ByEthan Lloyd, writer at

As we all may (or may not) know, some games that have been made in the past have been created for the sole purpose of looking good for that time period, and not pushing any boundaries in looks, gameplay or originality.

This list is dedicated to those kick-ass games from our childhood's, which were so awesome that they have stood the test of time and are still with us today.

5) Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (2001)

Yes it can be argued that this game didn't necessarily push the boat out in terms of original gameplay, however, this game was released 15 years ago. I would of been 4 years old at the time of it's release.

A decade and a half later, this game stands strong in my collection as one of the best-looking, and is a favourite of mine for multiplayer experiences.

(I couldn't find a Gran Turismo 3 GIF, sorry!)
(I couldn't find a Gran Turismo 3 GIF, sorry!)

4) Tony Hawk's Pro Skater (1999)

The Neversoft classic, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is without a doubt one of the best skateboarding games to ever grace game-consoles. The game was actually a secondary project to a game called "Apocalypse", with the main character as Bruce Willis. Because they used the same engine for both Apocalypse and T.H.P.S, in early stages of programming it was Bruce Willis who was the first person to take up the skateboard, and not Tony!

This game created hours of competitive battles with classic and original game modes such as "Horse", along with a challenging arcade mode and super tight controls. This results in a game that stays with us for a very long time.

3) Tekken 3 (1997)

One of the first games I ever played, critics and fans alike have hailed this game for being the best fighting game ever. Tekken 3 was the first game of the series to perfect its already amazing formula, and has become known to be the ultimate argument settler.

In December 2006, 9 years after it's release, GameSpot ranked Tekken 3 tenth in its top ten list. The critical acclaim this game received is truly insane, believe me, check out Wikipedia about it.

2) Crash Bandicoot (1996)

Ah, the utter classic that is Crash Bandicoot. Surely everyone has played this game? Surely? If not, then where have you been?! Crash Bandicoot successfully became one of the most well known and iconic platforming games ever, and was the Playstation 1's first mascot.

The vibrancy of this game was something that shone out for the Playstation 1, the only thing comparable at the time would have been Super Mario 64. Perfect controls, memorable characters, quotable lines... this game is truly a near-perfect game. The only thing that could be classed as an 'old feature', is that this game is quite unforgiving, as saving can only be done at certain points, and thus the game has to be played for prolonged intervals. But who cares? It's freaking Crash Bandicoot!

Some honourable mentions...

  • Spyro the Dragon
  • Final Fantasy 7
  • Silent Hill
  • Resident Evil
  • Ape Escape

1) Metal Gear Solid (1998)

This game...

This game is now 17 years old, however still surpasses games today in terms of originality, game-play, story, and almost every aspect. This game hasn't aged well perhaps visually, however Hideo Kojima has created such a masterpiece of a game that any gamer should have played this at least once.

This game tampered around with the 4th wall heavily, from things such as finding codes on the back of the case it came in, or even using a different controller slot to defeat a specific boss.

Metal Gear Solid literally bled inspiration, and could quite possibly always be relevant in the present. Now that this article is done, go and play it. Play it now.


There are many games that I haven't played that may deserve to be on this list. What games do you think have stood the test of time?


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