What is your favorite game genre?

-Marcus Lawrence

Favorite Genre for me would have to be the Action Adventure types. Well, to be more specific, third-person-action-adventure. There is nothing more pleasing to me than to take control of some badass demon slayer or pissed off mortal and just go around slaying things. Not only that, but you can do it in such a stylish manner that it just seems unfair.

Devil May Cry (DMC) and God of War are just a couple of my favorite games like this. Seriously, going into a room as Dante and just owning anything and anyone that moves has such a nice feeling. And with Kratos, I can literally rip my enemies to shreds with my bare hands. He is the embodiment of human anger. So yeah, hope you all enjoyed reading this and I know some of you out there know exactly what I mean.

-Uriah Marriott

There are many subjects and objects that can inspire people in the world, for me, it was video games. Videogames have taught me puzzle-solving techniques, new art styles, and the luxury of classical music. More specifically, RPGs were the genre that started to inspire my creative mind. Aside from the creativity that began to strike my mind at an early age, RPGs consumed me into a new mystical world I had never stepped foot into before.

The main reason I love RPGs is because of how the creators make the players gradually become attached to characters. I remember when I first played Chrono Trigger, I became so attached to Crono and Frog and still to this day, when I think about that game, I can hear Frog’s music playing in my head. Another great feature I love is the strategy that went along when playing this genre, though most of the original strategy has been lost as the time has passed. One game that really sticks out to me when it comes to strategy is Final Fantasy III. Final Fantasy III really made you think before you would cast any magic on an enemy. Lastly, RPGs always make me feel like I get the bang for my buck because, on average, each game lasts 40-60 hours.

-Geoff Barry

I’m a sports geek. So, naturally my favorite genre is sports. I cannot count the number of hours that have gone into EA’s NHL titles. I love competing and playing sports games online is a great way to do so. Getting the better end of a shootout after a close game couldn’t be decided in regulation or overtime, or kicking a winning field goal with just seconds left in a Madden game, are very exciting experiences that FPS titles can’t compare to.

Even if I’m not sinking time online, I’ll find myself logging hours in the dynasty modes. I very much enjoy drafting simulation created players and building my own team in any sport. Do I take the quarterback with the strong arm to lead me to the Super Bowl? How about a shutdown defenseman that can boost my hockey team’s goals against average? Sports simulations have gotten more and more realistic and they’re easy to enjoy for even the casual sports person.

-Noel Villa

There is one genre that I will always keep on returning to: The 3D platformer. The very first video game I played was a 2D platformer (The Adventures of MicroMan), and from then on, I played various DOS and old Windows platformers like Zargon, Earthworn Jim, then off to 3D platformers like Rayman 2, the Alundra series and the Crash Bandicoot series for the PS1, Kya: Dark Lineage, I-Ninja, the Jak and Daxter series for the PS2, and many others.

It’s disheartening that platformers on the PS3 are nearly extinct, and the only games keeping the genre alive are HD ports like the Sly Collection, the Ratchet and Clank series, Rayman Origins, and various indie games like Night Sky, Super Meat Boy, and Cave Story.

There is something about jumping over obstacles as a core game mechanic that constitutes what I find fun in a game. It’s inexplicable, but I love it.

-Eric Lee Lewis

Originally when this question was brought up, I was going to have the same answer Marcus had. The two of us are gaming twins. Since he stole my thunder (not really), I am going to say that I love the side-scrolling-beat-‘em-up.The Streets of Rage series is one of my favorite gaming series’ of all time. 

The gameplay is simplistic, but the power that you feel is great. In the midst of simple gameplay, we get a higher fidelity in graphics. 

-Pj O’ Reilly (Reader)

Fighting games are my favorite type of game because of the never-ending competitive nature to them. There is always someone who is going to be better than you, knowing that you train harder to be the best that you can be. Training in fighting games is always helpful because there is always something new to learn, whether it could be a more damaging combo or a reset; small changes like these can greatly improve your game and make you that much better.

The final reason for my love of fighting games is the fighting game community where professional players compete in tournaments against one another to see who is the best of the best. These tournaments players show off their skill and new technology which can help both new and veteran players with their own strategies in fighting games

Tell us about your favorite gaming genres. Also, would you kindly tell us about the games that make up your favorite gaming genre?