If someone says that a particular game is their ‘favorite game of all time’, chances are that they are relatively new to the world of video games. The entire world of video games has so many different genres that comparing different games can at times become a farcical exercise, akin to comparing apples and oranges. That being said, if your bucket list consists of playing 4 amazing video games, then I would recommend the following:
- Doom: No, I am not talking about the disappointing X-Box release where a futuristic space marine cannot figure out how to hold a gun and a flash-light at the same time. The original doom series took the FPS (First Person Shooter) template created by Wolfenstein 3D and kicked it up a notch to create a truly satisfying experience. The success of Doom created a template that all FPS have successfully followed since, through the decades. If it weren’t for Doom, there wouldn’t be no Halo today, now can you imagine your world without that?
- Infamous and Infamous 2: Not a lot of people have heard about the Infamous series because this was only limited to the PS3 platform, however, it is one of those games that single-handedly justifies the purchase of a new gaming console. Just like the start of a large number of super-hero sagas, Cole Macgrath, the protagonist undergoes a life-altering accident, which mysteriously imbues him with super-human abilities. In case of Cole, he can harness electricity and use it as a weapon, in self-defense and also to heal those who are ailing. However, what makes it unique is that the players can make Cole a hero or a villain (or maybe the term anti-hero would be more apt here) based upon decisions the player makes on his behalf during the course of the game, which in turn alters the ending.
- Bioshock and Bioshock 2: I will remember the year 2007 for two reasons. It is the year I graduated from college and it is also the year that 2K Games gifted Bioshock to the gaming community. Before the release of Bioshock, I was familiar with the concept of FPS, RPGs (Role Playing Games) and survival horror, although I could never conceive in my head that they three can ever be combined to create an immersive experience. That is exactly what the developers achieved with Bioshock, which is a dark, deep, yet twisted tale in a post-apocalyptic world called Rapture where humanity is on the brink of collapse.
- Batman Arkham City: I don’t care if you call me biased, but Batman is the greatest super-hero of all time. All arguments to the contrary are invalid! Anyways, have you ever wondered what it would be like to be Batman and battle Penguin, Two-Face, Riddler, Ra’s Al-Ghul, Clay Face, Hugo Strange and Joker in one game? This is what Batman Arkham City achieves and what is most incredible is that including so many different baddies in one game does not make the story-line seem forced or far-fetched, which is a tremendous accomplishment by its own right.
So that is my list! I know that it is biased towards the FPS and the Action-adventure genre, but that is my taste and I am not going to apologize for it. Kindly direct your thoughts to the comment section underneath!