I thought I'd run-down some of my favorite video games, as it seems to be a topic I go back to quite often. This is a stream of consciousness blog, and I'm thinkign about this right now- SO DEAL WITH IT. These are in no particular order, though I get a little biased towards the end. We'll start with the aforementioned title, Monster Hunter 3: Tri.
Then, the nightmare began.
Seven years and four playthroughs later, Thousand-Year Door remains one of my favorite games of all time. The graphics don't need to be discussed, nor do they need to be improved- it's paper versions of Mario characters- you can't get any simpler than that. Yet, the battle system is so superbly done. I've done playthroughs boosting certain stats on my characters, finding new depth for them and changing the way the game is experienced. It is an RPG, but it's an RPG unlike any other, which is how they should be- unique, with gameplay that says, "YOU'RE ROLE PLAYING" without having to use the same formulas as other games.
What is so great bout Thousand-Year Door? You spend an entire chapter as a wrestler. The hilarious script that pokes fun at Mario games as well as other aspects of gaming. The Stylish Move system. The memorable characters. It's really that good- good enough to be a worthy successor of the Super Mario RPG name. Also, it has a tearjerker ending that made me a little emotional, and that's the way a game usually gets on my favorite list- if it incites an emotional response in me.
Minish Cap takes all of the classic elements of Zelda and throws in DUAL WORLD GAMEPLAY where you shrink down super small and have fun. It is unfortunately very short, but it is a fantastically varied and fresh world filled with surprises and nods to its history and clever new twists with new items. The reason I love this game so much is because I beat it without anyone's help after I was stuck and managed to form Kinstone Connections with every single person I possibly could. Even if my story gives me emotional attachment, others agree that it's one of the best handheld Zelda games out there. And yes, the ending is sad.
Yeah, in retrospect, it sounds totally lame, but the mission mode in this game that gives it a Super Mario 64/DS kind of feel makes this game awesome. Give it a try if you don't want to hate Sonic.
It should come as no surprise to thoe of you who read that I like Mincraft- I've mentioned posting my own world several times (and never got around to it... cough cough). Minecraft is simple, fun, and addictive. You must survive and build in a world littered with underground caverns and dangerous mobs in single player. You can set it to peaceful and construct your own masterpiece. You can set it to hard and see how long you can survive. And then, when you go onto a multiplayer server, you are introduced to pvp, factions, role play, and the like. There's no limit to what can be done- and the game isn't even finished yet. Further updates will include leveling systems, new mobs, items, and more. This is one game you'll want to keep you eye on! Of course, I'm building my own adventure map in it- a world filled with dungeons and traps and the like. I eventually will post it. I swear.
If I think of any more, I'll put them up. Honorable mentions-
Super Smash Bros. Series
Super Mario Sunshine
Sonic 3 and Knuckles
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Dragon Warrior Monsters