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What games define you? What are the games that left an impact on you, that you'll never forget? It honestly didn't take me long to figure it out for myself. An honorable mention and 10th would be MGSV for me as well.


Chrono Trigger - The first game that introduced me to time travel.
Megaman X - Bonded a lot with my father on this one.
Final Fantasy II/IV - The first story I read.
Secret of Mana - I don't know why. Probably the closest I had to a 'trascendent' experience while being a kid. There's so much of this game that you just end up walking in the ambience.
Sim City - Bonded a lot with my mother on this one.
Earthbound - I was young enough that this was a grand adventure.
Link to the Past - I was young enough that the 'puzzles' were nice.
Megaman Legends - Just wholesome.
Steambot Chronicles - I went through this period where I couldn't find a single game worth playing, but this kind of snapped me out of it. I remember playing this thinking, "Holy shit, this was what it felt like to have fun playing a game."
.flow - I don't know why. I was just in a weird place when I fell into this game and really liked it. For whatever reason, I bonded with the grotesqueness of this as opposed to Yume Nikki.
Undertale - Similar experience as Steambot Chronicles.
Harvest Moon - Whenever it's winter, I think back to when I grinded this as a kid.
MGS2 - Too precient.
Solarus DX - Some of the puzzles are genius tier.
KSP - Taught me a lot.
Embric of Wulfhammer - Just fun. Plus the plot is O.K. too.
Morningstar Academy - Comf otome gaem.
Dwarf Fortress - Go read Boatmurdered.
Knytt - Another weird, transcendant, ambience thing.
Passage - I fell for this gimmick.


do you guys think that games from the 2010s and beyond can have the same impact on younger generations?
did you make that 3x3? don't wanna be 'that guy' but I only see four games correct? two repeats of each franchise my guy.
I envy your memories, wish I had something to cherish


>do you guys think that games from the 2010s and beyond can have the same impact on younger generations?
Undertale, KSP, and Minecraft (came out in 2009, but p.much was a 2010s game) have a pretty big impact–Minecraft especially, so yes.
Now, that is a smaller list, but I feel the reason is that videogames are unique in that they're having to 'compete' against a ever expanding library of older games that are essentially abandonwared and reknown as part of a sort of 'gaming canon.' Final Fantasy I's only real competition was Dragon Quest. Final Fantasy IV's competition was FFI-III/DQI-IV. By the time Final Fantasy IX came around, its JRPG competition was absolutely insane.

Because of this, I think there's a sort of 'logarithmic capacity' of good games, and therefore mathematically it makes sense that people are going to remember the 90s/early 2000s as "the classics."


There's also Demon/Dark Souls that almost birthed a new sub-genre, although it's not as big as the names you mentioned obviously.

More recently there was the whole Battle Royale fad, I don't know how popular PUBG and Fortnite are these days, it seems to have died down a bit.


Final Fantasy 9
Dungeon Siege
Neverwinter Nights
Planescape Torment
Fallout New Vegas
Hotline Miami
Lisa The Painful
GTA Vice City


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Dead Rising 2, Resident Evil 5, Ultimate Marvel VS. Capcom 3, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (remember when Capcom used to be cool?).
Grand Theft Auto IV and New Vegas for me as well; good taste OP.
Death Stranding, Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers, and Wizardry 8 would probably be the remaining 3.
Since you did an honorable mention, I'll do one as well: Bug Fables.
I haven't played it long enough to know if it can be a top 9 contender, but it's shaping itself up to be one.

Here's a Chuck skin for Chris in UMvC3, two awesome characters come together.
I never thought about how sad it is that in just 10 years, Capcom went from being a company that if their label was on a game then you knew it was a guaranteed 10/10, to a guaranteed 0/10.
I remember being 9 years old with my Playstation 2 and I didn't have Internet and didn't read magazines or anything, so I had no idea what games to buy. I'd just buy whatever had Capcom on it and it never led me astray.
Four games on my top 10 list being from a single company that is now a piece of shit is extremely depressing.

Dead Rising 2 and New Vegas came out just one month apart from each other. 2008-2010 were the best years of my entire life.
I feel like crying now.


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to think I was there when minecraft was still a browser game, replaced what others built with tnt blocks haha (that's as far as griefing went)

correct me if I'm wrong but most of those games required a nintendo to play ;-; wonder what games poor countries bonded over, maybe bootleg cassettes with some unknown romhack
were you there during the souls and dayz-battle royale peak? or any popular mod or new genre? had my handhelds stolen so I missed quite alot :/
some magazines used to come with demos sometimes, those were awesome. did you ever plug that ps2 online? wish I played resevil outbreak online, still have the disc but not the adapter :'(


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No, I didn't ever hook my systems up online. I wanted to really badly to play Metal Gear Online, upload custom tony hawk underground 2 maps, and I wanted to hook my Xbox online to play Ninja Gaiden online (i was only 10-12 and didn't know at the time that Ninja Gaiden's online functions were only for comparing high scores, lol.)
But speaking of demos, a Gamestop clerk gave me this when i was only 8 years old I guess, and i played it for hundreds of hours. I ended up buying the game years later and I didn't play the actual game as much as the demo disc haha.


ssx (2000)
ssx on tour
gta san andreas
call of duty modern warfare 2
gta 3
gran turismo 4


i forgot Alliance of Valiant Arms (AvA)
and Need for speed world


i forgot to add tekken 4


all the love for GTA IV here is making me happy.
no game to this day has even come close to its physics system and NPC animations and response to being damaged. Their near-death-state where they'd limp off into cover adds a lot of sadistic satisfaction that NO GAME SINCE OR BEFORE IT has come close to.


and battlefield 3 + 4
You're right, not to mention the incredible atmosphere of the game (especially when it rained)


Medal of Honor Allied Assault. It was one of the first fps games I really got into, the expansions, multi-player, loved it.

Tribes 2, just the map music alone is enough to make me smile. It was perhaps the only online game I could play in my youth that never truly angered me if I did poorly in it.


>Soul Reaver
Because it has the best dialogues I have seen in a game to this day and introduced me to gnosticism
>Silent Hill
First horror game I've ever played, couldn't sleep for days after playing it for the first time as a kid.
>Metal Gear Solid
The first game that teached me not to kill everything in sight and it was the first game I've played that had a "serious" plot
>Brave Fencer Musashi
Underrated as fuck, it was meant to be the "Zelda" of Play Station. I used to discuss tactics to beat bosses and discover secrets with my friends as a kid.
First game that introduced me to modding. Made me feel in love with PC gaming.
I got my first job to buy a PC good enough to run this game, back when it came out. I was in love with Morrowind modding scene and the mods for this game looked awesome, I just had to play it, and when I finally got to run it on my new PC it was one of the happiest days of my life.
>Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodliness
Because it was awesome
it was a knockoff of Lineage 2, but it was the first MMO I've played, and I met a lot of people there.
I haven't really stopped playing it since it came out.


Is it really a repeat though? Truly unworthy of separate praise? Also, I'm not too bothered by samesies. The games I listed were due to the impact it had on me.
But yes, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. SOC and COP were pretty much the same game with slightly different stories and gameplay mechanics. To call GTA's III and IV the same, and
also FO3 and NV the same is kinda crazy though. Especially the Fallouts, they're two drastically different games and I'd even go so far as to say it's quite a
bitch to get the hang of one games mechanics if you've been playing the other for a while. New Vegas performs well in gameplay mechanics and Fallout 3's story is
pure nostalgia bait, it was an 80's movie plotline dialed to an 11.

You know I used to be on the other chan around the time GTA IV released and I remember the hate it got for being so bare bones yet I just loved everything about
the game; from the story to the gameplay, to the side activities and even the mechanics. It had the same allure as GTA III to me, only with a bigger script and more
dialogue. To me GTA III felt like an old Tarantino movie. Very vague, sparse information and backgrounds on characters, almost like a dream-world. IV on the other
hand was a good story for me, but that gameplay was crazy. It was very sharp, is the only way I can put it. The sliding towards walls/cars when pressing the cover
button. The easy of aiming upwards to toward the head and getting a headshot. I used to do playthroughs with nothing but the glock for "realism" when I was a little
spergy kid. Also the fucking fighting mechanics was the best Rockstar had since maybe The Warriors. The ability to keep aiming at a dead body to stomp on it or hit
it with your bat was fucking amazing especially once you learned that most downed enemies were still alive. Rockstar always knew how to advance each game. Which is
why their current practices are odd to me. They're still leaps and bounds ahead of everyone else in what to put into their games, but now they're lacking the sort of
logic and thought-process they seemingly put into their previous games which is worrisome. Still, you play any other game like GTA and it just doesn't hold a candle.

Bloodlines was a broken fucking mess but the concept, the dialogue, and the atmosphere is second to none. I will never forget this game, and I'm saddened by what's
currently being done to the VTM/WOD IP. It's a damn shame.


Pokémon Yellow
Crash Bandicoot
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (and the sequel)
Mass Effect Trilogy
Dragon Age: Origins

pretty boring taste but those are the defining games of my youth that I'll never forget


Bowman 2


GTA3, GTA:SA, Okami, Hitman Blood Money, Oblivion, Jurassic Park Operation Genesis, and Sim City 4 will forever be the games that defined my childhood. Especially SC4, I've spent thousands of hours on it and has gotten me into my obsession with world building that still allows me to escape this shitty chaotic world into a world that is perfectly balanced and ordered. I still listen to the Oblivion and Jurassic Park soundtracks while I worldbuild too.


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these ones


This has to be trolling, a fucking lolibait DS game? a fucking pachinko game?


no hes probably just underaged. i made contrarian stuff like that when i was 19, too. weeaboo crap is mystical and fascinating when youre just finding out about its sheer scope. theres tonnes of unheard of japanese PS2 games that are all very interesting when you learn of them the first time. then you come here and try to impress people with your obscure knowledge.
it's kind of endearing.


Leave the man alone to his loli games. Ffs, the most oppressed group in existence.


the ps1 game has me intrigued. the katakana… phota trek?


>Steambot Chronicles
That game was a diamond in the rough. I think it still has yet to be recognized.


Wonder Trek.


I remember being a huge weeb during the PS2 era.


There's no way a zoomer would have bothered to have delved into so much obscure trash from that era.


Got to be honest, this looks like a derivative veecore template 3x3, where you only picked known "socially acceptable" titles and anything RPGCodex fellates. But I'm not one to assume too much, maybe these are all games you've played to completion and genuinely thought impacted you. I do have to ask though; how many games have you played besides those?


>anything RPGCodex fellates
only VTMB and Stalker fit this criteria, and they are pretty memorable so idk what you are getting mad at the op for. the fact that he's included oblivion means he didn't care about scoring internet forum credibility points otherwise he would have never put it in there.


Why don't you list some games you think deserve more appreciation? I don't see how there is anything is wrong with most of those games just because they might be popular. The thread isn't designed to be an obscure tastes contest. I'd probably put Pokemon Gold/Silver on my own list and that is literally the least obscure franchise of all time.


i myself did though starting at 16. thats why i said that. im 27 now and no longer care about swinging my dick around and pretending that playing Simple 2,000 games from japan makes me cooler than you though.


What makes you think he doesn't genuinely like those games? Is he only allowed to select from a list of authorised western games? This isn't some primary school playground, it's a relatively obscure image board for voluntary recluses; naturally some of them gravitate towards more niche entertainment too.


I have a very very hard time thinking that someone (even an actual japanese) would consider 2 lolibait games and some shitty pachinko game that is part of a 14 or so series of shitty pachinko cashgrab games to be the "games that define you".

It's obvious that he took some legit games he liked and threw some weeb shit there just because.


There are plenty I could mention, but this game is one of those mystery games that I had weird dreams about after playing as a kid.


I would say Shadow of the Colossus and Metal gear solid 3 : Snake eater.


Because it's a lone guy with his horse riding in the vast openness to kill ancient colossus. The whole past apocalyptic set rings some strings in my soul.

>MGS 3 : Snake Eater

Because I found the main character a cool & lonely chad and I wanted to be like him.


Quite a number of games fit that or the veecore template actually. It makes you wonder if they actually picked games that defined them, rather than games that influenced what they think is the "approved meta".


fallout3 cringed and made me want to die. please delete this image. thanks.


In English, please.


>some shitty pachinko game
It's actually a pachinko-themed adventure game, kinda like Yakuza.


To each his own. Don't act like some flash porn game on newgrounds wasn't a part of development for many anons, maybe even more than any of the ones from OP.


Midnight Club 2 and 3 * Just a good racing game to zone out on. MC2 had a nice soundtrack too.
Zoo Tycoon * It got me into environment building. I wanted to play Sim City 2000 but I never got to. Honorable mention to Rollercoaster Tycoon, but it was only on "my Mom's computer" which I always got kicked off of.
Ratchet and Clank 2 and 3 * The levels were so good, I would play through them over and over again and draw my own on paper.
Grand Theft Auto San Andreas * "Midnight Club, but you could get out of the car and walk around (real cities)." I always wanted to play something like that and GTA was as close as you could get. Honorable mention to GTA 4, but SA was definitely more memorable for me. I still play San Andreas sometimes.
Sims 2 and 3 * I liked to build realistic cities in Sims 2 using the public lots, and I played every inch of Sims 2 gameplaywise, but I thought Sims 3 had a better system for making complex social scenarios it was just a huge pain to play it fighting the lag and slow load times. Even today I hate doing anything other than playing Sims 3 in live mode.
Civilization 5 * The historical flavor and after action reports got me into alt-history.


hmm quit lying about bethesda games guys. you all created a new character, modded it and got bored after a while then started all over again :))
lost track or how many skyrim characters I've dropped, tried everything from sekiro combat mods to dayzfying it with survival modifications
can you write down the names of those japanese games?


Tori no Hoshi: Aerial Planet
Inaka Kurashi: Nan no Shima no Monogatari
Yarudora Series (4 different games)
Hizashi No Naka No Real
Wonder Trek
Doki Doki Majo Shinpan!
Steambot Chronicles
PachiPara 14: Fuu to Kumo to Super Umi in Okinawa
Koufuku Sousakan
Armored Core: Last Raven

Not the poster, though, and I'd like to advise him to put names next time, otherwise it's bad netiquette.


Oh, I forgot, clockwise from top left.


I could tell you what games I like the most but I can't really say that any game has impacted me in any way. It's just a way to pass the time. Not like I'm getting my life understanding from the philosophical exposition in video games.


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It's hard to pick just nine titles but I've decided to pick the ones that I played the most, often multiple times from beginning to end through the years in no particular order:

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones - the only FE game that I love to play from time to time to this day, also love the fact that the community is still making roms for it

Spellforce: The Order of Dawn - I think that's the game I played the most through my teens, like every vacations included full playthrough of spellforce 1. It was released, and often called a "copycat of Warcraft 3", but to be honest it was much better.

Zeus: the Master of Olympus - as a child i really loved building sims like RollerCoaster Tycoon, and what's better than building and managing your village in ancient Greece?

The Witcher - I decided to include it on my list because it wat the first boxed game I bought in my life(I come from rather poor family, so most of my games were pirates or included in videogames magazines), really liked the atmosphere of the game, even through controls we're pretty annoying even at the release date

Sacrifice - undervalued gem, I pretty much loved everything about this game - from the world ruled by grotesque gods, to the mix of strategy and rpg games, it's a shame it sold so poorly

Age of Wonders II - most of the people really loved Heroes 3 back in a times, but there were really great games like Warlords Battlecry, Disciples II or Age of Wonders II, the handdrawns landscapes are really great looking to this day, shame they ruined the franchise with third part of the game

Dragonica - when i first played it I was amazed, as i never saw enything like this in MMORPG before, it was such an amazing idea to not make it another "click your enemy and spam your keys to kill it" game, but rather you had to make jumps, slides etc. to fight it.

Gothic - when people played Morrowind I prefered to play games from gothic series - sure, you didn't have so much freedom over your character customization, but that heavy atmosphere of fantasy penal unit was really great - no wonders people are making mod to this game to this day

Legend of Mir 3 - I've played only on modded pirated servers so I may be biased, but I really liked the game, from graphics, to combat system, to music to which I like to listen to this day


What other FE have you played? I liked Sacred Stones but it's very easy, and less memorable than its predecessors on the same system, and the monsters are pushovers…


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every FE from 6 to 10 (+ Heroes on android and Remakes: Shadow Dragon and New Mystery of the Emblem)

I know a lot of people doesn't like monsters in FE8 but I liked Valni tower, I stopped playing new ones after Fates came out and started playing GBA romhacks some of which are pretty much amazing!

I like the handmade sprites animations much more better than this crappy 3D combats in newer games, right now I'm playing Bloodlines and just love the gameplay and the story


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Subarashiki Hibi still lives rent free in my head 2 years after finishing it. It changed my viewpoint the most out of any other game.

>inb4 VNs aren't video games


just because you inb4'd it doesn't make it any less true


is age of wonders 3 bad?


for me it is, I don't really like the switch into 3d graphics as I really loved handpainted graphics from second game, the campaign is just boring, there are no gods anymore and there are less races

it's not all bod through, I really liked that in order to get resources from mines they have to be in your domain, also the class/race system adds a little bit of variety, the game overall is just worse than AoW2, but that doesn't mean it's utterly bad


little big planet
COD games after 3 and before bo2
Fallout games before 4
donkey kong games
some flash games I forgot


The Talos Principle
Paper Mario
Silent Hill 2
Donkey Kong Country 2
Zelda: Majora's Mask
Pokemon Emerald
Pokemon Silver
Pokemon Fire Red
Pokemon Fire Red Omega
Smash Bros N64


Skyrim lead me down the Elder Scrolls rabbit hole. It's been over 10 years since it came out, and I've explored all but Arena while having beaten every single quest in Morrowind and Oblivion. If I'm lucky I'll complete Daggerfall and Skyrim before the next release.

Dwarf Fortress impacted me by giving me something to look forward to in the future. While I don't particularly like the fortress mode too much, I'm really hyped about the changes in Gods. I'm especially hyped at the possibility of starting and joining vampire cults and a better conquering system for adventure mode. Also, the ability to become an apprentice of a wizard sounds cool. I want to be the master though. I can't wait until 2040! I hope we're not all dead by then~

All of my childhood games have left their mark on me. I've been trying to beat them over the years. My favorite of them is Majora's Mask. By far the best atmosphere. All those other games, I beat because I felt like I had to. Majora's Mask was like that too. Still, I appreciate the journey. Same with Banjo Kazooie + Tooie. Those were by far my most favorite N64 games.


Jesus I made this thread offhand, it's still up? Nice.


Pokémon red
Pokémon silver
Golden sun
Super Mario sunshine
Civilization 3 and 4
Tropico 3
The world ends with you
Hearts of iron 4
Kingdom come deliverance
GTA San Andreas
Not necessarily the best games I've played or the games I've played the most. It's just the games that felt like significant parts of my life when I was playing them.


Aidyn Chronicles
Crusader Kings II
Star Wars Battlefront 1&2 (the old ones)
Star Wars Republic Commando
Star Wars X-Wing Alliance
Descent: Freespace
Baldurs Gate II
Total War: Medieval II


xcom ufoextender mods (xpiratez)
civ 2 scenario league
battlefield 2 mods (project reality…)


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God theres so many games that ive played but I managed to narrow it down to nine I love these games they define my taste in videogames.


Freddy Fish series
Jazz Jack Rabbit 2
Age of Empires 2
Medal of Honor Allied Assault / Spearhead
C&C Generals / Zero Hour
BF 2 / BF 2142
Red Alert 3
CoD 4

Not /v/ approved but an honest list


Jazz Jackrabbit thats a pretty obscure game wasnt that a 2D platformer similar to Sonic The Hedgehog.

Psychonauts good taste I was thinking of putting this game on my list along with Okami but they didnt quite make my list.


Not exactly my favorite games but the ones who defined or influenced me the most:
- Pokémon games (GB, GBA, N64).
- Age of Mythology (PC).
- Neverwinter Nights (PC).
- Golden Sun (GBA).
- Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (GBC).
- Wario Land (GB).
- Rome Total War (PC).


love almost all those, great taste. DKC2, Tooie, MM, OoT and Sekiro were great games.


Jazz Jack Rabbit 2 was one smooth sidescroller, just downloaded it again recently. The music and design is really something that stuck with me since childhood.


*or platformer whatever it's called


Pokemon Crystal, Bloodborne, and GTA: SA. Nothing else matters.

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