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A Timeless Top 5

Gaming is a progressive medium. Kids raised on Call of Duty and Uncharted would easily thumb their noses at the likes of Pac Man or Rad Racer. But some games are truly timeless. Some just simply don’t age. They looked charming then and they look charming now. They were fun to play then and they’re still fun to play now. Here is the Chuchu’s personal top 5 list of awesome games that never get old. Each of these badboys are dusted down and replayed regularly. If you haven’t played these titles, then you really owe it to yourself to give them a try!

5. Duck Tails (NES)

Low Blow! Kick that spider in his icicles!

Low Blow! Kick that spider in his icicles!

The original DuckTales was a short, sharp masterpiece. It had perfect controls, an uncomplicated graphical style that still charms to this day and an unforgettable soundtrack. Capcom made all the right moves in this Disney licensed game. Even the brevity of the game (only 5 stages) kept it from getting repetitious. Full of memorable enemies and hidden secrets, DuckTales was one of the true gems of the NES library. Testament to the original’s greatness was Way Forward’s remake from a couple years back. Whilst a fine attempt (superior boss fights), it still came up short against the charm of the 8-bit original (enforced exploration and… well… that undefinable ‘x’ element). Oh… and I know I’m repeating myself here but… That soundtrack!

4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (SNES)

Foot soldiers really rack up their frequent flyer mileage in this game.

Foot soldiers really rack up their frequent flyer mileage in this game.

Turtles in Time on the SNES is the best TMNT game ever made. It is also probably the best 2D scrolling beat ’em up ever made. Certainly on the 16bit consoles, anyway. It was bright and colorful, full of memorable stages, had a great difficulty balance and was sooooooooo much fun to play. Then there was the TMNT fan service that saw a great array of bosses and enemies taken from the 1980’s cartoon. The SNES even scored points over the arcade original by having an extra stage and replacing a generic rock boss with the more recognizable Slash from the cartoon (even though he became the most difficult boss in the game). I still go back and play this title about once a year with my daughter in tow. And again… The modern day ‘Reshelled’ remake isn’t fit to lick it’s boots.

3. Metroid Zero Mission (GBA)

Riddle me this, riddle me that... Who's being a bit of a twat?

Riddle me this, riddle me that… Who’s being a bit of a twat?

Onto an amazing remake this time round. Metroid Zero Mission is the best 2D Metroid title out there. Super Metroid was phenomenal and may have redefined action-adventure games, but Zero Mission truly perfected the formula. Better controls, graphics and pacing make Zero Mission the number one ‘go-to’ 2D Metroid title in my opinion. It is, of course, a remake of the original NES Metroid title but it’s just so much better that it renders the original completely redundant. For me, Zero Mission is 2D perfection and the bar for which all other 2D action platformers must be measured against.

2. Dragon Force (Sega Saturn)

NOT to be confused with high pitched metal bands...

NOT to be confused with high pitched metal bands…

Dragon Force is the greatest ever JRPG that no one ever got to play. Seriously… No one knows about this game. And that’s a shame because it was AWESOME! Those who did play it will tell you of it’s 8 playable nations, spectacular soundtrack, relaxing cathartic gameplay and beautiful anime story scenes. Not to mention the fact that it’s as addictive as crack cocaine! Put this game in and whole days will slip by in the blink of an eye. This game is eater of time and the warmer of souls. Each play session leaves you feeling relaxed and refreshed. It was the best game on the Sega Saturn and also the best reason to get yourself an emulator pronto. I replayed it last year and it hasn’t lost a single beat. RPG perfection!

1. Doom (Every device ever made in the history of forever)

And it still looks more convincing than the Hollywood movie...

And it still looks more convincing than the Hollywood movie…

Onto the game I have re-bought more times than any other. Seriously. I have bought doom on (deep breath) SNES, Atari Jaguar, Sega Saturn, Playstation, Playstation 3 (twice) and PC (twice). Phew… The reason being is that I just can’t get enough of this amazing game! When I first played Doom as a boy, it blew my 15 year old mind out of my skull. It was so much fun back then. And that aspect simply hasn’t diminished for me. The way the weapons feel, the overwhelming number of enemies that come at you, the way it still delivers jump scares after all these years. Modern FPS titles look better and have more interesting stories or emotional beats, but few are as flat-out fun as Doom. And that is why I’m still playing the game to this very day (this morning in fact)!

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32-Bit, gaming

Tokyochuchu on: Doom

 

Does anyone remember the ubiquitous classic Doom? Of course you do! That’s why it’s a ubiquitous classic! For those impossible few who have never played Doom, it tells the story of a runaway romance between a man, his chaingun and several horny pinky demons. The man’s mission? Descend down to hell via a quick stop-over on mars and deliver the biggest inter-dimensional beatdown the devil has ever seen. The pinky demon’s mission? To deliver the type of inter-dimensional sodomy that would make even George Micheal hesitant.

Along with it’s predecessor Wolfenstein 3D, Doom invented and popularized the FPS. There was a time during the mid-to-late nineties when every home console was awash with Doom-clones. The likes of Alien Trilogy, Blam! Machine Head, Exhumed, Quake, Star Wars Dark Forces and many, many others tried to make Doom’s charm their own. It took the combined force of Half Life and Goldeneye007 to finally push the industry onwards.

That said, Doom was and is an awesome game that should never be forgotten. It stole an unbelievable amount of my childhood and gave me some serious, serious fun. I played Doom a bunch of times on different platforms. Does anyone remember how everyone fawned over the Atari Jaguar port? Or how about the stuttering, critically savaged Sega Saturn version? Or even the weird SNES one that had no music? I played ’em all. Having recently bought Doom 3: BFG edition (which comes packaged with Doom & Doom II), I’m now playing it once again. And you know what? It’s still an immeasurable joy to play. Much more so than that new-fangled (circa 2005) Doom 3 crap. To be honest, I like this game far more than most FPS titles of this generation! There’s something about the game’s simplicity that really appeals to me. The graphics are charming and timeless, the level design is perfect and it even manages to rustle up the odd fright now and then. Making enemies do the chaingun cha-cha just NEVER gets old. Neither does chainsawing people. Or seeing the witless enemies fight among themselves. Or punching someone into mush with a berserk power-up… It’s just brilliant!

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