The unquestionably greatest games of all time -- according to us

Tempers flare as we poll our journalists to discover what they believe are the best computer and console games of all time.

  • This year our colleagues from GamePro in the US have compiled lists of what they feel are the 32 best PC games , the 32 best Xbox 360 games, the 28 best Wii games, the 36 best PS2 games, the 31 best DS games, the 21 best PSP Games and the 24 best PlayStation 3 games. We conducted a quick poll of the staff of the GoodGearGuide and PC World (and a Computerworld ring-in!) to find out their favourite games of all time — and narrowly avoided triggering fistfights as reviewer turned on reviewer.

  • Final Fantasy VII (PlayStation)

    Andrew Kliem, journalist: Seeing as we have a couple of people in the hated Zelda camp, I need to represent the better side of console RPGs. For many Gen Y people growing up, Final Fantasy was one of the seminal console series and VII was the pinnacle of that. It was the first fully three dimensional title in the series and was the most cinematic game of its time. The story, the mechanics, the characters were all out of this world. Anyone my age who didn't have a few nightmares involving Sephiroth and a wall of flames probably wasn't a real gamer. VII also featured what is regarded as the saddest moment in gaming history. I won't ruin anything for the sacrilegious few who haven't actually played it yet, but if any game is going to drag a few tears from your eyes it'll be this. Image credit:
  • Phoenix (arcade)

    Chris Jager, journalist: Phoenix was an arcade shoot 'em up released way back in 1980, when some of you were just a twinkle in your mother’s eye. It’s a distant cousin to Space Invaders; with similar gameplay mechanics (i.e. you move around at the bottom of the screen shooting bird-like aliens). Phoenix was the first shoot 'em up to feature an end-of-game boss, and also one of the first full-colour arcade machines. While it failed to achieve the same level of fame as its space-invading cousin, it remains one of the fastest and most frantic video games of its era.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64)

    Campbell Simpson, journalist: I really like Fallout (because who could dislike the idea of an America ravaged by nuclear war), and Half-Life was groundbreaking, but my favourite game ever would have to have been The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the N64. No other game has had such an engrossing storyline and addictive gameplay, and the ability to so easily suck away hours of time.
  • GoldenEye 64 (Nintendo 64)

    Ross Catanzariti, reviewer/product coordinator: I don't care what anybody thinks: this is the best game ever made and nothing since has come close. You can have your next-gen consoles and your Halos, Final Fantasys, Metal Gear Solids and whatever other games you want to throw up — none of them are as good as GoldenEye! Despite being 11 years old, even the mention of "best game of all time" has put me in nostalgic mode. Right now I feel like whisking away from the office, dusting off the trusty old N64, calling over a few mates and spending hours upon end battling them in The Man With the Golden Gun multiplayer mode.
    They don't make them like they used to.
  • Unreal Tournament

    James Hutchinson, journalist: I’ll admit — I’m a sucker for gruesome shoot-em-ups and, when it comes down to it, Unreal Tournament could rip any competitor to shreds. Released at the same time as Quake 3 Arena, it wasn’t uncommon to participate in fights as to which team-oriented bloodbath was better, but I’d take UT any day. With old school favourites like the Flak Gun, Rocket Launcher and Dual Enforcers, the original Unreal Tournament undoubtedly gave birth to bloodlust in teenagers everywhere as they finally found a way to unleash any adolescent anger they might have had. Subsequent sequels prettied up the game a bit and made everything a lot faster, but the old school panache of the original wins hands down.
  • NBA Live 2000

    Elias Plastiras, Test Centre Manager: For a basketball nut, 1999 was a good year. This was the year NBA Live 2000 was released, complete with the most important player of our generation — Michael Jordan! I spent countless hours controlling him in one-on-one mode, hoping to blow by my opponent for a big dunk on every single play. Conversely, there was nothing like making a three over Jordan's out-stretched arm to win when playing against him. Live 2000 had smooth gameplay and a brilliant soundtrack, in addition to Jordan, and although I keep checking each new version of Live (well, I did until they decided not to make a 2009 version for the PC), none have worn out as many of my keyboards as 2000.
  • Enchanted Scepters

    Imogen Stuart, Large Hadron Collider (a.k.a. production assistant): Enchanted Scepters: created in 1984, released in '86, then I was born in '87. I played it on my Mac SE 30 from the age of around four until the Mac finally called it quits, circa '06. The game was basically a point-and-click adventure where the player had to navigate N. S. E. W. around a kingdom, fighting a variety of foe’s like the Evil Alchemist, Skeleton, Cyclops and the machine-gun-toting ‘hurks’. The aim of the game was to collect all four earth, air fire and water scepters and take them back to the wizard in the castle. It was simple but addictive, and Enchanted Scepters kindles nostalgic sentiments and is probably the source of my crippling gaming addiction. Image: Wikipedia.
  • Microsoft Word

    Rohan Pearce, production editor: Microsoft Word is unquestionably my favourite game. I love trying to get rid of all the squiggly red lines. Either that or The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past on the SNES. I have a soft spot for Excel as well.
  • Leisure Suit Larry

    Andrew Hendry, ComputerWorld Web monkey and ink-flinger: After seconds of internal conflict I fought off the urge to name some classic PC title like King's Quest, Hero's Quest or Wolfenstein 3D as my all time favourite game. Instead I've opted for that balding, cheesy, sex-obsessed loser known as Leisure Suit Larry. I mean, what other game would react to the type command "piss your pants" with the response "A warm feeling spreads down your leg." Not to mention all those cheesy sexual double-entendres, the High Colonic Room, Dr Nonookee, or the lesbian cannibal Amazon slot machine repairwoman. It may be more than 15 years since I've played any of Larry games, I haven't even tried the new one, but between the ages of eight to 13 these games absolutely cracked me up.
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