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My Top 5 Games

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I've played way too many games in the 21 years of my life. So many that I probably can't remember quite a few of them. So I'm just gonna name five off the top of my head which I can remember being awesome. (I won't cheat and use new games, I promise)

Final Fantasy VII
Does this even come as a surprise? Most JRPG players of my age would have similar opinions (retro-er players may say DQ or the older FFs), but FF7 was the perfect blend of story, epic and flashy combat (as flashy as it could go at the time at least). Not to mention fond memories of skipping sleep just to breed a gold chocobo so that I can get Knights of the Round materia, not so fond memories of losing my savegames at the Northern crater twice and thereby forcing me to replay the game twice to finish the game (I played the game once more in recent years) - granting me more than a hundred hours of gametime. Advent Children may be a huge pile of fanservice, but to many of us, it brought us tears of joy as we see our old 'friends' and whisper "welcome back".

Phoenix Wright
The entire series. Despite the occasionally frustrating trial-and-error nature of the game (in fact, this 'game' is less of a game than an interactive storybook), Phoenix Wright is filled with lovable characters, an awesome story, and over-the-top epic scenes that brings out the hot-bloodedness in all of us. Coupled with the fact that this is the game that made me buy my DS, and my personal affection towards anime-ish things, this game fully deserves its spot in my top 5.

Valve
Okay, Valve is not a game. But Half Life (and its successors), Portal, Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead are. Go ahead and accuse me of fanboying this company - I'm not even going to deny it. But the fact still stands firm that Valve has one of the shiniest track records of any game company - producing triple-A games that sank hours and hours (and hours and hours... you get the idea) of my time without having me regret it. That, and I didn't feel like cheating and dumping an allvalvelolollol top 5 list.

Front Mission 3
Not 1, not 4. Three. Again, it's probably my bias for the anime artstyle, but I absolutely loved this game. Loved how the game made me feel epic in its anime mecha theme. (I specifically made my main wanzer melee because of my anime bias) That, and it was one of the first ever SRPGs I have ever completed. It still saddens me that I have long since lost my disc, and searching for an old copy is near impossible. =/

Naruto: Narutimate Hero series
In my defense, despite the anime bias I had shown throughout this post, I'll say that despite its anime appearance, this is a very solid fighting series in its own right. It had a huge roster (from 2 onwards at least - the first game had like 9 characters pfft), an interesting 2.5D system (basically two 2D planes to fight on), allowance for high-level play (buffering, cancelling, juggling, even a few infinites to boot), and (*sigh* here I go again) anime epic-ness to wash it all down. We had quite a small competitive community playing this game religiously, and quite a few communities have sprung up over the years too (shishi-rendan, anyone?). Of course, the biggest reason this game deserves a space on my top 5? I initially bought my PS2 so that I could train at this game. Heh. I'm such an impulsive bastard.
Half-Life

Half-Life (PC)

Genre/Style: Shooter/First-Person Shooter
Release Date:
Half-Life 2

Half-Life 2 (PC)

Genre/Style: Shooter/First-Person Shooter
Release Date: 16/NOV/04
Team Fortress 2

Team Fortress 2 (PC)

Genre/Style: Shooter/First-Person Shooter
Release Date: 08/APR/08
Portal

Portal (PC)

Genre/Style: Puzzle/Action Puzzle
Release Date: 10/OCT/07
Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII (PC)

Genre/Style: Role-playing/Third-Person 3D RPG
Release Date: 19/APR/98
Front Mission 3

Front Mission 3 (PS)

Genre/Style: Strategy/3D Turn-Based Strategy
Release Date: 21/MAR/00
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja

Naruto: Ultimate Ninja (PS2)

Genre/Style: Fighting/3D Fighting
Release Date: 27/JUN/06
Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead (PC)

Genre/Style: Shooter/First-Person Shooter
Release Date: 18/NOV/08
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (DS)

Genre/Style:
Release Date: 11/OCT/05
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Oh noes. How could I forget about Deux Ex?! I should replace Vavle with that. (yesh, Deux Ex was *that* awesome) Hell, I tried to play that game with a broken arm.
Front Missions 3 is still one of my most influential games as well. Glad to see it on someone's list.
Really loved it. I still have no idea how half the stuff worked in that game (played it when I was in highschool) - really wish I could get my hands on it again to try it out and relearn the whole thing.
Deus Ex would be number one on my list actually. I've bragged about this on many occasions but in 2000 I went to E3 and early Saturday morning of the show stopped by the Deus Ex booth and was given a thorough walk-through by "the man" Warren Spector himself. Luckily I was there with people who knew who he was (I was a fledgling gamer at that time). Needless to say, I snagged a copy and played the pants off of the thing! Yes, you're right - it was that awesome.
Whoa, awesome.
I am surprised no game has matched the Deus Ex formula yet. Such a great game.
What I really wonder is why on earth does nobody ever use the bodypart specific damage model anymore. Crawling out of battle with two crippled legs and a broken arm was hella awesome.
hmmmm... Not 100% sure that I know what do you mean with "bodypart specific damage" but I think it can be found in few new games like Fallout 3, ARMA 2, Flash point: Operation dragon-something. I am pretty sure that if I research my list with games will find some more. ^.^ btw nice list you done
Oh wait, yeah. FO3 had it. Riiiight. How'd that slip my mind. But still, more games should have it. And where's my Deus Ex 3??
Your list reeks of anime&manga styled games, but, to each his own I guess. Deus Ex and Half-Life certainly deserve a place on this list. If you ask me, I'd also add Diablo, the first Blood Omen and perhaps Max Payne, among others. Also, the bodypart-specific damage model exists in modern games as well, but nobody really did it properly like Deus Ex did.
Indeed it does. Ironically, the only game on the list that's actually based on an anime is one I'd play even if it wasn't based on an anime (the Naruto one).

Loved Diablo, but I didn't play it nearly as much as my faves. Max Payne was awesome, but more of a passing 'oooh slowmo awesome' thing than anything.
The Narutimate games aren't very deep, but they are a blast to play; especially with other people. I imported the Shippuden ones long before they came out in the States and have never regretted it.

Also glad to see the Deus Ex love here. That was an absolutely fantastic game. Unfortunately, I still can't get rid of the bad taste that was Deus Ex Invisible War...
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