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!
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!
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.