A friend of mine and I were having a discussion about video games not long ago and we both came to the realization that some of the best games are those that not many people have heard of. Or remember for that fact. I’m a big fan of games that conjure something up from deep within you be it by it’s music, story line, or overall feel of the game. Some of the best games I’ve played are games that I can’t find at all. But it’s good to reminisce. Here are some of my favorites.
One of my favorite games of all time, Spider is ultra rare but a true blast to play. It’s extremely challenging (one hit = you dead) but they do not make games like this anymore. This game was way ahead of it’s time in terms of it’s idea and presentation (this came out in 1996/early 1997) but more people need to be made aware of it. Plus the music is too good.
For those who can remember what life was like during Playstation 1’s heyday, there was a gaming company called Pygnosis who constantly churned out amazing game after amazing game: Wipeout, G-Police, Destruction Derby to name a few. Like Spider, this shit is rare. I haven’t played it in 14 or 15 years. Anyway, it’s a very challenging game (like all Pygnosis games) and again, pretty ahead of it’s time as it was a launch title. But I love it.
Just bad ass. Imagine Twisted Metal but without the cars and you get what Loaded is. Blood and awesome music and crazy characters. Reloaded was dope too.
Tobal #1 and Tobal 2
Lets face reality: The only reason why anyone bought Tobal #1 was to get the free demo of Final Fantasy 7. I was never big on Final Fantasy so it didn’t matter to me that there was a free demo that came with the game. But PS1 demo disks were the shit and I had a million of them. But I digress. Tobal #1 was a great fighting game. It was like Virtua Fighter 2 if Virtua Fighter 2 was truly 3D. Plus the music was some of the best I’ve ever heard (especially Mary’s stage). Quest mode blew chunks but whatever.
Tobal 2 never came to the US and that’s a shame. Far surpassed part one.
I think this was essentially Ridge Racer 3. The Ridge Racer series’ best days are behind it but my god was this ever awesome. R4 is still better but Rage Racer holds up well even today.
Pixel Junk Eden
They really need to make more games like this. I’ve played this over and over again and it’s always relaxing.