What is your favorite game and why?


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    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.



  • 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.



  • 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.



  • 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.



  • 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!



  • 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.



  • 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.



  • 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.



  • 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.



  • 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
    Earthbound
    Terranigma
    Xenogears
    Chrono Cross
    Dark Cloud
    Breath of Fire IV
    Majora's Mask


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    Is it just me, or is there a trend of JRPG leading? It might be that JRPG knows how to tick so many boxes! like atmosphere, music and characters you actually can relate to!



  • @Musou-Tensei said in What is your favorite game and why?:

    Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon on N64.

    I remember my cousin had an N64 and but never had a memory pak which is required for this game. We loved Mystical Ninja on SNES and he told me he rented it and beat it in a day. Never turned off the game. I borrowed it from him and did the same thing. Summoning Impact for the first time was one of the best gaming moments ever.

    For me, the game I appreciate the most is Mega Man X (trust me there are tons of runner ups).

    What I loved about Mega Man X is how it nailed next gen gaming. When Super Nintendo, most games got the "Super" upgrade; an experience that just couldn't be achieved on the normal NES. This includes Double Dragons, Castlevania, Super Mario, Contra, etc. Mega Man X did everything Mega Man did, but bigger, faster, and with more style. His jump animation is slick! I still remember discovering the wall kick for the first time and being blown away. The controls are tight. Dashing and gunning never felt so good.



  • Mostly things I played through with my sister when we were kids, so games like Secret of Mana and Legend of the Mystical Ninja.



  • Grandia & Grandia 2 for a myriad of reasons

    I would argue Grandia has the best battle system of any RPG ever
    The soundtracks by Noriyuki Iwadare are some of the finest compositions ever

    but more than just being incredibly well crafted videogames there are so many ideas and feelings in these stories and worlds that have inspired me and stuck with me.

    The spirit of adventure, of wanting to go explore a world and find strange otherworldly places no-one else has been to.
    Following your dreams and your passions even if society is moving away from them.
    Spending so much time in and around a starting area that you really feel sadness at "leaving home"
    The difference between maturity and mere cynicism
    Believing in yourself even when you're crushed to find out people close to you dont.

    and of course, more importantly. Poking all the items and furniture in peoples houses to see what they do



  • Four of my most favorite games of all time:

    XCOM Ufo Defense
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    I played this game for hundreds of hours. Mostly with my neighbor, each of us having their own save slot, hot-seating through the thing. Reloading was not allowed, everyone was to play for 30 minutes, then the other one picked up mouse and keyboard and loaded his save file.
    When playing, there was always this dread of losing your best men or a mission. When not playing, there was always this hope that something really spectacular would happen. Like that one alien grenade wiping out a handful of soldiers.
    This is an absolute masterpiece.

    Worms Armageddon
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    In 1999 to 2000 I played about three hours of hotseat each day. Don't think there was a person on this world that had more hours on this thing in 1999/2000. Played mostly bazooka & grenades with 10 seconds of move time, no ropes. The matches we had were epic.

    Jagged Alliance 2
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    Similar to xcom: me and a friend, each his own saveslot, alternating for hours on end. We played this in 2002, some years after the game came out.
    The hardest difficulty option, reloading was not allowed. Each decision mattered. Still remember Raven bleeding out in the central city, Cambria. She was shot in the sector where the mine is located. One of the best tactical games of all time.

    Persona 4 Golden
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    Played this on my Vita last year. Is there any explanation needed? 80 hours for the true ending, played on easy difficulty. Introduced me to other Shin Megami Tensei games.



  • Warcraft 3 - The Frozen Throne.

    The custom games are still industry-leading for innovation to this day. Mobile games, flash games, and even plenty of Sub-$30 games are still trying to compare to the quality of some of those custom games.

    It also really solidified my passion for PC Gaming. The customization spoke to me.



  • Braid ps3/xbox360/pc/mac
    Because it was the first time I felt that I was playing more than a game. There's themes of love lost and looking back at relationships and romanticizing them, but it's all very poetic and subtle. I played this game while I was in a similar situation so it hit home. The end "level" is pure genius and hit me in the balls like no other moment in a video game ever did. Besides that, the puzzle platforming was also pretty damn hard at times but I never looked at a walkthrough, so there's the pride in that also. Anyway, great game, it gets lumped together with Limbo a lot of times as the 1st batch of popular "indie" games, but Limbo, while good, isn't even in the same league as far as I'm concerned.

    Anyway, other than that:
    Portal 1 & 2
    Super Mario Bros
    Tetris
    Donkey Kong Country
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Gran Turismo 1
    Colin McRae Rally
    Tenchu
    Street Fighter 2 Turbo
    Tekken 3
    Super Mario Kart & Mario Kart DS
    The Last of Us
    Heavy Rain
    Hitman 2
    Uncharted 2
    Excite Truck
    Wii Sports (yup)

    Disclaimer, I'm a casual, but I've been a casual since the NES, so yeah, it's something!