When we first started IM PLAYIN, we wanted to create an open and honest community. We wanted to spark discussion, stimulate debate, encourage conversation and, ultimately, create a platform for you and ourselves to share our love of video-games. I think we’re heading in the right direction, though we’re far from the community that I’d love to see based around the site. We’ve not even had the site for a year yet and we’ve already got a good Twitter and Facebook following full of people who are willing to share their views on games and new gaming related technology. We also get some wonderful people commenting on our articles on the site itself, which really excites me. If this is just over half a year in, what will it be like in four or five years?
Anyways, I’ve gone off on a bit of a tangent. This article is slightly related to the random outburst above, however. What I want to do is get you all talking about your favourite games. We all have games that we love, games that we’ll play once or twice and really enjoy. We could probably name ten or twenty games that we’ve really enjoyed, and twenty or thirty games that were relatively memorable. But, we’ll only have four or five games that we truly love. The kind of game that you’ll play again and again, a game that’s timeless, unforgettable and almost addictive. Those types of games are rare. So that’s what I want you all to talk about.
I want you to tell us about the greatest game you’ve ever played. In fairness, you might have one or two games that you count as your ‘favourites’, so go ahead and talk about both of them. Use the comments section below to write a paragraph or two about that game, or those games. Tell us why you love it, or them, and what makes the game(s) so special. Don’t worry if you “can’t write”, nobody is going to judge you for your spelling or grammar, and if the ‘Grammar Nazis’ come a trolling, just ignore them – it’s the internet, after all. Plus, my Dad always told me that there’s no such thing as can’t, there is only try… I think he’s a big fan of Star Wars, and Yoda. Everyone can draw, everyone can play sports, everyone can dance, everyone can sing and everyone can write. It’s just that there’s some people that are better at it than others, and that’s OK.
So, get to commenting! Write about your favourite game and why you hold it so highly. Hopefully, we’ll get a few interesting ‘reviews’ and we might just find some new games that we’ve not considered playing before. Once we’ve got a few mini reviews in the comment section below, I’ll collate them into a pretty little article to go up on the website, with pictures of the games and everything. How professional.
I’ll start us off with my ‘best game of all time’, Oblivion.
Alecs Pillik’s favorite game – The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
“I’ve talked about Oblivion on numerous occasions in a few different articles for IM PLAYIN. It’s just one of those games that I absolutely love and would happily play again and again, so it’s inevitable that I compare other games, especially RPGS, to it. There are many reasons for my love of Oblivion, ranging from the graphics to the story. I mean, it was a beautiful looking game, one of the best on the Xbox 360 in my opinion. It also boasted a huge world which was perfect for exploration. It was the ultimate RPG on the last-gen and, for me at least, there hasn’t been an RPG to rival it since. Even Skyrim wasn’t quite as good as Oblivion, and I think it was because of how well Oblivion set the pace for Western RPGs. The story was captivating, and I absolutely loved the contrast between the main setting of Cyrodiil and the planes of Oblivion, accessed through the various Oblivion gates. It felt like two different dimensions, one ruled by order and civility, and the other ruled by chaos. I loved the theme of the game, with the chaotic Oblivion realms spewing out of the gates and into the peaceful countryside of Cyrodiil, it really highlighted the juxtaposition between the two settings and hammered home exactly what you were fighting for. But the best thing about the game was all of the side quests, including the various guilds.
The main story of Oblivion was just one part of the game, there was just so much extra content to experience and a wealth of environments to explore; it was almost impossible to be bored with the game. Not only that, but each guild and each side-quest had their own slice of story just waiting to be told, some of which intertwined with the main events in Cyrodiil, and others seemed to just run their own course away from all of the excitement in the massive world. It was the first game that I’d ever played where the world truly felt alive and where I really felt like my actions in the game made a difference to how people perceived me, and I perceived myself as a fictional character. There are so many reasons as to why I love this game, but the most important to me is the person that I played it with. I used to play Oblivion with my brother, as we shared a character and helped each other through the game. Those shared memories are intertwined with the game itself, and they always come flooding back whenever I pick up and play it. That’s why it’s so special to me.”