In today’s post, I want to talk about what makes a game worthy, to me, of being put on the Best Games Ever list. There are a number of factors, so let’s go over them.

  • Replayability. This is the only actual requirement of a Best Game Ever to me, and every game on the list shares this. The rest of the points are important, but not absolutely necessary. I must have played the game at length or beaten the game on more than one occasion and want to, or have gone back to it to play it at length or beaten it again. This pretty much ensures that the game is good, and I want to keep going back to it. Games that I’ve played though and beaten multiple times, and still have the desire to go back and play ensure that I want to keep playing the game; that the game never feels like a chore.

The rest of these conditions are not necessarily needed, but can certainly contribute, and if a number of these don’t add up (or one category alone is not fantastic), generally the game doesn’t make the list.

  • Gameplay. Prime examples: DOOM, Katamari Damacy. The gameplay must be great. It’s gotta be fun to play after all, and this is probably the most important thing to enhance a game’s replayability.
  • Atmosphere. Prime examples: Bloodborne, Okami. The game has to take me to another world and really immerse me in it. Games where the presentation and the world all come together can really help to add a game to the list.
  • Story. Prime examples: Bioshock, the World Ends With You. Games that have a great story can very quickly get a free pass to the List. This is generally a weaker category, as the story must be good, yeah, but if it doesn’t have one or more of the other categories, it won’t make the list. Likewise, a poor story doesn’t mean you won’t make the list.
  • Multiplayer: Prime examples: Rocket League, Garou: Mark of the Wolves. I’m not a big multiplayer guy, but some games are just SO much fun with friends or online that I can’t help but add them to the list. A great multiplayer experience really helps to boost the game’s replayability.
  • Music. Prime examples: PaRappa the Rapper, Dance Dance Revolution Extreme. I have a soft spot for music/rhythm games, but having a good soundtrack can certainly help to put you on the list.

These are the important factors to make a game hit the Best Games Ever List. Expect a review of Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst soon.

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