Undoubtedly, a few of my favorite games of all time...
The Eroica Hall of Fame, if you will
I posted these in a System Wars thread and got thinking it was also a decent blog post I've never made. Enjoy or criticize... have at it.
KOTOR - Been playing it over the past few months... still the best ever. There is no depth charted for the love I have for this game... During College, I skipped 95% of the N64/Ps1 generation and I had relegated gaming to that of a passing hobby for the first time in my life... years later, and yes after a gamecube purchase, trade in, xbox purchase, I asked my wife on an off chance to get me KOTOR (I thought it was a 3rd person action game), as I heard it was well recieved... Maybe it was because this particular style of game slapped me first or maybe its because the game is just trully eye watering-ly amazing, but this game made me believe in gaming again... To this day, no game I've played since Kotor has achieved the satisfaction I got from my first run through... Discovering it on PC was like playing it for the first time again, only this time without mud in my eyes... its beautiful, its focused, its independant Bioware at its finest... It's easily one of the greatest games ever created.
Actraiser - Still play it on Virtual Console. It was the reason I wanted the Wii, Absolutely timeless... The blending of sim town creation light mixed with an awesome and beautiful 2d platformer done to a razors edge... Oh, and did I mention you play both sides of the game as God and God's right hand angel? um... hell yes. Some mornings I wake up and I'll say its the best game ever.
Final Fantasy 4 -Last played, last summer... Unlike Actraiser, which is undoubtedly still incredible to anyone who plays it, FF4 holds up for me because of its endearing nostalgia. I still get angry at cain for betreying his friends under the spell of dasterdly evil. I shed a man tear when Palom and Porum selflessly turn themselves into stone to save the ones they care about... The characters still resonate with me and their relationships are still beautifully well delivered. I love the combat, difficult bosses and world... Going from foot to hovercraft to Airship feels good and accomplished and the end game is well earned... You become a juggernaut but you still need to work hard for the credits... I'm sure it's been surpassed in different ways, but it's still my favorite JRPG in gaming history... yes, even today. I play the entire thing with a smile on my face. *METEOOOOO!!!"
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - When Pressed, I have a hard time saying it's not the best game ever... Still highly accessible, Charm that is unmatched, still pretty, still immersive, still amazing... This is the one game I play and think to myself... "perfect". There is nothing of note to criticize whatsoever. perfect adventuring, perfect gameplay, perfect tale and a perfect sense of exploration... Its probably the one game I hope the aliens find in the rubble after we destroy ourselves some day... I play it every couple years to ensure it staying fresh... it does. Last time I played it with my sons... damn near teared up when one of my son's had "the look" on his face while playing it... totally sucked in.
Mass Effect - Mass Effect has taken the role of Star Wars of my adulthood... It's my favorite interactive Space Opera this side of the attakin traverse... While we can argue all day every day over the narrative, and whether its an RPG or a shooter, or whether its a gripe about running animations (stupid), Mass Effect will remain near and dear to my heart because the characters were not only memorable and fit the "star wars" mold of Space Opraism, but it was the one piece of entertainment media that ruled my soul over a 6+ year stretch... I love everything about the journey, the characters, the love and the loss... After a total of 13 playthroughs over the three games, I've decided to shelve Mass Effect for a couple years and revisit it to experience it all over again. Will be interesting to see if it holds up.
I am TheEroica and these are my favorite games on the Citedel... Favorite games of all time and the most accurate example of my tastes in gaming...