Editor Spotlight: Chad Waller

It’s Wednesday again! That means it is time for this week’s Editor Spotlight!  This time our editor is Chad Waller!  So check out his top 5 games here! What are your top 5 games?

Number 5: Halo 4

Given my history with the franchise, I need to have a Halo game make this list. I started with Halo: Combat Evolved on the PC, skipped Halo 2 because I didn’t want an Xbox, then bought Halo 3 when the Xbox 360 was a young thing filled with hopes and dreams. Almost every Friday night since my purchase of Halo 3, I’ve gotten drunk and played some kind of Halo multiplayer while listening to metal music. It’s just a thing I do.

Of all the Halo games I’ve played over the last decade and some change, Halo 4 is the best. 343 worked some unholy magic and created something new from a franchise I adore, yet Halo 4 still feels and plays like a Halo game.

I could go on about the multiplayer–which I suck at despite my long history with the series–but really, Halo 4 wins out because of its narrative. 343 managed to go deeper with the story by asking questions about humanity and bringing forth the elephant that has always been waiting patiently in the room: who is more human Cortana or Master Chief?

It’s a brilliant game made better by the fact that every level could be the final level in a lesser video game. Everything done in Halo 4 feels like a climactic achievement, and that’s impressive and awesome.


Number 4: World of Warcraft

I will never play World of Warcraft again, and though absolute statements like that are usually not to be made, I’m making this one with certainty. But…

I started playing World of Warcraft during my final year of high school when Burning Crusade first came out. I joined up with my friend and his brother and then went on a roller coaster of adventure that lasted the better part of half a decade. We explored all sorts of dungeons, we quested for kings and dragons, we killed for the Horde and Alliance in battlegrounds, and we raided some of the biggest monsters in some of the coolest fights I’ve ever played in a video game.

It’s hard to talk about this game without going on and on and on because of its scope and because of how much I played it. There are more memories in this one game than any of the others on this list, and though I’ll never make new ones, I’ll always have the old ones.

Even now, a full-fledged adult with adult problems, I still reminisce about this game with my friends. “Remember that time we all got drunk, you tossed on your tanking gear, and then we played Warsong Gulch for hours while you ran the flag? Man, no one could kill you and everyone tried. Then I blew everyone up because they were stupid and didn’t look for me. And my bro, he was the best pvp healer on that server!”

Good times.


 Number 3: Orcs Must Die! 2

So. I typed a lot for the above two games, but you shouldn’t expect that here. Orcs Must Die! 2 is high on this list because I love it, and it’s an amazing game. It’s stupid and fun and smart and fun and fun and fun and fun and fun.

There are so many orcs that need to die! All of them. With crazy traps that make me cringe thinking about their barbarism yet make me burst into laughter at their execution.

It’s really just brilliant distilled into some form of immaturity.

Also it’s fun. Like, all of the fun.

Just go play it.


 Number 2: Aliens vs Predator 2

While most of my high-school colleagues were off playing Halo, KillZone, or Call of Duty, I stumbled upon a different game, and one better than them all.

Aliens vs Predator 2 was my multiplayer jam for a very long time, and what’s not to like? Play as Xenomorphs, Predators, Marines, or Corporate soldiers in 16-player frag fests. All of them had a giant arsenal of weapons (save the Xenomorphs but they are full-body weapons), and matches were always chaotic and amazing.

Other games have let players divide up into four teams of four, but never like Aliens vs Predator 2. When one team has stealth, plasma weaponry, and giant wrist blades while another team is fast and can climb on walls while the third and fourth teams are loaded up with machine guns, sniper rifles, shotguns, and the always-handy pistol, you have a recipe for bliss.

Really, everything else is plebeian in comparison.

I played as everything, though I was best with the standard marine. Shotguns and Pulse Rifles! I loved playing as the Predator though, sneaking around and stabbing people. And the Xenomorph was a favorite, pouncing across levels and treating yourself as the bullet to a gun. Basically, everything was a favorite.

I still go back to the game now and then to play through the campaigns, which are all quite fun and interlace between each other in a cool way, but multiplayer isn’t an option any longer.

One day there’ll be another like it. Aliens vs Predator 3 was close, and I’d throw money at Rebellion to try again.


 Number 1: Conker’s Bad Fur Day

Conker’s Bad Fur Day is my favorite game of all time and will probably remain so because I’m stubborn and it’s amazing. I got the game when I was too young to get most of the references and jokes but old enough to know that swearing and farts are funny and that peeing on a giant rock boulder to move it around is something that yes, video games should absolutely do.

I love Conker as a character. He’s funny and charming and reacts to horrible situations in just the perfect way: A sigh, a frown, and with reluctance. His attitude is how I treat work. He drinks and likes money, and it’s almost like we are long-lost brothers or something.

The game is hilarious, the platforming is solid, and graphically, the style still holds up. There’s so many clever gameplay aspects in the game, such as the “Context Sensitive Button” which does whatever the designers need it to. Half the game is an elaborate fetch quest disguised as a story and then wrapped in something that’s both cave-man crude yet delightfully clever.

The game never repeats itself, and each level is somehow cooler, more funny, and just better than the last. Almost everything is memorable, from the singing poo boss to the cynical grim reaper to the creepy doll that winds up being a giant robot that you have to kill with a tank.

It’s a series of good ideas, solid voice acting, wonderful writing, and an unforgettable cast of characters.

And that doesn’t include the multiplayer, which is abundant, awesome, and would take too long for me to wax poetic about.

At any rate, I believe I’ve made my case. Conker’s Bad Fur Day is the best.


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