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5 Favorite Games Part 21.

I haven’t done one of these in a while (after the first 100 games), so I thought I’d throw a new entry out there. For the newer readers, it’s a post about 5 games I particularly like. They may or may not make the usual “Top 100” lists, but they are recommendations of mine to at least check out to add to one’s gaming knowledge. The only real stipulation is the titles have to be at least one year old for inclusion on the list. Feel free to check the tag “Favorite Games” to see other titles included.

1.) Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Vanillaware) – While still quite popular in some circles to downplay the graphical savvy of the Wii against the other systems, this is easily one of the most beautiful games of this current console generation. Taking the popular “Metroidvania” style (though not as intricately complex as its namesakes), Muramasa is one of those games that is so pretty that you actually have to remind yourself to keep playing due to the frequent breaks you’ll be taking to stare at the astoundingly well-animated graphics. There’s also an enjoyable game in there as well, with Read the rest of this entry

The First 100 Games.

I’ll do this every 50 games or so to show the full list of games I’ve mention thus far. There will be plenty more to come in the days ahead, so if you don’t see a favorite, or think one needs to be on the list, it’s probably on the way. How many have you played?

Alien Vs. Predator
Batman Returns
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Chip ‘N’ Dale Rescue Rangers
Conker’s Bad Fur Day
Crazy Taxi
Dance Dance Revolution
Donkey Kong Country
Ecco the Dolphin
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Final Fantasy VII
Geometry Wars 2
Guitar Hero
Haunted House
Katamari Damacy
Kid Icarus
Kingdom Hearts II
King’s Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella
Left 4 Dead
Legend of Zelda
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards
Lemonade Stand
Marble Madness
Mario Kart DS
Mario Paint
Marvel Vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes
Mega Man 2
Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker
Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!
Mortal Kombat 3
Ms. Pac-Man
Ninja Gaiden
Number Munchers
Odell Lake
Oregon Trail
Out of This World
Pac-Man: Championship Edition
Parappa the Rapper
Phantasy Star
Phantasy Star Online
Resident Evil 4
Revenge of Shinobi
River Raid
Robotron: 2084
Samba de Amigo
San Francisco RUSH
Secret of Monkey Island
Sonic the Hedgehog
Space Channel 5
Space Harrier
Space Invaders Extreme
Spider-Man 2
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
Streets of Rage 2
Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People
Super Castlevania IV
Super Mario Bros.
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5 Favorite Games Part 20.

With this installment makes the first 100 games I’ve listed as “favorite”, “enjoyable”, or “play-worthy”. The list will keep continuing after this, but this marks the first 100 titles that I’ve listed.

1.) Robotron: 2084 (Williams) – Kill lots of Robotrons, save the last human family, and do it all with only two joysticks. Once again, Williams showed innovation with this title, eschewing the traditional button set-up, and instead using two control sticks. Fast paced, relentless, and incredibly addictive, this has remained one of my favorite shooters over the years.

2.) Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (Capcom) – Granted the game has seen over 2 billion iterations of this particular game, but this is where it all started, and it was good for doing so. Most of the fighting games of the time were done as a side-scrolling brawler, and one one one fighting games were usually either too slow or too clunky. This game changed things, and when it was brought home, the competition raged on at home so you could bring some better skills back to the arcade. It was a never-ending cycle, really.

3.) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Nintendo) – My personal Read the rest of this entry

5 Favorite Games Part 19.

I’m wanting to get the first 100 games on here before the end of the year, but between closing on a house (the process sucks, folks), and due to a friend of mine posting a new article on Polybius (I wrote an article myself some time back – one of the weirdest gaming “urban legends” out there), it’s been a little busy for me.

Regardless, here is the next installment of the list:

1.) Mario Paint (Nintendo) – Less of a traditional video game and more of an “educational” program, this one-shot from Nintendo provided many hours of fun for me. An art program, an animation tool and a very competent music program (in my opinion, more realized than Wii Music) made for a great creative experience. On top of that, there was the surprisingly addictive Gnat Attack mini game. With the Wii Remote, it’s surprising that Nintendo hasn’t attempted to resurrect this game, though hints of it can be seen in the Photo Channel. Fun Fact: The very first Homestar Runner cartoon was actually created by Mario Paint.

2.) Left 4 Dead (Valve) – While most multi-player FPS games rely on players to blast each other to bits than Read the rest of this entry

5 Favorite Games Part 18.

1.) Braid (Microsoft) – Simply put, Braid is an unforgettable gaming experience. Designed by Jonathan Blow, the game is a platformer/puzzle hybrid that looks like a painting in motion. What is so brilliant (and often maddening) about Braid is that all of the answers are right in front of the player. You don’t need to go ahead a few levels to find a necessary power-up, it isn’t a matter of forgetting to do something earlier in the level. What you need to solve any puzzle is given to you, and can be solved right there. The puzzles makes sense, once you understand how to master the game’s mechanics. It’s being able to see the solution that is right in front of you is the aspect that will melt your brain. But it’s worth it. For as minimalist as the story is, finding all of the pieces opens up the conclusion, and you will never look at the “save the princess” scenario the same way again.

2.) Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo) – No self-respecting game list could ever omit this title. The Zelda series has always maintained consistently high quality through Read the rest of this entry

5 Favorite Games Part 17.

1.) Final Fantasy VII (Squaresoft) – When it comes to this game, it largely depends on who you speak with to get very different opinions. Some find the game nonsensical and overhyped. Others claim it is the greatest RPG ever made. But it’s undeniable on how this game changed the face of console RPG gaming forever, making the genre mainstream for the first real time. Final Fantasy VII struck a resonant chord with me, from it’s impressive graphics, 3-disc story, interesting characters, and the genuinely emotional ending to Disc 1. It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen in a video game, and in being asked to remember certain video game moments, this one always goes to the top of my list. This was also the game that separated Nintendo and Square for years, a pairing that had been together for almost a decade at the time. It was truly a benchmark title for the original Playstation, and despite its age, I’ve never been able to shake its impact as a gamer.

2.) Portal (Valve) – Portal is unique. I never found myself anticipating it, nor did I find the seeming lack of enemies all Read the rest of this entry

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