*Drumroll* And My Ten Favorite Games Are... (10 MIG Write-Off)Jan 28, 2002 Write an essay on this topic.
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Sure, I haven't been around as long as a lot of gamers, but I have played tons and tons of games in my lifetime, so the only hard part about this list was limiting it down to just 10 games, it seemed near impossible that I could fit so much gaming goodness into just 10 slots, but I did it, so read on to find out which games made the cut for me. For this write-off gamer's were to write about the 10 games that have influenced them the most, basically their 10 favorite games of all time.
Now keep in mind, my list will probably share little to nothing in common with other people's lists. When I was first in the conception stage of writing the list I took a look at what I had so far and realized something, every single title on the list except for a small few were Zelda or Final Fantasy games, so I decided to only include one game from each franchise to make my list less bland. Here is what I came up with:
#10. - Primal Rage
System(s) - Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, PSone, Gameboy
Everyone that I have ever talked to about this game simply regards it as a "Mortal Kombat game with dinosaurs instead of humans" and to this remark I usually come back with "Who cares, at least it's fun!". Back when this game first came out, one of my friends purchased it and I played it over at his house a couple of times (I must have been in the 4th or 5th grade), well anyways I grew to enjoy it more, and more, and more until I couldn't seperate myself from it. For a while I spent every single weekend at this friend's house and did nothing but play this game, it eventually got a little old, but it is still fun.
In the game Primal rage players can fight head to head, or in sort of a story mode where one player faces off against every opponent in the game one at a time until they destroy every enemy. If you think it sounds like Mortal Kombat now then wait til you hear about all the fatalities, this one's got some pretty awesome finishing moves. This game had a bunch of cool little extras too, like the ability to start a volleyball game with the tiny little humans running around, an the cool little animation your character makes when he eats a person. My favorite character in the game was a giant ape called Chaos, Chaos is armed with moves like the power puke, and the fart of fury. Good times... Good Times...
#9. - Gunstar Heroes
System - Genesis
Genre: Action/Side Scroller
Once upon a time there was a small group of developers working at Konami that decided to break from the mother company, and create their own. This group of developers is now called Treasure, and they have proven themselves to be worthy of the name. Well, my friend used to always tell me about this game he had on the Sega Genesis, this game was called Gunstar Heroes. I never payed much attention to this kid, for I didn't have a Genesis and didn't plan ob getting one anytime soon, but then I played it and I changed my whole mind about the not wanting a Genesis thought.
Did you like Contra? If you did then you will probably like Gunstar Heroes which feels similar to Contra. Gunstar Heroes is a side scrolling adventure that is full of bright colors and great graphics, I didn't know the Genesis could pull these type of rotations off before I played this game. Gunstar Heroes also boasts an incredible multiplayer mode the likes that no other side scroller has ever seen. The only problem was when the action became frantic in multiplayer, sometimes it's hard not to accidently throw your friend around! The best part about Gunstar Heroes is the sad ending of the game, but I won't ruin it for you.
#8. - Final Fight 2
System: Super Nintendo
I didn't like the Super Nintendo Final Fight game too much, one of the things I knew could have made it better is if it had the 2 player mode that was found in the arcade version, but alas I lost faith in Capcom and decided that they should stick to Street Fighter, but then they came out and surprised me, I found Final Fight 2 in my local video game outlet and I decided to buy it, if I didn't like it I could always sell it for more then it's worth and make a profit, but after playing the multiplayer mode this game gained a long term spot inside my SNES.
Final Fight 2 is a direct sequel to Final Fight, the only character returning from the original however is Hagar, but this time he has the extremely impressive spinning piledriver move. I played this game for long periods at a time when I was a kid, but after it got old I threw it in my closet and I have never found it. I used to have a blast with this game and a friend, it is probably still a very fuun game by today's standards.
#7. - Dragon Force
System: Sega Saturn
It wasn't until after my purchase of the DreamCast that I really got into games on Sega Systems, and so naturally I missed out. After I bought my DreamCast I bought my friend's Saturn from him, and he gave me all of his games with it. The only two titles that looked interesting were Albert's Odysee and Dragon Force, so first I played Albert's Odysee, it was fun, but then I played Dragon Force and I was blown away. Dragon Force has what looked like an adventure that will span across many days, and it was an epic battle between good and evil.
If you are looking for a top notch strategy game then look no further, Dragon Force is just what the doctor ordered. Before Dragon Force I had never really liked many strategy games, in fact I kinda thought that they were a waste of a time. In Dragon Force you select a country to play as, after selecting you are sent to save the land of Legendra from an evil god named Madruck who is trying to free himself to destroy the land.
#6. - Goldneye 007
System: Nintendo 64
Genre: First Person Shooter
Rareware did something with Goldeneye that only a few developers have ever been able to do, and that is to create a brilliant game that is based on a movie license. Most gamers have fallen victim to horrible done games that have only one selling point, a movie license. These licensed pieces of crap have been populating the shelves of gamers for years, but Goldeneye broke the mold.
One thing that everyone that has played Goldeneye will tell you is that Goldeneye has one of the funnest multiplayer modes ever created. Not even Mario Kart 64 comes in close to Goldneye, there is a game that is about as fun, and that game is Perfect Dark that is also developed by Rare. Goldneye's multiplayer is so good, that I can even bet you that someone new to the game will spend at least 4 hours of playtime their first time. That's not the only mold that Goldeneye breaks though, it also puts distance between itself and the game Doom, something that few first person shooters do, as most are just clones of Doom.
#5. - Super Mario World
System: Super Nintendo
Genre: Action/Side Scrolling
This is the game that launched the Super Nintendo, this is probably the best side scrolling game to ever grace a gaming console, this is Super Mario World. I had a tough time deciding which Mario game to put on this list, I was originally going to put the original Mario Bros. but then I remembered how much more significant Super Mario World was to me then it.
I will probably get a lot of arguments from people who read this, they might disagree with me when I say that Super Mario World beats out every side scrolling game (yes, it even beats out Sonic 3 in my book, by far). Super Mario World transported Mario and Luigi into the land of Dinosaurs, most of the enemies were dinosaurs, and a dinosaur even helped you out on your journey, this dino was known as Yoshi. Yoshi has since spawned many new games, but let's get back to Super Mario World. Super Mario World also introduce a new power-up to Mario, this power-up was the super cape witch allows Mario to fly through the sky, similar to the raccoon tail from Mario Bros. 3. All in all, I really do not know a single person who hasn't played and enjoyed this game.
#4. - The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past
System: Super Nintendo
This game suffered countless delays, gamers around e were starting to lose faith in this title and some even started to believe that the game had been canned. My expectations had risen so much for this game, that I even started to expect to be let down hard core, and so when the title FINALLY came out I purchased it and played it to death, I've played it so much that the cartridge doesn't even work in my Super Nintendo anymore. I was not disappointed, well totally anyways.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link To the Past was a huge step above the previous 2 Zelda games, especially the weird Zelda II game. This game boasts tons and tons of hours of play, and has a very mysterious tone to the gameplay that I really like. All of Shigeru Miyamoto's games have this special charm about them, you get this strange feeling while playing his games. This game has you traversing the land of Hyrule as a boy named Link, Link gains plenty of items along the way, and this makes for a breathtaking journey.
#.3 - Shining Force II
System: Sega Genesis
Again, I believe that I really missed out on what Sega had to offer early on, but now it seems as if I'm making up for lost time with the Genesis now. None of the Genesis' RPGs have ever really interested me, well with the exception of Phantasy Star 3. Well anyways, after playing the Sega Smash Pack on my DreamCast I grew particularly fond of one game on the pack, and that was Shining Force. After I got tired of Shining Force I went over to my friend's house to see if he owned any Shining Force games because I wanted to see what they were like, and to my pleasant surprise he owned Shining Force II, so we started playing it and I was amazed at how much better this game is then the original.
Shining Force II is my favorite game on the Sega Genesis, it combines strategy with RPG elements and this combination makes for an insane amount of fun to be had in one game. Although I usually prefer turn based or action RPGs I don't mind playing a little strategy game once in a while. This game is the whole reason I really play Genesis nowadays, this game even takes quite a while to beat, it would be impossible to complete this game in one sitting. This game has you taking the role of a young boy whosets out to stop the evil being who was sealed up centuries ago. Up to 12 people can be in your party at one time, so the battles get pretty complicated.
#2. - Soul Blazer
System: Super Nintendo
I actually stumbled upon this game when I was at the store looking for Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest, so I chose the first game that looked similar to it. Man was I surprised when this game actually beat every Final Fantasy game I had played up to that point, of course I hadn't yet played FF4 or FF7, in fact i had only played 2 Final Fantasy games at the time but that's not the point. From the second I first started up this game to this exact moment in time I have loved this game, it even outshines the greatest Zelda game that there ever was, and by a longshot at that. Soul Blazer uses an engine semi-similar to that of Zelda, except it is more original and also quite a bit more fun.
Soul Blazer belongs to a trilogy of games that include Terranigma, and the golden Illusion of Gaia game. Soul Blazer is displayed much like Zelda, you watch the action from an overhead view, and you collect items along your quest, but that's where the similarities end and originality steps into place. You control a guy sent down from the heavens that must release souls captured by the evil deathtoll. You release souls by destroying monster lairs, these souls then repopulate towns, other souls will join you and help you out though. These souls that join you give you certain abilities, for example, one of these gives your character the ability to use magic, while another will allow you to see hidden things. This is my second favorite SNES game of all time, most people haven't heard of it but I recommend you to give it a try.
#1. - Final Fantasy IV
System - Super Nintendo
Most people in the US hadn't even heard of the Final Fantasy series back before this game was released, it also opened the continents eyes to the world of RPGs. Final Fantasy IV was the Super Nintendo's first RPG game, and has ultimately gone on to become my absolute game of all time, the only competition besides Soul Blazer is Final Fantasy VII. Final Fantasy IV was developed by the now RPG powerhouse Squaresoft, this company has been known to pump out some of the most brilliant titles ever, and Final fantasy IV may just be the cream of the crop.
Final Fantasy IV has all of the elements that make an RPG great, a great storyline, likeable characters, and an epic quest that usually takes me 3 days to complete, and that's even with me knowing where everything in the game is located. You control the Dark Knight Cecil, who is really not evil, but just does what his king tells him to do, he's a noble knight. The characters undergo heavy character development in this game, no character comes out of this game acting exactly like they did at the start. The game's graphics weren't too bad either for it's time, they were some of the prettiest available. And not to mention the soundtrack, only Final Fantasy VII's music has ever rivaled the brilliance that went into this games audio. This game was released near the same time as the Genesis' Phantasy Star 2, which some consider to be better then Final fantasy 4, but I have to strongly disagree, Final fantasy IV is probably the best game I'll ever play.
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