Hell yeah Persona 3 Portable ! This game is absolutely fantastic, always stoked to see more people play it. It is my favorite Persona game because it blends what I loved about 3 and 4 together by having the core gameplay of 4 with some improvements and the plot and characters of 3 with some additions here as well.
For me, it would have to be Final Fantasy XIV. I know Heavensward came out not too long ago, but I actually started playing the game several months before that and it just grabbed me in a way I did not expect. Reminded me of how much I enjoyed playing World of Warcraft BC and WotLK, when I would be spending weeks just playing that. Turn out FFXIV is pretty damn good !
I'm also very much enjoying Gravity Rush, even if it took me several hours getting there. I had to force my way through the early game and actually stopped playing back then because I did not enjoy it at all. But this year for some weird reason it clicked and I have been enjoying it a lot. It may be flawed in some big ways, but it has a lot of heart.
Finally, Advance Wars Days of Ruin (or Dark Conflict) is an absolutely FANTASTIC game. Never could get into the first 2 games (and it's not for lack of trying) but hot damn is this one great. Holy crap ! The gameplay is soooo good ! And the plot and characters are interesting enough to keep you going. Total surprise about that one :'D
Just Cause 2 will always be my answer to this question. It's mindless in the best possible way. I played 89 hours according to my Steam profile, and I can assure you at least 80 were spent while listening to the Bombcast. I actually was not having much fun playing the game "straight" but the moment I discovered that I could pay attention to something while completely blowing the living shit out of everything else on another screen... Holy crap.
That's the reason I'm so excited about Just Cause 3 to be honest.
DX:HR: saving Faridah Malik is very hard or impossible(?) if you don't pack heat
To answer your DX: HR question, I did manage to do it non-lethally while playing on the hardest difficulty setting. It took about an hour of attempts, and without save-scumming as the timing on the hardest difficulty is super short anyway. I did have to use all of my grenades and most of my ammo. Also, I did it without being seen (as I was going for a non-lethal, invisible, hardest setting playthough), but that part is a lot easier than it sounds.
And I agree with you, playing the game with those restrictions made the game actually a lot better for me, and really enjoyable !
Dude, I love speedrunning, and FF9 is my favorite FF game ! Count me in ! Heck, if we are gonna speedrun, I know how to run Resident Evil 3. I'll need to derust, but there is time until April.
For the FF9 run, do you already have the entire route planned ? Because I would love to try to run this game at least once, but J-RPG routing takes soooo much time (I am 2/3 into a Skies of Arcadia run) so I'll be looking forward to your FF9 speedrun tips :')