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After I finished watching the Game Dungeon episode on Phantasmagoria 2 and it won the award "Coolest Game I've Played", a thought that keeps cropping up in my head even long afterward is: What IS the coolest game I've played? And what would others say is their coolest game?


I know it isn't Phantasmagoria 2. I can completely see why others would see it as cool, but it doesn't do it for me. So what is the Coolest Game to me?


When I tried to identify what is the Coolest Game I've Played, the problem I ran into is I think that most of the games that I really enjoy are cool and/or awesome in some way. Sonic, Sam & Max, Doom, Psychonauts, Resident Evil 2 (1998), Devil May Cry, Pac-Man: Adventure in Time, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Spy Fox, Mischief Makers, Viewtiful Joe... it's hard to narrow it down. I was initially going to go back to my childhood in what I considered really cool, which was going to be either Sonic Adventure or Psychonauts. But today, while my love for those games burns ever brighter, I wouldn't say they're the "coolest games" to me today. They're still cool, but I think I can go even cooler. 


And so, with some thought, I think I've decided the Coolest Game I've Ever Played is Shenmue 1. 


I'm not quite sure why, but I think it's simply due to the game basically fulfilling my ultimate fantasy: being a badass teenaged martial artist wandering around Japan on a epic quest. And all of its fine, insane level of details, while perhaps not making it the most perfect simulation of the real world in 2020, draw me into its world like nothing else and fully immerses me in the role of Ryo Hazuki. It's a life simulator where you play the role of a martial artist, but it's even better than real life, because every location has a music theme, there's colorful characters wherever you go, and there's wrong alleys and shops to go into filled with excitement, ruffians, and sailors. My town doesn't have those things, it just has Walgreens.  And this game has bar fights, martial arts, having to tangle with the seedy underbelly, Chinese mafia, Space Harrier, magical mirrors, all sorts of Japanese and Chinese culture and folklore, cats, soda, and having to unravel the dark secrets of your family as the situation grows far beyond a simple drive .


So I guess I am just be a massive weeaboo after all.


Just a shame my copy of Shenmue 1 had a damaged 3rd disc while appearing fine on the outside, always freezes sometime into the game, and the replacement disc I bought on eBay ended up being cracked in shipment.


Anyway, if anyone would like to share their Coolest Game They've Played, I'd be interested in what you choose. You'll probably make it a lot briefer than I did. I think this would just be a fun topic, so please share.

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Wow I've always heard Shenmue is amazing but you made the best argument I've heard yet. Any opinions on Shenmue 2? 

I'm definetely getting a dreamcast emulator soon to play it. 

My response would probably be Portal 1 and 2. I love how unconventional the portal mechanics were and GladOS as a character is amazing. I never dove deep into the community made levels but I'm sure you can invest hundreds of hours there and still be amazed. 

''Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.'' - Steve Jobs

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The coolest game I've played is hands-down Shadowrun, with D&D in a close 2nd. Now if you're talking about video games, that's a more complex and difficult to answer topic.


I'd have to put down Space Pirates And Zombies as the coolest 2-person indie studio title...

Probably have to say classic World of Warcraft (NOT WoW Classic) as the coolest MMO...

Command & Conquer Generals Zero Hour as the coolest RTS, with Star Wars Empire At War in a close second place...

Need for Speed Underground 2 as the coolest racing game... (even though I prefer the original Underground for the gameplay)

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag is the coolest 3rd person RPG...

Age of Wonders 3 is the coolest turn-based strategy...

Pixel Piracy is the coolest whateverthehellitis...

XCOM 2 is the coolest turn-based tactical strategy...

Planetside 2 is the coolest F2PMMOFPSRPG...

Portal 2 is the coolest first-person puzzle game...

War Thunder is the coolest F2P war vehicle simulator...

Fallout 4 is the coolest singleplayer FPSRPG...

Black Mesa is the coolest remake FPS...


I could go on for pages...

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I have three that come to mind.


1: This is ganna sound kinda lame but SWAT 3. The voice acting and sound alone makes it one of my favorite games of all time. However, the missions is what makes it cool. It's all believable stuff (for the most part) and avoids the doomsday type scenarios like Tom Clancy games. A memorable mission is responding to a home invasion where you rescue children. Before each mission you get a briefing that sounds like a real life law enforcement briefing. I love this game so much. Coolest shooter for sure.


2. Wing Commander 3. The best FMV acting and amazing flight. Super rewarding game. It's hard to put into words why this game is the coolest flight game out there. If it wasn't for the FMV...I'd put Elite plus here. Both are some of the coolest space combat games out there.


3. Sim Ant...a crazy idea that's crazy fun. Man I miss the old days of Maxis. But anyway this wins coolest idea that actually turned out well.


I honestly could get going but those are my top 3 or so. Coolest games I've ever played.



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This was probably a once-in-a-lifetime situation that I was lucky enough to experience.


It was early october friday in 2010.

I had seen a few mentions about "Amnesia the dark descent" online, and without any further research, figured that it was probably an atmospheric walking simulator along the lines of Dear Esther. ( Yup. That was bizarrely enough my assumption at the time ). 


Not expecting the game to be be even remotely frightening, I was determined to try and enjoy the things atmosphere to the fullest. 


So, having been avoiding spoilers, trying to maximize the games impact, I got the game, installed it and made sure it was properly setup.... Then I waited for the evening.


Started playing the thing around 7 or 8pm. Lights out, headphones on, completely empty, dark and silent house, doing my damnest to maximize the effect and the atmosphere of this "art game"...


Well... The end credits rolled around midday the next day.

It was hands down the coolest and the most immersive gaming session I have ever had, and probably ever will have.


I distinctly recall being at the morgue ingame and seeing sunbeams coming through the shuttered ingame windows, and looking at my own window splling the morning light behind the curtains at that very same moment.


Needless to say, I got the absolute maximum impact from this "art game", which turned out to be the scariest horror game I had ever played, given the circumstances and the immersion factor....


SInce then, I have never managed to duplicate the situation, as it's just not the same, when you know what you are getting into from the get-go.



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X-com: UFO Defense (1994) hands down. It mixes everything I love. Base-building, tactical gameplay,  a huge scale and scope. To date no game has surpassed it, and only a few have come close such as Terror From the Deep, Terra Phoenix


A close second would be Fallout: New Vegas. Again - big scope, your actions have consequences, modability, and replayability. And it's half cooked, too! You can add a whole second layer to it, such as more quests per town, a whole questline about swayying towns over, fill in the Legion side of the map, etc.


A third is Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword. Again, big scope, multiple paths, replayability, modability. The epitome of 4x so far.




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22 hours ago, Eshanas said:

A third is Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword. Again, big scope, multiple paths, replayability, modability. The epitome of 4x so far.

wait! do you mean the expansion on it's own? the game with all the expansions up to it including it? the vanilla game alone wasn't good? (I tried playing the vanilla but my pc couldn't handle the graphics at the time)

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1 hour ago, kerdios said:

wait! do you mean the expansion on it's own? the game with all the expansions up to it including it? the vanilla game alone wasn't good? (I tried playing the vanilla but my pc couldn't handle the graphics at the time)

The vanilla was 'good' (i still have the og manual, one of the books I'll take to my grave) but the expansion vaults it to being superb. I have both the original, warlords, BTS, and colonization on my steam profile now and I just play BTS alone. It comes with everything beforehand save a few scenarios, so it's no biggy.

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I still have civ1 original manual, and maybe even the tech tree sheet somewhere :)


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Coolest game I've ever played? That is a tough one to narrow down.


Time Splitters was a phenomenal FPS game. I remember having the absolute shit scared out of me fighting the zombies in the first mission.

The Matrix: Path of Neo was probably one of the coolest adventure/fighting games I played for the PS2.

Left 4 Dead was also a great FPS, but its dark atmosphere was what did it for me the most.

Valiant Hearts was one of my favorite story-driven games despite being published by Ubisoft.




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