10 Games to give you a nostalgia boner!

Excuse the vulgarity of the title. The year was 1997, I was sat there in my room, in my football kit (boots still on) surviving on a diet of own brand cola, chocolate spread on toast and I had just saved another Gobbo. Life was good!

Playstation- The Ultimate Nostalgia console

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Fast forward 22 years and those memories are merely a blink of an eye, a past relic of a previous life of carefree troubles. Now replaced with the daily grind of bills, work  and watching my 5-year-old daughter do her version of press ups in Karate. (she is actually really good).

Just the other day I heard a name in a YouTube video. A name I had not heard in a very long time. Instantly my Nostalgia senses were tingling. I had heard the word “Croc” and nostalgia had instantly transported me to a palace so deep inside my mind that not even in the phantom thieves could penetrate its’ sturdy gates. Within that palace were Gobbos, Guardians and most importantly a somewhat plain named protagonist called “Croc”.

That is what nostalgia does. It transports us to places we believed were lost and allows us some small feeling of what there once was and what you believe was all there could ever be.

Below is a list of 10 games that give me the nostalgia feeling!

  1. Croc: Legend of the Gobbos – In 2007 Argonaut Software released what I can only describe as an amalgamation of Super Mario 3D, Sonic and Crash Bandicoot. It was glorious! Putting aside the average reviews this 3D Platform sold over 3 million copies! Your aim was simple to rescue the Gobbos and defeat Baron Dante! Enthralling!

  2. Heart of Darkness – When I was younger the plot seemed so simple to me. However just glancing back at it now it seems a lot more deep. Your main protagonist Andy had a fear of the dark and was berated by his teacher for sleeping in class. Upon watching a Solar eclipse his dog was stolen by the shadows of darkness. Andy summoned unparalleled bravery and resourcefulness to go on a rescue mission to the Darklands to save Whisky the dog. You can’t help but think indie classics like Limbo and Inside took some form of inspiration from Amazing Studio’s Heart of Darkness. A simple rescue mission becomes a coming of age story through the means of a 2D platformer.

  3. Final Fantasy 7 – As I sit in my gaming corner. I am watched by five things, four of which are my cats. The other is my desktop background on my second monitor, Tifa Lockhart. This game sat on my shelf for 2 years with only 30 seconds play through. I could not work out how to get past the first screen. (it turns out all I needed to do was go left at the end of the corridor.) Once I had worked this out I never looked back. Never has the relationship between a protagonist and an antagonist gripped me so much as the complexities between Cloud and Sephiroth. I still have one winged angel on my playlist. Orchestral and original version! How cool am I. Seriously though the plot is too complex for a few sentences but the overriding theme is that of saving the planet through turn based mechanics and traditional JRPG storytelling. This is nostalgia. Shiva- One of the first summons I encountered. Nostalgia!

  4. Kingdom Hearts 1 – Disney and Final Fantasy? Are you crazy? Ignoring the recent entry which in my opinion disappoints the original fans of this series. Kingdom Heart was a game that would have still recommended to any new gamer of today. Especially with the numerous remixes and remasters available. This game is Nostalgia overload. Combining the nostalgia of Disney and nostalgia of early final fantasy in just the right balance. I don’t believe this balance has been matched since and maybe this was just the right idea at the time.

  5. Resident Evil Code Veronica X – I know what you’re thinking. ” Why is he including this over Resi 2 and Resi 3″ but stick with me! Firstly 2 and 3 are overwhelmed with positive press and I don’t want to capsize them but most importantly this is the first game that made me fall in love with the Resident Evil series. I know the backtracking was a pain in the arse, I know Steve was an awfully written character with an irksome personality. Finally I know this game really did not innovate the series in the same way as 4 or 7 but this was my Resident Evil and if someone told me to name the Resident Evil that unleashed the nostalgia in me. This would be it!

  6. Tomb Raider II – I remember playing this in competition with my Uncle 20 years my senior! All the way until the level with the floating things. At the tender age of 9 I had no business being in that level of competition and was too cowardly to finish the game letting the thugs of Marco Bartolli win the day. I actually think the new reboot was awesome and does not get the recognition it deserves.

  7. M.K.D Level 1 Laguna Beach – Why only level 1? Because I never made it any further! I played this game solidly for about 2 weeks at the tender age of 8 and finally completed the level. My raging fire of achievement was soon extinguished by a computer error causing the whole system to irreparably crash. Nothing to do with me though, that was many years later. I’ve still not seen level 2 but level 1 will stick with me until my dying day.

  8. Street of Rage – I was two years old with so much ahead of me when this came out and I probably didn’t play it until 5 years later. I wanted to be the kid on roller skates. I still want to be the kid with the roller skates but have realised it is not as cool as I thought it was.

  9. The Lion King – The Dark Souls of my generation. The amount of times I was killed by the stampede was too many to count and “Hakuna Matata” was definitely not an appropriate phrase as I tumbled into the waterfall abyss for the 18th time.

  10. Star Wars: Tie Fighter – If ever a game were to give me a nostalgiagasm this is it! It was probably the best Star Wars game ever made. This is the game you are looking for.

Star Wars Tie Fighter- the ultimate nostalgia vehicle

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Want a little more…. why don’t you read about the many awesome reasons to marry a gamer!

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