Hey creators! Here I am again making another favourites post, only this time I'm talking video games. I'm Just going to throw a pile of games in here from various console generations that really marked and meant something to me. I'm not going to reviewing anything here, just give ya'll a short reason as to why they mean so much to me. I'm not saying I'm your dedicated hardcore gamer, because I'm really not, but I grew up with older siblings and around a lot of friends who I'd say were.
Over the centuries, mankind has tried many ways of combating the forces of evil... prayer, fasting, good works and so on. Up until Doom, no one seemed to have thought about the double-barrel shotgun. Eat leaden death, demon...
I find it hard to believe that I was 2 years old when Doom was released, and to be honest, I find it even harder to believe I was 6 years old when I started playing it... thank you uncaring older brother. What to say about this game really? You couldn't look up, you couldn't look down, just run jump and shoot. Doom scared the bejesus out of me and still does today. I'm a big fan of the franchise, still playing occasionally today. Doom gave birth to the FPS genre thus making it a title commanding respect.
Resident Evil (2002)
When the original was released in 1996 on the Playstation all I could do was wait for my older brother to get home from work so I could watch him play it. I was in awe that such a game existed, yet I was never allowed to play it because we only had one memory card, and my brother was so paranoid that I would delete is progress. In 2002 it was beautifully remastered for the Gamecube and was a great chance to do it all again. Anyone who is fan of the franchise will respect what Im saying here. We were given a chance to open the doors to that mansion once again and relive the original experience, just more beautifully. I believe that Resident Evil has gone on to become the ultimate survival horror, and that would be pretty hard to disagree with I reckon.
Mario Kart 64 (1996)
The one game that I probably played with everyone, even my big sister would give this a bash. Definitely the game that nearly educed epilepsy thinking about it, and if it came down to it it would be the only racing game I'd wan't to play. Quick! Take the game out and blow the dust out from the card so we can play it again!
Metal Gear Solid (1998)
This was the first stealth game I ever played and I remember it being absolutely phenomenal, a smash on the original Playstation. I will hold my hands up and say something which is probably a little crazy in the gaming world, that this is the only one in the franchise that I ever played. I never touched any of the later ones even when everyone else was quite literally raving about them. I suppose that is why I have such good memories about playing it, even after 14 years I can still remember every boss fight and in what order, and lets not forget that incredible theme tune. I also think that great games come from great stories and the narrative to this game was a total blinder.
Command & Conquer Tiberian Sun (2000)
Well after the hours of 3.30pm this was what prevented me from doing any homework. What a great franchise of games these are and I enjoyed all in the series, enough said!
I remember getting an XBOX crystal for my birthday, yeah remember that one, it was a see-through and snazzy. This was the first console I ever got that was actually my own, so basically no getting kicked off my brothers stuff anymore, result! Fable was the first game I purchased and I will never regret that decision. An amazing game with so much choice and freedom that it would keep me playing for hours and hours. In my opinion it was miles better than either of its sequels.
In my opinion this is the best FPS franchise ever made, a debate that will always be challenging at that. It changed everything for me and introduced me to the world of online play in Halo 2 , which is ultimately why I love the franchise, because of its truly epic multiplayer values. A game that has realistically set the bar for the sci-fi FPS genre, and sorry to all you COD fans, but realistically the entire FPS genre...I said it and it had to said. Its become more than a game now, its become somewhat of a legacy. Long live the Master Chief!
Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
By now you will have discovered that I have a slight affinity towards the Gamecube. This is without a doubt my favourite Mario game ever, it's extremely fun to play and it looks beautiful. The game kinda ends up with the player trying to achieve such impossible things, along with a considerable amount of time spent messing about with water in all honesty.
I never played Borderlands 2 and to be honest after reading and hearing various reviews etc, I don't wan't to either. However I will never forget my first and only play-through of Borderlands, It was absolutely genius! So much variety of weapons and weird psychotic creatures to use them on, what more could you wan't. I remember that Borderlands had a really creepy vibe to it when you would just be driving around various terrain, and I really digged that vibe!
Sonic The Hedgehog (1991)
Growing up we had a Sega Mega Drive, and when I could get it to actually work, I mostly played Sonic until frustration got the better of me. It's definitely one of those games that's had an effect on most people my age.
X-COM Enemy Unknown (1994)
A great strategy game that was pretty much un-completable, and not because of it's extensive play, but more so because you could never outsmart the bloody aliens! You'd spend hours trying to decide what to equip your team with before you flew in to save the day...or not! Ok yeah so it was immensely painful to play, but it was also really intricate for its time. There was a science to playing X-COM, a science that I didn't have unfortunately, but I still found myself immersed in its strategic requirements.
Warning! 'Will cause repetitive strain'. Basically kill all the monsters and get some cool stuff. Once you've done that then you go and kill some bigger monsters and get some even cooler stuff. Then when you have that even cooler stuff, you have to go and kill some really really big monsters and get some really really cool stuff. Then you sell all that really really cool stuff and start all over again...AWESOME!
Pokemon Red (1996)
Lets all be honest, this game was the crack cocaine of the school playground, I have never played anything so addictive and with so much pride riding on it. Red was the only one I ever had and I refused to swap with any of the other kids, not even for Blue, Yellow, or a Charizard card! In all seriousness this was quite an achievement for a handheld games device. It would take sometime to finish it and you had the choice of how you did that. It was fun, puzzling, and you had to be dedicated to levelling up, trading, and trusting the kid with the trading wire to not screw up the deal because that sh*t hurts!
Every age has its storytelling form, and video gaming is a huge part of our culture. You can ignore or embrace video games and imbue them with the best artistic quality. People are enthralled with video games in the same way as other people love the cinema or theatre.
Well guys if any of you made it this far then thank you so much, and I thought that the above quote was a lovely one to finish with. I guess the point in this article for me was to try an remember why I play video games. Let me put it like this, if I had to walk into a cupboard ten years from now I'd really hope that these games were in that cupboard. I guess they are the ones that stand out in my memory and for all the right reasons. If anyone would like to create a similar article then please do because I'd love to see what everybody else played. Thanks for reading Moviepilot community.