I've liked different kinds of games over the years, for different reasons. Most memorable examples ahead:
Adventure games with well built worlds to explore (preferably large) and an intelligent story or just nice storytelling/gameplay. Includes a lot of stuff, platformers, FPS and RPGs, and even point and click scrollers. Multiplayer need not apply. No min-maxing, leveling or grinding garbage (I hate that micromanaging, forced competitive, unnecessarily complex shit). No twitching. No clichés (gives nasty look to fantasy RPGs).
Legend of Zelda series
— Best old school RPG.
Baldur's Gate series
— For that D&D RPG goodness.
— Lovecraftian horrors manipulating human history to bring about their eldritch apocalypse. What's not to like? Nice literary references and ingenious insanity system. And Best Villain Ever™. Of all the games this is the one that should have a sequel/prequel/remake (there's one stuck in development hell).
— Nice setting, artwork and combat system.
The Banner Saga
— Too much on rails, but nice storytelling and mechanics.
Puzzle games, as long as they're not too predictable once you "get it" or too much about super-optimizing something, and more about clever or multiple possible solutions.
— Spatial-physics puzzles and adorable evil AI? Yeah.
The Talos Principle
— Moar spatial-physics puzzles and evil AI AND philosophy? Fuck Yeah.
Strategy games. Usually best with people, but being antisocial it's best to have a good single player campaign / good AI. Don't mind if they're turn-based or real time.
— Best boardgame ever.
— Loved this game so much I made my own campaign (it was terrible). Waited over a decade for the sequel.
— Another 4X, but with original fantasy/sci-fi setting and factions that play genuinely and radically different. Specially with the expansions. It's so good, if you like the genre.
World-building / Simulation games. These are dangerous time-sinks which I try hard to avoid for fear of passing their event horizons and never be able to escape.
The Sims series
— Customize all the things! Disturbingly addictive for such pointless games.
Sim City series
— I could listen to the soundtrack for endless hours while laying out plumbing and roads.
Action / Shooters only when there's high-polish or great gameplay. Otherwise idgaf.
— Much tension. Very adrenaline. So plot-twist. Such giant lasers.
— Rareware were godly on the N64. I've never liked any FPS since.
Originally Posted by Jennywocky
When I played the Black & White sim, I had too much fun wapping my giant tiger avatar to meanify him + tossing my terrified followers into the brazier to fuel my God powers.
I guess we all have our vices.
Ohhh Black & White! Game looked so much fun. I had a friend who had it (fucker always had all the newest games) but he was such a dick he never let us play, just let us watch him play. No wonder we dropped his ass.
I should definitely check the Tropico series and Planescape: Torment one day. But I'm trying to save up for VR...