My friend recently asked me an interesting question. "If you were on an island and you could only bring three games to play for the duration of your time on the island, which games would you bring? Your time on the island would be quite lengthy, too. Online capabilities, if there are any, are allowed and the games you choose can be any games you want." Choosing three of my favorite games ever is the obvious choice, but sometimes your favorite games, except for a select few, can become redundant. The first two choices were easy for me, but the third choice took some serious thought. These are the three games I would choose to bring if I were stranded on an island for an extended period of time.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time: I know I said my favorite games would get redundant, but Ocarina of Time is a rare exception. I have completed this game well over ten times and not once did I feel "sick of it", primarily because of nostalgia. But also because I feel that there is so much to do in this game's world of Hyrule, and there are a number of ways I can challenge myself to complete the game. Each area is full of unique side quests and quirky characters. For refreshing challenges I can try to complete the game with only three hearts, which doesn't seem too difficult since I know the game well enough. Next, I could try to 100% Ocarina of Time, which again, does not seem very difficult, but it adds a nice challenge. These small challenges would provide an incentive to play through the game again and again. Ocarina of Time, at least for me, is an extraordinary game that provides an experience I can enjoy time and time again. I have a personal bias with Ocarina of Time; it is the first game I have ever completed and it is probably my favorite game ever. If I were on an island, I would never get bored with Ocarina of Time.
NHL 14: I would have included the next installment in the NHL series, but it has not been released yet, though I imagine it will be fantastic nonetheless. Anyways, the NHL series is my favorite franchise among sports games. Not only because I am a huge hockey fan, but NHL games are also my favorite because there is so much to do among the Franchise mode, Be A Pro mode, playing online, etc. The NHL series plays well, it's realistic and it provides the most fun for me out of any sports franchises. I am a sucker for any game that allows me to create myself. With sports games, I am a sucker for career modes. I will play the Be A Pro career mode for well over 100 hours because it is super addicting. Doing a fantasy draft and selecting the young, future stars or starting a normal franchise and trading for young talent is why I love the series so much. The NHL series possesses quality through and through and I could not be more excited for the next installment.
Mario Kart 8: Why Mario Kart 8? Because it is so much fun and it's beautiful and it is my favorite entry in the series. With the Mario Kart series, you know one thing is a guarantee: consistency. The levels are great, the power-ups - especially the new ones - are exhilarating to use and there are so many characters to play as! Yeah I would have preferred fewer babies and a smaller number of Bowser's henchmen, but each racer has different stats, which makes it fun to play as each racer. Having Dry Bones or Boo as racers would have been great, too. I have played Mario Kart 8 for about 30 hours thus far and I could easily sink another 30 hours into the game. Playing Mario Kart alone is not as fun as playing online or playing with friends, but it is still a blast. Mario Kart 8 is the perfect game if you were stranded on an island.
If you were stranded on an island and could only bring three games, which games would you bring? Share your thoughts!