On games already mentioned by others:
I frickin love Spirit Tracks. ghost zelda is best zelda. ghost zelda is best Annoying Talking Companion. It has a really cute sense of humour (the villain sneaking off while link and zelda do their little victory pose animation? LOVE IT), it’s just, very charming.
There is concept art in the hyrule historia of a boat inside a giant cogwheel and it makes my heart ache for what might have been.
(It, does have a kind of colonial vibe I do not like.“I, Zelda, the rightful bearer of the Lokomo’s spirit pipes” eesh let’s not hey)
People complain about the controls of Skyward Sword but here’s a story about why I loved them:
In the first dungeon there’s these three-headed hydra things, that you have to get the angle right to hit all three heads in one swing. Each one took me AGES first time through. Later on in the game, I’m back in this dungeon hunting Goddess Cubes or whatever, and I’m just tearing through them. Oh hey hydra thing, WHAM, done. I actually physically got better at the game? And I love that.
The repetitive dungeons in Dragon Age 2 were, for me, vastly preferable to the endlessly long tedious winding never-ending corridors of Origins. I just. God.
I also enjoyed, like, all my teammates in 2? Where I basically played Origins for Alistair.
(I haven’t played Inquisition yet but I found it really hard to figure out if I’d like it from reading reviews because they all seemed to be framed like ‘okay obviously we all think Origins was perfect and 2 was irredeemable trash’ which uh, is not my stance at all.)
The laws in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance were wonderful. Yeah I got into a fight really early on that disallowed the Fight command, yeah it was a nightmare, but, I did it, and it ruled, actually.
I enjoy, sometimes deciding that yeah, okay it’s worth breaking this law this time. I like that you could do that, that it wasn’t ‘this thing is not possible to do in this fight’, but ‘this thing carries a penalty’. Yeah.
I have A2 but when I’ve tried to play I’ve not gotten into it? I don’t know.