Outright Classic Geek Picks: Let’s Play A Game!
Hey there fellow Geeks! Wanna play a game? Let our amazing staff provide you their recommendations for ultimate fun in this edition of Outright Classic Geek Picks!
This is easily my favorite game, and one I can replay again and again and still be absolutely in love with it. While I enjoy all of the games in the series, nothing will ever compare to that first venture into Rapture. The blend of horror and scifi, a fallen underwater utopia, the moral decisions, and excellent plot all make this such an enjoyable game. The Big Daddy / Little Sister dynamic is so creepy but fantastic. I highly recommend this one even now.
Tony: You Are Deadpool
I’m not sure if this is my favorite game. But I did find it to be one of the most innovative comic books in the past decade. Marvel had been toying around with the Choose Your Own Adventure comic book concept. And while titles like Squirrel Girl did okay with the idea, it really wasn’t very user friendly. But with the Deadpool series, which utilized scratch paper and dice, the miniseries added an element of D&D and it actually worked this time! Why Marvel has never put out a deluxe set which would include all of the score sheets, playing pieces and other elements is beyond me.
My husband introduced me to the classic board game based on the Napoleonic Wars. Together, we’ve played dozens of variants. From Classic Risk to Doctor Who Risk to my favorite, Risk for PlayStation. On that one, I spend an entire afternoon playing the original board plus the new boards of North America, South America, Europe and Asia. It’s such a fantastic board game.
Joe: Sly Cooper
My all time favorite video games are the Sly Cooper series. These games had everything. Skills that build on one another and all of which are needed in the final level. Each game had a stand alone story with later games having callbacks to their predecessors. Colorful cast of characters where the villains are just as interesting as the heroes. Elements of fighting, stealth, puzzles, and vehicles. Plus who doesn’t like playing anthropomorphic animals?
Tony: If Wishes Were Fishes…
The TV show Impractical Jokers introduced a fake video game called Superman: Just The Clark Kent Stuff. You did things like try to solve mysteries as a reporter for the Daily Planet and not the Man of Steel. I would actually pay good money to play this game! Love the idea!
Don: Super Mario Bros. 3
My favorite video game of all-time is:
Super Mario Bros. 3 (Nintendo 1990). Ever since I was given my very first video game console, which was Intellivision back in the 1980’s, I was a master at all the sports games. I was really good at the other games, too, like Donkey Kong, Burger Time, Space Battle, etc., but the sports games were my jam! Then years later, Nintendo was the video console of choice, so I had to have one. I bought all the sports games first and mastered them. I finally got around to trying Super Mario Bros. and I loved it. After finally conquering that one, it was time for Super Mario Bros. 2. Hated it! I was hesitant to try the third installment in the series, because of that hatred, but I eventually did. And, man, oh, man, was I hooked. To this day, it is my favorite video game to play of all-time. It is also considered to be one of the best video games of all-time, according to the experts. I’m not surprised. It’s that fun! I figured out how to conquer all the worlds, knew about all the secret coin stashes, all the short cuts, all things hidden, etc. I collected so many coins over the years, I think it tarnished my TV set. I matched so many cards, I think the Koopalings accused me of having a marked deck. I saved the princess so many times, I thought I heard her mutter for me to start sending someone new to save her. I killed so many weird looking creatures, they seemed to just step aside with each new game and let me pass. When Bowser saw me coming, his eyes would fly open wide and he would gasp, because he knew what was coming, especially when I showed up in my raccoon suit. Sure, that all may sound like I’m living in a fantasy world, like I’ve eaten too many mushrooms or something, but Super Mario Bros. 3 is also a fantasy world; and it’s one the best fantasy games that you could ever play. It may have been released here in the states 30 years ago (man, has it been that long), but this game never gets old. If you’ve never tried it, you need to go play it today! Hours and hours and hours of social distancing and quarantined fun. Bling! Bling!
Final Fantasy 7
My all time favorite game is still Final Fantasy 7, the original on Playstation. I’ve been VERY tempted to pickup a ps4 right now on the cheap and snag that new remake..see what it is all about.
That game had everything, it was HUGE and expansive – so much side stuff. Raising Chocobos, playing games in the Casino/Arcade area (name I can’t remember, nerds forgive me). Battling Ruby/Emerald Weapon.
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William: Bringing Back The Memories
Off beat meaning loosely based on D&D is Stranger Things since they start out playing D&D that scene right there hooked me on the Series. Not to mention they released a D&D starter set based on the show.
Zack: Mega Man
My favorite games are the Mega Man series, from MM1 through MM Zero 4. I’ve played them all multiple times and even started writing retrospective reviews for the 30th anniversary (remind me to finish those at some point, I only got to six before other things came calling. I even love the bad games like X 7 and MM 8.
Sean: Settlers of Catan
Thomas: If You Like Settlers…
Machi Koro is kind of like settlers but you’re building donut shops and such in Japan.
Kevin: My Favorite of All-Time
My favorite game of all time is Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes.
I have been playing this game since I was 10 years old.
I have made friends that will last a lifetime over it, connected with people, got my girlfriend into it, and it was my first step into the Fighting Game Community, which has been the greatest experience of my life.
On top of being such an amazing game, I owe it so much. I am planning to get a tattoo of the logo one day even. It’s hard to put into words how much this game means to me. It helped shape the person that I am today.
I love it so much and I can only say one thing about it…
“IT’S MAHVEL BAYBEE”
Gaumer: Real Time Strategy
I’m a sucker for a solid Real-Time Strategy game. These games are all about creating, running, managing, and utilizing a system, and I can’t help but love them. I cut my teeth on the Command & Conquer series, quickly moved onto the Warcraft series, skipped Starcraft completely, and dove headfirst into Star Trek Armada II, Star Wars: Empire at War, and, my all time fave, Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War. I don’t play much anymore, but I have become at least a passing fan of the new Magic: The Gathering Arena online game, and isn’t MTG and other card games basically RTS games?
Pente I found Pente by chance at a local antique store a couple of years ago and have been in love ever since. Pente is played with GO pieces on a traditional 19 section board and is a derivative of Gomoku. The object of Pente is to align up five of your pieces in a row or capture five pairs of your opponents pieces for the win. Pente is one of those games that truly takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to master.
Tarah: Animal Crossing
My favorite video game series of all time is Animal Crossing. When I first experienced it back in 2002 on the Nintendo Gamecube I was hooked. Then I had a very very long break from it until I played Animal Crossing: New Leaf on the Nintendo 3DS which brought me back into the community. This simulation game honestly helped me through so much,connected me with friends and brought friendships closer together. Now with New Horizons out on the Nintendo Switch my journey with this series continues and it is prob the best looking Animal Crossing game to date. The ability especially now during these hard times to escape into that world for a few hours has brought me such peace and joy. Whether I am fishing, catching bugs, earning those hard earned bells or visiting my friends various islands there is so much you can do. The one thing I truly love about the series is how it affords players to create their own unique designs, patterns etc and share them with others. Me and a good friend of mine constantly swap designs back and forth to try and make our islands the best they can be. I am so so thankful this game made its debut when it did after it was delayed 6 months. Now is a great time to get into this series if you haven’t already!
Leroy: Street Fighter
The Street Fighter series. If you’re looking for a good story, this isn’t it. Some guy steals a guy’s car or something and everyone was Kung-Fu fighting.
What you DO have, however, is the birth of competitive gaming. More refined and tweaked versions of Street FIghter II invented invented the tournament scene, which has now become affectionately known as E-Sports (exploded in the late 2000’s thanks to EVO moment #37!)
It has even created its own terminology, such as cross-ups, cancels, footies, overhead, resets, option selects, hitbox, hurtbox, BnB, download, Happy Birthday, and my favorite, salty runback.