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Batman Begins

Based on the movie of the same name Batman Begins follows the fantastic story of the beginning of the Dark Knight. Not only do you follow the storyline of the beginning of Batman you also get to experience and be a part of Bruce Wayne’s transformation into the iconic hero. You get to use all of your strength, skill, and array of gadgets to take on villians such as Carmine Falcone, Scarecrow, and Ra’s Al Ghul.

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Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings

Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings require some thought process by the game player. This game put you in command of one of 13 different civilizations back in ancient history. Your goal is to take advantage of one of these empires and spend your time petering out how to dominate the other civilizations. Not only as the leader you must worry about your civilization economic status as well as it battle ready preparedness. This game is a definite plus for the power-hungry dominate type of game player. This sequel does a pretty good job of building on its original concept.

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Aeon Flux

Aeon Flux is based on the MTV television series cartoon short on Liquid Television. This game is based on the movie starring Charlize Theron, which was based on the MTV cartoon. Aeon Flux is based in the future and she is a special agent that needs to infiltrate the enemy’s base of operations. Aeon is equipped with highly specialized acrobatic skills and a huge arsenal of futuristic weapons. All the good makings of a popular videogame. Even though this game kind of reminds me of Tomb Raider the excellent graphics and scenery was fun to look at as you battle your way through.

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WWF SmackDown!

WWF SmackDown! was a great wrestling game. This is when, in my opinion, wrestling games started to include the storylines that the TV shows created for the individual wrestlers. Including all the hot wrestlers on the roster at WWF at the time of the game’s creation this wrestling game did not disappoint I remember creating my own wrestler and thinking “Man, that guy should be on the TV show!”. I guess that so I never put this game down and played it until I got sick of it.

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The World is not Enough

With the success of the newly reincarnated James Bond series came a video game. The World is not Enough movie brought tons of locations to a great video game. What was really nice about 007 was the avast amount of weapons created for him by his trusty companion Q. This gave the game designers an open book on weapons and gadget development for James Bond. This came in many cut scenes and different types of missions for you to accomplish. There is even a gunsight mode for you to try to pick off your enemies one by one.

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WCW Mayhem

While trying to combat the ultimate success of the WWF wrestling game WCW Mayhem does not fall short. They seem to manage WCW’s successful lineup of wrestlers they make a pretty solid video game. At the time of the release of a game WCW wrestling had a great marketing wrestler…Goldberg. The designers of this game knew that they had something great, marketing wise so they built the game around it/him. Overall this game is pretty much a solid wrestling game and worth the investment if your looking to buy.

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Twisted Metal 2

I love the Twisted Metal series. They took automobiles and gave them personality. What a great idea. Each vehicle has its own type of move and you just went around destroying other vehicles like a demonic Crash up Derby. You and a friend to take out your violent aggressions on each other by doing battle with the vehicle of your choice. It was so great, we would spend hours harassing each other and each others vehicles when we weren’t even playing the game. That is a sign of a great game, a game that transcends its system is always a good sign.

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater

This game by far one of the all-time best skateboarding game ever! You would spend days playing this game if you had it. It had every move for a skateboarding lover. You even have different characters choose from that had different styles of skateboarding. This game is so popular that it spawned many sequels, three I believe. And who can argue that the celebrity endorsement of Tony Hawk himself was enough for anyone to buy this game. This game has it all skateboarding, cool tricks, characters, and missions for you to accomplish.

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Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider was not only a great game it also spawned nine or so game sequels for the PlayStation alone. Not to mention a pair of movies. Laura Croft takes you on an adventure where you climb, swim, backflip, and shoot your way into video game infamy. Your mission is to gain access of the Scion an archaeological treasure of immense power. This game takes you to many locations like ancient Egypt, Rome, and the fabled city of Atlantis.

 

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Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six

This game really set itself aside with its first-person shooter and Resident Evil style feel. What was really interesting is that it went to famous military writer Tom Clancy for its endorsement. This simply was the first time that videogame companies ever went to a writer to use his/her name. The villains in this game generally masked and heavily armed and ready for some battles. The combination of great gameplay and great story make this game a must have for any hard-core gamer.

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Tobal 2

Though this is a simple basic fighting game I spent a lot of time waiting for this game. This game has all the basics punches, kicks, and combos. The characters are pretty good as well. They had a different style for each character which is pretty typical of any good fighting game. For its time, the graphics were solid and the gameplay was good. I am pretty sure anyone who owned an original PlayStation owned this one at one time or another.

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Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf

Finally a good tactical golf game endorsed by one of the greatest golfers of all time…Tiger Woods. EA makes golf a little bit more technical with this game. You mainly see the technics of the game when you are putting. The grass shows slow within the ingenious grid and you can sit back and control your power a lot easier when putting. Overall this is good, solid golf game that any golfer would enjoy while being sequestered in their house.

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The Simpsons Wrestling

This game was such a cool mixture of two different types of games. Not only did you have fun wrestling you’d could have fun wrestling as one of your favorite Simpsons characters. Basically you could wrestle at any of your favorite Simpsons characters and give the beat down to any of your least favorite characters. This game with a good mixture of cartoon and gameplay. Any Simpsons fan will enjoy this silly wrestling game.

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Road Rash

This game was a whole new type of racing game. One of the early PlayStation games you got to race our high-speed motorcycle. One of the coolest things about this game with the fact that you could smack your opponent and have him fall off his bike and has some major road rash. I remember liking this game because they actually incorporated racing and violence. Granted the fighting wasn’t that advanced but it was still fun to race your buddies and make him fall off his bike as you win.

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Ridge Racer

This game was the first racing game I can remember on PlayStation system. I had so much fun playing this game when I first got my PlayStation. For an early game of the system it had some pretty good graphics and great gameplay. It really broke ground for racing games to customize your car and the track you race on. To this day it’s still a great racing game and I highly recommend it if you’re still using the original PlayStation system.

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Resident Evil

Watch out zombies the team from S.T.A.R.S. is out to get you. The drama revolves around a mansion that the team is assigned to investigate. Make your own choice about which agent you want to be. And use your vast array of weapons to destroy the evil zombies that come to attack you. This game was so good that it spawned a movie franchise. I even enjoy when the zombies attack you can succeed by munching on your body parts. For its time, this game was so fun to play.

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Pac-Man World

Pac-Man comes in the new millennium with Pac-Man World. This game is really cool because I had three different modes that catered to all different type of game players. It had quest mode, maze mode, and the classic mode for the user to choose from. The game designers really tried to pack in different types of game modes for different types of game players. They did a pretty good job. There’s nothing special about this game other than the fact that it’s pretty fun. Definitely worth the time. Thanks for bringing the classic back and making it fun.

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MLB 2005

MLB 2005 is nothing new to the evolution of baseball games. There is one thing that sets it aside from any other baseball games though. This game had a really unique technology. They call it their EyeToy technology which allows you to put your face on one of the players. This was really fun and cool because you literally could put yourself in the middle of the game. It was just really really cool to see yourself on the field with someone like Jeeter.

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Metal Gear Solid

Snake is back and ready to rock. His mission… Is to gain control of secret nuclear weapons held by a terrorist faction. Snake must use his vast array of weapons and technology to accomplish his goal. Armed with silenced pistols to ground-to-air missiles make must stay quiet and stay in the shadows to survive. The metal gear series really began to take off with this game release. Pulled from obscurity it instantly became a game classic.

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Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter

I like the concept of this game. Take it to a popular fighting games and combine them into one. The popular Street Fighter characters can battle against the ever popular Marvel superheroes. What a great idea to into two popular niches to make one great fighting game. I have to admit I was excited for this game because I was a real fan of the Street Fighter video game series and I was a big comic book fan. Even though I am a bigger fan of the DC comics than I am of Marvel I was still excited for this game. I could use my Street Fighter skills to beat up on the Marvel comic characters I didn’t like. Yes I know, I am a super huge comic book nerd.

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Knockout Kings

Knockout Kings was the first boxing game that had an element of realism to it. Up until this point most boxing games were a little bit more on the fictitious size. What is really good about this game is the fact that you could box with some of the classic boxers. Sonny Liston versus Mohammed Ali is a fight we all would’ve liked to seen if both boxers were in their prime. But statistically the two boxing giants could box in this game. For all the classic boxing fanatics this game is a game you must own.

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KISS Pinball

I really disliked this game, but I had to mention it just because it’s absurdity deserves a mention. Talk about trying to suck in a generation to play video games that wasn’t even around when video games were invented! First off they pick a game like pinball to lure in the 1970s generation and then they make it a little more obvious by getting the celebrity endorsement of KISS!! Does anyone in the videogame generation really care about that band? No. I don’t think so. But the game producers were obviously desperate enough to cater to a market that really could care less about video gaming. Nice try guys!

 

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Jet Moto 2

This game was a great sequel. I’ll even go far enough to say it was better than the first jet Moto. Though really this is just a different type of racing game but the fact that it is a jet ski game makes it fun. This was a fun racing game if you are in to the water sport. If you are into jet skiing this game does a good job of mimicking the sport. Even though it’s just a glorified racing game I think that its users will still enjoy it.

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Jeremy McGrath Supercross ’98

Finally Excitebike gets a decent upgrade. Jeremy McGrath put his name on a good motocross game. Someone finally put a decent racing engine on a motocross game. You could take the moguls and the dirt tracks and with ease and fun. The celebrity endorsement did this game justice. Jeremy is a name drew people in to play this game which coincidentally happened to be a really good game. By 1998 the celebrity game endorsement usually meant a below standard game. This game you could not count in that group.

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Grand Theft Auto

This game is embarked inspired so many great game sequels but I must say I still enjoy playing the original. GTA had it all gameplay, story line, and violence. This game truly began the birth of maturely rated games. The storyline sucked you in and made you want to play this game to get further along in the story yet it still had decent gameplay that made you want to play it over and over again. What was really good about this game you can make the decision to follow the storyline or just sit down and play the game. Either way GTA sucked you in and make you feel like you had an option on how you wanted to play. What was really great was the seamless transition from children’s videogames to a more mature content videogame.

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Gran Turismo

This game launched in the insanely popular racing series Gran Turismo. Aside from the insanely great graphics for its time this game made a great decision and used real everyday automobiles that racers could choose from. You could choose from a vast number of automobiles to race and customize. What I think made the game so fantastic was that you could customize cars that you’ve actually ridden in. The makers of this game really figured out that gameplayers really enjoyed the realism was a big seller yet you could do things to the cars that you have always wanted to do. My friends and I could spend hours just talking about the cars we love to drive and how we liked to customize them. For its time the variety of choices you had was fantastic. My friends and I could spend an hour just sitting around talking about our favorite cars in the improvements we made on them.

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GEX

Here is the birth of another typical franchise PlayStation game. You run around as the lovable geko named GEX. There is really nothing that different to make that sets this game aside from any other character driven game. You spend your time running, jumping, and fighting villains to advance to the next level. Though this game lacks originality it was pretty popular back in the day. This game in my opinion, proved that videogames can be popular as long as they are character driven. Don’t get me wrong, this game was very entertaining but just lacked a little bit of game inattentiveness.

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Galaga: Destination Earth

This game was made for all the children of the 80’s that were experts at this classic game. Really the only difference for this game with a few features and upgraded graphics. You can tell that really writers were starting to become important to videogame design. You played this game for a while just to figure out the storyline of this game. Videogame designers are really starting to understand that story was becoming just as important as gameplay. I was surprised they could have such a storyline for such a simple game.

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Fisherman’s Bait

Who knew that they can make an interesting video game about fishing? Fisherman’s Bait did just that. You could choose which lures you wanted to use and your fish were classified by type and weight. I couldn’t say how many nights I sat there playing poker of my friends bragging about the fish I caught. I talked about it so realistically that if you walked into the conversation midstream you would have no idea I was talking about a video game. My friends and I used to brag about our catches and the weights of our fish as if we are really on a lake catching them. The only way this game falls short was there was nothing left to eat or mount on your wall.

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Duke Nukem: Total Meltdown

With the popularity of first person games on the rise Sony answered with Duke Nukem: Total Meltdown. Not much different than any other first-person shoot them up game Duke Newcombe took advantage of the only way at the time you could really set yourself aside with witty soundbites that came why you are totally annihilating the enemy. The graphics were okay but the gameplay was pretty fun. Duke Nukem launched a pretty popular franchise for console games. Definitely I recommend buying this one.

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Donald Duck Goin’ Quackers

You are going to go crackers with the game Donald Duck Goin’ Quackers. I don’t remember much about this game but as my favorite Disney character I felt he deserved an honorable mention. Very similar to the typical Sonic the Hedgehog or Crash Bandicoot game Donald Duck Goin’ Quackers was a great game for just sitting around on your couch and doing nothing. Equipped with a ton of crazy moves Donald goes on a mission that doesn’t disappoint. With a cast of characters like Daisy, Hewey, Dewey, and that Louie Donald doesn’t disappoint.

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Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX

There were a kind of games that came out of the popularity of the X-Games and Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX was one of them. It was becoming obvious that great gameplay was now being coupled with celebrity endorsements. Athletes were beginning to put their name on games that showcase their skills and talent. I tell you what Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX is one of the great ones. If you didn’t know about BMX thing before this game you are an expert after a few hours of playing it. This game does a good job of making you really feel like you are a BMX pro.

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Crash Bandicoot 2

This game sequel kept you playing all day long. Built on a new 3-D engine this fun game became even funner! As crash, the crazy bandicoot goes even more crazy in this one. Spin your way silly with all new levels and even some bonus levels to entertain you. The makers of this game really picked up on the fact that if you have a crazy character needs to crazy moves too. The programmers gave you a whole bunch of new moves well like super-jump, long jump, crawl, slide, body slam, run, swing, surf on a jetboard, and fly through the air with a jetpack. Get ready to get zany with this Chock full o’Nuts sequel.

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Civilization 2

Based on the popular PC game Civilization 2 let you be God, and who doesn’t want that? You’ve got to design build and watch your civilization grow naturally. You sat back and watched how civilization would progress based on the basic foundations that you built. Does war break out, do you run out of water, or do fires ravage the land? These were all questions you had to sit back and rescue your people should anything bad happen. Your quest to build a utopian society is tested here on Civilization 2.

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Bowling

I think this is a perfect lazy man’s video game. What more could you ask for than a game that you normally spend more time sitting in front of while actually playing. Yet simple, you could still have all your buddies over for a quick game and still have a great bowling banter. Plus, you can sit around and comfortable chairs, have homemade food, and not drive the bowling alley! What more can you possibly ask for? Though the graphics were simple and so is the gameplay I don’t think you can really ask for more in a quick game of pins.

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Billiards 2

This game took the game of pool to a whole new level. Just when you thought that there isn’t much that can be done in a videogame to the game of pool this game does it. Great graphics, great angles, and realistic gameplay. For any billiards allow for this game is a must have. You have complete control over how hard you hit the cue, where you hit the cue, and targeting your shot. This game made me feel like I was actually playing pool and in some cases it made me feel like I was a better pool player than I really was.

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Battle Arena Toshinden

This game was my first PlayStation fighter game. My friend Joe and I used to sit in front of the television playing this game for ever. We never got enough of this game. Sure there are better games out there but for some reason this was our game. We used to fight until our thumbs turned blue. After we mastered one character we would start playing with another character just to say we mastered them all. This was a great all-around fighter game that any person can easily pick up on. Maybe I’m just sentimental for this game but it’s a good game nonetheless.

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Air Hockey

I was really interested to see if this game would translate well into the videogame world. My best friend and I used to spend hours on air hockey tables having a massive amount of fun. Believe it or not it translated well, granted it was nothing like playing real air hockey, but they did a pretty good job and the game held its own. For all you old-school gamers out there Air Hockey is a thumbs-up. Playing this game is very close to being on a air hockey table itself.

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Double Dragon

Not only did I spend hours playing this at the video arcade, I spent hours playing this on my own system as well. Use your martial arts skills to help rescue the girl. You could use everything as a weapon in Double Dragon. Just to name some of them you could use knives, whips, baseball bats, rocks, oil drums, and dynamite. What really cracks me up that this game tried to fool you and make you think you had a choice in which hero you wanted to play. Both of the characters you could choose though were twins. So other than the look of your player there really wasn’t that much difference. Who cares though the game was still fun to play.

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Desert Strike

In a reaction to the Gulf War this game was made. Attack a dictatorous madman and destroy all of his facilities. You got to blow everything up with this game. There wasn’t really that much to it but it kept you pretty engaged. Your mission with two annihilate everything in this vicious dictators are still all while he sits on his yacht smoking cigars and laughing at your every turn. You are given military commands from your higher ups, and once you accomplish your mission you’re off to the next level. It is true this game is that simple.

 

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FIFA International Soccer

Finally, the home console systems put some importance on a quality game of soccer. Don’t get me wrong, there have been a time of soccer games out there but nothing with the quality of FIFA International Soccer. The success of all the NFL games in NBA games has convinced the game developers that the public is finally ready for a quality soccer game. They made this game fun, entertaining, engaging, and realistic. Something that previous soccer games never really had. So let us all stand and give a hand to the makers of this game.

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Golden Axe

This popular medieval style of game kept me entertained for quite a while. Choose from a cast of characters to fight skeletons and dragons. At some parts you even got to hitch a ride on a fictitious medieval animal. Use your strength, weaponry, and skill of magic to vanish your firebreathing enemies and save the world. Rescue your King and Princess is your mission, and once you accomplish that you will bring peace and harmony to the world. The character choices in this game are pretty fun too. Your choices of who you want to be your hero keep this basic game fun and interesting.

 

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Krusty’s Super Fun House

Calling all Simpson’s fans! Krusty’s Super Fun House was super fun! Based on the popular The Simpson’s game Krusty’s Super Fun House is a blast. Help out your pal, Krusty because his fun House has been invaded by rats. Use your pals Homer, Bart, and Sideshow Mel to rid is a popular fun house of its infestation of varments. This game features all the popular Simpsons characters and actually has pretty fun gameplay. This silliness will keep you occupied a long time even though the gaming is pretty simple.

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lemmings

I don’t remember much about this game, but I do remember it became insanely popular. What I do remember is you have to help them not let them walk off cliffs, wander mindlessly into flames and drop like rocks into pools of water. You need to help them dig, build and blast their way to safety. I do remember for some reason there was a lot of levels in this game. The impression I had this game is that it will keep you busy for a long time of mindless videogame playing.

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