So in a few minutes I'll be signing out of Gamereactor for the last time, as today marks my last heading up the UK as its Editor in Chief. After 5 years of hammering the place into shape, as well as launching and running the print magazine, it's time for me to try something new (real reason: I've got to make some headway with my video game backlog. I've still to play Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VI, Metroid Prime... the list goes on).
I was asked recently what my all time favourite game was. I realised it was an impossible task, and fired back over a dozen titles that have made lasting impacts on me as a gamer and as a journalist. I've been in this game (ho ho) for over 25 years now, starting out on the C64 and partaking in every single console generation from the Mega Drive onwards. So my taste and 'best of' list is eclectic. Rather than bore with personalised accounts of each (and partly because I see my time's slipping away) here's the run down - one thing I noticed was a majority are from the PSOne days. As a long term Sega fan, it's weird saying my best memories were on a Sony machine, but there you go. One day I'll do a Twitch marathon and play through them all.
If you've been sticking with us over the years or just joined by seeing us on the PS4 or Smart TV Apps (shameless plug), then thank you. It's been a genuine pleasure seeing a growing number of people flock to join us in celebrating gaming. I'd like to think we've always been straight with you, and I hope we always will be, even if someone else is taking the helm and continuing to build on what I began a half decade ago. Keeping gaming, and I'll see you online.
And now, that list (get ready for the arguments!)
Panther (old C64 game that was a sci-fi Desert Strike).
The Last of Us
Doom (PSOne version)
Streets of Rage 2
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Resident Evil 2
Mass Effect 2
Metal Gear Solid
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Red Dead Redemption
Final Fantasy VII
Road Rash 2
Street Fighter Alpha 2
Secret of Mana
Parappa The Rappa