After doing several “best of” lists centered on music, it’s time to turn attention to my favorite videogames. 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 the list!
Here’s a bunch of quick video game reviews for a bunch of games that I have on my X-Box 360 and Wii that I have not already written about. Hope you enjoy and let us know you’re thoughts on any of the games if you have played them. Almost all the games on this list can easily be found for less than 20 bucks, so if you are a gamer on a budget or are looking to play some games you missed hopefully this list can help you out. Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
When it comes to iconic video games, next to Mario, no other game has endeared more hearts both young and old more than the Legend of Zelda series. Whether you got hooked on this series 25 years ago when The Legend of Zelda hit the NES and revolutionized gaming or when The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time pushed 3D gaming to new and unheard of heights, there is a game in this series that undoubtedly holds a special place in almost every gamers heart. For me, I started my Zelda obsession when the NES classic came out, but it was when I got my hands on the SNES powerhouse The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past when my undying love for these games really came to fruition. It improved on everything that was set up by its predecessors and with the newfound power of the SNES it delivered a game bigger and more magical than anything I could have imagined. For years I have lauded A Link to the Past as the quintessential Zelda game. Now it’s 20 years since the release of that masterpiece, times have changed, and having just finished up the latest entry in the series, I feel that I can safely and wholeheartedly say that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is without a doubt the best game in the series and one of the best games I have ever had the joy to play.
Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Wii is the complete package for any fan of old-school side-scrolling platformers. Its got highly diverse level structures, crisp and colorful graphics, great upbeat music, and great charm. It also has a level of difficulty that has been forgotten for a long time. Nintendo doesn’t pull any punches to ease the difficulty of this game at all, you will lose many balloons(lives) playing through this game. On quite a few levels I went through 40-50 lives(DKCR is quite generous with the 1ups) just to reach the end. But the great thing of the challenging nature of Donkey Kong doesn’t come from bad controls or cheap enemy shots, it’s from the amazing level design that Nintendo and Retro Studios created. Never once does a lost life feel cheap, you fell into that pit or got hit by that enemy because it was your fault(ie. mistiming a jump, running too fast, ect.). And no matter how many balloons I was popping, I never stopped playing because the levels are just that fun and engaging that you will want to keep playing through them. If you lose enough lives on a level a little pig shows up and offers to show you how to play through the level, but I never used this feature.