E3 has come and gone and, as Yahtzee put it, the dry well of "bugger all is coming out" is upon us with regards to gaming. There are many games on the horizon, but what about the games we can currently play?
These days many people get so hyped about next-gen and cutting edge that they forget about the games of their childhood.
I am the type of gamer who finds every game he's played to be beloved....well most of them. There are games out there I just don't like, but there are so many out there that I absolutely love.
And we're here to take a look at the top 25 favorites of mine today.
Please note that unlike other lists this year, I have put a strict "one per franchise" rule since if I didn't, a few of the games on this list would wind up having every entry from their franchise on this list and would otherwise dominate the list. Not to mention, many games in a franchise are very similar so I tend to like almost all games in a franchise that I've played so the one I picked is simply the one I selected to represent the seriesPLEASE NOTE
: I was born in 1991, my first console was a Sega Genesis before I upgraded to a Nintendo 64. My first "video game" ever that was not on the Genesis (the days of my youth of which I barely remember) was Banjo Kazooie (which is on this list). Therefore I have never played any videogames on the SNES or NES or Atari 2600. You will not see any games from those consoles on this list. I have also barely owned a Playstation console only owning the PS2 and I barely have played any games on it since it's my dad's console.
I do not like shooters, generally, so please don't ask me why Call of Duty or Halo isn't anywhere on here either. I think after my favorite anime/manga list, veterans to my page should know by now that I do not have very conventional tastes. Please do not bitch and moan at me when you don't see a mention or care about YOUR favorite game. These are MY favorites so if you have a problem
MAKE YOUR OWN LIST
That said, sit back, relax, and get ready to dive into the chaotic vortex I call a brain.
Metroid Prime 3 Corruption for Nintendo Wii
This is the sole Metroid game that I have played. I've not played ANY of the metroidvania games and I didn't play the first two metroid prime games on the gamecube. That said, this was still a lot of fun and if I had the time to go back and play the game all over again, I would. Jennifer Hale's grunts and groans as Samus works to the character's benefit. (Because let's be real here, Jennifer Hale is awesome). This is the ONLY FPS that I've played and if more games were like this, maybe I could enjoy the genre a little more.
Banjo Kazooie for Nintendo 64
Like I said, this was the first game I ever played ever that wasn't the brief fleeting memories I have on the genesis and what a game it is. While I was never really good at the game when I was 7, by the time I was 12 I could beat this game without any problems what so ever. However, I never managed to get all 900 notes. Rusty Bucket Bay can suck my nuts.
And then Banjo-Tooie came along. I still prefer the original. No offense to Tooie's expanded storyline and new moveset, but it's way too hard to get some of the jiggies. I would spend like twenty minutes straight sometimes trying to get one jiggy. No. Thank you. Completionists are for The Completionist and people with no lives to lose. That said, this is my childhood from the silly dialogue to the "speaking simlish" routine, and banjo's iconic backpack and shorts. Gruntilda will always be a memorable villain and this game will always be fondly remembered for starting me on the path to make me the nerd I am today.
Donkey Kong 64 for Nintendo 64
While I never beat this game, I still remember it for being way more fun than Banjo Kazooie. With 5 different characters to play as and 25 collectibles to locate and pick up from each world, this game was more expansive than BK. The characters' movesets meant it was imperative to know who to use in what situation and to get what golden bananas. I remember having way more fun with this game than Banjo Kazooie and if I had the choice between beating BK again and trying to beat this one for the first time, I'd probably do the latter. It's unfortunate my N64 blew a fuse or I'd still have it.
Mario Kart Wii for Nintendo Wii
As of this writing I have not yet had the privilege to play Mario Kart 8 on Nintendo Wii U, mostly due in part to the fact that I do not own a Wii U. So, between Double Dash, Wii, 7 and 64, I have to give it to the Wii version simply for having more vehicles to choose from, letting Time Trials actually unlock content, and having a wide array of characters to choose from including Funky Kong who I hadn't seen since DK 64. Thank you Nintendo for making awesome games.
Pokemon Alpha Sapphire for Nintendo 3DS
Out of EVERY Pokemon game in the entire franchise, this one is indisputably my favorite. I would include Omega Ruby, but I own a copy of AS, not OR. Why? Because it's the only game in the franchise that lets you LEGALLY catch almost every single legendary in the franchise without an event. The only ones not obtainable are the ones that were never really legally obtainable in the first place, like Arceus, Celebi and Mew. Hell, the final boss to catch is Deoxys. Yes, you read that right, you can LEGALLY WITHOUT AN EVENT catch a previously unobtainable Pokemon.
The mega evolutions are still as awesome as ever and the Primal Reversions are pretty sweet. Here's hoping Nintendo will carry this over to do Primal Reversions of Dialga and Palkia considering that one of the mystery dungeons referred to a villainous, berserk Dialga as Primal Dialga.
Oh by the way, I include the Mystery Dungeon and ANY spin-off like XD Gale of Darkness as part of this franchise. I pick Alpha Sapphire. It's, without a doubt, my favorite no matter what anyone says.
Bravely Default for Nintendo 3DS
Take the classic turn-based RPG, add a brand new innovative mechanic and presto you have one of the best games out on the market for the 3DS. The fact that BD didn't get higher than the bottom of the top 20 can largely be attributed to the fact that its story didn't really grab me and some of the bonus bosses were relatively annoying. The game's graphics certainly did not help matters with faces that look like they had the eyes and mouths scribbled onto, making it impossible to take ANYONE seriously. The voice acting was...relatively poor all things considered, very generic.
In fact, it was only the good gameplay that kept me going. It takes a bit getting used to, but it's pretty chill otherwise. I do recommend because while it's not my number one favorite, it's still very fun.
Mass Effect on Xbox 360
I'm just going to come out and say it: I have never had a chance to play the rest of the Mass Effect trilogy so my only experience is with the first game, which was awesome enough that I loved it enough to play it no less than 4 times all the way through. I will eventually play 2 and 3, but, again no income at this moment.
The reason I like Mass Effect is because it's set up like a shooter, but plays like an RPG. And if you're wondering why I used a picture of female commander Shepard rather than the traditional male one, it's cause Jennifer Hale is awesome and female Shepard is just better. No, she is. That's a known fact.
Dragon Age II for Xbox 360
Let it also be said that as of the time of this writing I have also not played DA Inquisition and between the original, Awakening and II, I have to say that II is my favorite. Why? Well, Hawke actually talks. I really didn't like the whole "silent protagonist" thing in the first game, hell I'm not really big on silent protagonists in general. Furthermore, the first game feels less like your protagonists are "together" and more like "forced into the situation". II on the other hand really does feel like a nakama band as opposed to hangers on. The characters are MUCH more fleshed out and a lot of the more important sidequests are more memorable than in the first game. Also, the skill tiers are a lot more well managed with regards to that interface and I do like the whole rivalry/friendship business. Merrill and Isabella will always be my favorites from that game, Isabella especially. Just, Merrill, please, understand that demonic magic is BAD you silly girl.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for Xbox 360
There is no other game in existence that I can say with absolute certainy I sunk 432 hours into playing. No I did not typo. That's about 18 days straight of gameplay, so figuring on average I'd play about 8 hours a day that means it took me almost 2 months to get through the whole game, DLC included. That sounds about right.
The reason Skyrim is so low on the list is mainly due to the fact that I'm not "adventurous" so just JOINING the thieves guild went against everything I stood for as an individual. That and it kept bugging out on me because apparently you're not supposed to explore unless you have a quest pointing you in a general direction. That and I'm pretty sure I made some pretty dumb mistakes, including personal revenge.
One of these days I have to start all over again, probably with the PC version, and have a grand old time reliving my adventures in Skyrim and, for the record, this is my ONLY adventure with the Elder Scrolls series. I skipped Oblivion even though my brother owns a copy. Not enough hours in the day folks.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies
I have played EVERY Phoenix Wright game that has come to America and this one is no exception. This is my favorite of the bunch because not only is Simon Blackquill my favorite prosecutor out of all opponents in the franchise thus far, but you get to play as not one, not two, but THREE different characters: Phoenix Wright, the titular hero, Apollo Justice, the rookie turned 1-year junior from the last game and the newcomer fresh off the bar exam, Athena Cykes, because apparently in Europe you can become a lawyer at age 18.
Just the AA franchise in general is pretty much a learning experience in legal proceedings, except not really. Wright would be hard pressed to stand well in a Law and Order oriented court. Hell, I hear that the next game will involve Wright's ancestor teaming up with Sherlock Holmes. Holy Crap that sounds amazing. Unfortunately it seems Holmes will be reduced to a bumbling fool, but hey, you can't have everything.
But let's talk about THIS game for a second, from the Magatama, to Apollo's bracelet and Athena's mood matrix, every attorney brings something unique and interesting to the table. And Simon does a good job doing a juggling act of all three heroes.
It's also a shock that they got actual voice actors this time. It's sad to see the original voice of the iconic OBJECTION not get to do a full-voice acting for Mr. Wright, but Sam Riegel doesn't do a bad job once you get used to it. Wendee Lee also does an amazing job as Athena and would you believe they got Troy Baker to Simon Blackquill?
The final case in this game is probably the reason I pick this entry compared to the others. So much is happening, so much is on the line and the "big twist" in the case will blow your fucking mind. It's also the only AA game to be rated M. But that's just a coincidence.
Deadpool: The Game for Xbox 360
Since I'm not an avid comic book reader, until this game, my only experiences with Deadpool amounted to roleplaying with my best friend
borrowing comic books from said friend, tvtropes and Marvel Vs Capcom 3. So it was a breath of fresh air to see how Deadpool would handle in a videogame setting. The self-referential humor is hilarious and anyone who hates the gameplay can suck my nuts. If you weren't into this game for DEADPOOL then why the hell did you buy the game.
Yeah seriously! Fuck you Screwattack and your 5 out of 10, I'm worth at least a 7 or an 8.
Seriously, even Yahtzee seemed to like the game for all of some of its repetitive nature.
If you haven't played you need to buy it and play the shit out of it until your hands scream for mercy at my hands. I sunk a lot of money into making this game for you shmuck heads, I demand to be reimbursed in full. If you don't, well, when you suddenly have shrunken head with a plastic explosive stuck up its nose get thrown through your bedroom window, well, maybe you'll know why.
Anyway, I'm not one for hack and slash shooters, but I had to support my favorite Marvel character ever.
Aw, shucks your embarrassing me. And just to show that there's no hard feelings for not putting me in the top 10, I got you a present.
Not interested. I know sarcasm when I hear it. I'm moving on.
Huh, normally that works. I'll just set this down right here, in case you change your mind.
Sunrider available on Steam for PC
It's slowly becoming tradition around here that I must always have a "last minute entry" on each of my lists. Sunrider appears to be it for this list. While the constant headaches caused by the frustrating gameplay on "the intended setting" are impossible to forget, Sunrider's story became so damn gripping that the frustrating gameplay seemed forgivable by comparison. Because at the end of the day, Sunrider is a visual novel so more effort is going to be put into the story than it is with the game.
It's simply unfortunate the Sunrider isn't finished. And while I've firmly found myself standing behind Ava/Kayto, I'm open to the idea of Kayto/Claude. I'm really hoping the dev team is actually planning on letting you eventually pick your love interest and isn't trying to force Kayto/Chigara. For me, that would really upset how I feel about this game.
Furthermore, there is a lot that goes on in this game and trying to be the "good guy" is sometimes REALLY fucking difficult like you wouldn't believe. I, like, I don't even want to imagine the repercussions some of my decisions are going to have in the third portion of this game. Like I wanna KNOW. Damn you writers of Sunrider! Why must you torture me like this.
I did a full review of this game earlier this month so if you want more details go read that. Me? I'm going to continue onward.
Darkest Dungeon for PC available on Steam
The love/hate relationship I have with this game is difficult to pin down. And while DD lacks a definitive story--as in its not finished, much like Sunrider--I have to give Darkest Dungeon credit where credit is due compared to Sunrider for being MUCH less forgiving and MUCH more tight knit in terms of gameplay. I may still get headaches caused by the RNG from both games, but I get significantly less from Darkest Dungeon, which is the only reason why it beats Sunrider on this list. Oh and how fitting, it's also unlucky number 13.
Monster Girl Quest for PC
I...I don't even........
No, folks. This is not a joke and I'm not trolling you. I actually did put Monster Girl Quest in my top 12 favorite video games beating out even the likes of Phoenix Wright and Pokemon. WHY? WHY THOUGH?
Well, I know why.
Despite being a clear eroge with a total lack of understanding of how a penis works and having a double standard female on male rape (well sort of) the game is way more awesome
than it has any RIGHT to be. Furthermore, unlike Darkest Dungeon and Sunrider, the gameplay in this game, while simplistic, never gave me a fucking headache on the "recommended difficulty".
Better yet, it's a visual novel that doubles as porn. Because the scenes with Alice aside, you will never.....wait, no, no, you will. If you are under the age of 18, you shouldn't touch this game. I don't care how colorful it looks to you. In fact, if you're under 18, you probably shouldn't be anywhere near my page anyway unless you're a particularly mature 16 or 17 year old.
MGQ's story and responsive er "game" mechanics are the reason it got on this list. Hell, if Phoenix Wright can qualify to be on this list and its gameplay is even more minimal than MGQ, then MGQ can qualify for the same.
Don't go into this game expecting to be able to "look at all the pretty girls". I did. This is not that type of game and my sanity met its doom as a result. If you need help getting started, I can walk you through it with a little help from my good friend
. I reviewed this game so if you want to see more information about what I thought about it go check out the review, but yeah, why oh why do I like this game so much?
Oh wait, I know: because, as I said already, it's way more awesome than it has any right to be.
Xenoblade Chronicles for New Nintendo 3DS
Okay, it was a VERY tough call picking between Xenoblade and MGQ. On the one hand, Xenoblade could get REALLY unfair with its bonus bosses. On the other hand, there is nothing more cathartic than going back to previously too difficult levels and laying waste as you shout "BACKSLASH!" at the top of your lungs as you get revenge. Also, this game has my absolute FAVORITE/dream combat system ever. If only the enemies in higher levels weren't such dicks.
Xenoblade is well worth the price of admission be it the Wii version (via Amazon given how rare it is to find) or the new 3DS version. However, with all that I experienced with Xenoblade it was a very tough call to make between it and MGQ because both storylines were utterly amazing. How tough of a call was it?
Well, if you consider that there are an indefinite number of decimal points in between each number then the difference between Xenoblade and MGQ is like this ||
The difference between Xenoblade and my number ten is more like this | |
I think it says more about MGQ and Number 10 than it does about this game, so lemme talk about Xenoblade a bit more. Yes, I am well aware that I haven't done my "spoiler full story walkthrough" yet. I'll do it eventually. maybe when I get employed. Anyway, the game got this high on the list, purely for the combat and the story. Frustration was minimal--all things considered--and while I have a few complaints, none of them really matter in the long run because it's all bonus content and sometimes me being in over my head. I did a full review to this game too, so if you need more info, check it out.
Tales of Vesperia for Xbox 360
Out of all the tales of games I have played--Symphonia and its sequel, Abyss and this one--Vesperia is the most fun and has the best combat and skill system. Symphonia's story is the best out of all of them, but all of the bells and whistles on its combat and inventory system PALE in comparison to what Vesperia whipped up. Vesperia might not have as good a story as Symphonia, but it's good enough that its superior gameplay makes up for it.
Yuri is also one of the most likable protagonists out there in fiction (the dude to the left of the blond guy). He is snarky, experienced, and while he seems to not understand when a girl has a subtle interest in him, he's very good at making his physical interests known when he flirst with Judith (the scantily clad blue haired chick). Troy Baker does an excellent job bringing Yuri to life. And while Estelle is annoying as all get out (the pink haired chick in the center of the image) her lack of intelligence isn't infuriating enough that I don't want to actually play Vesperia all over again. When a bad character is outweighed by all the good the rest of the series has to offer, you know you've done right. Besides, her relationship with Rita (the chick with the goggles) is good enough yuri in my book. Yuri himself even coins Ristelle as a joke. That should say it all really.
Oh yeah, that's the other reason this game is the best: fully voiced skits.
Anyway, I could sit here and gush all day about this game, but that's not going to get us through this list now is it?
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for Nintendo 64
The Legend of Zelda franchise has always been a favorite of mine. And at this point in time I have played Majora's Mask. In fact, let me give a run down of the Zelda games I HAVE played:
Ocarina of Time
Four Swords Adventures
and a Link Between Worlds
But no matter how many Zelda games I play, I always have to give the 1st place crown to Ocarina of Time. Why? Memorable and not disorienting Dungeon design. The most entertaining world out of the bunch with the interesting 7 years mechanic. All of the characters are memorable and it's the main reason that we all think that Link is a Grade-A pimp. Seriously, I think you have no less than five girls or more chasing after you by the end of the game.
Many consider it to be "the best game of all time" and I can see why. Exploration is rewarded and the game feels very...fair. All of the items have an intuitive use to them......mostly. And the iconic battle with Ganondorf is still my favorite final battle out of the whole series.
And I don't care what anyone says about the "Water Temple". I never had a problem with the Lake Hylia Water Temple. My beef was almost always with the damn Shadow Temple, fucking interface screw caused by the damn necessity to get the lens of truth. I hate it. GUH! It didn't help that it was fucking unnerving as shit. Not quite as unnerving as the forest temple, but still.
I'd play the Forest Temple theme to showcase what I mean, but you'd never get the full atmosphere without actually playing the game itself.
Point is, Ocarina of time isn't just one of my favorite games, it's my absolute, bar none, favorite Zelda game and it will be up to Hyrule Warriors to see if that changes any time soon.
Smash Bros 4 for Nintendo 3DS
Between Rosalina, Lucina, Robin, Little Mac, Palutena, and the FIRST Smash Bros game to feature DLC, there is nothing for me not to love about the newest rendition of Smash Brothers. True, there's no grand story mode like in Brawl and that's disappointing, but that doesn't stop this game for being absolutely fun.
Hell, I make my own fun. I used to with EVERY smash bros game and thanks to DLC I think pretty much the entire missing Melee roster from Brawl has been brought back save Pichu, but Pichu sucks. Now if Nintendo would make RAICHU that would be something.
Still, it's like what a magazine once said about Melee back in the day: no matter what you think or how you play Smash Bros, when you have an intense free for all going and Pikachu gets launched from the stage by a motion sensor bomb that Bowser set down a few minutes ago and everyone completely forgot about, that's all that matters sometimes. In fact, I'd get the Wii U version just for all of the different features that are on that version.....but first I need a Wii U. Yes, I am a Nintendo Fanboy it's how I grew up. Fuck off!
Star Fox 64 for Nintendo 64 and 3DS
If there's one thing I like to be able to do every now and again, it's pick up a game and just have some fucking fun and maybe feel "complete" in about an hour or two. While I do tend to get competitive with Star Fox 64 and get so close to "perfect" playthroughs that all I want to do is simply get better and better every time, there is no denying that I absolutely love this game with a burning passion. Controls are responsive and the actual game is just so damn fun. Because nothing says entertainment like blasting something with lasers until it explodes in a giant fireball.
The 3DS port of this game has only helped me relive the adventure and catharsis that this game brought me as a child. It is fast paced action with a simple story that ultimately results in a rather nostalgic showdown followed by what one might call the "escape from the Death Star". Star Fox is simplistic and it works brilliantly because every time you play the game, depending on how you play, the game is different.
I still remember how, as a kid, I didn't know how to get to Sector Y and everything beyond it and for the longest time my only way to get to the other side of Venom would be to destroy the secret weapon in Sector X before Slippy got swatted out of the air like a fly and then shutdown the train on Macbeth without fucking up so I could go to Area 6, but once I unlocked Sector Y, now I could go to Zoness and a WHOLE WORLD was open to me. It was like putting on an old pair of jeans and find a five dollar bill. I know that's an old cliche, but hey so is this game. It's TIMELESS
I'm glad that Nintendo is putting out Star Fox Zero, hopefully retconning the awfulness that I hear was Star Fox Command. And on that note, I will never understand why people didn't like Adventures. I had a blast with it. I mean, sure, it wasn't like 64 or the original SNES port, but at the same time Zelda II: Adventure of Link wasn't anything like Zelda 1 so I don't understand what people have against adventures. That doesn't mean I don't think JonTron's reaction to the Bufomdad isn't ridiculously hilarious.
But for good ol' nostalgic value and being a game I can simply enjoy without the fate of the universe resting on my shoulders (I mean it does, but it doesn't FEEL like it) I put Star Fox 64 at #7
League of Legends for PC available for free download at the official website.
Despite having not played this game in over a year and disliking cooperative play with a burning passion, there's something about League of Legends that keeps me coming back to it time and again. Perhaps its because every game is different, perhaps its because there are many ways to play, perhaps it is because of all of the unique champions and playstyles that go into this game. I mean, my reason for not playing the game in over a year is not because I don't like it, but because I don't want to let my teammates down when my internet inevitably crashes because I don't trust my house's internet to not just crash on me at the drop of a hat.
I still remember all of my fond memories of this game and I want nothing more than to move out of the house and have a job just so I can get back into this game. That said, it's number 6, purely because I'm not a fan of cooperative play and because getting my ass handed to me is simply not what I call an "enjoyable experience" when it happens.
Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier for Nintendo DS
Project X Zone for Nintendo 3DS
Technically both of these games are completely different franchises and yet at the same time the absolute same. But for that to make sense I have to talk about the predecessor to both games: Namco X Capcom. In those games, the original "main" characters were Reiji Arisu and Xiaomu who I have talked about at length multiple times.
However, that game never got ported to the US and therefore is inadmissible to this list on principle, though I have seen a let's play.
At any rate, Endless Frontier seemed to continue the NXC saga when Reiji and Xiaomu aren't just legitimate characters in the game, but party members.
And the gameplay for that game is absolutely amazing and if it wasn't for the fact that I borrowed it from a friend and not my OWN game, I'd probably still be playing it. Seriously, I wanted to play that game three, maybe 4 times before I got bored with it, hunting for easter eggs and sidequests and the like.
While Endless Frontier had its own sequel, EXCEED, which was, unfortunately, never brought to America, Project X Zone then came around--and I played this game before Endless Frontier in the first place--and introduced me to Haken and Kaguya and their world the Endless Frontier. However, Reiji and Xiaomu were around and played relatively pivotal roles in both games so I count Endless Frontier as part of the story of Reiji and Xiaomu. And since Endless Frontier and Project X Zone, by that logic are part of the same franchise, I HAVE to only pick one of them, but I wanted to list them both so that all of you understood that because both of them are excellent games and Project X Zone 2 will be released early 2016.
So, which do I like better? I would say the game that gave me the greater freedom to have fun, level grind and explore, which would be Endless Frontier. Yes, as much fun as I had with X Zone, I had more fun with its predecessor. Can Project X Zone 2 change this formula? We'll just have to see next year.
Fire Emblem Awakening for Nintendo 3DS
Before Awakening my only experiences with the Fire Emblem franchise were Shadow Dragon (a remake of the original) and Radiant Dawn on the Wii. I can say with absolute certainty that Awakening destroys them both massively with a compelling story, GREAT characters, very many opportunities to get to KNOW these characters and a whole story and a half's worth of DLC. Keep in mind that this was going to be the definitive END of the franchise due to poor sales of the game up to this point. And THEN this game utterly destroys the numbers and now we've got a new Fire Emblem on the way. Hopefully I'll be employed so I can by both versions if absolutely necessary.
Yes, I'm out of a job and penniless. IS THAT NOT OBVIOUS YET?
Anyway, Awakening is a GREAT game and anyone with a 3DS MUST buy it and PLAY it because it's absolutely fantastic. I've completed 5 playthroughs. FIVE! Each one just as memorable for all the pairing choices I made. Because no game has ever let me explore my inner cupid quite like this game. I do have one last playthrough that I still haven't finished, but fanfiction and job hunting comes first.
Kid Icarus Uprising for Nintendo 3DS
Let it never be said that Nintendo fails to understand a beloved franchise, which is why I have hope that Ice Climbers will eventually get rebooted and retooled if they haven't already. A-anyway, you all know that Palutena is my favorite female character ever and this game is why. I don't know who was in charge of making this game as good as it was, but whoever did deserves a medal of honor. In the days of the NES and SNES, games like Kid Icarus could have no real story and a game like Uprising only served to really showcasing what can be done with videogames as an art form.
Granted the story is contrived and black and white as BUTT, but it's for little kids so cut it some slack. It's the same reason I don't bitch and moan about Fairy Tail. When you're catering to little kids there are some holes and questions that simply don't need answering. But that's neither here nor there.
Now, from what I can tell, critics cannot come to an agreement on the control scheme of Kid Icarus, personally I like it. I also like the witty humor of the game, but many might disagree. Kid Icarus: Uprising is nothing short of memorable and the fact that I still play this game every now and again is a testament to the amount of enjoyment I can get from it. Cause if I get blown up, I know its through no other reason other than the fact that I am "in over my head". Yeah, that's right, the game comes with its own difficulty setting that you can "set" before launching into battle. This is the one game where challenging myself is FUN and I will take my losses like a champ and MY error for either not being prepared or not being alert.
Icarus deserves to be this high on my list and anyone who disagrees can take it up with Palutena. I'm sure she has just the right amount of new powers as the plot demands to answer any of your questions and complaints. I hope you always wanted to see what the inside of a black hole looks like ^_^
Yu-gi-oh The Falsebound Kingdom for Nintendo Gamecube
I'll be the first to say that I actually like all of the Yu-gi-oh card games that I've played, even the ones that don't play by the firmly established rules of the actual TCG. However, what I love most about the Yu-gi-oh anime is not the game, but also its characters. Now I know a lot of people would be in vehement disagreement with that, calling certain characters useless or "hating" them and if I see one more Joey/Kaiba bumsex fan art I think I'll crack, but what's important here is that Yu-gi-oh has always been about the card game.
And that's where Falsebound Kingdom breaks the mold. Rather than building a deck and playing a children's card game, instead you're taking control of "real" (it's virtual reality) monsters and fighting against a corrupt empire in a story that feels like it could benefit from having a little more oomph to it (but on the whole isn't really anything I don't expect out of the actual show).
Actually, remember in that one mini-arc after Duelist Kingdom where Kaiba jumps headlong into virtual reality and winds up facing down a Two-Head King Rex. Remember saying to yourself "wow, I wish I could do that". Well, THAT'S THIS GAME!
More importantly, not only do you play AS Yugi (usually in Yu-gi-oh games you play a silent protagonist), and the usual suspects like Joey and Kaiba, but also almost the whole important cast sans Marik Ishtar.
I have beaten this game so many times I think I've actually lost count. The gameplay is THAT MUCH FUN. This game deserves to be played if not just by Yu-gi-oh fans than by people who enjoy tactical RPGs. However, all things considered, the game could stand to be a LITTLE harder on the map screen.
COMBAT IS FINE! COMBAT DOESN'T NEED TO BE ANY MORE UNFORGIVING THAN IT ALREADY IS!
But as much fun as this game is, no matter how many times I beat this game, Yu-gi-oh will still not be as good as my favorite videogame of all time.IT'S
Gauntlet Dark Legacy for Nintendo Gamecube
HAH! I wasn't predictable. I didn't put a glaringly beloved Nintendo franchise game at the top of this list. No, I'm a little more complex than that. Many of you out there probably haven't even HEARD of this game. Well, allow me to educate.
Gauntlet Dark Legacy is a game that has little to no story. It has a simple instruction of: destroy hordes of monsters and save the 8 realms from the devil himself. There's no dialogue between characters, no in-game words aside from the scrolls you pick up to help you through each individual level, and no real "interaction" between characters at all.
So why is it number 1?
BECAUSE IT'S JUST THAT MUCH FUCKING FUN! The fact that I'm NOT bogged down by story, the fact that I just have me, enemies that need to die and PINTS OF BLOOD GOING EVERYWHERE is really all I need to have a good time. Yahtzee once said that the best way to blow off steam is to blow off someone's natches. Given that this game is at the top, I can only agree.
And for a game as simple as this one, the game is, for its time, pretty damn awesome and, as far as I am concerned, despite all those next gen games, I would pick up Gauntlet: Dark Legacy to pass by 12 hours than I would ANY of the games on this list. It's A LOT of fun to keep playing because sometimes mowing down hordes of enemies is all you need to have a good time.
One of these days I'm going to novelize Dark Legacy because it demands being done since there's almost no story to the game. If you want just a good way to kill time, I do so heavily recommend this game. I don't know what's become of Midway (I think they're actually gone with the wind) but bless them for making this game (and curse them for the sequel to be utter shit)
And that'll just about do it for my top 25 favorite video games in 2015. Join me next month when I start talking about my favorite voice actors and my favorite roles by those actors.
If you want to know more about a certain game, I'd be happy to educate, just be prepared for a wall of text.
Until then, from all of me to all of you
Let your hearts stay human and your wrath draconic.