Thursday, October 06, 2005

The Best Video Games for the past 20 years!

(See Apple didnt get the 1st grab on white! a Commodore 64 from year 1986)

(HALO 2 .. best game in the universe)

Some gaming enthusiasts have done a large top 50 list, and I am disappointed to say that my long time favorite should be in there but is not! What game would this be.. well Raid on Bungling Bay of course! (,35874/), I spent many an hour playing this on my C64 many moons ago, and still play it under emulation with my G5 Imac (just what a G5 was made for, emulating 20 year old chip sets ;-) ). Anyways a survey has been done and you can find the list at the above link. However for something different I have done my own short list. There are so many to think of.. so many hour wasted with them, it was hard to narrow it down to this short list!

1. Halo 2. (Xbox) I have never spend a year playing a game continuously, (thanks to xbox live), every game is different unique, and never gets tired. It will take a long time for this game to get old (till Halo 3). Brilliant Graphics, interactivity with other humans, great story line, what else can you want?

2. Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64 and DS) A decade on, Super Mario 64 remains the finest platform game ever. Players feel giddy as they explore its varied, vibrant and magical worlds, which are filled with countless surprises and taxing challenges.

3. StarFox Adventures (Game cube). The last Rare game before they defected to Microsoft. This game had me addicted for many months, one of the best adventure games I have played in over a decade, graphics wonderful too.

4. The Legend of Zelda:Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64) Shigeru Miyamoto's magnum opus is a spellbinding cocktail of wondrous exploration, ingenious puzzles and combat in a beautiful world. The convincing environment is populated by a raft of colorful characters, and there is a huge variety of tasks. An epic to be savored from the moment Link and his horse first gallop across the screen.

5. GoldenEye 007 (Nintendo 64) Provides a level of immersion few games can match, thanks to wonderful atmosphere, interactive environments and smart opponents. It was a precursor to all shootem ups, like Halo etc.

6. Marathon (Macintosh) Bungie pioneered the first person shootemup, when most PC users were going "look at this doom thing" Mac users were going so what Marathon allows much more freedom, looking up and down, jumping etc, was the pioneer to Bungie's Halo series.

7. Raid on Bungling Bay (C64) was a great intelligent strategic aerial shootem up, and its basic design gave way to sim city series.

8. SimCity 2000 (PC, Mac) An infinitely engaging city simulator lets players design a huge metropolis from scratch. Later sequels added clutter, but 2000 offered a wealth of choices to explore without overwhelming users.

19. Super Mario Kart (N64) Hugely enjoyable, light-hearted racer with appealing characters, cleverly designed tracks and amusing weapons that ensure battles are tight and exciting.

20. Tetris (Game Boy) Simple yet addictive puzzle game, often imitated, never bettered.

21. SWIV (Amiga). The pioneer of vertical shootemups, with totally amazing digital sound, and stunning graphics (even today), took the best elements of 80's vertical shooters like xavious and made it better.

22. Mario Golf (Gamecube), took old boring golf sims, and made this silly and fun to play, amazing AI, and great cartoon graphics.

23. Burnout 3 (Xbox), great smashing car game, easy to learn, but hard to master, great matrix style crash scenes

24. Mario Tennis (N64), again taking boring old simulations on PC’s and other game consoles and made it silly, fun, and challenging.

25. Elite (BBC MICRO, C64). Was the grandfather to all space trading simulations. Might have been old vector style graphics, but has massive amounts of detail, and special missions, many many months playing this old game, and is still played today in the form of X2, and wing commander, Escape Velocity (on Mac on PC) I thing it now has 100’s of forms the latest being Vendetta Online. It is the basis to many space trading games, where you are some independent mercenary, trading goods, illegal or legal, powering up your ship, buying better weapons, crew, better ships, owning your own planets. This game started it all in 1985!

26. River Raid (every platform from Atari 2600 , Intellivsion to Amiga) The best scoller shootem up dogem game made in the 80's, it was best on the Atari 800 computer and Intellivision, but what ever platform you played it on it totally rocked. Slick sprite graphics for its day, and written solo by a female programmer (Carol Shaw). Still play it today under Atari 800 emulation.

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