Yeah same here, sometimes you just have to go with the favorite
Era 1 picks
Action - Haunted House because Survival Horror is my all time favorite genre and this was a small spark that light the forest on fire. Then Forest came back covered in grenades.
Adventure - I went with Pitfall because I had never played either of the other two.
Target - I went with Missile Command as I think it took a slight bit more thought than Space Invaders, also I had never played Yar’s.
Combat/Strategy - Combat for sure, one of the original VS titles where you’re directly trying to kill/destroy the other player instead of beating them in points. I have a ton of fond memories with this one.
Action - Donkey Kong just for the legacy of it. Also never played Jungle Hunt or Smurfs.
Adventure - Alcazar got it since I thought the exploration was nice.
Target - Buck Rogers since it was really good graphics for its time.
Combat/Strategy - Never played any of these so I just voted for Artillery.
Action - Tron because I had never played any of the others (this will happen a lot).
Adventure - D&D but these were all great picks.
Target - Space Battle, again haven’t played the others.
Combat/Strategy - Utopia, it was a nice break from the norm of military/space games.[/details]
Era 2 picks
Action - Boulder Dash was just too fun (note only played ROM, never owned this console).
Adventure - Bards Tale since I enjoy the text style of gaming also.
Target - Never played any of these so went with Raid on Bungeling Bay.
Combat/Strategy - Pirates for life!
Action - I voted Metroid because as much as I like MM2 and SMB3, those were both sequels where Metroid was not. I enjoy playing SMB3 a lot more but it wasn’t as original as Metroid.
Adventure - Another real difficult one, I went for Legend of Zelda for but any argument for any of these are valid.
Target - I went with Life Force just because I like side scrolling shooters better than verticle.
Combat/Strategy - Archon as I had never played the other two.
Sega Master System
Action - I went with Marble Madness (even though I played it for NES instead) just because of how out there the concept of it was.
Adventure - Phantasy Star was picked over Ultima because it was an original title instead of a sequel. Both great games though.
Target - Early 3D fight here, Missile Defense did it a bit better though.
Combat/Strategy - I went with Rampart was it was one of the earlier games where more than 2 players could play.[/details]
Era 3 picks
Action - I went Earthworm Jim over Sonic CD just because of the sheer creativity that went into it, and also it was an original instead of a sequel sealed the deal.
Adventure - I never played Flashback and the Phantasy Star premise to me was a lot more creative than Shining Force, but that’s really my own opinion which I’m sure people will rage over.
Target - I did Gunstar Heroes as I have never played the other two.
Combat/Strategy - I went with Dune 2 as it was very fun, also I have never played the other two.
Action - This is the toughest console to make votes on. I went with DKC because it was one of the first games to be completely done in CG and it’s sound track was just too good
Adventure - Chrono Trigger also won out of favoritism, but if Secret of Mana was on there that’d get my vote 100%. That’s my all time favorite and also I think it’s system and playstyle is pretty original, but this isn’t a “what if” thread. Link to the Past is also up there in my all time favorite games though, so hard to choose.
Target - Star Fox easy, there was nothing new or innovative with Gradius 3 (don’t get me wrong I like it). The SuperFX chip really changed gaming as a whole once it was out. And fuck Smash TV.
Combat/Strategy - SimCity won this over Act Raiser. SimCity was one of the originals in the “this game is crack you can’t put it down” department for me.[/details]
Era 4 picks
Action - I went with Unreal here, the engine was recycled quite a bit and it had the better graphics. I have never played Dues Ex but from what I hear if I had played it I might have voted that instead though.
Adventure - This was tough, Grim Fandango was one of the last “funny” games that had a lot of thought put into it, but Balder’s Gate is just too good.
Target - Diablo 2, I got SOJ.
Combat/Strategy - I voted Command & Conquer thinking I could vote for Starcraft after (I didn’t do these in order, this is what made me realize it was only one per group). C&C got me into RTS and I actually enjoy that over Starcraft, but you just can’t deny the legacy of Starcraft. If possible I’d change my vote.
Action - Mario 64 easy. That was ground breaking when it was new.
Adventure - I picked Majora’s Mask over Ocarina since it was a bit darker and I liked the premise better.
Target - I voted Star Fox 64 over Goldeneye, I honestly can’t give a reason though that can’t be contested, it just grabbed me more than Goldeneye. I thought that Coop with AI was amazing and rare (though we know it’s not actually coop, just scripted allies).
Combat/Strategy - Worms because I have never played the other two.
Action - I picked Jet Set Radio (yes wheebo but it rhymes). The cell shading was new at the time and it worked perfectly for this title. Also it was very, very rare where you weren’t saving the world but just tagging shit.
Adventure - All great games and I put in too many hours into PSO, but Shenmue wins in art/innovation for free.
Target - I had only played Typing of the Dead out of these but fuck that noise, I voted Rez based on the picture and it didn’t have “Toy” in the title.
Combat/Strategy - ChuChu Rocket since it was one of the (maybe THE?) first online console games.
Action - NiGHTS into Dreams was just beautiful.
Adventure - Panzer Dragoon as I have never played the other two.
Target - Panzer Dragoon again for same reason.
Combat/Strategy - C&C again here as it got me into RTS. No disrespect to SimCity 2000 though.
Action - There were quite a few titles I found lacking for this console but I digress. I thought Oddworld’s premise and world was just so out there and great that I voted for it. It’s NOT as “good” of a game as Metal Gear sure but it’s originality and humor was just too good.
Adventure - I voted for FF7 just because of how much popularity it got (and I still enjoy it even now, so what they have brick hands it’s still fun). The cutscenes were also amazingly good looking.
Target - Einhander, I’ve never played any of these but the pic made me vote for it. Insightful I know.
Combat/Strategy - I went with Tactics instead of Red Alert. I did play the hell out of Red Alert but it’s obvious Tactics had more effort put into it in every single aspect.[/details]
Era 5 picks
Action - Again another console that was lacking in “creative” or “artful” title for its picks. I went with Jet Set Radio Future for this one, not a Halo fan and never played the other.
Adventure - Indigo Prophecy is one of the better games ever made, it’s just a shame that the ending went the way it did.
Target - Panzer Dragoon since I’ve never played the others (Panzer got 3 votes this way, lucky game).
Combat/Strategy - Pirates! for life!
Action - I would’ve still picked other titles for this console for art etc, but what can you do. Bioshock was more than mindless shooting.
Adventure - Limbo didn’t get this one just because of what it is. It’s an amazing throw back for the older eras and artful for sure, but it didn’t wow me like Oblivion did. Vote goes to Oblivion. Mass Effect is fun also but eh.
Target - Ikaruga since it was a deep shmup, also never played the other two.
Combat/Strategy - Darwina because I don’t like Halo or LotR games.
Action - Half Life 2 over Portal this time, Portal was a tad short and I really loved the environment in Half Life 2.
Adventure - Knights of the Old Republic ALLLL DAYYYYY. Fuck WoW’s popularity, I hate having to “find 10 skins”.
Target - Flow since I’ve never played any of these.
Combat/Strategy - Age of Empires 3 won it since I’ve never played Minecraft but I hear that’s not bad, and I didn’t like Starcraft 2 so much.
Action - I went with P.N.03 since I thought Star Fox was terrible and Alien Hominid just didn’t look that good to me.
Adventure - Wind Waker took cell shading to a whole new level. It was made with art in mind, and it really shows. A lot of people (including me) hated the artwork and design at first but it really grew on me and I can see the time that went into making it.
Target - Eternal Darkness! When I saw Gamecube that’s the ONE title I said I hope made it. This game experimented with ideas that haven’t been used before and it did it well. Also nothing like breaking the 4th wall to scare people.
Combat/Strategy - I picked Pikmin 2 since I had never played the other two.
Target - Out of order here, but it’s the Wii so we forgive it for being a little retarded. I voted Sin and Punishment since it didn’t have a picture and the other two looked like complete ass.
Adventure - I went with Twilight Princess on this one. Launch title to use motion controls well gets points here, despite whether you like it or not it’s innovative. I also did not enjoy Monster Hunter Tri.
Action - I have never actually played any of these so I just went with Metroid.
Combat/Strategy - These all looked like ass also so Battalion Wars got it for looking like the least amount of ass.
Target - I went with Gradius here, I really enjoyed the 3D background it had going for it.
Adventure - I went for Okami here, but a vote for any 3 is good. Okami again had the arts in mind while it was being made it seems, they wanted to make a game that stood out from the norm.
Action - Shadow of the Colossus got this one, great gameplay with really good bosses.
Combat/Strategy - Accidentally clicked Armored Core, whoops.
Target - I went with Flower, never played any of them and damn if that doesn’t look like it’s trying to be artsy.
Adventure - I REALLY wanted to vote for Dragon Age, but Heavy Rain was just so good at story telling I had to vote for it. I haven’t felt that immersed in a game in a long, long time.
Action - Never played any of these but if Little Big Planet 2 is anything like the first it got it. Allowing player made stages on a console is pretty nice and unique.
Combat/Strategy - None of these were really that good honestly, I like Civilization and while Revolution is the worst of the series it still beats the other two turds.[/details]
This took longer to type than I thought so I’ll finish this when I get home, only one more era to finish.
Edit: ok finished, this was harder without having two monitors like I have at work