So the 100th review is finished and I am now over the hump. But before we get back to the normalcy I want to finish this whole event of my website with another list about my past and what made me the man I am today. This time I want to talk about my favorite video games of all time. Needless to say this is a pretty big part in my life and considering that this is a Top 20 list, I do not want to get too much into explanation or this post will become far too long and bloated than I would like. What I will say is this… My choices for my favorite video games might seem a bit odd and a lot will be unexpected but it goes without saying, without these 20 games I would not be the same person! So let’s get started with a few honorable mentions!
The Last of Us: Why did it almost make the cut? Because it is easily one of the best games I have ever played and one of the best stories I have ever had the pleasure of sitting through.
Why did it NOT make the cut? It is still young and I’m a little gunshy about replay value as the years roll on.
BioShock: Why did it almost make the cut? The story is downright amazing and the graphics were some of the best I had ever seen for its generation.
Why did it NOT make the cut? Its successor overthrew it and we will get to that in a bit.
Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask: Why did it almost make the cut? Holy shit I loved this game. It was that right level of batshit insanity I just can’t get enough of and it took LoZ and made it a lot darker.
Why did it NOT make the cut? Well… as the years have gone on I find it to have several annoying parts that have docked it some points and others have since taken its place.
The Sims: Why did it almost make the cut? Sometimes escapism can be a funny thing and playing a game about living life is just fun in a way I just don’t understand.
Why it did NOT make the cut? Exact same reason. Sometimes it can get a little too real for me to lose myself to it.
What can I say? I’m a trivia nerd and when it comes to the realms of trivia and video games, you really need to look no further than You Don’t Know Jack. With all the feelings of a cheesy television game show, the right amount of competitive edge, and the perfect multiplayer party game You Don’t Know Jack is that perfect storm for me and actually a multiplayer video game I am halfway decent at. So definite points there.
This is the newest title that you will find on this list and I hesitated putting it on here because it is so new. But at the end of the day, my love and admiration for the game won out. BioShock Infinite is the perfect storm in my book mixing visuals, gameplay, and story all together into one breathtakingly gorgeous ball. While I can see the hype that surrounds the other titles like The Last of Us and Grand Theft Auto V I still feel like BioShock Infinite is going to be the game that stands the test of time between the three.
18: Spyro the Dragon
OUCH right in the childhood. Spyro the Dragon was one of the first games I owned when I finally got a hold of my Playstation 1 and I played the unholy hell out of this game. I would play for hours as the adorable little dragon and the game remains in my heart as one of the first games I ever owned and really enjoyed playing.
17: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
This one is probably the most obvious on the list. I think just about everyone who creates a favorite video game list will add Ocarina of Time to it. The game is often considered one of the greatest video games of all time and there is very little dissent as well. Bottom line it is a perfect video game and I will always enjoy playing it and wanting to smash my controller in rage when I hear Navi’s incessant cries for attention.
It may not be the best of the series, but damn it I will always get a kick out of playing the first Uncharted. It was the game that started the franchise and not since Lara Croft had I seen a really good exploring adventurer. The exploits of Nathan Drake, Sully, and Elena Fisher will always have a soft spot in my heart.
15: Super Mario World
The first video game I ever played. Whenever I was a child my grandfather sold Nintendo products and got the Super Nintendo months before its release date and of course Super Mario World came with it. You never forget your first and it sure as hell was a good one for me.
Just because I’m not a huge fan of First Person Shooters, does not mean that I did not enjoy one of the pioneers of the genre. Based off my favorite 007 movie, Goldeneye is by far one of the best games I played for the N64.
Yes! This is another relatively new one. But damn it I LOVE The Walking Dead comics and I LOVE The Walking Dead game. It is that right amount of zombie apocalypse and the right amount of drama that I expect from the franchise. While the replay value is not the highest, that does not stop me from enjoying it and I cannot wait for the next season to come out.
12: Red Alert 2
This is the first of many turn based strategy games that you will see on this list. I am a sucker for them and Red Alert 2 is by far one of the most fun. Instead of the battle mechanics which can be a little boring compared to others what keeps me coming back to the game is the story that follows it. They get some pretty strong B list actors to play these over the top roles as you wage the not so Cold War between Communism and Democracy.
11: Medieval 2: Total War
In my opinion, this game is the crown jewel of the Total War franchise. I have lost days of my life to this game, playing as different countries, and purchasing all of the awesome expansions and maps to conquer them as well. It seems to be the best blend of diplomacy and war that I have seen in from the franchise and considering where it is now… One can only hope that they return to these roots as soon as possible.
You knew it was coming. While this isn’t the only time that RE is going to find its way on to my list, it just wouldn’t feel the same if the original didn’t make the cut. Yes the original, just remembering back in the day watching it and then playing it when I was kid brings back fond memories in my mind. Over the years it may have lost the 1 spot, but it will always have a place on my favorites list.
9: Age of Empire 2
And this is the game that got me into turn based strategy games in the first place. I cannot even begin to count the time I lost as a child playing this game on my computer and creating custom maps just to see the epic battles that would unfold. Later Age of Empires just never could cut it for me on the level of customization that two gave and this is just one of many reasons that the game is STILL sold in Wal Marts around the world.
GTA might haunt me now because I didn’t give it the perfect score that many think it deserves… But you know what, I still love the franchise and I for one think this one is the best in the series. There is just something about Vice City that just feels like the grand slam. Maybe it is the music, maybe it is the characters, or maybe it is the fact that the game is almost a perfect recreation of the 1980’s in one big satirical ball. Whatever the reason, I always get a kick out of taking control of Tommy Vercetti as he works his way to the top 80’s style.
7: Batman Arkham City
Well isn’t this one just satisfying. Probably the greatest superhero game that I have ever played, Batman: Arkham City is just one of those games you could play over and over again and never get bored, no matter how many times you defeat the nefarious Batman villains as he fights his way through the literal hell on earth. Arkham City right now is the crown jewel in the DC line up of… Well anything in my opinion and I for one say that this is a damn good thing.
6: Final Fantasy VII
Easily my favorite Final Fantasy game. I played this on my N64 constantly as a teenager and still get all the feels whenever I get a chance to play it as an adult. It is simply one of the best RPGs ever made with millions of side content and tons of emotional power behind it. One day I hope that the franchise can return to this glory in the future.
5: Dead Rising 2
I don’t know what it is about it that keeps me coming back, but man I love the Dead Rising franchise. It almost feels like a zombie RPG with the amount of content and ways to play that the game offers. You can play it as silly or as straight as you want to and I love the fact that there are actual survivors in this one instead of the handful of main characters that the games offer. It is just a bunch of undead fun.
4: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Oh child… This game… This game is a masterpiece. The best RPG I ever played. I have played this game over and over again AND I still keep finding new quests and new ways to play. It is just… It is just amazing. Every time I play I feel like I have been pulled into the realm of Skyrim and the person named Tanner ceases to be and I become this protagonist. It is easily one of the greatest games ever made.
This one requires some explaining. Along with the various games that my Grandfather brought home for the Super Nintendo, one of them was Mortal Kombat 2. Once again I remember fondly as a kid sitting in my grandparents living room with my cousins and uncles taking turns playing MK 2 and trying our hardest to remember those damn fatalities. Yeah back in the times of pre internet when all the codes and unlockables could only be learned through hearsay and the hopes and prayers that fast fingers and reliable resources would win through. The day I learned to do Kung Lao’s fatality was a day that my young self let out a triumphant roar as I bisected a man with my hat. Out of all the characters the only one I ever learned beyond that was one of Reptile’s and that was merely by accident. I will always be a Mortal Kombat guy after the days of slaving over a controller to learn the combos.
2: Pokemon (Gold/Silver in particular)
OH right in the feels! Like many kids of my generation I had a phase where I absolutely loved the shit out of Pokemon… And I still do to this day. Pokemon is a simple concept, capture creatures, and make them fight each other. Overall it is just fun and enjoyable stuff even though some animal rights activists would disagree. I admit I’m not the most hardcore of players when it comes to the games. In fact I’ve only played Gen 1, Gen 2, and Gen 5… But damn I always get a kick out of playing them. Once again we find our way back into the nostalgia realm as Pokemon will always bring back fond memories of catching them all to become the Pokemon Master.
1: Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
No it isn’t the greatest game ever, no it isn’t even the best game in the franchise, and yes this does seem like a bizarre choice… But out of all the video games in the world. This is the game more than any other game that solidifies not only me as a gamer but me as a person. Yes Resident Evil did get me into gaming, but it was Nemesis that brought the whole thing full circle. This came at a time in my life when I was a young teenager and trying to discover who I was. If it wasn’t for Resident Evil 3: Nemesis I might not have grown to love the zombie genre as much as I did… If that were the case then I probably wouldn’t have played Humans vs. Zombies and if that were the case then I wouldn’t have met all of my awesome friends that I have because of it. I owe so much of who I am to this game that just the thought of it brings warm feelings to my mind. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis may not be the best game… But you know what, it is MY game and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
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