Last week, we had my first ever film review- now it’s time for me to talk about one of my oldest loves- video games! The #GameStruck4 hashtag is something that has swept the world over the past week, in which people share the four games that have had the biggest impact on their lives. I thought this’d be interesting to talk about, and introduce the topic of video games to this blog without getting too nerdy- I’ll save that for another time. So without further ado- these are the four games that have had the most effect on my life.
1. Age Of Empires II
This might have been one of the first games I ever played. When I was younger I had a friend who owned this game, and I spent hours with him trying to get to grips with it. Unfortunately, we weren’t too good at it, and failed every single level we tried. Despite this, it was so much fun, and we must have played it for hours and hours on end. I have it to thank for getting me into video games, and I still revisit it to this day (although I think I’ve improved in the years since).
2. Jak 3
Simply speaking, this was the first game I fell in love with it. When I was in junior school, it was the game that everyone wanted, talked about, and just had to have, and so the first day I heard about it, I went home and borrowed it from a friend. And what a game it was. The mix of storytelling, action sequences, and platforming felt so natural, it was just one of the best gaming experiences I’ve ever had. It’s has such an effect on me that I still go back to it to this day, and it’s as fun as the first time I ever played it.
3. Life is Strange
This game was important to me as I found it in a difficult part of my life. I won’t go into any detail, but this game helped me distract myself as I lost myself in it’s mystery, playing though it over and over again to try and find little details that’d lead me to finding out more about the ongoing plot. It started out as a nice, but relaxing story-driven game, and it ended as something that you’ll invest everything into- it’s impossible not to get emotionally attached to.
4. Bioshock: The Collection
Yes, I know this is a bit of a cheap answer, given that this is technically three games, but this list would be a lot more boring if it contained three games from the same franchise. But these three games are my favourite of all time- in my opinion nothing compares to them. Whether it’s the plot twists of the original Bioshock, the sheer helpless atmosphere of Bioshock 2, or the beautiful story of Bioshock Infinite, there’s always something to lose yourself in. Each story is beautiful, and completely self-contained while being part of a wider narrative, and they all cover topics such as social change, isolation, racism, religion, and morality itself. In my opinion, these are the greatest games of all time.