I'm going through a bit of a gaming funk. I honestly think I blame Bioshock Infinite for that a little bit for setting the bar too high. I just can't seem to get into any game I try to play these days.

So I ask you. What is your favorite game of all time? And please elaborate on why it's your favorite. I'll then start going down the list, playing each of your favorites that I can get access to. Even if I've just played it recently I'll replay it. I'll try to get the original version of anything that's been remade, and avoid emulators when possible to recreate the original experience. I also invite you all to join in the fun and play these with me, then we can have a post for each to discuss their awesomeness.

Bonus points for classic games, but certainly not required.

I know narrowing it down to one game to rule them all may be difficult, so if you need to stretch it I understand, but for the purposes of not creating a giant backlog for me, fewer is better.

Also in the interest of this not going on for too long, I won't guarantee completion of RPG epics. If someone says "Skyrim" for example, I'll start a new character and play it for a good while but I'm not going to go for 100+ hours like I normally would.

BONUS: If you want, feel free to include the worst ever as well. I can't promise I'll play them for long, but I'll play them. And you can join in my misery here as well :)

jdodson   Admin wrote on 05/11/2013 at 04:52pm

E.T. heh. I had that on Atari, it was kind of fun except it only held my interest for minutes. Still, kind of a crappy charm to it.

I have thought much about the best game of all time, for me. I think the best game of all time has to be Tetris but I don't love Tetris, its only very good.

I guess it would have to be a game I come back to with regularity. Something that hit me and left and impression I can't shake. I guess... it would have to be.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. Its like a good blend of short and good. Had some awesome bugs that let you warp around, the whole Thief/stealing items business was cool.

Second place is Final Fantasy IV. Same ish reasons for the most part.

scrypt   Supporter wrote on 05/12/2013 at 07:57pm

This question (all time favorite game/music/book/movie...) always gives me a case of mild anxiety, in as much as I can never really decide, because of taste changes and my desire to focus on the present rather than the past. Then I think, "A favorite all-time game should be able to transcend change in taste/time," but I don't know if that's something I can cope with :). It's much easier for me to try to isolate games of a specific genre that stand out as favorites, but even then, the list would be too long for this project.

Uuuuuaaaaagh...! I'm going to have to go with Journey, as a singular all-time favorite. It embodies everything that I love about what video games can give. It gives you a sense of spacial freedom and discovery, and it wraps it all up in an eternal, unspoken story of time and community. Journey also has this great impression of classic games that I grew up with, while offering an absolutely beautiful, high-definition landscape. That, tied with Austin Wintory's musical scores, make this game very much a living, breathing thing.

Some of the games that I was weighing against, for the sake of perspective, in no particular order:

Fable 2
Bionic Commando (original NES, not the crappy remakes)
Beyond Good & Evil
World of Warcraft
Civilization (I or V)
Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
Warhammer 40K: Space Marine (seriously, I love this game)
Halo 3: ODST & Halo 4 (for multiplayer)

scrypt   Supporter wrote on 05/12/2013 at 08:13pm

I forgot MYST!! Dammit! I had intentionally left off Bioshock Infinite, but that should be in there, too. And EVE online...

Thanks, Travis!!

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 05/12/2013 at 11:07pm

So, I may pick a few more out of your list because now I want to replay Portal, but so far Link's Awakening and Journey. I'm looking forward to those.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 05/12/2013 at 11:07pm

I've played Journey before, but I'd certainly welcome replaying it. Such a beautiful game.

scrypt   Supporter wrote on 05/13/2013 at 12:20am

I'll be going back to play it again, too. I also want to tackle Link's Awakening somehow. Don't think I ever actually played that one.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 05/13/2013 at 12:24am

scrypt: Do it, Link's Awakening is great. Let me know how it turns out when you do :D

scrypt   Supporter wrote on 05/13/2013 at 03:09am

Forgot that Link's Awakening was a Gameboy game. Is the 3DS version just as good?

jdodson   Admin wrote on 05/13/2013 at 03:12am

I bet its based on Link's Awakening DX, which added a color dungeon and some other special stuff.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 05/13/2013 at 04:53pm

Yes, the version on 3DS is a direct port of Link's Awakening DX.

scrypt   Supporter wrote on 05/13/2013 at 11:06pm

Cool. I've been thinking of picking up a 3DS anyway!

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 05/15/2013 at 11:31pm

I had to think about this for a while, but one of my favorite games that I had forgotten about is Goldeneye 007 (for the 64). Really for the multiplayer though. The game was good enough, but the 4 player deathmatch games were so much fun back in the day!

jdodson   Admin wrote on 05/16/2013 at 01:00am

Its a good game Adym!

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