Games that renewed your enthusiasm for gaming

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#1 Edited by SolidGame_basic (24043 posts) -

Have you ever had a moment SW where you were on the verge of becoming disenchanted with gaming and then a game comes out and saves you from that perilous road? I would say that game for me was Bloodborne. Up until that point, I wasn't sure what this gen was going to bring. But Bloodborne brought us hardcore gamers a unique game with an awesome setting, lore, and great game mechanics. It renewed my enthusiasm for gaming and is still considered one of my favorites. What about you, SW? What game(s) renewed your enthusiasm for gaming?

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#2 Posted by Archangel3371 (27593 posts) -

I don’t recall there ever being a time where I’ve had a lack of enthusiasm for gaming.

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#3 Posted by I_P_Daily (11438 posts) -

@SolidGame_basic said:

Have you ever had a moment SW where you were on the verge of becoming disenchanted with gaming and then a game comes out and saves you from that perilous road? I would say that game for me was Bloodborne. Up until that point, I wasn't sure what this gen was going to bring. But Bloodborne brought us hardcore gamers a unique game with an awesome setting, lore, and great game mechanics. It renewed my enthusiasm for gaming and is still considered one of my favorites. What about you, SW? What game(s) renewed your enthusiasm for gaming?

What's so unique about Bloodborne???

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#4 Posted by Chutebox (44493 posts) -

Man, I still need to beat bloodborne expansion

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#5 Edited by lucik1 (166 posts) -

God of war , i get bored of gaming for 1-2 years but thanks to the new GoW now i can enjoy playing video game again, , im replaying Tlou after 5 years and still having a blast , also just bought assasin creed origin , the game sucks badly but at least im having fun with it

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#6 Edited by dracula_16 (14865 posts) -

Yeah, not too long ago, there was a period of 8 weeks in which I didn't play a video game. Story of Seasons: A Trio of Towns reinvigorated me. I didn't like it as much as the first Story of Seasons, but it was still a pretty good game.

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#7 Posted by Vaidream45 (1850 posts) -

Zelda Breath of the Wild reminded me how immersive a game could be and that I can still get completely lost in a game for a few weeks. Had been a while.

Master Blaster Zero on Switch shockingly rekindled my love for retro games.

This made me realize something. The Nintendo Switch as a console has rekindled my love for video games. Never saw that coming when it was announced. Lol

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#8 Posted by stuff238 (3284 posts) -

God of War

Uncharted 4

MGSV

GTAV

TLOU

Horizon Zero Dawn

Witcher 3

So many great games that made me love gaming again.

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#9 Posted by voljin1987 (1063 posts) -

Hollow Knight. That game was something else. And made by a tiny studio with 2 people.

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#10 Edited by hrt_rulz01 (18705 posts) -

Hmm, interesting question... I don't know if there's ever been a time where I was really becoming "disenchanted with gaming" as such, but I've definitely had periods where I felt that nothing I played was really satisfying me and I kinda felt like I was going through the motions with some games (maybe that was disenchantment). And it was actually certain Indie games that kinda pulled me through & I really clicked with... games like Inside, Ori & the Blind Forest, What Remains of Edith Finch & Hellblade for example.

Another more recently that comes to mind that kind of pulled me out of a bit of a gaming funk was Nier Automata, which was extremely surprising to me because I don't usually like those types of Japanese games. But I just adored it.

But the common theme with these games I mentioned is that they were genuine surprises to me, and they weren't really on my radar. Maybe that says a little something.

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#11 Posted by sakaiXx (5316 posts) -

Dynasty Warriors on ps4.

Crazy but I was so disillusioned and tired of open world game design that I actually found myself really enjoying hack & slash and playing almost all the spin off like Gundam breaker and Fate/extella. Great times

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#12 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (25234 posts) -

Recently? Fallout 4. I had avoided the Bethesda Fallout games like the plague because of all the negative stuff I heard. But, I took a gamble on Fallout 4 last year. It was on sale for less than $20. It turned out I liked it which in turn, led me to buy Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. I liked them too.

Now, I'm wondering how many more games have I missed just because the naysayers said they were bad.

Edit:

Oh. I forgot to add: I never was close to being disenchanted.

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#13 Edited by MirkoS77 (14056 posts) -

@voljin1987: Hollow Knight is indeed incredible, and it’s even better that it’s on the Switch running 60 fps. PLUS the cheap pricetag. Jeez. It’s these type of games that feel like gifts. It’s also extremely hard for me to buy only two people were involved. Super Metroid had 15 or so.

OT: my interest in gaming has never diminished to the point that a single game saved it, but there were times where I was feeling to be doing the motions and games came along and reminded me why I began this hobby. That gave me that “fix”. Recently at least:

-The Last of Us

-Arkham Asylum

-Breath of the Wild

-Hollow Knight

-Ori and the Blind Forest

-Galak-Z

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#14 Edited by Xabiss (2505 posts) -

Recently, God of War because it was a fun experience and a well thought out game. Also enjoyed Detroit also.

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#15 Posted by dxmcat (2568 posts) -

OW to PUBG.

Always having to play with idiots vs killing all the idiots.

:P

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#16 Posted by Blueberry_Bandit (891 posts) -

Every good VR game.

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#17 Posted by Gamerno6666 (6682 posts) -

Hollow knight and bloodborne. But my interest in gaming is starting to diminish again.

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#18 Edited by deactivated-5cd08b1605da1 (9317 posts) -

@i_p_daily said:
@SolidGame_basic said:

Have you ever had a moment SW where you were on the verge of becoming disenchanted with gaming and then a game comes out and saves you from that perilous road? I would say that game for me was Bloodborne. Up until that point, I wasn't sure what this gen was going to bring. But Bloodborne brought us hardcore gamers a unique game with an awesome setting, lore, and great game mechanics. It renewed my enthusiasm for gaming and is still considered one of my favorites. What about you, SW? What game(s) renewed your enthusiasm for gaming?

What's so unique about Bloodborne???

Atmosphere

at least when it comes to gaming theres barely any Lovecraftian horror done as well as BB did it

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#19 Posted by Blazepanzer24 (146 posts) -

Sponge Bob Square Pants Battle for Bikini Bottom

Ace combat Zero. Twice.

Call of Duty 4 modern warfare on PS3.

Seeing Fallout 4 on full graphics on PC, then seeing Fallout 4 and Skyrim SE on full graphics on PC. Except at 720P but that's because I use a max 720P tv as a monitor and I want to wait four years before buying any more equipment. At that time I can buy myself a 4K 22 inch or smaller monitor with a 4K capable gaming PC

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#20 Posted by mojito1988 (3535 posts) -

Nope. I have always LOVED gaming. So many great games to chose from for all systems! I could never get bored of them.

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#21 Posted by Ant_17 (12163 posts) -

I lost hope in western devs last year, with Shadow of War and Battlefront 2.

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#22 Edited by narlymech (1667 posts) -

Overwatch, I was struggling with FPS on console until that game. Now I've been hooked on FPS's on xbox one ever since. I had quit gaming for the most part for a long time before then and nowadays am enjoying it more than ever.

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#23 Posted by deactivated-5c56012aaa167 (2538 posts) -

Lol. Funny that these days I find games to be a waste of time And I may consider to replace gaming with superior activities.(Like going to Gym and playing chess instead of games)

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#24 Posted by SOedipus (11398 posts) -

Not really. I’m becoming less interested in gaming. I’ve only really been hyped for remasters. Sad!

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#25 Posted by jeezers (2672 posts) -

Back in the day when I was mainly playing mp shooters, when ninja gaiden came out on the og Xbox I got sucked back into single player action. Loved that game. Broadened my horizons.

More recently nier automata did something similiar, and octopath has had me back into turn based, something I usually shy away from. Except Pokemon and devil survivor on the ds.

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#26 Edited by omegaMaster (1230 posts) -

My enthusiasm with gaming was dying rapidly this year with the lack of interesting new games until reccently I renewed my interest after playing Golden Sun 2. Nowadays there is a lack of quality JRPGs.

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#27 Posted by lundy86_4 (52732 posts) -

None really. I don't game as much as I used to, but that's just due to shifting priorities. I tend to go through spurts.

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#28 Posted by tgob89 (2153 posts) -

@SOedipus said:

Not really. I’m becoming less interested in gaming. I’ve only really been hyped for remasters. Sad!

LMAO, I'm playing the shit out of Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Saga now and having more fun with that than most games that have released this generation.

On topic:

Demon's Souls last gen

Horizon Zero Dawn this gen

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#29 Posted by drummerdave9099 (4067 posts) -

Minecraft and Breath of the Wild

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#30 Edited by Ninetales53 (1 posts) -

Chrono Trigger by the story, the gameplay and the design.

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#31 Posted by SOedipus (11398 posts) -

@tgob89: that’s what I’ve been playing now too, lol! Just finishing up some hunts.

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#32 Posted by hlcsbaby (191 posts) -

I know it’s not the popular opinion on these boards, but PUBG did and does that for me. Not really into single player games so I don’t give a crap about them. Team death match multiplayer has run its course. I’m loving pubg and can’t wait for more br games in the way of cod and bf.

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#33 Posted by Gatygun (1429 posts) -

Vanilla wow - mmo

They are billions - rts

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#34 Posted by getyeryayasout (12266 posts) -

I just came home from the store with a SNES mini. My enthusiasm for gaming has been on a fairly steady decline this gen, but just looking at the games on the back of the SNES mini's box has my heart all aflutter.

Holy shit, this is the best console of the gen. Hands down.

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#35 Edited by ToonLonk (440 posts) -

@Vatusus said:
@i_p_daily said:
@SolidGame_basic said:

Have you ever had a moment SW where you were on the verge of becoming disenchanted with gaming and then a game comes out and saves you from that perilous road? I would say that game for me was Bloodborne. Up until that point, I wasn't sure what this gen was going to bring. But Bloodborne brought us hardcore gamers a unique game with an awesome setting, lore, and great game mechanics. It renewed my enthusiasm for gaming and is still considered one of my favorites. What about you, SW? What game(s) renewed your enthusiasm for gaming?

What's so unique about Bloodborne???

Atmosphere

at least when it comes to gaming theres barely any Lovecraftian horror done as well as BB did it

Yeah, I definitely agree. Bloodborne had a unique, opressive, atmosphere and story, seeking to remind the player of their insignificance constantly, as opposed to most games being empowerment fantasies. Add to that the precise, tight Soulsborne combat and fantastic world design and you've got yourself one of the best games of the generation

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#36 Posted by j2zon2591 (3571 posts) -

@toonlonk said:
@Vatusus said:
@i_p_daily said:
@SolidGame_basic said:

Have you ever had a moment SW where you were on the verge of becoming disenchanted with gaming and then a game comes out and saves you from that perilous road? I would say that game for me was Bloodborne. Up until that point, I wasn't sure what this gen was going to bring. But Bloodborne brought us hardcore gamers a unique game with an awesome setting, lore, and great game mechanics. It renewed my enthusiasm for gaming and is still considered one of my favorites. What about you, SW? What game(s) renewed your enthusiasm for gaming?

What's so unique about Bloodborne???

Atmosphere

at least when it comes to gaming theres barely any Lovecraftian horror done as well as BB did it

Yeah, I definitely agree. Bloodborne had a unique, opressive, atmosphere and story, seeking to remind the player of their insignificance constantly, as opposed to most games being empowerment fantasies. Add to that the precise, tight Soulsborne combat and fantastic world design and you've got yourself one of the best games of the generation

I like how you described it. I appreciated it even more after watching lore vids when I beat the main story.

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#37 Posted by PAL360 (29555 posts) -

I never lost the interest in gaming, but modern space exploration games like Elite Dangerous, No Man's Sky and Star Citizen are the closest thing to the 'dream game' i have been expecting for decades.

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#38 Posted by TryIt (13157 posts) -

@SolidGame_basic said:

Have you ever had a moment SW where you were on the verge of becoming disenchanted with gaming and then a game comes out and saves you from that perilous road? I would say that game for me was Bloodborne. Up until that point, I wasn't sure what this gen was going to bring. But Bloodborne brought us hardcore gamers a unique game with an awesome setting, lore, and great game mechanics. It renewed my enthusiasm for gaming and is still considered one of my favorites. What about you, SW? What game(s) renewed your enthusiasm for gaming?

yes...

Darkfall Online sparked my hope after the mid 00s desolation of bad games.

But the HUGE spark came with Kerbal and Space Engineers then followed by 7 days to die

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#39 Posted by Mandzilla (4037 posts) -

Indie games such as Celeste, Golf Story, Shovel Knight, Steamworld dig etc have really made me appreciate how fun titles can be, regardless of the budget they were developed with. Perhaps it's just the nostalgia factor, but at this point I prefer them to most of the 'big' games out there.

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#40 Edited by TryIt (13157 posts) -

@mandzilla said:

Indie games such as Celeste, Golf Story, Shovel Knight, Steamworld dig etc have really made me appreciate how fun titles can be, regardless of the budget they were developed with. Perhaps it's just the nostalgia factor, but at this point I prefer them to most of the 'big' games out there.

I think in some cases its purely game interaction and how many variables there are to affect different outcomes.

That is where story games fail.

Something like My Summer Car for example is simple, yet engaging in a way that it makes one almost feel like they are actually working on a car in their garage...yet basically no story and horrible graphics

so I think its in the interactivity in a game that makes it good

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#41 Posted by malacodametal (3 posts) -

I got kind of disenchanted by gaming by the end of the last generation/beginning of this generation of consoles. What got me back in was the amount of indie titles coming out on PC. The games were getting a lot better but I wasn't "fully" convinced. When P.T. game out, I was ridiculously impressed by how a simple experience had so much depth and nuance- and it was just a teaser, not a full game. That got me a bit more interested in gaming as a medium. By the time The Witcher 3 came out however, I was back in. That game owned my life for a while.

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#42 Posted by Fairmonkey (1463 posts) -

Building my PC last year reinvigorated my interest in gaming. I was ready to quit gaming because consoles became too underwhelming and been there, done that for me

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#43 Posted by Pedro (33997 posts) -

Prey. Its what gaming is all about. Playing and experimenting with the game's mechanics.

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#44 Posted by TheEroica (18388 posts) -

Kotor.... No other game exemplifies an answer to the question for me...

I had just got a bachelor's degree in 02, started my career, shelved gaming for the most part and then I snagged an Xbox and kotor.... It blew my mind and I was totally back into the hobby....

The troubling part is very few games have grabbed me the way kotor did in the narrative sense. A feeling I've chased for over a decade. Mass effect 1 comes close, for me....

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#45 Edited by Alucard_Prime (10092 posts) -

Never really lost interest but every once in a while a game comes along that I enjoy a lot and I can't play anything else for a while because of how addicted I am to it. Right now that game is Vermintide 2, easily one of the best online co-op games I've ever played, and a good improvement over the first game.

Before that I quite enjoyed the Sci-fi games "Prey" and "SOMA".....both had a story I enjoyed very much, and it is rare to find a solid Sci-fi game these days. I got Detroit as well, just did not have a chance to play it yet....I should soon though.

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#46 Posted by judaspete (2907 posts) -

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. I was in busy and stressed with college and wasn't gaming much, but watched my roommate play this and got sucked in. Started my own game and played anytime I had the chance. Got me back into platformers, though I don't think anything had done the genre better than that game. Even subsequent PoPs.

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#47 Edited by warmblur (2168 posts) -

GTA3 by far in the early 2000's I was barely into gaming I felt I was growing out of it. GTA3 came along like a great rated R movie and changed gaming forever and gaming matured into something I can enjoy as a adult.

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#48 Posted by GoldenElementXL (3052 posts) -

Games like Fortnite and PUBG reignited my interest in gaming. We are seeing the return of skill based games that challenge and reward the players. Games have been stuck in this cinematic movie game hell that asks nothing from the player other than experience the story. There is nothing rewarding about most games in 2018. “Beating” a game means very little these days. But somehow devs/pubs have you all tricked into thinking you’re hardcore for playing Uncharted or Gears.

And don’t get me started on this resolution garbage. Y’all are letting pixel counts ruin gameplay.

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#49 Posted by Megavideogamer (6473 posts) -

The Nes classic and Snes classic. While not single game. So that doesn't "officially" count.

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#50 Posted by deactivated-5c0b07b32bf03 (6005 posts) -

Persona 5, just like P4 did for me before. Funny enough, even though I've played it before a long time ago, No Man's Sky, too.