So this is among my last posts and I thought I would make it a little more special by basically talking about some of the games that I loved as a kid and that I still enjoy to the max even now after so many years. Think of it as a retro games list review or simply a personal selection of titles, both old and new, good and bad, cause lord knows, we all have titles we loved, even though maybe no one else (especially critics) could enjoy. Thus don’t be surpised if you find some titles which are mediocre at best in their scorecard, because on my own biased scoreboard they are pretty high, simply cause they are mine and I can relate to them.
World of Warcraft
Given the archives of this blog and the more or less suggestive density of tags this was basically a no brainer as for the first pic. Simply put I began playing WoW in 2007 and kept on playing to this day, with various pauses, longer or shorter in the meantime, when things got too boring or I just simply had to take some time off and do other things. I enjoyed the whole setting from when I first played Warcraft II as a kid and when a friend of mine recommended me World of Warcraft, I ws absolutely blown away upon first entering the world of Azeroth as a character of my own making. Now I had played RPG’s previously, but never anything of this scale and believe me when I tell you that when I first began playing, I had made a night elf hunter and it took me a little over 5 days just to finish off the Teldrassil quest chain. Certainly back then you had no quest helper and the xp system was a bit more different than it is today, but either way when I zoomed out and noticed that there were two continents each with their own zones and then another world altogether (Outland) to explore … It was mesmerizing to say the least. I kept on playing and although I am a casual at best by today’s standards, I still enjoy coming back from time to time, at least to check whenever new content is released and why not admit it, just to relive some of the glory days, I even gave a chance to some private servers recently that run on the Wrath version of the game and it sure felt good to start fresh, but nothing can bring back that feeling of first having set foot into this massive fantasy world … For this and many other personal reasons I guess that World of Warcraft is and will be worth remembering, long after it will no longer be the top MMO on the market and the once roaring and vibrant servers will be nothing more but an empty memory of what they used to be at their peak.
Grand Theft Auto
This one was pretty easy to choose as well, given that it’s the only game to which I actually dedicated an entire page right on top of my website since I began writing this blog 3 years ago. Now my history with GTA is as it follows: I played GTA 2 at my cousin and I sort of liked … I then played GTA 1 back home at some point on my old Windows 95 computer and I liked it a bit more (simply because it was much more bright and open in tone, although the overall quality is slightly lower than that of its sequel) and finally I managed to get my hands on a pirated and moded version of GTA 3 codenamed REAL that had actual cars in it and I played that for a while. Obviously it was pretty cool, but the real awesomeness came in with Vice City. Man that was one awesome game, miles away from the previous games in almost any regard. Then came San Andreas that had its own specific charm and the rest you all know of because by this time, internet was more or less ruling online communication, a thing which could not be said about the time when I first played these games back in the days when Google itself was no more than an idea and the iPhone a concept in Steve’s head … And if after all these years I still have a copy of some of them installed on my state-of-the-art gaming computer that tells a lot about their value and obviously with most of them it’s not just sentimental childhood memories, but to all gaming history.
Well this be another one of those titles of which, if I think carefully I am way more emotianlly tied than I would care to admit it. Quite frankly I don’t care if the games are good or bad or in between (most of them are the latter), I like them and that is all that there is too it. This game I first played in its nice original 3d version on my first ever computer (that was a Windows 3.0? or something like that if I recall correctly). Back then I played it and it was pretty cool just simply to be playing it and not really think about it, but truth be told I would have never guessed that years after that computer had long been decomissioned I would end receiving a copy of Return to Castle Wolfenstein, which by the way was the first awesome shooter I ever played on my home computer and it was epic … Seriously it was so awesome and immersive that I actually got scared when I first entered the catacombs and the undead warriors started rushing towards me with their swords and axes. Thank the old gods I had the MP40 to keep me company in those dark momements and beyond … So awesome a feeling it still makes me laugh when I think of how easily I was scared as a child about almost anything. Anyways the game was cool and all that it stood for was pretty much iconic and it stayed with me to this day, thus ending up here on this list.
Prince of Persia
It wouldn’t have been a complete list if I would have somehow left out the Prince of Persia games, starting from the early 2d platformer created by Jordan Mechner (which I never owned, but got to play on a shared computer back when they still were a thing), up until the latest releases this game was a pretty awesome and unforgetable experience. For me at least it culminated in the 2003-2005 trilogy that just simply got me much deeper into the story and from the basic wall crawling of Sands of Time, to the ruthless and memorable combat technique of Warrior Within and ending with the stealth and aerial takedowns of Two Thrones, the series was not only reinvograted, but it was clearly taken to a whole new level of awesomeness. There’s no need to mention the fact that it sort of opened the way for the Assassins’s Creed franchise that became Ubisoft’s work-horse since those days up until today, but all in all with both good and bad sides it was simply great. And the girls … I mean come on, even the Farah from Sands of Time was pretty cool looking and then the babes from Warrior Within and the revamped versions from the last part, just simply added that epicness it needed, not to even mention I was in my mid puberty when I got to play to them, so you can imagine how that shot from the beginning of Warrior Within was received by my senses … Sure there are plenty of other pros and cons for these games, just as with everything else, but after all it comes down to a personal choice in the matter and I for one really enjoyed them.
Ah yes, the vampires, not the awesome japanese styled ones from Castlevania, although they are nice too in their own way, but the original arrogant bastards from the Legacy of Kain series. Staring into the past I actually come to realize that as with most of the games from the list the first contact with the series was much earlier than I was thinking when I first drafted the post. I got Blood Omen 2 as a gift when I turned 15 and I played the heck out of it since, a really fun and awesome game, even if it is quite mediocre by most standards, it was new to me and I enjoyed every last bit of it. Actually when I was even younger, my uncle who owned an original PlayStation had a game called Ajuki the Heatless, again a mediocre release, but as a kid you don’t really care about ratings, so I played it and I liked it, but as an extra content it also had demos for various other Eidos Titles, among them Tomb Raider and Soul Reaver. Certainly they were just short demo versions, but after I played Blood Omen 2 years after that old PS console had been decomissioned I come to actually learn about the story behind it and obviously then it clicked that I had heard of this long before there was such a thing as the internet and blogs and forums and videos to inform me of what was cool and trending. As I’ve said there were plenty of things that I liked about this game, but most of all I enjoyed the voice acting and personality of the main anatagonist (or protagonist if you will), Kain himself. Perhaps if I would ever end up being an immortal vampire with world domination dreams and the means to fulfill them I would be pretty cocky myself, but that just simply showed me how awesome it could be to be bad if there would be no one above you to question anything you would do … And that’s how far my wickdeness got, cause you know in the real world, you are accountable for everything you do, but in the world of Nosgoth an immortal lord such as Kain is judge and jury in all instances and has every right to allow mortals to live or slaughter them as he desires (or more precisely as I desired when I controlled him). To top it all of as gaming conventions would have it, you get to be Kain and every last moment is enjoyable from fighting your way through fanatics and monsters to draining their lifeless corpses of their blood …
This is quite it for now, but before the blog will be done for good in a few months, I still have a couple posts on mind which I will probably share at some point so if anyone reads them they might have quite a time revisiting the titles and remembering their own experiences of how it was when they first played them. Or why not if my audience is a bit younger and never got to play any of these titles or might not have heard of them, perhaps they might feel free to look them up and give them a try, using the proper compatibility settings obviously. There will be five more titles in a future post and afterwards one final goodbye and thank you post to all readers and passersby who might have stumbled across this mediocre gaming blog long after its owner stopped trying to attract visitors to it. Until next time then, enjoy your game!