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This list is for outlining Ninja Parrot's favourite games, ten of them to be exact. The reason for this, is that when you decide to read a review from an independent source that features a single reviewer, such as an individual YouTuber, you're dependent on understanding their opinions on previous games. What I mean by this, is that you build a relationship with a critic, so you appreciate what kinds of games they like and what kinds they hate. You know this, because you've seen their previous reviews and opinions on other games. It's good to know these things, as then you know if they are biased towards particular genres. You can form your own opinion with the help of the critic, whilst bearing in mind what they may be exaggerating or if they've a particular, theoretical, affiliation with that genre of games. 

Because of this, I've made this list to attempt to help potential readers know what kind of games I respond too and what my favourite games are. If you know what my favourite games are, you can guess at what other games I may like in the future. Also, it helps you understand my thought processes better and helps you connect with me on opinions from ten games at once, rather than one at a time.

For some added information, these games have been picked based on how much I enjoyed them, meaning this is a completely opinion-based list. There's no absolutes in this list, it really is just purely opinion. Another name for for this list would have been 'top ten games I enjoyed the most' to make it further known that this is just an opinion-based, fun list. If you think I'm wrong, then please do say in the comments, or let me know if I'm an idiot, if you want. 

Well without further rambling, here we go! 

10. Metal Gear V: The Phantom Pain 

Metal Gear V: The Phantom Pain takes the first spot on my Top Ten favourite games list. Whilst obviously not my favourite game, it's one that I'll always remember fondly. The reason why I enjoyed this game so much, was because at the time it truly felt like the first 'next generation' game that had ever been released. Whilst there are games that have felt more advanced since The Phantom Pain, at the time it truly was something mind-blowing for me. Whilst people have suggested that the Phantom Pain was actually quite limiting in it's viable play-styles, it still felt as if you could play the game however you wanted. You could play it like an original Metal Gear game, by hiding close by and choking people out, or play as a Sniper, or even take an assault rifle and play 'Call of Duty' style. You could even just have as much fun as possible in your style, using pop-up Big Boss balloons, hitting people with empty ammo magazines and more! For me personally, I loved sneaking around with silenced weapons, using 'Quiet' to take out key targets whilst behaving like a ghost, taking people out slowly and taking over outposts without being seen. Quite a traditional play-style, but so much fun that I played through the game twice in a short space of time. Overall, it was a brilliant game and one that I hope will still be looked on fondly in years to come, especially as it was Kojima's last Metal Gear! 

9. Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey is a really recent game that came out shortly before Red Dead Redemption 2. The reason I mention Red Dead Redemption, is that they were both open world games, with a large focus on narrative, that came out around the same time. Also, the reason that matters to this, is that I, controversially, had a lot more fun playing Assassins Creed Odyssey than Red Dead Redemption 2. The reason I enjoyed Assassins Creed: Odyssey enough to call it one of my ten favourite games, is that it felt like the ultimate RPG. I say this, because it had everything necessary to be an amazing RPG, as I'll outline. It took me 80 hours to complete the three main story-lines, so it had a long play-time, which is what people want in an RPG. For example, my one issue with the newest 'God of War' game, was that it was far too short for an RPG style game. Also, AC: Odyssey had a huge selection of weapon types, such as Swords, Axes, Daggers, Staffs, Lances and more! It's combat system was HP-based, yet fluid and rewarded the stealth that AC is famous for and there was enough 'crafting' and other systems in place to stop it from getting dull. It had everything a great RPG needed. Alongside that, it did away with the boring parts from other Assassins Creed Games, such as 'trailing missions', pointless cut scenes and repetitive game-play. It felt like a new kind of game, with a lot of depth to it. I put more time into it than I have put into a game in a long time and it definitely deserves to be on this list! I'd really recommend it to anyone that's given up on the franchise! 

8. Tales of Berseria

Number 8 is a JRPG, that's not that well known in the grand sphere of Gaming, yet they are highly spoken of by the fans of the series. What makes Tales of Berseria standout is its uniqueness, especially its combat mechanics. Whilst I haven't played every single 'Tales of' game, Berseria's combat system is unique even when compared against other 'Tales' games. What makes it unique, is that you create your own combo mechanics. What this means, is that you assign skills to each stage of your combo, which are then used by different combinations of button presses. You also gain skills by levelling up, meaning your potential combos can be changed throughout the game, which lets you experiment and find a combination that suits your play style. If this wasn't enough, there are also multiple characters to play as (they don't have the same customisation as the main character) so the game never feels tedious. The gem of Berseria is definitely its combat mechanics, as it's the only game I've played that truly lets you invent your own combos, that can be set up in ways that create effects and other advantages. It's a little difficult to properly explain and it can take a bit of getting used too, but once you properly understand it, it's one of the best and most unique combat systems in Gaming. Berseria's not just great because of it's combat though, the story is brilliantly executed as you play as the 'bad guys' and it manages to be very emotional in ways you aren't expecting. There isn't much of a crafting system and there's no weapon variety, but you do improve stats and there are things to do besides fight, yet the few polished parts of Berseria really do carry it and establish the game as brilliant. I would have put it higher on my list, if the games ahead of it weren't so good! 

7. Nier: Automata

Nier: Automata is a game that certainly turned some heads and has made it's way onto numerous lists regarding gaming, especially lists that are speaking on important games, great games and 'different' games. The reason for that, is that Nier: Automata is important, great and different! It really is that simple. It's on the list of my favourite games because of a few reasons. The first reason is the same as many others, because it is such a different game, with nothing feeling quite like it. The differences are in story-line, combat, tone, design and pretty much everything. Nier doesn't redefine what it means to be a video game, but it certainly challenges a lot of preconceptions about modern gaming. To explain this, the combat relies on an 'RPG-like' melee combat mostly, whilst also relying on bullet-hell elements to make the game feel rapid. The game also changes to pure bullet-hell sections intermittently, which fit so fluidly into the game that it doesn't feel out of place. Whilst you can change weapons, the game relies on 'plugging chips' into your characters to improve their combat mechanics, which allows you to increase attack speed, damage, life-steal and other stats, which allows you to properly suit the game to your play-style. Some of the reasons Nier: Automata is one of my favourite games is the combat, tone and brilliantly unique style, as they play a major role in cementing it as a beautiful piece of gaming art. However, the main reason this game is one of my favourites is it story, or rather the way the story is told and built. The game has three 'stages' to it, that I won't go into detail and spoil. In these stages, you play as three different characters; the first two are of the same time period, yet the third takes place after the first two. The game constantly subverts what you think you know about it and builds upon it to build a tragic world and a further tragic world. Similarly, the game is focused on androids and robots, that you feel incredibly attached too and the game evokes incredibly strong emotions. Nier: Automata is a great example of how a product can be much greater than the sum of its parts. If any of it's key features were put into another game individually, they would feel very out of place and pointless, yet all together they create a very unique and beautiful experience, of which we haven't seen before and it may be a while before we see again! Overall, a fantastic game that all Gamers should experience!

6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

There's not much that can be said about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that hasn't already been said before. When it was released alongside the release of the Nintendo Switch, it was all anyone interested in Video Games could talk about. This was for good reason, because the game was simply brilliant; without it the Nintendo Switch may not be as successful as it is now. The reason Breath of the Wild is such a brilliant game, in my opinion, is that it's the ultimate 'Open-World' game. The map was huge, but it wasn't empty, there was so much to do, but it all had variety and unlike other Open-Worlds, is that it wasn't secretly linear. What I mean by this, is that many Open-Worlds are fun, yet they have a very linear story that is hidden under vast spaces and fun distractions. Breath of the Wild obviously had a story and predetermined goals, but you could approach the game in your own way, evidenced by the already famous possibility of heading straight to the final boss after only a short time of playing. But what made it so enjoyable, was that no matter what you decided to do, it felt like you were going the right direction and not just wasting time. What this means, is that whether you're aiming for the 'dungeons', the shrines, or just exploring and looking for loot, it all feels like you're doing the right thing. I guess this is because no matter what you're doing, you're ultimately powering up for the final boss; yet the game makes you know this without explicitly stating it. Overall, everything the game has to offer feels meaningful and enjoyable. It's not just the atmosphere of the game that makes it brilliant though; the atmosphere is backed up by fun, fluid combat that is further enhanced by the weapon system. The cell-shaded graphics and laid-back tone also help to create a beautiful experience, one that feels totally unique and leaves you wanting for more!

5. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 

Another Nintendo title takes my half-way spot! This one is Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which also came out for the Nintendo Switch! Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a game that truly surprised me. I hadn't played the first Xenoblade, or Xenoblade X before I played this title, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Even now, when I have played other Xenoblade titles, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 still surprises me every time I look back on it, or play it. It's not a completely unheard of franchise, but it was still quite a niche title that I think took a lot of people by surprise, not just me. What made it so unexpected, was how polished the game seemed. What made it so fun was a multitude of different things; almost every part of the game was enjoyable. For example, the story starts slow yet eventually becomes a an emotional roller-coaster of unexpected twists and turns; there's plenty of mini-storylines in the 80 hour ride that is Xenoblade 2 to keep you interested, as well. The graphics of the game are quite unlike anything I've ever seen; they're cartoon-ish and animated, yet seem beautiful and artistic. Yet I think my favourite part of the game, was the combat and the parts of the game that surrounded the combat. When I was reading about the game before I played it, this was the part I was most worried about and thought it may ruin the game for me, but I was completely wrong. The MMO-style, auto-attack and skills based combat could have been boring, but the systems it has in place keep the combat (after the first few hours) super fast-paced; it's quite complicated and takes some understanding, yet once you get it down, it's challenging and ultimately extremely fun! Alongside this, are the 'Blades'! You open 'cores' to get Blades, in an almost 'loot-box' style format, where you're aiming to get the elusive 'Legendary' Blades. They're difficult to get as they are quite rare, but when you get one you see how it opens up your combat capabilities! There are, thankfully, no micro-transactions and you get Cores in-game only. When you get that next Legendary Blade, it makes you so excited and you can't wait to test them out! It's truly a very different experience and one that made the game incredibly enjoyable. It's certainly the part of the game I'd use to encourage people to play! Xenoblade is such a big game that it's hard to outline all of it here, but these are the key parts that needed explaining! Overall, it's a fantastic game and worthy of being on anyone's Top Ten List! 

4. Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey... The game that re-established Mario as one of the greatest franchises to ever grace the world of Video Games. Everyone knows that Mario is one of the best and most important franchises in Video Games, it's never been a big secret. However, for quite a while before Odyssey was released, it seemed as if Mario was starting to lose it's reputation and fade away slightly. It no longer seemed as if Mario was King of Video Games. But with Super Mario Odyssey, all those feelings just melted away and Mario reclaimed the title of King! This game is what you'd give to someone, if they wanted to know what the perfect Platform game was. The reason for that is obvious, it's because it's the perfect Platform-er. It's got everything you could ever wish for in a Platform game, from literally hundreds of collectables, ultra-precise controls, stunning environments, lots of variety and oozing personality! Every second of the game feels meticulously polished and perfected to ensure you're never not having fun. It's the kind of game that you can finish, then instantly play the game from the start all over again. Even when you think you've seen everything the game has to offer, it will surprise you with more twists and turns and keep you smiling no matter how long you've played it for. It will certainly go down as one of the greatest Mario games in history and rightly so. I just hope that Nintendo are planning a sequel!  

3. Monster Hunter World

Monster Hunter World may seem a little out of place at my bronze medal spot, especially compared with some of the other games on this list. In comparison, it's a little more 'hardcore' and a very different style of RPG to the ones I've already listed. However, my love for this game is a little more personal than the other games on this list. Actually, from here on my love for the games is a little more personal than just loving the games for what they are. That's not to say that I'm not considering them objectively, though. Firstly, Monster Hunter World is the ideal 'difficult' game for someone that can't quite handle games like Dark Souls, or earlier Monster Hunter titles. It's certainly a tricky game that takes some getting used too and takes a lot of practice, but it's a lot easier in comparison to some of the other 'difficult' games out there. Alongside that, it's just a truly fun game. I've still got fond memories of the first time I hunted a Rathalos; it was exhilarating. It's almost like a dance, knowing when to run away, when to let fly with a flurry of blows, when to dodge and when to take gambles. My first time hunting the big red dragon, I remember shouting at the TV when I barely dodged it's flames, then shook the controller when trying to bash its head in. Objectively, the game is great. It plays well, it's exciting, it's gripping and the lack of a detailed story is perfect, as it truly feels like your own adventure. Every facet of the game is enjoyable and there simply isn't a dull moment; it's very rare that there's no part of a game that could have been better. I'm sure some would disagree, but personally the game was perfect for the style of game it was and it's something I'll always love. As for a more personal reason, I was struggling with my physical health when I first played Monster Hunter. For some context, I was in a lot of pain, on a lot of medicine and had no appetite. Monster Hunter World cheered me up massively, as it made me feel like I could do anything, because I could fight huge dragons and dinosaurs. Watching your character eat the huge meals also helped stimulate my appetite and led me to eat a lot more good stuff as the meals could be quite inspiring. In general, the game was incredibly enjoyable and holds a special place in my heart, it's the kind of experience I'll never forget!

2. Fire Emblem: Awakening

The Fire Emblem series is my absolute favourite series of video games. I love them so much, that they're the only games I always get a 'Collector's Edition' for, even the spin-offs like Fire Emblem: Warriors. I had to stop myself from putting a bunch of different Fire Emblem titles on this list, as there's a bunch of them that I'd happily state as some of my favourite games. However, when I really thought about it, all the games on this list deserve to be here and Fire Emblem: Awakening deserves to be number two. Whilst I enjoy pretty much all the Fire Emblem games, Awakening is the one that I always replay, always recommend and one of the first I ever played. In a word, it's perfect. Some may not like it, as it's a Strategy RPG and many people would rather play something faster paced, however for many Gamers, this is a MUST PLAY. The strategy game play is fluid, balanced and the scenarios are expertly crafted. Each level feels like a unique challenge that takes planning to overcome and relies on you carefully balancing your team's weapon durability, whilst thinking ahead to what teammates you want to pair up to improve their social bond. Outside of the combat, there's a deep, rich story that is further enhanced by a social pairing/marriage/children dynamic between the many different characters. It's a system that is better experienced than explained, due to the relationships and understandings you gain of the characters and deciding which characters you want to get close to each other through the system. Every second of the game is engaging, deep and most importantly, enjoyable. It's my second favourite game for the reason that all of it is fun and once you start playing it, even if you've played it many times before, it's impossible to put down until you've finished it. Some Fire Emblem fanatics may disagree with this choice, however if you haven't played one before, this is truly the game you should play first. There's no question about it! 

1. Persona 5

 Not much can be said about Persona 5 that hasn't already been said before, but I'm sure going to try. That in mind, it's difficult to put into words just how much I enjoyed this game. It was easily one of the best 100 hours of my life and to attempt to put that into a few words of praise doesn't do Persona 5 justice. The game is instantly gripping, from learning about your characters past and seeing him fit into an every day life for a short time. Yet the real story starts surprisingly quickly for a JRPG of this length and holds your attention intently for the entirety of the game, which is no small feat for a game that lasted around 100 hours for me. Others will beat the game quicker I'm sure, but I really took my time with it and tried to squeeze every second I could out of it. It's one of the only games where I became genuinely sad when it had completely ended. Unlike other games I enjoy, I haven't replayed it, but I believe it's because it's so perfect in my mind, I wouldn't want to spoil it. I'll undoubtedly replay it at some point, but I think I'm waiting for the right moment to do so. As for the game itself, it's a Shin Megami Tensei title and if you've ever played one before you'll be quite aware of the turn-based combat system, which is massively impacted by the presence of 'demons', which are known as 'personas' in this game. You befriend, fuse and fight demons throughout the games combat encounters and make use of them through preparation for entering the dungeons, known as 'Palaces'. The demons work like a more impersonal Pokemon, as you befriend them by talking to them in combat, use them and fuse 2 or more demons together to create stronger demons. It can take a little getting used too if you've never played before, but it becomes part of the game routine quickly and it's a lot of fun seeing what new cool demons you can add to your party! The combat is fun, engaging, strategic and extremely fast paced for a turn-based RPG. If a person didn't like turn-based combat, then this is the game I would recommend. Not to change their mind as such, but because the music, pace and overall style of Persona 5 almost makes you forget it's turn based. The mix of different demons/personas abilities, your teammates unique uses, your guns, the 'all-out attacks' and multitude of other elements leave nothing to be desired in the combat sections. There may be many different turn-based games out there, yet Persona 5 still feels like a new, unique experience. Aside from the combat, is a whole other half to the game. Persona 5 may be a turn-based RPG, but it's also a life simulator. The life simulator half is much better experienced to understand the fun of it, but essentially you control your character through his day to day life. This means meeting with friends, studying, keeping your body in shape, eating, taking part in activities and choosing your favourite waifu to date. Okay, it sounds a little weird, but it's honestly a lot of fun and coupled with the story, it really enhances your understanding of the world and your experience with the whole game. Speaking of the story, you're a high-school kid who can go into a manifestation of people's hearts. People that have huge egos often form palaces without their knowledge that show their true feelings for how they see themselves. For instance, the first story has the gym teacher believing the school is his castle to do with what he pleases. You go into these palaces and 'steal their treasure', meaning they realise what they have done and confess to their crimes. Slowly you target more and more people. each of them being much higher profile than the last. I won't give away any spoilers, but the story is brilliant and it's something everyone should experience. It truly makes you think, laugh, cry and you become close to the characters within the game. Persona 5 truly is a game I could speak about for hours without getting bored, but what I've written is all you need to know. This is a game you need to experience for yourselves without knowing too much about it. You'd just need to trust me, go play it for yourselves, then hastily add it to your own top ten favourite games list! 

Well, that about does it for my Top Ten Favourite games of all time (so far). However, it seems wrong to end without some honourable mentions! 3 games that just didn't make the cut were God Of War for the Playstation 4, which was an exhilarating game that marks an interesting turn for the series. Anyone interested in the games has much to be excited about, because the future of God of War looks very bright! Similarly, Spiderman for the Playstation 4 was a fantastic game, that brought back so many memories of Spiderman for the Playstation 2 way back in the day! Definitely the best superhero game ever released! Lastly, is Star Wars Battlefront 2. Don't worry, NOT the most recent one. I mean the Battlefront 2 that was released for the Playstation 2 in 2005. I loved this game as a kid and I played it until the disc broke. It very narrowly missed the cut, but when I thought about all the games I played since then, I just couldn't bring myself to exclude any of the games that made the list! 

And so ends my first top ten list! I really do hope those who've read it have enjoyed it! Also, I hope some people agree with some of my choices, or are inspired to go out and try some of these games! I promise, you won't be disappointed with any of them! I'm sure many people would have different choices though, so feel free to let me know in the comments! If there are any other top ten lists you'd like me to do, then make sure to let me know in the comments, or by dropping an e-mail to NPJack@NinjaParrot.com! Thanks so much for reading, have a great day!