 (really 6) on Super Nintendo. One of my favorite rpgs is Suikoden 2 for ps1. You have a good list of games but i’m an old school gamer.

  23. It’s fun reading all these lists! This one’s a bit more old-school than most…

    • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PS1)
    • Contra: Shattered Soldier (PS2)
    • Final Fantasy Tactics (PS1)
    • Final Fantasy VI (SNES)
    • Final Fantasy VII (PS1)
    • Mega Man 2 (NES)
    • Metroid Prime (GC)
    • Super Metroid (SNES)
    • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (SNES)
    • Tetris Attack (SNES)
  24. July 18, 2007 by Dan Boland

    I’m also old school — my top 10 is all NES games. If you love playing old games and want to do so on your Mac, visit for emulators galore. Anyway, in no particular order:

    1. RBI Baseball
    2. Contra
    3. Mega Man 2
    4. Tecmo Super Bowl
    5. Ice Hockey
    6. Super Mario Bros. 2
    7. Double Dribble
    8. Dragon Warrior III
    9. Tetris
    10. The Legend of Zelda
  25. July 19, 2007 by johan

    Roger whats your gamertag?

  26. July 19, 2007 by Tengil

    SSX3 xbox

    GTA San Andreas xbox

    God of War I&II PS2

    Burnout: Revenge xbox

    Beyond good and evil xbox

    Rez PS2

    Ico PS2

    Gears of War xbox360

    Shadow of the Colossus PS2

    NHL2K7 xbox360

  27. July 20, 2007 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)


    Where are the original 8-bit Nintendo games.

    Like I said, I’ve never been a Nintendo fan, so that’s why there aren’t any Nintendo-style games on my list.


    Roger whats your gamertag?

    I only have the free Xbox live thing, so I don’t play online.

  28. @Rob: Ocarina of Time on SNES?!?!? What are you thinking man? And I would definitely put Twilight Princess above Wind Waker.

    Also, I’m glad you finally chimed in with some Zelda games, although your evident fanboyosity is a little suspect. :)

  29. July 21, 2007 by Rob. E

    Ocarina of Time on SNES?!?!? What are you thinking man? And I would definitely put Twilight Princess above Wind Waker.

    @Dylan. I know. I know. It was late. I know it’s for N64 but I only played it on my GameCube/Wii so I confused it with SNES. The graphics are way too good for a SNES game. :D


  30. July 22, 2007 by Wulf

    I don’t have any “next-gen” console yet (I’m waiting for the 80GB PS3 to hit $500). But, in the meantime, here’s my list:

    I have to highlight some handheld games as well:

  31. Mainly a pile of oldies for myself:

    1. Final Fantasy VI (SNES)
    2. Super Metroid (SNES)
    3. The Legend of Zelda: A link to the past (SNES)
    4. Resident Evil 4 (NGC)
    5. Metroid Prime (NGC)
    6. God of War (PS2)
    7. Chrono Trigger (SNES)
    8. Final Fantasy IV (SNES)
    9. MegaMan X (SNES)
    10. Castlevania Symphony of the Night (PS1)
  32. July 29, 2007 by UNI

    what about this?:

    1. Metal Gear Solid 3(PS2)
    2. Metal Gear Solid (PS1)
    3. Metal Gear Solid 2(PS2)
    4. Black (PS2)
    5. Fatal Frame: The Crimson Butterfly (PS2)
    6. Gran Turismo 4 (PS2)
    7. Street Fighter ex plus 2
    8. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PS1)
    9. Final Fantasy X (PS2)
    10. Tetris Attack (SNES)

    note: for talk; raul1183

  33. You’ve got great video game tastes, Roger. My list would be quite similar, probably something like this.

    • Resident Evil 4 (GC)
    • Gears of War (360)
    • Halo: Combat Evolved (PC)
    • Mario Kart DS (DS)
    • Final Fantasy VII (PSX)
    • Final Fantasy IX (PSX)
    • Chrono Cross (PSX)
    • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
    • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GC)

    I wouldn’t dare put Twilight Princess on it; I couldn’t stand it. :(

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