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Published: February 14, 2011
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I was tagged by the insidious :iconeclipse-of-42:! After the first, I feel the rankings are kind of arbitrary, but nevertheless this is what I settled on.

1) Donkey Kong Country 2 My parents rented this game for me when I was 4 or 5, and I instantly fell in love. If I wanted to find the point that cemented my love of gaming in general, this would have to be it. To this day, I never tire of playing again and again this masterpiece. The gameplay is engaging,alternating between fast-paced levels and ones that require caution and careful timing, and challenging. Exploration is encouraged to find the secrets in each level. The music is absolutely phenomenal. The world designs are super fun, from giant beehives to a theme park to the famous brambles. And the whole package is gloriously pirate-themed, with Rare parodying pirate tropes by having enemies who bounce around on two peg legs or throw hook-hands at you like boomerangs. Here's a game that had a huge influence on me, from my art style to, heck, my general love of pirates and crocodiles, as well as being one that I can seriously play again and again and never tire of; so choosing a favorite couldn't be more obvious.
2) Banjo-Tooie A Rareware sequel about googly-eyed animals takes the second spot, as well. And again, I have to give it the honor because of how important it was to my childhood and life; in this case, not just by influencing my art style and such, but due to a forum based around this game, I met a lot of great people and developed my writing skills. Anyway, Banjo-Kazooie was a great 3D adventure, and while some prefer its relative simplicity over the ambitiousness of its sequel, I prefer Tooie because I considered most, if not all, of Rare's additions successes. From expanded gameplay to larger, interconnected levels, BT just had more to love. Add to that some wonderful new characters (including my favorite character in the series) and an overall much darker mood that imbued BT with a black humor as opposed to BK's general goofiness, and you have an adventure that's pretty darn epic for a bear with a bird in his backpack.
3) Chrono Trigger It just doesn't get any more epic through this. Crono is a normal dude whose genius friend and fiery new date get him thrown back in time. Along with a noble knight who happens to have been turned into a frog, a loyal robot, and a strong-willed cavewoman, they find themselves as central figures in the timeline of the history of their world, sealing or rewriting important events and trying to prevent an apocalyptic future. You'll go from prehistory to the desolate future in this absolute masterpiece with beautiful music, a story with epic scope and plenty of subplots and sidequests, and unforgettable characters.
4) Super Paper Mario A game with a plot so beautiful it's hard to believe it's in a Mario game. What starts out seeming like yet another save-the-world quest with a likeable, yet shallow, villain, is soon to be revealed as a tragic love story that explores trust, loyalty, betrayal, and both the destructive and healing powers of love. Some of the characters are quite developed, particularly the main villain and his cadre. The humor is quirky and sometimes brilliant, yet interwoven seamlessly with the goofiness is a tale that truly touched my heart.
5) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time It's really hard to pick a favorite Zelda game, but OoT has to take the honor, in the end. As the first Zelda game I played fully, it moved me deeply, dropping me into the beautiful and richly developed world of Hyrule, into whose lore and mysteries I was soon fully absorbed. It's a game made with such obvious love and care, with masterpieces of music, groundbreaking gameplay, and so much to do and discover. Although its story may not be the most daring, it is still told with emotion. For the pure experience of Hyrule, there's nothing like OoT.
6) Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations All of the Ace Attorney games are great, but I have to pick T&T because of the way it integrated each case into a tragic over-arching story which tied up loose ends from past games as well as standing beautifully on its own. I love Ace Attorney because of the great characters, most of which have backstories and motivations for their actions and many of which you can come to love or pity; the mysteries are also really fun to unravel, although sometimes the solutions are really out-there and totally implausible, but that's part of the fun.
7) Pokemon: Yellow Version I've probably spent more time total with this game than any other. Back when I was 7 or 8, I was hardly to be separated from my little lime green GBC, which I carried everywhere, that I might whip it out at any time for a little training. Not only did I catch 'em all, but I trained up teams for Pokemon Stadium. My parents bought me Yellow because it's my favorite color, and as a very little girl I was swept away in it, my imagination constructing the vast worlds represented by the pixels on the tiny screen and imagining the epic battles represented by text and primitive graphics. My Pokemon were my imaginary friends, and I loved them. Although I also played Silver version back in the day and now have HeartGold, nothing can live up to that original experience.
8) Earthbound (Mother 2) Here's a game about four young kids saving the world. It's an RPG that takes place not in some epic fantasy environment, but a world much like our own, where you save by using the telephone and fight with a baseball bat... oh, and psychic powers. You'll encounter all kinds of zany characters as you travel across America- er, "Eagleland" and beyond. It sounds like a fun and silly game, but genuine emotion and heart is part of the Earthbound experience. It's touching in subtle ways, and sometimes outright disturbing. A work of art that was overlooked in its day, and now a cult favorite with good reason.
9) Kingdom Hearts Honestly, KH and KHII even out exactly in my mind, I just chose the first because I liked its boxart better. Ha. Anyway, who would have guessed that blending Disney movies with an epic, emotional fantasy storyline would not just work, but be amazing? The idea is so crazy, and the games turned out to be phenomenal. It was wild enough to be able to explore environments and team up with/fight characters from movies that were integral to my childhood, but the original parts of Kingdom Hearts are outstanding as well. The power of friendship may be a hackneyed message, but KH pulls it off so beautifully.
10) Psychonauts Like Earthbound, a zany game about psychic kids that is absolutely brilliant but didn't sell well. Also outright disturbing in some parts, and sweet or sad in others. But mostly, absolutely hilarious. Simply one of the funniest games I've ever played. You play Raz, a daring boy training to be a Psychonaut: a psychic solder who does battle inside the minds of others. It's like Inception, but funnier. And it came first. Anyway, you'll interact with great characters in the outside world, then leap into their minds and see how it reflects their twisted subconsciouses. You'll meet everyone from a security guard who dreams of conspiracies involving girl scouts and milkmen, to a nice guy schizophrenically possessed by his ancestor, Napoleon; and you'll have to solve their massive problems and set their minds at ease.
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RukunetsuHobbyist General Artist
Pretty good list here. Glad Chrono Trigger and OoT are here.
GoblinalMagpie's avatar
I'm very surprise to see Kingdom Hearts in your list. Seriously, I never even seen a hint of KH in your page! Also, I'm faving this for the lovely writing. :heart:
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AltermentalityHobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, thanks! Some people have faved this, and I feel bad because I hadn't considered myself as doing anything but choosing good pictures... I hadn't even considered the writing.

Yeah, a few of these games, you won't find any evidence of in my gallery or even in my favorites really... in fact, in doing this meme I reminded myself of how deeply I really do love them, and that I ought to pay them more attention. I tend to get caught up in certain obsessions, y'know? Although in the case of Kingdom Hearts it was always because KH has SO MUCH fanart out there already =P
Eclipse-of-42's avatar
Weird, thats the second time I've been called insidious...clearly, I am a dark, sneaky sort of person ;p

While I can't say I've played more than a couple of these games, I will say it is a fine-looking list. I'm always interested in seeing what the favorite games of others are!
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AltermentalityHobbyist Digital Artist
Play them. Play them ALL.

I think you would especially eat Psychonauts up.
HoratioGiovanni's avatar
Didn't know you were a Chrono Trigger fan. I don't like RPGs in general, but that one really stuck with me.
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arcane-phoenixHobbyist Digital Artist
Earthboooouuuund! I got into the Mother series recently and I love it already for how simple, yet touching the games are. Have you played Mother 3 yet? The story is much, much darker than that of Earthbound, but it still retains the silly charm of the rest of the series. The characters are beautiful as well, especially Lucas and the rest of his family. :heart: As a warning, though, Mother 3 will make you cry. A lot.
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AltermentalityHobbyist Digital Artist
Noooo, but I hear NOTHING but wonderful things about it. I mean to get around to it this summer. I do so love it when games touch me emotionally. Most of the games on this list did that, or else they are just great games which meant very much to my life and my enjoyment of gaming in general. (I can't exactly say Banjo-Tooie makes me cry, unless it be at the ending credits which make me long for a better future than can happen and force me to remember Rareware's current situation...)
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arcane-phoenixHobbyist Digital Artist
Mother 3's genius is that it's such a simple game on the surface compared to other JRPGs... but it's incredibly intricate once you start to dissect it. I just ordered the actual GBA game for myself because I love it so much. Who cares if I can't read Japanese, I want to play it the way it was meant to be played. :D
HoratioGiovanni's avatar
Mother 3 is so brutally depressing at times that when it gets silly it feels really awkward. Cool game, but it's an emotional mess.
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AltermentalityHobbyist Digital Artist
You would be the ONE to say something bad about it =P Jeeeez, Mr. Negative Ned....

I appreciate the honesty though, really. I can be an emotional mess too, so I should like it! Hahaha...ha... I wasn't really joking >_>
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TechnicolorKeeganStudent Filmographer
Very nice selection!!
Dark-Red-Z's avatar
1, 2, 3, 5, 7, YOU KNOW HOW IT'S DONE!!!

Yo, want something epic to read?
There's this thing I wrote, four years ago. It's written like a GameFAQ for Banjo Tooie, -BUT- an insane version of it!

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Pharaoh-InkHobbyist Digital Artist
Oh geez, Banjo Tooie brings back LOTS of good memories. CB Loved the heck out of the game.
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AltermentalityHobbyist Digital Artist
Rare was really something back then...
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Pharaoh-InkHobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I agree. 8D DK64 was probably one of my favorite games too.~
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AltermentalityHobbyist Digital Artist
DK64 was my first N64 game, so it holds a very special place in my heart :3 Of all the games to start out with, though... such a vast and difficult one! I was ready for anything after that!
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It was an incredible game. I got it for Christmas when I was 8. 8D Although when I finally made it to Hideout Helm, I got so scared, I reset the game. I was a very odd child. XDDDDD
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AltermentalityHobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha. I thought if you lost at Hideout Helm, your game file would be deleted because YOU FAIL AND DK ISLE BLOWS UP; I was so terrified. I managed to beat it the first time, so I think I maintained this belief for years until I got old enough to realize that was stupid XD
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Welp, now I have the overpowering urge to go through Banjo-Tooie again. =P I do agree, I prefer it to the original BK (which I also adore, don't get me wrong); the bigger worlds are actually a plus for me, I love to explore.

Great list, overall :D You have excellent taste.
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AltermentalityHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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OzimulHobbyist General Artist
Ah yes, Yellow version. I was ecstatic when the Pikachu finally had little hearts over its head when I talked to it. >w<
(Also, yay Tooie and OoT!)
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AltermentalityHobbyist Digital Artist
Hehehe, me too. And it took them until HeartGold/SoulSilver to implement that with every Pokemon :D
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OzimulHobbyist General Artist
They really ought to include it for all generations.... (Yes, Black/White, I'm looking at you for taking it out.)
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