The #2 Greatest Video Game of All Time

We are down to the SECOND greatest video game of all time! I can’t believe we only have two games to review left! There are some really spectacular games in this list and each of you should consider playing all of them if you haven’t already! It’s funny that all the top games are RPGs, but hey, we’re kind of awesome so it’s to be expected. If you missed the others on our countdown, please check them out: #25,#24,#23,#22,#21,#20#19#18#17#16#15, #14#13#12#11#10, #9#8, #7#6, #5#4, and #3. Enough talking…check these awesome games out!

#2 Greatest Video Game of All Time 

Kai- Half-Life series  Half-Life changed everything.  It took the Quake engine and created an entire universe out of it.  No longer were you moving level to level, killing everything in sight.  Instead the entire experience is a seamless journey through the life of a scientist in a top-secret lab the day everything goes wrong.  In fact, the first 30 minutes of Half-Life involve no violence whatsoever.  It was the first FPS to succeed at immersing you fully in an alternate reality.

Not only that, but Half-Life also was extremely friendly to the modding community, producing the world-famous mod Counterstrike, as well as Day of Defeat and many others.  Its lifetime was extended many times over by such mods, as well as several expansion packs exploring the story from other’s perspectives.
 
When Half-Life 2 was released it again revolutionized FPSs.  It continued the trend of a seamless artificial world (this time a futuristic and alien Earth).  It also had an amazing physics engine and multiple mini-sequels (“episodes”) which extended the story.  I have no hope for a Half-Life 3, but the originals still stand up due to the quality writing, gameplay, and professional voice acting.

Po – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – My brother received this game on Christmas Eve, 1998. Memories of watching my brother play it on the porch over that Christmas break are some of the happiest of my life. I’ll never forget seeing the Temple of Time for the first time, and how the sun would cast an annoying glare over the television on our porch, causing us to be creative with the blinds. I’ve beaten it countless times, and it’s never failed to fill me with an excitement for adventure.

Andrew- Knights of the Old Republic (I & II) Darth Revan. The Exile. The Ebon Hawk. Bastilla. The Handmaiden. This was THE GAME that I bought an Xbox for. Knights of the Old Republic needed to get played (and replayed). BioWare has many great entries on this list, but KoToR is the greatest (part I but Obsidian did a great job with part II). Turn-based mechanics, alignment, party interactions, STAR WARS. The only bad thing about KoToR was that there was never a third one (not a MMORPG fan so The Old Republic didn’t do it for me). This game is begging for a HD re-release and an expansion. (Also, Light Side all the way).

Fit – Dragon Age (series) This is another BioWare series. Yes, BioWare dominates my top games. Throw yourself into the BioWare depths–full of rich  in-depth lore, extensive character development, powerful relationships with companions, and the ability to determine the world’s fate. Now, throw dragons in there along with magic and swords, and you’ve got Dragon Age.

Set in the fantastical world of Thedas, you take the helm as the hero(ine) in each game (there are three so far). Each game brings you to a different part of the world to explore different cultures and affect lives of many. BioWare being true to its core, you will see many characters all the way from Dragon Age: Origins (2009) to Dragon Age 2 (2011) to Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) weave in and out of each installment, creating a world that is incredibly familiar to you. BioWare creates such depth to characters and storylines it feels as if you’ve known people and places for years and wafts an incredible sense of nostalgia. Dragon Age: Origins has my favorite story, but the next two really improved on combat and gameplay mechanics.

My favorite part, as with all BioWare games, is developing relationships with the people and world around me as well as making fundamental decisions that impacts the fate of the world. All the different armor, weapons, and so forth you can get give even more depth, as many pieces have a rich history behind them. There are so many admirable details to this game alongside witty writing, great voice acting, and fun gameplay. The way I play BioWare games is so sip slowly and savor each moment. I still haven’t finish Inquisition because I don’t want it to be over. This is a series I can replay over and over.

Hungry – The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind – 800 hours. If they remade it in HD, I’d put in 800 more. Along with Diablo II and the game at #1, this is my top game at any given time. I’ve played all the Elder Scrolls and beat Skyrim within a week of its release, but they’re nothing compared to this experience. I’ve had a map of Vvardenfell on my wall for a decade as I’ve taken the Tribunal down countless times. The Player’s Guide sits on my bookshelf. I workout to a Call of Magic, the most epic video game piece of music ever, and Island of Edges remixes. My main file finds a level 78 Dunmer in House Hlaalu starting with Umbra and ending with nothing, punching his way through Dagoth Ur, Hircine, and everyone else in his path. The Museum of Artifacts is full, my houses are packed with wealth, and all is well. This game is complete and it was my life. 

Well if there are more heavy hitters than that line-up, I certainly haven’t seen them. Perhaps next week can beat this beastly list of games! Have you played any of these? Are any of these games on your Top 5? Comment below and let us know! And as always, stay hungry and fit!

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