Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition
A young Daniel Driver got caught up in the Street Fighter II hype, and a friendly-yet-personal rivalry turned the game from a fad and into an obsession.
European Club Soccer
Before FIFA and ISS Pro began to dominate football gaming, football games weren’t known for their flair. However, European Club Soccer still captured Gary Heneghan’s heart.
Sonic 3D: Flickies’ Island
N64 Jamesy speaks of Sonic 3D, and how this “black sheep” of the franchise’s 16-bit era, despite its foibles, was saved by some truly fine musical efforts.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (MS)
For Jimi Fletcher, Sonic 2 on the Master System – his first-ever gaming Christmas present – gave him a unique outlook on both life and the game itself.
While his friends were busy playing more famous 2D beat ‘em ups, Matt Gardner was happier with Alien Storm – though he twice had to overcome his own body’s betrayal just to try it.
Golden Axe’s co-op gameplay captured Tom Clare’s young heart. After countless playthroughs and near-misses, his journey would reach an unexpected conclusion, 22 years later…
World Soccer on the Master System was what hooked N64 Jamesy on the beautiful game, teaching him how a simple ball game could help him fit in – a passion that lives to this day.
Some games are so bad, they’re good. In the case of Hard Drivin’, Matt Gardner needed a few years to realise that it was an experience that aged beautifully, even if it remained utterly terrible.