Every month we let an editor speak to discuss his or her top 10 games ever. This time Graddus, whom regular PU readers know as our bad taste man. Are there any titles in his list that a normal person walks around with a big circle?

How many games have I played in my life? There must be hundreds, if not thousands … I’ve been playing for about 25 years now, play a game every week so a simple calculation shows me that there are at least 25 x 52 = 1,300. Wow.

And do I have to make a top ten from all those titles? Sure dude, we do ff. Hold on:

10. Far Cry Instincts: Predator

At the end of 2006 I was looking for a game for my brand new Xbox 360. It was between Perfect Dark Zero and Far Cry Instincts: Predator. Well, I don’t know why (I am a huge fan of Perfect Dark on the Nintendo 64), but the choice fell on Far Cry. A decision I have never regretted. What’s called: the game even kicks off my top ten!

The main reason is the multiplayer, especially the map editor. At the time everyone played Call of Duty 2 or Gears of War but I was just sitting in my attic designing levels. I made Zelda’s Hyrule 1-on-1, a few maps from GoldenEye and much more. Incidentally, I was also pretty good at the mp itself. But what do you want, with more than 500 hours on the counter …

9. Body Harvest

My favorite console ever is the Nintendo 64. So it will not surprise you that there are a number of titles for the device in my top ten. The first is Body Harvest: a game you’ve probably never heard of but I still prefer the 7352361 other options on this list.

Why? Simple: Body Harvest blew my delicate boy brain to pieces in 1998 with its revolutionary sandbox gameplay! It was developed by DMA Design, the studio we know today as Rockstar North. Yep, Body Harvest is kind of like GTA avant la lettre (it has hundreds of drivable vehicles in it), complete with time-traveling marines and giant insects. And the music, man. Classic!

8. Grand Theft Auto V.

One spot above the ancestor of Grand Theft Auto is the series itself, and the best part: V. Sure, III was revolutionary, Vice City has the coolest music and San Andreas the largest game world, but purely objective are the adventures of Michael, Trevor and Franklin the coolest. I’ve played GTA V twice, once on the Xbox 360 and again on my PlayStation 4, but would do it quietly again on a re-release for the oooh, I’m just saying something, PSVR. I’m sure I have plenty of new to discover.

7. King’s Quest II

There had to be a DOS game in this list anyway. After all, the early years of my gaming career lie in the pixelated environments of Commander Keen, Secret Agent and Prince of Persia. Eventually it became King’s Quest II: the pinnacle of Sierra’s extensive adventure library and a very fond childhood memory as far as I’m concerned. I played the game with my father, where I controlled King Graham and he typed in the English commands.

One day that old man had accidentally saved a meal when Graham was just in a death trap. I was inconsolable of course … But the next morning we could magically continue where we left off! As it turned out, my dad had played all the way back to the point of the accident. Thanks for that, pops!

6. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest

In doubt: should I put Super Mario World in my top ten or that other SNES platform classic, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest? It was the last and that’s because Diddy and Dixie put a slightly bigger smile on my face than the Italian plumber. Those funny monkey heads, the crazy jumping Kremlins and levels like Toxic Tower make me very happy. But the happiest of all? That’s what the music makes me. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest has the best soundtrack ever, after all. With distance. It is the thriller of the gaming industry and almost all songs still have a prominent place on my MP3 player more than twenty years later.

5. Pro Evolution Soccer 5

Am I the first to put a sports game in its top ten? Ha, my elite colleagues sure feel too good for that, don’t they? Well, their loss. I knew in advance that at least one footie had to be in, although it was not easy which one. Sensible Soccer? ISS Deluxe? Or maybe a Football Manager?

That the choice ultimately fell on Pro Evolution Soccer 5 was actually secretly already established. After all, this is a shot in the intersection, made possible by Adriano’s golden left. Man, that bumpy Brazilian is overpowered. And how well PES 5 understood that precisely these kind of caricatural player characteristics contribute to the fun.

4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

When I think back to Skyrim, the first thing I think about is the gigantic map that I just walked aimlessly about half the time. Delicious. A bit of atmosphere, a bit of fighting against enemies, a bit of quests: exactly how I like to play games like Fallout and The Elder Scrolls. Sure, the main story is fun, but why such a rush? Relaaax brother …

The 41st and 42nd versions of Skyrim were recently released for the Nintendo Switch and PSVR. The first is yet another standard port, but the VR version has swallowed me up again. This is the way I would have liked to experience Skyrim five years ago!

3. Goldeneye 007

Doom, Duke Nukem, Half-Life, Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, Battlefield, Wolfenstein, Quake, Left 4 Dead: all first-person shooters that didn’t make it to my list, while it’s my favorite genre. This also says a lot about the quality of shooters that are included, such as GoldenEye 007. When I played that game with a friend for the first time, I couldn’t believe my eyes. What the , you just shoot real people, with real faces! And how cool is that sniper rifle! Jesus, this has got to be the best game ever !!!

That was even before I discovered multiplayer, which kept me sitting at least twice. And do you know what the joke is? It was all worth it …

2. Deus Ex

A game in which your choices have real consequences. I had never played anything like this in 2001! Deus Ex is therefore revolutionary, an absolute milestone for video game storytelling and freedom of choice.

It was one of the first games that I took with me to my parents’ French country house during a game week. That went so well that since then I plan three of those weeks every year. Cuckoo.

1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

I know, it is not original. Still, only The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time can be number one. I’ve simply never had such an immersive videogame experience as when I first walked the plains of 3D Hyrule. I will probably never get it again.

You see, Ocarina of Time appeared at the ideal moment in my life. I was 15, a year away from my first visit to the disco, so gaming faded into the background for much of my adolescence. In addition, I had built up a nice gaming frame of reference in the years before, so that I could estimate very well that I was playing something special with OoT. I fell in love instantly, and I still am today. Thank you Mr Miyamoto …