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Countdown: Five of my Favourite Games

I’ve been playing videogames for as long as I can remember, and over the years I’ve played some games that have had me hooked for a number of reasons. Whether it’s a list of five, ten or more, it’s hard for me to create a definitive ranking of my favourite games of all time.

So, in no particular order, here is the first countdown article for Diginade detailing just a few of my favourite games.

Pokemon HeartGold (2010)

I’ve been a fan of the Pokémon series of games since I first played Pokémon Blue when I was five years old. Since then I’ve played through every mainline entry of games (minus Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon) and I’ve enjoyed every one of them, yet I’ve always held Gold and Silver in high regard. I was ecstatic when I learned of the remakes, but I wasn’t expecting them to improve upon the originals as much as they did.

Pokémon HeartGold feels like more than a remake. While following the same general storyline as the originals, Game Freak have expanded upon them, firstly to include content from Pokémon Crystal, and also to add content that wasn’t in the original games. Such features include redesigned gyms, partner Pokémon, and expanding the number of legendary Pokémon in the game.

Pokémon HeartGold felt like more than the complete package, and for that reason it’s one of my favourite games of all time.

Halo 3 (2007)

Halo is my favourite videogame series of all time, and Halo 3 is an amazing conclusion to Bungie’s Master Chief Saga.

The campaign portion of the game is a memorable experience. Halo 3 features some of the best levels in the entire series, such as Tsavo Highway and The Covenant. The game has the perfect balance of vehicular and on-foot combat, and while the portions of the game focused on The Flood aren’t as good as previous titles, I think Halo 3 provides the best overall campaign experience out of all Halo titles.

The multiplayer in Halo 3 is a beast in its own right. Thanks to a collection of amazing maps, game-types and the all new Forge mode, Halo 3 had all the tools to keep players around for months on end.

Ape Escape 2 (2002)

I missed the first entry to the Ape Escape series when it originally came out, but Ape Escape 2 was one of the first Playstation 2 games that I got to play. I thought it was amazing, and it stands as one of my favourite Playstation 2 titles of all time.

There was a lot that I liked about Ape Escape 2. The game had a lot of gameplay value, providing players with a significant amount of levels where you could catch monkeys or take on members of the Freaky Monkey Five, who served as bosses in the game alongside Specter. It also had a plethora of collectibles to work towards, ranging from mini-games, monkey-themed fairytales, level themes and more.

Ape Escape 2 made me a fan of the series, I went back and played the first entry, and I bought the third when it came out. I’ve always hoped Sony would announce a new Ape Escape, but as every year passes it seems more unlikely.

Red Dead Redemption (2010)

After being unimpressed with Grand Theft Auto IV, Red Dead Redemption quickly reignited my faith in Rockstar and stands as my favourite video game to release on the previous generation of consoles.

Red Dead Redemption addressed just about everything that I disliked about Grand Theft Auto IV. The game has a number of interesting and well-developed characters. The storyline, while slow at points, was an amazing experience, and it has one of my favourite endings in a video game.

The online component was also great, with many modes available for players to enjoy. The online free roam was a beast in its own right. My friends and I would often come up with our own games to play, and they remain as some of my favourite online experiences ever.

Red Dead Redemption is one of the best gaming experiences that I’ve ever had, and it’s no wonder that Red Read Redemption 2 is one of my most anticipated releases this year.

Banjo-Kazooie (1998)

It’s the oldest game on this list, and it’s one that frequently comes up as my favourite game of all time. Banjo-Kazooie is proof of how capable Rare Studios are as a developer.

Heralded as one of the greatest 3D platformers of all time, Banjo-Kazooie holds up exceptionally well, with the only downsides being its swimming mechanics and a couple of overly difficult challenges. The game is held up by its many strengths, such as its lovable cast of characters, and the humorous writing that Rare are known for.

Banjo-Kazooie easily has the best selection of worlds in the series. Each world has its own theme that’s unique from the others, so you’re getting something different every time. I’ll never get tired of taking on Nipper in Treasure Trove Cove, or dodging snowballs in Freezeezy Peak.

Much like Ape Escape, I’ve been desperately hoping for a return of Banjo-Kazooie. Let’s hope that with Rare stepping back into the spotlight, we might also see the return of some of their biggest IPs.

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