My gaming history – Part 3


See previous posts here:  Part 1 and here: Part 2.

As I started work, got money of my own my history with gaming gets a tad cloudy.  I think the very first videogame system I obtained from my own hard-earned cash was the original Sony PlayStation.  I saved up to afford it and even remember buying a walkthrough guide to Resident Evil 2 in the weeks leading up to getting the system.  To say I was excited was an understatement.  For a long time the PlayStation was my only system (I think I got a Gameboy somewhere along the line but my interest in that was limited to simply playing and completing The  Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening).  Sony PlayStation

gran turismoI played a lot of games on it and recall a firm favourite was Tekken 3 which I enjoyed endless nights playing against a friend and well, those bouts were legendary!  Some of the best games on the system for me were of course, the first Metal Gear Solid and also I’d say Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (a series I really wish would come back).  I also think Gran Turismo was a particular highlight.Sega-dreamcast

Following the advent of PlayStation that made gaming much more of a mainstream hobby, I did get hold of more systems, firstly the Sega Dreamcast, which I’d say pioneered the online gaming revolution we take for granted these days and was seriously ahead of it’s time.  The Dreamcast I’d say had one of the strongest games catalogues around with such gems as Jet Set Radio, Virtua Tennis, Soul Calibur, Dead or Alive 2 and Powerstone as well as many more.  It was a short-lived system and really deserved to be more successful – but as at the time the PlayStation 2 had just been released, Sega’s final console didn’t stand a chance.  It was around this time I also got a PS2 and a little later an Xbox.

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The PS2 was of course my gaming system of choice for a good while but I did like my Xbox too even if the advent of Microsoft didn’t really hit it’s stride until the Xbox 360 came out.  During this era I also managed to get a Nintendo Gamecube which I think back to fondly and well, it had Super Mario Sunshine and Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker on it, but as with Nintendo consoles in the post-PlayStation era the only decent games were Nintendo produced (mostly) so quickly having games to get for the system became few and far between.  I sold it somewhere down the line and think that pushed me onto the last generation of consoles before we find ourselves where we are today.

To be concluded.

Gran Turismo 5 impressions


Naturally the anticipation for a next generation, bells & whistles sequel to arguably the premier driving game series, was always going to be mammoth.  Now having sat down for a couple of weeks and played it, I come away feeling both impressed and a little disappointed.  The tried and tested gameplay seems tweaked and streamlined, the choice of cars impressive, and the fun of winning races and building up your garage as enjoyable as ever – but in this age of online multiplayer, the options here feel tacked-on and old-fashioned.  I’ve never been fond of racing games online as real-world players tend to play dirty, and during a race there isn’t that dip in and dip out of say a Call Of Duty death match.  Get shunted off the track once, and that’s it, you may as well quit out.  Also the fact the game’s 1000+ car roster is only made up of 200 or so fully realised graphically impressive vehicles (complete with in-car dashboards) feels like a cheap trick (the others are more like HD upgrades from GT4).  Sure, who’s ever going to need more than 200 cars?  But that 1000+ labelling seemed so rosy at first!  Tutt Tutt. 

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