I’m sure I’m not alone in being utterly unable to compare my love for games in different genres. I mean, I can easily say that Rock Band 2 stands head and shoulders above every other fake plastic rock game, but how on earth can I weigh it against Alpha Centauri? Apart from giving it input that determines success or failure, there are zero gameplay elements in common. Then you add Symphony of the Night and Majesty and Portal into the mix, and it’s an unsolvable conundrum.
Also: Arkham Asylum? You think a game that’s been out less than three months can stand toe to toe with the most venerable franchises in PC gaming, some of which have upwards of a dozen iterations?
It’s hard to look back and decide sometimes, because I’ll admit to having some of the best times while playing Counter-Strikle, but also having amazing times playing WoW. Still… as a game, both Baldur’s Gate games are nearly flawless.
Outcast is my all-time favourite game. The degree of freedom and amount of different player abilities in an interesting, intelligently behaving world with deep, engrossing content takes you to another world. Still an unmatched achievement in game and world design.
I’m strongly considering picking Batman:AA as my favorite game, that’s how incredible my experience with that game was, but I would have to overlook it’s short duration and replay value. And you’re right it has some heavy competition on that list.