For all who are reading this, after you finish reading my top 10 favorite games, I encourage you to respond with your favorite games as well. You also don’t have to go into so much detail, like I did. So, here we go. I tried my best to avoid spoilers so you should be fine.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3: I bet you all are probably wondering why I have this game on my list. It’s for one reason only, the zombies mode. Black Ops 3 was a disappointing game, since it had to live up to the massive success of Black Ops 2 and it’s campaign, which sucked. But the zombies mode was the redeeming factor for me. After 3 years without a proper zombies mode, CoD fans were hoping that this game would have the best zombies mode ever, and it did. When the game launched, the first was was Shadows of Evil. A map set in the 1930s which tells the story of 4 criminals trying to repay there crimes. Then DLC #1 started the story from where Black Ops 2 had left us. The castle of Der Eisendrache where the character, Tank Dempsey, has to take the souls away from his older self. The story of zombies is very complex so I’ll link a full storyline if you’d like to read it. Zombies Storyline Timeline Next, the crew goes to the Japanese swamps of Zesatbu No Shima, where they must take the souls of the older version of Takeo, again. Then, you are teleported to the battlegrounds of Stalingrad where you fight a dragon. It’s not Smaug, but it’s still cool. Finally, the last DLC pack delivers the final map where the Crew must take down the Shadow Man, who has caused havoc across the universe. The reason why I love this mode so much is many reasons. The voice actors, which include Nolan North, the creativity of each map, and the amazing storyline. I highly recommend that you give the entire storyline a read if you’re bored one day.
Mortal Kombat X- When I was growing up, my dad gave me his old SNES for my 8th birthday, which came along with some great games including Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. I played this game so much with my brother and cousin. When I heard that the Mortal Kombat series was returning the next-generation consoles, I was so happy. Mortal Kombat X, or MKXL as it is known now, is a blast to play. The game was all I had hyped it up to be, with the fluid controls, the brutal fatalities, and a great campaign mode. This game even got my sister into playing video games for once. She only played Skyrim and was reluctant to play anything else, until she fought me and beat me. The game also had 3 Kombat Packs, or DLC packs, which included some great characters, including The Predator, Leatherface, and even the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This game is, without a doubt, the best in the Mortal Kombat series.
Super Mario 3D World- I don’t know how Mario, cats, and a 3D game could work, but somehow it did. Super Mario 3D World is a great game, but was turned off since it was on the Wii U console. This game brings so many new things to the table, including a cat suit, different playable characters then the typical Mario game, and a killer Jazz soundtrack. Super Mario 3D World takes the multiple levels in each world aspect from the 2D Mario games, and makes it better. Each level is filled with secrets to collect and the game has 4 player co-op, which does the job when trying to ruin friendships. The story is also different from the other games. Peach isn’t captured this time, but the Sprixies are captured by Bowser and you, along with Luigi, Toad, and Peach, must save them. This game makes for a fun time when you’re bored and don’t have anything to play.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare- Even though Call of Duty is a dying franchise, this game means a lot to me. When I first got a Xbox 360, this was the first game I got and it was amazing. The campaign is one of the best in CoD history and it really attaches you to the few characters that you fight with. The story of CoD4 is about a new army recruit, Soap, who is fighting with S.A.S. trying to end a civil war in Russia. In multiple parts of the story, you switch to a new character, Sergeant Jackson who is with the USMC. The multiplayer is one of the best in the franchise and was the first time I got a total of 24 hours played on a multiplayer game. This game was so popular, they had to remaster it to get a horrible game to sell. The remaster isn’t as good as the original, however, it did add new items to multiplayer which kept the game fresh.
Sunset Overdrive- I will honestly be surprised if any of you know what this game is. Sunset Overdrive is Assassins Creed on steroids. The story is about a local worker in Sunset City, the city of dreams. When a massive party is scheduled to unveil the newest energy drink, Supercharged, people are, for some reason, so hyped to try it. But, it ends up turning everyone into weird zombie like creatures that take over the city. You, and a few others, are the only survives and you have to find a way to escape Sunset City. The reason why I like this game so much is how stupidly funny it is. At one point you’re trying to save a Boy Scout troop leader, them you’re trying to save a leader who if being feed tree bark by LARPers, or love action role players. It has a great story with funny characters so that’s why it’s at my number 6 spot.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild- Ah, who knew Skyrim for kids could be this fun. When this game won Game of the Year 2017, I was shocked. Not only was it the first time Nintendo got 2 games nominated for Game of the Year, but it beat 3 other enormously popular games like Horizon Zero Dawn and PUBG. I still haven’t beaten the main story of this game, but it’s great so far. I can’t go much into detail about the story without spoiling it, but I’ll just say a few things. The game look beautiful, the characters are great, and the soundtrack is.... eh. It’s not the best. But still a great game.
Cuphead- Before I start talking about this game, I will admit that I did break my Xbox controller while trying to fighting King Dice. So there’s that. Cuphead follows the story of two cup brothers, who become very irresponsible, and gamble with the Devil. They loose and are given the choice of selling there souls to the Devil, or collecting everyone else’s souls that belong to the Devil. So Cuphead and Mugman go collect everyone’s souls. Cuphead is based off an 1930s cartoon, with hand drawn animation, and about 15 enraging boss battles that make you want to break something. Even though the game may be very difficult, it is very pleasing to look at the animation and to hear the fully orchestrated jazz soundtrack that the game has to offer.
Super Mario Galaxy 2- This game is amazing. Even though it's not my #1 pick, I love this game to pieces. The soundtrack is, in my opinion, the best soundtrack in gaming history. The game takes you on an adventure throughout the galaxy with even new galaxies to explore, some old favorites return like the Honeyhive Galaxy and a remake of King Whomp’s Fortress from Super Mario 64. Yoshi also makes an appearance in this game, bringing new abilities to the game. I’ve talked about this game to much so I’ll just leave you with that.
Super Mario Odyssey- Ok, this is the last Mario game on the list. Super Mario Odyssey takes every Mario game and puts them all together to make a masterpiece of a game. You have the signature long jumps from Mario Galaxy, the 8-Bit sections from the original Mario games, and an open world to explore like Mario 64. Without a doubt, this is the best Mario game ever created. Also, the music is amazing. From Cascade Kingdom to Peach’s Castle, you will be delighted with all the great music this game has to offer. And, the E3 trailer song, Jump Up, Superstar, is a masterpiece of its own. This is the first game I’ve genuinely 100% within 2 weeks and I don’t regret it.
Doom- If you haven’t played to original Doom, here’s a quick rundown. You’re on Mars, a portal to Hell opens up, and demons overrun the place and try to kill you. That’s practically it. Doom 4, or the 2016 reboot, follows the same story where you’re immediately thrown into action with no voice dialogue or story to tell you where you are or what has happened. For a while, Super Mario Galaxy 2 was my favorite game of all time, but Doom definitely tops it. The feeling when you pull off a glory kill or make a sick jump feels rewarding every time. Most of the guns are brought back from the original Doom as well, like the BFG-9000 and the chainsaw. Doom also has a map creator called Snapmaps, which give the game endless amounts of extra content.