Black & White
Let's start off with a game that puts the player in the hot seat. The Black & White franchise is still highly considered one of the best known “god games” on the market. You are given all-seeing, all-knowing, and ultimate power. Your subjects worship your very existence and you can reward or punish them as you see fit. Black & White 2 was my personal favorite, but the series as a whole is incredibly memorable for its gameplay. This was also the first game that managed to creep under my skin with its eerie whispers of “Death” every time a villager died.