A disclaimer first: this is not a top 3 of my all time favorite video games ever in the history of the universe. This list serves as the three most-playable games for me. In that way, they are my favorite because their playability is unmatched. I do have other franchises and games that I would consider better overall than some of the games listed here; I just don’t play them as often.
1. Dragon Age: I start with the franchise that I just can’t quit. This RPG from BioWare allows for great customization and options in gameplay. The gamer can choose character type, romantic options, even personality which affects choices given as the game is played. I’ve played all three games and all the DLC that I wanted to (yet to finish Inquisition, but I love it). Origins is my favorite, as I’ve played it 4 times through. The writing and story is fun, adventurous, and good for a laugh as you fight against evil.
2. Borderlands 2: I’m honestly surprised that an FPS has made this list, but BL2 is deserving. This is another role playing game that utilizes the FPS perspective. From Gearbox Software, BL2 is set in a dystopian world, and players need to battle the evil dictatorial leader. It is a sequel, but I never played the first one and didn’t feel I lost any of the backstory. One reason I love this game is the co-op play. I have some long distance gamer buds, and it’s always fun to hop on and headshot things as they fight through an area. Again there are some great NPCs (i.e. Tiny Tina, Mr. Torgue) and writing to keep the player entertained. Not to mention, blowing things up is always a good time.
3. Bladestorm: The Hundred Years’ War: This one is a bit of a wildcard, since most have never heard of it. Bladestorm, from Omega Force, is a real time strategy game that incorporates campaign-like battles with historical figures. As you play through the conflict, you build skills for yourself as a campaign leader in various weapon types and you meet the more notable people that fought in the true Hundred Years’ War. It’s an interesting game for a history nerd like me, but it’s also great for a quick pickup because the campaigns take a short time before you regroup at the tavern to plan your next undertaking.
There they are: the three games I can pick up and play at any time. For me, gaming is all about the fun, and these games are a blast.
Honorable mentions include Dungeon Defenders and the Uncharted series.
What do you play?