Are you looking for the best video game series to invest time and energy into? If so, check out my selection below ranging from vintage side-scrollers to recently modernized role-playing games. The ranking of the video games is listed from best to worst in my opin
10. World of Warcraft (WoW) (2004) published by Blizzard Entertainment and created by Rob Pardo, Jeff Kaplan, and Tom Chilton and is a massively, multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG). The game follows the battle between the forces of good against the Lich King of Northrend. Four years have passed since the races banded together to protect the Well of Eternity from the Burning Legion. The peace has crumbled leaving it vulnerable to the undead legions that are trying to carry out the Lich King’s demands.
Unfortunately, dur to my low vision, I have yet to be able to play World of Warcraft, but I have watched other people playing it. The vast world allows many hours of exploration to engage in quests or raids to level up your character. Many of the character types are like those found in Dungeons and Dragons such as elves, dwarves, wizards, humans, clerics, and mixed races.
9. Persona 3 (2006) published by Atlus and created by Katsura Hashino and is a role-playing adventure game. Persona 3 follows a group of high school students trying to cope with death. They try to find positive outlets to fight against a world surrounded by death by finding reasons to live for. They band together to investigate a strange passage of time, known as the Dark Hour. During the Dark Hour shadowy creatures live in a tower known as Tartarus. To fight the creatures, they’re able to summon a persona, a creature summoned from their inner self.
I enjoyed playing the game because each persona played on images found on tarot cards. Despite each character being in high school, the developers created different storylines to dive deeper into the character’s personality. It did feature the stereotypical clichés found in high schools such as the jock, outcast, nerd, socialite, and class president. The storyline is simple, but allows a vast area to explore within the school and inside the tower of Tartarus.
8. Drakkengard (2003) published by Access Games and created by Takuya Iwasaki. The game focuses on the war between humans and dragons. In exchange for power, the protagonist of the game makes a pact with a dragon. Their lives become intertwined giving the humans an advantage in the fight.
I enjoyed the story the most of a boy makes a pact with a dragon and ends up becoming a mute since magic can’t be earn without giving up an equal cost. Fighting in the game was challenging you were given several people to kill and couldn’t move on until you reach zero. With large landscapes it took hours just to find one person.
7. Soul Calibur (1995) published by Namco and created by Hiroaki Yotoriyama. The series follows the characters search for Soul Edge, a powerful sword forged with dark magic The players seek out the warrior known as Nightare, who was the last known person to have possession of the sword. .
My favorite game in the series is Soul Calibur IV. The game reminds me of the battle fighting games you would find in the arcade. The fourth game shows that the evil sword has enough power to take possession of its wielder and create its own body. The game gets boring after a while since its endless fighting.
6. Final Fantasy VII (1997) published by Square Enix and created by Yoshinori Kitase and is a side scrolling or text based role-playing adventure game. Cloud Strife followed by his friends Vincent, Tifa, and Barret try to redeem their city of Midgar after a reactor is destroyed. The group learns that the president of Midgar, President Shinra, was murdered by Sephiroth, a destructive entity created n a lab.
I was introduced to the character of Final Fantasy and its universe through playing Kingdom Hearts. I was later able to download the game on the Playstation 3 and play the game. It feels very reminiscent of vintage text based role-playing adventures. Even though you can only play as Cloud Strife, many characters within his group are explored. There are even side quests developed to each character to understand the character’s personality better. The visuals are the same from when the gae was released despite being on a newer console.
5. Dragon Age (2009) published by BioWare and created by David Gaider. A role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts. Throughout the game, players encounter various companions, who play major roles in the game’s plot and gameplay and accompany the player throughout the game. The most popular classes are human, elf, dwarf, mage, demon, or spirit.
There is one known continent in the world of Dragon Age, and that continent is known as Thedas. Inhabited by multiple humanoid peoples, from familiar beings like dwarves and elves to the more imaginative horned Qunari. Their various kingdoms and countries have emerged over Thedas’s nine centuries of recorded history, each of which is referred to as a separate age.
Dragon Age: Origins was the only one I have played so far in the series. The game brings the table top dungeons and dragons to life. Each choice you make will leave to different allies and endings in the game. The game choices are lines of text on the bottom of the screen which is difficult for people with poor sight to see.
4. Professor Layton (2007) published by Level-5 and created by Akihiro Hino and Shu Takumi. The first three games follow Professor Hershel Layton and Luke Triton’s adventures together. You become a detective similar to Sherlock Homes, and once you complte all of the puzzles the story is revealed to the player.
My favorite game within the series is that the entire game is made up of riddles and mind puzzles. The unwound future explains why the professor is searching for answers after his wife dies in an explosion trapping her soul in time.
3. Kingdom Hearts (2010) published by Square Enix and created by Tetsuya Nomura. The story focuses on Sora, Riku and Kairi and the adventures they have to destroy the jeartless with a keyblade to seal Kingdo Hearts. Along the way they encounter characters from Disney as well as Final Fantasy.
There have been numerous spin-offs of the series, and my favorite game within the series is Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep and Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days. Both have dark themes and hint at how far people will go to protect those they love.
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep explains the origins of keyblade and their masters. Aqua, Vin, and Terra who set up the story and plot for the remainder of the Kingdom Heart series. Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days, focus on Riku and the second generation of keybladers along with his friend Sora. Riku falls into darkness and kills a clone made up from Sora’s memories to keep his friend safe.
2. Jak and Daxter (2001) published by Naughty Dog and created by Andy Gavin and Jason Rudin, the plot focuses on Jak, Samos, and Keira collecting power cells to travel the world in search of a cure for Daxter affected by dark eco. In Jak and Daxter !!, the game hints at dark subjects and shows the hero bent on revenge, yet he accepts that he can never go back to how things were before his imprisonment.
When he meets back up with Keria, she is horrified and rejects Jak merely based on his appearance. This scene was my favorite because it reflected the real world and how people are judge on their appearance and not what’s on the inside. It shows that Keria is only attracted to Jak on a superficial level.
1. The Legend of Zelda (1986) published by Nintendo and created by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka. The series follows the hero Link, and his quest to rescue Princess Zelda from Ganon. Link must travel through the kingdom of Hyrule to collect the pieces of the triforce to summon the courage and power to defeat Ganon.
My favorite game in The Legend of Zelda series is The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The game takes place in the twilight realm forcing Link to take on a wolf form. Wolves are one of my favorite creatures, so I was excited to try the game out. The fact most of the game is at night makes the game difficult to play.
I hope the list was helpful in providing you with a diverse selection of video games to try. Whether you decide to go with a retro game or a more modern choice, at least offer the suggestions to your friends.