Breath of the Wild changed how I felt about video games, and then somehow Tears of the Kingdom was better.
Stardew Valley is just a special game that hits a lot of bright spots for me and I keep replaying it over and over.
Special shoutout to X-Wing for being the first video game I truly loved.
1.Space Invaders - because I am old as hell and remember getting my dad bringing home an Atari right when they came out and playing this till our fingers fell off
2.Mortal Kombat - because, duh,80’s Arcades in the Mall
3.Super Mario Bros - because in HS I babysat every day after school, and we always had Tostitos chips and medium Pace Picante sauce and played Super Mario Bros for 3 hours until her parents got home. This is definitely a core memory for me.
#3 - Destiny 2 - This is a hard one for me. I put thousands of hours into this game. Literally thousands across multiple platforms. And I gave it up earlier this year because it lost track of itself and seems to be spiraling down a sad path. Bungie have always put their heart into their games, and this was no exception for several years, but it feels like they’re being pulled in another direction (bought by Sony and now working on a new title for them) so I’ll keep it on the list because of all the good times, but it’ll probably move further and further down the list as time goes, rather than holding this spot. 8/10 (was probably 9.5/10 for me if you’d asked a year ago, and that 8 is on shaky ground)
#2 - Half-Life 1 - This game changed everything in gaming. The storytelling was on point, the character design was fantastic, and it launched Valve Software into the powerhouse they are now. Without this game’s success, we might not have gotten all of the amazing things that came from Valve like Steam, Portal (which I’ll come back to), Counter-Strike, and even their amazing hardware like the Steam Deck and Index. 9.5/10 (If you want to experience this without it feeling like a 25-year-old game, you can play Black Mesa which is a modern remake that’s true to the original).
#1 - Portal 2 - This is not to say that Portal 1 wasn’t also worthy of mention since it led to the creation of 2, but 2 took everything great about the original and built it out even further. Both games are peak storytelling and the selection of voice actors couldn’t be more perfectly selected. Of all the games I’ve had and played over the years (btw, I consider myself to be a gamer over all other hobbies, of which I have many) I always think of this first when someone asks me about my favorite games. If you like first-person shooter-type games and enjoy puzzle games, this is the absolute best of both worlds and you never have to shoot a weapon. It’s designed perfectly to make you feel like an idiot when you can’t get a puzzle and feel like a genius when it clicks. 10/10
@capnjb Some true classics in there. I guess I stuck with more modern games because they have so much content and depth these days, but I certainly grew up on Atari 2600 titles and love that they inspired creators and paved the way for gaming.
#3 - Yar’s Revenge - It is challenging but playable with nonstop action.
#2 - The Legend of Zelda - We got it at a yard sale with no documentation, so it became a family project to burn every bush and bomb every wall to find everything needed to keep going.
#1 - Borderlands - You get a dune buggy with a rocket launcher and unlimited ammo guaranteed to eliminate all of your day’s frustrations.
I never played video games as a kid because they didn’t exist. I predate Pong.
In the pre-Windows era, my go-to PC choices were Doom III and Wolfenstein. In the arcades, it was Tetris, Galaga and Time Pilot. I found all of the stuff like Mortal Kombat completely and utterly without any interst to me whatsoever, which meant that eventually the arcades stopped having anything I wanted to play.
In the Windows era, for a while, I played Gemcraft. and HalfLife, and later, Portal.
@PooltoyWolf “Walnuts, peanuts, pineapple smells, grapes, melons, oranges, and coconut shells!”
I’m glad you enjoyed it, but so much about that game irked me.
So many broken minigames! The final battle with King K. Rool had so much cool spectacle, but so many frustrating design decisions!
I feel bad bashing a game you clearly love, and not everything is going to hit with everyone
One of my favorite games is the generally-rightfully-criticized Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode on NES.
@Limewater My only two real quips with DK64 were the extreme difficulty of the final boss fight and the requirement to complete the Donkey Kong Arcade, heh. I grew up playing DK64 as a child, so it holds a special place for me.
Star Control 2 is still the best game you will ever read. It’s an open-ish cosmic exploration game where you encounter cowardice on an intergalactic scale, absentminded mushrooms who are religious zealots, blurred lines between otherworldly prejudice/lust, spooky goldfish, and find out space a tough place where wimps eat flaming plasma death.
It’s also free (rebranded as the Ur-Quan Masters) for PC, mobile, and ported to platforms like the Wii or PSP.
You can read the game script here, picking and choosing between the various species you encounter (may I suggest to begin with Spathi or Zoq-Fot-Pik): https://www.sa-matra.net/quotes/
I’d ramble about portable gaming, Sa-Ga 2, Advance Wars 4, Metal Slug Pocket, Tetris, etc. but Star Control / Ur-Quan Masters needs more love. (I’m also selling these fine leather jackets.)
@grimblegromble I’m on the same theme but would step back to Oblivion along with Shivering Isles. It also could be where I was in my life where I had time to immerse myself in it over Winter breaks or Summer vacations (I would play on PC or X360 in a motorhome while my wife read books or watched satellite TV — it was a good time). Also the writing, locations, and NPC interactions seemed the best. Yes, even the madness of Shivering Isles. So well done. I would love a remaster of it, but also remastered Fallout NV would be great as well.
for perspective, I started with You are inside a building, a well house for a large spring.