It's been a long time since we've had a thread like this, so let's begin! Instead of specifically making this a "top 5" or "top 10" or "top 25" favorite game thread, I decided to leave the number to you! For example, I have a difficult time keeping it to five, but that might be sufficient for some of you. Here are my top 25 favorite video games ever: Spoiler 25. Tetris 99 - Despite HATING Tetris previously, this game has introduced me to the series. Not a perfect game, or even one with a lot of content, but it is a fun game, nonetheless. 24. Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest - Definitely my favorite of the three paths of Fire Emblem Fates. While most of the characters were forgettable, there were a lot of great moments to be had through the combat. 23. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - I only just finished getting all of the playable characters, but this game has proven to be an excellent JRPG. The combat is great, nearly as good as the original. However, there are several tropes and poorly done moments that drag this game down majorly. This game's redeeming quality is the soundtrack, which is easily one of my favorites in gaming. Like the other Xenoblade games, the world is beautiful and has some fantastic locations. This game has so much potential, but just falls short. (P.S. fire the English sound team) 22. Kid Icarus: Uprising - It's been a good minute since I've played it all the way through, but this is a solid and underrated game. Personality drips from its very being. It's only because I have no desire to play it again for whatever reason. 21. Crash Bandicoot: Warped - Despite the horrendous camera angles, this platformer is one of the defining games of my childhood. After playing the N'Sane Trilogy, I was surprised to remember almost every single level, despite not touching the game in years. Crash games have so much personality, which really brings it up. 20. Call of Duty: World at War - I know, I know, Call of Duty is lame... not really. I actually have a good amount of fun with these games, but only with friends. World at War has a fun campaign where I've had WAY too much fun in the past. Probably my favorite installment in the franchise, despite being technically less impressive than its successors. 19. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia - It pains me to put this game so low on this list. Some of the moments in the story were easily among my favorites in gaming. So, what gives? That answer is simple, yet painful: DLC. Fire Emblem has never been the most generous with DLC, but in this game, leveling up takes way too much time without it. I've never bought it, because I'm a cheapo college student and don't want it. I'm not opposed to spending a couple bucks for this, but $8 for the ability to level up faster? No thank you. A great game with squandered execution. 18. Donkey Kong Country 2 - One of the most timeless games ever created. The graphics, unlike many other games from the time period, are actually quite nice, even to this day. The gameplay is difficult, unforgiving, and SO GOOD. Not my favorite platformer, but it is definitely deserving of being in my top 25. Also, another example of a soundtrack done correctly. 17. Pokémon Black/White 2 - The only Pokémon game that will grace this list. Why? Because while Pokémon is fun, the quality of the games simple does not hold up to the rest of the most popular series, imo. This game was PACKED with fun content and kept me busy for well over a hundred hours, which is impressive for a Pokémon game and my recent lack of interest. The Pokédex is my favorite behind only X/Y and the additions to Unova were just right. 16. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - This game would have been sitting in my top 5, maybe top 6 after I played through it originally. What changed? I thought about the game. Getting to all 120 shrines and fighting Ganon were some of my favorite moments in gaming. However, now that I'm done with that and the DLC, I have no desire to return to this game anytime soon. A watermark of a good game, in my opinion, is the desire to return and play it again sometime. It's been a couple months since I polished off the shrines, but the game doesn't appeal to me. The reason it sits on this list is because the time I had playing and exploring for the first time was SO MUCH FUN. Definitely an all-time classic that people will remember fondly, however. Also, what the heckie is the story, I wanted more. 15. Splatoon - Meet one of my addictions: Splatoon. I have played one match of Splatoon 2, so I don't have much to say about it. However, Splatoon is a marvelous shooter in which I wasted dozens of hours of my life. Easily one of the most creative games I've ever played, with the just the right blend of strategy, shooting, and personality. The lack of single player brings it down just a bit. 14. Kirby Air Ride - This game is an underappreciated gem. Despite a lack of content, I love this game. City Trial is one of the best video game memories of my childhood, and the concept is still fun to me to this day. A great time to have with friends once in a great while. 13. Bravely Default - My journey into the realm of JRPG's really kicked off with Bravely Default. Despite having major tropes and typical themes, the combat stands out beautifully. The "brave" and the "default" options really opened up my brain to the possibilities of turn based combat. 12. Star Wars Battlefront II (2005) - What a classic. This is the shooter of my childhood. pretty much anybody who has played it has good memories. Any questions? Good. 11. Animal Crossing: New Leaf - While my Switch was being repaired, I was reminded of how much fun Animal Crossing is. This game is an amazing stress reliever. Also, Animal Crossing on the Gamecube taught me about capitalism, so there's that. 10. Super Mario World - My favorite SNES game. I have played through this game so many times, I have lost track. To this day, it is still my personal favorite in side-scrolling platformers. I will probably play this game until the end of my life, assuming Nintendo isn't DUMB WITH THE VIRTUAL CONSOLE. 9. Mario Kart Wii - The more I thought about it, the more I realized how great this game is. Unlike the general population, I was INCREDIBLY disappointed with Mario Kart 8. The system of unlocking characters, the hidden stats, and the great variety of stages really stand out to me. Above all else, this is a great multiplayer game, and even a single player time waster. 8. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Now we're REALLY getting into my favorites. I've never seen a game more argued about. However, I finished my adventure for the first time at the ripe age of 19. Regardless of what other people believe, I believe this is still one of the best games ever made. I enjoyed my time here, but still haven't gone back to play it yet. 7. Star Wars Battlefront (2015) - This is my outlier in this list. I put nearly 100 hours into a CONSOLE GAME in less than months while working a full time job. That's impressive for me to play something like long on a non-handheld. I came into this game not expecting much, but came away with finding my favorite shooter. 6. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - The newest Smash Bros will always overtake the previous (sorry Melee, you're still good). I don't have much to say here except this: I love Smash Bros. 5. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Unlike my previous game, I don't even know where to begin. Skyrim became my life this past October. After several files, I finally got my first final past level 20 and all the way to 68. I've completed almost every quest in the game, I'm close to level 81 (still haven't taken the time to grind my side stats), and I've had a blast in the process. There is just so much to do in Skyrim! It also has the most satisfying DLC of any game I've played up to this point. If you haven't played this game, do yourself a favor and realize your true potential as the Dragonborn. 4. Fire Emblem: Awakening - Previously my number 2 game, Awakening has taken a fall. It's still a good game with several flaws, but I can't bring myself to beat it again. There are a ton of super generic moments, but some moments unlike anything I have seen in another game (granted I mostly play Nintendo). The support conversations really hooked me into the characters and what they had to offer. This alongside some great strategy really made the game special to me. 3. The Legend of Zelda: Windwaker - My favorite Zelda game. I played through the HD version on the WiiU not too long ago. This game took no time at all to impress me with unique yet beautiful art style, the SAILING, the secrets, and some of the greatest charm I've ever seen in a game. From Link's facial expressions to quirky sidequests, this game is a personal classic that keeps drawing me back in. The HD version also improves the lighting and sailing speed, so I recommend this version to anybody who wants to play this gem. 2. Super Mario Odyssey - I've never been much of a Completionist. I'm fine with letting collectibles slide. Yet, here I am, trying to 100% Super Mario Odyssey. This game encapsulates joy and wonder more than any other game I have ever played. If not for my spectacular number one, this would EASILY take the cake. Mario has never felt so smooth, the world have never popped so much, and the fun has never been so endless. Exploring the hundreds and hundreds of moons, purple coins, and worlds has been a joy unmatched by any other game. The Darker Side is one of my favorite final levels in gaming, and beating it was SO satisfying. After playing through the story part, I felt I had wasted $40 on the game. However, I feel this game really begins after the story. I encourage all Switch owners to get this game. This is my favorite platformer, and I would be impressed if it doesn't hold that title for many years to come. Super Mario Odyssey took everything good about Mario, and made it better. Also, New Donk City is my favorite place in any game. Despite this being an amazing experience, there is one that I love even more... 1. Xenoblade Chronicles - It's no secret that I love this game. Xenoblade Chronicles is an incredible experience for those who put the time in. An amazing story, even better characters, deep combat, an amazing soundtrack, a beautiful world, tear-jerking moments, well-done plot twists, great voice acting, and so much more leads to a one-of-a-kind experience. If you have a *New* Nintendo 3ds and you don't have this game, let me quote the great Reggie Fils-Aime and say, "What's wrong with you?" This game truly is a treat that I can't fully describe. Go enjoy this great adventure, you won't regret it (if you do, you did something wrong. Either that, or you have an opinion). What are your favorite games? Why are they your favorites? Let us know!