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zombie's Top 5 Favorite Video Game Genres
1). Action-Adventure - The term "video game"
is in a state of change; developers and consumers are jointly
renegotiating its definition. There is, however, one genre that stays
truest to the medium's foundations. Although it is rather broad in
scope ,"Action-Adventure" continues to perpetuate the
qualities that the medium is often associated with. I am speaking of
a mindlessly entertaining experience split into sections, consisting
of boss battles, light platforming and "puzzles", and a
group of centralized gameplay mechanics, among other things. This is
not to say that I am not immune from games such as "Gone Home"
or "The Stanley Parable" which deviate from that norm, it's
just that I find that the ones which stick closest to my roots are
the ones I enjoy the most. After all, the very thing that they are
attempting to emulate coincides with the reason why I started up
blogging in the first place.
2.) Japanese Role-Playing Game - It's admittedly hard to
stick up for a genre that is considered "dead" in most
people's eyes, especially when said genre has produced many
run-of-the-mill titles as of late, yet my love for Japanese
Role-Playing Games goes untarnished. I look at JRPGs as a blend of
two of my favorite things: video games and anime. The story and
aesthetic often take influence from the booming anime culture, while
the core mechanics are derived from refined role-playing game
mechanics, a finely crafted mixture of new and old. The major draw of
JRPGs, for me at least, is the outstanding sense of progression the
player feels throughout, whether it be when individually leveling up
their characters in order to learn even stronger skills or as they
bear witness to the in-game world changing with each passing event.
3.) First-Person Shooter - There was a time when I
hated First-Person Shooters, dismissing their relevance and
contribution to the industry. This is admittedly a rare instance of
close-mindedness from yours truly and I often laugh at my old-self as
I line up yet another headshot from across the virtual battlefield.
Not only have modern FPSes influenced other genres, it has also
become a staple in Major League Gaming, proving me wrong in both
regards. Obvious reasons being their surprisingly large breadth when
it comes to appeal and their inherently addictive nature. Even better
yet is that the genre itself is also quite susceptible to influence,
taking a cue from RPGs, MOBAs, and Action games to expand on its
already compelling gameplay.
4.) Rougelike - The reemergence of the
rougelike caught many by surprise, including myself who was
completely unaware of its prior existence. Although the modernized
rougelikes may differ greatly from their ancestors, these games take
some of the core aspects and apply them to create something entirely
new and unique. The procedurally-generated levels, raised difficulty, and permadeath provide an insurmountable amount of
replayability and challenge. It is a very versatile genre capable of
tackling other genres such as Real-Time Strategy, Platformer, and,
more recently, First-Person Shooters. Additionally because of its
simplistic design in comparison to traditional AAA games, most
titles exude a certain charm.
5.) Strategy - If there was one specific
genre that I would consider my Achilles Heel it would probably be
Strategy. This is unfortunate because, despite my ineptitude, I find
most of those titles to be quite enjoyable. While the majority focus
on areas such as discovery or reflex, Strategy games rely mostly on
the player's ability to apply critical thought. Much like the game of
Chess there is a structure, a set of rules to abide by, however the
end result is entirely up to the ones involved, and unlike its peers
there is never a right answer, just the optimal one. These two
factors often create a tense environment, one which forces players
into a heightened sense of awareness and those spectating into a
fervor. It's no wonder why the competitive scene latched on to games
like League of Legends and Starcraft II.
1.) Platformer - Another genre which
showcases the qualities that brought video games into the limelight,
it was tough choice between this and Strategy.
2.) Role-Playing Game - When it comes to RPGs I have
an obvious preference but that doesn't mean I dislike the other
facets; Skyrim and Dragon Age will always have a place in my heart.
3.) Stealth - It was Metal Gear Solid 3
that instilled the love of Stealth Games inside of me, since then I
cannot pass up the opportunity to play one.
4.) Rhythm - Call me strange but I miss
the days when Rhythm games were being released on the daily. I love music
and I love video games, so its only natural that I am fond of this genre.
5.) Visual Novel - An up and coming genre here
in the States, it is the most radically different from my top choice,
however I believe there is entertainment to be had with Visual
Afterword: Phew, talk about
a hard list to compile because there were so many good choices I spent an entire week trying to figure out
which ones to put in my Top 5. It boiled down to which genres I
couldn't live without and well... the results speak for themselves.
Since Spring Break just began for me, I am going to go unwind with
some Tales of Xillia. It may not be the best JRPG I have had the
opportunity to play but it certainly reinforces my decision to place
the genre in second place. Afterwards I will focus on completing my
Anti-Perspective on Microtransactions. Although I am running a bit
behind, it should be published towards the end of the month, so
please look forward to that!
P.S. That ninja scares the living day lights out of me. His gaze is so sharp that it penetrates the deepest regions of my soul...