Yo. It's been a while since I made a blog, and I figured it was a waste not to take advantage of my +300 followers. Admittedly probably half of them followed me because of my avatar picture, but whatever! For this blog, I thought it would be a good idea to make a list of my favourite games, but because of conflicts between older classics and modern games, I decided to make it exclusive to classics/pre-6th generation. And so I present my top 10 nostalgic games; that I've loved to death or have been impacted by it in one way or another.
This game is undoubtedly great. It was a blast to run through each act on Battle.net even with a bunch of random pubbers/strangers and was a total clickfest. Slaughtering everything in your path with other dudes felt great, and loot whoring the boss was extremely satisfying. Unfortunately, while this game maybe on my list of top 10 nostalgic games, there is not much for me to say about it compare to the other games.
I would pretty much always play this game with my friend when I came over to his house or when he'd bring his N64 over my house. Each and every time, I would pick Link, just because... well he's got a sword and a shield, and he looks cool (I never really played any Zelda games). Repeatedly I'd also get my ass handed to me. While people may question about the fighting "authenticity" of the series, the original remains to be a classic and will continually remind that it is the best of the series (Melee was good for the massive number of characters it brought however).
Strategy games has always been my forte when I was young, must have had something to do with my technical mind. Anyways, Age of Empires II is a game that I appreciate. It's an example of a good strategy game that has its own worth of value and replayability, with solid gameplay mechanics. I'm sure it's much more worthy of what words I've just said, but that's how I feel. Oh. And the number of factions each with their unique special unit was kickass. Longbows and Teutonic Knights ftw.
Straight up beat-em up. I play this with my sister when we were young and naive. We would go about and finish the game, kicking and punching to death every gang member that got in our way, multiple of times (a few solo play, not terribly far off recently). The RPG element made the game ever so more addicting, allowing you to spend hard earned cash to increase your stats and recover health. One of my great moments was some of the catchy playful tune that plays while you're kicking someone else's ass. A truly exceptional but forgotten classic.
A relatively unheard of game, Deadlock: Planetary Conquest is a turn based strategy game that I sank hours into. It is by no means classic, but this game has allowed me to experience hours and hours of fun managing my faction on the newly discovered, vacant and competed world, Gallius IV. There were seven races, each with their own unique characteristics, advantages and disadvantages, all vying for ownership of this damned forsaken and war torn world. While this game is no classic and is obscure, I fucking love it, even with those stupid, annoying and frequent insults from other species .
I've been trying to get a hold of its sequel just because I love the game so much, despite how much of a pain it was to attack (you had no real control over your units and had to drag them for a battle in the world map). Just recent and ONLY recently I managed to finally get a hold of the sequel. I am fucking glad. I have no idea how such a simple Googling never got me around to finding the game... the sequel is 12 years old and the publisher has been dead for probably a decade now, so it shouldn't hurt downloading it for free.
Before the Call of Duty explosion into the market that I caught onto, there was Perfect Dark. Yeah sure, before Perfect Dark there was Golden Eye 007, but it all comes down to experience. While I played Golden Eye 007 first, Perfect Dark was the game that I got really hooked into with its combat simulator. It was ridiculous amounts of fun playing with my friend with combat sims enabled.
There were simply many guns that I enjoyed using and fondly remember. The RC-P120, Reaper, Slayer, Callisto NTG and the fucking Laptop Gun. Dude, Laptop Gun. Fuck!
The crazy ass number of guns to choose from and secondary functions on all of them made the game truly an ambitious one. It sort of was like, I don't know, gun porn in a way. It's not like it's just a gun with a different skin like nowadays in Call of Duty, many of the guns had their own unique characteristics or secondary function. To this day I have no fucking idea why none or not many FPS has picked up the secondary function mechanics from Perfect Dark. It is truly mind blowing to me why that is the case. Definitely a classic FPS, despite the fact that it was a spiritual successor to Golden Eye 007.
A timeless RPG classic that somehow got the mixed end of reviews... also subsequently forgotten and ignored by Sony. The Legend of Dragoon was one of those classics which I adored restlessly without my naive self knowing. I replayed the game from start to finish multiple of times, much to my amusement now that I think about it (I rarely replay a game from start to finish). It had a cast of characters which I liked, perhaps a cliche but epic story and a satisfying but challenging combat system called "additions" that will always kept me on my toes.
The additions combat system, which basically was a pre-set character specific attacks, required you to press a button at the right time was innovative. By getting more timings right in a addition, you would deal more damage. It was satisfying trying to pull off some of the higher tier additions, such as "Blazing Dynamo" for the protagonist, as they unleash their furies of blows. I think could have been revolutionary if it had met more positive reception from reviewers and if the timing didn't have to be nearly as precise.
Listening to the soundtrack on YouTube recently made me realise and appreciate what terrific soundtrack this game had. The nostalgia comes right back at me and my feelings is that the reviews it got as undeserving. In my opinion, it should warrant a sequel, a prequel or even a remake. Anything to see the Dragoons back in action and experience the Legend of Dragoon experience once more. It has been a great pleasure to play this game.
A handheld game? You fucking bet. I honestly don't really need to go into depth on this one, other than I probably replayed it from start to finish more than half a dozen times. The substantial of new content added on top of Red/Blue makes this game from my point of view, the peak of the series. And to talk about how hardcore I was about this game, I had all three versions of this game (Gold, Silver, Crystal). Nothing fucking beats this. I mean which new Pokemon game that takes place on a new continent, has more content than Gold and Silver? None, because this game has two continents! Also doesn't help that the series gradually went downhill from here. I swear this game in terms of content single-handedly beats some of the newest modern games out there in the market.
Jesus, this game was addicting as hell. It was like crack. I just kept playing it over and over again, to the point where I've pretty much perfected my skills in the game, up against computer players anyways. The simple and easy to learn mechanics to the game are fun and actually has some deep depth into it (I think). Adding on top of the various CO (Commanding Officer) you could play with makes playing the game worthwhile and allows you to adopt various army compositions. Want air dominance? Go play as Eagle (I think his CO Power is overpowered as hell, by the way). Like tanks? Max. Feeling for the waters? Drake. Want to heal units that are damaged and have an all-around CO? Andy. If you have a GBA, this is the classic you want to get your hands on.
By far one of the most influential games of my gaming life. I just love the game to death and I don't think words can really express it. One of the my first games that brought me into gaming (I played games before it, but this one was... it was the big push forward). It's a unique relationship because, for the most part, I do not play this game competitively. Hell, I use multiple of cheats in game because I simply suck at the game. But that was also when I was young. For the most part, I just loved the lore in the single player and the abundant of custom maps on Battle.net.
I can also tell you that, StarCraft introduced me into forums. I joined my first forums because of the game and stayed around there for probably five years until I migrated over to GiantBomb. There at the previous forums I would learn grammar and to spell properly, doing more self-learning and observation than any of my English classes would teach me to spell properly (I should also mention that I learned how to type quickly with two fingers in games such as Diablo II when communicating with others). And because of forums, I was enlightened by political and gaming discussion. And there's a list of shit this game brought about on my life.
Hope you enjoy the read.
Oh and I am fucking glad that we finally got the sequel for this game, by the way.