365 Games To Play Before You Die - #63-79: Catch-up

365 Games To Play Before You Die


I seem to be increasing the time between each of these blog posts which means I end up having to write about 18 games in one blog when I originally planned to focus on each of them individually. I quickly realised that plan was infeasible, so for the games I have less affinity towards I'll jam them in with others but for those stand out titles I'll make the extra effort to have a specific blog for them.
 
Note: Usually I post images but my browser keeps crashing so I'll put them in later.

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#63: Age of Empires

Platform(s): PC
Release: 1997
Developer(s): Ensemble Studios
Best Quote: None
GB Wiki Page

While I think AoE 2 is an overall better game I still think that this was great start to a great series. It's sad that Ensemble no longer exist with the calibre of games they produced.

#64: FIFA 99

Platform(s): PC, PS1 and N64
Release: 1998
Developer(s): EA Sports
Best Quote: None
GB Wiki Page

I think this is the first sports game I played but I could be wrong. While my interest in football games have lessened because they all feel quite repetitive to me FIFA 99 still had the novelty of playing sports virtually.

#65: Return to Castle Wolfenstein

Platform(s): PC, Mac, PS2 and Xbox
Release: 2001
Developer(s): Gray Matter, id Software
Best Quote: Can't remember
GB Wiki Page

The game that did Nazi zombies before they became cool.

#66: Neverwinter Nights

Platform(s): PC and Mac
Release: 2002
Developer(s): BioWare
Best Quote: Aldanon: 'I suppose we could see if she tries to kill any of us, but that test has numerous procedural flaws in its execution... if you will pardon the semantics.'
GB Wiki Page

It's a BioWare RPG, need I say more?

#67: MDK 2

Platform(s): PC and Dreamcast
Release: 2000
Developer(s): BioWare
Best Quote: Dr. Hawkins: 'If he can just keep his pants on, our luck may be changing.'
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#68: Viewtiful Joe

Platform(s): PS2 and GameCube
Release: 2003
Developer(s): Clover Studio
Best Quote: 'Henshin a-go-go, baby!'
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My favourite part of Viewtiful Joe was it's sense of style which it embraced wholeheartedly. Top that with a healthy dose of side-scrolling beat-em-up/platformer and you had a really enjoyable game.

#69: Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Platform(s): PC, Mac and Xbox
Release: 2003
Developer(s): Raven Software, Vicarious Visions
Best Quote: Luke Skywalker: 'I sense a disturbance in the force.'
                      Kyle Katarn: 'You always sense a disturbance in the force, but yeah, I sense it too.'
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Jedi Outcast was the pinnacle of the Jedi Knight series but Jedi Academy was still a stellar experience. Playing as a Jedi is always fun and that's what the game did best, make you feel like a increasingly powerful Jedi. My favourite part was choosing which kind of Lightsaber I wanted because it gave you the option of duel-wielding or double-ended (or single but that would be boring).

#70: S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl

Platform(s): PC
Release: 2007
Developer(s): GSC Game World
Best Quote: Forgotten
GB Wiki Page

#71: The Sims

Platform(s): PC, PS2, Mac, GameCube and Xbox
Release: 2001
Developer(s): Maxis
Best Quote: Simlish Song!
GB Wiki Page

Seeing as it's one of the biggest selling games are ever chances are you've already played The Sims. If you haven't you need to try just to see why it's so popular. You might become addicted or you might just as likely put a wall around your Sim and watch them starve to death.

#72: Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun

Platform(s): PC
Release: 1999
Developer(s): Westwood
Best Quote: N/A
GB Wiki Page

Tiberian Sun is my favourite game in the C&C series proper (that mean excluding Red Alert). It just engaged me with it's no nonsense approach to the RTS genre and I appreciated it for that.

#73: Final Fantasy VIII

Platform(s): PS1 and PC
Release: 1999
Developer(s): Square
Best Quote: No
GB Wiki Page
 
Not my favourite Final Fantasy game but still a classic Square RPG.

#74: Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee

Platform(s): PC and PS1
Release: 1997
Developer(s): Oddworld Inhabitants
Best Quote: Again, can't remember
GB Wiki Page

#75: Donkey Kong Country

Platform(s): SNES
Release: 1994
Developer(s): Rare
Best Quote: None
GB Wiki Page

Remember when Rare were a powerhouse of gaming. They churned out so many classics including Donkey Kong Country, a platformer which looked amazing and played just as well. While they still make some good games (so I've been told, haven't actually played them myself) there no way near as influential as a company as they once were.

#76: Crash Bandicoot

Platform(s): PS1
Release: 1996
Developer(s): Naughty Dog
Best Quote: None
GB Wiki Page

Another series which started off brilliantly and slowly deteriorated to mediocrity. Crash 1 was a gem of a platformer with an actual story and quite a funny one too.

#77: Mario Kart 64

Platform(s): N64
Release: 1997
Developer(s): Nintendo
Best Quote: 'Go!'
GB Wiki Page

Like all N64 games I've listed so far it was the multiplayer aspect of the games that kept me playing. Sharing a games console with 4 other brothers is tough stuff so there little time for single player games to get a play. Instead we'd just battle each other in Mario Kart and whoever lost would get off, a method that still works to this day.

#78: Battlefield 1942

Platform(s): PC 
Release: 2002
Developer(s): DICE
Best Quote: Nope
GB Wiki Page
 

#79: Wii Sports

Platform(s): Wii
Release: 2006
Developer(s): Nintendo
Best Quote: None
GB Wiki Page

I'll admit I was sceptical about Wii Sports at first but it turned out to be a great group game. I would never really play it on my own but the that's not how it should be played anyway. Competing against your friends and family to get the perfect strike or put is really fun even if the Wiimote isn't the most accurate motion controller, but then again I'm not playing the sports professionally. 

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Posted by mracoon

365 Games To Play Before You Die


I seem to be increasing the time between each of these blog posts which means I end up having to write about 18 games in one blog when I originally planned to focus on each of them individually. I quickly realised that plan was infeasible, so for the games I have less affinity towards I'll jam them in with others but for those stand out titles I'll make the extra effort to have a specific blog for them.
 
Note: Usually I post images but my browser keeps crashing so I'll put them in later.

Previous 5 Games


Full List


#63: Age of Empires

Platform(s): PC
Release: 1997
Developer(s): Ensemble Studios
Best Quote: None
GB Wiki Page

While I think AoE 2 is an overall better game I still think that this was great start to a great series. It's sad that Ensemble no longer exist with the calibre of games they produced.

#64: FIFA 99

Platform(s): PC, PS1 and N64
Release: 1998
Developer(s): EA Sports
Best Quote: None
GB Wiki Page

I think this is the first sports game I played but I could be wrong. While my interest in football games have lessened because they all feel quite repetitive to me FIFA 99 still had the novelty of playing sports virtually.

#65: Return to Castle Wolfenstein

Platform(s): PC, Mac, PS2 and Xbox
Release: 2001
Developer(s): Gray Matter, id Software
Best Quote: Can't remember
GB Wiki Page

The game that did Nazi zombies before they became cool.

#66: Neverwinter Nights

Platform(s): PC and Mac
Release: 2002
Developer(s): BioWare
Best Quote: Aldanon: 'I suppose we could see if she tries to kill any of us, but that test has numerous procedural flaws in its execution... if you will pardon the semantics.'
GB Wiki Page

It's a BioWare RPG, need I say more?

#67: MDK 2

Platform(s): PC and Dreamcast
Release: 2000
Developer(s): BioWare
Best Quote: Dr. Hawkins: 'If he can just keep his pants on, our luck may be changing.'
GB Wiki Page

#68: Viewtiful Joe

Platform(s): PS2 and GameCube
Release: 2003
Developer(s): Clover Studio
Best Quote: 'Henshin a-go-go, baby!'
GB Wiki Page

My favourite part of Viewtiful Joe was it's sense of style which it embraced wholeheartedly. Top that with a healthy dose of side-scrolling beat-em-up/platformer and you had a really enjoyable game.

#69: Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Platform(s): PC, Mac and Xbox
Release: 2003
Developer(s): Raven Software, Vicarious Visions
Best Quote: Luke Skywalker: 'I sense a disturbance in the force.'
                      Kyle Katarn: 'You always sense a disturbance in the force, but yeah, I sense it too.'
GB Wiki Page

Jedi Outcast was the pinnacle of the Jedi Knight series but Jedi Academy was still a stellar experience. Playing as a Jedi is always fun and that's what the game did best, make you feel like a increasingly powerful Jedi. My favourite part was choosing which kind of Lightsaber I wanted because it gave you the option of duel-wielding or double-ended (or single but that would be boring).

#70: S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl

Platform(s): PC
Release: 2007
Developer(s): GSC Game World
Best Quote: Forgotten
GB Wiki Page

#71: The Sims

Platform(s): PC, PS2, Mac, GameCube and Xbox
Release: 2001
Developer(s): Maxis
Best Quote: Simlish Song!
GB Wiki Page

Seeing as it's one of the biggest selling games are ever chances are you've already played The Sims. If you haven't you need to try just to see why it's so popular. You might become addicted or you might just as likely put a wall around your Sim and watch them starve to death.

#72: Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun

Platform(s): PC
Release: 1999
Developer(s): Westwood
Best Quote: N/A
GB Wiki Page

Tiberian Sun is my favourite game in the C&C series proper (that mean excluding Red Alert). It just engaged me with it's no nonsense approach to the RTS genre and I appreciated it for that.

#73: Final Fantasy VIII

Platform(s): PS1 and PC
Release: 1999
Developer(s): Square
Best Quote: No
GB Wiki Page
 
Not my favourite Final Fantasy game but still a classic Square RPG.

#74: Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee

Platform(s): PC and PS1
Release: 1997
Developer(s): Oddworld Inhabitants
Best Quote: Again, can't remember
GB Wiki Page

#75: Donkey Kong Country

Platform(s): SNES
Release: 1994
Developer(s): Rare
Best Quote: None
GB Wiki Page

Remember when Rare were a powerhouse of gaming. They churned out so many classics including Donkey Kong Country, a platformer which looked amazing and played just as well. While they still make some good games (so I've been told, haven't actually played them myself) there no way near as influential as a company as they once were.

#76: Crash Bandicoot

Platform(s): PS1
Release: 1996
Developer(s): Naughty Dog
Best Quote: None
GB Wiki Page

Another series which started off brilliantly and slowly deteriorated to mediocrity. Crash 1 was a gem of a platformer with an actual story and quite a funny one too.

#77: Mario Kart 64

Platform(s): N64
Release: 1997
Developer(s): Nintendo
Best Quote: 'Go!'
GB Wiki Page

Like all N64 games I've listed so far it was the multiplayer aspect of the games that kept me playing. Sharing a games console with 4 other brothers is tough stuff so there little time for single player games to get a play. Instead we'd just battle each other in Mario Kart and whoever lost would get off, a method that still works to this day.

#78: Battlefield 1942

Platform(s): PC 
Release: 2002
Developer(s): DICE
Best Quote: Nope
GB Wiki Page
 

#79: Wii Sports

Platform(s): Wii
Release: 2006
Developer(s): Nintendo
Best Quote: None
GB Wiki Page

I'll admit I was sceptical about Wii Sports at first but it turned out to be a great group game. I would never really play it on my own but the that's not how it should be played anyway. Competing against your friends and family to get the perfect strike or put is really fun even if the Wiimote isn't the most accurate motion controller, but then again I'm not playing the sports professionally. 

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Posted by JJOR64

Totally agree with #75.  Donkey Kong Country is a game everyone should play.

Posted by AgentJ

Bout time you did another one! I was beginning to think it wasn't coming!

Posted by MasturbatingBear

I didnt see ocarina. Why not Ocarina?

Posted by Driadon
@MasturbatingBear: He's stated before: he's finding games that aren't the outright classics first.