This the first part of a list of what I consider to be the best video games of all time. I'm making this list extra long and splitting it into two parts because it is too long.
18: The Legend of Zelda (NES)
Truly a classic, The Legend of Zelda changed video games forever. Up until it's release, games told you what to do, gave you clear goals, showed you the way. With LoZ you were plopped in the middle of nowhere, given a sword by an old man in a cave and then it was up to you to figure out what to do. No other game gave you the sense of adventure that this game did, which is why it will always be one of the most important games in history.
17: Final Fantasy VII
Back in the days of yore, the Final Fantasy series was great. Not so much now, but theu used to be awesome. And no Final Fantasy was as great as FF7. It had an amazing story, and brought forth emotions in me that I didn't think video games could bring forth. Not to mention it's one of the only video games to have a decent movie based on it.
16: Super Mario World
14: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
I'm going to completely honest, I chose this game from The Elder Scrolls series because it's the only one I've played. It is the newest installment in the series, and is one of the best looking games ever. It also has a half decent story, which I always find respectable in video games.
13: Portal 2
Choosing between this game and its predecessor was hard. But, it would have ended up being this no matter what. Portal 2 was funny, it was atmospheric, it was challenging, and it was just a fun game. The level design was fantastic, and it pulled off being a multiplayer puzzle game.
12: World of Warcraft
WoW is pretty much the most successful MMO of all time. I personally don't play it anymore, primarily because I can't afford it. But, once you get past the whole subscription thing, it is a really great game. It has decent storylines, for an MMO, looks great, and is fun to play, especially if you have friends to play it with. I didn't learn how much the whole playing with other people thing improved the game until I had been playing it for about six months, which was unfortunate.
11: Banjo Kazooie
I was on the fence about only putting this at number 12. Spore is the very first video game I ever played, so it holds a special place in my heart. Spore is a game in which you control a species as it evolves and adapts, and it is amazing. One of the most creative games I know of, and I believe it can be enjoyed by anyone.
9: Sid Meier's Civilization V
So that's the first part of my Top 20 best video games. Come back next Tuesday for 10-1.