The Top 10 Best Video Games to Checkout

Published: February 22, 2014

I have rated my top 10 video games based on my own experience below.

All games are rated as follows (From most important to least)

- Overall Gameplay Experience

- Plot

- Graphics

- Controls

- Quirks/Theme

If you are looking for the next great title to take a peek at, look no further than this list. You likely find at least one game that fits you.

  1. Far Cry 3

    You are the protaginist Jason, Brody. After spending a vacation doing insane high octane feats of courage with your closest group of friends and family you find yourself skydiving over the Pacific Ocean with a group of islands beneath. Upon reaching the ground you are ambushed by the local pirate population and sworn into a life of slavery. Your brother helps you escape the camp using his military strengthened quick wit and clever thinking. You manage to escape the camp, however you're by yourself, no friends, no family, no experience living in the wild forest you've found yourself in. You begin the game thinking your objective is to find your friends and escape the island alive, albiet sustaining a decent amount of PTSD. As the storyline progresses you begin to gain an alterior motive, revenge. Although the game has a fairly basic system of choices, the feeling you get upon completing the storyline of your choice is immense. The overall design of the game is incredible, no game in my experience has come close to designing an environment, plot, and characters as immersive and relatable as this. The main Antagonist of the game is Vaas, a cocky arrogant man who speaks down upon you from the get go. You'll find yourself in several altercations with this man and deep down you can feel the anger and resentment towards him growing. As you play through the game you realize that your actions coorelate to the feelings you've gained towards the members of the story. I can't praise this game enough, all I can do is recommend it as my number one choice. Trust me, you will not be dissapointed.

  2. Resident Evil 4

    Resident Evil 4 holds a special place in my heart. I remember when my older brother got this game for the gamecube when it was first released, and ever since I got my eyes on it I couldn't wait to play it. RE4 was my first ever Resident Evil experience and I can honestly say that it was one of the best games I've ever played. The immersion right from the beginning is insane, you come into the story thinking its going to be a simple get-the-girl kind of plot. However, almost immediately the game takes a fork and catches you off guard. In a village of not so friendly plaguecarriers you must only rely on yourself and the interactions of a mysterious arms dealer in order to survive and carry out your mission. The gameplay will keep you interested the entire time. At no point in my playthrough did I not enjoy releasing a shotgun blast into an enemy's head. Boss battles keep the game experience lively and interesting. These encounters will require you to think actively and quickly in order to progress. One of the staples of this genre is also the limited inventory space for supplies. You will never find yourself with an abundance of ammo, aid, or guns. Choosing what to take/bring will make all the difference throughout the storyline, and many times you will find yourself resorting to your knife in order to conserve. All in all, RE4 takes a small step behind Far Cry on my list of recommended Video Games, definitely worth a peek.

  3. World of Warcraft

    World of Warcraft can provide its own reasons to be placed this high up on my list. No other MMORPG in the industry has been able to capture the attention of millions of people in the way that Blizzard did. World of Warcraft allows players to take on the role of a single unit in the fantasy realm of Warcraft. Based on the older Warcraft series, WoW takes the immersion to the next level. Throughout the leveling (From 1-90) players will find that they just do not have enough time to do everything they want to do. Each day you'll find yourself logging on to level up, tour through dungeons with your friends, or just spend a couple hours in Goldshire talking to guildies. WoW has something for everyone. I feel that WoW doesn't need any more reasoning to display how well-crafted of a game it is, if you're a big fan of the RPG experience, sign up for a free trial and give it a whirl.

  4. Call of Duty Series

    Call of Duty was one of the main contenders back in the day when console gaming was just becoming popular. CoD4 took the series to a new realm of popularity and gameplay. No other FPS had the qualities that would make players keep coming back. The elaborate weapon balancing (or lack there of), prestige building, and the community, kept players advancing their online avatars. CoD was a series that you could just jump right into. The community of the CoD franchise is well known to involve the high pitched screams of adolescence, and the never ending arguments between opposing players, but a decent chunk of the community is good enough to keep things entertaining socially. Words can't describe the experience of starting as a recruit and reaching max level for the first time. Prestiging was a whole different story, you could give up all your earnings to be given a new symbol marking your experience. This was incredibly useful to the game as it provided players a new way to challenge themselves and to show others their accomplishments. Playing through the hayday of CoD4 and MW2 was a great assortment of fun hijinks and competitive play. CoD has made such an impact on the FPS community that it will never be forgotten for it's unparalleled gameplay and interesting storyline.

  5. Bioshock Series

    Bioshock puts players into the fictional realm crafted by Irrationional Games involving crazed lunatics and scary and suspenseful gameplay. The plot is dark and mysterious and allows the player to slowly uncover the mysteries of Rapture, and in the latest game, Columbia. Although the storyline is engrossing, the playstyle is what keeps the players entertained. You will find yourself using a mixture of plasmids and guns to take down the various enemies you will face. The best part of combat is that all enemies react differently to certain guns and powers. It is up to the player to determine with is effective and what is wasting their time. Bioshock is one of the most critically acclaimed series in the genre and hopefully will be for quite some time.

  6. 2k Sports

    If you are a fan of sports, 2k has your back. Anything from NBA to NHL, these games are the best in the category. NBA 2k PS4 has one of the most immersive NBA Careers you can experience. Start off as a rookie riding the bench, and end your career with more rings than Jordan and Kobe combined. The amount of detail put into these games is just phenomenal and I would definitely recommend for any sports fan.

  7. League of Legends

    For an online gaming experience, few games come close to being as fun and addicting as LoL is. Starting as a relatively basic MOBA, LoL has come a long way. Playing since beta I have seen this game grow steadily into the MMO that it is today. I've spent countless hours in random custom games, All for Ones, ARAM, and Normals which all fit the more casual playstyle nicely. If you're looking for a more competitive scene there is always the ranked ladder where most players will fight feverishly to climb the ranks to be named one of the best. I strongly recommend this game to anyone who has even the slightest interest.

  8. Fallout/Elder Scrolls Series

    There are not enough words to express the overall quality of these games. Crafted by Bethesda Softworks these franchises have a massive player base. The Elder Scrolls series fits a person into the medievil era in which they can best knights in swordplay, fight dragons with fiery magic, or just explore the world as a seer. The Elder Scrolls is the closest to a perfect RPG as they come. If you're looking for a more sci-fi version of TES, look no further than Fallout. I've spent many hours in this game just discovering things I've missed in the past. Whether you want to be a marksman sniper with an NCR Sniper companion, or you just want to wander the wasteland punching bad guys with Veronica, this game will leave you speechless. Bethesda is well known for its graphically impressive engine and its immersive plotlines, you wouldn't want to miss out on one of the most widely followed series in the video game world.

  9. Sid Mier's Civilization

    No words can express the feelings and strategy involved with this game. If you're a fan of Real Time Strategy games, and haven't delved into this franchise, you're missing out. My first time ever playing this series I started at about 5pm and before I knew it the sun was coming up. One of the most addictive video games I've ever played. Civ is based on a turn by turn strategy component which hooks players on the "One more turn" syndrome. Picking up this game will not leave you dissapointed, just be wary that you just might not be able to make it into work the next day.

  10. Runescape 07'

    I consider Runescape to be one of the best MMORPGs out there. It has one of the most assorted skill development architecture I've ever seen. There is literally a skill for any type of gamer to find an interest in. If you're more passive you can find yourself fishing and cooking to pass the time. If you're more adventerous you can explore the great lands of the runescap realm and complete quests on your journey. Just recently Jagax brought back Runescape in its most successful instance and is keeping this older version updated alongside the current RS. If you're looking for a bit of nostalgia or just interested in playing Runescape again, give Runescape 07' a try.

All of these games could easily be placed Number 1, so this list was definitely difficult to produce. If you're interested in video games I guarantee you that at least one of these games has to fit your niche. I consider all of these titles to be games where after you complete them you are just blown away with how amazing the experience was. I can say with 100% certainity that these games are widly considered to be the greatest in their respective fields and all are worth a solid try.