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Post by TripOpt55 on Tue Sep 06, 2016 8:28 pm

Were there particular games that introduced you to a certain style or genre of game you now really enjoy? Or maybe a game that if not your introduction, that made you explore a genre more because you liked it so much? Thought this might be a fun discussion to have.
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Post by BretBaber on Tue Sep 06, 2016 10:14 pm

Final Fantasy VII was my JRPG gateway drug. Never played an RPG before, and OPM's Joe Rybicki gave the game a glowing 5 out of 5 review, and I remember the chocobo village looking so beautiful. I really had no idea what an RPG was, but I really wanted the game because of the review. Asked for it for Christmas that year, got it, and it has been my favorite genre ever since (when done right).

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Post by avidacridjam on Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:56 am

Phantasy Star II got me into RPGs in a big way. Strange because, while it got me used to certain trademark mechanics in the genre, some poor design choices have made it close to unplayable unless you have a FAQ nearby.

Spelunky got me into rogue-likes (is that the correct term?). The idea of dying and not keeping much in the way of progression took a backseat to the joy of exploration and the thrill of seeing how far I could possibly get. I still can't crack the final boss stage. At least I got that far.

Plants Vs. Zombies have warmed me to RTS games although I haven't done a lot in the genre. The art, the sense of humor and controls made it addicting. I wish I could get into Starcraft but that truly requires a general's mindset.

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Post by Krubixcube on Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:39 am

Agreed on Final Fantasy VII as my gateway drug to RPGs. I remember seeing a demo of FFVIII in a store and thinking "THEY FIGHT WITH NUMBERS?! WHY?!" and then months later playing VII and thinking "MY NUMBERS NEED TO BE HIGHER TO DEFEAT THIS WEIRD DRAGON THING!!!" Admittedly that was my dad who got me into that.


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Post by volvocrusher on Wed Sep 07, 2016 5:23 pm

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was my gateway game to RPGs. Loved everything about its universe so much that I was able to warm up to the combat. Before I played Pokemon as an exception though, loved it before I loved RPGs.

Outside there not too many genres I needed a game to introduce me to them. Only other thing I can think of is how Kirby Canvas Curse sold me on touch screens. Every other type of game I either liked from the start or only enjoy a few exceptions like how I loved Pokemon Conquest but can't get into another strategy RPG.

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Post by SanAndreasX on Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:36 pm

My overall "gateway" game was Donkey Kong (1981).

Zelda I was my gateway game into looking at games as more than single-screen quarter-munchers.

For RPGs, it was Ultima: Exodus on NES, with Dragon Warrior following shortly thereafter. However, FFVI was sort of a second gateway for me in that it got me hooked on Japanese RPGs.

For strategy RPGs, Final Fantasy Tactics was it, and it's probably also the clearest example of a "gateway" game I can think of. I hadn't really messed with SRPGs and only got it because I finished FFVII and needed another RPG to play. I was hooked on it.

Mortal Kombat II was my gateway into fighting games. I played Street Fighter II and the original Mortal Kombat, but MKII was the game that really got me into the genre, in part because it had a lot of in-game mythology that Street Fighter and Fatal Fury simply didn't have.

Then there are "series gateways". For me, a lot of what I consider "gateway" games are games that got me into a series that may not have necessarily been the first game in the series or even the first game in the series I was aware of. There are series I ignored for long periods of time, and then when I played a certain game in that series, boom, I was hooked.

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