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.
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! 😀
A shoot ’em up/gravity game on the Sega Megadrive/Genesis that is a massive amount of fun to play. It really is one of those obscure little titles that is a pleasant surprise to discover.
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.
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!
Dan Gorlin‘s Typhoon Thompson in Search For the Sea Child is a smart little title to play in an emulator now, although you do have to get the controls right to enjoy it properly. It’s a mouse and keyboard game but can be gotten to work with a joypad, if you’re persistent.
This grab is as good as any to start off with… I love the colour and composition of this Operation Wolf PC Engine screenshot.
World Class Leaderboard on the Commodore 64 is one of my favourite games of all time, but I’m not really much of a golf fan. This goes some way to demonstrating just how GOOD this game is.
Taito‘s Chase HQ is an intense arcade driving game where you chase down criminals and have to bash them into submission with your vehicle.