It’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty…my top five favorite videogames of all-time. 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 my final five!
5. Resident Evil (Generic) – Multi-Console
Do you think that 23 Resident Evil games (including remakes) have watered down the franchise? I think so. Despite what the game has evolved to over the years, several of these games provided countless hours of horror & fun over three consoles: Xbox 360, Playstation, and Nintendo Gamecube. The games that entertained my psyche are Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Director’s Cut, Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, Code Veronica, Resident Evil Zero, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 5, Operation Raccoon City, and Resident Evil 6. Though, I have to admit the latest of these games since RE5 have been lackluster and disappointing, I keep playing them for some reason.
It was early on that I found horror gaming fun. I remember playing that first Resident Evil game in a room full of grown men jumping when dogs would crash through windows and zombies would come out of nowhere about to make that fatal bite. The puzzles could be seriously challenging at times especially on Code Veronica. The suspense was fantastic and the story was pretty deep even for the time…1996 for the first release. The voice acting was a bit weak in those days, but overall it provided a unique and fun gaming experience. It was probably the first time where the player would sit and watch a story play out with the characters on scene. By now we are all pretty much desensitized to these kinds of games and it’s harder to become scared though some games still do it well. Resident Evil has morphed into more of a Call of Duty meets zombies and for that reason the game is more action based and much less suspenseful. Also, the creators seem to think that by making the big boss as big as possible is somehow supposed to impress us. I once heard bigger is not necessarily better. Perhaps the creators should not try so hard to make a final boss so big. I keep hoping the franchise will return to horror and puzzle solving vs. fast-action shooter style. Nevertheless, for what the game did for me in those early years warrant a high placement on my all-time list despite the fall of a great gaming experience in recent years.
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!!!
Comedy in video games is something quite rare. I can only think of a handful of games that can make me honestly laugh my ass off with truly genuine jokes and situations. The first Portal, a toss in bonus game that was included in Valve’s deal of the century, “The Orange Box”, blew me away. Let alone that the ingenious gameplay concept was one of the most original ideas I’ve seen in a game in years, the humor and writing in it were honed to perfection spurring one of the biggest memes in internet history, “The cake is a lie.” Valve had created an unintentional monster and Portal went on to be lauded as on of the best games of this current console generation(and according to many reputable game sites, the best game ever). Valve had some hefty expectations to live up to when making a sequel to a game held in such high reverence. And did they do it, well in short, you better bet your ass they did.