Co-blogging with @douglasawesome again this week. He came up with these questions…
-What are three things you completed this week?
1) Making homemade ginger ice cream and crepes with apple compote. Thanks, Nancy!
2) A round of Geoguesser- I challenged the ALC Everett crew’s score and lost… But got nearly 5,000 points on my last guess.
-What is your favorite video game of all time?
This is a really tough call for me. As far as replay value, my vote definitely goes to Super Smash Bros. I have definitely spent more hours playing this game than all others combined, and it’s just as fun for me now as the day I took it out of the box 15 years ago. There are a lot of really great things about ‘Smash,’ but a mild (i.e. no blood or gore) fighting game featuring Nintendo characters we know and love from other games is just a really great idea. Where else can you battle a pokémon, a fox and a giant, tie-wearing gorilla as an intergalactic (female) bounty hunter in a robo-suit.
…But wait. The question wasn’t best replay value- it was favorite game of all time. As tough as it is to bump Super Smash Bros. to #2, I have to give the nod to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The graphics (for the time and system the game was released on), story line, game mechanics, score- everything really- are just top notch. I remember getting totally pulled into the story, feeling a range of emotions from sadness for the Deku tree,
to annoyance with Navi,
to fondness of the Gorons.
OOT is such an epic quest that one feels a real sense of accomplishment after beating it. There are numerous side quests to complete and optional items to collect, making the land of Hyrule feel like it’s own vast world that one can get lost in for days.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the game is Link’s ability to time travel. This makes the game almost like 2-in-1. The first half is completed when Link is a young child, probably no more than 10 years old. After he pulls the Master Sword from it’s pedestal in the Temple of Time, Link is sealed away for 7 years. His quest resumes in a world that looks much different from when he was a child, as it has been twisted by the Gerudo Thief, Gannondorf, who seeks the Triforce and power over all of Hyrule.