Dance Dance Revolution

Also, please be careful not to inconvenience the neighbourhood.

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There have been two musical rhythm games on this 1001 list that I can recall: PaRappa the Rapper and Beatmania. They were both... lacking... shall we say... but only one of them came from the minds behind the monster that is Dance Dance Revolution.

Arcades are more than familiar with strange gaming concepts, and this one makes use of the fact that arcades are often dark and noisy by blaring out bright colours and loud music from the screen and having players hammer away at inputs with their feet, as though players find themselves in a happening club on a Friday night. I think. I'm not a clubber.

I'm not a dancer. I'm boogie-er. I bop. You can find me bopping. A nice catchy song comes into my ears, I'll bop, but dance? Nah. Not happening.

So how the hell am I going to fare with DDR?


1080° Snowboarding

You can neither pizza nor french fry here...

One of my earliest PlayStation memories was of a demo disc that contained one of the Cool Boarders games, I forget which one exactly. Snow itself was a rarity in my life, and snowboarding was, therefore, an impossibility, save for its digital incarnations.

For me, after Cool Boarders was a chunk of nothing before SSX arrived on the PlayStation 2, but in the wider world, the other console that was the Nintendo 64 had its own snowboarding title, and it was probably a fair bit better, as we'll soon find out after playing some 1080° Snowboarding.


Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

The future of mankind?

Civilization... but in space.

I don't 'like' but don't 'don't like' Civilization. I like space. Does that mean Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri is finally the 4X title that I can sink my teeth into, allowing me to soar through the skies like a SpaceX rocket? Or will my time be more like a flat-earther in a steamship?

The last, best hope for mankind has gotten all 'human-y' and have fallen out with each other, their colony ship exploding and sending the survivors to seven separate parts of the Planet, which is a bit of a weird way to explain how there are seven factions vying for control over an alien planet, but that's what we've got to work with, so run with it.

Oh, also, the Planet is alive and teeming with alien natives. Got that? Good.


Burning Rangers

Say 'Hello' to Big Landman.

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If you weren't already aware, the Sonic Team development team developed Sonic The Hedgehog, which has taken them on quite the rollercoaster, it has to be said. What you may not be aware of is that they also make games that don't feature any blue mammals, and Burning Rangers is one such title.

I had no idea of Burning Rangers' existence, mostly owing to the fact that it was exclusive to the Sega Saturn, and came out when the console had already been stomped by the Sony PlayStation. It was a title that simply didn't set the world on fire, despite being a game where the world is literally on fire, and you are a futuristic firefighter with a water pistol. Kinda.

It's definitely not what I was expecting...

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Huh whuauh huhwhuah wuh...

There are quite a few games that I haven't played before owing to the fact that I never owned the hardware they were on back in the day, or in any days since, really. Once you buy into one system, you stick with it. The PlayStation was my first console, the PlayStation 2 my second, the PlayStation 3 my third... It wasn't until only a few years ago, with the intent of going through this 1001 list that I even gave a look into buying the likes of an Xbox 360, or N64.

So, it's 2018, and I've had my N64 for some months now, and one of the boxless, manual-less cartridges I have available to play is Banjo-Kazooie, a third-person platformer heavily inspired by Super Mario 64 - and why not?

Taking control of a banjo playing bear and his sarcastic feathered friend, you must rescue your sister from the witch Gruntilda, obtaining more collectables than you can even conceive of along the way.

Let's see what I remember from however many playthroughs and speedruns I've seen down the years...


R-Type Delta

Shattered Canopy

Ah, the shoot 'em up. It feels like you're an ever-present in gaming history, with yet another one of your numbers making the 1001 list in the form of R-Type Delta, a PlayStation title described as 'the one shooter you should get' for the console.

Must be good then. Bad news for Einhänder, though...


Shining Force III

Rain Thunder!

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The Sega Saturn has a kinda-3D turn-based tactics fantasy RPG, along the lines of Tactics Ogre and Final Fantasy Tactics, so large in scale that it was split into three parts, only one of which made it outside of Japan and onto the 1001 list.

Its name is Shining Force III, and specifically Scenario 1, aka 'God Warrior of the Kingdom'.

I have a good history with the Saturn, aka 'not a chance in hell of being able to play this game'.


Total Annihiliation

In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only wa- wait, no, that one's taken, isn't it?

The real-time strategy genre - if this 1001 list has taught us anything - is dominated by Command & Conquer and Warcraft. You'll sway one way or the other, but those are your top dogs if you're a fan of managing more units than you knew you had built.

Even back when Total Annihilation was released, it was overlooked by more well-known series', yet it offers a surprising amount to the genre, including more units on screen than you ever thought possible, and those units being wee little 3D models, rather than sprites, and that's just the tip of this monumental iceberg.


Interstate '76

Funky Single-Player Unmitigated Vengeance Quest

Some games live long in the memory, and some stay a while on the shelves. Some appear out of nowhere, flying under the radar, and then disappear before you know what happened. I think that's how Interstate '76 can be described because I had never heard of it in my life until this 1001 list brought it up.

Now, no gamer is expected to know of every game there is, of course, but we ought to know some of the more unusual or unexpected titles if only to broaden our knowledge. This time, I'm catching up on my awareness of vehicular combat simulators set in the 1970s of an alternate American history - a genre that began and most likely ended with Interstate '76.

Let's get our groove on and see what this is about.


Quake II

Commence 'Operation Alien Overlord'...

It's not only fair but accurate to say that I know of the Quake brand far more than any individual piece of media that belongs to it. My knowledge of Quake II before playing it was tremendously limited and consisted mostly of the knowledge that it came after Quake.

But it's not a sequel, so beyond a first-person shooter, I don't really know what to expect. Slick gunplay in an otherworldly setting, with mouselook, I suppose. That's as good a starting guess as any.

Time to see what I've been missing for twenty years.