Number 10: The Legend Of Zelda: Link Between Worlds
And now you're all mad that I didn't put Orcarina of Time or Majora's Mask on here, but you know, I'm personally not a fan of the 3D zelda games, but I still love the 2D games, and this is my personal favorite Zelda game. This game took what Link to the past had, but made you feel more powerful, made this between toon graphics and realistic graphics, gave you a bigger arsenal, and also smoothed out everything. Link Between Worlds has a huge amount of dungeons and boss fights that are memorable, and unlike most zelda games, this actually gives you the master sword very early on, which you can shoot beams out of and upgrade later on to give it more damage. The graphics are great for the 3ds, as wile it may not be 3d like OoT 3D or MM 3D, it still has great graphics in a overview perspective (similar to Pokemon X and Y/ORAS). The game's puzzles are not particulary lacking, as the puzzles are difficult and long like a lot of zelda games, and there's plenty of them with the amount of dungeons and side dungeons. The innovations in this game are great too, as you can upgrade all of your items, and you can merge into walls allowing different types of puzzles for you to solve. Unlike most Zelda games where you have to unlock items with dungeons/side quests, you actually rent/buy them in ravio's shop, as this means you can actually get every item in the game if you get enough rupees, which is a bit easier than most zelda games. Overall, this is my favorite zelda game, though that may change when if I ever play Wind Waker.
Number 9: Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal
Now, one thing I need to admit is that I am a Sony AND Nintendo fan, so you're gonna see both on this list, and I'm also a fan of THIRD person shooters, not first person, so you're also gonna see that too. Now, Up Your Arsenal is considered to be the best Ratchet and Clank in the series, and for good reason. This game had the perfect balance of Puzzles and Combat, and, like every other game in the series, had a huge amount of weapons. The platforming is at it's finest, the boss fights were great, the story wasn't confusing as hell, and had enough difficulty to satisfy you. While Crack in Time, Deadlocked, and Into the Nexus are close seconds as best Ratchat and Clank game, I personally like this game over the others because the arena is actually harder than the others and this game has a story that's not confusing. The game has puzzles that, although not incredibly difficult, are still entertaining, and the boss fights are still hard enough for you to do them over and over again until you succeed. The arena is still hard and fun, as in the arena you must do certain challenges under certain circumstances without dying, as if you die, you must start over or quit. The game has enough post game content to last for a while, and if you complete the game, you can play it again but with a bunch of add ons to it. Overall, this game is very fun for a Third person shooter/platformer.
Number 8: Infamous
Once again, I'm a sony fan. But yeah, I've mentioned before that I like Infamous a lot, and for good reason. When I first played this game, I could feel how dark the story was, and it had great gameplay with the electricity mechanics. The game is very different from most 3rd person shooters, as unlike most which you use a gun, you use lightning and electricity, as any attack you do will use up a meter for your electricity, such as lightning grenades, lightning blasts, lightnig from the sky, etc, and you can refil the meter by absorbing electricity from generators, cars, or any abject that uses up electricity. The story is that there is a virus spreading, so the government decides to quarantine empire city, the city which Cole MacGrath, the protagonist, lives in. There is a type of person called a conduit, a person with a power over something, and Cole MacGrath is a conduit who has powers over electricity, and with gangs growing in mpire city, he has to use his conduit powers to save the city. Along the way, he has to maintain a relationship, deal with betrayl and being heart broken multiple times, and has to fight his future self who goes back in time to prepare his past self to... you know what it's very complicated but I like storylines that are very complicated to understand. This game also is very unique with the karma system, a mechanic that make you good or evil depending on the things you do, and it will effect the storyline and types of electricity you use later on in the game. This game also screams darker themes, as there are multiple things in the game that makes it dark, such as gangs, post-apocalyptic-ness, murder, rape, and viruses, and every infamous game after this is made happier and brighter by a lot (though first light is kinda dark too). Also, this game seems to be a bit longer than Infamous 2 or second son, though that's just my opinion and 2/second son might actually be longer. Overall Infamous, and the rest of the series, is very unique, and it ranks at number 8.
Number 7: Cave Story
Now we're actually getting to the fantastic games on this list. Now with Cave Story, the game is actually, in my opinion, the best indie game of all time (unless you count number 5), and this game was a game completely made by one man, Pixel, and he made the sprites, coding, story, everything. This game I personally love because it combines a lot of classic NES and SNES games into one game, while giving a bunch of new innovations. This game was one of the very first, if not the first, examples of an indie game, as it showed it doesn't matter how many or who is maing a game, it can still be a great game. The game itself is fantastic, as it's sprites and 2D animations are great for graphics, and it's gameplay is very fun. The game may be a lot of trial and error (especially in hard mode, where one hit = basically a death), but it is very fun nonetheless. The game is a mix of Mega Man, Metroid, Ninja Gaiden, and Castlevania, except on a much larger scale and faster paced. And much harder too. The game is a 2D platformer/shooter, and it does a great job at both, and you are given the most insane of weapons throughout the game. The Game's story is probably the most or 2nd most complicated on the list, as there are multiple enemies with different purposes, a lot of lore, and lot of deaths (like if you cri evry tiem). In the game, you play as a robot named Quote, who has amnesia, and iss sent to a floating island to save the amiga race and stop the doctor. Overall the game is very hard and fun as a nice throwback to classics and ranks at number 7.
Number 6: Super Mario Galaxy
Now, I actually have played every main mario game except super mario 64, and even then, this will still probably be my favorite mario game. Yeah, Supr Mario Galaxy, im my opinion, perfected Mario platforming. The game is very fun for it's innovations and levels. The story is made to be a bit more complex than most other mario games. The game's planet/space physics are very innovative and fun, and the controls are very smooth that makes this game very easy and understandable to play. Also, while game does not give you any new moves or anything like that from beginning to end, yet there is a great feel of growth and satisfaction with the amount of power stars you get throughout the game, and the different types/variety of levels and power ups in the game gives the game a feeling that there's never a time where something feels recycled or used over and over again (something which Mario games usually have a bad job of doing). In Super Mario Galaxy, not only do you have to save Peach from bowser, but you also have to have to collect power stars and grand stars to power the comet observatory, the main hub world of the game, and you'll have help from Rosalina, the queen/pilot/whatever you call it of the comet observatory. The physics and controls of the game feels very smoothed out, and the game somehow captures the feeling of moving from planet to planet or having different types of gravity, and it feels very satisfactory too. Now. in case you were wondering, the only honorable mentions in best Marios games for me would be Galaxy 2, SMB3, and New Super Mario Bros.
Number 5: Minecraft
*Sigh* yes I like this game. Now, before you get mad about me putting this game high, just remember the only reason the game would be considered bad is because of the children fanbase, NOT the game itself. But anyways, when I found out about this game 2 years ago, my mind was blown about how big the game was and how much of a sand box it really was. The fact that you can pretty much do whatever you want in Minecraft, limited only by imagination, effort, internet, and how willing you are to get a mod in minecraft that you would risk getting a virus on your computer, but mostly imagination. The main point of the game is to mine, make a house, farm, mine, get all of the achievements, mine some more, craft, kill the ender dragon, and many, many more things. In the game you can do many things, even with just Vanilla, such as mine, kill living things, farm, make a house, and just a bunch of things you can do in real life, except there's a bit more illogical things in the game and you get some strange satisfaction from the things you do. Even just hearing a block break, you still have some strange satisfaction that is hard to find in other games. The amount of mods in the game is pretty much insane, and there's even mods that add whole types of items and mods and dozens different types of a lot of the blocks already in the game. The fanbase is a bit annoying sometimes (With the fanbase mostly filled with 8 and 9 year olds), but the amount of popularity the game has reached is insane, with many videos, songs, and series on youtube made just for that. In fact, minecraft is actually the 3rd best selling video game of all time, right behind Wii sports and Tetris. Even with a game like minecraft, with how simple it can be, it can still be very fun and very complex, and it ranks at number 5.
Now, these next 4 games are the games I consider to be the "Top Tier" of my favorites. Any of the next 4 games can easily be number 1, but it truly depends on my mood at the time, so I am mostly going to place these next four not only order of mood/preference, but also based on how they mean't to me my whole life and how much they effected my life as a whole. Yes, that's how much I like these games. These games, whether you like them or not, are my favorite games of all time, and I consider them masterpieces.
Number 4: Sonic Unleashed
If you have seen my top ten favorite sonic games, then you probably saw this coming. Also, due to time constraints and laziness, I am decided to copy paste why I liked this game from that top ten. ?
Now before I go on to say why I like this game, let me just ask you 3 questions: 1. Did you see this game coming? 2. Do you think this is one of the worst sonic games? 3. Doesn't the box art look extremely badass? Next, let's address the issues. Let me address the main complaints with this game. Yes, this game has lag, BUT ONLY FOR ONE LEVEL AND THAT'S ONLY FOR ADABAT DAY! Yes, this game had werehog levels which are basically beat'em ups, but I like those levels, and I'll explain why later. Yes, this game can be a little bit hard at times but if you're good at the game, it won't be as hard. Those are the all the complaints with this game.
Ok, you see, this game is what I like to call the TRUE end of the dark ages of sonic, and is the best sonic game of all time. The first thing that got me to like this game was the main theme song, Endless Possibilities. Now, without a doubt, Endless Possiblities is the best sonic songs of all time, though City Escape, His world (Zebrahead version), and Reach For the Stars are close seconds. The Endless Possibilities is the song that can really get you happy and hyped for something, which is what it did for me. Now, the graphics were FANTASTIC for its time, and are still the best games graphically (Generations sarcificed graphics for frame rate and Lost World is very close). The graphics on the PS3/360 have great detail, especially for the werehog, and the PS2 version had great graphics for the PS2 system too. This game was also the first game to use the hedgehog engine, a new Sonic game physics engine which was made for the newer consoles and was technically the last thing Yuji Naka, the father of sonic, created before leaving Sega. The hedgehog engine allowed for better graphics to be displayed and beautiful backgrounds to be displayed too. This game was also first Main Series sonic game to utilize the boost. The only 2 other sonic games to use this were Riders and Secret Rings, though they weren't really popular. The boost functions like this: after defeating enemies or collecting rings, you fill up the boost meter which allows you to boost extremely fast while being able to kill enemies while in the boost. This replaced spin dash, and it was a nice alternative since you didn't need to charge it up for a while to use it. However, the biggest reason why I like this game the same reason any SEGA fan should like any sonic game: Speed. This game is WAY faster than any sonic game. Faster than Rush, advance, Generations, Colors, or Secret Rings. Because of its speed, this makes this game harder, fast paced, and feeling like a roller coaster. Another great thing about this game is that in the PS3/360 version, you can literally level up your stats. I am not joking. After you kill an enemy, you gain experience, which you use to put in a particular stat, as for day stages you can increase you speed and boost meter, and for werehog you can boost strength, hp, combos, shield, and unleashed form.
Speaking of Werehog, this game tried to be innovative with beat'em up werehog sections. And it freaking worked. Now, I don't usually play beat'em ups that often, but this game's Werehog stages were great as they have huge, fun combos you can do and the werehog stages are a nice break from the fast paced Day stages, but that's my opinion. This game also has one of the best stories in all of sonic games, as the story gets kinda deep, but not too deep compared to 06. With a new character/sidekick in chip, this is sadly the only game he is in, as in the ending (SPOILER ALERT) he sacrifices himself to save sonic and the planet, and with the game as you learn more about him and start he's not as annoying as Omachao or Tails, you really do feel sad for the ending. The boss fights in this game are also pretty good, as since this game had platformer bosses and beat'em up bosses to work with, they got pretty good, though you do only get to fight Eggman's robots and Dark Gaia monsters, which, although are fun/slightly challenging to fight, there's not much else, as in no fights with any other types of monsters or other sonic characters, such as Shadow or Knuckles. This game, overall, is a masterpiece, and although it may not be my favorite game of all time, it is extremely close.
Number 3: Pokemon Black and White
Now this is by far one of the most underrated games of all time, and the best pokemon too. Now I am a huge fan of RPGs, and one of the biggest things a person would like about an RPG is story, and most other pokemon very lacking in that area (Bar B2W2, colleseum, xd gale of darkness, and the mystery dungeon games). Pokemon Black and White are also very great for the new pokemon in generation 5. Yes, while there are some pokemon people hate in Gen 5 *COUGH*stunfisk*COUGH*. But there are a bunch of original ideas that they never thought of before, such as Hydreigon, based off a hydra, Samurott, based on an otter, and, my favorite pokemon of all time, emboar, which is based off a pig and bacon, since it is literally cooked pig. In Pokemon Black and White, the story gets a bit more complex and very realistic, as the evil new team, Team Plasma, makes you think if pokemon battling is really just for fun and if all trainer in the pokemon-verse are really nice to their pokemon. In fact, a lot of people compare Team Plasma in pokemon to PETA irl. Pokemon Black and White also introduced many new things in pokemon battling itself, such as Triple Battles, Rotation Battles, and Dream World abilities, all of which gives pokemon battling a lot more possibilities itself. Now, something you may notice is that there is only the box art for pokemon white for the image. That's because while I haved played both games, I like Zekrom more than Reshiram, and White Forest more than Black City, though they still count as the same game. Pokemon Black and White also made a big graphical update over Gen 4, as while Gen 5 is also for the DS, there were still graphical improvements made, such the 3D buildings in the game felt a bit more 3D, the pokemon sprites were animated, and most of the animations for everything feels a bit more smoothed out and HD-ified. The only games that come close this are Pokemon XD Gale of Darkness, Pokemon B2W2, and Pokemon Red/Blue/Green, and if they made a 3ds/new 3ds remmake of Pokemon Red/Blue/Green, then that would probably be my favorite pokemon game (Mostly due to the fact that for some reason, I'm just not a fan of Firered/Leafgreen). Overall, Pokemon Black and White made a lot of innovations and improvements among pokemon games, and they still have a story that no other pokemon game can top, and this game ranks as my 3rd favorite game of all time.
Number 2: Kingdom Hearts 2
Seeing as though 2 of the DB blogs I've done so far are Kingdom Hearts related, and the fact that I've said that I am a huge fan of Kingdom Hearts, you probably saw this coming (unless this is thr first blog of mine that you've read, then you probably had no idea this game would be so high).
Number 1: Project M