The games from bygone days that have made a lasting impression on me

I have been playing video games for a long time now; some have been good, some great, some not so good. There have been some games that have made a last impression on me that I still look back on fondly today.

International Karate+

I played this on the C64 and I remember it fondly. Most modern fighting games come across as low skill button mashers to me but that is not what IK+ was (mostly because you didn’t have lots of buttons on the joystick, and yes I did play it with my joystick). You needed some skill to win and that made it feel good.

Sonic 2

Played on the Sega Mega Drive I spent a lot of hours playing this game before measuring hours in games was a thing. A wonderful game that could be infuriatingly difficult at times. I have it in a Sega Classics game on Steam with Sonic 2 in it that I still go back to from time to time.

Resident Evil 2

Now we get into the Playstation era and the very first game I played on the Playstation. I remember being blown away when I gave up the Mega Drive and got a Playstation for the first time and seeing Resident Evil 2. The atmosphere from the graphics, music and particularly the sound track scared me a little. You would hear a scratching sound and jump a mile because you got immersed in what was happening. It was recently remade and I must say it has lost something in that process for me.

Metal Gear Solid

This is one of those games I have never forgotten about. Everything from the story to the voice acting to the gameplay sticks out in my mind; it is probably one of my top games of the last 25 years. It is a shame that the MGS games that followed could not quite stack up but this “first” outing (not really the first as there were Metal Gear games prior to this) was just legendary.

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory

I had played the first two Splinter Cell games and enjoyed them a lot, but Chaos Theory is where the franchise really came together. Everything they learned from creating the first two games just came together brilliantly to make this excellent game. I would actually be curious to see a remake with modern technology of this game to see what they could do with it.

NieR Automata

I have spoken about this game before and it is, quite simply, art. Everything from the story to the soundtrack, the voice acting, the graphics and the gameplay just makes it one of those games that you have to play. I suspect I will still look back fondly on it in 25 years time.