I finished playing ICO today, so for the 2nd time in her life – I saved Yorda :)
I reacquainted myself with this fantastic little gem of a game and, after 8 hours 4 minutes and 36 seconds of play, I realised it was definitely in my Top 3 of best games ever. So I thought I’d have a little post about my Top 5.
Of course this is really in no certain order. All 5 games are #1 titles, and everyone will have an opinion as to what should be in there. But you can’t put 20 games in a Top 5 :)#5 Manic Miner As this is ‘best games ever’ then I’m not confining myself to recent history, as a retro geek it would just be wrong! This fantastic bedroom-born platformer started them all really, and lit the torch for Mario to follow. . . #4 The Chaos Engine Only strangers to this blog will be unfamiliar with my love for this game. I own 7 big boxed Amiga versions, 1 NTSC cart for the SNES, 2 versions for the Megadrive; it has been ported to my Sony PSP, my Caanoo, my Samsung Galaxy S smartphone and a Motorola Xoom tablet – Obsessed? moi? damn right I am! I think I have all the bases covered if I ever want to play this game. It is a classic. . . #3 ICO Yup, this is right where I would put it. My 3rd most favourite game of all time. Not only is it beautiful on the eye, for a 10 year old game, the physics and programming are truly astonishing. I cannot for the life of me think why this has not become a 10 game franchise, perhaps the time involved to make such a masterpiece is just too great. I would much rather play this game than any Zelda game, yes – even Occarina of Time :) . . #2 Super Mario Kart (SNES) An all-round brilliant game. The single player is great fun, but hook up 4 players and you will have a raucous evening of fun and laughter. . . #1 Super Mario 64 I guess the world would be a terrible place without Mario. The longevity of any character in this industry is generally quite short, but this guy has more than stood the test of time. He was there at the beginning and long may he reign. .