Chad’s Top 5 Games of All Time
Chad Whitney / Oct 12th, 2015 No Comments
Gaming Illustrated’s Top 5 Games of All Time is a series in which Gaming Illustrated staff members list their completely biased top five videogames of all time. To see the Top 5 lists from each of our staff members, click here.
Gaming has always been a big part of the my life, beginning with the Sega Genesis and Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Over the years, I’ve been drawn to games that challenge my excellence and are also fun. Of those games, these are my top five favorites of all time.
5. Pokémon Silver
In 1996, Pokémon hit the ground running with the release of Blue and Red versions in Japan. The handheld RPG put players in the shoes of a teenage boy setting out on his journey to become a Pokémon Master. After successfully introducing the series to America, a sequel followed. That sequel was Pokémon Gold and Silver.
Pokémon is one of those games with loads of replay value. It’s a fairly simple game with enough depth for hardcore players to get competitive. I grew up playing Pokémon, but it is on this list because of its cultural impact and the way it expanded the Pokémon brand. Pokémon Gold was essentially the same game, but Silver was my favorite because it had Lugia on the cover. I guess that’s the power of one.
Tetris is known for its simple yet addictive gameplay. There has been an iteration of the game on nearly every electronic device with a screen, including your old TI-83 calculator. Unlike most games from its era, most versions of Tetris don’t end until the player loses, and the difficulty increases as you continue. To top it off, Tetris is good for the brain. Studies have shown that cognitive functions increase for people that play. So, Tetris is probably responsible for the spike in intellect and technology over the past three decades.
Tetris is one of the few games that I can play without getting bored. The mechanics are simple, and it doesn’t demand a lot of time. Because the game is easy to learn, it appeals to a wider audience than most video games, especially current-gen games. The progressive difficulty spike allows for gamers to constantly be challenged without frustrating new players. The best part is that there’s even a multiplayer option.
3. Heavy Rain
Heavy Rain released for PlayStation 3 in 2010. The PlayStation-exclusive — described as a “film noir thriller” — allowed players to make their own decisions that affect the plot. The game played out like a movie, following multiple characters. Each character was part of a murder mystery, with the game centered around a mass murderer known as the Origami Killer.
The plot lines and decisions drew me in like no other game has. Main characters could die at any moment from one bad decision, past or present, making for some intense gameplay. Heavy Rain’s mystery story could be the best one ever told in a video game, and it rivals many classic films. In fact, gamers are given a movie-like experience while playing. Heavy Rain is a very unique, timeless experience, and the upcoming PS4 re-release should be awesomazing, for lack of a better word.
2. God of War 3
God of War 3 is the most epic game I’ve ever played. Kratos, slayer of Ares, makes it his mission to kill Zeus and take down Olympus. Many hack-and-slash games have tried to replicate the God of War formula, but no game has done it as well as God of War 3. For the third installment in the franchise, developers brought all the good things from the first two together for a satisfying conclusion. In addition, the scaling of the game put into perspective the larger-than-life challenge of killing Zeus.
In my opinion, God of War 3 is the greatest single-player gaming experience ever created. How could a game where the player kills seven gods, two titans and a demi-god named Hercules not be on the list of best games of all time? Where God of War stands out is in its brutality, and the game illustrated this wonderfully with beautiful effects. The only thing that could have made God of War 3 any better would be the inclusion of God of War Ascension‘s multiplayer.
1. 007 Nightfire
Bond. James Bond, aka the iconic 007, is best known from his blockbuster films. However, there have been quite a few James Bond games developed over the years. Goldeneye is the best known Bond game, but Nightfire is my favorite title starring the secret agent. Nightfire differs from most Bond games in that it was not based on a movie, despite the presence of Pierce Brosnan as James Bond.
Featuring a plotline made specifically for the game, Nightfire included some exciting missions and driving elements. But the game is my favorite because of the multiplayer experience it offers. Playing with other people is what has always inspired my gaming habits, and 007 Nightfire perfected multiplayer with tons of weapons, playable characters and the ability to add AI-controlled bots. Skyrail may be the best multiplayer map ever in a first-person shooter.
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