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Topic: What is your favorite retro game(s) to play?

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Pastellioli

To those that play older games, what retro game(s) is your favorite? The game can be on any console, whether Xbox or on another platform!

If you want mine, it’d have to be Conker’s Bad Fur Day. I only experienced the game for the first time months ago, but I still loved it despite not being a fan of “adult” humor. The game really shows the creativity late 90’s-early 00s Rare had, which definitely shows through in the story and gameplay choices, not to mention the film parodies are goofy (in a good way) and are used in relation to the theme of the level they are used in, and sometimes to even progress the story!

However, I think some ideas the game had were hampered by the clunky controls and awful camera. The idea of the gameplay shifting depending on the situation (e.g. platforming to shooting) is a unique concept but was badly executed by the outdated controls, which made some parts of the game difficult to complete. There was a racing minigame that gets thrown in midway in the game and I absolutely LOATHE it, and it just feels it was added in there randomly for filler instead of something that is actually fun or easy. To add on, I think the shooting segments were the worst parts of the game for the lack of a reticle (making it difficult to aim, but the last two levels add one) and the slower controls utilized. Because the game is a product of its time, some jokes have aged either well or like expired milk in the fridge. Despite the flaws and age the game sometimes shows, I still enjoy it and commend the developers for trying to make the game stand out from the crowd. I really like booting up Rare Replay on my Xbox to play this title only…. I just love it a lot and I’ll be forever sad that a sequel has not and will not happen.

Anyway, I’m curious to know which game(s) is your favorite!

EDIT: I’ll add another game to my answer; I absolutely love the N64 Banjo-Kazooie games, especially the first game, which was actually one of the few video games I got 100% on. I played it for the first time two years ago on the Switch and I just love the game’s cast of characters and the charm the game gives off. Out of all the genres in Rare’s retro game catalogue, their platformers are my absolute favorite.

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Your local Rare fan! I’m a HUGE Conker fan and I can’t resist mentioning the game everytime!

Currently playing: Rare Replay and Perfect Dark
Playing soon: Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts

Xbox Gamertag: VividSkies1778

ShadowofTwilight

Ocarina of Time and Super Mario 64 are still masterpieces to this day.

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Banjo-

Difficult question. Banjo-Kazooie still being the best 3D platformer that I have played is kind of crazy. I like the original Donkey Kong Country trilogy the same, but maybe the second game stands out. Super Mario World as the first game I owned and still being the best Nintendo game along with Ocarina of Time is also remarkable. No Mario game is better than Super Mario World. No Zelda game is better than Ocarina of Time. Obviously, my opinion. I also love Super Mario Sunshine. It's really beautiful, has an amazing soundtrack and as a 3D platformer, Nintendo hasn't done anything better.

EDIT: I need to add Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, one of the best and most replayable games ever.

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Tasuki

Mostly Beat em ups like Streets of Rage or the TMNT games from the 90s. Older RPGs like Chrono Trigger and FF IV (III) and Earthbound as well.

RetiredPush Square Moderator and all around retro gamer.

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101Force

Games that support local multiplayer are incredibly popular in my household, so a lot of beat 'em ups, run and gun games, and tournament fighters are in heavy rotation, but there are a few racing games and puzzle games that we frequently play as well. It can be a lot of fun playing level redesigns and randomizers that have been made available through the ROM hacking community, but if I was pressed to name a favourite I'd have to say River City Ransom in its vanilla form. Super Mario Kart ZX, an unofficial PC port of Super Mario Kart on the SNES, is a close second simply because it adds 4-player support to the classic game. I wish similar ports were made for other retro games, such as F-Zero, Zombies Ate My Neighbors (with the heroes from Goul Patrol added for 4-players), Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (borrowing the multiplayer mechanic implemented in Castlevania: Harmony of despair), etc. etc.

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nomither6

sly cooper 1-3, Sonic Unleashed & adventure 2. replayed them all to death as a kid.

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PsBoxSwitchOwner

@Banjo- got to agree OoT is the best Zelda.

Retro these days I usually just boot up the N64 for abit of whatever, Mario kart/wave race/fzero etc.

Or the ps2 for gran turismo 4 - not really into online play so I find this has one of the better single player career.

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dmcc0

Played so much Virtua Tennis on the Dreamcast back in the day (the only console I regret selling). It was such a favourite that it was the first game I got again when I bought another Dreamcast a few years ago and it still gets regular play - I was playing it just last night actually! Holds up really well too.

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Banjo-

@PsBoxSwitchOwner Majora's Mask is a weird sequel, but I also loved it. Replaying them, Ocarina of Time and Ocarina of Time 3D always come out on top, but Majora's Mask has so much under the surface. Making the most of it is not easy and many people just give up. The 3DS remake watered it down, sadly. Twilight Princess, even when I replayed it recently, still stands out gracefully. I consider it the most perfect game Nintendo has ever made. The HD version (Wii U) has always been one of my favourite games and I don't think that will ever change. I also beat (100%) and enjoyed Ocarina of Time in 60fps, when the PC version was ported to Wii U. All of those repeated affairs have always been more satisfying than Skyward Sword, Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom.

@Pastellioli Regarding Yooka-Laylee that you mentioned elsewhere, I find the following video insightful and accurate, after beating the game 100% on Xbox One:

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Pastellioli

@Banjo- Thanks for the video! I’ll give it a watch.

EDIT: I just finished watching it. Sucks to hear that it apparently had some issues regarding the gameplay, and that he felt the negatives were far bigger than the positives. I didn’t even know they repeated the game show segment three times(?) during parts of it. I think I somewhat correctly guessed that one of the issues lied within them not improving the gameplay or changing it, but I had no idea some thought there were downgrades to aspects of it. However, if or when I get my hands on it, I’ll probably have a different opinion on it, and who knows? I might think about it more positively.

Again, thank you for recommending the video!

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Your local Rare fan! I’m a HUGE Conker fan and I can’t resist mentioning the game everytime!

Currently playing: Rare Replay and Perfect Dark
Playing soon: Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts

Xbox Gamertag: VividSkies1778

Dimey

There are a few that I go back to every now and again. For me, being a sega child in the late 80's, it's Space Harrier (the SEGA AGES version on Switch) then Banjo Kazooie (via xbox), Super Mario Galaxy on the Wii, oh and the original arcade versions of Wonderboy and Quartet via my Astro City mini. And the ever amazing Super Pang, via MAME as it's the only way to play it!

Dimey

Banjo-

@Pastellioli I don't always agree with him, Ocarina of Time vs. Breath of the Wild for instance, but that Yooka-Laylee video is spot-on, like he covers every complaint I can remember while playing. Of course, play Yooka-Laylee if you want to and perhaps you like it. Even though I also consider it a failure, there are some bits I enjoyed. Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is much more focused and inspired.

He made another excellent video about Super Mario World, that basically explains why I consider it one of Nintendo's best games ever and why I was so disappointed with the Mario 2D games that came later.

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Yousef-

In no particular order:

1- dragon quest 3: my favorite rpg
2- Mario 64: my favorite collectathon alongside Jak and daxter
3- most Zelda games
4- Pokémon Gen 1 and Gen 3
5- Phantasy Star & Shining Force: two underrated rpg series
6- Final Fantasy 1: simple and fun rpg
7- Dynasty Warriors 2-5: huge comfort games
8- Megaman 1-6: all of them are great
9- Contra, Ninja Gaiden, Castlevania and Metal Slug: the “hard as a brick” subset of gaming has always been wonderful
10- Megaman X2: my favorite!
11- Sonic 3&K: best sonic!
12- Fire Emblem: enjoyed every game I played so far
13- resident evil & Onimusha: survival horrors my beloved!
14- metal gear: rarely a dud in this series
15- ratchet and clank: classic series with great humor
16- Kirby 64: my favorite!

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My discord is “yousef.” All lowercase and a fullstop by the end, send a friend request if you like!

Pastellioli

Interesting responses! It shows I don’t play a lot of older games from other companies besides Rare haha. So fun to hear what games others play

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Your local Rare fan! I’m a HUGE Conker fan and I can’t resist mentioning the game everytime!

Currently playing: Rare Replay and Perfect Dark
Playing soon: Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts

Xbox Gamertag: VividSkies1778

BlackFox013

Well... Desert Strike for my old Amiga 600 was great.

It was a shoot em up where You were playing as the army chopper pilot. It was my first time with an open worlds in video games. And that was a cool experience ( even then it was all in 2d ). I never beat this game - I was always failing at the last mission where I had to destroy the big bomber... But... It was always running away succesfully.

I also love Zool - a classic 2d platformer also for Amiga 600. Geez. I miss this style of plartformers. A lot of paths to the end of the level, leader board... I never beat this game, but I had a lot of fun with it.

Anyway. I really love classic games. Not only platformers and shmups.

I am crazy about beat em up games. Funny to say. But I remember that day when I was playing Die Hard Arcade game in some arcade... And this action when I defeated a prostitute woman with a spray in that game... Or fighting games - I loved the Mortal Kombat 2 and the Shang Tsung's fatality with blowing the oponent up inside him/her.

I also remember the feeling when I used the frankenstainer in Tekken 2 for the first time. It was amazing.

So I'll be honest with You guys. I love retro gaming.

There is no other fox than the Black Fox.

wikicel

For me it was dragon quest 3 and Final Fantasy 1

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Weapon_Wheel

All the classic first-person shooters from the '90s; DOOM, Quake, Duke Nukem 3D, Turok, etc. are played on a very regular basis. Will never get tired of 'em.

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benecoy

Super Mario 64 , Final Fantasy 1 and dragon quest 3 are my favorite.

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HeavyMetalWario64DS

-Super Mario World, 64
-Mario Superstar Baseball, Golf
-F-Zero X, GX, GP Legend
-Super Metroid, Fusion, Zero Mission
-Need for Speed Underground 1 & 2
-Flatout 2
-Midnight Club 3
-Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal, Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald, FireRed/LeafGreen, Colosseum, Gale of Darkness
-Most of the GBA Yugioh games + Dark Duel Stories on GBC
-RollerCoaster Tycoon 1 & 3

These are some older games I replay sometimes. I do play newer games some too

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obaibullah

There's just something about stomping on Goombas and saving Princess Peach that never gets old, you know? And speaking of classics, who can forget about Tetris? Man, that game is like the OG puzzle game, perfect for killing time and testing your spatial skills.

But if I had to pick just one favorite, I'd probably go with solitaire. Yeah, I know, it's not as flashy or action-packed as some other games, but there's just something so satisfying about arranging those cards and strategizing your moves. Plus, it's the perfect game to play when you've got a few minutes to kill or just need to unwind after a long day.

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