It’s the end of the year. Although I didn’t get to play much games all these years but there are some game stages that always keep popping up in my head, sweet time! It’s really just because I’ve been spending so much time on those stages not just to level up but for music and its certain attractive points.
#1: Final Fantasy VII (Disc 1) – Before Entering Bone Village
(Squaresoft; approx. 5 years of replay time)
Final Fantasy VII is always my number 1. I played this game from PS to PC and I still love it a lot, it’s so good! I do love VIII but it didn’t get into my Top 3 list because VIII (not VII) seems a bit hassle and I didn’t actually spend much time to walking around the field to level up (in VIII, monsters’ levels get higher if your level gets higher too, plus you get to spend so much time drawing and casting on the stupid magic. VIII is my number 1 design but I didn’t get much retention from the gameplay wise or for the specific area of the map that I’ve actually spent a certain amount of time on it.)
Okay back to VII (not VIII now) – Why did I spend so much time on this part of the map? I’ve spent a massive amount of time on this area, right outside the Bone Village and (and before you get to the City of the Ancient) – this is the part before the end of Disc 1. I think the main reason is that I know after I enter the city, I’d see Aeris and she’s going to get bladed by Sephiroth and die (Aeris is the reason I play this game and because I love her too much, I really don’t want to see this happened.) In this part of area, you get to fight a tough dinosaur-like monster which you can learn the Enemy Skills (I believe) as well as a massive level up and gils. But as I said, every time I played Final Fantasy VII, I ended up wondering around in this part of the area the most and I’ll never forget this place (I reckon for all other player, Gold Saucer is the place they spent most of the time on.)
#2: Dance Dance Revolution 2nd Mix – PARANOiA 180
(Konami; approx. 3 years of replay time)
This is probably the most embarrassing thing ever, and I’m sure no one would expect DDR could make into my lifetime’s Top 3! Yes, just because I played too much Final Fantasy, I’ve gotten really fat and lazy so I gave myself an excuse to get a DDR dance board to exercise a little bit – haha that time Wii, PS Move or Kinect didn’t exist yet. Oh, and there’s an arcade machine in the town I lived that time, so every time, when my friends and I skipped the school, we went to spend our money there (almost every weekend and we skipped school once or twice a month), my friend and I just chose this music to duel, LOL! (Pictures stolen from the Internet but that isn’t 2nd Mix, but at least you can see the PARANOiA 180 logo there.)
I’ve been playing this stage for more than 100 times in my life, it’s fast, fun and not difficult, unlike 190. Hmm, I don’t want to talk about this too much because it’s really embarrassing for a flash back.
#3: Warriors Orochi – Shu 3: Battle of Cheng Du
(Koei; approx. 1.5 years of replay time)
Warriors Orochi is the first Warriors game which you can choose 3 characters as a tag team from both Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors. There are 79 characters in the first Warriors Orochi (some are cloned movesets, though – to me, there’s no difference between Liu Bei, Sun Quan, Cao Cao and Yuan Shao, their moves are similar and I called them clones.) I think the main reason of me spending so much time on this stage is because this level has so many officers to kill if you don’t follow the order / strategy and go to the wrong path of the map, that’s exactly what I do every time – not following the strategy to the wrong path and you get to kill loads of enemy officers and get a massive level ups.
This is also the stage where Dynasty Warriors’ poster boy, Zhao Yun first met the Samurai Warriors’ poster boy, Sanada Yukimura. Another reason I played this stage so much is because the music for this stage is “Samurai Scanners” (the epic track produced by Masato Koike) – I love this BGM so so much, it’s my drugs. You have no idea how much I’ve spent playing this stage over and over again, like leveling up so many characters, from the PS2 version to the Xbox 360 version then to the PSP version. Here’s the video! (Sorry for the poor video quality, couldn’t manage to find a better one but it gives you the general idea of the stage.)
So, what are your Top 3 Video Game Stage?