1. Vagrant Story (PS)
2. Final Fantasy XII (PS2)
3. Resident Evil 4 (GameCube/Wii)
4. Final Fantasy XI (PC/Xbox 360)
5. Mass Effect (Xbox 360)
6. Paper Mario (N64/Virtual Console)
7. Kingdom Hearts (PS)
8. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES/Virtual Console)
1. Vagrant Story is the reigning champ over a growing list of wannabes to the tune of 7 whole games now.
2. Final Fantasy XII is still #2 and that’s good. Resident Evil 4 nipped at its heels but that’s all it did. RE4 is almost as good a game as XII, though. I just like RPGs more.
3. Not much I can say here that I haven’t already, but I am excited about how high RE4 made it up on the list. It was hard to give it a higher ranking than FFXI but to be completely honest RE4 is just that good of a game that deserves to be 3rd best, if not more.
4. Final Fantasy XI took a step down today but that’s OK. I feel really good about how this list is all coming together, and I really can’t justify FFXI being the 3rd best game I’ve ever played (currently).
5. Mass Effect retains its top five status but it’s lost a bit of ground to some heavy hitters lately.
6. Paper Mario! I’m still really happy about finally playing this game AND having it score pretty high on the list.
7. I would compare Kingdom Hearts to a fallen idol at this point. There was a time long ago when I considered KH to be a top 5 game…guess I’ve grown up a bit. My tastes definitely have changed for the better.
8. SMRPG: LOTSS. I miss the days when I thought that you too were a top 5 player. There will be worse games though, for sure.
My first survival horror game of the list cracked the top 3 and beat out some phenomenal games that mean a lot to me. Resident Evil 4 is without a doubt one of the best games in its genre. It’ll be really interesting for me from this point forward because there are some wild-card games that still could cause a ruckus. ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, Final Fantasy Tactics, Xenogears, Crono Cross. There are also plenty of games that I haven’t beat yet and it’ll be interesting to rate them ’cause I’ve never had a list like this to compare before. Exciting shit, man.