My Favorites (IN-PROGRESS)
Favorite Epic Battle Fantasy Game
Epic Battle Fantasy 5 - every single game in the series just seems to be more polished than the last, and the fifth installment feels very much like the grand finale it deserves. (Although if there ever is an EBF6, I certainly wouldn't complain...)
Favorite Non-EBF Game by Matt Roszak
Adventure Story; it's a neat little game in its own right, and a refreshing depature from the RPG format of the main series. Also helps that the competition in this category includes genres that I'm less fond of, although they're still pretty fun.
Surprisingly, NoLegs - although it's a mighty close race with the others. The idea of a limbless blue cat silently battling undead legions of his fallen brothers and finding items from...somewhere...all to help his friends is both cute and epic. Also, his "fighting" minigames are pretty fun once you know what to do, but that racing one in EBF3's Volcano Peak is pure evil!
Needless to say, I was pleased as punch to finally have a chance to play as the little guy in EBF5 - the frailty is tricky to deal with sometimes, but dang if his Normal Attack isn't hilarious!
Bomb, partly because it's easily the most unique element in the series among a bunch of more generic (but still awesome) elements, but mostly because it utterly devastates most enemies in EBF2 and EBF3. Later games toned it down a bit (and justifiably so), but it's still pretty cool - plus, it's kind of funny watching things like floating jellyfish and cute little dogs live through a barrage of bullets and explosives.
Favorite Bosses (one-per-game limit)
When it comes to "all-time favorite", I'd go with the Praetorian. Wicked design, vicious moveset, and available as a summon once you beat it! Also, it protects the Hammer, which is one of the most pivotal key items in EBF4 (as far as any one key item can be called "pivotal").
As for the others...
- Epic Battle Fantasy: Zombie Goku; it's a remarkably unique design with cool attacks and just a touch of humor (like the Duskull puppetmaster and the over-the-top death scene). The debuffing skills and Spirit Bombs are annoying though...
- Epic Battle Fantasy 2: The Valkyrie Tank; nothing wrong with a giant war machine packing more firepower than your average first-world country, especially with such an epic battle theme. Its pilot probably deserves props too, being the one who built it and all.
- Epic Battle Fantasy 3: The Pyrohydra; a fittingly intense penultimate boss fight with plenty of ways to take you down. Fun fact: wearing a fully-upgraded Gas Mask isn't the brightest idea for this one; Abyss was up to Level 5 Poison by the time I ditched it and resorted to other means of poisoning Czars.
- Epic Battle Fantasy 4 (Battle Mountain update): The Zombie Hydra; awesome new look, nasty new tricks, and being the boss of one of my favorite areas makes this one a keeper. Heck, even that darn Reaper spell isn't as big of a pain as it used to be.
- Epic Battle Fantasy 5: It's a close race, but I'm actually kind of partial to Laurelin. Yes, it's literally just a weird tree full of cats, but it's an original concept that can definitely hold its own in battle (especially since it's one of the first foes in EBF5 that has innate double-turns). Bonus points for hilarious "quotes" and what may have been the most anticlimactic superboss counterpart I've fought (sorry, Telperion, but I just had to try the Virus strategy sooner or later).
- Adventure Story: The Golem; cool design, interesting battle, and surprisingly fun once you get the hang of it (well, until the Boss Rush, anyway).
Favorite Aspect of EBF4 (discounting everything as a valid response)
The skills! You have a wide variety to choose from, the shared skills enable customization of the characters, and you can even forget a skill and have someone else learn it if you feel like you've made an error (and some of them are pretty tough to settle on who uses it best). EBF5 just made the system even better, to the point where the trickiest part is deciding how best to use the shared skills for any given fight.