I haven’t posted in a while because things have been so hectic over on this side. I ended my second term of Honours and acquired a nice part-time reviewing gig at Lazyassgamer.com <- so go check that out, my posts will appear there soon :D. Anyway, been seeing a lot of gaming lists on the web the last week or so and it got me thinking. What is the most memorable games thatI have played? As I searched my consciousness, I realised this is actually quite a tough question. So many competing names in my head fighting for dominance! In the end I settled on these five in no specific order.
Vampire the Masquerade
Vampire the Masquerade. What more can I say? This vampire based FPS/RPG became an instant hit in its time and it certainly made its mark in my gaming memory. I still have fond and some slightly disturbing memories(haunted hotel and weird photographer dude comes to mind). This game was very epic in its time. Graphic wise, story wise and it did all of this without leaving its sense of humour behind either. I replayed it again somewhere last year, still a great game with the ability to pull you in so much that and you hardly notice the slightly dated graphics at all! Go pick up your old copy and give it another run. You won’t regret it.
My personal turning point in FPS gaming. Bioshock wasn’t just a game it was an experience. The kind of game that stays with you long after the console is switched off. It had an amazing graphics, a great story, innovative and original game play and a few sound moral lessons thrown in just for good measure. Five years down the road it is still a beautiful game and if it was released today it would probably still kick the asses of any of the current FPS releases. Best part of course, Bioshock infinite is on its way and despite its slight delay it promises the same experiences which the first one gave us. We can only pray….
Suikoden1 + 2
Many of u reading this would probably never have played this. Suikoden is a classic RPG game released way back when on the PS 1. I played and replayed this game so many times… The storyline is amazing and the animations timeless, in the manner that it is still pretty too play, even today more than 15 years after its release. The typical epic fantasy game, it has everything you need and, at a time could want to bring you an amazing and addictive gaming experience. Its sequel was just so good and had one of the first features ever where you could import saved data from the first.
Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness
A Classic if there ever was one! Together with Starcraft and Diablo this game helped put Blizzard in the monolithic position they find themselves in today. This game was innovative for its day, featuring some of the first online features playable on battle.net, that I at least could remember. It dragged us back to the war ravaged lands of Azeroth where war against the humans and Orcs were raging yet again! It introduced naval battle and with this a resource that no other Warcraft game had ever had. Oil! It had personality, a good story and was pretty balanced for its time, if you want to take on your friends. More importantly this game opened up the Warcraft world to what would develop intoWarcraft 3 and a eventually bit later, the big one, World of Warcraft.
Return to castle: Wolfenstein
The sequel to the ultimate classic FPS. Return to castle had many redeeming features to it and very little negative ones. Its graphics were amazing along with its story and game play. If you played this you can surely remember many hours gunning away at Nazi’s, skeletons, skeleton Nazi’s and of course also the occasional Uber Soldat! It doesn’t get better since these later procure guns… This game pushed the limits in many ways including what the board of whatever ratings at the time would allow. No matter though, certainly a modern classic in gaming, if I may use the term and if I didn’t lose disc one of my special edition copy, I would probably be jamming it again at this moment, instead of writing about it!
Some worthy mentions:
Elderscrolls IV: Oblivion
American Mcgee’s: Alice
Red Alert 2
There is my list! Share your thought below on these games or any of your favourites. Why not even post your own top 5 and at me on twitter while you’re at it! 🙂 @BornAgainGamer
Till next time!