The Top Ten Games I Should've Beaten Already

Destructoid's Top 50 Games of this Decade finished up today, and I have to say that I reasonably liked it. Yeah, it lacked BioWare love, and it did have that semi-pretentious Destructoid air of "indie games are better than normal games", but Shadow of the Colossus took the top spot, and I sure as hell can't argue with that. However, what this list did best was reminding me how many great games are out there, and how many of them I might really, really like. Still, just playing a game doesn't mean I'll beat it. Hell, even if I really, really like a game it doesn't mean I'll beat it. This list is just a reminder to myself of my long list of games I need to play before I can actually pretend to know crap about games. 
 

10. Valkyria Chronicles

 My experiences with Valkyria Chronicles have been a lot like what I'd imagine an abusive relationship being like. It started off great, albeit a little cheesy, and I started to fall in love. However, after about five hours or so, I started to get some unfair punishment. I'd aim my lancer perfectly at an enemy infantry, the game would tell me "yes, this will hit" and then I'd find my shot hitting miles off of the mark. I'd find that it takes a split second for the game to stop shooting me when I start to aim. Then I started to yell, and get a little bit too mad. I was a bad person when I was with Valkyria. For every magical moment filled with role-playing and tactical glee, there was a throw of the controller. I love myself some Fire Emblem, but that's because no matter how difficult it may be, it was fair. Valkyria Chronicles may be an incredibly beautiful, fun, and magical game, but we've had some fights I don't know we can get over. However, I think that I've gone through some changes now, and I think that if I try, Valkyria can patch up our rocky relationship. 

9. Skies of Arcadia

 What's this? Another Sega RPG? This game is really just on this list because of how much I love the characters and style of Valkyria Chronicles, and because Persona 4 taught me that even a lighthearted and fairly traditional JRPG can be a fantastically memorable and whimsical experience. From what I've heard, Skies of Arcadia is one of those JRPGs that is just impossible to not like, and as a very picky person, I could use a game like that. 

8. Okami

 I played about fifteen hours of the late Clover Studios' Okami and got to the part where the game made you think it could've been over, only to then say "nope, this game still has another twenty-five hours to go". Revelations like that are hard to take, and despite my love for the game's combat, bosses, story, puzzles, graphics, characters, style, and the paintbrush mechanic, I just haven't really felt like stepping into Amaterasu's paws again. 

7. Dragon Quest V

 Dragon Quest is just a series that I pretend to love. The only entrants in the series I've ever played are V, VIII, and Rocket Slime. The only one I've beaten is--you guessed it--Rocket Slime. Like most of the games on this list, Dragon Quest V is a game that I really liked, but then stopped playing for some reason. The reason I stopped playing Dragon Quest V is because I got hitched and started gambling. Then, after buying two ridiculously overpowered swords, I got lost and couldn't find my way. I love the game's story, passes in time, party system and I'm completely fine with grinding in it. All I want is a map and some motivation. 

6. Psychonauts

 'Cause otherwise I'll keep feeling bad about myself. 

5. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

 For a second there, you might have thought that I was talking about Super Mario World. Maybe during that second there, you could've thought "WHAT? YOU HAVEN'T PLAYED SUPER MARIO WORLD? HAVE YOU NOT BREATHED AIR?". Oh yes. I have played Super Mario World. I hated it. 
Still, that's a different story for a different day. Yoshi's Island use of a character that isn't the world's most annoying mustached plumber, cool jump mechanic, and the absence of dude touching thing way smaller than him death, is something I kinda like.. I'd probably say it's the best shot I have at liking a 2d platformer, so I'm gonna try and get around to beating it. I probably won't, but I'll try. 

4. Mother 3

 Mother 3 is a game with a pretty good reason for me not to play it: I can't. Well, yes, I theoretically could download an emulator, and then the translator, but that would actually mean I wouldn't have my excuse. That, and playing a portable game on a computer just seems wrong to me. I mean, the keyboard is not a d-pad. Still, the game's modern setting, and supposedly high-lariousness make my endless wait for a port seem even longer. 

3. Final Fantasy IX

 Yet another game that I absolutely loved...the first five hours of. Actually, before I moved, I was in a pretty good funk with the game. By that, I mean I was playing it. Regularly. However, a month and a half break from the game, and it being greatly overshadowed by the colossus that was InFamous meant I probably wouldn't beat the game. Still. I should have. I loved what I played of FF9, and it seems like everyone else who beat it loved it a whole lot more. 

2. Chrono Trigger

I'm on the last dungeon of Chrono Trigger. However, much like Final Fantasy VI, I just don't want to grind to beat it. Odd that a game that offers absolutely no story or sidequest if you grind like Dragon Quest V or Persona 4  is something I pounce on, yet I cower in fear of a game like Chrono Trigger or Final Fantasy VI. However, as much as I loved FF6's story and music, I loathed its gameplay. Chrono Trigger doesn't have the problem. No. It's a tight-knit experience, and I actually brought myself to do a sidequest in it. It was actually pretty good. Actually, scratch that. It, along with the rest of Chrono Trigger, is a pretty damn fantastic game. The game's sublime way of handling encounters, cool tech system, and awesome presentation make it so. Me not beating it is a crime. 

 Yeah. Every moment of Half Life 2 was one I loved. Be it trying to solve an actual puzzle that makes actual sense, dealing with some incredibly convincing characters, or engaging in some semi-tactical, cool weapon-filled, physics based combat, I loved it all.  
 
 
 
Actually, I was going to write more, but I think I'm just going to go try and beat Half Life 2 right now instead.
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Posted by Red
Destructoid's Top 50 Games of this Decade finished up today, and I have to say that I reasonably liked it. Yeah, it lacked BioWare love, and it did have that semi-pretentious Destructoid air of "indie games are better than normal games", but Shadow of the Colossus took the top spot, and I sure as hell can't argue with that. However, what this list did best was reminding me how many great games are out there, and how many of them I might really, really like. Still, just playing a game doesn't mean I'll beat it. Hell, even if I really, really like a game it doesn't mean I'll beat it. This list is just a reminder to myself of my long list of games I need to play before I can actually pretend to know crap about games. 
 

10. Valkyria Chronicles

 My experiences with Valkyria Chronicles have been a lot like what I'd imagine an abusive relationship being like. It started off great, albeit a little cheesy, and I started to fall in love. However, after about five hours or so, I started to get some unfair punishment. I'd aim my lancer perfectly at an enemy infantry, the game would tell me "yes, this will hit" and then I'd find my shot hitting miles off of the mark. I'd find that it takes a split second for the game to stop shooting me when I start to aim. Then I started to yell, and get a little bit too mad. I was a bad person when I was with Valkyria. For every magical moment filled with role-playing and tactical glee, there was a throw of the controller. I love myself some Fire Emblem, but that's because no matter how difficult it may be, it was fair. Valkyria Chronicles may be an incredibly beautiful, fun, and magical game, but we've had some fights I don't know we can get over. However, I think that I've gone through some changes now, and I think that if I try, Valkyria can patch up our rocky relationship. 

9. Skies of Arcadia

 What's this? Another Sega RPG? This game is really just on this list because of how much I love the characters and style of Valkyria Chronicles, and because Persona 4 taught me that even a lighthearted and fairly traditional JRPG can be a fantastically memorable and whimsical experience. From what I've heard, Skies of Arcadia is one of those JRPGs that is just impossible to not like, and as a very picky person, I could use a game like that. 

8. Okami

 I played about fifteen hours of the late Clover Studios' Okami and got to the part where the game made you think it could've been over, only to then say "nope, this game still has another twenty-five hours to go". Revelations like that are hard to take, and despite my love for the game's combat, bosses, story, puzzles, graphics, characters, style, and the paintbrush mechanic, I just haven't really felt like stepping into Amaterasu's paws again. 

7. Dragon Quest V

 Dragon Quest is just a series that I pretend to love. The only entrants in the series I've ever played are V, VIII, and Rocket Slime. The only one I've beaten is--you guessed it--Rocket Slime. Like most of the games on this list, Dragon Quest V is a game that I really liked, but then stopped playing for some reason. The reason I stopped playing Dragon Quest V is because I got hitched and started gambling. Then, after buying two ridiculously overpowered swords, I got lost and couldn't find my way. I love the game's story, passes in time, party system and I'm completely fine with grinding in it. All I want is a map and some motivation. 

6. Psychonauts

 'Cause otherwise I'll keep feeling bad about myself. 

5. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

 For a second there, you might have thought that I was talking about Super Mario World. Maybe during that second there, you could've thought "WHAT? YOU HAVEN'T PLAYED SUPER MARIO WORLD? HAVE YOU NOT BREATHED AIR?". Oh yes. I have played Super Mario World. I hated it. 
Still, that's a different story for a different day. Yoshi's Island use of a character that isn't the world's most annoying mustached plumber, cool jump mechanic, and the absence of dude touching thing way smaller than him death, is something I kinda like.. I'd probably say it's the best shot I have at liking a 2d platformer, so I'm gonna try and get around to beating it. I probably won't, but I'll try. 

4. Mother 3

 Mother 3 is a game with a pretty good reason for me not to play it: I can't. Well, yes, I theoretically could download an emulator, and then the translator, but that would actually mean I wouldn't have my excuse. That, and playing a portable game on a computer just seems wrong to me. I mean, the keyboard is not a d-pad. Still, the game's modern setting, and supposedly high-lariousness make my endless wait for a port seem even longer. 

3. Final Fantasy IX

 Yet another game that I absolutely loved...the first five hours of. Actually, before I moved, I was in a pretty good funk with the game. By that, I mean I was playing it. Regularly. However, a month and a half break from the game, and it being greatly overshadowed by the colossus that was InFamous meant I probably wouldn't beat the game. Still. I should have. I loved what I played of FF9, and it seems like everyone else who beat it loved it a whole lot more. 

2. Chrono Trigger

I'm on the last dungeon of Chrono Trigger. However, much like Final Fantasy VI, I just don't want to grind to beat it. Odd that a game that offers absolutely no story or sidequest if you grind like Dragon Quest V or Persona 4  is something I pounce on, yet I cower in fear of a game like Chrono Trigger or Final Fantasy VI. However, as much as I loved FF6's story and music, I loathed its gameplay. Chrono Trigger doesn't have the problem. No. It's a tight-knit experience, and I actually brought myself to do a sidequest in it. It was actually pretty good. Actually, scratch that. It, along with the rest of Chrono Trigger, is a pretty damn fantastic game. The game's sublime way of handling encounters, cool tech system, and awesome presentation make it so. Me not beating it is a crime. 

 Yeah. Every moment of Half Life 2 was one I loved. Be it trying to solve an actual puzzle that makes actual sense, dealing with some incredibly convincing characters, or engaging in some semi-tactical, cool weapon-filled, physics based combat, I loved it all.  
 
 
 
Actually, I was going to write more, but I think I'm just going to go try and beat Half Life 2 right now instead.
Posted by AjayRaz

i'm glad i'm not the only one who didn't beat HL2 yet, but that's mostly because i'm playing it on a PS3 and it doesn't feel that great with the sub-par Orange Box performance on the PS3. i'd play it on PC but i have a low-end PC. 

Posted by Yummylee

I haven't even played most of whats on your list =O
Posted by Madyew

I didn't like Okami at all. Chrono Trigger is one you really need to beat.

Edited by TheMustacheHero

Yeah I'm surprised I beat half life 2...It's just kind of boring to play, and once you hit the citadel everything looks the same and nothing looks sci-fi future cool. Just kind of....stupid.

Posted by TooWalrus

My cousin has never played Super Mario World. He kinda skipped the whole SNES generation somehow, actually. He's got a NES with 50 carts, but no SNES.

Posted by Zajtalan

wow how can you not beat half life 2

Posted by Video_Game_King

Let me tackle the ones I can:
 
Skies of Arcadia: I'd try this one, too, but I just haven't found a way to play it.
Okami: Actually, the game kinda speeds up after you get what should logically be the ending.
Dragon Quest V: PLAY THE REST OF THE SERIES!!! IT IS GREAT!!! LOOK AT THIS GREATNESS!!!
Yoshi's Island: Huh? Hated Super Mario World? I've been there, sort of (different game, probably not what you're thinking). Anyway, how can you insult adult Mario yet endure Baby Mario?
Mother 3: OK, I don't know whether or not I should recommend this to you, as I have yet to re-beat the original Earthbound.
FF9: YES, I LOVED IT!!! PLAY THIS, AS WELL, OR I SHALL NOT STOP YELLING!!!
Chrono Trigger: Seriously? The game's about 12 hours long, you can't just wrap that up? *notices hatred of FF6 gameplay* That, sir, is a challenge.
Half-Life 2: Helps to conceal it if you type INSIDE the spoiler.

Posted by eroticfishcake

I hate you all. Especially YOU Ajay.

Posted by Video_Game_King
@eroticfishcake said:
" I hate you all. Especially YOU Ajay. "
Even me? That's it. *turns off calm music, turns on battle music* We do battle on the full Moon. En garde!
Posted by Metric_Outlaw

I remember Half Life 2 took me like a year to beat. After the first time you beat it you can finish it in a few hours.

Posted by eroticfishcake
@Video_Game_King: Hey I could take on a FIFTH of you if I tried!
Posted by Video_Game_King
@eroticfishcake: 
 
*transforms into Guybrush Threepwood* A fifth, eh? That's all you can handle? *turns on kickass music, transforms into Trance Kuja* Prepare to be blown away.
Posted by AgentJ

Lol, the only game on your list that i've beaten is Chrono Trigger, so don't feel guilty

Posted by Video_Game_King
@AgentJ said:
" Lol, the only game on your list that i've beaten is Chrono Trigger, so don't feel guilty "
That's right; feel super guilty, like this agent should :P.
Posted by AjayRaz
@eroticfishcake said:
" I hate you all. Especially YOU Ajay. "
that's it buddy! you've gone too far! i'm gonna rip you apart! *throws gloves off* 
Posted by Video_Game_King
@AjayRaz said:
" @eroticfishcake said:
" I hate you all. Especially YOU Ajay. "
that's it buddy! you've gone too far! i'm gonna rip you apart! *throws gloves off*  "
Put the glove on your foot, for when you shove it up his ass :P.
Posted by eroticfishcake
@AjayRaz: You fight like a cow! You guys are so cold! I'm leaving this site forever!
 
My name is eroticfishcake!
 
I am the 67th top poster on the forums!
 
My name is eroticfishcake!
 
et cetera et cetera....
 
Come to think of it. I've only finished a small handful of those games. I did finish Okami, sort of but I never bothered doing the end bit for some reason.
Posted by moelarrycurly

Out of all those games, you really need to get through Okami.  It's so pretty, and so well done.  It's the best Zelda game Nintendo never made - it makes Twilight Princess look just silly by comparison.  I would recommend playing Okami on the Wii, simply because the battles move a lot quicker when you have pointer control. 
 
Also, you should really beat both Yoshi's Island and Half-Life 2 some day.   Amazing games...

Posted by jakob187

You put a spoiler warning on Half-Life 2...and then the next sentence says "Half-Life 2"?  PRO! 
 
Either way, don't feel bad.  I haven't beaten half of those games myself. 
 
Also, not missing much with FFIX.  The gameplay is what makes that game great, not the story of Monkey Tail Boy Zidane.

Posted by StarFoxA

You really don't have to grind that much in Chrono Trigger. In fact, it's an incredibly easy RPG.

Edited by Chaser324
@StarFoxA said:

" You really don't have to grind that much in Chrono Trigger. In fact, it's an incredibly easy RPG. "

I agree...maybe that's why it's also one of my favorite RPG's. As long as you're using some decent strategy, you really never have to grind. You should go finish this now.
 
Also, I don't really blame you for not finishing Valkyria Chronicles or Skies of Arcadia yet. I love both of them, but it's definitely possible to get bogged down in Valkyria Chronicles' cutscenes or the random battles in Skies of Arcadia and get pulled away from them.
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