Our Favorite Games of All Time

The staff here at Games-tec.com have taken the time to look back on our past gaming careers and see what games have meant the most to us.  The games we have grown up with and played have a big impact on our lives and who we are today as writers for this site.  Without further ado  here is our list of favorite games of all time.

James Nicholls

Okay, well, my favorite game has to be…Homeworld. It’s an old game, aging on about 13 years now (or 14 when we go into 2013.) The reason why I love this game so much is because of it’s very deep storyline which tells the journey of a race, who intentionally set off on a peaceful endeavor  which then swiftly killed off their home planet. The entire game from then on is an epic struggle for their survival and to bring justice to the evil empire that killed off their planet.

The lore for the game is superb, surpassing even the biggest games of today. It explains in vast detail of the protagonist’s past (who are as default the Kushan race) and how the empire (who are as default the Taiidan race) came into power and how it crumbled throughout the game. The game itself offers 16 colorful levels, a rich personality between the limited number of characters and a vast range of ships to build and control. From mission three onwards, you are always rooting for the good guys to come out alive and victorious.

What I also love about this game is it’s graphics and gameplay mechanics. Although the graphics are outdated today, at the time of its release, it was the first ever fully 3D RTS, surpassing even Starcraft in it’s appearance and becoming game of the year 1999. Even today, some of the graphics are still pretty good. You can clearly define what part of the ship is what, lets put it that way. The mechanics of the game is also brilliant, the combat mechanics, each turret turns to the target, each fighter scrambles out-of-the-way in different directions, and each target makes a big explosion when destroyed. It’s a fun thrill-ride of a game that also pulls on your emotions. Something that you, sadly, don’t see often in games today. But yeah, Homeworld, go get it if it’s available, it’s worth every penny, and still runs on Windows 7!

Kyle Gillespie

I Think when it comes to my favorite games, I go back to an old series of games, The Legend of Zelda, but my favorite game was not what may be what most considered the best in the series, but rather this game brought me the most enjoyment in my childhood.  My favorite game of all time is the Legend of Zelda Windwaker.

What makes this game so special to me was that it kind of shaped my childhood.  Before i had played Ocarana of Time and Majora’s Mask but they looked very bland when they were first introduced on the N64.  When Windwaker came out it was on the Gamecube and at the time, it was capable of producing phenomenal graphics by those standards.  And this game starts by being my favorite because of the graphics.  The way it was presented was great.  It had that smoothed over anime texture feel and that made it so much better to look at, and when you play a game it has a lot to do with how it looks when you play to how much you actually enjoy the game.

The gameplay was also great.  Like any other Legends of Zelda game it played very well and had all of the qualities that every Zelda game has.  Dungeons with puzzles to solve.  Cool new gadgets and weapons.  New characters that you fell in love with (The boat was quite hilarious).  It then added a whole new dimension into the game and that was exploration.  There were countless things to do as you went running around this huge map where you could fight pirates or search for lost treasure.  It made the game more valuable in the sense that it brought a whole new thing to do instead of the usual go around and save the princess kind of deal.

And then as an added bonus, there was the fact that when you started the game over after beating it once, you had this great Hawaiian shirt to wear throughout the rest of the game.  Nice to have a little easter egg in there once and awhile.

Abby Alferink

The game that I’ve chosen as my favorite game is Oni; created by Bungie West. The game was first released in 2001 which means that it’s quite old by today’s standards, but that doesn’t take away anything from the joy of playing this game. The main reason why I’m in love with this game can be summed up in 1 word: storyline. The storyline is pretty basic; you play as fresh out of training cop Konoko who then goes through several trials to find out the truth behind her past and to overcome the odds that aren’t in her favour.
As I said before, the main reason what makes this game so great is the fact that it’s got a great story line. The events of Oni take place in or after the year 2032 and by that point, the Earth has been polluted to the point that very little of the planet is actually habitable. Konoko starts out as a member of the TCTF, the universal task force that functions as the police but she soon finds out that there are certain things that her commanding officer hasn’t been telling her. This forces Konoko to turn against the people she knew and worked with and become a rogue agent in order to stop the Syndicate from taking over the planet. Along the way though, you have opportunity to read data consoles that give you more information behind characters, as well as seeing bits of foreshadowing information and events that took place before the game starts.

As mentioned before, the game was released back in 2001 which makes it 11 years old today and even though the graphics are a little outdated by today’s standard, it doesn’t take anything away from experience as you run through the story. The game seamlessly blends third person shooting with hand to hand combat. The first thing that you might notice when first playing the game is that a lot of it has the quirks of a Japanese manga or anime. The reason for this is that the developers were heavily influenced by the Anime ‘Ghost in the Shell’. What’s probably the best thing about this game is that it still runs on Windows 7 (or the PlayStation 2) but I should give you a fair warning. Should you choose to invest in this game, you’ll most probably encounter the problem that it won’t run right, but fear not! Luckily for the people who want to play this game (and for fans who’ve dusted of the CD-Rom) there is a community out there in internetland who have solved this problem and you can get the files you need for free. So yeah, Oni has to be my all-time favourite game.

Patrick Howlett

If I am going to narrow down my options to just one game to call my favorite, which believe me is a very hard thing to do, I’m going to have to say The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask.  Being the follow-up to Ocarina of Time, which is considered by many to be the best game in the franchise, the expectations were high.  Now, if you look at reviews by professional critics and magazine writers at the time, the game is well received and praised, but a lot of people from my generation (born in the early 90’s) don’t particularly like it.  The main reason for that, in my opinion, is that it’s not as obvious where to go in MM early on as it is in OoT.  In OoT, they tell you to see the deku tree and you are told

 on the way there to get a sword and shield, the only time in the game where you need to figure things out for yourself are the dungeons.  Here is one of the key differences in MM.  You need to navigate yourself through all of Termina, not just dungeons.  The only thing you are told is that you need to get your ocarina and which area to head to next.  Each area has an obstacle to get into that you need to overcome, such as using arrows to knock down ice to get into the mountain area.  This is the reason so many people never got past the first 3 day cycle and thus have less than fond memories of the game

The main area where this game shines for me is in the side stories.  All of the information about Termina is given to you through talking to the NPC’s and exploration.  You need to learn what happens within the 3 day cycle that you keep resetting and use that knowledge to progress.  The side stories are compelling are really fantastic.  You care about these people and learn their names (if they have one).  Side quests feel rewarding and you really get a sense of progression each time you get a mask or upgrade.  The gameplay is just as satisfying as it was un OoT, possibly even a little more improved.  The story is dark, dramatic, and compelling.  The game overall is fantastic and I have played it multiple times, taking on challenges, going for 100%, and just going as fast as I can.  The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask is a fantastic game and well worth the time and effort.

Carmelo Ildefonso

I’ve always been one of those people who can’t get enough of the games I play. If I have to pick one, it’s most likely going to be the one that really got me into video games, and that would be Chrono Trigger. This was one of those games I didn’t know I wanted. Actually, I really didn’t know I wanted it, because it was a Christmas gift from someone I didn’t even know was getting me a Christmas gift, as part of the Final Fantasy Anthology. I only played the PSX port, but it was enough to get me hooked instantly.

Ironically, I wasn’t really a huge fan of the 8-bit graphic scheme it presented at first. It was only really once I got into playing it that I started to enjoy the little things, the subtle nuances I found it could provide without any effort at all. It’s just got such a self-indulgent passion about it, that it realizes how great it is without having to tell you straight-out. And I REALLY didn’t understand, until after I started playing it, what those little things were. The story is immense in ways that other games of its generation envied then, and games

of the current generation still envy now. The music and sound effects were so spot-on that they drew you in without even trying. The characters and graphics all had personality to them that you could really only expect from Akira Toriyama. It’s all just executed so perfectly that it still has my jaw on the floor, to this day. I’m on what has got to be at least my 20th run of the story mode right now.

But I think the most important reason, the most important part of what makes Chrono Trigger such a fantastic game, is how it withstood the test of time. People still rave about it over two decades later, and that’s saying something. The newer gaming world is notorious for having so many games that really just aren’t that memorable. There’s plenty of reason to revisit them, but there aren’t a whole lot of memories that they make. Chrono Trigger is a game that I not only grew up with, but frequently use as my gold standard for which I can more easily pass fair and balanced judgment on the RPGs that have come out, not just before it but after it as well. Games like Final Fantasy XIII just don’t remind us of what it was like to unbox a truly timeless RPG for the first time. Chrono Trigger is one of only four games to have done that for me, and the rest are all Final Fantasy titles. (6, 7 and 9, for anyone curious as to what those are.)

Billy Martin

This is really hard to pick I mean really hard to pick. This spans across all consoles and all the years of my life. Picking a favorite game out of the twenty years of gaming that I have experienced and the generations I have seen evolve. This is a game that I can pick up and play time and time again and I’ll never forget just having picked it up and my cousin’s house. This game is the classic Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.

This game comes from a Golden Age or RPGs, this game came out for the super Nintendo and I was first introduced to it at my cousin’s house. This may be part of why I love this game so much. I remember my eldest cousin guiding me through beating the first boss which you need the fireball ability to stand a chance of defeating him. The characters in this game, some old, some new, are given a new life never before seen that redefined them forever and the new ones have made a lasting impression on the minds of everyone whoever played this game. I mean this game is still talked about today and people demand another Mario game just like it. I used to get all excited to go down to my cousin’s house to play this game, and Donkey Kong Country but that’s a story for another time. This is a game that has withstood the test of time, the gameplay can stand up and hold it’s own against modern gaming. The story is just as enjoyable now as it was back then. Though maybe some of this is coming from a nostalgic point of view but hey that’s the point of this article right?

I remember the first time I saw this game beaten and the really awesome parade at the end during the credits. Also the cameo’s and references that appear in this game to other huge hits of the time is a nice addition. I’ll never forget the first time I actually beat the game by myself. I had played it for two days got to like halfway one day and the second day spent pretty much all day getting from that point to the end of the game. There I am at the final stretch used up all my flower points all my flower point restoring items and just going all out using my basic attacks against the boss until BAM. I won. Greatest. Feeling. Ever. The fact that I remember such vivid details is exactly why I love this game and why it’s my favorite game of all time.

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