What a time to be loyal! Today, we express what might be one of the most defining things about us as gamers: the series or franchise most beloved to our darling hearts. Long or short, a set of games can really go a long way to describe the kind of gaming we like and even come to impact us as individuals. This says a lot about a person. So without further ado about nothing…
“What is your Favorite Video Game Franchise?“
The Timely Mage
While I wasn’t too impressed with their latest entries, my favorite franchise would still have to be Final Fantasy. It sets the precedent for grand story-driven RPGs and has made some tremendous contributions to the industry and my life. Back in the day every game was just filler to pass the time until the next Final Fantasy.
The Black Humor Mage
Three words: Metal Gear Solid.
The Rage Mage
I must be into disappointment (actually, it’s what feeds the intensity of my rage) because my favorite franchise is Sonic. No other second fiddle has had more broken strings. From his first “kid sidekick” outing racing through levels designed to keep him from doing the one thing he is good at, running real fast, to the unforgivable products more recently released with his name smacked across them like a whiner’s teeth being kicked to the curb. When I finally burst a blood vessel in my Red Bull-fueled brain, I want Sonic to carry my coffin so he can let me down one last time. And then after that I want the preacher to shoot him in the gut and bury him next to me, so I can watch his body break down just like his franchise did.
The Green Screen Mage
It might be a little obvious that my favorite franchise is Halo. The games, the books, the comics, the anime, the web series. I’ve been head over heels for this franchise since I was 9. I’m sure I’ve gushed enough about it, so I will leave it with this. “This is a prototype Nova bomb, nine fusion warheads encased in lithium triteride armor. When detonated it compresses its fusionable material to neutron-star density, boosting the thermonuclear yield a hundredfold. I am Vice Admiral Danforth Whitcomb, temporarily in command of the UNSC military base Reach. To the Covenant uglies that might be listening, you have a few seconds to pray to your damned heathen gods. You all have a nice day in hell.” – Halo: Ghosts of Onyx pg. 244
The White Out Mage
Actually we were joking around when we started this challenge that I was only going to answer “Kirby” every day, but I’ve been surprised to discover that I know a bit more about gaming than I thought. Still, my favorite franchise is anything Kirby. I just love that cute pink puffball!
The Well-Red Mage
A few franchises that vie for my top place would be: Super Mario Bros., Breath of Fire, Metal Gear Solid, The Legend of Zelda, Arkham, and of course my boy Mega Man. That last one would have most certainly been my favorite if not for Final Fantasy. I have loved Final Fantasy since as far back as I can remember. I’ve played nearly all of the games, minus III, XI and XVI. I’ve been inspired by its themes, its eloquence and elegance, its complexity and characters, its depth and scope, its visuals and magnitude, so much so that I created this blog themed around the original Final Fantasy. It has consistently (for better or worse) pushed the envelope with RPG battle systems and gameplay. It’s created some of the most beloved and iconic articles of gaming. Like the Timely Mage expressed before me, Final Fantasy may be a franchise that hasn’t impressed me nearly as much as it did in the past, but I still see it as the king of RPGs, one of the longest running, most influential and successful role-playing franchises there are. Its impact upon gaming has been undeniable. Without Final Fantasy, I would never have become a Well-Red Mage… and maybe not even a writer.