Some video games just seem like they never get old. Growing up in the 90s, I remember games like Sim City on the Super Nintendo and games like Sonic the Hedgehog 3 on the SEGA Genesis being things that you can just repeatedly go back to. They are games that are hard to get sick of. And, I can honestly say that I believe these games are still just as fun as they were the first time that I had played them.
Looking towards other video games that I feel are timeless, I decided to share a list of 5 different games. For anyone reading this, feel free to disagree with any of the video games that I’ve listed. Before beginning, however, I wanted to mention that this list is in no particular order either. Not all of these games may be the best, but, they are some of the games that I don’t think I’ll ever find myself getting sick of. So anyways, here’s 5 games that I feel haven’t gotten old.
Final Fantasy VII
Starting my list with a role-playing game from my childhood – Final Fantasy VII is still a game that I can pick up no matter what year it is. Sure – the graphics are definitely dated now – but the game is still great. It’s one of the few role-playing games that I can visually remember things about. It was a game that had a perfect cast of characters to go along with its memorable story.
The combat had always felt a lot more satisfying for me in VII, at least when you compare it to the other Final Fantasy games. There was something about having a Limit Break charging up and then just unloading on an enemy. It was always fun to see.
Final Fantasy VII was from the glory days of old Squaresoft (now Square-Enix) when greats like Hironobu Sakaguchi were still at the company. I’m sure that the best Final Fantasy game is debatable, but, Final Fantasy VII is the one game from Square’s legendary catalogue that I always feel like I could always go back to.
Next up is Bioshock. This honestly has to be one of my favorite first-person shooters ever. It’s another one of those games that you can pop in every so often and still have a good time playing again. The game was completely memorable.
The setting of the underwater city Rapture along with its interesting cast of characters were a perfect combination. Everything felt like it meshed well together. The environments were dark and the enemies were just insane. It all keeps making you wonder what exactly went on in Rapture before you got there.
Like I said, Bioshock is an incredibly great game. It’s one of those games that I’ve played on and off throughout the years, with my most recent playthrough coming in a couple of months ago. I’m secretly wishing for a Bioshock Collection on the Nintendo Switch, just to give myself an excuse to go back and play these again.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Moving on to another game from my distant past, Konami’s Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Yes – there was no way that I was forgetting about this one. The game itself was a prequel to the Metal Gear series, instead following Naked Snake (whom eventually becomes Big Boss). This is yet another game that I’ve played repeatedly over the years, and still holds up to this day.
Being a game that came out over a decade ago, it still looks and plays incredible to this day. It’s one of those games that just felt like it was designed with absolute perfection. For its time, there was an insane amount of detailing actually in the game. Something as simple as walking Snake through mud and having his outfit get dirty was surprisingly uncommon. Sure – something like Red Dead Redemption 2 looks incredible in 2018. But back during the PlayStation 2 days, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater was raising the bar.
Resident Evil 4
Staying in line with the sixth generation of consoles, and another game that is an absolute favorite of mine – this next one is Resident Evil 4. Of course I was going to add this one. If you’ve ever seen the movie Conspiracy Theory, every time Mel Gibson sees a copy of the book ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ he just has to buy it. Resident Evil 4 is my Catcher in the Rye. I feel like ever since the first time I played Resident Evil 4, I’ve had to own it on every console that I have. It’s just something I have a hard time getting sick of.
I love everything about Resident Evil 4. The characters; the story; the voice acting; the shooting mechanics, it was all this perfect blend that you just didn’t see with games. Much like Metal Gear Solid 3, Resident Evil 4 was another sixth generation game that was way ahead of its time. I think that’s becoming a trend on this list, most of the games that I’ve named so far have felt like they raised the bar somehow.
Moving further back to the fifth generation consoles, I feel that now would be a good time to add Theme Park. This amusement park construction simulator is still fun to play to this day. I’m not entirely sure how the other versions of Theme Park are, but, the PlayStation One version of it is an absolute gem. There was always something satisfying about building up a sweet park to show off to people around you.
There aren’t a whole lot of games similar to Theme Park that release on console these days, it would be nice to see something try to achieve similar quality. These days, I usually stick to Cities: Skylines to fulfill my city-building needs, but in terms of building an amusement park – we just don’t have something to fill in that void. And, that is just another reason why I feel that Theme Park just doesn’t feel old.
So there are 5 of the games that I feel never get old. There are definitely more I could name, but, those were the ones that came to my immediate mind. Maybe I’ll make a follow-up list in the future, but for now…I’d say that I’m content with this list. Content for now, at least. I will get back with something else, I’m playing a role-playing game that I intend to write about when I can, but wanted to make this list first. Anyways, until next time.