Really enjoyed the read. It made me nostalgic for a trip I took to Japan quite a few years ago. I spent a lot of time browsing old games and I regret that I didn't grab a second bag and pick some stuff up (though, in violation of your list, I was with people who wouldn't be interested in doing that kind of stuff).
I'm voting for the game i like the best because that's the one that provided me with the most entertainment. Influence be damned, i want entertainment and if the most influential game in the world isn't entertaining then it failed.
Same. I'm voting based on my personal enjoyment of the games. Whether or not it was influential isn't very meaningful to me.
The first one gives me a better impression in general. It's full of interesting stuff. The second looks like an empty corner of a level you're supposed to ignore.
Edit: now reading through the comments I do like the grass in the second one and how dark and somber it is. Just now noticed the bodies hanging in the background. I find I like them both! The 2nd feels like a night cycle to the first, almost.