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Leviathyn Looks Back: A Decade of Gaming
So Destiny is finally here and it seems that the eighth generation of gaming consoles has officially marked its territory. Last night, as I am relaxing at home, my Twitter proceeds to blow up with “Destiny” this “Destiny” that, and what am I in the middle of playing? Why, it’s Crash Bandicoot 2 on my Sony PSP (Jealous much?)
The gaming industry seems to age like dogs, ten years can seem like seventy years when you look at your old dusty copy of Battlefield: Vietnam. This got me thinking about the old and somewhat forgotten treasures out there, so I decided to remind everyone what we were all so excited to play ten years ago.
August 3, 2004 – Doom 3. Originally released for Microsoft Windows, the long awaited third installment for the Doom series blew us away. It lived up to every expectation we had for horror and gore. Admit it, you pretended to be Doomguy the next time you held a flashlight.
September 7, 2004 – Silent Hill 4: The Room. Fans of the iconic Silent Hill series were a bit skeptical when they heard this new game had moved away from its standard formula. Rather than exploring the town of Silent Hill, the games protagonist was trapped in a locked-down apartment, but Konami once again delivered a creepy factor that will hold up for years to come.
September 14, 2004 – Fable. Peter Molyneux hyped up this game so much that we couldn’t wait to get our hands on it. We might have later realized that he is overly enthusiastic about everything including total crap, but he was spot-on about the original Fable. The concept of choosing to follow the hero’s path and saving Albion, or deciding to slaughter every innocent that looked at you sideways was golden. Fable is truly a masterpiece that should never be forgotten.
September 21, 2004 – Star Wars: Battlefront. Mixing elements of third-person shooter and real time strategy, Star Wars: Battlefront is a conquest game that lets you enlist with the Galactic Empire, the Rebel Alliance, the Old Republic, or the Separatist Confederacy. The objective is to take the enemies command posts while defending your own. I will never forget how giddy I was the first time I was able to drive a friggin’ AT-AT.
October 26, 2004 – Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Many still consider GTA: SA to be the pinnacle of the franchise and the best game of the sixth generation. It was the first GTA that allowed you to get tattoos, gain and lose weight, change your hair style, and fly a ton of diverse aircraft. With a massive map, insanely fun gameplay, and an engaging story, San Andreas should stand as a template for sandbox games today.