By Alex Maidment (nSanity Beach)
There are a lot of different games out there to play and originally, I considered making this blog my top 5 games, but I literally couldn’t pick. Part of the reason I couldn’t choose my top 5 games is because it regularly changes depending on mood! So instead, I’m going to highlight my top 5 games series and I’ve attempted to choose a mix of genres!
Even this was really tricky to do as I could have picked a lot of different options and to be honest, I’ve probably still forgotten some. So this blog really sums up the Top 5 games series that I can think of right now.
In no particular order:
1) Crash Bandicoot: N.SANE Trilogy
I’ve long confessed that the Crash Bandicoot games on PS1 were the games that ‘made me a gamer’. If I was to write a blog of my Top 5 games, at least one of these games would have to be in there.
While in essence, I am referring to the original trilogy on PS1, the recent remastered version for modern day consoles was a triumph and has revitalised my love for the N.SANE trilogy, so much so, that my Xbox Live Gamertag and alias on PC gaming is now ‘nSanity Beach’, a play on the name of the first level of the first Crash Bandicoot game.
What I’ve always loved about this games series is the fun style of platform play mixed with challenging level design and replayability with different collectables and time trials for each level.
The overall Halo games series has been a mix of excitement, frustration, emotion and achievement. While I was late to the party with Halo, really taking to it when Halo 3 was released on the Xbox 360 (although I did attempt Halo: CE on PC and I dabbled with Halo 2 at friends’ houses), I’ve been back through the games and loved every minute of it.
For me, it’s not just the brilliant and at times beautiful campaigns that follow an epic character, John-117 aka Master Chief, it’s the fantastic FPS online experience that over the games has added some great gamemodes to keep the games exciting, interesting and replayable.
Okay, so Portal may have been a pretty short games series but both of the games were AMAZING! Maybe not for everyone but the puzzle-based games mixed a great storyline with fun and challenging gameplay.
One of the things I loved about the Portal game series was the inventive use of game physics and in many ways how logical it was. Personally, I didn’t find the game easy, giving a great sense of achievement when I completed them.
4) Forza Horizon
I’ve long been a fan of racing games, from Gran Tourismo on the PS1 and PS2 through to the Forza games on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, but for me, Forza Horizon wins the position in my top 5 game series.
Part of me wanted to include Need for Speed because of how solid some of the earlier games were, for example the Underground games, the first ‘Most Wanted’ and to some extent Carbon, but let’s face it, the more modern graphics, mechanics and in some ways the general storyline of the Forza Horizon games just made them more worthy.
As a Brit (who coincidentally only lives down the road from Forza Horizon’s developer Playground Games), I love the use of more European locations that many other driving games fail to capture.
There have been A LOT of Pokemon games over the years but this for, I’m referring to the more traditional portable, on the go Pokemon games; Pokemon Red, Blue, Yellow, Silver, Gold, Crystal, Ruby, Sapphire etc etc.
In recent years, the games have become a little more stale with less imaginative Pokemon but the game series as a whole is just magical. I spent hours playing my Gameboy Colour wishing for the experience to be real as I adventured through the towns and cities battling gym leaders, wild Pokemon and building my Pokedex as I went.
I can only hope that the future of the series brings back the sense of adventure and enjoyment that I had as a child playing these games (and playing them again as a not so young adult…)
There are a lot more games series that I could of chosen and I spent some time deliberating on the list of 5, so please, tell me I got it wrong, right or what I missed!