Ballots: Brian Taylor


1. El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron (10)
2. Saints Row: The Third (10)
3. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (10)
4. Dragon Age 2 (10)
5. Bastion (10)
6. Safety Instructions (10)
7. SpaceChem (10)
8. Gemini Rue (10)
9. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine? (10)
10. Aliens: Infestation? (10)


There are games on this list that are at times mechanically broken (or, worse, uninteresting), narratively vacant, and questionably inclusive. One is a typing game. Almost all of them have inspired me to think about what I want from games and what games want from me. Give me ambitious trainwrecks, games whose flaws underline others’ strengths, and beautiful messes.

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