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Favorite game of all time… it’s really hard to narrow it down to one having played for some 20 years now. There are a LOT of great games, and I remember having played most of them, but I guess I’ll make a short list of my standouts.

I’m a FF fanboi, that’s for sure… so:
Final Fantasy 7 – Most of the FF games are great and very influential in their release generation, but FF7 stands out to me as the pinnacle of their series. The characters are all great and well formed, with back story and character development. Even Cloud, who people hate on, is the way he is because of his history. Plus… he’s better than Squall imho tongue.gif The graphics were awesome for their release as well, and the pre-rendered cutscenes really made it stand out. The length, replayability, complexity, and freedom the game offers just put it leagues ahead compared to even new games. I’ve replayed FF7 so many times that I practically have the entire game memorized… I can’t play it anymore since as soon as I start it up… the whole game replays in my memory and I’m just done lol. That’s my fault though. – almost forgot.. HOW… but this is the only game I’ve played where I can honestly say that myself and a group of friends all cried about poor Aerith  Nothing like anger and revenge to drive your feelings towards the main antagonist in the game. He made it personal… real personal.

Another RPG would be a popular one on here is seems:
Chrono Trigger – This game was out the same time as the earlier FF games (2 and 3 I believe.. .which were great too), but I really feel Chrono Trigger was a stand-out game with its story and the way it all came together. It has a great cast of characters, a developed story, great environments, and the gameplay itself is very well polished. It is familiar but pulls you in at the same time. I played this game many times over the years and enjoyed it every time. It’s sequel… Chrono Cross… though good, didn’t share the same success in my book.

Deus Ex – This game is considered widely to be the pinnacle of story-telling and has real implications for your actions throughout the game. The amount of thought and polish that went into this game was little short of perfect. Though the graphics are dated, the HD mod for it brings it back with a little flair and this is still one of my favorite games to play. There’s a ton of replay value if you want to change your play style as well. The other Deus Ex games are good in their own right, but I’d put this as the best, and one of the best period.

I’ve seen this mentioned already as well:
Battlefield 2 – This game enjoyed many years of HUGE success with several expansions, and I played it practically from release until BF3 release. The graphics are good, though there’s better now of course. The gameplay is top notch and was balanced back and forth to still be a functional and greatly enjoyable game. It’s a very accessible game where you could pick up and go, and the ‘better’ weapons out there didn’t really provide that much of an advantage. Skill wins. My absolute favorite feature, Commander. I loved being the Commander and helping my team towards victory and not just kill whoring… plus cartillery and supply squashes were always fun biggrin.gif

Diablo 2 – I’ll mention this here for years of replay value as well. Complete D2, with LoD, was about as close to perfect as you can get for a dungeon crawler imho. The rune system was great. The story was good and about as detailed as needed for a game like this. The gameplay was fun, intuitive, and allowed for a great deal of making each character your own. Playing D2 just felt… right. Sure, it got tired after a while, but when you look at how much time you put into getting to that point… you may just be surprised. And a few years older.

Metal Gear Solid – I of course mean the 1st one. Military games aren’t and weren’t new, but this added a very unique aspect with the stealth, and the story was great. NPC interaction was great as well, and I love messing with Meryl… sexual harassment at its finest. The bosses were unique and creative as well, and most will at least remember Psycho Mantis. I really liked Sniper Wolf though… women with guns = sexy. Plus… who doesn’t love a freaking cyborg ninja of awesomness? The introduction and conflict with him were among the most memorable game moments I have. Just everything about this game screams polish and dedication from the dev team. This is a must play game for any real gamer.

A lesser known gem:
Vagrant Story – I think I’ve seen this mentioned twice so far… this game is just great if you give it a shot. Yes, the main character is named Ashley… and it’s a boy… mock him and see how far you get biggrin.gif lol . This game has awesome gameplay mechanics and a wonderfully developed crafting system as well. The story is great, though I’ve been told its confusing..? Either way, I loved it and understood it, and thought it was perfect for what they were trying to pull off. The graphics are none too bad either. The game has plenty of time to be spent on it, and you can easily get lost in some of the achievements /challenges they pose to you. Great game!

Honorable Mentions:
Suikoden – This was one of my earlier games I played on the PS1 and I instantly fell in love. The story is compelling and creative, and the main character you can kind of feel for with his unique.. ailment of having the Soul Eater rune stuck with him. The amount of depth actually in the whole overarching story is pretty amazing when you think of it. Plus, there are 108 characters to choose from… each with at least a little story to accompany them. THAT is impressive. The other Suikoden games expand on certain aspects and develop the story in other ways, but I believe the 1st really holds the title among them.

Star Ocean series – The Star Ocean series are great and definitely worth a play through for most of them. The story is involved and does a good job of making you want to finish the game… not just to finish, but to see where everything is going to end up. It’s hard to really go into more detail off hand, but these games stood out to me and apparently had enough polish to be one of the series I’ll mention in a situation like this.

Arc the Lad series – Most people haven’t even heard of Arc the Lad. I hadn’t until I saw a complete series special box for sale in 2004 and picked it up for $70, including thumbstick covers of the main characters biggrin.gif These games are pretty traditional JRPGs in some ways, but they’re unique and really made the genre their own. I played through each like a monster and loved each of them… There was even an anime made of it, by the same name. The last Arc the Lad game was a slide off, but we had fun mocking one of the main characters. I forget which one now, but we nicknamed one of them Darc the Sad since ‘Arc’ is no longer a main character and the guy always seemed to be mope about lol. I will say though, the removal of Arc was actually well done and didn’t leave you sad to see him go.

Phew, long post, but for a topic like this… favorite games are hard to pick when you have 30 years to choose from lol.
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I have to change or add to my answer. World of Tanks

Man, it seems like such a simple game, all you do is drive and shoot other tanks. But it just sucks me in. And it is free.
 
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It's so hard to choose just one favourite game, for games on consoles, it's got to be Gears of War on the xbox360, I remember seeing the advert on TV before it came out, and then getting it that christmas, spent many many hours on that game's multiplayer, popping heads with the longshot hahaa
For PC, I'd say the game I have played most is world of warcraft, although lost interest greatly half way through cata (after firelands patch specifically),
At the moment, my favourite games would be Dishonored (I'm already half way through my second playthrough after doing a basic run through the day after it came out) and Counter Strike: Source!
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Counter Strike..... revamped the whole multiplayer online FPS experience, without CS, COD wouldn't of had the whole idea of "bomb and defusal"
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Counter Strike..... revamped the whole multiplayer online FPS experience, without CS, COD wouldn't of had the whole idea of "bomb and defusal"

Definitely, I'm still a firm believer that Counter Strike will remain one of the greatest shooters of all time, despite all the COD fanboys that may say otherwise!
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Half Life series for me, specially HL2, it's extremely well thought, graphics are good, but the most important part is that the story captivates you just like when you read a good book. Plus source runs almost in a toaster, too.
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Half Life series for me, specially HL2, it's extremely well thought, graphics are good, but the most important part is that the story captivates you just like when you read a good book. Plus source runs almost in a toaster, too.
Yeah Half-Life 1 was amazing. I have to put Quake up there as one of the best FPS games as well.

Don't get me wrong, I like Call of Duty (especially 1 and 2) I just feel that the game is too mainstream now and all the game developers really care about are generating money rather than a community (currently, the "cod community" is split all over the place -- http://store.steampowered.com/stats -- people are playing MW2 still... MW3... soon to be bo2). CS has a lot of diversity between classic 1.6, source and go but it doesn't help cod's case with releasing a new game every year with paid dlcs. Not that this is a debate about cod or whatever, but man.... the old days when people didn't care so much about graphics and more about gameplay and multiplayer before internet became mainstream was so much better. I miss those days frown.gif
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...but man.... the old days when people didn't care so much about graphics and more about gameplay and multiplayer before internet became mainstream was so much better. I miss those days frown.gif


THIS +1....

fond memories make me a sad panda when looking at what we have left frown.gif
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Football manager and bf3
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Football manager and bf3

BF3? I hope you are joking. BF2 was by far a much more important (and better) game.
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