Top Ten Favorite Games

November 24th, 2009

Industry Gamers asked Cliff Bleszinski about his top ten games. Nick Chester linked to the interview and posed the same question to Destructoid readers (with a bunch of Dtoid staffer and community answers in the comments). Here are my favorites, in no particular order:

Rez HD
Okay, the rest are in no particular order, but Rez sits firmly at the top with its perfect mixture of simplicity and depth. Whenever I want to just zone out and play a game, this is the game I go to.

Mail Order Monsters
Probably the first game to really hook me, and a franchise I’d love to revisit as a designer. I still have a handful of monster disks around here somewhere.

Myth: The Fallen Lords
While the sequel was the better game, Myth: TFL led the way, and I do prefer its soundtrack (introducing me to the fine works of Marty O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori) over Soulblighter. Amazingly, the series is still strongly supported by developers in the fan community.

TRON
One of my earliest arcade memories is of walking into the Starcade at Disneyland and witnessing the overbright glow of multiple TRON cabinets, each with a spectator monitor mounted on the top. The experience burned something right in my brain, and I’ve been a huge fan of the franchise ever since.

Cave Story
Character, music, style, gameplay… Cave Story has it all. It still blows me away that Daisuke Amaya was able to create this entire game single-handedly, and I’m eagerly looking forward to Nicalis’ upcoming WiiWare release.

Herzog Zwei
Growing up as an Atari kid, I discovered the Genesis late, and Herzog Zwei even later. To this day, I don’t think anyone has done RTS on the console better.

Valkyria Chronicles
Lacking the polished veneer of nostalgia, recent games are always rarer on these lists. Valkyria Chronicles, flaws and all, was a breath of fresh air this year, and I enjoyed every moment of it.

Magical Drop
I’ll take any of the three in the series, really. Magical Drop is perfectly enjoyable as a single player experience, but the game really shines in versus play. Most frantic puzzle game ever.

Rampart
Back in school, I used walk through the student union at UNLV between classes and play a round on the (usually vacant) Rampart cabinet. One of the first genre-mashup games (see Puzzle Quest, etc), the alternating segments of arcade action and puzzle building strategy hooked me.

Halo: Combat Evolved
When Halo was announced at Macworld 1999, I was blown away. Halo was the title that sold me on the original Xbox over a PS2, and Halo LAN parties are some of the most fun I’ve ever had gaming.

So that’s my list. What are your top ten favorite games?


3 Responses to “Top Ten Favorite Games”

  1. Macc on December 2, 2009 10:54 am

    Chrono Trigger
    Shining Force
    Street Fighter 3: Third Strike
    Tecmo Bowl
    Super Puzzle Fighter
    Megaman 2
    Tetris
    Shinobi (Arcade)
    Time Crisis 2 (Arcade)
    Jungle King/Jungle Hunt (Arcade)

  2. Chris on December 2, 2009 3:42 pm

    Good mix, nice list… Out of curiosity, why Third Strike? I missed pretty much all of Street Fighter between II and IV, and know next to nothing about the series during that time.

  3. Macc on December 3, 2009 10:01 am

    Third Strike is IMO the most technical of the SF games. You have to be really cautious of any moves you make since most predictable play styles will get stuffed. Footsies and hit confirms are really important as is knowing your opponent move set. It’s still got a hardcore following too so there is always good comp and more things to learn about the game.

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