Famous Games I Should Have Played, But Have Not



Despite the popular consensus, I have not played every single video game to have been released. Granted I’ve played some rather….obscure titles in my time (Record of the Lodoss Wars on the Sega Dreamcast, StarSiege on the PC, Bad News Baseball on the NES to name a few), though I’ve tried my best to stay abreast on the newest releases and hottest titles. Naturally, there were a few games that trickled past me and either never have been experienced, or never played past the first several minutes. Lets take a look at some of those more well received titles that I’ve either completely overlooked, or never got past the first few minutes. There are numerous titles that I might have started yet never completed (Final Fantasy XII on the PlayStation 2, Chrono Cross on the PlayStation, Skies of Arcadia on the Sega Dreamcast and tons of other RPG’s throughout each console generation) though these won’t count in this listing, as that’s a whole other issue.

Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)

In truth, I did play the first 10 minutes, as well as a demo many years ago. The desolate game world was a massive turn off for me, and pretty much did bore me to tears. I do want to give this a legitimate shot, as it is widely considered one of the premiere titles on the PlayStation 2. Out of everything on this list, Shadow of the Colossus is the most likely title I will sit down and spend a good long lazy Sunday to try and play through as much as I can.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (N64)

The Ocarina of Time was one of the greatest games I’ve ever played. Magical in every which way, with even the more recent Zelda titles have not come close to capturing the magic and the essence of the initial N64 installment. Majora’s Mask came out rather quickly after Ocarina of Time, and the whole transformation gimmick that was featured in Majora’s Mask, as well as the three day cycle, turned me off quite a bit. Years later I’ve wondered what I’ve been missing. Similar look, no adult Link, novel gameplay elements and more, are things I think I’d like to experience sooner rather than later.

Earthbound (SNES)

I’m usually complaining about wanting to play an RPG, yet I’m never decisive, since I have numerous titles within the genre that I have not fully completed. Earthbound however, I have never seen past the opening credits. I’ve been told the unique feel and story would be one I’d remember for a long time to come. I just can’t explain why I have not sat down with Earthbound and given it the time of day that I believe it deserves. With so many RPG’s I stopped playing in the middle of, for whatever reasons, Earthbound seems to be bound for another long period of wait before I’d consider sitting down with it.

Team Fortress Classic (PC)

For those who came in late, I am a big time Team Fortress 2 fan. Even though I’ve recently noticed how sloppy accuracy can be (with absolutely no lag otherwise), I’m just hooked to how well each class is constructed and how frantic the pace is. I have never played Team Fortress Classic though, and have been told it is worth checking out. I know the Medic class is supposed to be even more offensive, which sounds like a good deal. Although TF2 still retains a phenomenal look, TFC doesn’t look like it has aged very well in the graphics department, though that’s not going to detract me one bit. I don’t own TFC in any way, shape or form, so I’ll have to purchase it down the line and give it a go.


Kid Icarus (NES)

Yes, a Nintendo kid that grew up in the 80’s, never got a chance to play more than 30 seconds of Kid Icarus. I’ve always known who he was; his dorkakus appearances in Captain N: The Game Master here hard to tune out. Out of every game I’ve never played, Kid Icarus still remains the one I’d least likely play anytime soon.  There’s no real desire, no real reason for me to bother, even though it’s a classic. I think the news of the 3DS Kid Icarus title might have me a bit more concerned about getting to know Pitt and his world, though I’m pretty sure there’s no real correlation between the classic game world and the new 3D title, outside characters featured in both world. In any case though, it’s a famous game that I should have played multiple times over, yet have not.

Sonic CD (SCD)

Often touted as the single best Sonic the Hedgehog title, it’s the one major Sonic release that I have yet to play. After the stank that was Sonic 4: Episode I, could you blame me if I’m apprehensive towards ever playing anything with Sonic the Hedgehog ever again? Alright that might be going a bit too far, but in all honesty, I’m on a Sonic burnout. Even though I have never heard one bad word spoken about Sonic CD, I never got a chance to play it. The main reasoning behind this was the lack of a Sega CD. Back in the days, my dad bought a Sega Genesis, which was supposed to be “his” game system, though ended up being mine. He only played Sonic Spinball, so there was no reason to spend $200+ on an add-on to the Sega Genesis. Fast forward to the present and I just don’t have the money to spare for a Sega CD. I’d love to buy one just for Sonic CD, but it will have to wait until around summer for that to happen.

What are some of the big name titles that you sould have played, yet never had the chance to? Leave a comment below and share them with us!

Jason V.

I am the Co-Editor-in-Chief here at Chocolate Lemon. Over the last 15 years, I have been writing gaming articles here and there, including my time with GameSages, a then IGN affiliated video game code database that's now owned by IGN, as well as my near four year stay on this very site. I'm quite the gaming enthusiast, have a somewhat "old school" soul, and enjoy a wide variety of geeky shows, movies and so on. Follow me on Twitter @Jas0nVelez