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Discussion in 'Archive: Games' started by Ender Sai, Apr 7, 2015.

  1. MrZAP

    MrZAP Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Jun 2, 2007
    So, how to answer this question? Well, there's the simple, straightforward way that Ender prefers, I suppose. There's also the more nuanced picking-multiple-games-to-hell-with-the-original-question method. There's the wishy-washy "this is my favorite game but only right this moment" answer.

    All of those answers kind of suck.

    You want to know the game that I said for years was my favorite? That's easy. Age of Mythology. I have loved that game for over a decade now, and I still go back to it for all kinds of reasons.

    But it isn't the game that I'm best at. Nor is it the game that I've played the most overall, or for the longest continuously. It might not even be the game that I enjoy the most.

    The more games you play, especially when you fall in love with them, the harder it is to say that the one you say is your favorite is still your favorite. Maybe I should say Third Age: Total War is my favorite game, mod though it may be, because it is the most fully realized LotR game I have ever encountered, it is nearly everything I have wanted in such a game, and perhaps appreciate more than any other. Maybe it's Europa Universalis IV, which I've played for thousands of hours, certainly more than any other game, and done all kinds of different things and made mighty empires and achieved great goals. Maybe it's one of many different visual novels and adventure games; Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney was my "second favorite" when I was trying tobe formal about favorites, for having such a good storyline and atmosphere. And I know I could list a score of other games that I could give other equally valid reasons for being my MOST favorite, for how they make me feel when I play them, for why I like them, for why they're good games.

    It's actually really easy for me to name my favorite movie. Amadeus. No question. Then the Star Wars OT lumped together for 2 and LotR for 3 because I'm a lumper and because I'm a geek and because they have a grandfather clause that only Amadeus has been good enough to beat, and I could tell you formal rankings for the top 20 because, well, I already said I was a geek. For films it's easy. Unlike any other medium (besides theatre) you have one self-contained story that you can experience in one sitting. With a book, with a game, with a TV show, it's more gradual, more continuous. A show will have good episodes and bad episodes over a period of years. A book is generally read, for me, anyway, over an extended period of time, with lots of other things in between sittings. And a game has that and the added complication of interactivity. Believe me, I've tried to create a numbered list for games, and I didn't even know where to start. Generally at least #1 is easy. Favorite film: Amadeus. Favorite play: The Importance of Being Earnest. Favorite live-action show: Doctor Who. And so on.

    But I couldn't just say "It's still Age of Mythology" and leave it. It felt too much like I was just saying it because it was what I had already said, when all of these other new and amazing games had come along and some of them should definitely be considered, but I couldn't pick one. Because there isn't one. I mean, how do you choose between Age of Mythology and Phoenix Wright when they have nothing in common, or between EUIV and Katamari? Even games in the same genre, like Pokemon and KotOR, are hugely different in nature. I argue that they are literally incomparable. And so I don't, maybe can't have a most favorite. It's not that I don't want to answer Ender's question; it's that Ender's question, in this case, isn't valid. It makes no sense to say what my favorite game is when it's, as far as I can tell, a 15 or 20-way tie.

    Also, it's fun to go against what Ender wants, in its own small way. And sometimes that makes typing up a post longer and more serious than the topic should deserve worth it, all the more because what's said in the post is true.

    P.S. On an entirely different point, talking about a favorite anything "of all time" is pointless because it concedes that nothing better will ever come along, which is a ridiculous prediction to make. "All time" includes the future too, you know. It's a stupid phrase and people should stop using it.
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  2. Andrelious

    Andrelious Jedi Knight

    Sep 26, 2012
    TIE Fighter. Simple as.
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  3. Alexrd

    Alexrd Force Ghost star 6

    Jul 7, 2009
    The original Sonic the Hedgehog for the Mega Drive.
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  4. Codename_Strife's_Shadow

    Codename_Strife's_Shadow Jedi Youngling star 1

    Jul 8, 2015
    I don't know why, but I definitely love the Super Smash Bros. Melee from GameCube; it was great fun, especially for organizing tournaments with friends and family, as well as making arena-style violence family-friendly

    Winner by TKO: Super Smash Bros.
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  5. DBPirate

    DBPirate Jedi Master star 4

    Jun 20, 2015
    Mario Galaxy 2.
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  6. darksundquist

    darksundquist Jedi Youngling

    Jul 20, 2015
    XCOM, X-Com, Final Fantasy, etc...
  7. DebonaireNerd

    DebonaireNerd Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Nov 9, 2012

    Sonic in his prime before he took up crack.
  8. JoinTheSchwarz

    JoinTheSchwarz JC Head Admin & Community Manager star 9 Staff Member Administrator

    Nov 21, 2002
  9. DebonaireNerd

    DebonaireNerd Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Nov 9, 2012
    Thoughts on the upcoming reboot?
  10. Suvlaco

    Suvlaco Jedi Master star 1

    Mar 13, 2005
  11. DebonaireNerd

    DebonaireNerd Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Nov 9, 2012
    Deus Ex Revision is nearly here!
  12. Suvlaco

    Suvlaco Jedi Master star 1

    Mar 13, 2005
    Nearly isn't near enough! I've been avoiding (with difficulty) going back and playing it while I wait for Revision to come out.
  13. vypernight

    vypernight Jedi Master star 3

    Nov 1, 2012
    Mutant League Hockey.
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  14. Gorkom

    Gorkom Jedi Knight

    Aug 15, 2014
    I'd have a hard time between picking Halo: CE (mostly due to nostalgia) and Bioshock 1 and Aliens Isolation...there really are so many good games out there though.
  15. Darkslayer

    Darkslayer Biggest RYL DC Fan Award Winner star 7 VIP

    Mar 26, 2013
    Got a new king:

  16. soitscometothis

    soitscometothis Force Ghost star 6

    Jul 11, 2003
    Probably Civilization II for me.
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  17. darthtimetraveller

    darthtimetraveller Jedi Knight star 3

    Aug 9, 2015
    The Questron and Phantasie series. Masters of Orion 2. Legacy of the Ancients and ES3: Morrowind as well. Rise of Nations, Civ 2 & 4 were good too.
  18. Ender Sai

    Ender Sai Chosen One star 10

    Feb 18, 2001

    Favourite. Not favourites.

    Pick one and stick to it, Switzerland.
  19. The Shadow Emperor

    The Shadow Emperor Jedi Master star 4

    Sep 29, 2012
    Skyrim for sure.
  20. darthtimetraveller

    darthtimetraveller Jedi Knight star 3

    Aug 9, 2015

  21. Vezner

    Vezner Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Dec 29, 2001
    Oblivion. I played that game to death and loved every second of it. I could start a new game right now and enjoy it just as much. Having said that, Skyrim is nearly equally as fun.
  22. Drew_Atreides

    Drew_Atreides Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Apr 30, 2002
    Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is probably the best game i ever played. But if i had to choose favourites, it would be the X-Wing series or Wing Commander series.
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  23. Creeon2003

    Creeon2003 Jedi Youngling

    Sep 23, 2015
    STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT pulls back the curtain on their upcoming game :vader:
  24. Anomaly 6573-02

    Anomaly 6573-02 Jedi Youngling

    Nov 4, 2015
    I'm not saying this simply because this is a Star Wars forum, but my absolute favorite game of all-time is the original Knights of the Old Republic on the Xbox. After that, Final Fantasy VII would be next.
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  25. sarlaccsaurs-rex

    sarlaccsaurs-rex Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Apr 10, 2007
    I can't choose one. But I guess sonic the hedgehog 2 on genesis. My first console game.
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