Honorable Mentions: Final Fantasy 7, Super Metroid, Bioshock, Batman Arkham City, GTA series, Deus Ex, Castlevania Symphony Of The Night, Planescape Torment (I just haven't played it yet but it probably would be one of my favorites if I played it), Metal Gear Solid 2,3, and 4, Half Life series, Dark Souls, Bloodborne, System Shock 2 (Another game I would probably love)
10. Persona 4 - It was between this and Final Fantasy 7 and it was so close but in the end I had to give it to Persona 4 for it's cast, music and better gameplay. It's a great mystery story, funny and sad and one of the most likeable cast of characters I've seen in a video game
9. Mass Effect 2 - As you probably can tell from this list, I'm more of a WRPG guy than a JRPG guy. Sorry but I like some role playing in my role playing games which is something most JRPGs never get right (Only ones I know that do that are Dark Souls and Persona). Mass Effect Trilogy is one of the finest examples of Story telling in video games and Mass Effect 2 is the Empire Strikes Back of the series
8. The Last Of Us - It may not be the most innovative or original game and it's not a game I can play over and over again but I've thought about it so many times and it's made a huge impact on me and any zombie piece of fiction that can do that (a genre I don't care much for most of the time) deserves major props.
7. Max Payne - Two of my favorite pass times are reading comics and playing video games so to have a game that combines the two is like heaven to me. It's like the best of Ed Brubaker's noir comics mixed with John Woo's early films and you get this work of art. I thought about having 1 and 2 tied since they compliment each other so well and built on top of each other but if I had to choose one, I gotta go for the first one for it's atmosphere and better dialogue but both 1 and 2 are masterpieces. Max Payne 3? I'd like to pretend that game doesn't exist
6. Silent Hill 2 - Good horror is like a new season of Sherlock. It rarely happens but when it does, it's pure bliss. Silent Hill 2 is not only the best horror game of all time but one of the best pieces of horror fiction in general. The level of detail and symbolism is outstanding, the multiple endings helps give this game replay value, and it's just the best kind of scary. There are no jump scares and anything like that, it truly messes with you and the best ways
5. Shadow Of The Colossus - Definitely an example of "Don't judge something til you play it" because while the concept may sound boring of doing nothing but look for giant monsters and kill may sound boring it's anything but. Each boss is unique and a puzzle you have to figure out, hell just simply trying to find these guys is a puzzle, riding around looking for them gives you a false sense of security because it's so peaceful for the most part then the colossus come, shit's about to go down
4. Red Dead Redemption - I love westerns and this is the best western experience you could ask for. Anything you would think you would do in a western, you can do it in this game. Going into slow motion and shoot everyone in a split second like Clint Eastwood is so much fun
3. Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic - I love Star Wars and for a while I didn't think anything Star Wars related could top Empire Strikes Back until I played this game. The rpg elements are fantastic with choices of force powers, choices that affect the amazing story, and a battle system that's strategic without being boring (Unlike most turn based rpgs)
2. Metal Gear Solid - I just love the series in general. Everything from the gameplay to the characters and insane story. It was definitely between this and Snake Eater. In the end I went with MGS1 mostly because even though 3 is a way better stealth game, 1 I think has the overall better story and atmosphere but it's only slightly ahead. This use to be my favorite game for a long time until...
1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - All this time while I was waiting for MGSV, this game just flew by me until it came out and suddenly everyone's talking about it. Once I actually played it, I was enjoying it and the more I kept playing it the more I was thinking "How can a game this good even exist?". It has an open world that makes Skyrim look like a joke, it's stories and writing makes Metal Gear Solid and The Last Of Us look like fanfiction by comparison, the side activities trump that of Red Dead Redemption, exciting real time combat that makes you think and have to prepare, great monsters to fight that are just as great looking as those in Shadow Of The Colossus or Dark Souls. Really, if I were stuck on an island and there was only one game I could play and get the most out of it, it's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt bar none. I could play only this game for the rest of my life and totally be fine with that.