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Posted on Sep 17th 2021 at 12:00:00 PM by (EZ Racer)
Posted under Fighting Games, street fighter, tekken, mortal kombat, king of fighters

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Back with another list, and this time we're looking at fighting games. There wasn't as much participation this month, participants for this list were myself, Whynotzoidberg, and Crabmaster2000. There were still some games that came across as consensus favorites, with two series conspicuously absent.

What makes a good fighter? Quick action, interesting move sets and combos, a variety of characters, among other criteria. With the lower participation, there were 10 games that stood out as the top of the genre.

Continue reading RFGen's Top Fighting Games

Posted on Aug 12th 2021 at 12:00:00 PM by (EZ Racer)
Posted under Platforming, side scroller, video games, retrogaming, mario, mega man, metroid, top 20, nes

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Over the last year and a half, we've looked at the best games from a variety of systems, and in that time more than 1000 games at least got some attention. The lists focused on retrogaming, and with nearly all the lists specific to a particular system, it meant that there wasn't many opportunities to compare games between systems.

For this list, though, we've looked at the best 2D platforming games, regardless of console. Mario vs Mega Man vs Samus vs Sonic and others in a match outside the Smash Bros Universe. One of the challenges in a list like this is to decide what it includes, so the question was left open-ended. Because of this, there were some interesting choices, including what to do with games that cross genres but include heavy doses of platforming.

Continue reading Top 20 2D platformers

Posted on Jul 17th 2021 at 12:00:00 PM by (EZ Racer)
Posted under video games, retro gaming, price, market, N64

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I love racing games.

[Pause for readers to double-check the avatar and realize the obvious]

Being a collector, you always want those special titles. I tend to gravitate to the harder-to-find games that usually come with at least a good recommendation. Part of the thinking behind the Top 20 lists was to get others talking about games that would be highly rated, even if some of them were obvious.

The other side is that for many games, especially the harder-to-find titles, it's become a harder and harder decision as to whether to try and pick up a physical copy or just find another way to play the title. For example, as of this writing, authentic copies of Final Fantasy III are selling on eBay in the $85-$95 range. I bring this title in particular up because not only is it a very highly rated game, it's available on a multitude of platforms.

Continue reading Everyone has a price

Posted on Jun 11th 2021 at 12:00:00 PM by (EZ Racer)
Posted under XBox, halo, psychonauts, star wars, gta

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Long known as one of the top companies in the PC world, Microsoft began its foray into console gaming in late 2001 with the release of the XBox. The system would directly compete with Sony's PlayStation 2 and Nintendo's GameCube, even though its third-party support saw several crossover titles with the PS2.

Continue reading RFGen's Top XBox Games

Posted on May 12th 2021 at 12:00:00 PM by (EZ Racer)
Posted under fool, zelda, final fantasy, tetris, nintendo, sega, disappoint

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We went a little different route with the Top 20 list this month. In the past, we've looked at the top games for specific systems or time periods, most recently looking at Sony's PS2, and Nintendo's GameCube.

This month, however, I thought it would be fun to have it be about some of the games that were the biggest disappointments. After all, the submission forum dropped on April 1st, tradtionally a day devoted to pranks and fools. And let's face it, everyone's been let down a time or two by a gaming experience. And while this type of list doesn't lend itself crossovers and rankings, it does make for some great conversation about game expectations, and a fun place to share some interesting stories.

Continue reading RFGen's Fool Me Once Games

Posted on Apr 18th 2021 at 12:00:00 PM by (EZ Racer)
Posted under PS2, top 20, sony, playstation, rpg, action, persona, final fantasy, colossus, god of war

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Up until October of 2000, video game consoles were just that, systems used almost exclusively for playing video games. However, that month Sony released a system that would change consoles from video game players to home entertainment systems, as well as progressing the world of online console gaming, the Playstation 2. Those features, in addition to backwards compatibility with its predecessor, helped make the PS2, as it is commonly referred, the highest selling video game console ever in terms of units sold worldwide.

With that success came a plethora of games, with nearly all genres represented. NA markets saw the release of more than 1300 games, and there are estimates of more than 3800 games released worldwide.

Continue reading RFGen Top 20 Games- Playstation 2 Edition

Posted on Mar 13th 2021 at 01:00:00 PM by (EZ Racer)
Posted under Game Cube, nintendo, mario, zelda, darkness, metroid, cube

The GameCube was Nintendo's first foray into a completely disc based technology, using mini discs. The system itself derives its name from its box like shape.

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One area it stood out from its 6th generation counterparts was in its compatibility. Gameboy Advance's could be used on the system for enhanced features in some games, and the Gameboy player periphial allowed fans to play any type of Gameboy title on the console.

But with any console, it comes down to the games, and for this list six RFGen members voted on their favorites-

Disposed Hero

Continue reading RFGen Top 20 Games Nintendo GameCube Edition

Posted on Feb 13th 2021 at 01:00:00 PM by (EZ Racer)
Posted under top 20, nes, snes, genesis, pc, n64, playstation, nintendo, ps1, mario, zelda

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So after taking much of 2020 to look at some of the best games for several different home console systems of the 70's, 80's, and 90's, it only seemed natural to kick off 2021 with a list of the best of the best.

The results are based off of 5 participants:

EZ Racer

Voters were encouraged to list all their best games if they couldn't get it cut to 20, and a few lists took advantage of that. Games from all systems released as 5th generation consoles (N64, Playstation 1, Sega Saturn) and prior were eligible. Japan exclusives were also eligible, along with PC titles released in 1999 or earlier.

In all, there were 89 games that were considered among the best of the early video game generations, and rather than list the also-rans separately, I thought it woulld be fun to list every game in order. My thought is that all these games are considered exceptional by at least one person, so if your looking for ideas for something to try, it might be for you as well.

Before getting to it, thanks to those who participated this month, and all who made lists in 2020. It's been a lot of fun, and look forward to a lot more in '21! If you're a GameCube fan, check out the link for the next list coming up- http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=19495.0

So here are your Top 20...er top 89 games as voted on by RFGen members!

Continue reading RFGen Top 20 plus? Games of the Early Years

Posted on Jan 12th 2021 at 01:00:00 PM by (EZ Racer)
Posted under coaster, roller coaster, tycoon, ps4, ps5, xbox, xbox one

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Let me be up front to start- I know I'm the Top 20 guy, but admittedly the Christmas season got away from me, as well as a hectic start to the new year. If you're looking for a new top 20, then take a look at the newest thread for more info, should be a lot of fun. You can find that link here- http://www.rfgeneration.c...topic=19486.msg276303#new

But with not having a top 20 to post for January, I thought it would be fun to talk about my recent experience with Planet Coaster: Console Edition, released in November by Frontier Games.

Continue reading Planet Coaster: Worth the Wait

Posted on Dec 13th 2020 at 01:00:00 PM by (EZ Racer)
Posted under Top 20, snes, nes, ps1, mario, zelda, metroid, sega, nintendo, tg16, saturn, atari, gameboy, gba

As 2020 comes to a close, it's been an interesting and trying year for a lot of us. For me personally, I relocated in July and started a new job in August, and while the change afforded me the space to have a proper game room, since the new job started I rarely get to use it.

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On top of that, COVID has turned the world upside down, and for most of us, our gaming hobby can be a welcome reprieve from all the stress the world finds itself in at the moment. When I started the top 20 lists at the beginning of the year, I couldn't have imagined all that would happen. January seems more like several years ago than several months ago. As the year inches closer to its end, I thought it would be fun to look back at some of my own thoughts from compiling the lists.

In putting together the lists, I always wanted it to be more about everyone else's thoughts on the games and systems above my own. But I also thought it would be fun to share some thoughts about what I found surprising (and in other cases, expected) results as we head toward the new year.

Continue reading 20 thoughts on Top 20 in 2020

Posted on Nov 11th 2020 at 01:00:00 PM by (EZ Racer)
Posted under GBA, zelda, metroid, castlevania, advance wars, top 20, nintendo, game boy, advance

In October, we looked at the top games for the Game Boy Advance

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The successor to the Game Boy and Game Boy Color, the Game Boy Advance, or GBA, could reasonably be described as a portable Super NES. In fact, several games originally released for the Super NES made their way to the GBA as portable re-releases. With several hundred games to choose from, it may be a slight surprise that out of six participants, only 59 different games received a rank.

The participants for this list:

EZ Racer
Disposed Hero

But while several games were on multiple lists, there was a lot more variety on exactly where they should fall. This also caused several logjams in the ranks. As you'll see below, there were several spots in which 1 or 2 points made the difference, especially in the mid-teens, where there was only a 4 point gap between 13th and 18th place. That's equivalent to the difference between a single 11th place vote versus a 9th place vote.

It's also apparent that strategy games and metroidvania games were prevalent on the system, as they took up 9 of the 20 spots. And for how many games received multiple votes, only two were on all six lists, not coincidentally falling into the #1 and #2 spots on the final list.

There were plenty of great games that fell just short of making the top 20, and you can find more about those games on the submissions page- http://www.rfgeneration.c...19437.msg274464#msg274464

Continue reading RFGen Top 20 Games Game Boy Advance Edition

Posted on Oct 14th 2020 at 12:00:00 PM by (EZ Racer)
Posted under Atari 2600, pitfall, Yars Revenge, retro, HERO, H.E.R.O.

As we inch closer to the end of 2020, it's time to take a look at one of the earliest mainstream home consoles.

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Released in 1977, the Atari 2600 library featured hundreds of titles, both 1st party and 3rd party. But it was also notorius for it's lack of quality control, which contributed to the video game market crashing in the early 80's. That doesn't tell the whole story, as there were many fun and memorable experiences to be had on the system, with several games inspiring whole genres in future game generations.

So what were some of the best the system had to offer? We had six participants weigh in, with some very interesting results.



Continue reading RFGen Top 20 Games Atari 2600 Edition

Posted on Sep 12th 2020 at 12:00:00 PM by (EZ Racer)
Posted under top 20, sega, saturn, turbografx, tg16, splatterhouse, guardian heroes

So it's time for September's list after a short hiatus in August, but instead of looking at just one system, we looked two systems that didn't quite reach the mainstream sales of their competitors, but had some excellent titles nonetheless.

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The TurboGrafx 16 was ahead of its time with some of the innovations it brought to the gaming world, and several titles have become "cult classics" at the very least. Produced by NEC alongside Hudson Soft, it was marketed as a 16-bit console (though it was more of a hybrid between 8-bit and 16-bit technology) to compete with Sega's Genesis, and later Nintendo's Super NES.

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The Saturn was Sega's fifth generation console, set to compete Sony's debut console, the Playstation, and eventually the Nintendo 64.

Continue reading RFGen's Top 20 Sega Saturn and Turbo Grafx 16 games

Posted on Aug 11th 2020 at 12:00:00 PM by (EZ Racer)
Posted under top 20, snes, nes, ps1, mario, zelda, metroid, sega, nintendo

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Usually, this spot is a list of the best games on a particular system as voted on by the members of RFGen. It was a project I had hoped would get members of the site talking about their favorite games, and the support it has received has been everything I hoped for.

This month, because of some major personal changes in my life, I knew I wouldn't be able to put the proper time into compiling a list. So I thought it would be fun to reflect on the experience for me, as well as share the surprises that I encountered through making it so far.

The lists will continue next month as we look at Sega Saturn and TurboGrafx 16. Join us here: http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=19360.0

Participation has really influenced certain lists, causing major swings at the last moment. That became apparent with the first list, the NES, when the last member to submit a list put TMNT II at #1. Before that vote, the game was looking to destined for an honorable mention, but with the #1 vote it climbed all the way to #11. But that's been one of the awesome parts of doing these lists for me. With a few lists submitted, it seems like things are starting to fall into place, and a few times they have, but other times it seems like the list flips on itself. A fun example of this is Blast Corps place on the N64 list. After the first three lists were in, that was sitting at #1 overall. Obviously it didn't hold, but it did make it fascinating to watch its movement for the rest of that month. It also shows how important the votes are.

Continue reading Top 20 Takeaways

Posted on Jul 12th 2020 at 12:00:00 PM by (EZ Racer)
Posted under Playstation, Castlevania, Final Fantasy, Resident Evil, RPG, Horror

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The Playstation might not have the flagship franchises the way the Nintendo consoles do, but that doesn't mean it didn't have a vast library of excellent games, and that truly came through in the voting for this month's top 20.

While there were a few games that garnered near universal praise, among 9 participants there were over 100 games that received at least one vote.

Participants for this list:

EZ Racer
Disposed Hero

Continue reading RFGen Top 20 Games PS1 Edition

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