We here at GameCola like to see the fans get involved. We like interactivity, we like to have some varied writing styles, and we like to talk as though we are plural. Getting involved in GameCola isn’t so hard; all you have to do is e-mail me a list of your ten favorite games, and brief descriptions explaining your choices. For this month’s edition, we turn to the RPG-lovin’ Matt Gardner, to see what games he likes best.
Matt Gardner’s Top Ten Favorite Games
10. Super Mario RPG (SNES): Mario, Peach, and Bowser team up for an RPG. You couldn’t ask for a much better cast of characters, but as an added bonus you get a marshmallow and a giant doll to join you, as well. The story is none too bad, and the fact that it’s a Mario game and an RPG at the same time gives it all it needs to be included in this list.
9. Dark Cloud (PS2): You play as a Link look-alike searching through various dungeons for missing pieces of towns destroyed by an evil genie. The ability to customize the towns in any way you want is an amazing feature for a game to have, and the 100-level bonus dungeon is quite a nice plus for you after you beat the game.
8. Final Fantasy X (PS2): 70+ hours of playtime in this amazing addition to the Final Fantasy series. The story makes you go “Wow, that’s a great story, to say the least.” The characters each have their own unique moves and personalities (complete with voice-overs). The summons are awe-inspiring, and the side quests and minigames, such as finding the hidden aeons and playing Blitzball, make this one a solid top 10 pick.
7. Gauntlet: Dark Legacy (PS2): Quite possibly the greatest game in the world as far as multiplayer ones go. Eight characters and nine secret characters are at your disposal as you and your friends try to save the world from that evil big guy. Essential game for small parties with your friends.
6. Chrono Cross (PS): Around 14-million characters to join you on your quest, almost as many as there are hours of playtime to be gotten from this wondrous game. Great story, great characters, great game. Enough said.
5. Dragon Warrior Monsters 2 (GBC): All of your favorite monsters from the Dragon Warrior series are here, and this time they will massacre your enemies, rather than you. 312 or so monsters for you to capture, breed, and battle with or against your friends. Arena battles, random trainer battles, dream eggs to collect, feed, and hatch, and an extremely extensive amount of secret worlds top off this gem of a game.
4. Chrono Trigger (SNES): Replay value is through the roof, especially for an RPG. The “New Game +” mode allows you to start a new game with the items and stats of your previous game. This, combined with the great gameplay and story of CT, ensures that you will never stop playing.
3. Dragon Warrior 7 (PS): Massive hours of playtime on this one, 100+ give or take. Amazing story and characters, class system, astounding side quests (catch monsters, build a city, explore two bonus areas after beating the game), and everything else your little mind can think of.
2. Ephemeral Fantasia (PS2): Twelve different characters to join you on your quest, minigames (guitar playing, drinking, playing cards), several sidequests to occupy yourself with, great level systems (party levels, skill levels, character levels), good story, and pretty much everything else I want a game to have.
1. Lufia 2: Rise of the Sinistrals (SNES): Great story, great characters, great battle system (no trying to run away 800 times before you are successful), no random encounters in dungeons, capsule monsters to feed and raise, two bonus game modes; the list goes on and on…
And there you have it. Seems easy enough, doesn’t it? Think of your ten favorite games, write a few sentences about them, and BAM! You’re in GameCola. Easy as the proverbial cake or possibly pie. Drop me a line if you’re interested.