The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Following directly after the events of Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask is undeniably one of the strangest Zelda games ever created. The entire game has a strange mystique to it; you sense a darkness in Termina. You have 3 days to save the world, so why not collect masks during your spare time?
Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver are remakes of my favorite Pokemon games of all time. I love them because Nintendo went bigger and better than we thought possible. Generation two is still the only Pokemon game to have 16 badges. Over 100 new Pokemon were added and you could sense the love and care they had when crafting them.
Dragon Age: Origins
You may not know this, but Dragon Age: Origins is a spiritual successor to BioWare’s “Baldur’s Gate”, one of the most successful role-playing games in the industry. Dragon Age: Origins represents BioWare’s return to its roots, delivering the perfect blend of existing fantasy works with breath-taking graphics, emotionally-driven storyline, heart-pounding combat, and great acting performances.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
The Wind Waker features the biggest map in Zelda history. Sure, it’s the because the obvious reason of gapping each land segment far apart, but that doesn’t take away from the epic scope Wind Waker makes you believe. Sailing the beautiful cel-shaded seas will have you in awe from start to finish. Fun timed-attacks and awesome items amount to arguably the best fighting mechanics in the series history.
Infamous 2 added anything and everything that the original Infamous lacked. The game features an intriguing storyline with very interesting characters; Cole MacGrath is easily one of my favorite characters in recent games. There are a boatload of superpower upgrades, and even more collectables to search for, Infamous 2 is easily the best in the series.
Mass Effect 3
Mass Effect 3 was a perfect adventure to end the epic trilogy. ME3 offers a more in-depth analysis on who Commander Shepard is as a character; feeling more personal than ever. Struggling with what’s happening inside himself and the universe. Putting a stop to the Reapers once and for all; blasting your way through waves of enemies, melee combat was also enhanced, making things more action-packed than ever before.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Many would agree that Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch was a big step forward for the JRPG genre. It’s an engaging story of a young boy named Oliver, a resident of Motorville. While tinkering with a new vehicle designed by his buddy Philip, Oliver almost drowns, but luckily gets saved by his Mother; however, she immediately suffers a terrible fate… Soon after, Oliver meets drippy, and an incredible journey begins. Somehow Ni No Kuni manages to blend third-person action with turn-based strategy; extremely innovative gameplay.
The Legend of Zelda
As one of the first true open-world games, the original Legend of Zelda was a remarkable title, and must have on the NES. From the get-go, the entire world is open for you to explore at your leisure. I remember playing this game for the first time and feeling completely lost, and that’s part of The Legend of Zelda‘s beauty. The entire world is at your disposal, it’s up to you to figure out the easiest way to beat every dungeon, and defeat the evil Ganondorf.
Super Mario 64
While Super Mario 64 features what many would call an “over-world” that leads to sub-worlds, I still consider it an astonishing open-world map that was a great accomplishment, especially for the time of its release. Venturing through dozens of unique areas that have tons of missions to do is an unforgettable experience. Hats off to Nintendo for achieving such an innovative title, a real game-changer.
Not only is Fable II an interesting tale of brother and sister, it’s an epic world of myths, magic, and unforgettable characters. Very few games can deliver a living, breathing, and most importantly, unique world of AI. Upgrading weapons, casting badass spells, and becoming ruler of the land amounts to an incredible experience. Cherry on top, you have a pet dog that helps you along the way… doesn’t get much better than that!