What Games must be played?

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I want to ask you, good netizens of the Escapist what games you think everyone who is interested in gaming as a medium should play. Now I don't mean that these games are the best EVAR but that they are so important to warrant attention.

I will fully admit that I'm very ignorant compared to other chaps.

Tetris/Pong/ Any Mario game. I think that any simple but deep game is really important to have experienced, to understand that part of the core appeal of gaming is not cinematic but the sense of agency and being able to interact with the world, which I feel is often highlighted by basic games.

Bioshock- n One of the first western games to really attempt to not only tell a story but to say something beyond that story. It is IMHO incredibly heavy handed when doing this but I feel that it merit's attention for the fact that it even tried too.

Journey

If you've ever thought of gaming as more than a playful distraction, as something that can inspire real emotions, you need to play Journey.

It's absolute brilliance.

Street Fighter 2. Without a doubt one of the most important games ever made. It single-handedly popularised the fighting game genre and the same basic formula is still being seen in fighting games to this day.

Hazy992:
Street Fighter 2. Without a doubt one of the most important games ever made. It single-handedly popularised the fighting game genre and the same basic formula is still being seen in fighting games to this day.

I remember reading that the whole 'combo' thing was actually a glitch that the devs decided made the game better, and they left it in.

Daystar Clarion:

Hazy992:
Street Fighter 2. Without a doubt one of the most important games ever made. It single-handedly popularised the fighting game genre and the same basic formula is still being seen in fighting games to this day.

I remember reading that the whole 'combo' thing was actually a glitch that the devs decided made the game better, and they left it in.

Yeah it's true, I think it was specifically the cancels.

Kirby 64. It's simplistic, it's easy, it's heartwarming. A great game that everyone should play, especially those just getting into it.

Daystar Clarion:
Journey

If you've ever thought of gaming as more than a playful distraction, as something that can inspire real emotions, you need to play Journey.

It's absolute brilliance.

You are slow. It took you 5 whole minutes after the thread creation to post that. You're getting a warning now. Keep up the sloppy work and you'd be banned from talking about Journey.

OT: A Blizzard game. Of any genre. So, that means War-/Star- Craft or Diablo. They aren't original but sure as hell know how to refine a formula into a game that people like. Again, the game's quality is not really up there for debate, as the games aren't that good, they are, however, liked.

A BioWare game. Doesn't really matter which (maybe not DA2, though. Also not SWTOR, for it is an MMO), as they've made pretty much a single game. They have a formula that's working - evident by the heaps of praise they get for it.

Portal - a game made right. Feel free to disagree, but playing it is only going to help you with the medium.

Since currently I can't think of another non-standard [1] (w)RPG, I'll go with Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines. Make more point buy systems, dammit! It's neither a new concept, nor hard to pull off. Why shy away from it? And the Elder Scrolls series...well they have an interesting take on it. Still have levels, though, however it's not the bog standard "kill to learn" thing.

[1] level up, receive character advancement points, distribute them, level up...etc. Presumably in a medieval setting among knights in shining armour and such

DoPo:
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I'm sorry D:

I'll try harder next time.

Daystar Clarion:

DoPo:
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I'm sorry D:

I'll try harder next time.

Good. You should be sorry. You're lucky you're on your first warning. Any more and don't think the Lord High Wizard won't be hear about this.

DoPo:

Daystar Clarion:

DoPo:
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I'm sorry D:

I'll try harder next time.

Good. You should be sorry. You're lucky you're on your first warning. Any more and don't think the Lord High Wizard won't be hear about this.

No! Not the Lord High Wizard!

He smells like cabbage and and always has his hands in... unappealing places...

Daystar Clarion:

DoPo:

Daystar Clarion:

I'm sorry D:

I'll try harder next time.

Good. You should be sorry. You're lucky you're on your first warning. Any more and don't think the Lord High Wizard won't be hear about this.

No! Not the Lord High Wizard!

He smells like cabbage and and always has his hands in... unappealing places...

Just keep doing your job properly and he won't be visiting while you sleep. We clear?

DoPo:

Daystar Clarion:

DoPo:

Good. You should be sorry. You're lucky you're on your first warning. Any more and don't think the Lord High Wizard won't be hear about this.

No! Not the Lord High Wizard!

He smells like cabbage and and always has his hands in... unappealing places...

Just keep doing your job properly and he won't be visiting while you sleep. We clear?

...

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Yes sir.

Stupid wizards and their stupid rules that are stupid...

MAX PAYNE3
... can`t tell if you`re interested but I MUST play it. ARGH the wait...

Monkey island 1-2 HD collection.
Pirates, carribian islands, a wonderfull soundtrack, great funny dialogue, puzzles (that`s the main mechanic- solve puzzles with dialogue, interacting with items and your surounding) and you can switch from the new style to retro with one button press. Maniac Mansion was the first but these two games started my love for Lucasarts adventures. I officialy renamed them Jesus1 and 2.
If you found your love for Jesus then you can try Monkey Island3 (it`s more of a Maria or maybe just Joseph but still heart warming).

Since Journey is already mentioned i like to point out Flower. This game is like meditation-Just be the wind (the main mechanic is blowing. You just blow)

Really have to go with Earthbound. Yeah it's my favorite RPG of all time. Came into my life and bitch slapped all those other RPGs that took themselves way to seriously. A strange journey of a little boy having to grow up to save the world from Giygas. Really has some dark undertones wrapped up in a weird package. Do want to stray off the beaten path, give Earthbound a whirl.
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Doom.

Wolfenstein 3D may have invented the FPS as we know it, but Doom defined the genre, and it still plays like a dream.

when it comes to turn based games final fantasy and any pokemon series are a must.

Everyone's tastes are different, so there's only really games that I would recommend rather than ones I'd consider to be 'essential'.
FPS/TPS; No-one Lives Forever 2, FEAR, STALKER (particularly Shadow of Chernobyl), Deus Ex, System Shock 2, Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis, Cryoastasis, Half-life 1 Vanquish, Max Payne 2.
RPG's or Action RPG's; KOTOR. KOTOR II, Vampires: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, Alpha Protocol, Persona 3, Persona 4, Jade Empire.
Platformers: Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, Super Meat Boy, VVVVVV, The Deep Cave, Sonic Adventure 2, Rayman 2, N/N+.
Other; Condemned 1 & 2, Dear Esther, Penumbra Trilogy, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Another World, Killer 7, Spelunky, To The Moon, A Reckless Disregard for Gravity.
I'm forgetting a lot, but my brain is not functioning properly right now.

Well my first thought was bioshock, but ninja's in the first post :P

I'm gonna say deus ex. Even though its old its STILL a great example of non-linear gameplay. It lets you try different solutions to a problem, and then even better RECOGNISES what you have done. And to top it off it does it without losing focus on the story - which is what often happens in sandbox games. Hell, even most sandbox games only give you a single way to complete an objective (go here, kill this). The only variety is how you get to the next objective.

-This is a personal opinion one-
Timesplitters 2 is THE shooter to play :D The true sequal to goldeneye 64 STILL puts to shame the multiplayer shooters of today with content (both single AND multi), variety and customisation. It goes so far as to let you choose what background music plays during the match. And all in an easy and accessable way.

Well, Persona 4 is a must play I think. Even if you don't usually like JRPGs, I usually find the turn-based stuff a bit immersion breaking since the characters are usually some sort of badass warriors who suddenly can only do one move every 2 minutes

In Persona 4 your party is a bunch of schoolkids, hardly surprising that they're gonna be hesitant and only attack when their leader tells them too.

Plus y'know baist characters ever, awesomesauce mystery story and all that. The enemy/boss design is abSOlutely fabulous too!

Oh and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney should at least be tried. If you don't like it by the end of the second case you're free to just dump it in your nearest skip XP

Annnnnnd if you have any love for MOBA type games at all then try League of Legends. Riot are so in touch with the community it's freakin' hilarious. Every Champion is cool as hell and only a few of them are super underpowered!

Though everyone seems to throw the phrase "OP!!!" around almost every game like it's flavour of the year, maybe in Cassiopeia's case it's sort of valid since I full on beasted yesterday in my first ever game with her. Why can't that happen with my Riven?! DX

I can sum up how ridiculous it gets by just saying that in one game someone completely seriously complained that my Sona was OP. She's the supporty-est support that ever supported a team. Yes I build her AP instead of full support but come on it's not like I can Pentakill a whole team Katarina style XD

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It's a bitch to get a hold of legally...Working on it though. In the mean-time...

Tetris. It's the only game l know of that is available on everything with a screen and anything resembling a keyboard (as of 2003 I think). It is the great-grand daddy of every current, casual puzzle game and proof that even the most simple of games can still hold up in this day and age.

Another would be the original Dragon Quest/Dragon Warrior. It isn't the best JRPG or all time nor am I saying it holds up. The ending is also really disappointing (I challenge anyone who calls ME3 WORST GAEM EVAR because of its ending to play through Dragon Warrior and tell me that one is better). The thing is though, it's like going to a museum. It's the great-great-grand daddy of JRPGs after all. It's also fairly short, taking about 15 - 20 hours depending on how grind-happy you chose to be.

Legacy of Kain and Blood Omen series, because they had great setting, stunning art style, good gameplay and one of the best voice acting I've seen in a game.

I have a difficult time telling someone they have to play a particular game, as many people have told me such and led me to some of what I consider to be the worst games I've ever played... and of course, everyone's taste in genre and what is great within any preferred genre is pretty damned subjective...

But to anyone who can enjoy a third-person action horse-riding, animated building climbing and stabbing simulator... Shadow of the Colossus. Love that game still.

DoPo:
OT: A Blizzard game. Of any genre. So, that means War-/Star- Craft or Diablo. They aren't original but sure as hell know how to refine a formula into a game that people like. Again, the game's quality is not really up there for debate, as the games aren't that good, they are, however, liked.

You forgot

Just a couple:
The Operative: No One Lives Forever
Planescape: Torment
X-Com: UFO Defense
Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle
and if you can find it and get it to run
System Shock 2, because everyone should know how disappointing Bioshock really is.

EDIT: Fuck it, add Freespace 2 to the list.

I'm going to be boring and say portal. I really can't think of anything that is as good with as much universal appeal.
You can't objectively say that people HAVE to play X game but Portal is definetely a good catch all.

In terms of things that are probably the best in their genres or at least the most respected among gamers, I have a good list for ambassadors of sorts.

2D Platformers: Super Mario World

Puzzles: Portal and/or Portal 2

Fighers: Street Fighter 2

Online FPS: Team Fortress 2 (Speak to known users to find a server that will not make you hate humanity)

Single Player FPS: Half Life 2

Horror or just for great story: Silent Hill 2

RPG: Deus Ex or System Shock 2

JRPG: Honestly I don't play these often beyond Kingdom Hearts but that's not a bad option, though I've heard good things about this Final Fantasy or some of its sequels.

Uncategorised: Shadow of the Colossus.

Cave Story. It's got an excellent story, looks amazing without having top-of-the-line graphics, and while it's slightly more linear than most Metroidvania (which hides its linearity behind "oh, you can't open this wall until you find the Super Missile upgrade!), the excellent story more than makes up for that. And it's free.

('Cave Story Deluxe Package' is the one you want. Works with any controller you have plugged in with at least six buttons.)

Out of the games I've played:

Ico
Shadow of the Colossus
LittleBigPlanet 2
Mario Kart
Any main series Mario
Any main series Zelda
GoldenEye 007

More will probably come to me later... Though I suppose if it was truly a highlight it'd have already come to me.

You don't HAVE to play any game.

But what you should play?

Half Life 2.

A perfect example of the artform that is videogames being used to the best advantage. The art design, level design, storytelling, gameplay, pacing. It's all amazing.

MASTODON...i know its not a game but they are the best band in the universe

A few recommendations:

Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim; Old, fun and unique. Stay away from the sequel though.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War; RTS set in the 40k universe. Dark Crusade is the my favorite iteration. Solid gameplay, most races feel fairly unique (chaos and space marines being the major exception). I prefer it to Starcraft, but it was my first RTS.

Portal & Portal 2; Very fun, very witty. I mention both because I preferred the sequel to the original, but it would be a crime to play one and not the other.

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind; Get past the graphics and combat(which are terrible, but made passable with mods) and you have a hell of a world to explore. Feels totally alien and giant, one of my favorite games for atmosphere. And I couldn't even figure out how to start the main quest.

Demon's Souls/Dark Souls; Demon's Souls atmosphere is amazing. Difficult action rpg game, but fair, and the difficulty involved makes victory feel all the better. Multiplayer interaction is also excellent. Dark Souls is basically Demon's Souls with a couple of changes here and there, nothing major.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare; Yeah, Call of Duty has a bad rap, but that's because its 4 previous iterations have been carbon copies of this game. And that's because this game was pretty damn good.

Jak and Ratchet Series; Excellent gameplay in both cases, and I especially enjoyed the story in Jak 2 and 3.

Team Fortress 2; Free, solid shooter, lighthearted, easy on system requirements, and runs on about everything but Unix (which I hear is changing soon).

No games must be played except maybe the game of life sorta speaking that being said there are loads of games that are awesome and I feel my life slightly more enjoyable for having played them.

FFVII
Xenoblade Chronicles
Valkyria Chronicles
Persona 4
Street Fighter 2 turbo
Okami
Journey
Strangers Wrath
Oblivion
Bayonetta
Mario 3
Mario Galaxy
Soul Calibur
Katawa Shoujo

I could go on but theres a few recommendations.

Well lets see.
Earthbound.
Portal.
Minecraft.
Audio Surf.
Lone Survivor.
Half Life.
Cry of Fear.
Duke Nukem.
Serious Sam.
Cave Story.
Nethack.
The Binding of Isaac.
Dungeons of Dreadmor.
Mount and Blade.
Magicka.
Worms.
Frozen Synapse.
And finally Saints Row.

All these include sequels by the way.

I am obligated to say Baldurs gate.

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YOU MUST PLAY IT!

Daystar Clarion:
Journey

If you've ever thought of gaming as more than a playful distraction, as something that can inspire real emotions, you need to play Journey.

It's absolute brilliance.

The evil ending to InFamous 2 should count then.

I... I couldn't even finish it. I couldn't kill Zeke! I think the end of InFamous 2 is a "soul" test of sorts. If you get the full evil ending, you don't have a soul, because you killed Zeke.

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