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Posted by mracoon

365 Games To Play Before You Die

I'm kind of cheating by doing 4 games in one day but I have a good excuse. I'm going away for the weekend so I won't be here on Friday, Saturday or Sunday so I thought I'd just cram them all in to one blog post and get them over with. I always like to be ahead rather then in a defect. A slight downside to this is that I'll only be able to write a smaller amount about each game but you do get 4x the goodness.

Previous Games

#3: Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2

Platform(s): Arcade, Amiga and everything else
Release: 1987
Developer(s): Taito
Best Quote: None
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This, surprisingly, was the first game that I ever played. I don't remember too much but just that I spent way too much time on my Amiga because of this. The game is a sequel to the original Bubble Bobble (something I didn't realise until much later because I always referred to it as just Rainbow Islands) but it gameplay mechanics are quite different. Your ability in the game is to create rainbows which can kill enemies and help you get to higher platforms.

Being very young at the time I didn't know the real depth the game had. There were three different ending depending on which items you collected along the way. It's all very complicated (no. 3 on the page) and was too much for my little head to grasp. That didn't stop me from enjoying Rainbow Islands and it's always got a special place in my heart as it was the game that got me into gaming.

#4: Quake III: Arena

Platform(s): PC, Mac, Dreamcast and PS2
Release: 1999
Developer(s): id Software
Best Quote: 'Humiliation!'
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Easily one of the best arena shooters of all time, Quake III is a classic and it was a game that popularised competitive multiplayer for many people. I never personally played that much multiplayer because I wasn't very great but I could always understand why people did enjoy. It was fast, frantic and rewarded highly skilled players.

A browser based version of the game, Quake Live, has entered beta so you can try to enter it if you want the same experience but with the convenience of being able to play the game in a browser. I haven't checked it out yet myself but I've heard it's just the same game, which isn't a bad thing.

#5: Castle Crashers

Platform(s): XBLA
Release: 2008
Developer(s): The Behemoth
Best Quote: None but great soundtrack
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It might be very recent but that doesn't stop Castle Crashers from being an extremely fun experience. I'd hadn't played many other side-scrolling beat 'em ups so CC's gameplay was still quite fresh to me. The ability to unlock new combos, weapons, characters and pets also stops the game from becoming repetitive and also adds a ton of replay value.

The biggest reason I added this game to my list is because it's the first game I played in co-op with my sister. Although she doesn't play many game CC's adorable visuals and easy to grasp controls made it something she would want to play and a game that we had a lot of fun completing together.

#6: Half-Life 2: Episode One

Platform(s): PC, Xbox 360 and PS3
Release: 2006
Developer(s): Valve
Best Quote:
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I'll tell you know that all the Half-Life (main) games will be mentioned in these blogs so be warned. This is probably the worst of all the Half-Life games but that doesn't mean it's a bad game at all. It's actually a great game but its major problem is that it's too short. That shouldn't be a problem for episodic games but Episode 1 is an episodic game done on Valve time.

The game itself plays just like all the others in the series and, most importantly, continues the story of the game. Episode 1 takes place immediately after the events of HL2 and puts you right back into the action as Gordon and Alyx must help evacuate City 17. Throughout the story we find out more about the Combine, get to know Alyx better, encounter Zombine and overall just further the HL mythos, which is all I could ask from the game.

6 down 359 to go.
Posted by Claude

I found Half Life 2: Episode 2 a much more fleshed out experience than Episode 1. I just wish Episode 3 would get here before my PC goes the way of the Neanderthal.

Posted by DuhQbnSiLo

Half-life...... yawn

Posted by Ferginator4k

Good List so far, I wish Castle Crashers was PC though....

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

While I definitely concur on Quake III (Quake, come back to us, healthy and ready to kick ass), I'm not a huge fan of the others.  When it came to games of the eighties, I never cared for Bubble Bobble, even as a kid.  Couldn't tell you why, but I still don't like the games in any iteration.  Castle Crashers was amusing, but I didn't find it as spectacular as many others did (same with Braid).  I've yet to fully play through Half Life Episode 1, so I'm reserving judgment, but if it's a quarter as decent as Half Life 1 or 2, I'm sure it's well worth a mention here.

Keep up the great blogs!

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Posted by Lind_L_Taylor

I could definitely skip all of those games & die happy.

Posted by AgentJ
@Lind_L_Taylor said:
" I could definitely skip all of those games & die happy. "
Castle Crashers AND Half Life? You are crazy.
Posted by MattyFTM

So far your list has been excellent. Fantastic games.

Posted by TheHBK

I have replayed all the half life 2 numerous times, except for episode 1, nothing about it really stood out to me so I havent gone back.  Episode was a great experience, the varied environments help.

Posted by GamerGeek360

I thought these would start getting annoying but I love these! Can't wait to see the next one on Monday!

Posted by The_A_Drain
@AgentJ said:
" @Lind_L_Taylor said:
" I could definitely skip all of those games & die happy. "
Castle Crashers AND Half Life? You are crazy.

I concur. Episode 1 maybe, but Castle Crashers?! You sir have no taste. 

Posted by Lind_L_Taylor
@AgentJ said:
" @Lind_L_Taylor said:
" I could definitely skip all of those games & die happy. "
Castle Crashers AND Half Life? You are crazy.

@The_A_Drain said:
" @AgentJ said:
" @Lind_L_Taylor said:
" I could definitely skip all of those games & die happy. "
Castle Crashers AND Half Life? You are crazy.

I concur. Episode 1 maybe, but Castle Crashers?! You sir have no taste. 


Castle Crashers...pbffftttt...
Posted by The_A_Drain

Seriously? You really didn't like it at all? O_o

I wasn't all that interested in it at first, looked like a funky beat-em-up and nothing more, but once I bought it I realised it's more than that, it just oozes uniqueness and style and has a metric fuckton of fantastic humor.

Also the trailer for their next game changed my life. So I just had to see what Castle Crashers was all about after seeing this.


Posted by Lind_L_Taylor

It didn't look like anything I'd play.  If they give a discount for it, maybe I'll get it. See what it's about.

Posted by themartyr

Rainbow Islands was a game I loved as a kid. There's something really Nintendo about it.

Posted by natetodamax

I've played Half Life 2 and all of the episodes. I really don't care for any of the other games besides Castle Crashers. I might give that a try (if they drop the price.)

Posted by Karn

I've tried all of those except rainbow islands.

I don't like rainbows or bubbles.