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‘Hey, how about we watch a Uwe Boll flick later?’

‘Get the hell away from me. Jesus.’

Sorry, I had to make an impromptu shot at Uwe ( SORRY UWE!!)

Anyhow, I love game soundtracks. I mean, would Secret of Mana have been the same without Hiroki Kikuta’s amazing OST? No it wouldn’t. It would have still been good, but not the masterpiece that it is.

So here are my favs.

1.) Secret of Mana ( oh you saw this coming??)

One cannot be a gamer without loving SOM, especially the soundtrack. I don’t need to elaborate on this much, do I? I mean, the fight sequences were superb, and the soundtrack made them. So was when he got kicked out of the village ( I felt so sad for him).

2.) Baten Kaitos

I think the BK soundtrack is a masterpiece. It is something one can listen to all day long ( esp the fight music at work…). I think the game was a hidden gem, and it is one of my top 5 favorites.

3.) Legend of Zelda

I put this on the same level as Chrono Trigger. Both are amazing.

4.) Demento/Haunting Ground

The most fucked up, scary music ever. I mean, the game play is not terribly challenging in Demento but with this game soundtrack, it is.

5.) Resident Evil 4

LOVE THE GUITAR in this clip. The entire OST is perfect for the brilliant game. I love the save point music especially. Or was that the trader’s music. I have to replay it now!!

6.) Beyond Good and Evil

This could be my favorite game after Secret of Mana. It is perfection. If you haven’t played it, please do. And get ahold of the soundtrack, which is one of the best ever made. You can listen to it all day long and never get bored.

7.) The Clock Tower series OSTs

These babies are HARD TO FIND!!! What an amazing series…

8.) Kingdom Hearts OSTs

I listen to KH 1 and 2 more then any other soundtrack nowadays. They are sheer brilliance.

9.) Primal

A MUST PLAY, with an amazing soundtrack and score. Get BOTH.

10.) Deadly Premonition

So says calanagear….

11.) Princess Tomato

Chances are you haven’t played this classic. But you should. The music is 80s wonderful.

12.) Harvest Moon: It’s a wonderful life!

Did this game convince anyone they should move to a remote place in Japan? It did for me. Seriously. I want to live in Harvest Moon!!

13.) Mass Effect

This soundtrack was very unique, in my opinion. One of a kind.

14.) Indigo Prophecy

Another great OST and game!!

15.) The Silent Hill series ( ALL)

These are, by far, my top game soundtracks. My fav out of the series are 2 and 4, but I love the others just as much. Akira Yamaoka is an incredible artist and I know my days have been enriched by listening to his music.

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>My favorite games: the list

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So I have not been regularly posting with this blog until now, and hence have failed to put up my ‘top games’ list. To sum it up, my fav series is Silent Hill, with Clock Tower and Broken Sword series coming in second. I love survival horror but I do not only stay in that genre, and go anywhere from good RPGS ( mostly old school, like Secret of mana), shooters ( the ones that aren’t pointless), adventure games, PC/Mac stuff…really I play all genres.

What I cannot stand are games that have no point, aka ‘I’m pissed off today so I need to shoot something, and shoot for about 10 hours straight, killing anything in sight.’ Yeah, I love the infinite rocket launcher from Resident Evil 4, I love to yield a shotgun, but only if it serves a purpose.
So this is my list, and it obviously does not include everything, but it gives a good summary.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Gamer-s-game-list/lm/RP9UZHVTMUA9/ref=cm_lm_byauthor_title_full

Deadly Premonition

>Deadly Premonition Pictures, Images and Photos

We just read the perfect review of Deadly Premonition on amazon, so I felt prompted to review it myself. I loved the game, let me just say that. It is a rare gem in a flood of piece of shit sequels. However, certain things are terrible about it ( controls…I mean TERRIBLE). I don’t think fighting should have ever been used in the game; they could have just done it Dream Fall style with a little hand to hand combat once and a while, or just for the boss fights. The Silent Hill-meets-Ju-on style enemies were annoying as hell, not fun or enjoyable to fight.
Anyhow I am going to avoid the obvious flaws and go over how amazing the depth is of the characters, sets, and how the mysterious ‘SWERY’ is someone I would love to have a conversation with…
deadly premonition Pictures, Images and Photos

What I love about Deadly Premonition is the attention given to its fucked up characters. Each has a delightfully alluring quality and depth that really puts the game in a league of its own. My favorite by far is Zach/York. I have somewhat become obsessed with the aloof, chain smoking detective driven by a voice in his head he has no problem admitting talking to. Since I am a GIANT fan of detective/PI movies/shows, I can’t help adore him. SWERY has to be a fan as well, there is no way he isn’t. I keep thinking back to my fav short in the Animatrix, you know this one.
Detective Story (Animatrix) Pictures, Images and Photos
I like detectives because they are always badass and severely strange. I love that about them. York and his OCD nature, his love and need for a good cup of joe that he uses to read the future ( I craved coffee every day I played it…and thankfully I had this really good organic herb infused stuff…it was awesome).I mean fuck I want to marry him ( no offense honey…).
One of my favorite sets in the game is the hotel York stays at, along with the semi def owner. Hey, it has a great breakfast buffet…
The supposedly Twin Peaks inspired ( or it appears to some that way) red room dream sequence ( where Zach is) really took my breath away, and reminded me a lot of Shadow of Destiny ( A MUST BUY…thank you Konami, yet again)
Shadow of destiny- without eike Pictures, Images and Photos
To return to some of the major flaws in the game, the driving sucks. The map is way, way too big. It takes FOREVER to get anywhere. And with the soundtrack going on and on and York talking to himself….
The ending/plot is…meh. But again it matters not. You have to play Deadly Premonition for the artistic details, not to get your shooter on. There are other games for that purpose…many.

>MY TOP GAMES LIST- ALL GENRES, ALL DECADES

>Ok guys and gals… I am going to go where practically every gamer has ever gone, and that’s to my favorite game list. Yes, everyone has one. And yes, Secret of Mana is on everyone’s list, or should be. But some of the best games ever made have gone unnoticed, unplayed, ignored… and therefore no sequels have been made. It’s a disgrace. Please play those that you haven’t played, and enjoy the artwork and creativity behind them.
NOTE: THEY ARE NOT IN ORDER, AS I JUST COULDN’T DO IT…
1.) Beyond Good and Evil, directed by Michel Ancel
Beyond Good and Evil Pictures, Images and Photos
In a world dissimilar to our own ( sarcasm) where a government is conspiring against its people, Jade and her uncle Pey’j must photograph and report crimes that they see being committed behind closed doors in order to alert the Hyllians ( the townspeople) of what is going on. This game is close to my heart, and could be my favorite of all time.
GREAT GAME PLAY
VERY IMMERSIVE
FANTASTIC VOICEOVER
STUNNING VISUALS
ONE OF THE BEST SOUNDTRACKS EVER
2.) Primal, writer Jonathan Ashley
primal-wraith Pictures, Images and Photos
You are a bad ass named Jen tate ( Hudson Leick does an amazing job with voiceover) who travels to many worlds with her sidekick, a gargoyle name Scree ( amazing, amazing job by actor Andreas Katsulas. She can morph into various creatures and kick the ass of villains, all in the name of saving her love…
FANTASTIC PLOT
GREAT ACTING
GREAT FIGHTING
FANTASTIC BOARDS
3.) Secret Of Mana
secret mana Pictures, Images and Photos
If you haven’t played it, i really don’t know what to say.
4.) Silent Hill 0-5 ( though five was so so), Konami
Silent Hill Pictures, Images and Photos
I could honestly go on for hours about how good the Silent Hill series is. I am a devout fan, but not because it is a horror game. There is a certain type of eerie beauty to the town of Silent Hill, and it’s visitors all have pasts that are intriguing and alluring. The soundtracks are the best of any series ( thank you Akira, thank you). My favs, in order: SH1,2, 4, 3, 0, 5. Two probably has the best plot and embodies the haunting allure of the series the most, but the first in the series is still the best, I think… SH 4 is frequently dissed and hated, but I loved it so much. SH 5 is by far the worst, and I wrote a detailed review of why it was bad on amazon.com under E. Kelsey, which is my name.
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Shadow of Destiny, writer Junko Kawano
Shadow of destiny Pictures, Images and Photos
You want a unique game? Then get this. I loved it. Follow Eike as he tries to prevent his death by traveling back in time…
6.) Clock Tower series
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My second favorite series. There are 4, but the very first was only released in Japan ( I got ahold of it ‘somehow’). The third is different than the others, but still as good ( SCARY AS HELL).
7.) Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth, director Lani Minella
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth Pictures, Images and Photos
Holy shit, is this game challenging at times ( the initial chase sequence is hard as hell, and sneaking around the Innsmouth is equally difficult). HP Lovecraft’s Shadow Over Innsmouth is combined with Call of Cthulhu, and boy, did they get the graphics and feel spot on…
8.) Haunting Ground/ Demento,director Kazuhiro Tsuchiya
Room3 Pictures, Images and Photos
You are abducted and are currently residing in a manor filled with evil fucks who happen to want to kill you and take your essence. Oh, and your only weapon is a dog, and how well you can hide… Not for those of you who prefer a good ‘ol shooter ( and I do as well) but one of my favs for atmosphere. Scary as hell.
9.)Indigo Prophecy, director David Cage
Indigo Prophecy Pictures, Images and Photos
You were momentarily possessed into killing a stranger and now hold the key to the fate of the world. hell yes.
10.) Resident Evil series, of course
resident Evil directors cut Pictures, Images and Photos
Zombies suck. They regenerate and are annoying. But the resident evil series hit the nail on the head with balancing how annoying they are, and how much damage you can do to them…
11.) Bloodrayne series
BloodRayne cover Pictures, Images and Photos
Before you think I am talking about Uwe’s piece of garbage movie, hold on; the games are EXCELLENT with innovative fill modes and weapons.
12.) Mario Bros/ Super Mario series
Super Mario Confrontation Pictures, Images and Photos
This is obvious. I even loved the movie. But back to gaming: there are so many Mario games that people haven’t played, like Mario’s missing. Become a collector and go find all of those relics that are timeless.
13.) Eternal Darkness, director Dennis Dyack
Eternal Darkness Pictures, Images and Photos
Scariest game ever made, hands down. Very Lovecrafty.
14.) Oddworld series
Oddworld Pictures, Images and Photos
Abe’s game and Stranger’s Wrath rock.
15.) Rule of Rose
Rule of Rose Pictures, Images and Photos
Another game with a dog, yeah yeah.. but it is so good and eerie! Fantastic, hard to find soundtrack…
16.)Dreamfall: The longest Journey, Ragnar Tornquist
dreamfall Pictures, Images and Photos
Some creepy little girl keeps trying to contact you ala Ringu. I love this game, but the ending is bad.
17.)Baten Kaitos
baten kaitos Pictures, Images and Photos
Possibly the most beautiful game ever made. And a complete new take on the typical RPG combat system. FANTASTIC SOUNDTRACK
18.) Okage Shadow King
Okage Wall paper Pictures, Images and Photos
You have been taken as a slave by your pissed off, Woody allen-esque shadow. What a great RPG, with Tim Burton graphics…
19.) American McGee’s Alice
alice Pictures, Images and Photos
Oh, Alice got a makeover all right, and took a walk on the survival horror side…
20.) Bioshock,
bioshock Pictures, Images and Photos
Bioshock blew everyone’s mind when the demo came out, then mesmerized when it was actually released. It provided the gamer with the ability to really interact with the environment, and pushed you to ‘genetically enhance yourself in order to fight the fucked up freaks that roam the city..
21.) Fallout 3
Bioshock was a work of art, and Fallout 3 joins it.
22.) Broken Sword series ( oh, how I love it…)
Broken Sword SOTT Pictures, Images and Photos
You are a globe trotting, suave guy with your on off French Girlfriend Nico. You get into a lot of trouble on your many adventures.
GREAT VOICEOVER AND WRITING

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