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Favorite video game genres?

Postby Lunikyuu » 5 years ago

I've always been partial to Platformers and RPGs and I've always felt like they would be the most interesting to design for. Platformers I like because I generally feel the level design is the most interesting to me, and they can be a fun challenge sometimes. RPGs I like because I like the feeling of taking part in a good story and they aren't usually as fast paced, so they're good to play when I'm burned out on more action based games. Also, I've always been somewhat of a numbers guy, so I find it interesting to look at stats for RPG enemies and such, which is one of the reasons I got into Paper Mario so much as kid.
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Postby ano0maly » 5 years ago

Hmm... I'd say a platformer with a balance of action and puzzles. Not too heavy with precise micro-movements like I Wanna Be The Guy stuff, but I can handle intense and longer drawn-out levels if I am able to practice. Good practice can really go a long way; levels that are seemingly impossible marathons at first are surprisingly doable routines once I know what to do in each step of the level.

Mixing in some RPG elements can work too if it's done right. Pure RPG stuff is interesting in theory, but I usually can't quite get into it.

I also like finding trivial or cosmetic non-gameplay stuff in games, like collectibles/information. Later on I got interested in indie exploration games for this reason even though they may not involve much gameplay action, though I like doing this with other genres that aren't strictly exploration. However, I have trouble when those games don't give you any apparent sense of direction or goals; that's why I didn't really get Yume Nikki even though I've enjoyed a couple non-exploratory fangames of it.
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Re: Favorite video game genres?

Postby Sorel » 5 years ago

I like a mix of everything
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Postby july » 5 years ago

I have something of a predilection for strategy-ish games. I played Age of Empires II a fair bit when I was younger, and Civilization IV at high school. I have a particular fondness nowadays for Paradox's games - Europa Universalis III and IV and Crusader Kings II especially. Never been particularly good at strategy games though. I also like city building simulation-y games - I played so much SimCity 2000 when I was younger, and so much SimCity 4.
I don't exactly limit myself to such games, but they're what I enjoy the most.
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Postby Ashan » 5 years ago

Platformers have generally been the games I do best at since they require little to no strategy and I can usually figure out how the game engine works and use that to my advantage.

I've been trying to branch out as of late and have started playing some JRPGs. I still find them kinda intimidating but I've been enjoying the ones I've played and they can been good games to help you relax. I also enjoy other types of RPGs like Dark Souls, Skyrim, etc.
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Re: Favorite video game genres?

Postby YelseyKing » 5 years ago

RPGs are pretty much my first love, dating back to the NES era, when I first played Dragon Warrior and was blown away by how different it was from anything else I'd played. That is to say, JRPGs, however; I've had very little experience with western RPGs until recently, due to seemingly every one made in the 80s and 90s having strict adherence to D&D rules, which... don't always translate well to video games. (The whole "Defense = Evasion" thing comes to mind, mostly. It's *logical*, yes, but it just makes those games, at least in my eyes, degenerate into miss-fests as neither side can land a hit for several turns.) But they're definitely getting better, to the point where they're... well, they'll never truly replace the JRPG in my heart, but they're definitely just as good.

I also like platformers, especially Metroidvanias... though the only ones I feel do that genre *right* are, in fact, Castlevania and Metroid games. I've played many games of that "genre", mostly indie, which range from "almost capture that same feeling, but not *quite*" to "they took the worst parts of the genre and magnified them tenfold".

Those are my two *favorite* genres, but I'll also play the occasional shooter (no danmaku plz), adventure game, puzzle game, etc. One genre I want to get into is survival horror, but it feels like to give the games more "effect", the controls are as terrible as possible. Anyone know of any good survival horror games that *don't* have needlessly clunky controls?
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Re: Favorite video game genres?

Postby Saturn Moriya » 5 years ago

My two favorite genres are JRPG's and 2D shooters. This goes hand in hand with my two favorite consoles being SNES and Saturn (though I also need to get into ps1 RPG's, and ps2/xbox 360 shooters).

Platformers/any sort of action sidescrollers are up there as well. Again, for now I've mostly been playing the ones on NES/SNES/Genesis, and I need to get more into stuff on later consoles. It's kinda hard to do so when there's so much good stuff everywhere.

One genre I want to get into is 2D fighters. They seem really interesting and envolved, but playing against the AI always seems kinda broken in a way. And I don't really have anyone to play with, so there's that. My favorite fighter of the four I've played is Darkstalkers 3.
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Re: Favorite video game genres?

Postby Zygl » 5 years ago

Mostly 2D platformers. As far as difficulty, think world 9 of Super Marina World if you remember that particular romhack, that's pretty much exactly the ideal level of difficulty. Also it basically follows The Price Is Right rules, easier games are less fun but still perfectly alright, but beyond there everything very quickly becomes an unpleasant experience for everyone involved.
3D platformers are also okay but don't tend to interest me enough to replay them ever, RPGs are pretty great on the rare occasion that I actually play one, and I'm going to specifically mention roguelikes even though they're technically a subgenre of RPGs because literal impossibility aside they're the best subgenre of RPGs and the world needs more roguelike/[other game genre] crossovery sorts of things. (Yes I am aware that I need to play Spelunky.)
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Postby onpon4 » 5 years ago

- I'm partial to complex adventure games. I just like how the story unfolds in these games when they're designed right. Favorites are King's Quest III, King's Quest VI, and The Ur-Quan Masters.

- Strategy games are fun. More than that, I love tactical games, since you don't have to worry about things like resource gathering and expansion and can instead focus on using what you have most effectively. Unfortunately, I'm not aware of any tactics games that I can and would play other than the Super Melee mode of The Ur-Quan Masters (which is a mix of tactics and action).

- I'm not aware of any that I would play, but I'm fond of fast-paced racing games. I also like other well-designed fast-paced games, like Torus Trooper Pure. I like these games more for the thrill than anything else, and because of this, audio (music selection and sound effects) is extremely important to me for these games.

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Postby Aposke » 5 years ago

I used to play a whole lot of games, especially FPSes and related things, but I've kinda moved away from that after I left highschool for some reason. Nowadays, I play mostly these 3 genres:

-Shooters, preferrably vertical ones (bonus points if it's Bullet Hell)
-Platformers, although I can't really name any coherent reason for why I like some and dislike others
-MUSIC GAMES

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Postby devil†zukin » 5 years ago

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Postby InsaneIntentions1 » 5 years ago

Exploration games like Metroid, and Castlevania always give me so much fun
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Re: Favorite video game genres?

Postby Davybot » 5 years ago

Action platformers like Sonic or Meat Boy and some RPGs, like the Mario ones, are my main genres with a little FPS,aka mostly just valve games, and puzzle on the side

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Postby Sorel » 5 years ago

Ok, maybe I should tell some more details.

I play a lot of different genres, but I'm a bit picky about games. My favourite genre is rogue-like.
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Re: Favorite video game genres?

Postby Jesuiscontent » 5 years ago

I've always liked good 2D platformers probably because my very first game was SMB3. I also really like T-RPGs as long as there's an actual tactical aspect to them, like Fire Emblem or Wesnoth
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Re: Favorite video game genres?

Postby Euparkeria » 5 years ago

-Everything that qualifies as 2d platformer
-RPGs Mothers (tell me a game with similarities and I might consider playing it)

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Re: Favorite video game genres?

Postby KobaBeach » 5 years ago

Action games in general, shoot 'em ups and RPGs.
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Re: Favorite video game genres?

Postby Bean » 5 years ago

2D platformers, JRPGs in the SNES/PS1/DS style, and action-adventure games are pretty fun.

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Postby Whimsical Calamari » 5 years ago

Racing games of all kinds and platformers are what I mainly play, which leads to problems in my game design classes sometimes (as sometimes there are discussions based on familiarity with games, and I appear to be the only game dev major that doesn't mainly play RPGs, shooters, or fighting games). Specifically, I grew up on Sonic and Road Rash II. My favorite game of all time is Jet Moto 2. I also want to attempt an RTS at some point, but I'm not sure.

Conversely, I can't play first-person shooters or arcade fighting games because for some reason they break my brain.
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Re: Favorite video game genres?

Postby pholtos » 5 years ago

Anything non-3D-shooter/non-horror. Ugh.
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Postby HamsterZerg » 5 years ago

Platformer RPGs, exploration platformers, and Mons series games.
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Re: Favorite video game genres?

Postby Lunikyuu » 5 years ago

Whimsical Calamari wrote:Racing games of all kinds and platformers are what I mainly play, which leads to problems in my game design classes sometimes (as sometimes there are discussions based on familiarity with games, and I appear to be the only game dev major that doesn't mainly play RPGs, shooters, or fighting games).
I had kind of a similar problem in my level design class as the engine we had to use was tailored mostly to FPSes and those are like the one genre I don't play, so I ended up not knowing what I was doing for most of the class and didn't really feel like I got much out of it (the teacher wasn't really that great either). Though apparently I did manage to make one decent (though rather large) level toward the end of the class.
ano0maly wrote:Good practice can really go a long way; levels that are seemingly impossible marathons at first are surprisingly doable routines once I know what to do in each step of the level.
This is another thing I like about platformers. It feels good when I have a hard level down to a pattern, still slightly frustrating due to it being a hard level and all, but I feel more calm and stop caring about my deaths as much.
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Re: Favorite video game genres?

Postby Doctor Shemp » 5 years ago

I can pretty much enjoy any game from any genre as long as it isn't from the extreme serious end of that genre. For example, I like relaxed racing games like Mario Kart, or even intense ones like F-Zero, but I'm incredibly terrible at super-serious ones with real-world cars and gear changing and a clutch button and all that. Well, I'm not very good at F-Zero GX either, but I still enjoy it. Similarly I like strategy points until they get super-deep like Europa Universalis and I lose all ability to play as I can't focus on that many things at once in the long-term so I can't plan.

I also dislike modern military FPS games because they go way too far in the opposite direction, with so little interactivity and freedom that it might as well be an FMV game. For that matter I don't like FMV games either. Older FPS games, made when the player was still given freedom, are good.

Pretty much anything else is good.

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Re: Favorite video game genres?

Postby watho » 5 years ago

I really enjoy Top-Down Shooters and ARPGs but there haven't been that many worthwhile ones lately.

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Re: Favorite video game genres?

Postby Saturn Moriya » 5 years ago

watho wrote:I really enjoy Top-Down Shooters and ARPGs but there haven't been that many worthwhile ones lately.
Top-Down Shooters as in Shmups? Are you familiar with cave?
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