Before I start writing interesting articles and reviews here, I thought you might want to get to know me first. In order to get to know a gamer, you want to know his favorite games. Because you can tell everything from a persons list of favorite games, right?
I’ve always been a pretty divers gamer, though there are some genres I don’t do. Not because I think those games are bad, just because they are not my cup of water. I’ve never really been in to sports games (though I have played my fair share of Fifa 64 and SSX Tricky) and fighting games weren’t really my style either (even though I kicked some ass in Soul Calibur 3 and 4 and 1 sort-of fighting game IS on this list).
To give you an idea of my interests, let’s start off this list!
10. Desktop TD/Balloon TD (Tower Defense, PC browser)
Surprising way to start, isn’t it? I put these two games together, because they fall in the same category for me and I couldn’t choose between the two. I have put many an hour in these two games, because I like building the most efficient and powerful lineup. It is a fun and time consuming mini-game that requires a lot of thinking in advance to complete correctly. I don’t think I ever beat the hardest level of Desktop TD, but I’ve gotten quite far!
Another contestant for this spot would be “Flash Tower Defense” (Or something along those lines). I think that was the first TD I ever played, or it was one of the TD mods in WarCraft 3. Though I put these two here, because they are certainly my most played TD games.
9. Delta Force TFD & BHD (PC)
Do you remember Delta Force? It used to be a very well known FPS. Back in MY days we played it all the time! I must have put at least 500 hours into these games and became quite good at them. Delta Force introduced me to the FPS genre, which is still in my top 3 video game genres to this day. Though it wasn’t the best shooter, it is a good shooter to start out with as a kid, since it was more about quick reflexes than it was about aiming. I remember strafing back and forth on the top of a hill while hundreds of meters away a black dot did the same. You would shoot directly at the dot long enough to hit it often enough to kill it. Those were the days.
Black Hawk Down featured more close quarter combat, which I didn’t like at first, but became accustomed to after a while. Apparently they are currently in the process of making a new Delta Force. I am curious to see what they come up with now. After BHD I haven’t really followed the series, because I moved on to other games.
8. Command & Conquer Series (up to Generals, PC)
I remember it as if it was yesterday. My dad bought a new computer. If I recall correctly, it was a Pentium 2, 512 Mhz RAM with 1 GB storage and a floppydrive! My brother, being 5 years older than me (I was 7 at the time) had connections at school. Burning CD’s was quite new then and he managed to get a burned copy of Command & Conquer original (buy your games legally kids). Even though I was pretty terrible at the game, I played it hours on end. I don’t think I ever got past the last few levels, but I sure did have a lot of fun!
After original, of course followed Red Alert, Tiberian Sun, Red Alert 2 and Generals. All of these games were played plenty in our household and at LAN-parties. After Generals 2 came out, however, our interest got lost. The series had lost its oomph. Such a shame, but it’s on this list nevertheless!
7. Knights and Merchants (PC)
After C&C came KaM. Another strategy game, though with simulation elements as well. I played it more for this aspect. The combat seemed too clunky for me and I didn’t really like it. But how fun it was to make your little town and see how everything functions as efficiently as possible. I am still waiting to see a proper successor to this game. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like we will ever see one.
The fanbase for this game is so strong that after all these years they are still working on the ‘KaM Remake’ of the original game. They added new features to make it more pleasant to play. You can find the site here: http://www.kamremake.com/
6. Diablo 2 (& 3, PC)
Diablo 2 was probably one of the first games I bought with my own, hard earned money. Up until this point it were either my parents or my brothers that bought the games. I played Diablo 2 long after it came out, but it still had a very active community. Many an hour was spent leveling up character after character, trying to get to max level (which was very hard in this game). Baal runs with and without friends were on the top of my priority list. This was the first game that made me think about mechanics, min/maxing and how games work behind the scenes.
From this game I learned how to ‘cheat the system’ in order to get the most out of it. You could say that this game changed my gaming career from that point on. Instead of just enjoying a game for it’s story or beauty, I now looked at it like: “How can I make this process of leveling even faster?” Games like Knights and Merchants and Tower Defense are all about optimisation and resource management. That is what I like most about these games. Games like Diablo and other RPG’s can also be about that if you look at them slightly differently.
5. The Settlers Series (PC)
Here we go again with the resource management. I just like management games, all right? The Settlers to me was almost that long awaited successor to KaM. Both games had very similar mechanics and styles. Though The Settlers was even more about management. Which is why it is higher up in this list. Plus: The Settlers is a series that is still going on. Though The Settlers 7 didn’t really do it for me. I played through the campaign, but that’s it really.
4. Portal Series (PC)
How could these games not be on this list? Is there any way to exclude them? I don’t think so. If you’re a gamer and you are into puzzles and/or FPS, you like this game. Even if you’re not into puzzle or FPS games you like, you love, you absolutely adore this game. It’s a perfect balance of humor, fun mechanics, interesting gameplay, a superb story and a good amount of puzzles.
I don’t think I ever played a game and had so much fun doing it. The only reason this is not on the first spot is its replayability. Sure, Portal 2 has Workshop and the community can make new levels for it, but it’s different. What caught me was the story in combination with the puzzles. Just the puzzles don’t do it for me. Though that is just a personal opinion.
3. Super Smash Brothers Melee (GameCube)
The first console game on this list. It must seem like I’m a huge PC fanboy. Well I kind of am but not really? I mean, I don’t dislike consoles, but I rather play with mouse and keyboard. It just feels better to me.
Anyway, yes we did have an SNES, N64 and Gamecube and for a short while a Wii as well. The Gamecube was my favorite console and I played a lot of games on it (many of which can be found in the ‘honorable mentions’ section below). One of these games stands out though: SSBM. This was the first ‘party’ game I played regularly with my friends and brothers. It was just so much fun. Even to this date, when I see a Gamecube and I see SSBM, I can’t help but ask if I can play a bit. At birthday parties, if there aren’t too many people I tend to pull out the old GC and just play a few games. Fun will most definitely ensue.
The thing about SSBM is that it is fun for everyone. I used to play against my brothers who were always better than me in every game I played (until I got older and understood how games worked). But SSBM was the first game that gave me a chance to win. I would train myself against computers and watch while my brothers played and copy their moves. After a while I started to reach their level of play and I could kind of compete against them. It was a whole new experience for me, because I was so used to losing that I had almost given up the hope of ever winning.
2. Counter-Strike Series (PC)
This should be obvious, based on my first (and so far only) review I wrote for this site: I love me some Counter-Strike. It was the first competitive game I got really into and the first game I pushed through the ‘tough sand’ to become better, because I sucked. I sucked really hard. I think I was around 12 when I started playing CS and I used to end up at the bottom of every scoreboard with two kills and 18 deaths or something along those lines. A mere four years later I was top rank on the server I played on regularly and I was asked to join a clan. It felt good, to be able to play with the ‘big boys’. They asked me if I wanted to be part of their ‘competitive’ team and I, of course, said yes. After some matches I kind of lost interest in the game, because some other game caught my eye. Such a shame, because had I pushed through, I might be a pro CS player now. Maybe. Maybe not. Who knows.
But what is this game that caught my attention, you might ask? Well I will tell you… Because it is number one on this list.
1. World of Warcraft (PC)
What a surprise! Oh yes, I don’t think anyone saw this one coming. Nope, nuh-uh. WoW was and still is the best MMORPG I have ever played. When I start playing a new MMORPG I always compare it to WoW. Even though WoW has lost my interest after about five or six years of play, I still come back to it every now and then. No other RPG had this effect on me before and I don’t think any RPG will ever have this effect ever again.
I don’t think many words have to be spoken about this game. You either love it or you hate it, whichever it is, I’m fine with it.
Now for some honorable mentions. These games were games that have influenced me greatly in the past, but for whatever reason didn’t make the cut. Mainly because, even though they were great games, I didn’t really play them enough to put them in my top 10 list of all time.
Goldeneye & Perfect Dark (N64)
Sim City Series (SNES & PC)
Orcs Must Die Series (PC)
Battlefield 1942 (PC)
StarCraft 2 (PC)
WarCraft 3 (PC)
Starfox Series (N64 & GC)
Zelda Series (N64 & GC)
Donkey Kong 64 (64)
Unreal Tournament (original) (PC)
Mario Series (SNES, N64, GC & Wii)
Eternal Darkness (GC)
I might add more to this list should they come to mind.
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