It's been like a year but I'm finally starting to get the JRPG bug again. Being a light JRPG I'm just playing in travel on handheld, I'm still on with Mega Man X Command Mission. Around halfway through I think, but it's a shorter game, which is generally what I'd been sticking to.
Now picking up Baten Kaitos again. The original Gamecube version on Steam Deck, though I guess the new release is what compelled me to do it. I did get a good way through the game a good 15 years back, but remember being interrupted by exam season back then and being stuck when I got back to it. Hopefully I can push further this time. It is a pretty wonderful game and is grabbing me again pretty quickly. Of course the spoken dialogue is awful, not really fitting the tone, though I still manage to enjoy it due to the cheesiness. Storyline, setting, battle system and of course Sakuraba's soundtrack are all pretty great in this.
If you ick up Baldur's Gate 3, I recommend doing The Dark Urge story. Basically a custom character plus, very clear choice to get the full intended story (anyone familiar with the previous games will know why instantly when you realize Urge's main thing is struggling with murderous impulses). I've just barely started proper, but I'm impressed by all the attention to detail basically everywhere. Being able to light grease you summon on fire, and summon more on the fire to make explosions was a real "you can do that???" moment. Decided to go monk because it's my favorite melee class in these sorts of games, but considering doing a Paladin playthrough in the future.
Demon Turf rules, wrapped up all but time trial trophies in the first turf. Tight controls, fresh style, just an all around good time.
Wrath of the Righteous remain my main addiction, though. I now have *seven* playthroughs going on concurrently because I want to experience that many paths. I also just discovered the slayer variant arcane enforcer, which lets you get an easy to use dimensional portal ability, and now have two characters messing around with that class. This game is going to get really stuid (already very stupid on my demon barbarian playthrough, where I just charge everything with armor that further buffs my charge).
Edge Magazine did a list of their top 100 games of the past 30 years. I would say there is more recency bias, with not enough 90's content in there, but otherwise I'd say they captured the most popular/acclaimed games from this period pretty well. You won't find anything unknown on here for sure. Obviously a list like that isn't going to represent the personal tastes of anyone to a tee, but for me I've played half of these games - not bad - with only a handful that I wouldn't consider if it were a list for myself.
lol you're right. Curse my weird brain. Otherwise I have no real thoughts on this, big lists like this only matter to me when dealing with a single person's taste, because collective stuff like this always goes back to the general thought, which in extremely uniform in gaming spaces more than any other medium. Now if you keep it to a particularly weird community that exists in niche area, then you start getting the interesting pics.
I wonder if we are ever going to get a critical reassessment of red dead redemption 2 and the last of us 2 like we did with bioshock infinite. RDR2 I find such as awful game and while I actually enjoyed the LOU 2's combat the game has major narrative and pacing issues.
I'm usually critical of these lists but I'd say it's pretty solid, if typical. Breath is a fine choice all things considered but Ocarina is ranked wayyyy too high. It's not even the best Zelda game on the N64!.
Boring is a less charitable way to describe it. I can't find exactly how they put the list together outside of list of (mostly British?) developers and generic mentions of current and former staff along with readers. The problem is that unless you have a group of people actually debating the merits of various games, it inevitably going to come down to asking for ranked lists. Ranked choice voting is a great way to elect a political leader most people can live with, but it's awful for creative works. There's a lot of general weirdness like the lack of sport games and simulations.
I would like more lists from less mainstream places. It's how you learn about overlooked stuff, or more niche topics.
Heck, it was an old /v/ list made in response to an extremely normie reddit gaming one that first introduced me to the existence of Planescape Torment, which had no presence in larger gaming circles at the time (nor much of the PC output). I don't really know what anyone gets out of a Zelda game getting a high spot at this point, it's just a dull given.
I remember I organized something like this for ScrewAttack once, and while there were expected picks (would you be surprised to learn OoT was the number one winner), there were also a ton of interesting swerves you normally don't see from these lists because the people using the site had a lot of experience with middle market and licensed games. So, somehow stuff like Def Jam and Star Wars Battlefront (the original) managed to sneak on there.