For my first post in the video game section of my blog, I decided to share my 15 favorite video games of all time. These right here I have put countless hours into and for some I even play to this day to mess around in. Most of these games were part of my childhood while others are more recent releases.
This list is a unique one as it took some time for me to narrow down my favorites. Down the line, I’ll be doing in-depth reviews on these games so stay tuned for that if you are interested. For now, here is just a quick lists and a backstory about the game.
We start off with Blizzard’s Overwatch. I haven’t played this recently but there were times over the summer where I did spend a few hours a day playing this with friends.
There is no weapon customization, rather you select certain characters when you are on attack or you defend the objective. The characters range from a robot that can transform into a turret (Bastion) or an American soldier-turned-vigilante (Solider: 76) to just name a few. With teams or six, the players have to strategize on what characters they should use in order to win the match
Granted this game is more fun to play with a group of friends, but playing by yourself once in a while is not bad either.
14. WWE 2K19
This is the most recent game on my list and while some could argue that there are better wrestling games out there, I think 2K really hit the mark correctly when it came to their most recent installment in the 2K series.
With over 200 wrestlers to choose from, you can never get bored with what matches you want to set up. On top of that, they added a few new match types like a triple threat or fatal-4-way tag team matches and fatal-5-way matches.
They also added more modes to play with like a Daniel Bryan Showcase Mode, where you replay some of Bryan’s best matches in WWE as well as 2K Towers. Towers mode is where you select a superstar to use and run a series of gauntlet style matches. 2K adds different Towers weekly, so there is fresh content whenever you play.
On top of all of that, they drastically improved the MyCareer, where you can create your own wrestler and follow a WWE storyline to get to the top of the brand. MyCareer was seemingly looked at as an afterthought but you can tell they put a lot of time into with the use of the wrestler’s real-life voices in the game.
2K19 was a successfully overhaul in WWE 2K series and there is a lot of hype that 2K20 can look to be a bigger improvement.
13. Tony Hawk’s Underground 2
The Tony Hawk series is one of my favorite series of all-time and this is the first of two entries in my favorites list.
The story here is different compared to past titles, as you team up with Tony Hawk to take on Bam Margera’s team in a “World Destruction Tour.” Some levels you visit range from Boston, Berlin and New Orleans, each with their own personality.
On top of story mode, this was the first to introduce a Classic Mode, taking you back to the old Tony Hawk games with a 2-minute timer to complete 10 goals.
You can also create your own levels and goals, adding in that you can create your own game if you get tired of the pre-made stuff in the game.
12. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005)
This, in my opinion, was when Need for Speed was at their highest point in the series. After releasing Underground 1 and 2, NFS debuted Most Wanted.
In this game, you race the #15 Blacklist (Most Wanted) member but lose and he takes your car. The story is you climb up to the top, taking down every Blacklist member and eventually ace the #1 driver to get back your vehicle.
Most Wanted really took cop chasing to a whole new level here as you have to complete challenges to evade police to build up your bounty level while also winning races in the process to challenge other racers.
The car selection is great here as you can build anything from a Ford Mustang to a Lamborghini. The addition of adding aftermarket parts make the cars you make unique to what you like.
11. NBA 2K11
While the 2K series has had a lot of improvements since 2K11, but this by far is still the best 2K game in my opinion. This was the first year Michael Jordan allowed his licensing into the game and 2K took advantage of that. The Jordan Challenges allow you to relive some of MJ’s best moments of his career while earning rewards along the way.
The MyCareer mode was a lot simpler than what it was today, where you create your guy, get drafted and play games. It was simple at the time and honestly was when MyCareer was at it’s best, without the addition of microtransactions.
10. Sleeping Dogs
A game that does not get a lot of attention but Sleeping Dogs was one of the best games I have played.
Based in Hong Kong, you play as Wei Shen, a former gang member now police agent who comes back to his home country to stop the Sun On Yee. Shen’s balance between completing his police missions while committing crimes to prove himself to the Triads is a good combination that we have not seen in many games.
9. Detroit Become Human
This game was one of the reasons I wanted to get a PS4. Detroit Become Human is a futuristic game where civilians have realistic androids being servers to their human counterparts.
The game has three main characters: Marcus, who is looking for the Androids to have a free life, Kara, a former family servant looking to find a better life outside of the U.S. and Connor, a police officer with a human partner solving and fighting crimes.
What is cool about this game is the replayability. You complete a mission and after it shows you a tree of what you did with the outcomes while showing what else could have happened if you performed different actions and said something different in dialogue.
8. NCAA Football 14
Frankly, the whole NCAA Football franchise gets a spot but the most recent installment gets the nod here. It is really a shame that the NCAA football series is long gone as it was one of the more popular games in the sports video game industry.
Each team had its own stadium sounds and the varies playbooks make this game a whole lot of fun even to this day. To add on to that the dynasty mode and Road to Glory make these modes seems a lot better than the Madden franchise has done in recent years.
7. GTA V
Most people did not like the three player storyline here, which is something Grand Theft Auto never did but I thought it was a nice change of pace to what the series had done. It had all the stuff the GTA series known for, committing crimes and destroying cities but adding the two other main characters and combining it into one story.
The map itself is one of the most detailed game maps in video game history as the fictional city of Los Santos (based on Los Angeles) had the urban street, Hollywood Hills and some desert areas.
A game still played today by many online, it is one of the most successful games in history, earning $800 million within 24 hours after the game was released.
6. Midnight Club: Los Angeles
The first of two Midnight Club games on my list. I love the Midnight Club series and this was the last game ever made by Rockstar in this series. Unlike the other MC games, this was based on one city in Los Angeles, but the map was very detailed and had so many landmarks Los Angeles is known for.
The car license had various styles of cars to older muscle cars to newer exotic selections in addition to adding body kits and rims to said cars.
5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
I remember this game coming out and being that I was not old enough to buy it alone, I needed to have a parent with me to approve my purchase (shoutout to you Mom). The second I came home, I played it non-stop hours on end.
Was I good at it? Nope but I still enjoyed logging online and playing with my friends. Outside of the online, the single-story campaign was amazing, where you play different characters that all intertwined together towards the end of the story.
4. L.A. Noire
When I first heard about this game, I was interested in the route this story was going. It is based in the 1940s and you play as Cole Phelps, a detective for the LAPD and former War hero.
As Phelps, you go to various crime scenes and search for clues while also interviewing potential suspects. The interrogations are the most important part as you have to listen carefully and look at the persons facial expressions to see if they are telling the truth or lying in your face.
The game combines the elements the interrogations with high-paced action of chases, combat and gunfights. An overall great game that is one of my favorites Rockstar has developed.
3. NFL Street 2
NFL Street 2 combined backyard football with crazy and unrealistic animations but man what a fun game.
Unlike a regular NFL game, you can only select seven players and they had to play both sides of the ball which was fun to see guys like Peyton Manning play on the defensive side of the field.
On top of all that, you can create your own team with a logo color and making your own players for the said team.
2. Tony Hawk’s Underground
Unlike the previous Tony Hawk games, Underground added a story mode entirely about you. You go from a local skater to pro with a lot of obstacles along the way.
The story was great and the addition of creating your own goals, tricks and levels, there was a lot of replayability in this game.
1. Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition
There isn’t another game a put countless hours into when I was a kid then Midnight Club 3. I always liked cars since I was a kid and having the option to customize the cars in the game at the time was a big step in the racing game genre. In the final series released on the PS2/Xbox consoles, this was the hight point in this Rockstars short-series.
The previous Midnight Club games featured unlicensed cars, a wide range of characters and limited maps. The third installment completely revamped that, adding over 50 licensed vehicles ranging from street tuners, SUVs, muscle cars, luxury cars, exotics, choppers and sports bikes. The collaboration with DUB Magazine allowed you to take those cars you owned and tricked them out any way you want. I can remember the many hours I spent customizing my cars in many different ways.
The story is simple like any racing game. You start off with stock cars trying to make it into the street racing scene. The Remix edition was the original MC3 but with more cars, races and a new map to drive around in.
Like I said earlier this was just a quick list of my favorite games growing up until now. I figured this to be a good start to the video game section of my blog. Be on the look for more in-depth reviews on these games as well as many others!