Games

It's infinitely hard to compile a list of my favorite games across multiple systems, so I've grouped them into the different platforms.


Top 10 Sega Genesis Games



1) Shining Force: Legacy of Great Intention

When I was younger, I remember going with my Mom and Dad to Wal-mart and seeing a PC compilation in a bargain bin that contained both Sega Smash Pack volumes, and I had to have it! At that point, I think I had sold off my original Genesis (a move I'm ashamed of to this day) and was ready for some more Sonic. My parents relented, and I came home to pop the CDs in our old Windows 98 computer. 

One of the games on the Smash Packs was Shining Force and once I turned it on, I knew I was in for something special. At that point, I had never played an RPG or knew what one was, and SF introduced me to the genre that I love to this day. When I was very young, I don't think I made it very far, but by junior high, I had played it a couple of times and it might have been the first game I played and beat from beginning to end. I still remember emerging from the computer room after beating Dark Dragon on a Fall afternoon after school and feeling such a sense of accomplishment.

It's simply a flawless game to me. The mix of fantasy and sci-fi genre elements and trope-laden story work together to really bring the land of Rune to life. No matter how many times I play it, the game never gets old, since there is always a different mix of party members to take through and develop in different ways (though I always gotta stick Zylo in my party, Werewolf power, bro.) Full of quirky characters, fearful bosses, lots of options, outstanding music, charming visuals, and an epic quest, Shining Force is just my favorite game I've ever played. 




2) Sonic the Hedgehog 2























3) Toy Story
























4) Ecco: The Tides of Time























5) Rings of Power























6) Phantasy Star IV
























7) Vectorman
























8) Ristar
























9) Revenge of Shinobi
























10) Comix Zone






















A few of my other favorites:



Final Fantasy XII (PS2)

This game really opened my eyes as to what an RPG can be. Its sweeping, cinematic storyline pulls you into the world it creates, but it's really the characters that draw you into their quest. I really cared for all of them, because they are all extremely likable and have well-developed backstories. I got this game for $7 at Gamestop, and once I put this disc in my PS2, it hardly left it until I completed the game some 60-65 hours later. To this day, I don't think I've devoted as much time to a single playthrough of a game than this. A stunning achievement and a wonderfully captivating quest with hundreds of tasks and sidequests to keep you busy.











Elder Scrolls: Morrowind (PC)
























Crazy Taxi (PC)
























Sega Bass Fishing (PC)

To this day, the best fishing game ever made. Hands down. As someone who enjoys fishing in real life and in virtual form, I've played a lot of fishing games and none of them compare to the fun factor of SBF. The game has been released across many platforms, but I still enjoy playing my old PC version. A true classic that should not be missed. 














Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PS2)























MX vs ATV: Unleashed (PS2)

When I was younger, I didn't have any video game consoles, but my best friend had a PS2 and a Gamecube along with a PSP and a GBA SP. So every time I would spend the night at his house, we would spend hours playing games, and this is the one we spent the most time with. Just driving around, crashing into each other, racing each other to the end of the map so we could watch our guys fly through the air, so many fond memories with this game. That nu-rock soundtrack takes me straight back to the mid-2000s. And the game still holds up today.











Mario Kart Wii (Wii)

I remember when I was in high school and my Mom got us a Wii for Christmas and it was bundled with this game. I was hooked from that night, and I went on to 3 star almost every track and cup and unlock almost all the characters (all except for the female Bowser character, never could get her.) I put many hours and much frustration into learning every track, to the point where it wasn't even fun to play with my family anymore because I would just crush them every time. As far as the series goes, it tends to get forgotten, but I had a lot of fun with it, and it's a great party game.









Christmas Nights (Saturn)

Even though I've never played through the original Nights Into Dreams (it's on my bucket list) I had so much fun with this Christmas-themed sampler. It was truly a love letter from SEGA to their fans. With blisteringly-colorful graphics and cheerful music, I can't think of a better way to get into the Christmas spirit than playing this game.





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