Hello all. Recently there was a fun little forum game going on over on Giantbomb. Users had to create a picture containing parts of four different screenshots from four different games. Other users then had to guess what game the screenshots came from. I thought it would be fun to post all of my entries in a single blog here for everyone to guess on. Not much of an editorial but I thought it would be fun. So here are my three entries, each containing four games for twelve games total.
EDIT: I'm going to list the games as they are guessed to make it easier for people.
EDIT 2: Anc the game comes to a close. Good job everyone. A lot of classic games were named today stemming as far back as the mid 70's. Hope you all enjoyed it!
1. Blood - The early shooter from Monolith, known today for games like FEAR and Gotham City Imposters
2. The Longest Journey - A turn of the century adventure game considered by many to be the greatest game of its type ever made. It's sequel Dreamfall came out six years later, and the third game in the series is finally on its way after a 7 year wait.
3. Jazz Jackrabbit - An early platformer from Epic Games (Gears of War, Unreal) and designer Cliff Blezinski.
4. Ultima Underworld - The original game from Looking Glass Studios, the team that would go on to define the career of Warren Spector and Ken Levine and launch the free form style of gameplay that Spector is known for today.
1. Heart of Darkness - This 90's PS1 game by Eric Chahi is in my opinion one of the most underplayed games of all time. Chahi's earlier game, Another World, get's a ton of love but this game made in the same style is sadly often ignored.
2. LSD Dream Emulator - No, LSD doesn't stand for... Oh wait yes it does. Probably the weirdest game ever made, this Japanese only PSOne legend is about as strange as they come. The game attempts to simulate the random nature of dreams and certain other things that can't be mentioned here. Good luck finding a copy. They don't even have this one on Ebay. But there are some great Youtube walkthroughs if you are interested.
3. Black Onyx - Most people will cite Dragon Quest as the first JRPG but it is actually predated by Black Onyx, arguably the first JRPG ever made. The game is heavily influenced by Wizardry and would go on to inspire Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy. Sadly forgotten by time, Black Onyx is one of the most important milestones in gaming history.
4. Metal Arms: Glitch In The System - People often complain today about short, mindless shooter campaigns. Metal Arms was anything but. A lengthy, intense, and all around brilliant third person shooter that got swept under the rug due to its cartoony nature, Metal Arms sadly doesn't get the same sort of love from people that other quirky last gen games like Psychonauts and Beyond Good and Evil do, despite playing better than either of those games.
1. I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream - This 90's point-and-click adventure game is based on the legendary short story by Harland Ellison, and tells the tale of a group of five people tortured by an AI for over one hundred years following the destruction of humanity. Both the story and the game basically shows each of the five characters being tortured.
2. Akalabeth - The first game from Richard Garriot, creator of the Ultima series. This game is one of the first publicly sold RPG's, predating Wizardry, Ultima, The Bard's Tale, Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. If you want to see how the RPG genre got its start in video games look no further than this game.
3. Alien Carnage - Also known as Halloween Harry this side scrolling action game is a game I spent a lot of time playing in the 90's. It was one of many now obscure PC games published by the then mighty Apogee Software.
4. Witchaven - Back in the mid-90's Doom style shooters were all the rage. Witchaven was a first person melee game built using the legendary Build Engine. It is probably the least famous of the Build Engine games, another one being the first game on this list, Blood.
@nait2k4 You win the big prize. First person on either here or Giantbomb to recognize this major milestone in RPG history. Congrats my friend.
@Setho10 What creeps me out, is I am pretty sure thats the MSX version, which I only played once when I was spending some time in Amsterdam.
I did have it on NES, but it looked a lot different.
@Setho10 Have never lived there, but have traveled there a bit on business. I was in Niigata doing some work for the guys at Kashiwazaki?Kariwa Nuclear in '89, so probably picked it up then. Christ, time flies.
@nait2k4 I can't find any info on a release outside of Japan. Were/Are you living in Japan?
@nait2k4 A quick check of the Giantbomb database reveals you are correct. It was released for the NES.
@Setho10 I could be wrong, it was like 30 years ago. I stopped trusting my memory back in the mid-90s.
@nait2k4 I believe you are right. I didn't even know there was an NES version honestly. Probably released a lot later than the MSX version. Learn something new every day.
@starduke I've actually only played half of them. Blood, Witchaven, LSD, I Have No Mouth Yet I Must Scream, Jazz Jackrabbit and one of the ones that haven't been guessed yet are games I know only academically. I actually own Witchaven but good luck finding any of those games in their original, legal form. LSD is something I've searched for but it is just all but impossible to find, even in Japan. The other three guessed ones would probably be difficult to get running on a modern computer even if I owned them. I have a pretty vast knowledge of games. But as a kid my Mom never let me own a console, and was very strict on what games we could own on the PC, so I have incredibly limited hands on experience with games from the 80's and 90's. I can tell you all about most any of them but as far as actually playing them goes, I just don't have enough time or money to really get a hold of what I need. I actually plan on getting a Wii soon just to use the virtual console to play some old games. I already own several vintage collections, and buy a lot of PSOne Classics on my PS3 but it is a slow process of playing two and a half decades worth of games, many of which just don't hold up today in the slightest. Forcing myself through something like Resident Evil just isn't worth it. I have seen it played. I know what happens. But as far as actually playing it myself, I just can't bring myself to play some games like that.
@Aderdunn_3 Yes sir! Of all the Doom era shooters this was one of the least played. Obviously not exactly a shooter, but similar.
Just remembered number two from the third row should be Akalabeth instead "Ultima Akalabeth", though it is a predecessor to the Ultima series.
@-Saigo- One in specific is one of the first home computer games ever made. Predates games like Space Invaders, Pacman, and is pretty close to being the same time as Pong.