Top "Ten" Games.
Everyone has that game that has left a mark so big on him/her that you start to form these almost irrational thoughts about it because of the nostalgia. This is my game that does that. It's been so long since I've played it, and my glasses so rose tinted that I probably can't form a coherent sentence about what is actually so good about this game. The levels were huge, the writing was witty, and the puzzles were great. I love this game more than any other game ever made. And I don't think another game will ever be made that can topple this from my #1 spot.
Yes. The black sheep of the 3D Zeldas is not only my favorite Zelda game, it's #2 on this list. But not that #2. Get your mind out of the gutter. To be clear, this is the first Zelda game I played more than two hours of. Regardless, the scope of this game is, to be frank, epic. I know that word gets thrown around a lot these days, but it fits. The world is huge. The dungeons are huge! Everything in this game is huge! And really well designed too. Some fantastic dungeon design, really good writing (especially for Midna), and a story that was pretty good. No, that isn't a proper English sentence. DEAL WITH IT.
Much like #1 and #2 on this list, Mass Effect blew me away. It combined all the non-copyrighted things I loved about Star Wars and Star Trek, but it was a video game! I was in control of my own spaceship, I could fly all over the galaxy solving crimes and shooting people. Sure, the game has a ton of technical issues, and I think Mass Effect 2 is a better game is just about every way. But this game had such a large impact on me that it had to be on this list instead of Mass Effect 2.
If you want to know how I feel about this game, read this: http://www.giantbomb.com/profile/mooseymcman/one-chapter-of-my-life-is-finally-closed/30-88688/ It's a phenomenal game, and one that has a great story involving many years of my life (even if most of those years involved not actually playing it).
I can't say for sure, but this may be the game that I have played the most. So many countless hours of playing single player content, or playing with friends. This was the game that literally all of my friends and I played when we were at each other's houses. Much like Mass Effect, this is really a case of my thinking the sequel is better in every way (to the point where Brawl is the game I would play today if I wanted some Smash Bros.), but I didn't really have people to play with when Brawl came out, so it didn't consume my life.
What a strange game. But, how could a game that I not only played three times (one of which with a friend of mine along for the ride), but I also watched the Giant Bomb Crew play through (not once but twice) not make this list? Yes, this game is really bad in a lot of ways. But the amazing story, voice acting that ranges from legitimately good to so bad it's good, and overall insanity add to up a game that is easily one of my favorite games of all time. Now if only SWERY could get the funding for something else in this universe.
This game is so weird. It's about a nerd who buys an off brand lightsaber on the internet (or beam-katana as the game calls them), but because of that he doesn't have enough money to buy video games. So what does he do? He blows his remaining money at a bar, and whilst drunk accepts a job as a hitman. Then he kills the 11th ranked assassin in the world, so of course he decides to be #1. What follows is insanity. It's hilarious, pretty dumb in some amazing ways, and really a pretty unique experience. Or it was until the sequel, which is also all right, but didn't make as much of an impact on me.
I played this game 12 times. Yes, a bunch of those were speed runs, but still. I have large sections of that game memorized. Photo-memorized. Literally. Even besides my obsession with the game, the climactic finale to the Solid Snake story arc was a game like no other. It had a near perfect blend of action to stealth, fantastic graphics, an insane amount of story, great writing and voice acting, and everything else that one expects out of a Metal Gear Solid game. I hear it had multiplayer too, but I never played that. Too busy trying to figure out the fastest ways through those environments, and then going out of my way to unlock dumb stuff like the Altair costume. Really weird game, but one I could jump right back into and keep on playing.
This was the first video game I owned. Not the first I played (not by a long stretch), but the first one I owned. When I got my N64 for Christmas as a young lad, this was the game that I got with it. So many hours spent playing this silly little racing game. A racing game with a story mode! Or an adventure mode, because it was pretty light on plot. Well, assuming you consider an evil space wizard invading light on plot!
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