Ooooooooooookkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk get ready for this lengthy post:
First, I'll go in order of the games listed with my thoughts and/or experiences. Second, some comments on the small little details that make this list so special. Third some final thoughts about this thread overall, fourth shout-outs, and finally, my 30 games (with two slight changes I will point out). And here. We. Go.
I absolutely can not stand Shadow of the Colossus. Next to Final Fantasy VI, it is the most recent game to burn me. What I mean by this is taking a leap of faith and finding it at least not liking it. But for SotC, I absolutely couldn't stand my time with it, and it all comes down to two factors: Controls and Argo.
The controls made the game really difficult to play. So much so, that by the fourth or fifth Colossus, I was sick of the game. Also, I was coming off Ico, which I think I said over 800 posts ago, but allow me to say now just in case: It was an escort mission with a useless counterpart. While figuring out how to take down each Colossus is a puzzle in an of themselves, it was a tiresome hassle navigating, and hanging onto, said Colossi to take them down.
Now for Argo. I hate that horse. It seemed every time I needed to get anywhere, the beast kept getting in my way. I want to go right? Nope, he's going left. I want to get on? Nope, it takes jumping four or five times to hop up. And you know what? I said good riddance at the bridge.
Please do not misinterpret; I have no problems with either game's story and SotC's story does have that tragic element I find appealing, but alas, I don't see it as great as many do. It was a completely frustrating experience to force myself through, desperate to find the appeal so many have before me. So caught up in The Last Guardian hype was I, that I really wanted to give those two games a chance and get into them as much as some of you do. I just couldn't. I haven't played either since, and if I could, I would unload my copy and be done with them.
Clearly, this is probably the most vocal I have been, and probably will be, about a game I dislike so much. I knew it would place so high. And I know that I'm most likely the only one in the entire community that feels this way. I'm not afraid of the spiral of silence and I'm sure at the very least one of you will take offense, which is not my intention. I just hope at least reads this portion and takes away the moral: Don't go in on a game because it's good for everyone else - It may disappoint you in the end.
As for the Last of Us, I am the complete polar opposite. To this day, I don't think I've ever played a game that has brought out a viscerally draining moment in gaming (If you've played it, you know I'm talking about Winter).
This game has three WTF moments, all centered around character deaths. Without spoiling it, you should know what those deaths are but the one at the beginning is a "Did they REALLY go there?!" WTF; the one in the middle was a "Oh, come on! Really?" WTF; and the one at the end was simply "WTF just happend?" Speaking of the ending, I also don't believe I've ever had two minds and left with a sense of utter ambiguity.
I don't like horror games and I don't consider this one (even though it does have several such elements) simply because there isn't enough of that scare factor here for me. I won't gush about story because being #2 on this list is evident to how much it is loved, but I WILL say that before Uncharted 4's release, this was my favorite Naughty Dog game, hands down.
And to think, I haven't played a second of multiplayer (I don't go online on Sony systems).
As is my custom in this thread, I want to salute everyone who likes the same as I do, simply because I want to show appreciation that I'm not alone in my interests. So for the final time in this thread, I want to thank and shout out to: :clap: @jsackel, @DeweyDecibel, @Karu, @tokeeffe9, @Joetown, @Haru17, @Lotias, @Browarr, @naltmank, @Faaip, @TokyoSlim, @Divinity, @Alex840, and @Sentinel-Beach. :clap:
As for the community's #1 game: I've said it before and I'll say it again: Never played it, therefore I can't speak to it. But I recognize it's impact. I mean look at that top line! HOLY COW! Over 400 points, 20 total votes from 44 lists (Almost half!!), and count'em FOUR first place votes!! With so much wide-spread love, respect, adulation, nostalgia, and revolutionary clout the game has, I agree it should be #1. Also, remember what Mr. Jones said in the last Cup of Jones. Methinks he would love this list.
Now for those small details: OoT was the only game to receive the details I just mentioned, but also the majority of the top 30 come from either the 90s, or are more recent entries. This leads me to believe 1.) We love those from our childhood/formulative years and 2.) We recognize great game design when we see it.
Huh. Resident Evil 4 didn't make the cut. Neither did DOOM II. Also kind of sad no Ratchet & Clank, God of War, Left 4 Dead, OR Resistence made it. And I'm positive I'm missing other obvious ones.
And yes, we sure as hell love a damn good story. ;-)
This thread was/is completely awesome. It's been a long time, but now we've got a complete compendium archived about games we love that all of us recognize are great that we should try or at the very least talk about.
I'll be another voice to thank @Exist-2-Inspire again for the work of this project. Ever since you first proposed the idea after watching Cup of Jones, I've been onboard, and allow me to say this was/is 1000000% worth it. As far as future projects, they would be cool as well, but personally speaking, I don't think I could contribute like I have done here. I'm a one-trick pony and that trick be games! :-D
@Axel I would like to know the answers to your questions myself, but I believe I burned the possibility of those bridges just a minute ago :laughing:
I have nine entries. I've played 33. I like 24. I'm interested in trying five. Now for my list. The one change is switching Gears or War and its sequel. Thankfully, it didn't place, so it doesn't affect the list. My two regrets are not initially placing this year's DOOM on the list, so I'm slotting it after Gears of War (new placement) and the first gen Pokemon at #30. This means my intial #30, Crash Bandicoot: Warped, will be left off the following entirely (Just think everything after Gears 1 one place higher) Oh well.
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy X
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
The Last of Us
Gears of War 2
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
Resistance: Fall of Man
Left 4 Dead
Star Wars Battlefront (2015)
Gauntlet: Dark Legacy
Kingdom Hearts II
Final Fantasy XII
God of War
Ratchet & Clank (2016)
Mass Effect 2
Gears of War
Batman: Arkham City
Spyro: The Dragon
Sly 2: Band of Thieves
Batman: Arkham Knight
Destiny (with ALL Expansions)
God of War II
Tomb Raider (2013)
I have so enjoyed all of the conversations I've read and been a part of here. Thanks for reading!!!
Love & Respect <3 <3