To kick off the best of the best, this is a game that is an absolute pleasure to play. But it is also very cinematic and you can't help but get sucked into this complex story. This game from 2001 presented great realism back then and even today. I also believe this game is one of the best sequels in video game history by improving many aspects from the predecessor which was an already great game. At the #10 spot is........
This will be a grand announcement all the way from number 10 to the almighty number 1 greatest game of all time. I will post each game one at a time starting from number 10. I will first explain why this game is in my top 10, and then reveal the game by clicking "read more". Don't expect any hints right now. I definitely don't want to spoil anything at all. Keep checking back to The Game Change for the next game on the list of the best.
This new series, and yes another new series, I will be giving out free gaming history lessons since I have a passion of the history. Id Software is a game developing company founded in 1991 by the famous John Carmack and John Romero. They revolutionized the first person shooter genre with the classics like Wolfenstien 3D, Doom, and Quake. Now Wolfenstein 3D was originally on PC and was ported to home consoles like the Atari Jaguar, Panasonic 3DO, and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. With the SNES port, Nintendo butchered the game by making it less violent than Id's original work. Id was not happy about this, and they even wanted revenge. So Id gives the codes of Wolfenstein 3D to a biblical and religious video game developer Wisdom Tree to produce their own game. I use the term "produce their own game" loosely since it played pretty much exactly like Wolfenstein 3D. The result is Super Noah's Ark 3D by Wisdom Tree. This game was a joke, literally. Super Noah's Ark 3D was just made as a joke to Nintendo to say "in your face". Why would this bother Nintendo? Well Super Noah's Ark 3D is the only unlicensed (not approved by Nintendo) SNES game. By attaching the cartridge to a licensed SNES game, the game play on the console. Hacking at its finest! I hate to disappoint you, but this story is all a joke too! This myth is only a legend created by gamers alike and not true. But I still get a kick out of it.
The blueprint for all future Zelda games. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past has a vast open world to explore with perhaps the best dungeons of the entire series. Nintendo took the formula of the original Zelda and added a full scale map, more diverse dungeons, more and better items, and an overall better experience. One aspect that doesn't seem to get brought up is the less cryptic secrets compared to the original Zelda. In a Link to the Past, there is always some sort of clue to finding secrets weather it be heart pieces, rupees, or items. And to put a cherry on top is the fantastic and lively open world. It is my favorite open world to explore in the entire Zelda series. And nevertheless, this might be my favorite Zelda installment in the franchise.
I can't wrap my head around that this game has a 95 on Metacritic. Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec is just plain overrated. The visuals, car designs, and soundtrack are really good, but that's all. The controls are awkward and sluggish. When you move left (or right), you are locked in moving left until you move right. You try it for yourself and see how it is. Because of that I can't enjoy Polyphony's third installment in the Gran Turismo series. But I must be seeing things because I think I'm the only one who's mentioned this. You might say that I need a better car (since I just started playing), but that right there is another problem. Any racing game should never be that dependent on the car selection. That is a life lesson on racing games.
I feel like it's a crime if I don't award Super Mario Bros a perfect 10\10. It is by far the most revolutionary game of all time. Simply because there would be no video games today without this NES classic. We should also take notice that this game is a heck of a lot of fun. In 1985, Super Mario Bros started the long running side scrolling trend that would dominate the NES library. Stomping on famous enemies, the secrets, the adventurous feel, and the clever level designs were only a hint on why Super Mario Bros is a masterpiece.
Halo: Combat Evolved nearly perfected the first person shooter genre. In fact, it defined the genre. Bungie took everything from all the other classic FPS games like Doom, Quake, and Goldeneye 007 into one tremendous game. With great weapons, multi-player, and fun factor, Halo is the killer app that pretty much sold all Xbox consoles. 9.4\10 Incredible
Sorry I haven't posted a blog in a long time. That's okay because I'm back and better than ever with my new Gaming Conclusions; which I want copyrighted. What they are is basically a game review, but they are short and get to the point. I have three posted on Metacritic which I will post here. However some conclusions will be posted exclusively on The Game Change. To sum up where I've been the past weeks not posting blogs, I was simply getting tired of writing long blogs. I felt like I couldn't find anything good enough to write about. And many times I felt like I was just repeating myself. I was thinking to start reviewing, but I wanted something to get right to the point. So that's how the Gaming Conclusions were established. Check in for gaming conclusions and happy gaming folks.
(Don't get confused about the lack of an introduction. When I mention companies announcements, I will also take into account the gameplay showed after the press conference.) Electronic Arts rocked E3 out of the water, according to many gamers. The hype train has arrived at EA. Battlefield 4 is making CoD Ghosts look like it's nothing. From my perspective, it's looks good, but it seems like the standard first person shooter. However the multi-player looks promising. Other announcements include Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Madden NFL 25, Mirror's Edge 2, a new Star Wars Battlefront, and Need for Speed Rivals. I had no idea Mirror's Edge had a cult following, but once again hype is present in this announcement. Need for Speed Rivals took the show for me. The "revolutionary" multi-player is something to watch for and a buy for me this holiday season. Ubisoft did just as well according to gamers as well. I'm not too hyped though. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Watch Dogs, and Tom Clancy's The Division were Ubisoft announcements at E3.