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King Ethos’ Top Five Games of All Time List: Number 1

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Well the dust has settled, predictions have been made on which Zelda would take the COVETED number 1 spot on this UNPRECEDENTED list. And although you can just jot your eyes down to the picture for the answer, I’m still going to give you a quick bit of trivia before I reveal it:
Did you notice that every single title on this list is from a different console? It surprised me too!
5 – Xbox360
4 – PS3/PSN
3 – PS2
2 – PSX
1 – N64
Ridiculous! Anyway, on to reveal Ocarina of Time.

1 – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Yes, I do adore Majora’s Mask, and yes, it would probably sneak its way onto a top ten list, but Ocarina of Time still takes the cake.
11 years after its release, I’m finally starting to find people who admit they don’t like it or never liked it, but I remain in the set who claim this game changed the face of gaming. On a personal level, of course. Ocarina of Time proved to me that a game didn’t need a good plot to tell a powerful story. It proved that you don’t need a massive overworld for the game universe to feel infinite. It proved that not just Nobuo Uematsu could write a catchy, but also very impactful musical score. Few moments in gaming have created such a sensation of raw inspiration as when I first stepped out into Hyrule Field. It’s a clichéd moment, but I think it is that way for a reason. I have yet to play an adventure game with such tight design and inspired direction. It’s especially impressive that OoT continues to be the best 3D Zelda game even though Twilight Princess controls noticably better. I also kinda hate the main Zelda Theme, so I’m glad it wasn’t in the game.

King Ethos’ Top Five Games of All Time List: Number 2

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

The News Roundup is finished and on track to be posted Sunday, but very early Sunday this time, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
And here’s number 2 on THE BEST LIST THAT EVER WAS. Another no-surpriser for anybody who knows me at all. This one flip flops with the number 1 game all the time, but right now it has moved down to second place.

2 – Final Fantasy IX
‘Nuff said.
Go check the glorious “Summer of IX” backlogs over at Lusipurr.com if you want to hear my in-depth jizzings about that game. But, for now, I’m at a rare time in my life when I’m a little tired of praising it.
…I really need to eat something.

King Ethos’ Top Five Games of All Time List: Number 3

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Alright folks, here’s number 3 on my noble list. If you want to see the full list so far, just click on the tag below, and you won’t have to sift through any of the other garbage on this site.

3 – Shadow of the Colossus
Next week is Team ICO Week, so I’m sure I’ll be going into more detail then, but for now it is safe to say that Shadow of the Colossus is one of the rare games that exceeded my high expectations. Loneliness and hope permeate the entire experience, and riding across the barren landscape inspires such unexpected awe and wonder. With the premise simply being that Wander must defeat 16 giant beasts in a forbidden land for just a chance to bring back a life of someone close to him, the world welcomes your imagination to fill in the blanks. Never before has such a magical land been so believable, and the unconceivable thought of defeating massive foes inspired such bravery. This is the only game that quite literally pushed me to the edge of my seat. My greatest moment in gaming is probably when I lept from my horse through a wall of sand onto a dragon’s wing and proceeded to soar up with the beast into the clouds. Unbelievable moments and mood.

Happy Birthday to Riddles!

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Perhaps it is my week, but I’d regret it forever if I didn’t point out that it is my partner in crime’s birthday today. Sir Oliver James Motok turns the tender age of 20 on this, the 20th day of August. I hope you join me in wishing him the absolute best.

Now onto my Top 5 countdown. Number 5 was Mass Effect, if you already forgot, so let’s move onto 4.

4 – Flower
This is no surprise to anybody who has been following my online antics since the beginning of the year, but Flower is the Playstation 3 Network exclusive title that knocked me on my ass. I didn’t see it coming because thatgamecompany’s first PSN title, flOw, was mildly entertaining at best. Flower however, captured 6 pure emotions and made them come alive in the form of the dreams of 6 flowers on a city windowsill. The premise is ridiculously fruity, and there is very little traditional challenge, but no game has created such a powerful thematic arc with such ease. There is a level for every mood I have and this is a game that – like a good album – will never get old, but will provide perpetual emotional satisfaction. Make fun of me all you want, but anybody who has dreamed of flying will not be able to help adoring this game.

It’s My Birthday. Truly.

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

I was originally going to have a full post taunting Riddles about how I beat inFAMOUS – yet another PS3 exclusive – before he did. But I’ve put in so many snide remarks already, that I’d be beating that long-dead horse.
jared dead horse
Instead, I should properly introduce myself during my week. Talk about the girly games I like, and all that shit.

Wait, this’ll work out perfectly. I’ll countdown my top 5 games of all time, one game at a time, ending on Sunday. Usually I don’t like to include current-ish games, but fuck that shit.
Here goes!

commander5 – Mass Effect
Never since Shadow of the Colossus had I been so quickly absorbed into a game’s world. Recently I’ve skimped on exploring towns in RPGs, but I spent hours and hours in The Citadel in Mass Effect’s opening. Enough has been said about the incredible dialogue system, but I agree with all the praise, and I thought the combat was engaging and rewarding. I only played as an adept though, and anytime I’m given awesome powers in a video game, I’m bound to be more forgiving. Sure, the menus are cluttered as fuck, and people take issue with the side-quests, but that’s easy to overlook given the personality, depth, and just pure fun the game is. Mass Effect is the best full retail game I have played this generation, and single-handedly made me interested in Western RPGs. It needs more time to sink in, so we’ll see how long it stands up against other nostalgic giants lower down my list (like Star Fox 64 and Kingdom Hearts), but I have a feeling it’s going to hold up. Now that you bastards can COMMENT, feel free to do so with your thoughts on Mass Effect and maybe your top 5 game of all time.
King Ethos OUT!