Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Classic obsessions

The Mario Strikers Charged review will most likely be up tomorrow. I may push it back to Friday if I don't get enough play time by tomorrow night, but you guys will have the review by the end of the week for sure. For now, here's a totally different article!

Some games just never get old, no matter how many times you play them or how many years they've been available for. Like a good book, some games just draw you back in again and again, to re-experience gripping tales, epic adventures or zany antics. Here are a few games that have had such an effect on me. (NOTE: For it to be considered a "classic", it must have been released on a system prior to the PS2/GCN/XBox/DC generation)

Dr. Mario

One of the first games I've ever played in my whole life, Dr. Mario sticks in my mind for many reasons. Beyond nostalgia, the greatest factor in this game's staying power is how amazingly fun it is! Many people look down on Dr. Mario as it's simpler and easier than, say, Tetris or Puzzle League. While I appreciate all of these franchises, there's just some sort of hidden charm in Dr. Mario that draws me to it. Whether it's the excitement at barely passing a stage or the frustration of messing up a game-winning combo, there's just some sort of unknown feeling that overcomes me when working with the good doctor. I often work for upwards of half an hour trying to fire up my old NES, just to cram in a few scant minutes of germ-busting mayhem! However, since it seems my Dr. Mario cartridge is no longer functional, I'll have to wait for some other alternative to come along *Cough* Virtual Console *Cough*.

Pokémon Snap

Of all the spin-off Pokémon games released so far, I must say that Snap is my favorite. While it sounds like a really stupid premise on the surface (Taking pictures of Pokémon? WTF, mate?), when you really get into it you find there's a lot more then simply aiming and snapping. You have to take into account what the Pokémon's doing, how much of the frame it takes up, which ways it's facing, and more. Getting the perfect pic is nearly impossible, and it's that lofty goal that keeps me coming back for more! Also, the game's just plain fun, with puzzles and secrets around nearly every bend. If you ever see this sitting in a flea market, buy it. It rocks, and I'm almost sure you'd agree, too.

Roller Coaster Tycoon

"Oh noes, a NON-Nintendo game on a top ten classics list written by PsychoDuck? It can't be!" Oh, but it is. Roller Coaster Tycoon is possibly the greatest PC game I've ever played, and is definitely in my top 50 overall. Building things and watching people move through it has always been a fascination of mine, from The Sims to Sim City to plain old ant farms. Add in the creativity-pushing roller coaster building modes, and you pretty much have everything I love all in one game! I think the only thing debatable here is whether it's Roller Coaster Tycoon or RollerCoaster Tycoon...

What are some classic games you just can't seem to put down?

The Duck Has Spoken.


CMM1215 said...

Although I never got into Dr. Mario that much, I did get hooked on Pokemon Snap and Rollercoaster Tycoon. In fact, I played Pokemon Snap just a couple of weeks ago, and I loved it as much as I did when I played it constantly years ago. Hell, I love it much more than the main installments of the franchise.

My classic obsessions are plentiful, but I'll tell you the largest. Super Mario Bros is the first, as it is the first game I ever played, and one of my most beloved, along with Duck Hunt. Kirby Superstar is something I come back to all the time because I simply love everything about it. Star Fox 64 is my most beloved Star Fox game, and it's easily the most addictive. Tetris Attack is my puzzle fix of the past, recently invigorated with Planet Puzzle League on DS.

What saddens me the most about gaming today is that there just aren't nearly as many uber high-quality and memorable titles nowadays. I may sound like an old grumbling baffoon, and some people may contest that point, but I definitely feel that amazing, addictive, and memorable titles are a dime a dozen these days.

CMM1215 said...

Oops, one thing I left out.

I play Super Mario Bros almost every single day, even now. I just wanted to add that because I think it makes a point about the game's near-perfection in my eyes. Something about Super Mario Bros makes you play the same levels repeatedly and still enjoy each and every one of them.

Anonymous said...

Super. Mario. Bros. THREE.

That game rocked so hard, I still have bruises, and I'm always replaying it on the DS remake, it just never gets boring :)

Also, if Dr. Mario (seriously my favorite puzzle game of all time - yes, even above Tetris) doesn't come out for the Virtual Console, I will commit ritualistic suicide.

Okay, not really, but it would be a fantastic addition to my Wii Channels.