While the PS4 and Xbox One hog the gaming spotlight this month, we thought that today’s Roundtable might be a good time to look back at some of the best videogames we played on prior platforms. Tell us your favorites too!
Adam Tyner (DVDTalk)
- Intellivision – ‘Burger Time’. I’m kind of old, so I grew up with the original wood-paneled Intellivison in our living room. (We also had an Aquarius, but I remember very little about that sucker.) Anyway, my favorite arcade game back then was ‘Burger Time’, and I loved playing it on the Intellivision too.
- NES – ‘Mega Man 2′. Still my all-time favorite action/platformer, and the game I’ve played from start to finish more than any other. Too bad Capcom’s basically abandoned ‘Mega Man’ as a franchise.
- Lynx – I was on a game show on Nickelodeon a lifetime ago, and my winnings went towards Atari’s late, great handheld. My favorite game for it was ‘Scrapyard Dog‘, another in a long line of platformers.
- Genesis – ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2‘. Everything I loved so much about the original ‘Sonic’, only a heckuva lot more refined. More inventive level design, the addition of Tails to liven up the gameplay, and Sonic’s Spin Dash move all made it really tough to go back to the first game again.
- PC – ‘Duke Nukem 3D‘. My obsession near the end of high school and the beginning of college. While everyone else immersed themselves in the brown and gray tedium of ‘Quake’, my friends and I would blast shrink rays and ice cannons at each other in this colorful, demented First-Person Shooter.
- Xbox – ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘. I didn’t pick up another console for the better part of a decade, but I made up for lost time with the Xbox. It’s really hard for me to pick a favorite, but I’ll go with ‘Buffy’, one of a tiny handful of TV licenses that actually translates into a worthwhile game.
- GameCube – ‘Mario Kart Double Dash‘. I bought the GameCube basically just for ‘Double Dash’, and it was worth every cent. Far and away my favorite entry in the series, although we’ll see if I say that when ‘Mario Kart 7′ comes out for the Wii U next year.
- Xbox 360 – ‘Bayonetta‘. One of the most gloriously insane action games I’ve ever played, swirling around a busty, gun-toting witch who whips angels with her hair.
- Wii – ‘Super Mario Galaxy 2‘. My Wii was caked under inches of dust for a while there, but the wildly inventive ‘Super Mario Galaxy 2′ was a welcome reminder that Nintendo’s still got it.
- PlayStation 3 – ‘Rock Band‘ franchise. I bought my PS3 as a Blu-ray player and never expected to game much on it, but it wound up being my console of choice this past generation. I shudder to think how much time and money I sank into the ‘Rock Band’ franchise, and I still pull out all my instruments just about anytime someone comes over to visit.
- 3DS – ‘Animal Crossing: New Leaf‘. I’ve probably invested more time into this game than anything I’ve ever played. Just a breezy, relaxing escape that pretty much always leaves a smile on my face. Games are for more than killing people in HD!
- Wii U – Rayman: Legends‘. I’ve been a fan of the ‘Rayman’ series for a while, but ‘Legends’ is something else altogether. One of the most masterful platformers ever, and it’s one that takes unique advantage of the Wii U gamepad too.
It’s obviously too early to tell about the PS4 and Xbox One! So far, I’ve picked up ‘Lego Marvel Super Heroes’ and ‘Killzone: Shadow Fall’ for the PS4, though I haven’t even gotten around to touching the latter yet. I have ‘Forza Motorsport 5′ and ‘Dead Rising 3′ preordered for the Xbox One.
Josh asked me to pick something for the PC platform, and much to everyone’s chagrin, I have to pass over multiple RTSs, adventure games, modern graphics powerhouses, and forty years of inventive classics. My choice is LucasArts’ 1997 Western shooter ‘Outlaws‘, which mixed the best shooter mechanics of the time (fast-paced, finite health, multiple weapons) with incredible level designs (split over the campaign, multiplayer, and bounty hunter modes) and the complete package of a theme, soundtrack, and art style that perfectly flavored the game. Add in the mod tools and expansion, and the nostalgia is tough to beat. Plus, it still runs in Windows XP for whenever I feel like booting it up, which I doubt will be true of modern games in 16 years time.
It feels like I’ve said this before [Ed.: You have, but it's been three years, so I'll allow it. –JZ], but there’s only one game that I’ve ever loved: ‘Crazy Taxi‘ on the Sega Dreamcast. So, that’s my favorite game, and I guess that makes the Dreamcast my favorite console by default. Now I’m wondering where I have my Dreamcast stashed away. I need to play that game right now!
As a kid, my brothers and I had a Commodore 64, an Atari 2600 and a Nintendo Entertainment System. After that, I relied entirely on my friends for videogame entertainment. ‘Halo’ was huge with me and my college roommates, but it wasn’t until I bought a PS3 (mainly for the Blu-ray player) that I got into my own games. To this day, after various follow-up editions, my game of choice is still ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare‘. That’s right, I still play the original ‘Modern Warfare’ – and I’m definitely not the only one who does. I can hop onto the ol’ Playstation Network at any time and play against countless other online gamers. I’ve tried ‘Black Ops’ and other variations of the franchise, but they’re all overly complicated. I prefer the original ‘Modern Warfare’ because it reminds me of ‘GoldenEye’. It’s a simple shoot-’em-up, chuck grenades, call in an air strike kind of game and I love it.
The caveat that our choices should be selected from previous videogame consoles we’ve owned is rather limiting for myself, as I only ever owned a Super Pong, which contained four variations of ‘Pong’, and an Atari 2600. From the latter, my first favorite game was the fantasy-themed ‘Adventure‘, where the player, who appeared on screen as a square, had to find a chalice and return it to the gold castle. Impeding progress were a bat that brings objects to switch out, and dragons that could be killed with a sword or, for the more daring, stunned if hit just right in the back of the head. ‘Adventure’ was also the first time I learned of an easter egg, although it was inconsequential to gameplay.
This is a tough topic for me, because I’ve owned very few game consoles, and on them, few games apiece. However, of those titles I’ve played all the way through, I suppose these are my picks:
- NES – This is still the only game console I’ve loved, and also the one I’ve ever owned the most games for. In fact, my original unit purchased circa 1987 is sitting in my home theater right now. The franchise I adored most on the NES was ‘Mega Man’, especially the first game, which is a perfect time-waster I used to be able to play to completion without losing a life. Since Adam already stole my thunder with that, I’ll also give a shout-out to the spy adventure ‘Golgo 13‘, which had an intriguing story and a varied array of gameplay levels that were quite sophisticated for the day, even if the graphics were kind of crude. It’s also, to my knowledge, the only NES title with a cut-scene that suggests the hero is having sex. Let me tell you, that part blew my 7th Grade mind.
- PlayStation – Nothing else on the PSOne beats the first ‘Resident Evil‘ for me. It’s the only game that has ever legitimately scared me, in that early level where the zombie dogs smash through the glass windows. Yeah, if you played this game when it first came out, you know exactly the part I’m talking about.
- Xbox – The more advanced that gaming consoles became, the less interest I had in them, which resulted in fewer games I purchased. If I’m hard-pressed to pick a title for the Xbox, it would probably be the original ‘Burnout‘. Its stunning graphics, exciting racing levels and super-cool crash re-enactments were a ton of fun.
- PS3 – Sometimes, it feels like modern gaming consoles are all about First-Person Shooters. To that end, I guess that ‘Killzone 3‘ would be my favorite PS3 game… of the six I own. It has a good story and ambitious level design, though I recall being disappointed at how abruptly it ends.
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