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Five Games that Describe Your Video Game Tastes!

Discussion in 'Video Games' started by Wizard, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. Wizard

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    I recently saw this idea, and thought I should make a thread for it! The goal is simple: to come up with five video games that describe your overall preference for video games. These don't have to be your five favorite games, rather five games that give a good impression of what you enjoy playing. I'll give an example:

    1. Xenoblade Chronicles- I thoroughly enjoy games that are story-driven, often with a great soundtrack alongside it. Graphics aren't overly important to me as long as the game is functional.
    2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate- Nintendo makes great casual games, and I greatly enjoy Super Smash Bros. in particular. Games that allow me to spend time with friends are a huge bonus!
    3. Fire Emblem: Three Houses- Tactical games are a no-brainer for my taste in games. Additionally, I do enjoy games that give you a lot of flexibility and replayability in how it can be approached.
    4. Star Wars Battlefront (2005)- Surprisingly enough, I do like a fair amount of Shooting games. However, I like to have some sort of fun twist to it, giving each game identity and life.
    5. TESV: Skyrim- I enjoy a nice open world game from time to time, especially games with a lot of content. The longer a game keeps me occupied, the better.

    What five games best describe YOUR tastes?
     
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  2. Infernostar

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    Hmmm.... I'll say these 5.

    1. Bayonetta 2: Fast, fluid combat combined with over the top style, the Platinum Games specialty is something I never get tired of.
    2. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: Creativity is something I highly value in a game, especially if you can get inventive with your level design.
    3. Metroid Prime: I find atmosphere to be pretty hard to convey well, but if you can pull it off right you can make a breathtaking experience.
    4. Super Monkey Ball 2: Precision and brutal challenge for some reason is something I value. No RNG, no surprises or tricks, just a clear cut goal and you have to get there.
    5. Street Fighter III: Third Strike: Nothing beats a good 1 on 1 fight. Doesn't have to be complex, but so long as there is enough meat on it for growth and experimentation, then I am satisfied.
     
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  3. HiddenLore

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    Let's see...
    1. Minecraft- I like the freedom and ability to just get on and create. It's the only game I play with any kind of multiplayer, though to be fair, that mainly boils down to me playing by myself with other people.
    2. Terraria- Basically the same as Minecraft but with a better progression built in. It can be harder to create here though, so I mostly wander caves.
    3. Portal (1/2) - I like the puzzle solving and story elements of these games, the characters are interesting as well, but the games lack just a little of the replayability. every once in a awhile I go through them though.
    4. Pokémon- I'm actually not a big fan of the constant grinding and battling, but I love the designs and the worlds. I tend to spend most of my Pokémon time building teams to take through a game. they're never high caliber competitors, but just fun ways to get to know new Pokémon.
    5. Any LEGO version of a story- I love the silly retelling of stories through the LEGO lens. these are fun to play and usually give you a decent amount of replayability. If you have a friend/sibling to play with, even better.
     
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  4. SnowboundBecca

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    Give me a moment to think about this one...
    1. Spyro the Dragon - The first game I ever played and completed 100%. The Reignited Trilogy is now one of my favorite video games of all time, especially now that it's on the Nintendo Switch. Also, this is the one game besides Pokémon that helped bond my family together, as we all played it back in the day.
    2. Pokémon - Ever since I watched the anime as a kid in the late 90's, I've become a die-hard fan of the series. The interesting settings and designs of each Pokémon, as well as playing through the games again on challenge runs, keep me engaged for a very long time. Not to mention, it's been one of my biggest sources of art inspiration for years.
    3. Kirby - Any Kirby game fits this segment, but what got me into the series was, funny enough, Epic Yarn. Although you can't get a game over from this game in particular, the cute and cozy aesthetic was what really pulled me in. Anything made of yarn or similar crafting materials is almost immediately an instant hit for me.
    4. Minecraft - I simply love building things. For the most part, I play Minecraft to make structures and buildings so I get a perspective on how to draw them. Dragon Quest Builders (1 & 2) is similar, though the story in those games was what really got me hooked.
    5. Celeste - An indie game that I highly recommend if you like challenging platforming games and deep narratives. Simply put, the game is about climbing a mountain, both literally and metaphorically. I was told this game tackles the subject matter of mental issues (such as anxiety), and I really wanted to challenge myself and try something new. This game's story resonates deeply in my soul, and I died roughly over a thousand times during my first play-through without any assistance and still made it to the end despite one or two rage-quits breaks.
    Of note, Celeste just received a new DLC update recently that included a brand new level. And, of course, it's even more difficult than the main game. But all those hundreds of deaths was worth seeing the ending for myself.
     
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  5. WavePearl

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    Pokémon, of course--the world is just so vast, and the sheer number of things that are never explained just gets my imagination going.
    Super Mario Bros.--One of my very earliest memories is my dad playing the original game on ye olde NES; and I love the deceptively challenging levels
    The Legend of Zelda--I love me an epic quest, and Zelda delivers consistently on that front. Great music and clever puzzles and dungeons help, as well.
    Final Fantasy/Dragon Quest--I love a vast world filled with colorful characters, and these classic RPGs fit the bill perfectly
    Super Smash Bros.--Multiplayer is where this series shines; and I love a good friendly competition. I will do my best to win, but I know how to lose gracefully.
     
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  6. RadEmpoleon

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    I’ve only played like 3 video games so this won’t be too hard to pick.
    1. Pokémon- great OST, wide variety of Pokémon... there are too many factors to list.
    2. Kirby- I really love cute things, so these games are perfect for me. It also has a slight hint of horror. (This would mainly be the soul fights.)
    3. Smash Bros- a fighting game that stands out for its unique roster of characters.
    4. Undertale- great OST, plenty of hidden secrets. Also, there’s lots of memes surrounding it, and I like memes.
    5. The Legendary Starfy- this game doesn’t get enough attention! I got it as a Christmas gift a very long time ago, and I loved it so much. It’s a very cute game.
     
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    1. Spyro- large worlds with believable inhabitants and enemies that make sense, with some nice witty conversation between player character and npcs. Also, collectathons
    2. Pokémon- World building (or some attempt at it) full of many unique monsters that you can befriend and take with you. Side events/games that lead to you and your monster companions to have better friendship-and having that friendship assist in the meat of the game. ALSO, COLLECTATHONS
    3. Undertale- Deep story with characters you can't help but come to love, amazing music (to the point that no one has yet to make them horrific, even when intentionally messing with the song-such as switching bars around), and many options on how to play-which alter the ending in some way or another.
    4. Kirby- Easy to beat but hard to complete, Story sounds cute but gets dark and deep over time/reading into it. Many options on how to play, although it might not alter the ending (unless the ending changes at 100%)
    5. NiGHTS- Surreal, bright worlds and a unique playstyle.
     
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  8. Neb

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    1. Lanota: Outside of some brief story segments, the only real gameplay in Lanota is playing along to the beat. That is fine because all I need in a rhythm game is pleasant music and challenging gameplay that pushes me to improve.

    2. Persona 5: Any turn based role playing game that still plays at a decent pace is a winner in my book. I also love social simulator sections that encourage you to manage your time effectively (getting to see the cast in more casual settings is nice as well).

    3. Stardew Valley: This game gives the player plenty of choices in how they wish to spend their time and makes each activity rewarding. Seemingly mundane things like farming, mining, and fishing are designed in a way that feels relaxing.

    4. Zero Escape Virtue’s Last Reward: Visual novels with narratives that make you feel like you are experiencing the events on screen are some of my favorites. I chose this game since it not only does that, but because it also incorporates non-linear story telling.

    5. Starbound: You are given a 2D universe to explore and are allowed to approach it however you wish. Unlike No Man’s Sky, there are plenty of interesting creatures and locals to find.
     
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  9. Gazi

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    Alright, let's give this a go.
    Banjo Tooie: I enjoy collectathons, especially when the style is colorful, playful, and unique.

    Pokémon: I like games where you're raising pets, and Pokémon has the added bonus of actually having a story and goal. And in some ways I actually do enjoy the grinding.

    Kirby Air Ride: Just a fun time that I can play when I have a few minutes to spare and want something to do. Doesn't require a lot of thought, and it's mundane and repetitive in the very best way.

    Mario: I like the small goals and challenges that I'm given (get the star) to accomplish a bigger goal (save the princess). And the worlds are always a lot of fun to explore. Also, the games are usually hard enough to be a challenge to complete 100%, but not so hard that it makes me want to give up.

    Zelda: Lore. Not so much that I can't understand what's going on, but enough that it really gets me thinking, and I also get to know the characters on a more personal level.
     
  10. Absolute Zero

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    I'll give this a try with very specific examples!

    NieR Automata - A likely answer from me. Mostly I love its visual aesthetic (not talking about that assthetic), its deep-thinking philosophy discussions, and the gameplay is intricate while not complicated. No memorizing combos, but you do need good awareness and reflex in difficult parts.

    Far Cry 4 - Probably the ideal FPS in my book, plus a beautiful earthly world. Its controls are tight and reasonable and there aren't overwhelmingly too many options fit into basic controls. Its world is based on reality (in this case a rural Himalayan country), and is beautiful and lovingly respectful (mostly).

    Agents of Mayhem - The game itself is pretty meh and fell a lot short of its potential, but I love its particular sense of humor which is sharp, outrageous, foul-mouthed... and somehow entirely not offensive to any group of people. In some ways it's better than Borderlands 2, my other gold-standard for video game comedy, which sometimes got grotesque.

    Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask - The game itself is great, but mostly I respect it for its development team choosing to abandon something that would have been a safe sequel to a game that sold well (just making another Ocarina of Time, medieval and persistent world and stale gameplay) and instead took the game into a whole new setting and added features that subtracted convenience at the benefit of adding more emotional conveyance to the gameplay storytelling.

    Rimworld - I would probably say Dwarf Fortress if I had experience with that, but Rimworld has a similar heart. They made a world that is so intricate and so random and so likely to pull strong emotions from players. I could play this game for a whole week of nothing but sleep-eat-play and not get bored or lose emotional investment.

    Honorable mentions: Perfect Dark (Perfect arcade FPS), Ni No Kuni 2 (Probably an awesome game to play with a 8-12 year old family member), 20XX (hooray for reviving a classic game in a loving way), Final Fantasy Tactics (break expectations for established series and suuuper complex story).
     
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  11. Jeydis

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    This does make for an interesting topic, portrait of a gamer in 5 "colors" so to speak. Let's see:

    - Donkey Kong Country: I love this era of gaming with all my heart, the SNES blew my mind as a kid (I had only played on the NES and gen 1 gameboy at that point) and I played it every chance I got. Made some friends along the way from tagging along to their place to try out new games. I have many fond memories of playing the DKC series on gameboy with 2 of my cousins which I grew apart from over the years. Back then though, we would get the games from our great auntie (one each christmas) and head out to a nice quiet place to play as long as we could that very night. I get the nostalgia tingles all the time from the music in these games.

    - Binding of Isaac: When I started getting into PC gaming I needed something to pass the time when my internet went down (which was often sadly). That was Diablo 2 (which is a fantastic game in it's own right) and Binding of Isaac. This game series has added a new favorite genre to my list, Rogue-Likes. Honestly I feel like no other game has done it better than Binding of Isaac Rebirth (I am very hyped for the next/last installment though). The lore is vague and intriguing, the vast amount of items to unlock is what keeps me hooked though. Every time you complete any point of interest in this game, a new item or feature is unlocked and added to the pool of your future runs. This creates a great loop of risk and reward, you push to finish that one boss or that one speed run to unlock another item to your arsenal.

    - Dota: The game I have spent the most overall time on (counting both installments probably over 4000 hours) and honestly the most money on counting the money I spent at my local internet cafe. My laptop at home when I was finishing high school did not do well for online games so I would run off to my local net cafe after school and rent their PCs there. More than once I would take 10 hour blocks when I was at a friends place over the weekend. I have grown out of playing it for the most part, it used to put me in such a foul mood I had to quit but I still follow it closely and watch The International every year.

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    Ori and the Blind Forest: This game was the first of a trend of "Me-Games" like my boyfriend puts it, beautiful platformers with fun character designs made by indie developers. It is still one of my favorites and if we are friends on Steam and you have this game on your wishlist I will make a point of buying it for you. I have purchased it 4 times myself to give to others and convinced multiple people I work with to play it, they all loved it. The fluidity of the controls, the simple yet gripping story and the eye-poppingly beautiful graphics are absolutely a must for anyone that likes platformers. I love this game and its amazing soundtrack with all my heart.

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    Pokémon: I mean its freakin' Pokémon how would it not make this list. Amazing replayability, even after years. Endless combinations of abilities and attacks for your characters to use. A myriad of designs that would make most RPGs heads spin, sure some of them are duds but they can't all be gold, plus stuff like that is super subjective. I love plenty of designs that the internet at large seems to hate (Perrserker being the most recent example). Nuzlockes are my favorite way to play since it lets me try out new mons pretty much every time, I found many new favorites that way.
     
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  12. Jupjami

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    Hmm, this looks fun~

    1) Pokémon: yes, this had to be put on the list~! I love the all too familiar creature-collecting games; it's fun, and the combinations are endless~!

    2) Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: I know I already have Pokémon on the list, but PMD is my favourite in the entire lot! I love its simple mechanics, completing jobs and making friends, and the plotlines are great! I wish I could find other roguelike games like this though...

    3) Mobile Legends: Bang Bang: of course, who would forget the classic MOBA games~? Playing multiplayer games where every time you start a battle you have nearly no advantage over your opponent is pretty fun, and I enjoy learning and mastering the movesets of a certain character, especially if that character is underrated and unused~

    4) Super Mage: aaand the next genre is the currently popular gachas~! It's like Pokémon, but random! Such fun, no~? This specific Fairy Tail-themed gacha is particularly nice, since the premium currency is easily attainable, which means with a little grinding, even free-to-play players can reach the top~

    5) Antiyoy: and spot no. 5 goes to conquest games~! It's fun trying to win and conquer through politics, strategy and war, and this game is a prime example of it~! It's not as elegant as other conquest games, but Antiyoy and its simple aesthetic and controls is very enjoyable and easy to learn~
     
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