10: Croc: Legend Of The Gobbos
A game from my childhood begins the list. Croc was released in 1997 for the Playstation 1, PC, Game Boy and Sega Saturn. The platforming game follows a cartoon crocodile as he travels to different islands to save his friends from the evil Baron Dante. This game had gorgeous levels, adorable characters and one of the best soundtracks ever! However, the game does suffer by being a bit too easy and not having a strong story. I still play Croc, but I do find myself getting bored very quickly because of how easy it is.
9: Saw: The Game
Based on the biggest selling horror franchise, Saw: The Game was released in 2009 for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 and PC. In the game, you play as Detective Tapp as he has been placed in an asylum for a new 'game' set up by Jigsaw Killer. The atmosphere and music were brillaint and eerie, and echoed that of the films. The puzzles were also challenging and interesting. Even though I love the film franchise and I have played this game numerous times, I've put this at number 9 because it does run out of steam towards the end, and it's a little too long for the type of game it is. I also have a big problem with it not featuring the actual film theme tune.
8: Pokemon: Yellow Version
It's time for another one of my childhood games. This time, it's from the Game Boy. This Pokemon game was based around the original animated series and was released alongside Blue and Red versions. This was the first Game Boy game I got and I loved it and played it any time I could (which was usually during breaks at Primary School). However, I haven't played this in a long time, mainly because I can't find it, but also because I no longer own a Game Boy. Or any handheld console for that matter.
7: Tony Hawk's Underground 2
This is my favourite game out of the whole Tony Hawk franchise. While Pro Skater 2 was good, Underground 2 had a strong and fun story, awesome soundtrack and it featured some of the Jackass team. As a fan of that TV series and films, this made Underground 2 a more fun experience for me. The controls were also a lot sharper and the missions were crazy.
6: Spyro 2: Gateway To Glimmer
Gateway To Glimmer (or Ripto's Rage, as it's known in the U.S) was the second game in the original Spyro series. Like Croc, this was a platforming game that revolved around you going to various home worlds and collecting talisman's that were hidden in their levels. This was the first Spyro game I ever played and, after recently playing Spyro The Dragon (the first game in the trilogy), I'm glad I started with Gateway To Glimmer: there was a stronger storyline in this game, the levels and home worlds had more depth to them and, more importantly, the controls were sharper.
5: Ratchet and Clank
Ratchet and Clank was one of the first Playstation 2 games I ever got, and from the moment I was introduced to the main character, I loved it. It's visually stunning with some awesome settings, interesting and unique characters and lovable platforming levels. The main feature of this game franchise is the gadgets and weapons that you pick up throughout, and they are crazy and a lot of fun to use.
As a fan of the game, I do know of the film and am really excited for that as well (*whispers* I also did a trailer breakdown which you can read here). I hope it is good and, since Insomniac and most of the original voice cast are involved, I do have high hopes that it will be good.
4: The Stanley Parable
This is going to be a weird entry because knowing next to nothing about this game enhances your experience of it. All I can say about it is that it's a narrated exploration game where you (do or don't) play Stanley. Stanley is an office worker who turns up to work one day to find all of his co-workers are missing. It's an amazing game that I definitely recommend to any gamer. Don't research it; please just play it!
3: Portal 2
Developed by Valve, this challenging puzzle game still looks as good as it did when it was released in 2011. You play Chell, a mute female test subject, and you must guide her through the various challenges of a decaying Aperture Labrotories. I've included the sequel because it expanded upon the first game: the puzzles are more complex, the environment is bigger and there's more of a story than with Portal. As well as seeing old 'faces', you're also introduced to some new characters and obstacles, plus the soundtrack is fantastic. What more could you want?
2: Bioshock 2
I love the Bioshock series. They reminded me that video games are a form of art; the city of Rapture is gorgeous yet eerie, the soundtrack is beautiful and the characters are interesting. The story is also very unique and effective in terms of its emotional impact on players; this is probably the very first game that has made me cry (yes, I have just admitted that). The first Bioshock game was also the first game I binge-played (I finished the game in around 5 hours, which is a record for me!).
However, I've chosen the second game mainly because of the story: in Bioshock 2, you play an old Big Daddy who is searching for his personal Little Sister. This is the basic outline of the game, but the main segment of the first two games that I loved was the idea round the Little Sisters and Big Daddies. The emotional connection between them and the player was the first time I'd actually experienced that within a game and so was my favourite part round Bioshock and Bioshock 2.
1: Crash Bandicoot
It was Christmas 1996, and my sister and I had just unwrapped the present from our parents: a Playstation one and two games: Croc and Crash Bandicoot. Crash Bandicoot was the very first game I ever played and, while it took a while for 5-year old me to grasp the controls, Crash got me into video games as a whole. I still play this game more than any other game I own as it's addictive and the level designs are visually interesting, as well as still being challenging. It also still looks good considering how old it is; it has definitely stood the test of time. The main reason why I keep coming back to this one, though, is because it is still fun to play and I have not gotten bored of it. It is a gateway to my childhood and holds a dear place in my little geeky heart.