June 20, 2012

TOP SEVEN: Favourite Games

Hi everybody! How are you?

Oh, shouldn't have asked. Poor cat.

Anyway, what is my big mouth going to talk about today? My favourite games. Yep, you are going to know which games make me feel all warm and fuzzy when I play them.

I'll be honest with you, this list is hard. I know which are my favourites, but to put them in order?


But, I just decided, I will try.

So here, is my list of the top games of all time. Or for me at least, so if you want to take issue with a few of the entries, make your own list in the comments section. This is mine. MAKE YOUR OWN!

Just kidding! :P

Now onto the list!

(Just before I start, I would like to lay down my rules: The list of favourite games is based on the fact that I enjoyed playing these games the most, not because I think it's the highest quality, although these games ARE mostly high quality because of how picky I am.

I also decided to only include one game per series. I suggest you do the same if you want to make a list in the comment section. Please? Thanks. :P)

Team Fortress 2

Abbreviation, TF2. Hmm, yep. This game is a lot of fun. I remember how many hours I soaked into this game.....

....Because it is on my Steam profile:


Why did I play it so much? Maybe because of it's frantic, fast paced, energetic gameplay? Yes, definitely.

For those of you who don't know, Team Fortress 2 is based around two teams, both competing against each other to capture the most control points, (CPs) in order to win the game. Along the way is a lot of cartoony violence and very fast gameplay, which sets this one apart from the other multi-player games.

General TF2 Gameplay. Interesting, Huh?
You know this game is special, when I like it. (I usually don't like multi-player games.) After all, a game I spent nearly 400 hours in, is bound to be good. Seriously, I mean it. I usually don't play games THAT much.

But something about this game just draws me back. I don't know what, but it just goes to show how well the developers made this game. And they constantly support it, with thousands of free updates in the five years since the game hit the market.

I still don't why, but this is one of my favourites. (Probably for a few hundred hours more XD)

Medal Of Honor: Allied Assault

Okay, this game is a bit old. But, it is such a good game, despite the frustrating sections, that I just had to include it in this list.

Medal of Honor has gone through a lot of changes lately, most notably trying to compete with Call of Duty with it's 2010 installment. The one coming out later this year looks like it might be good, but back to the topic:

Allied Assault is a classic game. It will always remain that way. I mean, who could forget the opening section, with German troops blowing up an Ally's truck, thereby forcing you to go in a nearby town in northern Africa, guns blazing. Man!

Said mission.

Or infiltrating and scuttling a German submarine, disguised as one of their troops whilst amusing yourself shooting Nazis in the next room and coming out like nothing happened, with the guards none the wiser. Man!

Or storming the Omaha beach front, with heavy machine gun fire crashing into objects (And troops) all around you, and getting into the bunker and taking out the German soldiers, who inadvertently blow themselves up when they throw grenades at you. Man!

Or walking very slowly through a ghost town, with snipers everywhere and-AH COME ON! HOW COULD I SEE THAT GUY!?!?!? SERIOUSLY!?!?!?

Yes, later on in the game, it loses the fun factor, and just becomes frustrating. It still is a good game, but it feels like the freshness tapers off towards the end.

But, for what it is, it's still very good. I highly recommend it, if you can get over the 10 year jump back in time.

....And that stupid sniper town section. >:'(

Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

"But Kyle! Call of Duty is overrated!" Yes, you're right, Call of duty is overrated, but why do you think that is? Because of the stellar fourth installment in the franchise, which took the series in fresh and new direction.

It was not an innovation by any chance, but it sure was a great game. 

Believe me, it's stellar single-player is not forgettable, with it's scripted sequences, solid (although cliche) story, stunning set-pieces, and a fun multi-player to top it off.  

The game's opening; a perfect first level.
This game led to a whole line of imitators, (Medal of Honor, as I mentioned earlier.) but none of them got it quite right like COD4. If you haven't played it yet, well then what are you waiting for? 

Don't look up spoilers, as they only ruin the experience.

Instead, witness the (Short but sweet) campaign free of any expectations, except to be thrilled, and you will be gratified. Great game, I highly recommend it!


Haven't heard of it?

Not surprised. MDK2, released year 2000 for the PC and Playstation, was a critical success, but not a commercial one. As such, it faded into obscurity. A real pity, as this was actually a very good game, filled with creative ideas and imagination.

Oh, did I mention it was made by BioWare? The same people who later made Mass Effect, was behind this underrated gem. They definitely did a great job.

I mean, you play as three different characters, and every one has a fresh and unique playstyle. And you play through a couple of sections, filled with creativity, and not to mention a lot of difficulty.

MDK 2 is known as one of the hardest games ever made, and it certainly shows. There are a few sections where you just want to pull your hair out, so this is not a game for the short tempered.

(Well, with technology, ANYBODY is short tempered.)

So all in all, a solid, challenging, but fun, underrated classic.

Play it. NOW!

Deus Ex: Human Revolution
(Daniel, this game is great. Shush.)

This may shock some people, but I actually prefer Human Revolution to the original Deus Ex, even if I think the latter's story is better.

Why do I prefer it, besides the fact that you have the ability to smack random police officers silly?

^^That's actually what I do all the time. XD
Because of the atmosphere. Human Revolution shows a world on the edge of chaos, with people everywhere debating an important advance in modern science. The advance, where man merges with machine.

Yep, a little nugget for you conspiracy lovers out there, Transhumanism!

Oh, and not to mention the Illuminati and FEMA camps, of course.

Besides the conspiracy theories that make me giggle with glee, what else do I like about this game? The gameplay is solid, and presents you with a lot of ways to go about your business. From stealthy hacker, to full on demolitions assault guy, Human Revolution is tailor made for multiple play-styles.

The story is very well laid out, even if the endings are less than satisfactory.

As I said, I admire the writers commitment to their work, because I recently started to write stories, so I know, it's hard work man!

I don't think there is more to say about this game than I have already in my review for it, so I will just sum it up; a satisfying, deep gaming experience, with a generally good story and a lot of re-playability.


Yeah, yeah, I know. Half-Life 2 has been done to death in best game lists, but it deserves it. Half-Life 2 is an atmospheric, serious, but ultimately compelling and memorable experience from beginning to end.

It is one of the most finely crafted games I have ever played. From the beginning on the train station, with you soaking up the Orwellian atmosphere of City 17.

To the dark corners of creepy Ravenholm, to the unearthly core of the Citadel, Half-Life 2 is never a Hollywood action movie, but it somehow manages to hold your attention from beginning to end.

The subtlety of the game is what makes it work. I'm not one of those people who scream for "Realism!" in a work of fiction, but the fact that Half-Life 2 is about an alien invasion, where they successfully occupied earth, and the game never veers off into far-fetched territory just helps keep you immersed in the game's atmosphere.

Dog iz not amused by your dislike of his game.
Now some people might not like this game, because of it's subtle storyline and lack of melodrama. Don't worry, nobody's perfect. But  hopefully I can make you understand:

Half-Life 2 is more of an experience, than a story. It's all about being as real to the player as possible. When you think of it that way, it works. Seriously.

Why don't I bring up an example of a movie that only appeals to a select audience, 2001: A Space Odyssey;

(Note, I don't recommend the movie for everyone. Watch it with discernment. If that sounds dirty, it's not. :P It's just that I'm not sure about the undertones of the movie.)

If you try to watch it and expect it to be like an ordinary movie, (With explosions, love, and kittens.) you'll be severely disappointed, and most likely want to turn the movie off when it cuts to the slow space flights underscored with classical music.

Yeah, it's one of 'those' movies.

But if you watch as an experience, one where you simply watch without expectations, you will most likely enjoy the movie, and like the sequence where the apes apparently find out how to use weapons. (Yes, it's got evolutionary undertones. I think. :P)

You will probably enjoy the space flight which lasts for TWENTY minutes, all set to the Blue Danube Waltz.

You will probably also enjoy the strange computer, who sings a children's song as he is shut down.

You will probably also like the surreal space flight, where it looks like-

Um, if you don't see it coming, it will make the moment where it happens even more perplexing.

And you will probably also like the ending, even if it completely re-wires your brain with confusion. Seriously, your head will hurt. :D

So basically, you'll like it if you don't mind getting really confused. And if you're patient. And weird like me. :P

BUT ENOUGH OF THE MOVIE, back to Half-Life 2:

(Sorry, but it is my favourite movie of all time. What can I say? I have strange tastes. XD)

So what I'm saying is, play the game as an experience. When you see all the praise heaped upon it, don't interpret that to mean that this game has a lot of intense, exciting sequences, which it does have, but in it's own way.

Oh, and remember; don't play through Ravenholm in the dark. Trust me.

AND NOW, For my favourite game of all time!

I-War 2: Edge of Chaos

Yes, a game you've most likely never heard of, is my favourite game of all time.

Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos was released in 2001 for the PC to critical acclaim, but it tanked commercially. For what reason, I do not know, as this was actually a very good game, with a memorable atmosphere.

Which is what always drags me back for some reason. The atmosphere. In space. Irony, huh? Oh, right. Don't get it. Never mind.

Gameplay. In space.
The story of Edge of Chaos revolves around a man named Cal Johnston, who witnesses his father's murder at the hands of Caleb Mass, a tyrannical leader hellbent on domination.  Of space.

I don't know, it makes sense to him.

Anyways, the game itself has a good story, even if it's lacks the depth or re-playability of something like Mass Effect or something.

But the atmosphere is well thought out, even if the game suffers from a bit of....loneliness. As in, there doesn't seem to be that much happening. Like, you get to a space station, and you can't really talk to anybody, unless it's on a mission.

I guess that's why some people today might want to overlook it, because it pales in comparison to games like Freelancer or Mass Effect.

But it really should not be, I mean, come on! 

(Warning: Gushy Fanboy love coming up.)

This game is beautiful. Some games look great for their time periods, and then they age. But this game, keeps looking beautiful. Sure, it has aged, but the art style just sucks you in, and it's hard not to sit and stare at the beauty of Hoffer's Wake.

Oh, and the gameplay is fun. Sure, it can be punishing, and you might break a few monitors in rage, but at the end of the day, it's just worth it.

Especially if you head over to GOG and purchase this game for a mere 6 dollars! I mean, that's a good deal!

So here's my advice to you if you decide to purchase this game:

Play this game as something you do when you come home from a hard day of work. The space atmosphere is real pretty for a game this old, and it's very relaxing.

And it just makes me happy, as it transports me back to my days as a little kid. Not a care in the world, and just always having fun with any game, no matter how mad it makes me.

Now, I'm still a little kid, especially when it comes to not getting my cookies, but this game just reminds of a time period I wish I could go back to. 

Unfortunately, I can't. And you shouldn't obsessively hold onto it, but it's just great looking back at good times, am I right?

Oh, wait. Forgot about the cat. Sorry.

In any case, this game is so nice, that I started off writing this post, with this as my number 3 favourite game of all time, until I realized just how much this game means to me. Which is why I made the painful decision to move it ahead of Half-Life 2.

(Sorry Gordon. I mean, I love you and all, but this is one girl I love more.

Game. It's a game, not a girl. Totally a game.

Don't know why I said that, since they are miles apart.

Believe me, it's totally not a girl. Absolutely not.

Anyways, there wouldn't be a girl I would-BACK TO THE GAME! WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?)

Please, check it out! It's very underrated, and deserves a second chance. It needs it! And it will really make me happy if this game gains a newfound popularity, even if just for the beautiful art style.

Great game. Totally worth the low price you can get for.

So there you have it! Quite unexpected, especially for me. I didn't bank on Edge of Chaos taking top spot, but it's just the truth.

I hope you enjoyed reading this list, as much as I enjoyed making it. Please comment and make your own list, and don't forget to subscribe. It helps me out a lot! :)

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a few games to go reinstall. 

Until next time, Kyle out!

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