Top 10 Favorite Games (Part 2)
Welcome back, readers, to the second part of my Top 10 Favorite Games! In this article, I’ll be covering choices 5 through 1. If you haven’t yet checked out the first part (which covers 10-6), you can read it here. Now, without further ado, here are my top 5 favorite games.
5) Hitman: Blood Money (PC/Xbox/Xbox 360/PS 2, Io Interactive, 2006)
While the story is lackluster and confusing, the amazing environments more than make up for it in this dark thriller. You play as the hired killer clone, Agent 47, and each mission features on of his assassinations. What made the game so unique was the wide variety of ways in which missions could be approached. Pulling off awesome feats like making the kills look like an accident or doing the mission completely stealthy without the use of guns was hugely satisfying. Plus, the mission areas were incredibly varied and became more grandiose each mission. Going from a small neighborhood to a cruise ship to a Las Vegas hotel and even ending in the freaking White House. It’s too bad its recent sequel, Hitman: Absolution, sacrificed all that made this game so excellent.
4) Fallout 3 (PC/Xbox 360/PS 3, Bethesda, 2008)
Fallout 3 is an example of an open world game done right. From the makers of the Elder Scrolls series (including the recent Skyrim), Fallout 3 took the excellent open world gameplay of the Elder Scrolls and set it in a post-apocalyptic, Washington D.C., ravished by nuclear war. One of the highlights of the game is exploring the ruins of the old D.C., as well as going through the atmospheric underground Vaults. As a bonus, you play the game as the son or daughter of Liam Neeson, making you awesome from the day you were born.
3) Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Xbox/PC, Bioware, 2003)
The third Bioware game on this list and the first game to really get me into role-playing games, the first Knights of the Old Republic is a hard one to top. Kotor features one of the most incredible stories, varied worlds and locales and great choice based dialogue. On top of that, it also has one of the most insanely well-executed plot twists in any medium ever. Both of its sequels (Knights of the Old Republic 2 and The Old Republic) also feature great twists, but neither is nearly as good as the first. The games diverse and mostly lovable cast of characters are hard not to get attached to, and it’s worth replaying several times to experience the various endings and plot threads.
2) Borderlands 2 (PC/Xbox 360/PS 3/OSX, Gearbox, 2012)
This one really took me by surprise. While I enjoyed the first game, it never really hooked me in. But its successor improves upon the first in nearly every way possible. It has great environments, a surprisingly good story and lots of humor. Add to that its great character classes and loot system, it’s easy to lose hours in this one. The cel-shaded art is also easy on the eyes. As an added bonus, Borderlands is constantly updated with quality DLC that keeps things interesting long after you’ve completed it. Most importantly, Borderlands 2 has some of the best four player coop around.
1) Guild Wars (PC, ArenaNet, 2005)
To clarify, I’m counting all 3 of the original Guild Wars game (Prophecies, Factions and Nightfall) as one game, since they are really just different episodes of the same game. Guild Wars is the ultimate MMO that isn’t. It’s heavy instancing and story progression made it fun to sink hours of play into the wonderful worlds of Tyria, Cantha and Elona. But the best part about Guild Wars was the skill based combat. Unlike most MMOs, the combat wasn’t reliant on senseless grinding, and instead focused on a balanced class based skill system that made all ten classes feel unique, powerful and fun. It’s also surprisingly easy to jump into, and looks amazing despite its low system requirements and the music (done by the wonderful Jeremy Soule), is absolutely outstanding.
That’s it for my list! How do you guys feel about my top choices? Any ones you particularly agree/disagree with? Let me know in the comments!