An update game is currently happening on Facebook and since it was about video games, I couldn’t help but join in the fun (being a self-proclaimed game junkie and all). Despite growing up drooling at my cousins’ latest consoles and not being able to play, there was still an opening for me to be able to experience playing a few memorable ones in my teenage years — ones that ultimately shaped the kind of preference and genre that I look for in most game nowdays.
I’ve already updated my own timeline with the games that made a huge impression on my life, but I wanted to expound on it more and explain why. So here are the 12 games that have made an impression on me and stuck so much that I wouldn’t mind playing them again:
Most probably this is the first game that I ever owned for myself. Back then, my brother had just received his own Nintendo DS (the very first one which could still play GBA cartridge games) and I would sneak it out at night to play FF Tactics underneath the blankets.
What I liked most about it was that the gameplay was turn-based, which gave me a lot of time to think and strategize my next move. I could also take some movements back, just in case. Wakfu, an MMORPG game that I liked a few years back, also had an identical battle system which I immensely appreciated and loved.
Most probably the best Nintendo DS game I’ve ever played, The World Ends With You was a revolutionary game during its’ time. It made use of the console’s strengths and the artwork was just gorgeous. I remember that even before the game’s release, DeviantArt was having a character art contest that I had the gall to join.
With all it’s amazing aspects, what struck me the most was the concept and the storyline. Being a tween looking up to Japan and its’ culture, TWEWY completely enamored me along with its’ quirky and soulful characters. Every plot twist had me at the edge of my seat and the ending made me feel hopeful about my own little world as well.
I don’t really remember why I ended up playing Golden Sun but I could proudly say that it was the first RPG game that I finished from start to end without anyone interfering or helping me out in the process!
Monster combat was never my greatest strength and it was definitely hard to battle them out, but what kept me playing was the puzzles along the way which you had to use Psynergy to overcome. In a way, this was what got me wanting to play puzzle games even more because of the challenging puzzles that littered almost the whole map.
Literally, every turn had a puzzle.
No matter what anyone else says about Ib, I believe that this RPG horror game is a classic in its own right. It was the first game that got me excited about the RPG horror genre and it was actually the start of my whole addiction to these kinds of games.
To me, it was so refreshing to find this game suddenly during a time when there was nothing else I could play. Back then, when you said PC games one would either mean DotA or other MMORPG that made me dizzy just by watching — yep, you can peg me with someone who has low tolerance for fast-paced games. Other than the music, the story itself is very interesting and you end up getting sucked into a bizarre world full of chase scenes and puzzles.
Another RPG horror classic, Mad Father was the second game I played shortly after Ib, and it did not dissapoint. If you get past the point in caring how Aya screams at every turn, you’ll find that getting butt loads of clues will help in trying to understand Aya’s seemingly simple but complicated character. Coupled with gory scenes and unexpected plot twists, I found the game really intriguing as to how it will end.
Needless to say, I literally stayed up the whole night finishing this one.
Who can ever forget their first Steam game? Eternal Senia not only has an absolutely great soundtrack, it has been the easiest game I’ve ever played due to it’s unique attack system (which beginners will love). But don’t count it as an ‘easy-peasy’ game either! It took me a while to finish it and I still have yet to complete all quests to attain perfection.
I’ve written a post-game feels post about it before which you can read here.
WHO DOES NOT LOVE THIS GEM OF A GAME? Seriously.
I was a bit late in joining the bandwagon, but even with all those gameplays I was still so mindblown by the whole concept. The music, the story, the characters — I can go on and on for hours singing praises about this one. Or you can just read my fangirl-ness here.
Dreaming Mary has a special place in my heart for being deceiving. Looking at the pink banners and cute characters, who would’ve thought that the game had a dark side to it? Nope, you wouldn’t. That is until you’re actually stuck at the point where you keep repeating the game again and again with no chance of escape.
The game uses the cuteness to its’ advantage when trying to pull off horror elements, and I have to admit, it works. It got me absolutely paranoid to the point that I’d be saving in every move.
If I were to ascribe the phrase “less is more” to any game, it would be this. LIMBO, in my honest opinion, doesn’t thrive in overly done graphics or breathtaking music — the game makes up for it with how long and difficult the puzzles are (and how many times you’d die trying to get it right).
What makes this game so special to me was that it tried my patience.It really did. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not too great on the running aspect but in LIMBO, timing was absolutely everything. There’s also no real story line to this game but when I reached the end, I just stared at my screen, dumbstruck.
If you haven’t, you guys have to seriously give this a go.
Taking a break from the horror genre, To the Moon has been the best drama filled RPG that I’ve ever played. It just had so many feels to it, that when you got to the bottom of things you would be asking yourself all those philosophical questions in life. When you get right down to it, the game’s premise of being able to alter your memories is such a bittersweet concept, I was crying at the very end.
It’s also worth mentioning that the script and dialogue is just moving. I don’t know about you guys, but you gotta give cookie points to good script writing.
If ever you’ve seen me go crazy at the arcade for rhythm games (DDR, Guitar Hero, etc), this is what started it all.
A friend of mine brought their PSP to my highschool fair one day and let me play one song. After that, I was pining away for my own game because I couldn’t get it out of my head. Other than exercising your hand-eye coordination, DJ Max houses a lot of good music that I could listen to for hours on end! I’ve never gone past 4 buttons tho, but I love being able to catch all the beats.
I know I sound like a hypocrite because I’ve never beaten the game, but Persona 4 is just so so so so good! Even if the battles were repetitive and the boss battles seemed unbeatable, I was hanging on because the storyline was just so damn good to drop. It felt like reading a good book that you couldn’t put down till you got to the very end (which I haven’t yet *sob*).
It also helps that my brother’s a total fanboy for this too! We had our own separate save files but we competed in almost everything — how far we’ve gone, how many personas we had, or how much we’ve leveled up on a certain friendship. Not to mention how we’d argue on who we ship the main character with (I personally like Yuu and Chie).
And that’s it! If you haven’t played these games before, I really recommend you give them a go because 11/10 would play again!