Your top five games


#1

List your top 5 games.

Name and system you played it on.
Genre
Brief summary

1 - Chrono Trigger - (SNES) RPG with huge replay value. The Final boss can be fought at different places and times and each one is essentially a different boss. Great combos, great characters and a good sense of humor throughout the game.

2 - Shining Force 1&2 -(Sega Genesis) A real time RPG (like Final Fantasy Tactics). The battles are well done and help add to the story. Many memorable bosses including Kraken, Chess Pieces, Lasers,and Dragons. Lots of Characters that allow you to customize your army and tactics. Even a few weak characters that if you invest the time into may surprise you.

3 - Tom Clancy Splinter cell - (Xbox360) Stealth Rpg game series. Series had some games that where not great but I love the stealth element enough to overlook some of those mistakes. Most of the games give you the chose as well to run and gun for a bit if you get tired of sneaking , but usually the levels are designed so stealth is a much better option. Most of the games also have at least one level with stealth forced and run and gun forced.

4 - Shadowrun (Snes) - Point and click Adventure / RPG. The game mechanics of this game are a little different but they work great for the storytelling and gameplay. You explore a future city plagued by thugs, demons and mercenaries. Most are gunning for you but you can hire your own muscle, magicians or hackers. Game has good story, takes some thinking to complete and good enemies and leveling up system to help beat them.

5 - Watchdogs (xbox360) - Stealth RPG - Game allows you to hack a fairly convincing living city of Chicago. Good story but game is on list because the side missions and multiplayer make gameplay infinite. One of the best integrations of multiplayer into a stealth game ever! Where Assassin’s creed and Tom Clancy flopped this game excelled.

Bonus - Civilization / Age of Empires II


#2

First of all, I am so happy you’ve started a list topic that asks for explanations of choices. Just, thank you for doing it up proper.

I’m going to avoid the titanic franchises that are widely loved (by myself included) and stand-alone titles that were mega-hits that a lot of people have probably played. I’m picking my top five games “you run a good chance of having not played,” in the hopes that some of you will check them out.

In no particular order:

Killer7 (GameCube) - Shooter / Adventure - Killer7 is probably the strangest game I’ve ever played, full stop. If you’ve not seen it in action, YouTube a clip of this bad boy immediately. It’s got the strangest take on cel-shading out there (much more so than later Suda51 games), and a story that’s split between political conspiracy and supernatural horror (with a lot of bondage, because). Look, this game includes characters with names like Trevor Pearlharbor and the Handsome Men. This is a work of mad genius, and it’s completely okay if you hate it. But you cannot deny its singular vision of… something.

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (Wii) - Exploration / Narrative - The best game in the series outside of Silent Hill 2. Just got our own Clint started on it last night, and he seems to have had a blast with the first couple hours! While creepy at times, unlike other later entries in the series that try to recapture the older games (and reuse Pyramid Head to death, or come up with worse knock-offs), Shattered Memories is much more focused on telling a character-driven story, and it exceeds remarkably at its goal. If you’re at all into “games with stories,” this is an absolute must. It also has the single best “gameplay-integrated” plot twist of any game I’ve ever played. Yes, I’m including BioShock’s twist, and yes, it makes that plot twist look like amateur hour. Truly affecting and captivating.

Ikaruga (GameCube / Arcade) - Bullet Hell Shooter - This is one of those “pinnacle of technical gameplay” titles, that you can make grand “you have not gamed until you’ve played…” kind of statements about. It’s a tough-as-nails bullet-hell shooter (top-down 2D airplane shooter with extremely high amounts of enemy shots to dodge – Raiden on steroids). Ikaruga also incorporates puzzle game elements, a combo system, and a rating system, which basically translates to “gameplay unicorn giggles.” Your ship has two polarities, white and black, which are shared by all the enemies (and their attacks). You’re immune to shots of the same color, so gameplay becomes a dance of toggling polarities, and “eating” bullets of your ship’s color, then flipping back before you get killed by an “unavoidable” attack. Combos are based on killing enemies in groups of three of the same polarity. Aaand then say goodbye to three months of your life.

Dark Souls (PS3) - Adventure/Online - I might be cheating a bit since the Souls games are fairly well-known, but I’m not aware of too many players on here, so I’ll make the (re)introduction! While Dark Souls is known for being difficult, it’s a game that rewards caution, experimentation and strategy, and offers some of the most rewarding victories (especially over bosses) in gaming. It’s all about high-stakes risk-reward. You can only level up at save points, but resting there respawns all enemies, minus bosses. Money and EXP are the same currency. Dying drops all your Money/EXP, and failing to retrieve it in your next life means it’s lost forever. Co-op is possible after using a rare consumable, but that also opens you up to being attacked by PVP invaders. The game also has the best fictional world of anything I played last generation, and there’s an active YouTube community dedicated to sorting through all the lore and speculating about the deeper meanings of everything. Just great, imagination-capturing stuff.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PC) - Action/RPG-Lite - I’m kind of cheating on my own rule again here, but like the above, I’ve met a lot of people who would love this title but never played it. It’s not as open-ended as the original Deus Ex, but this is my favorite cyperpunk world in a game; the whole title is just dripping with atmosphere, and it’s one of those rare games of which I hold memories that are as detailed as if I’d really been to the game’s locations. A really evocative title that still puts gameplay before being “an interactive story.” Also, your character has sunglasses surgically implanted into his face. I mean, come on.


#3

Splinter Cell on the list! man that brings back some fond memories. I still remember @benjidolly wanting to literally fight the television when he was spotted.

Personally, I don’t know if I have a “top 5 favorite” games but I can say that Metal Gear Solid (original playstation), Resident Evil: The Director’s Cut (original playstation) and GoldenEye 007 (N64) changed my entire perception of video games.

Anyone remember the original UFC game on the DREAMCAST! I challenge anyone to try and beat me playing as Tito Ortiz


#4

One other thing, Kings Quest V. Do yourself a favor and watch a ‘play through’ of that game and try to imagine how hard it would be to beat that game without any kind of instructional booklet, strategy guide or internet to help you…


#5

Sounds like a normal reaction haha

Do you currently play any games now or does CFO work leave no time to mess around
BUSINESS EXECUTED!

My top 3 have to be GTA V, BF4, Minecraft don’t have a top five haha


#6

I don’t even own a gaming console but @Kevin_Senzaki can attest that I’m one of the top Mario Kart 8 players in our office


#7

Ayeee there ya go! Jamie represent!


#8

@Jamie_Lukaszewski is indeed right; out of the seven people in the office who play Mario Kart 8, Jamie is at least in the top ten.


#9

BOOM! Thanks for backing me up @Kevin_Senzaki


#10

I hope to one day race on your level @Jamie_Lukaszewski… and then immediately surpass you and race against Matt hahaha


#11

HECK YEAH.

Alright, top 4 from me, because I’m debating between like 7 games for the fifth and I can’t deal with the pressure of that kind of decision.

Terraria - Action/Adventure Sandbox - PC
Everything I have ever wanted in a sandbox game. You can modify every aspect of the world during the game, from individual blocks to which biomes you want where. The story is still very linear with a progression of bosses and NPC unlocks, but with plenty of random world events like invasions. It’s a great discovery sandbox, the bosses are all very different fights, and once you beat all of the starting bosses THE WORLD LITERALLY REFORMS. That’s right kids, there’s a pre-harmode and a hardmode. Once you’ve mastered the world, you get to deal with monsters, bosses, and biomes that are challenging in whole new ways. Oh, did I mention you can build your character and equipment/weapon choices based on your fighting style? Mages, melee, ranged, and summoner classes are all awesome to play. THIS IS JUST SUCH A GOOD GAME. Compelling world, events, bosses, character customization – I could go on forever. Play this game.

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Action/Adventure - N64
I can’t leave this one out. This game is why I play videogames. I love the massive world, full of different cultures and fantastic characters. Kickass soundtrack. Also, the mechanics are great – that lock-on targeting! Every temple is interesting and complex – I love the forest temple the best. Aaaand, I totally had a crush on adult Link when I was a kid. Not even a little bit ashamed. Literally my only complaint with this game is that goddamn owl.

Super Smash Bros Melee - Fighting - GameCube
Best gamecube game. Single player is admittedly kind of “ehhhhh” but the multiplayer more than makes up for it. All of the characters are super well-rounded (yes, even Mr. Game & Watch). It’s a great game because it’s easy to play in the sense that anyone can pick up the controller and have a wonderful time, but it’s so difficult if you’re against serious players. Very strategy-heavy. A+ would play over and over and over again.

Minecraft - Pure/Survival Sandbox - PC
The sandbox game that revolutionized sandbox games. With survival mode, creative mode, mods - Minecraft is extremely versatile, to the point that your experience can be whatever you make it. Minecraft has absolutely changed the face of modding, indie gaming - honestly, the entire gaming community. However you feel about Minecraft gameplay, no one can deny that it has brought gaming so far into the mainstream. Anyways, I happen to love the gameplay. It’s another one of those games that really lets me fight like the coward I am. Or not at all.

EDIT: my 5th game contenders are the entire DDR franchise, Super Mario 64, Rock Band, Guitar Hero, Crea, both Portals, etc etc.


#12

My top 5 would probably be

  1. Bioshock - PS3
    FPS/ Narrative
    Bioshock is my favorite game because of the amazing atmosphere that manages to keep you on your toes, classy setting in the middle of an underwater objectivist city in the late fifties with genetically altered residents: what more could you want, a truly marvelous story of a Utopian society gone wrong and compelling characters that you genuinely develop sympathies for are some reasons that makes quite an amazing game. This is a game i have played many times, and damn, that good ending is just, so touching…
    10/10 i advise this game to everyone who loves a good story.

  2. Bioshock Infinite - PS3
    FPS/ Narrative
    A good sequel to the number one, it takes everything good about the old one and changes most of it. Again the points above impact this decision, for it was truly one of the best endings in gaming history. This game truly helped define characters and storytelling in its medium. Also, the art style is very interesting for a game of it’s type. The game play itself isn’t too shabby either.

  3. Transistor - PC
    Action RPG/ Narrative (again)
    I love transistor, I really do and i think everyone should play it right now. SuperGiant games released Bastion a few years ago and it was somewhat brought into the spotlight by being a indie produced game that kicked ass in the industry against some of the AAA games at the time, but when Transistor came out, it seemed to fly under the radar, however it got incredible reviews. I have no idea why this masterpiece was not as popular as it should have been. Lets get down to brass tacks (or Brass Tax am i right),if i could describe this game in one word, it would be beautiful. This game has a truly beautiful art style, seriously, you could take a screenshot of any part of the game, put it up in an art gallery and it would not look out of place. Secondly, as i cant seem to stop saying this but it has amazing sound design and a beautiful Soundtrack, seriously go and check out the soundtrack, you’ll be doing yourself a favor. Also, the voice of Logan Cunningham is amazing and you will not get bored of hearing him. Finally, the ending, even though it is a bit cryptic, and a touch mysterious, you’ll be holding back tears during the credits and it’s amazing music. seriously though, 10/10 everyone should play it.

  4. Mass Effect (2 & 3) - PS3
    TPS/ Decision maker/ Narrative
    What is there to say about the Mass Effect franchise. It contains one of the most story rich and detailed universes out there and it was the amazing sci fi adventure we all needed. Sure it could be called “one of the best space dramas of our time” or “the Star Wars of video games” but to be honest, i think it comes into a category all of its own, the Decision maker genre, and let me tell you, if you can sit through a game where 60% of it is just picking one of six decisions over and over and it never gets boring, you have a good game on your hands. Also, those characters are really fleshed out so 10/10 from me in that section, some of those loyalty missions are genuinely quite touching. Don’t get me started about the endings though, some people just don’t know a good thing when they see it and for me, the ending i got was exiting, touching and badass all at once.

  5. Team Fortress 2 - PC
    FPS
    TF2 is fun. That’s all there is to say about this odd little shooter that is full of personality. I’m just going to delve into the lore of this game, but i advise you do so, it is madness without end. I’ll just be focused on the core game it’self. There is nothing more fun than jumping into a match of TF2 with a few friends and just screwing around, hell, even if you don’t have a few friends, this is still a fun game to play as. Also everyone will find a class to play as, more commonly known as “Main”, as you learn all the little idiosyncrasies of your main, the whole game becomes that much more fun. For me, there’s nothing quite like a few good matches of TF2 with some buddies after a hard day’s work.

Bonus - Portal 2/ Dishonored & Theif


#13

Ewwwwsh… this is hard one. You guys must forgive me as I only game on consoles but…

  1. Shinobi - Arcade
    Side Scroller
    I was 8 years old when I first played this. What drew me was the graphics and the music. Especially the music. Even now, the tune is still with me. It is the only arcade game where I haven’t beaten the boss and have yet to beat it or even reach it. It was that hard.

  2. Street Fighter Alpha 2 - Arcade
    Fighting/Combat
    I was walking back from school one day and saw this arcade inside a garage in a Petrol Station (or Gas Station as you 'merican folk call it) and it was the first time I had seen SFA2. Was a huge fan of Street Fighter Apha). The sequel was that awesome that I shadowed the guy playing. I shadowed a lot to find out how someone plays before I challenged them. Anywho, I noticed that Ryu’s skin was tanned and he was wearing a black gi. I said Ryu looks different. He smiled. Then busted out a LVL 1 Shoryureppa (only Ken and Akuma do this) and Akuma’s Ashura Zenkuu (or teleport). I completely lost it and fangasm’d. Then he busted out the Shun Goku Satsu (Raging Demon) and I totally lost it! I begged him to show me how to select him and he offered me a wager: To challenge him. If I won, he’d show me. If I lost, i’d have tah call him master. I won and kept that secret to myself to train up. At the time, we had no internet or cheat codes or books, it was word of mouth. Sorry for that… I couldn’t help but share that. I do it all the time… lol!

  3. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - PS3
    Action Adventure/ Third Person
    I mean, what can I say? Great VO work, beautiful story telling, awesome graphics and over the top hollywood-style action makes it all the better! Pretty self explanatory really. If you haven’t played, give it a go. It’s the best out of the 3 and am hoping for Uncharted 4 to be the one to top it.

  4. Split Second - PS3
    Racing
    I LUUUUUUUURRRRRVE Drifting but this game made me love it’s in-game awesomeness of hollywood-style action and cinematic-looks (complete with a whole lotta lens flares!) It has a very minimalistic HUD found under the back bumper leaving all the corners of your tv screen free from clutter. The drifting is ok but it’s this and everything else I mentioned is what drove me to this game. No pun intended.

  5. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition - PS4
    Action Adventure/ Third Person
    I’m gonna be honest here, i’ve never played the old Tomb Raider games before but as soon as I saw this trailer, I was sold. Again, it was the music. I was already emotionally invested into the trailer. Once I got this, I wanted to take my time with it. Since i was an origin story, it just seem fitting to me to play it. It played exactly like Uncharted. Gritty, cinematic, moving… i’m a sucker for story.

P.S There are other games coming that are on my list too. RAINBOW SIX SIEGE, THE DIVISION, THE CREW, DRIVE CLUB… are sooo many…


#14

Whoa! BioShock’s Rapture is basically objectivism (see Ayn Rand’s writings, probably the most explicit reference the game makes), which is basically the exact opposite of communism. A communist/socialist society would de-emphasize material and individual wealth, and put management and production in public ownership. Objectivism basically says, “the only moral thing to do is what makes you (personally) happy,” and as a result supports lassiez-faire capitalism. We see this with the Plasmids (commercially available medications created without moral/legal boundaries) and rampant private industry with the Circus of Value, etc. and there’s specific audio logs that refer to corrupt commercial practice (wine being watered down, etc). BioShock stretches it beyond straight-forward economics with Sander Cohen and the Splicers at large (obsession with surgery, cruelty towards others for personal artistic gratification, etc).

Making an edit here, I went and looked up the text for Andrew Ryan’s (Ayn Rand reference right there) audio log on “The Great Chain,” the emblem of an arm pulling a chain that you see throughout Rapture, to sort of hit the nail on the head with this one:

“I believe in no God, no invisible man in the sky. But there is something more powerful than each of us, a combination of our efforts, a Great Chain of industry that unites us. But it is only when we struggle in our own interest that the chain pulls society in the right direction. The chain is too powerful and too mysterious for any government to guide.”

So I definitely see how that looks like communism at first, but if you pore over the last two sentences, that’s definitely closer to objectivism.

But anyway, yeah! The world of Rapture itself is great stuff. Objectivism though, and now you know?


#15
  1. Goldeneye
  2. Mario Kart Wii
  3. Super Smash Bros 64
  4. Heavy Rain
  5. Mike Tyson’s Punch Out/ Rock Band Metallica

#16

Follow the rules, Benji! Brief summary! ._.


#17

Smash Bros Melee: The Patron Video Game of college students world wide.


#18

Thanks for pointing that out, it’s funny because one of my friends spent all of last year trying to read “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand so i should have probably picked that out.


#20

No actual order here:

  1. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  2. Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  3. Final Fantasy VII (PS1)
  4. Suikoden III (PS2)
  5. Illusion of Gaia (NES)

Honorable Mentions:
6. Shadow Hearts: Covenant (PS2)
7. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2)
8. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
9. Legend of Dragoon (PS1)
10. Halo 3 (or 1 or 2) (Xbox, Xbox 360)


#21

Guuuuuuuys! We want a brief summary of why you picked those games too! :slight_smile: