Day 10: Best gameplay.
I might have to break this down into genres since the question of good gameplay is really contingent on that.
This might sound weird, but for RPGs, I love Final Fantasy VIII’s gameplay. I don’t know how to explain it, but VIII just seems so neat and organized to me, just like you’d expect a military organization to be hehe. Instead of fighting monsters for gil, you receive a paycheck at regular intervals based on your SeeD rank. You can also take tests to raise that at any time, and in my head Squall and co have some sort of smartphone device that they use to receive such information, and gil is more than likely not in electronic form. It all just feels very sleek and modern, and unlike many, I loved the Junction system once I understood how it worked. While it might take a while to “set up,” as in you had to expend time drawing different kinds of magic, once that was done, you were pretty much invincible. I think World of Final Fantasy borrowed heavily from VIII in terms of having monsters/creatures give you your stats instead of shuffling around weapons and armor.
For puzzle games I have to go old school and talk about The Adventures of Lolo 3.
Such simple controls, such challenging puzzles. You only had one “action” button, which was used to fire shots. The rest was all about maneuvering and your wits. I’m using the third game in the series, because this was the one I started with. I’ve played the first and second now, but Lolo 3 will always be my favorite.
In the same vein of simplicity, I have to mention Journey. You only have two actions: jump and signal, and the rest is just you moving the Traveler through the wasteland, and that’s all your need.
I guess this would’ve been a great answer to “simplest” gameplay save for FFVIII, which is a bit complicated.
What game do you think of when you hear the phrase “best gameplay?”