ByCassie Benter, writer at Creators.co
Breaker of Games, Mother of Bug Finding. Co-creator of AdventureJam. Twitter: @FenderBenter
Cassie Benter

The lovely Dana Abeln created the 5 Day Gaming Challenge to help the Moviepilot Community share their favorite games and stories while getting to know each other! This isn't just limited to the Creators, but also to you - the readers!

As you can already tell from the title, I've put all of my picks together into one post. It's only the first day and I'm already breaking the rules! But never mind that! Let's get on to my choices, and then I'll nominate five fellow Creators to carry on the same task!

1) A Game That Makes Me Rage

To say that I struggled to come up with an answer would be the biggest lie I’ve ever told. Immediately, I thought of the Souls games (and yes, I’m including Bloodborne with that)! One time, while playing Bloodborne and dying for what felt like the hundredth time, I became so angry that I actually started laughing. But if I had to narrow my choice down to just one, it would have to be Demon’s Souls, a.k.a. the devil’s work. "What makes that game so evil," you might be thinking?

Most games start you off with an easy first boss. Does this look like an easy first boss? No? Exactly.
Most games start you off with an easy first boss. Does this look like an easy first boss? No? Exactly.

To put it simply, these games are ridiculously hard. You are not given a difficulty option upon starting the game for the first time. You play how the developers want you to play, and that's that. See, that might not have been so bad, but the problem is that dying is frequent occurrence, and there are consequences that come with that, such as dropping all of the souls (the in-game currency) you've collected in that run.

Now, it is possible to regain those souls if you make it back to the place where you died last time, but should you not make it and end up dying along the way, the previously dropped souls are gone forever. Since you need these souls to repair weapons and armor, purchase items of all kinds, and level up your character, you can see how this would become frustrating rather quickly.

Yes, that boss is essentially a giant stringray. Don't you dare under-estimate it!
Yes, that boss is essentially a giant stringray. Don't you dare under-estimate it!

Please don't get me wrong - the Souls games are entertaining and highly rewarding! To spend hours gathering souls and items to make your character stronger, so that you can finally defeat the next boss is extremely gratifying. But holy smokes, you will you be crying along the way.

2) My Favorite Multiplayer Game

I don't play many multiplayer games, and most of the ones I do play have terrible communities that make you want to gouge out your eyes. So unfortunately, my love for League of Legends will be put aside. Because of that, my final answer would probably have to be Sid Meier's Civilization V.

Bring on the world wonders!
Bring on the world wonders!

There really isn't a whole lot to say here, to be honest. It's a game I enjoy playing with my boyfriend, even if we both can become a little too competitive. He always goes for a military victory, where I tend to go for a policy victory, while also being greedy trying to build all of the world wonders for myself. I firmly believe that Civilization V is a stronger relationship/friendship tester than Monopoly. I highly recommend it.

3) The Game That Made Me Binge the Most

Ah yes, the games that you boot up in broad daylight, and then turn around and suddenly it's 2AM in the morning. I swear, it's just like time travel. It's so hard to narrow my choice down to just one game, but I suppose I should give the winning title to one that I shamefully obtained every trophy for (not counting DLC), which is Fallout: New Vegas.

Fallout 4 can't get here soon enough!
Fallout 4 can't get here soon enough!

I have to admit, RPGs can sometimes be a hit-or-miss for me. But when I find one I enjoy, I cling to it like glue. Fallout 3 and New Vegas are both notorious at sucking away all of my free time. From scourging the wastelands for Sunset Sarsaparilla star bottle caps and snow-globes, to getting kicked out of every single casino, I played this game and left nothing behind. It took a ridiculous amount of time to achieve this, and I'm not exactly disappointed that I have no way of knowing how much time I actually spent doing it.

4) A Game That I've Played Over and Over Again

My father brought me up on PC adventure games when I was only three-years-old, and they were (and perhaps still are) my forte. You could say I was a little bit late to the console crowd, since my first one was the brand-new slim PlayStation 2 when I was nearly eleven-years-old. I wanted a PS2 for one reason only: Kingdom Hearts.

This is my childhood in the console format.
This is my childhood in the console format.

Kingdom Hearts appealed to me because of the Disney characters first-and-foremost. Not having ever played Final Fantasy, or any other SquareSoft/Enix game, the characters from them didn't initially interest me. But before long, I was completely obsessed with the game. I wanted to know everything there was to know about the characters. I wanted to play every game in the series! Even Chain of Memories, the Game Boy Advance title, where you used themed playing cards to fight, instead of your usual hack-and-slash mechanics.

I mean, this game let me play in Halloween Town, with Jack Skellington by my side!
I mean, this game let me play in Halloween Town, with Jack Skellington by my side!

At that age, I thought Kingdom Hearts was the best game I had played to date. I loved the characters, worlds, and story. I loved that everything Disney seemed to come to life, and that I could interact with all of these characters I loved so dearly. It is because of this, and the wonderful nostalgia behind it, that it will forever hold a place in my heart - daring to be played again and again.

5) A Game That Should Be Re-Released or Get a Sequel

If you've been a reader of mine for long enough, then it should be no surprise that I'd mention Silent Hill, as I seem to do it quite frequently. Even if the graphics don't hold up today, it's still arguably one of the best horror games out there.

I still love you, Harry, even if you are a walking polygon.
I still love you, Harry, even if you are a walking polygon.

The problem is that the graphics are dated, and the game's controls are a bit wonky, which is to be expected with a game released on the PlayStation in 1999. Regardless of its age, it is still loved by many, myself included. And with the second and third Silent Hill games receiving a remaster, where's the love for the first? I can only assume it's because it would take more effort than just slapping a few new textures on some old models. Silent Hill would have to be made from the ground up, and that takes up a lot of time, which most people aren't going to be willing to spend.

Since this isn't happening anymore, I think it's safe to assume a remaster would make fans happy again.
Since this isn't happening anymore, I think it's safe to assume a remaster would make fans happy again.

That said, I'd still love nothing more than to see a ground-up remake of Silent Hill, or at the very least, a well-rounded sequel. In my eyes, everything started to decline after the second title - either we've received sequels with great controls and a questionable story, or vise versa. I'd like to hope that we will someday receive another title worth having, but my trust in Konami is wearing thin. Perhaps we'll just have to turn to fans to do the remakes and tributes - and truth be told, I'll accept them with open arms.

And now, for my nominees!

I'm tagging five fellow creators to carry this on, and share their picks with us. But I'd also like to invite you to join in! Whether this is this would be your first post, or your hundredth, please don't be shy! We'd love to see your picks and hear your tales! (If you're new to Moviepilot, you can start writing quite easily by clicking the green "Create a post!" button below!)

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