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Reggie’s Top 25 Favorite Videogames of All-Time #5-1


yo_videogames__by_ry_spirit-d57k3ayIt’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

lanaaaacdDo 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.

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Angel’s Top 5 Albums Of 2012 So Far


Following on from Matt’s post earlier about his Top 5 albums of 2012 thus far, I thought I’d throw in my own piece on the albums I’ve had the pleasure of listening to as we approach the halfway mark of the year. I think it says something that 2 of the 5 already are début albums, and all are astonishing in their quality.
N.B. In order to indicate a lack of ranking (I’ve never been one for a 1-5 approach with albums, it’s too challenging), we’ll go for an alphabetical list.
N.B. No. 2: Fanboy incoming.

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Top 5 Albums


Hello Metal Fans!

I just thought I would submit my first post to let everyone know about my TOP 5 Albums right now.  While it was really difficult to narrow it down, these are some really quality albums, and not all of them are newly released.  I know I will change the list eventually, but right now, I can’t get enough of these albums.     

1) Pray for Villains– Devildriver
2) Rust in Peace (remastered)– Megadeth
3) Dark Passion Play– Nightwish
4) The Obsidian Conspiracy– Nevermore
5) War is the Answer– Five Finger Death Punch

These are some really impressive albums, and they are well worth a listen.  A couple of songs specifically worth a mention are:

Devildriver, Pray for Villains– This song starts off heavy and doesn’t let up. 

Megadeth, Holy Wars… The Punishment Due– The remastering of this album made it a while new album for me.

Nightwish, Amaranth– Good Vocals, very well written song.

Nevermore, The Obsidian Conspiracy– Awesome guitarwork.  The riff from section  1.03 to 1.24 is amazing. 

5FDP, War is the Answer– Definitely the best of the 5, if you aren’t banging your head to this, it’s not turned up loud enough.

Agree/Disagree?  Did I leave something out?  Let me know!