I'm sure everyone has favorites of this genre considering how they all appeal to the general public. Easy platforming games like Crash Bandicoot and Mario, to complicated games like Tomb Raider and Prince of Persia. So, if you could make a list of your favorite adventure games by series' of all time; what would it be and why? Mine is easy, I usually follow games through more than 1 sequel to the very end.
games: 1)Tomb Raider 2
2)Tomb Raider 3
3)Tomb Raider Underworld
4)Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness
5)Tomb Raider Anniversary
2)Sonic the Hedgehog
games: 1)Sonic Adventure
3)Sonic Adventure 2
4)Sonic the Hedgehog 2
5)Sonic and Knuckles
3)God of War
games: 1)God of War 3
2)God of War 2
3)God of War
4)God of War Ghost of Sparta
5)God of War Chains of Olympus
games: 1) Super Metroid
3)Metroid Zero Mission
5)Metroid Prime 2 Echos
games: 1)Uncharted 2
6)Prince of Persia
games: 1)Prince of Persia Two Thrones
2)Prince of Persia Warrior Within
3)Prince of Persia Sands of Time
7)Shadow of the Colossus
1)It took up until I turned 16 when I finally started getting into Tomb Raider and Ironically when the series began to go down the drain. The first real TR I played all the way through was TR Angel of Darkness. Most of the PS1 type of gameplay remained present but it was in a faster pace and had an interesting story to boot. Then TR Legend came out and it grabbed my attention right away. It was really fun but the pace of the story resembled too much of the movies which was a big turn off. Underworld was the only sequel to TR Legend but it took Lara back to her silent, isolated roots so that alone made the game easy to love. When I got a PS3, I took advantage of the PS Network and started buying the old titles except TR 1. Anniversary was enough for me and playing a crappier version was out of the question. TR2 through Last Revelation were played through using my PSP. TR2 stood out the most to me, TR3 was too hard and Last Revelation was too boring.
2)Sonic was a series I always liked since the Genesis but none felt greater than his first modern 3D adventure in Sonic Adventure. The gameplay is outdated now when compared to today's standards but it's a nice window to Sonic in his glory days. The other games I liked only because of how they reminded me of Sonic Adventure on the exception of Sonic and Knuckles. Sonic Generations was the first Sonic game I fell in love with so easily even though it was just a fan letter. Many argue about the gameplay surrounding 3D Sonic and 2D Sonic but the game really speaks for itself. If you truly love Sonic and all the history you share with him; Generations is an amazing title but it's as good as your memory can serve you.
3)God of War at first glance felt like Devil May Cry and at times I always felt like Kratos was missing cool combos to make the game more fun. But the story kept me clinging onto it like a Koala bear hugging a tree. As the years went on; the games grew more epic and it only took until the 3rd game when I realized that Kratos is out of Dante's league. The platforming and the puzzles were fun too and if weren't for my Tomb Raider experience; I wouldn't have breezed through the games so easily.
4)Metroid is undeniably one of the best side scrolling adventures in gaming history. Samus to me felt like she reached her peak in Super Metroid, a game that stayed true to the series and envited newer and better ideas. Those ideas followed suite in Fusion but then died when Prime came to the picture. M Prime was a downer in the aspect of being in 1st person but after a while; you get used to it and start to fall in love with her armor. Echos changed everything they did in Prime but it was still a fun adventure.
5)Uncharted is another game series that truly speaks for itself. I joined the craze late with Uncharted 2 but that was only because I was afraid of it playing too much like Tomb Raider. When I finally got the courage try Uncharted 2; I was stunned at how amazing the game was and I have a 720p HD so that made the game even BETTER in terms of graphics. It's beautiful, the animations are fluid in every way and any similarities to Tomb Raider are very discrete. The games felt a little too easy when it came to puzzles and sometimes it felt like Naughty Dog was spoon feeding the answers, platforming was a cinche too but those would be the only complaints. The rest of the game relies on none stop action and thrilling scenes of special effects you would see in Die Hard movies. As a series; I can say that Drake stands on his own feet with some inspiration from Lara but to any Tomb Raider fan, nothing beats taking your time to explore the levels at your own pace.
6)The Prince of Persia games were all great in every way and the platforming was simple but had a learning curve to boot. The ability to turn back time felt like a novelty to me but it did help alot in boss fights. Sometimes up to the point where the sand felt like a cheat code. All in all, it was a great experience but the Sands of Time idea died too fast for the games to earn a rightful place in the spotlight and instead had an hour of fame.
7)Shadow of the Collossus caught many by surprise with it's unique world shrouded in mystery. Most of the time I was just riding the horse for hours looking for the next fight and all I could think of was the history the world had to tell. The boss fights were plentiful and every fight was unique enough for you to excuse the fact that there weren't any smaller enemies roaming around the world. It felt very close to Legend of Zelda but the extreme focus on isolation made the game suffer from being an incredible title. Still it's a game worth mentioning at least deserves a sequel.
-You can make a list like this too but it would probably be faster if you make it just by series alone. But if you wanna name every specific game you liked out of each series; I'd still want to hear it.