Desert Island Games
Posted on 23rd Apr 2010 at 09:37 by Joe Martin with 69 comments
The idea is simple – if you were going into seclusion and you could only take five games with you, which games would you take and why? Read my choices and justifications below, then let me know your own thoughts in the forums.
1. Deus ExWell, this is an obvious choice, isn’t it? Perhaps the only surprise it offers to those who know is that I chose this over my other favourite game, The Secret of Monkey Island.
The key here though is simply the amount of replay value you’ll need to get out of the game. An adventure game like Monkey Island just isn’t going to entertain you in the long run, but Deus Ex packs a stunning amount of content and has plenty of replay value. You can play it in a bunch of different ways and it’s about as intelligent as FPS games can get, so it’s definitely something I’d want in my library.
It's just a shame that the sequels weren't up to scratch...
True, the world might not be as unique as Fallout’s and it might not have the eclectic party members and philosophical edge of Torment, but the quality of writing and possibility for multiple romances make it a clear choice. Plus; dragons.
Where Thief pretty much restricts you only to stealth (and demands that stealth is derived from staying hidden), Hitman lets you have a bit more freedom through the use of disguises and multiple routes. It’s also the best of the Hitman series by far, if only because of the ability to push people down stairs.
5. GTA IVI’m actually not personally a huge fan of GTA IV in terms of its story and structure. I think it could have done better if it had sought to create a smaller area in greater detail, rather than a whole city with less content. Still, if you’re looking for something that you could play for the rest of your life then this is probably as good as it gets. You could spend ages just watching comedy routines or completing mini-games before you even though of touching the story.
Then, even after all that is done, there’s still the whole world to explore. I may not be a huge fan of the structure now, but if I was stuck on a desert island with it for the rest of my life then I’m positive that I could learn to love it.
There are many more games I could expand into this list – System Shock 2 and Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines spring to mind, and I’m tempted to try and bend the rules by talking about MMOs and modding content too, but I think I’m comfortable leaving it at these five games.
What about you? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
[EDIT: Dammit! I should have included Garry's Mod 10 in there somewhere too, assuming I can include user-generated content with it!]