Had to think about this a bit because I couldn't decide between "amount of time enjoyed" in a game or "amount of joy over time" .
I finally decided on Hideo Kojima's true masterpiece of gaming. Metal Gear Solid 3 :Subsistence.
The original release, I think, was hampered by the archaic top-view camera system that really got in the way of immersion. The third person view of this release really brought the surface perfect mechanics and gameplay.
I think if a game can really become something different when played at it's maximum difficulty, this case European Extreme, it can really put the player into the protagonist's shoes if the narrative tries hard enough. I played MGS3:S on easy first, then normal, then ramped up the difficulty. The game just got better and better as the difficulty rose, it made me think like Snake, at the same time paying attention to every little facet of the story on the "breaks" in the cutscenes and codec conversations. I think everything that makes me plays games was put into this game, and I became a master of Snake's movements.
You had to be PERFECT to achieve the "Foxhound" ranking; no kills, never seen, limited saves, short play time, no life medicine, and no continues. So everything just mattered when having to make an hours worth of game time perfect or else you'd have to go back to an earlier save. OH, and your silencer on your tranq guns goes out after a certain amount of shots, which was fun when the ammo was already in short supply.
The Fury was the hardest boss for me. Good god lemon, the flames blinded you trying to tranquilize this guy on his helmet. And his view distance spanned the entire screen , spamming you with flames as you aim at him with a mini tranq gun and a sniper style gun. If it goes out, no shooting tranqs because EVERYBODY will hear it and it's game over.
The best moment for me in the game (not only when I finally got the FoxHound ranking :-) ), when it really hit home that this game was finally crafted and a piece of art......Was after beating the boss "The End". The scene where Snake climbs up the longest ladder ever created. When the theme song "Snake Eater" plays a line ever so softly . One after another as you climb. Never has reverb meant so much to me lol. This just meant something more when playing on European Extreme.
The greatest game ever made, to me, was Metal Gear Solid 3 :Subsistence. On the hardest difficulty of course :-)Edited by detunedstring - 9/23/13 at 5:51am