Happy Monday! I’ve been wanting to highlight my favorite games for awhile. While I absolutely love retro games, and they make up a vast majority of the games I play these days, I still love modern games too. There aren’t a ton of games on here from the last few years, but a few make the cut, like number 30!
#30 – Mass Effect Trilogy
When I saw Mass Effect for the first time, I wasn’t all that interested in playing the game. Then all my friends started talking about this fantastic game, I was still a bit skeptical. I wasn’t too into the sci-fi genre and very few games that fell into that category interested me. I then saw a friend play part of Mass Effect 2, specifically one Shepard’s renegade option to shoot at some Krogans mid conversation, and I was immediately interested. I downloaded the first game on Steam, then the second, and then bought the third for PC on launch day. The story captivated me and the gameplay in each of the three games was compelling enough to keep me hooked for hours. I loved this game so much, I went out and purchased the Mass Effect Trilogy bundle for PS3 after it was released. So yes. I have all three Mass Effect games on two platforms…and I don’t care.
#29 – Pokemon Blue/Leaf Green
I was never caught up in the Pokemon craze of the late 90s, and I didn’t really get too far into the series. I only played through the first two generations of the game, with my favorite being Pokemon Blue. I don’t have an original copy of Pokemon Blue, but I do have the fantastic remake, Pokemon Leaf Green. I can spend hours training and capturing Pokemon. The game is so freaking addictive. I love trying new combinations of Pokemon to take through the game each time.
#28 – Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening
I’ve already done a review on this one! I’ll link the video if you want to watch it. This was the game that sold the Gameboy to me. When a new Zelda game was announced for the Gameboy, I made it my mission to get my parents to buy me the system and the game. I remember getting a Target exclusive Gameboy with Link’s Awakening packed in. The game and the console weren’t any different from any other Gameboy or Zelda cart, but the packaging was different. I don’t think I ever had a box for Link’s Awakening. I eventually sold my original Link’s Awakening after I bought Link’s Awakening DX. I kind of regret that decision, but at least I can still play the game, right?
#27 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV – Turtles in Time
Yup, another game I’ve done a review on. This is, hands down, my favorite Ninja Turtles game. It’s a great representation of the original cartoon series, and the toys! It’s probably a better licensed game than anything else that was released during the era, and my favorite beat-em-up for any platform. I still play this game fairly often, and I usually rope one of my friends into playing it with me. I rented this game countless times as a kid, and finally bought the copy that was being sold by the Blockbuster I always rented from. It’s in pretty terrible shape, but I’ll never give it up.
#26 – Super Mario World
Holy crap did I want this game when it was released. I begged and begged my parents for a Super Nintendo until Christmas of 1992 when I finally came downstairs on Christmas morning at 5 AM and screamed like a lottery winner. The game looked gorgeous and played like a dream. I was incredibly happy to be able to go back and explore levels I had already completed. This wasn’t just a run and done kind of game, it was one you took your time with to explore every nook and cranny. I don’t know what else to say without going full review on this sucker.