When Lacks initially approached me about a blog centered around retro games that we loved, liked, and possibly even despised, I was pumped. He asked if I could think of ten games of the past that I enjoyed. I had 13 in mind within 5 minutes. Not all of these are games I've ran on an emulator, so keep that in mind - your mileage might vary if you're looking for emulator titles. Also, while this is a numbered list - it isn't in order of favorite titles. This is just a collection of 10(+) games I found to be awesome, for one reason or another. So, without further ado - here's my list of ten retro games I've absolutely loved, with a few notable mentions tacked on. 1) Brigandine: Legend of Forsena (PS1)
Now, there are technically two versions of this game (if you're looking to emulate it), and while the Grand Edition is also fun - my love will forever be with the originally released game. The difference between the two editions is that GE provides a series of anime-like cut scenes, and the ability to play as the game's antagonist faction without use of cheat codes. What the Original release has over this however, is slick little battle animations! <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0yjAthM6xM"> Which you can see here, courtesy of YouTuber AtorTFE.</a> These animations made this tactical RPG one of my favorite games of all time. To this day, I still put in a good 20-40 hours every year or two on this gem. Building armies of upgrade-able heroes with upgrade-able monsters and conquering a continent is just too dang fun. 2) Final Fantasy Tactics (PS1)
Something you'll learn about me reading this list is that I'm a big fan of tactical games, and so of course, I'd be remiss to leave this wonderful game out. Besides an interesting storyline, this game features a wonderful job system that allows you to really customize your team and unlock some very powerful characters. Additionally, you can capture monster units, and that's just so much fun. Overall, this is another one of my favorite games of all time. 3) Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen (SNES) Another tactical game, wherein you run an army of various squads. Again, part of the draw to this game for me is that you have upgrade paths for your units, as well as the ability to set up your party composition for battles. It also contains a neat little tarot card system where the cards you get can be used at various times in the game, and can provide unit bonuses, as well as attack and defense abilities. 4) Super Mario RPG - Legend of the Seven Stars(SNES) Hands down one of the best RPGs I've played. It's got a wonderful cast of familiar characters, with some core RPG mechanics straight out of the 80s and 90s. The settings are colourful and fun, with enough challenge to keep things interesting. This is one of the first games I ever fully completed, and remains a constant go-to for emulation to this day.
5) BattleTanx (N64) Now, this title is one that I admit - I haven't actually emulated since the days I first played it. I own the original cartridge still, however. I don't remember a lot about the storyline, since most of this game's real fun lies in local multiplayer. My cousins and I spent many hours nuking each other and getting into pvp hijinx with this title. For the nostalgia and good memories alone, this ranks on my list. 6) Uncharted Waters (SNES) Pirates. Ships. Trade. This is a game I really enjoyed. It puts you as the owner of a ship, and you basically just do exactly what you'd expect. You can crew your vessel, upgrade its cannons and mast and such, and get into sea battles. For a game from the SNES generation, this was pretty fantastic. The second title in this series (Uncharted Waters II: New Horizons), was probably better, so consider this a notable mention. It isn't included directly on this list because Uncharted Waters was the one that introduced me to the game, and the one I played the most. 7) Perfect Dark (N64) If you grew up in the era of the Nintendo 64, this is a game you probably at least knew about, if not played the absolute heck out of. It was (in my mind at least) the first really successful multiplayer shooter on consoles. Featuring the ability to pit yourself against bots, customize what player skin you wore, a variety of maps, and some of the best end-of-game statistic screens I've ever seen... this was the multiplayer game of the early 2000s. Heck, for a couple of years, we even set up a 64 and this game in our highschool seniors lobby, which we'd game out on during lunches and spares. I admit that I haven't emulated this much, but the quality of the game earns it a place on this list.
8) Tekken 3 (PS1) Of the many fighting games I played growing up, this is one that I think rises above. It built upon the core concepts of it's predecessors and improved them, as well as adding a ton of new characters to the series (many of which are now staples of the Tekken games). With a tighter control and better handling added to it's already impressive feature set, it's no surprise that when I looked the game up to confirm its age before making this blog post, it's ranked as one of the greatest videogames of all time.
9) Pokemon Gold (and/or Silver) (GBC)
Like most geeks my age, I played a lot of gameboy games growing up. I fondly remember playing the original Red and Blue Pokemon titles, along with just an absurd number of other games. Out of all of those however, it's Pokemon Gold that I think shines as my personal favorite. With a wonderfully fun story, great pokemon to collect, and fun features like the casino (god I miss the casino!), it's still to this day my favorite of the series. It was the first of the second generation Pokemon games, and introduced concepts like the day/night cycle, a bevy of new balls, berries, and other items, Pokemon breeding, rematches, and the now-ubiquitous pokegear menu. Again, this is by far my favorite Pokemon game of all time. I love the series, but this one in particular has a special place in my heart.
10) Final Fantasy 7 (PS1) This one is a hard tossup with FF8. Both games were extremely fun, both are games I own still for PC and replay every couple of years. FF7 nudges out FF8 for the 10th spot on my list purely for the fact that it was the first Final Fantasy game I really fell in love with. It's another one of those games that I completed fully, in a time in my life where I rarely completed any game end-to-end. I loved the characters, the materia system, and the storyline. Figuring out the mystery of Cloud's muddy history and his relationship to Sephiroth and the entire storyline of the game is still something I remember fondly. There are so many great moments in this title, and great memories wrapped up in my playtime with this one. There are a number of games I didn't get to mention on this list, for one reason or another. I wanted to just point out a few that I think deserve a bit of recognition as also being absolutely fantastic games. Notable Mentions: - Breath of Fire 3: For a wonderful storyline plus the ability to be a freaking dragon.
- Final Fantasy 8: Cards, anyone? - Jade Cocoon: Capture and mash-up monsters to create cool monsters. Heck yeah. - Persona 3: This one almost should replace an item on my list, as it's one of the best RPGs I've played, and has some really wonderful mechanics to it.
- Halo: Two words: Corpse. Golf. You haven't played halo until you've punted your buddy's corpse a crazy distance using grenades. (Optionally can be done with the warthog too). And... that's it. That's the list. It's not perfect, and if I was asked to re-make this list 6 months from now, I'd probably juggle some things around, but all of these games do hold a special place in my memories. They one and all were fantastic at the time.