I have been playing video games since the tender age of five. I still remember the first time I played a video game. I came home from school and my new baby sitter had bought me a Nintendo 64, pretty cool gift right? I was so excited. The first game I ever played was Star Wars: Rogue Squadron. It was a game that would keep me entertained for hours until I finally got my hands on one of the best games the N64 would ever know, James Bond: Goldeneye. I would have friends over to play the split screen all the time and would have fun destroying my friends every chance I got. Soon after this game, I started playing Super Smash Bros. which immediately became my new favorite game for routing my friends whenever they would challenge me to a game.
As I got older, I went through the systems. From N64 to Playstation, from Playstation to PS2, from PS2 to Xbox, from Xbox to Xbox 360, from Xbox 360 to PC and now, I can call myself a multi-platform gamer. I even experimented with the handheld systems a bit but ultimately decided my fate laid with the bigger systems. Today, you can usually find me on the PC but I still like to play my Xbox One to this day.
The first game that would allow me to spend all day just playing would probably be Runescape, however, this wasn’t the only game that caused me to become a regular couch potato. World of Warcraft of course played a role in this too and became the first game that really immersed me in the gaming world. As the expansions came out however, I found myself not being interested in this game anymore and switched over to League of Legends during Season 1. This game became the game that immersed me in a world that I hope I can be apart of forever, eSports. As my passion for eSports has grown, I have branched out to try many games, CS:GO, DotA, Team Fortress 2; all for the sake of growing my knowledge within this ever-changing landscape. All of this is to give you background into what I will be calling my Top 10 favorite games ever. We will start you from the bottom to get you acclimated to the awesomeness you are about to behold and slowly, the nostalgia will start to flow through your veins as thick as the blood that runs through you.
10. Classic Runescape
Before the days of the new engine and no wilderness, these were the good days of Runescape. In my middle school days, I would rush home just so I could start leveling again. Playing Caste Wars and doing quests were a great past time to save yourself from the boredom of grinding all of your skills to make money. Good were the days when you could fish at the fishing guild for sharks and the amazing times of PKing with friends. Baiting people to come fight you in the wilderness and laughing at their misfortune as you steal all of their loot just to be sold at the nearest bank. These were good days indeed. Hour upon hours were spent playing this game for me and I will always treasure those memories.
9. Star Wars Battlefront 2
This game was another favorite of my childhood. Though I never actually owned the game, this was one of my favorite pastimes with my best friend, Zach. I would go to his house and we would annihilate the opposition, whether it was a space battle or planet-side. Getting to play as our favorite Jedi, Yoda was always my favorite. Playing as him reminded me of the epic fight in Episode 2, when he took on Count Dooku. At the end of the day, this would increase my love of shooters and change my taste in gaming for a long time.
As I grew up, RPGs became my new favorite game to experience. The story is what drew me in, especially the story in Fable. This game has been called one of the best of all-time so it’s hard to disagree. Unfortunately Lionhead was unable to emulate the same experience on the later Fables, but like they say, the original is always the best. Not only was the story amazing, so was the combat that took place and the customization of your character the game allowed. Your conversational decisions drawing you towards the good or evil side, giving you different emotes. Whether you wanted to swing a war-hammer or slice your foes to pieces with a sword, it was your choice to make. The arena in the story was another amazing addition to the game, really testing your combat prowess within the game. All in all, I am happy I got to experience the game that would hook me on RPGs forever.
7. Fallout 3
This isn’t a fair place to really put either of these games, but this is what happens when you have experienced so much in the gaming world. This game had such a good layout. Just coming off Skyrim, I hungered for a new RPG to play. Fallout 3 became my prey. I played this game like no tomorrow. When I visited my grandparent’s house, I would play with my friend all day long. One of us playing World of Warcraft and the other playing a system game. Sounds like the typical video game nerd yeah? Fallout 3 made it hard to switch. I would get sucked into the storylines, just wanting to find another vault to explore its eerie fate. Becoming one of the Brotherhood of Steel was one of my favorite parts. Getting laser guns and power armor felt so exciting, and taking part in a cause to rid the world of evil. This was what being a hero was all about. I continued to explore for hours after finishing most of the storylines, just hoping to stumble upon some missed quest in the Wasteland. Bethesda did a great job in defending their title as one of the best RPG creators of all time with this game. I think my generation can attest to that.
6. Darksiders series
If you haven’t played any of these games, you should go buy the first one, now. Mixing RPG and puzzle action together, this game was easy to get lost in for hours. Playing as one of the four horseman of the apocalypse, you take to Earth to rid the world of humanity. The catch? You did it too early. You must clear your name and find the one responsible for this mistake. Both games were remarkable. The world was amazing, as well as the combat and boss battles. I am still waiting for the last two promised by a new game developer, as THQ, the original developer went under. Thank god somebody picked up the slack, because this game series is one that must be experienced by everybody. The puzzles to get through areas are amazing and they do a great job of creating a theme within each area. The developers do a great job with involving the player in the story too. You feel the need to clear your name and this is what makes the story so amazing. Like I said, if you haven’t played this series yet, you have to do it before your life is over.
5. Gears of War series
Though my love for this game was greatest at the beginning, the whole series has been something I have spent my time on. starting with the campaign, the unique 3rd person shooter gameplay really drew me in. My friend and I would play the campaign on the hardest difficulty for hours trying to get through and finally beat it after a few days of non-stop playing (my grandparent’s basement) some nights we wouldn’t go to sleep until 5 in the morning. After besting Raam, I finally took part in the game that most would regard as the best part, multiplayer. This would create my love for competitive gaming. Though I sucked at the beginning, I would play multiplayer for hours and at the end of it all, I was on a competitive clan, all-inning people with shotguns and popping people’s heads with the long shot. I was still very young to be playing these games and people would be amazed at my skill with a long shot. However, ranked was never easy since it took forever if you wanted to host your own games. Maybe this was why I was so good since host was a massive advantage. This became a defining aspect of the game, manufacturing the phrase, “Get wrecked on your own host.”
4. World of Warcraft
Starting in late Vanilla (original WoW for those who don’t understand the lingo), this game was something I played endlessly for hours on end until Cataclysm. In a timeline, this was the second-to-last expansion. I would PvP in battlegrounds with friends and do 5-mans, raid. Whatever I could get my hands on in the game, I would do it. This game is what really made me become apart of the gaming world. Though I still had tangible friends, I started to have friends in the virtual world too. People I would play with consistently and have fun with doing different things. This might be a new thing to my generation, but some of my best childhood memories were made playing World of Warcraft. When I think back one of my favorite things to do was Saturday raids of Karazhan. World of Warcraft will always be special to me, no matter how annoying the expansions get.
3. Halo 2
This game really made me competitive. The ranking system was super addicting as well as the campaign and maps. This was my first experience with online play. I had finally become a member of Xbox Live and boy was it amazing. I would spend hours playing Team Snipers or even challenging friends on Blood Gulch. The only thing that stopped me from playing this game was the latest and greatest game coming out, and ultimately, the release of the Xbox 360. I had spent hours just playing campaign on the original Halo, as well as playing multiplayer with my cousin who is one of the best Halo players I know to this day. I still can’t beat him though I’ve been playing video games for probably longer than he has now. Rough life, I know. This was a game I was willing to go pro in but never found a way as I wasn’t introduced to the pro gaming community until much later in my life.
2. League of Legends
Though this is currently my favorite game on the planet, this game earns the spot of number 2. After thousands of dollars spent on champions and skins, I am still able to be found climbing the low elo ladders. The life of a support main is hard but the champions are very engaging. Whether you be taking magical journeys and picking up chimes as Bard, or snagging your oppenents with hooks and rescuing allies with lanterns as Thresh. This is the game that introduced me to eSports and created a passion within me for something much bigger than just a video game to play. I spend my days watching streams and keeping up with the latest pro teams just in hopes of joining them one day. ESports as a whole is a community I wish to always be apart of, no matter what stage of my life I’m in.
1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Those of you who never got to experience this multiplayer shooter, I’m sorry for you. This was a game I would rush home from High School to play with my friends and even broke me away from World of Warcraft. My friends and I would never lose. Some of them even being involved in pro-gaming today, though not on the player side. Shout out to NME Chachi. My friends and I would do quick scoping battles on Rust for hours and then join matchmaking to just do it some more. After playing the game for many months, my friends and I gave in to the obsession of obtaining a nuke (25 killstreak). My first nuke was on Highrise in a losing Domination game. I decided I would camp a window in my own spawn because we were getting camped so hard and this strategy eventually won us a game we were down by more than 50 points in. There are too many good memories to even begin to recall but one of my favorites was with Chachi when he got his 5 minute nuke on Rundown. I will never forget only having one kill and my look on my face when this happened. Good times.
That wraps up my top 10 list. I hope you had as great of a time as I did walking down memory lane with me. If you haven’t tried some of these titles, as old as they are, you should still give them a try! Make your own memories in gaming and never forget to have fun, no matter the atmosphere you might be playing in because at the end of the day, it’s just a game. These were put here to have fun and to entertain you for hours. I hope at the end of the day you have had as many good memories as me.