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Games That Rocked…Chazz Redhead’s World – #49: Ape Escape

In PlayStation, PSP on December 17, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Title: Ape Escape

Format: Playstation, PSP

Released: July 2nd, 1999

Ape Escape Box Art

One of the main complaints offered up against the ultra-high-def, macho, maybe slightly racist games of today is the lack of colour. The AAA line-up that defines the current generation features a similar palette to Henry Higgins’ brash description of Eliza Dolittle: Brown! Brown! Brown! When I think of the first game I truly became obsessed with, I think of a level of colour akin to a fireworks display in Cyberdog. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this game came from Japan. Read the rest of this entry »

Games That Rocked…Matthew Highton’s World – #41: Resident Evil

In DS, PC, PlayStation, PSN, Saturn on June 28, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Today’s post is by Matthew Highton.


Title: Resident Evil

Format: PlayStation, PC, Saturn, DS, PSN

Released: 22nd March, 1996

Resi Box Art

In 1997 I go to a small shop at the back of Oldham town centre and purchase a second hand copy of a game I’ve heard so much about: Resident Evil. I take it to my friend’s house and five minutes later I’m killed by a dog. The game resets and I ask: how the hell do you save on this thing?

From the moment the PlayStation fires up I already know this is everything I’ve ever wanted in a game. I don’t even know the term survival horror yet, all I know is that it appeals to everything I have ever loved: horror films and computer games. Read the rest of this entry »

Games That Rocked My World – #17: Metal Gear Solid

In PC, PlayStation on November 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Title: Metal Gear Solid

Format: PlayStation, PC

Released: 3rd September, 1998


Two short stories:

#1. I was about 8 years old. Maybe 9. We were on a Cub camp in Gilwell Park (Centre for Scouting in the UK, don’t you know) and for some reason we were running around in the forest after dark. I remember emerging from the woodland and pelting down a hill, with lots of other cubs running alongside. I don’t know why, but we were excited, and it was awesome. And this little devil in my ear goes: “Trip Angus Abbot up, Jon. It’ll be hilarious”.

Here’s all you need to know about Angus Abbot: he was (and still is) much bigger than me, and could totally beat me up. But I was a cheeky little turd, so I tripped him. It was glorious. I totally caught his leg, and he went flying. He got up, and started chasing me. I knew I was in for a battering. Read the rest of this entry »

Games That Rocked My World – #10: Final Fantasy VII

In PC, PlayStation, PSN on November 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Title: Final Fantasy VII

Format: PlayStation, PC, PSN

Release Date: 17th November, 1997


In my System Shock 2 article, I mentioned a list: The Ones That Got Away. Games I started playing but, for one reason or another, never finished. Their plots and characters remain in my head still; spectral figures tugging at my brain strings for resolution, desperately begging to be taken out of the box, and levelled up just one more time. I’ll get around to them all someday. But bang at the top of the list, stands Final Fantasy VII. Read the rest of this entry »

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