As someone who I wouldn't call a gamer, and would watch a movie over games any time of day, it takes a really good and thoroughly enjoyable game to sway me away from the silver screen and get my hands on a controller to blow sh*t up, drive like an idiot or blast aliens in space, or maybe all three at the same time!
I remember I was 7 when my parents bought me and my brother a PS1, and it taught us to share, well barely. Fighting over who got to play first or whose turn it was, who was better and who died less in-game, there was one thing we always agreed on and still do: What our favourite games were, and are now.
From PS1, to PS2 and to PS3, these 15 games still stand tall in my eyes and will do for years to come, games I'd happily play right now if I could get my hands on some of them. Still not an avid gamer today, there are no current or recent games in this list, though thats not to say there aren't any that have the same levels of quality that I see in these listed below.
What do you think of my favourite games of all-time? Let me know in the comments below! What are your favourite games, or are you a bit like me; not a heavy gamer and only a few titles you hold close. This list is in no order, enjoy!
1. Just Cause 2
After spending the majority of my gaming hours on the first Just Cause, I waited 3 long years for the sequel to come out. I used to refresh the internet constantly searching for new videos and demos of the sequel, and by the time it came out, Just Cause 2 did not disappoint. It is easily the most fun I've ever had playing a game, and to this day, I still play it now and again. With one of the biggest in-game maps, endless amounts of destructible objects and environments, a tonne of ridiculously over the top missions and of course the multi-purpose grappling hook, this open world action game is a personal favourite and not even the third game tops it, despite improved graphics and driving mechanics. 10/10
2. Dead Space
I haven't played many horror games, and when I say Dead Space is the scariest game I've played, many could say well you haven't played enough to truly know what a scary game is. Well, for me, Dead Space is pretty darn terrifying and an absolutely blast to play. I love survival films, and to be able to play a survival game that feels like all the best bits of Aliens and Sunshine, the replay value is great, as you progress through the games many levels, all of which are detailed and lengthy, you can upgrade an armada of hard-hitting weapons to dismember and destroy the alien Necromorphs. Monster design has never looked so rich and disgusting, Dead Space is flawless from its incredibly detailed graphics, haunting sound design and moments of terror and thrills. 10/10
3. Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex
This was the game me and my brother would fight over who got to play when we got home from school most days. He was crap at it frankly, so he threw in the towel pretty quick, I picked up the slack and tore through this game with giddy abandon. The Wrath of Cortex offers dozens of creative and unique levels that range from jungle tree-tops, icy walkways, mountainous caverns to medieval castles. As Crash, the variety of actions you could play throughout the game meant for endless ways of collecting apples, masks and gems in order to progress. Baddies and obstacles came frequently and the energy throughout the game meant for constant replays of all these entertaining levels. It was one of the best games I played as a kid! 10/10
4. The Saboteur
This is basically Sin City but in a game, and with a lot more explosions, guns and Nazis. The Saboteur, when it came out, felt like one of those games that was almost tailor-made for me; a huge open world action shooter with destructible environments, enormous fireball explosions and missions that are actually fun to play, and also very challenging. Top voice work too, Sean, an Irish man fighting back against the Nazi oppression in Paris, is the character you take control of and it's entertaining listening to him quip whilst he violently tears apart Nazi strongholds and bases. Visually stunning and with never a dull moment, this is another favourite I'm currently replaying. 10/10
5. Need For Speed: Most Wanted
This was the first Need For Speed I played, and remains the best one yet! I'd spend ages customising every single inch of every car I bought on this game, from body kits, exhausts, spoilers to even the most tacky vinyl designs. Once out of the garage, this fast paced racer features some of the best environments to nitro-boost through, as well as the most intense, enjoyable yet challenging police pursuits. Me and my mates would make bets who could last longest at the highest heat and we'd have fun for ages! What I'd give to have a copy this game right now! 10/10
6. Burnout Revenge
This game brings back memories! So many memories! With graphics that were surprisingly detailed and still hold up to this day, Burnout Revenge is one of those games that actually felt glorious upon smashing and crashing your opponents, turning other racers into burning masses of wreckage. Again, this wasn't an easy game, at times the frustration of crashing and having to watch cars race past you as you wait for the game to load made me turn red, but the dedication to come back with vengeance was always apparent. Much like Most Wanted, the massive choice of vehicles and racing event types meant there was very little room for repetition and boredom. 9/10
7. Mirror's Edge
Damn this is a beautiful game. In a glossy, high-rise city, play as free-runner Faith as you leap, hop, slide, climb and fall through this cityscape terrain. Whilst the cutscenes are disposable and the voice work is stiff, Mirrors Edge offers some of the most fast-paced gameplay, as there's very little room for stopping when the police and other killers on hot on your tail. With each level getting progressively bigger in scale, longer and more tough, you find yourself developing your reflexes when faced with opponents and tricky structures for you to climb. What's even more entertaining after playing through the campaign is challenging yourself with the race against time tasks, where you are forced to complete each level within a certain time. Your blood will get pumping. 9/10
8. Dead Space 2
Upping the ante in terms of brutal gore, repulsive Necromorph designs to the environmental scale, Dead Space 2 is how you do a sequel! Poor Isaac can't catch a break when he awakes to himself rescued onboard the space city called The Sprawl, only to find himself surrounded by yet another Necromorph outbreak. From the minute the game starts you're defenceless, and this continues throughout, keeping you on edge and most importantly scared and hooked. Still playing this game today, I'm always finding myself turning around both in-game and out of game, as the feeling of claustrophobic and general fear is strong with this deep space survival thriller. 10/10
9. Muppet Monster Adventure
Don't you just love it when you get a game that you pay a fair bit for, and you get a lot for your money? Muppet Monster Adventure had over 30 levels, each capturing the humour, quirky visuals and great characters that were so popular in the show and the movies. The boss levels were tricky, every theme in each level varied wonderfully, from vampiric strongholds, icy caverns to grim bayous and even the dirtiest of sewers. Every single enemy was memorable, from the giant skull men above to the asian swordsmen in the later levels. The menu music, overall replay value and secret locations to discover in many levels meant for a consistently enjoyable gaming experience. 10/10
10. Spyro The Dragon 3
Spyro was one of the first PS1 games I ever played, and I'd frequently get told off for playing on it too long by my parents. Homework took backseat, Spyro was priority. All three games were a joy but the third game was particularly fun, again faced with dozens of levels each offering awesome environments and many, many objects to collect and bosses to defeat. I even remember the music being catchy, as well as the satisfaction of finishing the game and playing through it again and again. 9/10
11. Red Faction Guerrilla
Name a game with the best environment destruction and explosions? Red Faction Guerrilla should come to mind straight away. Guerrilla takes you to the red planet, under oppression by the EDF (Earth Defence Force) and it's up to you to destroy their strongholds and facilities and take back the planet. This game is bloody brilliant, I've played it through several times, why you ask? So I can blow up bridges, buildings, whole operational facilities and petrol stations over and over again with some of the most spectacular futuristic weaponry. The in-game engine that allows structural damage and stress to become a weapon in itself impresses throughout, as you can destroy whole structures and collapse them on your enemy. Replay value is terrific, and the explosions scorch landscapes in various searing hot colours. 10/10
12. James Bond: Everything or Nothing
With a staggering amount of levels, Everything or Nothing was a game I probably spent the most amount of money on with my pocket money which I saved up as kid, and I got my moneys worth and then some, as this game is super lengthy yet a thrill a minute! Even the song title sequence was cool! This was quite a tough game, levels would throw a barrage of enemies at you from all over, each of them tougher than the next, meaning the amount of times I died would be a lot, making me a little mad but determined to complete each mission to progress and play the bigger missions, the best of all being the bike chase on the Ponchartrain bridge and the Kremlin sequence. 9/10
13. James Bond: Nightfire
Despite some clunky enemy A.I, Nightfire takes the Bond formula and adds some OTT to the mix. Missions vary from driving cars, jet skis and underwater cars to fire fights, this game feels like the Bond movie people would want to put out there but the ridiculous action just wouldn't translate onscreen well, so have a game instead. The best part of Nightfire is easily the multiplayer, me and my mates would stick on four players and battle it out as any character wanted and on dozens of awesome maps that provided big open war zones to more claustrophobic settings. I wonder what playing this game now would be like? 9/10
14. Destroy All Humans!
I think I have an obsession with blowing up in-game worlds into millions of pieces. Destroy All Humans lets you command a flying saucer equipped with lasers and explosive weapons and go to town on American landmarks and environments. As evil alien Crypto, you can literally use a gun called the Anal Probe and shoot it at people. If any game clearly doesn't give a damn about its silliness and randomness then this is the game that lives by that. Hours of gameplay would be me flying around blowing sh*t up and causing human pain in the most random of ways, mostly the Anal Probe weapon. 9/10
15. The Simpsons Hit & Run
This was one massive back when I was in primary school. A beloved show became a game that everyone was playing, and not to brag but damn I was good at this one. Springfield and other boroughs came to life in this terrific open world adventure. All your favourite characters are playable, some you can interact with, like Apu at the Kwik-E-Mart. The choice of modified vehicles is wide and ranges from sedan's to crazy sci-fi like vehicles. Cheat mode was an absolute blast, especially once you'd completed the game without cheats, you can treat yourself by turning on all the ridiculously over the top codes that really turn up the fun factor. Collecting coins, blasting enemy wasp cameras, tearing through Mr. Burns' mansion and soaring over Springfield, this game defines fun. 10/10
Let me know what your all-time favourite games are below? What do you think of my choices?