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  1. kandyland
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    Zelda WIN! Yeees! Thank you for that!

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  2. Mork Gryning
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    I agree with Bioshock and Grim Fandango, those were originally edgy, however, there appears to be no love for more modern games.

    What about Red Dead Redemptions sprawling Southern Plains, Mass Effect’s Citadel, Far Cry 2’s savannah or the desolate wasteland of Fallout? Heck, if you were going for old games why not Psychonauts or Tales of Monkey Island?

    And maybe it’s just me but I never saw the appeal of Zelda.

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    1. ed
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      ya, i never got zelda either

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  3. Nocturnesthesia
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    I must be crazy, I never thought Ocarina of Time was an exceptionally great game. Link to the Past was much better IMO, the artwork was very impressive for SNES.

    Also, there is an Alice in Wonderland game for PC that came out in ’98 or so that was extremely well done. Great list 🙂

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    1. kandyland
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      I don’t know about the pre-64 Zelda games (my specific reason for liking them, that is). It’s been so long since I played them now. I do know that I loved Link to the Past. I know that I grew up loving the Zelda series, and I think that when Ocarina of Time came out, all of us that had gotten into Zelda were just really psyched about seeing it in 3-D. I agree that Link to the Past was really impressive for SNES. Ocarina of Time wasn’t even the best-looking game for the 64. There was something to it though. I think part of it is that up until that point, as far as I remember, there weren’t really any non-PC games with that kind of openness just in terms of the setting and game play. I could be totally wrong, however. It is the first one I remember that was, like I said, non-PC that was like that. I concede that there could be others and I just hadn’t played them. Recently though, while messing with Red Dead Redemption, I thought to myself that it sort of reminded me of Ocarina of Time. I think maybe there’s something to that too. Having your horse that comes to you when you call it, roaming the land, killing whatever random creature comes your way, and of course, saving the princess. Anyway, I’m rambling…

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  4. Randy
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    The Assassins Creed games are gorgeous as well.

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    1. Sean
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      You mean the Assassin’s Creed games starting at the second one? The first one was ugly, gray and had terrible gameplay.

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  5. Somnus
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    i dont think this list is the greatest way to pursuade people that videogames are an art form. like, what about bayonetta or several final fantasy entries or the alice in wonderland videogame (never played it, but it’s beautiful and terrifying)? also, flower (a psn game) is a good example too. and there are probably numerous other better examples than the ones in this list. i like ocarina of time, but it’s not really THAT amazing an artistic feat in gaming.

    you had good intentions as a list contributor and the idea behind the list is fantastic, but i just feel you need to know more about all games to make a list like this one. like you said, you’ve played mostly pc games, which are perhaps less amazing artistic feats than most console games, as far as i know.

    i’ll just justify final fantasy for now (since it’s my favorite series)-FFX took many religious concepts and in a way made a statement about religion. there is definitely a powerful theme that is even explored in artwork a lot. there are also other themes, such as love and family involved, hell even racism is explored in it through the “Al Bhed”. not to mention the game looks gorgeous. some of the most breathtaking fmv sequences i’ve ever seen in videogames.

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    1. Sean
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      Don’t forget Final Fantasy 7. Yes, I know it may be one of the most contested games in the franchise, you either loved it or hated it. But you have to admit, not many developers have the balls to make a game based on the Kaballah and even fewer developers can pull it off. People complain about Cloud being “a whiny emo kid” but those are the people who can’t see just how deep the lot really was. I guess the same can be said for most FF games though.

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  6. JackJ.
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    I can’t Imagine you guys would leave out the Myst series. They were beautifully done games for their times and still look great.

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    1. TopTenz Master
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      Nice call, Jack. I agree that game was a pleasure to play back it the early nineties as much for the ambiance it provided as for the problem solving challenges.

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      1. kandyland
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        Oh, I didn’t even think of that. Riven and Myst definitely. Thank you for reminding me. I now feel inspired to go dig through all of my old computer games. This could be bad… 😉

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  7. selunesmom
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    Atlus’s Rule of Rose for the PS2 is a beautifully executed horror survival game on the lines of the best of the Silent Hill franchise. Well done graphics, a multileveled plot that holds it cohesiveness throughout the story (and repeated play thrus), and a level of creeping weirdness wrapped around a Depression era British orphanage, a dirigible crash, a kidnapping, children’s perception of events, love, loss and jealousy. It’s children’s book style of narration and menu screens are another jarring note that plays perfectly with the whole.

    This, the first 3 Silent Hills, and Final Fantasy 10 are the first console games I’d ever played thru because I got caught up in the plot.

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  8. kate
    kate at |

    flower for ps3

    love it

    it’s amazzinggg.

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  9. Trent
    Trent at |

    Okami. That game’s the definition of art.

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  10. tyty
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    Are you mad what about Elder scrolls, especially Oblivion???

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  11. Anon
    Anon at |

    You should have included Nier and Lost Odyssey. Only games to ever bring me to tears.

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  12. Alfredo
    Alfredo at |

    I will like to bring into attention a little gem for PC called “the path”. Is loosely based on the little red hood, but with a much darker story and ambient.

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  13. Anonymous
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    Umm…. Shadow of the Colossus, anyone? That was easily the obvious choice. (The same developer behind ICO.) I agree with Okami also.

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  14. bob
    bob at |

    Whare is Knights of the Old Republic??

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  15. Sean
    Sean at |

    If my assumption about No One Lives Forever is correct, it’s full of boring Austin Powers reminiscent cliches with some mildly creative extra features? Hardly artistic at all. Also, where is the Fire Emblem series? Particularly Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn. Amazing plot, awesome characters and a genuine penalty for letting a character fall in battle. How many RPG’s make a character permanently unplayable if they die once in a fight? Not to mention the amount of strategy and planning you had to do for each turn as one wrong decision could end up getting your best characters killed.

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  16. Suzume
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    http://ui06.gamespot.com/1349/okami41280x1024_2.jpg

    And how did Okami not make it on this list?!

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  17. Emilee B.
    Emilee B. at |

    Omg… why isn’t Okami on this list??? Okami is an absolutly gorgeous game! It deserves to be in this list.

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  18. chelsea
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    A few games that came to mind when I think “beautiful”: first thought was the game, NieR. sure, its graphics weren’t the best but it surely wasn’t an eyesore. The artistic side of it was amazing. The story was very different and heart-renching. The music is beautiful, the music alone had me to tears at times. And it only gets deeper the second time you play through it, adding things you didn’t know the first time you played through it which only made the story stronger. One of the few games that’s made me cry. And another one, of course many people have already said this, Okami. I really disagree with this list, I think someone should know more about the different games out there in order to put together a list of what would be considered as “beautiful games”.

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  19. ed
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    to bad this list was released befor child of eden 🙂

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  20. Cory
    Cory at |

    The second I read the title of this top ten the first game that came to mind and in my opinion HAD to be number 1 is Braid. I won’t even go in to it here but if any of you haven’t played it, seen it, experienced it, whatever download it on xbox live and enjoy the most beautiful game I’ve ever seen.

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    1. babis
      babis at |

      are you familiar with the word ‘Blinders’?
      where you born in the 90’s or 00’s?
      That could explain a lot.

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  21. ChrossRank
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    Yeah,umm,i respect your opinion and all but WHERE IS FLOWER?!!!

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  22. babis
    babis at |

    Of course you missed : Outcast (probably the best game enviroment and gamescore ever),
    Monkey Island, diablo, even prince of persia(the original) wich can be still played with awe after 30 something years.
    Let me add ‘Machinarium’ here, just for the fun of it.

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