It’s time for another top-ten rankings list! For this one I am recording my Top Ten favorite video games, taking into account genre, time of release and my experiences. Lets warm up those gaming thumbs… #cheese
#10. Pokemon Red
Although I considered Sonic the Hedgehog and Alex Kidd for this place because they were two of the first games I ever played (at age 4-6 or so). Pokemon Red would be one of the most influential games on my current gaming “career”. I wanted to play this game because I enjoyed watching the anime on TV and once I eventually got my hands on it I was introduced to the world of JRPGs. Consequently, this game would spark my initial phase of identifying as a gamer.
#9. Red Dead Redemption
This was the first open-world game I ever played that I considered a 10/10. Although I thought the last part with the character change was a bit unnecessary and the game went on for a bit too long. The gameplay, the world and the characters had me hooked. This was the first time I was exposed to playing within an open wild-west world and I loved it. Whilst other Rockstar games like GTA IV and GTA V also deserve some major props for this sandbox style, Red Dead was my favorite.
#8. Portal 2
This game is hilarious. Portal 2 is challenging whilst being fair and the feeling of getting past being stuck on a puzzle is exhilarating. However, the writing is simply superb, the characters are funny and the Easter-eggs were a treat to discover. This is my favorite puzzle game and it’s definitely worth a play.
#7. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
What a thrill. With darkness and silence through the night. What a thrill, indeed.
#6. Telltale Game’s The Walking Dead
Whilst I thought Wolf Among Us had a tighter and more captivating first season, The Walking dead was an emotional and nail-biting experience for me. I am just coming off my second play-through of Season 1 and 2 on PS4 and I usually don’t re-buy and replay games but this one was worth it. Even if you don’t like zombies, this game is definitely worth a try for the well-inspired characters and moments.
Just play it, that is all.
#4. Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 2
Because Naruto. A game based on my favorite anime, with epic boss battles and a comprehensive story-line. Forget about it! I love this series and I am salivating for NUNS4.
#3. The Last of Us
Once I was able to get a PS3, story-driven third-person action-adventure games became a staple for me over JRPG’s. In particular, I fell in love with Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series and whilst Uncharted 2 is a close, really close second, the atmospheric world and captivating story of The Last of Us takes the cake. Unlike #8 on this list, this cake is not a lie.
#2. Mass Effect 2
I have played this game four, maybe five times. The setting is epic. The story is drug-addiction-level captivating. The characters, man the characters were a joy to meet and interact with. The set pieces were eye-popping. The gameplay was tight. If I don’t stop typing now I could go on till next Tuesday. This game is definitely worth a try, I certainly will replay it at some point (one-day is one-day).
#1. Final Fantasy VI
I wrote about this in my Top Ten Final Fantasy games list so I doubt it was a surprise. This game was the beginning, the singularity. The start of me identifying as a gamer, as a JRPG fan, as an otaku. An epic story with memorable moments in an imaginative and vibrant world. Colorful characters with engaging dialogue. I really hope it is remastered and released on PSN with trophies again for PSVita and PS4 because I would gladly waste my life away to step into this world again. If not I will just have to play the PS1 classic version. Either way, its on like Donkey Kong!
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