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Ever Game I’ve Ever Beaten: Part 3
I’ve played a lot of games. I’m no savant, but I would say I’ve indulged in more video games than even the average gamer, and don’t regret a minute of it. But how many games have I beaten? I asked myself this, and then set out to find the answer. With the help of my shoddy-at-best memory, Wikipedia and a few phone calls to friends and family, things are starting to become a little clearer. I present to you one man’s journey through a video game career.
The move into 3D gaming was huge for me. Landmark titles like Metal Gear Solid, GoldenEye, Symphony of the Night and, above all, FFVII were what really turned me from a kid gamer into the hardcore fan that I am today. RPGs remained at the forefront of my interests, and the platformer genre was still kicking strong. Multiplayer gaming was really coming into its own, and more than a few nights were wasted with four people sitting around an N64.
There are a lot of games on this list, 59 of them to be exact. On the whole, I enjoyed the hell out of my time with these titles, and it was fun trying to bring the fuzzy memories of some of these games back.
PS1: The PlayStation was a big deal for me. I remember seeing one for the first time, and finally getting my hands on the controller. Crash Bandicoot was in the console, and I was absolutely in awe the whole time I was playing. It was my first real experience with 3D gaming, and I was convinced it was the absolute pinnacle of gaming. I could go anywhere! Then came Final Fantasy VII, one of the landmark titles in my gaming development. I (i.e. my parents) bought it the day it came out, and I realized about twenty seconds in that I was playing history. It didn’t take me long to get lost wandering the slums of Midgar. Suffice to say, I was a PlayStation fan.
A lot of my favorite games of all time come from this list: Final Fantasy VII, Symphony of the Night and Tactics all probably rank in my personal top 10. Others like Metal Gear Solid, Kagero and Wild Arms remain some of most nostalgic games. Memory card overload was a hassle, but overall the PlayStation era was very good to me. I’m going to point out a few underrated games here: MGS: VR Missions, Star Ocean and Wild Arms. If you never played those and are fans of the MGS series and RPGs respectively, you need to check those out. VR Missions was a shamefully fun spin-off of the series, and the other titles are fantastic story-based RPGs, with fun mechanics. Do yourself a favor.
When going back through my mental archive (and virtual Wiki) I was actually surprised at the number of games here. Honestly, I thought there would be more, though I guess forty-five is respectable. Anyway, here’s the list:
Army Men: Sarge’s Heroes
Brave Fencer Musashi
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Command and Conquer: Red Alert
Crash II: Cortex Strikes Back
Kagero: Deception II
Die Hard Trilogy
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy IX
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy X-2
Final Fantasy Tactics
Gran Turismo 2
The Legend of Dragoon
Lunar 2: Silver Star Story Complete
Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions
Parasite Eve 2
Resident Evil 2
Spyro The Dragon
Spyro II: Ripto’s Rage
Star Ocean: The Second Story
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins
Tomb Raider II
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
Twisted Metal 2
Wild Arms 2
N64: Although I owned a Nintendo 64, for the longest time I only owned NFL Blitz and Turok: Rage Wars, which just might be my favorite game ever. Maybe. Anyway, I eventually got around to renting some N64 games, although I never got around to hitting all the N64 games I wanted, including classics-I’ve-missed like Ocarina of Time and Mario 64. In all fairness, I played both of them, but I can’t in good conscious say that I’ve beaten them. You don’t think I’d lie to you, do you?
While Rage Wars is close to my heart, I was also a big fan of Goldeneye, Pokémon Stadium and Star Fox 64. I liked Banjo-Kazooie a lot, but I’m not sure it holds up as well in my hazy memories. Of all these, Cruis’n USA was definitely the hardest to beat. Mortal Kombat Mythologies probably gets the award for being the worst.
Some good memories from the N64, but nowhere near as good as the PS1, in my opinion. What the N64 lacked in overall quality, it did excel at one thing: four-player play. I may have only beaten a few titles on the N64, but I promise, many an hour was spent on GoldenEye and Smash Bros. Many.
Harvest Moon 64
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero
Star Fox 64
Turok: Rage Wars
WWF No Mercy
That looks like a lot of games, but believe me, it doesn’t even come to close to the breadth of the PS2 list, which is coming next. In case you missed it, you can see the Part 1 and Part 2 of the complete list, which chronicles the NES and SNES/Genesis era titles respectively. 143 games isn’t bad so far, but that number is about to start rising significantly. Think about how long the PS2 was around.
All right, that concludes Part 3. How does my list compare to yours. Got a few titles you yourself are proud to have beaten? Leave us a comment!