Skip to comments.Free Republic Thread of BUY THIS GAME! (Video game recommendation thread)
Posted on 12/31/2008 4:47:43 PM PST by NinoFan
I thought it might be useful to have a thread for game recommendations.
While popular games like Halo 3, Super Mario Galaxy, and Metal Gear Solid 4 deserve every bit of attention they've received, I can't think of a gamer that doesn't know of their existence. Let's focus on the hidden gems and lesser known games.
Let's not get into system wars. The Wii, 360, PS3, PC and Mac all have their own must-have games. If you're a hardcore gamer, odds are good that you own all of these platforms anyway, so please keep your stoney, ninthing, and xbot biases to a minimum.
That out of the way... Let's begin!
Miss graphic adventures? Then play this game. You control Kyle Hyde, a cocky ex-cop, on his path to uncover the mystery behind a hotel. With a good story (by video game standards anyway) and fun gameplay, this is a must purchase.
Hotel Dusk Wiki Article
Hotel Dusk Official Site
I was just playing Animal Crossing: City Folk. It’s as cute as can be. Are you allowed to say “cute” in video game threads?
I have the Wii and was thinking about getting that game, basically what do you have to do in the game, is it kinda like Sim City? I am also thinking about getting a PS3, what games do you all recommend? Oh yeah, the Wii Fit, totally AWESOME by the way
I loved the Gamecube and DS Animal Crossing games, but haven’t played the new Wii game. Did you get it with WiiSpeak? And if so, how well does WiiSpeak work?
“I never moved beyond Pong”
And my kids only have a Game Cube, so I reckon we’re totally out of the loop on this thread!
I don’t have a console system, and my PC is pretty outdated. I still spend a fair amount of time playing Trainz Railroad Simulator 2004 (the latest version of Trainz that will run on my P3).
I hear later versions of Trainz are more realistic, but I’m not sure I want to deal with broken couplers. :)
My daughters absolutely love the DS game “Princess Debut.”
They like the “Naruto” games on the Wii. I enjoy the “Animal Crossing” series.
I play most of my games on the PS3.
I highly recommend PS3:”Fallout3” (very fun and addictive).
PS3: “Silent Hill - Homecoming”(scary as hell... don’t play it late at night in the dark).
PS3: “Star Wars - The Force Unleashed” (The game opening is worth the ‘price of admission’).
PS3: “Call Of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare” (On of the missions you get to control an AC130 Gunship!!!!! Need I say more).
I believe all of the above games are available on other platforms. My experience with them is on the PS3.
Missile command dog!!
I bought my son Civilization Revolution for the XBox 360, and it’s pretty cool, but Civ 3 may be the best strategy game ever.
We only play the free games for Unix systems (especially 3-D, directly rendered, first-person shooters). ...allows more cash for putting more survival goods in storage. ;-)
In animal crossing, you collect items, furnish your own house, work on your town, and share your creation with friends. However, you don’t start off like in Simcity where you build everything from the ground up. Animal Crossing is more of a combination of a traditional video game with certain mini-quests and missions to complete and that fun creation element.
For PS3, it really depends on your tastes. If you’re into games that make you think, go for Valkyria Chronicles (link in OP). If you’re going for something that’s pretty unique, try Little Big Planet. It’s a cute platformer with an emphasis on creating your own levels. Of course, if you’re into shooters, there’s also Metal Gear Solid 4, the PS3 version of Grant Theft Auto, and the two Resistance games, but I’m not sure if you’re into the violent stuff.
I remember that. I was barely old enough to play a video game. The pit that opened and closed would always get me.
I did poorly with my niece and nephew’s Wii bowling game on Christmas day. I’m guessing a few slugs of Irish Mist didn’t help.
That should be GRAND Theft Auto, not Grant, LOL. And of course, it’s not a shooter, but a sandbox game that incorporates a bunch of different genres. Still, if you’re not into shooters and violent games, you probably won’t like it.
Wii version coming soon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibFQ348YoW8
Favorites: City-building and Sim games - 1701 AD, some of the Rome building games, The Sims 2, Sim Castaways (on various platforms)
Guilty pleasures: Nancy Drew series (love to snoop around)
Own but not played yet: Spore (need to set aside a chunk of time for that one)
Waiting for: The Sims 3
I am into sports games, I hear NBA 2k9 is pretty awesome as well as Madden 09. What do you think of Call Of Duty: World At War? Little Big Planet looks interesting, my cousin has the game and loves it, but I have never seen it. I also love Sonic, I saw online that Sonic Unleashed game but read mixed reviews. So in Animal Crossing, do you have to be online with other people to share the creations or can I build the town without being online?
I LOVED Mike Tyson’s Punchout, I still have my Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, and Nintendo 64, but Punchout was awesome, I beat the whole thing, those were the days
Counting the days until The Sims3 comes out.
Civilization IV is my current game. I’ve owned all four versions and it is probably the best. I didn’t care for Civ3 much. Duke Nukem is probably my all time favorite. The last version of Castle Wolfenstein was pretty good.
Online is not required to enjoy Animal Crossing.
CoD:WoW isn’t groundbreaking in any sense, but it provides some good fun if you’re tired of CoD4.
I enjoyed Sonic Unleashed (played both the Wii and PS3 versions). I think the reviews were pretty harsh. The werehog levels are a downer and there are some minor control issues, but the game is still fun overall.
Don’t play a lot of games (though my wife and I have now decided we want a Wii.....loved playing her brother’s the other day).
But, my limited games are PC in nature.
I love Grand Theft Auto, not for the violence, but for the free nature of it. While there are missions, I enjoy the game just for the experience of driving different vehicles all over the map. It is just so freeing and fun.
Much better than a scripted game where you have to follow the levels. I hate those since you are stuck at the level until you can move on, so constricting.
Not with GTA. You go and do as you please if you decide to not go through all their setup stuff.
I haven’t got the new one since I am not sure if my computer will play it, but I loved San Andreas.
Anybody else try GTA 4?
Also, I do enjoy Age of Empires.
And a real old school PC game: Star Control II, which is open source now, so no purchase necessary ;)
Sonic Unleashed, is it better for the PS3, XBOX 360, or Wii, since they are for all three versions. I love Sonic so I know the game will be good, I guess it all depends on the people reviewing it. I know that in March a new Sonic game is coming out for the Wii that looks amazing
I have to admit to shooting in GTA even though the main reason I enjoy it is for the freedom, the fact that the game is just so stinking big and combines so many genres.
Love 1701 AD.
I need to get back to games....haven’t played them in awhile.
Well, I enjoyed the gameplay of Sonic Unleashed Wii the most, but just by a hair. The PS3 version has significantly better graphics, but there are some framerate issues. Since the 360 and PS3 versions are almost identical, I couldn’t justify buying all three, but I’ve heard that the 360 has less slowdown, so that’s probably the one I’d get.
Yes, yes, yes!! Sonic and the Black Knight for Wii looks like it’ll be great. It’s getting some ridiculous hate due its non-traditional elements, but everything I’ve seen makes it seem like it’ll be a must-buy for Sonic fans.
You basically just live your own tax free life: doing odd jobs, shopping, fishing, etc. I especially enjoy the real-time, holidays, and shopping. As a middle-aged mom, I thought it was fun to design my own clothes and decorate my house. My 15-year-old son made his character wear a camouflage military shirt and a gas mask. My 20-year-old’s is wearing a Star Trek shirt. And my hubby’s guy is wearing a Chargers shirt.
Chrono Trigger DS...re-release of a classic RPG that really does it justice. Retranslated, a few DS only goodies added, but overall it’s just as much of a wonder now as when it was released for the SNES.
The soundtrack is one of the most memorable, the characters are likeable, and this isn’t something you’d need to keep a child from watching over your shoulder.
Final Fantasy 4 DS is also a nice re-release of a classic, if changed a bit more from the original masterpiece.
Super Smash Brothers Brawl, for the Wii. Cartoon type fighting game, no gore, TONS of fun. Classic video game chars going waaaay back duke it out, everyone from Mario and Donkey Kong to Marth and Ike from Fire Emblem, Solid Snake from Metal Gear, and Lucas from Mother 3. The game is a museum to gaming history as well as a solid if unorthodox fighter. There are even nods to Japanese-only games in the soundtrack.
Portal...total mind@#$%. Really makes you think about the puzzles, but more of a game for teens or older.
Now for the bargain bin...where I spent most of my time, the games of yesteryear.
Path of Radiance..Merry Christmas me and one heck of a game, if you like the Fire Emblem series. Like many of the American Fire Emblem fans I got my start playing Marth in SSBM, and later Ike in SSBB. This is the first part of Ike’s story.
Secret of Mana...released a month or two ago on the VC. Another marvelous soundtrack, cooperative gameplay and a good story make this an RPG well worth playing through at least once. Tearjerker ending, too...you don’t see it coming til the last boss fight, even though hints are sprinkled all through the game.
Children of Mana (DS) is another game set in the World of Mana, somewhat similarish play mechanics to SoM so it’s good for a fix anyway...but don’t expect any nods to the original as far as music.
Adventures of Lolo is another puzzle game, originally released for the NES and now avail on the VC. This one’s pretty kid-friendly, other than the difficulty.
Might and Magic: Secrets of the Inner Sanctum...why blow smoke? I emulate. It’s a port of a classic PC RPG, but with greatly improved graphics and a very nice soundtrack for the time. Anyone who likes the really old, hard as heck, very few clues style of RPG, look into this. No handholding, but tons of fun.
But, why try to BS anyone...most of my time is split between World of Warcraft and Shards of Dalaya. Most of what’s left over goes to Brawl.
Nope, we didn’t get it with WiiSpeak.
That is so cool. I will check it out. Now it on sale for 39 bucks so now is the best time to get it. Do I need that Wii Speak in order to use it or is it not necessary
Once in a while I'd run across one and play with my teenager. He thinks because he is a gamer, he can smoke ole' dad on the Pinball machine.
Hah'. Little did he know how many quarters I dropped into them
Cool I will get it for the XBOX 360 then, yeah I was reading about some of those frame rate issues that some people did not like and how Sonic becomes a werewolf people thought that was dumb but to me it looks exciting because I enjoy all those sonic games. Is it a pretty long game, I mean, a lot of levels, I hate games that only have a few levels and I am done beating it in 2 days
No, WiiSpeak is only required if you want to do voice chat with friends online.
I’m playing the original AC right now :D.
Thanks for the info. When I get mine we can exchange user names. I want to get the PS3 so I am hoping that there are many games worth getting for the system
I would also totally recommend Animal Crossing. It’s a great game for the whole family (my mom, my brother, my roomate’s husband and I all play) and it’s like my roomate says... “Does this game ever end?”
I'm a big fan of the Prince of Persia series and the latest one was great.
Trailer for the game: http://www.gametrailers.com/player/36270.html
Left 4 Dead. Best damn zombie/survival horror game ever. Even topped “Cold Fear.”
Not a huge fan of the genre, so haven’t played Gears of War 2, but the latest PoP was amazing (if a little too easy). Loved the artstyle!
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