My top 10 games of the decade

Alright, as promised, I’m counting down what I feel are the top ten games from the past decade. Since just counting down the best video games in general would be chaos, I’m going to stick with what Nintendo Power did and simplify my countdown to include just games that were released for Nintendo (a couple of them may have also appeared on other platforms).

Here are the first few:

10. Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles (Wii)
RE: DC is a rail shooter that retells the events of RE 2 and RE: Code: Veronica, which, first of all, are two of my favorite RE games. The graphics in this game are beautiful, and extremely impressive for the Wii. The main protagonists are Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, naturally.  The levels are expertly crafted and the voice acting is done very well. The game is a great time whether you’re playing solo or co-op with a friend. If you’re in the mood for some mindless zombie blasting without the hassle of navigating, this is the game for you.

9. Super Mario Galaxy
Though I enjoyed Super Mario Sunshine, this game is clearly the superior title. The level designs are phenomenal and the graphics are breath taking for a Mario game. On top of the fun basic story line, the game has tons of replay value (you can play through again as Luigi and explore new experiences) and encourages you to keep playing until you collect all of the stars once you’ve finished the game with the minimum requirement. 

8. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
I was so thrilled to see a Silent Hill title come to the Wii, but I never could’ve imagined just what an amazing use of the Wii remote it would have. The speaker on the remote acts as Harry Mason’s cell phone, and holding the remote up to your ear when accepting a call is a great way to make the player feel immersed in the game. In fact, there is plenty of interactivity between the player and the game in this title, which is what makes it so impressive.  When you turn the game on there is a psychology warning that the game will psychologically profile you as you play. I have never seen something like this before. You begin the game by filling out a survey, and based on your answers, many different aspects in the game will be altered to fit with your responses. As a result of your answers, characters will have specific personalities, monsters will appear a certain way and so on. Because of this feature, the game has almost unlimited replay value. You can alter all or a couple of the answers on your survey the next time you begin a file and experience a much different game. Throughout the game there are also subsequent sessions with Dr. Kaufmann, where you’ll be asked to answer more personal questions, which in turn will also affect your game and ultimately the ending you receive. This is a really interesting new adventure for Harry and long-time fans of the series will really appreciate the new title, as long as it is interpreted separately from the rest of the games rather than as canon. The use of the Wii remote and nunchuck to shake off enemies in an appropriate direction also makes the player feel more a part of the story. Check out screen shots, descriptions, and more at Konami’s official website for the game.

More of my countdown to come later! =)

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2 Comments »

  1. Frances Said:

    I’ve always wanted to play Resident Evil and Silent Hill. You are making me want to play them again. I really should get a Wii or something like that. All I have is my laptop

  2. clacagnina Said:

    You should definitely check them out, especially with that zombie kick you’ve been on lately. No zombies in Silent Hill, but there are other monsters, and the stories are awesome.


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