Games nowadays have far more content than they ever have. That is both a blessing and a curse. It is hard to find time to actually play all of the extra content in modern games and hard to divide the proper amount of time to said extra content. For the most part, I’m the type of person who gets to the credits of the game and that basically means that I’m done playing it. I move on to something else. But sometimes there are those couple games that actually stick with me and I have to put more time into them. I decided to pick 5 games that I’ve put the most time into and discuss why they were so addicting in the first place:
1.Team Fortress 2
Team Fortress 2 is one of the best first person shooters ever made. It is so balanced with its class system and each class is noteworthy and useful. I’m also awful at Team Fortress 2. Yet I’ve put at least 100+ hours into the game, despite not playing it much at all in recent years. From playing the game by myself online to playing with multiple friends, the game has always been fun. I love being wonderfully horrible at the spy class or being okay at spamming with a pyro. It doesn’t matter what class I play, this game will always have a special place in my heart.
2. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
I’ve probably played through the single player of Uncharted 2 at least 3 or 4 times. It is one of my favorite campaigns in a video game. I love the story and the characters more than most games. It takes the concept of making a video game cinematic in the best way possible and Naughty Dog seems to have kept that idea going with The Last of Us and hopefully Uncharted 4. This game helped me realize how great of a medium video games are in terms of storytelling. They have a place to tell stories. But, funny enough, I’ve also put 80+ hours into the multiplayer of Uncharted 2. I was playing this game online when maybe 12,000 people were still playing. I adore the multiplayer of Uncharted 2. The fact is the multiplayer was fairly balanced due to a lack of content. Although I don’t play the multiplayer anymore, it is still one of my favorite PVP multiplayer games ever, even better than Uncharted 3’s multiplayer. I commend Naughty Dog for making a unique multiplayer experience that I will always love.
3. Super Smash Bros Melee
I couldn’t actually tell you how many hours I put into Super Smash Bros Melee, probably hundreds of hours. I was a kid when the game came out and it was the game I played most as a kid. And as a kid I had the most time…I wasn’t a college student so that helped. Melee and the Wii U Smash game are still my favorite ones and I still like Melee better simply for nostalgic reasons. From keeping my Gamecube on overnight in order to unlock certain characters to playing with three friends in the hectic multiplayer to playing alone, I will always love Melee. Nintendo crafted a perfect multiplayer gaming experience that anybody can pick up but can take years to truly master.
4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
I don’t actually play Call of Duty much anymore. The franchise has gotten fairly stale for me over the years and I just don’t care for it. I decided to give Advanced Warfare a try in 2014 and I actually had a decent time with it but it wasn’t enough to fully bring me back into the franchise. Regardless, Modern Warfare 2 will always have a special place in my heart, despite the fact that it is a broken multiplayer game. The balance is laughable in the game, from Noobtubes to Commando, the game is absolutely awful with balance. Yet, I kept playing it. I have over five days worth of gameplay on it (if I remember correctly). I still had tons of fun with it and I still pick it up every year or so to play a couple games just for the hell of it. And you bet I would be the first one to download an HD remake if they made one.
5. Pokemon Ruby
I would like to assume that this is the Pokemon game I put the most time into but I’m not entirely sure it is. I probably played through it multiple times over to the point that when I played Omega Ruby I had everything memorized. I know the game in and out, which must mean something. I still consider Generation III Pokemon my favorite Pokemon Gen and it’s probably all because of nostalgia, I will not deny that. None of it is for real technical reasons. It holds nostalgic value. I’ve only recently decided to get back into the franchise with Omega Ruby and I’m now backtracking to Pokemon Y right now. But these new games will never have the impact Pokemon Ruby did on me, it was an important experience I had as a kid that truly influenced my creativity in the best way possible.
What games have you sunk the most time into? What do you think of my picks?
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