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My top 10 PC games Pt2

Last week we started to take a look at my top 10 PC Games of all time. To have a look over number 6-10 please have a look at this post https://downundergeek.wordpress.com/2016/11/10/my-top-10-pc-games-pt1/

Now we take a look at the top 5 which game will be number 1… the answer may surprise some people.

5: Diablo 2

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Original Release year: 2000

One of the very first RPG games I played Diablo 2 was almost the complete package with a good strong story, good multiplaying capacity and heaps of mods. This was heavily played for many years a quite a few LANS I attended.

The only draw back really was there was not a great deal of customisation for character creation or builds.

Putting that aside however Diablo 2 still stands tall in the history of PC Gaming with mand fans myself included

4: Guild Wars 2

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Original Release year :2012

The most recently released game on the list and it sits at number 4 on the list here is why.

While Guild Wars 2 is graphically a very nice game with some nice character creation  options and does have a good strong storyline which continues the lore from Guild Wars it lacks in some areas which its predecessor was strong in.

Guild Wars 2 lacks the customisable options in some areas which made Guild Wars a very special game to play. Also when it switched from Guild Wars to Guild Wars 2 to me the game lost a bit of it’s strong feeling of community.

Now don’t get me wrong I play this game almost every day and have continued some very strong friendships that were born in Guild Wars but Guild Wars 2 just lacks that special something that made Guild Wars such a great game.

If it carried some more of those qualities from the original game then Guild Wars 2 would be higher on this list.

3: Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines

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Original release year: 2004

Now this is an interesting entry in the list.

Coming in at number 3 bloodlines may not be the most polished and finished game but it is one of the best. Set in White Wolf Publishing’s World of Darkness the player takes on the role of a fledgling vampire and a whole new world is opened up to them.

There is some nice character development as the story goes on but the biggest impressive factor of the game is its atmospheric nature and the music in key locations. These combinations adds to the game as a whole and makes this a very special gaming experience.

2: Guild Wars

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Original  Release year: 2005

They say the original is sometimes the best and in some regards this is true of Guild Wars.

Released in 2005 and recommended to me by a friend I started playing Guild Wars in the May of 2005 and I have not left the world since.

While character created was somewhat limited once you had a character you had a great deal of freedom with the skills you could run. This was further enhanced when build templates were introduced which allowed the player the ability to save their build and put it on NPC heroes and other characters.

Graphically reasonable for it’s time Guild Wars had a strong narrative this title is by far one of the most enduring games I have played. It would be number one except for one game title standing in it’s way.

1: The Longest Journey

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Original Release Year: 2000

This Norwegian developed point and click adventure game stands above all other titles for me as the greatest game I have ever played.

This game has it all in one package a fantastic storyline <I won’t ruin it by telling you the story as it is work finding it out yourself> a first class soundtrack composed by Bjorn Arve Lagim & Tor Linlokken and wonder and very memorable characters.

The protagonist is April Ryan voiced by the talented Sarah Hamilton. Hamilton brings a great range to her character and brings April to life in a very special way. April Ryan has been praised as one the most memorable female character in the history of adventure games.

This is the kind of game you will start to play and want to just keep going.

For me this game captured me like no other game did before or has done since it totally encompassed me and fully immersed me into it’s very rich world world.

This game came along into my life and totally won me over. I highly doubt that I shall ever play a title in the future which will reach the heights for me as The Longest Journey has.

A Journey of 1224 days

On October 31st 2012 I began a new gaming experience when I entered the world of Guild Wars 2 for the first time. Set obviously in the same world as the original Guild Wars however 250 years have passed between the two games.

As a player of the first game since it launched I was very excited to begin playing the new game. ArenaNet were very intelligent in the way they linked both games together both in terms of story and in the way they rewarded long time players of the first game. One of the things they did was for a period of time they reserved all your character names from Guild Wars so you could use them in Guild Wars 2. While I only kept one character name from the first game it was the most important one to me… Siena Delong.

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Siena in Guild Wars was my monk, a character I had from the very beginning and I became very good at playing a monk in the game. Then when they announced the professions of Guild Wars 2 monk was not among them. I then had to find a new profession for my new Siena to be. I decided to choose Mesmer.

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With that the very day I set up my account for Guild Wars 2 and linked it with my Guild Wars account Siena Delong the Mesmer was created.

The world in Guild Wars 2 is very much more in-depth then the first game with a lot more going on and many things a player can engage in as they explore the map. As time went along I created other character. However just like in the original game Siena has always remained my main character.

The Mesmer is not the easiest profession to learn it is a class that I would recommend for more experienced players. With this in mind I stuck with it and soon gained an aptitude with playing a Mesmer.

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As a side note about the game it is visually stunning as you can see from the screen captures in this post. This is enhanced by the amazing score by Jeremy & Julian Soule. They have done so much awesome game music over the years I can not list it all here but they did do the work on the first Guild Wars game.

The personal story of the game is very immersive and also quite extensive as well. You can easily become quite invested in the story and get pulled right into the narrative. In fact there was one part I played which was quite moving. It also see the player go all around the world of Tyria and includes a lot of the map. As you play through the story you get a true sense of scope to the scale of the map in this game.

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I am very happy to continue to have some good personal friends in Guild Wars 2, some of whom I knew in real life before starting to play the game. Some I have had the good fortune of meeting while playing both Guild Wars & Guild Wars 2 and forming real life friendships with them over time.

Guild Wars 2 is certinally a title worth playing if you are into this type of game. You will enjoy it a great deal.

Which leaves us with only one final question. Why is this post called “A Journey of 1224 days”. That is how long it took me to complete the personal story on Siena’s character. I am very happy to have completed it however there is always plenty to do in the land of Tyria in Guild Wars 2.

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