I'm a huge fan of videogames. They definitely started out as a hobby but have since transcended to occupational status. My dream job would be to cover the videogame industry as a journalist, which is something I talk a little more about in my Game Reviews section.

Everyone who plays games has, at some point, determined what their favorite game is, but this is something I think about quite a lot. So, for your viewing pleasure, my top five favorite videogames are listed below with reasons why I love them.

  1. Ocarina of Time screenshot

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

    Ocarina of Time has everything I love in a videogame: action, adventure, fantasy, roleplaying elements, thought provoking gameplay scenarios and a solid storyline. For me, this game was a turning point in my life. It showed me that the elements of a videogame can converge and intertwine in order to drive a compelling narrative. Ocarina of Time made me want to do more with videogames than just play them.
  2. Mass Effect

    Mass Effect is the ultimate interactive narrative. You play as Commander Shepard traversing the vast reaches of space in the year 2183. Your goal is to discover the secrets of an ancient evil race known as the Reapers and rid the galaxy of them. I love the way you can interact with people in this game. Every piece of dialogue is fully voice acted, and the world is detailed with a rich backstory. This level of detail makes Mass Effect the most immersive game I've ever played.
  3. Shadow of the Colossus

    Shadow of the Colossus shares quite a few similarities with the Zelda franchise, which may be why I love it so much. The formula for this game is simple: ride your horse around a huge fantasy land and fight giant creatures known as Colossi. You're defeating these monsters in order to bring your true love, Mono, back to life. Shadow of the Colossus takes a unique approach to gameplay and story progression and throws in some of the most beautiful scenery I've ever seen in a videogame world, which awards this game with "art" status in my book.
  4. Super Mario Galaxy 2

    Super Mario Galaxy 2 perfects the fast-paced action of its predecessor in every way. This game eschews most modern game conventions and simply focuses on the fun factor of gameplay. It's polished beyond belief and its playtime clocks in at about 40 hours. Super Mario Galaxy 2 is my definition of a perfect platformer.
  5. Raz from Psychonauts

    Psychonauts

    Psychonauts is...unique. It's about a summer camp for the psychically gifted. You play as Raz, a circus reject with stage fright whose only dream is to become a Psychonaut. You'll battle the subconscious of an overbearing ex-marine and play a rousing game of "Waterloo-O" with a dissociative identity disorder patient who believes he is Napoleon Bonaparte in the unforgettable journey that is Psychonauts.