I fondly remember the 32/64 bit gaming era. I started it with a bundle purchase of a Sony PlayStation, Ridge Racer and Tekken from Toys R Us. It wasn’t for a few months that a memory card was purchased, but that never saw my enjoyment cease. A year after the Nintendo 64 was released I had one in my possession. Unfortunately it took me until 2008 to call a Sega Saturn system my own, as the price and library never seemed enticing enough. While there were a few Saturn titles I enjoyed, none reached my top 25 list.
The 32/64 bit era also gave birth to my all-time favorite game, Suikoden. I know that seems like a spoiler, but the number of times I’ve mentioned my man crush with Konami’s RPG have been well documented, so sorry if that ruins any kind of non existent anticipation. But with that, lets take a look at my Top….25 – 2 32/64 Bit Games:
Xenogears – I never played more than 30 hours into it. I loved it sure, but I never saw enough that would fairly warrant its inclusion.
Chrono Chross – Same thing. Absolutely enjoyable battle system, but I never got far enough. I did recently begin an attempt at a full run through.
Metal Gear Solid – Oddly enough, I never enjoyed the series that much, outside MGS 4, which many fans of the series disliked for various reasons (see how off the beaten path my tastes are?) I completely recognize all that it brought to the table, but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as others have.
Final Fantasy VII – I can write a whole rant on how this was the beginning of the downfall of Square’s Final Fantasy franchise, but I’ll save that for another time. It does have its moments, especially with the Materia system, however I always found it vastly overrated, despite playing through it maybe three times.
Banjo-Kazooie – Never played enough of it, as with its sequel.
Dino Crisis – Same as above.
WWF No Mercy/WWF Wrestlemania 2000 – Either one can basically be considered #26. Just about any of the wrestling games on the Nintendo 64 held countless hours of pleasure and gratification.
25. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (N64)
The Star Wars gaming franchise has seen a seesaw stability in its level of quality. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron was definitely one of the higher lifts in that argument. Exhilarating combat for its time, and still more than satisfying by today’s standards. Subsequent sequels would build upon its success (as well as diminish certain aspects) but the initial release is still considered as one of the premiere Star Wars titles as far as I’m concerned.
24. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (PSX)
To this day I still feel that Resident Evil 3 didn’t get as much credit as it deserved. It’s somewhat branching storyline, mixed with the S.T.A.R.S. hunting menace named Nemesis, along with the lovely Jill Valentine being the star (get it? get it?), helped show a different angle of this main storyline. The tank-like controls were as bad in the past as they are today, but it’s still a classic formula that is worth playing just as much as the first two installments.
Another survival horror title that made its debut this generation, Silent Hill did a commendable job working environment and atmosphere into the experience. The fog was sometimes obnoxious, though it did add to the mood quite a bit. As with the Resident Evil series, there’s only a very small handful of jump scars throughout, but as with the Resident Evil franchise, Silent Hill is engrossing, and hooks you into playing late into the night.
I never cared much for the franchise as a whole, especially for the first title, but Gran Turismo 2 managed to hook me in. The offroad racing portions were some of the greatest times I’ve had playing a racing game, and that alone could suffice in why it’s on this list. But truth be told, it was a total package that had a little bit of everything for just about every kind of racing game fan. The fact that one of the hundreds of cars available was one that my father used to own, added a bit more of a connection in its own way.
21. Spider-Man (PSX)
Remember when Spider-Man games were worth playing? Well the Sony PlayStation version from Neversoft was one of the very few. Still one of the best comic book related video games I have ever played, Spider-Man had the look and feeling down to a science, aside from a rather painful camera system. The comic covers between each stage (penciled by one of my all-time favorites, Mark Bagley) added flair to each coming stage, and the voice acting gave that feeling that this was an interactive cartoon that I was playing. For Spidey fans, this is a must play for sure.