Disclaimer: This is in no particular order, because I couldn’t pick just one game to be number one. I love too many to choose just one to call my favorite so instead I’m just going to talk about my favorite games ever. This is a good post to read to get to know me and my preferences for games.
Roller Coaster Tycoon
I love roller coasters and as a kid I loved designing them in Roller Coaster Tycoon. But there’s more to it than roller coasters, you design build and manage an entire theme park. You can control the prices of everything, build awesome vomit inducing roller coasters and drown unhappy/stubborn guests in the lake. You can hire mechanics to inspect the rides and fix them when they break… which feels like all the time when you get a bigger park, and you can also hire janitors to sweep the footpaths clear of puke. But in the first game you’ll wanna un-check mowing the lawn because other wise you’ll wonder why there’s so much vomit everywhere and wonder where your janitors are. They’ll be way out in the middle of no where mowing the grass! No guest ever complains about un-cut grass but they’ll complain a lot about disgusting footpaths. This is a good game to get sucked into and wonder where the time went. If you like to micro manage things you’ll love it.
Age of Empires II
In my opinion the best RTS game. Yeah better than Starcraft. I love Starcraft but man I played AOE II A LOT as a kid. There is a huge amount of strategy involved, lots of civilizations to play as, each with a unique unit and bonuses, and a bunch of hilarious memes. The game was and is still popular. Enough that an HD version was made. Wolololo
Bullet time. The game is known for its use of highly stylized slow motion diving and shooting multiple enemies before landing on the ground and popping some painkillers. It’s great. The story is dark and film noir. Its told through narrated comic book panels and Max narrates while you play. The story is about a cop who loses his family and goes out on his own to get revenge. The graphics didn’t age well but It really is a classic for me. Its a game that i could start playing and no put it down till I’m done. You just get hooked. Oh by the way the third one is just as good. No really.
Futuristic hover craft racing with comic book like artwork and a seriously good rock soundtrack, F-Zero X is soooooooo good. It’s an arcade style racing game that’s easy to pick up and play, and with friends. Driving through the tracks feel like riding a roller coaster. The game feels fast with all the twists and turns and the boost power. I break out my old N64 every once in a while to play this game. Sometimes just for the music. \m/
God of War
If you have a ps2 you’ve probably played God of War at some point. Everybody knows Kratos and his rage induced (but justified!) mass murdering of the gods from Greek mythology, but in the first game he’s just after Aries, the god of war. The game is pure rage and action. The gameplay is brutal, bloody and soooooo good. And how cool of a concept is taking revenge by killing a god. Kratos is just bad ass. The whole series is just as good as the first game.
Combining Disney characters and worlds with final fantasy characters worked so well in Kingdom Hearts. I played it over and over again as a kid. It’s an action JRPG where you travel from Disney world to world fighting the heartless and looking for Sora’s lost friends. It’s not for everyone though, it’s pretty light hearted and if you don’t like Disney then forget it, but the characters are lovable and memorable and the fighting is simple and fun. I love it.
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
Yup, the first one. Not Sly 2. They’re all great games but the first has always been my favorite. The game is just so unique. The characters are memorable and the level design is fun. You play as Sly Cooper, a racoon who comes from a long line of master thieves. When he became old enough, Sly was supposed to read The Theivius Raccoonus, the family’s treasured book written by his ancestors and passed down from generation to generation which would teach him how to be a master thief, five mysterious strangers broke into his house, killed his father and stole the book. Sly got dumped at an orphanage where he met his life long partners, Bentley and Murray. When sly grew up, he planned to take revenge and get his family’s book back. It’s time for him to become a master thief, just like his ancestors before him. The game is a typical adventure game but has stealth elements and a seriously cool Saturday morning cartoon style. There’s one hit deaths, a certain number of lives and lots of collectables. The game play is a little bit old school, similar to Rare games on the N64. So if you’re a fan of those, you’ll probably like this one. It’s a PS2 classic.
“Hard as a t-rex’s shit”, but completely fair(most of the time). This is a dark fantasy action RPG. The game has a steep learning curve for new players and it may seem impossible at times but there is always a way to win. You just need to be prepared, have a good strategy and Git Gud. There is a minimal story about being undead and killing the lord of the land but the game excels in its deep combat system and risk vs reward style of gameplay. There is something addicting about succeeding in this game. For me I felt accomplished that I was able to beat it because of its infamy of being a hard game. It’s combat is brutal and unforgiving for the careless. It actually takes some skill to play this game. It’s not something you just play through. It takes time and dedication. It will frustrate the hell out of you but its all part of the fun.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Skyrim is an enormous game. For those who don’t know, It’s an open world RPG made by Bethesda Softworks. What more can be said about Skyrim? It’s fantastic! You get to live in a cold harsh “viking like” fantasy world where dragons, thought to be extinct, have returned and you the player are the Dragonborn, the hero destined to save Tamriel from Alduin The World Eater, a dragon threatening to destroy the world. The Dragonborn is capable of using spoken words from the ancient dragon language as physical powers. You can literally shout your enemies to death!
One of the best things about the game is the freedom to do what you want. Don’t feel like being the Dragonborn? Ignore the main quest. Simple as that, there is so much more you can do instead, or play like me and try to do everything possible. Put a stop to Alduin, choose a side and end the civil war, bring the thieves guild to it’s former glory, Assassinate an Emperor, Become a werewolf, become a bard, Learn magic at the College of Winterhold and much more. I’ve played this game a lot. Steam says 261hrs.
Fallout 3/ New Vegas
I’m lumping Fallout 3 and New Vegas together because they are very similar games. Fallout 3 was my first fallout game. I remember being hesitant when I first saw it because I never liked first person shooters. But then I watched this trailer and was instantly hooked on the idea of a post nuclear war America where the society is 50’s like but the technology is way advanced. Fallout 3 turned out to be one of my favorite games of all time. It’s another open wold RPG (Like Oblivion but with guns!) from Bethesda. You can build your character anyway you want and you can do anything you want just like Skyrim. The main story isn’t the best, you’re trying to find your dad and find out why he left you and then you’re trying to bring clean water to the wasteland. Ehh. The ending was kinda controversial but it was fixed with the Broken Steel DLC.
Fallout: New Vegas was a game built off of Fallout 3 by Zemimax. They expanded a few things, added weapon modding, different types of ammo, and a main story that multiple endings based on player choice. You start off being dead. Yeah… Dead. You were shot in the head and buried by a d-bag in a fancy suit. You were later dug up by a robot that saw the whole thing and brought to a doctor who fixed you up. That’s where the game starts. Ok so I guess you weren’t actually dead then.
There were tons of factions and you had a reputation with all of them. The game takes place in Nevada and the environments are very desert like. The whole game has a western feel on top of the “Fallout feel”. There’s is a lot more to do in New Vegas than in 3 but it was infamous for being buggy. Like even more buggy than Bethesda is known for. I never had much trouble though. There is a lot of debate online about which one is better but for me I always liked 3.
So what are your favorites?