When I did my favourite video game post it got me thinking about how much my taste in games changed over time and the games I used to play when I was younger and then maybe grew out of so this weeks Six for Sunday post is all about some of my favourite video games I played while I was growing up.
I think my generation was the first to really grow up with Pokemon and I’ve lost count of how many games and Pokemon there actually are now. When I think of Pokemon I remember being able to name all 150 and watching the very first episode of the animated show and being confused that Ash was a boy and that I had been pronouncing Pikachu’s name wrong. I can’t even imagine the amount of hours I spent playing these games as a kid or playing the trading card game etc, it was a great time and it was one of the first gaming experiences I’d had that involved friend and gave me something I found I had in common with others my age.
2. Warcraft 3
Warcraft 3 was the very first video game I played on the PC. My dad had downloaded it after discovering Age of Empires, which I liked watching him play (and would later lose countless hours in making up stories about Joan of Arc…) and he asked if I wanted to play it, I wasn’t sure but said yes becasue there were elves in it apparently. I started playing through the story campaign and was just totally and completley enthralled, I’d never played anything like it and I loved that it was stratgeic, you had specific goals, all the characters were voice acted and it just completley sucked me in to this new world. This was about the time my parents decided to give me time restrictions after falling asleep at the computer after trying to stay up and play later (nothing has changed, I still do this now). Warcraft 3 is a game I still love to play today and Blizzard is relaucnhing it with Warcraft 3 “Reforged” this year and I’m beyong excited.
3. Guitar Hero etc
I wasn’t too sure about putting this one but actually it fits into the favourite game when I was a kid category in much the same way as the others it’s just a fairly different kind of game. For those who may have never heard of or played guitar hero it came with a plastic guitar with coloured buttons on the frets and you had to play them in time to the song you were playing in the correct order displayed on screen, think dance mat but with your fingers on a plastic guitar. Its seriously additctive. I’m not even sure where our copy of guitar hero 3 came from but my and my little brother started playing it in the evening of one Christmas day years and years ago, we played the “story mode” and realised we didn’t have a memory card so just decided to keep playing until we were done. If memory serves we finshed around 4 the next morning and when we finally looked away from the screen everything kept moving. I love karoke and for some weird reason at school I loved performing in any way shape or form and for me this was another version of that and I think the primary reason I learned to play bass guitar.
4. Xena: Warrior Princess
This was the first video game I ever completed. I am not a completionist by any means, heck I’ve never finished a Final Fantasy game and in the two years since Andromeda came out I STILL haven’t finished it so this feels like it was a pretty big thing for me. It’s one of the earliest video games I remember playing that I really got into and I loved that I could be Xena, who, along with Sailor Moon I was obsessed with. The graphics although somehow bearable then are painful to look at now and it was a little repetative but I loved every moment of it and really enjoyed the different tactics you had to use to defeat certain bosses and that it usually took a little skill instead of just button mashing to do so. I think this game might have really had a massive impact on the games I went on to play as an adult.
This is another silly one that I played the life out of. I think we got a demo disc with a few levels on that me and my brother played to death before our parents brought us the full game (probably becsue they were sick of us playing the same level over and over). I ADORED the disney Hercules film (at one point I knew every single damn line) and this mostly side scroller type of game was the same story and you had to play through it. It had the same voice actors (mainly becasue all the lines were taken from the film), all the songs, clips from the film and all the level music was taken from and inspired by what was already in the film. It was such a fun game and I’ll always remember it.
6. Diablo 2
Ah another Blizzard game, I’m sure this shocks no-one. I think this was another one my Dad may have downloaded (the days of napster and limewire were hell for our poor old computer because my dad would just download ALL of the games. I did later purchase W3 and Diablo 2 legitamatley though and do not encourage pirating games in any way!) and I remember not being keen on it at first becasue it seemed too dark and gritty for me but for some reason I ended up playing it anyway and it turns out I find dungeon crawlers REALLY addictive. I liked the idea of collecting loot and then constantly updating and improving your items as you went along with the honest to gods goodness of just mashing that mouse button to death and when you really got some traction going it feels like you’re unstoppable. This game also featured a lot of things I enjoyed from other games as well as a phenomenal soundtrack, an interesting story, a degree of character customisastion (you could choose your class), fun and challenging boss mechanics AND it was insanely replayable. I was over the moon when Diablo 3 was announced and although I play that when I have a Diablo itch to scratch now I’ll always love Diablo 2.
Do you have any favourite games you can remember from when you were younger? Do you have any favourites? Do you still play any now?