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1… The first Halo
Spent so many hour dragging around a Xbox to various peoples houses to play this. It became such a thing that we would section off rooms for teams, one team in one bedroom and another in another room. Screen cheating was SO bad, even worse than Golden Eye but it defined shooters for me, ever since, shooters have kinda felt stale and slow.
2… The First Smash Bros
Really the entire series but if we wanna get technical then yeah the first one. We would come up with the most bullshit matches at my house. My brother ended up playing off against a couple friends, just going full on QQ mode after he got his ass beat. He forced the person to play play Jiggleypuff and then got ruined on that match too. Fun times.
3… EQ1 / The Realm (MMOs in general)
Really these 2 games were my gateway drug to MMOs. Eventually when I got a job I was playing The realm, a super dated game (that still exists today…) and transitioned into Everquest 1 and WoW and every other MMO out there almost.
4… Curse of Monkey Island
While I played the previous versions, this version alone boasted the most amazing parts of all of the games such as hand drawn scenes, an amazing score, comedy like no other (with a ton of references to other lucas games) and characters that are so amazingly funny and witty. My youngest brother always wanted us to play it for him and it’s one of the few games where I didn’t mind playing it 2-3 times in a day.
Stuff like this jacks up the nostalgia to 100%.
5… Day of the Tentacle
The comedy and story of the old school lucas arts games was amazing. This was my first REAL foray into adventure games. I had played things like Maniac Mansion and other games like it before but never really understood them or enjoyed what they were. This game really made me want to play more and there were SO many funny moments during the game that made it an amazing experience.
6… Survival games (Minecraft)
Survival games are a blast when played with others. Minecraft had a long run in my circle of friends and even here on strats for a bit. So many memories of making stuff on FiresofHeaven like:
(that wasn’t the one we made, can’t find our photo)
7… Zelda: OOT and Wind Waker
If I had to choose one, it would be OOT. My parents were super against us buying a Nintendo for some unknown reason, so I never got to play a Zelda game until OOT. So many things about the game made me love it and hate it. The water temple…1/2 naked great faries…yep, this game is one of the games that brought me into console RPGs.
8… God of War 3
Few games out there make you feel like an amazing badass. This game has you climbing on gods and titans killing every moron dumb enough to even think about killing you. Hell, one instance you bang a dudes wife and then murder the shit out of him. The game made you question your moral compass after and I really hoped for a decent sequel but nothing came for a decade.
9… Borderlands 2
Absolutely the best badguy in a game I have ever come across, at some point you think he may not be all that bad. Sure, you are going to kill the hell out of him but he may not be totally evil and then you go deeper. The dialogue that he did was amazing and I don’t know how gearbox will even come close to doing a follow-up. The entire game was amazing to play thru on a first go, follow up wasn’t nearly as impactful but 1st plays on all the DLC and main story was amazing.
10… Fable 2
Fable 2 was an amazing experience. It felt like a grown up version of Zelda, the combat and story was impressive. The sad part to me wasn’t fable 2, it was the follow up, Fable 3. It was such an extreme letdown after 2. They turned the franchise from an RPG into a land baron game where you are racing to get enough money to save the world!!!..
So many games unmentioned. I feel like the Adventure game scene is so over-looked now. It really got rolled up into the RPG scene. MMO’s have taken over all my time though lately and I don’t know if that speaks to the quality of the MMOs or the quality of other games vs the time sink of MMOs.