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Best Video Game

GermsrosolinoGermsrosolino Registered User regular
edited July 2008 in Debate and/or Discourse
So this has the potential to cause some very stressful debates, and I ask for your efforts not to allow that. But for statistics and survey purposes, I was wondering if I could get some opinions.

Including all genres, and all time periods, what, in your opinion, is the greatest video game every made. Your decision will obviously be influenced by personal experiences and taste; however, I ask you to consider the following criterion in your decision:

1) Overall Plotline (Is the plot clever and original?)
2) User Interface (Is it simple to use, and add to the experience in a positive way?)
3) Progression and Advancement (How does the leveling system work? Does the difficulty of the game match the natural progression of the character(s)?)
4) Bosses (Are the bosses befitting to the plotline, and are their difficulties reasonable to the progression?)
5) Ending (Does the ending leave anything to be desired?)

This is not for a class or anything of the sort, but I am always fascinated by the wide variety of responses. Also, I ask that no one on this forum directly assault someone for their choice of best game. Everyone's taste is different.

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    DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited July 2008
    Fallout 2.

    That was easy.

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    edited July 2008
    This might be an interesting thread and I'm hoping people can keep it civil.

    Some games that have always stood out for me:

    Castlevania - Symphony of the Night.

    Portal

    Shadow of the Colossus

    Wasteland

    Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

    If the thread manages to not get locked, I'll write my reasoning behind each pick in another post.

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    every person who doesn't like an acquired taste always seems to think everyone who likes it is faking it. it should be an official fallacy.

    the "no true scotch man" fallacy.
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    Dunadan019Dunadan019 Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    doesnt belong here,

    final fantasy 6 for all of em

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    reVersereVerse Attack and Dethrone God Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Tetris.

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    DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited July 2008
    reVerse wrote: »
    Tetris.

    also this

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    Wonder_HippieWonder_Hippie __BANNED USERS regular
    edited July 2008
    Grim Fandango.

    To the death, Doc.

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    PodlyPodly you unzipped me! it's all coming back! i don't like it!Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    The summer of sixth grade I did one jump in Driver over and over and over and over and over with some friends for basically the whole summer.

    We had more fun with that than anything else.


    I'm gonna go with driver.

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    monikermoniker Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    reVerse wrote: »
    Tetris.

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    Wonder_HippieWonder_Hippie __BANNED USERS regular
    edited July 2008
    I really want this thread to stay here, and I really want this thread to stay open.

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    MikeManMikeMan Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Super Mario 64 is still amazing even after all these years.

    Deus Ex is also freakin sweet.

    Tetris is awesome.

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    Dunadan019Dunadan019 Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I really want this thread to stay here, and I really want this thread to stay open.

    i give this a 1 in 24 chance of happening

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    ElendilElendil Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Majora's Mask and Super Metroid.

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    KageraKagera Imitating the worst people. Since 2004Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Warsong.

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    edited July 2008
    Tetris Attack (aka Panel De Pon aka Puzzle League)

    Edit: scratch that, no snarky comparisons. Suffice it to say that the above is a great game.

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    every person who doesn't like an acquired taste always seems to think everyone who likes it is faking it. it should be an official fallacy.

    the "no true scotch man" fallacy.
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    MikeManMikeMan Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Seems to me there is no "best" game any more than there is a "best" movie or a "best" book. Games, movies and books all come in different genres and types.

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    ScooterScooter Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Civs II - IV have always gotten the most replays from me. KotoR and Gal Civ II would be up there if they were more polished.

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    KageraKagera Imitating the worst people. Since 2004Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    MikeMan wrote: »
    Seems to me there is no "best" game any more than there is a "best" movie or a "best" book. Games, movies and books all come in different genres and types.

    Life is Beautiful and Ender's Game

    that was easy

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    Jason ToddJason Todd Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Planescape: Torment

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    DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited July 2008
    Feral wrote: »
    Tetris Attack (aka Panel De Pon aka Puzzle League)

    Edit: scratch that, no snarky comparisons. Suffice it to say that the above is a great game.

    I played that game so much that at one point I could close my eyes and still see blocks swapping.

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    MikeManMikeMan Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Kagera wrote: »
    MikeMan wrote: »
    Seems to me there is no "best" game any more than there is a "best" movie or a "best" book. Games, movies and books all come in different genres and types.

    Life is Beautiful and Ender's Game

    that was easy

    Ender's Game as best book?

    Best book

    Like, ever.

    In the history of books.

    If I had a time machine I'd go back and slap your parents on the night they conceived you.

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    Darius BlackDarius Black Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    (Note: not a JRPG fanboy)

    FFVII

    And yes, Fallout 2 a close 2nd.

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    DynagripDynagrip Break me a million hearts HoustonRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited July 2008
    Doc wrote: »
    Fallout 2.

    That was easy.

    It's actually Star Control 2.

    Which has been converted to an open source project. http://sc2.sourceforge.net/

    star_control_2_cover.jpg

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    monikermoniker Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    MikeMan wrote: »
    Seems to me there is no "best" game any more than there is a "best" movie or a "best" book. Games, movies and books all come in different genres and types.

    Casablanca, Silmarillion

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    MeizMeiz Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Doc wrote: »
    Fallout 2.

    That was easy.

    easy-button.jpg

    I'm also going to push the button.

    Still though, this kind of quick answer doesn't really sit right with my obviously inflated ego and usual word riddled responses.

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    DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited July 2008
    Dynagrip wrote: »
    Doc wrote: »
    Fallout 2.

    That was easy.

    It's actually Star Control 2.

    That too. But not Star Control 3, which was basically as fun as multiplayer excel.

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    MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    X-Com: UFO Defense.

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    MikeManMikeMan Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    moniker wrote: »
    MikeMan wrote: »
    Seems to me there is no "best" game any more than there is a "best" movie or a "best" book. Games, movies and books all come in different genres and types.

    Casablanca, Silmarillion

    Silmarillion? That was a book? I thought it was just a list of begats from the Old Testament with names swapped with random fantasy names.

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    monikermoniker Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    MikeMan wrote: »
    Kagera wrote: »
    MikeMan wrote: »
    Seems to me there is no "best" game any more than there is a "best" movie or a "best" book. Games, movies and books all come in different genres and types.

    Life is Beautiful and Ender's Game

    that was easy

    Ender's Game as best book?

    Best book

    Like, ever.

    In the history of books.

    If I had a time machine I'd go back and slap your parents on the night they conceived you.

    It's the internet, be happy that he didn't say something by Ayn Rand or L Ron Hubbard.

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    LibrarianThorneLibrarianThorne Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    So this has the potential to cause some very stressful debates, and I ask for your efforts not to allow that. But for statistics and survey purposes, I was wondering if I could get some opinions.

    Including all genres, and all time periods, what, in your opinion, is the greatest video game every made. Your decision will obviously be influenced by personal experiences and taste; however, I ask you to consider the following criterion in your decision:

    1) Overall Plotline (Is the plot clever and original?)
    2) User Interface (Is it simple to use, and add to the experience in a positive way?)
    3) Progression and Advancement (How does the leveling system work? Does the difficulty of the game match the natural progression of the character(s)?)
    4) Bosses (Are the bosses befitting to the plotline, and are their difficulties reasonable to the progression?)
    5) Ending (Does the ending leave anything to be desired?)

    This is not for a class or anything of the sort, but I am always fascinated by the wide variety of responses. Also, I ask that no one on this forum directly assault someone for their choice of best game. Everyone's taste is different.

    I really think you need to ask this by genre. There's dozens, hundreds of games that won't get mentioned because it's like asking "what's the best story of all time?"

    My personal answer is Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike but fighting games are, to me, the purest expression of video games. I love Civilization II, Knights of the Old Republic, Halo, Planescape: Torment, Deus Ex, Mount & Blade, Rome: Total War, Total Annihilation, Super Mario Brothers, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and more besides.

    The question is too generic. You need to harness the diversity of video games in your question. Make it a series of questions, like "what's the best RPG?" and "What's the best platformer?"

    Even then, you won't see a front runner really. Games are too diverse with too much meaning.

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    monikermoniker Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    MikeMan wrote: »
    moniker wrote: »
    MikeMan wrote: »
    Seems to me there is no "best" game any more than there is a "best" movie or a "best" book. Games, movies and books all come in different genres and types.

    Casablanca, Silmarillion

    Silmarillion? That was a book? I thought it was just a list of begats from the Old Testament with names swapped with random Fantasy names.

    There was that, it also could be considered to contain The Lord of the Rings and There and Back Again.

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    CojonesCojones Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    (Note: not a JRPG fanboy)

    FFVII

    And yes, Fallout 2 a close 2nd.
    GTFO

    Planescape: Torment
    Fallout(I hate NMA, honest!)
    Fallout 2
    BG2

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    enlightenedbumenlightenedbum Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    MegaMan001 wrote: »
    X-Com: UFO Defense.

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    Wonder_HippieWonder_Hippie __BANNED USERS regular
    edited July 2008
    Mostly this thread is just going to make me go through my collection in a frenxy of reinstalls. But then I'll probably wind up playing them all for twenty minutes before I remember everything from the last playthrough fondly and then only manage to finish Grim Fandango for the umpteenth time.

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    DynagripDynagrip Break me a million hearts HoustonRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited July 2008
    MegaMan001 wrote: »
    X-Com: UFO Defense.

    I loved that game. It had a great atmosphere. Turning a corner to see a Chryssalid right in front of your soldier frequently made me jump.

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    KageraKagera Imitating the worst people. Since 2004Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    MikeMan wrote: »
    Kagera wrote: »
    MikeMan wrote: »
    Seems to me there is no "best" game any more than there is a "best" movie or a "best" book. Games, movies and books all come in different genres and types.

    Life is Beautiful and Ender's Game

    that was easy

    Ender's Game as best book?

    Best book

    Like, ever.

    In the history of books.

    If I had a time machine I'd go back and slap your parents on the night they conceived you.

    Okay I'll be hip and trendy and say 1984 because that's what all the cool college kids say these days.

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    DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited July 2008
    Not a really big fan of the Final Fantasy series. I guess I just never "got it."

    Baldur's Gate 2 is really high up there, too. Like top 3.

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    GungHoGungHo Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Jagged Alliance 2. You can send the queen roses. And get her to beat the shit out of her subordinate for it. How cool is that?

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    Wonder_HippieWonder_Hippie __BANNED USERS regular
    edited July 2008
    The best part about BG2 was that you could do god damned well whatever you pleased. It was exactly like playing a well-crafted D&D campaign. Everything else about it was great too, but how open you were to actually play out a role made it such a great experience.

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    MikeManMikeMan Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Marathon and Marathon 2.

    Ocarina of Time.

    The Legend of Zelda.

    RYGAR

    okay rygar sucked

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    edited July 2008
    Wasteland - The first open-ended RPG I ever played that actually had personality. Other open-ended RPGs of the era and before (Bard's Tale, Wizardry, Nethack, etc.) were basically hack-and-slash. They were light on story or characterization. Sure, you could roll your own characters, take whatever path you wanted, but ultimately your interaction with the environment never extended past "fry this monster with a spell" or "flip this switch to open the dungeon."

    Wasteland was the first game that gave me the sense of a living, breathing, real world. Individual characters had motivations. NPCs might not cooperate, even after you add them to your party. Actions had consequences. Like Fallout or the Elder Scrolls series or the best of Bioware, you had multiple paths to success. A villager has weapons you need? You can go talk to them and perform a side quest or you can just try to gun them down. Encounter a locked door? Bash it with a shovel, launch an RPG at it, pick the lock, or try to bargain with somebody to get the key.

    Not only that, but the writing was sometimes charming, sometimes funny, and sometimes damn depressing, but always amazingly atmospheric.

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    every person who doesn't like an acquired taste always seems to think everyone who likes it is faking it. it should be an official fallacy.

    the "no true scotch man" fallacy.
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