5 Games You Must Play In Your Lifetime

There are some games that everybody needs to try once. Whether they are in your preferred genre or not, it’s a testament to the medium itself and you ought to embrace that and see the reason for their popularity yourself.

Like a song that everybody knows, some video games are true works of interactive art. They’re the titles that win the game of the year and the ones that have defined the industry over the years.

There are many games that everyone must play at least once in their life; so creating a list of them all could take forever. But what if you trimmed that list down to just five games. Five games that you need to play at least once.

Well, It’s your lucky day because I have done that hard work for you. I have put together a list of five games I think you should have played in your lifetime. Let’s get started.

The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim

It goes without saying that Skyrim should be included on this list. The most popular game in the Elder Scroll Series may have been milked by its multiple releases, but that doesn’t change how good a game it really is.

Skyrim is a story all about the players. Its massive sandbox world let’s go and do whatever you want, all whilst shouting people off a mountainside. The feeling you got from this game when you first encountered a Dragon was one I’ll never forget.

This is a true open world game, with branching questlines, no set player classes, house building, and even marriage and adoption. Skyrim had everything and it opened the world’s eyes to show what video games could be like.

The addition of modding allowed the life of this title to continue even to this day and you’ll hear many stories of people having put hundreds of into Skyrim and they’re still playing.

Skyrim is a fantasy that never truly ends and it’s this scale that makes it one of the best games of our generation.

The Last Of Us

A game that brought out so many emotions, and ones we didn’t even know a video game could conjure, The Last Of Us is one of my favorite games of all time. This is a rollercoaster ride of a game, filled with twists, turns, and betrayals. If there was ever an example of how to portray emotion in a video game, this is it.

The Last Of Us is one of the all-around great games. Graphically it still holds up today and mechanically it’s solid in all the right places. But this game doesn’t make our list because of its polished quality. The Last Of Us has its spot on here due to its incredible story.

A world filled with unique enemies that will go down in history as some of the scariest of all time. Playing The Last Of Us you instantly fall in love with its characters, feel empathy for them and feel like they’re genuine people. Not many video games can do this, and not many will.

The Last Of Us feels like a game with surprises and rewards around every turn. Whether it’s the amazing soundtrack or the superb acting, it has to go down as one of the greatest video games of all time.

Super Mario World

What kind of list would this be without a little retro in it? Now that’s not to say the only reason Mario is here is that it’s retro, far from it. Super Mario World changed video gaming at the time. It games a company a face and children a hero to love.

Unfortunately, it also gave us a really bad movie, but that’s a story for another time.

Super Mario World showed us how great games could be. How we could escape into these new worlds filled with mushrooms and dinosaurs with long tongues. Now I have to admit this was a tossup between Mario and Sonic, but because this is my list I had to pick Mario.

I owned a Nintendo, not a Sega and for that reason, I grew up on Mario. I loved the world, I loved saving the princess and I loved jumping on clouds. I remember the first time I found an easter egg on the game, I felt my mind expand and blow.

Super Mario World changed how we looked at games for years to come. It showed how even the most ridiculous sounding characters can become world famous mascots. Platform games and gaming, in general, would never be the same again.

Grand Theft Auto 5

Grand Theft Auto 5 has defined this much love series by becoming a culmination of every game in the franchise before it. This game we far beyond what we were all expecting and improved on every aspect of the previous games.

It’s a rare thing that a franchise gets better and better with every release, but RockStar seems to do it every single time. The only thing that you might argue isn’t as good as previous games are the radio soundtrack, but we can let that slide when the rest of it is so good.

Grand Theft Auto 5 is not only gorgeous to look at, but it’s massive. A true recreation of a fictional LA with cars to steal and hookers too, well, you know. This game has it all. An amazing story, great characters, fantastic graphics and it even has one of the best multiplayer modes ever. We all thought GTA online would be fun, just maybe not this much fun.

Much like Skyrim, this game a seemingly endless lifespan. With mods on PC that can almost change the game entirely, you could still have fun a thousand hours in.

Tetris

The original puzzle game, Tetris might be old, but it shaped the mobile gaming market of today. Addictive simple games are huge in today’s society, and yes, they may only be played by people traveling to work on the train, but they’re also doing so much for the industry.

Tetris is the game that started it all. On the face of it, it’s the simplest idea in the world – fitting blocks together. Easy to play but impossible to master and not to mention one of the best video game themes ever.

Tetris is still alive today, in its original form all these years later. We talked about games with long life, well this is certainly one and that’s without the help of mods. Tetris became so popular that my Mom even plays it, to this day. So this one’s for you, Mom. Even if you try this game for two minutes, it’s a must for any fan of video games in general.

Constantly threatening to write a book, but always with a story to tell. Tom has a typical northern English soul. He may sound as mundane as Jon Snow, but at least he tries to articulate. Lover of video games, comics, geek pop culture and wishing he could play Dungeons & Dragons.
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