So probably not my most exciting blog I’ve ever written but I know someone out there will care what I was doing during the 90’s and early 00s.
Without further ado here is my list.
10. Ecco The Dolphin: The Tides of Time (Sega)
Now this game is number 10 because I had the convoluted relationship with this game. First of all you will notice the theme song is bone chilling and you spend most of the time trying not to run out of air and being attacked by sea creatures. The first game is basically just an origin tale for Sharknado. For some reason the Dines only owned the sequel. You spend much of the game deciphering what the other dolphins are trying to tell you because they only speak in sinister riddles. I still don’t have any idea about the time travel or even what was the objective or conflict.
9. Banjo-Tooie (N64)
The N64 sequel to Banjo Kazooie. One again I don’t know why I only ever played just this game and not the original. It’s mostly just about a bear with a bird in his back pack. You walk around and collect gold jigsaw pieces for some reason and shoot eggs out of your butt. This game was just basically the B version of Mario 64 so you could brag to your friends about beating this game and they would have no idea what your referencing.
8. Pocahontas (Sega)
Truthfully this game should probably be higher on the list than I’m acting but I have to play it cool. This games takes appx 1 hour to complete. You just walk around saving animals and gain skills accordingly (deers teach you how to run, otters how to swim) and then weirdly when you save the bears they teach you how to scare thin people. I’m not even joking about that, it’s directly told to you and I still can’t figure out how mad or bored I am with that skill.
7.Mario Party 2 (N64)
Once again I’m noticing a real pattern that I’m skipping a lot of original games and going straight for the sequel. Don’t call it a comeback I guess. This game is actually amazing but I’m pretty sure I’ve created some life long scars with my sisters over the bonus star round. Sorry bitches but I’ll be always be the mini game king.
6. Super Mario World (SNES)
I spent most of the early 90s watching my cousin Aaron rule at this game. I feel that could be the basis for any inferiority complex I felt as a child. I am very good with a cape though. Still can’t get past the vanilla dome part any more because my current SNES doesn’t save progress.
5. X-men Legends (Playstation 2)
This game had some of the shittiest graphics for its time but I still loved it. It was a collaboration game where I learned I might be kind of bossy. Or at least I wouldn’t have to be if everyone would just listen me and never fight bad guys on the bridge because you will fall off and ruin it for the team.
4. Kingdom Hearts (Playstation 2)
Kingdom Hearts is truly a gem. The narrative is more complex and beautiful then just a walk through the Disney worlds it’s perceived to be. It has some beautiful scores and the arc is actually pretty compelling. It’s a creative take on Disney with plenty of sequels if you get hooked.
Now for some honorable mentions…
Diddy Kong Racing (N64)
I don’t know why weren’t just a Mario Kart family but still a pretty good game
Tiny Toons Adventures (Sega)
Never got to beat it because my mom stepped on it. Still a sensitive issue for me.
Simpsons Road Rage (Playstation 2)
You will lose your temper just as a forewarning.
Now for the top 3…
3. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
I mean it’s an obvious choice. If you’re 12 in the early 00s it’s just what you do. You start in this wonderous world and get sucked into the story and then you get to the Water Temple and then you know that you’ll never make this game the number one on your list.
2. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Sega)
I mean once again it’s sequel because I just can’t say no a comeback. This game dominated my childhood. However its a tough subject because I spent much of the time playing with my sister Sam with her secretly playing one player and convincing me I was playing as Tails even though he just moved independently. Still too soon.
1.Final Fantasy X (Playstation 2)
I mean I was and still am obsessed with this game. I have the music on a lot of my playlists. The story line is beautiful and engaging. The game play isn’t too hard and the graphics were ahead of its time. I played the original and the HD remaster and cried at the end when I was 15 and again now at age 28.