Top 5 Games of pure joy
Guitar Hero II
Not the game as a whole you understand, as there are some tricky, frustrating songs in that mix. I’m talking specifically about Freebird and its widdly-widdly finale. That whole section fills me with joy and if that makes me a redneck, so be it.
Just Cause 2
Apparently there’s a story in this game. I even heard somewhere there are missions. All I ever saw was two very different, but equally pure forms of joy. Firstly, blowing things up. Lots and lots of things, in lots and lots of different ways. And secondly, floating. Climbing up a mountain then flinging yourself off the top and floating down surrounded by beautiful scenery. Such a mellow joy.
3D Dot Game Heroes
As someone old enough to have played loads of pixelated 8-bit and 16-bit games, 3D Dot Game Heroes inspired immeasurable nostalgic joy in me. I only have to look at it to get all gooey, but it sounds bloody brilliant as well. The music is just plain genius.
The best levels in LittleBigPlanet are the easy ones. The ones where the fun comes from purely experiencing someone else’s imagination and creativity, rather than from challenge. Discovering something that genuinely surprises and amazes you in a community level is a pure gaming joy second only to…
Katamari games are joy and fun condensed down to their purest forms. They just make you happy – what more could you want? The music, the characters and, of course, the simple act of rolling a big ball around – all of it just speaks to the playful child within us. Now, everybody… naaaaaaah, nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-naaaah…