The Hard-Hitting List of Games That Have Changed My Life

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Alright.  It was just a matter of time before I wrote an article like this, but my good buddy @Atsinganoi on Twitter has given me the creative push necessary to finally type it up!  Over time, I have played my share of games that I have thoroughly enjoyed, but there is only a select few that have delved into the deepest reaches of my psyche and changed the very fabric that has molded me into the clown I am today!  Every passionate gamer out there would know exactly what I’m talking about when I say that some games simply change how you view THE WORLD! 


Below is my chronological list (NOT my personal level of preference, mind you!) of games that have impacted me so greatly along with a brief review of why they are so AWESOME!
1)  Gun.Smoke (NES): This game is a vertically-scrolling schmup with a Western theme!  The music and sounds are awesome, the action is intense, and upgrades are available to further decimate your enemies!  Granted, the control scheme does take some getting used to, but after some repetition, you won’t have much trouble pumping round after round of molten lead into your dust-covered detractors!  Yee Haww!
2) Batman (NES): This game needs no introduction!  The first time I popped this game in, I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY!  The player gets to see the Batmobile race off into the night to thwart the evil plans of The Joker before the game EVEN STARTS!  Next, your eardrums are assaulted with a dark, yet heroic soundtrack that gets your heart racing!  The visuals are reminiscent of games like Jackal, and the action and difficulty are INTENSE and SWEAT-INDUCING!  Strap up and get ready to kick some ass as Batman!

3) Blaster Master (NES):  Again, another game that needs little introduction.  Completely overshadowing a paper-thin plot through sheer quality alone, Blaster Master assaulted both my thumbs and eardrums the first time I popped it in!  Plenty of exploration, lots of action, and the ability to leave your vehicle and traverse on foot make this game an INSTANT LEGEND!  Sheer force alone will not win this fight, so get ready to wrack your brain and KILL SOME MUTANT SCUM!

4) Sword of Fargoal (Commodore 64): Okay, imagine going 20 floors down into a dank, fog-covered dungeon, riddled with enemies and traps hell-bent on ripping you apart, in pursuit of a mythical sword, and IF you happen to survive the descent, you have to escape from the dungeon in 30 minutes before the walls collapse around you!  This is the claustrophobia-inducing title that absolutely shredded my soul and reduced me to tears as a young one!  Sword of Fargoal features NO MUSIC, but plenty of scary sound effects that only added to the creepy ambience!  Get ready to sweat your VERY EXISTENCE with this title!

5) Wizard’s Crown (Commodore 64): I have been asked many times over the years what my favorite RPG is, and this is it!  This game might turn some folks off since there isn’t any cinematics or crazy music to rope them in.  Rather, this game offers lots of customization for the player to craft their team, what they will equip and LOTS of exploration.  Players also get the option of selecting either “quick combat” or “regular combat” during random encounters.  From thief-riddled towns to dark, murky swamps, Wizard’s Crown has everything you need to get your RPG on!

6) SOS (SNES): I defy you to find one game in ANY library that would be comparable to SOS!  This game is heavily inspired by the movie “Poseidon Adventure” and follows its basic premise.  The player has 4 characters to choose from, and have to escape within 1 hour from a capsized ship!  To complicate matters, the best endings are achieved by rescuing other survivors and one “key” character from a watery grave.  Furthermore, the ship is sinking rapidly, and as such, it begins to lose electricity, fill up with water, and random debris begins to fall from all angles!  The music in this game is intense as is the action, so get ready for a gut-wrenching fight for survival!

7) Super Metroid (SNES): This game was a revolving rental for both me and my brother over the course of a year before we could muster up enough funds to buy the damn thing!  This game has attained legendary status as one of the SNES’s best titles, and it has done so through an epic soundtrack, claustrophobia-inducing environs, lots of power-ups, expansive exploration opportunities and teeth-gritting boss battles!  Save the animals!

8) Super Nova (SNES): Known as Darius Twin everywhere else, Super Nova will take you through the bowels of space, battling multiple enemies and boss battleships to help save the galaxy from the menace of Belzer!  Not only did this game leave a lasting impression on me with its epic gameplay and music, but has also been UNSURPASSED by any other schmup I have played since!  Utter perfection!

9) Clock Tower (PS1): The first time I rented this game, I had NO IDEA what I was in for!  My brother and I were so freaked out after renting it, we took it back the same day!  However, I came to my senses and now it sits comfortably among my collection!  A point-and-click survival horror: can you IMAGINE!  Scary sound effects, fear-inducing music, and an overall sense of helplessness make Clock Tower one game that has certainly changed the way I view the world!  The murderous Scissorman is out for blood and he won’t stop until he gets it!

10) Breath of Fire III (PS1): Another awesome game that needs little introduction!  Many of my Twitter buddies will agree that Breath of Fire III is an absolutely beautiful and amazing JRPG complete with an in-depth story, loveable characters and a dark plot of KILLING GOD!  The world in this game is huge, as is its bestiary and musical soundtrack, which complements the environs perfectly!  This one will definitely take you awhile, but is absolutely amazing from beginning to end!

11) Silent Hill (PS1): The game that started it all!  Silent Hill went a different direction than other survival horror games of the time by offering grotesque enemies, spooky sound effects, an epic soundtrack, and a hero that was simply a “layman”.  The first time I played this game, I was absolutely knocked back by its scary atmosphere and Harry’s complete lack of survival skills!  if you haven’t yet, give this one a go!

12) Resident Evil: Director’s Cut (PS1): Before you start bagging on me about liking this version over the original, I should mention that this is the first version that I played and it absolutely rocked my world!  A cryptic mansion, full of earthly abominations bent on eating you flesh was enough to drive parents to write hate-mail to Capcom back in the 90’s!  That didn’t stop us from loving every minute of it, though!  Oh, and this version has auto-aim for us slacker shooters!

That is a complete list of all of the games that have changed MY LIFE along with snippets of why they did so!  Sure, there are many other games that I have played that I have absolutely loved, but this list comprises every game that has impacted me as a gamer and thus, mold me into Lumpz the Clown!  Honorable mentions would include: ALL Final Fantasies from I to IX, Super Mario World, Super Mario 3D World, Silent Hill Homecoming, Super Meat Boy, Guacamelee and StarTropics!  These titles are not any less awesome, but rather weren’t there to mold me when I was just a little gamer clown.  I’m just glad I got the opportunity to play ALL OF THEM!  I will keep on gaming and hope to reach that level of utter nirvana again that I felt so strongly back then!  Until then, Lumpz the Clown OUT!

Lumpz the Clown is an avid gamer who does Let’s Plays, reviews and other assorted clowny goodness   He aspires one day to make video games his full-time career and enjoys interacting with like-minded individuals with the same passion for gaming.  





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