Imagine that you wake up on an island. You know, kind of like in Castaway or Lost, minus the smoke monsters and the volleyballs and the weird. And it’s just you there, for the rest of your life. Only, imagine you find a small room (a hatch, if you will) with a TV, and some game consoles, and a small box full of just a handful of games…
Cheesy intro aside, everyone’s got that list, you know? The desert island list. People make them for movies, books, music, other people, or just favorite items in general. You know what I’m talking about: if you were stuck on a desert island for the rest of your life, which games would you like to be stuck with?
Well, I thought I’d write about my desert island games list, and see what yours were as well. Forget that it’s entirely impractical. Let’s get started:
5. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
I figure with everything to do in the damn game, this could take at least a good portion of my time early on, and I still wouldn’t hit everything. When I first played this, I spent 25-30 hours just robbing houses. I went everywhere I could and learned people’s schedules so I could break in unnoticed. Who knows? Maybe I can move on to the assassin’s guild by the time I’ve hit my 40’s.
4. Super Mario 64
Even 12 years later, the platforming in this is still some of the best I’ve ever experienced. Sure, the camera control is wonky, but I became a master of the mechanics in this game, triple jumping off of walls and taking shortcuts with crazy flips, long jumps, everything in the arsenal. I haven’t played a platformer quite like it sense, and I bet it would keep me entertained for many an island-y night.
3. NCAA 2009
I know, not the greatest game in the world, but you’ve got to have variety, right? Anyone into college football and RPG’s understands how desperately addicting it is to play the recruiting mini-games in these titles, luring high school students to come participate in your dynasty… Soon FSU, soon…
2. Final Fantasy VII
I know, I’d be done with this in just a few days, and it makes every damn list ever, but I just love the game so much. Call me a sentimental fool or a dork or whatever, but I’ve already played this game a few times in my life and I wouldn’t mind playing it a dozen more.
Who here can tell me they’ve ever come close to maxing out their Tetris prowess? Really, I’ve already been playing this game for 20 years, what’s to keep me from playing it the next 30 or 40? There’s always something new to master, and there’s that addictive music as well.
Looking at that, my list is almost too strategic. My pure gut reaction list, with no time to plan whatsoever would include KOTOR, Halo CE, Super Mario 64, FF7 and Half-Life 2, but I’d have nothing to do after about two or three weeks.
How about you guys? What is your desert island list of videogames?