Hello fellow D-toider, the name's Lewis. Nice to meet you. I hail from the very hot state of Mississippi. I'm 26, and cut my gaming teeth on the Gameboy, NES, and Super NES.
I've been playing games for as long as I can remember. Even before I got my own systems, I would go over to my cousin's house as often as possible to play his stuff. I love RPG's and fighting games with a passion, but there aren't many genres that I don't play from time to time. Sports, adventure, puzzle, racing...they're all good.
I can never decide whether Chrono Trigger or Zelda: A Link to the Past is my all-time favorite game. That's a decision no one should ever have to make. My favorite game series are Final Fantasy, Metal Gear, Resident Evil, and Soul Blade/Calibur. Hours and hours and hours of my life have gone into those franchises over the years. Square Enix is my favorite company in the game business, but I try to keep my fanboyism at a tolerable level. There's nothing more annoying than a retard who thinks that their favorite company/game/console is beyond reproach. Dog-like loyalty takes very little intelligence.
I currently have a Xbox 360, 3DS, DS Lite, PSP, Wii, PS3, Saturn, SNES, and a Dreamcast. I'm a firm believer that the more consoles you have, the better off you are. My favorite systems that I've ever owned were my SNES and my PSone. I have entirely too many fond memories of days spent with those two.
My non-gaming interests include watching tons of movies (my favorite hobby), sports, reading, and lots of Community, Lost, House, M.D., Mad Men, Futurama, Fringe, Bones, Dexter, Party Down, and The Office. Yes, my taste in tv shows is indeed fantastic.
Ten more game-related facts about me:
1. FFVI (and Tactics) > IV > XII > VIII > X > XIII > IX > VII > V > III > I > II > XI
2. I wish kids today could grow up playing the same games that I did. I love Mass Effect, but it's no replacement for Super Mario World or Earthbound.
3. I don't really play games on the PC, but I hope to make that jump one day.
4. I have a one (almost 2!) year old daughter who already shows signs of loving video games.
5. I haven't met a RTS yet that I could get into, but I still think I could love the genre, given the right gateway game.
6. Silent Hill is my favorite video game movie. I love the first three games as well.
7. I want new Parasite Eve, Chrono Trigger, Jade Empire, and Breath of Fire games very badly.
8. Fancy graphics are nice, but I never let a lack of eye candy keep me from enjoying a good game.
9. I've never finished Super Metroid, but I plan to someday.
10. My very first system was a Gameboy and my first game was Cool Spot.
My console family for this generation is now complete! I finally tracked down a like-new, reasonably priced, backwards compatible fatty PS3 to join my 360 and Wii. As you can imagine, I couldn't be happier that sometime next week I'll have full access to any and every awesome console game, excusives be damned! But I didn't make this blog post just to share the happy news with everyone.
I have a dilemma that I'd like to ask with some help with. I currently have a huge backlog of 360 games, a burgeoning one of Wii games, and a somewhat smaller collection of unplayed DS and PSP games. I didn't really need to add another console's worth of games to the mix, but it's a little too late for that kind of thinking at this point.
What I'm aiming to do is keep my collection of PS3 games from growing beyond what I can reasonably play at any given time. So I'm going to buy only two games to start off with, and then get a few more after I'm finished with those.
The first game is already set in stone: Valkyria Chronicles. I've wanted that for ages. It's the other title that I'd like to ask for some help in choosing. I'm a fan of every genre, so I'm open to just about anything. What should I get? Gimme a suggestion and a reason or two why I should pick that game, and I'd really be grateful.
A few addendums. I've already played Metal Gear Solid 4, God of War 3, Folklore, Heavenly Sword, and Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction, so those are all off the table. And I've already played most multiplatform releases on 360, so those can be disregarded, as well. Games that require a persistent Internet connection are also a no-go. Anything else is fair game, no matter how obscure, niche, or mega-popular.