-by Dylan DiBona
I doubt I’m alone, but I get this “feeling” when I play a really special video game for the first time. It’s like a sixth sense that tells me that this game is going to become one of my all-time favorites. I don’t get that feeling a lot, but more often than not it’s correct. The Legend of Zelda is my favorite video game franchise, but when I played Breath of the Wild earlier this year, I didn’t get that feeling. It’s a great game, heck even amazing, but it didn’t quite do enough for me to jump into the realm of love I have for a handful of games. It got me thinking, how do we come to the conclusion on what games become our favorites?
Hotline Miami is one example where I didn’t get that special feeling when first playing it, but when I look back in hindsight I realize how much I love it. Sometimes it can be a good case of timing. Maybe work or school has been super stressful and the only thing keeping you sane is a fun video game waiting for you at home. Perhaps there’s a personal problem you’re dealing with at home and you need a little escapism. A game that receives a 63% on Metacritic can easily be a 100% to a single person if it comes to a them at the right time; most would call this occurrence “nostalgia goggles”.
Hotline Miami came to me summer of last year. It was on sale and I was bored during the usual summer slump of games. Out of nowhere I had a great PS4 game to play with unique gameplay, stunning music and a trippy story. If it wasn’t for that summer boredom, who knows if I would even have played Hotline Miami?
Sometimes a game just does everything right for somebody. A lot of people like to say that The Wind Waker is too easy, too short, or (rarely) a bad Zelda game. To me, Wind Waker did everything right. It was basically perfect in my eyes at the time of playing. Looking back I can see some cracks in my rose-tinted glasses and see a few issues I have with Wind Waker, but I still adore it.
As a kid I believed perfection within entertainment existed. Now I’m not so sure and it’s a topic I struggle with to this day. I don’t know if there’s a perfect video game out there, but really it all boils down to personal desires towards gameplay, story- everything.
Out out the blue
Lastly, there are some games that were never even on my radar before their release. Sometimes a friend will convince us to try something new, or there’ll be a really good sale and we’ll say “why not?”
I like the South Park television show but I knew of the bad stigma of licensed games. I was surprised to find out that The Stick of Truth turned out be a great RPG, and it remains to be one of my favorites of the genre. Another example would be the Fire Emblem series. I never would’ve thought a slow, chess-like video game would be my thing, but it is!
Perhaps that unexpected, out of the blue nature of a game can add to it’s charm. This doesn’t happen to me a lot, but when it does it’s quite special.
I love a lot of games, but inside my brain there’s a small vault for the games I cherish. It’s really a wonderful feeling to add another game into that vault.
So guys what do you think? How did some of your favorite games take that title? Let me know down below and I’ll try my best to reply! As always, thanks for reading!