“Paris in the fall, the last months of the year and an end to the millennium. The city holds many memories for me. Cafés, music, of love… and of death” This is the opening line of an absolute gem that I remember playing when I was young, the one of a kind Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars. Little did I realise that I was playing something original until I started to look for clues instead of kill the enemies, which was what I had been used to in every other game I played.
We all have a game we vividly remember playing as a little kid whether it be a game hardly anyone knows about or considered a turning point for the future release of games. Released in 1993 when I was turning just 2 years old a special game released that pretty much defined the first person shooter. But this was the first of its kind. When you think about the amount of FPS are out there today, there’s still one over 20 years old that people still play today. Of course, I’m talking about Doom! An absolute icon in the video game industry.
You know that thrill of a fast paced game? The kind that gets you leaning forward from your chair, with your eyes fixed to the screen and everything around suddenly isn’t there anymore. I haven’t felt so concentrated as I have in Burnout 3 Takedown because that one little scrape could become a catastrophe for you! You’re in for a treat if you have never played any of the Burnout games before. But even if you have, the 3rd instalment is considered one of the best in the series when compared to later installments like Paradise and other racing games alike, and they’re not wrong. Takedown, in my opinion is one of the most important racing games that made later racing games compete even on the PlayStation 3. Released on PS2 and Xbox, the graphics are seriously not far off from early PS3/Xbox 360 standards.
Shadow of Memories (or Shadows of Destiny as it is known outside of Europe and Japan) is a somewhat underrated but brilliant time travel adventure game created by the very same guys that brought us Silent Hill. Published by Konami, the game is focused on the element of surprise and suspense, though as the player, you’ll largely be exploring areas, talking to the people around you and puzzle solving. I remember playing this game round a friend’s house and thinking that the character you play; Eike Kusch, looks a lot like Raiden from Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty. Both tall, have long blonde hair, and whinier than a strangled cat.
Hello, boppers! Don’t worry, you don’t need to hit the streets of Coney Island to travel back to the 80s, because The Warriors brings the gritty street gangs and leather waistcoats to you! Rockstar Games took the 1979 cult classic and gave it a new lease of life in late 2005, which brought the original film a whole new generation of fans, thanks to this smash hit game.
Remember being back in school? Where you’d be very conscious of every step you made because you wouldn’t want to do anything stupid or embarrassing that might risk getting you the wrong kind of attention? Where gossiping and rumours could lead to a good kicking? Well in 2006 Rockstar released Bully, or Canis Canem Edit as it was called in PAL regions, which let you experience school life from the other side of the fist.
It’s a seemingly ordinary day in the city of London, the setting of The Getaway. Black cabs whizzing by, red double decker busses roaring away and people yelling at each other. But today Mark Hammond, an ex London gangster who’s not long been released from prison, abruptly wakes up to discover his wife and son being kidnapped. However, a couple of the ‘has-been’ gangsters accidentally kill the wife while trying to get her in the car. When Hammond reaches her in an emotional state, he makes the classic mistake of picking up the murder weapon, incriminating himself in the murder of his own wife.