I’ve been around video games since I was five years old. I’ve seen all walks of life when it comes to different types of games. I’ve played platformers, first-person shooters, roleplaying games, mass multiplayer online games, and many more. It wasn’t until I was roughly twelve years old when I was first introduced to online gaming. When I got my first three month membership to Xbox Live. It was a blast. Playing Halo Reach online was one of the best times I’ve had online. Playing classic Modern Warfare was always fun with friends. The online interaction and the marvelous work game developers do for their games are the two main reasons why I continue gaming to this very day.
However, as much I love all these new titles out right now, I do still enjoy going back in time to the classics. Going back to the games that I played as a kid. Seeing the slow evolution of how games went from low to high resolution. It’s always fun to go back and enjoy the games of old. So, I’ve decided to compile a short list of a few games that were a major part of my childhood. This list (obviously) is exclusive to the only a couple games I played when I was little. Nothing more. As much as I would love to discuss old classic games for a blog, that’ll have to be saved for another post.
So here we go.
#1 – Halo 2 (Xbox)
I distinctively remember the story of how I got this game. I was around ten or eleven years old, and huge yard sale event was going on in our neighborhood. Nothing really peaked my interest the whole day, so I just accepted that I’m gonna be heading home empty handed. It was all cool. Right as we were about to head home, one of our next door neighbors had a yard sale setup. We went to go check it out, and there it was laying on the table. An original copy of Halo 2. Show casing the badass Spartan-117 on the front cover. This sucked me right in the moment I picked the game up.
I fell in love with Halo 2, and felt so proud when I beat it. Great character work, excellent gameplay, fantastic story, and many epic battle scenes. This was then first Halo game I ever played, and it’s the one that introduced me to the long lasting franchise. It wasn’t long before I got my hands on Halo 1 after I beat 2. This game left a major impact on me as a child, and a major impact on my love for gaming.
#2 – Armored FIST 2 (PC)
Well … here it is. The very first video game I ever played. Novalogic games were very famous for being based on the many wars in the middle east during the 90s. Everything from The Gulf War, Black Hawk Down, Operation Desert Fox, among others. I just found out they got acquired by THQ Nordic back in 2016. Which … I think is rather interesting, but sad at the same time since … well … THQ Nordic is pretty much unheard of in the gaming industry. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I haven’t heard a single thing from their company since the early 2000s. A sad end to Novalogic in my opinion.
While their games weren’t exactly the highest quality … at all, the foundation of their games were pretty well made. The tactical shooter aspect of the modern military was there, and the scenarios based on actual battles that took place back in the 90s were pretty authentic. It just needed better quality. Now that all of it is in the hands of THQ Nordic, I don’t think the series has any hope of evolving. Especially since these games are now on sale for 60% off.
Unfortunate truths aside, this game was my introduction to tactical games. This wasn’t a first-person shooter, but a tank game based in the Gulf War. The game is centered around realistic tank combat, and it was an amazing experience. One I highly recommend to gamers who enjoy the classics.
#3 – Counter Strike (Xbox)
Here it is! The very first Valve game I ever played. Now I never had the luxury of playing this game’s multiplayer when I was younger. This was one of the games my friends and I would take turns on during sleep overs. It got repetitive at times, but we still had a great time doing it. Playing through the many different levels, fighting different difficulties of bots, and trying out all the different guns. Kind of wish there was more to it when it came to Counter Strike, but that’s what Condition Zero was for.
Anyways, this classic introduced me to online multiplayer shooters and to the Valve Corporation. Following this, I came across Half-Life 2 on a demo disc. Yeah, remember those discs that came in the Official Xbox Magazines? Those were the days. A game that went from a Half-Life mod, to a worldwide phenomenon, was one of the major highlights of my childhood.
#4 – Call of Duty 1 (PC)
Here it is. The game that started it all. The very first Call of Duty game I ever played, and I fucking loved it. I still do to this day. From it’s classic set pieces, to it’s great combat system, to it’s memorable stories, and even down to the powerful soundtrack. This game was amazing. It’s not popular amongst today’s COD fans, and its mostly forgotten by many people, but I still honor what it did. It taught history along side a fantastic game with great story telling. From the Americans, to the Russians, and to the British; each story helped piece together brotherhood between soldiers in a war against the deadly Nazi Regime.
It used historical landmarks and events to show how these battles occurred, and what the outcomes were of each battle. They showed how we infiltrated and sabotaged the Nazis. They even were tough enough to show the darker side of the Soviet Union, and how they killed their own if they took “one step backwards”. It’s a WW2 game that blows Call of Duty WW2 right out of the water. Did it have the best multiplayer? No. But did it have the best gameplay, story, and design? Not by today’s standards, but generally, absolutely.
This is one of many Call of Duty games I’ll play again and again.
#5 – Star Wars Battlefront II (Xbox)
There is no way I could finish this list without bringing up this one. One of my most cherished games of all time, Star Wars Battlefront II (not that one). Yes, the famous game from 2007 that got retconned with the many great Star Wars games by Disney. This game was the one game I could never stop playing. The campaigns, galactic conquest, hunt, instant action, heroes vs villains, and so much more. This game had it all. It was a Star Wars’ fan’s wet dream. The battles were amazing, and so much fun to be a part of.
I played this game with friends and family for hours on end. This game beats the new Star Wars Battlefront titles, and I’m so damn excited that this game is coming to backwards compatibility later this week. I’ve been fangirling ever since the Xbox announcement. I can’t wait!
So there it is, a short list of games from my childhood that had a major impact on me to this day. You got any games from your childhood that left an impact on you, let me know and show off your list. I’ll be hopefully making higher quality posts in the future, but for now, here’s a little something to hold you by. Thanks guys!