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    • CommentAuthorNil
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008
    I second the Civilization recommendation, and you can get Civilization Chronicles (everything up to Civ IV) for a tenner on Amazon. Be warned, though, I have lost days to those games.
    • CommentAuthorbuckweiss
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008
    I am a huge Gears of War online addict. I just keep going back to it, even after playing other games. Resident Evil IV on the Wii is really great.

    I have Call of Duty 4 rented right now. It looks pretty great.
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008
    I enjoy the Phoenix Wright series (now Ace Attorney, I suppose) more than anything else. I hope they continue to produce sequels, since there's nothing better than solving a good mystery during your lunch break. Trace Memory was also another great mystery game. The DS has some pretty nifty features, but developers don't really utilize them as often as they could.
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    Jess, do you know about Hotel Dusk Room: 215?

    If you have not seen it, it is a DS mystery novel game where you hold the DS sideways like a book. The stylus half becomes your note pad. One of the best single uses of the DS I have seen.
    Sadly you probably have to buy it used now, but I see a ton on ebay.
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008
    I own it. The graphics are wonderful and they really use the DS nicely, but I found it very easy to beat. It was really more of an interactive novel than a game. Trace Memory is much more enjoyable to play, in my opinion. I wish they'd make more games like this in general, though.
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008
    Ditto on Planescape. Excellent, excellent game.

    Two games that masquerade as first person shooters:

    I think everyone in the world should play/watch someone play Portal because it is joyous and wonderful, but if you don't like puzzle-ly games you should get someone else to play it for you.

    Bioshock is an amazingly beautiful and well-told game as well.

    I lost my copy of Final Fantasy VII and I discovered it's out of print and goes for outrageous amounts on Ebay, which saddens me.
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008
    I'm probably torn between two games, Sim City 2000 and Sim Copter. I sunk years of my childhood into those games, even though Sim Copter had shit graphics even for it's day.
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008 edited
    Advanced Wars on the DS is great for road trips where you're stuck in the back of a car and the stereo is too loud to keep in conversation with the front. It combines the intellect of chess with the fun of imperialism. The graphics are pretty simple, but the game play is addictive.

    The Wii sports games have really helped me bond with my new roommates. I'm pretty good at the Dragonball Z games, but I'm mad that they keep putting out new versions every 6 months. Atari's going to lose that license and an amazing game series goes down the crapper. Between Resident Evil 4 and Metroid, I can safely say that the Wii was meant for 1st person shooter games.

    Assassin's Creed on the PS3 gives my eyeballs full-fledged erections. It's like a hyper-detaield GTA in Biblical Jerusalem.
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    Oddworld: Strangers Wrath, which I liked but no one else I know did
    All the Prince of Persia games, though the story fell off in the later releases
    Metroid Prime and Stir of Echo's
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    My PC faves of "all time" are as follows....

    Doom 2
    Quake 1
    Carmageddon 1
    Xwing versus Tie Fighter
    Call of Duty 2 (WW2 fist person shooter)
    Halo 1
    Shadow of The Colossus
    Call of Duty 4 (modern warfare first person shooter)

    Also I have a found admiration for Wargasm (circa 1998) , but I hear BattleField 2 is very similar (if not better) but I have not played it yet.

    The list is games that I frequently reload onto a PC machine and replay every year or two .( some games require an older PC machine running Windows '98 and a Voodoo 2 video card)

    Hope this list can give you some ammo in fighting boredom from time to time.
    • CommentAuthorNinjet
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2008
    Final Fantasy VII (PS)
    Kingdom Hearts 1 & 2 (PS2)
    Half-Life (PS2)
    Halo 2 (PC)
    ICO (PS2)
    Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (DS)
    Phoenix Wright: Justice For All (DS)
    • CommentAuthorElohim
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2008
    Punisher is available on the PC.
    Check eBay if your store doesn't have it.
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2008
    Zoem: I lost my copy of Final Fantasy VII and I discovered it's out of print and goes for outrageous amounts on Ebay, which saddens me.

    It's about £3-4 on, with reasonable postage, if that helps :)
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2008
    Ace Attorney/Phoenix Wright is a fantastic series, I'm working on #3 right now, having been sidetracked by Disgaea PSP, but we're less than a month away from #4, starring newcomer Apollo Justice, and I will have to buy that the moment it comes out. Yes, they're not all that game-ish, but it's some of the most entertaining video game writing anywhere. Visual Novel+ is exactly what it is, something that's been kinda big in Japan forever, but so distinctly Japanese that Ace Attorney is one of the few series that have made the jump stateside(at lease, outside of eroge). Trace Memory and the superior Hotel Dusk are close to breaking out of the Visual Novel realm, but I'd still consider them a part of it, despite all the Myst-ish puzzles.

    Eh, what the heck, here's a pile of my non-PC favorites:

    Metroid (series, Super Metroid in particular) - absolute perfection
    Castlevania (the 2D games from Symphony of the Night and onwards) - no Warren, I'm not one of the crazy obsessives with it
    Guilty Gear (series) - I love most all 2D fighters, but none can even come close to GGXX
    Soul Calibur (series, Soul Calibur proper at the peak) - Far and away the best 3D fighter series I've ever played.
    Metal Gear Solid (series) - gorgeous games and fantastic plots = a PS3 is in my near future
    Final Fantasy VII - gets a nod because it was my first big RPG and I still love it
    Shadow Hearts (series, PS2) - Alt. 1910-20s RPGs with a solid mix of humor and serious storytelling, as well as an interesting combat system. And how can you not love a game with a champion of justice/vampire/wrestler who wields everything from a Tuna to a log to a submarine?
    Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne (PS2) - Extra dark RPG(game starts with the world ending, whee!) mixed with a Pokemon-ish catch 'em all for demons and a punishing difficulty level
    Disgaea (PS2/PSP) - Digital crack in SRPG form. You're the prince of the Netherworld, your dad's dead, time to become the King of Hell. Infinite depth and replayability as you send your characters through endless random dungeons while raising their stats to obscene levels.
    Beyond Good & Evil (various) - Man, why did Prince of Persia have to steal all of the attention that year, BG&E was by far the more interesting game, living and breathing in a fully realized world with tons of character(and great characters).
    Okami (PS2, soon Wii) - The best non-Zelda Zelda ever, and I'm totally rebuying it on the Wii
    Burnout 3 - ahh, Road Rage, glorious stress relief
    SSX3 - Nothing like kicking back with a half hour shred down an entire mountain, except maybe Tricky's Tokyo Superdome

    I could easily go on, but now I want to go and play something...
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2008
    does anybody else still play Rogue?
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    Beer + Friends + Guitar Hero + heckling from drunken friends = pure joy.

    Likewise with substituting Guitar hero with a communal Wii game.

    World of Warcraft (because it does something to my brain that gets it nice and relaxed). Also it runs on my Mac.

    Hellgate: London - because I get to shoot Demons in the face while running around the British museum while being fed rat-pellets of gradually upgraded gear.

    Orange box, because Portal and TF2 are made with such *joy*. TF2 is the only game where I laugh out loud when I'm been horribly 'pwned' by a twelve-year old.

    Civ IV, Total War:Rome and Total War II for those days when I want to look up and say, "Where's the sun gone", then later look up and say, "Ah, there it is, it's risen again". I use this time dilation effect to reset my body clock after nasty shift work.

    Beyond Good and Evil - Beautiful design, lovely story, wonderful music, an absolute shame that it seemed to get snowed under by bigger, but not better, releases.

    GTA series - because sometimes you just have to run people over while driving an ambulance *cough*. Then get out and shoot the wounded.

    Shadow of the Colossus - Again it's beautiful, and it's the only game where I feel really bad about 'succeeding'.

    Pokemon games - Simple and repetitive, with a desire to 'catch-em-all' just tickles the right spots in my brain. Obviously the parts of my brain that are still eight years old.

    Hostile waters - Nice graphics, excellent voice over by Tom Baker. Didn't think much of the storyline though...*grin*

    And to answer roque - I play Rogue whenever I get a new machine/phone/handheld. I'm waiting from someone to port it to a wristwatch.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2008
    roque - Not Rouge exactly, but I occasionally fire up Nethack, and I've even thrown it on my PSP

    RE: Hellgate - I've been enjoying it since release, even sprung for the Founder's Offer, something of a heavily evolved Rougelike(and Diablo, obviously) with the instanced maps and randomized loot.