Hello and welcome back to Luke’s favourite games ever. Before we begin lets recap on what numbers 10-6 are. If you’d like to read the first list it can be found here.
#10: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
#9: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
#8: Fallout New Vegas
#7: Chrono Trigger
#6: Sonic 3 and Knuckles
Without further ado, lets begin
#5: Super Metroid
So you may have heard about the term “Metroidvania” which refers to an open world game where you gain abilities that allow you to access other areas, of which Super Metroid (and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night) is the pioneer.
This game takes place straight after Metroid 2. Our hero Samus Aran has just delivered the last living Metroid to the Galactic Federation. On leaving their space station however, she receives a distress call and realizes that the Space Pirates have taken the Metroid, so she returns to the planet Zebes to find it and kill pretty much anything that comes her way.
This game mainly makes the list because it is absolutely dripping with atmosphere in each of the areas, be it the wrecked ship or the lava filled Norfair, you always feel so alone and on edge. This is helped by the amazing soundtrack that constantly plays.
The games also so intuitive. You find yourself automatically making notes as you go around of places you should revisit when you get new abilities. The feeling of getting new equipment then getting to new places is great!
So I’ve said before that i’m not really a first person shooter guy, but this game, THIS FUCKING GAME! This game is the coolest, most stylish game I have ever seen.
You play as Jack, who’s plane crashes in the middle of the ocean, after paddling for a bit he finds a lighthouse which takes him to the underwater city of Rapture, a Ayn Rand utopia which has gone to hell because, realistically, you couldn’t keep it going like that for long.
The gameplay itself is pretty standard, you get various guns and also get special powers called “plasmids” to mix it up, and their are RPG elements but it’s not a lot to write home about. The games quite linear too. But the most engaging part of the game is the world. When you get to Rapture its already shot to hell, and you learn through various audio files what happened and how it got this way. Its a super atmospheric game that neither of the sequels quite equaled.
#3: Resident Evil 4
This game is tied with number 3 so consider them both 3 and 4.
One of the most influential games of all time. I have owned this on PS2, Wii, Xbox 360, PS3 and PS4 and i have beaten it at least once on all those consoles. This game mixed up the Resident Evil formula from tank based controls a third person shooter, but I bet you’re thinking “Oh but if its all shooty then it can’t be scary?” You shut your mouth! This game is super tense, you have ammo but you never feel like its enough, you face crazy amounts of enemies. It’s an edge of your seat feeling that wasn’t quite captured again in Re5/6 but almost was in Revelations (but I think that might be a post for another time).
This game sees Leon Kennedy (remember? The dweeb from Resi 2?) As a badass agent assigned to rescue the presidents daughter from a distinctly not Spanish cult. The plot is insane and I firmly believe that the main villains are incompetent but somehow it works. My favourite thing about this game is probably the bosses, which (outside of one) are absolutely insane, from the Predator knock off to the giant lake monster.
I’m gonna quote Pat from Super Best Friends play when I say “you don’t learn anything your first time in RE4 because you’re too busy going “OMFG this game is amazing!”
#2: Final Fantasy IX
I love every Final Fantasy that I have played (except XIII) and am really enjoying XV at the minute, but i don’t think any of them will ever compare to IX.
The reasons I love this game are many, so lets go through them. There’s memorable characters who have their own motivations and personal arcs, like Vivi becoming aware of his own mortality, Steiner being torn between his duty as a knight against doing what’s right (good for a comic relief character) and Freya being forgotten by her amnesic lover (leading to one of my favourite quotes: “to be forgotten is worse then being dead”). The soundtrack is great too, from chirpy tunes like the friendly monsters theme to the haunting “Not Alone.” If you consider yourself an RPG fan then by all means please play this game.
#1: Metal Gear Solid
(THERE WILL BE MINOR SPOILERS FOR METAL GEAR SOLID 4 HERE).
This game is and will forever be my favourite game of all time.
This game opened my mind as a child to the idea that games could be story driven, with complex characters and themes, and this is shown in the original Metal Gear Solid, where Solid Snake is forced to save the world from nuclear armed terrorists. But Snake isn’t your typical action hero here, he’s a broken solider reduced to an alcoholic, PTSD ridden mess, and the game constantly asks you if Snake is just a man looking for peace, or a warrior who lives for killing.
As a child I would come in from school and speed run this game from start to finish, and I loved it every time. Stealth is the name of the game here, and this is the game that made it famous. You need to take time to learn enemy routes, the location of cameras and any traps, and make your way through rooms. This game is a masterpiece and should be played by everyone.
Hope you guys enjoyed it. What are your favourites? Leave them in the comments. Bye!