Welcome to a new feature here at Amazing Mimi: Friday Favorites. In my everyday life, I am very much a list maker. I make to-do lists, packing lists, grocery lists…you name it, I can make a list about it. After all, what is a menu, but a list of what you plan to eat?
So instead of just talking about one particular thing, I decided that I should make a list! Fridays are now dedicated to a list of favourites from a variety of sources (yes, I have a list of them).
What’s First on the List?
Video games! I am a gamer. Not a hard-core, it’s all I want to do, eat-sleep-breathe-gamer, but I do spend a lot of time playing. We have two gaming computers (desktop and laptop), a Nintendo Switch, X-Box One, and a PS4. I have favourite games that run the gamut from action to simulation to MMORPG. Here is a little more about my all-time favourites.
Mimi’s Top Ten Video Games
10. Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer
Released in 2000, this was the very first video game that I played seriously. When I say seriously, I mean staying up until 4am, falling asleep at the keyboard kind of serious. I was SO hooked on this game. Almost twenty years later, I STILL enjoy this game. I found it over on GOG.com, and downloaded it immediately. It was the first time I’d played an rpg, and I haven’t looked back. It is jam-packed with warriors, wizards, vampires and fantastic creatures. The story itself is pretty interesting as well. This is the 8th in a long series of games, but I can’t speak to how the others play. I’ve tried playing other Might and Magic games, but I never got them to work on the computers I had.
9. Fable II
First, I played the original. But Fable II. Oh man, I love this game so hard. This was the reason I got an XBox 360. Aside from the absolutely infuriating ending, this is hands down the best game in the franchise. Don’t get me wrong, I love the original, and I even really enjoyed the Fable III, but this beautiful game is another that holds a special place in my gamer heart. Beautiful landscapes, large open world, puzzles, action, humor…it hits all my buttons.
8. Mario Cart 8
I love racing games, but I came a little bit late to the Mario Cart party. Before we got a Wii U, I’d never tried this game aside from at the arcade. But the mister is a Nintendo fan, and so we got this when we got our new Switch, along with some little steering wheel controllers. This is one of a small handful of games that I love to play with someone else. There is something very special about sitting on our little love seat, throwing shells at each other, laughing, cursing, and making sure that we both come in the top three.
7. The Wolf Among Us
Telltale Games series are Amazing. I haven’t played a single one that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed. But The Wolf Among Us takes the cake. Based on Bill Willingham‘s Fables comic series, the story is engrossing and chilling. It takes childhood fantasy characters and turns them into heroes, villains, and anti-heroes. I don’t want to give anything away on the plot, but I cannot wait until the next season comes out in 2018.
I can’t just say Assassin’s Creed 2, because all three of these games have to be played together to understand the full story. The original Assassin’s Creed introduced us to a world of intrigue and death, but this takes the story to a whole new level. Altair was a bit lacking in the personality department, but there is no such problem with Ezio. Charming and hell-bent on avenging his family, and then furthering the cause of the Assassins, Ezio is what made me fall in love with this franchise, both as a young, brash rogue and as an older, wiser mentor.
5. The Sims 4
I’ve been playing the Sims since it first came out. In fact, that game got me through a rough first year with my son! I’ve had every incarnation of this game ever since, and it has never been disappointing. There is something so cathartic about making a nice little sim, with a nice little house and nice little life, then putting them in a room with no door and only a fireplace….
Ahem. The Sims 4 gives us all new graphics, more personalities, a wealth of options for careers, living situations, relationships, hobbies, and ways to die. This game makes my list just because I can spend hours building and designing. It’s definitely a creative outlet for those who love building games.
4. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Edward Kenway, mmmmm. Um, I mean…Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is the second Assassin’s game to make my top ten, and it’s not just because Edward Kenway is incredibly hot for a video game character. That’s part of it, but not all of it. This is definitely my favourite of the Assassin’s games, however, for a reason other than the main character: Ship battles. The gameplay in Black Flag is incredible. The puzzles are more difficult, the enemies more varied, and the music is awesome. Collecting shanties is one of the best side quests in the game.
Being anonymous outside the animus was a little strange, and I didn’t like it as much as playing Desmond Miles. Ubisoft hit on a winning personality for Edward Kenway, much as they did with Ezio Auditore, and unlike the unfortunate interim character of Connor Kenway (that one might fit on a top 10 most awful games list).
3. Final Fantasy XIV
The only MMORPG to make my list of favourites, Final Fantasy XIV is really amazing. I enjoyed World of Warcraft, but I eventually got a bit bored with doing the exact same things over and over again. Some might argue that Final Fantasy XIV isn’t much different, but I find it to be vastly more entertaining.
The actual story is engaging, and you don’t have to belong to a specific faction based on the race you choose. There is a multitude of ways to advance your levels as opposed to just a handful. This keeps the game fresh and aids in levelling multiple classes without getting too frustrated to continue. This is my favourite game to play with the mister since we can run around together and help each other fight monsters, and defeat dungeons.
2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
You had to know this would be on here. I can count on two fingers the people I know who don’t like this game. It is the quintessential fantasy RPG! I’ve been playing it since 2011, and I still have never completed the entire game. The main quests, yes. But I am a completionist when it comes to games, and I’ve never found everything or explored every location. So, every time I play this game, I find something new and exciting about it to love.
The expansions make the gameplay more versatile and in depth. There is also the bonus of being able to download mods that almost give you an entirely new game, depending on which ones you opt to download. I have a feeling that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is going to go down as a legend among video games. Consider: a version of the game is coming out for the Nintendo Switch. People (including us) have had it preordered for MONTHS.
1. Fallout 4
Another masterpiece from Bethesda, Fallout 4 tops my list of all-time favourite video games. I wasn’t really a fan of the other Fallout games, but the mister insisted that I give this one a shot. I’m sure he regrets that now. It combines so many things that I love. I can be a sneaky, sneaky sniper, but I can also build huge, sprawling communities. Mods galore change up the gameplay and in-game choices affect your relationships with companions and strangers alike.
I have a secret about this game: I’ve never finished the main quest. I get so sidetracked, and there are so many cool things to do that I’ve never actually been able to play long enough to find out what happens at the end. I’ve been playing this game for years! I get about halfway through the main quest and then a new DLC comes out and I start playing that. Like Skyrim, this game will probably remain on our game shelf for many, many years to come.
Well, there you have it. If you are looking to immerse yourself for hours, days, weeks, or even months into a game, these are ten solid choices that I can recommend to anyone. Happy Gaming!
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