5. Gravity Rush Remastered
Honestly the main reason this is so low is just because it's only a remaster of a game I already played four years ago and I feel like including it at all is cheating. That said, even with its faults (the repetitive combat, the almost literally half-finished story) I still adore it because of the fun characters and world they inhabit. That, and the only thing i love in games more than sailing is going through the skies. If there's one thing this game gets right it's falling with style.
The frantic fights are always a blast and the story was pretty interesting. I just wish the pacing wasn't so bad since frankly it made the game a bit of a chore by having to spend eons listening to the story get told to me while I waited to get to the next fight and the game was in auto-walk mode. If those walking segments weren't so long this would most likely be higher.
3. Senran Kagura: Estival Versus
This one took a bit of soul searching. I knew I liked the game, but when I bought it, when I played it, when I think back on it, I figured it was just a silly little pile of weeb trash I enjoyed. And I guess that's true, but I enjoyed it far more than I ever expected to. It's not a deep or amazing musou game but it's a very enjoyable one with a lot of diverse characters to choose from. I'm also a bit of a fan of messing with character customization and this game has a lot of options so it definitely scratched an itch there too. Sometimes games surprise you, and even though I don't think it'd ever show up on anyone else's list it has a place on mine.
I really loved Team Fortress 2 back when I played between 2009-2011 (kept playing until 2013 but by then my love was gone and it was just a zombie-like rut.) Initially I had no interest in OW, but I decided to give the open beta a shot and it won me over instantly. I wouldn't say it's the old TF2 I know and love or anything, but it definitely has that same spark of jollyness and good times that keeps me playing. That and Lucio is straight outta Jet Set Radio and that aesthetic is my jam.
1. VA-11 HALL-A
This game has one hell of a soundtrack, a lot of interesting characters, more customization (though this time its your apartment), a cool shmup minigame that I'm absolutely terrible at, and some gorgeous sprite work, but that's not the main reason I love it. This game appeals to me because it feels real, and not in that "gritty, dull reality" way. You have regular patrons that become your friends, you browse message boards and blogs discussing recent events, you have co-workers that you go on smoke breaks with, you throw a small party for the holidays with anybody that'll show up. Even though the world around them isn't pretty, everyone in VA-11 HALL-A keeps living their lives and tries to get by. In most games you're the hero of a story, whether that means saving the world or just rescuing your daughter. In VA-11 HALL-A you live in a shitty town in a cyberpunk world where there's an uprising against the corrupt system going on, and you're just a bartender trying to pay rent and maybe mend some old relationships. In any other story, you'd just be the bartender the hero gets some information out of and then never sees again. In VA-11 HALL-A, you aren't just a random bartender; you live, and you keep on living.