While I’d be hard pressed to pick a specific “favorite” game, LISA: The Painful would certainly be a top contender. I think that anyone who is a fan of well-written games (as most people on this forum probably are) should check out the LISA series. It’s available on Steam for 5 or 10 dollars.
The basic premise of LISA is a turn-based RPG set in a universe in which a nondescript apocalyptic event has wiped all human females out of existence. The main character, Brad, one day stumbles across a baby girl, presumed to be the only living girl in the world. Brad decides to keep her a secret, until one day she is stolen. The game follows Brad’s journey to find her, and also touches upon Brad’s life prior to the game as a martial arts instructor and drug addict.
Imagine Earthbound as a side-scroller set in a Mad-Max-esque world, completely barren with some readily apparent decay in human intelligence (which I’m almost certain is what would happen if men were the only ones left on the planet, haha).
Off-the-walls artstyle, a kickass soundtrack, strange and eclectic characters, and a rather deep combat system are all secondary to the game’s main draw; the story. It’ll jump from laugh-out-loud hilarious, to disturbing, to just outright depressing in the blink of an eye. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it made me feel uncomfortable in a way that no other game has really made me feel before.
I think anyone who enjoys a well crafted story deserves to experience this game.
… Wow… I’m sorry for writing an entire goddamn review in this forum topic… I hope I didn’t scare anyone away, lol