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Hey, I'm bored and I wanna make a talky journal, I hope that's okay-kay? :heart:

So I've wanted to write something like this forever. If you've followed me for anytime at all, I think you've probably gathered this, but in case not: I love video games. LOOOOVE video games. Honestly they are pretty much my favorite past time, and my favorite form of escapist media. Few things compare to me then just sitting down after a shitty day or during stress and just gaming for a bit, to get my mind off things. And I stress about everything so that is pretty helpful. 

But what are my favorite games? Well, these 10! Though keep in mind, I have problems with consistent rankings, so at times I shuffle the order around, though these 10 games are my go to choices. So, let's go! 

10. BioShock Infinite 
I love the BioShock series. Having played System Shock 2 a long while ago, I can actually say I kinda prefer the philosophical ideas and retro-futurism/retropunk style of BioShock. And as much as I love BioShock 1, I honestly like Infinite a bit more. I have yet to see a game (or anything really) that quite matches BioShock Infinite in terms of visual design. Columbia is such an amazing place to see and explore, the combat I really enjoy, and I love the 1910 setting and themes of American Exceptionalism. And it has an ending that even now I still vividly remember and enjoy. And Burial At Sea closed the series in such a beautiful way, it always will stick with me. 

9. Resident Evil 2
Hands down, my favorite Resident Evil game, classic or otherwise (yes I like it more than 4). I feel of the classic survival horror Resident Evil's, 2 is the best designed. It took everything enjoyable about the 1st game and ramped it up to 10. More monsters, more puzzles. more places to explore, more cheese. The plot is wonderfully dumb, and to me, it's basically everything Resident Evil in a nutshell. Good stuff. It's probably my favorite survival horror game as a game (as in it's actually really fun to play, not just experience). 

8. Metroid Prime
Oh man, Metroid Prime. Too many hours of my childhood were sunk into this game. And even now it's still really good. Visually it's still a great looking game, one of the best on the GameCube, and the fact it transitioned so AMAZINGLY well from a 2D sidescrolling adventure to a first person adventure game is a sight to behold. Tallon IV feels like a living, breathing planet, with tons of secrets and dangers. God I love Metroid Prime. 

7. Grisaia no Kajiutsu
Here's an odd one. If you've not heard of it, Grisaia no Kajiutsu, or Fruits of Grisaia, is a visual novel romance game. And honestly? It's the best romance story I've ever played, and best visual novel I've ever played. The dialogue is wonderfully well written and funny, very witty, all the characters are incredibly likable (even the player character, Yuuji, he's awesome). I've only done about half the routes, but Sachi's is easily the high mark for me. Sachi's route is probably the best romance I've seen in a game, it's incredibly heartwarming, romantic, sweet....oh gosh it's so good. Really, it may be a visual novel but goddamn if it isn't moving.

6. Hotline Miami
High octane, finger twitching action, look no further. I love Hotline Miami, not just for it's hard but addicting gameplay but for it's incredibly surreal and unsettling story. The themes of violence and the enjoyment of violence in media are by no means unique subjects, but Hotline Miami manages to give some interesting observations on why we enjoy violence, with it's bizarre and trippy narrative. It neither critizes or praises violence, but just provides some interesting food for thought on the subject, to me anyway. Plus, it's just a bloody brilliant arcade shooter game. And speaking of violence in games...

5. Spec Ops The Line
Good contender for most depressing game I've ever played. Unlike Hotline Miami, which seems more to look on violence in games with a neutral view, Spec Ops The Line makes it VERY clear what it wants you to be feeling as you play. This is a game that hates you. And it makes it very clear it doesn't like you. It wants you to feel like shit for enjoying a genre of games (the military shooter) that is kinda fucked up in principal. Does it work? Eh, depends on who you ask. A fair crticism is that the game railroads you into doing bad things and then critizes you for doing what it forced you to do. But personally, I feel that was part of the point. And don't get me wrong, I like military shooters. But it's refreshing to get something so different. I can't think of another game that shows the same amount of blantant disdain for the player and provides meta commentary as effectively as Spec Ops The Line does. 

4. Red Dead Redemption
I am not a fan of westerns. My dad is, but not me. Nothing against the genre, it's just not my thing. So I think it speaks of the sheer quality of Red Dead Redemption that I was hooked and invested in the story of John Marston from beginning to end. The overall feeling of Red Dead Redemption is amazing. The general theme of the death of the Old West and modernization, of whether bad people can redeem themselves, whether they even deserve that chance, is enthralling. And those last bits of the game are heartbreaking. Helps too it's an amazingly fun game overall. Still in my opionon Rockstar's finest game. 

3. Undertale
Yes, Undertale. Undertale is one of the cleverest, funniest and most charming games I've ever played. Again, it's themes of actions and consequences are by no means new, but showing the brilliance behind it, it delivers this message in such a unique and clever way. Going into Undertale wanting to declare it overrated shit, I admit to being won over by the game's funny dialogue, lovable interesting characters, surpsringly deep and moving story, and just sheer likablity. What can I say, it's Undertale. 

2. Mass Effect Trilogy
I can't just pick one (though I admit to liking ME2 the most). Of the new IP's that were formed last generation, Mass Effect stands out for just how overall high quality it is. I credit this game for really popularizing the moral choice system you find in most modern RPG's (though whether that's a good or bad thing is up to you). The save file transfer system throughout the series works wonders as well. Again, it's Mass Effect. 

1. Silent Hill 2
You know, I often hear people new to the Silent Hill series say Silent Hill 2 wasn't scary. And to a degree....I agree. Silent Hill 2 isn't scary in the traditional sense. In fact, of the 4 games (yes 4. What comes after The Room doesn't count) I say Silent Hill 2 is probably the least scary. Or at least, least intensely scary. And that to me, is what makes it so brilliant. 

Silent Hill 2 to me isn't just a game. It's an experience. This is the most unsettling thing I've ever experienced in media. That is what I use to describe Silent Hill 2. Unsettling. From the moment the game begins, everything about Silent Hill 2 is unsettling. What Silent Hill 2 does so well is atmosphere. The town of Silent Hill is completely devoid of any life. Aside from Eddie, Angela, Laura and Maria, you don't see any people in the game. And even then, you encounter them very sporadically. And each encounter with them feels awkward and unnatural. Even the monsters in town don't feel really "alive". They shuffle around aimlessly, and in fact rarely acknowledge your presence. Silent Hill 2 is draped in a thick atmosphere of loneliness and despair that never lifts, and playing the game for a long period just leaves you with a weird and uneasy feeling. An unhappy feeling. This isn't even mentioning the clever and even more unnerving mind fucks the game delivers to you all the time. 

"There was a hole here, it's gone now." The fact all the dead bodies look oddly like James. The door in the apartments labeled "To Hell" that cannot be opened. The sound of horses running in the Toluca Prison courtyard. The invisible creatures in the prison that sound unnervingly human when killed. The graveyard in the prison, somehow miles under Silent Hill, that ends with you literally jumping into your own grave. 

This is the kind of horror Silent Hill 2 provides. Horror that doesn't make you jump because of a loud noise or because a monster looks spooky. The kind of horror that sticks with you, haunting dread and unease. This isn't even getting into the emotional side of the game. But I could seriously talk all damn day about Silent Hill 2. 


Anyway, yeah. I love all of these games. Do you have a top 10 list? Feel free to tell me! Or if not, thanks for reading this essay long journal! Love you guys. <3

-Daniel :heart:
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WaffleWolf1 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
YAY UNDERTALE ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆
I... I don't have a problem ;-;
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Rienet-Halun Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016
I love seeing some of my favorite games on here. And your reasoning for each makes perfect sense.
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JordanMcFIghter Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
If you were a girl
Maaaaaaaan Guys would be on you right now
Like flys on sticky paper XD
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flamingrythm Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Top Ten:
10. Jak & Daxter (What got me into video games, it has a special place in my heart)
9. Civilization V
8. Minecraft 
7. Lego games (especially Harry Potter, the Hobbit, and Star Wars)
6. Assassin's Creed (the Ezio ones are the best)
5. Mass Effect Trilogy (they were just so good, all of them)
4. Fallout New Vegas
3. Fallout 3 & 4 tie
2. Dragon Age Origins 
1. Skyrim
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Nickmane Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016
I have a few favourites
- Fallout New Vegas
- Fallout 3
- Portal 2
- Gary's Mod
- Team Fortress 2
- Payday 2
- The Binding of Issac
- Battle Block Theatre
- Castle Crashers
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JZStudios Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
There's too many games for me to make a list, I love them all equally! They each have their own flavor of awesomeness to them.
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Noteimportacomomella Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016
Nice taste in games.

Also, UNDERTALE!! :iconlahdplz:
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ZuesKillerProduction Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016
I think this would be better suited as a journal thing, but I think I could do it.
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ShiningDragoon107 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 1, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Here's Mine:

5. Crash Bandicoot
4. Spyro
3. Sonic
2. Smash Bros
1. Pokemon 

No particular game for each since there are so many, so I just rate them by my favorite franchises.
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TheWabbajackX Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have excellent taste in games, my dude.

Got a few top faves myself, albeit in no particular order. Always hard to put together a top ten list when you've played so many good games. I find it a lot easier to put some into just top favorite franchises, and even then, it's tough.
-Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 - The Sith Lords
-Warcraft series
-Okami
-Sly Cooper series
-Mass Effect Trilogy
-Pokemon series
-Kingdom Hearts series
-The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask
-Persona series
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Duperghoul Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
"Going into Undertale wanting to declare it overrated shit, I admit to being won over ..."
It happens to a lot of stuff!
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digimonlover101 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Student Digital Artist
My top ten

1. Pokemon 
2. Kingdom Hearts 
3. Ace attorney 
4. Professor layton
5. Final Fantasy 
6. Fire emblem 
7. Animal crossing 
8. Five nights at Freddy's 
9. Super smash brothers
10. Yokai watch
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