Feature: THE MOST INFLUENTIAL GAME FROM THE MOST INFLUENTIAL DECADE (Top 10: 1990~2000)


10 - Street Fighter 2 (1991/1992 Super Famicom/Nintendo)

Possibly the defining factor why the Super Famicom/Nintendo managed to install such a large user base. Street Fighter 2 was 'the' must-have of the 90's boasting 16 bits of graphical splendour with versus matches often comparable to a tactical game of chess.

You could say the term 'Boss' came from this game as you battle past four of them to be crowned the World Warrior..

A real knockout!

9 - Mario Kart (1992 Super Famicom/Nintendo)

A somewhat simple looking racing fare, but peel back and you have one of the deepest multiplayer experiences known to man.

Single player time attacks were strangely addictive as gamers attempted to prove their worth by shaving seconds off lap times. Well balanced gameplay with a strategic weapons system made it anyone's race.

This iconic racer has been copied shamelessly by rival developers..

We salute it's horse power!

8 - Donkey Kong Country (1994/1995 Super Nintendo/Famicom)

Possibly one of the finest landmark moments in history when developer Rare bought CGI to the masses.

Still looks and plays great and this game deserves a place in any gaming library. Many aspects of DKC have been borrowed by rival developers as platform games made the transition to 3D..
Truly the King of Swing!

7 - Virtua Fighter (1994/1995 Sega Saturn)

Hit the power button on the Saturn and it was testament that we had evolved as a species.

Doing for gaming what colour television did for the broadcasting, Virtua Fighter left players in awe as camera angles changed to lock onto the action, even if you required sea-sick pills during some of the replays!

Gameplay was tight and sound was streamed straight from the CD, delivering the next generation fighting experience that had been eagarly awaited..

A Hard Hitter!

6 - Ridge Racer (1994/1995 Sony Playstation)

The Saturn got in there weeks ahead with Virtua Fighter but Namco supplied the racing dose for generation 5 of gaming.

You could be forgiven for cranking up the volume to hear the sampled speech from the race commentator over the synthetically glossed CD soundtrack while drifting around Seaside Route 765..

"Next corner's tough.. Watch Yourself!!"

5 - Super Mario 64 (1996/1997 Nintendo64)

Correctly defining the term '3D' - Super Mario 64 offered the complete freedom to go where you want in an immense world laden with baddies, traps and events posing as the essential competency test on how to negotiate the next generation of platformers and RPGs.

Truly jaw dropping moments awaited players using the precision N64 thumb-stick to creep upto enemies, tight walk and master the toughest of courses...

An experience never to be repeated again!

4 - Resident Evil aka Biohazard (1996 Sony Playstation)

Proof that a game could give you nightmares, Resident Evil took the Amityville concept and fused it with the zombie stylings of Romero to create a truly terrifying experience!

This game set a trend that has been followed ever since by games such as Silent Hill, but only masters Capcom could have done it with such style, played to the tune of deep musical notes such as a haunting renedition of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata..

'Welcome to the World of Survival Horror.. Good Luck!"

3 - Legend of Zelda - The Ocarina of Time (1997/1998 Nintendo 64)

From the point the great Deku tree dies to time travelling at the Temple of Time, Miyamoto San's masterpiece is a console classic that rewards you with 60+ hours of gameplay that stays long after the end.

Not much more can be said about this game..
Playing is believing as even non RPG fans have been converted when giving this a go..

Nintendo's magnum opus!

2 - Metal Gear Solid (1998 Sony Playstation)

A well written narrative, great voice acting and Hollywood production values launched creator Hideo Kojima to stardom. He pushed the Playstation hardware to its limits to create an action blockbuster that raised the bar for other stealth games.

The first time gamers had to cope with emotion and adrenaline in battle.
Oh the confusion as Psyco Mantis read your mind - well your memory card atleast!

"Have at you Snake!!"

1 - Shenmue - Chapter 1 (2000 Sega Dreamcast)

The most under-rated, unique and finest game developed with no room for improvement.
Yu Suzuki reinvented the RPG genre with something so deep that you experience the emotion of meeting people and parting in a fully living, breathing world.

Fancy steering away from the narrative and hanging out at the local arcade?.. no problem! - Also, take a moment to stand by the way-side and watch in awe as this virtual world goes about their business.

Among this dark tale of revenge there also resides a subtle romantic tale that Yu Suzuki handles perfectly, demonstrating he's a masterful storyteller.
We are further taught that revenge is never a straight line, and behind every action there is a consequence.

Do not expect a game of this caliber to come along again..

A well accomplished masterpiece!