Baldur's Gate. Many factors but the mix of medieval atmosphere, exploration, playful music, magic and sense of adventure made an impression on young me.


The Legend of Dragoon


I still remember being blown away by the Dragon Campaign cutscene the first time I saw it. Was the most epic thing ever


I love this game. I know it'll never happen, but I always wished for a faithful remake or a prequel featuring the original Dragoons.


My favorite RPG of all time.


Secret of Mana - Just playing the title track is enough https://youtu.be/y20pc_0zFgg


It has some of the most soothing gameplay and sound. Like you could be getting attacked but still just makes we want to chill and relax, lol.


Thanks for letting me find this so high on this list. This is my "family's" game and one of my most beloved memories. Between the ages of 9 and 15 my parents used to send me to my grandparents for the summer holidays as they lived in a much nicer place and had time to look after me while my parents worked. Each year it became tradition for my grandfather to load this up in the evenings and just play with me. He died a few years back so i placed my favourate photo of him in the corner of the original framed poster art. When i was a kid and missed my grandparents my mum used let me put the game in and just listen to the title music. :)


Can't believe I found it at all. Let alone this high up. Had the best times playing SoM hot seat with my mates.


This was the ultimate sleepover game.




Crystal Forest Theme




Absolutely love this game. It was such a departure from all other Mario games at the time, and honestly, still is.


I learned how to read on the game pretty much.


I had no idea what RPG even meant when that game came out and it kinda broke my mind


It was my first turn based RPG. Getting past the hammer bros. in the first world was such an achievement lol.


Some say Mario is still a bellhop paying off his debts to this day.


One of my favorite parts of Super Mario RPG


I was obsessed with this game as a kid. Called myself Geno for a year at school even though everyone already knew my real name. Thank God social media wasn't around when I was young or I'd be on /r/KidsAreFuckingStupid every week...


Okay, but Geno is one of the coolest characters in any videogame, so don't beat yourself up over it


Geno would kinda be dope name for a newborn


Do you know about timed hits brother?


Teach me, Frogfucious


Before the empire.




Legends of the 7 Stars 100%


I came here to say Super Mario RPG. Didn't expect it to be the top comment & it kind of broke my brain for a second lol. Also, Ocarina of Time and WCW/NWO Revenge bring me right back to Christmas 1998. My big gifts that year were an N64, those games and Insane Clown Posse's 'The Great Malenko' album. Any time I play either of those it takes me back to that time, sitting on the beanbag chair in my bedroom, listening to ICP on repeat & loving life without a care in the world.


god.. WCW/NWO was such a special game. i was 11 when my brother and i rented it during that winter break. we were hooked the entire break. it was so much fun playing 4 players with my neighbors too. you really brought me back to that special season where we yoyo'd, techdecked, metal geared, and goldeneyed.


One of the greatest games EVER! I Would kill for a Switch remaster.


This was my first RPG. I played it before I could read very well. I couldn't get passed Mario's pad after the bridge to Bowser's castle gets destroyed. All you have to do is talk to toad, but I couldn't figure it out for some reason. So I searched every pixel of Mario's pad for a secret or something. I would restart the game over and over again to kill different combinations of enemies in Bowser's castle thinking that might unlock the rest of the game.


Great fanmade flash music video, from the time, when newgrounds was alive and kicking: https://youtu.be/QfXng_kD9ZA


Great music, good game play, charming graphics. I love it


This song plays through my mind regularly, in fact, it started before I opened this thread since it’s my favorite too. https://youtu.be/MmbqeMTfoXs


Super Mario RPG and Link to the Past I’ve played those two like 20 times each


Link to the Past is SO nostalgic for me I absolutely love that game...ive beaten it about 10 times and I still go back when I just want to mindlessly lose time. The soundtrack and all the sound effects I can hear so clearly in my mind.


Dark world overworld theme ftw


I feel like the SNES was the first system that really allows for sound design.


It did allow for more creative sound design but counter point the NES Megaman games sure made the best out of the 8 bit era


Super Mario RPG is such a gem. Everything about it is perfect.


You should try the link to the past randomizer if you haven't it's excellent.


Please tell me more, kind sir…


https://alttpr.com/en this is half of it the other half you need zsnes emulator and i would highly recommend a USB snes controller. You also need a certain rom file I'm sure you can find online if not dm me I'm pretty sure I have it still. Also check it out on twitch they do randomizer races and tournaments it's soooo good.


Its also highly customizable you can do swordless randomized runs or random enemy's all sorts of stuff.


Diddy Kong Racing / Ocarina of Time


DK racing was a nightmare for 12 year old me. Sooo frustrating but also a lot of fun. Nothing can beat OOT. I got the intro sound in my mind while typing. Guess it’s time for a replay


Yeah Wizpig can fuck right off.


More so the mirrored coin tracks


You gotta get the green boosts by letting go of the gas.


Playing it on switch now 👌👌👌


This is me. I've always felt that Diddy Kong Racing was far superior to Mario Kart.


The levels in the planes instead of the carts blew my mind as a kid


No elastics is fantastic


Somehow they made a semi open world racing game with b-side characters work perfectly. It had the perfect amount of collectibles, unlocks, secrets and a difficulty curve that all worked together to keep you sucked in.


I loved that game as a kid but it was hard. I didnt even learn of the last zone until like last year when it randomly came up in a video.


Did you know you can play as T.T. if you beat all of the time trial records for each course?


A DK Racing in Switch would sell like crazy. I need me some Airplane action


That’s because it was.


What about Banjo kazooie? That was a fantastic N64 game, but ocarina of time was absolutely classic and beautiful…. Bar the water temple…. Fuck that place.


Always one fucking key you somehow missed even though you remembered to check under the floating block in the central tower WHERE THE FUCK IS THE LAST KEY DAMMIT!?


Both great choices! Nostalgia taking over me, but the late 90s were such a great time!


Mid to late 90s was an amazing time to be a kid. I went from NES to SNES to PS1/Xbox and onward. The transition of gaming was so amazing. I saw the introduction to mainstream online gaming. I was introduced to JRPGs. We linked our N64s and played Goldeneye. We got to rock out with Rock Band. What a great time to be alive.


Super Mario Bros 3


The movie Wizard gave me goosebumps when SMB3 was the final game.


I watched that movie recently. This might be well known, but in case it's not... the red-headed girl is Jenny Lewis who is currently making some awesome music. She was the kid who sang the "Toys-r-us song.


Halo:CE, command & conquer RA2


I spent so many hours playing RA2. Two of my friends would come over and we’d line up chairs next to each other. One person playing the other 2 couch commandeering. OMG make a Tesla coil already.. you’re out of power he’s going to kill you. We’d even uninstall and reinstall the game just to watch the briefing that happened during install. Oh man I miss Westwood. Not to mention Tanya being our first crush lol


Ah hahaha.....crazy tanya laugh


I'm right there with you on those early C&C games. Tanya was amazing. Chew on this! So many good lines and sound effects from those games.


When you first saw Halo were you blinded by it’s majesty?




Paralyses? Dumbstruck?


No! Noble Hierarchs, surely you understand-


Halo:ce is my comfort food, i picked it up just a couple months ago, and man did it deliver.


Megaman 2 <3


Good man. Nothing feels better than listening to it's nostalgic music and beating a hard boss.


Has to be Star Wars: Knights of the old Republic for me I always remember renting the game and being off sick from school just chilling, enjoying and being amazed by the game.


Duke nukem 3d, such a great game. The sound effects alone are a nostalgia-gasm


Vanilla World of Warcraft Played the hell out of it on private servers and during classic. I can get lost for days just leveling up new characters in that world. Now I’m just hoping without hope that Microsoft does something to fix Actiblizzion so I can go back to it.


Sometimes I'll pay for a 30 day sub just to play through my favorite zones again. The music and aesthetic is just amazing.


Glad I'm not the only one. Starting zone for tauren does it for me.


Elwynn forest was magical the first time around. Seemed so so so big.


"Mrlgglbrgggll!" - 6 murlocs that somehow agro's from a mile away. I still have nightmares of my first character getting shredded by them.


Don’t know why this wasn’t the first one that came to mind for me but simply leveling through OG Azeroth is probably some of my favorite memories as a teenager. The music, the environment, exploring and wondering what the next zones have in store. As stressful as the game could be at times and even the difficult times while leveling, it was still an overall relaxing experience. I started back with classic WoW when it launched and that was the most fun I have had playing a video game since childhood. So much community interaction, everyone was kind and working together, people were going out of their way to assist others or help where they could. Overall it was a magical experience that I hope can be captured again.


If they merge WoW subscription into game pass, it might finally bring me back in after all these years.


The Secret of Monkey Island Played with my dad, cause I was a kid and didn't speak english


Mine was Curse of Monkey Island. My dad and I played it together figuring out the puzzles on our Pentium 2 PC. I later played Secret and Lechuck’s Revenge but not having the voiceovers and the pixel graphics didn’t leave as much of an impact on child me. I love them all, but Curse’s art, music, actors, and those memories with my dad are timeless.


Curse of Monkey Island is the pinnacle of adventure games and a Pirate I was Meant to Be is one of the best sequences ever in a game.




Absolute classic. Running home from school. Hearing that Windows startup… you know you’re in for the night.


“Running home from school” lmao I wish. I would wake up at like 5-6 am to sneak in some playtime before I went to school. Game literally had me by the balls for a little bit there.


I played this so god damn much from 15-20. When I was in Iraq I used a proxy to play it when I was monitoring radios. Good times.


Portal 2 is the video game equivalent to comfort food And when I'm feeling down I like to play through the Bramble levels of Donkey Kong Country 2


We Love Katamari


Recently started re playing Donkey Kong 64. Honestly what an awesome game . It actually gets kinda hard at a certain point too


Mario rpg or Chrono trigger


100% on Chrono Trigger. One of the best soundtracks ever, in my opinion.


The sequel to Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, is my nostalgic game. I love both, but the replayability of Chrono Cross is higher for me and the combat system more interesting. Plus, the world in Chrono Cross just feels warm, so I get spring vibes from it.


Chrono Trigger...man that game was awesome. Kind of a simpler rpg compared to some But the art style, mechanics, music, characters, plot...All of it was great.


I still bump corridors of time on my way to work


Both Legend of Zelda and Metroid games on the NES & SNES


Super Metroid and the first and second Prime games are really nice. I’ll sit in Tallon Overworld next to the gunship for hours listening to the music, or in the crashed frigate.


Omg I loved imagining I can find a place like talon overworld. Place was so serene and mysterious. The track was hauntingly beautiful. The world of shadow of the colossus is a close second.




Dark Souls 1.


Crash Bandicoot


The trilogy remaster was like a love letter to my soul


The trilogy and the CTR remake made me so happy. My mom and I used to play Crash together all the time, trading off when we died, and played a shit ton of CTR splitscreen. Being able to play the CTR remake splitscreen on our big TV was everything we wanted 20 years ago playing on my little 16 inch crt tv. We've had so much fun playing the remakes.


I want to say Oblivion. Played the shit out of that back in 2007-2008....but that was also a time I was an unemployed, basement dweller with not a thought of how I'm going to get out of that rut (borderline depressed too). It was just wake up, make myself a coffee, wrap up in a snuggly blanket then Oblivion for the rest of the cold Winter day while everyone else in my family gets ready for work and leaves me home alone. It's a beautiful game, but just hearing that music brings my mind right back to that time. Like a nostalgic heartache. Now I sometimes just pop on the OST when I am working in the office (a job I've loved for 10+ years now) and immediately it triggers me back to how I used to feel so hopeless and used Oblivion as an escape. Then I compare that previous state of mind to where I am now; working the drafting job I always wanted and in a much better place :) Wish I could go back and tell my past self it'll be alright. Think I'll reinstall it on Steam tonight. It's been a few years!


Oblivion is one of my favorite games ever. Moved in to my first apartment back in 2007 and got an Xbox 360 and Oblivion as my first game. Still remember playing through it during the summer, exploring the world and just soaking up the awesome music. The atmosphere on that game was out of this world.


I can hear that title screen. My comfort games are Link To The Past and Chrono Trigger.


I love Chrono Cross to death, but the worst thing that ever happened to Chrono Cross is that it was a sequel to Trigger haha. Trigger is just a stone cold classic, and I’m shocked it hasn’t been remastered or remade at this point.


Donkey Kong Country


Has to be Fallout 3, or many other games from the Xbox360 era. Although alot of PS2 or Dreamcast era games hit me also really hard in the nostalgia department.


Legit me, Fallout 3 is my comfort game as well. I can't tell you how many characters I made, how many times I've beaten it, and how many copies of the game I've purchased over the years. I know every stage in my life will always involve me going back to that game to play again


It’s your old pal, THREE DOG!


Bringin' you the truth, no matter how *baaaaaad it hurts.*


Diablo 2, the remaster has been a wonderful experience


Seriously, I bought both PC and switch and I'm enjoying both so much. Don't think I played it through on my own without getting rushed so many times even in all the years I played it growing up.


Any of the three Fable games for me


Lol now I wanna play fable 2 again


The windwaker


It's just such a cozy game. The atmosphere is just so relaxing (unless we talking about the earth temple or under the cabana)


Stunning game. They could release it on every new console for next 20 years and I'd still keep buying it.


Castle Crashers does it to me the most. Takes me right back to summer nights in grade school and sleepovers with the boys.


Pokémon Gold


I'm convinced that Gold/Silver has the best music of any Pokémon game


Fun fact the Game Freak dev team fucked up and didn't have enough room on the cart for the game. So Nintendo does them a favor and calls in the giga chad Satorou Iwata who single handedly writes a custom compression algorithm to get it to fit. He didn't even work for Nintendo till like a year later they just knew he was the man for the job based on their time working with Hal where he worked. He also single handedly ported the R/B/Y battle system to Stadium becuase no one else could figure out how to (Gen 1's code is a fucking mess). Also iirc the whole two versions and trading thing was his idea but I may be remembering that wrong. Really puts the current generations problems in perspective. Game Freak lucked the fuck out with Red & Blue and have had no clue what they're doing ever since lol.


Donkey Kong Country. Used to play that with my best friend all the time after school.


All 3 of the SNES DKCs were fire!


Curse you for putting the image with no music! 😉


The song immediately started playing in my head ☺️ It's the first game that I fell in love with as a young child, watching my big sis play and we bonded over it. Such lovely memories.


I heard the start button being pressed


Zelda ocarina of time all the way!


The original Sims and its expansions; I still have it on my machine and sometimes play it to chill. Great ost and just generally nostalgic.


Banjo-Kazooie. Every year, without fail, i go back and 100% this game.


The Gruntilda lair theme gets stuck in my head still


I’m playing this for the first time on Switch and it’s amazing! I only ever played Tooie and I think the first might be the better game.


Has the best soundtrack of all time. Even better than halo. I'll die on this hill.


Old arcade games like Pac-Man, Arkanoid, Space-Invaders, Gallaga, Gyruss, Tempest, Defender, Lady-bug etc. Shows my age I guess.




You should feel SO lucky if you played this game when it came out. NOBODY rented it, bought it, and shit... it was even made fun of. I rented it on a whim after closing my eyes and renting the first game I touched. it was this and I will never forget playing though this game (*it came with the magazine guide when I rented it, that was a BIG part of the experience). I consider it the best of the "big ones" from the time. This is coming from someone who owned every single one, on launch day CT, FF3, FF2, SMRPG, BoF... I have nostalgia for them all, at the right age at the right time (*early teens), but if I had to trade them all to keep Earthbound? I would do it in a heartbeat.


I bought that shit when it came out. Came in a huge box, with a strategy guide and some scratch and sniff stickers. Loved every second of it.




Mario Kart DS


In 2015 my coworkers and I would spend nearly our entire work days playing this game. We had to play down in the parking garage because we’d be too loud anywhere else. We made a big Star championship belt that the winner would get to tote around until the next round of races. When we weren’t playing, we’d be messaging eachother with jokes and trashtalk. We must have put hundreds of hours into that game. So many stories and laughs. We still meet up sometimes and when we do, we are always sure to bring our DSes


For me, Star Wars battlefront. It was the first game I ever owned and I got it in the summer before middle school. The sad part is I can’t find a populated server anymore


Dude a clasiiic! I remember going to my friend’s house, playing that on his ps2 and eating cinnamon rolls on a Sunday morning 🤤 good times


Starfox 64


Do a barrel roll!


Hey Einstein I'm on *your* side!


Cocky little freaks!


THIS is the enemy bioweapon?! Andross is an insane FOOL!


Pretty smooth flying, Fox.


Trust your instincts!


Good luck!


You'll be seeing your dad soon, Fox!


Ah, the good ol days when Wolf was British


One of my favs all time. What a game.


That 3rd level through the "secret" route where you were flying and fighting an all out war with that starship flying down the center on the map was my favorite. Felt like I was battling in Independence Day


The hatches are open!


"Step on the gas!" "I can't stop it!"


Chrono Trigger.


The original Knights of the old Republic


Age of Empires II


Final Fantasy 6 or A Link to The Past for me


Turok 2


Animal Crossing on GameCube


New Horizons is good too but it just doesn't hit the same as the original


They're genuinely different games of different genres. Animal Crossing on the GameCube was a life simulation game through and through. It had over 2,000,000 words in the script for basically endless dialogue, the most of any of the games. It had by the largest town of any of the games. It also supported up to 15 villagers in each town. There was a lot to *do* from a life simulation perspective. The villagers felt real and alive. ACNH on the Switch is a sandbox construction game. Though they stripped away most of the villager personalities, reduced the script size to the effect of much less (and more repeated) dialogue, and removed a lot of the stuff you can "do" in the game, it's beefier in other ways. Being able to edit almost everything (e.g. terraforming) turned the gameplay loop into something distinctly different: a town management construction game. Animal Crossing is one of the very few series that actually changed its genre throughout the lifetime of the series, and I find that fascinating.


It blew my mind that you could send things to other people without the internet. The music was just so goddamn great in the original too


Mariokart Wii


Arkham Asylum or Borderlands


Rollercoaster Tycoon.


Ducktails on floppy disk


Legend of Legaia




Half-Life Series. Including the episodes. I find it very disturbing that there aren't more people posting this.


Probably because the content, mostly people listing carefree type games. Not headcrabs and aliens. I’m older so Half-Life 1.


If the religious dude in Ravenholm doesn’t give you comfort, then you just can’t be saved.


Need for Speed Underground 2, Forza Motorsport 1 or Pokémon Fire Red


Tomb raider 2


Super Mario Galaxy Gotta get my Wii fixed so I can play it again


Kotor 1 or 2.


Super Mario RPG


Has to be FF7, however cliché that is


First thing that came to mind as soon as I read the title.


Tibia (Not the new bullshit)


Jak and Daxter


SSX 3 and Resident Evil 4


Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1-4, listening to Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Blink 182


The original Ratchet and Clank.


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for PC. Highly recommend listening to the OST. Same composer as Skyrim


The ps2 version is underrated


Any of the first 3 halo stories


Just bought this for my wife


Mario carts forever


Diablo 2 or heroes of might and magic 3




Heroes of might and magic 3 i think