Well, the problem is that if you enjoy games from several different genres, you essentially end up comparing apples and oranges. For example, I love both Bioshock and Braid; while I suppose I would say I like Braid more, realistically, it makes no sense to actually compare the two and say that one is better than the other.
Um, so, having said that, if you wanted me to actually pick one, I'd go with Braid >_>
Nope. I have many favourites, but I'm not the type to rank them as one over the other. I see it more as a tiered system. I like to break it down in my head like this:
- Tier 1 Gold : All time favourites- Every time I think of a game in this tier it brings back nothing but great memories.
- Tier 2 Silver : My favourites - Every time I think of a game in this tier it brings back great memories but they are mixed with some low points so I feel like they can't be in the top tier with the others.
- Tier 3 Bronze: The rest - This is where I keep pretty much every game. I ether thought it was ok, but not mind blowing, or I didn't care for it. I tend to mostly forget about these games as soon as I'm done with them.
Mine is also MGS3, kinda can't believe how many votes that has in this thread already. For me it just came out at a perfect time and I had a friend who was playing it as well, just talking about it a bunch I probably played through that game several times. Best bosses in a metal gear game and the best ending (for me). I love that game, although I still haven't taken the time to beat it again in the MGS collection, but that will happen one day. Also I played the original version too, so it had that awful camera. But I still can't help but love that game.
Nope, I only love what I don't own completely. Once I complete a game it loses the element of discovery (well mostly) and while going back and reexperiencing it can be nice it can only be truly impactful the first time that I see it.
My favorite game will always be one I really enjoy while I'm still playing it, or shortly after I've finished it.
Single player: Shenmue - I know it doesn't hold up that well now but at the time is was pretty insane.
Multiplayer: Ghost Recon (Xbox) - Compared to current gen bullshit, this game is insane, no aim assist and it actually felt like you really fucking earned your kills, binoculars to scope enemies at long distance (pretty much a required thing on some maps, because of fog and so on) and when you took damage it impaired your movement and aiming. Shame something like this will never happen on consoles today or in the future, it doesn't hand you XP on a plate or give you phat killstreaks.
Yes and no. I feel like I can, but then I'd be saying it's better than every other fantastic game I love, which I just can't do. It's like asking "If there was only one game you could play, and you had to throw the rest out, what would it be?", and I can't choose that. But if I really, really had to choose my favorite, it'd probably be Dead Space.
Apparently I voted "yes" on this, but I actually can't. Metal Gear Solid 3 is my usual answer, but it's running hard against Deadly Premonition, Persona 4, and BioShock. I haven't played MGS3 or BioShock in a few years now, though, and my tastes may have shifted away from them.