So here we go.
The first batch of games in the GregHorrorShow’s Top 100 Games list!
A quick recap on how I decided who came where:
I decided, as so many games mean so many different things to me, I should come up with a fair way to judge them. This is what I came up with:
Time Spent Playing
A few provisos before we hit the first ten games…
Firstly this is my list of my Top 100 games. I certainly don’t expect you guys to agree with it (though hopefully you’ll agree with some of the choices ) and would welcome any comments.
Secondly, I’m not planning on putting the scores or totals up, just listing the games in the order they came out in.
Lastly, I never owned a Nintendo or Microsoft console so my experiences on these games were limited to friend’s houses etc – bite me
Let’s get started!
100. GHOSTBUSTERS (ZX Spectrum)
I spent so many hours playing this as a kid and never even made it past the first bit but I was crazy for anything Ghostbusters so I loved it as much as any game I had at the time. You used to have work your way around the city busting ghosts. Inbetween busts you got to drive the Ecto 1 and buy loads of cool gadgets that didn’t really do much. Looking back its pretty appalling but I have very happy memories of it. Damn that Marshmallow Man coming to stomp all over the town so quickly!
99. SPLATTERHOUSE 2 (Sega Mega Drive)
Rick was hard as nails. After seeing his girlfriend Jennifer killed at the end of the original Splatterhouse does he sit around and mope, crying like a baby? No siree, he gets himself the Hell Mask and goes to rescue her from the Land Of The Dead. My friends and I didn’t really get that far into Splatterhouse 2 as it was hardcore. We never got bored though, not with the ability to ‘splat’ undead enemies onto the wall in the background with a metal pipe. Nightmarish? Yes. Fun? Hell Yeah!!!
98. GHOULS N GHOSTS (Sega Master System)
If you wanna talk near impossible games let me introduce you to Ghouls N Ghosts. Damn this game was hard. I dread to think how many hours I put into this just to be able to get to the second or third level – sheesh. You control Arthur the Knight, who is trying to save his true love and help restore the souls to the people the evil God Loki has taken them from. But let’s be honest we all laughed the first time he got hit, lost his armour and was just in his heart covered boxer shorts Then we wept as his died from the next hit. Three hits and you’re dead – as Pulp once sang: This Is Hardcore.
97. LETHAL ENFORCERS (Sega Mega Drive)
Ah Lethal Enforcers, such fun Having experienced it in the arcades it didn’t take much for me to invest in a copy for the Mega Drive. From then on it was a downward slope as me, my Dad and my brother desperately tried to shoot out some Chinamen in a Chinese Laundry or take out some bad guys in a bank robbery. To reload you had to aim the gun away from the screen and we soon perfected what can only be described as the campest reloading ever – a quick flick of the wrist away to reload and back firing in one fluid motion. Good wholesome shooting family fun – just don’t shoot the civilians!!
96. GOLDEN AXE (Sega Master System)
Golden Axe was brilliant – first up the choice of characters: Barbarian, Amazon or Dwarf (Dwarf ftw ). You got swords/axes, magic – which was sweet and even the ability to ride monsters, spewing fire/ice at baddies. This is an absolute classic. In fact at a theme park once my parents had to announce over the tannoy for me to come to the main gate. The park was closing but I’d gone back to the arcade for one last game. I had it for the Master System and while the graphics weren’t as good as the arcade the gameplay was just as good.
95. HARD DRIVIN’ (Sega Mega Drive)
I wasted many an hour on Hard Drivin’ pretending I was really driving and creating the most awesome crash replays by screaming up the loop the loop and veering off the side on the way up. Basically you had a choice of the stunt course or the speed course. Mainly most people went stunt – and why not, the speed course was rubbish anyway Used to get endless amusement from the fact that if you hit the cow it mooed. I used to love Hard Drivin’ but can admit it doesn’t really hold up against some of the driving games that have followed it.
94. WWF WRESTLEFEST ROYAL RUMBLE (Arcade)
My brother and I must’ve pumped hundreds of quid into this over the years. WWF was ‘real’ wrestling and Hulk Hogan ruled. This was as close as we got to the real thing. We’d be like ‘oh my God look at the graphics – it’s so realistic.’ The good thing about this was the Royal Rumble mode. Yeah tag team was all well and good but there’s nothing quite like ‘every man for himself’ to get the fingers and thumbs pumping. Happy times and the recent WWE Legends Of Wrestlemania was a great example of how wrestling games used to be – fun.
93. CHASE HQ (Sega Master System)
Chase HQ made you feel like the coolest cop EVER. You had a Porsche. You had nitro boosts. When you saw your suspect you put a red police light on the top of your car. And when you finally caught up with them you had to ram them off the road Gene Hunt style. Would love to see this remade and updated at some stage. The gameplay was great, if a little short but the games combination of different styles (tactical boosting / agressive ramming) broke things up and it was just as entertaining to watch as it was play.
92. SINGSTAR (Playstation 3)
The only singing game you’ll ever need and I’m not just saying that because I’ve worked on every edition Singstar was a truly ground breaking title in the genre. No one had used original audio for a singing game before and to feature the video in the background as well was a touch of genius. I have had many a great night when the Singstar has come out to play
91. RESISTANCE 2 (Playstation 3)
Resistance 2 follows on from the first game – beginning minutes after Resistance: Fall Of Man concludes. The second game was bigger and better than the first but despite it’s increase in scale it was less fun in places and didn’t have as many new inventive weapons. Graphically it was a step up and some of the boss battles were epic – a very solid shooter and one that continues to expand the Resistance universe.
So there’s the first part of the countdown – more to follow soon and I’ll add links within each one as we go along to make it easier to find for everybody!