The One Video Game We'd Choose to Play on a Deserted Island
Diane Brunner - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
If I were stuck on a deserted island and had to choose one game to play for the rest of my life, I would take The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This game has so much replay value I would be hard-pressed to get bored for a long time. It has well over 100 hours of gameplay, before any add-ons. There are several races to choose from, and each offers advantages and disadvantages to play, so you could keep changing up what you were.
Not to mention that how you play your character brings real reactions from the NPCs. There is also the factor of dragons showing up unexpectedly and encounters with creatures being random. All of that would make it rather difficult to play the same game twice, and it would definitely keep someone busy for a long time; provided you have enough batteries to last with your controller... but it looks like that wouldn't be a problem in this scenario.
Erik Sugay - Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
My favorite game of all time was released in 2005. In the seven years since then, we have seen an entire generation of consoles storm in with their fancy high definition graphics and cinematic presentations. I have been fairly blunt in my view that I value both gameplay, storytelling, and art direction over graphics in my video game experiences. So, even with all of that technology backing them, the latest and greatest games pale in comparison to the enhanced Nintendo DS version of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, which has my aforementioned favored elements in spades.
Perhaps I am jaded by the sameness that most of the popular modern games exude, but I find myself replaying the entire Ace Attorney series at least once a year. Sure, I may know how to pass each challenge with ease and I may know how the story will progress, but I approach it with a mindset that it is similar to reading an incredible book. With zero hesitation, the first entry of the Ace Attorney series is the one I would have with me on a deserted island. Even if I could not actually play it. It means that much to me.
Truman Alfaro - Final Fantasy III or VI
Being stuck on an island is tough. Survival, fighting off native beasts, foraging for food, seeking shelter, etc. The REAL issue here is what to do with all that free time? Personally, I'd be playing Final Fantasy III or Final Fantasy VI. I've played this game through on multiple occasions on my own down time, so it's not hard to imagine that I would do it again on an isolated island.
Having 14 different playable characters (the most out of any Final Fantasy game) and one of the most involved and enjoyable plots of the retries, FFVI keeps the player emotionally-invested time after time. Even after several playthroughs, I kept finding new characters, espers, and ways to use my team. The world is built in such a way that it beckons you back into it effortlessly. If you haven't played it, I won't spoil anything for you, but I will say that you must play the whole thing through to get all the surprises and twists and fully appreciate the genius of this experience. Oh, and Kefka's laugh is the creepiest of any villain ever. Perfect for being alone on an island with.
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