Published on August 11th, 2014 | by Alecs Pillik

What is your favourite game?

When we first started IM PLAYIN, we wanted to create an open and honest community. We wanted to spark discussion, stimulate debate, encourage conversation and, ultimately, create a platform for you and ourselves to share our love of video-games. I think we’re heading in the right direction, though we’re far from the community that I’d love to see based around the site. We’ve not even had the site for a year yet and we’ve already got a good Twitter and Facebook following full of people who are willing to share their views on games and new gaming related technology. We also get some wonderful people commenting on our articles on the site itself, which really excites me. If this is just over half a year in, what will it be like in four or five years?

Anyways, I’ve gone off on a bit of a tangent. This article is slightly related to the random outburst above, however. What I want to do is get you all talking about your favourite games. We all have games that we love, games that we’ll play once or twice and really enjoy. We could probably name ten or twenty games that we’ve really enjoyed, and twenty or thirty games that were relatively memorable. But, we’ll only have four or five games that we truly love. The kind of game that you’ll play again and again, a game that’s timeless, unforgettable and almost addictive. Those types of games are rare. So that’s what I want you all to talk about.

I want you to tell us about the greatest game you’ve ever played. In fairness, you might have one or two games that you count as your ‘favourites’, so go ahead and talk about both of them. Use the comments section below to write a paragraph or two about that game, or those games. Tell us why you love it, or them, and what makes the game(s) so special. Don’t worry if you “can’t write”, nobody is going to judge you for your spelling or grammar, and if the ‘Grammar Nazis’ come a trolling, just ignore them – it’s the internet, after all. Plus, my Dad always told me that there’s no such thing as can’t, there is only try… I think he’s a big fan of Star Wars, and Yoda. Everyone can draw, everyone can play sports, everyone can dance, everyone can sing and everyone can write. It’s just that there’s some people that are better at it than others, and that’s OK.

So, get to commenting! Write about your favourite game and why you hold it so highly. Hopefully, we’ll get a few interesting ‘reviews’ and we might just find some new games that we’ve not considered playing before. Once we’ve got a few mini reviews in the comment section below, I’ll collate them into a pretty little article to go up on the website, with pictures of the games and everything. How professional.

I’ll start us off with my ‘best game of all time’, Oblivion.

Alecs Pillik’s favorite game – The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 

“I’ve talked about Oblivion on numerous occasions in a few different articles for IM PLAYIN. It’s just one of those games that I absolutely love and would happily play again and again, so it’s inevitable that I compare other games, especially RPGS, to it. There are many reasons for my love of Oblivion, ranging from the graphics to the story. I mean, it was a beautiful looking game, one of the best on the Xbox 360 in my opinion. It also boasted a huge world which was perfect for exploration. It was the ultimate RPG on the last-gen and, for me at least, there hasn’t been an RPG to rival it since. Even Skyrim wasn’t quite as good as Oblivion, and I think it was because of how well Oblivion set the pace for Western RPGs. The story was captivating, and I absolutely loved the contrast between the main setting of Cyrodiil and the planes of Oblivion, accessed through the various Oblivion gates. It felt like two different dimensions, one ruled by order and civility, and the other ruled by chaos. I loved the theme of the game, with the chaotic Oblivion realms spewing out of the gates and into the peaceful countryside of Cyrodiil, it really highlighted the juxtaposition between the two settings and hammered home exactly what you were fighting for. But the best thing about the game was all of the side quests, including the various guilds.

The main story of Oblivion was just one part of the game, there was just so much extra content to experience and a wealth of environments to explore; it was almost impossible to be bored with the game. Not only that, but each guild and each side-quest had their own slice of story just waiting to be told, some of which intertwined with the main events in Cyrodiil, and others seemed to just run their own course away from all of the excitement in the massive world. It was the first game that I’d ever played where the world truly felt alive and where I really felt like my actions in the game made a difference to how people perceived me, and I perceived myself as a fictional character. There are so many reasons as to why I love this game, but the most important to me is the person that I played it with. I used to play Oblivion with my brother, as we shared a character and helped each other through the game. Those shared memories are intertwined with the game itself, and they always come flooding back whenever I pick up and play it. That’s why it’s so special to me.”

About the Author

Alecs Pillik

From his humble beginnings on the N64, Alec's love for video games has flourished across all genres, from RPGs to FPSs. You can usually find him at work, at the Museum of London, out on the football pitch having a kick-around, or at home gaming with his friends. His favourite games include Left 4 Dead, Battlefield 3 & 4, Oblivion, Fallout 3 & 4 and Call of Duty: World at War. If you're on the Xbox One, don't forget to follow his gamertag for some cool game clips!

  • James

    One of my favourite games is Call of Duty: World at War. I’ve always been a massive fan of the COD games and I still am, but I’ve always loved the World War Two setting, opposed to the modern warfare games that have been out recently. It had a really good story, with some cool characters that have stuck in the genre, like Resnov. It was also one of the only COD games that I can remember that had proper gore, which I think is important in war games (within reason).

    But the main reason that I love the game so much is because of the multiplayer. I spent hours playing World at War with my friends online. We used to go around in small squads, just the four of us, and absolutely dominate our opponents! Dome was my personal favourite level, because I love the close combat that the Call of Duty series seems to have down so well. It was also the first COD game to incorporate the Nazi Zombie game mode, which was incredible at the time. We spent hours trying to hold off the hordes of zombies on Nacht Der Untoten and Der Riese, with intrecate systems for keeping the hordes at bay. It was by far the best COD to date, and the game is packed full of memories for me.

  • Karl

    I have 2 games that I rate number 1 for the simple reason ones on 360 the other is on the one, I’ll start with battlefield 4. This game for me is by far the very best on xbox one I love the limitless warfare you have so many choices of the way you do battle that reason alone makes it unique to cod ect, however playing it on 360 I have to say was horrible the maps are way oversized for 12 v 12. My second is fallout 3 GOTY for 360 this game is truly limitless and one of the very games that truly are ( I’ve done way over 200 hours) and still love it like day one. It really makes you feel like you are in the game it makes you care about actions, it’s so depth and is a must play for any gamer.

  • Liam

    Bioshock. The single greatest linear narrative in a game. A story which manages to cover the philosophy of Ayn Rand and the nature of single player linear games themselves. The combat was solid, with a really nice upgrade system which limits the amount of guns you can improve make you genuinely think about. Also the variety in combat, hacking drones, crossbows, telekinesis etc. And the world of Rapture is by far the best video game world I’ve played in, it manages to be terrifying but intriguing enough that you keep on going through every creepy passage and flooded doctor’s office. Finally the Big Daddies were a brilliant addition, enemies that took (for me at least) genuine planning and preparation to beat. Do you load up an explosive barrel with mines and throw it at him? Do you lead them through narrow passage ways shocking them as they stand on water until they meet your array of hacked turrets? Do you think ‘screw it’ and just prey you have enough armour piercing tommy gun rounds? Oh and ‘would you kindly’.

  • craig

    I have two games that I could play over and over and have done since the nineties, the first being final fantasy 7. People either love it or they don’t, but I loved every minute. From trying to get every weapon and limit break, to watching the great cutscenes.
    Second, I loved suikoden, probably the first RPG I ever played and still do filled with puzzles and a great story.

  • Sarah

    My favourite game ever has to be Crash Bandicoot. The levels were well thought out and original, increased with difficulty at a good rate, and the boss battles were hard, but not too hard to throw my controller at the screen (I am a notorious rage-quitter).

    The characters, however, were what really drew me back to this game again and again. The mask (Aku Aku) who always had your back, an adorable little panda that you had as your little steed on which you had to conquer the Great Wall of China (one of my favourite levels, personally) and Tiny Tiger, a brilliant boss in both Crash Bandicoot 2 and 3, the best battle being against him in Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, in which you had to defeat him in a Colosseum.

    Overall I think the entire Crash Bandicoot series had it all: fun, challenge, great characters, but mostly they were amazing to complete and being able to brag to your mates at school that you had finally beaten the latest instalment of the game!

  • Lj

    My favourite game of all time has to be Tekken Tag tournament on the playstation 2. I must have played it with my cousin for hours on end trying to reach the final boss together on the hardest difficulty was extremely frustrating but so worth it in the end. It made the game so much better because of the fact you could play it with someone else to achieve the same goal. I loved the game because of the type of fighting you could do and the characters were really cool too and they all had their own little story which was very interesting how some of them linked up together.

    My favourite characters from not only TTT2 but the entire Tekken series have got to be Marshall and Forest Law (mainly because they portrayed my idol Bruce Lee), Armour King, Jin Kazama, Devil Jin, Bryan and my all time favourite Kazuya Mishima – from seeing the game advertised in Argos on the very first playstation one in 1995 to now, Kazuya to me is the absolute boss in Tekken, he was the first ever boss in the game (Tekken 1) and he was so incredibly difficult to defeat in Tekken 2 for the final boss stage, it just made me think he was the most powerful and dominating character there is. Every thing about him is just too cool, his purple 3 piece dinner suit just made him ooze class whilst smashing your face in, the fact that he has a devil that he turns into that can shoot lasers out his forehead and fly and that he got chucked off a mountain and survived – how hard is that dude!
    Not forgetting Marshall and Forest Law – I always loved playing with them two because of the fantastic Bruce Lee screams they made and the moves of his that they had too, they done very well in portraying Bruce.

    My love for the Tekken series is mainly because of Kazuya, if he wasn’t in it then I definitely wouldn’t love it as much.

  • Michael Scoates

    My favourite game is the one I’m currently immersed in so it changes all the time, historically though I’d plump for Borderlands 2 as it has the open-ended Badass feature to encourage never ending gameplay. If I ever get bored with FFXIV or Clash of Clans or Life is Crime and so on Borderlands 2 is always there for me.

    The main highlights are the character development, the phat loot system, the array of environments and the humour. Its unique artstyle and timeless setting also allow it to age very gracefully, it’ll never look dated each time I revisit.

  • Oliver

    For me it has to be Timesplitters: Future Perfect.

    For a game in an already fantastic series to produce a third of that caliber was amazing. It combined an incredibly complex story around time travel and made it easy to understand creating those WOW, OMG moments when you would see yourself from and earlier point in the game running around. It was amazing!

    Not only that, but the moods that each level creates means that you will be laughing your head off at parts, (and the game does nail the comedy throughout the game) but also can leave you terrified after fighting your way through a mansion infested with zombies, ghosts and other such nasties.

    To top it all off, it had one of best pre online multipliers out there, especially if you managed to play it 4 players on the Gamecube. The wide variety of maps were great and the weapons always mixed the games up. I genuinely miss playing against bots as it was just so much fun! Though I think that online play has effectively killed the need for bots, there was an intelligence to them that made you feel like you were playing against really players.

    It was a great game and I hope whoever ownes the IP now makes another one and captures the fantastic nature of its predecessors.

  • A couple weeks ago this would have been a difficult question, because I couldn’t decide if I liked the first Dark Souls or its sequel better. In the end, I’m going to go with Dark Souls II.

    What pushed me towards Dark Souls II was that it’s so easy to play as all the classes now. My first character was an ax-wielding pyromancer that liked to get up close, while my second character that I recently started is a sorcerer that requires me to stay at a distance to be effective. I love that the game forces me out of my habits as a melee character. I must have died a dozen times because I didn’t keep my distance or tried to block an attack. I feel like I’m getting the full experience from the game, because now I wonder what it would be like to be a swordsman, or a heavily-armored tank. The options seem truly limitless.

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