There was something about the challenge, lore, leveling up, combat system, art design, multiplayer, pacing (first half), build diversity and sense of adventure that I absolutely love. They mixed all these elements together perfectly. Super Mario World was my fave game up until then and it almost hurt me to admit something dethroned my childhood game. Dark Souls will very likely not be topped.
Probably Super Mario World to be honest, Mario 64 was the most shocking, Half Life 2 made me a hardcore gamer, but Super Mario World is my "favorite" - So much cheer- joy- mystery- art- smoothness- excellent controls- content
For the longest of time, if somebody would've asked me what "my favorite game of all time was", I would've said Prince of Persia Warrior Within. If somebody asked for "the best story in a video game", I would've said Legacy of Kain series. For atmosphere, NOTHING topped Thief Deadly Shadow for me, for a while.
Dragon Quest 3. The hype I had for this one in 1991 was huge thanks to a huge spread that Nintendo Power had on it in August 91's issue. When I finally played it in early 92, it lived up to my expectations and then some.
Needless to say, I eagerly anticipate the new DQ3 remake coming soon.
The original half life is, and will probably remain, my favourite game ever. It was beyond anything I've ever played in 1999, and is still better than most modern games apart from graphics. Superb pacing, foreboding atmosphere, excellent and aggressive AI, top-notch level design (Black Mesa is still one of the best settings ever to be featured in a game), amazing set-pieces (who can forget blast pit or surface tension!). Only game that got close was, surprise surprise Half life 2 and episodes. City 17 and Eastern Europe doesn't instill the same sense of dread as Black Mesa, so that put Half-Life 2 just a notch below the original.
Hard one, though there are many flaws as it’s a small budget game, I’ll go for sengoku rance. When I was playing that game, I was so hopeful for gaming that one day there will be aaa games that are inspired by this. Oh boy I was so wrong, the total opposite happened to these big budget games, i did not see that coming at all. I still hope for a total war: rance title or something like that.