So recently, there have been a few threads on the boards to the effect of "finnish me bak'laag!". This got me to wondering about exactly how much time I have and potentially could be dumping into working my way through all the titles that I own. I used RPGFan's review section, a few gaming aggregating sites and my own monkey brain to determine the bare ass minimum it would take someone to burn through a bunch of titles sight unseen (first playthrough). I grouped them by series and even gave each one a total minimum time to complete the entire series. This may or may not be helpful/interesting to anyone, but because I am borderline autistic and get easily excited about raw data I enjoyed putting it together.
A few important notes:
Titles were only labeled as "series" if they have 3 iterations worth inclusions. This bummed me out because I had to leave out Baten Kaitos and the Team Ico titles (ICO and Shadow of the Collosus).
I didn't include Phantasy Star because it is more known as an MMO.
I have nothing to say about Shining. It's just so meh to me.
Zelda bores the piss out of me, deal with it.
I didn't include any WRPGs because outside of Mass Effect, I haven't really touched any. Sorry, but I'm just not interested.
With a few exceptions (see below) this list only includes titles that were released in North America.
Each series only includes the titles that I considered to be the core of what they represent as a whole. Many I included are not necessarily "main" titles, but I felt that they merited inclusion because of how much they added to the general narrative of the series.
I grew up on the SNES and later the playstation, so I am partial to those particular consoles. The "systems" included above are the ones that I would recommend to a friend if they asked. Sometimes this means playing the original over the enhanced remake/port and vice-versa. You can disagree with me, but I had to have some sort of criteria for which version to go with.
There are a "few" titles below that weren't released in North America, but had fan translations that were so widely recognized that they are basically "official" versions.
Feel free to tell me if I left out a series which you think merits inclusion. You can also allow one minor error or omission to ruin the entire project for you, if you see fit.