Favorite Games

Last Updated: 2016/09/03 20:32 US Central Time

I’m not a huge game player, but I do have a few that I enjoy.  Here I list my favorites, in case you, dear reader, are looking for game ideas and can’t really stand wading through the miles and miles of review sites.  I’m not going to give huge reviews, just a little blurb.

Some of these games are available across platforms.  I’m only going to list them by the platform I got them on.  Oh, and I don’t like iPhone games, because few last beyond the initial “Ooh, this looks pretty, DOWNLOAD NOW!” phase, and many become a chore.

Console

Playstation 1/2

  • Castlevania Symphony of the Night – This one changed the world.  I mean, really.  CD-quality sound, graphics that looked like each pixel was crafted carefully with a whole lotta love, and Alucard with his shimmering animations.  The right blend of RPG and Action/Platformer.  I keep my Playstation 2 operational just for this game.

Wii/Wii U

  • Metroid Prime Trilogy – Well, Metroid is one of the cornerstones of the modern gaming world.
  • Super Paper Mario – they gave it a visual upgrade, put 3D back in but kept the characters 2D, and there is a little more darkness, but it’s still corny and fun.

Virtual Console

SNES/N64/GB Advance goodness, on the Wii.  I’m so glad they keep porting these old games.  I’d be a whole lot more grumpy if they didn’t.  Nintendo – you’re saving the world every time you port another old game.  You’re doing a good thing.

Computer Games

Standalone

  • Diablo III – I really like the Witch Doctor, but the Enchantress shows promise as well.  I’m resisting the Reaper of Souls expansion, but that resistance is crumbling.
  • Guild Wars 2 – I don’t play as much as I used to, mostly because it took them almost a year to fix a Mac issue where frame rates dropped to single-digits after some content update.  But I miss my necro-baby.

Apple App Store

  • Deathspank & Deathspank: the Baconing – look at that name.  I mean, really look at it.  If you don’t want it, you weren’t really looking.  Or you need more coffee.
  • Machinarium – this frustrated the heck out of me a couple of times, but it’s really a fun little story that feels like an independent film.
  • Sentinel 3: Homeward – a tower defense game with massive replayability.

GoG.com (Good Old Games)

  • Fallout & Fallout 2 – You’re fresh out of your underground bunker to discover and survive the post-nuclear nightmare.
  • FTL: Advanced Edition – you command a ship that’s fleeing enemies, collecting resources in your escape, and quite probably dying on the way.  I like to play this one while watching Star Trek reruns and drinking gin.
  • Nox – an RPG along the lines of Diablo, it’s the first I turned to after getting tired of the Blizzard-tasticness that is Diablo.  While waiting to get un-tired of Diablo, of course.
  • Torchlight – another Diablo-clone, I turned to this one while resisting the lure of Diablo III.  It worked, for a little while.

Steam

  • Anodyne – it’s like Zelda, if Link took bad acid and was having a bit of a nightmare.  In a very fun way.
  • Bastion – it’s gorgeous, a graphic novel turned into a game.  And the narrator’s reminders to play the game and commentary about your performance…  Priceless.
  • Broken Age – a point and click adventure, it’s pretty and fun.
  • Deponia: The Complete Journey – a point-and-click puzzler, this is all three parts, and I just can’t get enough of the idiot main character.
  • Dust: An Elysian Tail – it’s so cute, and has a certain Metroidvania-ish-ness to it.
  • Evoland – this is just such a strange RPG – you level up and upgrade the game itself.
  • Kingdom: New Lands – the original Kingdom was amazing, but limited.  This game uses the same mechanic, and creates the hybrid that I have to be careful about playing.  You are an exiled monarch, and you use your limited cash to rebuild.  Every night, monsters come, and you use your hired archers to keep them outside the walls.  During the day, you search for resources and rebuild and expand.
  • Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) – an amazing piece of art that plays as a game, it tells you a story in the Iñupiaq tradition, with art style from their heritage mixing with a 3D style and musical score that just makes you live the tale.  Did I mention it was amazing?
  • RimWorld – other than having a name that makes the childish me giggle, it’s a colony sim game with strong Firefly overtones.  Even tho’ the characters are randomly generated by the game, they have a depth and complexity that spontaneously creates stories.  I keep saving and branching off new stories from previous saves – and the story never stays the same.  And I get attached to the characters.  Absolutely amazing.
  • Starbound – one of the many 2D minecraft games out there, you can go along with a storyline, or you can just build.  I do the latter.
  • Transistor – same as Bastion.  Either narrator in either game is just fun.
  • Tropico 5 – Sim City meets hilarious clichéd stereotypes in and around the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Wakfu – another cute one, it’s an MMO for those times I get tired of 3D.  I started playing after I watched the animé.