Since there hasn’t been a new Pick 5 feature on GameSpot since back in late July, I figured I’d do a new one myself. This one is about games that were so addicting at one point in time that you kept coming back to it and no other game could take you away from it. Here’s my five most addicting games of all time.
1. Burnout 3: Takedown (PS2)
The first game on this list provided the excitement that no other racing game before it had at the time. I played a lot of Need For Speed III, but once I started playing Burnout 3 nothing was better. And I still believe that to this day. Its sequel, Burnout Revenge, didn’t get me playing it nearly as much. For such a series, I feel it’s actually worse off to give more than one direction to drive on a given track. The point is to battle for position and if there’s more than one direction that just splits up the pack and decreases the excitement. At least it did for me. That’s why I choose Burnout 3: Takedown!
2. Counter-Strike: Condition Zero (PC)
Everybody at this point has at least heard of Counter-Strike. I started playing the Half-Life mod during the Beta 7.0 version. Not long after it was picked up by Valve Software and I’ve since become less of a fan of it. So you can imagine I wasn’t taken in by Counter-Strike: Condition Zero…at first. It took a speed run of the Deleted Scenes portion of the game to get me excited about it. Once I was finished watching that I ordered the game through Steam. I wasn’t hooked on the main part of the game since it was basically the online game with bots and extra objectives. I played the Deleted Scenes missions many times to where I created save points right after the annoyingly long intros to each level.
3. Die Hard Trilogy (PS)
At the time of this game’s release I was really into the Die Hard movies. So when this game came recommended by GamePro (subscribed at the time) I was all about it. The first game on the disc was a third-person shooter, the second game was a light gun game, and the third game was a bomb-finding driving game. The games were fun, but even more so once I was using the cheat codes. The third game is so much more fun if you don’t have a timer consistently nagging you. :P
4. Mercenaries (PS2)
When I first saw Mercenaries in action I knew for the most part that I’d enjoy the game. However, I didn’t realize just how much that would end up being true. Total chaotic destruction is the name of the game and I loved every second of it! Also, cheat codes that would let you stand in the middle of a huge explosion and not die. Now who wouldn’t love that?
5. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PS2) and Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (PS2)
At first I only bought The Sands of Time to see if I’d like the game enough to purchase its two sequels. Sure enough I did enjoy the first game to the point where I finished it four times in a row. I then bought the next two games and played through both of them twice. I didn’t find the combat in the third game, The Two Thrones, to be as exciting as the previous two games since it expected you to use the speed kill system more often than not. I went back to Warrior Within and finished it two more times. Talk about a series that totally had me enthralled.