As far as the Final Fantasy series goes, I love VII, played til the third disc of VIII before getting distracted and never going back to it, never played IX, am looking forward to the HD remake of X and played XIII through to Chapter 11 or so until I got distracted like with VIII and haven’t gone back to it since!
Another JRPG that I really enjoy and have played through multiple times and will definitely play again is the original Wild ARMS on the PS1. It was the game that introduced me to RPGs and I love the narrative, characters, music and 2D charm that it had.
Speaking of the PS1, the original Spyro the Dragon trilogy is one of my favourites. Sod all this reboot, Skylander rubbish – the first three games are almost unbeatable and I would LOVE them to do a proper return to the original formula or make a HD remake of the first three.
I have a very strong emotional connection with the original Sonic games too. Sonic 1 on the Master System was the very first game I ever played and owned and the original Mega Drive series is far better than anything Mario or Nintendo ever did or have done since, in my eyes. Sonic 3 and Knuckles is the best 2D platformer of all time. Also, Sonic Generations is so good, it almost makes up for all the rubbish that Sonic Team have put out over the last decade.
I’m also a big fan of sports games in general. Despite my dislike of domestic footballing culture, I love the Pro Evo series of football games. I also used to really enjoy 2K Sports’ old NFL games in the mid 2000s. EA’s NHL series is also brilliant, as were THQ’s (RIP) WWE series and Yuke’s UFC Undisputed series.
I’m a PS3 man, and some of the games I’ve really enjoyed this generation include the Assassin’s Creed series (only played 1&2), LittleBigPlanet, L.A. Noire, iNFAMOUS, GTA IV, Portal 1&2, Guitar Hero and Rock Band, the Call of Duty series (I don’t care what people think, the campaigns are solid) and Just Cause 2, which you really should play. As in, seriously.
However, my all-time favourite game franchise has got to be the Metal Gear Solid series. All four main games are outstanding. I’ve never enjoyed a game’s plot as much as I have in the MGS games and the entire series has been put together to perfection. The music is always great, the visuals are stunning, the atmosphere and cinematics are brilliant and the thrill you get from successfully sneaking through an area is unmatched. Kojima is God, as far as I’m concerned. Haters gonna hate.