DZ's Top 60 Games: #60-51

Everyone else is doing it and I wanna be one of the cool kids! But I'm only doing 60 games. Why 60? Who cares!


This list is based on which games I got the most enjoyment out of for whatever reason, and not which ones I necessarily think are the best. Also worth mentioning I haven't played every game ever, nor do I remember every game I've ever played, so there's probably some games that aren't here. It isn't that I think lowly of them, I just don't have sufficient knowledge to rank them.



60. NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams


I've always found NiGHTS a fascinating series, and I bought this back in 2009 when Walmart had it on sale for $20. Having played the original on Steam for the first time last year, I decided to order a replacement copy for this game (since I fucking ruined it trying to buff out the scratches with toothpaste even though that website SAID it would work!!) since I really didn't remember it that well.


It's a pretty good sequel; it tries to address the short length of the original by quintupling the amount of missions to play. They're a mixed bag, with some being fun and feeling like classic NiGHTS gameplay, while others just feel like bloat (looking at you, on-foot missions).


I really wanted to put it higher because this soundtrack is EASILY in my top 5 video game soundtracks EVER. It's so absolutely wonderful to listen to that I'm gonna link you to one of my favorites.



59. Sonic Advance 3


Arguably the best in the Sonic Advance trilogy, this game sets itself apart with the partner system, where you can select any two-character combination of the 5 playable characters and not only does this give you team-up moves, but also changes the moveset of who you're playing as depending on who you're partnered with.


In addition to the great art and sound direction of the GBA Sonic games, there's also collectible Chao in the game, often in hard-to-reach areas, making it an additional challenge to find them all.


I'd say the biggest weakness of this game, which it shares with the other Advance games, is that the level design is occassionally bullshit. There are some instances where you have to make a leap of faith and have no idea if it pays out or if you're just heading for a bottomless pit. I also feel like it's really easy to get crushed in some of the later levels.


Even if it isn't the best Sonic game ever, I think the partner system makes it unique, and it's still generally fun.



58. The Spongebob Squarepants Movie


Spongebob games typically range from bland to bad, but there are a few standout titles, with this being one of them. Essentially a sequel to Battle for Bikini Bottom (which we'll talk about later), this game is built on the same engine, but compared to that game, this is a much more linear platformer with more focus on combat and upgrading your characters.


The controls are tight and the platforming and combat are satisfying, which is good because this game is surprisingly difficult (but in a fun and fair way). I also think they did a good job capturing the kind of Eldrich eerieness that some of the environments in the movie did.


My biggest criticism of the game is that it sometimes asks too much from the player in terms of having to unlock the next level. It makes it so you have to grind earlier levels to get most/all of the tokens, which I personally wish would have just been optional.



57. Friday The 13th: The Game


This game probably doesn't offer much that you couldn't get from something like Dead By Daylight, but I personally enjoyed how much Friday The 13th love the developers put into it. The fact that I'm not a fan of slashers OR online multiplayer games should tell you something.


I had a brief Friday The 13th phase in October-November of last year, which all started when I was looking at one of my Maniac Mansion speedruns on YouTube and saw a run of the Friday The 13th game for NES. Anyway I was fascinated with the massive masked murderer to the point that I downloaded this game for Switch and for a good while I was hooked.


I played this game for a couple of months, I got burned out and probably won't go back to it for quite a while, but I had fun with it.



56. Mario Party