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Favorite Video Games?

Tyler the Goodra

Youngster
Location
Wisconsin, USA
Pronouns
He/Him
One thing I feel like y'all should know about me is the fact that video games are my life. I've been playing them ever since I was just a wee lad, and I certainly don't plan on stopping! I figure I'm not the only one in this forum who does, so here's my question: what are some of your favorite games ever and why? I suppose I might as well get it started, so here goes!

"Just Shapes & Beats" (PC, Switch, PS4): A bullet hell / shoot 'em up style game with rhythm elements mixed into it. With multiple levels carefully crafted to match the beat of the music, which consists of chiptune and dubstep songs composed by various artists, the game is sure to give you an intense experience that's sure to get your head bopping!
"A Hat in Time" (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch): A modern 3D platformer that tries its hardest to match the charm of old-school 3D platformers like Super Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie. And succeeds! A Hat in Time has multiple different ways to customize your experience collecting the missing hourglasses, including Badges that add certain effects when equipped, color dyes for your clothes, and a collection of hats that give you different powers. Complete with full voice acting, likable characters, great boss fights, amazing music, and clever easter eggs and references, it's an absolute must-have for any fan of the genre!
"Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" (Switch): An enormous crossover fighting game that has won the world over, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is regarded as one of the best of the entire fighting genre. It features an absolutely huge roster of playable characters, familiar locations, cameos in the form of "Spirits", and much, much more. The sheer amount of content in this game is completely breathtaking, and with even more planned for release in the future, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a game capable of uniting gamers from every corner of the globe. And that is a beautiful thing! (P.S., I'm also a Terry main!)
 

OldschoolJohto

Never not editing
Pronouns
She/Her
Partner
solrock
Some favorites:
- Stardew Valley
- Spore
- Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
- Undertale
- Lost Constellation (Night in the Woods mini game)
- Botanicula
- Untitled Goose Game (wish there was more!)
- Every Day the Same Dream (and a lot of what Molleindustria churns out)


Really want to get Later Alligator & Heaven’s Vault. Have also been really enjoying tag-teaming Disco Elysium at my friends’ house.

I like puzzle games, platformers, sand boxes, and story-driven indie games. 🙃
 

qva

Pokémon Trainer
Location
florida
Pronouns
her/hers
Some favorites:
- Stardew Valley
- Spore
oh man, these two are so good. i feel like spore is kind of an interesting case, like... i think basically everyone has played this game, and if you ask people about it they're often like "oh yeah that game is fun!" but people rarely think or talk about it. it's one of my all time favorites though, i really wish they'd give it a sequel...

whenever i talk about games i always have to throw out an honorable mention to two absolutely GOATed titles: inaniquarium and zoo tycoon! which i don't play anymore, but, come on, that's the pinnacle of gaming.

i don't game nearly as much as i really expected i would as a college student, lol. my favorites are nominally some of the classics—super mario 64 and yoshi's story are up at the top there, as they're games i grew up with—and of course i love pokémon too. but as far as what i actually play most of the time, i'm more into grand strategy stuff these days. basically all the time i spend playing games anymore is spent on paradox games. my favorites are crusader kings 2, cities: skylines, and stellaris. i play some other strategy stuff, too, like civilization, although i don't spend so much time on those anymore.
 

Negrek

Head Over Heels
Staff
Well, there are these monster-catching titles I'm rather fond of...

Joking aside, while I love Pokémon as a franchise the most, my favorite single game is probably Ghost Trick, a story-driven puzzle game where you use "powers of the dead" to manipulate objects and rewind time to solve the mystery of your own murder. The story is super twisty, by turns funny, heartwarming, sad, and even downright creepy sometimes (if you've played, then you know about that one moment in Chapter 15). The gameplay is solid and really well-integrated with the story, and the animations are ridiculously well-done, even by the standards of the 3DS. I replayed this one for the first time in a couple years recently and was floored all over again by how good it was. How is this game so good? It's like everything about it just works; it's a game that knows exactly what it wants to be, and executes on the concept perfectly.

Anyhow, Ghost Trick is great, and everybody should play Ghost Trick. If you're at all curious and want to borrow my copy, I'm happy to lend it to you... I've mailed it to several people online and not had an unsatisfied customer yet! (It's for the DS.)

Another big one for me is The World Ends with You, an action-RPG about a misanthropic amnesiac teenager who wakes up to find himself trapped in the "Reaper's Game," a mysterious weeklong competition where the only options are win or be permanently erased from existence. This is one of those games that has a style that it absolutely commits to--it's set in Shibuya, Tokyo, and the artwork, the character design, the mechanics, the music are all steeped in the youth culture of that place. Fun story, fun characters, and a really interesting world (albeit one you only get small glimpses of). IMO the soundtrack and all its endless remixes deserve special mention, too; not your typical game soundtrack at all, but really well done and something that adds a ton to the game's atmosphere. This game commits hard to its style and stands out as original despite drawing on man familiar JRPG tropes and archetypes. Also simply a solid game, with a number of mechanics that were new/cutting-edge at the time and are now much more commonly used (because they're GOOD!). This one recently got a Switch port and is therefore easy to get your hands on, although I hear that a lot of the added features/story are lackluster to downright bad. But the base game is great and definitely worth a play if you at all enjoy JRPGs!

Anyhow, I'll let Ghost Trick's Bailey Panic Dance this post off for me... In these trying times, remember to keep calm and Panic Dance on. And play Ghost Trick, seriously it's a heartwarming game, everyone should play Ghost Trick

 

Chibi Pika

Stay positive
Staff
Location
somewhere in spacetime
Pronouns
they/them
Partner
pikachu-chibi
So it's pretty hard for me to talk about games without bringing up that I'm a huge Zelda fan. One of my very first video games was Link's Awakening, which I played obsessively in grade school, possibly as much as the gen 1 Pokémon games! Oddly enough, I didn't get into other Zelda games until much later. I didn't play Ocarina of Time until I was adult, and wasn't a huge fan. :P My first 3D Zelda was Twilight Princess, and it still has a special place in my heart. But I think my favorite is Skyward Sword. I'm aware that this is ~contentious~ and I know it's flawed, but look. The artstyle is gorgeous and the music is gorgeous and the dungeons are ingenious and the characters are endearing and the gameplay is creative and I like the motion controls, fite me. >:P

I'm also a huge fan of platformers. My favorite 2D platformer is Yoshi's island--I just think it strikes that perfect blend of charming and accessible while being absolutely devious in the later levels. The art style is timeless, the stages varied and creative, and Yoshi's controls are probably my favorite of any platformer (even the mainline Mario games!) Perfectly smooth~

I'm also a huge Smash Bros fan and I'm terrified to think of how many hours I sank into Melee and Brawl during college. Smash bros is how I met the friend group that basically became a second family to me, including my platonic lifemate, so y'know, it's a pretty big part of my life. ;P

Let's see, in terms of one-offs. Negrek already mentioned Ghost Trick, and Dragonfree got me to play it, and yes, it is indeed excellent. While I've technically never played Undertale, I've got an undying love for the world and characters and narrative that it presents, and the way that none of its meta-narrative themes would work in any other medium. (I did play Deltarune though!)

Oh, and Johto gets a big high five for Bowser's Inside Story!
 

OldschoolJohto

Never not editing
Pronouns
She/Her
Partner
solrock
My favorite 2D platformer is Yoshi's island
Oh yessss this hits me right in the childhood. Still have the gameboy advanced cartridge. Two of us used to sit on either side of our 3rd friend and watch them play late into the night. I suspect the penguin levels are part of why we became obsessed with delibirds later. But now my favorite is Touch Fuzzy Get Dizzy. Yoshi is a better protagonist than Mario — change my mind.

Oh and also — ✨ Quarantine Update ✨ — I got myself a copy of Witcher 3, and I’m enjoying it so much. Thought it would be way above my skill level but I’m totally managing to hold my own. I like how many ways there are to solve a problem. All I want to do all day is talk about how much I love Geralt... even though he’s a terrible womanizer. Because I can tell the real story of Witcher is the love between a man and his goodest loyalest horse, his literal ride or die. ❤ She’s too good for this world.
 

Starlight Aurate

Just a fallen star
Location
Route 123
Partner
mightyena
So it's pretty hard for me to talk about games without bringing up that I'm a huge Zelda fan. One of my very first video games was Link's Awakening, which I played obsessively in grade school, possibly as much as the gen 1 Pokémon games! Oddly enough, I didn't get into other Zelda games until much later. I didn't play Ocarina of Time until I was adult, and wasn't a huge fan. :P My first 3D Zelda was Twilight Princess, and it still has a special place in my heart. But I think my favorite is Skyward Sword. I'm aware that this is ~contentious~ and I know it's flawed, but look. The artstyle is gorgeous and the music is gorgeous and the dungeons are ingenious and the characters are endearing and the gameplay is creative and I like the motion controls, fite me. >:P
Oh man I LOVE Skyward Sword! It was my first Zelda game (I didn't grow up playing them, I started playing when I was a teenager lol) and fell in love with it for the same reasons you described. I later played WindWaker and then Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess. I played Four Swords Adventures once and it was pretty fun but I didn't get far lol. I played Breath of the Wild a few times and it was okay; I think I would like it if I got to really invest in it but I don't own a personal copy.

I haven't played a ton of video games; I spent a ton of time playing Pokemon handheld games growing up but my parents didn't want us investing too much time in them.

I'm a fan of Dynasty Warriors, though! I've only played Dynasty Warriors 5 and I think it's fun. It might also be because I studied Chinese and so having the loosely-historical basis made it more interesting for me haha.
 

zion of arcadia

Bug Catcher
Pronouns
she
There are a lot of games I love (pokemon being an obvious one), but Celeste probably resonated with me the most in recent years, especially since it's a platformer and I quite enjoy the genre.
 

OldschoolJohto

Never not editing
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She/Her
Partner
solrock
There are a lot of games I love (pokemon being an obvious one), but Celeste probably resonated with me the most in recent years, especially since it's a platformer and I quite enjoy the genre.
Celeste has a great soundtrack, too!
 

zion of arcadia

Bug Catcher
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