I’ve been a gamer since the early days (Nintendo NES and the good old monochrome PC’s). And I’ve played a good number of games that stretched from racing to action adventure. Here are some of the titles that stick with me in the back of my mind and are used to compare new games to. This list is not in any particular order, and they all are equally my favorites.
1. Age of Empires Series. Time to take over the world
Age of Empires have been a mainstay of my gaming career. Since the first demo I got to play back on Windows 98 (they gave you free demos back then on the Windows disk), I’ve been hooked. There haven’t been any strategy game that matched its brilliance.
The first game hooked me for life, I binge played this game on my PC for a whole weekend and finished it wanting more. Unfortunately the subsequent sequels haven’t been the same for me, although I bought all of them. The first game still holds the crown as the best FPS game.
3. Call of Cthulhu. Dark Corners of the Earth
The first and last Survival Horror game I will ever play (mainly because everything since have been watered down and boring). This game literally scared the shit out of me. Dubbed the “First person Pooper” by NAG. The dark foggy game design and eerily creepy characters combined with mental instability and your character losing his mind slowly made this a masterpiece. Never will you know what it feels like to try and survive while your player loses his mind while the keyboard starts to malfunction. The game even came with a warning telling you that it’s not the PC, it’s the game.
4. Need for Speed. Porsche 2000
Released the same time as Gone in 60 Seconds this was the first and only racing game that I played non stop for a year. I played it so much that the cars I drove actually increased in value. This game made me a fan of Porsche cars and the way they implemented customizations hooked me permanently. It also had the first ‘Forza’ like view of your vehicle and the tracks were beautiful for the time. EA has since lost the plot with the franchise and I do hope they get the zing back.
5. Conquest of The New World
This is the only turn based strategy game I’ve played and liked. It wasn’t too impressive graphically but it had fun gameplay and kept me busy for quite a while.
6. Half Life 2
When I first saw Half Life 2 I was amazed at the graphics this game had. Back then I didn’t have a PC that could run the game until 2 years later. I played the game continuously for days until I finished it. The story and game design was absolutely brilliant and in my mind it is one of the best story based games I’ve ever played. Valve outdid themselves here. Steam was just a pain in the backside back then, it barely worked.
7. Ratchet and Clank
One of the only PlayStation games I’ve ever liked. Ratchet and Clank hooked me on the PS2 and I played the game every chance I got. The story and game design was quirky and fun and the gameplay was difficult but easy to get used to.
The first time I got to play Halo was when i343 released The Master Chief Collection. I’ve always heard about Halo but never got to play it mainly because I was a PC gamer. When I got the Xbox One, I bought the collection first chance I got. The game was an instant success. The story was deep, the game design and layout was perfect and by the time I played Halo 4 I was a Halo fan. I also enjoyed the switch between the original and remastered modes. I am buying Halo 5 the moment it launches, no matter what anyone says.
9. Sim City
I’ve never been a fan of the Sims games. But when I got Sim City 2000 I was an instant fan. Nothing beats having a city that you need to manage from going bankrupt. The latest instalment is quite limiting but it still beats The Sims, a game where I have sex with everyone that walks by my house because the rest of the game is so utterly boring.
10. Arcanum. Of Steamworks, and Magick Obscura
If you’ve never played this game you are missing out. Similar to the Elder Scrolls series but based on the third person view, this game was one of the best designed and written games I’ve ever seen. It came with multiple endings, Lord of the Rings style story, different classes and infighting. It required you to listen to each story and make choices (like Mass Effect) because they affected the ending. I’ve never played a story that was this deep before and up until today, I don’t think I have played a game that required this much attention from the player. Mass Effect came close to that but was still fairly linear.