I have a dirty little secret to share with you…
I’ve never beaten Final Fantasy VII. Often heralded as one of the best games of all time, and personally responsible for popularizing Japanese role-playing games in the West, Final Fantasy VII is a bona fide classic. I’m a fan of the Final Fantasy franchise, and I’ve played and beaten a small handful of other games in the series, but I’ve never actually gotten around to the seventh installment.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the only game on my “shame list”.
Now, in an act of pure transparency, I’m going to share that list with you.
1. Chrono Trigger
What is it with me and 90’s era JRPG’s?
Chrono Trigger is a massively beloved game that I’ve never touched once in my entire life. I have several friends who rank it as one of their favorite games of all-time, I can get it for $9.99 on the PlayStation network, and yet I still haven’t given it the time of day it probably deserves. Honestly, this is the game on my list I’m most likely to pick up. I somehow know very little about its plot or characters, so I feel like I’m in for the most surprises with this one.
2. Super Mario Galaxy
I’m not a big fan of Nintendo anymore, but they are the company responsible for getting me into gaming, so I’ll always be thankful for them. Even though I own a Wii, Super Mario Galaxy was one of the titles I somehow never picked up. I’ve often heard that it’s not only one of the best games on that platform, it’s one of the best Mario games overall. Maybe one of these days I’ll head to the stars with Nintendo’s mustachioed plumber, but until then, it remains a dark mark on my shame list.
3. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
As a huge Zelda fan, this one has always been one of my hardest to live with. I skipped the GameCube, so I never got to play Wind Waker. I always loved its cel-shaded visuals, but was always disappointed that I didn’t have the hardware to play it. When I got the Wii, I technically could have played through backwards compatibility, but I couldn’t find a copy of it anywhere. With the HD edition on Wii U, I got super excited to finally play the Zelda game I passed by…but then I never bought a Wii U. If the NX turns out to be awesome and somehow supports backwards compatibility, maybe I’ll finally purchase a new Nintendo system and get around to playing this.
What about you? What games sit in your video game shame list?
Leave a comment below with your list, or head to Twitter with the hashtag #VideoGameShameList to join the discussion!
– Zack Burrows