Favorites

Everyone has a favorites list. I can't really remember everything I like since I sorta have to be in the right frame of mind to even remember stuff I liked or still like. Played many games...

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Posted by ex_machina

I'm still waiting on a sequel to The Warriors! Good list!

Posted by ahoodedfigure
@ex_machina: Thanks man.  I think it'll forever be incomplete, though.  Too much stuff I forget about until I'm away from the computer.  If I start categorizing things maybe it'll be easier for me to remember, but favorites lists are a dime a dozen.
Posted by Wood636

Road Rash II: Smacking into a billboard is hilarious, and clocking a bike cop in the face was bad-ass. Also, don't forget the chain! As soon as you pick that up, you're just looking for people to fuck up.
 
APB, Xenophobe, Xybots, and Rampage are (for me) part of this golden age of cartoony, inventive, and fun arcade games. Multiplayer games of Rampage at the arcade during high school lunch break could be expensive, epic, crowd-forming, and caused a few tardy slips... and unfortunately not the same in an emulator with unlimited quarters.

Posted by ahoodedfigure
@Wood636 said:

" Road Rash II: Smacking into a billboard is hilarious, and clocking a bike cop in the face was bad-ass. Also, don't forget the chain! As soon as you pick that up, you're just looking for people to fuck up. 

 Yes.  This video was a treat, especially the end:
 
 

 APB, Xenophobe, Xybots, and Rampage are (for me) part of this golden age of cartoony, inventive, and fun arcade games. Multiplayer games of Rampage at the arcade during high school lunch break could be expensive, epic, crowd-forming, and caused a few tardy slips... and unfortunately not the same in an emulator with unlimited quarters.

For a second I thought you were reiterating what I already said, but I guess I didn't say it out loud :) I agree completely. That was a time I was actually interested in hitting the arcades to see what sorts of new ideas they could come up with.  Those four were the most fascinating for me, although you could probably add Gaultlet to the mix (I wasn't advanced enough a player, though, to know how Gauntlet II was different at the time).  Also, Road Blasters for me.
 
Xybots was the best, though, and I still enjoy playing it on my Midway collection, although some of the danger is gone when you have endless quarters.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

Man. I need to play more of these games, especially Darklands. Also, why no World of Xeen? I recall you saying that you liked it a lot.

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Posted by ahoodedfigure
@ArbitraryWater:  You're totally right, although I'd played Xeen after I finished this list, I think.  Or pretty much so.  I try to be more specific as to why I like something because favorites doesn't really fit how I feel about games any more.  Wayyy to many.  I will definitely add that, though.  Thanks.
Edited by Astras

Thanks for putting in the time on this list, I am definately going to check out some of the games you have listed.
Glad that you have put classics in the list such as Shadowgate Nes... i never had a guide and can remember grinding away for months on that thing :P
I didn't play the PS1 version of tactics I was too busy playing Vandal hearts instead, I played the GBA version at work though and loved that, not sure if it's the same game?
I am playing Master of Orion 2 at the moment lol, love it!

Edited by ahoodedfigure
@Astras: I appreciate the comments.  
 
Yeah, Shadowgate stumped my friend and me.  That may have been a multiple rental, and I think we went to Nintendo Power on that one to solve it...  if we ever did manage to solve it, now I'm not so sure.
 
Tactics Advance is a completely different game.  The original tactics I think is now available on a portable system; I'd bet it was listed somewhere in the same entry for the basic game here on GB.  I blew many hours on that.  MANY.  The combat system was a bit futzed because encounter difficulty was gauged on the main character, and the purses were overpowered (I kept my dude's level low and never equipped any of the gals with purses.  It was stupid and I resented items not being usable by both sexes anyway).
 
Master of Orion 2 is great, although I miss the lack of micromanaging that I think made the first more of a classic.  MOO2 tends to exhaust me unless I put some stuff on auto after a while, especially on big galaxies. I prefer designing ships and space combat to building all the little buildings, I guess.
Edited by hawkinson76

This is a VERY good list. Hey, where is TechnoCop for the Amiga? Don't tell me I was the only one... 
 
Unfortunately, I did not FINISH most of the games on this list, and that breaks my heart. Put some of these on the iPhone, Damnit, so I can actually finish them (while on the bus to work). 

Posted by ahoodedfigure
@hawkinson76: Dude!!!  Technocop!!!  I was trying to think of that game's name for literally years!  I never managed to play it, but I really wanted it. There was a version for the Genesis, but I wondered if the gameplay was ultimately more shallow than the premise, so in the end I decided not to get it.
 
Thanks so much for mentioning it, now I finally get to watch a longplay.  Boy, is jumping a great way to get past most of the badguys in the level...  kinda ridiculous.  The driving reminds me of a toned-down Road Blasters.
Posted by Bellum

:o Very nice. Points for Noctis. Hope for a new version one day.

Posted by ahoodedfigure
@Bellum: Good to see another Noctis aficionado. I guess there were some relatively recent updates on the main site, suggesting progress.  I just hope the rough charm of the original will be preserved.  Even if everything was super blurry, it almost made it like you were looking at a real world through a smoky lens. Unless the graphics are perfect, sharper models just mean it'll be more obviously fake...  Rather than surreptitiously fake :)
Posted by mylifeforAiur

Thief II is unequivocally one of the best games to date. And, I also has an indelible soft-spot for Myst - the atmosphere is staggeringly oppressive and beautifully omnipresent. Oh, oh, oh, Machinarium is also a an indomitable force of creativity and elegance.

Posted by ahoodedfigure
@mylifeforAiur: Yes, yes, and yes. :)
Posted by Helios1337

It's October, perfect time to play Sanitarium!

Posted by ahoodedfigure
@Helios1337: Oh, yeah. Good point. I might be able to get it to work on the other machine; this one freaks out during a certain scene and crashes, but that's par for the course with this thing.
Posted by Doppelgamer

I voted positively for this list a long time ago, but having returned to view it again, I must say that this is definitely one of the better favorites lists out there. You have much more patience than I. (I find it tough to get into some of these classics now, even though I grew up with them.) Perhaps it's attention spa... *switches to another browser tab*

Posted by ahoodedfigure

@doppelgamer: Thank you. It really would need revision, maybe cull a few, add a ton. Haven't been here in so long, though. Feels weird.

And well... I can appreciate a classic and still wish it would be updated. It's not all attention span, though if it's the only game you have (not the fifty or more one gets to sit on now for the same price) you were willing to put up with a lot more and learn its "language" or whatever.

I was replaying the old Wasteland recently and was irritated by a lot of the unnecessary keys that get you from menu A to menu C. I don't remember feeling that way at all when I first played it... in addition to it being the only game to mess with at the time, I wonder if games used to feel more like toys back then, these amazing things that computers could do, so you were happy to jump through a few extra hoops because the functionality felt huge. Now we're used to it and demand a bit more.

Not to turn this into an essay, but I think sometimes this demand is misinterpreted, and we wind up getting stuff that's over-simplified. Yeah, this could very well turn into an essay...