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A while ago I got interviewed on Daniela Ark her blog and mentioned I was a gamer. A few people said they would be interested in reading some gaming related posts by me, so I decided to talk about gaming for today’s Lola’s Ramblings post and see how it goes. I always have been an avid gamer, some times I play more games than others, but it’s always been part of my life.
As a kid we got a gameboy and then the late upgrades/ versions and a Nintento 64, those were our first consoles. I always was a console gamer growing up, even though nowadays I more of a computer gamer. For today’s post I want to talk about games that give me that nostalgic feeling, so all of those games will be console games. Today’s topic came to mind as my boyfriend and I recently talked about nostalgic games and as he always have been a computer gamer, we differ in which games make us feel nostalgic. For the list I came up with 10 games I remember fondly and played a lot as a kid. There’s no order and I just wrote down the first 10 games to come to mind. I tried to limit myself to games that I played when I was younger as those have the strongest nostalgia feeling attached to them. When we were little our english wasn’t as good and many games were and still are in english. So sometimes playing games could be troubling when you didn’t understood all the instructions or dialogue, many games we eventually gave up on, but we also had some we really enjoyed and over the years our english got better and it became easier to play those game.
Ten Games that Make me Feel Nostalgic
- Kingdom Hearts. Kingdom Hearts is a combination of Final Fantasy and Disney with a great storyline, an awesome world to discover and great characters.
Almost every list I make of games is probably going to include Kingdom Hearts one way or another. When we finally got a playstation Kingdom Hearts was one of the first games we got for it. I had seen ads on the tv channel we often watched and it just looked amazing. I had to have this game. The other game we got was a multiplayer Dragon Ball Z game, which was fun, but Kingdom Hearts is the one I remember most fondly. It’s probably the game I spend the most hours in. I replayed this game a lot, actually managed to finish the game and then start anew with another difficulty or just for fun. I love Kingdom Hearts, it’s a game that always will be one I remember fondly. The story and gameplay hooked me and I spent lots of hours playing this game. Even when I wad older I played this one a lot and I even got Kingdom Hearts 2 and some gameboy games of the franchise, I even lend someone’s PSP so I could play one fo the games, which was actually better than the two for the DS. But I prefer the first two games for the playstation as those are the best.
- Final Fantasy. Final Fantasy games are story rich games set in a graphically appealing fantasy world.
Yes I am cheating here and listing Final Fantasy as one game. After we got the playstation we eventually got FF10 for it and my sister and I both really enjoyed that game. After that I eventually got FF10-2, FF12, FF13 and FF13-2. FF13 being the only game of those that I actually finished and is one of my favorites, but I enjoyed them all. With FF10 my sister got very close to finishing the game and FF10-2 and FF13-2 I almost finished the game. I eventually spoiled the ending of FF10-2 for myself as I had to know what happened. There’s just something about the rich fantasy world and the characters and their relationships that makes these games awesome. And nowadays most the of the Final Fantasy games have been adapted for the computer, so I hope to catch up one day and play many more of them.
- Banjo Kazooie and Banjo Tooie. Banjo Kazooie is a collect-a-ton game with a to-the-point storyline, but where the focus is on discovering the levels and collecting things.
Banjo Kazooie and Banjo Tooie are two of the most nostalgic games I can think of, my sister and I put hours of time in those games. And they were a lot of fun. We never got as far with Banjo Kazooie, until we lend the game to my cousin who was older and finished the game, so he unlocked all the levels and we ran around in his save game exploring all the levels instead. Banjo Kazooie is a collect-a-ton which means the whole goal of the game is collecting things, you can collect jigsaw pieces, music notes, Jinjo’s, feathers, eggs, golden feathers and skulls. And probably more, for everything you need in the game you need a certain amount of something, x amount of jigsaw pieces unlocks the next level. Skulls you can give Mumbo Jumbo who then changes you into something else which means you probably get to a few places you couldn’t before. When I was older I actually replayed Banjo kazooie and it was a lot easier then and I actually got to the boss, but didn’t actually manage to beat it. I did finish Banjo Tooie as a kid, as we were older by then and games as easier when you understand more of them. Banjo kazooie is a solid sequel. Both games had a multiplayer mode which my sister and I really enjoyed as well. Soon two spiritual successors of Banjo Kazooie will be releases, A Hat in Time and Yooka Laylee. And I am really exited for both of them as hopefully they will remind me of Banjo Kazooie while still being different as well.
- Ratchet and Clank. Ratchet and Clank is an addictive shooter, where the plot falls to the sidelines in favor of great gameplay and weird weapons.
Ratchet and Clank is one of the earlier games I got for the playstation 2 as well. I always enjoyed ratchet and Clank and even got some of the newer games a few years ago. Ratchet and Clank is low on story with the focus on shooting things. It’s cartoonish and you have the weirdest weapons. It’s a lot of fun, a tad weird and great for if you need to let loose some aggression or frustrated feelings. There is some technique in the game and besides the shooting things down, there are also other things you have do like advancing through the level, some games give you special minigames like racing or boots or other gadgets you need for certain era’s. It’s just an all around great game that i enjoyed playing.
- Super Smash Bros. Super Smash Bros is a multiplayer fighting game with characters from well known other games.
Super Smash Bros is a game we played so much as kids. It’s one of the good multiplayer games we had and my sister and I played it together a lot. It might seem repetitive as all you do is fight each other basically, but with different characters or in different worlds, but it’s a lot of fun. There are also some challenges and one player mode game modus, but we mostly played the multiplayer mode.
- Pokémon. Do I never need to explain this one? Pokémon is a collection of tv series, games and lots of other merchandise focused around a world that’s inhabited with cute creatures called Pokémon that Pokémon trainers can catch and train to battle other Pokémon.
Once my sister and I discovered Pokémon we immediately feel in love with it. We had everything from Pokémon games on our gameboys, to Pokémon Stadion for the Nintendo or Gameqube, to Pokémon stuffed animals, figures and pokémon cards. Yes we were big pokémon fans and the Pokémon games for the gameboys and Pokémon Stadium for the Ninento are always games I remember fondly. I even bought one of the later Pokémon games for the DS and it was just so nostalgic and fun to play.
- Dark Chronicle. Dark Chronicle is a safe-the-world type of dungeon crawling game with lots of grinding, but with an amazing storyline, building system and a weapon crafting system for your characters.
This game is so much fun, it’s singleplayer so my sister and I divided our time, first one of us would play and then the other. Dark Chronicle tells the story of a boy and girl. The boy lives in the current time and the girl comes from the future, they have to change the current day situation to make changes in the future. It has a great story and in between the story you do a lot of grinding, killing monsters and running through dungeon level after dungeon level. It could get a bit repetitive, but even the grinding is fun, so it never bothered us too much. In every section you have an X amount of levels to go through and after a few levels you get pieces of equipment you can use to build a small city for example and then go to the future and see what changes there. It’s such a good game, but I rarely hear from other people who know this one. It’s always have been one of my favorite games.
- Jet Force Gemini. Jet Force Gemini is a third person shooter with an almost sci-fi feeling and a multiplayer game option.
To be honest I remember very little fo the single player storyline, my sister and I got this game from my cousin when he did his Nintendo 64 away. I don’t think we really understood much from the single player mode, but we loved the multiplayer part of the game. It’s a shooter game where you play a boy or a girl or my personal favorite a giant blue ant. I don’t even remember the storyline of this game, but we really enjoyed playing this game.
- Super Mario 64. Super Mario 64 is a game where you make your ways through different levels and in the end try and save princess peach.
Super Mario 64 probably would fit the term collect-a-thon as well, you make your ways through multiple levels and in each level you can find stars, I think it was 7 stars in each world or level. You need x amount of stars to unlock doors and after those doors you usually find new levels. The game takes place in a castle where the evil guy Bowser has captured Princess Peach and you have to work your way through the levels to save her.
- Mario Party. Mario Party is a party game with a board game and mini games using Mario characters.
Mario Party always was one of our favorite multiplayer games, we used to play this with the of us, my sister and I and often even with my mom as well. You play some sort of board game in the game and after 20 rounds the person with the most stars wins. Each game takes about an hour as every round you move your characters over the board and at the end of each round you play a mini game. There are also some minigames you can play without playing a full board game modes. We have bought most of the earlier Mario Party games, I think we owned Mario Party 1-5 at some point. And I always enjoyed these games and remember fondly evenings or weekends/ Christmas days spent playing this game with my sister and mom.