A few years ago, I made a lightning review post of the games I played in 2008.
I really wanted to make this an annual thing, but then I failed hardcore 2 years in a row. So now I'm going to "retry" this yearly thing, but also I'm kick it off right, with an epic Lightning review of all 700+ video games in my game collection...
ok that's a half truth. There's gonna be a shit ton of games listed at the bottom that I don't have anything to say about....This is also by no means a full list of everything I've played (hence alot of things that seem like they should be present will be missing), just things that I own currently.
Games with a * next to it have my full recommendation. If you happen to like those games, we probably have similar tastes, and you might find some gems in here. If you happen to not like those games, then we probably don't have similar tastes, and you atleast know what to avoid.
Also this is a huge stream of conscious kinda list that took me 8 hours to write. Forgive the mess. I'll try to spellcheck/clean this up more later, maybe add some random factoids.
Anyway, here goes:
-Sins of a Solar Empire
- I hear this is a good strategy game. Played through the tutorial, found it a bit complicated for my tastes at the time. Will revisit one day.
- Played till the 3rd evolution, game crashed, save corrupted or something. Havenít touched it since. It was interesting? But kinda boring.
- The CG cutscene eye candy was great. Not a big strategy gamer so I donít have much of an opinion to offer on the rest.
- 2D scroller thatís simple yet beautiful. Itís fairly difficult as well.
-Tales of Bearsworth Manor: Chaotic Conflicts
- I canít figure what this game is supposed to be.
-1942: Joint Strike
- Remake of an old schmup.
- The characters are kinda annoying, the platforming is fairly underwhelming. The only cool thing is the wall climbing.
-Cho Aniki (PSN)
- Someone told I should download this for a big WTF moment. I have no idea what this game was about. Soon as I started it...WTF?!?
- Havenít played it yet.
- Metal Slug style multiplayer shooter I think. Didnít play too much of htis.
- Isometric Co-op shooter game. Simple and easy game to pick up and play with your spouse. The game feels a little unbalanced and the powerups donít feel like they have the pay off they should, (and stuff doensít seem to carry over), but otherwise, lots of fun to play.
- If you like clever puzzle games, this is really clever.
- Simple, relaxing shooting game.
- The trailers made it seem more fun. Itís humorous at the very least.
-Final Fight Double Impact
- I think this is a rerelease of a Final Fight game. So if you like Final Fight, have at it.
- the dynamics of the flock movement is a little wonky, but all in all, itís an average puzzle game.
- More of a relaxing art experience then a game.
- Same as flow.
-High Stakes on the Vegas Strip
- Played with dtoiders a few time with webcams and such. good times.
- Itís everybit like the oldschool lemmings games, just more colorful. Puzzles are still hard as shit.
- Nice sharp graphics. Really annoying sound/music.
-Noby Noby Boy
- WTF IS THIS GAME? Iíve played it for 2 hours and I still canít figure the actual purpose. No really. Some one please explain it to me.
- Falling Block style puzzle game. not much else to say.
-Record of Agarest War
- From what I heard, I thought this would be something like Thousand Arms. I was sorely disappointed. Only played for a couple hours. Might give it another chance if someone thinks itís worth it.
-Scott Pilgrim vs The World
- Old school style beat em up with Scott Pilgrim look. Not much else to be said.
- Just got this, havenít played.
-Vandal Hearts Flames of Judgement
- I donít remember the Vandal Hearts games being this ugly.
- I bought this to play with some Dtoiders. I have every expansion pack I think. I think Iíve played this.....twice.
XBOX Live Arcade
-Alien Hominid HD
- Itís ok. I guess itís a nice start for the Behemoth but....
- another isometric shooter, but not so fun.
- Indie games sometimes get a little pretentious with the ďartĒ factor and end up being terribly boring. Braid is not that game. Itís packed with some of the most clever puzzles Iíve ever played, even if the characters are all a little ugly.
- If you can only have ONE downloadable game, this is the one to get. 4 Person beat em up action with RPG elements, very cool visual style, and just hella fun to play.
- If you like settlers of catan, then...yeah.
- Interesting music/block puzzle game. A little pricey for what you get though.
- I felt like they were trying to capture an Earthworm Jim mood...maybe? In anycase, itís not very fun.
-Earthworm Jim HD
- Itís Earthworm Jim. In HD. Itís a classic.
-Faery: Legends of Avalon
- Low budget RPG with faeries. The screenshots looked better. The game play is lackluster.
- A puzzle game from Popcap and Square. I played a little...seems somewhat promising. Might revisit this later.
- I think this maybe the hardest game ever made. Itís also probably the best schmup ever made.
- Whimsical, charming puzzle game. Beautiful to look at, simple to play. Good for kids or your casual gamer girlfriend/boyfriend
-The Impossible Game
- Not as hard as Ikaruga, but definately the 2nd hardest game ever made. I spent 80 Microsoft points on this and played it for 3 hours straight....
- I have the same comments for this as I do Braid, minus the ugly characters.
-Metal Slug XX
- Itís exactly what you would expect out of a metal slug game.
-The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom
- Though not as good as braid or limbo, itís a fairly decent puzzle game.
-Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain Slice Precipice of Darkness
- I got bored fairly fast.
- One of the best XBOX games, One the best platformers ever. Highly underappreciated. Witty Dialogue, Unique Characters, Imaginative Environments. I used to have this on disc, but someone stole it.
- DO YOU LIKE OLD SCHOOL METROID/CASTLEVANIA? IF YES, PLAY THIS GAME.
- Havenít played this yet, but itís on my list
-Sid Meierís Pirates (XBOX)
- Doesn't off the depth of play you would expect from a Sid Meier game.
-South Park Letís Go Tower Defense Play
- If you like tower defense and south park, this one fits that bill. If donít like Tower Defense and/or South Park, then donít bother.
- Fast pace puzzle platformer. Pretty fun for short bouts of time.
-Super Meat Boy
- Same comments for this as I had for Cave Story. Itís a 2d platformer thatís simplistic yet still beautiful.
- I donít usually like driving games, but this is more of a puzzle/skills game with motorcycles. I feel like this is what a modern excite bike SHOULD be. very fun.
- really. really. really. weird.
-Class of Heroes
- More or less Etrian Odyssey repackaged for a different game. Menus are unnecessarily convoluted
-Crimson Gem Saga
- Fairly decent TTRPG. Didnít finish this one yet. Bought it for the nice cover art.
-Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble
- Mediocre controls. Boring Repetitive gameplay. Apparently these games are popular in Japan though, as there are like...5 of these.
- PONPONPATAPON seriously if you donít know what this game is your probably not a gamer.
- charming cutscenes. thatís the most I can say for this at the moment.
- This game has one of my biggest pet peeves...slow scrolling text...but the story was pretty fun to play through. I got all endings. As far as visual novel games go, this one has my full recommendation.
-Alice in Wonderland
- My girlfriend likes this game. The art style is charming.
- Had alot of promise, but the game seems unneccessarily complicated and fighting isnít really all that fun.
-*Elite Beat Agents
- I spent 10 hours straight trying to beat the last lvl on expert. Iíve also played the Ouendan games as well. If you like music games, you should definately play this.
-Etrian Odyssey III
- I havenít started this one yet. I imagine its alot like the first 2. Atlus has alot of games that seem to use this engine. If you like this sorta dungeon crawler, Iím sure this will satisfy.
-*Ghost Trick Phantom Detective
- First game of 2011 to get my full recommendation. Simple, imaginitive, and fun gameplay. Charming characters and animations, clever puzzle, great story. Solid package all the way through.
-Hotel Dusk Room 215
- This wasnít exactly a GREAT game per say, but it was good and this style of game has a lot of potential. I hope to see more games like this.
-Ivy the Kiwi?
- Just got it, havenít played it yet.
- I canít believe I played through this whole game. Terrible localization, boring characters, dumb story, boring gameplay. How not to do visual novel style play.
-Master of the Monster Lair
- Basically a rehash of My World, My Way for dudes.
-My World, My Way
- Simplistic build it your self world style rpg. Although itís so simple itís boring.
- Clever game, but gets old after awhile.
- Interesting story, but the gameplay is a little lacking. Itís a little visual novel meets exploration style game.
- Clever (although slightly gimmicky) puzzles, fun mystery. Iíd like to see so more games like this.
-3D Dot Game Heroes
- A humorous homage to games of the past, in glorious 2D 3D!
- A terrible hack slash based on some anime.
-Army of Two
- A promising CO OP shooter that ended up sucking. As many promising games do. Maybe theyíll do better next time.
-Batman Arkham Asylum
- One of the only comic IP based games that Iíve ever enjoyed. Itís kinda a freeworld adventure game...only with BATMAN. Think GTA or Zelda...only with BATMAN.
- 100% Fan. Service.
-Blazblue Calamity Trigger
- This is actually a really good fighter that many people skimmed over. I suck at fighters though so I donít really play it (and Iím kinda a poor judge as to what constitutes a good fighter)
- One of the BEST games Iíve ever played (in terms of fun value). Also the only FPS I can think of to do FPS+RPG well. Itís got abit of an odd art style that will grow on you, but the gameplay will keep you coming back for me. Itís just really, really satisfying to play.
- After Psychonauts, this is what Tim Schafer gives up. Disappoinment. Less of this and Costume Quest, MOAR Psychonauts please....
- Most fun driving game Iíve ever played. EA is really starting to put out some quality shit. The execution of the game is flawless, the online component is brilliantly done, and the game is just....polished.
- Shameless crossover game with many JRPG franchises. Also terrible.
- As a hack an slash, I say this so so. It doesnít do anything bad per say, but it doesnít do anything great either. It also lacks the polish of Dead Space, and coming from the studio that made Dead Space 1 and 2, itís a disappointment.
- One of the earlier FPSs on next gen console. Also terrible.
- Havenít played much. Iím told this is a fairly decent hack and slash.
- OMG THIS GAME IS BRUTAL. If youíre a masochist, play this game because itís fucking hard. You will die. Alot. Because your meant to die. Alot. There is no way to play this game without dying. Alot. Also I donít understand the whole tendency crap or whatever.
-Dragon Age: Origins
- Same people who make Mass Effect delivers us Dragon Age. As a western RPG, I feel like itís subpar to alot of the other western RPGs available (or for that matter, alot of the other RPGS Bioware has made)....
Donít bother with this JRPG. Really. This is example one that the quality of writing in JRPGs is going down the gutter. More and more games coming from there have writing that seems like it was done by a 10 year old. Maybe the current generation of video game writers have never actually read a physical book. Who knows.
-Enslaved Odyssey to the West
- Excellent, underappreciated game by the same folks that brought you Heavenly Sword. Itís fun, pretty, and obviously based of....well Odyssey to the West.
- JRPG about Chopin or something. Itís really abstract. I hear itís supposed to be really good, but I found it boring....
- This is sort of another pokemon for adults game. Itís got a really magical narrative thatís well crafted. The presentation of the cutscenes is a little annoying, but the game play is quite good. Itís also the one of the only games to make use of the six axis in a way that I like.
- First PS3 game by ninja theory. Itís a fairly decent hack and slash. The story is kinda whatever, but the game itself plays well and is quite beautiful look at. Kai is just a fantastic example of what artists/writers/animators/programmers can do with a character on a modern platform now.
- Quantic Dreams 2nd (that I know of) attempt at interactive narrative. It plays like your reading a Chris Crawford book in that you know what there trying to achieve. Not quite there, but itís a nice attempt. Itís also a beautiful game, despite a little bit of uncanny valley.
- GTA with super powers more or less.
- Probably one of the most visually stunning shooters Iíve ever played. Controls are a little annoying in that thereís this constant lag that they built into the game. I know the arguments for it, but just makes for frustrating gameplay.
- Terrible. Donít bother.
-Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom
- This game is supposed to make you smile. But it only made my frown in confusion several times, then snore. And then I put it back on my shelf.
-Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
- Another fun isometric fighter thats fun to play with a spouse.
- I know absolutely nothing about this game other then the fact that my girlfriend adores it. That in itself makes it worth having.
- A unique first person Parkour game. I donít think it really does everything it set out to do, but itís worth one play through. Visually, the art direction is pretty unique and good.
- Terrible. and the main guy as ugly as sin. and not in a good way.
-The Orange Box
- Sloppy port, but címon. Half Life AND Portal AND Team Fortess.
-Red Dead Redemption
- Grand Theft Auto. In the Wild West. The writing for this game is really enjoyable.
-Resonance of Fate
- I think this game could be fun...but I just didnít have the patience for it. Also, the art direction is teeeeerrrrrrriiiiible.
- Grand Theft Auto in France. With boobs. thatís about all I know, Iíve barely played this game.
- Fun racing game that based more on challenges then actual racing.
- Fun 3rd person shooter. Whatís great and innovative about this game is the way you move about your environment; itís very slick and fast. Also Samís mechanical suit getup is amazing. I would LOVE to see how there Riggers/Character TDs rigged it. Donít take the story to seriously though.
- As many have said it, poor manís Fable. Since I donít even like Fable, I obviously didnít like this much, and only beat it cause I felt obligated to. I applaud the studios attempt (it was a very small studio), but it just wasnít a very satisfying game; and the controls were just very very clunky and inconvenient. I practically never used any of the powers in the game because having to constantly open menus is a chore.
- Bethesda. Please. Just give use more Elder Scrolls and Fallout. No more of this nonsense.
-White Knight Chronicles
- This is one of those games you get expecting one type of game, only to find itís a different type of game and end up being sorely disappointed.
- One of those games that no one ever though would come out. In the end, the game play was fairly inventive, but repetitive. The production values were definitely above average, and the writing was acceptable.
-Alone in the Dark
- Horrible, broken, near unplayable piece of shit. I had such high expectations, and there were quickly dashed. Honestly, I should put this game in a shredder.
- Boring. I guess the dragon quest crowd may like this atleast for the visuals. But I couldnít stand it.
- Crap. Donít bother. This wouldnít even cut it if it were last gen.
-Clive Barkerís Jericho
- I find that almost anytime someone sticks there name infront of a game, that game turns out to be terrible. I think someone gave me this game.
- Some sort of card battling board game. Itís ok. Kinda boring.
- Dancing. On the Kinect. Doesnít require much explanation.
- Same thing. I bought this one on accident so Iím stuck with it. This ones more DDR like.
- Gritty 3rd Person Shooter. I didnít find this very fun.
- See description of Last Remnant.
- Jumping around on the kinect....wheeeeeee.....itís just a stupid tech demo.
-The Last Remnant
- OK So I canít remember which game is which between Last Remnant and Infinity Undiscovery, which pretty much describes how bad they are. BOTH games have TERRIBLE CHARACTERS, TERRIBLE WRITING, and are pretty god damn buggy. These games also should be shredded, and frankly SE should be ashamed for releasing this garbage.
- One of the best JRPGs of the current generation (although there are very few good ones. It seems the golden age of the JRPG passed with the PS2). Beautiful art direction, classic and fun gameplay from the father of Final Fantasy himself.
- Generic 3rd person shooter. Not much fun.
- I tried really hard to like this, but I got bored. Itís also kinda hard, and itís easy to get stuck. Iíd say itís very average shooter.
- I think this game could of been MUCH MUCH better. Once you get used to the gameplay, itís actually really fun, but this game was definately low budget. Also your characters can permadie and itís easy to accidentally save over your save game before you realize youíve lost someone, this happened me several times, so I never finished the game. Nazis, Vampires, and Werewolfs. Oh My!
- Fuck this game and itís stupid locked to the ground camera angle. How the fuck are we supposed to have any depth perception from a mouse-eye camera? Skating. Your doing it wrong.
- I forgot if this game was any good or not. I donít even remember if it was first person or 3rd. But I did beat it. I guess that means itís nothing spectacular.
-Viking: Battle for Asgard
- I bought this because I love Norse mythology. Also this game sucks.
-Arc Rise Fantasia
- Apparently this game is good if you can make it through the first few hours. Unfortunately, the first few hours is terrible, (and full of poor writing). So I gave up.
- This is actually a really fun party game, believe it or not. I would have never have thought it would be fun, but it is.
-Bully: Scholarship Edition
- GTA in school. I didnít get really far.
-A Boy and His Blob
- Wonderful, charming remake of the game. Itís adorable, beautiful, AND hand animated. What more could you want?
- Cheesy, but actually creepy in a few spots. Iíve only played a few chapters.
- This game is like the history of Disneyland. My girlfriend likes it, good enough for me.
-Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon
- An urban ruins exploration game. I had high expectation, but this game is really boring. Itís pretty for a week game, I love the color palette (atleast what I can see of it), but yeah...boring.
- Havenít had a chance to play it, but the bold art direction of black and white imagery looks pretty awesome.
-*Muramasa: the Demon Blade
- This game is a GOD DAMN WORK OF ART. Seriously, if you love video games, you MUST play this game. Itís beauty will move you. And itís really fun.
- This is a FANTASTIC game. Unfortunately it plays like crap on the Wii. Seriously, youíd think painting would be easier with the waggle. Itís not. Itís terrible. See the PS2 version for the good version.
- Crappy RPG.
- GREAT remake of the original If you liked Punch Out back in the day, this is worth the purchase.
- GARBAGE. If this was the first game I ever played on the, I would have never bought a wii.
-Shiren the Wanderer
- Basically, itís Izuna the Unemployed Ninja on the Wii, but with Shiren instead of Izuna.
- I discovered this through Dtoiders. Fun party game...
- This is the only Trauma series game Iíve beaten. The forensics are really fun.
- waggle tech demo.
- moar waggle tech demo.
-Beyond Good & Evil
- Great platforming adventure game. Much has been said about this game already.
-Dark Cloud 2
- Toolbox RPG that lets you customize alot of things. I never beat the last boss though, it was really freaking hard.
-dot Hack: Infection
- First of a long series of JRPGs. Honestly I just started this so I canít say much about it yet. Itís very average so far.
-Dragon Quest VIII Journey of the Cursed King
- Itís a dragon quest game. There are no surprises here, itís exactly what you expect from a dragon quest game.
-Front Mission 4
- Itís a Front Mission game, also no surprises here. More or less what you expect from a front mission game. Also the French girls accent is pretty hot. As Hamsa Aziz would say it ďI want to make love to that accent.Ē
l Alchemist and the Broken Angel- I only bought this cause I like the anime show. Itís not a very good game, which is to be expected.
- A beat em up with itís own cult following. Not sure why. I think itís pretty terrible. It reminds me of No More Heroes, but not as awesome.
- From the makers of two other GORGEOUS WORKS OF ART (Odin Sphere and Muramasa), GrimGrimoire is another WORK OF ART. But itís not fun.
- I donít need to sing any praises to this game. You know itís good.
- Great idea, terrible execution. The voice recognition just doesnít cut it most of the time.
- GOD DAMN WORK OF ART. AND ITíS FUN. Seriously, this is one of the top 5 most beautiful games EVAR. Ďnuff said.
-Okage Shadow King
- JRPG thatís really boring.
- This is the first game to move me to tears by sheer artistry alone. Itís a beauty that will stick with you. Coupled with fantastic gameplay remiscent of the Zelda series, and youíve got a classic for years to come.
- JRPG thatís mediocre. Itís fighting is kinda like Tales of Vesperia, but not as fun.
- JRPG thatís slightly above average.
-Rule of Rose
- This game was lot creepier in trailers then in executions. Also the controls are terrible.
- Girls. Mud Wrestling. Thatís the only reason I bought this game. Itís novel for a few hours. Thatís about all I can say.
-Shadow of the Colossus
- Like ICO, I really donít need to say anything about this game.
-Stella Deus The Gate of Eternity
- I donít remember what this game was about, except that itís alot like Hoshigami and the characters were drawing by Shoji Meguro.
-The Elder Scrolls III Morrowind
- Itís an Elderscrolls game, which means it has some of the deepest gameplay of any western RPG. What else do you need to know?
- Quantic Dreams FIRST attempt at interactive storytelling (the more well known game being Heavy Rain). It was actually really good for the first half, then the story goes into bizarro bullshit territory.
- I think this was like KOTOR in a Chinese style setting. I played this along time ago, and I know I beat it. I guess it wasnít very memorable.
-Marvel vs Capcom 2
- ~I wanna take for you a ride~ nananana, da da ba da!
-Panzer Dragoon Orta
- On rails shooter. Really, Really Hard.
-*Jet Grind Radio
- On of best games to on the DC. The skating was really fun (even though the controls could be a little taxing at times). Great art style and fun sound track.
-*Skies of Arcadia Legends
- I originally played this on the DC. I imagine the GC version is more or less the same without the bullshit DC load times. Skies of Arcadia is a JRPG that one of my very favorite aspects of JRPGS its main focus: World Map Exploration. The world map is filled of all kinds of awesome...everything really. And discovering things is simultaneously fun and invigorating, even if your doing it constantly.
- Back in the day, this was a major title. It had ground breaking graphics for itsí time, and offered a unique form of point and click adventure game play. Also you can beat it in a few minutes.
- I really donít know how best to describe this game. All I can say is if you havenít played it, you should go find a PC abandonware version of this game. It was really something back then....all the days of Bullfrog.
-Bust of Groove
- Dance game where you hit buttons to a specific time. I loved the moves, the music, and the characters the the Bust of Groove games (both in English and Japanese). Seems to play out of sync unless you play it on the original PS1 hardware though.
-Threads of Fate[/b]- I beat this one, but I donít remember what it about.
- Itís a game about taking your favorite types of toy cars and trucks that you played with as a kid, and wrecking the shit out of buildings. Seriously this game was the bomb.
*Star Fox 64
- One of my all time favorite games. Also the only on rails shooter game Iíve ever liked. This game was just solid through and through, and the multiplayer was fun as hell.
- This game never came out in the US. Which is unfortunate because itís one of the best games ever to grace the SNES, and is one of my personal all time favorites. It mixes the gameplay of something like Secret of Mana/Legend of Zelda with world map and exploration elements of Final Fantasy. It had an epic story, and a world that you could directly affect. Awesome, and a must play.
-A Boy and His Blob
- Fun game. probably impossible to beat. I made it past those stupid cherry bombs maybe once. EVER. Gamefaqs wasnít around then either.
- The disney side scrollers back in this time were REALLY REALLY fun. Duck Tales was one of my favorites.
-Ghosts Ďní Goblins
- Capcom side scroller. Might be impossible.
-Snake Rattle and Roll
- One of my favorite games on the NES. You ran around, ate stuff, got bigger, etc. Might be impossible
-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Iím pretty sure this fucking game was impossible. I tried so hard to beat it. Never did.
Do I really need to write anything for any of these?:
-Donkey Kong, Excite Bike, Gauntlet, Marble Madness, Tetris
Do I really need to write anything for any of these?:
-Breakout, Donkey Kong, Pac Man, Pitfall, Space Invaders
This Next Section Contains a REALLY Big List of Games organized by Franchise, not included in the Above List:
-Assassinís Creed, Assassinís Creed II (PS3)
The first one had alot of potential, but got boring and repetive really fast. The 2nd first alot of the boringness of itís predecessor. Still not perfect, but the degree improvement from the 2nd to first give me good expectations for the 3rd.. Both are visually pleasing and fairly polished.
Arc the Lad
-Arc the Lad Collection (PS1)
-Twilight of Spirits, End of Darkness (PS2)[/b]
Iíve only played a few hours of each title. Itís actually a fairly generic JRPG all around. Nothing stellar enough to get me to beat any of the games.
-*Baten Kaitos, Baten Kaitos Origins (GC)
The first one caught me offguard as to just HOW good it is. The random card battle system is actually alot of fun when you get the hang of it. The environments are very interesting, the story is fairly decent, and the battles are actually very challenging. The only game my girlfriend has almost dumped me over. (She has since learned that yes, there are a couple games each year that will occupy a week of my time and not to hold it against me).
The 2nd one (origins) takes everything loved about the battle system in the first one and ruins it. I didnít finish the 2nd one.
-Bionic Commando Rearmed (PSN)
Bionic Commando was one of my favorite NES games back in the day. I havenít revisited it due to the fear of the Retro Goggles effect. The Rearmed version is a fantastic homage to the original series, and if you like side scrollers I highly recommend it. Donít even bother with the full 3D release. Itís a waste of your time.
-Bioshock, Bioshock 2 (PS3)
There have been books worth of stuff written about the Bioshock games. My 2 cents: as games there above average fun. Nothing stellar. As pieces that look to further games as an artistic medium, I think these games have some important things to say.
-Breath of Fire, Breath of Fire II (SNES)
-*Breath of Fire III, *Breath of Fire IV (PS1)
-Breath of Fire Dragon Quarter (PS2)
Breath of Fire...Capcomís once flagship RPG. Who knows if weíll ever see another one (although I would love to). These are all solid JRPGS. If you like JRPGS and havenít played these, Iíd recommend taking them for a spin. They all more or less carry a common theme of repelling against a greater, godlike power, and fleshing out a future with your own hands. 3 and 4 are in my opinion, the pinnicale of the series (4 had me bawling at a certing emotional high point).
5 (dragon quarter), is one that youíll either HATE or LOVE, not alot of in between on this one, but the approach to the gameplay is certainly unique and youíll play through it several times (because you wonít have a choice).
Call of Duty
-Call of Duty: Black Ops (XBOX360)
-Call of Duty Modern Warfare, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 (PS3)
Thereís a reason CoD is one the best selling shooting IPs ever, because itsí also one of the best. There solid, well polished games. Iím not into shooters so I canít go into much detail. The nuke strike moment in CODMW is on the most emotional moments in video games that Iíve ever experienced in a shooter.
*Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, *Castlevania: Order of Ecclessia (NDS)
Castlevania Chronicles (PSN), Castlevania Symphony of the Night (PSN)
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (PS3)
In my opinion, the DS Castlevania games are the pinnacle of the IP. (I seem to have lost my copy of Portait of Ruin, will have to rebuy that one). If youíve never played a Castlevania game, start with those.
On Lords of Shadows: Take every thing you like about Castlevania games. Now crush it and let your dog take a shit on it. Seriously. Donít bother.
-*Chrono Cross (PS1)
-*Chrono Trigger (SNES/NDS)
The Chrono Series is one of the most polished JRPGs ever. The world theyíve created is very very...well planned. The game play is fun, the story is deeply involving. This is a beloved game in the hearts of many, and little needs to be said about it.
-Contra 4 (NDS)
The series that arguably gave the multipurpose Konami Code its fame. And for good reason. Contra games are really, really brutally difficult.
-DarkStalkers The Night Warriors (PS1)
-Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower (PSP)
If you like Street Fighter, hereís street fighters with fantasy monsters. Also Morrigan is one of my all time favorite VG ladies. Ďnuff said.
-Dead Rising (XBOX360)
-Dead Rising 2 (PS3)
Dead Rising embodies how I feel about alot of Next-Gen Japanese games- fun, but poorly written and unpolished. Also Dead Rising 2 is hard as fuck. That or I suck.
-*Dead Space, *Dead Space 2 (PS3)
-Dead Space Extraction, Dead Space Ignition (PS3)
Dead Space 1 was one of those rare gems of a game: A game you buy with no real prior knowledge, no high expectations going in. A game you buy thinking itís just gonna sit on the shelf and youíll never really finish it. Then you go in to the game are your absolutely floored.
Dead Space 1 and 2 are two of the best games I have played. EVER. They start with the RE formula, but they do it there own way: better. If you havenít played Dead Space, you owe it to yourself to do so. The Visceral Team greated a stellar mythos of the DS universe, and a really fun game in it. These 2 games are also 2 of the most polished games Iíve ever played, from design to execution. Every aspect of it is just...brilliant.
I havenít played extraction yet (no move controller), and Ignition is terrible (but the comic scenes are interesting and shed some more like on the story of DS2).
-Diablo, *Diablo II (PC)
I donít know hooooooooooow many hours Iíve sunk into Diablo II. Thousands of clones have been made of this style of gameplay, few have succeeded. I donít know why itís fun, I really canít explain it. It shouldnít be fun, but it is.
-Disgaea Hour of Darkness, Digaea 2 Cursed Memories (PS2)
-Disgaea 3 Absence of Justice (PS3)
I have yet to play the PS2 ones. The PS3 incarnation is over the top TTRPG style gameplay. The world is zany, nonsensical, and whimsical. Fairly decent series if your in to TTRPGís, dood.
-Double Dragon, Double Dragon II (NES)
I use to play this wtih my brother when growing up. We had alot fun. He beat me up alot. I havenít revisited this as Iím afraid of Retro Goggles.
-Drakengard, Drakengard 2 (PS2)
-Generic Hack n Slash with lots of weapons.
-Fable II, Fable III (XBOX360)
Iíve beaten ever Fable game and I donít know why. I hate this IP and I want those hours of my life back. This series is like one of those terrible chores you hate to do but you do it anyway to get it over with.
-*Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas (PS3)
Ugly, Buggy pieces of shit software. But DAMN this game is FUN. Really. I know alot of people are turned off by the long opening, the ugly characters, and the constant glitching and freezing, but if you tough it out these two gems are ALOT of fun. Fallout 3 was one of my favorite games for the year it came out.
-Fatal Frame, *Fatal Frame II, *Fatal Frame III (PS2)
-Zero: Tsukihami no Kamen (Wii)
In my opinion, the Fatal Frame games are the scariest of the established J-Horror franchises. It doesnít have the intellectual depth of Silent Hill, or the visual quality of Resident Evil, but it has a pacing and camera work that the other two lack to create intense horror, specifically 2 and 3. While most people favor 2, 3 is my favorite. The dynamics between going to the Manor of Dreams and your own home just made the game that much creepier. Fatal Frame 4 throws everything that made 2 and 3 terrifying out the window by giving you control of the camera. That being said, whoever made the call that Fatal Frame 4 would not be released in the US should die in a fire. I had import the game and run a translation patch to play it.
-Final Fantasy II, Final Fantasy III, Final Fantasy Mystic Quest (SNES)
-Final Fantasy Anthology, Final Fantasy Chronicles, Final Fantasy Tactics (PS1)
-*Final Fantasy VII, *Final Fantasy VIII, *Final Fantasy IX (PS1, PSN)
-FFVII: Dirge of Cerberus Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy XII (PS2)
-*Final Fantasy XI, Final Fantasy XIV (PC)
-Final Fantasy XIII (PS3)
-Dissidia Final Fantasy, FFVII: Crisis Core(PSP)
-Final Fantasy CC: The Crystal Bearers(Wii)
-FFCC: My Life as Darklord, FFFCC: My Life as King, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (WiiWare)
-Crystal Defenders (XBLA)
Iím gonna try to keep this short as possible. Final Fantasy is one the best known IPs in all of gaming history. SE knows this, and thatís precisely why there are a bajillion FF branded titles. The stellar titles of this long line of games is VII, VIII, and IX. Also, I really loved XI (the MMO) and still revisit it occasionally. I still have high expecations for XIV. Everything here I donít really care as much about. Everyone has there favorites in the FF series. There are FF titiles that everyone hates (Dirge of Cerberus should die in a fire). I highly doubt I need to say much about this series, so yeah....
Final Fantay VII was a turning point in my life in that it made my decide to become an artist.
Gears of War
-Gears of War, Gears of War II (XBOX360)
Pump a bunch of frat boys up on steroids, give them guns and have them fight some aliens. Kill one of there wives to that you can make an absurd pass at giving any of them any real emotions. Thatís Gears of War.
-Grandia II (DC)
-Grandia Xtreme (PS2)
The Grandia series one that not a whole lot of people have heard about. I actually played 2 first. It was fairly good, but like any other game on the Dreamcast, the load times were FRUSTRATING. Grandia one is the gem of the series, and a must play for any classic JRPG lover. Donít waste your time with Grandia Xtreme. I donít own and havenít played 3 yet, so no comment there.
God Of War
-God of War, God of War II (PS2)
-God of War III (PS3)
This cinematic hack and slash in one the pinnacles of the genre. It truly embodies the very definition of the word EPIC. It also is very, very creative in the way it murders everyone.
Grand Theft Auto
-Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2)
-Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3)
Itís Grand Theft Auto. Iím not sure what else to say. Iím not a big fan of the series, but GTA IV was pretty stellar- I found Nico Bellic to be a very interesting multifaceted character, something I really wasnít expecting from a GTA game.
-Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero Encore Rocks the 80s (PS2)
This series started a revolution in cheap plastic instruments. It has way to many spinoffs. Iíve never played rock the 80s. Someone gave it to me. I stopped paying attention to Guitar Hero after Rock Band came out.
-Halo: Reach (XBOX360)
Halo is one the series that I never really understood why people liked. Halo 1-3, to me, didnít bring anything to the table that I found fun or original. The one good thing about the game is well plotted action moments at carefully planned intervals, but thatís in.
Reach however, is a gem of the series to me. I donít really know WHAT it does different from Halo 1-3, but somehow it really clicked for me. I had fun. I canít say whether it was a story thing or something else entirely, but I certainly would recommend Reach.
-Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life (GC)
-Harvest Moon DS, Sunshine Islands (NDS)
-*Harvest Moon: Back to Nature (PS1)
-Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon (PS2)
-Harvest Moon: My Little Shop (WiiWare)
-Harvest Moon: Animal Parade, Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility (Wii)
Harvest Moon is something of a guilty pleasure to me. It has itís own cult following, and Iím intent on collecting every harvest moon game ever made despite face that the only two good ones were the SNES one (which I still need to acquire) and Back to Nature (although Animal Parade is coming close to being good again).
If your not in that small niche that already likes Harvest Moon games already, this might not be for you.
-*Beautiful Katamari (XBOX360)
-*Katamari Damacy, *We Love Katamari (PS2)
-*Katamari Forever (PS3)
-Pretty much every Katamari game is more or less the same thing. If you like one, youíll like them all. If you hated one, youíll hate them all.
King of Fighters
-The King of Fighters Ď95, The King of Fighters Ď96 (PS1)
-The King of Fighters XI (PS2)
-The King of Fighters XII (PS3)
KOF is like any other fighting franchise. If you like that franchise, most likely youíll like all or most of the games in said franchise. I like KOF, despite the fact I suck at fighing games. XII however, was a disappointment. Although beautiful, the character selection was TINY.
-Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories (PS2)
-Kingdom Hearts RE:coded (NDS)
This is one of the few IP crossover titles that have ever done it well (I wonít say right cause it ainít perfect, but itís good enough to be fun). Great visual style, the character models (specifically the Disney ones) are fantastically done. If you like Final Fantasy or Classic Disney, youíll probably have fun playing these.
Casual gamer girls seem to LOVE this series. Seriously.
I have played any of the RE spinoffs, and I dunno if I ever will. I just have them.
Shadow Hearts, *Shadow Hearts: Covenant, Shadow Hearts From the New World (PS2)
Koudelka is another one of those RPG worlds that not many know of. I actually have no idea what happened to my copy of Koudelka, so itís not on the list at the moment.
Shadow Hearts is actually a spin off of Koudelka. The game play is very traditional RPG but the spice it up by adding some timed elements to the turn based battles. Covenant is the high point of this series- the battles are fun and the story is engaging enough. From The New World gets a little cheesy, but keeps a lot same core gameplay elements that made Covenant fun.
Little Big Planet
-Little Big Planet, Little Big Planet 2 (PS3)
LBP is one of the most inventive games Iíve ever played, and really one the few ďtoolboxĒ (games that gives gamers the tools to make) games that gets it right. Not just good, but RIGHT.
-*The Longest Journey (PC)
-Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (XBOX)
Longest Journey is probably one the last relics from the age of classic point and click adventure. The story is stellar and the dialogue is really really well written, so if you like point and click I highly recommend it. Dreamfall is more if a spin off then a true sequel, and I only recommend it if played and like The Longest Journey.
Left 4 Dead
-Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2 (XBOX360)
The series created highly meaningful co-op shooter game play. I feel like valveís source engine feels a little dated; technically it hass all the nice bells and whistles but something about the look and movement just doesnít click with me. Other then that, really fun times to be had here.
-Mariokart: Double Dash, Super Smash Bro. Melee, Super Mario Sunshine (GC)
-Mario Kart DS (NDS)
-Dr. Mario (NES)
-Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt, Super Mario Bros. 2, *Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
-*Super Mario World, *Super Mario RPG (SNES/VC)
-*New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Mario Galaxy, *Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)
Iím not gonna waste your time writing about these. I mean címon. Itísa Mario.
Also Smash Bros. hates colorblind people. Screw that game.
-Magna Carta: Tears of Blood (PS2)
-Magna Carta 2 (XBOX360)
Hyung Tae Kim is a very talented artist, thus the character artwork is great eye candy. Other then that, I found these games pretty boring.
-Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 (XBOX360)
Mass Effect 1. Buggy as hell software, but had some fun things in it.
Mass Effect 2. Not so buggy software, but all the fun things got taken out of the game.
-*Mega Man 2, Mega Man 3, Mega Man 4 (NES)
-*Megaman 9, *Megaman 10 (PSN)
-Mega Man X4 (PS1)
-Mega Man Anniversary Collection(PS2)
-Megaman Zero Collection (NDS)
Mega Man 2 is the first video game Iíve ever played, and to this date the only game Iíve beaten more then 50 times. Iím not gonna make alot of comments on this series. I will note that the Anniversary Collection suffers from some sort of strange button lag.
-Metal Gear (NES)
-Metal Gear Solid (PS1)
-Metal Gear Solid 2, 3 (PS2)
-Metal Gear Solid Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
-Metal Gear Solid 4 Database (PSN)
-Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker (PSP)
Iíll never understand what the big deal about this series is. Iíve beaten them all, theyíre fun and well designed games, but Iím not sure what the big draw is.
-Super Metroid (SNES)
-Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2 (GC)
-Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Metroid: Other M (Wii)
Another long running IP that I donít have much to say. Loved the retro ones, was really bored of the prime series, and despite the overly melodramatic story of Other M, I really enjoyed the game play of it.
-Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)
-Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (PSP)
This is another series that I never got the draw of. The controls are clunky and imprecise, and the menu are overly complicated. The actual fighting and other stuff seems repetitive and I really canít figure out what the purpose is.
-Ninja Gaiden (NES)
-Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword (NDS)
-Ninja Gaiden (XBOX)
-Ninja Gaiden Sigma (PS3)
I only played the original on the NES. It was hard as shit. I replayed it awhile back and yup. Itís still hard as shit. I heard the newfangled ones are also hard as shit.
-No More Heroes, No More Heroes 2 (Wii)
Good games that are simple to play. Everything about is overtop and it doesnít take itself to seriously. Interesting visual style.
-Onimusha, Onimusha 2, Onimusha 3 (PS2)
Hack and slash meets resident evil. The counter system is nice. Other then that not much else to be said.
*Parasite Eve, Parasite Eve II (PS1)
Another fun series which Iím not sure how to describe. If you donít know what these games are, please google it. The first one is a must play. Feel free the skip the 2nd.
-Phantasy Star (MS)
-*Phantasy Star II, Phantasy Star III, Phantasy Star IV (GEN)
-*Phantasy Star Online (DC)
-Phantasy Star Online Episode III: CARD Revolution (GC)
-Phantasy Star Zero (NDS)
-Phantasy Star Universe (PC)
-Phantasy Star Portable, Phantasy Star Portable 2 (PSP)
Phantasy Star holds a special place in my heart. I really enjoyed the 2nd one as a kid. I sunk hundreds of ours in to PSO, and PSO blue burst on the pc. The Phantasy Star universe incarnations have been fairly disappointing so far. There good, but something about the Gurhal system just lacks appeal for me (maybe the terrible writing). The Portable ones are fairly good but I still get bored pretty quickly.
-Apollo Justice, Miles Edgeworth: Investigation, Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney, Phoenix Wright Justice for All, Phoenix Wright Trails and Tribulations (NDS)
Fun Visual Novel style games. Juicy story, outrageous characters. I havenít played Apollo Justice of Miles Edgeworth yet. Only real downside the same pet peeve I have with alot of Japanese games, no god damn instant text.
-Pixeljunk Eden, Pixlejunk Monsters, Pixeljunk Racers (PSN)
Pixeljunk makes a bunch of random games. Eden is like a....Iím not sure. Monsters is tower defense, and Racers is some sort of rally car reflex game. There just minor time killer kind of games.
Prince of Persia
-Prince of Persia, Prince of Persia The Forgotten Sands (PS3)
I really like these. The PoP games have always have always appealed to me in that they look and play nice. The individual animation tracks look great and they blend well together. Itís one of those series that just looks really nice in motion.
*Curious Village, *Diabolical Box, *Unwound Future (NDS)
We named our dog after Professor Layton. These games are amazing. Hereís a puzzle: How can anyone not like this game? Answer: Thatís a god damn trick question cause anyone who doesnít like Professor Layton is waste of human being. (Obviously if you donít know who Layton is, your excused for your ignorance, but I suggest you go educate yourself). ĎNuff said.
Ratchet and Clank
-Ratchet and Clank, Ratchet and Clank Going Commando (PS2)
-Ratchet and Clank: Future Tools of Destruction (PS3)
-Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty (PSN)
To me, the R&C series is one of the pinnacles of character animation in acting games. Seriously. If you know anything about western philosophy of character animation (ie the 12 principles), I suggest you go check these games out and youíll see what I mean. If you dontí know, I still suggest you check it out. There fun games through and through.
-Resident Evil (GC)
-Resident Evil 5 (PS3)
Resident Evil games have always been good to look at (for the time that there released) and fairly fun and challenging to play, despite the cheesy terrible writing. Unfortunately, Dead Space came and made RE look foolish and I no longer really care as much about this series.
-Resistance: Fall of Man, Resistance 2 (PS3)
As one the launch titles for the PS3, Resistance was actually really good. It was all around a solid shooter, even though it wasnít really groundbreaking in anyway. Resistance 2 I felt lacked the polish of Resistance 1, which is really weird if you ask me.
-Rock Band, Rock Band 2, Rock Band 3 (PS3)
If you like jamming on cheap plastic crap, fun times.
-*Rune Factory, *Rune Factory 2, *Rune Factory 3 (NDS)
-Rune Factory Frontier (Wii)
RUNE FACTORY SQUEEEEEEEEE.
Like Harvest Moon, this is a guilty pleasure for me. Appropriately so since itís a spin off of Harvest Moon. Honestly, Rune Factory took everything I loved about harvest moon that I wanted out of the last 18 billion titles but didnít get, and made it better. Then the polished the controls and interface really nicely, and added dungeon crawling to make it that much more awesome. The Wii one lacks the depth of the NDS ones, but I feel as if though it were a ďtech demo,Ē in that itís really just there to lay the foundations for the next console Rune Factory (oceans) to be awesome...I hope.
Also, RF2 is fairly challenging. In fact, itís pretty hard.
Secret of Mana
-Children of Mana (NDS)
-*Seiken Densetsu 3 (SNES)
Not really sure what genre of games I would place the mana games in. The ones most people remember is Secret of Mana 2. My favorite of the series of was 3, but that was never released in the US. Children of Mana wasnít very good.
-Shenmue II (XBOX)
Big budget game back in the day. The Shenmue games elevated alot of things for gaming in general. I played both on the DC originally. They were fun games, despite the hellish load times.
-Shining Force: the Sword of Hajya (GG)
-Shining Force EXA (PS2)
I dontí know much about shining force. I beat EXA only cause I had nothing else to play at the time. It was pretty boring. I have no idea what the story was about because I stopped paying attention. I havenít played any other shining force game.
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