- Animal Crossing
Animal Crossing has been one of my all time favorite games since I first started playing video games. There is something so therapeutic about them that keeps me going back to buy the newest version. While I love the features added to Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch, the nostalgia for the original Animal Crossing for the Nintendo Gamecube will always hold a special place in my heart.
2. Detroit: Become Human
This game made me fall in love with story driven games. I have yet to find a game that surpasses the depth of Detroit. The acting was phenomenal and it has a great replay-ability factor since every decision you make alters the outcome of your story line.
3. 7 Days to Die
I started playing this game at the height of my Walking Dead phase. The version I have of this game is for the Playstation 4, so I do not get all of the newest updates that the PC version has, but I still love it. 7 Days to Die is a zombie video game where every 7 days a herd of zombies come to attack you, so you have to prepare yourself with a base and weapons when the time comes. My favorite part is the multiplayer feature. You can play online with your friends, or you can play it as a 2 player split screen.
4. Super Mario 64
I grew up playing Super Mario 64 on the Nintendo 64 with my siblings and we loved taking turns going through the levels. We also had the Nintendo DS version, which was fantastic for road trips— but nothing can beat the original.
5. Rayman Legends
Another game that has a one console multiplayer option, Rayman Legends was a game I first tried out because it was free with my Playstation Plus subscription. It’s a lot of fun and has cute animations. The music levels were a unique addition that I enjoy replaying.
6. The Walking Dead
Speaking of my Walking Dead phase, I got all of the seasons of the Telltale game series. If you are looking for a story-driven game, this one is for you. The characters are easy to fall in love with and the quick time events are not difficult to keep up with.
7. Wii Sports
Another Nintendo game that I spent far too many hours playing in my childhood— but this time it is for the Wii. This game made me believe I could actually play tennis, and I am not mad about it. Though it routinely offended my eight year old self with my Wii fitness age, it was great motivation to get my body moving.
8. Shrek Smash n’ Crash Racing
This Shrek game was also on the GameCube. I loved the Shrek movies as a kid and seeing the popular settings/ buildings from the movie scenes as part of a race track was so cool to me. It’s basically a Shrek version of Mario Kart and I loved it so much.
9. The Last of Us
Beware of the opening scene— it will break your heart. The Last of Us was the first game I ever finished by myself. I played it on the PS4, so the graphics were outstanding and aided in the immersion of the game. 10/10 highly recommend.
10. Ultimate Alliance
I have played the Playstation 2 version of this game for years and only just recently purchased Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order for the Nintendo Switch. Both offer a single player and multiplayer setting, which is always a plus. It’s a great game if you enjoy Marvel movies and want to play as your favorite characters. (I’ll forgive them for not making all of my favorite characters playable characters)