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My top 5 most influential games.

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cyberpunknut said...
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I've been gaming for over 2 decades, seen lots of great games come out but these 5 probably stick out for being games that made me come back for more.

Ace Combat 4: I detest flight sim games, so when I received this with my PS2 after purchasing it from a friend who needed the cash I immediately looked for a way to get rid of it. My friend kept telling me to try it, and that it wasn't just a "flight sim." Sure enough I started playing and couldn't put it down. Got every S rank on every difficulty, every plane, every weapon and still kept coming back to it. The story, graphics, gameplay, and music were all so good it was difficult for me to find a glaring fault with the game. It also provided one of the biggest ego trips ever, listening to enemy forces become terrified when they find out you are in the sky. Flying toward megalith and hearing your squad give out the mobius call sign is one of my most memorable moments in gaming.

Mega Man 2: This game came out when I was in middle school. I traded a walkman for it and didn't miss that walkman one bit. Back then walkmans were a pretty big deal. I couldn't afford many games at the time but Mega Man 2 was on its own was enough to keep me playing my NES for days on end without getting bored. I still have my cart plugged into my NES (a toploader because my old one finally crapped) and take it for a spin frequently.

Phantasy Star 2: This was my first RPG, a genre I initially had no interest in at first. From the moment the bouncy music starts up and you are greeted with the "Save girl" I was hooked. I remember being shocked when Darum ends up murdering his own daughter, narrowly escaping from a ship that ended up destroying Palma, and of corse the death of Nei which was totally unanticipated. Neis death was one of the first times I remember getting upset at a game. Mainly because it was kind of strange how the clone clowns could resurrect her before when she died, but said that cloning "just doesn't work" on non humans after the battle with neifirst. This game not only made me an RPG fan, but also a sci fi junkie.

Super Mario Brothers 3: This game came out the summer just before my 8th grade year of middle school. It was lent to me the morning before the first day of class and ended up being the first game I pulled an all nighter with. I beat the game in one sitting (didn't use a warp whistle) and was stunned when I saw the morning sun creep through my window as I was watching the ending. This would be the first of many all nighters I spent with a game, something I thought i'd never do because I happen to love sleep. Good thing the game was so good and had enough depth to keep me exploring throughout that night. Even after I beat the game I continued to go back to it and do so to this day.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night: Couldn't wait for this game, ended up importing the japanese version the moment it became available. I was typically wary of becoming to hyped for a game as they're usually never as good as your mind anticipates them to be. This is still the one instance where the game was actually better than I thought it could possibly be. The graphics, especially the animation on Alucard were amazing. Alucard felt so fluid and graceful he was such a joy to control. The music is some of the best I've ever heard, still have a complete copy of the soundtrack on my mp3 player now. It offered so much depth that I spent months exploring just for the sake of obtaining different items and weapons to torture enemies with. I own several copies of this game (PS import and US, Xbox live, PSP) and never get tired of it.


Mega Man 2

Mega Man 2 (NES)

Genre/Style: Shooter/Platform Shooter
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Phantasy Star II

Phantasy Star II (GEN)

Genre/Style: Role-playing/Third-Person 2D RPG
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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PS)

Genre/Style: Action/Side-Scrolling Platform
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Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies

Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies (PS2)

Genre/Style: Simulation/Flight Combat Simulation
Release Date: 13/SEP/01
Super Mario Brothers 3

Super Mario Brothers 3 (NES)

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