This game was an absolute gem that most people missed out on due to its release exclusively on the Sega CD. It was a Myst-like point-and-click adventure that asked players to collect a certain amount of dinosaur eggs within a twelve-hour time limit. It featured some well-planned puzzles, an intriguing world to explore, and even some unexpected dino attacks. It drew inspiration from the book by Michael Crichton rather than the Spielberg film, and brought an Isla Nublar to life that was more shrouded in mystery than loaded with action. If you were one of the sorry suckers who dished out the cash to purchase the doomed Sega CD, this game was one of your only options for a great gaming adventure.
The Star Wars franchise is guilty of spawning an almost endless stream of mediocre video games. Yet there are a few Star Wars games that are actually pretty good. Some that immediately come to mind are the Super Star Wars series for SNES and Shadows of the Empire for Nintendo 64. Head-and-shoulders above the other bazillions of Star Wars games, however, is The Force Unleashed. This game put players in the role of Darth Vader's Sith apprentice, showing us all how seductive the Dark Side of the Force could be. Force-throwing wookies around was all sorts of amazing, as was using Force-lightning to fry Storm Troopers. We even got to use the Force to pull an entire Star Destroyer out of space and crash it into a planet. The story may have gotten a little bit silly in some parts, but we never cared because we were having so much fun playing with our seriously awesome Sith powers. Star Wars fans rejoice; this one's a keeper.
If you were one of those kids who begged their parents to drop fifty bucks on the Ninja Turtles NES game after playing the incredibly addictive arcade game, you were probably disappointed when the game you got was nothing like the arcade experience. This problem was rectified with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, a direct port of the arcade game. The beat-'em-up gameplay was some of the best of its generation, and had us burning through quarters at the arcade and blistering our thumbs at home. The only problem was that there was some flickering when the NES was trying to handle all the cool stuff that was happening on the screen at once. Flickering aside, this game provided hours of fun, especially when played with a friend. Even if you didn't particularly care for the Turtles, you had to admit that in 1990, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 was just about everything you could want from a video game.
Batman is pretty much the easiest superhero to make the transition into the world of video games. He's expertly trained at hand-to-hand combat, he carries a bottomless arsenal of awesome gadgets, and he simply looks cool in his black mask. But that doesn't mean you can't screw up a Batman game. Thankfully, Arkham Asylum was a phenomenal work of art that brought players deep inside the psychological aspects of Batman's character (and of some of the most memorable villains of the series). Paul Dini, author of his own fair share of Batman comics and television episodes, scripted this masterpiece, adding an exceptional storyline on top of the already flawless game mechanics. Critics often hail Arkham Asylum as the best superhero video game ever made, and it's not hard to see why.
If you've been a fan of the FPS genre since about 1997, then you've probably played Goldeneye at some point in your life. This N64 classic put players in the shoes of everyone's favorite special agent, James Bond. Goldeneye brought a very clever single-player campaign that included some pre-Metal-Gear-Solid stealth elements, but it was the split-screen multiplayer that won the hearts of gamers and non-gamers alike. Back before online gaming took off, this classic pretty much perfected the multiplayer experience. Its inclusion of various game modes (like the infamous golden gun mode) and cheat codes made this a game that was hard to get sick of. While the Goldeneye film was mostly forgettable, the video game version has pretty much been a hit at every party it has ever attended.
By Josh Wirtanen
CCC Freelance Writer
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