Best Game EVER! What the hell?!
April 25, 2009

I rarely go over to FAQs anymore and when I do it’s more out of habit than desire, but I went yesterday and saw they were running their lame ‘best game ever’ bollocks which, what with FAQs being a snerd haven, is always won by some overrated Zelda game.

The bracket I saw was Deus Ex, Final Fantasy Tactics, Metal Gear Solid and Pokemon Gold/Silver. And Deus lost.

It came very fourth by a massive margin. Deus Ex, a game that turned gaming on its head, beaten by a game that asks you to watch poorly-rendered guards wiggle their butts, a strategy title that involves no strategy whatsoever and sodding Pokemon. Pokemon!

It's meant to be a gaming website, not a hive of infalliable dumbness.

/Nerd rage

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Halon Halon - April 25, 2009 (07:44 AM)
Yeah, saw that and I was going to post that here yesterday but I got caught up with something. This didn't come as a surprise to me, though.
sashanan sashanan - April 25, 2009 (08:05 AM)
No surprise here either. Besides, if you've watched these contests (whether in best game or best character form) and have any kind of forum presence, you soon learn which games are a big deal on GameFAQs and which are not. Stuff like Zelda (moreso than Final Fantasy but not by a huge margin), Super Smash Bros, MGS, Pokémon and on the PC side StarCraft is overrepresented, whereas Deus Ex...well, it IS a cult classic. Losing massively in vote outs comes with the territory.

Fortunately REAL gamers would never make the mistake of passing up such an awesome title, and as such it is in my collection.

Now if only I'd actually played it...
wolfqueen001 wolfqueen001 - April 25, 2009 (08:05 AM)
LOL Yeah, I saw that, too. But, I think I can explain it, though I'm sure everyone already knows it.

I'll bet you a million dollars that the winner of this contest will either be a Final Fantasy, Zelda, or Mario game because let's face it; GFaqs is filled with nothing but nerdy mainstream fanboys who have no appreciation for the better, not-worn-out titles.

Tomorrow's bracket features Half Life. I'm betting that'll place last as well, with either Chrono Cross or FFIX being third.

As for the one you saw, well, MGS is also a popular game. I like that game, as do a lot of other people. And I'll still make fun of you for not figuring the easier way to get past that part. =P So that MGS placed first doesn't surprise me at all.

Secondly, Pokemon gold and silver are perhps considered the best of the Pokemon gameboy titles, though the first generation may win just from nostalgia's sake. However, as a super nerd who's played every generation of Pokemon, I stand by G/S's superiority in the franchise as a whole. Further, I'd bet that more people have heard of and played Pokemon and MGS than have played Deus Ex.

As for FFT, well, that's just fanboyism rearing its head again. I don't think fanboyism is as bad for MGS as it is for Final Fantasy and Zelda, so that's why. I'd also bet, like the other two winners, that more people have heard and played this as well. I've never played it, though, and I don't really plan to.

I've never played Deus Ex. In fact, I haven't even heard of it until I came to this site and heard you and others talk about it. That's why I didn't vote for it - because i've never played it - though I'm sure if I did play it, I'd agree that it was indeed the superior of the thre titles.

Fact of the matter is, Gamefaqs if predictable, shallow, and has no real taste. Remember: they're mostly filled with pre-teens who create illegal accounts without their parets knowing, or unintelligent teenagers who have no one to love them, after all.
overdrive overdrive - April 25, 2009 (09:50 AM)
During this contest, I've been going to GameFAQs nearly every day just to see how people have been voting.

By doing so, I have become convinced that a very large part of me enjoys being disappointed by humanity's stupidity.
EmP EmP - April 25, 2009 (10:39 AM)
It struck a cord witn me because the choices offered were the equivelant of having to choose between all your earthly desires being met or seeing members of your familly hacked to death with dessert spoons.
Suskie Suskie - April 25, 2009 (11:17 AM)
"Struck a cord," you say? I certainly hope you're secure enough in your love for Deus Ex that a bunch of people disagreeing doesn't affect your enjoyment of it. Especially when said people are from GameFAQs.

Deus Ex is the best game of the four, but the only one I wouldn't give a perfect score is Metal Gear Solid. And it's still a great game.
EmP EmP - April 25, 2009 (11:47 AM)
That would be a fair point if Metal Gear Solid wasn't complete shit. And FFt wasn't complete shit. And Pokemon wasn't nothing more than preschool stone-scissors-paper but with kid-friendly puppets thrown in to sell trading cards.
Suskie Suskie - April 25, 2009 (12:03 PM)
In all seriousness, EmP, are you actually surprised that the GameFAQs majority would vote for popular titles, and that their choices are games you're not fond of? To me, the only thing surprising about this whole ordeal is that you're taking it so personally.
EmP EmP - April 25, 2009 (12:14 PM)
Nah, I'm not surprised at all. And I'm playing up the rage for comedic effect.
Halon Halon - April 25, 2009 (01:43 PM)
Deus Ex - 10/10
Final Fantasy Tactics - 8/10
Metal Gear Solid - 3/10
Pokemon Gold/Silver - never played but I can't see myself enjoying this
darketernal darketernal - April 26, 2009 (05:41 AM)
Honestly it was a pretty tough bracket if those were the games in it. Pokemon will ALWAYS win, Metal Gear Solid is a fantastic franchise, extremely popular with Snake being one of the best protagonists ever, voiced by the sodding Guyver, and a game that has Final Fantasy in it's name. How did you even think that Deus Ex, a game that is really for the select people to play will qualify is beyond me, plus those all are pure console games, and Deus Ex's console port was atrocious.
EmP EmP - April 26, 2009 (08:13 AM)
The PS2 port? It was fantastic! Any issues it had were overshadowed by the inventory system suddenly becoming not complete arse.
darketernal darketernal - April 26, 2009 (08:32 AM)
The constant loading times completely ruined the port for me. Some games should stay on their original platforms.
wolfqueen001 wolfqueen001 - April 26, 2009 (08:48 AM)
Oh, look. Turns out today that Half Life is actually beating out Chrono Cross by a tiny, tiny margin! Amazing! I guess even Gamefaqs cna be smart sometimes!

Yeah... that's stretching it a bit.
darketernal darketernal - April 26, 2009 (01:15 PM)
I think that if Chrono Cross was to win this, EmP's rage would be potent enough to shatter the very mountains.

"EmP of Honest Gamers, sector 2814, you have shown a great ability to produce rage on an epic level. Welcome to Red Lantern corps."
EmP EmP - April 26, 2009 (01:22 PM)
Luckily a lot of people are under the correct belief that Chrono Cross is bloody awful, so that'll never happen.
randxian randxian - April 26, 2009 (10:34 PM)
Well, given this is GameFAQs, you can't be too surprised.

I was upset when I saw the match between Mega Man 3, River City Ransom, Crystalis, and Final Fantasy 4. Some rabid FF fanboy proclaimed that FF 4 is way better than the other three.

Excuse me? The other three games are much better. What's so great about a RPG that switches your party members around more often than a pop star switches boyfriends? It's almost pointless to level up and buy equipment in FF 4, because they will leave in the next two minutes and come back with crummy equipment. This is by far the best game? Please....
wolfqueen001 wolfqueen001 - April 27, 2009 (06:55 AM)
Look, another one:

Final Fantasy X 45.99% 23039
Metal Gear Solid 2 27.98% 14018
Silent Hill 2 9.27% 4643
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind 16.76% 8398

See which one isn't winning?

That's right, it's Morrowind. Though, it's also (shockingly) in third, beatinbg out Silent Hill 2.
zippdementia zippdementia - June 28, 2009 (11:45 PM)
Eh, I'm not so against these choices. Deus Ex is dated, and really it's only us old fucks who still like the game for what it was. Tactics just had a rerelease and is an incredibly fun game, if only because you get the job system. Metal Gear Solid was just as ground breaking as Deus Ex, in a different field.

Pokemon... well... I mean... it IS pokemon, a phenomenon which struck the planet like a meteor carrying a payload of ebola. It wasn't long before EVERYONE had to catch em all...

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