GameCola fans and writers describe their favorite (and sometimes least favorite) games of all time.
Andy Zintl’s Top 10 Favorite Games
10. Yoshi (GBO): Next to Tetris, this is quite possibly the greatest puzzle game ever created. You take on the role of everyone’s favorite plumber as he moves four trays trying to match up pairs of classic monsters from the original Mario Bros. game. But that is not the true purpose behind this game, oh no. You must match up the tops and bottoms of eggshells to hatch Yoshi and help him grow. I’ve never actually seen what happens when he reaches full size, if he even does. I don’t really care though, I just like this game because it’s so addictive and I LOVE Yoshi.
9. Pokemon Snap (N64): This is a game that I think anyone will love, even if you absolutely despise Pokemon. You play as Todd, one of the greatest known Pokemon photographers. Professor Oak has invited you to take pictures of Pokemon on a secluded island. To aid you in your quest, you are given several tools as you advance through the game. These tools can lure Pokemon toward you, scare them from hiding, knock them out, or make them do several humorous dances. You are awarded points for style, position, and pose, among others. There are also special points that you are awarded for getting Pokemon to do special poses.
8. Pac-Man (GBO): This game is so amazingly simple even a five year old could understand it. You control a little yellow ball thing that is referred to as a man. This guy must be very hungry, because the whole game consists of his eating little yellow pellets while he dodges four ghosts. Unless, of course, he eats a large yellow pellet and becomes supercharged, forcing the ghosts to run away or risk being eaten as well. The sim plicity makes it great for those long road trips when you are bored out of your mind and desperately need something to do.
7. Final Fantasy Tactics (PSX): This game takes the job system from Final Fantasy V and puts it to use in a much better way, as far as I’m concerned. The story is one of the best that I have ever seen, although it does get a little complicated at times. It is a great commentary on the social classes and religion of the past. It would rate higher on my list if you could use all characters in every battle, if the non-random battles were higher, and if some minor translation errors were corrected. However, I don’t like to think about what ifs, so this will stay right where it is.
6. Mega Man X (SNES): I have to speak purely from memory on this one, as my Super Nintendo no longer properly functions. I remember competing with one of my friends to see who could beat it first. I won, but it was difficult. However, that was in my younger days and now I’d probably beat it in under 2 hours. I like this game because it becomes easy to beat once you figure out the attack pattern of the bosses, something I am particularly good at. The story is fairly good, you take the role of an advanced version of the original Mega Man, also built by Doctor Light. New robots are being built based on your technology, but the scientists made an error in analyzing your technology. This error causes several of the new Reploids to go Maverick and plot the destruction of the human race. Your job is to prevent their sinister plans from coming to fruition.
5. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES): Once again, relying on memory here to analyze this game. Oh, screw it, all I can remember is liking this game a lot. That’ll have to do until I break down and get a Game Boy Advance and the port of this game so I can play it again and refresh my memory.
4. The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time (N64): This game is the most aesthetically pleasing game on the N64 that I have played. Except for Kid Link, the graphics are truly awesome. I’ll admit to some weird things that I did over and over and over just because they looked good. One of them was making Link drown repeatedly and the other was making him get frozen by enemies with that capability. This game was practically perfect except for kid Link. Link IS NOT A KID, YOU CRAZY GAME DESIGNERS!!!
3. Tetris (GBO): The ORIGINAL puzzle game. No need to explain how this one works, as practically everyone knows what Tetris is. Truly addictive and portable on this system, In my modest opinion, no top ten list of video games is complete without this game. That is all there is to say about this classic game.
2. Super Mario Kart (SNES): I just may have chosen this game for the weirdest reason imaginable. The reason I like this game so much, even though I can’t play it, is the sense of nostalgia I get whenever I look or even think about it. I cannot say anymore about it or I will begin to cry. SNIFF…… too late. OH YEAH, I almost forgot the other two reasons I like this game. I LOVE Yoshi and Koopa Troopa (why did they replace you?)! Okay, enough about that.
1. Final Fantasy VIII (PSX): Finishing out my top 10 list, it’s the greatest game ever, Final Fantasy VIII. I like all the nifty little love triangles you can find, if you look closely enough. The graphics are truly astounding and, once again, I found myself doing strange things to the characters (well, mainly Squall) just because I liked the way they look. I would keep petrifying Squall in a bunch of different positions, such as running away, fatigued, or about to attack. Another reason I like this game is that Squall’s personality is so much like my own (usually). Lastly, the FMVs were just breathtaking. My particular favorite is the one of Balamb Garden. THIS GAME ROCKS!!!!!!!