Gaming has been a huge part of my childhood, as many of you know. Most of the games I’ve played throughout my life had mostly been dumb fun. Like Garry’s Mod, GTA V, and even Minecraft. However, there are many games out there that have taught me things I’ve never known about. Some games taught me history, others taught me life lessons, and some showed me what a good game really was. Many of these games I feel have been left in the dust and simply forgotten by the gaming industry. Well, with this short list, I plan to change that. Here’s my Top 5 games that inspired me to learn.
#5 – The War in the Pacific – Medal of Honor: Rising Sun
This is the game that started it all for me. Medal of Honor: Rising Sun puts you in the shoes of Marine Corporal Joseph D. “Joe” Griffin, a crew member of the USS California who has just awoken to hearing sounds of alarms and shouting. The Japanese are attacking Pearl Harbor, and you need to get to your battle stations. This game’s insane opening with the attack on Pearl Harbor is only the beginning however. As you progress through the story, you fight through the Guerilla Warfare in the Guadalcanal, to sabotaging the Japanese in Singapore, and even conducting espionage in the Philippines. This was my dream game.
The Medal of Honor series was a huge part of my childhood, and this game cemented that truth. It was the inception to my interest in WW2 history. It got me so excited to learn about history, and if I had the opportunity to play it again, I certainly would.
#4 – The Cuban Missile Crisis – Call of Duty Black Ops
This is probably one of my favorite Call of Duty games of all time. Black Ops takes place in the 1960s where you place as Alex Mason, an American CIA agent sent into the Bay of Pigs Invasion to track down and assassinate the dictator of Cuba, Fidel Castro. However, things don’t go as planned. Along with your capture, you find out Castro is still alive and is working with a Russian by the name of Nikita Dragovich, a man who has devised a plan to annihilate the United States from within. Now it’s a race against time to find the number station and stop Dragovich.
This game was extremely well done, in my opinion. The story really put you on edge and made you question things throughout the whole game. It played with your head, it put you into this false sense of security, and by the end of it, you began to slowly that everything is not what it seems. This game not only messed with my head, but it inspired me to learn more about the Cuban Missile Crisis.
#3 – The Puzzle – Myst
If you want to play a true puzzle game, then this is the game for you. Myst starts you out with absolutely nothing. No intro, no objective, no waypoint, nothing. You don’t know who you are, why you’re on this mysterious island, or where you came from. At this point you only have one goal in mind, figuring out who you are and why you’re here. This game requires you to read books, solve puzzles, listen to and remember messages, and even pay attention to cut scenes.
If you wish to play this game, it’s best to bring a notebook and pencil incase you don’t have the best memory. The reason why I put this on the list because it really forces you to think outside of the box and not to always assume there’s only one way to do something. Trust me, there’s more than one way off that island, and I’m leaving that up to you to find out.
#2 – The World of Conspiracy – Deus Ex
One thing I absolutely adore about Deus Ex is it’s use of conspiracy theories. After completing his training, UNATCO agent JC Denton takes several missions given by Director Joseph Manderley to track down members of the National Secessionist Forces (NSF) and their stolen shipments of the “Ambrosia” vaccine, the treatment for the “Gray Death” virus. Through these missions, JC is reunited with his brother, Paul, who is also nano-augmented. JC tracks the Ambrosia shipment to a private terminal at LaGuardia Airport. Paul meets JC outside the plane and explains that he has defected from UNATCO and is now working with the NSF after learning that the Gray Death is a man-made virus, with UNATCO using its power to make sure only the elite receive the vaccine.
Throughout the game, the player must make certain decisions that will carry a heavy impact throughout the game. Your choices matter in this. Along with the game’s conspiracies and use of the Illuminati and Majestic 12, this game also peaks my interest with it’s use of decision making. Every part of the game gives you an option, lethal or non-lethal. The choice is ultimately yours.
#1 – A Forgotten Story – Half-Life
Half-Life was a story that really left an impact on me, and ever since the release of Half-Life 2: Episode 2, the story has been forgotten completely by Valve. This game puts you into the shoes of Dr. Gordon Freeman, a theoretical physicist and former employee of the Black Mesa Research Facility. A once famous scientist now a symbol of hope for the future of mankind. This is a first-person shooter game unlike any other. It takes you on this epic journey with one goal in mind, saving humanity. When the world is ruled by the Combine war machine, only Gordon Freeman will be the one to rise up against them.
This game is very immersive with a famously cryptic story. Though the game seems action packed, it does have it’s fair share of creepy. For example, you can never shake the feeling that something, or someone is watching you the whole time. You can even sometimes feel like your actions are all a part of something bigger. The only question is what and why? This game will make you think and wonder till the ends of time, and that’s why Half-Life takes the number one spot.