I'm slightly confused by what you mean.
You mean you've never seen a Claude poll before?
I played the shit out of DMC3, and thought this was it. And then Bayonetta came into my life.
I have and they always confuse me. I suppose i'm now trying to understand.
Once, Deadly Premonition. I quit video games after playing Deadly Premonition; nothing seemed worthwhile compared to it.
It's so fucking good guys and I'm the only one who knows it and no one believes me but dudes seriously that game is soooo fucking good it drives me nuts.
Sometimes I do feel that I'm playing the "it".
Some of the games:
- TPS - Dead Space 2
- JRPG - FFXII
- Horror - Dead Space
- Psycological Horror - Silent Hill 2
- Hack And Slash - Torchlight
- Dungeon Crawler - The Binding of Isaac
- Plataformer - Super Meat Boy
- Psycological Thriller - Alan Wake
Again, the key to a poll is to cover all the options. The other being, of course, 'A few times'.
Or however you want to phrase it.
Which is my case. I certainly thought Uncharted 2, Arkham, Snake Eater and SSF4 couldn't be surpassed in terms of what they aimed to do. I'm pretty convinced that I'm right, too.
Oh, it was some old Rainbow 6 game for PS1, I was playing with my friend and he had said to me "I bet this mission is the last one", and I went "Yeah, right, Rainbow SIX and this is the sixth mission in the game, too coincidental". But right after the sixth the game ended with some crappy cutscene.
Portal 2 and maybe shadow of the colossus are the only games I can think of. Portal 2 just had such a great balance of story/humour/puzzles as well as the co-op being great fun, I couldn't really find flaw in it (some would argue replay value is a problem but I don't really replay games much to be honest) It kind of felt like it was a game made for me in a way in that it was everything I wanted in a game.
The amount of time I spent on multiplayer on Halo 3 kind of made it seem like it was that sort of moment for xbox live games but as enjoyable as it was even at the time there seemed to be ways they could make it better. Though Halo Reach did implement a lot of the improvements that I wanted the basic maps felt weaker to me at least and the people who I played with to help encourage that experience didn't really play it so I never got that this is it feeling from it despite it being a solid game.
A few games. Shadow of the Colossus, Metroid Prime, Metal Gear Solid 3, and Eternal Darkness I remember having very strong feelings towards. I'm positive that, at one point in playing them, I said "this is it." Not to mention, these are the only games I finished on my first playthrough in my younger years.
Just one. World of Warcraft. I played it for two and a half years solid and barely touched any other game in that time. If that's not "the one" then I'm not sure what is. However, like too many other aspects in life, my affection for it soured over time and maintaining a sociable relationship with the title became more and more unbearable. Finally, I left without a word of goodbye. I don't regret the time I shared with the game, and today I look back fondly on many of my experiences. Sometimes, I wistfully wonder if I did the right thing. Still, what's done is done and I've decided to move on with my gaming life. It was a good game. It was "the one", I think but that itself wasn't enough.
If by 'this is it' you mean 'we have hit the next generation of gaming', then quite a few times but not a lot, so my answer is not in your poll.
If you mean 'gaming cannot get any better than this' then it's none. So long as humans and technology continue to evolve, there will always be a better, more daring and more technically impressive game than the ones before.
I havnt felt like that in a very long time, the only ones I can think of are Battlefield 1942, Counter Strike Source and WoW when it was first released, I think it might be more to do with having money to buy games myself nowadays, I play too many for them to stand out.
The only game even close was Skyrim, but honestly, until Elder Scrolls is coop (Doesn't even need to be complex, could just be an extra person in the game that's rarely acknowledged.) it won't ever be #1. Total War got sort of close with Empire but Napoleon and Shogun 2 simplified the series and now it's back below the line. Mount and Blade can't ever be the best without coop. ArmA 2 is very, very, very close so maybe ArmA 3 will break the barrier. Otherwise, no. Games will only keep getting worse.
Nice picks, those two are on top of my list as well. I personally would add Mass Effect 2, Quake 3 and Super Mario Bros. 3.
A few games. Shadow of the Colossus, Metroid Prime,...
It's interesting, thinking about that particular question made me realise that I absolutely adore a lot of games, but only a hand full truly blew me away. Nice question @Claude.