“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.
Remember when people used to play games on their PC? When they were simple enough you could explain the concepts to someone who had no knowledge of gaming? (and no, before anyone asks, I’m not talking about World of Warcraft or Counter Strike!) What I’m talking about are flash games. The games on websites you used to go on as a kid during IT without the teacher noticing. The games that you didn’t have to pay a huge amount (or at all) for. One such game that had such humble beginnings is Pop Cap’s casual puzzle game; Peggle.
Stop right there, criminal scum! Yes, it is time to return to the Imperial heartland of Tamriel and face the infernal armies of Oblivion once again. Centuries before we ventured north to the frozen continent of Skyrim, we found ourselves flying over the impressive Imperial City, listening to the impressive voice of Patrick Stewart foretell an impressive Doom, and we landed in a familiar setting: a dingy prison cell. From such lowly beginnings all the stories of the Elder Scrolls stem and Number IV offers perhaps the best-told tale in the book.
As I’m sure we all remember from stories and school lessons, Ancient Greece was not for the faint of heart, nor the weak willed. With Gods who’d eat their own children in fear of being over-powered, mythical monsters terrorizing innocent people and tales of epic naval warfare, few were safe from the dangers of the time. Even our protagonist, the battle-hardy Kratos struggles to keep his Minotaurs in a row, in this classical antiquity based action-adventure.
The events of The Granstream Saga are set 100 years after a cataclysmic war which saw the earth literally torn asunder after a terrible and forbidden ancient weapon was used to try to turn the tide. The misuse of the weapon caused damage to the very core of the planet, set off chain reactions that caused the planet’s axis to shift and melt the polar ice caps! And you thought global warming was bad!
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.
Cast your mind back to the late nineties, to a world awash with Furbies, where Hit Me Baby One More Time was every teenager’s polyphonic ringtone and the question of the day was ‘do you take the blue pill or the red pill?’ The world was enthralled by Nintendo’s Mario Kart 64 but with three years passed since it’s release, there was a gap in the market. Luckily, game developers at Naughty Dog saw an opportunity for Crash Team Racing; a wacky, fast paced kart racing game, featuring some of Crash Bandicoot’s original and beloved characters.