This article is derived from “Review 2010: Top 3 Video Game Stages That I’d Never Forget” – That’s my list, so what’s yours? I have 2 of my favourite video game twitterers joining this post, @bk2128 is going to tell us his Top 3 Game Stages, and @Crimsondramon is going to tell us his Top 3 Video Games of 2010.
1. Rockman 8 – Metal Heroes (Mega Man 8)
This is probably one of the underrated Rockman games, but it’s the first Rockman game that I played and I’ve started becoming a Rockman fan through this game.
My favorite stage here is Searchman’s stage because the music is very catchy to me. Searchman has also since become my most favorite robot master in the series.
2. SD Gundam G Generation Spirits
SD Gundam G Generation is a series of Turn-Based Strategy games which features super-deformed Gundams. This is the game which introduced me to most of those plentiful Gundam series. Basically just think of this series as a Super Robot Wars but with only Gundams.
The pic I’m taking is a screenshot from the first stage of Mobile Suit Gundam’s scenario in SD Gundam G Generation Spirits. It’s one of the easiest places in the game where you can grind up your units.
3. Gundam Musou 3 (Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3)
The latest game in my most favorite series mash-up: Gundam + Warriors = Win for me. Well, basically that’s pretty much what I can say. :p
I like playing in this mountainous forest stage because most of the time an awesome BGM will be playing there: Fresh Nature.
1. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
Peace Walker was released this year and I was really hyped for it. True enough it lived up to the hype I had. For a portable release it felt up to standard of the console MGS games. Graphically it was one of, if not the best looking game on the PSP this year. Content wise it could last a regular game for a month or so with the plenty of missions available in the game and all. The one thing I really like about this game in particular is that the game, like MGS4, gives you an option to either go all out action Rambo style and kill the crap out of everything or you can go classic MGS and sneak your way through the entire game sans giant bosses. Story was pretty nice and it fit the missing portion of the Metal Gear saga well. Was also good to see some great interaction between characters and the voicing was well done too for both English and Japanese versions. Another thing that was great was the crossovers, especially for Japan. Uniqlo, Monster Hunter, Pepsi, Doritos, Arakawa haha. Plenty of good outside content in the game for anyone to enjoy. All in all, Peace Walker was a masterpiece to play and truly one of my favorite games of all time. I know for sure though that this is my GOTY for 2010.
2. Final Fantasy Tactics/FFT: War of the Lions
Final Fantasy Tactics was my first Final Fantasy game I’ve played and to date it is still my favorite Final Fantasy game of all time. Unlike usual FFs, this one was a tactical RPG, so your characters are on a chessboard and each of them take turns to move and fight the enemy, hopefully winning! For a game released around some time near FF7 it didn’t really sell well but many loved the game for its deep plot at its time (1997ish). I particularly like the story for this too even if its quite sad near the end. One thing I like about the game is the cameos inside, like Balthier and Cloud for example which are pretty cool as they really blend into the game well. Another thing I like is how the difficulty of the enemy increases as you level up because it keeps the game challenging all the time.
3. Musou Orochi Z
Musou Orochi Z is a compilation of WO and WO2, which happens to be my favorite Musou series finally on the PS3! For someone who’s been dying for a PS3 Orochi game, its my sort of dream come true. Sure I’ve played the PS2 and PSP versions already but a PS3 version I just can’t skip because its my favorite system and my favorite Musou games! The new characters for the game are very nice and quite fitting too. One of my favorite things about the game is how they expanded on Orochi’s backstory through the Dramatic modes since he’s my favorite character after all. My favorite leveling up stage is Komaki-Nagakute stage from the Wu story in the WO2 section. That stage in particular had plenty of enemies to kill and it helps for level and proficiency grinding in the game. God knows how many days I spent just to proficiency grind on that stage that I ended up liking it a lot!
Gosh, I’m really late, I still have few more articles that need to go up before 2011, hope I can finish them soon. In case it doesn’t happen, Happy New Year 2011 to everyone here first, thanks for the great support and an awesome year, and I hope you enjoyed my blog!