Reggie’s Top 25 Favorite Videogames of All-Time #15-11
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!
#15 Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee (Playstation)
I hate to use the word cute, but this game was cute to put it simply. It’s a side-scroll game where you (Abe) must escape Rupture Farms. Abe was a slave at the farm before he realized that he (and his people) were about to be the main ingredient in a new snack. That sucks. From the beginning sequence Abe is on a mission to save 99 of his friends from Rupture Farms. As I mentioned before, the game is cute and provides enough comic mischief for some laughs. As the game progresses, each scene gets harder to navigate…the puzzle solving aspect of this game is challenging especially if you want to save all your buddies. Tricking the Scrabs and Scarabs was amusing most of the time and often challenging. Those guys are like nasty security guards. It looks like they rebooted this game…I might have to try it out for nostalgic reasons.
#14 – Grand Theft Auto III: Liberty City (Playstation 2)
This was my first time playing an open world environment game. I have to say I was instantly addicted to not only the mature theme of the game, but the ability to freely roam about and wreak havoc upon Liberty City. At the time, I as so into this game I bought the playbook and found every package, completed every side mission, and got to 100% completion as any nerd should. Then I did it again. This game opened a new door in gaming…at least for me. This game gets the nod for #14 here, but I also equally enjoyed GTA Vice City and San Andreas. Technically, this is a three-way tie. Now, there are so many games with this game design it’s getting a bit watered down, but it’s nice to have nonlinear options in a game. And, of course, you can’t beat the metal soundtrack when driving.
#13 – Gran Turismo (Playstation)
I do like a good racing game, but I don’t live by them. Gran Turismo was probably the first racing simulator I ever played and I do not play them anymore. I tend to find them a bit boring. For this game I did all the races, bought tons of cars, and tuned them all. Some of the races in this game took over 2 hours to complete. I did those too, but had to pause and let my eyes adjust. However, this was the only GT game I got into. After this release, I found it repetitive to have to repeat races to earn enough money to get a decent car to move on to more lucrative races only to have to repeat them to earn more money and get to even more lucrative races. It got boring real fast, but this first installment wasn’t so tedious. I even got to play with a car modeled after mine at the time…a Mitsubishi Eclipse. I had fun with that car…in real life too.
#12 – The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo)
I really enjoyed this game and the best part is that my kids have downloaded it to their Nintendo 3DSs and like to play it too. It has obviously withstood the test of time. Very few times in my life I bought a playbook for a game and I think this was another one. I never needed it because I was stuck, but I wanted to find everything and know everything about the game. I remember timing myself to beat this game and I think I did it in like six hours – I had no life. I never got into Zelda much after this. I did give a few versions a try when I owned a Gamecube later on. The game was so simple, yet had a quite a bit of depth for an 8-bit game.
#11 – The Walking Dead (Xbox 360)
I really liked the style of this game and how it provided options. You find yourself in circumstances where you have to decide who to save when they are being attacked. Someone is going to die and someone will live and for the rest of the game you have to live with the consequences of your decision. The other characters in the game don’t forget the decisions you make. It really plays with your mind as you easily find yourself immersed in the mission, meeting people, and trying to survive. Lots of people in this game die so there is no point getting attached to them. Replay value with The Walking Dead is high since you get to start over and make different decisions to see how it plays out. The game is set up with five episodes like they were TV shows. There are about 5 major decisions to make per episode that impact the overall outcome and you get to see how others decided compared to what you did. There is a lot of dialog in the game and interaction with others. The more you talk, the more you know about others and what’s going on. Don’t quote me, but I heard the second installment of this series really sucked. Too bad, I really wanted to give it a shot. The story follows the comic more closely than the TV show. This is one of the few games where I found myself having a vested interest in saving people…unlike those open-world games.
Posted on July 17, 2013, in Reggie's Top 25 Video Games, Videogames and tagged Abes Oddysee, Gamecube, Gran Turismo, Grand Theft Auto Liberty City, Nintendo, Oddworld, Playstation, San Andreas, Side Scroll Game, The Legend of Zelda, The Walking Dead, Vice City, Videogames, Xbox 360. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.