Yesss, that game is so nostalgic (even if it doesn't quite make it onto my own favorites list). Whimsical, idyllic at times, bittersweet, yet at other times it had such an incredibly foreboding atmosphere (the southern shrine prior to the Face Shrine dungeon), and I loved what it did with the musical instruments. Then there's the ending, with a real sense of loss, as well as hope. Magical, and something you don't come across every day.One of my very first video games was Link's Awakening, which I played obsessively in grade school
Nice to see someone else who has played and liked the Ranger spin-offs! I've only played the second one (Shadows of Almia), and although it was pretty easy, I really enjoyed it liked the concept a lot (use a device that conveys your feelings of friendship and sincerity to pokemon, and once they're sufficiently convinced of your good will, they decide to tag along and help you out for a bit).AmericanPi said:My best friend gave me Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs for my birthday one year and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I adored it.
YES, I am with you there 100%!My favorite game ever is Final Fantasy 6. It introduced me to the idea of games as transcendent storytellers, and shaped my life from then on.
Terranigma: Probably the single game that had the biggest influence on me out of any game I played as an adult. It made me re-think the way I view the world, and even just listening to the soundtrack brings back the emotions of the game powerfully. (GREAT soundtrack, BTW.) On the surface a fun action-RPG with a plot that revolves around the revival of the world and the growth of civilization, but I won't say anything else lest I spoil the plot.
Final Fantasy VI: Probably the game that influenced me most as a child; played this countless times growing up. Love the characters and the story. (And the music!) I also appreciate the greater freedom to move around the map as you wish, and form parties of your own choosing, compared to IX.
Chrono Trigger/Cross: So classic I hardly feel anything needs to be said. Great, well-balanced, fun games with tons of replay value (and great soundtracks). I know a lot of people prefer Trigger over Cross, but I think I probably enjoyed them about equally. Cross was fun to replay not just for the different endings, but also to see what actions/choices allowed which characters to be recruitable, and to experience using different people in your party.
Romancing SaGa 2 and 3:
The SaGa series has a different gameplay style than most people are used to and is not for everyone, but I really like the ability to choose the way your characters grow (skills you practice get better, just like in real life), and I think they are really enjoyable when taken on their own terms: non-linear, with a unique growth system, and (conveniently) with no hiking around on the worldmap to go from place to place.
Romancing SaGa 3 lets you wander the world at will (after the intro) and complete quests in an order of your choosing, until eventually you face off against the larger threat facing the world. None of the stories have much depth on their own, but they are like a bunch of little vignettes including all sorts of quirky tropes and characters. Pirate treasure, vampires, talking snowmen, masked superheroes, a creepy religious cult, a beautiful genius inventor whose inventions get out of hand, a murder mystery . . . Also, the game has a great soundtrack!
Romancing SaGa 2 lets you control a whole succession of emperors/empresses, gradually expanding your empire (usually by being nice to people and helping them out) and passing down your skills with each generational shift. It is incredibly satisfying watching the area you control on the worldmap grow--and also probably the hardest RPG I have played.
And of course, the Pokemon franchise. In total, I've definitely played more games in the Pokemon franchise (gens 1-5), and spent more total hours on it, than on any other game series. Hard to pick a favorite, but I love all the gen 3-5 games and would have to pick HGSS as my absolute favorite if pressed. Hoenn is a great region, Gen 4 in general hits a sweet spot for me in terms of balance between retro nostalgia and (some) modern conveniences like running, and Gen 5 had the most intriguing storylines.
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And some honorable mentions:
Mana series: Particularly Seiken Densetsu 2 (Secret of Mana) and Legend of Mana. SD2 is a pure, fun, magical action-RPG adventure. Legend of Mana was a game that I thought at the time I was playing it was good, but not great, but certain bits and pieces of atmosphere, character, and story have really lingered in my memory. (This is another non-linear RPG with a bunch of little story vignettes, which range from whimsical or humorous to mysterious to tragic.)
F-Zero and F-Zero X. Never got into any other racing games, but I enjoy the futuristic look and the precision controls.