Welcome to the first part of the best 100 games I've ever played. This will be a series of 10 blog each of course containing 10 games as I count down from 100 to 1. I have included sports games in this list but only the best game covering a certain sport has been allowed ie. only one version of fifa or pes for football. I hope you enjoy the countdown and I look forward to your thoughts.
100. Wario Land: The Shake Dimension (Wii)
Nintendo are arguably best known for their side scrolling 2D platformers with Mario being the most famous series of course. However they make plenty of other 2D platformers each with their own style and the Wii was a golden age for them, including this offering in the Wario series. In contrast to Mario's speed and floaty jumps, the Shake Dimension focuses on Wario's brute strength and makes good use of the Wii remote for a variety of moves to provide a unique take on the 2D platforming genre. In the sake dimension Wario, showed he could take on Mario at his own game but do it his way.
99. Super Mario Bros (Wii Virtual Console)
I'm sure many of you are wondering why this game is only at 99. Its because whilst what I have played of it has been great, I am simply rubbish at it and the lack of a save option means that I have never got very far. As such I can't justify it being higher than 99th.
98. Metroid Prime (Gamecube)
I didn't experience Metroid Prime when it first came out and if I had it might be higher in this list. Instead I played it as part of the Metroid Prime trilogy on Wii. I could not get into Metroid Prime 2 at all and whilst I managed to complete Prime and I enjoyed its wonderful environments and involving gameplay, it simply didn't leave the impression I thought it would. A good game nonetheless.
97. Brian Lara's International Cricket 2005 (PS2)
Cricket games are quite hit and miss in my experience and are difficult to get right. Brian Lara 2005 got it spot on though offering a cricket game that is good in singleplayer and great in multiplayer. The batting and bowling feel realistic and with real squads and authentic commentary, it captures the essence of cricket too.
96. Red Dead Redemption (PS3)
Rockstar successfully managed to transfer the Grand theft auto formula to the wild west in this tough and violent adventure. The atmosphere of the era is excellently recreated and the characters are a treat. I feel its let down a little by repetitive gameplay but it is still an adventure you'll want to see through to the end thanks to the quality of the world you play in.
95. Uncharted: Drakes Fortune (PS3)
Nathan Drakes first outing in 2007 may not match up to his later exploits but taken on its own terms it is still a very good game today. It combined shooting and adventure like nothing before it and it laid the groundwork for the rest of the trilogy.
94. Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy HD (PS3)
I played Jak and Daxter as part of the HD trilogy on PS3 and the contrast between it and its sequels is stark. It has a bright and childlike style and tone whereas its sequels are much darker and grittier. Overall they are superior but a sa platformer the original is better with wondrous places to explore and better jumping mechanics.
93. Super Paper Mario (Wii)
Super Paper Mario took a different direction to earlier entries in the Paper Mario series and is a platformer with some light RPG elements as opposed to a pure PRG. Its arguably not a beneficial change but the game is still a good one and another example of Nintendo's 2D platforming streak on Wii. The humour and script are excellent too.
92. Rhythm Thief and the Emperors Treasure (3DS)
Rhythm Thief is a mix of rhythm action games and Layton esque adventure and the mix works wonderfully. The story is captivating and the mini games fun and at times challenging. A unique game well worth playing.
91. Sim City 4 (PC)
It may be over 10 years old now but Sim City 4 is still seen by many as the best game in the series and I am among that group. It offers a breadth of options regarding how you create, develop and manage your city and the sims that you can put into the city and influence add an extra dimension to the gameplay. It is addictive and fun and the perfect example of what the PC can offer that consoles can't.
Thanks for reading part 1 of my countdown. I hope you enjoyed it and will look out for part 2 in a few days.