Terry D. Barnett II – 5 Games to Spend Winter With
This winter I’ll be returning home to the “Land of Oz” after almost an entire year of being away, so I hope to get together with old friends and family and play some damn good games over some drinks and good times. I have a backlog of games to play and, since I’ve spent too much money this holiday season, I’ll have to put my Skylanders Figurine hunts on hold. Instead, I’m just going to pick up a handful of games to chill out with by the fire these coming holiday evenings.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 – PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U
For fans of: Fighting games, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Blazblue, Marvel Vs. Capcom
My winter break starts tomorrow night and when I meet up with my friends you can bet that the first thing that’s getting played is some Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Bust out the liquor and the arcade sticks, because TTT2 is going to keep the adrenaline pumping and the blood flowing when it gets cold out.
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD – PS3, Xbox 360, PSP
For fans of: Stealth Action, 3rd person Shooters, story lines so deep and spread out you could suffocate in them.
Metal Gear Solid is a beloved series to me personally but I never picked up a copy of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker on PSP (Shame on me). Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, the prologue to MGS5: The Phantom Pain, is just around the corner, and what better way to catch up on the adventures of Big Boss than with the HD remake of the Metal Gear Solid game with arguably the most fluid combat and ambitious gameplay elements yet?
Rogue Galaxy – PS2
For fans of: Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, Hack and Slash RPGs.
This is quite possibly my #1 favorite game released on the PS2. Level-5 hit the ground running ever since they started as a game studio in 1998. After creating Dark Cloud, Dark Cloud 2, and aiding art and programming support to Square Enix’s Dragon Quest VIII, they went to work on one of my favorite RPGs, Rogue Galaxy. Rogue Galaxy is a PS2 Stress test with gorgeous graphics, addictive gameplay, and the entrancing music of Tomohito Nishiura, Level-5’s mainstay composer.
Vagrant Story – PS1, PSN
For fans of: Final Fantasy, Isometric real time RPG, grind hating.
The world of Ivalice, and the subtleties that intertwine everyone over the span of almost 2000 years, is hard not to love. No one really knows where Vagrant Story lies in the timeline exactly, but speculation would put the game around 2500 years after the events in Final Fantasy XII and about 1500 years after the War of the Lions in Final Fantasy Tactics. Vagrant Story arguably has the best 3D graphics a PS1 game could achieve with the hardware available. There is too much I can say about Vagrant Story, but it boils down to this … It’s a must play for anyone wanting to play a 3rd person action oriented RPG released in the PS1 era.
I knew of Vagrant Story ever since I was a kid, but I never got around to playing it until about 4 years ago. So if you have been putting it off for one reason or another, then take some time this winter and pop it in. Seriously … Play it.
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee / Abe’s Exoddus – PS1, PSN
For fans of: 2D platformers, minimal design, brutally challenging puzzles, trial by fire.
I seem to play this game every winter and I seem to have only realize this now. The haunting Oddworld and all its inhabitants is more than just a charming 2D plat former. The trial by fire gameplay is rewarding and challenging from start to finish, especially if you are a “mudokitarian” and want to rescue all your mudokon brothers from being the next meal on the Glukkon’s plates. You can bet I’m excited for the PS4 remake of Abe’s Oddysee, titled Oddworld: New and Tasty, but until then, I’m going to lay under a mountain of blankets tossing grenades and rocks at sligs, scrabs, and paramites.