Since the the holiday season is upon us, I thought that I would highlight some good games that I think you all should be playing. These are games that some have never heard of before; but, I think they are some of the best out there. Some games I have for Playstation of Playstation 2, but they are also available for PC (you gotta love developers for releasing games so that everyone can play them!!
). Here are some of my personal favorites:1) Beyond Good & Evil
This game is simply amazing. I got in in January of 2004, and I have been in love ever since. Words alone cannot describe how great this game is. It has everything; stealth, action, fighing, an excellent story; something for everyone. You play as a photo journalist named Jade, who begins to investigate a government conspiracy. Like all good games, things are not as they seem; prepare for intrige and disturbing revelations. The environments are gorgeous, the voice acting is excellent; everything about this game is above and beyond what you would expect. This game is available for PC, Playstation 2 (I have this version), Gamecube, and Xbox. You can download the PC demo here:Beyond Good & Evil Demo
Unfortunatly, this game didn't sell well; it may be hard to find, but it should not be that expensive. It is one of my favorite games ever. I highly
recomend that you give it a try. 2) Monkey Island Series
These games are a dramatic departure from Beyond Good & Evil. Instead of being extremly serious, they are about as wacky as you can get. The games (there are four in all), revolve around a wannabe (later fully fledged) pirate named Guybrush Threepwood. Our airheaded hero crosses paths with other eccentric characters such as: the handless wuss Meathook, the convicted felon Otis, the Swordmaster Carla, the fast-talking salesman Stan (who sells various things throughout the series), the Voodoo lady (that's her name. No really.), the shipwrecked hermit named Herman Toothrot, the confident and powerfull goverenor Elaine Marley (the love interest), and the villian the Ghost Pirate LeChuck. And this is just the first game!! (My favorite is the talking skull Murray, who shows up in the third game!!)
The games (supposedly) take place in the 17th or 18th century. However, the surroundings are strangly modern (fast food restaurants, cable TV, radar, neon lights, etc.). And the characters know
that they are in a video game! Some of the humor is very strange (one stage actor in the third game managed to condense all of Shakespeare's plays in a 35-minute play that he calls "Speare!")
These games are point and click adventures for the most part; mini games like Monkey Kombat (the fourth game) are also very fun. Even though I usually like platformer of RPG games, I really like these games!
Here are the games in order: Secret of Monkey Island
- the one that started it all, and the first one I played. Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge
- the sequel. Most Monkey Island fans like this one the best (I don't. It seemed too Bugs Bunny for me. And the whole "revenge" thing seemed too overdone; but that's just me). The Curse of Monkey Island
- the third one. And my favorite!!
It had the right balance of plot and humor, and it had (in my opinion) the best cast of the series. Escape from Monkey Island
- the fourth one, and probably the most hated among the die-hards. But I thought it was okay. I thought that some of the plot contradicted earlier games, but oh well. This was the first MI game in full 3-D. Since I have no 3-D card, I bought the PS2 version.
Full info on the series can be found here:World of Monkey Island
The above site has demos, game sypnosis' and buying info. Unfortunatly, Lucas Arts, the company that made these games, seems to have forgotten about them (they only sell Star Wars crap now). You may be able to get ahold of copies on those online auction sites, but it will be a hard hunt. If you can get copies of these games, I highly recomend them.
Well, those are my current picks. Anyone else have any good PC games they recomend? My only requirement is that they not be mainstream or highly popular!!!!!!
We all know
about GTA and Star Wars Battlefront and the like. I want to give games that have been overlooked by most of the gaming industry a chance to be discovered. So try something new. I will be on the hunt for other obscure games. Post your findings here, please! Thanks! I look forward to trying other games deemed "outside the box!"