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GruntLogic's Top 100 Favorite Video Games

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People who added this item 178 Average listal rating (70 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0
I've heard that if William Shakespeare made a video game, it would look like this. The tale of an unsung hero, set against the backdrop of a continent spanning war of succession, with themes of class warfare. Where flawed heroes clash with conflicted villains, with a dash of byzantine conspiracy.



Final Fantasy Tactics is a deep, but accessible game. There is plenty of depth to be found in leveling up character's stats between job classes. The turn-based combat is quite simple and effective, I absolutely adore the sprites used for characters and monsters, and I enjoy how these cartoonish looking characters engage in ruthless combat.
I feel that War of the Lions is technically superior over the Playstation version due to it's introduction of animated cutscenes, additional character classes, and a wireless multiplayer mode.


This is a pretty solid example of gameplay. It's one of the earlier missions. It's one of the first kind of difficult missions that may make you rethink how you've been playing the game. If you can beat this mission, you'll have a good idea how to proceed with the rest of the game.
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Fallout 2 - PC Games
This is a game of absurd, dark humor and ultraviolence. Fitting for a game set in the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust. Just the right mix of RPG elements of character upgrades and (essentially) turn-based combat.



One small thing that I strongly appreciate in this game is the crazy amount of flavor text. Every single item that you can carry in your inventory has a description, and they are often quite detailed.
I also appreciate just how many different ways you can customize your character to suit your play style.
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DOOM - PC Games
You're a space marine. There are demons. Find the key card to open the door. Find the exit. Also, Kill anything that moves. It helps that the game has a bitchin' soundtrack that keeps pace with the fast paced frantic shooting.



Having recently read The Masters of DOOM by David Kushner, I now have a greater appreciation for the genius of John Carmack and John Romero, the creators of DOOM. This is a game that exploded onto the gaming scene and really established First-Person Shooters as their own genre.
It's really hard to argue with a game developer who voluntarily chooses to utilize the shareware model of business.

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Maniac Mansion - Famicom and NES
A classic, old-school point-and-click adventure. USE Maniac Mansion WITH NES and PLAY. And whatever you do, do NOT PUT Hamster IN Microwave, TURN ON Microwave, and then later GIVE Exploded Hamster TO Weird Ed.



I feel that this is LucasFilm Games' finest adventure. It was also their first. It was very simple, and I love the goofy humor. There are many little things that you can do in the game that you might not notice the first few times you play through. For instance, you can help the Green Tentacle get a recording contract by mailing in his demo to a publisher. However, if you play as Sid or Razor, you can send in their own recorded material, and the publisher will send Sid or Razor a contract, and if you show this contract to the Green Tentacle, he'll go crazy and kill that character! OR! You could send in a recording of the Tentacle Mating Song, which is a high-pitched squeal that can shatter glass, and the game will show a cutscene of the publisher playing the recording and having the windows in his office shatter. Little things. They can make all the difference.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - PlayStation 4
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Red Dead Redemption - Xbox 360
I feel this is the best game that Rockstar Games has ever produced, which is saying quite a bit, story and character have always been Rockstar's strong suit, and in Red Dead Redemption, John Marston is the pinnacle of characters they've created. He really wants to do the right thing, and leave his past as an outlaw behind. He's trying to be a family man. But in the world of Red Dead Redemption, nothing is forgiven, and John can never escape his violent past. But the world is changing, and there's no room for people like Mr. Marston in it.



Like pretty much all of the sandbox games of Rockstar, this game is absolutely filled to the gills with "I can't believe that shit just happened!" moments. Some of these are scripted scenes, and they are wonderfully choreographed, and they are well thought out, and all of that good stuff. But what REALLY makes the game memorable are all of the times where unscripted things happen in the game. Just hang around Thieves Landing for a while. You'll see what I mean.
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What can I say, I love mechs! This is the best of the lot, whilst Mechwarrior 4: Vengeance is a good game and has a strong story, I like the more open universe of Mercenaries. I love the idea of working for a mercenary group, traveling across the galaxy, taking contracts as you please. There is certainly a good story to be had here too, as working for different factions in a war will eventually force you to pick sides, but be aware that your actions may have consequences that effect which of the three endings you get. And if you prefer straight up mech-on-mech combat without being saddled with a story, test your metal (get it? metal/mettle!) in the arena.



I come back to this game time and time again. There's something I love about pretty much every contract you can take in this game. I love the process of upgrading your mechs, and moving up in weight classes, from 30 ton Light mechs, all the way up to 100 ton Assault class mechs. I also enjoy micromanaging the mechs of all of my lancemates.

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Dishonored - PC Games
This game is a magnificent combination of several other superb games that came before it, namely: Bioshock, Deus Ex, and Thief: The Dark Project.

Playing as a functionally silent protagonist, Corvo Attano, you are given free reign as to how to exact your revenge upon those who have framed you for murder. The level of freedom the player is given is very similar to Deus Ex and Thief. The setting is even very similar to Thief in it's Victorian-era Steam-punk setting. I give the comparison to Bioshock because of the general similarity in gameplay, and the ease with which you can use and swap out your powers on the fly.

This game can be fairly short if you don't take the time to explore the actually fairly large levels in each mission. It would be a shame if you did that though, because this game takes pains to realize the world they've created. The city of Dunwall is lovingly brought to life through many in-game documents and dialogue.

The player is given an impressive array of tools to end the lives of all who oppose your quest for revenge, but some of the most satisfactory kills are when your enemies never see it coming, until they have a blade in their neck.



However, there does seem to be a bit of a disconnect between whether the game wants you to be a supernatural whirlwind of death, or a silent spectre of non-lethal justice. The game rewards the non-lethal path, but makes the game harder the more corpses you leave in your wake. The game also gives you a huge array of lethal options, but your non-lethal choices are somewhat limited. But there is a certain amount of cleverness required for the non-lethal path, which is kind of a reward in it's own way.
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Planescape: Torment - PC Games
What can change the nature of a man? This is the central question posed to the character of this game, the Nameless One. As The Nameless One, you must discover your past, and as you find out, the many past lives you have lived. The Nameless One has been "killed" many times, but as an immortal he always awakens from this temporary death, only sometimes being killed erases his memory.



This game makes full use of the old Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition rule set. And I use the word "rule" only in the loosest sense. That was one of the great things about 2nd edition, it was extremely flexible and customizable.
Mechanics aside, I cannot give enough praise to the story of this game. I wouldn't DARE give any spoilers, so I will simply have to remain silent on many of the finer points of this games story, and just STRONGLY encourage everyone reading this to go find this game wherever you can (you can still pick it up at GOG.com), and play it through to the end.
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XCOM: Enemy Unknown - PC Games
I was highly curious as to how one of my favorite old-school games of the 90's would fare for this re-boot/remake. I can happily report that it has fared extremely well. All of the changes that have been made I feel are for the better. They stripped away a lot of the unnecessarily cumbersome interface and made it much more smooth and streamlined. The attempt to infuse a story was an interesting addition. It isn't necessarily the strongest addition, but again, it is welcome. It gives the events a bit of human emotion. The stern difficulty is still in place by default, with the option to scale the difficulty up or down.



All in all, I am THRILLED to see the loving treatment one of my favorite old-school PC games has received in this remake/reboot.
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Grand Theft Auto IV - Xbox 360
Niko Bellic is one the best video game characters ever made. He is intensely sympathetic. He has a great motivation that is easy to build a story around, as vengeance stories often are. He has a unique story that fits into just about any gameplay style. As a military veteran who witnessed the horrors of war in the Balkans, he has explicitly stated his desire to leave his life of violence behind, but he is someone who could conceivably flip the fuck out and go on a kill-crazy rampage. Although story-wise, Niko is the straight man to everyone else's craziness.



As I've said before in my 30 Days of Video Games list, I feel like I relate to Niko in a great many ways, and I feel that this is one of the many reasons I think so highly of this game. The fact that it's just an absolute blast to play certainly helps too. I should also add that the DLC for this game: The Lost & Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, also have great protagonists (Johnny Klebitz and Luis Lopez, respectively) and strong stories as well.
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Bionic Commando Rearmed - Xbox 360 Live Arcade
Now THIS is how you do a port/re-release/update for a classic game. Updated visuals, updated sound, minor but much needed tweaks to the gameplay formula, and largely ditching the absurd difficulty in favor of making the game more accessible to us mere mortals who have only finite time to play a game. The old school difficulty can be restored, in all of it's old-school glory, if you so desire. A superb platforming experience.



Admittedly, this game is not for everyone. There is a decidedly a retro feel to this game. Even with the concessions they made, it's still a game from a previous era, and no amount of polish can hide that. However, there is still a lot to love about this game, especially the soundtrack. I enjoy firing up the soundtrack playlists I find on youtube for this game, and I can just listen to the tracks for the different levels in this game for quite some time. I think this is one of the very few times where the remixed new tracks are better than the original tracks.

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I've been in love with the Fallout universe for some time. It was simply glorious to behold a post-apocalyptic Washington D.C. especially from a first/third person perspective.



This game is amazing in it's own right, but I feel the need to add that the Downloadable Content for this game is equally superb. Operation Anchorage, The Pitt, Point Lookout, and Broken Steel. All of them are magnificent expansions to this already lengthy and ... I'll even say it, EPIC game. THIS is how you do DLC.
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Dishonored 2 - PC Games
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Gunpoint - PC Games
I love the hell out of this game! It's incredibly simple. And that simplicity lends the game a kind of elegant beauty. I also love the music in the game.

You play as Richard Conway. Freelance Private Investigator. He's also kind of an idiot. I like that, it gives the character a rather human touch. This game has a wonderful sense of humor, without being overwhelming. This isn't a comedy game, but it's a game where a lot of funny things do happen. The dialogue before and after the missions are quite witty. But added on top of all that is the fact that this game is just FUN to play.

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One of the funnest Legend of Zelda titles there is to play. I won't talk about the cel-shaded graphics much, you either love them or you hate them. That said, this is probably the best use of cel-shading I've ever seen in a game. This is the first Legend of Zelda game where I felt like Link had an actual, distinct personality.



What few problems there were with the original game are all addressed in the HD rerelease. The sailing speed is increased 50%, and you don't have to conduct the wind requiem every time you want to sail in a different direction, the graphics have been improved, and a long, drawn-out glorified fetch quest has been significantly reduced. All in all, this is the definitive version of the game.
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This collection is invaluable to people (like myself) who may have missed these amazing games when they were on the PS2. Now having played them, I can see why they are praised so highly by everyone who's played them. These games are very good at telling a story indirectly. The setting and atmosphere do most of the heavy lifting where the story is concerned. If I do have a complaint, it's that the controls for Shadow of the Colossus aren't the most intuitive. Though I am inclined to cut the game some slack considering how it succeeds wildly at everything else it does.



Shadow of the Colossus is one of the few games that even once I've turned it off, I'm still engaged by the game. I'm always going over the events of the game in my head long after I'm done playing. This game is really that compelling.
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The Last of Us - PlayStation 3
This is one of the most emotionally draining games I've ever played. I love the story of Joel and Ellie as they venture across a ruined US countryside. The stealth system is marvelously implemented, being able to use Joel's "survivor instinct" to see the movements of enemies through walls, and when outright combat does break out, it is almost always a knock-down, drag-out, tooth-and-nail fight for survival. Calling it intense would be an understatement. I do also like how the game will slow down from time to time and let you just drink in the scenery, finding beauty amid the desolation.

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This is exactly my kind of Real-time Strategy game. It's not a resource-race unit-spamming festival. It's the careful and controlled use of your units to survive harrowingly bleak scenarios against increasingly impossible odds. Though should you triumph against a seemingly infinite army that has never known defeat, bards shall sing glorious songs of your victory in an age not yet dreamed.



The narration in between levels is really what brings this world alive for me. The narration gives each mission a much greater weight than it would have had otherwise. I feel that this game is emulating the feeling that the Fellowship must have had at the outset of the Lord of the Rings. Yes, I'm drawing a parallel between this game and the LotR. The feeling of desperation also seems to follow the same course. The desperate attempt to destroy the One Ring parallels the attempt to destroy Soulblighter, in each case, the fate of the world rests in the hands of a few brave souls.


SPOILERS IN THIS VIDEO! But at least the first mission intro will give you a good idea of what I'm talking about here.
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Grand Theft Auto III - PlayStation 2
I have recently had the pleasure of breaking this game out again, and I'm still just as thrilled to play it as I was when it first came out. The story may be a tad simple, just one of betrayal, revenge, and more betrayal, but it's enough to keep the game going forward. I feel like one of a just a handful of people who actually played the story missions instead of just roaming around, running over people and shooting cops, trying to see how high I could raise my wanted level, and how long I could survive once it was maxed out. I feel I should also say that I have NEVER used a cheat code for ANY GTA game. If I want an FBI car, I raise my wanted level up to get the FBI involved, carjack one of their cars, then ditch my wanted level and save the car in a garage. I'm just that good at this game. I love it. I still have many of the locations of items memorized.



Whilst I enjoy playing the increasingly challenging story missions, I'm not above engaging in some random ultraviolence. This game really does celebrate madcap rampages.
I also love the radio stations in this game more than any other Grand Theft Auto game. Chatterbox and Flashback FM are my favorites.
This game really excels at juxtaposing hilarity with violence.


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Silent Hill 2 - PlayStation 2
This game is all about getting your story on. Everything is drenched in atmosphere and symbolism. I think Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw put it best in his review on Zero Punctuation. Watch it.



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Doom - PC Games
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I love being abused by this game. It is hard as hell, but it's never unfair. This game absolutely will not give you an inch. You will die. Again and again. You will die. But each death is a learning experience. You come back, wiser and more determined. And ultimately, you will triumph, once you learn what you need to do. You will pass through fire and come through tempered, hard as steel.



In this game, there is no shame in running away.
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This one is a biggie. Widely regarded as the greatest Legend of Zelda game, and with good reason. In it's time, it was an incredibly impressive game. However, many of the design choices haven't aged particularly well. Compared to more modern games, the camera controls are kind of clunky, and it has not aged well at all, in the same way that any 90's game with polygonal graphics has. I will say that the 3DS version is probably the best, as I wasn't terribly fond of the N64 controller to begin with, I find the 3DS to be somewhat less of a pain to use, and in the case of aiming the slingshot and crossbow, it's significantly better than on the N64. The graphics have been updated on the 3DS so they look considerably better than they did on the Nintendo 64.


If you're a fan of the Legend of Zelda series, there's a good chance you've already played this game. If not, you definitely owe it to yourself to play it. If you've never played a Legend of Zelda game before, this is probably the single best place to start. There's not much I can say that thousands of other reviews haven't already said about this game. It's really just that good.
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Heavy Rain - PlayStation 3
I can't say that Heavy Rain is terribly innovative, because it plays very similarly to Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy. However, considering that exceedingly few games play that way, it still feels unique and fresh. I am incredibly impressed with the way this game tells it's story, and how the story can change based on the players decisions and performance. Also, this game has some of the most depressing endings I've ever witnessed.

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Psychonauts - PC Games
It took me entirely too long to play this magnificent game. Now I see why it seems like everyone who has played this game insists that this is Tim Schaefer's masterpiece. Psychonauts is incredibly strange, but it's also incredibly charming in it's weirdness. This game isn't all funshine and weirdbows, it can take sudden turns into some pretty dark territory, but I suppose that's only to be expected when delving into the human psyche.



Exploring the psyches of the eclectic cast of characters is easily the highlight of the game. It is wonderful and weird, and it is completely unlike anything else I've ever played.
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This is the first game about vampires that really made me feel like I was controlling a powerful hunter of the night. Still, for as powerful as you are among mere mortals, you meet your equal when it comes to the other Kindred that populate this immersive World of Darkness. Also, the scene with the Werewolf is a terrifying, pulse-pounding, on the edge-of-my-seat encounter.



There's some kind of slick quality to this game that's hard to describe. It's obvious that a lot of TLC went into making this game, and I've even been privy to download a mod several people have made that restored some content that was cut from the original game. Everything about this game is top notch: the voice acting, the score, the graphics (not the most impressive, but very well optimized), the script, and the story. It all makes for a very compelling game that I found very difficult to tear myself away from for very long.
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Dark Souls III - PC Games
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Wolfenstein: The New Order - PlayStation 4
Knowing the pedigree of the Wolfenstein games, I feel like this game is MUCH better than it has any right to be. This isn't just because the gameplay is superb (it is), it's because this game actually has a good story, which is something I'd never expect to say of a Wolfenstein game, but it's true. This is largely due the amazing cast of characters. Again, I never thought I'd say that about a Wolfenstein game either.

Now, story and characters aside, this game feels like it's very ambitious as well, like it's trying to have it's cake and eat it too. This game manages to have outstanding first person shooting, ratcheting up the craziness to dual-wielding assault rifles, and getting into lasergun fights on a Nazi moon base, to having actually GOOD stealth mechanics, silently creeping around, trying to take out the local Nazi commander before he can summon reinforcements.

I have to say, I'm really kind of happy that they went with more of a sci-fi imagining of a Third Reich rather than relying on the kind of old trope of supernaturally powered Nazi's. It's really one of very few, very fitting applications of the term "retro future."

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This game is a beautiful real-time/turn-based war strategy game. The turn-based part of this game is extremely solid as you manage your family, the loyalty of your generals, the output of your provinces, the movement of your armies, ninjas, shinobi, geisha, monks and other agents of diplomacy and espionage. When battles commence the game switches to a real-time battlefield with control of course of the battle placed firmly in your hands.



Oh, I do love me some turn-based strategy. While the real-time battles can be stunning to behold, I feel like the turn-based campaign map is where it's at. I love micro-managing my growing domain, managing fragile alliances, growing my economy, moving my network of spies, saboteurs, and assassins in place, and having them work their deadly trades. It's got everything I love about turn-based strategy.
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Halo 3: ODST - Xbox 360
The best Halo game, period. I can't really say enough good things about this game. The gameplay is solid, as is par for the course for Halo games. A few small tweaks to the Halo formula really worked for this game, as it emphasizes the difference between the very human ODST troopers and the superhuman Master Chief with his regenerating health. The ODST troopers actually feel quite elite, but are still within the realm of us squishy mortals, unlike the Master Chief. This game forces the player to fight smarter than you would as the Master Chief. Marvelous voice acting and a well-written script fit together with a fantastic musical score.



The story of the ODST troopers is one that I would absolutely love to see 343 Industries expand upon.
Firefight is also a very strong additional gameplay mode in the Halo series, and it got it's start in Halo 3: ODST. Firefight in this game is no joke. The first few waves aren't terribly difficult, but the difficulty ramps up VERY quickly, making for some extremely intense combat.
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I thoroughly enjoyed playing this game. Although, I'm unsure how to rate it in regards to other Legend of Zelda games in particular. It tends to borrow quite heavily from Ocarina of Time, which isn't too terrible, considering that OoT was an absolutely incredible game in it's own right. It does seem to be a rather dark game, not in that it's particularly "mature," but more in that it's actually visually rather dark. I feel this helps lend some originality, giving the game it's own tone.
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A wonderfully funny Lucasarts adventure game. A classic. Guybrush Threepwood is a brilliant character. He wants to be a great pirate, despite not having anything resembling skill or aptitude, but he makes up for it with clever improvisation and a naive can-do spirit.



I will never let my friend live down the fact that he couldn't get past this troll. This is a great example of the unique logic of this game. This troll will only let you pass if you give him the correct item. He wants something that seems really important, but actually isn't. It seems like a good riddle. So you need to hunt around the island looking for something that matches that description, and my friend absolutely could not figure this puzzle out. Early on in the game, you can acquire a fish. In your inventory, you see it looks red. If you examine it further, it states that it's a herring of some sort. A Red Herring. BINGO! You give the troll the fish, and he lets you pass. I love it.
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I truly felt like I was Batman. I became so immersed in this game, I felt a kind of mad glee at picking off bad guys one by one with brutal stealth takedowns and watching the remaining goons becoming increasingly panicked, jumping at shadows, never knowing when or where I'll strike next. I relished the terror that Batman inflicts upon the criminal scum of Gotham.



I do still consider this game to be superior to it's sequel, Arkham City. What that game gained in a sense of freedom by having a sandbox, it lost in having the tight, cohesive story of Arkham Asylum. Everything is here that needs to be here.
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Portal - PC Games
Wonderfully clever humor written into a short game that was superbly crafted. Although it does seem to drag on a bit towards the end, but not enough to ruin it or lower it's score, just enough to lower it a few notches on my favorite games of all-time list. Also unique for an FPS, in that you don't ever even have a proper "Gun," just a tool to place portals on walls, floors, and ceilings.

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Assassin's Creed II - Xbox 360
The first Assassin's Creed game was a very good game. This game fixed what few flaws existed in the first game, which makes this an absolutely GREAT game. I was very surprised and happy with how Ezio grows and changes as a character. He goes from a cocky, arrogant Italian noble to a confident & determined Assassin swept up in a huge conspiracy and world-controlling plot that plays with historical events and figures.



I loved how each area of the game had it's own feel. Venice, Florence, Forlì, San Gimignano, and the Tuscan countryside. Each area was distinct from the others. I was personally quite fond of Forlì and the Romagna region.
Although, The city upgrade minigame that was established in this game has only spiraled out of control in each subsequent Assassin's Creed game. The only purpose of money in these games is to make more money. After you make a really quite minimal amount, you can purchase all of the upgrades you need, after that, it's just making imaginary money just for it's own sake. Still, that minigame aside, it's a beautiful and well thought-out game.
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Ya know, honestly, this game works gloriously as just a Pirating game, if you just ignore the whole Assassins vs Templars plot. I mean, I've spent several gaming sessions just sailing around the West Indies, conducting piracy willy-nilly, doing some harpooning and exploring on the side, and I had an absolute blast. It is just that spectacular.



That said, the story isn't bad either. It like that while there is the obligatory Assassins vs Templars schtick, I like the fact that it seems to focus more on the personal development of the protagonist, Edward Kenway. Assassin's Creed II did the same thing, focusing on the development of the protagonist, and it worked there just as it does here.
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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - PlayStation 3
Equal parts Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider, and National Treasure, with dialogue that seems written by Joss Whedon. You control snarky Nathan Drake as he chases down a lost treasure of unimaginable power. Strange and exotic locations, and a non-stop, adrenaline-fueled thrill-ride.

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Super Mario 3D World - Nintendo Wii U
It's always kind of weird describing a new Mario game. I mean, you know what Mario is, right? No need to explain it, right? It's wonderful. It has everything you expect from a Mario game, perfectly constructed platforming, a gentle, but steady difficulty curve, and the whole cast of characters you know and love. What's not to like?

But above and beyond that, this game stands out because of the simply amazing and beautiful things it's throwing at you roughly every ten minutes. Now, I can't say for certain if that pace keeps up throughout the whole game, because I haven't beaten it yet, and I don't plan to any time soon. You see, I am SAVORING this game. I just don't want it to end. The sheer amount of fantastic imagination that goes into this game is really staggering when you think of it. You have to stay within the boundaries of what constitutes a Mario game, so as not to alienate the legions of gamers who know and love Mario already, but you have to keep things fresh and interesting so it's not just simply a retread of things you've already done, and the fact that this game manages to do BOTH at the same time, expanding the boundaries of what a Mario game can be, and doing it consistently, I mean... that is just truly remarkable.

Also, it is just FUN. =D

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Diablo III - PC Games
I'll admit, I was one of the many people who was furious at Blizzard for changing the art style of Diablo. It turns out that I was angry over nothing. The thoroughly dark and creepy atmosphere of the first two games is alive and well in the third iteration. Now, it does feel a bit like deja vu playing this game, because the player will be doing essentially the same thing they were doing in the first two games. I will say however, that the proceedings have been made much more fluid. There's much less downtime between fights, and less time spent with a finger hovering over the button to quaff potions continually. There's still the ever-present inventory juggling, making frequent trips back to town to sell off excess junk (which is admittedly much easier than ever before), and comparing each new piece of equipment with your current gear to see if the new piece is incrementally better, which is kind of a drag, but I suppose that's the nature of these types of loot-based games. I'm also pleased with Blizzard's efforts to infuse the story into the action of the game itself, as well as the efforts to make each playable character an actual, defined character rather than just a semi-silent protagonist for the player to embody.
I am, however, still pissed about the always-online requirement to play single-player. No thank you Blizzard.

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The Legend of Zelda - Famicom and NES
One of the first games I've ever played. Every few years I go back and play through this game. I can now beat it in a single day. I have this entire game memorized. It borders on being less of a action-adventure game than a puzzle game for me, and I already know all of the solutions. I never get tired of the classic theme music and sound effects.



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Where to begin to describe this game? This one is a biggie. This game has a legendary reputation. It was one of the most ambitious and innovative games of it's time. It really tried to present the player with multiple paths to achieving objectives, and it gave many of the player's actions consequences. I'll also add that it often did the later without hammering you over the head about it. I had no idea that I could prevent my helicopter from being sabotaged, or that I could let Paul Denton die.



I can say that unfortunately I did not play this game until very recently, and I must say that time has not been kind. This game absolutely looks like ass. And thinking back, it really wasn't impressive for it's time. But I suppose that's the cost of having a different focus. Instead of sinking all their money into making the fanciest LOOKING game, they focused on making a game that excelled at pretty much everything else. I do have some other complaints however. The stealth option in this game definitely could use some work. There have been MANY refinements in the stealth genre of games since this game, and it makes it seem all the more rudimentary. There's no indicator of whether or not you're not being seen. Plus the hand crossbow tranquilizer, which is supposed to be a STEALTH weapon instead causes the people you've shot to run around screaming for about a solid minute before they finally collapse in a heap. What. The. Hell. Still, those are small, niggling complaints against a game that excels in so many other ways.
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BioShock - Xbox 360
A dystopian masterpiece. Set in a world where a Libertarian/Ayn Randian city was established, and you arrive there just in time to see it all come down in flaming ruin. Part of the fun is just getting sucked in and figuring out how all this happened, while just getting glimpses of what once was. Solid FPS shooting with fun and varied Plasmids to mix things up a little.

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I love stealth-based games, and this is a marvelous example of how to do stealth gameplay right. Mix in an interesting lead character, a fascinatingly believable science-fiction near-future setting, and add a dash of conspiracy, and you've got one amazing game. The boss fights were a bit of a let-down, but not enough to deter me from thoroughly enjoying myself.



This is a game that I think is kind of difficult to explain just exactly why I love it so much. Just like Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines. It has that same slick design that shines through in almost all aspects of the game. Again, the only thing that detracts from the game are the boss fights. It's really kind of disappointing how the game encourages stealth so much, and then FORCES you into open combat with boss characters. All the time you spent working on your stealth skills and hacking skills don't matter for squat when you're out in open combat. Still, if you have foreknowledge that the game is going to do that (like how I knew beforehand) you can adequately prepare for that eventuality, and it won't be quite so brutal. Even for as much as I (and everyone else who's played this game) complain about the boss fights, they're really short, and only occupy a very small percentage of the time you spend playing this game. So really, I feel it's a pretty small complaint. The stealth works, it's tense. The hacking is done very skillfully. The story and the character of Adam Jensen are compelling. Everything else works beautifully. Except for the damn boss fights. Still, don't let that deter you from playing this game. PLAY IT!
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Chrono Trigger - Super famicom and SNES
A game for the ages, that takes place throughout the ages. A superb battle system coupled with a strong story and gorgeous setting. Probably one of the best soundtracks that can be found on an SNES. Truly a classic.



Chrono Trigger has some of the most beautifully rendered 16-bit worlds in all of video games. Whether in the distant future, the ancient past, or the present day, they are all beautiful and they give a feeling of enormity. This game is truly grand in scope, if nothing else, even while all the time, it makes it feel like it's a very personal story about a small group of characters, struggling against colossal forces.
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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon - PlayStation Network
Okay, where do I even begin with this game? This game is essentially everything awesome about 80's Movies and Video Games condensed into about a gig and a half.

This game is a stand-alone expansion for Far Cry 3. It really is functionally the same game, as far as game mechanics go, for the most part. Which isn't bad, considering that Far Cry 3's mechanics were superb.

In fact, I consider this game to be superior to the game it's based on. Mostly because in Far Cry 3, you play as Jason Brody, dude-brah extraordinaire, voice-acted by some schmuck. In Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, you play as Sergeant Rex "Power" Colt, Cyborg Commando, voiced by Michael Biehn. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon wins that contest, hands down.
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Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Sep 13 14:10
Oh boy, so you totally asked me to check these games out in a manner that was so not asshole-ish so I figured I'd actually do it! First off, I don't have a PSP, so no chance of me playing that FFT-game, however I should note I've never really gotten into any Tactics-games unless you count Valkyria Chronicles. Probably wouldn't be my thing. Fallout 2 is awesome, but I prefer the first one. I think it's a tighter experience overall, where the fact of having less content is actually a benefit as everything feels like it's been designed to cater to your every decision. Fallout 2 has so much pop culture referencing going on at all times that some of the actiony parts like caves etc. just feel dull. While on the subject, I wouldn't personally rank Fallout 3 above New Vegas. The things Obsidian does with that world, the moral choices and the branching nature of the overall storyline just so rapidly outweigh the awful storyline of the third part. As a sidenote, you need to play some Alpha Protocol if you haven't already. I have a top 5 underrated games-list you should probably check out if you haven't already, there's some reasoning for playing AP there.

I never really got into RDR. I played until the first outlaw you try to hunt down went down, but ehh... Kind of happened what usually happens with me and Rockstar open world-games. It just wore out it's welcome. The gameplay didn't feel good enough to justify riding that horse around as much as I had to. Maybe it gets tighter later, I dunno. The Undead Nightmare-expansion is something I'd like to play eventually though. The same happened with GTA IV, but I wish it hadn't because that story was really good, even if the tragic tone was in contrast with me accidentally running over old ladies in my humvee every three minutes.

In regards to the ICO/SotC-collection, I've played both back in the PS2-era, but only got SotC from the PSN-store. I just never got that into ICO. Trust me, it's just the basic structure of it being a long escort mission. It might be the best escort mission of all time, but it's still a damn escort mission. Kind of surprised to see Star Wars: TFU here, as it's a game I've seen people start hate more the longer it's been in existence. I've always been intrigued by it though, and placing it here sure raised those expectations some more. I've been trying to get back into CoD 4 as of late, but I've played through the first half of that single-player so many times I'm struggling to get to where I was the last time.

Also, Sid Meier's Pirates!: Fuck yes! That's the best damn sim I've ever played. Upgrading everything and then being rich as hell and having to split up the fleet because your men are thoroughly unhappy for whatever reason was always fun. As far as Hitman 2 goes, I kind of prefer Blood Money. The gameplay just smoothed out by that part to the point where the game felt like more than a collection of various gameplay mechanics and really went up a notch as a whole package. I never liked Bioshock, by the way. Call it a pet peeve. I just really hate the core gameplay there. The graphical design and story are fantastic but man, I never had ANY fun playing the game.

Ooh, Soul Reaver. That's also a great game, but I have to link this here: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=488564 If that stuff would've been in there, it would've been one of the best games on the PS1. As it stands, I prefer Blood Omen to Soul Reaver. Whereas SR is better than any Tomb Raider-game ever would have been, Blood Omen is basically Zelda on the PS1, and I tend to gravitate more towards that style of gameplay.

One more thing. You mentioned that ICO and SotC are great at telling a story indirectly. I'd kind of disagree, at least on the latter one's part. SotC has a rather minimalist, background-esque story, but it still tells it very directly by just showing you a bunch of cutscenes where the story happens. It's definitely not feeding the thing to you with a spoon, but it still shows you very straight what goes on in the story. Now take a game you NEED to play named Dark Souls. Now there's a game that tells a story indirectly. You get an opening cutscene, and that's it. All other story in the game is optional. You can go forward with your adventure, killing all the enemies, dying a lot, you know the drill. Or you can talk to the few NPCs you might find around. You can cut off tails from dragons to get weapons that have descriptions that explain what happened in the world. Or heck, any item has that. You can look at paintings and engravings around the world to eventually piece together why this place is so immensely fucked up. The only cutscenes you get aside from the opening are ones that introduce you to bosses who usually crawl out of various holes to feast upon your corpse, so there's nothing narratively important about those. Heck, the names of the bosses that show up on their lifebar when you fight them probably tell you more about their history than that entire cutscene. The narrative is ingenious in this design. But heck, so is the entire game. Play it. Seriously.

Also, a nice and varied selection you have on this list. You should definitely check out my personal favorite video-game related community, Giant Bomb, in case you haven't heard of it already.

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