The Best Games

Published: August 13, 2014

 

Since I was young I have always been an avid gamer. Consoles or PC, I do not discriminate when it comes to this hobby. I remember it like yesterday; my first gaming experience was on a console, the NES. My first game was obviously Mario. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy playing Mario?! I can clearly remember spending a whole day playing games with my cousins and getting frustrated when we got game over (there was no such thing as “save progress” back then). I’m always amazed at how far gaming has come. Going from tiny pixels to amazing details and storylines. This is my list….

  1. Super Mario Bros. - 1985 NES

    “Mario, and his brother Luigi, had to set out on a massive adventure across the Mushroom Kingdom to rescue Princess Toadstool and the Mushroom Retainers from the evil King Bowser. After traversing through eight massive worlds, filled with enemies, the brothers eventually reached Bowser's Castle, finally rescuing Princess Toadstool."

     

    This was my very first Mario game. I used to play this every time possible with my cousins. I remember this being an amazing game for us at the time. We were in awe with the graphics, the music and got highly frustrated with every death. I can say without a doubt this game brought my cousins and I very close. They were very fun times in those days.

  2. Super Mario Bros. 3 - 1988 NES

    “Bowser and his seven Koopalings wreaked havoc across the Mushroom World after turning all of the Mushroom Kings into various animals. Mario and Luigi had to traverse through many worlds, castles, seas, forests, and deserts to fix the wrongs the Koopalings had caused. Eventually, the brothers reached Bowser and defeated him, rescuing Princess Toadstool once again.”

     

    This is my second favorite Mario game of all time. My cousins and I loved this because of the new skills (such as the raccoon tail). It’s such a unique and fun game to play. I remember us trying to find every secret in the game and trying to get all 3 similar cards at the end of every stage! Very fun and frustrating at times. I don’t even think I can pass the game even now.

  3. Super Mario Bros. 2 - 1988 NES

    “After fighting their way through seven strange worlds, they eventually saved Subcon, and Mario woke up from his dream. “

     

    Wasn’t the best game to me, but it was unique in the way that you could use various characters in the game. I really liked the idea of being able to play Princess Peach or Toad, aside from the Brothers. It was fun and weird in a way. I always had such a great time playing this with my cousins.

  4. The Goonies II - 1987 NES

    “The game's story centers on Mikey. His friends, the Goonies, have been kidnapped by the Fratellis, an Italian family of small-time crooks and counterfeiters. Mikey must rescue all six of his friends and free a captured mermaid named Annie who did not appear in the film”

     

    I loved the movie, so it was obvious that I needed to play the game! The game was fun; it was one of my favorites and still is. I actually still own a copy along with some Mario ones. Would love to pull it out and play it one day again.

  5. Super Mario World - 1990 SNES

    “After saving the Mushroom Kingdom in Super Mario Bros. 3, brothers Mario and Luigi agree to take a vacation to a place called Dinosaur Land, where there are many types of dinosaurs. However, while resting on the beach, Princess Toadstool disappears. When Mario and Luigi wake up they try to find her and, after hours of searching, come across a giant egg in the forest. It suddenly hatches and out of it comes a young dinosaur named Yoshi, who then tells them that his dinosaur friends have also been imprisoned in eggs by evil Koopas. Mario and Luigi soon realize that it must be the evil King Koopa Bowser and his Koopalings.”

     

    By far one of the BEST games for the SNES. The first time I played this game was at my cousin’s home in Florida, since I didn’t own an SNES. We stayed up hours trying to beat the game. I guess the best part was being able to ride Yoshi throughout the levels. My cousins and I used to right over the controllers, it was crazy. But it was amazing at the time. It had such great gameplay and a uniqueness, which just pulled us in.

  6. Sonice the Hedgehog - 1991 Sega Genesis

    “The game's story focuses on Sonic's efforts to stop Dr. Robotnik's plans for world domination, release the animals Dr. Robotnik has trapped, and collect six magical emeralds known as the Chaos Emeralds.”

     

    Apart from being a Nintendo fan, I also enjoyed playing the Sega Genesis mainly because of this game. I adored this game. It was so fast paced (something which Mario wasn’t). Though the objectives of the game weren’t anything spectacular, the gameplay really made up for it. I just loved going at super speeds trying to gather coins and avoiding sharp objects along the way. The boss fights were also challenging. This game definitely became a huge part of my childhood.

  7. Animal Crossing - 2002 Nintendo Gamecube

    “This game is a social simulator that has been dubbed a "communication game" by Nintendo.] It is open-ended, and the player's character can live a separate life with little preset plot or mandatory tasks. Players assume the role of a new resident to the town. The gender and looks of the character depend on answers given to a cat named Rover, whom the player meets on the train the character takes to the town.”

     

    When I first found out about this game it was through a friend. I remember her putting the disc in to play and thinking “what is this”? It wasn’t anything mind-blowing or fast paced. Nothing like Mario or Sonic. Instead you relax around a village running errands, meeting villagers and fixing your home. That is basically it. But that alone made it so fun because at times, you just didn’t want to play something frustrating. I still have my Nintendo Gamecube just for this game. Still love it.  

  8. Mortal Kombat Trilogy - 1996 Playstation

    Of course, my list couldn’t be complete without including a game of Mortal Kombat. This game, I understand that it is extremely violent, but I have been playing this series since I was very young with my cousin. Back then, it was extremely hard to beat. And it still is to this day. I’m not much of a fighting gamer, but this series changes that. I am not ‘pro’ at it, but hey, it’s fun and entertaining. It’s especially awesome when you’re having a rough day and just need to let it all go. I suppose it’s a good way to let loose without actually hurting anybody. Very important series in my life. And it always will be.

  9. Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - 1997 Playstation

    “Abe's Oddysee begins with the eponymous protagonist as a prisoner in RuptureFarms, from which he narrates his story. He and many other Mudokons have been slaves to Molluck the Glukkon, the owner of RuptureFarms: the biggest meat-processing plant on Oddworld. Abe is a contented floor-waxer First Class and currently Employee of the Year.”

     

    One of the greatest games I have played. Now, I can’t really say why, but it was so unique and wonderful. I was amused with the graphics and had a blast with the puzzles. I think it was pretty much the first game I played that had difficult puzzles. It was an overall fun game with a cool storyline. I had great times playing with my cousin.

  10. Resident Evil - 1996 Playstation

    Another game that has to be on this list. Now, when it comes to horror games, I am a big baby. I can never play a horror game unless I have somebody with me. That someone, was of course, my cousin. He was the one that was into all of these types of games and introduced me to them. Once I started playing RE, it was love at first fright. The zombies, the atmosphere, the puzzles; everything was amazing at that time. I admit, the boss battles made me very angry all of the time. But I guess that was the best part of it all. Just knowing that you achieved something at the end. Still one of my favorite horror games of all time.

  11. Resident Evil 2 - 1998 Playstation

    And I will keep adding the games from this series, just because it is simply one of the best horror series to exist. Like I said, I just enjoy the complex puzzles that are featured throughout the series. I like games that make me think and backtrack even though it’s frustrating. But yeah, best series of all time (at least for me).

  12. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis - 1998 Playstation

    Another one of my favorites from the RE series. Just love the atmosphere in these games and the puzzles. The boss fights are epic and Nemesis is just one of the most annoying creatures throughout the entire game. I just can’t describe what it’s like to have him constantly harassing you everywhere you go. Fun times as always with my cousin. I am grateful that he introduced me to this series.

  13. Silent Hill - 1999 Playstation

    This series is also one of my favorites from the horror genre. Though lacking in action (unlike Resident Evil where you are constantly shooting) it makes up for it with dozens of complex puzzles. This is truly a survival horror game, which RE lacks the “survival” part since you have weapons to protect yourself (in SH you only have weapons which don’t really deal much damage). The storyline is amazing and sad at the same time. Love the psychological aspects of the characters. The bosses are just so disturbing unlike the ones in RE. Actually, all of the monsters in SH are way too disturbing. Even then, I still love it.

  14. Sonic Adventure - 1998 Sega Dreamcast

    Being a Sonic fan, of course I had to play this game. My cousin sold me the Dreamcast, it wasn’t something I was planning to buy. But my parents got it for me, and this was the first game I had for it. Fun, loved it. Fun paced as past Sonic games and the graphics were beautiful, especially the orca whale part. That was breathtaking. Definitely one of my favorites from the series.

  15. BloodRayne - 2002 Nintendo Gamecube

    THIS here is my favorite game of all time. I know it wasn’t a very popular series, but to me, it will always have a special place in my heart. I know the gameplay was clunky but the action was intense. And being able to play a vampire (well, dhampir) was just pure awesome. I love vampires, and this was a great opportunity to be able to be in their shoes. Rayne will always be one of my favorite female protagonists of all time.

  16. Blood Omen 2 - 2002 Playstation 2

    Another one of my favorite games! The protagonist is also a vampire. This one has a more interesting storyline from BloodRayne, but it’s just as action-packed. The puzzles featured were easy, but having various skills to execute made up for that. I had this on PS2, Gamescube and now on PC. Will always be one of my favorites to play.

  17. Silent Hill 2 - 2001 Playstation 2

    This is the second game from my favorite survival horror game. Of course, it had to be on this list. Has a great storyline as every Silent Hill game has, the puzzles always have you thinking and backtracking, the monsters are even more disturbing than ever before. There isn’t much to say about it. It’s a great game that I would recommend everyone who is into horror to play. You cannot go by this series.

  18. Silent Hill 3 - 2003 Playstation 2

    The third game in the Silent Hill series. Silent Hill 3 is set in the fictional universe of the Silent Hill series. Seventeen years before the start of Silent Hill 3, Harry Mason defeated a god brought forth by the resident cult of Silent Hill and at the ending, was given a baby girl to care for. The protagonist and player character of Silent Hill 3 is Heather, the teenaged adopted daughter of Harry.

     

    As usual, the atmosphere in this game is tremendous and it will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. Heather isn’t really a favorite character, but she is up there with the rest. Of course, the storyline is very deep, full of sadness and frustration since it does get complicated after a while. The monsters keep getting more disturbing which is something I do appreciate. It’s always different in every game.

  19. Amnesia: The Dark Descent - 2011 PC

    I’m not a fan of horror games; I have mentioned that earlier in this list. But I just had to play Amnesia: The Dark Descent. I cannot find the words to describe how afraid I was throughout the whole game. The atmosphere is just brilliant, it is amazing, and it is scary. The puzzles are of course, my favorite part of this game. Very complex requires some backtracking and finding objects spread across the whole level. The monsters are relentless and will follow you anywhere you go. It is very hard to hide from them. I love the storyline; it is genius to say the least. There were many great horror games for the PC, but this one will always remain number one for me.

     

    This is one that you would have to play it on your own to understand this. I highly recommend this to every horror genre fan.

  20. Mortal Kombat 2011 - 2011 PC

    One of the best fighter games made in a very long time. Of course I had to end this list including the latest MK game in the series. I have to say that this has got to be one of the best MK games in a while. Just remaking the whole series into one game absolutely blew my mind. It took me back to so many years ago and made one of my favorite games into a masterpiece. The graphics are amazing, the violence is just more brutal than ever. My favorite characters have a better back story to them and I actually got to know them better. It’s crazy saying this about a video game character, but when you grow up with a certain series and it remains a part of your life, I think it makes sense. And I know it’s probably ridiculous to say that about fighter games, but the characters in this series are just very realistic to me in some way. Love this series very much.

I know that this list could have included better games, but to me, these games will always remain as the best in my life. They have taken such a great part in my childhood and I think that it will pretty much remain that way. Growing up, gaming was just something to distract myself from reality and it still is. I look to gaming when I am having a rough day and need some relaxation. This list doesn't even cover all of the games that I have enjoyed throughout my life. They just seem to be the most important to me. I hope that you have enjoyed looking at this list and if you haven't, then I recommend trying some of these out for yourself and experience the brilliance that they are.