My Top Five Epic Retro Games You Need To Play
In this day and age, I find that most games seem to be the same. The only thing that changes are the graphics and unless they are terrible, they don’t matter to me. It’s all in the gameplay and story – so if the graphics aren’t terrible then it’s a winner. Most older games have more time and effort put into how the game plays rather than how it looks. FIFA plays the same as it has done for a decade. Call of Duty 2 plays online the same as Call Of Duty Infinite Warfare. Maybe I am just cynical and don’t want change or maybe I am right and you can all agree. Below is a list of my top five favourite and epic retro games and all are over ten years old.
Super Mario Bros 3 (NES, 1988)
Perhaps one of the greatest platformers ever made that will still stand the test of time. Graphics wise, it was bright, colourful and cartoonish. Mario never really takes itself too seriously anyway. As a kid, it was difficult to get past the Ice World without a fair few deaths. Super Mario Bros 3 offers less of a challenge than it used to but still deserves to be whipped out and played on from time to time. I always liked to collect the flutes but never used them because it cuts out from the experience of the game.
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (SEGA Genesis, 1992)
While the first instalment was great and the beginning of Sonic games, the sequel just seemed to be so much better. The addition of Tails and the chance to have 2-player mode was a nice touch. The stages were varied with different enemies, platforms and obstacles. The bonus stages (while difficult as hell with Tails) were bright and fun if not frustrating at times. Like Mario above, the game offers less of a challenge than it used to now that I am older, wiser and far more skilled. It still comes up on best games ever lists and with good reason.
Final Fantasy VII (Sony PlayStation, 1997)
I won’t be alone in saying this is one of the greatest JRPGs and one of the most epic retro games. The game reached a deserved cult-like status. The story within the game was so deep and imaginative that it even spawned several spin-off titles and its own movie. Each character has their own personality, backstory and reason for fighting. The villain of the game (the legend that is Sephiroth) has also a complex personality and traits that make him much-loved antagonist amongst the gaming community. As long as the remake retains most of what made it a classic in the first place then I will be happy.
Pokemon Red and Blue (Nintendo Game Boy, 1999)
Can there be a list of epic retro games without including a Pokemon game? While there have been much better Pokemon games, nothing can beat the originals. These two games (including Green in Japan) are what started it all off. Now spawning more than twenty main titles, the series is still going. Who would have thought a simple expansion on a Rock, Paper, Scissors game crossed with bug collecting would get so huge?
Prince Of Persia Trilogy (Sony PlayStation 2, 2003 / 2004 / 2005)
When I first got my PlayStation 2 one Christmas, it came with Prince of Persia Sands Of Time. Just by playing the game you can tell this is what Assassin’s Creed based everything from in its own franchise. The cocky hero, the fighting system – the wall run! The games checked all the boxes in what you wanted in an action adventure game. All three games had the same premise and amazing gameplay, each one offered its own uniqueness to the table. Even with all the games like this out there today, the Prince Of Persia trilogy can hang with them all with ease. Is this perhaps the greatest gaming Trilogy of all time?
What about your favourite games that are now over a decade old? Feel free to share and comment below about your favourite epic retro games. Also, if you’re interested in what other gaming posts, check out my post on what games I think should be remade.