My Top 5 Video Games

Written By: Jacob

Gaming has always been a large part of my life ever since I got my PlayStation when I was a child. It gives us an experience we cannot receive anywhere else and is constantly evolving graphically, narratively and socially. Even though I have taken a short hiatus from gaming to focus on exams and A-Levels, that does not mean I will never stop playing them. These are the top 5 games I think I have enjoyed the most in playing throughout the years (so far) and defiantly recommend you pick up and play!

5: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

(For the PlayStation 3)


Uncharted was one of the first series I played when I purchased my PlayStation 3 and is one of the only series I would happily play forever. But Uncharted 2 is definitely the high-point of the series so far. With incredible graphical improvements from the first game, a story in which our protagonist, Drake travels from urban cities to the snowy peaks of the Himalayas and amazing action-packed set pieces such as a tank blowing up half a train! (Takes a minute to breathe) Uncharted 2 is basically the Raiders of the Lost Ark in the gaming world.

4: Skyrim

(For Xbox 360 | PlayStation 3 | PC)

Even though it sits at number 4 on my lists, Skyrim is one of the biggest, imaginative and detailed worlds I have ever seen when gaming. When you hear about people racking up around 75 hours and not even starting the main adventure yet, you know you’re in for a treat. The amount of activities this game offers to you is incredible. You could explore the hundreds of dungeons across the world that pits you against the deadliest of foes all so you can gain that new sword or Dragon Shout you wanted. You could become a member of the Thieves Guild and pickpocket your way to glory, or join the Dark Brotherhood and assassinate all those who do wrong in your way. You may want to slay a dragon just for the thrill of it and then relax in the nearest brothel until dawn or even just walk the many mountains and forests the game has just for the sake of the adventure. Skyrim is one of those rare sandbox games where the sky is your only limit.

3: Bioshock Infinite

(For Xbox 360 | PlayStation 3 | PC)

Bioshock was one of the best games to come out in 2007 and Bioshock 2 didn’t really change much but was still a decent game. However, three years later in 2013, Bioshock Infinite was finally released and in my opinion is the best narrative-driven story ever to be released. Even though I love the Walking Dead and Wolf Among Us series, nothing compares to the twists, turns and jaw-dropping ending that is this game. With incredible performances from Troy Baker and Courtnee Draper and the beautiful graphics that bring Sanctuary to life, Bioshock Infinite feels more like a movie experience than a video-game. The game does suffer from some slight repetitive gameplay issues, but they are unnoticeable when you look at the overall brilliance of this cleverly crafted story.

2: Grand Theft Auto: IV

(For Xbox 360 | PlayStation 3 | PC)

GTA is one of those franchises that they say “keeps getting better as it goes on” but I would have to disagree. Even though Grand Theft Auto: V brought a bigger map, more online features and three playable characters to its roster; it compares nothing to the grit of Liberty City and Niko Belic; one of the best characters in video game history. What makes GTA IV stand out is its pacing. You don’t start gunning straight away you have to earn it, no cash cheats, no easy-winnings, you earn everything in this game and just before you know it, you’re robbing the biggest bank it the city. With a colourful cast of characters and a story that takes a minimum of 10 hours to complete, GTA IV is a sandbox that I could talk about for hours upon hours.

Before I reveal my favourite game ever (so far), here are some honourable mentions that just missed the top 5…

  • Assassin’s Creed 2
  • Sonic Heroes
  • The Batman Arkham Series
  • Portal 2
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (Zombies Mode)
  • The Walking Dead: Telltale
  • The Wolf Among Us: Telltale
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Spider-Man (For the PlayStation One)
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

1: Half-Life 2

(For PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360 | PC)

Never have I played a game so many times and still wanted to keep playing when that end-credits scene came up. Yes, I’m counting Half-Life 2: Episode One and Two as part of the game as well. Valve has always been known for incredible pacing in games and also just by making incredible games in general. With masterpieces such as Half-Life, Portal, Left for Dead, Team Fortress and Counter-Strike under its belt, none of them compare to Half Life Two. In a bleak, dystopian future, you play as silent protagonist Gordon Freeman who travels through cities, forests caves and more to defeat the Combine. With incredible graphics which still stand even today, an incredible cast of characters, numerous weapons and vehicles to choose from and a tone that feels freakishly reel; Half- Life 2 is still the best game I have ever played.

So there you have it, those are my top 5 favourite games I have played (so far). Just remember this is my opinion and yours could be completely different. Hopefully, you may pick up one of these great games and play them for yourself, it’s always good to break of from working and relax a little by doing something you enjoy. On that note, I think I’ll slay some dragons.