What’s Todd’s ultimate game?

The Ultimate winner...

The chap who brought us such games as Oblivion and Fallout 3, you know, Todd Howard, is a man with no doubt rather a lot on his mind. One of those things – or should I say ten – is his top ten all time favourite video games which he discussed with Industry Gamers not long ago. The list contains games that have influenced Bethesda‘s executive producer and others that just have that golden memory for him. We all have them, like my fond memory of playing Super Mario Kart for the first time… Anyway, Todd’s picks look like this:

  1. Ultima 7 (PC)
    “No other gaming series has, over such a long period of time, given me such joy.”
  2. Doom (PC)
    “There are so many conventions and influences of today’s games that can be traced back to the original Doom, probably more than any other game.”
  3. Civilization (PC)
    “It asks the ultimate “what-if” questions and lets you determine history”
  4. Grand Theft Auto 3 (PS2)
    “The mark of a truly great game is how many people try to recapture or emulate it and fail.”
  5. Pac-Man (Arcade)
    “I wonder sometimes if gaming would be popular today if this game had never existed.”
  6. Wing Commander/X-Wing (PC)
    “Wing Commander, like Karateka before it, pushed the “cinematic” experience in gaming to new levels.”
  7. Call of Duty 4 (360)
    “This game has never gotten enough credit for the story it tells, and the way it tells it”
  8. Gran Turismo 3 (PS2)
    “if you loved cars, this was the game to have – huge, deep, but easy to play”
  9. NCAA Football 2006 (Xbox)
    “I would call myself a “student” of virtual football”
  10. Karateka (Apple 2)
    “I do believe this game is the first ever to have cutscenes. At least well produced ones that made you want to keep playing”

Rather an impressive and varied list Mr Howard has. I may not agree with all of them but still find it interesting.


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