I was challenged on Facebook (well, a general challenge was issued) by Andy Schatz of Pocketwatch Games
with "The rules: Don't take too long to think about it. 15 games you've played that will always stick with you. List the first 15 you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes."
Well, in the span of about 5 minutes, I was flooded with more thoughts and nostalgia than my fingers could keep up with. Eventually I just had to stop myself (and argh, I know I'm forgetting 10 things where I would go "Oh, that changed my life!!" if I sit and try to think more) to avoid wasting the whole day. Then I picked a top 15 most memorable - not the best games, or the most popular, but the ones that are really stuck in my head and a part of me. These are the games, in no particular order at all:
- Diablo 2
- Tony Hawk 1-4
- Ratchet & Clank 1-4
- Herzog Zwei
- Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night
- Ultima I-IV, especially III
- Speedball II
- Super Mario Bros.
- Mortal Kombat (1 and 2)
- Rock Band
- Unreal Tournament
And if you're curious, which you aren't but I need to get it out of my head, here's the rest of the list of ones that just popped into my head in those first couple minutes (actually there were dozens
more, but I couldn't type that fast and I rejected ones that I knew weren't really that memorable to me):
Wolfenstein, Wolfenstein 3D, Star Saga One, Dragon Wars, Dragon Warrior, Armada, Simcity, Civilization, Ninja Gaiden, Strider NES (not the arcade or Genesis versions, totally different), Portal, Zork III (owned the hint book!), Breakout, Space Invaders, Qix, Attaxx,
Warcraft 2, Dune II, Ghostbusters (Apple II), Legend of Kage, Kid Niki, Thunder Force III, Burgertime, Pac-Man, Street Fighter 2 (many versions), X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom, Double Dragon, Asteroids, Wizard's Crown, Might & Magic, The Black Cauldron, Dragon's Lair, Desert Strike, Zangband, ADOM, Torchlight, 1942, Raiden II, 19XX (actual title, not generalizing), Ice Climber, Pro Wrestling (NES), Rush N Attack, Altered Beast, Guardian Heroes, Last Battle, Wings of Fury, Captain Goodnight, X-Com, Interstate 76, Metroid, Sly Cooper 1-3, X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter, Wing Commander, Sonic The Hedgehog, Ghouls n' Ghosts (or was it Ghosts n' Goblins? One of those quite thoroughly in my head, just not the title. Also Super Ghouls n' Ghosts), Forgotten Worlds.
What about you?