Okay, here’s the scenario. You are sent to a far away island and won’t be able to return home. But you are given the choice of five games that you can take with you to the island for any system, console, or platform. This also includes arcade games. Collections or a set of games included in one package are prohibited. So for example, no Batman Arkham Collection. Only single games apply. Which games would you choose above all else that you would be stuck with possibly for the rest of your life as a gamer?
My games would be Chrono Trigger (via the SNES9x emulator), Star Wars Battlefront II, Battlefield 2, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Fire Pro Wrestling World. Chrono Trigger was a no-brainer for me as I believe it is the best video game ever created. It cemented my love for Japanese role-playing games with a fantastic story, outstanding soundtrack, various time periods to explore, and different endings to obtain. I have played hundreds of RPGs over the years and nothing has come close to having the impact on me that Chrono Trigger did. It was a special experience that proved that 16-bit graphics were more than enough to tell a compelling story that made you invest in the characters and provide gamers with an unforgettable adventure. The game will always be special to me and I don’t see that changing. To this day, I still feel an attachment to that amazing cast of characters. If there was ever a game that has been long overdue for a remake or a remaster, this is the game that needs to be put in front of the line.
I have a great fondness for both the classic Star Wars Battlefront II of 2005 and the more modern 2017 version. Those two titles are the quintessential Star Wars video games. No other games capture the essence of Star Wars battles like the Battlefront series. I prefer the 2005 classic though and its mod support, which has had 16 years of development, is unrivaled. There are mods that touch on many of the known eras of Star Wars lore. Some modders have even found ways to incorporate space, air, and land battles all on one map. Star Wars Battlefront II classic is still a game I play weekly even though I’ve owned it since it was first released. It’s just a ton of fun. The Force is very strong with this one. (For Star Wars Battlefront II mods, CLICK HERE)
Even though Battlefield 2 likewise came out in 2005, I didn’t discover it until nearly three years ago. Even though the graphics are dated compared to its more modern counterparts, Battlefield 2 is hands down my favorite of the series. It’s fun gameplay is very addicting and I just enjoy playing round after round on different maps. The mods are outstanding for this game, adding a ton of extra content that covers the modern era, World War II, Vietnam, and more. Like Star Wars Battlefront II, this is also a game I find myself returning to on a weekly basis. Perhaps one of the biggest advancements I’ve seen with the mods has been the implementation of destructible environments by Muhammad Furqon. It’s still a work in progress but it goes to show that we may not have even scratched the surface of what is capable in Battlefield 2. The more I think about this game, the more I’m convinced this is one of the greatest first-person shooters, period. And for those concerned about the outdated graphics, there’s mods for that too that make the game look infinitely better. (For Battlefield 2 Mods, CLICK HERE)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is on the list because of its infinite replay value. This game is one of the greatest undertakings in gaming history and is an explorer’s dream. But it is also one of the most modded games of all time. There is no shortage of modifications that can enhance, expand, and transform this game. The modding community is so strong that standalone game mods have created over the years such as Endereal and The Forgotten City. It has story, combat, and discovery in spades. Every gamer should play this game at least once in their lives and you may just find the hours fly by as you immerse yourself into the world of Skyrim. Keep in mind there is also The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition, which also has its own set of mods. (To download mods for Skyrim and Skyrim Special Edition, CLICK HERE & HERE)
As a wrestling game fan, it is crucial to have at least one wrestling game in my collection on this island. The best of the best is Fire Pro Wrestling World. In terms of wrestling simulation, there is no better game or series for that matter. Being the first Fire Pro released on PC, the mod support for the game is limitless in allowing for new wrestlers, new moves, new textures, new arenas, the ability to add theme music, etc. The number of custom wrestlers and moves available just on the Steam Workshop alone is greater than anything I’ve ever seen for a wrestling game. It has even further mod support than what is offered on the Steam Workshop if you dig a little more. It is the only current wrestling game that allows you to customize wrestlers so that they behave and wrestle as you want them to when controlled by the AI. That means each match is different. Don’t let the 2.5D graphics fool you, this is the wrestling game above all other wrestling games.
Those are my five choices. You may have noticed that I would play all five games on PC, as that is my favorite gaming platform. The ability to incorporate mods and also play retro games in an upscaled fashion through emulators is why I cherish PC gaming above all. Through the BlueStacks android emulator, you also can play mobile games on your PC as well.
What are your top five games that you would take with you to the island? I would love to read your choices in the comments below.