We’re getting down to the wire. We have one more post after this. I’ll reveal my top 5 games, but first, 5 games you could easily put in a lot of people’s top 5.
#10 – Final Fantasy II (IV)
This was the game that got me into the console RPG. This was the game that showed me story could have a narrative structure in video games. I played this after Final Fantasy III (VI) had already been released, so I was a bit late to the game. I had never seen anything like it. Final Fantasy II blew me away. I was obsessed. I named LEGO characters after Cecil and Rosa. I made a Mario Paint sequel movie (That didn’t really get very far). I tried to write fan fiction (That didn’t get very far, either). If I was a video game before, this changed the entire game for me. I was more interested in the story of a game than the gameplay for a LONG time after this. Final Fantasy II will always be one of my favorite games and will always hold a special place in my heart.
#9 – Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
This game was far and away SO MUCH BETTER than Metal Gear Solid 2. I loved the gameplay in the second Solid installment, but the story was just…not great. Metal Gear Solid 3 not only greatly improved on the gameplay, but the story as well. You follow Solid Snake’s genetic father, Big Boss, through the Russian wilderness to take out a nuclear Cold War threat. Everything about this game is amazing, from creeping through the underbrush to remain undetected, to eating whatever animals you can find to sustain your strength, to the incredible soundtrack (which I own a physical copy of), to the memorable characters, and the intriguing, yet historically flawed, story.
#8 – The Legend of Zelda
If there is one game that I know TOO much about, it’s this one. This is mainly due to the fact that it was completely and almost perfectly recreated for the fan game Zelda Classic, and the fact that you can dig in and edit the original game to your liking. I spent hours looking through all the maps and finding secrets in Zelda Classic, discovering new things that I hadn’t found in the countless times I had played through the game before. I’m currently working on a wooden sword, deathless, speed run of the game, which will be the first game that I’ve actually attempted a speed run of anything. I’ve already done a review of The Legend of Zelda, so go check it out for more of my musings on this fantastic game.
#7 – Super Mario Bros
There it is, my favorite Super Mario Bros game. If there is a game that I unofficially tried to speed run before Zelda, it’s this one. Super Mario Bros isn’t my first Mario game, but it’s definitely the one I play more often than any of the others, and the one that I love the best. The primitive graphics are incredibly charming, and they just take me back to a simpler time. The gameplay is completely spot on and flawless. This is a fantastically crafted game that should be a staple of any gamer’s collection.
#6 – The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
…aaand now time to gush a bit about my favorite Zelda game. This was the game that I was the most excited about when the 16 bit generation came around. The graphics and music were such a huge leap over the last two Zelda games that I couldn’t contain my imagination and excitment when I had first had a small, precious glimpse of this game at my neighbor’s house. This was the game that I wanted more than anything in the world. I squealed like a baby when I finally got the game. I spent so many hours trying to figure everything out. I remember figuring the Ice Palace out before my dad, and I was incredibly impressed with myself. I’ve also already reviewed A Link to the Past, so you should check that out.