Reggie’s Top 25 Favorite Videogames of All-Time #25-21
After doing several “best of” lists centered on music, it’s time to turn attention to my favorite videogames. Coming up with a best 25 was hard to do since I have been twiddling my joystick for quite some time now…since Atari – get your minds out of the gutter! I can bet with quite certainty that some of my favorite games are long forgotten and left off this list, but for the sake of picking 25 games I looked at the ensemble of consoles and PC games I played over the years. I think I captured the breadth of my favorite games across a spectrum of genres. To put them in order was another task all-together since each game provided a different experience at a different point in my life. So, I would place less emphasis on where the game is on my list and pay more attention to the fact that it made my list at all. Of all the games I played in my life narrowing my favorites down to 25 speaks volumes of the game’s impact on me. Enough rambling, let’s get on with the list!
#25 – Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Xbox 360) – Simulation
At first, I thought this concept was silly and wanted no part of it. Then I gave it a try and had fun…key word fun. This game took little to no thought capacity other than remembering the sequence of colors streaming down the screen and moving your fingers fast enough to keep up. Personally, I could never do “expert” or even “hard” mode, I’m just not that coordinated. But, to play Slayer and some of my long-time favorite metal songs turned out to be an enjoyable experience for a few years. Too bad, it was short lived and discontinued, but the guitar had only one application…playing music. There are many more games out there of great depth and concept, but sometimes simplicity has lasting impact.
#24 – Lego Indiana Jones (Xbox 360) – Action
This game was intended for my kids to play and it turned out I played it every which way possible. My kids did too especially my youngest…played it like it was the last game on Earth and knew every single nook and cranny. It’s a funny and charming game especially as a fan of the movie trilogy. Yes, I left the fourth one out on purpose. For me, this was the base for all future releases of Lego-themed games for which I didn’t appreciate any of them as much as I enjoyed good old Indy. Again, simplicity wins here. I promise, there are games with more depth on the way.
#23 – Thrill Kill (Playstation) – Fighter
This game was never officially released, but since I played it (never owned it) in a foreign country where Copyright laws were…loose, I got to enjoy this 1998 (almost release) for what it was worth. It was a fighter that was basically modeled after Mortal Kombat, but the best part was being able to play with four players in the same room. It was chaotic, but more than just the ability to play with four friends was the insanity of the characters and death moves for that time. When you have kill moves like “Swallow This” and “Bitch Slap” I’ll just leave the gory details to your dirty imaginations. But, man it was fun. Back then it would have surely been banned, but today maybe not so much. This is one of the only fighter games I ever really liked. I never got into MK or Tekken…just not into that, but Thrill Kill was just…thrilling! What was especially thrilling were not only the moves, but being able to team up on opponents and fight to the death in a closed room. Talk about endless hours of senseless violence.
#22 – Mass Effect II (Xbox 360) – Action/Role Playing
I spied this 2010 release sitting in a bargain bin for quite some time. At some point I figured the $20 required to make this purchase was not enough to sweat over if the game sucked. Turns out I spent well over 40 hours scouring planets for resources and doing people favors in order to complete my objective…which was to save humanity from the Collectors – an insecticide species. This was one of those moments when you realize how lucky of a find it is to see a game like Mass Effect II in a bin of typically crappy games. I gobbled up every minute of this game.
#21 – Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings (PC) – Strategy
It was just a few years after this game was released that I got my first computer. Naturally, I wanted to see what PC gaming was all about. I had already played Command and Conquer and loved it (you’ll see that one later on) and Age of Empires basically followed a similar format of building your camp, harvesting, and grooming a defense force. All of this took place during the times of swords and horses. I had a good time with the game; realizing that building up your encampment and then defending it was not exactly an easy task. But, through trial and error I found my rhythm and won some fierce battles.
Posted on June 26, 2013, in Reggie's Top 25 Video Games, Videogames and tagged Action, Adventure, Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, Lego Indiana Jones, Mass Effect II, PC Games, Thrill Kill, Xbox 360. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.