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Leynos said:

Chrono Trigger

Was not able to play this until DS. The hype did not lie. I bought the CD ost after playing it. If this is not the best game Square ever made. It's in the top 3. Uniqe story telling. Innovative combat for the time. Stellar OST. Not very long at 10 hours. Hey, what do you know some of the talents from this game went to work on Xenoblade.

Yeah this is a really great game that I feel has aged very well too. But that's from my perspective. I can't really imagine what it's like playing it for someone that grew up with more modern games.

Still one of the best game OST's ever though.
And to think that was Mitsuda's first time as composer.

Zone of the Enders 2

I did not have a PS2 during that gen. I had (and still do) a Dreamcast/Xbox and Gamecube. I got a PS2 many years later. I knew of ZOE. I even knew Zone of the Enders 1 started off in development as a Dreamcast game called Enders Zone. I will also admit I am not the biggest Kojima fan. I love Policenauts/Snatcher but not big on MGS aside from Rising. So I was a little weary of trying it as I wanted more gameplay than cutscenes. Picked up the HD collection on PS3 for $20 a few years ago. First game,eh it's ok I guess. Then I played 2. Holy shit! The music the action the animated cutscenes all stellar. The mech designs. The presentation. It was like playing if DMC was a mech game in some regards. It was everything I could have hoped for. Even now the game looks amazing visually.  I am also a sucker when anime music does a specific vocal singing in their themes. ZOE2. Ghost in the Shell 1995. 13 Sentinels and Nier. I bought the game again on PS4 even tho I had no need to. Now my signature is the ZOE logo.

Beyond the Bounds, right?
I used to listen to that song a lot.

I wanted to see a ZOE game on Wii because of the motion controls.

Mar1217 said:

999/Virtues Last Rewards Zero Escape

The first games that convinced me in the greatness of the VN sub-genre after only thinking it was only good for romance sim,lol. Delivered on every point imaginable and now I remain standing and stan Uchikoshi.

I played 999 four years after it's western release, so I don't think that counts for this thread, but it did live up to the hype for me as well, and I'm now always interested in Uchikoshi's games.

The_Liquid_Laser said:

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Suikoden

Just wait until you play Suikoden 2. That's the big one.
But Symphony of the Night is another great classic that I think has aged well.

vivster said:

I recently tried Yakuza 0 as my first Yakuza game and it is the biggest positive surprise I've had with a game. It completely sold me on the whole franchise. There is a thread coming about this soon.

Yeah, Yakuza is a very unique experience, or... many different unique experiences. So I think it likely has something that people would enjoy. 
if you've never played one, I'd recommend it. And 0 is the best introduction, imo.



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Hiku said:
Leynos said:

Chrono Trigger

Was not able to play this until DS. The hype did not lie. I bought the CD ost after playing it. If this is not the best game Square ever made. It's in the top 3. Uniqe story telling. Innovative combat for the time. Stellar OST. Not very long at 10 hours. Hey, what do you know some of the talents from this game went to work on Xenoblade.

Yeah this is a really great game that I feel has aged very well too. But that's from my perspective. I can't really imagine what it's like playing it for someone that grew up with more modern games.

Still one of the best game OST's ever though.
And to think that was Mitsuda's first time as composer.

Zone of the Enders 2

I did not have a PS2 during that gen. I had (and still do) a Dreamcast/Xbox and Gamecube. I got a PS2 many years later. I knew of ZOE. I even knew Zone of the Enders 1 started off in development as a Dreamcast game called Enders Zone. I will also admit I am not the biggest Kojima fan. I love Policenauts/Snatcher but not big on MGS aside from Rising. So I was a little weary of trying it as I wanted more gameplay than cutscenes. Picked up the HD collection on PS3 for $20 a few years ago. First game,eh it's ok I guess. Then I played 2. Holy shit! The music the action the animated cutscenes all stellar. The mech designs. The presentation. It was like playing if DMC was a mech game in some regards. It was everything I could have hoped for. Even now the game looks amazing visually.  I am also a sucker when anime music does a specific vocal singing in their themes. ZOE2. Ghost in the Shell 1995. 13 Sentinels and Nier. I bought the game again on PS4 even tho I had no need to. Now my signature is the ZOE logo.

Beyond the Bounds, right?
I used to listen to that song a lot.

I wanted to see a ZOE game on Wii because of the motion controls.

Mar1217 said:

999/Virtues Last Rewards Zero Escape

The first games that convinced me in the greatness of the VN sub-genre after only thinking it was only good for romance sim,lol. Delivered on every point imaginable and now I remain standing and stan Uchikoshi.

I played 999 four years after it's western release, so I don't think that counts for this thread, but it did live up to the hype for me as well, and I'm now always interested in Uchikoshi's games.

The_Liquid_Laser said:

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Suikoden

Just wait until you play Suikoden 2. That's the big one.
But Symphony of the Night is another great classic that I think has aged well.

vivster said:

I recently tried Yakuza 0 as my first Yakuza game and it is the biggest positive surprise I've had with a game. It completely sold me on the whole franchise. There is a thread coming about this soon.

Yeah, Yakuza is a very unique experience, or... many different unique experiences. So I think it likely has something that people would enjoy. 
if you've never played one, I'd recommend it. And 0 is the best introduction, imo.

Yes. Nier has some songs as that. 13 Sentinel does.

But of course they all got inspired by Ghost in the Shell.



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vivster said:

I recently tried Yakuza 0 as my first Yakuza game and it is the biggest positive surprise I've had with a game. It completely sold me on the whole franchise. There is a thread coming about this soon.

Yeah, Yakuza is a very unique experience, or... many different unique experiences. So I think it likely has something that people would enjoy. 
if you've never played one, I'd recommend it. And 0 is the best introduction, imo.

You can check my first impressions here. https://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread/243688/yakuza-0-is-the-most-surprising-game-ive-ever-played/1/

It really is an impressive time sink. I'll probably barely finish it until Yakuza 7 releases on the 10th. It's a good thing that there are new protagonists too since I haven't gotten to the core of the Kiryu story yet.

After that it's gonna be Kiwami 1 and 2.



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Guardian Heroes.

Was not able to play this when new. I think this came out when side-scrolling beat em up RPGs were still somewhat fresh. The art and music are top-notch. One of the best OSTs on Saturn. The 2D plane gimmick of hopping between them makes it more interesting. The combo meter and commanding your ally in different ways. Branching story paths makes the game very replayable. This might still be avail on Xbox Live. If not Japanese versions of the game are still somewhat affordable and can easily be played not reading the text.  One of my fave games TBH. I was hoping to play a game like this after but the closest is Code of Princess. It's ok but not nearly as good. While it doesn;t have the hopping plane gimmick, Dragon's Crown fills the need well,of course DC is more of a successor to Tower of Doom in Arcades.



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After trying to think of a non-obvious choice ( I pretty much played all SNES/PSX classics after 2005) it would be Panzer Dragoon Saga. Saturn used to be a nightmare to emulate ( not sure how easy or difficult it is now) but the game delivers on every front. For a 30-40 hr JRPG to have a combat system that stays exciting till the end is a huge deal. The story and world building is great too. Sadly, due to the source code being destroyed , the chances of the game ever getting remastered is very slim.



Super Mario World
Ikaruga
Earthbound
F-Zero
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Moon Patrol
Star Fox
Fantasy
Ikari Warriors (arcade)
Streeth Fighter Alpha games
Strikers 1945
Prehistoric Isle
Crystalis
Professor Layton and the Curious Village
Beneath a Steel Sky



Nier Automata had a big hype surrounding it, along with great reviews. I wasn't that interested. I only got it last month when it was on sale. It is a very Impactful experience, the way how the story unravels is unmatched. A storytelling masterpiece.
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I didn't get around to playing Witcher 3 until 2019 cos that's when it came to Switch, still thought it was amazing.

First played Donkey Kong Country 2 and 3 in the 2000s as my parents only bought me the first game as a kid, still found them spectacular.



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Alan wake, Tales of Vesperia, Heavy rain.

I got those all way late and enjoyed them.



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