This is the first part of my list that may generate a bit of controversy. I have two games that are ranked higher than more popular games in their respective franchises. No apologies here, this is a list of my favorite games, not necessarily a list of top games of all time or anything.
#25 – The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
I’ve probably spent just as much time, if not more, tweaking hardware specs and fan made mods in this game than I actually spent playing it. Oblivion was a great sequel to Morrowind. Graphics were updated, the battle system was a bit more fun and easier to handle, and EVERYTHING and EVERYONE had a voice over. The world was lush and green, and a blast to trek through. Also, FAST TRAVEL! Holy crap! I still haven’t finished the expansion to Oblivion, Shivering Isles, mainly because I don’t want the game to be over yet.
#24 – Final Fantasy VII
This game was the reason I jumped ship from Nintendo to Sony. I was devastated when Final Fantasy was announced for the Playstation, and not the Nintendo 64, but nonetheless, I had to play it. I remember not being as impressed by the in-game visuals after seeing the commercials that showed only the pre-rendered video cutscenes. Regardless, I still really enjoyed the game. The story was incredibly interesting and the battle system was cool too. The materia system was new and fun, and the Limit Breaks were freaking awesome. Random memory from Final Fantasy VII: trying to resurrect Aeris by following bullshit I found online.
#23 – Super Mario Bros 2
What? I like Super Mario Bros 2 better than Super Mario World? Yup. This was my very first video game that I had ever played and hey! It was my first video review, too! I was mesmerized by the fact that I could essentially control what looked like a cartoon. Ever since, it’s always held a special place in my heart. I love being able to pick up and throw enemies and vegetables. The levels were a more explorable than in the first Super Mario Bros and that made it feel so much bigger. I love this game, and you should too.
#22 – Quest For Glory (VGA Version)
The VGA version of Quest For Glory may have been the first time I was enthralled by a computer game. The world was big, lush, and beautiful. There were a ton of things to do and see, and it hooked me. Unfortunately, when I first played the game, I had no idea what I was doing, and never really got very far. I just loved exploring the world and trying to figure the game out on my own. It wasn’t until much later that I finally beat the game. I’d love to do a review on this game in the future, so I don’t want to get too descriptive. This is a fantastic game if you love old adventure games set in a fantasy world. Play it.
#21 – Final Fantasy XII
I love Final Fantasy XII because it did something different. The battle system is so much fun, and I don’t really understand the reason other people don’t like it. Gambits are fun to set up and use, making setting up tactical elements of your AI actually fun, unlike any other similar game I’ve played. The story isn’t great, but the characters are. The voice acting is very well done, unlike the travesty that is Final Fantasy X. I’ve finished this game twice, and I think it may be high time to play through it again.