Best Video Game Names

We make much hay about suspension of disbelief in the context of narrative and mechanics, where it can often allow you to accept what is ridiculous or impossible (“maybe people do actually talk like that” or “it makes you feel like spiderman”). Well, the same is often true of the very names of these games. Sure, it makes sense in context, but Final Fantasy XIII - 2 is a pretty silly name when look at it with fresh eyes.

I love me a good laugh at a ridiculous or unwieldy video game name and after seeing _Final Fantasy XIII -2_ come up in the game quiz thread, I feel inspired to ask -- **What are some of your personal favorite game names?** My personal tastes skew toward the long, arcane, and absurd, but feel free to throw out anything that gets you going. [Edit: bonus points for any non-Japanese entries]

To qualify, a name must have been used in some official capacity. (So, "Shin Megami Tensei Persona 2 Innocent Sin" would count, but you couldn't get away with "Shin Megami Tensei Persona 5 Royale")

Here are some of my favorite:

  • - Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3
  • - _Mortal Kombat 1_ (the 12th main-series game, 2nd reboot)
  • - _R Type Tactics II: Operation Bitter Chocolate_
  • And finally, my personal favorite, one that I can't even really think about too long without suffering from laughing-related oxygen deprivation.

  • - Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
  • @“deepspacefine”#p124992 I think a lot of late 90s/early 2k visual novels had great names but all of them escape me now - just combinations of english words that would never be combined by a native speaker but somehow feel compelling.

    Another genre of name I like is the word that sounds real but is made up. Games like Prismaticallization, Galerians, or Astonishia Story have words that feel real without being so.

    My favorite game name for a long time has been something I saw in the back of Famitsu's "coming soon" section, but which never came out: Living High ↑ Killing Low ↓

    Some other cool names glancing around the room:

  • - Lunatic Dawn
  • - Blue Breaker
  • - Bible Master
  • - Yanya Caballista
  • - Eve of Extinction
  • - Dino Crisis
  • there's a lot of cool names out there but I feel like for me most of them come from folks whose english is not 100%, because that has a greater capacity to surprise me!

    Whenever I hear concerns from friends in the US or UK games industry about them having to promote a game with a seemingly stupid or non-sensical English title, I usually only reply with the three magical words: “Metal Gear Solid” to reassure them everything’s gonna be alright and they shouldn’t really stress too much about the title making sense.

    I am not sure how to express this coherently with just 2 hours of sleep, but my favorite game titles are those that manage to immediately convey emotions and agency that, through not only their meaning or etymology but also the sound of the word(s), somehow match your mental and physical experience when playing the game. Recently **Splatoon** and **Neurodiver** (that 2064ROM sequel) come to mind as game titles that fit that description.

    Following @"Rlan"#p124950 ‘s recent post in the Anything Sega thread, I was wondering just a couple hours ago how Sega came up specifically with the name **After Burner**. It’s a great title, don’t get me wrong. The rhyming and balance of the words are very catchy. But it’s a very specific term that I don’t think someone whose first language isn’t English would come up as a first idea to conjure exciting dog fights involving F-14 Tomcats. Was the term "after burner" used in the movie Top Gun?

    @“deepspacefine”#p124992 I think even more egregious than Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is the game contained on that disc:

    “Kingdom Hearts 2.8: 0.2 Birth By Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage -”

    The use of "-"s, I mean… that's comedy

    Always like the more intense Japanese variants of names. Top of the head:

  • - Crying
  • - Violence Killer
  • - Time Dominator 1st
  • - Nitro Punks: Might Heads
  • >!Biohazard Battle, Turok, Socket, and Rocky Rodent respectively!<

    E.Y.E Divine Cybermancy

    DRAMAtical Murder

    Geometry May. I swear it's a nice free game.

    Reel Fishing/Fish Eyes

    STEINS;GATE: Linear Bounded Phenogram

    I got just one answer: Bullet Witch.

    Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name.

    I’m glad that Sega’s localization team is now retaining the amazing names for new Yakuza games. Previous entries in the series have some real bangers.

    Some more favs:

    Judge Eyes: Wills of Death
    Like a Dragon 7: Whereabouts of Light and Darkness
    Lost Judgment: Unjudged Memories

    I think posting either Shin Megami Tensei titles or Anime fighters feels a bit like cheating. One ice always found funny was “Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r]”.

    ### DARK LAW: THE MEANING OF DEATH

    G.O.D. - Growth or Devolution

    Realizing this is just a list of my favorite games:

    4.6 Billion Year Monogatari
    Hani in the Sky
    Gomola Speed
    Cubivore
    Dicing Knight.
    For the Frog the Bell Tolls
    Chameleon Twist

    ### _JUST BREED_

    ### _SYVALION_

    There's a few that were on the tip of my tongue... Trying to remember
    KING's FIELD
    CAVE NOIRE
    FRAME GRIDE
    **THOUSAND LAND**
    GET BASS

    Obvious Gimmies:
    Can't Stop Mr.Domino
    *I got an* Irritating Stick *for ya*
    Tokimeki Memorial Hospital

    Have you ever thought about the name ALTERED BEAST? That one new age stoner rock group did like three EPs named altered beast. when I was a kid we called playing Altered Beast ""Getting Altered""... _"do you wanna come over and get altered?"_

    @“exodus”#p124994

    It's like the first lady said

    >

    @“Hunter”#p125009 “Kingdom Hearts 2.8: 0.2 Birth By Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage -”

    I don't think I will ever play one of these things, but I do want to frame this. It's so beautiful.

    >

    @“MovingCastles”#p125045 I think posting either Shin Megami Tensei titles or Anime fighters feels a bit like cheating.

    So this means no nominating _Guilty Gear Accent Core Plus R_ or _Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign-_?

    >

    @“treefroggy”#p125053 when I was a kid we called playing Altered Beast ““Getting Altered””… “do you wanna come over and get altered?”

    I think that means something else already

    Dissidia Duodecim

  • - 12Riven: the ψcliminal of integral (no, not “Psi-criminal”, it makes -kind of- sense in context, honest)
  • - STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN (no colon anywhere, according to SQEX)
  • - JESUS: Kyoufu no Bio-Monster ('the terrifying bio-monster')
  • - Venus & Braves: Majo to Megami to Horobi no Yogen ('the witch, the goddess, and the prophecy of destruction')
  • - Anachronox
  • - Skate or Die!
  • >

    @“MovingCastles”#p125045 I think posting either Shin Megami Tensei titles or Anime fighters feels a bit like cheating.

    Hmmm, was hoping to sneak in Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne Maniax Chronicle Edition

    BRAIN LORD

    @“phylaxis”#p125156 lol I knew I was forgetting one of my faves

    Killer is Dead

    Lollipop Chainsaw

    Also: https://forums.insertcredit.com/d/94-lets-construct-a-modern-simple-series-lineup/107

    Seems like either I’m more inclined to think a game rules if it has an awesome name, or game developers name their game something awesome when they know it’s a weird little contraption.

    You know what was always whacky to me ever since I first saw it on a bootleg NES on a chip in like 1999?

    ### NUTS & MILK

    And

    ### BIRD WEEK

    I thought for sure it was some weird bootleg name, but nope, those are actually officially published titles, lol

    all those NES games that got referenced in scott pilgrim have great names. clash at demon head, shatterhand, crash n the boys.

    the title Record of Lodoss War floats around in my head all the time (which I know is a bit cheating cause it's originally not a video game)

    For some reason I've always loved Ever17: The Out of Infinity.

    I also like _VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action_, so maybe I just like random numbers in my titles.

    _Attack of the Friday Monsters_ is also good.

    _Flower, Sun and Rain_. Heck lots of Suda games have great titles.

    I also like puns, _Momotaro Dentetsu_ is a good one.
    _Max Payne_ is so corny. I love it.

    Then I think I like titles that just roll off in the tongue.

    _Chrono Trigger_. _Harvest Moon_. _River City Ransom_.

    _Dino Crisis_, _Double Dragon_, _Disco Elysium_ sound cool as hell too. Maybe I just like it when stuff starts with a D..