So after my previous blog about my favourite games I played within last year, I now feel I should share my top 5 favourite games of all time since it has changed so much in recent years. It's also for my to actually confirm them aswell, since I'm always trying to decide in my head what is actually my most beloved franchise / game!
#5: Pokémon Emerald
Yep, Generation 3. It's not that often you actually hear someone say there favourite generation was the third. I think the reason for it is that Generation 3 came out around the same time I actually started to pay attention to story and the goings on within the pokémon world. With Generations 1 and 2 I pretty much just played through them mashing certain attack buttons, because that's what 4 year old kids do! At the age of 7 when Ruby and Sapphire came out however, I began to take an interest in the story and further events within the game, such as finding the 3 'regi's' and searching for Latias / Latios. The reason Emerald is here however, is because it gave us some nice changes to the original two, and I prefered the general 'green' asthetic, aha. It was also the first pokémon game to introduce a proper cutscene, with the fight between kyogre, groudon, and rayquaza. That blew my mind back then!
#4: Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 4 has long since been known as my favourite video game of all time, but a lot has changed recently! It's still incredibly brilliant though, and is the first game that properly introduced me into the world of survival / action horror. Unlike most people, I'm totally fine with games having both aspects of action and horror, and Resident Evil 4 pulled this off absolutely perfectly. There was tonnes of things you wanted to go back and explore after beating the game, not to mention the extra content after beating the game like Mercenaries, a minigame based on getting the most kills within a time limit, and Separate Ways, an Ada specific campaign giving you another perspective on the same story. The Regenerators / Iron Maidens still scare me to this day, and are probably alongside the Necromorphs of Dead Space as the enemies / creatures that freak me out the most!
#3: Dead Space 2
I wasn't so sure on the Dead Space series when I played the first one. It took the best elements of survival horror, using Resident Evil 4 as an inspiration, and threw it into a sci-fi environment. I loved the concept and the game was brilliant, it even introduced me to the necromorphs, one of my favourite gaming creatures / enemies. However everything felt very repetitive as we only really had one big objective: fix the ship and escape. There was a lot of unnecessary backtracking and the whole middle section of the game felt incredibly rushed. Dead Space 2 however, fixed all my worries. Less repetitivity, and more variety in terms of story and atmosphere. It also included some of the 'action' influence from other survival horror / action games, which I enjoy. The controls were well refined and easy to handle, and the graphics were absolutely beautiful. I played on PC at 1080p on the highest settings and it's a stunning looker, especially since my PC doesn't run games that well all that often. Dead Space 2 completed what its predecessor started, and became the refined 'Resident Evil 4' of the Sci-Fi universe, perfect.
#2: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
What can I say, from the moment this game hit store sheleves my life and any shred of existence of myself ceased to exist in the real world. From that moment on it was me, Skyrim and the hours and hours of questing I partook in. Everything about this game just stood out as perfect to me. The voice acting was brilliant (and produced some great internet memes), the story and general lore of the Elder Scrolls universe is top notch, and the exploration is so fun I literally wasted hours of my life simply looking around the map for caves and extra goodies I may find. The visuals were rather good, though I managed to improve them even further through the use of PC mods until it became too physically demanding for my PC! I haven't seen this level of immersion in a game ever, which is why this game stood out so well for me.
#1: Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2
You might be asking yourself, how can this be his favourite game EVER?! It's certainly not perfect in terms of design, but as a fun to play, enjoyable, and faithful to the series kind of game, you can't get any better than this.
I started watching Naruto about 19 months ago, and since then have grown into a huge fan of the series in general, so there was no doubt in my mind that i'd buy the accosiated games. First off I bought UNS1, which was a respectable game. The free roaming around konoha was great, and the fighting was fun and entertaining. It lacked any form of structured story however. It was there, but in a terrible mess of mission based fights / minigames that would have made no sense if I hadn't watched the anime beforehand. I then purchased Naruto UNS2, and was overjoyed and surprised as to what I found. The freeroaming aspect was now turned into a fixed camera perspective which took a little getting used to, but you could now travel elsewhere other than konoha and visit the sand village, or the hidden rain village etc. The system eventually turned to my liking and I grew to love it. The fighting is now a lot more fluid and refined, and the characters were now the roster from Shippuden rather than Unleashed. In this new story mode, there was an actual structure that stood true to the anime and was easily accesible to anyone not familiar with the series, whilst being great for long time fans. Some of the scenes in the game I felt were better done in the game than in the anime! For example (SPOILERS AHEAD), Asuma's death scene and when Naruto meets Minato. All of this makes for one absolutely brilliant fighting game, and at the same time a wonderful Naruto game, which for me makes it my number one title EVER.
What are your favourite games? Let me know in the comments!:cool: