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lördag 26 november 2011

The top 100 games of all time 30-21

Wow, it's been a while since I've done this, just had a lot to do. Sorry 'bout that. Here we go!

Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (Nintendo EAD, Nintendo 64, 2000)
Majora's Mask was great in a way that is rare for many games. With the Success of Ocarina of Time, I think Nintendo decided to give their hardcore gamers a game. That was Majora's Mask, more adult, harder, darker story, and where most games since have tried to trump and be like Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask did something different. I would love a Zelda like this one, I hope that the next will be like it too.

God of War III (Santa Monica Studios, Playstation 3, 2010)
Yeah, I am the God of War, and I am beyond awesome! What makes God of War so great is beside almost perfect gameplay and control, you feel like the God of war. The Greek mythology is well presented and makes you interested. The third instalment does everything right, great story, awesome ending to an awesome trilogy.

Diablo II (Blizzard North, PC, 2000)
This is in many ways the perfect game. The first time I played it I played until I had cleared half the game, and then I quit playing for a while, restarted, half the game, restarted, almost the whole game, and so on. Eventually I finished the game, the thing about it though is that it's fun all the way. But where it's as most fun is when you play with your friends, we played through the game a couple of times, in one weekend. One of the most fun experiences I've had with a game, ever.

Half-Life 2 (Valve Corporation, PC, 2004)
What sets Half-Life apart from other FPS is not that it's a perfect game, although it's pretty great, but the mystical story is what elevates it from a FPS that sticks out a bit, to the greatest FPS done (Sure, I have two First Person games left, but neither can be classified as a Shooter). The surroundings, the fact that you never brake the first person view, everything is done to make the experience the best it can get. And G-man is the most amazing character of all time, creepy but reassuring at the same time. This is not a game anyone should miss.

Final Fantasy VIII (Square, Playstation, 1999)
Part eight in the never ending Final Fantasy saga is great because it's fun, it has a twisted and good story, and some really great characters. But I loved it because of what it was, a game where you could do a lot, there where summons to capture, there where Chocobo puzzles to solve, über-bosses to destroy, Limit Breaks to learn, Weapons to acquire, and so on. And it's never dull, never tedious, always fun, always epic.

Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem (Silicon Knights, GameCube, 2002)
This is the first and one of a few games that have manage to scare the ever living crap out of me, and that to N64 graphics. The story is amazingly put together and the characters are interesting and alive. But it's the way that you're scared that makes the game so great. The atmosphere is intense and some times you get a message to 'plug in your controller' while monsters devours you. Nothing is what it seems and that's why I love Eternal Darkness. Play it, say goodbye to your sanity.

Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (Nintendo EAD, GameCube, 2002)
Wind Waker is another step away from Ocarina of Time, but in only two ways and not as much as Majora's Mask. First, the game uses cel shaded graphics which gives the game a getter flow of movements. It may look childish, but then again, you'll miss out on a great game. The other thing is the wast open sea, it might get boring when you're coming to the end of the game, but sailing the high seas are truly epic. The new items are fun and ads something to the game, especially the deku leaf. The Camera is also a really addicting part of the game, that I have missed in the games succeeding it. Wind Waker is the best Zelda on GameCube, and third best Zelda of all time.

Batman: Arkham Asylum (Rocksteady Studios, Xbox 360, 2009)
I love Batman, because the character himself is interesting and fun, and because the villains are even more fun. And Arkham Asylum is crawling with them. I tried long and hard (hehe) to think of a flaw in the game. I found none, the controller works perfectly, the story is great and the villains are represented perfectly. There are even hints and winks for Batman fans to point and say 'hey, I got that'. There is one flaw, It's too short, actually, but it doesn't matter. It's still amazing.

Metal Gear Solid (KCEJ, Playstation, 1998)
This was also one of those games that I played over and over and over again on a demo. I loved it. Then I played the real game, and I loved it even more. Engaging story, awesome characters and voice actors, something that games mostly lacked in 1998. Great music, weapons made for realism, and multiple endings, calling for replay, made Metal Gear Solid one of the most important games of the Playstation era, and one of the best as well.

The World Ends With You
(Square Enix, Nintendo DS, 2007)
I like Japanese culture, I find it interesting, I don't love it, but it's interesting. The World Ends With You is Japanese culture made into a game. Or mostly the hip and fashion culture. I was really intrigued by this game for many reasons. It had a really interesting story, interesting characters and was great fun to play as well. And I guess that's the thing, while being a really good game, it's interesting, I feel like I learn something, and not in a bad way. The high point of the Nintendo DS for sure, and a JRPG golden speck in a sea of crap.

20-11 Soon!... Hopefully!

måndag 7 november 2011

The top 100 games of all time 40-31

Next part is here, let's not prolong this further!

Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped (Naughty Dog, Playstation, 1998)
When it comes to platforms (that isn't Mario), Crash Banicoot is the foremost and best. He is truly awesome. I first played Crash Bandicoot 3 as I did with most games, in a demo, and I decided to buy the game for all the money a kid merely 11 could get. It was worth it, this game have gone warm in my Playstation from the day I bought it to the day it broke and we decided to use the disc as a clock, and later as a bullseye for my soft air gun. It's broke now, but it's one of the games on my need-to-get-my-hands-on-again list. The gameplay and the stage design is the biggest reasons for the great game, but also the humor, the characters, and the addicting speed runs. All in all, Crash Bandicoot was a huge part of my childhood, and after playing the first and second game as well, I can say that they are all great, but the third is still the best.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (Ninja Theory, Xbox 360, 2010)
This is one of the reasons I have full faith in Ninja Theory, making DMC. I loved this game, from beginning to end. Sure, the gameplay isn't perfect, but it's still really fun play. But the magic is in three things. The characters, and the voice actors that does an amazing job bringing them all to life. The script, not forced, but seems realistic and has you actually caring for the people in the game. Thirdly, the scenery. I have always loved the plants-take-over-and-makes-everything-green version of a post apocalyptic world, and New York have never looked better. These things makes Enslaved a joy to play, and I hope we will see the same in DMC, and I think we will.

Heroes of Might and Magic III (New World Computing, PC, 1999)
Heroes III is a game I've spend so much time on. Playing through map after map after map, and I still play it from time to time. It's one of these perfect games that their successors will never be able to top. The feeling you get when you make a stand against a seemingly overwhelming army, but through tactics, you emerge triumphant. The feeling cannot be described, and Heroes III is full of these moments. It kept me busy for a great while.

Tetris (Alexey Pajitnov, Various, 1984)
If there's any game I have spend more time on than Heroes III, it's Tetris. Alexey Pajitnov's classic puzzle-game is a classic for a reason. Everyone have at some point in their life tried Tetris, everyone knows what it is, and it's really fun to play as well. I have it on Game Boy, I have it on my computer, it's so basic that you could just pick it up and play, just like that, takes a few minutes, and then you can go back to doing something else, or play again. It's the perfect taking a break-game. And if I'm not wrong, we haven't seen the last of it either.

Civilization III (Firaxis Games, PC, 2001)
If there's any game I have spent more time on than Tetris, it's Civilization III. Hours and hours a day for almost a year. I was probably one of the few people that thought that playing it via LAN was a good idea. But we did it, and fun it was. It's kind of like Heroes, you get the same feeling, but you aren't at war with everyone all the time. It's a relief, but when war does brake out, you're fighting for your life. It's fun to see the technological progress through the ages as well. Civilization III is a game I will not stop playing, a game I find myself coming back to again and again.

Pokémon Gold/Silver (Game Freak, Game Boy Colour, 1999)
If there's any game I have spent more time on than Civilization III, and any other game for that, it's Pokémon. All of them. There is no way to get around the fact that Pokémon is a phenomenon. It's starts as kids, I played Red and Blue a lot as a kid. Then my brother got Pokémon Crystal, and I spend as much time on that as well. And Emerald, and Diamond. The games are unfortunately so similar that there are almost impossible to say which is the best. I choose Gold/Silver for the story, it's slightly more engaging than the other games. I currently have near 400 different Pokémon on my Diamond game, and when Pokémon Gray hits stores next year (hopefully) I'll be on again, 600 Pokémon here I come.

Halo: Reach (Bungie, Xbox 360, 2010)
Halo is a game that is improving for every game. Therefore, Reach is the best in the series. My friends and I have played it a lot, it's one of the few games that we feel is possible to play in multiple Xboxes. But it's not only the multiplayer opportunities that makes this game great. The story is closure, it's well put together and the characters are great. Most of you have played it and know what I'm talking about, the game itself is FPS-perfection, and in a time ruled by the genre, that's pretty good. Halo will live in for a long time, there is no doubt about it, and we're all happy about that.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (Square, Super Nintendo, 1996)
How can you not love this? It's Final Fantasy, with Mario. This is probably the most bizarre and awesome crossover ever, The story is twisted, but fun, the new characters are fun, and the characters we all recognize are awesome! There's really not much else to say about it, the fighting is great, everything is done so well. And it's Final Fantasy but with Mario!! You can't go wrong, and they didn't.

Braid (Number None, Inc., Xbox 360, 2008)
I love indie games. Mostly because it reminds me of the old games, and the fact that from restrictions, a great idea, and also a great game, can emerge. Braid is one of the great indie games. The simple play with time, the fact that you really think that something is impossible, but it's not. the satisfaction over reaching a puzzle piece that you have worked so long to try and get. And the atmosphere, the wonderful music, everything is just great. But once you've played it, it looses its charm, you know all the puzzles already, but the hours spent on the game is a feeling you won't soon forget.

Super Mario Bros 3 (Nintendo EAD, Nintendo, 1988)
It's Super Mario Magic from first to last level. Everything is done one step better, one step more than the previous games. You got raccoon tails, frogs, shoes, so many different costumes to help, and give the game a versatility that made you play it over and over and over again, and you never got bored with it. The speed run made at a time of 11 minutes is famous, it made me try it, it made me try it on a lot of games since. This is where Mario reached cult status.

Soon done, 30-21 will be up soon.