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The Top Ten Games of the 90’s

If you were born in the 80’s you will have no doubt spent the majority of your formative adolescent years playing an array of phenomenal video games. Many of these games have gone on to become key players in gaming history, as well as inspiring some of the most successful games we know and love today.

The 90’s provided gamers with an unforgettable choice of games that pushed the limitations of games of the time in terms of gameplay, design and narrative. Below we have a list of what we consider to be the top ten video games of the 1990’s.

Wipeout 2097 (PlayStation, 1996)

First on the list is Wipeout 2097, the futuristic racing game that took the racing game genre to the next level. Rather than its counterparts at the time that featured automobiles, Wipeout 2097 enabled users to compete in responsive anti-gravity racing crafts. As well as the originality of the design and gameplay, Wipeout 2097 also featured an amazing soundtrack that featured Psygnosis’s in-house music team, CoLD SToRAGE, as well as Fluke, The Chemical Brothers, Underworld and The Prodigy. You can’t get more 90’s than that!

Final Fantasy VII (PlayStation, 1997)

Next up we have a game that impacted the formative years of many gamers. Final Fantasy VII is an epic adventure game that resonated in the hearts of the people who played it due to the engaging storyline, breath-taking cut-scenes and iconic characters. As well as the protagonist Cloud, players will never forget the death scene of his love interest Aeris, or the hatred they felt towards the cold hearted silver-haired villain Sephiroth. The game itself spanned four discs and enabled gamers to get lost in its expansive and rich world.

Tomb Raider II (PlayStation, 1997)

If you were a child of the 80’s and had aspirations of becoming the next Indianan Jones, Tomb Raider II provided you with your chance to explore ancient ruins, solve puzzles and fight against a T-Rex and raptors. The difference was that you were playing as a strong woman! The immersive backgrounds were cutting edge at the time and the story was more than engaging. Despite the questionable physical ratio and noises emitted by Laura Croft, Tomb Raider II will forever remain in game history.

Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time (N64, 1998)

Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time was the fifth instalment in the Zelda series and has been described as one of the greatest games of all time. This action-adventure game, with impressive 3D graphics, rewrote the rules of this type of gameplay. Gamers could explore an epic and expansive world as the hero Link, wilding a sword ad shield, a bow and arrow, as well as using of magic.  Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time sported challenging puzzles, formidable bosses and an unforgettable story.

Metal Gear Solid (PlayStation, 1998)

You may remember some of the hilarious quotes of the game, you may remember hiding in a box, but the one thing you will never forget about playing Metal Gear Solid is the level of in-game control you had as Solid Snake. This action-adventure game revolutionised the element if stealth being used as a gameplay mechanic. Metal Gear Solid has lead the way for other stealth based games that have come after it.

Resident Evil 2 (PlayStation, 1998)

For all of those gamers who played the Capcom predecessor in 1996 and loved playing as one of the S.T.A.R.S elite task force in a dilapidated mansion filled with zombies on the outskirts of Raccoon City, Resident Evil 2 was a slice of fried gold. It took all the best aspects of the original game and took them up a notch. In Resident Evil 2 you play as Clare Redfield and Leon Kennedy as they escape Raccoon City before a nuclear cleansing. It had the perfect ratio of zombies, scares, gameplay, narrative and humour.

Panzer Dragoon (Sega Saturn, 1998)

The next game on our list is a hidden gem. Panzer Dragoon is right up there with Final Fantasy VII in terms of its recognition as a world class role-playing game. The game provides players with a new type of turn-based combat as the fights take place in the air on the backs of dragons. As well as the dynamic visuals and engaging battle sequences, Panzer Dragoon also had a plot that provided enough twists and turns to keep players fully immersed.

Grim Fandango (PC, 1998)

This game was so good that it recently got remastered and rereleased. Grim Fandango was the first adventure game released by LucasArts, but this was an adventure game with a twist. Set in the Land of the Dead, the story follows calaca-like  Manuel “Manny” Calavera, a travel agent who tries to save the soul of newcomer Mercedes “Meche” Colomar. With major inspirations from classic noir films like The Maltese Falcon, elements of black comedy and a highly stylised setting, this was a hit with gamers and critics alike.

Half-Life (1998)

Half-Life is often cited as being one of the best games that gamers have ever played. This revolutionary game featured interdimensional rifts, mysterious G-Men and a theoretical physicist called Dr. Gordon Freeman as the main protagonist, a solid nod to geeks everywhere. This game had everything, aggressive headcrabs, fantastic gameplay and memorable characters. This may have been a first-person shooter video game, but the storyline elevated the game by making players care about the situation they were in.

Silent Hill (PlayStation, 1999)

Our final choice took survival horror enthusiast to a new realm of fear. Silent Hill took everything that makes a survival horror scary, but added a unique and disturbing twist. The game incorporated the setting and atmosphere to create psychological tension in players. Players had to navigate their way through darkness and thick fog without seeing what they were walking towards, with only static from a small radio to warn you of the monsters nearby. Truly disturbing.

These are some of our favourite games from the 90’s, but if you think we’ve missed any out let us know in the comments below!

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