yord's 30 Days of Video Games List
610 8.31. Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt - Famicom and NES
204 8.52. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty - PC Games
Your favorite character: Tychus Findlay
Tychus Findlay is a badass. But it's the respect he shows for Raynor that makes him seem even moreso. Being as naive as Tychus was in these situations, it helped me connect to the story--though having his impeccable comic timing along with me wherever I went was an even bigger boon.
3 103. Starsiege - PC Games
A game that is underrated: Starsiege
With such a rich backstory and impressive, full-color and thoughtful books packaged with the game, I couldn't believe I had to make the page for this game on listal. The game that spawned Tribes is much more interesting, has two separate and compelling single-player campaigns--one for humankind, one for cybrids--fully customizable mechs (engines, power cores, guns, etc), a squad of teammates at your command, online multiplayer, and the voice acting of none other than Mark Hamill. Curious?
237 7.94. RollerCoaster Tycoon - PC Games
144 8.15. L.A. Noire - Xbox 360
Game character you feel you are most like: Jack Kelso
I chose Kelso because he's spent most of his life shirking from the responsibilities of leading but finds it hard to resist his urge to get shit done. He's capable, but has seen what can happen to leaders during his time in Japan during WWII. At heart, he's a genuinely nice guy and will defend those he trusts, but is deeply cynical. His potential to work with others is there, but he prefers to go solo.
Man, I get it.
190 8.16. Left 4 Dead 2 - PC Games
Most annoying character: Three Way Tie
Nick from Left 4 Dead 2
So I don't really think Nick is normally annoying, but after working on custom L4D2 content and hearing Nick screaming, "Helllooooooo?! Can anyone hear me?!" every time I playtested my map really got on my nerves...
Terran SCV from StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
Terran SCV: Big job, huh?
Me: FUCK YOUUUUUU!!! Teamkills the unit for its insolence.
Nazeem from Skyrim
"Do you get to the Cloud District very often? Oh, what am I saying--of course you don't."
I have a very long and torturous death planned for you, Nazeem...
90 6.97. Army of Two - Xbox 360
877 8.78. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Nintendo 64
Best soundtrack: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
So many tunes that I will never forget with such distinct styles reflecting each setting that they come from; I cannot help but imagine myself there.
255 8.49. Mass Effect - PC Games
Saddest game scene: Wrex and the Genophage
I was caught entirely off-guard by the heated argument Wrex had with me--I thought it would be entirely possible to reason with him and come to a mutual agreement. Things seemed to be going fine... until Ashley pumps him full of lead, citing her need to keep me safe. Unacceptable. I reloaded--no success. No amount of reloads could keep Wrex alive. I had to accept that.
When the mission was over, I left Ashley to cook in the explosion.
272 8.510. Batman: Arkham Asylum - PlayStation 3
Best gameplay: Batman: Arkham Asylum
The combat system in this game is so flawless, it's intoxicating. It is just a pleasure being able to kick so many thugs in the jaw without them landing a punch on you, and so after completing the stellar campaign I sat for hours completing the combat challenges, perfecting my abilities.
51 9.111. PC - Game Hardware
Gaming system of choice: PC
The PC has always been my system of choice. It's the only gaming rig that can effectively evolve and upgrade itself, top-tier and unrivaled graphics, 100% backwards compatible with any PC game, and supports user-made custom content on a scale unmatched by any console. Well worth a few OS and game install headaches.
155 8.612. Minecraft - PC Games
21 7.113. Carcassonne - Xbox 360 Live Arcade
A game you've played more than five times: Carcassonne
Presented on elegant playing cards, the games are quick yet complex, with a slight random element mixed with some straightforward strategies for winning. Become the Baron with the most castles, roads, monkeries, and/or farmland and victory shall be yours and you'll be able to move on to the next game. Huzzah, another!
136 8.314. Indigo Prophecy / Fahrenheit - PC Games
102 7.315. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighte... - Xbox 360
Post a screenshot from the game you're playing right now: Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2
Co-Op with my boy, GruntLogic! I do believe we just completed the mission pictured above.
726 8.216. Diablo II - PC Games
Game with the best cutscenes: Diablo II
Blizzard has been known for their outstanding CGI work, even before Diablo II was announced, but I think that fact was cemented upon the release of the sequel to their seminal hack and slash game. From the moment I saw the Wanderer's hand shake as he struggles to hold in his daemons, I was hooked. Such a perfect introduction to the game and its grisly tone.
588 8.817. Metal Gear Solid - PlayStation
Favorite antagonist: Psycho Mantis
Psycho Mantis is an enigma--brilliant and disturbed. While being only a somewhat minor villain in the franchise, he left a lasting impact on everyone that's played the game, especially because of his ability to "read your mind" if you weren't plugged into the right controller port. I thought his final words gave him a more believable human story at the end, which, to me, is a hallmark of a credible villain. I like to know that antagonist's descents into madness are slow, and ultimately preventable. It makes it all the more tragic.
299 8.918. Red Dead Redemption - Xbox 360
Favorite protagonist: John Marston
At long last, a realistic, complex and noble protagonist, and one everyone can root for--and it's no surprise that Rockstar Games penned this memorable character. John is trying to leave his violent past behind him and forge a path for his son and wife to live without danger. He would love to be there and grey with them, though we get the feeling he never truly believes his past will let go of him. Despite it all, his determination and good-heartedness make him the most endearing hero of modern gaming.
152 8.819. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Xbox 360
100 7.620. Thief II: The Metal Age - PC Games
337 8.121. Deus Ex (Game of the Year Edition) - PC Games
Game with the best story: Deus Ex
This game not only revolutionized the gaming world by letting the player find solutions to fit the way they wanted to play, but also with a thoughtful--and eerily reminiscent--story of a dystopian future where the Grey Death runs rampant in the metropolises and the only cure is secretly saved for the privileged and the shortages blamed on terrorists. However, nanotechnology is infused into the story, as you, JC Denton, are the forefront of that technology, and so everything you do is viewed through that lens. It's not only a literary story, considering themes dating back to the Greeks, but it's also a serious look into topics that are undoubtedly going to be the most controversial issues humanity has confronted--notably, AI and nanotechnology.
119 6.822. Deus Ex: Invisible War - PC Games
A game sequel which disappointed you: Deus Ex: Invisible War
Why is he pointing a gun at me sideways and why is his hair spiked and frosted?
After being so blown away by the original--which held my #1 slot for eight years--you could say my expectations were high. But I could see what was coming just by looking at the ridiculous cover. It was intended to be released on consoles and PC at the same time, unlike the original, and they clearly sacrificed substance for style. And such a hollow style, too. And they didn't even choose an ending from the original, they just sort of melded them all together. What kind of crap is that? It just made it meaningless from the start.
130 7.623. Mirror's Edge - PlayStation 3
Game you think had the best graphics or art style: Mirror's Edge
I've never wished a game would be better more than I have with Mirror's Edge. Such an awesome atmosphere, I just wish the game was more of a chill, action-oriented puzzle jumper like the demo, instead of constantly running away from people and helicopters shooting at you for some arbitrary reason, which the designers somehow thought would be fun.
420 8.224. Pokemon: Blue Version - Game Boy
Favorite classic game: Pokemon
Pokemon had a huge impact on my life when I was in Jr. High. It was so much fun to collect my favorite Pokemon and get a powerful team to battle my friends with. And like Ash with Pikachu, we all had our own Pokemon of choice. I loved the strategy needed to take out other Pokemon so much that I shamelessly played the card game. Ditto 4 Lyfe!
17 7.425. X3: Terran Conflict - PC Games
A game you plan on playing: X3: Terran Conflict
I don't know much, if anything, about the X Universe, but when I saw the trailer for this game on Steam during their Holiday sale, I had to pick it up. I finished Battlestar: Galactica last year, so the epic space battles really piqued my interest (boarding and taking over enemy ships? Yes!) regardless of the steep learning curve it seems to have. Can hardly wait to sink my teeth into this gorgeous-looking game.
199 7.526. Halo 3: ODST - Xbox 360
Best voice acting: Halo 3: ODST
I could have easily went with Batman: Arkham Asylum for Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy alone, but it's the ensemble cast of ODST that really had me playing this game over and over again. I'd be the first to admit that I probably love this game because it's got a lot of Firefly alumni, but when such talented people work together so well it elevates the material. I think a lot of developers could learn from this game and actually take the time to flesh out characters and hire actors that breathe them to life.
470 8.827. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - PlayStation 3
Most epic scene ever: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
This series is basically designed to be a long, interactive Action/Adventure movie, and my god do they ever succeed in keeping the intensity sustained throughout. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, this game pulls out all the stops to present a good-time romp through exotic, breathtaking locales, and it always keeps it freshly epic.
715 8.128. Half-Life - PC Games
Favorite game developer: VALVe Software
VALVe has no real competition here. Their support for community developed mods and maps was unprecedented when Half-Life was released, and they've continued to keep and raise that high standard over the years with their offering of the powerful Source SDK. But even if I set all that aside and judged from releases alone, VALVe would remain king, and that is an impressive task, indeed.
162 8.629. Heroes of Might and Magic III - PC Games
A game you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving: Heroes of Might and Magic III
I guess what initially turned me off about this game was that it looked so... traditional. So plainly fantasy, it seemed unoriginal. Those lame treasures scattered around the map looked so simple... but... I need them! This game has a lot under the surface, and is strangely addicting. There are a VAST number of units you can make, and the combat system is very satisfying--setting you in a combat zone where you command your army on a pentagonal grid. Needless to say, I've since turned to recommending it heartily.
183 8.230. Fallout 3 - PlayStation 3
Your favorite game of all time: Fallout 3
This game was my introduction to the Fallout Universe, and what a glorious introduction it was. A starkly beautiful post-apocalyptic world, into which I stumble from a paranoia-soaked Vault, and a world to discover and learn about in whatever way I wanted. I learned that people are brutal. I learned to survive. At times funny, at times a V.A.T.S.-fueled bloodbath, at times tragic, but always one hell of an experience.
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