The games that made me the gamer I am today!
Created by BlakeBundy45 on Oct 5, 2009
Last updated: 11/05/09 at 05:05 PM
Action adventure role playing at its absolute finest. The 3D open world allowed player to roam and tackle the adventure of their choice. Mini-games like fishing gave you something to set records in. I believe the largest fish that I caught was like 65 pounds. The ocarina given to you early in the game allowed you to play melodies that had various effects such as travel, delivering your horse to you, and choosing the time of day. With many clothing items to choose from and finding new swords and shields Zelda was my first true role playing game.
The beginning of arena based multiplayer mayhem. Although the single player story mode was undeniably impressive, the real fun was had during four player split screen showdowns. Players had their games that they boasted about but everyone knew that the real king was whomever ruled Goldeneye. The overall variety available for the multiplayer added significantly to the replay value and eventually made the game the legend it is today.
Donkey Kong Country captured my attention with its beautifully animated world. The game had a linear story mode with checkpoints placed strategically throughout the levels. This game introduced a few aspects of gameplay that I had not previously been accustom to. Upon getting losing your life you were able to take control of your sidekick, Diddy Kong. This feature gave you an extra chance at beating the level you were on. Also the game allowed you to use certain creatures as modes of transportation. Riding rhinos full speed through levels and racking up kills was unimaginably fun!
I first played Doom on the PC. Doom was my first FPS game. Upon initially playing the game I came to the conclusion that all games should be in first person. It just felt more real to me. The game got pretty tough toward the later levels but around this time in video games we saw the revolution of cheat codes. Cheats allowed me to have infinite ammunition, full health at my hearts desire, and all keys needed for advancing through the levels. Cheating in games at that time was cool. The internet wasn't the power house information mecca that it is today so most cheat codes were passed by word of mouth.
This high flying game was a major hit in my neighborhood. Being a neighborhood full of boys we loved basketball. Everyone had their designated team and tournaments were held frequently. One feature of the game that I loved was the on fire mode. If you scored three baskets in a row with the same player they became on fire, making basically any shot they put up go in. Also, if you had dunked enough throughout the game towards the end you had a good chance of breaking the backboard. Who doesn't love flying thirty feet in the air and soaring down and busting the glass?
Ah, my first multiplayer experience. I remember this game so fondly because it allowed me to go head to head against friends for the first time. Like all other forms of competition, Super Mario Kart provided an outlet for smack talk. The versus mode which gave players three balloons was an often played game type. It really gave the cat and mouse vibe. While constantly on the hunt you were also being hunted. Just a revolutionary experience for multiplayer games.
Super Mario World controlled my life. I had an SNES and only a few mainstream games. Thankfully I had this one. I truly loved the level progress. The map of all the levels was well animated and helped immerse the player into the game. I made it my goal to unlock the whole map, I wanted to see everything. Being a young boy my imagination flourished while playing Super Mario World. This game may have led to my love for role playing games due to the quest like story line.