So the problem presented yesterday was to figure out what these games are:
Answers below the fold.
It turned out that people solved it very quickly. By comment #16, Matt had the correct answer, just an hour and forty minutes after I posted it. By comment #41 Deltaway has recreated the list and posted the result.
Now, I know I called these my “top 5”, but in reality, I don’t think this is the sort of thing I’d try to set in stone. Is Half-Life 2 actually better than Fallout? Is ice cream better than steak? I don’t know that I could narrow a list and put it into a definitive numeric order and say, “This is the right and proper ordering of games for me.” So, I tried to pick a favorite for each genre, and then ordered them according to how I felt about them at the moment. I also limited myself to a single game from each franchise.
But even at that, should System Shock really be at the top? I think System Shock 2 is the better game. Not just because it looks better either. The interface is far better. The character-building is more interesting and varied. The gameplay is smoother. The story is better paced. But! The original is the one that got into my bloodstream and irrevocably altered my DNA. It’s the one that eventually caused me to write a book. How can one sort out such intangibles?
So, while arranging games into numeric lists is fun, I recognize that it’s also a little self-indulgent and meaningless.
Still, it’s worth noting: Of the games I listed, only one was made in this century. If you gave me three more slots, I’d most likely add Starcraft, Morrowwind, and Diablo II, also products of that bygone era.
I’m just sayin’.
The Best of 2013
My picks for what was important, awesome, or worth talking about in 2013.
Bethesda felt the need to jam a morality system into Fallout 3, and they blew it. Good and evil make no sense and the moral compass points sideways.
The Death of Half-Life
Valve still hasn't admitted it, but the Half-Life franchise is dead. So what made these games so popular anyway?
The plot of this game isn't just dumb, it's actively hostile to the player. This game hates you and thinks you are stupid.
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round
I'm not surprised a fighting game has an absurd story. I just can't figure out why they bothered with the story at all.