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With the holidays coming up, now is a time to indulge in the things that we love and appreciate! With Wikia's 12 Days of Guilt, we will be bringing a list of our guilty pleasures to you every day, and you can vote on the #1 guilty pleasure or add your own! The focus will be on the movies, video games, books, and tv shows that we secretly love but hate to tell other people about!
So far, our guilty pleasures have covered Reality TV, Romantic Comedies, and Romance Novels, and Competition Shows. Now it's time for something a bit different. Video games!
There are plenty of games out there that might hold a special place in our hearts. But those same games might be ones we'd hate to admit we love! What are some of your guilty pleasure games? Here are ten of my votes for biggest guilty pleasures. Be sure to add your vote in the Top 10 List of Video Game Guilty Pleasures.
1. Harvest Moon
The first Harvest Moon I played was the classic Harvest Moon 64, and it was the first game that I ever stayed up all night to play. I remember the sun coming up and feeling accomplished that my horse won the horse race, my fields were beautiful and tended to, and that I was saving up to buy a kitchen for my house. The game's premise may sound boring on paper, but it's an immensely addicting game that can suck time away like you wouldn't believe. Marrying girls in that game was always my biggest guilty pleasure. As much of a hassle it was to give Karen wine berries every single day, man did it pay off we she says "I do"!
2. Mario Party
The Mario Party games may be a bit stagnant now, but it's hard to find a party game that offers the same sort of "Come on, really?!" moments. Whether your friend steals a Star from you, or losing an intense 2 on 2 boat race at the last second. The minigames were bite-sized and always enjoyable. While, I have never met a person who would willingly play a 60 turn game of Mario Party, I know many who would enjoy a game amongst friends. It's a big guilty pleasure for me, and a game that I would suggest at get togethers more often if I knew it wouldn't be met with a resounding "No".
3. Dance Dance Revolution
My biggest love in middle school and one that still hasn't gone away. Dance Dance Revolution still brings me so much dancing joy. I love the 90 second songs, the drenched clothes after preforming a tough song, and just how fun it is to preform in front of a group of people at an arcade. Yeah, I was one of 'those guys'. Too bad the game has been seamlessly replaced with the new dancing game hits Just Dance and Dance Central. I loved the complex nature of scoring and the difficulty curve as you advanced through difficulty levels. As much as I enjoy playing it still, it's hard to find the ability to play it in front of crowd nowadays.
4. World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft is the most successful subscription-based MMO ever released, and I'll admit if it was free to play I'd be all over it. The game has gained an unfortunate reputation among non-gamers, and that might make it a bit difficult to admit enjoying it. I love just how deep the lore in the world of Azaroth is. While I don't actively play, I still find myself browsing the WoW wiki and reading about the backstory of the different areas. The game can definitely make time disappear, and that's an unforuntate side effect of loving such an immensely content-rich game.
5. Final Fantasy X-2
The game that gives a whole new meaning to the word "Girl Power". Final Fantasy X-2 was the first true sequel to a Final Fantasy game, and that was immensely exciting to hear for those who enjoyed FFX. Though, once I discovered just how lighthearted and goofy the game was, I became a bit reluctant to play it. My first impressions didn't stop me though, and I was blown away by just how much fun the fast and frantic battle system was. The different dress spheres added a really cool comestic touch to the change in characters' moveset, and I enjoyed the interactions between Yuna, Rikku, and Paine. Definitely not the first Final Fantasy I mention enjoying, though.
6. Dynasty Warriors: Gundam
I've got a big soft spot for the expansive Gundam series, and it's every fan's dream to play a game that brings together characters from every corner of the conglomerate. While the battle system remained true to the rather bland Dynasty Warriors franchise, I grew to really enjoy the game. The story missions were entertaining and I had a lot of fun taking control of different Gundams throughout. I'd definitely love to see more games approach the concept of bringing together characters from different reaches of the series. Tales of VS and Final Fantasy Dissidia both do it well too.
7. Lost: Via Domus
My opinions about the game are certainly mixed, but I have to admit for fans of the show, Lost: Via Domus offered a unique addition to the Lost series. The game wasn't much more than running around, but interacting with all of the characters on the show in a new light was a very interesting experience.
8. House of the Dead 2
One of my all time favorite arcade light-gun games, House of the Dead 2 was a blast to play when it first came out. But it certainly hasn't aged well. The game is well known for perhaps some of the worst voice acting in video game history. While I was stuck on the first boss for the longest time (was too cheap to keep putting in quarters) once I finished the game I was immensely impressed with just how cohesive the journey felt. As much as I enjoy the newer House of the Dead games, this one will always remain special.
9. Tenchu: Stealth Assassins
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins was the first real ninja theme gamed I played, and I honestly could not get any worse at it. I was the furthest from being stealthy and pretty much struggled my way through the whole game. I enjoyed the experience, but the game certainly hasn't aged well when compared to other games. I always found the controls a bit cumbersome, but deep down I throughly enjoyed my time with the game. Too bad other games in the series never captured the same charm for me.
10. Rumble Roses XX
Alright, I know what you're thinking. Rumble Roses? Yeah, it's a game that may have gained plenty of infamy for it's all female cast and skimpy costumes, but you'd be surprised just how well the game handles. This isn't like Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball, a game which was nothing BUT eye candy. Rumble Roses was an enjoyable wrestling game, but it's definitely one of those games that immediately gives viewers the exact wrong impression. Which, honestly, is very easy to do.
What are some of your guilty pleasure games? Be sure to add your games to the Top 10 List of Video Game Guilty Pleasures and vote on those you agree or disagree with!