What are your 3 games that you feel every informed gamer should play at least once?
This can be due to importance in the industry to your own personal preference, though I imagine the answers may lie somewhere between the two.
Well, I guessed that this thread was going to be what games haven't I played yet that I feel like I must play at some point, and my answer was going to be Earthbound and I don't know what else... But now that I know the actual question, I suppose I'd say:
Pong because it's important to see where we came from. Granted, it's not the first true video game, but I think it demonstrates the roots of video games more concisely than Spacewar! does
I have a hard time choosing between SMB3 and SMW. I've got more of a nostalgia boner for SMB3 but I think SMW might be more of an important game.
Half-Life 2 is the most video-gamey "modern" video game I can think of that's not too far up its own ass with tropes that have taken over the industry in the past ten years.
As usual, I think of an interesting question that I would like to see how people answer it, and then I realize I don't really have an answer myself.
So, after much deliberation:
Oddly enough, none of those games would make my personal top 10.
Pac-Man - This was the most popular game of a generation. Ask people who don't play games and chances are they'll have played Pac-Man.
Super Mario 64 - This one created the free floating 3rd person camera and thus all 3rd person games to follow have adopted some aspect of its design.
System Shock 2 - This game was ahead of its time by incorporating RPG elements into a first-person shooter. Gaming has finally caught up to its 1990's ideas.
Link to the Past
Final Fantasy VI
and I dont know if its just because Im playing it now but my god Fire Emblem: Awakening has been one of my favorite gaming experiences Ive had in almost ever...sooooo
Fire Emblem: Awakening
If not that then...Mario Bros. 3 or Super Mario World
Well, Doom because it was the precursor of the modern FPS genre. Super Mario Bros. because it was the precursor of the platformer genre and is the most important game released for consoles as it saved that aspect of the gaming industry. And, finally, Wii Sports Resort as it is still the best example of what motion control is and is capable of.
I guess mine are all games that do something very well in how they play or teach you to, their mechanics or through their story.
Portal- For the story and the controls and game mechanics.
Red Dead Redemption- A game I would say you should play for the story, though the gameplay and world are fun.
Minecraft- Fun and no real story. Mostly about what you put into it, your creativity and making something.
Super Mario World, Ocarina of Time, and Wii Sports. Yes, seriously, Wii Sports. When I think of the games that represent the culture, business, and fun of gaming, those are the ones I keep coming around to. Super Mario World is a well-defined gaming classic that's playable by just about anyone familiar with a game controller, and should be picked up at least once by anyone with even a remote interest in gaming.
Ocarina of Time is the logical next step after Super Mario World - it's not only an amazing game and still immensely playable, but it's a blueprint. Every action game that came after owes at least a little something to Ocarina of Time. It's a history lesson of a game, and an incredibly fun one at that, too. None of the Zelda games that followed it ever quite captured its magic for me.
And finally, you show me a person who doesn't enjoy getting a group together and playing some Wii Sports. Sure, it's not complex. It's not flashy. It's simplistic and made for the masses - but that doesn't stop it from being one of the most iconic games of all time. They had this game in nursing homes, for crying out loud. Just about everyone from a kid to a grandparent can pick this up and have fun with it. It's harmless, it gets you up and moving, it's become the party game of the last five or six years, and I'd bet even the most jaded bastard in the world would have a bit of fun bowling with friends.
Spoiler: there is no answer. There's nothing that everyone has to play, lest they are not a true gamer, or whatever. A heap of games listed in this thread I have no interest in; didn't think too highly of when I played them; or started playing, but stopped because I wasn't enjoying them.
So, I'm just taking this to mean three games you must play if you want to become me:
Its quite late but here i go
In the past this would of been Shadow of the Colossus. They occupy the same space for me, they both tell a timeless story (for me one is a about doing anything for love, the other is the hardships and acceptance of death) and they tell the story in such a way that gets you caught up in the experience without telling you outright the story. Seeing how a game can do this effectively is something i consider everyone should experience and that is why it made my list.
Now this game might not be for everyone but i think everyone should try to see what its about. A truly open-world game, you can pretty much do everything, do nothing at all, or both in a sense. The fun in this game is almost entirely up to the player's creativity and that is the best thing about the game and the reason why its on my list.
|3. Spyro the Dragon|
This third game was hard to choose. I felt like I needed a 3d platformer for some reason and i chose my favorite. Spyro had some great platforming in vivid interesting environments filled with quirky characters with great animations. This may not be the first 3d platformer but i think its the best and should be played
Take that Mario and Link!
runners up: Bayonetta for being absolutely crazy.....i still regret it not making the cut
If I have to make a choice at gunpoint at the top of a skyscraper with my arch nemesis taunting, while I'm calculating the right angle to jump down so I can start my jetpack before the adrenaline turns me into my final form EVERREAPER- THE FLAYER OF FLESH :
Yup, seems about right.
In terms of games I think everyoneinterested in video games should play:
Amnesia would certainly not be to everyone's taste, but it is the most singular and unique experience I've ever had with any form of interactive media. That sounds hyperbolic, but I just can't think of a better way to describe it. I will never forget the first time I played that game.
This is an incredibly hard question, I believe every excellent game deserve to be played or at least tried but if I must choose, I'll say :
I think, for a major series, any game in that series is usually sufficient to get the important parts across.
So Grand Theft Auto, Starcraft, and some point and click adventure if I have to say three. That does leave out having a call of duty style shooter, or a good traditional (Doom/Quake/many variants) shooter example though. Not to mention RPGs and racing simulations.
The Witcher 2 was a beautiful game graphically and had fun gameplay and a great mature story that you don't get to see in many games nowadays.
Gothic 2 mostly because I'm biased against it. The Gothic series got me into gaming as a hobby and it's been one of my favourites ever since (The first one as well)
Fallout 2 because it's awesome.
All time? Who cares.
"Every informed gamer" should be playing those right now. You can get all of them for less money than one (1) new console release, they'll run on just about any PC, and they're all great.
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