IJK Software released Rocketball on the Commodore 64 in 1985. It is based on the infamous 1975 film, Rollerball.
One of many classic Epyx-published multi-event sports games from the Eighties, Winter Games is a collection of playable snow and ice-based Olympic events, but without the official license.
In this you’ve got: biathlon, figure skating, bobsled, ski jump, Hot Dog (a kind of fancy ski-jumping), speed skating, and driveway clearing. Actually, there is no driveway clearing. I just made that up.
At the time of initial release Winter Games was hailed as a masterpiece of gaming, and it still plays very well even today. Many people consider it the best of the Epyx sports games. What do you think? Is it better than World Games, or not? Get commenting below.
Developed by Neversoft and published by Activision in 2002, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 is another faultless continuation of the brilliant skateboarding series, with its own unique soundtrack and courses.
Agent Orange – Bloodstains (Darkness Version)
Aesop Rock – Labor
AC/DC – T.N.T.
Avail – Simple Song
Bouncing Souls – Manthem
City Stars feat. Jai Plus – Bad Dreams
The Cult – Bad Fun
De La Soul – Oodles Of O’s
Delinquent Habits – House Of The Rising Drum
The Distillers – Seneca Falls
Eyedea & Abilities – Big Shots
The Faction – Skate And Destroy
Flogging Molly – Drunken Lullabies
Gang Starr – Mass Appeal
Goldfinger – Spokesman
Haiku De Etat – Non Compos Mentis
Hot Water Music – Freightliner
Iron Maiden – The Number Of The Beast
JFA – Beach Blanket Bongout
Less Than Jake – All My Best Friends Are Metalheads
Lootpack – Whenimondamic
Lunchbox Avenue – Everything and Anything
Lunchbox Avenue – Standing Still
Muskabeatz feat. Biz Markie – Body Rock
Muskabeatz feat. Jeru The Damaja – Verses Of Doom
Muskabeatz feat. Melle Mel – I’m A Star
Nebula – Giant
NWA – Express Yourself
The Offspring – Blackball
Public Enemy – By The Time I Get To Arizona
Rocket From The Crypt – Savoir Faire
Run DMC – My Adidas
Sex Pistols – Anarchy In The U.K.
System Of A Down – Shimmy
Toy Dolls – Dig That Groove Baby
US Bombs – Yer Country
Zeke – Death Alley
Another brilliant Tony Hawk’s game from Neversoft.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 first came out in 2001.
Memorable for the soundtrack [listed below], and for the Foundry and Los Angeles levels.
The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop
Red Hot Chile Peppers – Fight Like A Brave
KRS One – Hush
Motorhead – Ace Of Spades
Rollins Band – What’s The Matter Man
House Of Pain – I’m A Swing It
Xzibit – Paparazzi
Ozomatli – Cut Chemist Suite
Alien Ant Farm – Wish
Redman – Let’s Get Dirty
Del Tha Funky Homosapien – If You Must
AFI – The Boy Who Destroyed The World
Reverend Horton Heat – I Can’t Surf
Adolescents – Amoeba
CKY – 96 Quite Bitter Beings
Zebrahead – Check
Guttermouth – I’m Destroying The World
Nextmen – Amongst Madness
Bodyjar – Not The Same
Mad Capsule Markets – Pulse
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 on the PlayStation is a special game. It is where the THPS series really took off. Where fantasy skateboarding truly became intuitive and fun.
The soundtrack – and the courses – all stick in the memory.
First released in 2000.
Anthrax and Chuck D – Bring the Noise
Papa Roach – Blood Brothers
Rage Against the Machine – Guerrilla Radio
Naughty by Nature – Pin the Tail on the Donkey
Bad Religion – You
Powerman 5000 – When Worlds Collide
Millencolin – No Cigar
The High & Mighty – B-Boy Document ’99
Dub Pistols – Cyclone
Lagwagon – May 16
Styles of Beyond – Subculture
Consumed – Heavy Metal Winner
Fu Manchu – Evil Eye
Alley Life – Out with the Old
Swingin’ Utters – Five Lessons Learned