Welcome everyone, to the first episode of "The Highlights". In these short blogs I will give a quick summary of those rare games that get 4 stars (8/10) or higher as a rating from me. (this is rare, and 5 stars is even rarer
)For this entry, we will be dealing with EVERY 5 star game on TT.
The aim of these short summaries is to give people an idea of whether a game would suit the reader or if it isn't to their taste.
Obviously, some of these highly rated games are already well known, but others not so much.
As I obviously think highly of these games, there may be larger blogs and reviews about individual entries, particularly ones that generate interest
Without further ado, onto the games!!!3D Dot Game Heroes
You can't talk about this game without mentioning 2D Zelda games, so we will start there
. Whilst I am not a huge fan of Zelda overall, I always enjoy the 2D adventures, yet I have never liked a 3D entry.
This game is a well crafted love letter to those old 2D adventures, particularly A Link to the Past. If you enjoyed the old 2D Zelda's, I would say you would be hard pressed not to like this homage to the games of the past.
When I first started this game, I played it with just about every second of free time for 3 or 4 days straight. I loved checking every nook and cranny and finding all the secrets.
I stopped a bout a 3 hour grind from the plat, when my PS3 yellow lighted and I lost the file. Given it was back in 2010 I played this, I am tempted to pick up the (NA) version and plat it in the next couple of years, given how much I love it and how long it has been since I played through. Bioshock (The entire series)
Hmm... What to say about Bioshock that hasn't already been said. First off, it should be noted that On PS I have only played the first game, and both on PS3 & PS4 I have barely made any progress.
I still say that the entire series deserves 5 stars though and have played them all more extensively on Xbox, I just haven't mustered the patience to play them through again in full on PS
. This isn't because they are bad games, but part of their glory comes from the atmosphere and story, which I now already know.
I was actually really skeptical of this series at first, a popular AAA FPS in a sea of FPS games. I was very pleasantly surprised when I actually sat down to play them. I love the philosophy of the entire series and the varied ways you can approach the gameplay.
I prefer Rapture to Columbia, but I think this is mainly due to my love of Andrew Ryan as a character. This is purely personal preference as there are few characters in fiction I identify quite strongly with and Andrew Ryan is among those few.
Anyone who wants to design games should play Bioshock!Castlevania: Harmony of Despair
Okay so I am going to start this off with a strange paragraph... I think this game is absolutely phenomenal and one of the greatest games ever made!!!, however, I don't actually recommend anyone play it... now
"This makes no sense" I hear you all cry! Indeed, but allow me to explain. This game plays like an old school Castlevania, but is a co-op multiplayer lootfest. The game gets significantly better after the credits roll and with all DLC included.
I have played this game for several 100 hours across XBLA and PS3 and all of my friends agree if they rerelease this game we would happily put those hours in again... but there lies the reason I wouldn't recommend this game. This is a game that is made so much more fun with friends. 6 player co-op through the game and it's DLC, improving your characters and getting faster at clearing stages.
Me and my friends had 6 Xbox's set up and played 16 hours per day, before a short sleep and then another 16 hours, when this came out. The problem is that this is now a previous gen game and without people to play with the experience just wouldn't be the same.
Number 1 in my circle of friends wishlist is a sequel to this game. If it ever happens, I shall once again lock myself indoors like Dracula himself
and if they do it any justice I will be recommending to anyone I speak to, pulse or not Nier: Automata
So, anyone who follows my feed knows that I am considering doing a blog series on this game alone. There is so much to say about this game that if I were still in my uni days I could do a dissertation on Nier in a number of different fields (Music, Philosophy, Writing, Game Design, Sociology, Psychology, Literature, Art etc) this game has almost every field covered.
Obviously, this will be the short version... I hope.
This may very well be my favourite game of all time, but I am aware I may be biased as a previous long term Yoko Taro fan. Despite my love of this eccentric director, I would generally be very cautious about recommending his titles to anyone willy nilly. He has a very specific style that I am aware puts many gamers off.
However, Due to this collaboration with Platinum games, this actually got top 5 in the TT GoTY awards for 2017. Due to this, it is clear that this game has wider appeal than Yoko Taro's previous, niche titles. Due to this, I would recommend that just about anyone could play this game and find enjoyment in it.
I just have one thing to stress. DO NOT STOP PLAYING AFTER ENDING A, THE GAME HASN'T EVEN STARTED!!!
That concludes every game that has received 5 stars on TT. Future episodes will contain 5 stars from other platforms, as well as games that score slightly lower, but are still great games in their own right.