Resident Evil 4, PC

The high-def Windows version of Resident Evil 4 looks a bit sharper than the GameCube original, but is essentially still the same great game.

The updated version (shown here) is the 2014 re-release called Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition.

Resident Evil 4 is considered to be one of the greatest games of all time, and for good reason. If you’ve never played it, you have never lived!

It’s on Steam. Wait for that sale. Then go get it.

Resident Evil series on The King of Grabs:
Resident Evil HD Remaster, PC
Resident Evil 2, PlayStation
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, PlayStation
Resident Evil 4, GameCube
Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition, PC
Resident Evil 5, PC
Resident Evil 6, PC
Resident Evil, Game Boy Color
Resident Evil – Code: Veronica, Dreamcast
Resident Evil Zero, GameCube

More: Resident Evil on Wikipedia
Steam: Resident Evil Ultimate HD Edition on Steam

Resident Evil 4, GameCube

Resident Evil 4 – THE standout survival horror game of the Noughties – was released exclusively by Capcom on the Nintendo GameCube in 2005, and it immediately became a critical and commercial smash hit. For all the right reasons.

The traditional zombie approach has been tweaked slightly, and this time you’re battling with weird Eastern European villagers and some super scary sub-bosses.

Resident Evil 4 has memorable moment after memorable moment, whether it’s fighting El Gigante, or having your throat torn out by zombie wolves – the action is relentless.

Those disgusting tentacles that spurt out of decapitated heads are a sight for sore eyes too.

Resident Evil 4 is a must-play game for all gamers. Except small children and people of a nervous disposition…

Resident Evil series on The King of Grabs:
Resident Evil HD Remaster, PC
Resident Evil 2, PlayStation
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, PlayStation
Resident Evil 4, GameCube
Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition, PC
Resident Evil 5, PC
Resident Evil 6, PC
Resident Evil, Game Boy Color
Resident Evil – Code: Veronica, Dreamcast
Resident Evil Zero, GameCube

More: Resident Evil 4 on Wikipedia
Steam: Resident Evil 4 HD Remaster on Steam

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, PlayStation

The sequel to the great Resident Evil 2 is a great continuation of the survival horror series, this time with you playing as Jill Valentine, and fighting against a persistent superboss who jumps into the story at certain points to give you a pasting.

Or – if you give it a pasting back – you get a reward.

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is less about teamwork and more about unlockables.

If you complete the main story, a minigame (called “Mercenaries“) is unlocked, and this minigame is just as much fun as the main game, if not more!

Actually, Capcom realised that Mercenaries was such a hit that it made it available from the beginning in all its subsequent releases and conversions of Resident Evil 3.

Resident Evil 3 is more of the same from Capcom. In fact: this game revisits some of the locations from the second game from exactly the same angles. The crossover works well though, and the intervening, titular ‘Nemesis’ boss character helps ramp up the tension. You know he’s coming. You just don’t know when…

Resident Evil series on The King of Grabs:
Resident Evil HD Remaster, PC
Resident Evil 2, PlayStation
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, PlayStation
Resident Evil 4, GameCube
Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition, PC
Resident Evil 5, PC
Resident Evil 6, PC
Resident Evil, Game Boy Color
Resident Evil – Code: Veronica, Dreamcast
Resident Evil Zero, GameCube

More: Resident Evil 3: Nemesis on Wikipedia

 

Resident Evil 2, PlayStation

Capcom‘s Resident Evil 2 really elevated the survival horror genre to great heights, way back in 1998 when it was first released.

Mostly because it was more gritty and serious than the first game, but also because it was a much more complex storyline in this one: with two different characters playing the same scenario, but from different perspectives (and provided on two different CD-ROMs). Effectively giving you two games in one. So you play one character on a ‘A’ game, and the other on a ‘B’ game, by loading your save in from having completed one half of the game.

And the actions of one character in the game have an effect on what the second character experiences in their game later.

This Рin itself Рis a dazzling feature, but there is so much more to Resident Evil 2 than that.

The only real downside is that the original Resident Evil 2 graphics are looking a bit dated these days, but that’s what happens when you use pre-rendered graphics at 640×480 (PAL standard) resolution, and blow them up to high definition.

But that doesn’t really matter here because the game is so good. As an atmospheric survival horror game, there are few titles around that can beat Resident Evil 2 in terms of entertainment and variety.

Resident Evil series on The King of Grabs:
Resident Evil HD Remaster, PC
Resident Evil 2, PlayStation
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, PlayStation
Resident Evil 4, GameCube
Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition, PC
Resident Evil 5, PC
Resident Evil 6, PC
Resident Evil, Game Boy Color
Resident Evil – Code: Veronica, Dreamcast
Resident Evil Zero, GameCube

More: Resident Evil 2 on Wikipedia

Resident Evil HD Remaster, PC

Let’s face it: Resident Evil (one) was never the best game to begin with…

When you make a story-based game, the first thing you start with is a script. And Resident Evil‘s script (mostly notably: its dialogue) has always been laughable.

With such memorable lines as: “Thanks for saving my life! Now, shouldn’t you be elsewhere?” and character mood swings bordering on the insane, you’d be forgiven for writing Resident Evil off with derisory laughter.

But a lot of people think that it’s still a great game.

Me? I think that it’s fairly stupid, but enjoyable enough…

In my mind: it’s a game that showed the potential of what was to come, because it wasn’t until Resident Evil 2 that the series really came alive.

Resident Evil one – like its subject matter – is somewhat moribund, and has been elevated by what came after it, than by its own inherent qualities.

That said: this 2015 HD remaster is beautiful to look at. It’s not bad to play either. Slightly dicky controls. Too dumb to be scary!

Resident Evil series on The King of Grabs:
Resident Evil HD Remaster, PC
Resident Evil 2, PlayStation
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, PlayStation
Resident Evil 4, GameCube
Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition, PC
Resident Evil 5, PC
Resident Evil 6, PC
Resident Evil, Game Boy Color
Resident Evil – Code: Veronica, Dreamcast
Resident Evil Zero, GameCube

More: Resident Evil on Wikipedia
Steam: Resident Evil HD Remaster on Steam

Luigi’s Mansion, GameCube

Luigi’s Mansion was first released in 2001 on the Nintendo GameCube, and was a launch title if I remember correctly (meaning: it was available when the GameCube was first released).

And also – if I remember correctly again – it was the first game I ever played on a GameCube. And it impressed me a lot.

In spite of Luigi’s Mansion‘s notoriously short lifespan, there is a very enjoyable, subtle game here, concentrated into a few short hours. The scary side of the game is tastefully done – after all: Luigi’s Mansion is a kid’s game. And – like all Nintendo games (which are all kid’s games really) – Luigi’s Mansion is wonderfully executed and fun to play.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luigi’s_Mansion

Match Point, ZX Spectrum

Way back to 1984 and tennis on the ZX Spectrum.

Match Point, by Psion, was about as good as computer tennis got in the early Eighties.

It’s nowhere near as much fun as Super Tennis or Top Spin, though, but is still not a bad effort for Sir Clive’s little machine.

 

Super Tennis, Super Nintendo

Still my favourite tennis game of all time. On any system.

Super Tennis on the SNES is so good; so much fun to bend shots around the net; such a good balance between cartoony-ness and realism, that it is always a joy to revisit.

I still have my Super Tennis SNES cart and will probably be buried with it.

First released back in 1991 by Nintendo.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Tennis

Top Spin, XBox

PAM Development‘s 2003 release, Top Spin, was the moment when tennis games came of age and went full 3D.

From Match Point on the ZX Spectrum, via Super Tennis on the Super Nintendo, to this… Arguably the pinnacle of all modern tennis games.

Whether you’re playing a career, or just one-off matches, Top Spin works as well as it does because the controls work so well. Like all great tennis games: it allows you to become ‘one’ with the on-screen player and get some great rallies going.

A French masterpiece!

These grabs were taken on a development XBox, which allows lossless screenshot capture via hardware over a network.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_Spin_(video_game)