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Friday, October 23, 2015

(Round 1) Ludwig's Best. Game. Ever 2015 Votes

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - 128 games throughout time.

GameFAQs hasn't had a contest battle in the polls since mid-2013, where Ludwig covered his votes in every round. He's going to do the same thing this year.

Two years ago, it was three-way character battles. The villain (Draven, from League of Legends, supported by a Reddit invasion) won. Well, now it's one-on-one videogame vs. videogame. Straight-up. 128 games. The voting starts November 5, 2015, with multiple votes per day. So it should move briskly.

Want to know who I plan to be voting for? Here's the bracket with my votes in bold. Feel free to vote alongside me or vote against me. Lots of discussion points here! Remember, this isn't who I think will win, but who I'll vote for.
Read information on it at GameFAQs here.
There's a prize for good bracket predictors.

Division I:

(1) Chrono Trigger vs. (16) Ratchet and Clank 3
(8) Dragon Quest VIII vs. (9) Persona 3
(5) Batman: Arkham City vs. (12) Mega Man X
(4) Final Fantasy X vs. (13) Half-Life
(3) Super Smash Bros. Melee vs. (14) Portal
(6) Pokémon Gold/Silver vs. (11) The World Ends With You
(7) Metal Gear Solid 4 vs. (10) Kingdom Hearts II
(2) The Last of Us vs. (15) Halo 3


Division II:

(1) Final Fantasy VI vs. (16) Assassin's Creed II
(8) Paper Mario: TTYD vs. (9) Tales of Symphonia
(5) Star Wars: KOTOR vs. (12) Xenogears
(4) The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker vs. (13) Pokémon X/Y
(3) Super Smash Bros. Wii U vs. (14) Planescape: Torment
(6) Super Mario Galaxy 2 vs. (11) Mass Effect
(7) Minecraft vs. (10) Halo: Combat Evolved
(2) Final Fantasy VII vs. (15) Journey


Division III:

(1) Super Mario Bros. 3 vs. (16) Age of Empires II
(8) Pokémon Red/Blue vs. (9) Tetris
(5) Portal 2 vs. (12) Sonic the Hedgehog 2
(4) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves vs. (13) The Walking Dead
(3) Fallout 3 vs. (14) Life is Strange
(6) Undertale vs. (11) Mass Effect 3
(7) GTA: Vice City vs. (10) Final Fantasy VIII
(2) Super Mario World vs. (15) Animal Crossing: New Leaf


Division IV:

(1) TES V: Skyrim vs. (16) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
(8) Goldeneye 007 vs. (9) Diablo II
(5) Metroid Prime vs. (12) TES III: Morrowind
(4) Half-Life 2 vs. (13) Demon's Souls
(3) Super Mario 64 vs. (14) Mario Kart 8
(6) Final Fantasy Tactics vs. (11) Resident Evil 2
(7) The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess vs. (10) Skies of Arcadia
(2) Persona 4 vs. (15) 999


Division V:

(1) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time vs. (16) Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
(8) Suikoden II vs. (9) Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
(5) Okami vs. (12) Warcraft III
(4) Final Fantasy IX vs. (12) Kingdom Hearts
(3) Xenoblade Chronicles vs. (14) Donkey Kong Country 2
(6) Fire Emblem: Awakening vs. (11) Super Mario Maker
(7) Banjo-Kazooie vs. (10) Baldur's Gate II
(2) Castlevania: Symphony of the Night vs. (15) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulations


Division VI:

(1) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past vs. (16) Cave Story
(8) Deus Ex vs. (9) Final Fantasy IV
(5) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain vs. (12) Perfect Dark
(4) Dark Souls vs. (11) Civilization IV
(3) Super Metroid vs. (14) Call of Duty 4
(6) Super Mario Galaxy vs. (11) Dragon Age: Origins
(7) Bloodborne vs. (10) Final Fantasy XII
(2) The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask vs. (15) Valkyria Chronicles


Division VII:

(1) Grand Theft Auto V vs. (16) Shenmue
(8) TES IV: Oblivion vs. (9) Super Mario RPG
(5) Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas vs. (12) Shovel Knight
(4) World of Warcraft vs. (13) Chrono Cross
(3) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt vs. (14) Binding of Isaac
(6) Metal Gear Solid 2 vs. (11) Resident Evil
(7) Fallout: New Vegas vs. (10) Bioshock: Infinite
(2) Resident Evil 4 vs. (15) Paper Mario


Division VIII:

(1) Metal Gear Solid vs. (16) Splatoon
(8) Earthbound vs. (9) Borderlands 2
(5) Shadow of the Colossus vs. (12) Team Fortress 2
(3) Metal Gear Solid 3 vs. (14) Mother 3
(6) Bioshock vs. (11) Silent Hill 2
(7) Starcraft vs. (10) Destiny
(2) Mass Effect 2 vs. (15) Virtue's Last Reward
(4) Red Dead Redemption vs. (13) Bayonetta 2

Agree with Ludwig's picks? Vehemently disagree? Let him know in the comments! Perhaps he'll change his mind based on your thoughts. Go give them.

Check out Ludwig's Round 2 picks here!
Let's suppose all the bolded games here actually won. What would the rest of that bracket look like? Click here to find out!
The next GameFAQs contest is in 2017: Best Year in Gaming!


  1. Oblivion over Super Mario RPG? Now there's something I didn't expect. Also lol, "Ratcher and Clank". This is the kind of thing that happens when I'm not around to QA I guess.

    1. uuhhhh so I actually copy-pasted this list from other people.

      I tried to find errors as I went along and fixed them, notably putting the accent in Pokémon.
      Guess I wasn't in a QA mood for the very first match.

  2. Oh maaaan, some of my favorites are already being set against each other! XD I'm sorry, Thousand-Year Door, if only they put you up against something else, anything else!

    This list also reminds me of how many great games I still need to play, to make proper comparisons and whanot.

    Binding of Isaac over Witcher 3? Granted, I haven't played either of them, but since I never intend to play Isaac and can't wait to play Witcher 3, that surprised me. XDD

    *looks at previous comment* Wait, wait, wait, Oblivion? I know you don't like Super Mario RPG as much as some people do, but what did it DO to make you prefer an open world western RPG? XDD

    1. I definitely don't like that the Ace Attorney games are going to get destroyed.

      (I actually wanted to VOTE for Symphony of the Night at least once.)

      Binding of Isaac is closer to the kind of games I like over Witcher 3. *shrug*

      I actually sorta had a limited amount of fun playing Oblivion for an hour or so compared to me slogging through the whole SMRPG. (And I watched someone else play Oblivion in-person for multiple periods of time.)

      SMRPG was featured in my 100th, 101st, and 102nd YouTube videos and I pretty much regret that decision. Not that I'd rather have Oblivion there.

      People damn hyped up SMRPG for years as the best RPG ever and it's totally not. I remember when it came out on Labour Day on Wii's Virtual Console and I spent the whole day playing it. And it fell far short of expectations.

      At least EarthBound has a REASON for being overhyped.

      Shortly before publishing these decisions, I had a conversation with someone who said SMRPG was their first RPG ever and they cherish it, being amazed at the combination of Nintendo and Square. But today, it just doesn't hold up well at all to PM or M&L.

      That said, while writing this response, this got into my head for some reason.

      Can't say I actually like any part of Oblivion more than SMRPG. SMRPG has better characters, music I actually remember (apparently, even if I think the soundtrack is overall lacklustre), and I guess better gameplay.

      I can't really say that other than the very introduction of Oblivion I remember any particular thing that happened in that game. It's all sort of combined into one mush.

      I still think it's a better game than SMRPG though, which is a generic (not even spectacular, like Chrono Trigger) RPG with plumber-boy in it.

    2. If you don't like any part of Oblivion more than SMRPG, and SMRPG has better characters, music, and gameplay, then how can you say Oblivion is the better game? XD How can Oblivion be better if SMRPG has better everything?

      ...Especially since SMRPG is closer to the types of games you (usually) like than Oblivion is, which is your Binding of Isaac argument.

      (I haven't played SMRPG yet, by the way, so I'll form my own opinions then.)

    3. Because I have a severe disliking for SMRPG that I don't have for Oblivion.

    4. Yeah, I got that. XD It just seems at odds with you saying SMRPG has better everything.

    5. Oblivion has better,

      And story. I think.

    6. Oh, uh, yeah!
      Oblivion has tons of in-universe lore and that's interesting and appreciated.

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    1. Too bad Snake will probably find all the squids in Splatoon tasty and will eat them all to upkeep his stamina.

  4. I am working on my own response to this list, but it's slow going.

    1. I'm writing out my explanation for each pick. XD

    2. Oh. Okay, that sounds a lot more detailed.

      I might start doing that in future rounds.

    3. Ahem.

    4. You suuuure you don't want to be affiliates with KoopaTV?

    5. I still don't see a good place to put an affiliates section.

    6. On your site?

      You used to have us on a sidebar!

      Or you can have a tab like we do?

    7. I removed a bunch of stuff from the sidebar after reading articles about how if your site has too much stuff to look at and too many links on the main page, readers will leave. XD

    8. As a reader, I don't care.

      Don't go with what some hoity-toity article says. Go with what makes sense.


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