Games I Like
These are all games that I liked enough to either play more than once, or immediately buy their sequels.
These are all games that I liked enough to either play more than once, or immediately buy their sequels.
This game gets everything right. There are a lot of spiritual successors out there (and some outright sequels), but none of them capture the magic nearly as well as this.
Homebrew handheld Rogue-like awesomeness. I only have two ascensions to my name, and trying to play straight Cleric is absolutely punishing.
I play this with my wife and we have lots of fun.
I like the Shin Megami Tensei series, and this is a really good strategy game to boot.
The first game I played for SNES, and a worthy successor to the Mario lineup.
I'm trying to keep multiple games in a series out of this list, but - well, this game is fresh enough to warrant its own entry. I still have yet to get all the secret levels, but someday...
Beautiful. Just beautiful. The soundtrack is amazing as well. This is a game I can play with my parents watching and they can enjoy it almost as much as me.
I first played this on a 486. It looked awesome. It shows its age now, but the gameplay remains excellent.
I can play this game for hours on end. HOURS. For days in a row. Bloody addictive.
I really hate using a controller to aim in first-person, but I suffered through because this game manages to be lots of fun.
Beautiful. Just beautiful. This game sits only one notch below Psychonauts, mostly because it has some quirks that are going to put some people off of it.
AWESOME. Everyone will tell you the last stage is ridiculously hard, and, well, they're right. It does little to diminish what is quite possibly the best 3D platformer ever made.
Few things are more gripping than sneaking up behind a guard and hoping he doesn't notice you before you bean him with a blackjack.
I greatly enjoyed the first Metal Gear game for NES, despite its blatant flaws. This is a polished product that takes all the good things from Metal Gear and throws in a lot more great stuff. Gets pretty preachy though.
If you still have the reflexes to play this game, it's a lot of fun. Especially if you use an emulator so you can put it down for a while without hogging the TV. It's not as long as Metroid, but... it's pretty long.
I don't remember how I was introduced to this game, but it continues to be my favorite puzzle game.
And this is my second-favorite.
The music in this game is awesome, and the gameplay is absolutely tight. If only the difficulty curve didn't flatten out so badly. I've purchased every Castlevania game since, except the stupid fighting game for the Wii. I still want to play Rondo of Blood. I hope it comes out for Virtual Console.
EDIT: IT'S OUT!! Purchased, and am now getting my butt kicked by the game. Awesome.
I burned a lot of hours on this game before I started actually having a Real Life.
An old favorite of me and my wife. We're still playing it.
I'm not sure why I liked this so much more than Warcraft. Might be the music.
Now -this- is a classic twitch game. I should see if there's an emulator for the DS that will run it well.
The best old-school RPG I've ever played, bar none.
This is a good contender though.
Ahh, action RPGs. Secret of Mana was the game that introduced me to the genre. I remember playing it three-player with my brothers and we had an absolute blast.
Though I'm not that big on first-person shooters, the storytelling and setting of the Half-Life series is just too good.
Quite possibly the most polished freeware homebrew game in existence. The plot is surprisingly deep and dark for the light-hearted scenery.
R-Type hates people. Especially the last stage. I have yet to beat it, partly because I refuse to spend more than a buck in virtual quarters. Someday.
This game manages to balance absolutely tight gameplay against brutally unforgiving levels. And I mean brutal.
Yet another game that hates me with a passion. There's something mighty compelling about getting just a bit further each time you delve the dungeon though.
Okay, so it's not a game. I still spend a lot of time messing with this. Taught me a lot about how to use analog synths.
For some reason I had a hard time getting into Oblivion. I played all the way through this though.
I had a great time playing through this. I like playing Fallout, but I have yet to get very far (partly due to a couple glitches). There's something very accessible about Fallout 3 though.
I love these games.
120 stars, multiple times. With enough practice Mario becomes a frickin' ninja.
I've played all the console games and they're all excellent. This one is no exception, with the added bonus of EVEN MORE BLAZING SPEED. If there's ever an F-Zero game for the Wii, I'll buy that too.
In my opinion, this game is better than God of War in almost every aspect. The plot doesn't get in your way, the controls are tighter, the setting pleasantly creepy. Dante's much more likable than Kratos too.
I liked how the original broke away from the usual fighting game system, making it into more of a platformer-fighter.
Just about the only traditional-style fighting game I liked enough to buy. Too bad the sequel was so disappointing.
Just all-out fun. I liked how the first game didn't make you run through the upgrades treadmill for anything but your weapons. Ratchet himself was only slightly less fragile at the end of the game than the beginning. Sadly, the games that came after didn't follow suit, but they're still loads of fun.
Ahh, the pink puffball. This game is one of the fastest-paced Kirby games around, and I love it. Once you realize you're invincible while blocking, it becomes pretty easy... Solution? Only block the RPG boss! And maybe that clown kid thing. Also, co-op is awesome.
I love this game so much, I grabbed the Zelda Challenge romhack and have it on my DS. To get through it, I've had to actually map the entire overworld. Still have yet to beat it. I bet I could play the original game from memory though.
I have yet to see a game from the same genre beat this one out for sheer awesome. Cave Story comes close. I played the original Metroid, never beat it, but I bought every one that came out after this (except Hunters, bleh).
It's like Master of Orion in realtime. What's not to love?
This game could eat days of my life. Easily. Out of self-defense, I haven't re-installed it since my last OS reinstall.
EDIT: The Axis Powers Hetalia mod made me reinstall this. Now I'm trapped AGAIN. JUST ONE MORE TURN NOOOO IT'S 3AM JUST ONE MORE
Like the old artillery games, with the option of buying nukes and MIRVs. Quick-and-dirty hotseat multiplayer at its best.
This game is ridiculous. And getting four people together to play it makes for much shouting and laughter. There's a Wii port for the Homebrew Channel that's only sorta buggy, and I suggest checking it out with some friends.
Boy does this game get hard in the later levels. If DOSBox could emulate it well enough, I would play through the whole thing.
Some of the best grappling hook physics I've seen in a 2D game. It's REALLY unforgiving in the later levels though. Haven't beaten it yet.
The NES one specifically. The other Strider games were too arcade-y for my taste.
Mostly due to the co-op, though I really like how the cover system is done.
I picked up a SpaceOrb 360 just for these games. Combination of controller plus game = awesome.
I'm going to count the 3D Zelda games separately, just because they're so different. OoT was an excellent game in its own right.
It seems I have a thing for exploration-focused platformer games.
A silly little DOS game that is nevertheless quite entertaining. Especially with the level editor.
Ahh, adventure games. Praise be to Telltale Games for reviving the genre. I wonder if there will ever be a sequel. If so, I'd bet Telltale will be the one to make it.
My word this game was gorgeous. Still is.
My family played this game together. We'd spend a lot of time shoulder-surfing, and if someone was playing by themselves and found something new, they'd call everyone into the computer room to see. I even bought the 3D-accelerated remake, RealMYST.
There's a sort-of-port homebrew version for the DS. Barring a couple glitches due to level importing problems, it's spot-on. I've gotten better at the problem-solving since I was a kid.
I never got past the Redemption mission. Ugh. Still love this game though, and I hope I can find a way to run it effectively on Win7. I sincerely hope DOSBox can manage it.
There's something really satisfying about all the explosions this game has.
One of these days I should get this game again and see if I can get it to run. I spent a lot of time on this as a kid.
Sheer mayhem. The predecessor of Geometry Wars, and much, much less forgiving.
Maybe someday I'll try to get through this without the seeking-laser combo.
An unabashedly gorgeous shoot-em-up. Treasure knows their stuff. I'm still hoping to get my mitts on Radiant Silvergun.
I really hated the rocket tank. If you don't nail it right at the beginning of its stage you're more likely to run out of fuel than take it down.
This is a very odd sort of game. I still enjoy it though.
So silly, yet so fun.
We spent so much time playing this and Rock Band 2.
Very stylish, very unforgiving.
This can be surprisingly fast-paced for a turn-based strategy game.
I was amused when Mortal Kombat had a variation on this in Kombat Chess.
I never got all that far in this game, but I sure tried a lot of times. Tried emulating Win 3.1 just to play this, with little success.
EDIT: Virtual machines save the day! It's possible, but you have to find the right VM software.
This came with a mini-encyclopedia. The game sure taught you how to use it, too. Played this until the floppy died.
Obvious entry is obvious.
Even with the chunky polygons, this game shone. Never did beat it; the difficulty level is brutal on the later stages. Star Fox 64 was even better.
A strategy game where you get to pilot one of the tanks you command? Yes, please!
This game still has a following. Every once in a while I jump back in and remember how much I suck at dogfighting. Doesn't keep me from coming back though, especially since I can make a difference just as a scout. Next time I get involved, I just may hack at the source and make the navigation cursor visible when piloting with the mouse, like Wing Commander did.
The level design for this game was head-and-shoulders above the original Doom. I played it again, all the way through, just a couple months ago. It's still fun.
Finally played this through not too long ago. Of course, now I need to play it again to get to good ending.
I bring this up for just one reason: the music minigame. There needs to be more music theory puzzle games in the world.
This needs no explanation.
I've played through this roughly one and a half times. I'll probably pick it up again eventually. It has all the classic Sierra humor mixed with some pretty decent fighting mechanics.
I should give the NES version of this a try. The controls for the arcade version are atrocious, and the more modern versions lack the cool collection-of-lines design of the Qix. I have the Game Boy version, if you're wondering.
Another game I never completed. Then again, apparently the game itself insists that if you beat it, you must have cheated.
This game's all about timing. Beat it several times.
Well, alright, I never bought the sequels. But I did rent them.
Did you know there's a sequel in the works? ...What? You didn't even know about the existence of Fool's Errand? Oh. Well, it's good. Make sure you don't play it on your own though, some of the puzzles will break your brain.
I can still remember exactly what this game sounds like.
I liked this game so much I made similar ones in the old game making program Klik-n-Play.
Have you ever tried to describe this game to someone else? It's difficult. Really clever use of procedurally generated content though. I wish the sequel hadn't tried to give some sort of logic to the world. And I really wish it hadn't had such abysmal loading times.
So much better than Blood Omen. Alas, I don't think we'll ever see a proper end to the storyline - but if another game does come out, I'll snap it up right quick.
Rare put out some great stuff, and this was no exception. Never did beat it, partly because it takes so friggin' long to get to the final section - and you have to replay the entire last stage if you biff it.
Used to play this a lot with my roommates. I'm glad UT3 kept so much of what's good about this game.
Despite the fact that I have yet to finish the first game, I bought Starcraft II. I'm not sure if I should be proud of this fact or ashamed of it, but I'm making good use of the complete Starcraft Expansion that came on the USB stick in the collector's edition. Not exactly a forgiving game, but fun nonetheless. Reminds me of playing the original Command & Conquer back in the day.
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