Recommended games to play before you die...

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  1. PSVITAEnthusiast

    PSVITAEnthusiast Member

    Oct 25, 2016
    Dear GBATEMPers,

    I have been thinking about this question for a while now - It's quite easy to skip over videogames as new releases come out and life gets in the way.

    My question for you is the following:

    Which games would you recommend ANYBODY to play before they die? Please mention the console next to your game. You can mention older releases in a series or non-remastered versions if you believe the older version is better.

    Here's my list divided by console:

    Playstation 1:

    Tekken 3, Oddworld:Abe's Odyssey, Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus

    Playstation 2:

    SSX Tricky, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Fifa Street 2, Bard's Tale, Grand Theft Auto III, The Godfather, Tekken 5, Jak II, Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando

    Playstation 3:

    The Last of Us, Mafia 2, Grand Theft Auto 5, Red Dead Redemption


    Panzer Dragoon Orta

    XBOX 360:

    Gear of War 2, LA: Noire


    Red Alert 2, Cities:Skylines, Stronghold, Crash Bandicoot 3, Runaway: A road adventure, Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars, Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror, The Secret of Monkey Island, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse

    Nintendo Gameboy:


    Nintendo Gameboy Color:

    Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal

    Nintendo Gameboy Advance:

    Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald

    Nintendo DS:

    Elite beat agents, Taiko series, Professor Layton series, GTA Chinatown Wars

    Nintendo 3DS:

    Mario Kart 7, Steamworld Heist, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby, Rhythm Paradise Megamix

    Nintendo Wii:

    Wii Sports, Wii Play (Especially the Tanks minigame), Resident Evil 4, Warioware Smooth Moves, Super Mario Galaxy 1, Super Mario Galaxy 2, NBA JAM

    Nintendo Wii U:

    Zelda Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Rayman Legends, Splatoon

    Playstation Vita:

    Zero Escape: The Nonary Games (trilogy), Super Meat Boy, Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty

    EDIT: Sorry if I keep editing the post, it's just that I think of other titles as I go along...
    Last edited by PSVITAEnthusiast, May 22, 2017
  2. depaul

    depaul GBAtemp Fan

    May 21, 2014
    PS1 : Resident Evil 2
    PS2 : Devil May Cry 1 (the first one is the best, period).
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  3. smileyhead

    smileyhead owo TempStyle 2 Dark

    Aug 31, 2015
    Rhythm Paradise series (GBA, DS, Wii, 3DS)
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  4. greenDarkness555

    greenDarkness555 GBAtemp Regular

    Feb 27, 2016
    United States
    PlayStation 1:
    Spyro the Dragon

    PlayStation 2:
    Jak 3

    Nintendo Gameboy Advance:
    The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap
    Pokemon Fire Red/Leaf Green

    Nintendo: GameCube
    Pokemon Colosseum/XD Gale of Darkness
    Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door

    Nintendo DS:
    Kirby Canvas Curse
    Pokemon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum/Soul Silver/Heart Gold

    Nintendo 3DS:
    Pokemon Sun/Moon
    Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate/Generations
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  5. mendokuse

    mendokuse Newbie

    Dec 13, 2016
    I will list the first game that comes to mind if someone asked me to recommend something to play before you die, otherwise the list wouldn't end.

    SNES - Lost Vikings
    Sega Saturn - Gal Panic
    PSP - Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
    PS1 Fear Effect
    PS2 - Onimusha
    PS Vita - Dragon's Crown
    3DS - Code of Princess
    Dreamcast - Grandia 2
    XBOX - Shenmue 2
    XBOX360 - Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition
    Genesis - Ranger X
    Wonderswan - Final Lap
    GameGear - Sonic Drift
    Nintendo - Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers
    NEOGEO AES - Baseball Stars
    GameCube - Rave Master
    3DO - Crash N burn
    PC - Torchlight
    NeoGeo Pocket - SNK Gal Fighters
    Bandai Pippin - Super Marathon (the only game on this list I don't own.... yet at least haha)
    Wii - Onechanbara
    Wii U - Tokyo Mirage Session #FE
    NDS - Jump Ultimate Stars
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  6. DKAngel

    DKAngel GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jan 5, 2009
    snes: rock and roll racing, chrono trigger, secret of mana
    nes: LoZ
  7. Starboy

    Starboy GBAtemp Regular

    Apr 26, 2017
    Xenoblade on 3ds, re4 on ps2
  8. Taleweaver

    Taleweaver Storywriter

    Dec 23, 2009
    So, erm...does this in any way differ from any other "recommend me some games" list? :unsure:

    I mean...I don't usually recommend people games to play after they die. ;)

    The stresspoint of "anybody" is a whole different manner, though. I'll think up a few I would recommend to someone who isn't into games to begin with... :)
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  9. rileysrjay

    rileysrjay GBAtemp's official vinsclone speedster!

    Apr 2, 2016
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    Central City
    Add gravity Rush to the PS Vita. Also the Xbox area is looking a bit bare, may want to add something like Forza horizon or something to that.

    — Posts automatically merged - Please don't double post! —

    Also don't be afraid to add stuff for PS4, Xbox one and switch. There's some good stuff on those consoles as well. There's also no N64 section either.
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  10. gnmmarechal

    gnmmarechal Seriel's Original Stalker

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    PSP: Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Extend, Patapon 2, Patapon 3

    PS2: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Persona 3: FES

    PS3: Persona 3: FES (PS2 PSN classic)

    PS Vita: Gravity Rush, Persona 4 Golden

    PS4: Gravity Rush Remastered, Gravity Rush 2, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone
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  11. sarkwalvein

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    Atari2600 - Pitfall
    C64 - The Last Ninja
    PC/Old - Castlemaster? Stunts? Prince of Persia? Monkey Island?
    NES - Battletoads, SMB3, Megaman 2, Ninja Gaiden
    SNES - Final Fantasy 6, Chrono Trigger, Super Metroid, SMW, ALTTP
    N64 - SSB, Mario 64, OOT
    GENESIS - Comix Zone, Sonic 2, Phantasy Star 2 and 4
    PC-Engine - Castlevania Rondo of Blood
    PS1 - Castlevania SOTN, Metal Gear Solid, Wild Arms, Deception3
    PS2 - SMT Persona 3 & 4, MGS3, Odinsphere
    PS360 - Mass Effect 1/2/3, Skyrim
    GC - Path of Radiance, Metroid Prime
    Wii - Xenoblade Chronicles
    Nintendo DS - Soma Bringer, Trauma Center, EBA, ...
    3DS - Project Mirai DX /s

    Today I don't get many good ideas.
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  12. Zetman

    Zetman GBAtemp Regular

    Jan 2, 2016
    Sega Genesis: Quackshot

    PS1: Resident evil 2, Dino crisis

    PS2: Final fantasy X

    3DS: Bravely Default/Second
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  13. Don21

    Don21 GBAtemp Regular

    Jul 9, 2014
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    Shenmue I (dreamcast), Shenmue II(Xbox, Dreamcast EU), Shenmue III(PS4,PC)
    Lufia 2 (SNES)
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  14. naughty_cat

    naughty_cat GBAtemp Regular

    Dec 19, 2013
    PS1: Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy IX (9)
    SNES: Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VI (6)
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  15. PSVITAEnthusiast

    PSVITAEnthusiast Member

    Oct 25, 2016
    Thank you all for your answers.
    I'll rephrase the question to make it clearer:

    Think of games you think ANYBODY, your uncle, a friend, a cousin, young or old would enjoy playing.... Like a MUST WATCH list of films, this is a MUST PLAY list of videogames

    @rileysrjay : Unfortunately I don't own either an XBOX ONE, PS4 OR A SWITCH so I left those blank. As to the N64, I don't have much experience about that... I started at PS1
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  16. gnmmarechal

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    Pokémon Red/Green/Red/Blue
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  17. ov3rkill

    ov3rkill GBAtemp Maniac

    May 10, 2009
    in a cardboard box
    PS1: Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy VII, Resident Evil 2, Silhouette Mirage
    PS2: Shadow of the Colossus, Kingdom Hearts, God of War, Devil May Cry
    GC: Super Mario Sunshine, Mario Kart Double Dash, Eternal Darkness
    GB: Pokemon Yellow, YuYu Hakusho
    PS3: The Last of Us, Uncharted
    3DS: Luigi's Mansion, Kid Icarus Uprising, Monster Hunter XX
    Wii U: TLoZ - Breath of the Wild, Xenoblade Chronicles X
    Wii: Super Mario Galaxy, Okami, Mario Kart Wii
    PSV: God Eater Burst, Soul Sacrifice
    PC: Diablo 2, Broken Sword, C&C - Red Alert
    GBA: Golden Sun, Castlevania, Advance Wars

    I'm sure there are plenty of games to choose from and so many to list.
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  18. rileysrjay

    rileysrjay GBAtemp's official vinsclone speedster!

    Apr 2, 2016
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    Oh, ok! if I can think of some for those consoles I'll add them in the comments
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  19. Taleweaver

    Taleweaver Storywriter

    Dec 23, 2009
    Hmm...while I have no doubt that most if not all mentioned games are good (if not great), I'm mostly left wondering why they are must plays. Why would you recommend said games? I may be wrong, but I feel lots would just answer "because I like them". And that isn't exactly a good strategy (I mean...I just watched suicide squad, but I wouldn't list it in a list of 'must watch' movies). It's mostly a list of games I would recommend to people like my girlfriend (who is pretty "meh" on games to begin with).

    I thought up some good games, compared them and scrapped a bunch. Even now, the list is longer than I want to. The reason is that each game has some sort of 'niche' to it. A "why does this game needs to be played?" that, in a way, enhances the lives of the participants.
    Oh, and...I do take the liberty to list a few non-video games.

    -Chess (board): no, you shouldn't become a grandmaster, but you really should at least have played enough rounds to know how the pieces move and interact. There's a good reason this game is played for centuries.
    -Carcassonne (board): a city building game that's quick to set up and put away, can be grasped by anyone quickly, has more depth than it first appears and is one of the best ways to prove to players that board games can be more fun than monopoly (runners-up: ticket to ride, splendor)
    -Pandemic (board): while rather complex, it's still the best co-op game on the market. It's tense, it requires teamwork and deliberation, and since you're not adversaries you can always help out everyone.
    -magic: the gathering (Collectible Card Game): this is a tricky one to learn, because introducing someone to all the rules at once just goes over their heads. But the open-ended nature of the game, the way you have to make your own deck and anything that can interact with anything is great in its own right.

    -Plants vs zombies (mobile/PC): its this sort of game that tablets were made for. And not only does this introduce well to people who normally don't play games (you instantly grasp the concept), it's also still one of the best tower defense games to this day (though I may be missing some gems on this one).
    -Simon Tatham's puzzle collection (mobile/PC): this is a collection of logical puzzles. Not only is it free, feature proof and quick to pick up and play, it has plenty of difficulty levels and can be played instantly (runners-up: solsuite, puzzlerame)
    -mini metro (mobile/PC): this game is so simple yet deep I barely know how to describe this one: symbol-shaped metro stations pop up on a map, and you need to transport people (smaller icons next to the station) to their destination by providing metro lines. It's so simple and elegant that you can start playing it in seconds. But as the number of stations increase, you really need to start planning your lines and trains for efficiency. One of the most elegant yet deep games on the app store.
    -cook, serve, delicious (PC/mobile): while part restaurant simulator, the core of the game is a stress simulator and typing lesson (at least on PC). You basically attempt to push back the chaos while serving as many customers as fast as you can without making mistakes. Both in theme and execution, this game is pretty unique.

    -Mario vs Donkey kong (GBA): when it comes to puzzle platformers, I just can't think of a better one: it's both casual and fun, quick to pick up and grasp, and has all the details you come to expect from a nintendo title (runners-up: Abe's Oddyssey, Abe's Exoddus).
    -Zelda: a link to the past (SNES). While the "which Zelda" is a debate entirely, they provide a good combination of puzzles, combat and exploration. I even had a friend who played this with her boyfriend: he would do the fighting, she would do all the puzzles. while the 3D Zelda's are great in their own right, I can see how the isometric perspective has some advantages over it.
    (runners-up: link's awakening, oracle of seasons, oracle of ages)
    -lost vikings (SNES): I looked, but this exercise in proper teamwork is still without a true spiritual successor. The thing about this game is that you have to properly use each character's strong points to properly traverse the levels. (runner-up: lost vikings 2)
    -wii sports resort (wii): assuming you've got enough wiimote +'es, I would consider this the best party game ever. None of that cartoony Mario characters or stupid minigames, but pretty neutral sports and interesting ideas that will always be unique to this console (runners-up: wii sports).
    -kirby: epic yarn (wii): while I'm not much of a fan myself, this is probably the best entry point for non-gamers: a platformer with perfect co-op, where you cannot die and where the theme is one that doesn't turn off women (my girlfriend won't play King of Tokyo with me because she doesn't like the Godzilla-theme, so it's not like that stuff doesn't matter).

    -Don't starve (PC): roguelikes aren't for everyone, so I'm hesitant to give one a spot. But if one has to have a spot, don't starve should have it. the premise is so simple: don't starve. So...go out, grab some stuff, craft some more stuff and die sooner or later because you really need to plan ahead more than you're currently doing.
    -Doom...the original version (PC): of course there were plenty of great FPS'es after doom, but strangely enough, hardly anyone has stood the test of time so well. I mean...aside the resolution, the game still plays great. It's also so simple: shoot enemies, avoid incoming fire. Nonetheless, it was never boring or repetitive.
    -red alert 2 (PC): when it comes to RTS'es, things pretty much HAD to become more complex at some point. If you ask me, red alert 2 (and Yuri's revenge) was that turning point: it was the last game where units had 'just' one ability you'd activate by doubleclicking on it. And starcraft had always the whole thing where plenty of micro and abilities where what determined the winner. RA2 was IMHO the last one where you could just harvest some stuff, build an army and just moved out when you felt you were strong enough. It doesn't make other RTS'es in any way bad, but their entry level just isn't the same (runners-up: starcraft, starcraft 2)
    -Burnout paradise (PC): it wasn't until a broadcast from errant signal why I understood what it was about burnout paradise that I liked it so much over later racing games: those recent need for speed's are more about shiny cars than about the act of racing. burnout paradise is more a spectacle than a race, but it's great at doing that. It isn't so much of having the fastest vehicle but the act of knocking each other off the road. It's as if you're playing dodgems on a road rather than just attempting to maximizing your speed in order to shave a couple milliseconds of a record lap time.
    -the sims 2 (PC): a hard choice, as I barely played this one. But I recognize the appeal: there's something enticing to building, whether it's a city, a spaceship or a dreamhouse and equally dreamy 'perfect' relationships (runner-ups: the other sims games...and I guess anno and sim city clones as well)
    -Tetris (everything and the kitchen sink): you can't NOT have tetris on a list like this. :P
    -The walking dead, season 1 (PC): a classic example of how games shouldn't all be about fun to be great, where choices matter and emotions shine. I've made a case for this one to non-gamers...even if one of 'em picked this one up it would be worth it.
    -antichamber (PC): simply put: the best 3D puzzler ever. Smart puzzles that requires all sorts of thinking, an abstract theme, interesting and differing mechanics and it proves perhaps more than anything else that games can be art. (runner-up: portal)

    and last but in no way least:
    -rocksmith 2014 remastered: there's just no way around it...all the guitar heroes and rhythm games were meant to at one point end up with this: a valid and fun way to actually learn guitar (as in: an actual guitar...not a lookalike). Other games I've recommended to people who don't play games...this one I recommend to those who barely know what a computer can do. If you're in any way interested in a guitar, this one is more of an asset than most other accessories. It's just...that good. :)
  20. MogeMH

    MogeMH Newbie

    May 23, 2017
    United States
    MHFU is pretty ok as well