We all have our personal preferences. And a few of us would say that our favorite game of all time is a little…odd.

Maybe it was never all that popular, or maybe the critics didn't say it was all that great. Or maybe it's just a game that your friends never "got." So, here's your chance to tell the world why your favorite title is your favorite!

I'm still not sure I've got an all-time favorite but if I do, it'd probably be Final Fantasy Tactics . It's difficult to put into words why I love it so much; after all, I'm more a fan of turn-based RPGs and not strategy/RPGs. In fact, FFT is one of the few strat/RPGs I ever actually finished. I played a bunch of others, of course (a few Disgaea s, Tactics Ogre , Koudelka , etc.) but I didn't finish them. The only other titles in that sub-genre I loved were the Vandal Hearts games.

There was just something about the perfectly balanced gameplay of FFT that continued to draw you in. The story was pretty good, too, and I liked the characters. But above all else, it was that combination of freedom for powering up your characters combined with the linear advancement of a narrative. Plus, that gameplay was just…immaculate. Some will say that not being able to take back a move (as you could do in most such games) was a design flaw; I say it was an added challenge. I just have tremendous difficulty finding anything wrong with the game.

How about you?

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Zerrekk
Zerrekk
7 years ago

I wouldn't call my favorite game strange, but my friends certainly do. Most of them haven't even heard of Eternal Sonata. Eternal Sonata in my opinion was very underrated. Great gameplay mechanics, and the way your attacks changed based on of you were standing in sunlight, or shade, was awesome. It also had a great story, and is one of the few games from this generation I have played multiple times.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

I really enjoyed the Frederick Chopin meta-story on top of the JRPG world.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
7 years ago

Loved the inclusion of Chopin.

xenris
xenris
7 years ago

I remember going to a shoppers drug mart to get a magazine that had a demo disc of this game for the Xbox back before I had a PS3.

Eternal Sonata is definitely one of the best JRPGs this generation, I loved the music, the graphics and the really creative story.

Zerrekk
Zerrekk
7 years ago

When I saw my wife first play it, I was like "what the hell? Why is Chopin in a video game?" She told me to shut up and try playing it. She had to wait a few weeks, and two playthroughs, before she was able to resume her game.

Kiryu
Kiryu
7 years ago

Dragonballz Games made by Dimps,Especially Dragonballz Budokai 3 for the PS2. These are some of the Best Fighting games ever made,the powers and things you can do in the world of Dragonball cannot be done in any street fighter.

Akuma_
Akuma_
7 years ago

Budokai 3 was the best DBZ fighting game ever made, and it still is.

Kiryu
Kiryu
7 years ago

In my mind the Best Fighting Game ever made.

pavlovic
pavlovic
7 years ago

Socom. It was my first online multiplayer, some of my friends got a PS2 to play it, I met a bunch of people and after 11 years we still play together.

Nowadays I almost play single player because there is not an online experience as Socom. The most similar thing is TLOU

Tim Speed24
Tim Speed24
7 years ago

SOCOM does not equal TLOU….

ZenChichiri
ZenChichiri
7 years ago

For sure it's Catherine. It was my favourite game this gen by far, and I just love how unique it is. The variety of feelings that game made me feel were boundless. I felt happiness, fear, sadness, hopelessness, and all while being confronted with seemingly impossible life questions.

I guess it also helps that I love a good puzzle game. Especially one that implements the puzzle aspect into the game so that the story and puzzle flow fairly seamlessly.

Zerrekk
Zerrekk
7 years ago

Catherine was frustratingly fun. While not my favorite game, it was one I did enjoy playing. That and seeing guys turn into sheep is hilarious.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
7 years ago

Oh Catherine was by far the biggest surprise this gen. I thought it was just going to be a sleazy cheap PSN game at first but the more I saw of it the more it turned into a promising game. I don't really like puzzle games, but Catherine is just so well made I have no problem playing it, as the puzzle sections are a strong metaphor for the narrative.

But everything about Catherine just worked, from the story, to the characters, the music, the social sim aspects were engaging and a great contrast to the intensity of the Nightmare sections. Heck, even the English voice acting was superb, which I really was not expecting. The game also has you make a lot of choices which really set how the story pans out, I just found to to be such an engaging game, probably my favourite game this gen, that or Xenoblade: Chronicles.

Remo Williams
Remo Williams
7 years ago

One of my favorite games of the generation has to be Red Faction Guerrilla. I'm not a huge fan of free roam games, but I had so much fun demolishing things in that game. Sledgehammer FTW!

xenris
xenris
7 years ago

Guerilla was an amazing game. I put so many hours into the multiplayer the summer it came out and I made so many friends in that game. It was a blast to play.

Beamboom
Beamboom
7 years ago

Yeah Guerilla was great. Starting an attack on one of the camps was always a thrill.

EndZero
EndZero
7 years ago

Alice:Madness Returns. The art direction is just fantastic. The gameplay was not the best but ok. Alotta platforming, some shooting, some slashing. Still on my "favorites" part of the shelf with Uncharted 2, the Saints Rows, Killzone 2, Heavy Rain n such.

Another one is El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron. Oh that game was a breath of fresh air.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

I went to buy El Shaddai later on and was horrified to see that it was gone!

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
7 years ago

2 games I really need to play this gen. I bought the first Alice game horrified to find out later that you needed Alice Returns to play it. There was nothing in the description that mentioned that. I complained to Sony and then they changed it, ignoring my problem of course. I will get it one day. El Shaddai I just havent gotten around to yet, but I really enjoyed the demo.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

Not my favorite of all time but one game I kept coming back to was Two Worlds II. It was a rolling disaster in so many areas but other stuff was so awesome I couldn't get enough.

The open world was varied and gorgeous with that very sheer GRACE engine, the magic system was the most innovative and crazy thing I've ever seen (literally making it rain anvils), the crappy humor was occasionally and unintentionally gut-wrenchingly hilarious, and the character customization throughout was incredibly deep.

I must have a part III.

Zerrekk
Zerrekk
7 years ago

My wife loves the Two Worlds games, although I know she wasn't happy that they changed the controls between 1 and 2. Been meaning to play them as well, just haven't had the time.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

Your wife is awesome.

cLoudou
cLoudou
7 years ago

Of the current Gen hmm….Resistance 2. I really enjoyed the coop of that, the only online experience where I maxed out the classes.

Jed
Jed
7 years ago

I loved co-op in Resistance 2. I'm not sure if I ever played competitive.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

Even Yours Truly played Resistance 2 online co-op.

xenris
xenris
7 years ago

Its a toss up between Folklore and Valkyria Chronicles for me. I think both of these games were very under rated, and most people don't even know they exist.

Binary Domain is a more recent one, a game that was so well executed and had the tightest TPS gameplay I have ever played, and for me had a story that was much more interesting than ME3s ending which came out around the same time.

Anyway, these three games are games recently that I just really really liked and I dont know if they are strange except for Folklore that games story was weirdly cool.

Gosh, but if we go back generations I dunno. I think I played more Tenchu 2 than any other game ever when I was younger, that and Bushido blade.

Zerrekk
Zerrekk
7 years ago

I loved Bushido Blade. Wish they made a current or next gen version of that game. Hours were spent cutting down bamboo stalks with my friends.

xenris
xenris
7 years ago

Oh man, sometimes we made a rule that we couldn't fight until the forest was no longer a forest.

I think that a next gen bushido game needs to be made. So many revolutionary things about that fighting game, from the weapons system to the movement, to the fact you had no HPs and could get 1 shot killed was just thrilling man.

Probably one of the best sleep over party games for me and my friends when we were younger.

fatelementality
fatelementality
7 years ago

Of this generation I would have to go with Metal Gear Rising. Funny how most people who bash the game have never even tried it. I find it as addictive as Ninja Gaiden was when it first came out on Xbox. As for last generation I would have to go with Advent Rising. What can I say? I'm a fan of destroying stuff. I hope someday that sequels in both series are made.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
7 years ago

I enjoyed Rising as a game, but as a Metal Gear story it was just appalling, if they had just focused on the second story with the child soldiers it could have been great but the game seemed to have 3 stories in 1 and it just failed to deliver any of them. If they do another Rising game and set it between MGS2-4 I will be very pleased as I loved the gameplay.

Cho_Quin
Cho_Quin
7 years ago

This generation?? Genji, Days of the blade… remember that one? it was with the launch of the PS3. extremely fun game! the camera was annoying as hell but i loved it from start to finish. I have never played a game like that, other games in that genre are just too epic (GoW, Bayonetta). loved the simplicity of it, and the fighting animations were beautiful 🙂

All time? hehe I had a thing for frogger, the one on the PS1… that game was awesome!! I remember it was extremely hard, but still extremely simple.


Last edited by Cho_Quin on 8/12/2013 12:50:55 AM

MrAnonymity
MrAnonymity
7 years ago

I'd have to go with Disgaea 4, as far as less-than-popular titles. With the improvements in Disgaea 2 over the first one, they could have just kept on like that and I STILL would be a fan.

Razov
Razov
7 years ago

Oh man, this generation, i really fancy a JRPG I play a lot of. Resonance of Fate. I just love the battle mechanic. I never get bored of it. It was so grindy and so fun. i dunno. I can't say what about it i enjoyed.

However if were talking about any generation. I still play Bushido Blade on the PS1. I.. just.. can't get enough of that game. Realistic sword fighting, kinda. Its loads of fun. Especially when playing with a friend. Oh god, jsut watch as two characters run into each other. I have never laughed so hard.

Beamboom
Beamboom
7 years ago

Surely there must be at least one game… But I can't think of any.

There's a few high rated games I didn't think was all that, but I don't recall there ever was a low rated game I though was much better than the meta-score indicated.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
7 years ago

Well my favourite games of all time are Final Fantasy VII, VIII & IX, which I don't feel I have to even defend.

But as far as an odd choice it would be an early PS2 game called Shadow of Memories (Shadow of Destiny in the US). To sum the story up, it is a thriller where you play as Eike, a man who goes on on about his day until he is murdered. He then is sent to this limbo state where he meets Homunculus, who gives him the ability to travel back in time to change events to prevent his death. It's just a such a brilliant concept and delivered with some very intriguing sub-plot and characters.

It pretty much plays like a point and click game, but you control the character with the d-pad. Though the objectives are all the same. But the story is just so, so captivating as your actions really do make a difference. Not just to receive a different but your actions change all the chapters too. There is one way to even skip a chapter by getting the item you need early on from someones help, who gives you an item to prevent your assault. It's just a very clever game which I still pop back to very frequently to explore the possibilities. it's also on PC and XBOX and was rereleased on the PSP. Can't recommend it enough.

Draguss
Draguss
7 years ago

The Legend of Dragoon. Not sure if it would be considered weird, especially in this community, but most reviews I've read place it as just above average. It was the first rpg I ever played, though I didn't finish it until nearly 4 years after I bought it, as the giant green bug everyone keeps calling a dragon left me rather frustrated. For whatever reason, no other game leaves me feeling as satisfied as every time I replay LoD.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
7 years ago

I have just started playing it, it has the PS1 JRPG feel I love so I know it's a game I will agree on. But I can't help but find the dialogue to be REALLY poorly written! But I am enjoying the gameplay and still interested in the story so I will persist with it.

xenris
xenris
7 years ago

My second most played JRPG of the PSX era which was just behind FF9 in terms of gameplay hours.

I don't know which game I liked more overall, probably FF9 because to me that was the definitive Final Fantasy game.

But man Dragoon was so good for a new IP. I loved the combat system, and the story was fully voiced in cutscenes. I loved it and would cry if they made a good sequel to the game.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

That was back when they often didn't hire writers, they just wrote it all themselves.

___________
___________
7 years ago

HAS to be by far and away alpha protocol.
THE most unfairly rated game in the HISTORY of the industry!
firstly it actually does what SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO many RPGs have tried to do over the years, and totally failed!
your choices actually matter!
no not you chose this guy over this guy so this guy dies, no none of that bullsh*t!
how you talk to people, what you say to them, how you treat them all effects what you get in the game and also your missions.
it can be small things like weapons, or much much bigger things like people helping you towards the end of the game.
when your knee deep in sh*t, than see a guy reject and leave you in your sh*t just because of how you treated him 10 missions earlier, it really does hurt!

then theres the characters themselves, you cant just sweet talk everyone like you can in every other game, each character actually has a personality and you have to read up on their dossier to know how to treat them, how to butter them up.
one girl you can talk to like a typical girl, your so pretty, id like to blah blah and she will be all red roses.
others will slap you hard, or say dont condescend to me, ect, ect.
its actually nice to see personalities in a game, everyone is not just a cookie cutter of everyone else!

then theres the story which is actually interesting, non cliche, and has allot of back history to it.
one thing i HATE about almost every game these days the story is SOOOOOOOOOOO cliche!
the last of us for instance, if you dident see the ending coming you need not glasses but a frigging electron microscope!
its almost as cliche as hollywood constantly casting the brit as the bad guys, like no american can do any harm.
theres tons of back story too, pretty much every character has profiles you can read into, and if your friendly enough with them you learn about their past and that cements your understanding in whats happening in the present.
its like mass effect, the story is just that much better and more engrossing because its actually believable and theres so much back story you really do get sucked into it.
no back story and cliche after cliche after cliche reminds you hey this is just a game, and you really fall out of the experience.

another thing alpha protocol did so well was not only does it make your choices matter, but it also always shows you the consequences and always shows you the flip side.
choose door a over door b, most games would say ok heres the door you chose lets move on.
alpha protocol shows you door b, says ok this is what you missed out on, this is how it would of effected you, ok now lets move on.
nothing is left to assumption, and again that just helps reinforce the believe ability thus enhancing the immersion that much more.

not to mention its actually one of the very few games which makes you actually feel like a spy!
most games it feels so fake, bond does not feel like a spy, bourne does not feel like a spy.
they feel like fictional typical hollywood hunks.
alpha protocol makes you feel like a true spy because its rooted in reality and your a average joe going through the motions to learn the espionage game.

yes it was buggy as hell, and yes the controls were fiddly, but who gives a flying f*ck when the game just innovates and frankly PERFECTS so much!
one thing i HATE about this industry, were so slow to adopt.
there has been so many games over this generation that has brought something new to the table, innovated in a certain way, and its never caught on.
why?
why have we become so stubbornly pigheaded in our ways that we refuse to change, and if anything mock and dam those who dare try to improve!


Last edited by ___________ on 8/12/2013 5:25:00 AM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

I still want to give that game some time some day

xenris
xenris
7 years ago

I agree. Alpha Protocol is a very fun game that tried to do something new and fresh and I for one loved it.

I think it gets unfair criticism and isn't praised for what it does really well.

One of the hidden gems this gen for sure.

___________
___________
7 years ago

nows the perfect time its dirt cheap!
ive always hoped it will be a PSN+ title in hopes it will get more people to try it.
its a shame obsidian had such a poor experience making the game with sega, that pretty much puts the hopes of a sequel dead in the water.

PlatformGamerNZ
PlatformGamerNZ
7 years ago

idk if i like any games that are strange so idk wat to defend.

happy gaming =)

Kratoskillall09
Kratoskillall09
7 years ago

Though its not my all time favorite game its my all time favorite shooter. Psi-Ops:The Mindgate Conspiracy. There were so many cool things you could do. Things like being able to control some random soldier on there and them take out your enemies up ahead for you. Being able to lift objects or people with your mind and throw them where ever. The ability to use pyrokinesis. Need I say more on that front. Or my favorite thing to do was sneak up behind an enemy and drain their psychic power till their head popped. So much fun. The shear amount of different ways you could approach any situation was amazing. To this day no game comes close in my opinion. Yes I'm saying in my honest opinion its better than the likes of Uncharted games, Bioshock games and just any shooter out there. I only wish they'd revamp it. There was supposed to be sequel but it never came out. I can only imagine what it would be like on PS3 or PS4. Absolutely insane.

Ninja_WafflesXD
Ninja_WafflesXD
7 years ago

Hmm, I wouldn't say strange (it was well-received by critics), but not many people have heard of it.

It's a title on the DS called 999: 9 hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors.

I suppose it can be called strange in the fact that its a visual novel; so there's more story than there is game.
But despite that, the puzzle sections are still really awesome and unique and I'm tempted to say that this game has one of the best stories I've ever experienced in a video game before. Easy 🙂

Gordo
Gordo
7 years ago

Good choice!

Loved the sequel which plays brilliantly on the Vita. Highly recommended.

Ninja_WafflesXD
Ninja_WafflesXD
7 years ago

Oh, definitely! 🙂

It's the only reason I wanted to get a Vita, along with Persona 4: Golden.

Honestly though, I can't recommend these games enough!
Those who appreciate any semblance of god story-telling in games should pick these up! (Although it is recommended to play 999 first to better appreciate the sequel better).

Ludicrous_Liam
Ludicrous_Liam
7 years ago

I have a favourite game that seems to be a strange one to have, around these parts atleast. But I'm appalled you ask me to defend it after this:

https://temp.psxextreme.com/ps4-news/583.html

LOL. Read at your own peril.

Underdog15
Underdog15
7 years ago

I don't know about favorite game, but one game I will defend is the Atelier series. The art style does not jive with many, the stories are not typical save the world stories, they're cute… but that gameplay style just sticks to old school jrpg roots so well that I can't help but love it.

So my defense is you can call me any name in the book for liking these games… I still think they're fun so there, MLEH! *sticks out tongue*