I was just starting to run out of ideas for Moviepilot articles when I saw that fellow awesome MP Creator, Cassie Benter, came up with the #ThreeGames tag, where she posted her three favorite games. As an avid gamer myself, I was only too eager to jump on the opportunity to share my favorite games!
1. Portal 2
I have always loved games that make me think. Sure Call of Duty or Halo can be fun for a while, but ultimately it is all about running around shooting things. Portal is something totally different. It is a game about running around and shooting things, but with puzzles.
Okay, so perhaps that doesn't properly explain Portal, so I'll give a brief summary: You play as a woman named Chell in an underground laboratory. With the prompts of an A.I. named GLaDOS, you use a gun that shoots blue and yellow turrets in order to complete several tests, all with the ultimate goal of escaping the facility.
The game really makes you think out-of-the-box in order to progress past the testing chambers. You will have to use the two portals in ways you never thought possible, all while listening to the hilarious and sarcastic remarks from GLaDOS.
Portal 2 improved greatly on the first. Along with all the great things about Portal, the second installment features different environments, different characters, and most importantly, larger and more complex puzzles.
Portal 2 made a spot in my top 3 because of the challenge that it posed me with. I love games that challenge me intellectually, and I also love games with humor. Portal 2 hits the hardest on both fronts. It is by far the funniest game I have played, not to mention the amount of critical thinking it takes to complete it.
2. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
The first game console that I ever played was a Nintendo 64. The first console that I ever owned was the Nintendo Gamecube. Needless to say, I was basically raised on Nintendo.
The first franchises that come to mind when someone mentions Nintendo are Super Mario Bros and Pokémon, but the one I have always been fascinated with is the Legend of Zelda franchise. In the games, you play as a boy named Link, gifted with glorious purpose to save Princess Zelda and wipe evil from Hyrule forever.
Majoras Mask is quite different from the other games in the series. Your main goal isn't to save Zelda, or to defeat the usual villain, Ganondorf. No, in this game, you are trying to stop a giant moon from crashing down and destroying the town of Termina.
While other Zelda games, like Ocarina of Time and Wind Waker, have a more lighthearted feel, Majora's Mask has a darker, more sinister tone. Each NPC (non-player controlled character) lives their own life completely oblivious to the impending doom, stressing the importance of you saving the world.
Majora's Mask ranks on my list not only for the nostalgic value, but because of the story. The game introduces new villains, new weapons, and new abilities that no other Zelda game can match. Also, if you've played the game, just think of Fierce Deity Link. That alone is a reason to love it.
3. Magic: The Gathering
While I love video games, not all games can be played with a controller and a television screen. Magic: The Gathering is a competitive card game that has been around since 1993, and it has generated quite a following.
The game is played by placing land cards, which you can use to play creatures and spells. You use these creatures and spells to attack the other player. Eventually you want to bring their life total from 20 to 0. This can be tricky, as life-gaining cards aren't as uncommon as you might think.
I first started playing Magic just over a year ago, and I have loved the game ever since. I play as often as possible. It never really gets old. New sets of cards come out every couple of months, which opens opportunities of a limitless potential for new decks.
If you want to start getting into Magic (which I strongly suggest you do), cards are available at your local Walmart, Target, or comic or gaming store.
What are your favorite games? Post an article with the #ThreeGames tag to share your best, worst, or weirdest choices!
Honorable Mentions: Super Smash Bros., Bioshock Infinite, Dragon Age: Inquisition