I have been thinking about this for some time, and I think I will put my top ten favorite video games on here. Because of my ever-changing interests, it changes as well, but I will put it up anyhow. Anyway, the rules are that I can only pick one game per franchise, to avoid repeats.
10. Pokemon: Heartgold/Soulsilver
As a kid, I have been playing Pokemon ever sense Ruby/Sapphire. These games were magical and full of hidden strategies I discover as I got older. I experienced Kanto (from the remakes, Fire Red and Leaf Green) Hoenn, and the Sinnoh region, but Johto always fascinated me. In my opinion, it had the strangest and coolest looking Pokemon. I was always mystified from anything that involved Johto because I never got to experience it. By the time Heartgold/Soulsilver came out, I was so much more experienced and had a better ability to plan and act out. It was a whole new experience for me, and I am glad I could finally have it. I also played a bit of the original Gold, and it holds up so much better than the original Red and Blue. Over all, my favorite Pokemon game, many of my favorite Pokemon, etc.
9. Halo: Reach
I tend to think of shooters as a growing cliche. There seems to be more shooters than people on this Earth. Shooters heavily populated by kids in their 5th grade. I know many of them can be so much more than what you expect at first glance, like Spec Ops: The Line, but I generally don't care much for them...but then there is Halo. Halo in general has a really amazing and expansive universe and lore, hidden references to religion and mythology everywhere, and some aliens that a fun to watch explode. Speaking of the plot, it is so expansive that many books have to be made to fill in the gaps (though a lot of video games have their own books). I even love Red vs Blue, the webshow comedy about it made by Roosterteeth, but I am getting off track. Halo: Reach pulled me away from Call of Duty: Black Ops. I was entering my CoD phase at the the time, and if you know me, I despise that franchise. I was immersed in it, I loved the many multiplayer features, the forge, the campaign (with it's ****** AI), etc. It was the shooter that stood out in the growing list of cliche greyscaled games.
8. Megaman X
I never got to play any Megaman games when I was a child. I never really cared for it. That changed when I was in Seventh grade (a time I like to forget existed) and was looking for more games to add to my arsenal. I tried the first Megaman game, but quit shortly after many deaths to Cut Man's stage. I retried after some time and soon mastered the game, but with a ton of trial and error. I was hooked to the rest of the franchise, and soon Megaman X, the spinoff that takes place 100 years after the events of the earlier games. This game is fast paced, loaded with secrets that I have memorized by heart. I love challenging myself to fight the bosses with my main weapon and not their weakness. It is an amazing platformer that everyone should try.
7. Minecraft
I was wondering if I should even put this on my list, but I found it incredibly hard not to. It's not that I love the game, it's just that it suffers from the same problem CoD has: an extremely large fanbase of children. As a veteran player, I like to keep myself away from them. Other than that, Minecraft was something new and unexpected. No two people play the game the same. Some struggle to survive but overcome their inabilities, some create contraptions beyond anyone's dreams, and some just play it to pass the hours. It is hard to find someone who has not heard of this game, surprising at first because it was an indie game and for a long time had no physical release. I prefer the PC version, but the Console versions are good as well. I actually despise the IOS version, due to it's controls on a touch screen.
6. Team Fortress 2
This game defied my expectations. I only started playing this sense last year and it has grown on me unlike anything else. It is a shooter that relies on teamwork and has beautiful graphics, using color unlike the grey, boring, ugly shooters of today. It is free to play, so there is no reason you should not play it. Each class requires skill and time to learn, but I recommend using Soldier and Scout to get the hang of it. It's humor is amazing, expressed through in-game dialogue, official videos, and the official webcomics.
5. Pikmin
While my friends play RTSs like Starcraft, I am playing this cute little game of Pikmin. If you know me, I hate time limits. I hate working under pressure. In Pikmin, you crash onto a planet (which is obviously Earth, but I will not get into it) filled with poisonous oxygen. You have only 30 days to collect all of your parts, and you have 30 parts. The Pikmin add strategy to the game, making you sort your numbers and distribute you Pikmin on enemies, red pikmin doing the most damage, immunity to fire, and horrible defense, yellow pikmin being able to be thrown the highest and throw bomb rocks (but still kind of the weakest), and blue who can survive in water, have the weakest damage but the highest defensive abilities. This game is stressful but fun.
4. Super Mario Sunshine
The black sheep of the franchise. This is my favorite Mario game, despite how some hate it. I will admit I hate the unskipable cutscenes and the voiceacting, but I don't see anything wrong other than that. The game feels like an island vacation. It is fun to explore, I actually like F.L.O.O.D. and it's upgrades, and it is boatloads of fun. I can't actually think of any more to say. Just get it from Ebay or something.
3. Batman: Arkham City
If you ask me anything about it, the first thing I will say is "I love this game" I guess I love Batman in general, but I adore the Arkham franchise. I loved Arkham Asylum, Assault on Arkham (it is an animated movie that takes place in the Arkham universe), I want to play Arkham Origins, and I am looking forward to Arkham Knight. Arkham City truly makes you feel like Batman, performing tactics to stealthily dispose of your enemies. The combat is amazing two, based around rhythm and such. The one thing I don't like about it is that is has a minimal sense of urgency. Sure, you are hinted something big is going to happen in 10 hours, but there is no time limit. In Arkham Asylum, it felt that the world was on your shoulders. It still kinda is, but it is less apparent with the sidequests you do and Riddler challanges. It still is a good game and one of my favorites.
2. Terraria
It feels like cheating putting another survival game based around blocks on the list, but really can't help it. Even thought Terraria is similar to Minecraft, it plays so much more differently that a stereotypical Minecraft clone, like Castleminer Z, Fortresscraft, and other games I despise. Even Notch, the creator of Minecraft, likes Terraria. Anyway, I am getting off track. Terraria is a 2D survival platformer game. Terraria is much easier to learn than Minecraft, yet is even more complex at the same time. I often have phases where Minecraft replaces it as number 2 for a certain amount of time, then Terraria comes back, the cycle continuing. Currently, I am in the Terraria phase. There is so much in the game that describing it in a paragraph would be an insult. I prefer the PC version, it having the most content. The console version for Xbox is really good too, along with the Vita. I prefer IOS Terraria greatly more than IOS Minecraft, so it is something to check out, too.
1. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Did you think I was going to say the Ocarina of Time? I loved the game, but I had too many expectations based on how people described it. I much prefer it's cell-shaded sequel, which is my favorite game of all time. Fans disowned this game for several reasons when it came out. They did not like the cell-shading and sailing. As a kid when this came out, I did not care. I played this along Metroid Prime (which kinda scared me at the time) and Super Mario Sunshine. The thing that makes a Zelda game a Zelda game is the open world. Exploring was time consuming, but you never knew what you were going to find. Each island is not a useless waste of space. Each island has some kind of treasure, some kind of value. There were also giant octorock, submarines, and watchtowers you would stumble upon. There dungeons were unique and creative. The music is burned into my head. because I play it so much. I love it in ever way. This game is also the first Zelda game I have ever beat, and the credits scene had a song that made me want to cry. I guess the reason I did not like Ocarina of Time as much is because this game gave me to many expectations. There are so many references to Ocarina of Time that I wanted to play it desperately. I am sorry I am gushing and not giving a strait answer. This game is my all time favorite game.

I will be posting this on my Tumblr, so if you somehow manage to see it on there, well, you now know why
SteeredAxe SteeredAxe
18-21, M
1 Response Aug 22, 2014

I totally love your megaman x and Arkham city picks. For me
1. Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time
2. God of War
3. Final Fantasy VIII
4. Borderlands
5. Star Wars The Force Unleashed
6. Fallout 3
7. Megaman X
8. Star Wars Rogue Squadron
9. Final Fantasy VII
10. Gears of War

I have been meaning to play Gears of War and God of War. I have Borderlands 2, but I am torn between playing it or playing the first Borderlands before anything.