Marble Madness, Arcade

Atari’s 1984 arcade hit was a very early proponent of isometric (meaning: “equal measure”) graphics, with a viewpoint that takes an overhead, three-quarter perspective of the game play area, and as a result was a huge influence on many games that followed it.

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Bruce Lee II, PC

Bruce Lee II is an unofficial ‘homebrew’ sequel to Ron J. Fortier‘s classic Bruce Lee, released free by Bruno R. Marcos in 2013. And it is a marvellous game in its own right!

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Fallout: New Vegas, PC

Fallout: New Vegas really is the game Fallout 3 could have been. Don’t get me wrong: I quite liked Fallout 3 (and loved Fallouts 1 & 2), but the storytelling and decision-making in Fallout 3 I felt left a LOT to be desired.

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Armalyte, Commodore 64

Developed by Cyberdyne Systems and published by Thalamus (the software arm of Newsfield Publishing), Armalyte is known for its furious blasting action, and it’s wonderfully detailed and atmospheric graphics.

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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, PlayStation

One of the best Castlevania games, Symphony of the Night on the PlayStation is a brilliant mix of platforming and Level-Grinding Role-Playing, with some wonderful graphical moments and evil gameplay touches.

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Morrowind, XBox

In my opinion the Morrowind Game of the Year Edition on the XBox is even better than the much-loved PC original, because the controls are more intuitive.

You may scoff, but having played all the Elder Scrolls games to death over the past two decades, and having written about them a lot in many different magazines, I think that qualifies me to override the opinion of someone who hasn’t done any of those things! 😀

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King of Demons, Super Nintendo

This 1995, Japan-only release is a game that begins fairly un-remarkably, but quickly opens up to become one of the most interesting and visually exciting action platform games on the SNES.

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Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City, Nintendo DS

This third game in the Atlus Etrian Odyssey series is a serious contender for the best RPG of all time. It is just so beautiful and so detailed and so well constructed that I haven’t got anything negative to say about it. Other than it is rock hard!

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