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What's your favorite video game? Why?

I'd like to see everyone favorite games to start a discussion and maybe get some recommendations. My favorite game is either the pokemon series or skyrim. I've played pokemon all my life but skyrim was my first big RPG, which I loved, I have owned it on 4 different platforms!

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    Shahriar
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    This will probably show my age but I'd have to say Minecraft. The game in itself is entirely a sandbox and there is no limits to what the game can create, let alone the communities that may be...

    This will probably show my age but I'd have to say Minecraft. The game in itself is entirely a sandbox and there is no limits to what the game can create, let alone the communities that may be created as of a result. You'll have MMORPGs in Minecraft, or just you and your friends from school can just be playing along together to survive and build your own little town.

    My first video game that I loved however was Super Mario 64, still have my copy and console.

    21 votes
    1. [4]
      rorso
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      Yeah I have to say Minecraft too. Maybe tied with, or slightly in front of Mario Kart. I've played games since the Colecovision and owned nearly every console ever since then, and nothing has...

      Yeah I have to say Minecraft too. Maybe tied with, or slightly in front of Mario Kart. I've played games since the Colecovision and owned nearly every console ever since then, and nothing has taken more hours of my life than Minecraft. Even today, I just keep going back to it when I'm bored and can't decide what to play, and have recently had the amazing experience of introducing my 4 year old to it as her first "real" game.

      I especially love that it can be whatever you want. Build realistically styled houses and cities, or medievil castles, or a world on a floating island. Pack all your belongings into your pack and live as a nomad, exploring the world and collecting food and resources to survive. Get into redstone creations, and make insane interactive inventions. Farm, fish, fly, pvp, etc etc etc. It's just so endless. I'm still finding new things and I've been playing since Alpha.

      7 votes
      1. [3]
        mocahante
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        Waiting for ~games.minecraft to become the r/Minecraft of yesteryear...

        Waiting for ~games.minecraft to become the r/Minecraft of yesteryear...

        5 votes
        1. [2]
          teaearlgraycold
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          Tildes Minecraft server?

          Tildes Minecraft server?

          2 votes
          1. woop
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            I operate a Feed the Beast server, if anyone is interested in playing with other ~ users.

            I operate a Feed the Beast server, if anyone is interested in playing with other ~ users.

    2. mocahante
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      +1 for Minecraft. Hands down, it's the most versatile game I've ever played, and years later that $15 purchase continues to pay off.

      +1 for Minecraft. Hands down, it's the most versatile game I've ever played, and years later that $15 purchase continues to pay off.

      2 votes
    3. yungmutualfunds
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      Little Big Planet is amazing too, filled that purely sandbox/creative itch and such a masterfully crafted series!

      Little Big Planet is amazing too, filled that purely sandbox/creative itch and such a masterfully crafted series!

      2 votes
    4. freestylesno
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      Actually kinda hard to guess your age. It originally came out in 09. Later on blew up and all the kids were playing it.

      Actually kinda hard to guess your age. It originally came out in 09. Later on blew up and all the kids were playing it.

      2 votes
    5. Charles
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      i love picking up minecraft from time to time. it's usually a cycle of me playing it everyday for a few weeks, get tired of it, and picking it back up a couples weeks later.

      i love picking up minecraft from time to time. it's usually a cycle of me playing it everyday for a few weeks, get tired of it, and picking it back up a couples weeks later.

      1 vote
    6. teaearlgraycold
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      I don't play it much anymore, but I easily put 3000 hours into Minecraft. Given its capability to be molded through its sandbox nature and modding I'd say it's the best game ever made.

      I don't play it much anymore, but I easily put 3000 hours into Minecraft. Given its capability to be molded through its sandbox nature and modding I'd say it's the best game ever made.

      1 vote
  2. [8]
    Dr-Pepper-Phd
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    Ocarina of Time is a lame answer, but it's the first video game that I remember really getting into and playing. I use to just want to get Epona, so I'd play up until that point and then stop lol....

    Ocarina of Time is a lame answer, but it's the first video game that I remember really getting into and playing. I use to just want to get Epona, so I'd play up until that point and then stop lol. Pokemon is also big for me. That and the Zelda series are the ones I've stuck with the longest and just never get sick of

    10 votes
    1. [4]
      Qis
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      Did you enjoy Sun & Moon? I'm feeling a little bit like maybe Pokemon and I have finally parted ways, after Moon felt like it was so thoroughly targeted away from my age bracket. There were a lot...

      Did you enjoy Sun & Moon? I'm feeling a little bit like maybe Pokemon and I have finally parted ways, after Moon felt like it was so thoroughly targeted away from my age bracket. There were a lot of cutscenes and tutorials the whole way through and I can't see myself replaying it.

      1. [3]
        Charles
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        i do seem to enjoy some of the older titles more than the newer ones. the newer ones feel like they're missing something, i can't really place my finger on it though.

        i do seem to enjoy some of the older titles more than the newer ones. the newer ones feel like they're missing something, i can't really place my finger on it though.

        1 vote
        1. [2]
          Qis
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          It's the 3d. There is so much more interpretation and personality involved in the spritework of the previous games. The gulf to how much work seems to be required for the 3d implementation feels...

          It's the 3d. There is so much more interpretation and personality involved in the spritework of the previous games. The gulf to how much work seems to be required for the 3d implementation feels to me to have put a damper on how creative they can be with it. Like, the pokemon designs are the same as ever, but now they have to move and do things in a very literal sense, and I think the range of interpretation on those fronts is very narrow. Also it's putting obvious pressure on the hardware, which is very frustrating to me. Battles are slow and not very fun for me anymore.

          The pacing is all off, too. Everything feels abrupt and utterly protracted at the same time, and the stories are overbearingly moral, and the role of tutorial is vastly too much, even for a child audience, I think.

          1. LetsTalkAboutDnD
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            Zelda threw away its hand-holding, so hopefully Pokémon will follow suite.

            Zelda threw away its hand-holding, so hopefully Pokémon will follow suite.

    2. [3]
      Charles
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      iv'e been thinking of playing some old Zelda games through an emulator, what are your top picks?

      iv'e been thinking of playing some old Zelda games through an emulator, what are your top picks?

      1. [2]
        Qis
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        Link to the Past is the best of the 2d era, imo, though if you have a 3ds its spiritual successor Link Between Worlds is also very compelling.

        Link to the Past is the best of the 2d era, imo, though if you have a 3ds its spiritual successor Link Between Worlds is also very compelling.

        2 votes
        1. Durinthal
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          A Link to the Past is my favorite game period, I still play it maybe once a year or so. Beyond the original game there's also the A Link to the Past Randomizer which shuffles the location of items...

          A Link to the Past is my favorite game period, I still play it maybe once a year or so.

          Beyond the original game there's also the A Link to the Past Randomizer which shuffles the location of items in chests throughout the game, making for wildly different playthroughs each time. There are even races streamed on Twitch (usually on the SpeedGaming channels) between two or more people with the same item placement, often coming down to the decisions made in picking which items locations to check first.

          1 vote
  3. [6]
    xiretza
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    Probably Factorio. It's not even released (just) yet, but it's already huge and very much feature-complete. Even without the big mods (Bob's, Angels, etc) it's hours upon hours of fun play time...

    Probably Factorio. It's not even released (just) yet, but it's already huge and very much feature-complete. Even without the big mods (Bob's, Angels, etc) it's hours upon hours of fun play time with every single map. Additionally it has awesome devs and community.

    Minecraft is probably first if we go by "meaningful playtime" - it doesn't have a global counter, but it must be well over 2000 hours between 100% vanilla survival, Bukkit+worldedit redstone computers and FTB/Tekkit/custom modpacks. I just lost interest in the last year or so, which is why I'm not counting it as first overall.

    9 votes
    1. [3]
      ajar
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      One thing I didn't like about Factorio is how much effort and time you need to put into learning how to play it. But it's definitely a neat concept. I usually prefer my games with a simpler...

      One thing I didn't like about Factorio is how much effort and time you need to put into learning how to play it. But it's definitely a neat concept. I usually prefer my games with a simpler learning curve and with clear objectives. I guess that's why I was never much into Minecraft.

      2 votes
      1. [2]
        xiretza
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        Yeah, different tastes I guess. I don't mind complicated games - as long as they have a usable UI (looking at you, dwarf fortress). In a sense Factorio is pretty similar to tech-modded Minecraft,...

        Yeah, different tastes I guess. I don't mind complicated games - as long as they have a usable UI (looking at you, dwarf fortress). In a sense Factorio is pretty similar to tech-modded Minecraft, so getting used to it after years of Buildcraft, Industrialcraft and Thermal Expansion wasn't much of a problem. I'm not an achievement hunter or anything (every time I try I just frustrate myself), so open-ended games are much more my thing.

        5 votes
        1. ajar
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          Sure, it's a matter of taste. Just to clarify, I don't really care about achievements. I just mean objectives, as in mission objectives. Like you need to do this or you need to get that in X time...

          Sure, it's a matter of taste. Just to clarify, I don't really care about achievements. I just mean objectives, as in mission objectives. Like you need to do this or you need to get that in X time or you have to reach that door, that kind of thing.

          2 votes
    2. hexthree
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      I didn't like the idea of Factorio being early access, but seeing how much the devs listen and how many features it already had changed my mind.

      I didn't like the idea of Factorio being early access, but seeing how much the devs listen and how many features it already had changed my mind.

      1 vote
    3. Heichou
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      Dude I just feel so stupid when I try to play Factorio. I don't think my ADD brain can sit still for long enough to grasp that beast

      Dude I just feel so stupid when I try to play Factorio. I don't think my ADD brain can sit still for long enough to grasp that beast

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    Michael
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    If I had to pick, it would probably be something I played when I was younger. Probably Oblivion, as the first RPG I played (which is probably my favorite genre). Runescape is probably the game I...

    If I had to pick, it would probably be something I played when I was younger. Probably Oblivion, as the first RPG I played (which is probably my favorite genre).

    Runescape is probably the game I have the most time in, although I haven't played in years. Halo and some of the CODs make me nostalgic for how I used to play with my friends in middle school and high school.

    SOCOM is up there because I used to watch my older brother play (and occasionally play myself) when I was little.

    8 votes
    1. bel
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      Oblivion is one of my top games of all time as well. If it's not my most played of all time, it's probably a close second. After all that investment, Skyrim and ES Online were quite the letdown....

      Oblivion is one of my top games of all time as well. If it's not my most played of all time, it's probably a close second. After all that investment, Skyrim and ES Online were quite the letdown. On the other hand, it's a wonderful thing to have enjoyed a game that set the bar so high.

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    Gabe_DeGrossi
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    Gotta give this to Just Cause 2. Explosions, driving and my favourite open world ever - there's such a great variation (which I think was missing from JC3), I spent hours just exploring the world....

    Gotta give this to Just Cause 2. Explosions, driving and my favourite open world ever - there's such a great variation (which I think was missing from JC3), I spent hours just exploring the world. Totally not perfect, but just ridiculous amounts of fun. I've clocked in 135 hours and still go back to it.

    Favourites from specific genres:

    • Story: To The Moon. This game will make you cry, the soundtrack is amazing as well. To the Moon changed my opinion from "games are for fun" to "games can be art". Firewatch for an honourable mention.

    • Platforming: Ori and the Blind Forest. The controls in this game are amazing, the artwork is gorgeous, the soundtrack is impeccable and epic, topped off with a great story. I've played through this 4-5 times. Hollow Knight for an extremely close second, the controls are superior to Ori, but I prefer the story and world of Ori. Get the Definitive Edition of Ori - the new areas and abilities add heaps more content.

    • RPG: Transistor. My favourite soundtrack ever (go listen to it now) coupled with a great story. Also has one of my favourite features; whenever you hold shift, the character hums in time with whatever song is playing in the background (extended album which has the humming).

    7 votes
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      trazac
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      I thought To The Moon was going to be really silly or dumb, but I was surprised by how engaging the story is. One of the few games I would recommend for the story alone. I would also suggest...

      To The Moon

      I thought To The Moon was going to be really silly or dumb, but I was surprised by how engaging the story is. One of the few games I would recommend for the story alone.

      Transistor

      I would also suggest Supergaint Games's first game, Bastion which is equally beautiful and well made. The soundtracks from both games are very good.

      4 votes
      1. [5]
        Qis
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        Did either of you get into Pyre? Bastion and Transistor are among my favorites, but something stopped me getting through Pyre, even though I think it was pretty good.

        Did either of you get into Pyre? Bastion and Transistor are among my favorites, but something stopped me getting through Pyre, even though I think it was pretty good.

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          trazac
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          I haven't played Pyre, but I have a hard time getting through Supergiant's other games as well. They're very good and grabbing, but so dense. It's almost overwhelming how beautiful they are that...

          I haven't played Pyre, but I have a hard time getting through Supergiant's other games as well. They're very good and grabbing, but so dense. It's almost overwhelming how beautiful they are that they put me off for a little while every time I play them.

          1 vote
          1. Qis
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            Even Bastion? My favorite thing about it is probably how short it turns out to be. I loved the last level especially. Transistor really feels as though its length was revised downward for...

            Even Bastion? My favorite thing about it is probably how short it turns out to be. I loved the last level especially.

            Transistor really feels as though its length was revised downward for development reasons. The sense of anticlimax works back into the story well, but even so I wish I had got the full series of boss-fights it looked like it would go thru. The spiiiiine of the woooorld~

            1 vote
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          abbenm
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          I loved Bastion and Transistor so much that I wish I could forget them and play them again for the first time. For that reason, I think I did a first-ever and bought Pyre at full price on Steam. I...

          I loved Bastion and Transistor so much that I wish I could forget them and play them again for the first time. For that reason, I think I did a first-ever and bought Pyre at full price on Steam. I played, played it more, and forced myself to play it even more, but think the magic wasn't quite there.

          I think it's part because I was lazy; I didn't feel personally interested in the gradually added layers of complexity in the sport at the center of the game. I also didn't like the quasi-abrahamic sacred text which was treated as a core piece of the game, I just wasn't into it. And while I have nothing against reading in general, something about the constant walls of text didn't work for me in Pyre either.

          1 vote
          1. Qis
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            Yeah. I liked playing basketball and didn't mind the book, but nothing really grew between them and I lost interest after a while. The rite felt more like a minigame than anything else, especially...

            Yeah. I liked playing basketball and didn't mind the book, but nothing really grew between them and I lost interest after a while. The rite felt more like a minigame than anything else, especially after I took the game to a friend and tried a couple rounds against a competent human opponent. And walls of text are walls of text. I missed how transistor encouraged pushing into each little corner of the text by mapping the unlocks to gameplay exploration.

            They should keep making games because I'm still on the hook for their stuff, but I hope their visual novel style dabbling doesn't go much further than this...

            1 vote
    2. Brentus
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      You nailed my 2 favourite platformers and for the same reasons. I can't wait for Ori 2 to release and also to get back into Hollow Knight because of all the free expansions since I last played....

      You nailed my 2 favourite platformers and for the same reasons. I can't wait for Ori 2 to release and also to get back into Hollow Knight because of all the free expansions since I last played.

      Other than those I'd have to go back in time just a bit.

      • Zelda series (Ocarina, Majora and all handheld ones were my favourites)

      • Spyro series before the trilogy (Though low fps and stuttering are issues)

      • Shadow of the Colossus, Battlefront 2, Jak 3, Okami etc...

      I can never answer people when they ask me about my favourite game. I'd have to say I enjoy platformers the most, though, and they'd probably be the first ones I list.

      2 votes
    3. Qis
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      Ugh, thanks for linking the soundtrack, now my morning is super atmospheric and catchy.

      Ugh, thanks for linking the soundtrack, now my morning is super atmospheric and catchy.

      2 votes
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    ajar
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    Umm, probably The Binding of Isaac. So many cool interactions, very simple mechanics, virtually infinite replayability and very difficult without being too disheartening (like Meatboy, for...

    Umm, probably The Binding of Isaac. So many cool interactions, very simple mechanics, virtually infinite replayability and very difficult without being too disheartening (like Meatboy, for example). Definitely a completionist nightmare, though.

    On Android I really liked Duet. Simple and difficult.

    I haven't played neither in a while though.

    7 votes
    1. [2]
      lucha26k
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      Loved Isaac. I was able to 1001% or whatever Rebirth, but haven't gone back to try and complete the latest expansion (with Delirium).

      Loved Isaac. I was able to 1001% or whatever Rebirth, but haven't gone back to try and complete the latest expansion (with Delirium).

      1 vote
      1. ajar
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        To be honest, the most time I played was when the first (flash) version came out, and then the first expansion. I never got close to 1001%, I'm really bad... A few months ago I wanted to play...

        To be honest, the most time I played was when the first (flash) version came out, and then the first expansion. I never got close to 1001%, I'm really bad... A few months ago I wanted to play again and my computer (the same one where I had played BoI before) decided that my arrow keys wouldn't work any longer for this game, so I could not move around and shoot at the same time (apparently it's a know issue, but didn't find any solution). So I guess I'll have to wait till I buy a new one, which needs to be soon, anyway.

        1 vote
    2. [4]
      Obi
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      I can say Issac is a good game, but it's too RNG based for me. I've played a fair amount of both Afterbirth (Still waiting for + on the XBOne) & Flash. And on Super Meat Boy, I never felt like a...

      I can say Issac is a good game, but it's too RNG based for me. I've played a fair amount of both Afterbirth (Still waiting for + on the XBOne) & Flash. And on Super Meat Boy, I never felt like a death was the game's fault, death was a learning experience. I was determined to gruel through each level, getting A's on all the levels, then stoped after the hospital, because I would probably lose sanity to try to 100% it, let alone not die though an entire world.

      1 vote
      1. [3]
        ajar
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        Definitely very heavy on RNG, true. I understand that might be frustrating in an uncontrollable way. But it's pretty fun, and most things you can learn how to deal with. But yeah, if you have bad...

        Definitely very heavy on RNG, true. I understand that might be frustrating in an uncontrollable way. But it's pretty fun, and most things you can learn how to deal with. But yeah, if you have bad luck with items at some point, you're doomed.

        But SMB was soooo frustrating, in a controllable way, which for me is worse... also I play on PC with keyboard, so there's that. I don't mind dying a lot (I loved VVVVVV and Braid), but SMB was too much for me.

        1 vote
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          Obi
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          I also got to admit, I bought Issac on PC, and the Hush is the worst boss I've ever seen in any video game, ever. I do like the design though, I can give it credit for that.

          I also got to admit, I bought Issac on PC, and the Hush is the worst boss I've ever seen in any video game, ever. I do like the design though, I can give it credit for that.

          1. ajar
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            Yeah, I didn't fight it that much, it came after I had played most of my hours. But it is pretty bad, yes.

            Yeah, I didn't fight it that much, it came after I had played most of my hours. But it is pretty bad, yes.

  7. xan
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    Right now, it’s PUBG and Overwatch. All time? I’d say Final Fantasy VII. Easily one of the greatest RPG of all time. Other runner ups include Kingdom Hearts, Portal Series, Doom and ahem Pong ;)

    Right now, it’s PUBG and Overwatch.

    All time? I’d say Final Fantasy VII. Easily one of the greatest RPG of all time. Other runner ups include Kingdom Hearts, Portal Series, Doom and ahem Pong ;)

    7 votes
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    ProfessorRiffs
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    Gotta by Symphony of the Night. I've played through it a hundred times, and probably will a hundred more. For my tastes, it really is just about perfect.

    Gotta by Symphony of the Night. I've played through it a hundred times, and probably will a hundred more. For my tastes, it really is just about perfect.

    7 votes
    1. [4]
      ian
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      I'd love it if they ported it for steam! I don't own consoles. It is a great game!

      I'd love it if they ported it for steam! I don't own consoles. It is a great game!

      1. [3]
        ProfessorRiffs
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        Heck, I have it for PS and I'd still love a Steam port.

        Heck, I have it for PS and I'd still love a Steam port.

        1 vote
        1. [2]
          LetsTalkAboutDnD
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          If they ever produce a steam port, maybe they'll finally add the stuff from the Saturn version in.

          If they ever produce a steam port, maybe they'll finally add the stuff from the Saturn version in.

    2. iseethemoon
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      I stumbled into this game completely by accident on the PS, just because I bought the console used and this was one of the games that came with it. Absolutely great game, and some very fun...

      I stumbled into this game completely by accident on the PS, just because I bought the console used and this was one of the games that came with it. Absolutely great game, and some very fun gameplay. I got to 400% on this one, and I've definitely never considered myself a completionist gamer. Great pick.

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    1. abbenm
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      There's one thing at the core of the first Deus Ex that's kind of hard to articulate, that I feel is completely lost in other games. Part of the meat-and-potatoes value of the game, part of what...

      There's one thing at the core of the first Deus Ex that's kind of hard to articulate, that I feel is completely lost in other games. Part of the meat-and-potatoes value of the game, part of what makes it's heart and soul, is its sincere attempt to engage with ideas. What I mean is, you could walk away from a conversation with the same satisfaction that, in other games, you would get from a boss raid or defeating a swarm of aliens.

      Contrast that to, say, BioShock Infinite, where it has ideologies, but they are more or less window dressing. Over and over, I'm something close to offended at the silliness and hollowness of bad-guy speeches and halfhearted attempts at debates in so many games, even in the Deus Ex sequels.

      Find me another game with a conversation like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b-bijO3uEw, or with a conversation with the Australian bartender. Something about the way they talk just feels different from the way other games engage with ideas, to the extent that they even try to at all.

      2 votes
  10. [3]
    AnTi_PRO
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    The Halo series will always have a special place in my heart. It was my introduction to FPS and online gaming. In the Bungie haydays I did everything from playing competively to casually to...

    The Halo series will always have a special place in my heart. It was my introduction to FPS and online gaming.

    In the Bungie haydays I did everything from playing competively to casually to forging to machinima. I literally ran the gauntlet of everything you could do in the franchise. My love for the games faded when 343 took over and I began switching to PC.

    A close second would be Morrowind. Even moreso than Skyrim and Oblivion. I don't know what it is about that game but I just love it so much more than the later titles. I can remember putting in so much time in that game when I was younger. Literally thousands of hours.

    6 votes
    1. Cornflayk
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      I had almost that exact experience with Halo. Halo 3 is easily my favorite and probably the game I spent more time on than any other. You can basically play it on PC now though. I definitely don't...

      I had almost that exact experience with Halo. Halo 3 is easily my favorite and probably the game I spent more time on than any other.

      You can basically play it on PC now though. I definitely don't play as much as I used to, but /r/HaloOnline is still fairly active since I last checked.

      1 vote
    2. freestylesno
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      Halo in the Bungie days was where it was at. I played though halo CE so many times, then halo 2 beat that in a night with a buddy. Then i realized the online play, it set the bar and imo nothing...

      Halo in the Bungie days was where it was at. I played though halo CE so many times, then halo 2 beat that in a night with a buddy. Then i realized the online play, it set the bar and imo nothing has surpasses it. Halo 3 and reach only continued the fun.

  11. [4]
    guamisc
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    Final Fantasy IV. Cecil. Golbez. Kaine. Rydia. Bahamut. Rosa. Edge. Tellah. A spoony bard. Some of the best music in any game ever. Awesome story.

    Final Fantasy IV.

    Cecil. Golbez. Kaine. Rydia. Bahamut. Rosa. Edge. Tellah. A spoony bard. Some of the best music in any game ever. Awesome story.

    6 votes
    1. talklittle
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      Yep, IV and VI were my favorite games for a very long time. I did multiple playthroughs as a kid and of course had a save file where all my characters were fully leveled. Ah, simpler days, when I...

      Yep, IV and VI were my favorite games for a very long time. I did multiple playthroughs as a kid and of course had a save file where all my characters were fully leveled. Ah, simpler days, when I could not imagine the notion of a backlog, and could devote myself fully to my favorite games.

      1 vote
    2. [2]
      Keeyzar
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      Will reply with Final fantasy X, as it's my absolute favorite. Same with the music, same with the story. I guess I need to play 9, too! :) Thanks for your recommendation!

      Will reply with Final fantasy X, as it's my absolute favorite. Same with the music, same with the story. I guess I need to play 9, too! :) Thanks for your recommendation!

      1. Catt
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        Love them both, but FFIX is my favorite. The music is just incredible!

        Love them both, but FFIX is my favorite. The music is just incredible!

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    yungmutualfunds
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    Intense games: CIV 4 beyond the sword, Asseto Corsa, chill: Skate 3, Minecraft or Little Big Planet, Dirt series, Assassin's Creed 2 or brotherhood, Battlefield 3 or BC2, Portal series, binding of...

    Intense games: CIV 4 beyond the sword, Asseto Corsa,
    chill: Skate 3, Minecraft or Little Big Planet, Dirt series, Assassin's Creed 2 or brotherhood, Battlefield 3 or BC2, Portal series, binding of Isaac, oldschool runescape,

    6 votes
    1. elf
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      Good to see some love for the best civ :)

      Good to see some love for the best civ :)

      2 votes
  13. Social
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    My favourite games by Hour count: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. Played this with friends in 8th-10th grade, got me through depression and my parent's divorce. Good times. We were a strong team....

    My favourite games by

    Hour count: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. Played this with friends in 8th-10th grade, got me through depression and my parent's divorce. Good times. We were a strong team.

    By personal development: TIS-100 (coding game). Got me into programming and I voulenteer as a programmer now.

    Allthough I'd say DOOM. Great mechanics, lots of action and quick thinking.

    5 votes
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    trazac
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    My favorite favorite game would be S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. It's a great game with many flaws. I love the setting, I love the engine, and I really enjoy the gameplay. At the same time...

    My favorite favorite game would be S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. It's a great game with many flaws. I love the setting, I love the engine, and I really enjoy the gameplay. At the same time it's buggy as can be, with sometimes utterly hilarious bugs. It's set in the area surrounding Prypiat, ground zero of the infamous Chernobyl Disaster where a Nuclear Power plant experienced a Massive Catastrophic event. Basically the worst thing that could happen with a Nuclear Power Plant.

    Chernobyl is real, in case you're too young to know about it. The Events of Stalker aren't. Instead of turning things into corpses when Chernobyl exploded, it turned them into monsters.

    The gameplay exists in some sort of paradox. What I mean is that the setting is this rather large world with many side quests, but doing any exploring or side quests often causes more issues than there are gains. I'm sure it's a design flaw of the game, but it's also surprisingly germane to the setting. You meet someone who's family heirloom, a long lost rifle, is rumored to be near by. You agree to go find it. During this time you waste med packs and bullets and cause damage to your weapons and armor. The thanks you get in return might help you buy another gun, but you're still at a net negative.

    The game is also very unforgiving. You and enemies are on the same level. It's almost like playing with other people. All of this makes the game very compelling to play. The world seems real and well suited. It's certainly not for everyone, but I keep coming back to it and its sequels (as well as it's spiritually successor, Metro 2033.)

    4 votes
    1. AnTi_PRO
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      I own the Stalker titles from a Steam sale years ago but I have yet to play then :( I've been playing a lot of Escape From Tarkov lately and it's been making me want to play these titles for the...

      I own the Stalker titles from a Steam sale years ago but I have yet to play then :( I've been playing a lot of Escape From Tarkov lately and it's been making me want to play these titles for the first time.

      2 votes
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      Leon
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      If you enjoy the atmosphere of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. I'd highly recommend the book "Roadside Picnic" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roadside_Picnic if you have not already read it.

      If you enjoy the atmosphere of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. I'd highly recommend the book "Roadside Picnic" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roadside_Picnic if you have not already read it.

      1 vote
      1. trazac
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        Yeah, I know about Roadside Picnic. I've wanted to read it for a long time, back when I first started playing STALKER. Back then, the book was much harder to find because I think it was out of...

        Yeah, I know about Roadside Picnic. I've wanted to read it for a long time, back when I first started playing STALKER. Back then, the book was much harder to find because I think it was out of print. Today it's back in print, and I plan to read it eventually. I'm pretty bad about reading books but Roadside Picnic is supposed to be very good.

        1 vote
  15. [2]
    burntcookie90
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    Melee, I've been playing since release and still come back to it.

    Melee, I've been playing since release and still come back to it.

    3 votes
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    Emerald_Knight
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    The Last of Us. I've never had a game get me as hooked into the story as that one.

    The Last of Us. I've never had a game get me as hooked into the story as that one.

    3 votes
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      Charles
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      i really enjoyed The Last of Us, and im excited for its sequel too. it's sad to see more and more games move away from a story driven game to a solely multiplayer.

      i really enjoyed The Last of Us, and im excited for its sequel too. it's sad to see more and more games move away from a story driven game to a solely multiplayer.

      3 votes
      1. Emerald_Knight
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        I'm hoping I'll have a PS4 by the time the sequel comes around. It'd be nice to play a game and not have to avoid spoilers for months or even years before playing lol. And yeah, the state of...

        I'm hoping I'll have a PS4 by the time the sequel comes around. It'd be nice to play a game and not have to avoid spoilers for months or even years before playing lol.

        And yeah, the state of gaming is kind of frustrating. It often seems to be primarily competitive online play now. It sucks when your internet is garbage and you have to deal with both lag and the occasional hours of downloading updates.

  17. [2]
    Matt
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    Going by my steam top played my favorite games would be warframe, watch_dogs, and borderlands 2. Warframe was damn fun meeting new people in clans and grinding levels out together. Made so many...

    Going by my steam top played my favorite games would be warframe, watch_dogs, and borderlands 2.

    Warframe was damn fun meeting new people in clans and grinding levels out together. Made so many friends in that game and there is such a massive variety of how you can play.

    Watch_dogs was quite the controversy but I had a ball playing it. It is a beautiful and large open world, the story was fantastic to me, and I loved the game-play and hacking mechanics. It definitely has its flaws, but that being said I have played the campaign to 100% completion three times. It is an awesome game and does not deserve the hate it gets.

    Borderlands is a MASSIVE game after 300+ hours I am not even close to 100% completion. It is an over the top experience with so much depth and different game-play mechanics. Plus the cel shading makes the whole thing look like a comic book! awesome game.

    3 votes
    1. Charles
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      Borderlands 2 is very high up there for me too. there was time where i just couldn't stop playing it.

      Borderlands 2 is very high up there for me too. there was time where i just couldn't stop playing it.

  18. dpkonofa
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    DooM. Not the new 2016 version (although I do love that game) but the original from 1993. Much like someone said with Minecraft, DooM is one of those rare games that, even when it came out, gave...

    DooM. Not the new 2016 version (although I do love that game) but the original from 1993.

    Much like someone said with Minecraft, DooM is one of those rare games that, even when it came out, gave people so many different ways to extend and customize it. Now we have source ports and mods and all kinds of add-ons for it and it really is just a great sandbox to be able to combine art, design, coding, and all these really fascinating disciplines to make whatever you want. I've seen people make everything from completely new games to programming experiments to games within games in DooM. The source code is also freely available so people can pick it up and do whatever they want with it.

    On top of this, you have the actual game itself which, when combined with all the different user levels you can play, makes it just a treasure trove of fun gameplay. The original games are some of the fastest, tightest games I've ever played and multiplayer is ridiculously fun even to this day. Everything is rapid and fast and adrenal and the game could quite literally morph into very different things through all its mods.

    Lastly, from a development standpoint, because the game is open source, it's hilarious and fascinating to me to see the number of systems that people have been able to get to run DooM. From ATMs to digital cameras to medical imaging machines, it's like DooM is now a kind of benchmark or badge of honor for any piece of electronics. It's truly the most extensible game I could ever imagine and I've grown up with it so it holds a special place for me.

    3 votes
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    Krawler
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    Team Fortress 2, for sure. The balance is great, the casual games are so easy to join and leave at any time, no-one takes it particularly seriously so you end up with scenarios where half the team...

    Team Fortress 2, for sure.

    The balance is great, the casual games are so easy to join and leave at any time, no-one takes it particularly seriously so you end up with scenarios where half the team on both sides is trying their best to kill each other place while the other half is performing a conga line through the middle of the match... and the best part is everyone just leaves them alone.

    I've played a lot of FPS and I always end up back at TF2. Gibus hats on every class.

    3 votes
    1. zohan6934
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      When I'm having a bad day tf2 is my friend

      When I'm having a bad day tf2 is my friend

      1 vote
    2. Obi
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      I agree. I've gotten into trading Cough Cough www.steamcommunity.com/id/ObiConKnowme Cough Cough and it been pretty fun. I love the casual experience, and I also love the community modes, playing...

      I agree. I've gotten into trading Cough Cough www.steamcommunity.com/id/ObiConKnowme Cough Cough and it been pretty fun. I love the casual experience, and I also love the community modes, playing them regularly (Warioware is my favorite).

  20. elf
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    I don't know if it's my favorite of all time, but Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door has a special place in my heart. The wrestling level in particular was great fun, but there aren't any parts I...

    I don't know if it's my favorite of all time, but Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door has a special place in my heart. The wrestling level in particular was great fun, but there aren't any parts I didn't like (well, some of the optional sidequests are boring, but, you know, they're optional.)

    3 votes
  21. Dru
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    You know up until a few years ago I’d have said Chrono Trigger, Resident Evil 2 or FFVII were the games I most loved but then Bloodborne and Breath of the Wild came along and I’ve honestly felt my...

    You know up until a few years ago I’d have said Chrono Trigger, Resident Evil 2 or FFVII were the games I most loved but then Bloodborne and Breath of the Wild came along and I’ve honestly felt my love of gaming flooding back.

    For all the love the last gen had in terms of amount of games, none of those games really clicked with me, I really feel like some devs this gen are nailing it. God of War is pretty amazing as well.

    I’m going to say it and this is a big step for a jaded old crank like me, Bloodborne, Bloodborne is my favourite game so far in my life. I’ve had a pretty good gen so far. I waited twenty years and two came along at once. Crikey are Sony and Nintendo nailing it atm.

    Edit: (forgot to put my reasoning). I’ve never played in a world so barren and yet so fleshed out. Bloodborne leads you without knowing you’re being lead. You feel powerless because you are, right up to the point where you realise that everything you needed to succeed was there the whole time and suddenly you become the hunter and you even start to feel strong and powerful. Then the game reminds you, you aren’t and that cycle continues over and over in a really pleasing way. You learn to embrace death as a learning device. No game has done more to forge me into something than Bloodborne. I’ve never felt as much a part of a world in a game like this since FFVII. Maybe a sequel will happen and I’ll love it or maybe this will be the only one I love in that series. Either way it was a blast, made me feel like I was 16 again and gaming was new.

    2 votes
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    Kremor
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    FEZ! But seriously, I thought about it for a while and can't really think of a game that I would consider my favorite. Is just that my favorite games are those that focus on explorations (without...

    FEZ!

    But seriously, I thought about it for a while and can't really think of a game that I would consider my favorite. Is just that my favorite games are those that focus on explorations (without being walking being walking simulators) in a maze like world, similar to Fez and Kirby and the Amazing Mirror, but I don't know a lot of them.

    2 votes
    1. krompus
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      FEZ is super amazing. I'm still bummed that the sequel won't be happening.

      FEZ is super amazing. I'm still bummed that the sequel won't be happening.

      1 vote
  23. nothis
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    I’d say it’s still Braid. Since playing it, I’ve become a huge fan of Jonathan Blow (my second pick would be The Witness) and his views on game design are IMO the most coherent and methodical I’ve...

    I’d say it’s still Braid. Since playing it, I’ve become a huge fan of Jonathan Blow (my second pick would be The Witness) and his views on game design are IMO the most coherent and methodical I’ve ever come across (his talks and interviews are excellent, there’s a ton on YouTube, very much recommend!). Each of the time-manipulation mechanics is carefully chosen, used in all possible ways that are interesting only to move on before they could ever become boring or repetitive. There’s even a hidden challenge in there that’s so obscure, most players will never see it (and never miss it). It’s as deep a game as you want to make it, you can just play it for a fun, challenging puzzle platformer or try to decipher its deeper meaning and make it something to obsess over. Easily the best-designed game I know.

    2 votes
  24. talklittle
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    NieR:Automata is probably my favorite game in recent memory. I love everything about it, from the gameplay and story to the visuals and soundtrack. It was my first introduction to Yoko Taro's...

    NieR:Automata is probably my favorite game in recent memory. I love everything about it, from the gameplay and story to the visuals and soundtrack. It was my first introduction to Yoko Taro's games and I can definitely call myself a Yoko Taro fan now, and I went back and played the original NieR and watched Let's Plays of the Drakengard games.

    I also highly recommend playing it completely blind like I did. I would have regretted seeing anything at all about the game before playing it. I was grinning like a fool from the very first minute of starting the game.

    2 votes
  25. merick
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    I fell like I'm obligated to say World of Warcraft. Been playing it for 10 years, so as much as I enjoy some other games, WoW holds the crown.

    I fell like I'm obligated to say World of Warcraft. Been playing it for 10 years, so as much as I enjoy some other games, WoW holds the crown.

    2 votes
  26. Kenny
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    Favorite is hard to pin down because my mood changes so drastically. I don't game a ton, but when I do I tend to like to play with others, so League of Legends is my most common game I play. I've...

    Favorite is hard to pin down because my mood changes so drastically. I don't game a ton, but when I do I tend to like to play with others, so League of Legends is my most common game I play. I've just started playing Stellaris and while I haven't played it enough to say it's my favorite, it's definitely a lot of fun so far. To chill with friends, I enjoy playing Town of Salem too.

    1 vote
  27. Fantastitech
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    That's definitely something I can give a singular answer to. It's definitely going to focused solely around multiplayer experiences because that's what I really love about gaming. Asheron's Call...

    That's definitely something I can give a singular answer to. It's definitely going to focused solely around multiplayer experiences because that's what I really love about gaming.

    Asheron's Call shaped my entire gaming future, setting me up for a lifetime of disappointment while no other game would completely stack up. I met great people in that game who became close and long-time friends. Star Wars Galaxies game close but it was plagued with bugs and balance issues until the whole core mechanics that made it great were completely scrapped by the developers for something much more dumbed down.

    Planetside was probably the most fun I've ever had in a game, period. Blazing into battle with hundreds of other people under a strict chain of command for one common goal was about the coolest thing I've ever done that didn't risk my actual life. Planetside 2 is a lot of fun, but all I ever wanted was Planetside with upgraded graphics. PS2 falls short in some ways that are hard to put my finger on.

    There are a lot of honorable mentions along the way, but I think any of them are going to fall into some subset of the above two. MMOs all go back to Asheron's Call. Every FPS but Halo (campaign mode) can be traced back to Planetside. Halo 2 was a big part of my life for ranked competitive play.

    1 vote
  28. Frantic
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    My favourite games will always be Halo 3 and Halo: Reach. I don't think any other games have quite captured the atmosphere that Halo did around that time. The soundtrack, the art style, not to...

    My favourite games will always be Halo 3 and Halo: Reach. I don't think any other games have quite captured the atmosphere that Halo did around that time. The soundtrack, the art style, not to mention the games are fun as fuck. I spent hours in Halo: Reach playing infection and custom games with my friends at school. Good times

    1 vote
  29. SleepyGary
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    Of all time: Infantry Online and Subspace/Continuum Currently: PUBG and Graveyard Keeper (kind of like a light lovecraftian version of Stardew Valley) Whoops forgot the why. Subspace was my really...

    Of all time: Infantry Online and Subspace/Continuum
    Currently: PUBG and Graveyard Keeper (kind of like a light lovecraftian version of Stardew Valley)

    Whoops forgot the why.

    Subspace was my really first foray into online gaming. It consumed me in high school. The lead devs left Virgin Interactive to create Infantry Online that game almost made me forget completely about Subspace. I did map development for both games (I helped with the Paintball Zone after commercial release) and created a few maps for the most popular servers on Infantry (EOL, Skirmish: Killing fields, and to a lesser extend CTF: Harun). I was really involved in the Infantry community, hated, rightfully so, by many. One of the devs tried to get me paid work but Sony refused to work with me because I live in Canada. I did it out for free of passion for the game anyways.

    Right now PUBG scratches my itch to get in a game, get killed and start another one really quickly.

    Graveyard Keeper is just plain fun, you get to make some choices some interesting dilemmas (do I bury this body and set back the work on my graveyard another day or just toss it in the river and potentially pollute the water supply? WCGW?), but it's in alpha right now so it's kind of jenky.

    1 vote
  30. sixohthreePM
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    The Borderlands series has a special place in my heart. Not only is it tons of fun on its own, it's one of the few games that still does couch co-op right, so my wife and I have played through 1,...

    The Borderlands series has a special place in my heart. Not only is it tons of fun on its own, it's one of the few games that still does couch co-op right, so my wife and I have played through 1, 2, and the pre-sequel together. She was never much of a gamer, but the fact that she enjoys the game just as much as I do (if not more!) makes me very happy. That game has helped to make tons of great memories for us, and we can't wait for 3!

    1 vote
  31. cook
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    Rocket League. The only game where i cannot think about anything but the game. Great for when you don't want to think about anything else.

    Rocket League. The only game where i cannot think about anything but the game. Great for when you don't want to think about anything else.

    1 vote
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    zohan6934
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    Dragon age origins, the first video game I really got into. I've put an easy 3,000 hours into the game. Experienced every piece of content, played as every race from every beginning and gotten...

    Dragon age origins, the first video game I really got into. I've put an easy 3,000 hours into the game. Experienced every piece of content, played as every race from every beginning and gotten every ending. And for some reason I can still pick it up and happily play

    1 vote
    1. Trin
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      Yes, another DA:O fan! There are dozens of us!! :)

      Yes, another DA:O fan! There are dozens of us!! :)

      1 vote
  33. Dogburn
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    As a huge Batman fan, I can play Arkham City all day. The story is amazing. The combat mechanics, to me, are unparalleled and really make you feel like batman with gadgets, combos, and flow. The...

    As a huge Batman fan, I can play Arkham City all day. The story is amazing. The combat mechanics, to me, are unparalleled and really make you feel like batman with gadgets, combos, and flow. The Easter eggs are super fun and just gliding around Gotham feels so good.

    I also used to play Skate 2 for hours on end. I loved THPS series, but it felt lacking and over the top. Skate brought a realism with the dual stick mechanics. You can be creative in THPS but you could be inventive in Skate 2.

    1 vote
  34. johnjay
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    Right now it's GTA V online. Yea okay I know, but I didn't get into the online part when I bought it (it looked confusing at best) but I'm really enjoying grinding out the millions with recent...

    Right now it's GTA V online. Yea okay I know, but I didn't get into the online part when I bought it (it looked confusing at best) but I'm really enjoying grinding out the millions with recent promotions and now have lots of fun stuff to play with. I'm a Dad and full time IT guy and am caring for a sick Mom, so I need to have SOMETHING that can take me away from it all as quickly as possible.

    I go scuba diving off the yacht, off road up Mt. Chilliad, or just walk around an invite only and take in the world.

    Of course I go out to show fools what time it is in my Deluxo too ;-)

    but there is a ton of replay potential to the game and I'm really enjoying my down time there. Thinking about buying that place down Paleto way when I retire...

  35. Duke
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    Mine is Commandos: Men of Courage, but it's a shame that I can rarely even find anyone who's even played it

    Mine is Commandos: Men of Courage, but it's a shame that I can rarely even find anyone who's even played it

  36. Icecapman10
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    My favorite is either Sonic 3 & Knuckles or Sonic Mania. I'm just a big fan of that style, level design, and soundtracks.

    My favorite is either Sonic 3 & Knuckles or Sonic Mania. I'm just a big fan of that style, level design, and soundtracks.

  37. Trin
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    Probably Dragon Age: Origins. The graphics have aged terribly, and Deep Roads were waaay too long (I liked the Fade for some reason, even though everyone else hated it), but back in 2010 it was...

    Probably Dragon Age: Origins. The graphics have aged terribly, and Deep Roads were waaay too long (I liked the Fade for some reason, even though everyone else hated it), but back in 2010 it was the successor to Baldur's Gate and NwN that I had dreamed about for ages. I like all of the DA games, even the second one, and while Inquisition is the most polished by far, DA:O will have a special place in my heart forever. I loved the story, it had great pacing, I loved the characters, the banter, romances, everything.

    Also, a shout out to Deadly Premonition. It's terrible, but I love it so, so much.

  38. Obi
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    I would say Team Fortress 2, but thinking about it, my favorite game of all time is an indie horror game called "ImScared". I remember hearing about it when PewDiePie played it 4 or so years ago...

    I would say Team Fortress 2, but thinking about it, my favorite game of all time is an indie horror game called "ImScared". I remember hearing about it when PewDiePie played it 4 or so years ago for youtube. I was interested in playing, as he never finished the Let's-Play. So, I downloaded it and gave it a go. And when I first played it, I changed my perception of what "horror" could be. I then got, and still are, very interested in metahorror. I'm definitely going to buy it on Steam when I get some disposible income.

  39. lozzobear
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    Witcher 3. I'm not a swords and dragons guy, never had much time for fantasy or supernatural fiction, but this game just rules. Endlessly playable and replayable thanks to all those ambiguous...

    Witcher 3. I'm not a swords and dragons guy, never had much time for fantasy or supernatural fiction, but this game just rules. Endlessly playable and replayable thanks to all those ambiguous moral choices you're forced into and the downstream effects they can have. My brother spent about three months of his life playing Gwent, which doesn't interest me in the least, but it's in there too.

  40. panic
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    Threes! I find the gameplay incredibly deep despite its simplicity. I've been playing it for years and still feel like I'm improving.

    Threes! I find the gameplay incredibly deep despite its simplicity. I've been playing it for years and still feel like I'm improving.

  41. Hypersapien
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    I just finished "Aer" (on Steam). I have to say it's a work of art. Very short and mostly exploratory with a few simple puzzles. I highly recommend it to anyone.

    I just finished "Aer" (on Steam). I have to say it's a work of art. Very short and mostly exploratory with a few simple puzzles. I highly recommend it to anyone.

  42. Luca
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    The Witcher 3. It had a bit of a rocky launch with some weird controls, but in it's current state, it's pretty close to a perfect RPG. The combat feels good (imo), but writing is phenomenal, the...

    The Witcher 3.

    It had a bit of a rocky launch with some weird controls, but in it's current state, it's pretty close to a perfect RPG. The combat feels good (imo), but writing is phenomenal, the voice acting is great, the world is amazing, and the story is unmatched, imo. Not only that, but the two DLCs are masterpieces in their own right.

    Fuck, I need to go reinstall and replay this game soon.