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What’cha Playin? 12/6/16 — December 6, 2016

What’cha Playin? 12/6/16

As you may have noticed, I beat Amnesia: The Dark Descent over the weekend, so I was able to write up a review for it, something I’ve been waiting to do since I created the Best Games Ever List, since Amnesia begins with A, and as such, is the first title on the list. Great game.

Also, another one of my favorite games ever (and yes, is on the list) got rereleased with netplay on the PS4: Garou: Mark of the Wolves. This is my favorite fighting game of all time, so I highly recommend it, and you can always read up on my review more details. I did do some slight editing to that page as well.

And of course, I’ve been chugging away at Final Fantasy XV. I’m on Chapter 6, and my characters are levels 48-46. I’ve been doing pretty much ALL of the optional stuff, and my current play time is around 40 hours. I’m still liking it a lot. During the long car rides in game, I’ve also been playing a bit of the original Final Fantasy as well, which works well since it’s a total grind-fest.

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent (BGE) — December 5, 2016

Amnesia: The Dark Descent (BGE)

My Amnesia: The Dark Descent review for the Best Games Ever list is now live. You can read the full review from the Best Games Ever list, or by clicking here.

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Here’s a preview of my review for Amnesia: The Dark Descent:

Amnesia: The Dark Descent revolutionized the first person survival horror genre, especially the kind that has no combat. Games like Outlast and Slender: The 8 Pages may never have been what they are today if not for Amnesia’s influence.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent puts you in the shoes of Daniel, a man trapped in a Gothic castle, known as Brennenburg, with a severe case of amnesia in late August, 1839. Daniel doesn’t remember what he’s doing there or why, but but he does know that he’s being hunted by something. A journal entry, written by his pre-amnesiac self, offers one main goal: Descend into the Inner Sanctum of the castle and kill the Count of Brennenburg, Alexander.

BioShock 2 – Upgraded to BGE — October 3, 2016

BioShock 2 – Upgraded to BGE

For the first time in Cyberphile history, a game I have previously reviewed has received an upgrade from the Reviews page to the list of Best Games Ever. BioShock 2 truly deserves its title. You can read the full review from the Best Games Ever list, or by clicking here. I’ve made a few small changes to the page, but it’s more or less the same as the review.

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Here’s a preview of my review for BioShock 2:

BioShock 2 had some big (daddy) boots to fill after the first BioShock. BioShock was amazing, and well worthy of the Best Games Ever List. Well, how does 2 hold up in comparison? (Note: This is coming from the BioShock Collection for PS4, so the multiplayer aspect is missing from this review.)

Pretty dang good, actually. BioShock 2 takes all of the things that made the first BioShock great, and made it better and more streamlined, with the exception of the story, if you ask me. While there were some pretty tense moments, nothing quite beats the big reveal in the first BioShock.

Silent Hill 2 (BGE) — September 8, 2016

Silent Hill 2 (BGE)

My Silent Hill 2 review for the Best Games Ever list is now live. You can read the full review from the Best Games Ever list, or by clicking here.

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Here’s a preview of my review for Silent Hill 2:

If Silent Hill was a home-run, Silent Hill 2 is a grand slam. Silent Hill 2 had big shoes to fill after the work of art the first Silent Hill was, and oh man, did it ever fit the bill. Silent Hill 2  is widely regarded as one of if not the best survival horror game, let alone one of the best games of all time.

What’cha Playin’? 9/7/16 – Silent Hill 2 — September 7, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/7/16 – Silent Hill 2

Over the weekend I had the urge to start playing the Silent Hill series again. A few years back, I played 1, 2, 3, 4: The Room, and Origins, then stopped during Homecoming. Well, with the spookiest time of year approaching, I felt as though it was time to revisit this fantastic series, and I’m very glad I am. I added the first Silent Hill to the list of Best Games Ever, and once I finish 2 again (although this time on PC), I’ll be doing a write up on it as well.

What are your experiences with the Silent Hill series? Let me know in the comments!

Silent Hill (BGE) — September 6, 2016

Silent Hill (BGE)

My Silent Hill review for the Best Games Ever list is now live. You can read the full review from the Best Games Ever list, or by clicking here.

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Here’s a preview of my review for Silent Hill:

Silent Hill is one of the greatest video game franchises of all time. In fact, you’ll notice that at least one other Silent Hill has made the best game ever list, and the others that haven’t I still rank pretty highly. A few years ago, before I started up Cyberphile, I played through Silent Hill, Silent Hill 2, Silent Hill 3, Silent Hill 4: The Room, and Silent Hill Origins. I still need to play the newer ones, and the little bit of Silent Hill: Homecoming that I played I enjoyed. That aside, I decided I need to play through the especially good ones (1-4, sorry Origins) again, and it made me decide to put the original Silent Hill on the list.

What’cha Playin’? – 8/8/16 — August 8, 2016

What’cha Playin’? – 8/8/16

We’re SO CLOSE to the launch of No Man’s Sky and I’m so excited… If you haven’t heard, a huge patch rolled out yesterday practically doubling the size of the game… For an only 800 Mb update. Not only that, but apparently owning giant space freighters and the ability to build your own base is in the works. Lastly, those few lucky people who got their hands on it early are going to have their data wiped so that we have a more fair started point for everyone. I’m so very excited.

When I’m not just hyping that up, I’ve been playing a little bit of Salt and Sanctuary again. Playing a swordsman who uses incantations this time. It really is a good game, but I’ve talked all about it before. Check the Best Games Ever review for it here if you’d like.

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Pokemon Trading Card Game – (BGE) — July 25, 2016

Pokemon Trading Card Game – (BGE)

My Pokemon Trading Card Game review for the Best Games Ever list is now live. You can read the full review from the Best Games Ever list, or by clicking here.

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Here’s a preview of my review for the Pokemon Trading Card Game:

I remember when I was child, my stepfather at the time (who was not a great man) took me out to the store and told me I could have any Game Boy Game I wanted. Shocked by the sudden kindness in his heart (or so I thought), I grabbed the newest Pokemon game, this one. I later learned that he only got me a new game to keep my quiet about the new hunting rifle he bought directly after, but as a kid, I didn’t even notice because I was building decks and dueling with virtual Pokemon cards. I remember it even came with a limited edition Meowth card, one that you could only get in the game itself. It was holographic and the game was so good, I couldn’t even tell you what happened the rest of the day. At any rate, with Pokemon GO reigniting my love for Pokemon, I downloaded this bad boy from the 3DS Virtual Console. Having not played it in a good number of years, I was excited to get back into it. And I remembered (almost) instantly how great the game is. I beat it in a single day, about 8 or so hours.

Custom Robo – (BGE) — July 4, 2016

Custom Robo – (BGE)

My Custom Robo review for the Best Games Ever list is now live. You can read the full review from the Best Games Ever list, or by clicking here.

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Here’s a preview of my review for Custom Robo:

Custom Robo was a game I tried on a whim back in my GameCube games, and was one of the few titles I never traded in for a newer game, and there is good reason for not doing so.

Custom Robo is the first game in the Custom Robo series to be released outside of Japan, eventually followed by the DS sequel in 2007 (NA), Custom Robo Arena. The first 3 Custom Robo games were only released in Japan on the Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Advance, so, unfortunately, we never really got a fair shot at them.

What Makes a Best Game Ever? — June 14, 2016

What Makes a Best Game Ever?

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.