#15 Greatest Video Game of All Time
Happy Monday! We are so sorry for the huge delay between this series of posts, but as ever–we’ve been busy. We are now back with #16 Greatest Video Game of All Time brought to you by the video game brain trust. If you are new to this countdown, it’s just a top 25 list of our most favorite video games! These are the ones you’ve missed so far: #25, #24,#23, #22, #21, #20 #19, #18, #17, and #16.
Kai – The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion – Oblivion is an Elder Scrolls game. What does that mean? It means that it’s more like visiting a foreign world than playing a game. It has beautiful visuals and fantastic lore, with books, NPCs, and (a lot of) side quests, all serving the point of pulling you into its fantasy universe.
In terms of gameplay, it’s a fairly standard first person RPG. You cast spells, wield weapons, and interact with NPCs. The game starts you as a prisoner and immediately throws you into a plot of high political intrigue. The game world is huge, with hundreds of hours of gameplay. If you’re looking for an escape to a fantasy world, I highly recommend Oblivion.
Po – Resident Evil 4 – Gamecube’s one shot at stripping away the ‘kiddie’ label. Didn’t work, but, man, what an amazing game. When I first got my hands on the demo, I must’ve played it 50 times. The full game, though? It’s aged like a fine wine.
Andrew – Star Wars: Rogue Squadron – (not included due to this was Tie Fighter, X-Wing Alliance, which have been/are getting re-released) – The first game was great, hours upon hours of pleasure. The subsequent games would add vehicle switching and moving about on land. The vehicles, the worlds, and the scale made this game feel fantastic. So many levels, so much EU, and too much spamming missles. Fantastic like Rebel Alliance if Rebel Alliance wasn’t half game half movie and had actually had a point (loved it at the time though).
Fit – Empire Earth – I’m not sure how many hours and hours of gameplay went into this one at our household growing up. Back “in the day,” we would have LAN parties and my brother, his friends and I would set up for the day or the night and just play through the ages. Looking at screenshots brings back very nostalgic, good memories as if this game was a strong and endearing part of my childhood. That sounds pathetic, but it’s a lot of fun! Very similar to Civilization, Empire Earth is a turn-based strategy game where you start at the beginning at the Prehistoric Age and make your way through time (Bronze Age, Imperial Age, and so forth). It’s a lot of fun to pick a certain nation and develop your civilization based on that. We would usually end up just blowing each other up in the Atomic Age before we could ever reach the Nano Age. It’s very heavy on the military, but technology is important too in order to survive. Pick your allies wisely, because they could be your enemies!
Hungry – Super Mario Bros 3 – I had just turned two when this game was released in North America and it became one of the defining pieces of my life as a gamer. You’ll see a few more NES entries in the top 15 but this game, along with a certain gold cartridge, can take the credit for getting me into video games. Watching my older siblings play, I eventually started myself and despite early struggles, I enjoyed the wide variety of suits and powers that Mario had. The frog and tanooki suits are still to this day two of my favorite Mario personalities. The game was laid out beautifully, the soundtrack was captivating, the mini-games were a blast, and despite its lack of difficulty, it still required significant dexterity and patience. The game aged well and is still fun to play with friends; the re-release on Game Boy Advanced was well worth the money. This game has fallen down my list over the years but for a long time it was #1 and I won’t forget that so easily. It gave me the platforming skills that I have today.
That takes us to a close for #15 of the Greatest Video Game of All Time. Did you see any games that you enjoy? Let us know in the comment section below. And as always, stay hungry and fit!