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!
As you may have noticed, I happen to be a big time gamer (as with the rest of us here on Metal State). I started out on an Atari 2600 back in the beginnings of the 1980s and haven’t looked back since. I can not think of a time in my life when I haven’t been completely in love with my digital darlings. Not to brag, but I will, I have played and finished hundreds of games, and not like 100 something games. Roughly counting, I’d say that number is up around the 500 mark. Yet somehow in my ~30 solid years of gaming I have not sat down and tried to make list of the best games I have ever played. So given we are slightly obsessed with lists around these parts, I figured it’s time to do so (my cohorts will be joining in with their lists as well in the coming days). Every single game on this list I consider a must play and highly suggest you check all of them out.
For my own set rules I made the cut-off anything released before 2013 as I still need to let the new releases sink in a bit more and some games get an entry as a series and some games in the series get their own number. If a specific game in a series affected me more than the rest, that game gets top billing and a series gets the number if I feel that the whole series works together to make a cognitive whole. I hope you all enjoy this little list and find some games to either revisit or discover for the first time. And as always, I’d love to hear your favorite games. Even though I have played a lot of games, chances are I may have overlooked a hidden gem and point in its direction is always welcome. Peace Love and Metal!!!!!!
Two genres of games that seem to go hand in hand that I feel get the short end of the stick in gaming are the puzzle and adventure game genres. Both get slammed with that damning label ‘casual‘ and tend to get noses thumbed at them by serious ‘hardcore‘ gamers, who don’t consider them real games (I have a whole rant on that coming up in a future post). Well, phooey to that, great puzzle and adventure games are damn hardcore challenging your mental prowess both logical and outside the box (in the case of some adventure games, really outside the box). And phooey to those who say video games will rot your brain. Many puzzle and adventure games will make your brain work so hard you risk the chance of it reproducing that head explosion scene in Scanners. While both genres of games share the idea of pushing your brain to the max, adventure games often tend to focus more on delivery of a great narrative and often feature puzzles that aren’t as mind bending as their sisters, whereas puzzle games are more cut and dry, but do offer some cool ‘stories’ sometimes too.
Here is my list of the top 5 of each genre. I’m only including games I’ve actually played, so I’m sure I’ve missed some gems. Sooo, if you know of a great puzzle or adventure game shout it out in the comments, I’m always on the hunt for great games to play. Coming up next time on Brainbusters, Strategy Games: Top 5 Real Time and Turn-Based. Enjoy! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Besides my undying passion for music, my other big passion in things media is video games. Recently on my ventures through the wild and crazy world of the internet and video game sites I’ve seen a common topic popping up. There is lots of talk about modern video games lacking originality. Games like Call of Battlefield: Modern Zombie Warfare 3: Dragons Burn Stuff 2 (Deluxe DLC Complete Edition) are overflowing the gaming market leaving those with bright and original ideas in the dust. Well, I digress. Throughout the history of video games there has been the leading ‘theme’ that took forefront and tons of copy cats ran with it. Look at the amount of Super Mario Bros. rip off there are. And amidst these ‘clones’ some really cool and fun games were born. But before I run off topic here, I’ll just say, the video game market has always been flooded by a certain genre. The amount of sales may have been less back then due to video games being less popular than they are today, but the percentages match up.
So, back on point. I don’t agree that creativity and originality are lacking in the video game market. People are just lazy and aren’t looking and making suggestions to others. There are a ton of great games out there, ranging from the AAA to the little indie games. Here are some games I’ve played over the past handful of years that ooze with style, originality, or more or less do something to really show the true potential or artistic merit of gaming. Enjoy and leave suggestions to games that you think are deserving to be on this list. Peace Love and Metal!!!
I’m sure by now you’re familiar with the formula for a Rockstar game. Open world, a plethora of cars to drive around in, plenty pedestrians to run over and torture, shooting stuff with shoddy gun and cover mechanics, a large variety of mission based gameplay and narrative advancement, a decent narrative and story wrapped around a pretty one-dimensional protagonist with a lot of cool friends, America, political commentary, and the words Grand Theft Auto in the title, but for the most part, with as many flaws their games might have, they made up for it with witty humor and giving the player freedom to reek havoc in almost anyway that they may choose. Recently Rockstar have noticed that their company can’t survive on Grand Theft Auto alone, so they released the stunning Grand Theft Horse, err, Red Dead Redemption. They kept the basic gameplay elements of the Grand Theft Auto series such as the open world, mission base, ect. But they went and made some major tweaks to their style such as improving the gunplay mechanics, pulling the style out of modern America into the wild west, creating one of the more interesting video characters out there, and also crafting one of the best game narratives available today. While from a technical stand point the game was filled with flaws, it completely won over gamers as they got sucked into John Marston’s wild west and his quest to hunt down his ex-gang members. Along with the great narrative, the game its self was just damn fun to play and in its own right, Red Dead Redemption was a very ambitious game. Now Rockstar pushes its self further and brings players into Los Angeles during the 1940’s right after the end of WWII and the ambition scale is through the roof.