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Old 09-14-2009, 07:52 AM   #1

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Default Top 5 favorite/best Video Games

I figured I would post this to see what some of you thought about my writing skills, and to start a thread that would maybe last a while. This is my list of what I consider to be the 5 best games (or at least my favorite) of all time.
So to get to the point, I am by no means actually saying that I think that these 5 video games are actually the best 5 video games of all time because every person is different and everyone likes different things. But these are the 5 games that have affected who I am as a gamer the most. I will of course argue that any intelligent and true gamer won't be able to deny that these are 5 GREAT games and should be considered among the best. Now that everyone hopefully understands what I'm talking about and where I am coming from, let's get started.

At number 5

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Ocarina of Time)

Most people would say of course that Ocarina of time is the best of the Zelda series and possibly even the best game ever, and I'm not arguing that point at all. Thanks to a friend of mine, I was introduced to Ocarina of time, but i was unfortunately never able to finish the game, so I can't actually say that it is one of the 5 best games ever. So in honor of Ocarina of time, I chose A Link to the Past because it is my favorite of the Zelda series and I would still consider it one of the best games of all time. So in a sense you could use either game interchangeably. A Link to the Past is a good example of classic gaming which combines problem solving (puzzles) and RPG elements making for a great all-around game. They also make excellent use of the SNES graphics by making a beautiful 2D gaming experience.

At number 4

Resident Evil 2

I chose this game in the number 4 spot because I can’t think of a game that I have played and beat more often than Resident Evil 2. Granted it is a short game, but the fact that I (and many others) come back to this game time after time must say something about its quality. The Resident Evil story line is captivating and Resident Evil 2’s storyline is a large part of the entire picture. The gameplay is addictive and the quality is above average, and there is no feeling quite like when you enter a hall loaded with zombies who steadily begin to creep towards you. The sound is great and really solidifies to the overall mood of the game. This is a short game that you should definitely at least borrow if not own.

At number 3

Pokemon (Red, Blue, Yellow)

Ok, so I know that at this point, most of you would consider me “Super-dork”, but that’s ok, because if playing Pokemon classifies me as “Super-dork” then I will gladly take the title. This is a game that really helped usher in a new age of gamers. Kids who played this in Elementary school and middle school are the same people who are 20-25 right now and make up the majority of gamers. Pokemon does a great job of allowing the gamer to have customizable gameplay, which is something that many gamers require in their games today. Pokemon was actually a little before its time, especially for a gameboy game. You usually didn’t see a game with so many characters and attacks, and Pokemon gave us a lot of game packed into such a little box. It’s hard to forget the feeling of getting your first pokemon and leveling them up for the first time. Or seeing your pokemon begin to evolve and having to make a split second decision of whether to let him evolve or wait a few more levels. I hope that you will look past the “childishness” of this game and give it a try.

At number 2

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Once again I’ve posted another great RPG in my top 5 list. If you haven’t seen this game in action then I suggest that you stop reading this (for now) and go to youtube and find a gameplay video of Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and sit back and enjoy. This game is beautifully put together, visually and conceptually. I can’t think of many games that can beat Oblivion’s graphics, vastness, or match its hours of game play. I personally love a game that I can spend a lot of time playing and get my money’s worth out of it, Oblivion does exactly this and more. I have had this game for almost a year and I have put over 100 hours into the game and I still haven’t completed every quest in the game, and I’m not even halfway through the mainline quest, and the great thing is, I’m still not bored with it. The character customization aspect of the game makes Oblivion what it is. The fact that you can customize your characters looks, fighting style, and skills makes the game very replayable because each time you can have a new experience. The maps are huge and it would probably take you a solid 30 min.+ just to walk across the map in a straight line, and still at that point you’ve probably only seen 2% of the map. The Elder Scrolls IV is a must-own game, but I understand that it’s not for everyone. I would suggest borrowing or renting and seeing if you like it. Even if it’s not your style of game play, I believe that you will at least enjoy its visual aesthetics.

And finally…at number 1

Final Fantasy VII

So I have to go ahead and give props to the person that introduced me to this game (not that I hadn’t heard of this game before, I had just never had a desire to play it). Thank you so much Jay Seawell for introducing me to this game! I credit this game to changing my perspective of gaming entirely. I can’t think of a better storyline in all of gaming, and it still rivals some of the better novels out there. The storyline is completely captivating and once the game is over it leaves you wanting more. While the visuals aren’t exactly top notch, due to the fact that it was released on the PlayStation 1, it still makes for a great game for today’s “next-gen” gaming generation. Final Fantasy VII also has something called the “materia” system which is one of the best gaming concepts that I have ever run into. It basically allows you to fully customize your attacks and fighting style. The music is unbeatable, and it is still popular today because they have symphonies that play the final fantasy music live, and CDs are still being sold.
Simply put, Final Fantasy VII is a legacy, and it is the greatest game of all time. I would bet that you can’t play the game and not get hooked in some part of it. The fact that there have been other games made that “spin-off” of the final fantasy VII story, and the fact that a CG movie has been recently released based on Final Fantasy VII shows that it is in fact a legacy. I urge you to play Final Fantasy VII, it is the game that took me from being a casual gamer to a “hardcore” gamer, and I think that it will make a difference in how you view video games as well.

Honorable Mentions

These are the games that didn’t quite make it into the top of the list because they just weren’t as good to me as my top 5. These games are all great and you would probably put some of them in your top 5 but they just didn’t quite make it for me. Feel free to message me with arguments. Keep in mind that this is not an all inclusive list, mostly just ones that I could think of.

Super Mario Bros. 3/Super Mario Galaxy
Gran Turismo 2
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Halo 2 – obviously Halo 3 is better than Halo 2, mostly because of the Mythic Map Pack that was recently released, but Halo 2 changed the face of multiplayer online gaming and it should get some credit for it.
Tiger Woods – I added this game in here for all of you sports fans. I’m not a big fan of sports games, but if I had to pick a good one, it would be Tiger Woods PGA Tour.
Fallout 3
Final Fantasy XII
Tomb Raider II
Resident Evil 4
Metal Gear Solid

Games that I can’t really can’t have an opinion on

This section is for games that I have heard over the years that are really good but I can’t put into my lists because I have never played them. Once again this is not an all inclusive list but just a few of the games that popped into my head…feel free to add some.

Half Life 2
Metal Gear 2+ - I hear that Metal Gear Solid 2 is better than Metal Gear Solid, but I never finished the game. This “Metal Gear +2” is added just to pay respects to one of the greatest game series of all time.
Baldur’s Gate (series)
Diablo (series)

Well, that’s all. I hope that you all enjoyed my list and I hope that you will try these games out. I did this list to practice some of my writing skills and give you all some food for thought, and hopefully maybe get some debates going. If you don’t like video games and you read this, then I hope you will try video games soon, maybe these will get you more interested. Thanks for reading. POST YOUR OPINION!

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