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Sunday, February 11, 2007
A quick list of my top 5 favorite video game franchises.

I am an avid video game player. I have been since I was about 5. For as long as I can remember, I've loved sitting in front of the TV and letting the interactive experiencing I am...umm...experiencing, take me away to a place where I'm totally relaxed and completely removed from this world for a while.

Without thinking about this topic for more than 5 minutes, I came up with this list. As of right now, they're in no particular order. Just know that whenever these franchises come out with a new game in the series, I always buy it.

It's no secret that I wish I was a hitman. I seriously think about it every day. I mean who wouldn't want the cold hearted ability to just take out a scumbag and earn a living doing it? If it wasn't for the fact that I'm not very strong, kind of a pretty boy, not very athletic, a Christian, and too honest for my own good, I'd probably be a hitman. Thank God for Eidos. The Hitman series allows you to work for "The Agency" and take assignments in locations all over the world. From Columbian druglords, to racist Louisianian boat captains. I love the various weaponry and methods you can choose to use throughout your mission. Do you use a fiber wire to silently take out your mark, or do you use a sub-machine gun an systematically take out everyone in the entire level? The choice is yours.


This is an entry that pains me. It pains me because these franchise of games is temporarily not being made anymore. Since Satan, aka EA Games, bought the rights to make the ONLY NFL licensed game for the next 7 years, 2K sports has stopped making the NFL2K series of games. These games were the most fun, best looking, and deepest football games on the market. From the initial game on the Sega Dreamcast, to the last in the series (for now) on the XBOX, these games beat the shit out of Madden in every category possible. Rumor has it that 2K games is making an "NFL Legends" game, to compete with EA's Madden franchise. I hope this is true, as I want to cut my own hands off when I slide my credit card over to the cashier every year to buy Madden.

The first time I saw a screenshot for the original Splinter Cell game on XBOX, I remember thinking that someone screwed up and must have accidentally put a picture from a movie instead. The Splinter Cell games have been, by a loooooooooongshot, the best looking games on ANY platform. Not only do they look great, but they play great too. You play as a secret government merc, sent out to stop some sort of terrorists somewhere on Earth. The storylines are always deep and immersive. But the things that set this series apart are the stealth style gameplay. The point is not to enter a room and kill 50 guys. The point is for you to go undetected the entire time. Whether it be to steal some data, kill someone, rescue someone, or whatever. The point is to keep it quiet, and use your super cool equipment to get the job done. I've yet to play the latest in the series, but it is sitting here right in front of me. I just know when I finally do decide to pop it in, I'm going to become Sam Fisher.

When I was 12, I popped Metal Gear into my Nintendo. I don't really remember getting to the end of that game, but I do remember that it was cool. Real cool if you know what I mean. Smoking cigarettes cool in fact. That's right, back in 1987 before everyone got their panties in a bunch about EVERYTHING, this game had cigarette smoking as one if it's features. Now, 20 years later, the Metal Gear Solid franchise is far and above any other franchise on any console. Graphics, gameplay, story, and inventiveness, the MGS series continue to set the bar so high, that other games spend years trying to duplicate it, only to fail miserably. When a new MGS game comes out, I don't beat it once or twice. I download the FAQ and beat that sonofabitch 4 to 5 times. The story changes everytime you play it, and you also get more and more cool weapons and gadgets every time you beat it. Nothing like earning the "invisibility" option, walking up behind an unsuspecting bad guy, planting some C4 on his belt, making yourself visible, holding him up at gunpoint, then watching him piss his pants, then telling him to walk ahead of you, then hitting the detonat button for the C4 on his belt. MGS 4 will be the ONLY reason I buy a PS3.

Did you expect me to leave of the company responsible for making the Star Wars video games? Come on. Look at the url of this website. Now I admit, there have been some HUGE stinkers from the boys over at Lucasarts, but there's also been some really good Star Wars games too. On a whole, even the best of the Lucasarts games aren't that great. But I love Star Wars okay? And until I get cast on the new Star Wars television series, this will be the closest way for me to participate in the Star Wars galaxy. Despite some of the bad games, they really do all start out with good intentions. Force Commander was probably the worst game, but again, it started off as a great idea. Who wouldn't want to control a massive Imperial or Rebel army, and invade a planet? The imagination and creativity behind these games are phenominal, and because of the fact that I love Star Wars so much, I will try every game that Lucasarts releases. I'm looking forward to the new "force" game that they're working on right now. Not much has been said about it, but apparently it's the most advantageous and aggressive Star Wars game ever. And since the newer consoles have so much power under the hood, this game is poised to be something special.
posted by Ricky @ 7:27 PM  
  • At 2/12/2007 08:22:00 PM, Blogger Smith said…

    My fav 5 you ask? well here you go..

    1)E.T. (Atari version) I remember it well playing it at my aunts house.

    2) Pitfall!

    3) Master Blaster (Nintendo)

    4) Super Mario Brothers

    5) And there was this one that I played on the computer (does that count Ricky?) I can't remember the name but it was this little guy that would run around and do stuff. Can't be more specific than that. SHIT! This is going to bother me FOREVER now! I can picture it in my head, but can't see what the little guy would do! SHIT! DOUBLE SHIT!


  • At 2/13/2007 08:38:00 AM, Blogger Ricky said…

    Are you aware of the fact that the ET game by Atari is far and wide considered the worst video game ever made? Atari actually drove 500,000 copies of the game out to the Nevada desert and buried them somewhere.

    As for your other game, I have NO clue what game that is. Sounds fun though. "running around and doing stuff". Exciting!

  • At 2/19/2007 08:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Awesome that you mentioned your buddy Mike when talking about LucasArts. What a pal you are!

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