10 Video Games You Should Play Before You Die
10. The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3 is a big game, a really, really big game. It’s absolutely massive, with hundreds upon hundreds of things to occupy your time, from side-quests to the Gwent card-game. In fact, it’s so big, it’ll probably never feel stale, because even after you’ve beaten the game, there’s still 200+ hours of content to explore.
The open-world is massive, the characters are believable and sympathetic, and the game’s story is unparalleled in both complexity and scope. What’s not to like?
A person could spend their entire life playing Witcher 3 and still find they’ve entire quests, hidden details, and other little things along the way. The game is huge, it’s absolutely massive, and for that reason, you’ll probably never stop playing it.
Even after it’s eventually been topped, it’ll still be the game that set the standard to beat. It’ll always be the game that came along and showed us how epic, or expansive games can be.
9. Super Metroid
Like Super Mario Bros., Super Metroid is still one of the absolute best examples of the platform genre. To this day, the game has yet to be topped; it was the perfect blend of action and story-telling, and to this day, it continues to be a huge influence on the way people think about gaming.
The series has gone on to do some interesting things, but nothing will ever quite top the original. Metroid Prime came pretty close, but in recent years, the series has gone sour; Metroid Other M was a disaster, and the upcoming Federation Force seems like a huge departure from what made the series such a delight in the first place.
When modern gaming gets you down, you’ll always return to Super Metroid, and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon.
8. Final Fantasy VII
Perhaps the most standout Final Fantasy game of all time, there’s a reason Final Fantasy 7 is constantly being rereleased, it’s just that good. The series itself has had its highs and lows, but the seventh instalment has to represent the series’ peak; the story was captivating, the gameplay was dynamic and the characters had far more depth than you’d expect.
The game is currently being remade, and is due to hit shelves later this year. It’ll no doubt be a visual treat, but only time will tell if it’ll be able to top the original. Regardless, we’ll always have Final Fantasy 7 to remind us of how fantastic JRPGs can be.
7. Donkey Kong Country Trilogy
Released back in 1994, Donkey Kong Country was one of the first platformers to utilise realistic 3D sprites, pushing the limits of the Super Nintendo to breaking point. It was also the first Donkey Kong game to me made by someone besides the series’ creator, Shigeru Miyamoto. The game featured multiple levels, a co-operative mode and barrels upon barrels of secrets and easter-eggs. As a result, it’s lived on ever since, cultivating an entire generation of new fans through the Nintendo Wii and Wii U virtual console.
The series has moved on since, but nothing will ever quite top the original trilogy; it was the perfect blend of Nintendo and RareWare, a perfect formula that the more recent iterations of the franchise haven’t quite managed to match. The graphics may look quint, but they’ve aged fairly well considering how long ago the games were released.
As the years go by, the Donkey Kong Country games are only going to grow in popularity as more and more gamers steadily discover them. There’s no doubt: Donkey Kong Country is timeless.
6. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Like the Witcher 3, Skyrim is a staggeringly massive game, featuring hundreds of quests to occupy your every waking hour. It’s also potentially endless, seeing as how the game generates an endless stream of new quests after the guild storylines have been completed. Granted, these quests usually just involve running errands, taking out random targets for the Dark Brotherhood, ransacking properties for the Thieves Guild, or just delivering messages and retrieving items.
It’s busy work, but it’ll keep you occupied forever, potentially at least, running around sorting out everyone else’s messes for them. The game doesn’t choose locations at random either, it’s designed to send you to places you haven’t already explored, so you’re constantly discovering places you never even new existed.
5. Elite: Dangerous
A space-adventure, trading and combat simulator, Elite: Dangerous has something for everything. The game revolves around collecting resources and trading them in order to make improves to your ship, but the possibilities are endless. It features an incalculable amount of different scenarios, and the mass-multiplayer aspect means players can actively impact the story, change the course of the game and effect everything from resource prices to the influence of each of the game’s factions.
You can complete bounty hunter missions, you can focus on trading resources or you can complete missions for each of the various factions. The game allows players to explore galaxy of some 400 billion star systems, meaning that you’ll never run out things to do, places to see or adventures to have. Honestly, it’s almost like a second life.
4. Counter Strike: Global Offensive
The consistent popularity of CS: GO is proof enough that you’ll be playing this game for the rest of your life. It originally launched back in 2012, and the game has been featured almost continuously on Steam’s list of best selling games ever since.
In the four years since it came out, there have been five Call of duty games released: Black Ops 2, Black Ops Declassified, Ghosts, Advanced Warfare and Black Ops 3. While Call of Duty has been forced to constantly reinvent itself to keep fans invested in the series, CS: GO has been entertaining the same community of PC gamers for years, effortlessly.
The game still looks great and plays great; it’s being updated constantly, and it probably won’t ever need a sequel. it’s a complete package, and that’s unlikely to change any time soon.
3. Harvest Moon
There’s a whole genre of games about menial labour, games like Papers, Please and Night Shift, or Viscera Cleanup Detail; games that force the player to fulfil the parameters of an actual job, completing repetitive tasks for monetary compensation. Of course, these games aren’t for everyone, but they’ll always have a place; they can be a great way to turn your brain off, and they can even be therapeutic in a weird way.
Again, not for everyone.
With that said, Harvest Moon is perhaps the best farming game ever made. That may not sound like much of an achievement, but the game is utterly captivating. It was a story, and some interesting characters, but the game itself revolves around harvesting crops, tending to farm animals and generally working nine to five to make a living.
I strongly believe there will always be a place for these kind of games; they’ll always be a niche, no doubt, but they satisfy a very particular gaming itch in a way few others can.
2. Resident Evil 4
As a result, it wasn’t bogged down trying to contextualise everything; it was able to stand up on its own two feet, resulting in one of the best horror games of all time.
Seeing as how the series itself has died a slow painful death in recent years, Resident Evil 4 will always stand out as the last great entry in the franchise. In years to come, we’ll look back in amazement, and wonder where it went wrong from here.
1.Grand Theft Auto 5
The story and characters alone make this my favorite Grand Theft Auto game. However the gameplay, open world, and graphics add something greater that I’ve never experienced in a Grand Theft Auto game. Even the writing for this game is hilarious and entertaining. The pacing was great and I was rarely bored.
Most incredibly for me though was the fact that the game made me CARE about the characters. What would happen to them, how all of their stories would play out, and whether they would stay true to their “friendship” or whether they would follow down the path of betrayal and murder (like most Grand Theft Auto plots have). Happily that wasn’t the case.
I consider this the best Grand Theft Auto, it’s the most fun and the most badass of the bunch, as well as the funniest, craziest, and the goriest
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