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My Top Ten Video Games

This picture is not really relevant.  While Giant Chess is a game that I enjoy, it is not a video game.
I love making lists of things.  To-Do lists.  Shopping lists.  Top Ten lists.  Lists of lists, like this.  Apparently I also love writing tongue twisters.  This list will detail my favorite video games of all time, and why they are awesome.  Here they are:

The Countdown!

10. Civilization V:

I grew up playing Civilization games, and the newest version did not disappoint.  I miss the old throne rooms, but everything else is greatly improved.  The maps are fantastic, the AI is challenging, and the game runs smoothly.  It's a great way to pass the time on sleepless nights.

9. The Sims 2:

Even though I have the Sims 3, and the Sims 4 is about to come out, I still play the Sims 2 more.  This is probably because I recently got all of the expansion packs for free.  I have barely skimmed the surface, there is just so much to see and do in this game.  

8. Fallout 3:

An old Army battle-buddy of mine introduced this series to me.  "It's like Oblivion, but post-apocalyptic/future," he said.  Initially, I didn't get into it, but once I did, I was addicted.  It's gritty, dark, and brutal at times.  I love the story-line and free-roam, open world.  

7. Fallout, New Vegas: 

No one can agree which Fallout game is better, but I prefer this one.  There are more side quests, less bugs, and the landscape is more colorful and varied.  You can also decide which side to support, or just take over the world for yourself.

6. The Elder Scrolls V, Skyrim:

I don't want to know how many hours of my life I have already spent on this game.  I'll never complete everything in the game.  That's impossible.  This game is epic in every way.  It is beautiful and addicting.  Great gameplay, excellent storylines, and tons of customization.

5. Final Fantasy X:

I wouldn't be a real gamer-girl if this wasn't on my list.  This game makes me cry every time I play it.  So good.  Also blitzball.

4. The Legend of Zelda, Ocarina of Time:

This is the only Legend of Zelda game I have played.  I don't even think I had an N64 growing up.  I didn't play this until I was in High School, but I immediately loved it.  The music.  The beautiful scenery.  The dungeons.  The characters.  Everything is perfect.  It would probably be my favorite game if I had played it as a child, but the nostalgia factor for the next games tips the scales.

3. Final Fantasy VII:

I wouldn't be a Final Fantasy fan if this game wasn't in my Top 3.  These last three games are so close to equal that it is difficult to distinguish which one is actually my favorite.  To be sure, FFVII is famous for the awesome story-line, badass villain, and incredible characters.  I think it is a bit too dark at times, for my taste, but it is nonetheless a beautiful and fun game to play.

2. Final Fantasy IX:

This is my favorite Final Fantasy game.  For some reason this game is highly underrated.  I love the whimsical, colorful characters, cities, and story.  The Eidolons are awesome in this game, and I like the battle system.  The villain in this game is somewhat lacking, as is part of the ending, but it doesn't change how much I love it.

1. Legend of the Dragoon:

 My favorite game of all time.  I can replay this game a million times and never get tired of it.  The best thing about it is the battle system, which requires timed button-tapping to maximize special attacks.  The dragoon powers are amazing.  The story is interesting.  The characters are unique and easy to relate to.  The graphics are good for the time, and the cut-scenes even have sound!  I also love the beautiful and varied locations visited throughout the game.

Honorable Mention:

Obviously my favorite genre of video games is the RPG (Role Playing Game).  However, there are some games that I wish I had room to include in my Top Ten list.  Here they are: GTA V, Halo 4, Guitar Hero, Tomb Raider, Hitman, Star Ocean, Metal Gear Solid (thanks for reminding me, Chris), and to go way back, Commander Keene and Wolfenstein. 

Sometime in the future I will attempt to make a Top Ten list for my favorite books, movies, and bands.  My mind has a hard time picking favorites, but it's a fun exercise.  So, what are your favorite video games?  What do you think of mine?  Please let me know in the comment section!  Thanks for reading.

-Libbi Duncan, The Cornucopia Woman


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