The games are 8, the genres are 2. It may seem like a boring list of games I have for entertainment, and certainly nothing big to argue over, or have any bias toward, but that would be your opinion. The first genre that holds 4 games is RTS, yes real-time strategy games. Some of you know exactly why I prefer the RTS genre, while other are staring with an urge to click away, but donít, let me explain.
My allegiance to RTS lies in, it was my first real PC gaming experience, granted I was sort of pushed into it, but once I was emerged, no other genre held my attention I was hooked, the art of balancing the expansion of your empire/kingdom/units/military with the constant build up of military units for defending against the inevitable enemy attack, all the while researching improvements on items varying from military to crop yielding and wood.
Now with all the RTS games out there, you might be wondering with game caught my attention, well that would be Age of Empires 2: Age of Kings
with that game I was hooked, but I wouldnít have defended the genre at all, since I was new to gaming, but then I got into Stronghold
and I began to get a bit attached to the genre. Fast forward a few years and I got my taste of the most famous game out there, introduced to me by a friend in high school.
, Iíd stay up late at night, on a school night playing this game, ignoring everything else, which sucks because I quickly had to stop, or get kicked out of my high school, so I stopped; but by that time Iíd grown a HUGE attachment to the RTS genre, thatís when I started arguing against people who spoke against RTS, calling them a ďbuild for a long time, enjoy a big fight for a few minutes, waste of timeĒ They were mainly FPS fans, I always argued, never changed their minds, but I held my belief.
During my RTS hiatus I got into console gaming, at first it was because of the game DDR
; which granted I would have fought for back then, but I lost interest in so I donít bother; anyway, when I began playing console games I stumbled upon one in an arcade; a flight simulator, a dogfight type of game, fighter jets. Now Iíve always had an interest with fighter jets, but thatís the first time I saw a game where you flew a fighter jet for the sole purpose of shooting down other jets while trying to complete a mission; but sadly my time ran out and so did my change. There was only one thing left to do, buy the game.
Blood pounding in my veins, eyes swaying back and forth, ringing missile alarms. My first taste of Ace Combat 4
, and I couldnít get enough of it, the adrenaline rush of playing it on the hardest difficulty, dodging bullets, missiles, flying between buildings, getting so close to the water I made a trail, I thought it couldnít get any betterÖ I was wrong. Ace Combat 5
brought better graphics, a good story, higher intensity, and an ability to issue commands to your wingmen. If that didnít blow Ace Combat 4
out of the water, then nothing would. I was really hooked, so hooked in fact thatI got chocked up, and angry when Chopper died, it was so emotional; no game has done that to me before, EVER!
When I finished the game, I felt empty, I thought that whatever title came next I wouldnít want to play it, but I was wrong, mainly since the title I played next had come out already, but was kind of old Ace Combat 0
; now the reason itís not one of the games Iím bias over is because, it wasnít that great for me, so there, just wanted to get that out of the way. As I was saying, Ace Combat 5
was the best game for me hands down at the time, but little did I know Ace Combat 6
was about to come out. But when I found out, I felt as excited as a child waiting for Christmas!
Since the game was for the Xbox 360, I knew the graphics would be incredible, but not only would the graphics be incredible, the whole game would be improved. The stories, the commands, the missions, were all amazing. Now I know there are some of you thinking ďhow in the hell is that possible, this game sucked?!Ē well it is so get over it, I love the games, they are all perfect in my BIAS opinion, Getting back to the original view; AMAZING. Now Iíll agree with some that the voice acting wasnít all that great, everything else about the game more than made up for that, and have defended it countless of times against flight sim haters.
[i]It looks better live, I promise![/img]
But like the game, it didnít last long. I beat the game, and by that time Iíd graduated high school so I no longer could play Starcraft
with my friend; I got a laptop so Age of Empires 2
was gone, and I lost my CD for Stronghold
. There was only one thing left to do, look online for more RTS games, which lucky for me I found with ease and got fast. The first one being Sins of a Solar Empire (SoaE)
at first I got it cause it was a highly reviewed game, and quickly I saw why. But then something happened that made me think was greater than I first realized. Two words; Battlestar Galactica
. I feel in love with that show, and wanted anything to do with it, so when I found out (SoaE
had a Battlestar Galactica
mod, I just had to have it!
It was an amazing mod; I actually got to control the Galactica, Pegasus, the Valkarine, Columbia, and Atlantia. I thought I would never stop playing this game, and for about a year it seemed true until I started getting bored and began to look for another game with a Galactica mod. Out comes Homeworld 2
and it was a disaster, no matter what I did, what I upgraded, I just couldnít run the Fleet commander
mod on Homeworld 2
, but soon enough I didnít care because the actual game caught my eye. With a story better than all RTS and
flight sims combined, I was surprised I didnít hear about it sooner.
From that moment until now I have been playing Homeworld 2
great graphics for being old, amazing controls, details, ships, freaking everything. I canít get enough of it, every chance I get, I play it, and honestly it isnít that hard to play. Instead of worrying about multiple resources, you only have one, everything is build on ships, everything is mobile, there is a slight learning curve but very easy to master. Now a days the people that know me, know how much I love RTS and flight sims, so they wouldnít start an argument with me, but those with a close mind of my type of games will be sure to get an earful if they bad mouth the best genre games out there.
So to my readers I bid you thanks for taking time to read this. Please if you have any similar, different, or some other type of opinion please leave a comment.