11th August 2009
I thought I’d follow up Grant’s favourite games post, with my better favourite games. Here we go!
The first game I can remember playing was Robotron 2084. I was amazed, it was like nothing I’d ever seen before. I was in a science fiction film, a universe where anything was possible. I was hooked.
I was going to write about more than four of my favourite games, but I quickly realised that this post would go on for approximately FOREVER. Thinking about what to write has brought back many memories of games long forgotten, of countless hours spent in front of a computer instead of playing outside, and of despairing parents presumably regretting ever buying the damn thing in the first place. Sadly I still spend countless hours in front of a computer instead of playing outside and my parents still depair.
1. Syndicate (PC)
As amazing a game as it was, my memories of Syndicate aren’t based on the central core of the game itself, but around the ‘sandbox’ you could potentially have termed the cities. As with most people who played it (I assume), Syndicate brought out the sociopath in me. I spent countless hours running around its cities trying to hunt down and murder every last citizen. I think this may have been a result of some kind of obsessive-compulsive need, similar to having to collect every last star/weapon/hidden item rather than a sadistic desire to commit digital genocide.
It was the first game I played that involved research trees. This gave it a whole new level over other games I was playing at the time. I probably had no idea what I was really doing, but if it ended in having a more destructive gun I was happy. In addition it had the cool sci-fi setting (I’ve always been a massive sci-fi fan), ridiculous weapons, cyborgs, explosions – everything a growing boy needs.
2. Super Mario Kart (SNES)
One of the greatest racing games of all time. Beautiful handling, great track design, brilliantly tense battle mode – all perfect for a bunch of friends to be playing in close quarters, fuelled on sugar and that endless energy you have when you’re young. This is a game that must have been responsible for many broken pads. I’ve never been a pad thrower, but when you’re about to cross the finish line in first and someone hits you with a red shell and you subsequently finish last, tempers could certainly flare.
I still love this game – Sean and I used to play it when we were both at Criterion. The only problem is Sean is some kind of battle mode ninja so it was usually pointless even trying to beat him.
3. Street Fighter 2 (SNES)
One of the biggest gaming events of my childhood! My brother and I getting a SNES with SF2 for Christmas. Having spent many an afternoon in front of the arcade cabinet in Hatfield swimming pool (Hatfield swimming pool is not amongst my fondest memories) I was ecstatic to finally have it in our living room! It’s the only fighter that I’ve ever been good at. I thought I was cool because I could win with my eyes closed, until someone beat me with one hand. Humiliating.
4. The Secret of Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Sam & Max, Grim Fandango
I’ve lumped my favourite Lucasarts adventures into one here as I was a massive LA fanboy. These are some of the best games ever made in my eyes. I remember being totally sucked into the pirate universe of MI despite not even liking pirates at the time. It just seemed so beautifully realised and it spanned (in my young eyes) such an epic voyage. These games brought so much more to the table than simply blasting aliens, racing a car or shooting the bad guy in the face, and as much as I like to shoot bad guys’ faces off sometimes you need a little more.
- Wolfenstein 3d & Doom
- Zelda: Link to the Past
- Super Mario World
- Sensible Soccer
- Duke Nukem 3d
- Supercars 2
- Speedball 2 (This is here mainly for the theme tune – listen to this, it’s still awesome. Has anybody ever done a cover of it?)