The cake is a lie.
- Portal. What starts off as an intriguing puzzle game quickly becomes a compelling, and chilling adventure. A unique premise, mind-bending physics and a villain with the sassiest one-liners ever. I love this game so much I had Companion Cube bride and groom wedding cake toppers.
- Portal 2. Picks up where Portal 1 left off, and is every bit as awesome, shedding a lot of light on the events leading up to the first game. It was a longer game than I was expecting (much to my delight), but kept me gripped and guessing until the very end. The fantastic two-player mode was a great new development also. Plus, I loved the hilarious new character Wheatley, voiced brilliantly by Stephen Merchant.
- Spyro the Dragon. I have such fond memories of playing this in the late 90’s on my super swanky PS1. Charming, fun, and in my opinion a really well-made game considering its age.
- Little Big Adventure 1 & 2. A little-known series of games with somewhat of a cult following, these were THE games of my childhood. Both excellent games, though the second is markedly improved in terms of graphics and game-play. Fantastic story-lines and wonderful characters. I feel sad on a daily basis that they never made a third.
- The Half-Life series (including all spin-offs: Opposing Force, Blue Shift). Before Portal there was Half-Life. I have grouped them all together only because they’d take up half my list otherwise. Phenomenal story-line (I don’t want to give anything away, just trust me), chilling soundtrack, BADASS antagonist, and great first person game-play (though amusingly in the first game the footstep sound effects make it sound like you have three legs).
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Not my usual choice of game, but this one takes me back to my uni days, when I used to while away whole afternoons playing it with my boyfriend. Thankfully he was better at the art of seduction than CJ (in that he didn’t buy me a giant dildo on our first date), and he’s now my husband.
- Call of Duty. I’m grouping the series together, as they’re all good in their own ways. Again, I never expected this to be my cup of tea, but I basically adopted an ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ philosophy when everyone was playing it at uni. And I got scarily good. My husband won’t even play against me anymore, but we do make a kick-ass team on the zombie levels (which are ridiculously addictive, just to warn you).
- Pacman. THE best arcade game. We recently hooked our computer up to a projector and had an epic giant tournament. Best. Day. Ever.
- Super Mario Bros. Yes, Mario 64 came along in 3d and blew everyone’s minds, and yes, Mario Galaxy is amazing, but in my opinion, you just can’t beat the old-school 2d, platform Mario.
- Mario Kart. Not only do I love this game, but I play to win. No mercy. To the point that no-one will play with me. Competitive, me?
- Zelda: Majora’s Mask. I know this is somewhat of a controversial choice, but this is by far my favourite of the Zelda series. It’s a beautifully dark, weird game, with a great story and interesting game-play (in particular, the swimming is the best I’ve ever experienced in a video game).
*I couldn’t narrow it down to 10!