Having owned my first games console when I was about 4 years old, I feel I can definitely call myself a video game fan. Having owned a fair few consoles since then, I’ve played a lot of video games in my time. While there are many fine videos games I have come across in my time, these are ten of my favourite, and the ones I can still happily play now.
1. Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker
If you’re looking for a video game that incorporates bad synth versions of Michael Jackson’s greatest hits and combat that involves a lot of dance moves and hat throwing, then Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker is definitely the game for you.
I owned this game on the Sega Master System…well I say owned, I still actually have it. The main aim of the game was to open doors or car boots and find all the missing children that the bad guy had kidnapped. It might not sound all that difficult, but I swear I never got past the second level.
2. Alex the Kidd in Miracle World
This game has to have one of the best game theme tunes in history, and nothing quite strikes fear into your heart like punching the wrong box and getting a tiny grim reaper chasing you for the rest of the level.
The game is actually built into my Master System, so was always a good option if your other cartridges were too dusty to work. Sometimes no amount of blowing them out was enough.
3. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Why, you may ask, have I picked Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and not 1? I have much fonder memories of Sonic 2, as it was the game that game with my Mega Drive when I was given it one Christmas. Plus, I was a big Tails fan as a child, and as you could sort of play him in this game, I loved it.
It also had the best bonus levels of any Sonic game, though I suggest playing them as just Sonic, as guaranteed Tails was never quick enough to miss the bombs!
4. Crash Bandicoot
This is one of the first games I remember playing on my PlayStation 1 and I loved it. I’m a sucker for cartoonish platform games, so I loved all the Crash Bandicoot games.
While the later games came to have a whole host of characters, the first one was just a plain old bandicoot, trying to rescue his sexy girlfriend from an evil animal tester. As you do. Plus it had a level where you get to ride a wild pig. What more could you ask for?
5. Bishi Bashi Special
I’m not going to lie. Bishi Bashi Special is one of the most insane games I have ever played, but I will still set up my PlayStation 1 just to have a shot of it. It’s a great game to play at a party or with friends, as it’s made up of some of the maddest mini games I have ever seen.
If you fancy growing the biggest afro, or trying to throw a pie as far as you can into a crowd of wedding guests, this is definitely the game for you.
6. Tekken Tag Tournament
I love arcade style fighting games, and Tekken Tag Tournament is the best I own on my PlayStation 2. I spent an insane amount of time playing this was I was around 17, as completing the game with a different character every time meant you unlocked a new character.
I also liked the Tekken games so much because they had so many girl characters to choose from.
7. Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead makes me so happy that I own an Xbox 360, and I considering it more training for the zombie apocalypse instead of just a game.
The game follow four survivors of a zombie attack as they try to make their way to various safe houses. The great thing about Left 4 Dead is the zombies never appear in the same place twice, meaning you can play it a lot, and never get bored and know what to expect. And it still makes me jump when a tank comes running out of nowhere.
This is the newest game on my list, meaning you’ll still be able to buy it on the high street, probably unlike the others. Keep an eye out for any Comet deals on the internet, and you might be able to get it for a bargain!
8. Mortal Kombat
Now parents seem quite worried about their kids playing games like Call of Duty, but when I was like around 6 years old, no one seemed to mind that I was playing Mortal Kombat. I had the first Mortal Kombat on the Mega Drive, and while there were only 7 characters, I remember playing it a ridiculous amount with my Dad.
Even though I think I am yet to be able to hit the correct buttons fast enough to actually manage to pull off a fatality, it’s still one of my favourite games ever.
9. Guitar Hero 3
Again I’ve skipped a couple of games in the series, but Guitar Hero 3 is still the best Guitar Hero game for me. Because it came out on the X Box and the PC, as well as the PlayStation 2, a lot of my friends had it, so I seemed to spend a lot of time playing this one over the first two.
The guitar that came out with this game looked less like a kid’s toys guitar; it was a lot easier to do things like hammer ons and it lead people to spend hours listening to Dragonforce’s Through the Fire and Flames. It was awesome.
10. Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider was another game I have on the PlayStation 1, but it scared the hell out of me as a kid. I don’t cope well with wolves running at you/scary music combo, which lead to me getting eaten quite a lot of the time.
While the games got slightly more sophisticated over time, the first one will always be the best one for me, even though I don’t think it’s one of the games where you can lock her butler in the freezer.
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