Quantcast
The 9th Annual Greatest Games Event - Discussion Thread: Day #19

Forums - Gaming Discussion - The 9th Annual Greatest Games Event - Discussion Thread: Day #19

Guessed by Mnementh

When I first beat this last year, I imagined it'd be one of those games I'd replay at least a handful of times, but that hasn't been the case, and looking back, it's quite obvious why. This game is heavy, oppressive even. Playing it can be fun, but man it does affect you psychologically. So, yeah, maybe that's why it's remained only as a memory as I haven't touched it once since that single playthrough.

Regardless, it was such an unforgettable experience. This is one of those games that instantly draw you in with an intense atmosphere, and by explaining everything to you solely through visual hints, it makes the whole world feel mysterious. You don't know what you're doing and why you're doing it throughout most of the game, but that doesn't matter because you want to know. You want to understand it... and maybe, at the end, you'll still be mostly confused, but it's still a truly impactful experience. For what it is, this game might just be nearly perfect - it's just a bit too much to bear, and I guess I prefer slightly lighter games.



Around the Network
Mnementh said:
Flilix said:
#42
- mZuzek can't stop talking about how much he loves this game
- 4 (+1) islands
- Get in the bag
- Players can participate in Global Missions
- Hawaii
- You can't go to the gym anymore in this game

#36
- Fighting game based on a cartoon
- This N64 game got ported to PC two years later
- Simon & Garfunkel originally named themselves after this duo
- The playable characters are 2 cats, 2 mice, 2 dogs and a duck

#31
- Plants
- Plant them on the right square

#30
- 8 games
- This character stars in a new game coming out very soon

#29
- The second game in the franchise. It's the best selling one, not counting spin-offs.
- A famous flying sidekick gets introduced in this game

#28
- Shows off the capabilities of the system, you don't even need to use buttons!

#27
- Remake of a game released in 2000

#42: Pokemon Sun/Moon?

#36: Tom&Jerry maybe?

#31: Plants vs. Zombies?

#30: Metal Gear Solid?

#29: Sonic 2?

#28: Wii Sports?

#42 Correct!!! Finally someone got it

#36 Right franchise... Now the game! (Although I'm not sure if anyone here could guess it, it's rather obscure.)

#31 Correct!

#30 Nope.

#29 Correct!

#28 Nope.



#27
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel
(Change YoY: Same position)

The Legend of Heroes as a series is one of the biggest positive surprises I've had in the last decade. Trails of Cold Steel was the third game in the franchise that I played and it's just as great as the first two games that made me a fan of the series. One of the reasons why I was so surprised about these games, is because how well they are written. The story and characters are some of the best I've seen in video games, and no matter how many different characters these games feature, each always has their own unique personality that stands out from the other characters. 

Adding to this is the excellent gameplay and battle system that I never got even a little bit tired of. These are genuinely among my favourite games in my absolute favourite video game genre, and as a series the only one in the genre that I still rank higher is Final Fantasy. At this point, I'm simply waiting for the third and fourth games to be localized so I can get back to these games and finish the story.



My Most Recent Articles:

1. History of Real-Time Strategy: The Birth (1981 - 1991)

1. Open World Games and the Problem of Scale vs. Content

2. Video Game Music Spotlight #1: The Old West

For my non-video game related writings you can check my blog below.

Latest Post: Disney Canon: Dumbo (1941)

Guessed by Mnementh

Every year, there will be one game that suffers the heaviest drop on a list, and this year on mine it's Ori and the Blind Forest. It's a shame, because of how beautiful it is, but I think a lot of it was down to a certain other indie metroidvania I played this year which blew this one out of the water and made me realize how flawed Ori really is. My main gripe with this game is one I just can't accept in any metroidvania: it starts out amazing, and then just gets worse as it goes on. That is to say, the sheer impact this game's opening hours had on me was probably enough to carry the whole experience, and apparently even carry my opinion of it all for two years. However, a metroidvania should always be getting more and more interesting as it goes on, but Ori misses that mark completely by not only making the experience largely linear (removing that excitement of going back to a certain place to find a whole new area with a new power-up), but also by simply having no clue on how to make interesting power-ups. Yeah, Bash was a game-changer, and everything prior to it was fine, but once you start getting stuff like the Climb ability (which allows you to climb on walls despite the fact you've already got a walljump), you really begin to notice they were running out of ideas... and it only gets worse from there. Besides, as each individual power-up is usually mapped to a specific button on your controller, by the end the mere experience of playing the game feels a little like you're just pressing arbitrarily mapped buttons for specific actions rather than something that feels natural. They really just lost their way, and the Definitive Edition only made matters worse.

That said, this was still quite the memorable experience. The opening was one of the most emotionally heavy moments I've experienced in gaming. The opening few hours exploring the first few areas were a load of fun. The Ginso Tree was actually quite an awesome dungeon, with an exhilariating end to it. The story was actually quite charming, and the soundtrack was soothing. For all its problems as a metroidvania, there is a lot Ori does right as a game.



Mnementh said:
S.Peelman said:

Another hint, though with this it should be a give-away. Don’t forget the first hint;

#27: Finally, building two roads next to each other doesn't just create one big mess of junctions.
Hint 2: I don’t know why things are numbered in the thousands, though I guess the devs realised this themselves as well with the fourth game.

OK, after the first hint I thought already Simcity but was too unsure. But Simcity 2000 was a thing and matches your second hint, so this must be Simcity 4.

Heh, it’s funny that you mentioned the two games on either side of the one I meant.

3000 was the first one where putting two roads right next to each other didn’t result in a chain of crossroads, but rather a nice lane with trees. 4 took this much further by introducing many types of different roads. However, guessing 4 will be correct at some point.



Around the Network
Flilix said:
Mnementh said:

#42: Pokemon Sun/Moon?

#42 Correct!!! Finally someone got it

Finally indeed! By the way, I don't love that game.

Gonna drop a few more hints myself.

#25 - For a childish looking game, this one ends on quite a violent moment.
#24 - This game's terrible voice acting is as infamous as it is beloved.
#23 - It's always #23... It's become a bit of a personal meme at this point. I know at least one person around here should know it.
#22 - Shortly after fighting yourself, you fight the Statue of Liberty. I'm also getting into quite the spoilery territory here... oh well.
#21 - She's back. (Well, the phrase loses a bit of impact a year later.)

Yeah, making it all the way to the top 20 here. I have to get ahead of schedule because once Smash Ultimate is out, I'm guaranteed to miss a lot of days.



mZuzek said:
Flilix said:

#42 Correct!!! Finally someone got it

Finally indeed! By the way, I don't love that game.

Gonna drop a few more hints myself.

#25 - For a childish looking game, this one ends on quite a violent moment.
#24 - This game's terrible voice acting is as infamous as it is beloved.
#23 - It's always #23... It's become a bit of a personal meme at this point. I know at least one person around here should know it.
#22 - Shortly after fighting yourself, you fight the Statue of Liberty. I'm also getting into quite the spoilery territory here... oh well.
#21 - She's back. (Well, the phrase loses a bit of impact a year later.)

Yeah, making it all the way to the top 20 here. I have to get ahead of schedule because once Smash Ultimate is out, I'm guaranteed to miss a lot of days.

22: One of the newer Ninja Gaiden games had you fight against the Statue of Liberty. I'm gonna say it was Sigma 2.

Oh, and the hint on 24 made me chuckle a bit since I immediately thought of at least a dozen different games from the 90s this could apply to.



My Most Recent Articles:

1. History of Real-Time Strategy: The Birth (1981 - 1991)

1. Open World Games and the Problem of Scale vs. Content

2. Video Game Music Spotlight #1: The Old West

For my non-video game related writings you can check my blog below.

Latest Post: Disney Canon: Dumbo (1941)

Darashiva said:
mZuzek said:

#25 - For a childish looking game, this one ends on quite a violent moment.
#24 - This game's terrible voice acting is as infamous as it is beloved.
#23 - It's always #23... It's become a bit of a personal meme at this point. I know at least one person around here should know it.
#22 - Shortly after fighting yourself, you fight the Statue of Liberty. I'm also getting into quite the spoilery territory here... oh well.
#21 - She's back. (Well, the phrase loses a bit of impact a year later.)

22: One of the newer Ninja Gaiden games had you fight against the Statue of Liberty. I'm gonna say it was Sigma 2.

Oh, and the hint on 24 made me chuckle a bit since I immediately thought of at least a dozen different games from the 90s this could apply to.

#22 isn't right, though the title does begin with S and end with 2.

I know #24 is a really wide hint, but I felt going a little bit further would probably make it kinda obvious. It is from the 90's, that much you know.



mZuzek said:
Flilix said:

#42 Correct!!! Finally someone got it

Finally indeed! By the way, I don't love that game.

Gonna drop a few more hints myself.

#25 - For a childish looking game, this one ends on quite a violent moment.
#24 - This game's terrible voice acting is as infamous as it is beloved.
#23 - It's always #23... It's become a bit of a personal meme at this point. I know at least one person around here should know it.
#22 - Shortly after fighting yourself, you fight the Statue of Liberty. I'm also getting into quite the spoilery territory here... oh well.
#21 - She's back. (Well, the phrase loses a bit of impact a year later.)

Yeah, making it all the way to the top 20 here. I have to get ahead of schedule because once Smash Ultimate is out, I'm guaranteed to miss a lot of days.

25: The Wind Waker

24: Resident Evil?



S.Peelman said:
mZuzek said:

#25 - For a childish looking game, this one ends on quite a violent moment.
#24 - This game's terrible voice acting is as infamous as it is beloved.
#23 - It's always #23... It's become a bit of a personal meme at this point. I know at least one person around here should know it.
#22 - Shortly after fighting yourself, you fight the Statue of Liberty. I'm also getting into quite the spoilery territory here... oh well.
#21 - She's back. (Well, the phrase loses a bit of impact a year later.)

25: The Wind Waker
24: Resident Evil?

#25 is right.
#24, well, you scratched one 90's game off the list.

By the way, the person who should know #23 is you.