As my first real post to this blog, I feel I should write about something I feel passionately about. There have been numerous games over the years that I have extremely enjoyed, and a shed load that I really haven’t. I think that a game that grabs me, and makes want to keep coming back for more has to have a number of qualities. It has to be fun, fairly long-lasting and have an excellent multiplayer.
Now, when I say multiplayer I’m not talking about CoD spam to 10th prestige or whatever. I’m talking the type of multiplayer that you can play with your friends and either play seriously going for gold, or just dick about on. For example one of my favourite games of all time is Timesplitters 2. I loved how customisable it was, and I loved how it gave the player something to work towards by unlocking all of the stages and characters. Most of all I loved how it didn’t take itself too seriously, some of the things it asked you to do were damn right ridiculous, like shoot watermelons off monkeys heads.
This pretty much sums up Timesplitters 2
I spent countless hours playing splitscreen with friends doing whatever took our fancy. One shot kill unarmed zombies? Why not!? Virus at midnight on hospital, radar off? Terrifying.
This wasn’t the only game that destroyed my free time, one of our favourites was Mashed. The aim of the game, for those who never had the chance to play it, was simple – stay on the screen. There were up to four cars on the track, various power ups and track conditions. It was nothing short of awesome.
Stay on the screen to stay in the game!
I could go on talking about all the other awesome games I enjoyed over the years, but I won’t. My point is, I have yet to have and experience quite like the ones I have described in the current generation. Don’t get me wrong I’ve enjoyed playing split-screen Halo, online games such as Battlefield and Rainbow Six: Vegas. As well as story driven games which I have absolutely loved, but I have a void inside me that needs filling. I seriously hope though that Crytek can find the funding for a new Timesplitters game. As this, I feel, would be the salvation of ‘fun’ gaming once again.