The games that dominated my childhood

These are the games I played to death growing up through the 90s and early 2000s. They aren't all my favorites, in fact some of them are awful, but as a child I never knew the difference. This is also the list of a child who grew up in England, so it's fairly Mega Drive (Genesis) and PC based up until later.

List items

  • The game that made me fall in love with strategy games forever. I admit I didn't play too much of thisone because I was very young when it came out and I could barely make it past the 2nd or 3rd level.

  • Now this game I did play to death, I've completed it several times over with both races, with cheats, without cheats, you name it. Absolutely classic game.

  • Really I played the entire Sonic library to death, but Sonic and Knuckles was the game I played by far the most, I've completed it countless times now and have most of the levels memorised.

  • Yep, loved the movie to death as a child and I played the game a lot aswell, though I never completed it. I owned the PC version which I believe was the same as the Genesis version.

  • This is the beat-em-up that dominated my childhood, sure I knew friends who owned Streets of Rage, but at the time for me, Golden Axe was where it was at.

  • The Atari 2600 was way before my time (about 10 years before in fact) but that didn't stop me from playing a lot of it as a kid. I attribute my love of crazy Japanese shoot-em-ups to this game. Yeah it's not nearly as crazy as Japanese shooters but it's still a damn good game.

  • The other game I played a lot of on the Atari 2600, most people liked Space Invaders but I really did prefer Defender for some reason.

  • I played a lot of the original version of Street Fighter released on the SNES, partly because I loved it and partly because it was literally the only good SNES game we owned.

  • Yes, I too was a victim of the mass poke craze that swept the world in the 90s. I at one point managed to collect all 150 pokemon in the game due to a lot of time and trading put into this game.

  • I once again fell into the Pokemon craze with Pokemon Yellow. Yes, I played pretty much the exact same game through for a second time and came damn close to once again collecting all 150 Pokemon, my efforts were only cut short by...

  • Yep, once more I was obsessed with a Pokemon game, though admittedly when faced with the prospect of having to collect 250 pokemon my entusiasm started to fade and while I made it to arounf the 200 mark I didn't make any real effort to go after all 250.

  • Not much to say other than I was a huge fan of Star Wars and this game was a lot of fun with a joystick. Looking back though it wasn't nearly as good as the individual X-Wing or Tie Fighter games, especially since I never played it online.

  • ugh awful game but I loved Spider-man so I played it a hell of a lot, even succeeded in making it pretty far.

  • yeah I played a lot of Battletoads, but to clarify I played the Gameboy version, which was still horribly punishing, but maybe not as much as the NES game was.

  • Again, this was the gameboy version and again it wasn't a very good game and I never made it far at all, I just loved Batman so I played it a lot.

  • yeah, now we're getting into some of my later years. Mario 64 was probably the first full 3D platformer I really played so it blew my mind, it was also the first and pretty much the last time I was really into Mario, classic game.

  • Of Course, if you owned a Nintendo 64 you had to have played this game at some point. I was a big fan of James Bond in general and I loved the movie so I played this game to death over and over.

  • Wow... I managed to play this game so much that I actually got pretty sick of it, I don't really want to think about how many times I completed it.

  • My first real taste of Zelda and the only time I've been truly obsessed with it. This game blew mine and everyone else's minds when it first came out and if you ask me it's still pretty awesome today.

  • I had managed to avoid the Final fantasy series completely up to this point except maybe at one point where my brother mentioned FF VII to me, so this was the very first Final fantasy I played.

  • Okay this game changed my life, I was one of those poor saps who searched and searched forever for a way to bring Aerith back to life and never found anything. I own two copies now, my english and american versions and you can tell the original english verion I had is well loved.

  • Awesome and original game that I feel has never really been re-created. I spent a good portion of my time just playing the early levels to death.

  • A good sequel to the original which I played a lot once I finally got it working on my slow ass PC back then. I remember spending a lot in the free mode where you could just play around with things at your leisure, story mode was okay too though.

  • Probably the very best Final Fantasy of the playstation era despite the fact that I would tell you it's FF VII. Final Fantasy IX had one of the most compelling stories, incredible music and great characters (for the most part). It's got some pretty stunning graphics for a Playstation game aswell and it's really the only FF game on the playstation that can legitimately be called 'fantasy' rather than sci-fi. I probably completed this game about 3 times or more throughout the course of my childhood.

  • I was a late comer to the FFVI party and it certainly shows in my appreciation for it. This is probably the best Final Fantasy ever made and yet something prevents my full enjoyment of it and it's most likely that the character development lacks focus for me. My personal preference in RPGs is to have a main hero that the story focuses on, rather than many, I would say in this case the main hero is Terra but she gets brushed aside a few too many times for my liking. None of that stopped me from playing this game for hours though so I guess I'm not allowed to complain.

  • Game's bloody perfect, I've completed it like 3 times, what else do you really want me to say?

  • This one's a little weird and I can kind of see why it wasn't released over here. Nonetheless I spent a large portion of my childhood playing it and I really rather enjoyed it. I enjoy the tight knit group of characters in this game, it helps you get to know them all that much better.

  • This is probably my personal favorite of the SNES era, but it's probably not technically the best. I just like how the story flows in this one really and how you don't choose party members, they're assigned to you as the story moves along. Also pulled an Aerith long before VII, but let's face it Tellah just isn't as cute as Aerith.

  • Slipped my mind till recently but I remember sinking many many hours into this game. Despite playing it so much I don't actually remember getting all that far except maybe on the Russian side which certainly favoured my more clumsy approach.