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19Feb 12I really haven't been around on GameSpot recently, but I've just updated my games lists and I own more than 350 titles! Not one game has ever been traded in. Kind of an achievement getting to that number, right?
Here's to another 350. Happy gaming.
It's been over a year since I've made a blog post. I've still been around though and reading the blogs that I'm tracking. I either haven't had the time or the urge to post anything new, but I've got tired of seeing the same old blog entry every time I viewed my profile so here's my 10 favourite games. These are in order (1 being ranked the best) and not neccessarily the "10 best games of all time", just my favourites. So, without further ado, let's begin...
10] GTA IV (Xbox 360)
GTA IV was no doubt a great game and very impressive from a technical standpoint. This was the first GTA that I got 100% on, and it took quite a while, but it was great fun. However, compared to GTA: San Andreas, I thought GTA IV was too 'serious' and not as fun.
9] Pokemon Blue (Game Boy)
I'm obviously not a Pokemon fan anymore, but this game deserves recognition for the sheer amount of hours I clocked up on it as a child. I never did catch 'em all though!
8] Mario Kart DS (DS)
This might not be a game you would expect in a top 10 list, but I loved it. It kept me busy trying to get a '3 star' rating on every race, and taking it to school and playing against friends was great fun.
7] The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion (Xbox 360)
Up until Oblivion, I hadn't really played any proper RPG games, aside from Pokemon if you count that. Initially, I didn't like this game and I got stuck at a point, so it was left to gather dust. One day though, I decided to give it another go and try and finish it (I don't like to leave games unfinished), and eventually I started to enjoy it. The quests were great, the world was vast, and I got addicted to trying to level up my character. I was contemplating putting Fallout 3 in this list, but Oblivion just edged it.
6] Dead Rising (Xbox 360)
This is my favourite Xbox 360 game, which may surprise some. Like with Oblivion, at first I didn't like this game. This was probably because when I first got it I played it on a SD TV, which made reading the on-screen text near impossible. However, I later went back to it in order to complete it and I really got into it. I loved the concept of the game; the mall setting was brilliant, and provided endless fun. I also liked the RPG elements, which provided an incentive to keep playing (and encouraged me to go back and play Oblivion!). The save system wasn't the best, and was frustrating at times, but I got used to it. I liked this game so much that I got every achievement in this game, and had great fun doing it (although the Infinity Mode achievements were slightly tiresome).
5] Half Life 2 (PC) (I was tempted to add the Orange Box to this list, but that is essentially more than one game so I won't)
This is the game that got me into PC gaming really. I had owned PC games before this, including the original Half Life, but not really played them that much. I got Half Life 2 pretty much as soon as it was released in 2004 and thought it was amazing, with a great story, and brilliant gameplay and graphics. I still play this game now!
4] Counter Strike: Source (PC)
Counter Strike: Source was the first real online game that I played (I had played PS2 online, but not much) and so deserves recognition. I liked that the gameplay objectives were simple yet playing against others was still challanging. There are some great maps for this game - even the stock maps are great - and this game encouraged me to make a few of my own. I got quite addicted to CSS, and when the Steam friends list started working, I had some great online matches with friends.
3] Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman! (Game Boy)
Wario Blast is a game that would probably not be in many - if any - people's top 10 list, but this was pretty much the first game I ever played full stop. This game was one of the most addictive I have ever played and I played it for years as a child, but I found it quite tough at the time! I don't think I ever did beat all of the bosses.
2] Team Fortress 2 (PC)
Team Fortress 2 is the best online game ever made in my opinion. Unlike other 'team' games, in TF2 you are actually forced to work as a team, otherwise you will not succeed. I am a fan of Battlefield 2, but overall TF2 is better. TF2 is not ultra-serious like some online shooters. The art style is beautiful, and the maps brilliantly well thought out. There is a great selection of classes, and the player's choice of class can have a significant impact on the game. My personal favourite is the Heavy, just for his sheer power. The stats, achievements and unlocks are also a nice touch. I have had some great online moments in this game.
1] GTA: San Andreas (PS2)
GTA: San Andreas is my favourite game of all time. I had a great amount of fun with this game, and played it for MANY hours. The game world was amazing, the missions were fun and varied, and there was so much to do. I got to 99% completion on this game but never bothered to go that 1% more, mainly because collecting all the photographs was a pain. Although some may disagree, I also thought the multiplayer mode, whilst not perfect, was great. Balancing player two on the wing of a plane, and then have player one attempt to fly to another airport never got old!
So there you go. Probably not a 'conventional' list, but those are my 10 favourite games. If I had to add one more game, it would be Sega's Airline Pilots (chances are you've not heard of it, but it's a relatively old flight simulator arcade game that over the years I've played a heck of a lot). Anyway, what do you think of my 10? Do you agree or, more likely, disagree with any of my choices?
That's it for at least another year!
Long time no blog... I've been quite busy but after 48 hours I've finally achieved 100% on GTA IV. It was good but I didn't like the city as much as San Andreas, it just seemed a bit dull. It's meant to be realistic but how cars flip over sometimes are ridiculous. Well it's only their first go this generation, I'd give it an 8/10.
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