Monday, April 7, 2008

10 Games I Want To Go Through Again

  1. Super Metroid
  2. Final Fantasy
  3. Final Fantasy IV
  4. Final Fantasy VI
  5. Chrono Trigger
  6. Secret of Mana
  7. Star Tropics
  8. Dragon Warrior II
  9. Dragon Warrior III
  10. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Interestingly enough, all of these games are from the SNES or NES. While I wholeheartedly believe the N64, Gamecube, Wii, Playstation 1/2/3, Xbox/360 consoles all hold their own with games, very few of them make me think "man, I really want to play through that game again."

Maybe it's just that it's been awhile, maybe it's just the nostalgic factor of playing these games, maybe it's just remembering them as better than they are...

Nope. Those games are all as fun today as they were when they came out. Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy I, IV and VI are still as amazing to play through; I'm still awed by how complex those games are in both story and gameplay. Secret of Mana is just incredible from the start of a boy who pulls a rusty sword from a tree stump to visiting the mana tree in the forest to sinking the continent (this game still sells for $50+ on ebay). Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past created so much that is now essential in every Zelda game - boss battle tactics, level designs, weapons and items - this game created all of those now legendary Zelda traits. Actually, I don't think I've ever played through that game in it's correct order - I always do the dungeons out of order, which I just think is awesome. Dragon Warrior II and III each introduced new levels of gameplay, from being able to add/remove party members whenever you wanted in Dragon Warrior III to picking up party members as you go through the story in Dragon Warrior II. Star Tropics introduced the idea of shoving bananas in your ears to stop evil space overlords from talking to you...

And Super Metroid. Yes, I am willing to classify this as the greatest action game ever created - potentially even the greatest game ever created. I cannot think of a single fault with the game from it's design, gameplay, execution, and replayability. The game is as close to perfect as any game has ever come. Even the length is near perfect. Sure, for an RPG you want hours of gameplay and story development, for but a side-scrolling action game, 2-3 hours is the perfect length. You move from area to area before you get bored, you upgrade fast enough that you don't feel like you're not advancing, and the game never says "you must do this next" - if you can do it, go for it. I've played through it numerous times and never once said "y'know, this isn't that fun, I want to play something else." It's always fun to play through because it's done so well. Every time I finish playing through it, I feel good. The game is just that amazing.

By the end of the year, I would like to have gone through each of these games again. Some I can easily go through in a day (Super Metroid takes about 2 hours to pass, Star Tropics takes even less than that) while others will take a couple of days (Final Fantasy VI and Dragon Warrior III can each take upwards of 40 hours to complete). It may seem drastic to want to play through so many time-consuming games, but these games are what made me love gaming; these games are about problem solving and following characters you love.

These games are what make me proud to be a gamer. They're fun, sometimes challenging, require patience, problem solving, attention to detail, dexterity, reading comprehension and persistence. They're what gaming is all about; they're about taking some time and having fun.


Theo said...

I want to go through those games now.

-->jeff * said...

that's a good group of games and with good explanations.

Christmas vacation is never official for me until i go through the original 'the legend of zelda.'

Jen said...

I've bought Portal. Playing it tomorrow.