It’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
Do 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.
Continuing with a post I made about some cool games to check out if you’re on a budget (but should still check out even if you’re not), here’s some more great games I’ve played that are worthy of your attention. I’ll highlight both great indie games, classics that have aged well, as well as some modern AAA game that you can now find on the cheap. If you have any suggestions on some great games for those of us on a budget give them a shout out in the comments, as with music, I’m always on the lookout for great games to play. And if you are interested in hooking up with me for some PC gaming, you can find me on Steam with the user name RiffRaff79. So without further ado, here are some cool games to check out.
Ten years ago it seemed that the survival horror genre of games was primed to take off. While it had existed for quite a few years previously, the advent of blockbuster titles such as the first 2 Resident Evil games and Silent Hill gave this terrifying genre a push into the mainstream audience. Using a minimal action, exploration based gameplay mechanic pitting players against unknown lurking evils with limited supplies and their wits as their best line of defense, these games scared the crap out of us all, and we loved it. Then when the PS2 era of consoles came around a little sequel named Silent Hill 2 found its way into horror fans homes. This game took the core mechanics of its predecessors and built on top of it a more twisted, cerebral tale and took the game’s atmosphere into an even darker territory. Everything about the game was perfect and a truly terrifying game was born. Born from its wake were some excellent games such as the Fatal Frame series as well as the re-invigoration of the Clock Tower series. Times were good for survival horror fans.
But on the other side of the survival horror genre there was a game making even bigger waves than the twisted worlds of Silent Hill and its like. I’m sure that just about all of you are well aware of the Resident Evil franchise. While its initial entries were great survival horror games they did have a deeper focus on action and using cheap ‘jump’ scares to make their games scary. You could say they were the Aliens to Silent Hill’s Alien. Their popularity became a huge influence in the genre and before long many imitators were found, even my beloved Silent Hill series which began to take a more combat focused approach after the 3rd entry in the series. Since then I have yet to find another game to go back to survival horror roots and make an attempt to match the tension and fear that Silent Hill 2 had done so eloquently. Then I caught wind of a little independently developed game called Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
Why am I writing about a book that seemingly has nothing at all to do with metal here? Well, in general, metal fans often tend to be fans of the horror genre and that is what Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist is. Also throughout the course of the book there are a good handful of references to Iron Maiden and Kiss which gives it metal cred in my book. That, and it is a really good read that you should check out.
Let the Right One In takes a genre of a specific class of horror monster that many have come to utterly despise due to a series of books and movies that hurled literary and cinematic filth all over, and puts an interesting twist on the classic creature. It takes the classic Gothic vampire and brings it to a modern-day setting and tells an endearing tale of puppy love. But before the big “T” word alarm goes off in your head, this is not anything like that literary excrement. Let the Right One In is a story involving brutal murder, alcoholics, shunned and bullied youth, and the most twisted tale of puppy love you will ever hear.