It creates such a powerful rush of pure bliss - the music blaring, the enemy troops exploding…
We felt connected to Telltale’s characters more than we felt toward anybody in Robert Kirkman’s comic book series.
People rarely talk about The Walking Dead as a great game, which it is, and often doesn’t get enough credit for.
I was such a huge fan of Advance Wars in my younger years that I ran a massive Advance Wars fan site for more than 14 years. Rare’s excellent N64 follow-up to the insanely-popular Golden Eye was yet another hit first-person shooter.
It lost the James Bond license, but it added even more weapons, modes, and some of the most robust multiplayer options around – even by today’s standards.
Just make sure you don’t accidently set it to Dark Bot difficulty. Galaga is the closest gaming has ever brought me to zen.
I just sort of fall into a semi-conscious groove, and all the sweeping enemy formations, bonus stages, stolen fighters, and near-death experiences blend together into a cacophony of frenetic arcade action and then melt away into nirvanic bliss.
The unit balance is perfect, the campaign is huge, and the War Room - with a huge pile of maps to S-Rank - makes the tiny GBA cart feel massive.
Advance Wars is full of so many little details that make it an absolute joy to play, even a decade later, but the greatest of all is activating a CO power.
The multiplayer suite was one of the best on the N64.
It had a ton of maps, and you could customize everything about your character, the weapons, your enemies, and more.
From Assassin’s Creed to Zelda, there’s no feeling quite like getting a brand-new game, hitting Start, and immersing yourself in another world’s mysteries and challenges. Which games were so far ahead of their time, so much pure fun, that they stand apart?