Pokémon was the first game I ever played, when I was like 4 years old. I remember looking through a catalogue full of toys with my brother when we were little, just before Christmas or something. That's when we stumbled upon the first Pokémon games. He chose Blue, and I chose Red because red was my favorite color as a kid.
Eventually my brother also got Yellow, which allows Pikachu to follow you around. Unfortunately for me, he never let me play it. Brothers suck.
Ever since then, Pokémon has been my favorite game. Maybe I'm slightly biased since it's the first game I ever played. But throughout the years, I've really enjoyed the games they've released. I love the mechanics, I love the storyline and I love the designs of both old and new games. It's a formula that works.
2. Crash Bandicoot
Continuing down Memory Lane, we have Crash Bandicoot. Another one of my Childhood favorites.
My brother and I played through most of the older games together. My favorite game of the franchise is Twinsanity. I love the mechanics and length of it. The storyline is maybe a bit meh, but Crash Bandicoot in general isn't exactly famous for being plot-heavy. I've had many laughs with this franchise though, especially when my mom wanted to give it a go. She wasn't the best at it, to say the least.
3. Animal Crossing
So far I've only played two Animal Crossing games, Wild World and New Leaf. But I love both of them a lot, so they deserve spot number 3. I love that there are so many different things you can do in this game, and how calming and therapeutic it is. New Leaf is especially beautiful, with the scenery and the music. Even when you've collected all the fossils and items you can collect, explored all the areas, built your village the way you want it, there's still so much left to do. You can constantly change what your village looks like, and since the villagers will be moving in and out, new faces replacing old, you can end up playing it for years without becoming tired of it.
Man, I love me some pixel games. And Undertale fits all the criteria for a great game in my opinion. It has the graphics, which are incredible "despite" being just pixels and nothing too fancy. The scenery is great. The humor and randomness of it is great. The characters are well-developed and great. The mechanics are really interesting and unique. The story is really intriguing and versatile. I love that there are multiple ways you can play it. I love the music, I even have Snowdin's theme as my own ringtone. I feel like there's nothing else I can say about this game honestly. S'great. I love it.
5. Ori and the Blind Forest
Y'ALL. This game had me gasping. For real. It has some of the most beautiful graphics I've ever seen. The story is pretty neat too, it can really pull at your heartstrings. And the music is A+. If I ever become an art director, THIS is the goddamn kind of game I'd love to be a part of. The mechanics are also really smooth, which just adds to the awesomeness factor. This is the kind of game that leaves you feeling a little empty after you've played it.
Just listen to the music.
6. To the Moon
Speaking of feeling empty inside after playing a game. If you want to feel dead inside, play To the moon.
Yet another pixel game. Like I said, I love pixel games. This game has the type of story that'll leave you a sobbing mess when you're done. You think you're playing the game, but in fact, this game is playing you. And your heart. And once it's done, your heart is nothing but mush. The music is absolutely beautiful. There's not much to say about the actual mechanics since this is definitely more of a story-based game, but that's a good thing in its own way.
7. The Last Of Us
Apocalypse-type games have been in for a few years now, and The last of us is no exception. It's a pretty story-heavy game but, unlike To the moon for example, its mechanics are pretty well-developed and versatile. Lots of shooting and sneaking around. I'm not typically a massive fan of shooting games since I feel like the shooting aspect can easily end up overshadowing the plot (which is the most important aspect of a game to me). But The last of us has a pretty neat balance, and I like that. I also love the characters, and their development throughout the game. The graphics are also beautiful.
8. Life is Strange
It's a multiple choice game, i.e. the choices you make affect certain aspects and outcomes of the game. This is something I really like, because you get to shape the game and it becomes a more unique experience. Plus you can also play through it a few times in order to explore the different options and endings that it gives you.
I think the characters are pretty well developed, but sometimes bordering on stereotype-y. The graphics and animations are somewhat simple, maybe a bit janky at times, but the color palettes and lighting definitely make up for it. The plot starts out fun and lighthearted, but ends up taking morbid turn after turn. I think it's what makes this game kind of a dark horse. I really liked it.
9. Until Dawn
I bet some of y'all might be cackling right now, but hear me out. Yes, Until Dawn is like a massive stereotypical horror game with lots of tropes and bullshit... but I love it. It's like a guilty pleasure. It's like the B-movie you hate but also love because it's so bad you've gotta love it. And many people agree actually, since it got some pretty good reviews too. Even if it's slightly predictable and stereotypical, it works. The characters are actually surprisingly distinguishable, the mechanics are pretty smooth for the most part (the camera angles are real annoying though) and it's able to create that horror game ambiance without being jam-packed with jump scares.
10. Corpse Party: Blood Covered
Corpse party, Blood covered is a remake of an older version of the game. It's a Japanese pixel horror story game with lots of gore, mystery and horrible plot twists. I love it because of the unique plot, and obviously because it's a pixel game. The characters are stereotypical Japanese high school students, but I think it works and some of them are actually pretty well-developed. This is more of a gore-y type of horror game so if that isn't your thing and you become easily grossed out, don't play it.
11. Aviary Attorney
What if Sherlock and Watson were little birdies? That's Aviary Attorney. It's hilariously cute, the art is fantastic in its own quirky way and the storyline of the different chapters are mysterious and interesting. It's a simple game that's kind of more like an interactive book, but it's fun. It's cute. I had to add it to the list.
12. The Walking Dead
I actually prefer the game to the TV-series. I feel like the characters have more depth, and the story is actually interesting (even if it's a bit repetitive like the TV-series, and shares parts of the plot). I might be wrong, but I think The walking dead is the game that paved the way for multiple choice games. I love the art style too, kind of cartoony but realistic at the same time. Unlike the TV-series, this game actually has some pretty lovable characters that don't make you feel like scratching your eyes out. It also has the perfect amount of creepy aspects without actually being a horror game.
13. Zelda: Ocarina of time (3DS)
I'm actually not a massive fan of the Zelda franchise, so far I've only played Phantom hourglass and Ocarina of time. I struggled through Phantom hourglass years ago, which left me scarred after all the damn puzzles. But I decided to give Ocarina of time a shot when it was released for the 3DS, and I'm glad I did! It's not nearly as puzzle-crazy as Phantom hourglass, and I'm thankful for that. I really like the story and the world, the hidden gems and the graphics. I know the original Ocarina of time is considered one of the best Zelda games, along with Majora's mask and A Link to the past, so I'm glad I gave it a shot.
14. The Wolf Among Us
Another Telltale game that I love, based on the comic book series Fables. The story is great, the characters are great (and obviously a bit stereotypical at times but that's ok and expected) and I also love the general atmosphere of the game. The walking dead had a more muted color palette, but The wolf among us definitely has a stronger, more neon-looking color palette. It's nice and fits in with the scenery perfectly. It shares the same mechanics as The walking dead so there's not much else to add to what's already been said.
15. Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter
Alright, I'm going to start wrapping it up now even though I could go on for ages. I love all of the Sherlock games but I feel like The devil's daughter has been the best one so far. With every game, the graphics get just a little better and the stories a bit more intriguing. I think The devil's daughter hit the nail on the head as far as a Sherlock game goes, and they've really stepped up with the graphics and mechanics! Hence worth a mention from me.
That's about it! Thank you for reading, if you've bothered to read this far. I'd give ya a cookie if I had one.