Today I’ll be counting down my top 5 retro games you can buy in the PlayStation shop this Christmas. They are all my favourites and I had to think hard on what I thought was the best one and looked on their website to research the games. I know I say this a lot but just a friendly reminder that I wasn’t endorsed by anyone to make this post and is just my opinion so enjoy.
5. Oddworld Abe’s Oddysee
I must admit I was addicted to this game when it came all that eh oh follow me business even though I did get stuck on climbing things if I remember as in those days they didn’t tell you what button to press and had to work it out all for yourself which I wasn’t good at obviously. The game was released in 1997 but still had some nice graphics for that time I think that’s what caught my eye to it the graphics of the game. It centres on the titular Ade, a meek Mudokon slave at the RuptureFarms meat processing factory. When he discovers that he and his fellow Mudokons are to be slaughtered, Abe decides to escape and liberate as many enslaved Mudokons as he can. The player assumes the role of Abe as he attempts a perilous quest to emancipate his downtrodden people. The bit I like about the game is you can control any bady with a bit of alien chanting and you lead them to their death took me ages to work out how to do that. It’s a puzzle game so no guns in site but it is quite gross, leading the bady to the working machinery and you hear a crunch and bloodsheds but it’s all quite tame really. It’s more of a stealth game and you can’t get caught ever or you will die and start at the checkpoint but I liked that a lot about it. What I also liked about it is setting prisoners free who mainly scrubs floors in this game again with your alien chanting and every now and then you have a scoreboard in the room which tells you how many employees there are, how many employees casualty and how many rescued which I thought was a nice touch to the game, gotta keep them casualty down just for peace of mind. You can buy the game for £3.99 (4.62 Euros) ($5.16) on the PlayStation network.
4. The Warriors
Another game I was addicted to when it came out The Warriors on PS2 I actually had to buy another PS just to play this game but it was worth it and was around the time the PS2 was very new and had loads of good games I miss those days. I’m a big fan of the movie so I was excited when I saw they had the game out and I reckon they didn’t disappoint as I think it’s as good as the film. Released in 2005 the game takes place in gritty 1970s Newyork City. The story follows a street gang known as the Warriors, who have been accused of a murder they didn’t commit, and must return to their home turf in one night, although the game begins three months prior to the film’s events. The actors from the film itself reprised their roles to perform the voices of their original characters. Upon its release, The Warriors received a positive critical response and I know a lot of friends and friends saying how good it was. My favourite bit in the game is pick locking locks and then looting the shops the back alley escapes really made it feel authentic too and the commands you do like watch my back and scatter it all made it feel real. I also enjoyed buying drugs off the pushers that helped you with your health it’s an all-round good game I think. You can buy the game for £7.99 (9.26 Euros) ($10.33) in the PlayStation store.
3. Canis Canem (Bully)
Yet another addictive game though this one was a slow burner for me but got real into by the end of it so much so I was actually gutted I completed it so quickly. Released in 2006 the game is set within the fictional town of Bullworth, the story follows a student and his efforts to rise through the ranks of the school system. The open-world design lets the player freely roam Bullworth. The game is played from a thrid person perspective and its world is navigated on foot, skateboard, scooter, bicycle or go-kart. Players control teenager James “Jimmy” Hopkins, a student who is involuntarily enrolled at Bullworth Academy. He discovers that the school is filled with bullies, and becomes determined to bring peace, ultimately becoming more respected among the town groups. Jimmy is expected to attend class, which is a main gameplay aspect. In Scholarship Edition, a two-player competitive multiplayer mode lets two players compete for the highest score in different classes. I like it’s open world and you can go where you place the fact it’s not just one place to explore but five areas Bullworth Academy, Old Bullworth Vale, Bullworth Town, New Coventry, and the Blue Skies Industrial Area and I also liked the tasks you do they always made it seem quite fun just be sure to be back before curfew for Pete’s sake. It’s another stealthish game I also liked the classes you have to do that was quite enjoyable once I got the hang of it then it was easy all you need to is get an A and you didn’t have to attend that class again pretty cool cos you can go to town and explore there. My favourite part of the game though is when it goes into Halloween and you get costumed up and wreak havoc on the school that was super fun to do and don’t forget the shop to spend all your money that was a nice touch to the game too. There was so much to do it’s too much to talk about but all I can is it’s a good game to play I think. You can buy the game for £7.99 (9.26 Euros) ($10.33) in the PlayStation store.
Rayman 2; The Great Escape
Wow, I had so many fun hours playing this game some ugly ones too lol. The game can be pretty hard or at least it gets super hard though it is fun to play. Rayman 2 takes place in a world called the Glade of Dreams and revolves around its invasion and occupation by an armada of interstellar Robo-Pirates, led by Admiral Razorbeard. Prior to the invasion, the Robo-Pirates destroyed over one hundred planets in the galaxy, with the intention of enslaving their inhabitants. Upon the invasion of the Glade of Dreams, the Robo-Pirates were battled against by Rayman, Globox, and other allies. After some battles, Rayman’s capture occurs after the explosion of the Primordial Core. Ly the Fairy telepathically communicates with Rayman explaining the consequences of the damage, with the core’s shattering into 1000 Yellow Lums, and the capture of many fighters. Rayman’s powers are also lost due to this, and he finds himself captured by the Robo-Pirates at the beginning of the game. I thought the game was very imaginative and always wondered what was going to come next hopefully not a boss as they are pains to kill. I enjoyed collecting orbs and going throughout the land exploring it and one of my favourite bits was riding the explosives to the door to gain entry that was always fun got much harder later on though with a bendy racecourse that was annoying. My favourite bit though is the end where you ride a moving whatever it is through the narrow holes and passages avoiding traps and lava man that wasn’t easy but I did it in the end and completed it. You can buy the game for £3.99 (4.62 Euros) ($5.16) in the PlayStation store.
1. Man Hunt
Now this game took me ages to get into now it’s at number one of my top 5 how about that. I like the atmosphere of the game and it’s very well done I think though the graphics wouldn’t look too good with more up to date games. Manhunt is a stealth-based urban horror styled game played from a third-person perspective The game consists of twenty levels, called “scenes”, as well as four unlockable bonus scenes. Players survive the Scenes by dispatching enemy gang members, occasionally with firearms, but primarily by stealthily execting them. At the end of each scene, players are graded based on their performance, and awarded one to five stars. Unlockable content becomes available only when the player achieves three or more stars on a certain number of levels. On normal difficulty (called “Fetish”), players can earn only four stars; one is awarded for completing the scene under a certain amount of time, and one to three stars are awarded based on the brutality of the executions carried out during the scene. On hard difficulty (called “Hardcore”), players are graded out of five stars; one for speed, one to three for brutality and one for simply completing the scene. To gain the maximum number of stars, a set number of brutal executions must be carried out over the course of each scene; face-to-face fighting does not award stars. In order to carry out executions, players must approach a hunter from behind, undetected. To facilitate this, each scene is full of “dark spots” (shadows where the player can hide). Enemies cannot see into the shadows (unless they see the player actually entering the area). A standard technique in the game is to hide in the shadows and tap a wall to attract the attention of a nearby hunter. When the hunter has examined the area and is moving away, players can emerge from the shadows behind them, and execute them. The game has three levels of execution, with each level progressively more violent and graphic than the last: “hasty” executions are quick and not very bloody, “violent” are considerably gorier, and “gruesome” are over-the-top blood-soaked murders. Players are entirely in control of which level they use; once players have locked onto an enemy, the lock-on reticule changes colour over time to indicate the three levels: white, yellow and red. I like the way you use the cameras to hunt down enemies I didn’t like holding down the buttons to execute as again that took me quite a bit of time to figure out how to do the deed. I like my horror games so this is why it’s at number one and I like it cos it’s creepy looking and like a snuff movie set dark and dingy that’s how I always picture them. You can buy the game for £7.99 (9.26 Euros) ($10.33) in the PlayStation store.