It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of video games but I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a “gamer” and I’m not even a professional or a hard core gamer in the sense that a) I barely play on Expert mode, b) I don’t bother achieving every single trophy, c) I’m not knowledgeable of all the gaming platforms or all the games that ever existed. I don’t even have any idea what qualifies someone as a gamer and if someone would be nice enough to enlighten me, feel free to do so.
But of course, as someone who’s been playing games for quite some time now, I already have my favorites. So as of the moment, here’s my top 5:
1. Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy is a science fiction and fantasy media franchise created by Hironobu Sakaguchi, and developed and owned by Square Enix. The franchise centers on a series of fantasy and science fantasy role-playing video games (RPGs).
I very much think this is a given. This was the first game that ever got me hooked on the PlayStation ( FFVII was my first love). Not only does each Final Fantasy title is its own game in its own world, each title also has its own unique story. I’m a sucker for games with elaborate stories, I like being emotionally attached to the characters that’s why this was easily a favorite. The only thing I dislike is that each game title are not truly connected (unless they are spin offs of a main game). But thank God for Dissidia! Because who doesn’t want to see all Final Fantasy characters in one game? I’d definitely like more of that, please.
2. The Last of Us
The Last of Us is an action-adventure survival horror video game developed by Naughty Dog. Players control Joel, a smuggler tasked with escorting a teenage girl named Ellie across a post-apocalyptic United States.
Emerged! Just thinking about this game makes me giddy. Wonder why this is one of my faves? Zombies! And of course, the storyline!! But what I think was truly amazing about The Last of Us was the ending. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the entire game, but in the grand scheme of things it’s nothing special when compared to great literature and movies or other video games for that matter, but what is incredible is the discussion that has sprung up in the gaming community and how people are processing the story. It’s scary, and that’s what makes the game so awesome to me.
3. Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider is an action-adventure video game developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix. Tomb Raider is the tenth title in the Tomb Raider franchise, and operates as a reboot that emphasises the reconstructed origins of Lara Croft.
This was also an easy fave because I’ve always been a fan of Lara Croft and to be able to play her origin story makes my inner fangirl squeal with joy, add to that the incredible set pieces that allowed for some insane sequences and crazy cinematics. The details of the environment and the characters also blew me away and I know this will sound weird but can I just say that I also love how this game shows you different (detailed) ways on Lara’s death whenever you fail, lol.
4. Persona 4
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 is a role-playing video game developed and published by Atlus and chronologically the fifth installment in the Persona series, itself a part of the larger Megami Tensei franchise. Persona 4 takes place in a fictional Japanese countryside and is indirectly related to earlier Persona games. The player-named protagonist is a high-school student who moved into the countryside from the city for a year. During his year-long stay, he becomes involved in investigating mysterious murders while harnessing the power of summoning Persona.
This was the game that took over my life during my college years and one of those games that I would never get tired playing over and over again because I simply cannot get enough of it. It is in itself was amazing- from the story , the characters to the music. I love how you don’t only need to battle through the dungeons but also participate in various real world activities (like going to school, joining school clubs, getting part time jobs and even get ranked in class). You even get to chose how you would spend your day and build relationships with other characters of the game. Aww, writing about this made me miss Yu and the gang. I can’t put to words how much this game affected me but it was surely life-changing. It’s like you’ve been through a journey with these characters similar to when you read an amazing book. It’s honestly been one of my best gaming experiences and I wish to play more games like this 😦
5. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an open world action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios. It is the fifth main installment in The Elder Scrolls series, following The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
I never thought I would actually like this because most of the time, I can’t stand open world games. I would always want to finish every quest, complete every level or even play a game over and over until I get to see every possible ending that that game has (see Heavy Rain). That is why I dislike open world games, the numerous quests and side quests would take me a lifetime to complete everything, hehe. It was a good thing though that I gave this game a try, I’ve been so engrossed to the world of Skyrim that I never wanted to leave the house (haha). The first thing I liked about this was that you get to customize your own character and get to choose which skills to improve on. And then it gets better, remember how I said I like games with elaborate stories? This is one of those games. Each side quests even has its own story. You have no idea how many times this game had made me bawl my eyes out. I even cried bucket of tears when one of my animal companion accidentally died during one of my battles (see Meeko), nobody gave me the memo that animals actually die on Skyrim!! (So never again! I will never get an animal companion ever again!) This game also test your morals in a way that it has choices. The amount of stress this game gave me from all the decision-making made my head and heart explode but in the end, it was all worth it.
I swear I get too emotionally attached to these games *sniff*.
How about you? What’s your favorite games?