I’ve been playing video games since I was a little girl – I grew up in a house where we were just always involved in them. Between the Super Nintendo, the N64, and when my step brothers would bring over their Playstation 1, I got cultured. Not to mention computer games and Gameboy games. These are just a list of some of my favorite video game series:
There are so many different Mario games out there, and I love most of them. Mario is so iconic, and I feel everyone has had to have played at least one Mario game.
- Mario Party
- Mario Kart
- Super Smash Brothers
- Super Mario Brothers
- Super Mario World
Donkey Kong Country 2 was my favorite video game to play as a kid. I absolutely loved it. We used to play two player all the time, and still to this day, I’m a pro at it. The problem is I never found all of the specials, but I got real close.
Donkey Kong Country 2 Synopsis: The story revolves around Diddy Kong and his girlfriend, Dixie Kong, who try to rescue Donkey Kong after he is abducted by King K. Rool. –Wikipedia
Who didn’t know what Star Fox 64 was growing up? “Do a barrel roll!” Peppy’s pep talks and Slippy always getting himself in trouble, not to mention Falco’s attitude. It was a challenge at times, no save point, you had to start it with the intention to finish it. Not that it took that long, but it was a fun challenge. Star Fox Adventures was also a load of fun, and I loved playing it on the Gamecube. Took Fox to land for the first time, at least outside of a land rover.
Star Fox 64 Synopsis: Star Fox 64 is set on a group of planets in the Lylat system. … A few years later, Andross launches an attack across the Lylat system. Defending Corneria, Pepper summons the Star Fox team, now consisting of Fox, Peppy, Falco Lombardi and Slippy Toad. –Wikipedia
I remember being in Elementary school and hearing people talking about The Sims, but having no idea what it was. And then as I got older, I got the chance to play my first Sims game, on the Gamecube. I loved it. It’s oddly addicting just being in control of someone else’s life, and making them fall in love – or killing them, that was a thing, too (goodbye ladder in pool) – it was easy to kill hours at a time just playing it.
This is honestly my favorite video game series. Whenever I got my Xbox 360, my one step brother had brought over a few games. Fallout 3 had been one of them. I played it, and played it, and played it some more. I became obsessed with it. You could spend hours just interacting with the world, there was so much to explore, so many missions to do. Even if you beat the game, there were a ton of side quests. And I LOVED the story behind it, because it’s oddly something I could see actually happening – makes it more terrifying. I also loved playing New Vegas, which was on par with 3, except slightly glitchier. Fallout 4 is also really great, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to play that as often as I would like.
Fallout 3 Synopsis: In the far future where Earth has become a devastated wasteland, you are the child of the noted scientist James in the underground Vault 101 that is in the Washington DC area. Upon reaching adulthood, your father has mysteriously disappeared into the outside for some unknown purpose. –IMDB
The ultimate zombie game. With the exception of the most recent game (which I haven’t played, but I’ve seen playthrough’s of it, and have friends say it’s awesome), Resident Evil hadn’t really come out with a great plot since Resident Evil 4. But the first game is the best out of them all. Between it having an ominous vibe the entire time, it’s based entirely on strategy, and if you mess up early on, you’re basically screwed later on.
Resident Evil 1 Synopsis: The game’s plot follows Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine, members of an elite task force known as S.T.A.R.S., as they investigate the outskirts of Raccoon City following the disappearance of their team members. – Wikipedia
I do have to admit, I never really played much of this. However, despite that, it’s a favorite series because I absolutely love the story. It’s creepy, and the original was also groundbreaking for this genre in the video game world. I also watched a playthrough of the first game, and tried to play it on an emulator once. Didn’t get far. I actually have a Silent Hill collection for my Xbox 360, and I tried to play it one day, but got myself creeped out and lost very quickly. I’ll probably return to it someday.
Silent Hill 1 Synopsis: Silent Hill, Maine is a quiet American resort town known for its very peaceful ambiance, but the memories of a tragic house fire seven years ago, in which a girl named Alessa Gillespie “died”, still haunts the town and the townsfolk. Having had his wife Jodie die of a disease four years ago, Harry Mason is a single parent with an adopted daughter Cheryl. Harry is still in grief from Jodie’s death and to help his mental state, Cheryl begs him to take a relaxing vacation to the resort town of Silent Hill, and Harry gives in…. (read the rest here)
Whenever my step brothers would visit with the PS1, I remember this game being a thing. I think we may have rented it, and for the longest time I completely forgot about it. Until I tried downloading an emulator on my old computer, and rediscovered it. I remember the second one more vividly, but it was a lot of fun, and the story was interesting. Plus, dinosaurs.
Dino Crisis 1 Synopsis: The story of Dino Crisis takes place on a fictional location known as Ibis Island in the year 2009. The Secret Operation Raid Team (SORT) has sent an agent, Tom, to investigate a research facility. During the recon mission, he learns that Dr. Edward Kirk, a world-renowned scientist who was reported dead three years ago, is leading a secret weapons project within the facility. SORT sends four agents (Regina, Gail, Rick, and Cooper) to acquire Kirk and return him to custody. The team arrives on the island under cover of darkness, dropping in via parachute. Cooper is blown off course and lands in the jungle away from the others. Lost in the dark, he is chased down by a Tyrannosaurus and eaten. The other three agents, unaware of his death, proceed with the mission. –Wikipedia
I never played the second game, or the third. But the first one, for me, was ground breaking because it came out before a lot of other horror games and it had such a different and interesting story. While the graphics aren’t that impressive now, at least for gameplay, the actual cut scenes were and are still impressive for it’s time. The Japanese really know how to come up with crazy fucked up ideas.
Parasite Eve 1 Synopsis: The story follows an intelligent half-white half-Japanese New York City police officer named Aya Brea, and her struggle against an ancient evil called “Eve” threatening humanity, animals, and all life on Earth. The horrifying bond between Aya and Eve will continue until one of them dies. The player, as Aya Brea, must hunt down the biological entity known as Eve, as well as mutated monsters along the way. The player must upgrade Aya’s weapons and hidden mitochondrial powers to save New York City. (read more here)
I’ve also mentioned this game before, as it was one of the first horror games I ever played. While Diablo 1 wasn’t played as much, and I have vague memories of it, Diablo 2 was really where it was at. This game was still very popular all the way up until Diablo 3 came out, over 15 years later. Between customization, defeating evil, and battling other players online, there was so much you could do in this game, that people begged Blizzard for Diablo 3. Sadly, I don’t think it’s on the same level as the second game, but it still is a lot of fun. The story just isn’t as engaging, I feel.
Diablo 2 Synopsis:
Diablo II takes place after the end of the previous game, Diablo, in the world of Sanctuary. In Diablo, an unnamed warrior defeated Diablo and attempted to contain the Lord of Terror’s essence within his own body. Since then, the hero has become corrupted by the demon’s spirit, causing demons to enter the world around him and wreak havoc.
A band of adventurers who pass through the Rogue Encampment hear these stories of destruction and attempt to find out the cause of the evil, starting with this corrupted “Dark Wanderer.” As the story develops, the truth behind this corruption is revealed: the soulstones were originally intended to imprison the Prime Evils after they were banished to the mortal realm by the Lesser Evils. – Wikipedia
What are some of your favorite video game series?
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