With the Wii U kicking off the next generation of gaming I thought it would be fun to do this. The games donít have to be in a specific order, mine arenít, but it would be nice if you provide some justification as to why youíre picking the games youíre picking.
THIS IS MEANT TO BE 100% BIASED, YOU DONíT HAVE TO CHOOSE GAMES OBJECTIVELY. At least I wonít. Maybe you wanna include Lair on your list because it reminds you of when you got married, doesn't matter. That will make things more fun. Anyway, here is my non-ordered list:
Super Mario Galaxy
I will never forget the first time I played through this game. The ďwowĒ factor was so big, I still get dťjŗ vuís of that feeling to this day every time I boot up the game. It gave me exactly what I wanted Ė an entire game based around Super Mario Sunshineís non-fludd levels. Iíve wanted this kind of streamlined approach since Mario 64 and it was awesome to finally play it, with such grand gameplay creativity and production values to boot.
This is a game that does something very specific for me, it satisfies me at a very basic, primary level. It lets me live out a fantasy that Iíve had ever since I was three years old watching Detective Conan. And isnít that what interactive entertainment is all about? Iíve always wanted to be a detective, and this game pulls that off flawlessly. I love how my attention to detail (not the game's, but my own) is always rewarded. Itís an enormous experience that Iíve played multiple times and will continue to play throughout the rest of my days.
Bioshock is the most immersive video game Iíve ever played. The city of Rapture captivates me like you wouldnít believe. Iím a huge sucker of underwater settings, canít get enough of them. Bioshock is an absolute joy - I love the setting, I love the gunplay and I love the plasmid mechanic. Every moment of this game was beautiful to me, and the sequel, while not as good in my opinion is also awesome. The combination of old-timey jazzy tunes and gruesome violence grabbed me since I saw the first trailers for the game.
This is one where Iím definitely alone, but Sonic Generations is a game Iíd been waiting to play for over a decade. For a life-long Sonic fan like myself, itís not just a love letter, itís a sex letter. Nate, I love you but I donít wanna hear it, this game perfected the Modern Sonic mechanics and made them super enjoyable. The gameplay rewards players who can blast through the courses without losing momentum and flow. When you get hit, itís frustrating not because you took damage, but because Sonic came to a hault. Itís similar to Mirrorís Edge somewhat, or keeping a combo alive in Tony Hawk, except way more frantic. The levels (all throwbacks to my entire life) look super slick, and this adrenaline-filled half-platformer/half-racer where twitchy fingers and quick reflexes are the key to victory was a joy from beginning to end. And Classic Sonic, while not as awesome as its Genesis counterpart (not because of the controls mind you, but because of the level design which isnít as solid and doesnít feature as many awesome gimmicks in the stages) feels just like I left him. I needed to play Generations before I died, and thankfully I did.
I love this game to death. Itís amazing. Lightyears better than Portal 1, and thatís saying something. I donít even need to comment much, just play it and youíll understand how Portal 2 takes an absolutely brilliant gameplay idea and builds an entire game around it, with said idea never getting stale and with new surprises at every turn. And then when I thought I couldn't like the game any more I played Co-Op with my non-gamer ex-girl, which is a memory that I will carry with me to the rest of my days. She doesnít like video games, not even Wii Sports, but Portal 2 captivated her. In her words, ďI wish I could buy a Portal gun in real lifeĒ.
Portal 2 - Couldn't put it down. A puzzle game at heart that manages to be incredibly immersive. Batman: Arkham Asylum - Still can't believe they did a Batman game right. I'm putting it above City because of the impact it had on me, and because I think the stealth sections were better. I think I do prefer the open ended nature of City just because it feels so much more like Batman (scaling rooftops, watching enemies from afar, etc). Rocksteady is great at what they do, and I think Nintendo could learn from them in a lot of ways. Halo 3 - The most time I've spent in a multiplayer game aside from Super Smash Bros. Melee. Simply phenomenal fun with my three friends. Donkey Kong Country Returns - Retro surprised me here with the game I never knew I wanted. Flawed in a way because I think it's TOO difficult at times, notably with the mine cart levels. I also think they could've pushed things even farther in terms of set pieces, because I think most of the time the game does seem like a standard platformer. There are a lot of moments, however, that feel like the first game of its kind since Yoshi's Island. I wish Nintendo would put this kind of effort into a 2D Mario game. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption - Not my favorite Metroid Prime game, but come on, it's Metroid Prime. Retro again has amazing attention to detail. It's the most "Halo-esque" of any Metroid game, but for what it is, it's amazing. If I ever want to feel like I'm in a world, and not in my bedroom, I go to a Retro game. Masterful.
Sixth Place: Pac-Man Championship DX
Honorable Mentions: L.A. Noire VVVVVV Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2 Halo ODST, Reach, and Halo 4 Assassin's Creed 2 - So far it's pretty amazing, but I'm not sure how much I'm liking the villa areas. The game seems to be at its peak when you're parkouring around the rooftops of the various cities in Italy. It feels absurdly better than AC1. Portal
Super Mario Galaxy / Super Mario Galaxy 2 (technically 2 games, but they're equally good) New Super Mario Bros. Wii The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Mario Kart Wii (my most played Wii game for a reason!) Burnout Paradise
Well this is a tough list so in no particular order.
An Untitled Story Amazing, brilliant, wonderful. So many words can be used to describe this game. You start off as an egg but pretty soon you get all sorts of upgrades. It has a brilliant world and 4 difficulty levels for replay value.
Fez This game took me by surprise. Not only is the music exceptional, but the puzzles are amazing. Sitting there trying to solve the mysteries of tetrominos has never been so enticing.
Skyward Sword For all it's faults (see my Tumblr Post) I love this game. It had some great parts and I love it for that.
Bioshock Atmosphere in a nutshell. The game just oozed it. If there was one video game place I could go, it's Rapture (before the civil war mind you).
Portal 2 Fun story behind this game. Around when this game came out me and my Dad had just got in contact with each other after 13 years. We played the co-op together and stayed up late trying to finish it and when it came to the single player we took turns. And for that I need to say something to you Portal 2.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9nPf7w7pDI (Anyone know how to embed?)