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Dragon Quest is pretty good.

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Favorite Games

Unordered because I wasn't feeling good about putting arbitrary numbers by many of the entries.

I'm almost certainly missing some games but I'm thinking off the top of my head at the moment.

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  • I have a fondness for all the Rare entries but the original is the one I most often go back to. It's a comfort game; if I'm feeling particularly down and just need something to zone out to, it's there.

  • Still the only game I have on my phone.

  • It doesn't hold up. That Dutch countryside, though...

  • featuring Dante from Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne

  • One of the few story-based games in our franchise-focused times that knew exactly how to end. It did it perfe...oh wait, there's a sequel coming out?

  • It's all about Shinin'.

  • One of the best games for goofin'. I've never bothered completing it without a gratuitous number of cheats.

  • The nemesis system carried this game, even if it got repetitive by the end.

  • Everyone clamors for Geno in Smash but where's my Boshi echo fighter, gosh darnit!?

  • Coconuts' strategy is still my go-to way of playing Puyo. I prefer Tetris more nowadays but I have a soft spot in my heart for The Best Sonic Game Ever Made.

  • 2nd generation is the best generation.

  • The series has since focused more on set-pieces and less on dynamic destruction. I think that's the worst mistake they could have made.

  • First game I ever beat. Also taught me how to draw. Presto! It's Kirby!

  • The way this game stirred a community into breaking it down as much as possible and uncovering every secret is a rare thing. I appreciate how obtuse it is willing to be; it doesn't spell everything out in its gameplay or its storytelling. Consequentially, that's kept the dialogue around the game interesting and long-lasting.

  • Anxiety in a bottle and, whoops, I drank it all! I finished it for the first time during finals week of a rough semester of university when I was really questioning myself and some of my life choices. It offered me a nice bit of self-reflection and, ultimately, relief after a ton of nerve-wracking. I greatly appreciate that I had both of those things at a particularly hard time.

  • Again, I have a fondness for the whole of the original trilogy but 3 is just a bit above the rest. It helped me connect with folks around me when I wasn't quite good enough at that.

  • Both the PS2 and PSV versions. Golden is the better version, even if I didn't appreciate all of its additions.

  • Imperator! It's the only time I remember being obsessed with a game demo. I've played through the Battle of the River Trebia countless times and I'm still terrible at timing flanks. It took place in 218 BC, didn't you know?

  • I think it's the most well-rounded Metal Gear and the OST doesn't get enough love compared to later entries. It has an aesthetic that owns the PS1's usually-derided vectors. More indie games should crib from it, imo.

  • Yes, the final boss is dumb. Yes, its story is the least consequential to the overarching narrative. Yes, it scales back the RPG elements of the original and orients itself more toward action....Yes, it's the best.

  • Style for days. The storytelling is minimal but engrossing because everything happening looks so damn cool. Best battle system in MegaTen, as well. It's the only reason I know what a yurlungur is. Puzzle Boy is ridiculous, though.

  • I enjoyed it enough to complete it on Commander difficulty in Ironman mode back when it was still pretty buggy.

  • Oddly enough, this game also helped me connect with others in an important way. I guess it's true that folks are quick to bond over mutual fear of exploding and/or drowning. The puzzles are stronger in VLR though the original's self-contained nature and scaled-down scope (lemme tell ya...VLR has some *scope*) make it preferable.

  • Most I've gotten into a competitive shooter since Halo 3. It has its ups and downs but the ups have been way, way up.

  • I go back and forth on my pick for favorite Zelda. I enjoy all the 3D games except Skyward Sword. Right now I'm gonna say OoT.

  • If you aren't driving light vehicles only then I dunno what you're doing. You put those turtles in the baby carriage and go!

  • Didn't play this until recently but had a blast! Kept things fresh from beginning to end.

  • The best thing about this game was Special Ops. Holding out with your buds inside a Burger Town. The good times.

  • The 2004 remake of the Microprose classic. Whimsical pirate fun, yarrrr!

  • I remember being disappointed by the ending's abruptness and relegating character storyline conclusions to an exposition dump but goddamn if this game doesn't have one of the best villains. Also, it took the relatively bare morality system of the original and added to it by letting you influence your party members to be an evil dick like you! Yay!

  • Trials of Mana coming out reminded me that one of the greatest RPGs ever made will never get an official English language release.

  • Possibly the greatest sports game ever made. I don't even watch hockey.

  • Uchikoshi's murder mystery is much more tilted toward the Visual Novel end of the adventure game spectrum than even the Zero Escape series was. The puzzle rooms feature forgiving checkpoints and are not overly difficult to parse beyond their dream logic. However, it's all in service of thematic congruence and driving the player's mind into mystery-solving mode. With that, I think it's his strongest storytelling effort thus far. It's heartwarming, heartbreaking, grotesque and a bit too lewd at times. It's more than worth taking a look at.