I haven’t been up to an awful lot so decided to blog a random post, one that all you gamers out there can relate to! What sort of game consoles did you grow up with? I was a 90’s child, so the first console I got to properly play was the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis!! We didn’t have that many games on there to be honest (Sonic the Hedgehog 2, The Lion King, Tales Spin and Home Alone) and I was quite a scaredy cat, so I didn’t play many of the games by myself (don’t ask, I’m not sure why so many of the old games freaked me out)! I never had a Gamecube or a SNES, and I only got to play the Nintendo 64 with a couple of games when my brothers came to live with me, but by then we already had the next console so it was outdated to play. I really started to enjoy gaming when my dad blessed us with a Playstation 1, I’m not sure why but this is where gaming really started for me; I think it is safe to call the PS1 ‘retro’ now that there are 3 other consoles out, all of which are far more advanced.
I know that some of you gamers will read this and say that I can’t possibly be a real gamer if I have never experienced the amazing retro-ness that is the old Nintendo consoles, but I can say that I have never felt more comfortable with a console than I have playing the Playstation 1 or Playstation 2. I guess I’m just loyal, but honestly Nintendo has never done it for me; I was never a mega fan of Mario or Zelda, Donkey Kong or Kirby, they just didn’t draw me in that much. Not that I ever played any of the games, I never had the chance to play Mario or any of the other Nintendo characters when I was a kid, but when we got the PS1 it was the first console that my dad provided a lot of games and demos for, so I grew up with getting lots of enjoyment from it.
So in no particular order, I present to you my favourite top ten retro games!!
1) Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Mega Drive/Genesis):
So starting with the oldest game that I can think of, Sonic the Hedgehog was a game that me and my brothers spent endless amount of hours playing; I always had to be Tails because my brother always had to be Sonic, and normally we would play together rather than against each other because we liked completing it together. I didn’t like the danger music (really freaked me out), so I liked that Tails had an endless amount of lives and would just fly back in later on; out of all the games that I played as a kid, this definitely takes one of the spots in my top ten because we played it so much and had so much fun on it.
2) Spyro the Dragon 1, 2: Gateway to Glimmer and 3: Year of the Dragon (Playstation 1):
I’m going to group these games together purely because they are all very similar and these are probably my favourite on the list; I think number 2 is my favourite because I liked many of the levels and the step-up from the first game (even if I still can’t complete it 100% tyvm Skelos Badlands ¬_¬). I play these games over and over even now, and I love having the freedom to run around the level with no restrictions! I think the power-ups like flying and skills like swimming that you could do in the second game made me love it even more! And who wouldn’t find the cocky little purple dragon adorable?? Definitely at the top of my list!
3) Worms Armageddon (Playstation 1):
This was one of the first games that we had on the Playstation and we would spend so long on it, amused by the funny characters and the ability to change their voices, as well as playing with all the different types of weapons that you could get (Super Sheep)!! We loved this game so much that me and Vince even drew our own comic sketches of worms! Nothing felt more satisfying than using a weapon correctly, knocking worms into the water or managing to successfully steer the Super Sheep/Aqua Sheep towards your target without it going wild into a wall!
4) Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee and Exodus (Playstation 1):
Another game that long hours were spent on, usually on two player so that we could take it in turns; this game was freaky as hell but one that I couldn’t pull away from! We had Exodus first even though it was the second one, and when my brothers moved in they brought the first one with them. I still can’t complete it, I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t be able to get even half way without cheats. It really is a tough game, especially if you want to complete it 100% (and even more so without cheats); it requires an immense amount of patience and dedication, and the ability to time things right. I used to draw a lot from this game as well, I’m sure I still have all the drawings somewhere…
5) Grand Theft Auto (Playstation 1):
This game was SO much fun, even if I didn’t play it in the way you were supposed to but still! I don’t know why but as a kid for games like these, I always liked to play by the rules of stopping at red lights etc. I was so weird, I’d make up my own stories for the freestyle games than actually get on with it and succeed to the next level; I’m not sure if I ever got much further than a couple of levels in… I really enjoyed driving around and stealing the cars that I wanted from people and then driving them into a safety lot so that I would have a large collection of cars haha. Still, so much fun and so many memories on this game with a number of different people, so I think it deserves a spot in my top ten!
6) Metal Gear Solid (Playstation 1):
Another game that me and my brother would always play together; I’m not gunna lie, I’m not very good at it and therefore I don’t play it much, however I thoroughly enjoyed how you could interact with so much in the game, all the secrets (locker porn!) and the freedom of running about; I’m not up-to-date with the most recent MGS games but I also enjoyed MGS 2: Sons of Liberty and MGS 3: Snake Eater.
7) Tekken 3 and Tekken Tag Tournament (Playstation 1 and 2):
I’m grouping these games together again because they are pretty much the same with the same characters and because I enjoyed the PS1 game just as much as the PS2. Me and Liam in particular would play this together and would consider this one of our favourite retro games; my favourite character of all times was Ling Xiaoyu and she still is today! I loved battling in all of her costumes and doing all the flips and cartwheels.
8) The Sims (Playstation 2):
I LOVE The Sims with a passion! I much prefer the newer games on the PC because you can do much more with them but The Sims and The Sims Bustin’ Out was where my love for this game began! We borrowed it from my brother’s friend and I remember spending hours playing it until such times as the begging to my dad prevailed and he allowed me to install the PC version on our computer. The music especially brings back a lot of memories and fuzzy feelings, and I can’t wait to purchase my gaming computer so that I can set it up just for The Sims 2 (and the Sims 3, and eventually the Sims 4, and then the Sims 8 by the time I have got the computer and exhausted Sims 2, 3 and 4 lol)!!
9) Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance (Playstation 2):
My dad bought a Playstation 2 for him and mum to play together and they purchased this game since it was two-player; they would spend hours playing this game and us kids would happily sit and watch them. We have since played this game in two’s amongst ourselves and it is one of my favourite RPG’s as it requires a level of team work and competition between the two players (also it was funny when you tried to attack in a ‘safe zone’ and your character would tell you “I cannot do that here” like you were trying to make them do something mega dodgy haha). Although I haven’t played it extensively, it still has many great memories attached and therefore is on my list!
10) ICO (Playstation 2):
Not many people know of this game, there is minority who know of the games created by Team ICO (also the creators of Shadow of the Colossus and The Last Guardian); this was one of my favourite games to watch mum play because it is a very simplistic, beautiful yet intellectual game. I still consider it to be a fantastic game no matter how bad the graphics seem now because it always captures my heart with its haunting and fragile beauty and pure storyline.
So that is my top ten retro games! I love many games but these are the ones that date back to being more ‘retro’ with me as well as being the ones that I spent the most time on and had the most memories with. I know I grouped some together but that’s because the game play had little difference or the games were played close together. There are lots of other games like Hogs of War, Jurassic Park, Digimon World, Medievil, Kula World, Tombi, Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy VII and IX, Unholy War, Crash Bandicoot, Earthworm Jim 2, Rayman, Portal Runner, Kingdom of Hearts and many more that I enjoy but they were mostly games that I watched either my brothers or sister play rather than playing myself.
I do love the Pokemon games but my first Pokemon game was Pokemon Sapphire on the Gameboy Advance so I don’t feel like it is that retro. I’m really behind with games and consoles since I am still playing the PS2; I purchased a 3DS at the end of last year but that’s already outdated now thanks to the New 3DS, I just can’t keep up with all the changes!!
What are your favourite retro games?? Let me know! Until next time~♥