What is your favorite game and why?
marcel last edited by
There are too many games that have had an emotional impact on me, so I will respond with a game that has changed the way I view video games ... once again.
It is a small title called "The Beginner's Guide" by Davey Wreden, who also worked on another fourth-wall shattering game called "The Stanley Parable", which many of you might have played. In "The Beginner's Guide", Davey shows you various games a friend of his created over the years. He narrates the whole thing and in the process tells a story of his relationship with this friend. I really don't want to spoil anything for those who do actually want to check it out; however, I will say why it was very emotional for me:
It has everything to do with something that is known as the "Imposter Syndrom", which is defined as a " collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist even in face of information that indicates that the opposite is true. It is experienced internally as chronic self-doubt, and feelings of intellectual fraudulence." Many successful artists in the world like Neil Gaiman, Tina Fey or Meryl Streep have admitted to those sorts of feeling of inadequacy. Polygon has even reported on this happening in the game development industry. I have felt a similar feeling in the past and continue to do so on many projects of mine.
"The Beginner's Guide" felt to me like a manifestation of this phenomenon in the form of a video game. If this sort of thing interests you in any way, definitely give this game a try. It is only 10 dollars on Steam and you might be able to get it cheaper during a sale at some point. Just keep in mind that the game is only about 2 hours long, so if you don't have the money, at least you can watch the video walkthrough below:
Mechanoid last edited by Mechanoid
Currently, I think Mass Effect as a series is my favorite game. I love sci-fi and the first ME signaled the potential of what a more grounded sci-fi RPG could be. There were other sci-fi like RPGs before it, but Mass Effect just had the style and the feel that I loved. ME2 brought that potential to the next level. It might not have been a traditional RPG, but the characters, renegade+paragon prompts, and the world building in that game was just so amazing to me at the time. And ME3, despite the all the ending stuff, brought this epic journey to a definitive conclusion. And the Citadel DLC... all the feels. I know ME has its faults, but it just pushes all the right buttons for me that it's flaws are very easy to ignore and I can dive into that universe and stay in it forever.
Renegade for life (not really, but c'mon, I had to say it)
jipostus last edited by jipostus
It has to be Turrican II: The Final Fight on Amiga.
It was the first game I ever played, and I fell in love with the soundtrack. I suggest you to search it from youtube, and listen to it, and be amazed how great soundtrack can be. And the 2011 remastered soundtrack is just pure gold, and it's exactly why I need the HD remastered versions of this series. At least Chris Hülsbeck is doing Orchestral versions of some of the tracks end of this year, which I can't wait to hear. Also, I would say that if Scooter (which is one of my favorite bands of all time) utilized samples of track "Freedom" in their song "Level one", it says how great soundtrack it is.
And yeah, the game itself is good, fun action game. Imagine if Metroid combined with Contra, with a hint of Super Mario thrown into the mix. That's Turrican in a nutshell.
Edit: Here's a link to the full soundtrack on Youtube:
marcel last edited by
@Barrelbot That Harry Potter game was a LOT of fun :)
jipostus last edited by jipostus
@Barrelbot That Harry Potter game was a LOT of fun :)
I have to agree, I played that game, and it has to be one of the most underrated games on GBC. It has good combat system, levelling up, equipment and all that good stuff set in the amazing story that is FIrst Harry Potter. It's basically THE Harry Potter RPG. I don't care if you don't like the series, but this game is still worth checking out, it's MUCH better than that game on PSX, just saying, that is just so bad it's good kind of ordeal, at least if you ask me.
Guest last edited by Guest
There are many games that are dear to my heart, so it's a hard pick. But I'd have to say Final Fantasy VII was the one that popped up first in my mind. I played it the most out of any game I ever owned (and bought it the most too, I have it on PS3, PS4, iOS and PC), I still remember everything about it, and it was just such a fun ride from start to end.
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I'm probably going to leave a few posts in here as I've too many favourite games. That said, you have to start somewhere and without doubt one of my favourite games of all time is Shadow of the Colossus.
Instantly the game opens with the wonderful theme song and genuinely does set the tone for the rest of the game. What I love most about the game is that it's very personal. I am there for selfish reasons. I just want to save this girl and as you play through the game you slowly begin to put the pieces together and realise the cost of this action. That alone sets this game apart from others I feel. I'm not a hero, I'm not trying to save the world. It's such an powerful story, I love it!
Then there is the world itself. The best thing about any game is finding things. As gamers, we love to be surprised, we love the joy of discovering new things. SOTC has beautiful varied areas to explore, filled with secrets and of course filled with the colossi themselves. Considering this game is on PS2, the sheer scale is incredible.
The mechanic of climbing these Colossi and finding their weak points was and still is incredible. Some games take from it now but back then it felt so unique. It's pretty much the definition of epic! Holding on for dear life as you are dragged into the sky or a lake is absolutely incredible and each Colossi feels diverse enough that each battle really feels like a new test or puzzle to deal with.
If you haven't played this game, do it now before The Last Guardian (along with Ico which is wonderful too). The story, the soundtrack, the environments, colossi, agro... just everything is fantastic!
For me its almost coming down to "favorite game in different genre". Games are really good for different reasons.
Final Fantasy IX - Best JRPG there is imo. The story, characters and how madly I've fallen in love with the world and its people. I bought this with my older brother when it came out. Even though my english wasnt great at the time I still understood enough to spend hours and hours exploring and talking to NPCs. This was the first game (other than Pokemon) where I really cared for the characters. Then we have the music... oh my god the music! it gives me shivers to this day! There are songs that I listen to now and then again and still get goosebumps. I have played through this game many times since I was a kid and got it on my Vita now.
Vanquish - This shooter is almost on the other side of the spectrum from FF 9. Super fast action, tight controller and about 5 minutes of story. I have played through this short but intense shooter again and again. In the begining it was really hard, but once you get used to the controller it becomes this delecate dance as you boost, slide and jump around on the battlefield.
Mass Effect 2 - This action RPG is nothing short of amazing. Another universe that are full of surprises and good character (Garrus we love you!). I remember getting a bit tired of the first game about halfway though (I was late to the party) and didnt like how it had aged. However, when my friend introduced me to the second game the opening were enough to blow me away. After the opening I had to take a breather and just sat there with my mouth and eyes wide open! and the adventure to come after kept me invested to the grade that I got banned from being indoors for a few hours. (I played pretty much constantly through an entire weekend until my parents told me to go outside and werent allowed to come back in until later in the evening, lol).
Burnout 3: Takedown - Best racing game in the world? The fast racing with the most beautiful crashes I had ever seen. I remember running home on my lunch break in school with a friend just so we could play the crash mode. I believe this was also the first game I bothered to get 100% completion in. Pure love.
Halo Series - Not buying a Xbox one this choice might seem a bit ironic. However I love these games. I got fond memories of linking together 2 xboxes and playing halo 2 with friends for hours upon hours. playing through the campaign sooo many times. The summer when I got the first halo to PC, I pretty much played it through once every day till school started. I LOVE the lore and wouldnt mind our future to actually be like this :3 I got most of the books, action figures and stuff from these games. If there are something you need to know about the lore, just PM me ;)
Starcraft/Warcraft - RTS games, how much I love you. StarCraft I played through a few times and played this at LAN parties with my friends, even though I always were the worst of everyone I knew. But then Starcraft 2 came out and I actually dedicated time into this on my own. I ended up in the higher leagues and even got offered to join a smaller esports team. With Warcraft its mainly Warcraft 3. I never really played this online, however loved the mechanics and story. Thanks to this game I ended up playing WoW for about 6 years hardcore.
Nights into Dreams. The gameplay is just so much fun that I can have a total blast replaying it over and over again, and it rewards that constant replaying because it's all about getting the best score you can so after every level you can see how your score compares to your previous times. Despite being extremely barebones (to the point of only having literally one line of dialogue) I think the game tells its story very nicely too, and integrates the most important part perfectly into gameplay during the final stage. I'm a huge fan of games telling their stories through gameplay rather than a cutscene (Journey is another example that comes to mind) and I think this game is what made me first appreciate it. The music is absolutely incredible like most other Sonic Team games as well. The levels all feel unique and alive in their own way especially with the nightopians and the changes to the music depending on how many are hatched and how happy they are.
Final Fantasy 9. Its just so charming. The world setting is perfect, the music, the graphical style (that still holds up well today I think. The story line seems simple at first but is really quite deep. Last of all Vivi melts my cold heart.
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For me, I could make a detailed list 20-ish games long (in order) about why I like particular franchises but my overall favorite game is Final Fantasy VII. I was captivated with Midgar and fighting against an evil corporation and the longer the game went, the more endeared I became with the characters. The settings and more prominently the music of the game still sticks with me to this day and the combat is engaging 20 years into its life-span. Nothing really to write home about as their are more tactical systems in other Final Fantasies, but I enjoy VII's setup. Getting the remake has been a dream for the last decade for me (as I was introduced to VII in 2006) so I hope that graphics and sprites will no longer be a deterrent for interested players who never have played such a great game.
Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon on N64.
I fell in love with this game from the 1st preview of the japanese version read in a german Nintendo magazine called N-Zone. Eventually the game rental shop in my town had the japanese version and I had a import converter so i rented it over a weekend and played it all day long till I simply got stuck and had no idea what to do, and eventually gave up.
Guess I don't have to tell you that I got the PAL release day 1 and played the shit out of it. I completed t more times than any other N64 game, I also love the music and how in dungeons it kinda evolves the further you went into them.
It was also the 1st game I let's played.
It also turned me into a Goemon fan in general and today I own of course the N64 sequel, the localized one for Gameboy, all JP only GB/GBC games, the JP only SNES ones except the board game and all JP only PS1 and the PS2 game. Very sad that Konami completely abandoned the franchise.
Sheria last edited by Sheria
My favourite game is Final Fantasy VIII.
I was 18 when it released in Europe, I remember hanging around outside the game store from 8:00 in the morning in order to grab my collectors edition that I had pre-ordered. I can't remember how many times I had played the demo that came with a special edition of the UK Official Playstation Magazine. Absolutely everything clicked with me: the characters; the world; the lore; the games setting, combat system etc. I can't give the OST high enough praise either, and I absolutely adored the game's plot; it had me hooked from start to finish.
It knocked FFVII off the top spot for me, and that was a feat in itself. It really is hard for me to say anything more about why I like it, the way in which everything resonated so perfectly with me is pretty much what it boils down to.
Michster last edited by
My favourite game of all-time is still Dragon quest VIII Journey of the cursed king.
I used to completely JRPG's. Never played much aside from final fantasy. Along comes a demo for DQ8 in one of the playstation magazines I used to read at the time of release. I very clearly remember the time. It was the start of a summer back when I was in early high-school. Not a single game was in sight to be released soon, backlog wasn't even a thing back then because all my games were gifted by my parents.
So I popped in this demo-disc and chose the DQ8-demo. I'm greeted by the awesome overture for the first time and I see some nice cell-shaded graphics. Then I step into one of my favourite game-towns ever -> Fareburry... It has a small, but lovelingly crafted layout, with some interesting looking NPC's, but what continues to drag me into the mood is the music... It's so incredibly "Cozy"... like I'm in the most friendly place ever and there's not a care in the world.
Shortly after exploring a bit and getting pointed to the first dungeon, I grew intimate with the combat-system. It's so easy to pick up, has some nice tactics when enemies and bosses grow stronger and even grinding doesn't feel like a slog.
I played that game for over a 100 hours during that summer and no game since has matched this gem in terms of sheer jollyness, charm and quality. Since then, I've played all mainline DQ-games, the monster jokers, rocket slime and DQ Heroes.
Whenever a new trailer comes out and they turn up the overture, I will always get misty-eyed.
Light last edited by Light
If I had to pick one game it would have to be Mass Effect 2. I'm a huge science fiction fan. Anything involving space and aliens I'm on board with. The Mass Effect games were basically a dream come true for me. The world they crafted was memorable and interesting. That's so hard to get right and they nailed it. Mass Effect 2 in particular had such a perfect pace. It was a vast improvement on the first game from a technical standpoint and the ending was probably the greatest pay off in any game I've ever played. The way you built up your squad and your relationships with those characters and how those connections directly impacted how the ending played out... beautiful.
It's a shame they couldn't replicate that feeling in the third game because from a gameplay perspective it was the best in the series. Pretty much everything about Mass Effect 3 was fantastic until the last twenty minutes of the game. The story with the Geth and the Quarians... Mordin and the Krogans... so many amazing levels. Mass Effect 2 just had the best package overall. Glad to see a lot of people here feel the same love for it!
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Gotta say I've thought about this but I have to say Ace Attorney. If I had to choose a game of the series it'd be 3 because of that final case. Second is probably Mass Effect 2, Last of Us, and maybe Danganronpa 2....??? I know Borderlands 2 and Kingdom Hearts 1 are both up in my higher echelon of games. Also. The hidden gem; OlliOlli2.
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Persona 4, to me it is just the best at doing plenty of things in games, and the way you relate to the characters is unmatched. Every single time I've beaten the game (8 times) I have wanted nothing more than to immediately start another playthrough.
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River City Ransom
RPG elements in a brawler. Open world. Bosses upon bosses. Various factions. Couch co-op.
Game was WAY ahead of its time. I wish I had a chance to play the other Kunio releases as a kid.
Inustar last edited by
The game I have replayed the most is Mass Effect. It's fun to play, I adore all the characters and it let me live in that world. I also count all 3 as one large game. Sure the ending is... disappointing, but that Citadel DLC made up for a lot.
Kingdom Hearts was pretty memorable. A friend and I stayed up for 60ish hours and finished it in one weekend at college.
My favourites as a kid though were Mario Bros 3 and Phantasy Star IV.
Carmichael last edited by
If I had to narrow it down to a single game I would probably say Mother 3. It is the most emotionally impacting game I have ever played, it has perfect control over your emotions the entire way through. It's amazingly quirky, incredibly fun and has absolutely sublime writing for a game. Itoi is a genius.
However, despite saying all that if you asked me on a different day I might say something different. Common favorite games for me include:
Final Fantasy VII, IX and X
Breath of Fire IV