Four influential games that shaped my gaming life

I’ve been playing video games for nearly 18 years. At the young age of 2 years old, I received a hand-me-down PlayStation One and with the iconic console, my gaming journey began.

Crash Bandicoot: Warped (PS1)

The general idea behind your first video game is that it becomes synonymous with your approach to gaming. I feel that the statement is factual, as Crash Bandicoot: Warped changed my life for the better. The third instalment in the Crash Bandicoot trilogy was challenging; it tested my patience to the limit. Our favourite marsupial transformed me into the hardcore gamer that I am today, seeking the risks and rewards in various video-games. In 2017, my nostalgia goggles were filled with 100% Crash Bandicoot action with the release of the Crash Bandicoot: N Sane Trilogy. This remaster brought back what I loved about Crash, and I had to suffer through the challenges yet again.

You can purchase the Crash Bandicoot: N Sane Trilogy here.

Kingdom Hearts (PS2)

During one fateful Christmas, I received an upgrade. Of course, I’m talking about the dominating PlayStation 2, a console that I didn’t actually know existed at the time. I was roughly four-years-old, mind blown at the fact that the PS2 was in my hands. I played games such as Driver, Sonic Heroes, Metal Gear Solid and then one day a certain game shaped my gaming future. Kingdom Hearts is a tale of loss, self-identity and the journey they through to protect the ones they love. As a huge Disney fanatic, I jumped to the idea when I saw Mickey Mouse. Little did I know that I’d become invested in a convoluted narrative that I still love to this day. KH was the beginning of my love for the RPG genre and many of the games I went on to play follow a similar gameplay style.

You can buy the latest version of Kingdom Hearts here.

Pokemon Ruby Version (GBA)

Pokemon was a franchise that I was aware of for many years before playing it myself. The animated series used to air on weekends and I had access to my older sister’s video collection. After watching countless episodes of the show, my parents finally caved in and bought me my very own Gameboy Advanced. Pokemon Ruby was my first experience with the popular role-playing series and I still remember my team of the adorable creatures. I had the likes of Blaziken, Gardevoir, Wailord, Breloom, Swellow and the legendary titular Groudon. Nintendo then proceeded to play with my nostalgia yet again and released Pokemon: Omega Ruby; which I spent another 400 hours with.

You can purchase Pokemon: Omega Ruby here.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GCN)

Wind Waker wasn’t my first Zelda game but it is the experience I remember the most. In 2004 I received a Gamecube for my fifth Birthday, alongside Mario Kart: Double Dash and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. I adored the traversal between the islands, it felt like I was taking Link on a grand adventure that I was apart of. The story became one of my personal favourites in the franchise and the game includes many memorable moments that I’ll never forget. If I were to recommend a Zelda game to a newcomer, Wind Waker would be the go-to title in my own opinion.

You can buy the HD version of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker here.

I chose these four games as they are the most influential games that I have played in my lifetime. I went on to play games such as Batman: Arkham City, Skyrim and more recent titles including Persona 5; one of my favourite games of all time. As 2019 continues, I look forward to games such as Super Mario Maker 2, Outer Worlds and the remake of Link’s Awakening.

Jaimie Ditchfield

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