Our favourite games

#26
I saw that "gap" as well. The only way to really cut that gap is, ironically enough, stop thinking of GT as a sim. So you give up trying to drive like you would on a real car and just try to find the fastest way, which usually involves some strange driving here and there... and a lot of drifting which is actually not feasible in real life (with specific car/track combos and expecting to be faster, that is). I feel it is more a test of mental endurance and adaptative skills than it is a test of genuine driving ability.

Wow, a Driving Force! Well, it does work well so if it's been kept in good condition, there's no reason not to use it. :)

Psst, Assetto Corsa is going to come out for PS4, actually. The problem is the game benefits a lot from user content but... it should be good. I might get it in the future, if the amount of content satisfies me. Thought GT (especially the next games should be better) and P.Cars should be good.

Which brings me to the next subject: Project CARS sure does seem to be quite good, huh? While the occasional blips on the AI are pretty usual nowadays (even more on odd or not so common car/track combinations), it doesn't have to be a big deal, if everything else works. And no rubber-banding made me let a sigh of relief. As an example, GT PSP was ridiculous in that sense. I would drive at competitive level after training for some days and still have the AI finish 0.6s away from me :lol: .

Some car/track combinations are hard to nail! Personally, my favourites are the GT300 cars from Super GT, in GT. They are not necessarily my favourite cars but I've had so much fun with them both alone and in races that they're up there. You might think 350cv and 1150kg is not so fun and yet...

I get the frustrating feelings from not winning in GT. I think it's because we know the AI is awful so if we don't win, we must have done awfully! :lol:

Yay for Gravity Rush indeed. It's coming!!
 
#27
There was this thread from way back in the day about listing your top 10 favorite games. So I'll just take that and maybe update it for games since then.

12. Pokémon Red/Blue - Sure it got blown way out of proportion, but it was still a ton of fun. It was the first video game purchase I made with my own money (along with the gameboy) and I played the hell out of it. To this day I would imagine that most of us could put the name to a picture of one of the original 150, perhaps even their type, and MAYBE even when they evolve.

11. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 - This is another game that I played for hours and hours. It was hokey, but it was supposed to be and I really enjoyed the strategy in this game. The pacing was great and the missions were blast even in subsequent playthroughs. I know everyone else was playing Starcraft (which is great in its own right, don't get me wrong), but I was playing this. Besides, I liked that you could select more than 10 units.

10. Shadow of the Colossus - This gets on here if just for uniqueness. I've never played a game quite like it, and probably never will. This game is the argument for games' capability of being art. You'd be wasting your time trying to use any others. The living painting-style graphics along with the breathtaking scale they managed to portray is truly impressive. Not to mention the fact that this game evoked such confused emotions that no other form of entertainment has. The game is an experience, it just places lower due to the low replay value.

9. Armored Core 1/Project Phantasma - Here's one I bet no one else has. Armored Core is a niche, nerd game if there ever was one. But my friend had Armored Core 1 and its expansion way back in the day and we would play through it and play against each other for hours and hours. The Armored Core games since have all entertained me, but I knew these inside and out, despite the fact that I was not good at them at all. You know a game has something when you long to play it even when you're pretty bad at it.

8. Uncharted 2 - A thoroughly enjoyed series, and this was the pinnacle. Incredible acting and dialogue, some of the most human video game characters around. I loved the scenery porn and the historical fiction.

7. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Cthulhu pretty much expressed my feelings on this. No I've never played Morrowind (sorry...) but Oblivion's world really sucked me in, I was totally immersed as I played this game, often into the early morning. I truly was "role-playing." Also, Yop, Final Fantasy II actually had a experience system like TES, but it wasn't quite as well implemented. Now of course there's Skyrim, and I don't know which I like better. If I had to just pick up a game and play, it would probably be Skyrim, but I did spend an inordinate number of hours in Oblivion.

6. Tales of Xillia - The best JRPG I've played of the last generation. I've extolled about it before. It looks incredibly anime, but it defied my expectations all the time. Every time I thought I knew what would happen from my knowledge of anime it surprised me. And the localization is probably the best I have ever seen. The game is legitimately funny, which is a feat for voiced JRPGs these days, and with a very likable cast. I highly recommend it.

5. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles - The best Sonic game, if not the best game on the stellar Sega Genesis. I've always been a Sonic guy (as opposed to a Mario one), and this was his peak. Some of the best video game music accompanied by imaginative levels and 14 Chaos Emeralds to find made for a very fun experience. Ironically enough, as hard as Sega tries on those damned 4kids storylines on today's Sonic, S3&K actually told a pretty good, subtle story.

4. Final Fantasy VI or X - I really can't decide. It pretty much goes to whichever one I've played more recently. VI was the first game, in my opinion, to prove that one could weave a brilliant and elaborate plot in a video game. The fact that it had such a huge cast and that the vast majority of them are interesting is a testament to that. From memorable scenes such as Cyan's family on the Doomtrain, the famous Opera, and one of the greatest villains' rise to power, it was truly a masterpiece. That said, X also broke some barriers. As much as people love to hate the voice-overs, I never really minded it (except for the abuse of "you know?"). X's graphics STILL look pretty good, it redefined summon magic and had a really imaginative leveling system. X exemplifies the right way to tell a love story (I'm looking at you, 8), and as was previously stated, perhaps the best ending in the series.
A tough choice.

3. Xenosaga Episode I - My first PS2 game, and I am eternally grateful to the gamestop employee that recommended it to me. Yeah, yeah, its a movie. But its a damn good one. Truly a sci-fi epic with large scale battles and all the orchestral accouterments that go with it. The characters were entertained with largely good voice acting. KOS-MOS is a spectacular badass and really cool take on the 'living weapon' thing that anime loves. Albedo was a disturbing, hateful villain with one the best dubbed voice-over roles in video games and anime hands down.

2. Final Fantasy Tactics - The pinnacle of the Final Fantasy job system and the definitive tactical RPG, FFT started things off with a great battle system. Battles took a long time, and losing sucked, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I've never "rooted for" a hero I was controlled like I did for Ramza. He was so noble and against such incredible odds that I truly hoped for him to succeed. I still am upset by his lack of recognition in the history books, he really is as much a hero I've encountered in any medium. The Shakespearean plot was a ton of fun and the pseudo-Victorian translation of the War of the Lions remake complemented it perfectly and is a game I recommend to anyone.

1. Final Fantasy VII - Yeah, no surprise there. Were it not for this game, I would not have played any of the other RPGs on this list. I may not even be a dedicated gamer were it not for this game. But I believe it deserves number 1 for more than nostalgia and happenstance. I've played this game more than any of the others on here, or if not definitely spent the most time playing, discussing, and playing its spinoffs. VI showed that video games could tell a great story, and VII confirmed it. VII didn't really break any ground within the genre, even with the story. It's just they did something with characters to make them some of the most memorable, ever. Every gamer, begrudgingly or otherwise, knows Cloud, Sephiroth and Aeris. Many remember the tons of memorable moments, lines and revelations. It's no small wonder this is the game that received a Compilation. And that's not to diminish its gameplay either. Its not a wild departure but it did just about everything right. Materia is a great, fun system allowing for tons of customizability and is not nearly as unbalanced and easily broken as, say, VIII or Crisis Core. It's the reason we're all here and still remains my favorite game.
 
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cold_spirit

Pro Adventurer
AKA
AlexT
#28
Stumbled across this topic. I'm actually pretty weird and keep an up-to-date list of my top 20 favorite games. I'll share the big ones here. There are a variety of reasons for a game to appear on my list. Some are just plain fun (Burnout Paradise), introduced me to gaming (Crash Bandicoot 2), appeal to key emotions within me (Shadow of the Colossus, Devil May Cry 3), or literally put me down a path that has changed my life (Persona 3). Here we go:

Final Fantasy VII
Persona 3 FES
Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Hyper Light Drifter
Shadow of the Colossus
Persona 4
Tony Hawk's Underground
Burnout Paradise
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

I wanted to write something about each title, but I could easily talk an entire afternoon with you about what each means to me. There's so much to say that every time I attempt to write something it basically becomes word vomit.
 
#29
Hi there! That is so cool! I have played Final Fantasy VIII game and it is totally awesome. Also mine favorite games are Crash Team Racing, Civilization IV, Civilization V, L.A. Noire on PlayStation. Playing games on PlayStation consoles are so amazing.The graphic of the PlayStation consoles is so cool to enjoy the games. Since the release of playstation 1 to PlayStation 4 there are new upgrades available on consoles. Along with this various subscriptions such as Acheter Playstation Plus 365 jours also available on playstation for their user to enjoy more game.
 

Tetsujin

Ready for the mosh pit, shaka brah
AKA
Tets
#30
Hi there! That is so cool! I have played Final Fantasy VIII game and it is totally awesome. Also mine favorite games are Crash Team Racing, Civilization IV, Civilization V, L.A. Noire on PlayStation. Playing games on PlayStation consoles are so amazing.The graphic of the PlayStation consoles is so cool to enjoy the games. Since the release of playstation 1 to PlayStation 4 there are new upgrades available on consoles. Along with this various subscriptions such as Acheter Playstation Plus 365 jours also available on playstation for their user to enjoy more game.
prove to me you're not a robot
 

Lulcielid

Media Thinker
AKA
Lucis Caelum
#31
I won't put in what order I rank them cause I tend to change my mind quite a lot, instead I will just only list them as favourites of mine:

Shadow of the Colossus
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy XII
PERSONA 3
PERSONA 5
Ookami
Devil May Cry 3
Kingdom Hearts II
League of Legends
 
#32
This is quite a hard thing to list, hmm. Maybe the following would be mine, but in no real order:

Final Fantasy VII
Dragon Age: Origins
Dragon Age Inquisition
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Stardew Valley

Possibly Chrono Trigger too, but I'm undecided. 80 Days might also deserve a mention.
 
#33
In no particular order because I'm bad at ranking things, out of sheer enjoyment value.

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver.
Devil May Cry 4
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.
Final Fantasy 7: Dirge of Cerberus
(yes, really)

I love all the main instalment Resident Evil games but can't narrow it down to any particular entry. Same with most Metal Gear games. I love the overall storytelling rather than a particular instalment.

Put a gun to my head re Final Fantasy, and it would be IX.
 

Ryvius

Pro Adventurer
#34
Final Fantasy VII was my number one game for about 10 years from the moment I played it.. up until it was unseated by Persona 3, a feat I never thought possible. :P

Steins;Gate would also probably be very high on this list if I'd actually completed the VN, but I'm mostly an anime viewer.

My list:

5. Chrono Cross - Yes, it's a bit of a hot mess, but the world and soundtrack gives me a reverence for this setting almost on the level of what I have for FFVII.​
4. Nier Automata - Uses traditional story telling in addition to the medium itself to advance the narrative, which is brilliant.​
3. Persona 4 - Similar to Persona 3 but unique enough to stand on its own as an amazing game. The sharp tonal shifts are compelling.​
2. Final Fantasy VII - LORE and contrast between settings. Far exceeds in every aspect except translation and battle system. My favorite characters out of probably any other game, because they have all lead very different lives in different places and each bring something unique to the game. "What a crew."
1. Persona 3 - Absolute fucking masterpiece in every single way. I've dealt was quite a bit of death and illness around me for my age so it resonates on a deep level. Deeply philosophical and theological in ways that exceed the scope of FFVII.​

So like, this list probably summarizes my entire belief system. :monster:

Honorary mentions: Harvest Moon Series, Majora's Mask, Persona 2, Persona 5, Portal, Borderlands 2, Final Fantasy VI
 
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#35
I have lists of my favourite books, movies, and games saved on my phone, and I reorganize them when I have time to kill. It's a great time waster and it's fun to see how my opinions change over time. The game list is pretty long, but here are the top 10 (as of now):

10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild​
9. Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition​
8. Shadow of the Colossus​
7. Horizon Zero Dawn​
6. Mass Effect 2​
5. Devil May Cry 5​
4. Final Fantasy VII​
3. Persona 3 FES​
2. Final Fantasy IX​
1. Bloodborne​
 

Jairus

Author of FFVII: Lifestream
#36
I tend to like most games I play or at least try to find something good in them because I don't like to think negatively about things (I'm an optimist by nature, pretty much), so there's a lot of them that I like or think well of and enjoy. But here are some of my favorites, in no particular order (aside from FFVII, which has a permanent spot at #1):

1. Final Fantasy VII
2. Final Fantasy VIII
3. Final Fantasy IX
4. DOOM (original)
5. Xenosaga Ep. I
6. Devil May Cry
7. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
8. Baldur's Gate
9. Icewind Dale
10. Neverwinter Nights
11. Eye of the Beholder
12. Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon
13. Shadowgate (NES)
14. Star Wars: X-Wing
15. Half-Life
16. Duke Nukem 3D
17. TES Skyrim
18. Descent
19. Descent II
20. Dragon Age: Origins
 
#37
I have so little time these days to play games that I only play Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, and any short indie games that I think might be relevant in my classroom.
 
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