I decided to start a new segment here at I, Gamer where I’ll be getting all the staff (and as many other people as are willing) to submit a list of their top 5 favourite games and why they love those games so much. We’re hoping this will give you some insight as to what kind of stuff we’re into, as well as give you exposure to some games that you may never have tried before. We’ll be trying to get a lot of different people with different interests in games, so there should be lots of variety to pick from. How people rank their games and why they chose them is completely at their discression. Some of the lists may be based on what games we’re into at this very moment, while others may focus more on games that they loved in the past or will always come back to, again and again. Whatever the reason behind the list, I’m sure they’ll all be games worth trying. So now, before I ramble on too long, here’s our first list: my top 5 games.
1) Zero Escape Series (“999″ and “Virtue’s Last Reward”)
There was no question for me as to what games would go at the top of my list. With the two best story lines I’ve ever seen in any games I’ve played, these two gems feel like reading really good books you just can’t put down. These games also employ the best tie in between story and replay-value I’ve seen in a long time. The basic plot line, for both games, is as follows: you wake up in an unfamiliar location with 8 strangers and have to play a deadly game of logic, cunning and betrayal if you wish to escape alive. I’d talk more about it, but half the fun of these games is discovering the story for yourself, and the last thing I want to do is ruin it.
The first game did have a few issues, but all of them were addressed and improved on in the second. The only down-side I can think of for these games is that they’re very platform-limited, the first only being available on Nintendo DS, and the second only on PS Vita, but if the next one comes out on a new platform, I’d probably buy-in just to get to play the game. It’d be worth the money.
2) Guild Wars 2
GW2 does the MMORPG right for me. It’s a one-time payment, with breathtaking world design, amazing music, fun gameplay, a cool weapon and class system and an interesting, dynamic story line for your character (IMHO). It also has a really cool game play mode called World Vs World, where your server battle other servers on huge maps with castles, and keeps, and supply camps, and siege weapons, and…and…everything! It’s tones of fun to feel like you’re part of a real battle, not just fighting a few monsters.
The other thing that I love about GW2, though, is that it has really friendly PvE, because fights scale up in difficulty as more people join, so everyone still gets the same amount of experience, no matter if they’re being helped or not. All this, for me, makes for a really enjoyable game, but I do know that it has it’s issues and that it’s not for everyone, (especially complaints about stagnation in late-game) but Arena Net is steadily working to improve on a lot of these issues, and I think if you haven’t tried it, it definitely deserves a chance.
3) Starcraft 2
SC2 deserves the second place on my list because its a game like no other. On first glance, it looks like a typical RTS, but it’s anything but. It is an extremely well crafted and well-balanced game (I mean, there are tournaments for SC2 with HUGE cash prizes, so Blizzard’s got their shit together). It takes lots of practice and skill to play well, but it also structures itself so that you really do want to put in the effort. There really is nothing like the feeling of knowing you just out-smarted, out-manoeuvred and out-stratagized a real person, and the game system keeps you paired against people of a comparable skill level, so you’re never too far out of your league. If SC2 taught me anything, it’s that it’s ok to loose a game. It really helped me find the fun in the game, not the end result.
I can’t mention SC2 without mentioning the SC2 community. So much of the SC2 community are really nice, and there are so many videos of people playing, commenting on and just having fun with SC2, which really can help you improve your gameplay (I <3 Day). There’s just so much to do with this game, and so many ways to improve: it deserves a place in everyone’s video game library.
4) Persona 4 Golden
This game deserves a spot on my list because of its great voice acting, emotional and surprisingly deep and mature story line and diverse game play, but these are not P4G’s only good qualities. It has nice graphics, a good interface and definitely good bang-for-your-buck in terms of game length (over 80 hours per play through). There is just so much to do in this game, and so many people to get to know, and that’s only during your normal life. You also get to solve mysteries, go into tvs, summon personas and kill monsters! All the options for gameplay help to keep the game from getting stale, so it’s easy to play for 80 hours, and I still wanna go back and play more to get to know more people.
I try not to think of the number of hours I’ve spent playing this game, but I certainly don’t regret them. The graphics may not be the best you’ve ever seen, but that’s part of the charm of Minecraft. The basic game gives you lots to do, and it’s only up from there. So many fan-made MODs exist for this game, each of which can add a new way of playing and a new level of complexity to the game, which gives it HUGE replay value, and really allows you to customize the game to be exactly what you want. But the best thing about Minecraft is that it is the ultimate sandbox game: you can build just about anything you can imagine. Whether you’re looking for adventure, discovery, technology or just a creative outlet, Minecraft has something for you.