10. Tekken Tag Tournement 2
LET'S START THIS OFF WITH A FIGHTING GAME! Okay, I'm not a huge fan of fighting games. I've only just been getting into games like Soul Calibur and Street Fighter. After wanting to get into the fighting genre, a friend of mine recommended that I start with Tekken. The first game I could find was Tekken Tag Tournement 2. The controls are great, the graphics (Like most modern fighting games) are great, with fluid action, and they have a wide selection of characters to choose from, as well as a variety of stages. I mean, THEY HAVE A SNOOP DOG STAGE. I'M NOT EVEN KIDDING. My favorite combination is Xiaoyu and Marduk. Fight me.
9. Left 4 Dead 2.
I will be the first one to admit that the Left 4 Dead franchise is given too much praise. Zombies in general are overrated. But, you know what? This game is pretty fun. As one of four survivors in a zombie apocalypse, you blaze your way through hoards of the undead, with a huge variety of guns, not to mention weapons like Molotov cocktails, pipe bombs, chainsaws and even a katana. Also, there are special zombies such as The Witch, who if startled can kill you in a blink of an eye, The Tank, who could wipe out your entire team if there isn't a group effort to kill it, and The Jockey, who will hump you into you become incapacitated. Lovely cast we have here, right? Of all the zombie games I've ever played, I actually felt a challenge in Left 4 Dead 2, not to mention that you need all four of your members in your party to put in a group effort in order to survive. Overrated, yes. A good game, of course.
8. Batman: Arkham Asylum.
As a fan of superheroes, you could expect that I've played a lot of superhero-based games. And although I believe that Marvel wins movie-wise, DC has conquered the gaming world with it's Batman series. I mean, it's Batman. Out of all the Batman games, I think I appreciate Arkham Asylum the most. Not only does one of my favorite DC characters, Harley Quinn, get a back story (Which is oddly fitting, by the way), but the aspect of action is well done. Once again, I love The Joker in this, being an odd mix of Heath Ledger's threatening side and Jack Nicholson's comedic side. I'm also glad to see The Scarecrow and Bane in this version as well (Though it does bother me that Bane can be defeated so easily). Want more reason on why I love this game? IT'S BATMAN!
7. The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.
Ah, Bethesda. You never fail to disappoint me. Out of all the games in the Elder Scrolls series, Skyrim takes the golden crown. You could see that this is a step up from Oblivion, and the previous Elder Scrolls games. The graphics are stunning. The main story is great. I never get bored of the endless amount of side quests and characters. The weapons are badass. The RPG aspect of creating your own character is amazing (The amount of detail that you can put into your character are astounding. Not one character can look alike). The action is fluid and well-fitting, and the addition of stamina was defiantly an improvement from Oblivion. The game, I can admit, was a bit glitchy the first time around, but it never bothered me that much. I would put an 'arrow to the knee' joke here, but I have too much respect for this game. I hope Elder Scrolls Online can live up to the glory of Skyrim.
Another popular game. Though, this time it's understandable. Sometimes, you don't need a coherent plot or well-developed characters to make a good game. Sometimes, a simple game about someone attempting to survive in a harsh, yet beautiful world is all you need. And this, is Minecraft. Out of all the games on this list, I find myself coming back to Minecraft the most. Why? There is so much to do. In Creative Mode, you can build enormous homes and structures with no limits. In Survival Mode, you're on a quest to survive, trying to maintain a home, food, and weapon supply, without being killed by creatures such as spiders, zombies, skeletons, and exploding green creatures called Creepers. And if you play in multiplayer mode, you can kill your friends, steal their belongings and burn down their houses! Fun!
For this one, I'm going with both Penumbra: Overture and Penumbra: Black Plague. I ranked Penumbra as number two on my Top Ten Survival Horror Games list (Which you should totally go read even though it was written two years ago and my opinion has greatly changed, with the exception of Penumbra), so I won't go into detail as I did on that list. Although most people praise Frictional Games' "Amnesia: The Dark Descent" as the scariest game ever made, I think it's previous game series, Penumbra, took more risks in it's terrifying creatures and atmosphere, and it worked. Penumbra created likable characters, and even an interesting story to follow along your horrifying adventure. Sorry, Amnesia. Penumbra is the superior game, in my case.
4. The Walking Dead/The Last of Us.
Okay, this one is a tie. And honestly, these two are very similar. Both revolve around people attempting a survival a zombie apocalypse, with the main character being a man who has to watch over and protect a young girl. And both games are absolutely wonderful. For once in a zombie apocalypse game, the story mostly revolves around the character's dilemmas, with the zombies as an afterthought. And it's very refreshing to see that. In both games, the main characters, as well as the side characters, are very relatable and seem like actual people, instead of stereotypes. The Walking Dead's graphics seem more stylized than The Last of Us', whose graphics leans more to the realistic side, and both are great. These are two zombie games that will always have a little spot in my rotting heart.
3. Pokemon FireRed
Gotta' catch 'em all, right? Pokemon was one of the first games I've ever played, with FireRed being the first. This was the game that sparked my interest in gaming. With the unpopular Bulbasaur as my starter (Who I named Cabbage. Original, amiright?), I went on countless battles, collected all eight gym badges, defeated Team Rocket and the league champion, and thrusted my middle finger in the face of my rival, who I named Asshat. Yup, I was a mature one.
2. Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
Oh boy...I know people are going to complain that I chose this over Ocarina of TIme. Honestly, I enjoyed this one more than I did with Ocarina of Time. Playing as our favorite little guy from Hyrule, Link, you fall into a parallel world known as Termina, where you must retrieve a valuable mask that has been stolen in three days. With the power to reset time, you must unravel the mysteries of The Skull Kid demon and a threatening moon who seems to be inching ever so closer to the land. Not only did I find myself being terrified of this game (I was seven when I first played it.), I found myself captivated by the atmosphere and the colorful characters that you come across on your journey. The graphics have an interesting style to it, that most seem to dislike, though I find myself enjoying it. Ocarina of Time, you're nothing short of a great game, but in my opinion, I like Majora's Mask more.
This includes both Portal 1 and 2, for the two wouldn't have the same effect if you didn't play both. Playing as a test subject named Chell, you are forced to go through countless tasks by a psychotic AI known as GlAdOs. The tests revolve around a portal gun attached to your arm, which gives you an ability to teleport yourself to different areas of the map. Through the game, you are given a companion cube to resolve your loneliness, and in the second game, you must play alongside a talkative, dimwitted morality core known as Wheatly. For the first game, I adore the atmosphere. You are alone, for the most part, except for GlAdOs occasionally telling you that you are a worthless piece of human trash. The gameplay in Portal 1 is more challenging than Portal 2 as well. As for Portal 2, it is more story-driven than Portal 1, giving some more back story to the fall of Aperture Science, as well as some more character out of the main antagonist, GlAdOs. Valve has always been one of my favorite companies game-wise because of it's ability of giving so much character to the person that you play as, without having the player speak. Their character is portrayed through their actions, as well as from the dialouge of other characters (Mostly GlAdOs and Wheatly). The ending themes and soundtrack are amazing, the graphics are stunning, the characters are amazing, the gameplay is top notch. And this is why the Portal franchise is my favorite.