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1. Assassin's Creed Odyssey
2. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
3. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
4. Pokemon Black + White / Pokemon Black 2 + White 2
5. Uncharted III
6. Uncharted II
7. Uncharted I
8. Europa Universalis IV
9. Stellaris
10. Assassin's Creed II

11. Until Dawn
12. Heavy Rain
13. Cities Skylines
14. Assassin's Creed Origins
15. Sid Meier's Civilization VI (despite some weaknesses)
16. Dead Space
17. Hearts of Iron IV (despite some weaknesses)
18. Grand Theft Auto IV (good story, lacking in other stuff to do, when you finished the story (and perhaps DLC stories), there's not much left to do, it's also very realistic and grey-ish)
19. Grand Theft Auto III
20. Super Mario Odyssey

21. Far Cry 3
22. Far Cry 4
23. No Man's Sky (despite major weaknesses, but the continued support for this game has made me glad, they should've never released this game so early or be open with their long term plans, because it's not the game that's shit, it's the entire PR section. Worst PR ever for a game, so much got wrong, but the game anno 2021 is absolutely great with love for the community and lots of big free great updates).
24. Pokemon Emerald (or Ruby / Sapphire)
25. Pokemon X + Pokemon Y

Super Mario Galaxy + Super Mario Galaxy 2 was also good. Pokemon Fire Red of course too, and I also liked the InFamous franchise.

Disappointments:
Grand Theft Auto V (esp. how they only focus on online right now anymore, and how the story was really not that great in V. The world could've been better, although it's much more colourful and fun to be in than in NY/Liberty City, but basically 70% of the land mass is useless because why would you ever leave Los Santos, if it wasn't for a story mission? I missed the multiple cities feature of San Andreas. Only great thing about V was the more arcade-ish driving which was much more fun than IV that was a bit too serious on that.
Every fucking FIFA game again (because you know EA, the most stupid game company that ruins every game they produce rn).
All modern shooters, since as a kid, FPS used to be my fav genre (But after COD: Black Ops, i didn't play Call of Duty anymore for a while, when I wanted to play FPS games again, i never managed to get into one again anymore. Call of Duty has also become literally trash after that).

What I want to play:
Assassin's Creed Valhalla (i also have to play Syndicate yet)
Humankind (not yet out)
Uncharted 4
Watch Dogs 2
Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption 2
The Last of Us (couldn't get into earlier) + The Last of Us II
The Witcher 3
BioShock franchise
Sleeping Dogs
Tomb Raider franchise

and perhaps a few others


Still a lot of games i've to play, even from some franchises i've listed here.
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checkers
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OldAle1 wrote: March 7th, 2021, 8:05 pmcheckers
is that a game?
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I'm also eagerly waiting for Victoria III which has not yet been announced. But if Paradox Interactive can nail it, it will possibly become my fav game ever, or at least my fav of that studio (which is now EUIV), because the Victorian age sounds more interesting than the ages EUIV handle, because of "enlightenment, industrialization and the rise of politics and subsequent world wars system). Victoria II is extremely fun, but one of the hardest games i ever played to get into (the other one is Kerbal Space Program)... Jesus those games are so hard.

I'm quite good in EUIV. I'm okay-ish into HoI4 but i struggle later into the game, because I don't modernize divisions often enough to keep up with other nations, and probably some other stuff, but my best campaign was conquering all of Europe with Germany, and neither America could succesfully make a landing into all of Europe, and basically all of Africa and Asia, and neither could I in the America's and Iceland, so i decided to end the game there, so some kind of stalemate and cold war would be the future.

With EUIV the best games i played were with Spain, but even better was my game with Pomerania, although i could've been more agressive into that one. I'm quite good in EUIV i would say. And I did really well in my Muscovy -> Russia game, and stopped when i fulfilled everything i wanted to do already by 1600. Getting the economy to roll was the hardest part, because the Ottomans were clearly bigger, more threatening, more powerful esp. economically than my Russia.

Stellaris is fun too, but I never finished a game so far (still 100+ hours into it).

Civ VI is also good. It has some issues, but i like it more than V. My best game was when I finally beated Deity with Sumeria last year I believe. The thing is: on deity the early game is extremely hard, but the end game is actually quite easy. It's just a matter of surviving the first 100 to 150 turns, get your economy rolling and than bulldozing all the other civs, and even on deity it's easy to get all the later wonders, build whatever you want and just demolition all the other nations, although i never play for domination victory, because that's too tedious.

Lower difficulties, even normal, is tedious, because 80% of the game is just too easy and boring. The issue is really that the AI is not great in Civ VI. It's just not great, so i'm forced to play on deity difficulty which just increases bonuses for other civs (like 80% faster tech progress, 4 settlers to start with and all that kind of ridicilous stuff), and I still win a game if i survive the start, because the AI is just stupid (like city placement, how they forge wars, which units to build, the focus on religions & wonders, it not being able to get eureka's/inspirations or not being able to switch policies according to strategy) -> i think a lot of the features they added is just incompatible with how the AI prefers to play the game. It would just be a chore to get the AI right with the features Civ VI added, because the features are more optimized for human players.

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I could give those two, but see look at the science output of my empire compared to the other ones. For about 100 turns my science output was below or at the average of other civs, and the only way to keep up is getting your eureka's, while on other output's you certainly lag behind, and choices you make you need to make the right ones, focus on whatever you need most (food and production > science > culture > gold), ignore wonders and religion and be prepared for a war with kind of defensive troops, while also being able to get the right city placements, with prepared planning for districts and wonders (so i use templates to mark where i want to put my cities, what i want to build, and what tiles to work on), so it's called a strategy game for some reason.

And of course, i've watched a lot of let plays to get better in civ6.
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With games, i'm also less obsessed by art, i just want some fun. (now ofc, i think that also applies to some extent to movies or music, but even what I like is very different to other people), whereas with games this is not really the case (exc. for those shit franchises that just want to grab your money, Sims / FiFA / COD).

I think I like three kinds of games:
1. Action-adventure (open world or linear), like Assassin's Creed and GTA (more open world) / Uncharted or Dead Space (which is more linear)

2. Grand Strategy (although this game has no real end, you create your own experience, but I really love the stats, the random AI at times and the vast number of options and the fact you can play hundreds of hours and still not be good at it or learn new things). It's quite an addictive genre, which is why I sometimes tend to stay away from it, because without this genre, i would have much more time for other games, as well as movies, tv-series and music. I play this genre usually in periods. The last half year i havent' played any game in this genre. But it also applies to games where you create something like Planet Zoo or Cities: Skylines

3. Some kind of fantasy MMORPG is also what I really like to play, although this genre has it's shortcomings too, but what it shares in common with grand strategy, is that it is also very big, you can spend hours into it and i really like the vastness of the creatures or the world / lore that has been created, sure yes.

And there are some others ofc too.

But what returns it that it has too be big and has lots of options, whereas in COD you usually finish the singleplayer experience after 5 hours. In No Man's Sky, if you visit every planet and take 2 minutes for it to explore, and play the game 24 hours every day, you would still not have visited every planet (because it's procedurally generated) at the time universe literally dies out, whichever way it is going to be. (18 quintillion stars with 1 to 6 planets are in the game) The irony of all of this, the universe is still at least 1000 times bigger than NMS 256 galaxies with 18 quintillion procedurally generated planets lol.

That being said, our brains are probably even more complex than the RL universe (and there's also quantum mechanica amazingly complicated as well lol, which is something that gets explored in Ant Man and Ant Man 2 (the quantum realm).
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Boggle. It has two important characteristics for me -- it's a word game and it's fast.

Jeopardy, because it involves trivia and it's fast.

Flip Cup because it involves drinking and teamwork and it's fast.

I loved Connect Four back in the day because I completely dominated all of my classmates between the ages of 5 and 8. Then they learned how to count and think more than one move ahead and it wasn't so easy. So not a favorite game anymore, but it is fast!

Others: Gin rummy, original Civilization, capture the flag.
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I don't remember Civilization being very fast. The exception that proves the rule?
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OldAle1 wrote: March 7th, 2021, 11:58 pm I don't remember Civilization being very fast. The exception that proves the rule?
Indeed! And I've also played capture the flag games that lasted multiple hours.
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I was big into D&D in college and for a few years after - of course that can take forever and individual sessions are as long as you want them to be. But I never got into war games which some of my friends were pretty serious about. My roommate my last year in college had a Vietnam War game that he was playing against himself that was supposed to take something like 2,000 hours if I'm remembering rightly; I know he told me he expected to take two years to finish it. I don't really know how he played himself but I expect there was some complicated rule about it, or he was playing one side that had a great many unalterable moves already plugged in.
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OldAle1 wrote: March 7th, 2021, 8:05 pmcheckers
played some today for the 1st time in years. lost.
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Haven't updated this in ages but: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls057942865/

Top 10 sort of like:

1. Portal 2
2. Portal
3. Super Mario 64
4. Banjo-Kazooie
5. Grand Theft Auto IV
6. Super Mario Sunshine
7. Pokemon Ruby (and all the other games)
8. The Sims 2
9. Far Cry 3
10. Half-Life 2

I'd probably bump The Sims 2 up a bit now (easily my most played game). And I'd probably also include Overcooked 1 &2, Super Mario Odyssey, Assassin's Creed II, Tropico 5/6, The Sexy Brutale, Gunpoint, Cyberpunk 2077, South Park Fractured But Whole, Animal Crossing New Horizons, The Last of Us 2, Tomb Raider, Gang Beasts, Slayaway Camp, Hexcells, idk what else I've played in the last 7 years. Runescape/OSRS.

For non-video games, I always loved the idea of board games but never really had anyone to play with. Cluedo was fun, I liked Scrabble, bored of Monopoly now. I love trivia games but no-one likes to play with me because I win all the time. Also really love stuff like Solitaire, Gin, Mahjong... Tetris..

I love puzzle games mostly and simulation/tycoon games. I like RPG/FPS/action games if the world is immersive and/or the gameplay is interesting. I really like exploration/collectible based kind of things over just shooty shooty bang bang types. Also quite like short indie games as they tend to be a bit more unique and interesting. Don't like any kind of multiplayer game although some co-op games that I can play with my boyfriend have been good (Overcooked is amazing).
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Stuff I still wanna play:

The newer Pokemon games that I never got into (everything from B&W onwards)
Red Dead Redemption 1 & 2 - just haven't been able to get into them
New Pokemon Snap (out soon)
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl (out later this year)
Pokemon Arceus (out next year. Actually cried with excitement when I saw the trailer for this)
Kingdom Come Deliverance (have started playing)
The Outer Worlds (have started playing)

Lots of other stuff, bored of listing them now. Just add my whole Steam library here.
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mightysparks wrote: March 8th, 2021, 4:44 am Runescape/OSRS.
Also fun, but arguably the format is a bit grindy and the other issue is that there's some sort of pay 2 win mechanism in the game, in addition to already having to need membership.

I just unlocked Priffdinas (Elf City) last time i've played, and I got a bit bored after that, so I stopped again.
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Lakigigar wrote: March 8th, 2021, 7:59 am
mightysparks wrote: March 8th, 2021, 4:44 am Runescape/OSRS.
Also fun, but arguably the format is a bit grindy and the other issue is that there's some sort of pay 2 win mechanism in the game, in addition to already having to need membership.

I just unlocked Priffdinas (Elf City) last time i've played, and I got a bit bored after that, so I stopped again.
I love the RuneScape grind, but I haven’t really played it heavily for a long time. Maybe the new RuneScape has a pay to win thing but not really with old school. I haven’t played the ‘proper’ game since around 2009.
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I posted my favorite video games in another thread, but I guess I'll repost them here.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Donkey Kong Country 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario World
Yoshi's Island
Donkey Kong Country
The Legend of Zelda
Super Mario 64
Chrono Trigger
Banjo Kazooie
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Donkey Kong Country 3
Paper Mario

I also like Mario Kart games, but I'm not sure where to rank them.

I also like strategy board games like chess, checkers, othello, stratego, backgammon, gomoku. I still occasionally play chess, but I haven't played any of the others recently.
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Lakigigar wrote: March 7th, 2021, 8:21 pm I'm also eagerly waiting for Victoria III which has not yet been announced. But if Paradox Interactive can nail it, it will possibly become my fav game ever, or at least my fav of that studio (which is now EUIV), because the Victorian age sounds more interesting than the ages EUIV handle, because of "enlightenment, industrialization and the rise of politics and subsequent world wars system). Victoria II is extremely fun, but one of the hardest games i ever played to get into (the other one is Kerbal Space Program)... Jesus those games are so hard.
Victoria 2 is the devil. If one's into that kind of thing the game just vacuums so many hours seamlessly. I prefer to play it with mods that focused on historicity as I don't dig absurd scenarios which Paradox games give way to. This weekend I fired it up again, first with Paraguay which features an insane starting scenario where around twenty percent of the population are soldiers at the beginning due to utopian policies of José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia (look him up on wiki if you're curious). Then today I revived the old mighty Persia by expanding towards Central Asia and even set up a colony in Somalia and put the Socialist party in charge as the monarch. I put an end playing both games as the finances crashed after I got into spheres of US as Paraguay and UK as Iran. Probably I shouldn't have kept the tariffs at full during the whole game and shouldn't keep subsidizing profitable factories.
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I could give those two, but see look at the science output of my empire compared to the other ones. For about 100 turns my science output was below or at the average of other civs, and the only way to keep up is getting your eureka's, while on other output's you certainly lag behind, and choices you make you need to make the right ones, focus on whatever you need most (food and production > science > culture > gold), ignore wonders and religion and be prepared for a war with kind of defensive troops, while also being able to get the right city placements, with prepared planning for districts and wonders (so i use templates to mark where i want to put my cities, what i want to build, and what tiles to work on), so it's called a strategy game for some reason.

And of course, i've watched a lot of let plays to get better in civ6.
That's CivVI? I think I'm still playing CivIV (Warlords and Beyond the Sword). It looks pretty cool. I'm just too annoyed with the whole move to gaming platforms that I've opted out.

I still tend to limit myself to fairly dated match-3 games, SimCity 4 Rush Hour, CivIV, and PySol or other solitaire games on my phone. I have a mahjongg matching game there as well. I haven't played Minetest for a while and took a break from Railway Empire (New Years' present) because I was just getting too overloaded by it mentally.

I'd hardly call myself an avid gamer! :lol:
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OldAle1 wrote: March 7th, 2021, 11:58 pm I don't remember Civilization being very fast. The exception that proves the rule?
I've literally spent months on a single Civ game
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1. Metal Gear Solid 3
2. Resident Evil 4
3. Okami
4. Bayonetta
5. Silent Hill 2

Metal Gear Solid series
Devil May Cry 1 & 3
Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 1 & 2
Persona 4
Red Dead Redemption 2
Uncharted 4
The Last of Us Part II
Death Stranding
Kingdom Hearts
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