3 Games: A Hypothetical Question.

DSGamer wrote:
Mystic Violet wrote:

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Phantasy Star IV
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

That's a great list. Definitely Yoshi's Island for me. Probably me #1 game.

Yoshi's Island
Chu Chu Rocket
Uncharted 2

Yoshi's Island is great, but I think the DS version, being on a hand-held so it's less appealing for long play times, has hurt my love for the original. Other games that people have mentioned that were in the running for me include: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI.

Civ 4

Other than that . . . it has to be a game with something randomly generated, so FPS GTA-style games are out. Maybe Tetris? Puzzle Quest? Peggle? Some casual puzzle game of some sort.

LobsterMobster wrote:

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The Genie-in-a-Bottle hands you:
RPG Maker for the first one
You got me on the 2nd one...
A mini-game compilation, probably a copy of Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 and smiles smugly as he says he's giving you bonus content since there's more than 50 mini-games.

Have a nice life!

Man this is really hard, I've been thinking about it ever since my joke answer and I can't pin down a third game.

Dwarf Fortress - Very replayable, has a simple RPG element, but it's mostly all about the construction and simulation aspect.
Aurora - A very indepth, very replayable 4x Empire builder.

Picking the third game is a lot harder though. I can't fill all of my gaming voids, so which one is more important?
A simpler, more relaxing gaming experience to balance the more complex first choices?
Plants Vs Zombies
The lack of RPGs:
Oblivion was a good game, but does it really have that much replayability? Maybe an older game like Daggerfall would be a better choice. Some other options include Fallout, Fallout 2, Diablo II, or Baldur's Gate.
I like RTSs a lot, but as single player games the replayability is incredibly limited. Sorry Supreme Commander.
Other contenders:
Railroad Tycoon 3
Europa Universalis 3
IL-2 Sturmovik

Civ IV
Out of the Park Baseball 11

Both of those immediately come to mind as open ended games that I can play forever. After that, I think I'd want something with some story. The Mass Effect games are two of my favorite games ever, but I think I'd have to give the nod to something a bit more open with more potential hours of gameplay. So...


TheCounselor wrote:

Tetris or the latest Chessmaster

This is a great pick too.

In terms of replayablility, is there really anything greater out there?

The last few Chessmasters have also had some incredible training suites to boot. Chess lessons that are fully voiced/animated/interactive and covering both the mechanics and philosophy of Beginner all the way up to Master levels. It's pretty amazing stuff.

So you could not only teach yourself to preform at Grand Master levels of what many consider the greatest game of all time, but you can apply those skills against a rival A.I. for the rest of your life on the island (again, assuming no online multiplayer).

Seems like a sweet deal to me.

How is Tetris not on every single list? You could even go for the awesome Tetris DS for the extra modes.

DSGamer wrote:

Well, since it's a hypothetical question I would hypothetically assume that with any 3 video games I would get bored and do something else like talk to a volleyball.

I don't think that's a good assumption. If we look beyond video gaming for a moment, certain games can (and are) played by people for their entire lifetime. Chess, for example. Or Go. Things that have a strategic depth that is never fully exhausted.

While I don't know that I would directly compare a roguelike or 4X strategy game with those necessarily, I think they're much more in that direction of the spectrum. I know that it would take me forever to be able to play Civilization well enough to take on the high-level enemy AI levels.

pignoli wrote:

X3: Terran Conflict

That's a good one too.

In order to prevent loss of sanity due to repetitive tasks, the games will need either randomness or enormous depth, plus replayability, so:

Civ IV plus Fall From Heaven II mod

*Legion* wrote:
pignoli wrote:

X3: Terran Conflict

That's a good one too.

Oh yeah, that should totally be on my "possible third candidate" list.

Now this is tough. Even my most favorite singleplayer games get stale after my 5th playthrough.

I could only pick multiplayer games, or ways new content could be created, to extend the gameplay as long as possible

The most convenient way for this is unfortunately my old MMO habit, WoW.

I could imagine playing a D&D engine for a long time, if the tools were public, like NWN. Creative players translate oldschool board campaigns all the time.

I want to pick a first person FPS too, but even my most treasured MP FPS have gotten old after a while. I'm sure there are a lot of oldschool Quake players, or Counterstrike players. I'm sure even TF2 might become stale after hour 2000 or so.

Rest of my life? In that case, I would definitely want something with an editor. A random map/level generator would also be nice.

I sort of understand why people are picking games like Oblivion, but after the first few years, I'd be so sick of any game with finite content.

I'd want some open-ended games, not necessarily sandbox, but ones that can be different every time I play them. I'd also want games with very different play styles.

Civ4 is a pretty good choice, since I've been playing it to some degree since I got it. Can also be played multiplayer.

TF2 I'll throw in because it would give me first-person shooter gameplay and good multiplayer chat.

Fallout 2 for RPG action.

Mystic Violet wrote:

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Phantasy Star IV
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

That's a great list. Definitely Yoshi's Island for me. Probably me #1 game.

Yoshi's Island
Chu Chu Rocket
Tecmo Super Bowl

EDIT: Just realized I'd much rather have Tecmo around.


WoW - It never ends
Civ4 - Just one more turn
Pokemon - Gotta catch 'em all

With People

League of Legends
Supreme Commander
Battlefield 2

Without People

Demon's Souls
Valkyria Chronicles
Final Fantasy 13