Has Your "Favorite" Game Ever Changed?

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    I would say that I kinda have stopped just having "one favourite game" instead I see to "favourite game in a genre". This comes after tying to write a few "top 10 lists" where I just couldn't decide what made one game deserve a spot higher than another. Of course I have games I prefer to go back to and which always makes me smile when I think about them. But its hard to say "this one is the best!" because really, what makes a racing game better/worse than a RPG game? Feels like that could open up a whole discussion.

  • My top three favorite games have been my top three favorite games for 15 years and nothing has really come close to dethroning them.

    Guardian Heroes
    Super Mario RPG
    Tribes 2

    Stuff like God of War 2 and Shadow of the Colossus clawed their way among the ranks, but I'm fairly confident that those three games will never be surpassed.

  • My favorite game of all time is Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, and before that game my favorite game was Kirby's Adventure. I played Kirby's Adventure for the first time when I could barely hold a controller, and I played Super Mario RPG maybe when I was in my early teens through a friend who had a SNES since I never had one. There's been many games since those times I've loved passionately, but only two have come close to topping Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars as my favorite game of all time.

    The first was Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, but even as amazing as that game is it just falls a little short of surpassing Super Mario RPG. Scalewise if you were to consider your favorite game of all time the only 10 you could ever give and rate other games around that, TTYD is like a 9.7. That's how close it is.

    The second more recent game that came out of nowhere relatively, because I've never been a massive fan of this series before now was Breath of the Wild. Zelda games have always mostly just been alright to me. Windwaker used to be my favorite 3D Zelda and the Oracle games used to be and still are my favorite 2D Zelda games and just plain Zelda games period. There were moments however when I was maybe 50 hours in Breath of the Wild where I kept feeling like not only was this game going to top those other Zelda games, but it might actually become my favorite game of all time. Somewhere around the third dungeon those feelings finally cooled off and even though now 220 hours into the game I'm still finding new things and wanting to keep playing and would rate the game fairly highly on my favorite games of all time, I've definitely pulled back and realized it still just isn't the same.

    What it basically comes down to for me is replayability. I'm not rushing to replay Breath of the Wild now that Master Mode is out. Hell, I don't think I'll even touch it since it's just bloated hp on enemies who regen life over time now. But beyond that I don't even want to really replay it period. It was a great game obviously since I felt like I wanted to keep playing and keep playing for over 200 hours and having to physically stop myself from continuing at points because I was having such a good time the whole time. I even accidentally stayed up for 36 hours straight one (technically two) of the days launch week.

    I just don't care to do it over again. I'm looking forward to the next Zelda game using this same formula and having a whole new adventure to go on that hopefully improves my qualms with this one, but even that game just formulaically will not be something I want to replay over and over. I'd still rather replay Wind Waker start to finish for the vibes of revisiting that world than Breath of the Wild, even though I enjoyed Breath of the Wild more. I do think years from now I'll still turn Breath of the Wild on to goof around in every now and then, and I think if they ever release a remaster I'll at least start to play that.

    I've just kinda had my fill for now, whereas I'm like Huber with Resident Evil when it comes to Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Give me the shoddiest excuse in the world to flip that game on and replay the whole thing, and I'm immediately in. I'll play it fifty times and never get bored and keep discovering new things. I love the world. I love the gameplay. I love the characters. I love the look of it. I love the writing/story. I love the music. It's going to take a hell of a game to ever top it for me, but I'm also alright if that game never comes since something doesn't have to be the best ever to you for you to have a great time with it and in the years since I was introduced to my favorite game of all time I have played many, many amazing games.

  • Someone would have to make a game I liked more than Katamari Damacy.

  • i have Four games that i change position quite often but its always those 4 nothing has touched them yet its after those 4 that my list is ever changing

    my 4 favorite games of all time are ff7 ff9 fft and ocarina of time and to place them in any order is hard for me to do.

  • Not really, it's still Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon on N64, which I try to replay once a year. That reminds me that I'd like to get a japanese version for the next replay as the western releases lack any voice acting outside of the singing plus some minor alterations. I think I know the game well enough to be able to beat it in japanese. Funny thing is that my 1st time playing it was actually the japanese version I rented when a PAL release wasn't even certain yet, sadly I got stuck eventually (when you have to get differently colored fishes).

    EDIT: And just after I typed this I went to ebay and bought a japanese copy from a japanese sellet for 5 bucks incl. shipping.

  • It has been ADOM since 1998, before that it was Turrican II, which I still hold dear. Those are two of my favorite games, and have pretty much always been. The 8 games that follow those two in my personal top ten fluctuate often. Regulars in there include such titles as: Deus Ex, Skyrim, Morrowind, Chrono Trigger, FFVI, FFX, FFXII, HOMM3, Super Mario World. The most recent game that might pop-up in my personal top ten is DOOM(2016).

  • @Brannox

    I don't see a situation where The Last of Us Part II is not better than the original. The main complaints were all gameplay related and not story related. We know they'll tell another amazing story and the gameplay has nowhere to go but UPPPPP. It isn't like the AI is going to be dumber. My only concern is that the AI didn't improve a lot in Uncharted 4 and I know that game has a different approach to AI, but I still get the feeling that Naughty Dog needs work in that regard.

    Either way, it's going to be better. Trust me.

  • @GoTaco All I'm trying to do is not get hopes too high. Their already into the stratosphere, but The Last of Us Part II is one of the few games I can't foresee ANY step backwards. That doesn't mean I shouldn't be cautious. Anything can happen, but I agree.

  • This is a good question for me, given the circumstances of this year having a new 3D Zelda game in Breath of the Wild, which I absolutely love, with my all time favorite game being Ocarina of Time.

    To be upfront, Breath of the Wild did not overtake Ocarina's importance to me, but it's the first Zelda in a long time to really challenge Ocarina's placement as my favorite Zelda game, and game in general. There are many things BotW does better than OoT, the overworld, and its emphasis on freedom and exploration blows any other Zelda game out of the water.

    However, the reason I treasure Ocarina isn't merely because it was a big deal to me as a kid. I find it to be to this day the most complete Zelda package I could want. It's got a great balance of dungeons (which is where BotW falls short on the hardest), combat, story, characters, music, sidequests, and more. Other Zelda games have surpassed Ocarina on certain fronts, but they usually focus on one or two aspects majorly, whereas Ocarina covers everything well to me.

    I think if the next Zelda game takes what made BotW so great, and brought back what it lacked, (traditional dungeons, more vibrant music, and a more interesting story) then Ocarina could get topped. Oh, and make Link left handed again Nintendo, that will score some points for the next game. ;)

  • My favourite game thing is a bit weird. I have 6 favourite games. Despite owning the NES and SNES, Ocarina of Time was the 1st game I could genuinely call my favourite game. Then I played MGS and it didn't replace it but it just joined it. Then MGS3 joined them, then Uncharted 1, then The Last of Us, then Spelunky. So I have 6 games I consider my favourite games. I couldn't name just one.

  • Chrono Trigger is kinda hard to top. I'm not sure if can be done at this point. My top 5 has changed a bit over the years, but there simply is no beating CT :)

  • @gwnner

    That isn't even weird. The more I think about it, I have too many favourites as well with just a pretty firm top 2. Like another user said, it is a lot easier to pick a favourite game by genre because some things are hard to compare.

    Going along with the original topic of your favourite game changing, you play various games at different times in your life and you have different outlooks on things as time progresses. My old favourite game was multiplayer and now I don't even bat an eye at MP. I also went through a major handheld phase as a kid because I gotta be doing something in the back of the car when my parents had to drag me around anywhere (besides listen to Aqua, Spice Girls, Fresh Prince, and all that good stuff, lol). Pokemon was likely my favourite then, but it sure isn't now

  • @gwnner Spelunky doesn't get the love it deserves. I'd say it's my favorite, "hey, I've got 20 minutes with nothing to do" games out there by a mile.

  • My fav games change time to time.

  • When it comes to lists I always put Shadow of the Colossus top but as people have said, it's difficult to think of only one favourite games, I've so many.

    I do feel like SotC is a special game for several reasons. The scale of it, the epic encounters, the vibes, the isolation, soundtrack etc. Just your understanding of this world as the game progresses. It's a beautiful and bittersweet game and now I'm going back to watch the remake trailer! Thanks a lot Sabotage!

    Update: In fact, I've looked back on forum posts and I see I've switched between MGS3 and SotC as my top game so I guess that answers the question!

  • @SabotageTheTruth Spelunky is endlessly replayable. I've made over 8000 runs. As well as being a great "I've got 20 minutes to spare game," it's also my desert island game.

  • For those of you that have mentioned your favorite isn't likely to change or mentioned a game older than a decade - what would it take for a new release to make it to the top of your list?

  • @SabotageTheTruth Probably emotional impact, but a variety of factors contribute to that: Life situation, head space, the game itself of course, and many others. Because of this, I can't see a change happening due to some pretty unique circumstances placing my top two where they are, but emotional impact is the only thing that comes to mind.

  • @SabotageTheTruth Katamari HD remake