40 Years of Favorites: Video Game Series

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So, one of many things you may not know is that I love video games. My fondest memories of gaming started when I got the Nintendo Entertainment System for Christmas. Then we moved to Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Nintendo 64, and Sega Dreamcast. When I left home, I shifted my loyalty to the Sony PlayStation line. I had a PS2 and PS3. I currently have a PS4.

Throughout the years, I’ve fallen in love with many series. Today, I’m giving you my favorites.

  1. Kingdom Hearts. If you haven’t heard of this series, where have you been? The crossover series between Disney and Final Fantasy has some of the most hardcore fans. In January, after many side stories and prequels, fans finally got Kingdom Hearts 3. I didn’t think I would like this series as much as I do. It’s an RPG, which I don’t play much. Plus, it has probably the most complexing storyline in video game history. However, it feels more like an action-adventure series. There are plenty of cameos. And the worlds are as pleasing as the franchises they borrow from.
  2. Mega Man. From the complex to the simple. And that’s why I love Mega Man series and its successor series, Mega Man X. It’s pretty straightforward. You’re a warrior robot tasked with saving the world from evil robots. Both are full of action and I love the ability to acquire weapons from fallen bosses and use them in your arsenal. While I give the edge to X for having an edgier, deeper story, both have high replay value.
  3. Uncharted. In a world where FPSs rule the landscape, it’s nice to know there are some single-player games that match up with the best of them. The Uncharted games are a prime example. The games tell a deeply rich story of fortune hunter Nathan Drake. The games are fun and give you many options to play. You can go in guns blazing or you can go stealth. It provides good balance between the two. And there are plenty of puzzles to solve, as with any adventure game. I’m playing the latest entry, A Thief’s End, and I’m loving it.
  4. Super Smash Bros. The ultimate crossover series. Characters from Nintendo’s greatest franchises duke it out for supremacy. And as each game grows in scope, so has the roster. In fact, characters from franchises outside Nintendo have made cameos in these games. Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man, Solid Snake, Cloud Strife. Most fighting game fans regard Super Smash Bros. Melee as the best in the series, and it’s hard to argue with that statement. I think Ultimate comes very close. Some say it surpasses Melee. If I get a Nintendo Switch, that’s the first game I’ll play.
  5. Legend of Zelda. “It’s dangerous to go alone. Take this.” With those words, you start the first of many games in Nintendo’s second flagship series. Some may think I’m crazy putting Zelda ahead of Nintendo’s crown jewel, but I think Zelda has more to offer. You have one of the greatest heroes in all of gaming history. The world of Hyrule is ripe with wonder and mystery. The weapons are awesome. And each game tells its own story, which is good in some ways. And many gamers praise Ocarina of Time as one of the best games of all time.
  6. Pokémon. An iconic series and a cultural franchise. Pokémon caught lightning in a bottle in the 90’s and hasn’t slowed in over twenty years. Video games, trading cards, anime, manga, toys, mobile gaming, and soon, a live-action movie. There’s no doubt Pokémon will be around for a long time, though some might wish for it to bow out while it’s still successful.
  7. Super Mario Bros. The original introduced many gamers, myself included, to the gaming world. Many historians will tell you that Super Mario Bros. saved the industry from going extinct. In turn, it kicked off gaming’s Golden Age. The series is one of the few that transitioned from side-scroller to 3-D successfully. And it finds ways to keep itself fresh.
  8. SSX. Some might not know much about the games, but they were some of my favorites when I had my PlayStation2. There was a time where everyone was about extreme sports. The gaming industry wanted to capitalize on the craze. Enter SSX, a snowboarding series known for over-the-top characters and reality-defying stunts. SSX Tricky and SSX 3, were my favorites. I would love to see this series resurrected for current-gen consoles.
  9. Marvel vs. Capcom. This series actually started with X-Men vs. Street Fighter. The series evolved through bringing characters throughout the Marvel and Capcom universes. Some well-known, some out of left field. The reason I like this series is the fact I can put teams of two or three together with a common theme or be polar opposites. I like Marvel vs. Capcom 2 the best because it has the largest roster. There is some strategy involved, but that’s part of what makes it so fun.
  10. Soul Calibur. Not many series can say they have a game where the console version was more popular than the arcade. That’s the case with Soul Calibur, the sequel to Soul Edge. I like the weapon-centric combat. Reminds me a lot of when I used to play with Nerf swords. And in a genre that’s not always known for storytelling, this series does it well. The quest to find a possessed sword. Some want its power, others want it destroyed.
  • Next to writing, gaming has etched a place into my heart. Even if I “retire” from gaming altogether, there will still be a part of me itching to learn more about what’s to come. I’m lucky my family knows how much I love video games. And even luckier to pass that love to my children. They may even surpass me in skill as well as passion. Who knows?
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