Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My Favorite Games

Howdy Folks,

Decided to do a write up of my favorite video games of all time, in the order that I remember them.

Note: some of these are ripe with nostalgia.

General Chaos: This was an awesome game to play with a friend. You control a group of units and try to keep them in the best positions on the map to attack the enemy teams. Goofy dialogue and art, but I loved every minute of it. If you every play it, go with the Two Man squad, it's much easier to maneuver than the Four Man squads, and maneuverability is clutch in the game.

The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time: This game needs no introduction, but for me it is one of the few titles (and series) I will come back to Nintendo to play. I purchased my first Wii just to play this game. Sold it when I finished, too. Currently have the 3DS version and am very happy with it. This game goes above and beyond nostalgia even now.

If you haven't played it, I suggest picking it up and finding a nice guide -- it's not difficult, but if you're not starting with nostalgia lenses, it can be hard to get to the parts of the game that really make it awesome.

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron: One of my absolute favorite Star Wars games. The first two were awesome, I disliked Naboo and never got around to playing the 3rd. I'd love a new version to come out, though I know flying/spaceship games aren't for everyone. I spent a lot of hours playing this game growing up, though I imagine it wouldn't hold up too well today.

Star Wars: Battlefront: These titles are easily my favorite Star Wars games in all of creation. Both 1 and 2 (never cared for the handheld versions) were amazing in their own ways. I consistently tweet at Lucas Arts to make a 3rd one. A Battelfront done with an updated engine (say, the Battlefield 3 Engine) would be the epitome of a dream come true for me. This will be the only shooter on my list, and I feel that it is appropriate.

Final Fantasy Tactics: This game is, to me, the Strategy Role Playing Game, which is above and beyond my favorite genre. It's like mixing Chess with an RPG, or making a Board Game with a story, and I love it. Most SRPGs done in this vein could be put up on this list, but for now I'm comfortable with FFT standing as the representative. I enjoy Final Fantasy games enough, but Tactics, Tactics Advance, and X are the only ones I've played to completion. I enjoyed all of them along the way.

Fallout: Fallout 3 and New Vegas are two of my favorite games of all times. I own 1, 2 and Tactics, but I haven't had the patience to go back and enjoy them as I rightly should. I love Open World games, games where you make your own characters, and games where you choose the path the story will take. Add a post apocalyptic theme, and you've got my name all over it. I really hope the do not choose to make Fallout into the next MMO title, I would mourn the loss of the series.

There are more titles that I've really enjoyed, but I'll save them for a later post -- I've played a lot of games. For now, I'll post a list of honorable mentions that don't have any representation above and may, at a later date, go into more detail about them.

Honorable Mentions:
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Love these games and they deserve their own post)
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows (Open world Spidey with a decent selection of enemies/costumes [Wii Version Only, Current Gen have no costumes])
Pokemon (Favorite is Red version, but I've played every generation)
Civilization (Love Revolution, IV, and V)
Batman: Arkham City/Asylum (Super hero game done right)
inFamous (An awesome super hero game with its own world and characters. That should be done more)
Resident Evil (I stop at 4, personally, but to each their own)
Dragon Age (Great new fantasy world, KotOR gameplay, awesome!)
Mass Effect (Great new Sci-Fi world, eclectic gameplay, but that ending, arg!)
Golden Sun (One of my favorite Hand-Held series, great story)
Shin Megami Tensei (Slowly building my library of these, they are interesting, fun, and difficult)

Need to Play/Finish:
Metal Gear Solid (Own HD Collection and 4, still haven't found the time to get used to the gameplay)
Chrono Trigger (Enjoyable story, so far)
Final Fantasy 7 (Waiting for Vita to get PS1 compatibility)
Witcher (Looks interesting)

Coming Up:
Pokemon Conquest (Mixing Pokemon and STRPGs!? I can imagine few things better!)

That's all for now!


  1. Dustin! Beat Chrono Trigger for fuck's sake! =D

  2. There's just too many things coming out! I'll make it next on my list, after I beat Pokemon Conquest (comes out next week [18th, if the internet is to be believed]).

    It probably doesn't help that I started replaying Dragon Age: Origins and Fallout: New Vegas...