Welcome, fellow gamers! It’s been a little while since I posted up a Top 5 list, and I spoke with a couple of folks to ask ‘what kind of list would you like to see?’ While I’m working on some reviews on some pretty killer games, I really wanted to do some more fun and subjective pieces to keep my creative factory running.
The first list I had pitched was by my good friend (and wife to my co-contributor) who asked about my favorite villains. My top pick was easy; honestly, anyone who has ever talked to me about video games and knows the game they are from has heard me go on and on about them. To fill in the other four spots, though, I had to do a little more thinking on a few different levels.
I got to wondering about what made a good villain to me. There’s something about the feeling when you think of a good villain and specifically how they stand out to you. Asking on Twitter warranted a lot of different responses including being drawn to comical villains or sympathetic villains that you can relate to. A lot of great names came up- Bowser, GLaDOS, Ganondorf and one particularly well suggested James Sunderland from Silent Hill 2. Seriously, if you like dark storytelling, you need to play that game.
But I digress.
Listed after the jump is my personal list of Top 5 Villains. Your opinions may differ, and I gladly welcome you to chat about them in the comments or on Twitter with me. You’ve been warned, though. There are spoilers in here since you can’t really explain the villainy of characters without at least describing some of their actions, though they aren’t necessarily game ruining tidbits. Also, this list is entirely subjective. Did I mention that yet? It also changes just about everytime I think about it so without rambling on too much more-
Lights. Camera. Villainy!
Off the top of my head, I can list a vast quantity of high profile gaming moments that everyone seems to have been affected by in their formative gaming years- Final Fantasy VI’s opera scene, the final battle with Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat, any occurrence beginning with ‘the death of’; there are so many definitive events that people remember because of their magnitude within their games’ worlds or how abruptly they sideswiped the player. This doesn’t change their impact. Heck, I have one of those moments tattooed on my leg it had such relevance to me.
What people don’t always actively take into account is that there are so many smaller beats that meant a lot to gamers for a wide variety of reasons. Video games are established to illicit some kind of emotion or reaction from those participating in what they have to offer. Even through the memories of Final Fantasy VII and Chrono Trigger ripping at my heartstrings, I started to reflect on moments that stood out to me that may not stand out to the community at large and why they still remained so prominent in my retrospective eye.
So feel free to check out some of my personal remembrances of times past! They may not be industry shattering, but they are definitely a glimpse into my gamer inner workings.
In mere days, 2017 will have left us, and in its wake, there was a glut of fantastic games that graced our various consoles and electronic devices. Being that I tend to focus more on old-school games and more cost-effective options than new releases tend to lend themselves to, my experiences with games that were released in 2017 are slim. I did still manage to play a few great games that were actually released this year.
Most of my criteria for the games that I added on to this list were simply that they were released within the year and that I had played enough of them to really formulate a solid opinion on them. Some games that didn’t make the cut I’ve been enjoying but I’m still cutting my teeth on- Nintendo’s Super Mario Odyssey and Deep End Games’ Perception being two notable titles that are very promising- and a lot of games I completed this year are a year or two off- Night School Studio’s Oxenfree comes to mind. Honestly, if you’re looking for recommendations of games outside of the past year? I’m a wealth of information and offerings.
What did I manage to play from this year, though, that has stuck with me and made some kind of impact? After thinking thoroughly through my playlist over the past twelve months and sequencing them by relevance- well, I’m just impressed by people being able to work out top 10 lists without endless agonizing.
Now, to add to the top lists of the year of 2017- here is my list of my completely subjective and biased top five games from the year (and one honorable mention) for your consideration and entertainment!
(Oh, and as an added note, while I try to skip over spoilers as much as possible since I’ll be writing a bit more about some of these in upcoming posts, there very well may be spoilers. As vague or minute as they might be, I’d rather warn my readers than not!)
Most gamers, some way or another, remember the first video games that they played. Even if they don’t, they tend to remember a slew of video games that shaped their tastes and interests for their current games, myself included. I always find it interesting to see what video games people feel shaped their views on their current favorites, gameplay preferences, and any other opinions they have formed in their years of electronic entertainment.
Of course, since folks brought this up, I’ve been thinking about it. While it is hard to narrow it down to five games that really helped influence my gaming persona, as it were, I’m going to give it a shot and see what comes from it!
Also, as a note, this article may have spoilers in it, albeit for much older games, so if you really don’t want to know about a game and some of its intricacies, read on with caution!
Author’s Preface: While this is an old article from the original blog space, most of this rings true still. I was reminded of this piece as myself and my co-conspirator/writer are introducing his wife to Final Fantasy games as well as playing some on our own (he’s playing through XIII at the moment and she just played through VI for the first time, while my husband just started replaying XII). There may be a fact or two below that has become outdated, but I attempted to clean this up and renovate to fit the current status of the series. Enjoy!
The Final Fantasy series is a force to be reckoned with in the gaming world. With fourteen entries in the main series and various off shoots and sequels, there are a lot of games to be considered when trying to choose a list of favorites. Spanning over just about every system since the Famicom and over 25 years, the game has affected a majority of gamers and games, whether directly or otherwise. While everyone has their own opinions as to the best of the prolific series, the following five- six with the Honorable Mention- are the ones that have affected me most and made their way into my apex of the series.
While I feel this doesn’t necessarily need to be said, there are some spoilers below. They are for games that are nearly ten or more years old, but it’s better safe than sorry to mention this.