After being nominated by friend and fellow writer Cassie Benter, I happily agreed to delve into my gaming history by listing a few games. I've been a gamer my whole life, starting with the Nintendo 64 all the way to now with the Wii U so this challenge is like toast and butter to me. Let's get it started in here! Anybody even remember that song? No? Okay...
1. THE RAGE FEST
An overlooked and awesome gem from the N64 is still in my opinion the hardest game that I have ever played and I've played Castlevania IV and MegaMan VII, so that's saying something. That game is Turok 2: The Seeds of Evil. Ah, old N64 shooters. When the aiming was inverted, you walked with the C-Buttons, and checkpoints were so far from each other that if you die, it usually meant controllers were thrown into a wall. Good memories...
Okay it was the dark ages of console shooters but despite the clunky controls they were a ton of fun to play and that is definitely the case with Turok but on the other hand...well just be ready to die. A LOT. You have enemies that act more like vacuums for your ammunition and never relent, labyrinth-like levels which are quite the chore to explore and find all the components you need AND complete all optional side missions (completionists like me will hate this game), and boss battles that rival Dark Souls and Bloodborne in terms of difficulty. However this is a game that was part of an era where a large arsenal was common in games and BOY when you get some of Turok's weapons, it becomes satisfying to kill Dinozoids for all the pain they caused you. Oh and to everybody else that's played this: I know the pain of going through the Lair of the Blind Ones, I really do. Anyway, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil is a great game but don't expect something along the lines of Kirby.
4. EPIC MULTIPLAYER FUN!
For my favorite multiplayer game, I gotta go classic to in my opinion still the best RTS game ever made known as Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos/The Frozen Throne. Four races, four stories, epic fights, brilliant characters, and some of the most fun gameplay you will ever have. Can you blame me for putting this? This is one of the rare perfect games, no flaws at all, it managed to get everything right and I still go back and play it. All I have to say it: FOR THE HORDE!
3. HOW MANY HOURS HAVE I BEEN PLAYING?
After the N64, my next console was from Sony with the amazing PlayStation 2 and in 2006 we got in my opinion the next best Final Fantasy game after Final Fantasy VI: Final Fantasy XII. It is true that I put a ton of hours into Final Fantasy VI (Final Fantasy III in the US) but I got so addicted to playing Final Fantasy XII that I often contemplated skipping school just so I could play more and more. Fortunately, I stuck with school like a good kid. Square Enix has always been stunning with their visual but the graphics for both gameplay and cinematic alike were revolutionary for the time, I remember playing Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and thinking that Final Fantasy XII looked better than this. But looks aren't everything, gameplay is the most important thing and this game has it in spades. With a new system that actually works well, fun combat, challenging but still great bosses, and an RPG system so different than any I've ever seen before, I could not put the controller down. Now yes the story is very complicated but I think if you just pay attention, its not TOO hard to figure out. So with this game you can imagine how excited I was for the next sequel and what did we get?
A linear game with the most lame combat system combined with ludicrous story and bland characters...yeah this next picture is for you Square Enix.
You guys had better get Final Fantasy XV right or I'm sure a mob will be waiting outside your doors with pitchforks and torches. Okay let's move on.
4. I Memorized This Game Like My ABC's
We all have that game that we revisit once or even twice a year. We love the game so much that we can replay it as many times and never get tired of it and while titles like Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Skyrim come to mind, I have to go with the game that was the first game I ever beat and is in my mind, the greatest video game ever made, the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. This game has everything: lore almost on par with Lord of the Rings, some of the most breathtaking music, beautiful story and characters, flawless gameplay, hours upon hours of stuff to find and do, and much much more. I love this game so much and I will never stop playing it.
5. Where is the New Sequel?
Another franchise that I have been in love with since N64 era is the Harvest Moon franchise. You name it, I've loved it. Friends in Mineral Town? Awesome. Harvest Moon 64? Awesome. A Wonderful Life? Awesome. Save the Homeland? Oh...okay so they had one flop but the rest are awesome including their last and best game: Animal Parade. So I have a question? WHERE IS THE NEWEST ONE?!? YEah Hudson was shut down but that doesn't mean Nintendo can't get the rights....right? I really want a new Harvest Moon, I can imagine so much potential with the Wii U and 3DS touch pad and with games from Telltale and BioWare becoming so great in recent years, I imagine you could make a great speech system with the characters. Also some really solid gameplay could literally come into play.
Before I end this, I want to give a quick honorable mention for a game that deserves a remaster and that is BioFreaks, an excellent Tekken-esque fighter with post apocalyptic mutants, cyborgs, soldiers, and more. Brilliant game.
So those are my picks for this challenge and I hope you enjoy them. This was a fun list to work on. Now its my turn to nominate some folks from Moviepilot:
Get to it, peons!...Just kidding.