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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Super Mario 64. Goldeneye. Three games that are enough to send chills down any ‘90s kid’s spine.

They’re just three of the dozens of incredible games that can be found on the N64, and probably the reason why the console was so popular in the first place.

The NES and SNES had cemented Nintendo’s place as the King of consoles, but Sony had another plans going into the latter half of the ‘90s. For once, Nintendo couldn’t compete on hardware.

But its library of games more than made up for it, from your traditional Mario games to titles based on a squirrel fighting a giant mound of poo.

So, without further ado, here are our best N64 games of all time.

Best N64 Games of All Time 17. 1080 Snowboarding
1080° Snowboarding (Nintendo 64) Playthrough - Part 1 - YouTube

When it was released, 1080 Snowboarding was a pioneer not just for snowboarding games, but sports games as a whole.

Its graphics, though dated now, were a huge achievement for the time, and its realistic take on all game modes proved a hit with most at the time.

1080 Snowboarding allows players to choose between two trick modes and three race modes, five snowboarders from different countries (three are unlockable later in the game), and eight snowboards (another is unlockable).

This variety was huge at the time, and even today it stands the test of time. Sports games are without doubt the worst to age, especially as most are annual releases, yet 1080 Snowboarding proves to be one of the only exceptions.

16. Diddy Kong Racing
Nintendo 64 Longplay - Diddy Kong Racing Part 1 - YouTube

SNES or Mega Drive? VHS or Betamax? Diddy Kong Racing or Mario Kart 64? It was an argument that ended friendships (maybe not, but I’m sure arguments were had): which was the better game?

While (spoiler alert) Mario and his mates edge it in this list, it’s no doubt a tight one to choose.

With a modest selection of RARE characters, Diddy Kong Racing lets you drive through dozens of great tracks, all with different themes.

The boss battles at the end, and then having to replay each level with a new mission, gave the game an extra dimension that other character racers didn’t have at the time.

Those who were lucky enough to reach Wizpig were met with one of the most challenging finales to any N64 game, and if not, dozens of multiplayer levels would have kept you busy in the mean-time.

15. F-Zero X
F-Zero X (N64) - YouTube

F-Zero X is another game to be unfairly compared with its predecessor. F-Zero on the SNES was ground-breaking, and with its use of Mode-7 was one of the fastest and best-looking games on the system.

Perhaps F-Zero X didn’t make as much of an impact on the video game scene at the time, but it’s still impressive to play even now.

The Nintendo 64 instalment follows the same formula: a futuristic Grand Prix across a multitude of different tracks and race modes.

30 cars compete at a time at lightning speed, which is why the game didn’t break the visual barriers that the first game did. Yet what it lacks in graphics it more than makes up for in tight and fast gameplay.

F-Zero X may not be the best-remembered game of Captain Falcon’s career, but it’s had tough competition.

14. Mario Party
Mario Party - Nintendo 64 Review - HD - YouTube

Titles like Goldeneye and Mario Kart 64 were great for multiplayer, but both could be equally enjoyed as a single player experience.

Mario Party, on the other hand, was made to be played by more than one. Look ahead and it’s become one of Nintendo’s biggest spin-off series’, and it’s easy to see why: its multiplayer party games are hilarious, fun, and infect competitiveness more than any other game.

It would be easy to put all three N64 Mario Party games on the list of the best N64 games of all time, but the first was where it all began.

Groups of up to four battle it out in 53 mini games, all with varying difficulty. Players can choose exactly how competitive or cooperative they want the tournament to be: whether you’re working as a team or individually.

The fact that it’s spawned not just a few sequels, but ten, is evidence of just how good this IP was.

13. Star Fox 64
Star Fox 64 - GAMEPLAY - Nintendo 64 - YouTube

Star Fox 64 – or Lylat Wars in Australia and Europe due to licensing reasons – is not only widely recognised as the best in the series, but one of the best games on the N64.

It sold better than Super Mario 64 and Mario Kart 64 in its opening five days, which is no mean feat. On top of that, it even earned a remake in the form of a 3DS game – an accolade that very few N64 games hold.

Those who played Star Fox on the SNES will be in familiar territory here; in fact, they’re both pretty much the same game.

The jump from 16-bit to 64 was evident, though, as the graphics improved hugely. Andross is the enemy again, and Fox and his team are tasked with saving Lylat with a multitude of space crafts and moves to perform in them.

To say it’s short – between three and five hours – is an understatement, but it’s replayable even today. Plus, how can you ever get bored of the line “do a barrel roll”?

12. Donkey Kong 64
Donkey Kong 64 (N64) Gameplay - YouTube

Like Perfect Dark and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, Donkey Kong 64 utilized the Nintendo 64 expansion pack for much-improved visuals.

This was a must: Donkey Kong Country was one of the SNES greatest achievements, and proved how great games could look even with such limited power.

Donkey Kong had a lot to live up to in his first venture into 3D, then, and while it’s not as fondly remembered as the Country games, it still stands the test of time.

Donkey Kong 64 received a lot of stick for its collecting missions, with many citing them as too long and difficult.

The rap during the opening scene is also recognised as one of the worst songs in video game history – but who cares?

It may not have been a genre defying 3D platformer like Super Mario 64 and RARE’s own Banjo-Kazooie, but it’s a typical Donkey Kong, just longer and better-looking. It’s easy to compare a game to its predecessors, but taken as a standalone game, Donkey Kong 64 still stands well above others like it at the time.

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While the PlayStation 1 has been outdone by the PS2 and will probably be outsold by Sony’s latest console, it still remains as iconic as ever.

Whether it be the nostalgic sound as a game launched (or didn’t in a lot of sad cases) or its pale grey and sharp-cornered exterior, the console is permanently ingrained in ‘90s culture.

But, like a pretty book without any words, what is a console without a library of blockbuster games? Luckily for the PlayStation 1, it had titles good enough to knock Nintendo off of its perch.

So, we’re taking a step back a couple of decades to look at the 25 best PS1 games of all time.

Best PS1 Games of All Time 25. MediEvil
MediEvil – Announce Trailer | PS4 - YouTube

With one look at MediEvil it’s difficult not to think of Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas.

The game’s protagonist, the Knight Sir Daniel Fortesque, looks every bit like Jake Skellington, only more skeleton-like and better in armed combat.

This Halloween atmosphere with a tongue in cheek sense of humour is what makes the game so original, and one of the most interesting games on the PlayStation 1.

Sir Daniel Fortesque has been dead for 100 years, killed in a battle against the evil sorcerer Zorok, who himself died in the war.

The magician resurrects himself, though, which inadvertently brings the knight back to life. Players, as Fortesque, must kill the sorcerer again, ending his evil once and for all.

It’s obvious from the combat, mechanics and visuals that the game is nearly 20 years old, but its humour still remains. It was undoubtedly one of the best games on the system when it released, and can still be enjoyed as much today.

24. Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
Crash Bandicoot 2 - "Hang Eight" Clear Gem and All Boxes (PS4 N Sane Trilogy) - YouTube

Video game mascots may be a thing of the past, but there’s no denying how important they were to their respective consoles in the ‘90s.

Without Sonic, could SEGA really have competed with Nintendo? And what would Nintendo look like without its moustachioed plumber?

It didn’t take long for Sony to find its frontman in a bright orange bandicoot named Crash.

If Mario showcased Miyamoto’s talents and Sonic represented the Mega Drive’s power, Crash Bandicoot was there to show that platformers, the PlayStation 1, and the video game industry as a whole didn’t exist just for kids.

It’s almost impossible to separate the Crash Bandicoot series on PlayStation 1. The first will have a special place in the hearts of many, Warped took players on adventure around the globe, and Team Racing even earned itself a solo remastered release separate from its predecessors.

But it was the jump between the first and the second games that cemented Naughty Dog as one of the world’s best and most creative developers.

The levels were bigger, the mechanics better, and there were more collectibles to keep you playing levels over and over to achieve the perfect round. It’s not only the best Crash Bandicoot game of all time, but one of the best PS1 games of all time.

23. Chrono Cross
Why Chrono Cross Is One Of The Best Games Ever - YouTube

Final Fantasy, Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger: three games (or series in the case of Final Fantasy) that ignited the world’s love for JRPGs.

 The latter is often regarded as one of the best games of all time, and for good reason: it told the epic adventure of three close friends fighting against an ultimate evil.

But how do you make a sequel to one of the greatest games ever? Well, Square made a pretty good go of it with Chrono Cross.

It may not have the charm and charisma of its predecessor, but Chrono Cross took the elements that made Trigger such a special game and but added the size and scope of the Final Fantasy series after VII.

Its use of magic and abilities, or so called elements, was inspired by Final Fantasy VII’s Materia system, and its bolstered cast of characters – 45 in total – is a world away from Chrono Trigger’s small and personal tale of three.

But this was another era in gaming and, as much as funs felt aggrieved at the big changes, it had to move on. It may not have had the lasting impact of other RPGs on Sony’s first system, but it’s more than worthy of a place on our list of best PlayStation 1 games.

22. Spyro: Year of the Dragon
Spyro Reignited Trilogy - Spyro the Dragon Launch Trailer | PS4 - YouTube

Crash Bandicoot is often regarded as the face of the PlayStation 1, but he certainly wasn’t the only mascot used to front the company.

As if a bright orange, trainer and shorts-wearing marsupial wasn’t enough, Sony found another character in a purple dragon named Spyro.

As much as this sounds like a character from Dino Crisis, this smiley, charismatic reptile managed to steal the hearts of millions of gamers and, like Crash, went on to appear in three, self-titled platform games.

All three of Spyro’s adventures centre on his mission to save his fellow dragons from the evil Gnasty Gnorc. Taking the sandbox platformer approach pioneered by Super Mario 64, each world contains main missions, side quests, and a plethora of collectibles, making players feel as though they’re genuinely free to roam around and do as they please.

Unsurprisingly, after a couple of attempts at perfecting the formula, developer Insomniac hit gold with the third instalment.

It offers more mini games, other playable characters, and looks a lot sharper than its predecessors – though it’s a tough one to call.

21. Tenchu 2: Birth of the Stealth Assassin
Tenchu 2: Birth of Stealth Assassins - Intro - PSX - YouTube
20. Suikoden 2
Genso Suikoden II - Opening Movie - YouTube
19. Driver
Driver PS1 - San Francisco Gameplay (Day) - YouTube
18. Spider-Man
Spider-Man (PS1) Walkthrough Part 1 - Bank Heist - YouTube
17. Vagrant Story
Vagrant Story - Retro Review (PS1) - YouTube
16. Street Fighter Alpha 3
Street Fighter Alpha 3 (PSX) - Longplay - YouTube

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Microsoft’s Xbox One X is the most powerful home console of all time. The Nintendo Switch is arguably the most creative video game machine to have launched since the Nintendo Wii. The PC master race are convinced their platform is the best. And they’re probably right.

So how is it that the Sony PlayStation 4 has sold over 90 million units, making it one of the best-selling consoles ever?

There are several reasons, including a well-marketed launch and Microsoft’s own mishaps. But there’s no doubt that the reason why gamers are still flocking to the shops to buy this 6 year old console is its huge catalogue of outstanding triple-A titles, exclusives, and indie games.

Whether you’ve been a PS4 owner since the beginning or you’ve only just picked yours off the shelves, here are our best PS4 games you can go out and buy right now (so far).

Best PS4 Games (So Far) 36. The Witness
The Witness - Release Date Trailer | PS4 - YouTube

Jonathan Blow’s Braid was both a critical and commercial success, being at the forefront of the Indie game revolution that swept the Xbox Marketplace at the end of the last decade.

In his follow up game, The Witness, he again developed a puzzler, but this time he threw away the 2D and the platformer, and developed something much bigger in scale and openness.

The Witness is a puzzle game that takes things back to basics, whilst at the same time putting players in a mystifying, beautifully vibrant world.

Without any verbal communication, it’s up to players to explore the world, learning its mysteries as they go along. In each area there will be puzzles which can’t be solved by sheer guess work; instead players need to find clues in their environment.

This is fairly simple at first, but as the game progresses, the puzzles become more complex, and the clues as to how to solve them become even more obscure. It’s certain to baffle and astonish in equal measures.

35. Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition
Diablo III Official Trailer - YouTube

Diablo III was a very good game, and one which finished off the trilogy on high.

It updated its combat mechanics from the first two instalments, and added unique elements that bettered the overall experience, such as reallocation of skill points, allowing players to test different ways of playing the game.

Yet there were issues during the first few years of release, which is typical of a game of this scale which uses always-online DRM.

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition is exactly what the original release wanted to be, and is as polished an RPG as you’re likely to find on the PlayStation 4.

Like the others in the series, the hack and slash element makes it unlike any other game on the system. Its Adventure mode will have you playing for as long as you want, but if you’re like most other players, the game is just about killing things. Many, many things.

34. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Shadow of Mordor Gameplay Trailer - First Gameplay - YouTube

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor surprised everyone when it was released. It wasn’t the visuals, storyline or other aspects of gameplay that resonated though (although these were all fantastic elements of the game), but it was its Nemesis system. In this, whoever players decided to go to war and make enemies with, and kill or lost against, would end up shifting the dynamics of the game.

Die against one leader and they’ll become more important, moving up the hierarchy, leading a larger army against you. On the other hand, topple one leader and another takes its place.

The Nemesis system was what brought praise in abundance for Shadow of Mordor, but everything else works so well alongside it.

The graphics are good for an early PlayStation 4 game, the combat mechanics are tight, and share similarities with the Batman series, and the storyline is a welcome detour from The Lord of the Rings.

33. Minecraft
Minecraft Announcement Trailer | E3 2014 | PS4 - YouTube

A recent statistic shows Minecraft to be the second best-selling game of all time, with 122 million units and downloads sold across all platforms.

On top of that, it has over 50 million unique users every single month. A Telltale series was released, and a film is in the works. None of this happened by chance.

Since Microsoft’s $2.5 billion acquisition from creator Mojang, the game has continued to cultivate into something of the like we haven’t seen before.

Whilst the PlayStation 4 may not be where Minecraft fits most naturally, it’s essentially the same game, for those perhaps without access to PC platforms, and at a low asking price.

As with all other versions, Minecraft allows players to either be imaginative in their building with creative mode, or treat it like an action-survival game in survival mode.

The former has gifted us with many a video showcasing the amazing lengths that a creative mind can go to, with a playable guitar, Game of Thrones introduction and fully working Pokemon game having been designed using just Minecraft blocks. There’s no end to what you can do in this game.

32. Journey
Journey Launch Trailer I Coming July 21 I PS4 Exclusive - YouTube

Indie games have come a long way since the early days of Switch and Xbox Marketplace. Games such as Braid and Super Meat Boy paved the way for indie game developers to be more and more creative, and confident that their games will get the platform they deserve.

Journey was evidence of this journey when it released in 2013, and the PlayStation 4 version reinforces this.

There’s no easy way to explain journey. Essentially your character is a robed figure, wearing a trailing scarf, floating effortlessly across a vast desert. They have the ability to summon other scarf-like figures, which assist the character in reaching otherwise impossible areas.

Your goal is to make it to the top of a mountain, which is usually in sight. The closer you get, the more difficult the enemies are. But these aren’t the sorts of enemies we’re used to in video games – the gameplay is relatively simple and harmless.

Instead of making you work for your end goal of the mountain, the game takes you on a journey to get there, all the while letting you take in its unrelenting beauty.

31. Rocket League
Rocket League - Announce Trailer | PS4 - YouTube

Rocket League was masterfully released into the PlayStation community back in 2015, being a free download to members of PlayStation Plus. It very quickly became an overnight sensation, resulting in a physical copy being sold across all major retailers. Play it once and you’ll see why.

Every young boy’s dream was surely to drive around in a huge truck, on a gargantuan football pitch, crashing into opposite players and a giant ball. Rocket League brings this to reality.

Playing online or locally, players team up in a 5 aside game, each controlling a car or truck. The aim of the game is simple, score as many goals as you can within the time limit. It’s outrageously fun and addictive, just don’t try it at home.

30. INSIDE
Inside Official Launch Trailer - YouTube

Those of you who are familiar with Playdead’s first game Limbo, or lucky enough to download it as a PlayStation Plus free title, will instantly recognise the macabre style used in INSIDE.

Their follow up puzzle-platformer uses similar monochromatic visuals, again creating a morbid atmosphere to sit alongside a metaphorical, analogous storyline. As you may have guessed, this isn’t your average platform game.

Players take control of a young boy in an unknown world, filled with zombie-like figures and masked guards with flashlights.

 Get caught and the cost is your life. Sneak past the lights and traps using puzzling methods and you escape to the next area. It sounds like a simple game, and in essence it is. But what splits INSIDE and Limbo apart from other platform games is their ability to make you think.

There is undoubtedly meaning behind the story and stylistic choices, and you’ll be silenced into deep thought once you complete them.

29. Dishonored 2
Dishonored 2 Trailer E3 2015 Official Trailer (HD) - YouTube

Assassin’s Creed may hold the majority of the market when it comes to multi-stealth killings in gaming, but any Dishonoured fan knows what it’s like to perform a unique, wholly insane assassination.

Dishonoured 2 provides players with a multitude of powers, each with a unique ability, allowing players to methodically plan how to take out not just an individual, but often a whole army of enemies.

As they progress, players are given the opportunity to improve their powers on a skill tree, and wreak even further havoc upon enemies.

Taking control of either Emily or Korvo is a nice addition to the game, at a time when women feel more and more underrepresented in games; sometimes just the choice of character is good enough.

Either way, Dishonoured 2 follows the same patterns as the first, but with new abilities, PlayStation 4 power graphics, and a continuing narrative. It’s as creative in killing as you’re ever likely to be (hopefully).

28. Battlefield 1
Battlefield 1 - Official Reveal Trailer | PS4 - YouTube

With Call of Duty moving further into the future of warfare year after year, with jet-packs now a mainstay of the series, DICE decided to do exactly the opposite.

Battlefield 1 takes players back to where modern warfare all began, pitting them into the war trodden regions involved in World War 1. No jet-packs here, just bayonets, trenches, and war horses.

The game justifies the developer’s decision to take an extra year in between titles; Battlefield 1 was released 2 years after Hardline.

The justification arrives in the huge, detailed maps, well-written storylines and fine-tuned combat. They put more emphasis on individuals than has been seen in a FPS before, with often touching moments showing the horrors of such primitive warfare.

The vast maps are designed for the multiplayer game mode Conquest, and make it a joy to run for 10 minutes end to end, marvelling at the detail. Online is essentially what most people purchase the game for, and it’s certain to leave you craving for more.

27. Fallout 4
Fallout 4 - Official Trailer | PS4 - YouTube

Arguably the most hyped up game ever, Fallout 4 had a lot to live up to. Perhaps it didn’t match the game that fans had in mind, but it was following in the footsteps of Fallout 3 and Vegas.

That’s no mean feat. To have surpassed these would have been to develop one of the greatest games of all time, so it’s best to look at Fallout 4 as a separate title, which it is, without prejudices. When you do, you’ll realise how brilliant a game it is.

One of the main criticisms of the game is its scale. It’s played out on an incredibly huge map, which sometimes causes frame rate issues.

But to knock a game for its ambition is ridiculous; Bethesda have tried to build something extraordinary, and very nearly did so. The developers should be praised for their scope, because not many others are as ambitious.

Most aspects of the game are the same as previous Fallouts, but with added extras. The ability to build bases, a more in-depth craft system and updated combat mechanics are all introduced. Yet there’s one thing that hasn’t changed here. War. War never changes.

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The 12 Best Co-Op Games on PS4

Ah the N64 days, when games were made to be played with others. I don’t mean urmum1998 or NoScOpE in a game of COD4 Modern Warfare. I mean your best mate from down the road who just popped over for a quick game.

Mario Kart, Diddy Kong Racing, Goldeneye…where did you go? Where did it all go wrong?

Whilst some of us sit and reminisce about the ‘good old days’, others are hard at work trying to bring multiplayer back to the couch, where it belongs.

Luckily, those same people have managed to claw some faith back in the couch co-op community, with several shining examples of why games should still be played locally.

For those of you who are still sitting there, dreaming of split screens and four or more controller ports, we’ve compiled a list of the 11 best co-op games you can get on PS4 right now. Just make sure no one’s staring at your screen whilst you read. Cheats.

12. Resident Evil 5
Resident Evil 5 - Trailer 1 - PS3 Xbox 360 - YouTube

Although it may not have lived up to the expectations set by its predecessors, Resident Evil 5 was incredibly fun to play with a partner.

Playing as the returning Chris and the new character in Sheva, players again take on Wesker, but this time in the unfamiliar setting of West Africa.

The all-out action approach taken in Resi Evil 4 returns, but the co-op angle puts an interesting spin on the series; players can swap items from each other’s inventories, lift their partners to out of reach areas, and of course blow the heads off of zombies in typical back-to-back, high-five co-op style.

It’s maybe not on par with the rest of the series, but as a multiplayer game it works well.

11. LittleBigPlanet 3

Puzzle platformers always feel like they’re made for couch co-op play, and it’s always a shame when they don’t include the feature.

Luckily LittleBigPlanet 3 took advantage of it, and in the process added an extra three characters to feature alongside Sackboy and Sackgirl.

Playing as Oddsock, Swoop, or Toggle, players of up to four can help their partner in overcoming whichever puzzles the game itself, or the collection of user-generated content throws at them.

Each character has a unique ability which is needed to complete the levels and defeat enemies, meaning no one is left out of the game: everyone is essential. It makes a fun game even more enjoyable.

10. Rayman Legends
Rayman Legends - Gameplay Walkthrough Part 1 - Teensies in Trouble Intro (PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360, PC) - YouTube

Rayman Legends asks its co-op players to do two things at the same time: work together for the team, but play for your own benefit too.

Similar to LittleBigPlanet 3, different characters have unique abilities, meaning all players have to work together if they want to progress, with Rayman, Globox, Teensies and the Princesses all being playable.

Yet when things start getting difficult, and the aim is more of a sprint to the finish as opposed to a gentle stroll, things start getting messy.

The player leading the pack determines the movement of the screen, so whoever is at the back better keep up, or their days are numbered – Tails style. Grabbing that last Lum before the round ends may break a few friendships too.

9. Diablo 3

Diablo 3 is a team game, and as great as it is playing solo, there’s nothing more fun than attacking hordes of enemies in local multiplayer.

The best thing about it is that you don’t necessarily have to take it too seriously; if you’d prefer to just mess around with the game, constantly trying new ways to play the game, you’re perfectly entitled to do that.

That’s not great fun when you’re playing on your own. With a plethora of items to choose from and plenty of loot to argue over, this is about as fun as tactical co-op games can get.

8. Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

Those of you who were lucky enough to pick Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris up as a PlayStation Plus freebie were treated to a Tomb Raider adventure quite unlike any before.

With gameplay more in line with the recent app, Temple of Osiris allows up to four different characters, each with individual skills and abilities, to solve puzzles together.

In untypical Lara fashion, this involves critical thinking and timing, as opposed to shooting, ledge-jumping, and wall-scaling.

It’s not particularly great playing on your own, but with others it’s an exercise in team work, with enough tricky puzzles to keep you and your partners entertained for a while.

7. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (Nazi Zombies)
Black Ops 3 ZOMBIES Gameplay PART #1 - "The Giant" w/ Ali-A (Call of Duty Zombies) - YouTube

There’s no doubt that the reason for Call of Duty still selling as well as it does is due to the inclusion of its Nazi Zombies mode.

Ever since World at War, with the exception of Modern Warfare 2 and 3 the Zombie mode has allowed players to not only move away from online multiplayer, but also play a more co-op focused game mode.

Very few couch co-op experiences are as thrilling as teaming up against an army of oncoming zombies, and the inclusion of randomised weapons and power-ups makes matters even more tense and exciting.

Long ago are the days of insta-kill and ray-guns being the most sought after items: Black Ops 3 takes things to a whole new level. In a sense, the crazier the add-on has become the less intense it seems. Nevertheless, there’s no beating split screen in any of the Zombie modes we’ve seen so far.

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10 Banned Video Games

Violence in video games – it’s been a sensitive subject for the better part of four decades, now. From excessive blood and gore to near-enough underage porn, the industry has always found a way to make censorship a hot topic.

It’s true that video games don’t deserve much of the criticism they get from the media – especially games like GTA which, thanks to the modding community, is now about as true to real life as Lemmings.

But, certain titles don’t help themselves, going out of their way to add as much controversy as they can fit on a disc (or download). This has proven to be an effective marketing ploy in the past, but sometimes things get too out of hand, leading to a total ban of all sales.

So, here are 10 video games that were banned, and why.

Manhunt 2

Where: The UK among others

Manhunt 2 - Walkthrough Part 1 [Uncensored] - YouTube

Manhunt 2 was a victim of its predecessor’s violence. In the UK, Manhunt had been linked to a murder, leading the media to create a storm just two days after the second instalment was announced.

It was subsequently refused classification by the BBFC – effectively banned – once footage of the game showed it to be even more violent than the original, and the same decision was made across several other countries.

Rockstar censored some of the violence, and the edited version was eventually released, a process they became used to with Grand Theft Auto. Yet the controversy surrounding Manhunt 2 cemented its place as one of the most graphically violent games of all time.

Postal 2

Where: New Zealand

Developer Running With Scissors took black comedy to a whole new level with Postal 2, the sequel in an already twisted series. The game portrays a sickening level of violence and animal cruelty, which forced the New Zealand censorship board to ban the game in 2004. It’s still illegal to sell, purchase or possess the game, and doing so could land you a whopping $50,000 fine.

It didn’t help that in 2006, the game was linked to a shooting at Dawson College, Montreal. Like many violent games before and since, many cited its graphic depiction of violence as a motive behind the killing. None of this stopped the game getting widespread release across other countries however, including the U.S.

RapeLay

Where: Most countries

RapeLay - YouTube

It’s difficult to imagine why Japanese developer Illusion thought that making a game in which you play as a sexual predator tasked with raping a mother and her two daughters was a good idea. It’s baffling to think that the concept even made it into the early stages of development. In defence of the game, people argue that rape is a lesser crime than murder. It’s a sick and baffling situation.

The game was, and still is, banned in many countries, whilst in others retailers just don’t stock it. RapeLay was available on Amazon for a short period of time, until Keith Vaz, a British Member of Parliament, notified them. It was immediately taken down. It is, however, still available via download in some areas.

Carmageddon

Where: UK, Germany, others

Video games that show violence in the most unrealistic of situations have a tough time. Those that represent violence in every-day situations, like driving a car, have no chance. Carmageddon was an A to B driving game, with the added extra of running people over in between. With the incentive of driving over as many people as possible to score more points, countries like the UK, Germany and Brazil saw it as a step too far, and decided to pull a complete ban over the game.

To get around this, the developers swapped the humans for robots, and instead of gushing out sickening levels of bright, red blood, oil and green blood was spilt. The UK certified this censored version, but the game never saw release in Brazil, even though the game was several sequels and a reboot made.

Night Trap

Where: UK, USA

A group of young girls attend a sleepover, only to find out that their hosts are vampires. It’s your job to make sure they make it out alive, by tactically trapping the vampires in the house. Whilst the player’s position in the game isn’t a controversial one, the game was banned in certain countries because of its use of full-motion video. It seemed so real at the time, and certain death scenes with young girls in nightgowns struck a chord with the UK and USA in particular.

The SEGA CD version was taken off the shelves of major retailers, including Toys ‘R’ Us and Kay-Bee Toy, and it eventually resulted in the inception of the Entertainment Software Rating Board, alongside fellow violent games Mortal Kombat and Doom. It was banned in the UK up until the Director’s Cut was released in 1995, when it was ported to multiple systems.

Custer’s Revenge

Where: USA

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The Atari 2600 isn’t a console you’d consider when it comes to banned games, but 1982’s Custer’s Revenge tried its best to spice the system up a bit. General Custer finds himself in that every day situation of wearing nothing but a hat and a pair of boots, sporting a pixilated erection, and having to dodge arrows in order to make it to a tied up Native American woman. It was developed by Mystique, makers of all things adult, whose owners were in the adult movie business too.

Oklahoma City was surprisingly the only area to ban the game, and the attention it received because of its depiction sexual violence ultimately aided sales. It sold 80,000 during its lifetime, making it Mystique’s best-selling adult game. The world is a strange place sometimes.

Grand Theft Auto

Where: Thailand, Brazil, others

Right from the offset, Grand Theft Auto cemented its place as one of video gaming’s most controversial series. Grand Theft Auto III saw the series take a 3D and more realistic turn, but everything started with the top-down original. The game was condemned in most European countries and America, but actually banned in several other countries due to its graphic depiction of violence and theft.

The country in which the ban is enforced most is undoubtedly Thailand, where anyone found possessing the game can be arrested, mainly because of the ‘GTA-inspired’ murder of a young woman. It continued to spark fierce, worldwide debate, which continues to live still in its latest iteration, Grand Theft Auto V.

Bully (Canis Canem Edit)

Where: Brazil

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As we’ve seen, Rockstar are certainly no strangers to controversy. Bully, or Canem Canis Edit in the PAL region, took all the major elements of the Grand Theft Auto series, but planted them in a school environment. Players were invited to take on the role of school bully, as the name suggests, and many people weren’t happy about it. Again, British Member of Parliament, Keith Vaz, wanted the game banned, or at least given an 18 rating compared to its 15. British retailers Currys and PC world even refused to stock the game, feeling it would damage their credibility.

The outright ban of the game was in Brazil, due to its depiction of violence and corruption within schools. Elsewhere anti-bullying activists campaigned for a total ban of the game, but this didn’t stop it from being a success for Rockstar, as it eventually saw several ports and is constantly being touted for a sequel.

Phantasmagoria

Where: Australia

Similar to Night Trap, Phantasmagoria used live-action shots to tell its story of a novelist and her photographer husband in their newly-bought, creepy mansion. Whilst perhaps not as gory, the game featured a rape scene which sparked outrage in 1995. Developer Sierra lost the backing of many retailers in the USA, some of whom decided not to stock the game even before it released the biggest of these being CompUSA.

Phantasmagoria wasn’t banned in the USA though, and Australia became the only country in which sale of the game was illegal. None of this stopped it from being a success however, as it became one of the best-selling titles of that year.

Any game depicting violence

Where: Venezuela

After a bill was passed in 2010, any game depicting violence is banned in Venezuela. Breaking the law can result in up to 5 years in prison, and so around 13,000 games were destroyed once the ban was put in place. What a sad day…

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There aren’t enough signs and symbols on a keyboard to sum up how some horror games make us feel.

From the “S!%T” you shout after that jump scare you knew was coming to the “F&$K” as you finally make it out alive, the genre keeps our hearts and minds running at 110% percent.

It’s strange to think we put ourselves through such pain and anxiety. But we do. And video game publishers know that, and continue to produce scary game after scary game.

That’s why there’s a library of horror games on the PS4 just waiting to be played.

So that you know your horrors from your howlers, we’ve listed the ten scariest games on PS4.

The scariest games on PS4 13. P.T

If you’re wondering why you can’t hop onto Amazon and buy this game right now, it’s because it technically doesn’t exist.

P.T is actually an acronym for “playable teaser”, and that’s all this game ever was. In fact, it was a free downloadable on PlayStation Network for such a short amount of time that most PS4 owners never had the chance to play it.

Directed by Hideo Kojima with help from film director Guillermo Del Toro, P.T was a puzzle solving horror game on PS4 that was developed in the lead up to the now-cancelled Silent Hills.

Playing as an unnamed protagonist in a supernatural, suburban house, players are made to work their way down pitch-black corridors, solving puzzles and investigating the preceding events.

With only the ability to walk and zoom in a first-person perspective, you were made to avoid a ghost named Lisa. Get caught by her, and one of the most terrifying jump scares in video games occurred.

P.T filled you with as much anxiety and tension as any complete game could. Not much actually happens, but that’s the point: you’re constantly waiting for that big scare.

So, a demo makes its way on the list of one of the scariest games for PS4. Just imagine what Silent Hills could have done.

12. The Last of Us Remastered

Most remember The Last of Us as the PlayStation 3’s swansong, a game with so much depth of narrative and character building that it’s often regarded as one of the greatest ever.

Yet essentially it’s a horror game, and its aim is to make you fraught with fright as much as it is to tell you a powerful story.

Maybe the perfect balance between the two is what makes it such a brilliant, engrossing, terrifying game, and without doubt one of the scariest games on PS4.

The Infected, the game’s equivalent of zombies, are hideously deformed humans, whose heads are split in half with fungus oozing out.

A croaky, ticking noise that they make can be heard from a far distance, and makes you feel uncomfortable and anxious: they really are disgusting beings.

But they alone don’t make The Last of Us scary. It’s the atmosphere and the tension. This is the end of humanity, and it’s dark and bleak, with creatures around every corner.

With a lack of weaponry and ammunition, you’re often forced to wait and hide, with yours and your companion’s lives at stake.

Don’t be fooled by stunning scenes of giraffes wandering gently around a ruined school: this is survival horror at its very best, and undoubtedly the finest survival game on PS4.

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11. Layers of Fear

It’s generally the case that horror games are made scary by another body – be that an axe wielding murderer or an alien from space.

Layers of Fear is different. It’s as psychological as horror can get, as players, taking the role of a disturbed painter, are forced to look inwards at their own psychological state.

Completing his masterpiece in an old, run down Victorian mansion is only the catalyst through which he can do so.

Layers of Fear is puzzle based, and with each one solved the house changes appearance, revealing more about the character’s story.

It does rely on tension and occasional jump-scares to frighten players, but the horror is found within the narrative.

You’re playing as a deeply disturbed person, and the more you progressive through the game’s puzzles and environments, the more terrifying truths you uncover. Proof that PS4 horror games can do more than just make you jump.

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10. Until Dawn

A group of eight teenagers holidaying at a cabin in a remote area, a year to the day after two twin sisters of one of the members of the group mysteriously went missing. What could possibly go wrong?

If Until Dawn sounds like horror movie cliché bundled into one, that’s because it is; but it isn’t ashamed by that.

It shouldn’t be either, because although at times the came can border on ridiculous, it’s often terrifying.

Playing as all eight characters, your decision making is of paramount importance, sometimes meaning the difference between life and death.

Because of this, you’re always on edge and considering your next move, as well as having to think about what’s hiding around the next corner.

Until Dawn may be short-lived, but during that time there’s very little respite from the suspense.

It’s an homage to the movies that inspired it, particularly Cabin in the Woods. And whilst it may not live up to the thrills and scares of some of its greatest inspirations, it certainly does justice to the horror flicks that make you laugh and cry in equal measure.

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9. Outlast

Outlast 2 may have made the headlines more than its predecessor, but the original was the first to scare people senseless.

Players take the role of an investigative journalist, who decides to report on Mount Massive Asylum, a psychiatric hospital in the middle of nowhere. Just why he does this is anybody’s guess.

Unfortunately for players, they have to deal with his bad decision making. The asylum has been overrun by its patients, and it looks exactly how you’d think it would in a horror game.

It’s pitch black and derelict, and the only way you can see anything is by using the night-vision in your video recorder.

It sounds scary enough already, but your inability to do anything other than walk, run, jump, and climb makes Outlast truly terrifying. If you see or hear a patient close by you only have two options: run or hide.

The question is: how quickly can you do either? It’s the tension that makes Outlast well worthy of a place in the list of scariest games for PS4.

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8. Soma

Often the terror felt before a scare is worse than the horror that comes after. Frictional Games, developer of Soma, knows this, and uses it to maximum effect.

Players find themselves in an underwater research facility, with no idea of how or when they got there.

Navigating through the eerie locations, they have to uncover the truth about their character’s past, whilst being hunted by anthropomorphic machines.

Soma won’t shock you out of your skin, but it will have you within a millimetre away from doing so.

Its creepy environment is like Bioshock on steroids, and even if there aren’t things waiting to jump out on you around every corner, you certainly feel like there might be.

The story is told with enough depth that the atmosphere increases with every clue you find through its well-acted audio tapes.

Similarly to Outlast, combat isn’t an option, so intense puzzle solving and slow movement are your only options of progressing through the narrative. Being under the ocean is anxiety-inducing enough, let alone in this place.

7. Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor is evidence that games don’t need 1080p, ultra-realistic graphics to be scary.

Sure, they help, but Lone Survivor takes things back to the retro, 8-bit, 2D days, and succeeded in being every bit as terrifying as its competitors.

As an unnamed character in a post-apocalyptic, mutant-infested world, players have to a man named The Director, making more sense the world they’re in.

Lone Survivor emphasises that fear doesn’t come from its characters or environments, but from its players’ minds.

Navigating through the world, you scavenge for supplies such as food and ammunition, all of which help you to explore further.

Survival is paramount, and like all humans the protagonist has to eat and sleep; not doing so will result in them becoming even more mentally unstable than they already are.

The alternative is to take medication, but that only worsens health. As the story progresses, players are made to question where they are, why they’re there, and just how sane their character really is.

PS4 horror games at their most creative.

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6. Bloodborne

There’s an argument that all of FromSoftware’s games are scary, because their sheer difficulty and lack of compassion alone induce as much fear as any horror game.

Yet Bloodborne is different to the Souls series; you play as Hunter, and awaken in a strange world with half-man-half-beast creatures, and seemingly unstoppable, nightmarish behemoths.

Not only is this a true horror game from the developer, but a truly difficult one too.

Every one of Bloodborne’s locations is hellish, and it’s unsurprising that the story hints at death, dreams, and nightmares.

From burned down towns to derelict cathedrals, players have to pass through eerie areas, sprawling with different entrances and exits.

Make your way down the wrong path and you run the risk of falling into a strange, new location, unable to find your way back.

The fact that death isn’t just an option, but a certainty, builds the tension, especially when you’ve gone so long without finding a lantern (checkpoint). It’s gothic horror like you’ve never seen it before, and perhaps won’t ever again.

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5. Resident Evil HD

Although the genre survival horror has been retrospectively applied to some ‘80s and early ‘90s games, Capcom’s Resident Evil was the game to coin the phrase in 1996.

It was the first to receive widespread critical and commercial success because of its atmosphere and limiting mechanics.

Play the PlayStation original today however, and the results aren’t as strong. Luckily a remastered version was released for the PlayStation 4, meaning players can relive the horror that the earlier gamers would have felt over two decades ago.

The now infamous mansion in Racoon City plays host to the protagonists, Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine, one of which you have to play as in order to explore the building.

What at first seems to be a fairly easy mansion to navigate around soon turns into one big puzzle, confusing players as to how to get to certain locations and then baffling them even more with how to get back.

The slow, laborious zombies are the least of your worries, as some of the most iconic monsters in video game history appear, in the same shocking scenes that terrified players in the original.

Not only is this a slice of gaming history, but it still has the atmosphere to rank as one of the best horror games on PS4.

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4. The Evil Within

The fact that The Evil Within was directed by Shinji Mikami, the mind behind Resident Evil, says it all.

Although the game features different mechanics and is a completely new IP, it’s every bit as terrifying as his previous titles.

Players take the role of detective Sebastian Castellanos as he makes his way through a horrifying world, filled with deformed humans and monstrous bosses.

At several points you can return to a safe point, a mental asylum, further questioning your character’s place in the game.

With limited ammunition for your weaponry, The Evil Within forces you to use your surroundings to either distract or kill enemies.

If you can’t find anything to assist you, and have no bullets left in your pistol, then it’s up to you to avoid them at all costs.

This is easier for some enemies than others, as chainsaw wielding beasts can kill you with one swipe.

A detailed narrative told through flashbacks and collectables gradually explains how and why Sebastian is where he is, making you question what’s nightmare and what’s reality.

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3. Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Before Frictional Games released Soma, they developed Amnesia: The Dark Descent, a game widely regarded as the scarier of the two.

Waking up in an abandoned castle, protagonist Daniel has no idea about who he is, nor how he wound up there.

With monsters lurking down its empty halls and puzzles which need to be solved, the castle holds clues not just about itself, but Daniel also.

Amnesia takes stealth to another level, by giving players complete control over almost everything around them.

If you think you can hear something in another room, instead of opening a door fully you have the ability to pushing it slightly, peeking in.

This makes things helpful throughout, but at the same time builds the tension even more so. It promotes slow, creepy gameplay, controlled only by the player’s fear of what they might see.

With no weapons to use and a sanity meter to keep as low as possible, Amnesia gives its players a lot to think about, but not a lot of time to react to whatever comes after you.

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2. Alien: Isolation

One of the greatest horror movies ever has had a difficult history transferring over to video games, with some attempts being relatively good and others being laughable.

Alien: Isolation was never going to be in the latter category, but neither did people foresee how brilliant and genuinely terrifying it would be.

Taking lead of Amanda Ripley, Ellen’s daughter, players are again pitted against one of the most iconic creatures in movie history, but this time it’s best to avoid it at all costs.

As you’d expect, the game is played out on a broken down space ship, where the lack of power usually means lights out.

You pick up weapons along the way, but aside from a quick burst from a flamethrower, not much will deter your main enemy.

Even with your ultimate weapon equipped, there’s nothing you can do once it’s inside the air vents, except just hide.

Some of the most terrifying moments are when you do just that; the alien can smell you, and it’s up to you to control your breathing and head movements.

When not in sight, you can see the alien’s location on your motion tracker. It almost resembles you heartbeat: as the creature moves closer the beeping increases.

Alien: Isolation is a pulsating thrill ride set it outer space. No one can hear you scream there, but your neighbours certainly can.

Not only is it one of the best PS4 horror games, but one of the best horror video games full stop.

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1. Resident Evil VII

After over a decade of changing formula from survival to action horror, Capcom decided to go back to the series’ roots with Resident Evil VII.

The results more than justified the decision, and proved that what was previously thought of as a dead sub-genre was more than alive and kicking.

Rather than sending players back to the mansion however, they arrived at a derelict plantation as Ethan, a man searching for his missing wife Mia.

Resident Evil VII is the first in the series to be played in the first-person, giving players a more personal view of the game.

The lack of weapons, ammunition, and tools is reminiscent of the original games, and makes you use just whatever you can find to survive.

The owners of the property, the Bakers, are after you, and there is very little you can do once caught by them.

Stealth therefore takes priority over everything else, as a means of avoiding your enemies and saving your armoury.

The lack of inventory space and saving tools also make a return, building up the tension and anxiety to unbearable proportions.

It’s more of an homage to itself than anything else, but Resident Evil VII shows players what made the series so great in the first place: its ability to terrify.

It’s this return to the original formula that makes Resident Evil VII the scariest horror game on PS4.

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Sony’s PlayStation 3 suffered a hard start to life, with an extremely high price tag and lack of critically acclaimed launch titles putting consumers off its third attempt at a home console.

Of course it didn’t help that the well-received Xbox 360 made it to retailers the year before, kick-starting the online revolution with the slick Xbox Live.

Yet the PS3 made it through its poor start, eventually selling just shy of 84 million consoles, making it one of the best-selling systems of all time.

Whilst this has a lot to do with decreasing prices and its multiple slimmer and more attractive later models, one of the biggest reasons for gamers to pick up the console was because of the brilliant titles that it laid host to, many of them being exclusives.

With the console now feeling like a distant memory in full flow, here’s our list of the best PS3 games of all time.

The best PS3 games of all time 25. Deus Ex: Human Revolution

The original Deus Ex, alongside Half-Life, defined the late 90s and early noughties of PC gaming.

The same can’t be said of 2011’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution, but it proved Eidos was still as ambitious as ever over a decade on.

The third instalment in the franchise is a prequel to the original, but every bit as layered and complex.

Set in a Cyberpunk world deep into this century, the story is Deux Ex: Human Revolution is filled with twists and turns around every corner, some of which out of your control.

It’s not just a must-have for fans of the original Deus Ex, but for anyone who can appreciate video games at their creative best.

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24. Far Cry 3
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There’s very little that’s different about the Far Cry games of today compared with Far Cry 3, and that’s credit to the third main instalment in Ubisoft Montreal’s franchise.

The formula started here, from the open-world action to the intricate crafting mechanics.

And while the second is arguably the most ground-breaking game in the series, Far Cry 3 defined the future games.

Jason Brody is the protagonist, but Vaas Montenegro is by far the most interesting character in the game, if not the whole series.

From the get go, his psychopathic nature sets the tone for one of the most thrilling open-world games on the PlayStation 3, making it well deserved as one of the best PS3 games of all time.

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23. Burnout Paradise

Whatever happened to racing games?

Where are the old Gran Turismo days?

Racing games have been poor for a while now, and Burnout Paradise was arguably the last great outing for the genre.

While they continue to try, the Need for Speed games can’t seem to master the tone that Burnout Paradise hit.

A great soundtrack, huge open-world, and genuinely fun missions made it a stand-out game on the PlayStation 3.

Not to mention the tightest controls for a racing game seen since the aforementioned Gran Turismo on the PlayStation 1.

So loved it’s seen a re-release on the PlayStation 4, Burnout took a genre to its absolute limit, and might not be bettered for some time.

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22. Dishonored

Dishonored takes stealth to a whole new level, allowing for a seemingly infinite number of ways to assassinate enemies.

With so much opportunity for creativity, players can focus less on its relatively poor narrative, and more on its well-designed missions.

As Corvo, you have several abilities and powers which you can upgrade as you progress, allowing for more powerful and interesting assassinations.

Because of this, the game has great replayability, as you can always return and take a different path of progression second time around. It’s unique and, most importantly, a lot of fun.

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21. God of War 3
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In arguably the best game in the series, Kratos stepped up to the PlayStation 3 in his typical deity-destroying style.

Usual service resumes, as players hack and slash their way through hordes of demons, works their way through puzzles, and upgrade their mythological weaponry, all with the aim of defeating the most iconic of Greek Gods.

The blood and gore for which the series is so well known never looked better though, and the tight controls allow for some of the fastest gameplay available. God of War 3 takes on Gods, and wins.

20. Assassin’s Creed 2

A new Assassin’s Creed release recently changed from an annual event to a biannual one; after nearly a decade of titles, the series had become stale and irrelevant.

Yet at its peak, it told a unique story intertwined with ground-breaking combat mechanics. In Assassin’s Creed 2, Ezio was first introduced as our playable assassin, through whom players could visit some of the most iconic and memorable Italian monuments.

It was so well-received that it spawned several sequels, before the scene was changed again to North America. This was Ubisoft at its very best.

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19. Heavy Rain

A PlayStation exclusive, Heavy Rain put a unique spin on the genre action-adventure, by giving players complete control over characters’ every movements, the decisions they make, and the outcome of their stories.

You take up the roles of four characters, each with a different angle on an investigation into missing children. Inspired by film noir, the game is as captivating as it is bleak, with twists and turns that will keep you guessing who the perpetrator of the crimes is. This is story-driven gaming at its very best.

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18. Infamous

It’s the ultimate question: if you had all the power in the world, to what effect would you use it?

Infamous lets you play God. Protagonist Cole McGrath is caught up in an explosion that ravages the city, but one that also gives him super powers.

Using bolts of electricity running through Cole’s body, players can choose whether or not to save the city or destroy it further.

The game’s Karma system represents the decisions the player makes, and has the power to change the outcome of the game for good.

Infamous isn’t just about the balance between good and evil, though. The city is sprawling, combat is fun and smooth, and the abilities allow you to jump up and across the city at will.

The fact that Sucker Punch are developing 2019’s Spider Man speaks volumes. Infamous is a super-hero game stripped down to good and evil.

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17. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Put together a Japanese RPG and animation from Studio Ghibli, the geniuses behind Spirited Away, and the results are something wonderful.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch blends classic JRPG mechanics, cute side-kicks and stunning animation in what is arguably the most underappreciated game on the system.

Oliver has recently lost his mother, but his mourning awakens one of his favourite dolls. Their journey through an alternate, endangered world is nothing short of magnificent.

16. LittleBigPlanet
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The platformer genre is one of the oldest going, and so modern day platform games have to add something different in order to be unique.

LittleBigPlanet did just that, as within its charming core gameplay of the character Sackboy/girl manoeuvring through material-made cities, deserts and gardens, players had the ability to design their own user-generated content.

Level editing and character designing made the game hugely replayable, and created a community around it.

Its main character even became a PlayStation mascot, with the likes of Crash Bandicoot and Nathan Drake. More than anything though, it’s just a serious amount of fun.

15. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

A story nobody quite understands, ridiculously long cut-scenes, and a bit of hiding under a cardboard box, this is Metal Gear Solid as we know it to be, but reinvigorated by the PlayStation 3’s power.

Again taking the role of Solid Snake, players can sneak their way through the game using stealth, or shoot through it all-out combat, although the game asks you to do the former; after all, the series is the Grandad of the stealth genre.

The gameplay remains true to its roots – with an over-the-shoulder third-person camera giving it a modern feel – providing a cinematic video gaming experience like no other. This, again, is Kojima at his very best.

14. Mass Effect 2

Shepherd returns in arguably the best Mass Effect of the series.

By any standards Mass Effect 2 is a giant of a game, with enough NPCs and their storylines to keep you playing for at least 100 hours.

Your missions will send you all across the galaxy, meeting different species, recruiting new members of your team, and building up your own character.

Everything that you do has an effect on the game’s overall outcome, so you’re sure to feel attached to this sci-fi epic, and its vast diversity of planets and characters.

13. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Without Modern Warfare, the many other multiplayer-focused first-person shooters that followed could have been developed, but more than likely wouldn’t have been anywhere near as popular.

Activision timed its release perfectly, launching at a time when Xbox Live and PlayStation Network were getting into their strides.

But the game’s success wasn’t just down to the platforms that its multiplayer was playable on; Call of Duty 4 was a masterclass in level design that benefitted both online and campaign players.

It took days away from many a life, and without it the games industry wouldn’t be the same today. Well worth as one of the best PS3 games of all time.

12. Batman: Arkham City
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Whilst Arkham Asylum showed that video games based on super-heroes don’t have to be bad, Arkham City showed that they can be great.

Being able to glide through an open-world Gotham City, solving The Riddler’s secret puzzles, and hunting down your arch-nemesis, the Joker, is what every Batman fan could have only dreamed of.

Not only does the game give you free-roam of this iconic comic book city, but the combat is simple and slick, the narrative is brilliant, housing some of the most notorious villains the comics have to offer, and the progression system allows you to upgrade of off the Bat’s iconic equipment.

It’s one of the super-hero’s shining moments, in any medium.

11. Fallout 3

It’s no surprise that Fallout 3, the first game in the series to be developed by Bethesda, is regarded as the greatest.

It’s as big in size and scope as the Elder Scrolls games, and features a multitude of side-quests, locations and NPCs to explore.

The year is 2277 and the world is a post-apocalyptic wasteland, an environment that is as stunning as it is bleak.

With a seemingly endless world, upgrades to be earned, and a unique V.A.T.S combat system, Fallout 3 was ground-breaking at the time, but still incredibly relevant now.

Although 4 is available, 3 and Vegas are arguably the better games, with 3 certainly being the one that paved the way for future Fallout titles.

10. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

It’s split fans of the Elder Scrolls series in half, and is a question that will always result in a subjective answer: Oblivion or Skyrim?

Oblivion is nothing short of a masterpiece, and deserves to be on this list every bit as much as Skyrim.

Yet the latter is much larger in scale, visually polished, and, of course, features dragons.

True, this has got to do with it being released five years later, but Skyrim won over a new, more mainstream audience for the series, and firmly cemented it as one of the most appreciated today, alongside Grand Theft Auto.

There seems to be no end in Skyrim, and its huge world can take players well over 100 hours to even explore every location, let alone complete every side-quest.

Yet there’s never a dull moment, and everything seems to have a purpose, making hours of playing feel like minutes.

9. Portal 2

Breaking into the top 10 best PS3 games of all time.

On the back of the critical success that the original Portal found when bundled in the Orange Box collection, Valve decided to develop a standalone sequel.

Portal 2 used the same physics-defying mechanics with the portal gun at the centre of the game, and GLaDOS returns from the original.

Yet the narrative is longer, deeper, and more interesting, and the the introduction of Wheatley results in an altogether funnier game.

Its puzzles are often mind-bending, and require quick critical thinking and controller movements.

There weren’t many games like Portal when it first released, and their still aren’t today; it’s not just a contender for one of the greatest games on the PlayStation 3, but on any system ever made.

8. Bioshock
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Bioshock lingers in the mind long after you finish playing it.

Set in Rapture, an abandoned underwater metropolis, once thought to be an anti-establishment getaway, you play as Jack, a character who, due to strange circumstances, finds himself in this under-the-sea city.

Spurred on by our puppeteer Atlas, players seek out Rapture’s originator, Andrew Ryan, with the goal of killing this designer-turned-deity.

Along the way you’ll have to make decisions that will change the outcome of the game, and make you question your own morality.

Ken Levine worked on System Shock 2, and the resemblances are uncanny.

The storytelling is exceptional, combat takes on the forms of basic weaponry and magic, and Rapture is a dark world sprawling with the remnants of its last inhabitants.

Those who haven’t played Bioshock before have missed out on a game bordering on genius.

7. Journey

The indie revolution was in full flow by 2012, but Journey showed that it wasn’t content in stopping there.

With many of the major indie titles, notably Braid and Super Meat Boy, being puzzle platformers with twists, thatgamecompany developed something that no one had seen the likes of before.

Journey follows the story of a robed figure on an adventure to the peak of a distant mountain, passing through seemingly endless deserts in the meanwhile.

To assist are scarfs which, when passed over, will become alive, and help to push our protagonist to otherwise unreachable areas.

Journey isn’t your typical video game; it’s more about understanding the meaning behind your adventure as opposed to how you’ll go about making it.

Its unconventionality may seem odd at first, but stick with it; this a gaming experience like no other.

6. Red Dead Redemption

A game billed as Grand Theft Auto in the Wild West is certain to be a commercial success, but luckily Rockstar delivered on the gameplay front, and developed undoubtedly one of the best games of this generation.

Red Dead Redemption takes the format of the developer’s most successful series – open-world environments, a huge map, and a multitude of side quests – but paints over the densely populated, skyscraper infested cities with the dry, deserted landscapes of American West.

As protagonist John Marston, players can stick to the gripping main story, move to the oft-comical side-quests to increase their income and notoriety, or spend their days playing poker in a local saloon.

There’s so much to do and so many beautiful locations to do them in that Red Dead Redemption is a joy to play.

It may have officially started with Red Dead Revolver, but Red Dead Redemption is the game that turned the series into one of the most acclaimed of all time.

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5. Grand Theft Auto V

Although Grand Theft Auto V was every bit as satirical, vastly open, and ground-breaking as its predecessors, it has become so much more than just a single-player game.

Grand Theft Auto Online has given the game the longevity that no other in the series has, by allowing for constant updates of its content, creating a sense of community with its players, and constantly attracting a new audience with the likes of video content, including YouTube stunts.

In doing so, it’s continued to be around the top of the video game charts for the better part of four years, even sometimes topping them.

Even without the online services though, GTA V is huge, with multiple types of environment to be explored, and it allows players to play as three separate characters, something none of its predecessors did.

It’s incredible to think that every time a new GTA is released, critics laud it as one of the finest games ever, but Rockstar manage to deliver every time.

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4. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
UNCHARTED 2 - E3 Trailer - YouTube

The first instalment started it all off, and the third ended (or so we thought) things on a special note, but Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was the superior title on the PlayStation 3, although all three could have made appearances on this list.

Players are thrown into the action instantly, in one of the most memorable opening scenes to any game, and there’s very little respite.

The game carries you along at break-neck speed, with the most elaborate of set-pieces, gripping narrative, and shootouts with constant hordes of Serbian mercenaries.

Eight years on and the visuals still stand the test of time, and the mechanics are as smooth as any other game today.

In an era of video games when developers often supplement narrative for great graphics, Naughty Dog prove with the Uncharted series that both can live in perfect harmony.

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3. The Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection

Both originally released on the PlayStation 2, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus were commercial failures, both as a result of them being different to your average action-adventure games, as well as developer Team Ico being new on the scene.

Yet in being critically successful, the games earned a remastered collection on the PlayStation 3, widening the games’ audience, and putting Fumito Ueda in a special list of auteur directors.

Both games are minimalistic in narrative, animation, and mechanics, traits which players of The Last Guardian will understand.

Rather than using modern technologies, the games prefer to tell simple stories with underlying powerful messages.

Shadow of the Colossus, for example, is about a boy who, in order to save a girl’s life, needs to destroy 16 natural giants.

For every one he kills, the darker his soul becomes. It questions morality, and the choices you make for personal game. They’re both exceptional games, made even better in this perfect collection.

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2. Dark Souls

It’s branded all over the artwork and the advertising; it’s even the sub-title for the game of the year edition: “prepare to die”.

Yet nothing can quite prepare you for the first time you play Dark Souls. It’s as if you’ve taken in the rumours, but you can’t quite believe it’s actually THAT hard. But it is. And it will punish you.

Yet it will keep dragging you back for more.

This shouldn’t put anybody off Dark Souls.

The aim of the game isn’t to die so many times that you eventually reach the end, but instead it teaches you to learn from dying, so that next time you come back even stronger, with more knowledge of the situation than before.

It’s a simple but brilliant idea, and one that throws away with the modern checkpoint system, which allows players to return to almost any situation.

Bonfires, the essentially the game’s save points, are scarce, and as such you appreciate finding one.

Never will you be more relieved than when you find a bonfire in a tense situation, whilst holding on to tens of thousands of souls (the game’s currency).

Yet what if you carry all of your souls into one of the now-infamous boss battles, only to lose them all? Luckily for the frustrated, the environments are magnificent, filled with inter-twining areas such as dark and dingy dungeons, poison-soaked swamps, and sun-soaked cities.

Whilst Dark Souls is impossibly difficult at times, it’s always impossible to resist.

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Console launch after console launch, Nintendo has time and time again proven itself to be the greatest video game company of all time.

From the industry-saving NES to the idiosyncratic Switch, the Kyoto-based company has continued to deliver hardware that fans didn’t even realise they wanted.

But launches aren’t just about hardware; without a good game to play, a console is just another piece of plastic under the TV.

Luckily, launch titles are another area that Nintendo have gotten spot on in the past.

So, here are the 10 best Nintendo launch titles ever that defined the company that made them.

(North American Nintendo launch titles only)

Super Mario Bros. (NES, 1985)
(4:56.528) Super Mario Bros. any% speedrun *Former World Record* - YouTube

Super Mario Bros. is arguably the most important launch title ever.

Released at a time when a huge amount of doubt clouded the video game industry after the crash of 1983, consumers were still wary of purchasing home consoles like the NES.

After a slow release to the North American market, audiences were soon won over by the now iconic Italian plumber, shown by the fact that over 40 million copies were sold.

The side scrolling was smoother than anything else at the time, and its secret areas down giant green pipes wowed and mystified gamers at the time.

Also, anyone who doesn’t recognise world 1-1 has been living under a rock for 32 years. Still popular with casual gamers and speedrunners, there’s no doubt of Super Mario Bros.’ greatness as a game, let alone a launch title; it set the bench mark for every other 2D platformer to follow.

Tetris (Game Boy, 1989)
Tetris (Game Boy) Playthrough - NintendoComplete - YouTube

Tetris has sold more units across all platforms than any other game, 35 million of these being for the Game Boy.

The creator of the game himself, Alexey Pajitnov, once told IGN in an interview that Nintendo’s portable version is his favourite, which says everything that needs to be said.

It’s widely credited as a significant reason behind the handheld console’s success, as it took the addictive puzzler out of the arcade machines or home console cartridges and into people’s pockets, where it could be played anytime and anywhere.

For many it took over every second of their spare time, and this wasn’t just limited to children and young adults; parents would be in on the act too. Nowadays people have smartphones and tablets on which they can play almost anything they want. In 1989 people had Tetris on the GameBoy.

F-Zero (SNES, 1990)

Not the first game of its kind, but certainly one of the most influential, F-Zero not only changed a genre but invented a new one itself: futuristic racers.

It was fast, difficult and, in the SNES’ Mode 7, realistic (for its time). Because of its pace and fluidity the game took a lot practice to master, but players were rewarded with a wide variety of tracks to hone their skills on.

It may have missed out by not including multiplayer, but with everything else so spot on it didn’t even need it.

A deserved release on the Wii Virtual Console brought it back to audiences old and new, increasing overall sales to just under 3 million, a modest number for a great game.

Super Mario World (SNES, 1990)
F-Zero SPEED RUN (0:44:49) :: Master GP (Fire Stingray) by EdwardFourZERO6 #AGDQ 2014 [SNES] - YouTube

How do you follow up one of the greatest games ever in Super Mario Bros. 3? Easy. Make Super Mario World.

With the inclusion of the cape power-up, spinning jump, ghost houses and a cute, ridable green dinosaur, the game expanded on its predecessors whilst retaining the key features which made the series so successful.

Nintendo also had 16-bits to play with at the time, making it visually much more appealing than its NES siblings, and has since developed into one of the most well aged games of its time.

Similar to the NES launch title, Super Mario World is largely credited as having played a pivotal role in success of the SNES; bundled with the console the game went on to sell over 20 million copies, earning the reputation as the king of 2D platformers.

Super Mario 64 (N64, 1996)
Super Mario 64 Official Trailer - YouTube

There’s a theme here…much like with their first two consoles, Nintendo launched the 64 with a Mario title, but in this case he was in a new dimension entirely.

Our favourite plumber’s first entrance into 3D worlds changed platform games as people knew them, and few games have had as much of an impact since.

The camera system, though retrospectively frustrating, was revolutionary. It may not be by today’s standards, but Peach’s Castle felt open world in size and freedom, and the gameplay formula is one that is still seen today.

With the N64’s unique analog control in a 3D environment, Mario had 360 degree movement, breaking away from the linear gameplay he’d been stuck in for decades.

As the console’s best-selling game with over 11 million copies shipped, Super Mario 64 completed a hat-trick of successful home console launch titles that went on to change the industry in a big way.

Luigi’s Mansion (GameCube, 2001)
Luigi's Mansion Trailer - YouTube

So much emphasis was on Mario up until the release of the GameCube that it was easy to forget he had a taller, leaner, much more handsome brother on the side-lines.

Luigi waited patiently, and was eventually rewarded with a launch title of his own. He didn’t disappoint, starring in the best-selling launch title for the console, eventually shipping over 2.5 million copies – still less than half what his brother managed with Sunshine though.

The game still featured famous characters from the Mario series such as King Boo, Bowser and even Mario himself, but the concept and gameplay were totally different.

Played out in his recently-bought mansion, Luigi is tasked with saving his sibling, who has been captured by King Boo and his army of ghosts.

With 4 separate stages housing keys which need to be used to unlock different locked doors and ghosts waiting to scare, Luigi’s Mansion was a short, but refreshingly fun game.

Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader (GameCube, 2001)
2001 - Star Wars - Rogue Sqn. II: Rogue Leader Official Trailer - YouTube

The Star Wars franchise has had a strange history when it comes to video games, with some being unbelievably poor, and others regarded as some of the best on their respective systems.

Rogue Squadron II definitely fits into the latter category. It took everything that was good about the first in the trilogy on the N64 – modern graphics, brilliant audio and fun gameplay – and updated it with the GameCube’s enhanced power.

The story spanned the first 3 Star Wars films (going by release date, not chronology of story), meaning players could take part in some of the series’ most famous scenes, including the climax of A New Hope and the battle of Hoth scene in The Empire Strikes Back.

Sales of the game reached just under 2 million, but most impressive is that in topping the UK chart, Rogue Squadron II became the first third-party title to gain number the one spot during a console launch.

Twilight Princess (Wii, 2006)
Legend Of Zelda:Twilight Princess Trailer November 1st 2006 - YouTube

After taking on a toon-like appearance in The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess saw Link return for a darker, more adult adventure.

Players were again sent to Hyrule, and the story followed the same formula fans knew from A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time.

Familiar characters returned, but many were new to the series. Midna became Link’s new assistant – such an important character that she even made an appearance in the spinoff Hyrule Warriors – and Zant was the new enemy in the lead up to Ganondorf.

The most important new addition though was Wolf Link; the ability to transform into beast and thus teleport to the Twilight Realm was an interesting and unique element of the gameplay, although Minish Cap and Majora’s Mask had played with different Link-forms before.

The mechanics with the temperamental Wii remote were frustrating at times, and there’s an argument for it not being the best Zelda game to date (it has a lot of competition after all), but its sombre atmosphere and original take on Link’s story made it a great game to play.

Just under 6 million copies sold on the Wii compared to 1.3 million on the GameCube, together making it the best-selling title in the series.

Wii Sports (Wii, 2006)
Wii Sports Trailer - YouTube

With over 80 million copies sold, making it one of the top selling games of all time, there’s no doubt of Wii Sports’ success.

Granted it did come bundled with most consoles, but it’s still the game that attracted a wider audience than any other: children, teens, adults and elderlies.

Anyone who owned a Wii would have at some point plugged it in played a casual round of golf with a friend, a match of tennis with a group of visitors, or bowled against their family.

It was a game that made such clever use of the ground-breaking motion controls that if made you feel as though you were actually taking part in the sports. In that sense it didn’t feel like a video game, which was Wii Sports and the console itself were so successful.

It may not hold any of the ‘greatest game’ accolades, but that’s irrelevant. It brought gaming even more into the mainstream, and in that respect alone it was a genius launch title by Nintendo.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch, 2017)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer - YouTube

There may have been less than a handful of Switch launch titles, but that doesn’t matter when one of them is a game as good as this.

Breath of the Wild took Link away from the traditional, linear Zelda formula and into a truly open world for the first time.

More Skyrim than Zelda, players are free to do what they want, when they want – including defeating Gannon before anything else.

The combat mechanics are tight, there are hundreds of weapons and items of clothing to find, and a vast world to find them in.

With hundreds of hours required to complete the whole game (we completed the game and had still only experienced 16%), players are still finding out new things hidden within Hyrule.

As far as Nintendo launch titles go, this one is special.

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The best speed runs of all time

It doesn’t take long after a game’s release for people to try and beat it is quickly as possible.

Speedrunning, as it’s called, has gradually become more and more popular, not least because of the charity event ‘Awesome Games Done Quick’.

Throughout its short history, speedrunning has seen some incredible records made, and quickly broken, as players continually work together to find new areas of a game to exploit.

Some records seem unbreakable, but new record holders always manage to find a way.

With different categories to play in, there are all manner of records to be broken.

“Any%” means that a game just has to be completed, no matter wat happens in between, whereas “100%” means the opposite.

Different consoles, versions of games or emulators can be used for different effects on the gameplay.

In some circumstances, players can go to great length to limit how they themselves can play the game – as you’ll see later.

These are the 10 best speed runs of all time – with video evidence to prove it.

Super Mario 64 Speedrun

120 stars in 1hr: 40min: 10s by cheese05

It’s become one of the most popular games to speedrun, with categories including 0 star, 1 star, 70 stars and 120 stars.

As one of the pioneers not just of 3D platformers but 3D games as a whole, it was inevitable that the game would be littered with glitch-potential holes.

0 star runners take advantage of this to complete the game in under 7 minutes, an unbelievable time taking into account that the introduction still has to be played out in that time.

But most impressive is cheese05’s record with full completion; Super Mario 64 is a long game when you attempt to collect every star.

He makes short work of it though, with a 1 hour 40 minute run, so close to the sub-39 time he was aiming for.

This particular run was performed on the N64, with a Japanese cartridge, and it could be a few more months, or even a year, until we see it bettered.

[Old WR] SM64 120 star speedrun in 1:40:10 - YouTube
Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!! Speedrun

Blindfolded attempt by Sinister1

Sinister1 didn’t actually managed to beat the game blindfolded, as he was sadly beaten in the final bout against Mike Tyson, however just to get to that point was incredible.

Punch Out!! is a game that requires perfect timing and reactions, both abilities which you’d think require sight.

Sinister1 doesn’t have such a luxury however, but still manages to bruise his way through to the end of the game.

The initial contenders seem simple enough that he can serve rapid punch after rapid punch, and win through brute force.

The latter stages require more skill though, which is what makes this such a great speedrun to watch.

The game was played on the NES and streamed live for Awesome Games Done Quick, raising money for charity in the process.

It goes to show the best speed runs of all time don’t necessarily have to be about time.

AGDQ 2014 Mike Tyson'sPunch-Out!! blindfolded speedrun by Sinister1 - YouTube
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Speedrun

Any% in 17min: 13s by Torje

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of the most attempted games by speedrunners.

Over the last few years, more and more glitches in the game have been found, meaning that a sub-18 minute time is now widely achievable.

One of the most famous speedrunners of the game, Cosmo, continually found new methods of beating the game faster, but now the record moves back and forwards between Torje and skater82297 after Cosmo has largely fallen off the radar.

With every second becoming more and more important as the record shortens, a wrong move is usually critical.

This isn’t the case in Torje’s run though, as he still managed to break the record even after dying at Gohma.

There’s no doubt that a clean run would have resulted in a sub-17 minutes, but we’ll have to wait a little longer for that to be broken now.

Ocarina of Time Any% speedrun in 17:13 by Torje [Former World Record] - YouTube
Portal Speedrun

Out of bounds in 8min: 13s: 560ms by Lambolord24

Portal is mind-bending enough on a standard attempt, let alone a world record speedrun.

Lamobolord24’s run of just over 8 minutes breaks the whole dimensions of a game about dimensions, so it goes without saying that watching it can get dizzying.

With incredible precision and speed, he uses the outside of the map to reach areas that it otherwise wouldn’t have been possible to, but that’s not as easy as it sounds.

Some of the moves require such speed and control that it’s a wonder even he knows what he’s doing and where he’s headed.

The game mechanic of using the portal gun and its ability to change the laws of physics makes Portal a fun game to speedrun, and almost makes the possibilities endless.

Whilst other times have been faster than Lambolord24’s, his is the quickest without the use of glitches, and no doubt he’ll break 8 minutes sometime soon.

Portal OoB Speedrun in 8:13 (Former WR) - YouTube
Super Mario Bros. Speedrun

Any% in 4min: 56s: 878ms by darbian

If there’s a game that optimises how fine the margins can be in speedrunning, it’s Super Mario Bros..

Darbian’s recent record beat the previous by a matter of milliseconds; somewes sits firmly in second place, having clocked 4min: 56s: 911ms.

It’s difficult to see how much better the records can get, as human players are getting closer and closer to computer ones.

This record makes use of the warp, a method which means Mario man transport from world 1 to 4, and then 4 to 8.

It’s a simple trick, but to minimise the time taken between the points takes perfect precision in jumping, that any one small mistake will inevitably result in a poor time.

You can see by darbian’s reaction toward the end how much time and effort goes into getting the best out of the game, which was played here on a NES. Tense stuff, and well worth the title of one of the best speed runs of all time.

(4:56.878) Super Mario Bros. any% speedrun *Former World Record* - YouTube
Contra III: The Alien Wars Speedrun

Any% 2 players 1 controller in 32min: 37s by Mister K and Hurlbat

The Contra series is known for its difficulty, and it’s recommended that you play two player to be able to see it through to the end.

Mister K and Hurlbat took this advice on board at the 2013 Awesome Games Done Quick, but with a bit of a difference.

Both players attempted to beat the game as fast as possible using just one controller, each in charge of specific buttons, testing their cooperation to its limits.

The SNES controller is small enough for just one person, let alone two at the same time.

It’s obvious that both players know the game inside out, and that they have an understanding of which buttons they need to press and exactly when.

But nevertheless, being able to awkwardly use half a controller each to complete a game that most can’t even do alone is seriously impressive.

Their time of 32min: 37s on Any% is way off the world record of 12min: 15s, but it’s still testament to what Awesome Games Done Quick does so well: making games fun.

Contra III: The Alien Wars - 2 Guys 1 controller SPEED RUN in 0:32:37 Live at AGDQ 2013 [Super NES] - YouTube
Portal 2 Speedrun

Any% Co-Op Solo in 44min: 41s: 167ms by Azorae

Like the original, Portal 2 can be dizzying playing at a normal speed alone. Azorae’s speedrun takes this to another level, when he attempts not only to beat Portal 2’s Co-Op campaign in the fastest possible time, but to do it alone.

Watching him perform moves with such rapidity, instantly moving between both split screens is amazing, and is difficult enough to keep up with even just watching it.

The current world record for playing with 2 players is 28min: 58s, so Azorae was a way off that title, but that’s not what he was aiming for.

It’s an amazing achievement just to beat the game playing in co-op mode on your own, let alone do it in under 45 minutes.

Portal 2 Solo Coop Speedrun (44:41.167) - YouTube
Megaman X, X2 and X3 Speedrun

Multi-task 300% in 43min: 51s by Agwawaf

This is a contentious one, and it’s understandable if people feel it shouldn’t be allowed in this list, however it’s too incredible to miss out on a spot in our opinion.

Agwawaf managed to beat Megaman X, X2, and X3 all with the exact same input…tool-assisted.

Granted it was a computer performing every move, but the sheer fact that Agwawaf made it possible in the first place makes it worthy of a place.

Because it was a tool-assisted run, the effect of the difficulty of the 3 games is thrown out of the window, but it’s still crazy to think that this is still possible.

The amount of time and effort it must have taken to work out the exact input which makes it possible to beat all 3 games at the same time is huge, and in just under 44 minutes too.

It would be pretty much impossible for a human to be be able to do it, as it would require perfect timing throughout the whole 43 minutes. So we’ll have to accept that this time around, the machines do it better.

Mega Man X, X2 and X3 "Multi-Task 300%" in 43:51 - YouTube
Dark Souls Speedrun

Any% in 43min: 43s by CapitaineToinon

CapitaineToinon apologised in this video description for an “absolute[ly] trash” run on Dark Souls – one which still managed to keep him top of the rankings for the last 3 months.

Whilst Dark Souls may not be as popular as games like Ocarina of Time and any Mario title to speedrun, it’s included here because of its notorious difficulty.

A game that takes most well over 40 hours to complete – not because of its length but its difficulty – it’s hard to imagine being able to complete it in under 44 minutes.

As CapitaineToinon shows, a sub-45 minutes and eventually sub-43 is possible, but it requires skill and understanding of the game that most won’t come close to. Dark Souls is a game about mastery, and learning over and over again how to better yourself.

Runs like this show how players have taken that to another level, and become so proficient that they make one of the most challenging games of all time seem like a naked run in the park.

It’s hard to imagine a game that speedrunners can’t master anymore.

Dark Souls Any% No Wrong Warp in 43:43 IGT - YouTube
Super Metroid Speedrun

Any% in 41min: 56s by Oatsngoats

Metroid is a series that, alongside Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, has its own sub-genre coined: Metroidvania.

The particular style of game is one that is played out on a large map, with areas only accessible once different weapons and upgrades have been found.

The pinnacle of the series, Super Metroid, is no exception, and requires a lot of time be spent finding items before progress can be made.

Speedrunners ignore this rule, and instead skip past huge chunks of the game to beat it as fast as they can.

Oatsngoats’ time of under 42 minutes shows a combination of skill, speed, and in-depth knowledge of the game and its map.

Using these, he manages to break the previous world record by just 2 seconds. Knowing this, it’s hard not to get nervous during the final escape, as the clock gets closer and closer to 58 seconds.

The run was made 4 months ago now, but it might not be long until we see it bettered.

Super Metroid in 41:56 - YouTube

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Paul is dead.

Stairway to Heaven played backwards contains satanic references.

Elvis, Tupac, and Andy Kaufman are probably reading this on the moon right now.

The world is awash with conspiracy theories, myths, and legends. While some of them make sense, the majority are nonsensical ideas that show how vulnerable the human psyche can be (if you’re interested in some further reading, take a look at Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories).

And video games aren’t immune to the odd conspiracy theory. The internet has allowed all kinds of weird and wonderful rumours to flourish, and no doubt millions of hours have been lost trying to find secrets in games that never existed in the first place.

So, to celebrate the lost time and efforts, here are the 10 best video game urban myths, legends, conspiracy theories – whatever you want to call them – you DEFINITELY believed were true.

1. A cheat code could cause Lara Croft to become naked in Tomb Raider

You could blow her up, but you couldn’t strip her down.

When Tomb Raider released in 1996 on the PC, PlayStation 1, and Sega Saturn, Lara Croft became an immediate symbol for females in video games.

But, while developer Eidos claims the character’s enlarged, rather pointy chest was just a mistake, for many, she still came to represent what many despised in the first place: a sex symbol.

Nothing backs this up more than the urban myth that a cheat code stripped Lara of her already-skimpy outfit.

Of course, this wasn’t true. Though the PC modding community managed to almost get Lara naked, no code in the game could ever do the same thing.

2. Mew is under the truck in Pokémon Red and Blue

This video game urban legend was at least based on some truth.

Early on into the games’ lifetimes, players of Pokémon Red and Blue began claiming that they’d come across the JRPGs’ most legendary Pocket Monster: Mew.

We know now that they weren’t lying. There are several ways to achieve the Mew glitch, one of those – the flying glitch – still in use by speedrunners today.

But as rumours began to spread, as did conspiracies. One, perhaps the most famous, was that Mew was hiding underneath the Truck by the entrance of the S. S. Anne.

It’s easy to see why. What the hell was that truck doing there in the first place?

Others thought it was covering a secret entrance to Team Rocket’s hideout. Whatever you thought, the quest to find Surf and Strength before you hopped on the boat was on.

3. Luigi stars in Super Mario 64

Players felt the brotherly love between Luigi and Mario ever since their first outing together in Mario Bros. – not to be confused with Super Mario Bros.

A playable character in every main Mario game throughout the NES and SNES eras, Luigi was notably absent in Super Mario 64.

Players immediately grew suspicious, and soon rumours began spreading that Luigi had in fact made the jump into 3D with his brother.

The legend really took off when players thought they’d cracked some hazy-looking code on the game’s Eternal Star statue.

One ‘translator’ thought the plaque read “L is real 2041”. Was the statue the key to playing as the big green guy?

Unfortunately not. A similar statue appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and didn’t really mean anything at all.

Nintendo had originally planned to include Luigi in Mario’s 3D adventure, but limited game size meant he didn’t make the cut.

Poor Luigi. Always playing second fiddle.

4. Bigfoot is wandering around in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Video game theories are now commonplace in the Grand Theft Auto series, but that wasn’t always the case.

While GTA III and Vice City had their fair share of video game Easter Eggs, it took until San Andreas for the myths and legends within Rockstar’s most prized franchise to take flight.

In typical Grand Theft Auto fashion, the conspiracy theory surrounding San Andreas was based on a real-life legend that’s still spoken about today.

Of course, Bigfoot was as much a part of Rockstar’s world as he’s ever been ours. Yet theories of his existence still resurface.

This is in part because of thousands of YouTubers claiming to have footage of the human ape hybrid roaming on their PlayStation 2 consoles.

But, much like evidence of such a thing in the actual world, the only evidence of Bigfoot in Grand Theft Auto has been made by conspiracy theorists hoping for a quick buck.

No offence to his believers.

5. Sheng Long is a secret character in Street Fighter II

Unlike many fan-made theories, Sheng Long being a secret, playable character in Street Fighter II actually had some substance.

It all started with an April fool’s joke.

In 1992, video gaming magazine Electronic Gaming Monthly published an article that offered tips on how to beat an as-of-yet unheard of character in the game named Sheng Long.

The magazine even added screenshots of Ryu facing against this conspiracy character.

But the cake was a lie.

Sheng Long was a hoax, but a good one at that. The myth travelled all over the world, and soon Street Fighter II fans in Asia were trying their best to play as the character.

Sheng Long was actually a mistranslation in the original 1991 arcade game. Rather than being a secret character, Sheng Long was the result of poor localisation of Ryu’s signature move, Shoryuken.

Even more comical is that Electronic Gaming Monthly managed to fool the world again with a similar article in 1997 in their – you’ve guessed it – April edition.

6. The Madden cover is cursed

Similarly the curse of the Superman actor, the theory of the cursed Madden cover is that whichever player appears on the front cover is doomed to a downhill career.

It all began with Garrison Hearst’s broken ankle after starring in Madden NFL ’99. Since then, 17 of the 20 players to have graced the franchise’s front cover have had career-threatening injuries.

The most recent exception is the star of Madden 18, Tom Brady. Though he recently missed out on his sixth Super Bowl title, he’s yet to hang up his boots as a result of injury.

But just the year before, team mate and Madden 17 cover star Ron Gronkowski fell victim to injury. Was it the curse of the Madden cover?

Probably not.

Injuries happen all the time in sport, and even the slightest coincidence tends to be inflated by conspiracy theorists.

Still…17 out of 20 is a bit too much of a coincidence.

7. A copy of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s mask is haunted

The Haunting of Hill House.

The Haunting in Connecticut.

The Haunting of a The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask Cartridge.

Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.

Majora’s mask is undoubtedly the weirdest and most creepy Zelda title every developed. Players have three days to complete the adventure, otherwise the moon will crash into and destroy Hyrule.

But the story wasn’t the only weird thing about the game. Apparently, one particular copy was cursed.

The curse of Majora’s mask all began when an unsuspecting player bought a cartridge with “MAJORA” carved into it.

Before starting their own game, the player deleted a file named “Ben”. As the game becomes progressively weird, as does the player’s life. Hauntings and strange goings-on are all attributed to this assumed-cursed cartridge.

Rumour was that the previous owner of the cartridge, Ben, drowned before his game was sold.

These stories are always creepy, but as believable as the aforementioned horror films.

8. The Lavender Town soundtrack in Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow causes suicides

While most of us were using every ounce of strength we had trying to push trucks, some Pokémon players were getting some seriously adverse reactions – supposedly.

Rumour was that Japanese children were committing suicide because of Lavender Town: the music, the colours, and the general vibe.

Of course, Lavender Town is home to the ghosts of Pokémon who died in battle; it’s your job to free the spirit of Marowak.

And there’s no doubt that this part of the game is creepy. The soundtrack is eerie and the purple is slightly depressing.

But there’s no evidence to show that it caused anyone to take their own life.

9. You can find the Triforce in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Ganon’s spent the better part of three decades trying to find the most sought after treasure in world of Hyrule: the Triforce.

If only he knew he could hoax the whole thing.

In 1999, a Colombian gamer by the name of Ariana Almondoz sent an image containing ‘proof’ of her having found the covetous prize to Hyrule: The Legend of Zelda, a fan site.

An image of Link playing ‘Overture of Sages’ to gain control of the Triforce surfaced soon after. Was this how Ariana became the first-known person to achieve such a feat?

Unfortunately not.

The gamer had forged the image. But that didn’t stop the fierce speculation that access to the Triforce could be achieved.

Some players are still trying to trace Ariana’s footsteps. Unfortunately, they’ll all end up finding one of the greatest video game hoaxes ever made.

10. Polybius was developed by the Government to control you

Wherever there are conspiracy theories, stories of Government agents dressed in black are never far away.

This time, the CIA ere developing games to give people headaches, make them feel nauseous, and give them amnesia.

Why? That’s anyone’s guess. But sightings of men in black suits attending cabinets of the arcade game Polybius meant it must be true.

It’s worth noting that there were actually cases of people receiving adverse effects playing the game, which in itself is strange.

And the FBI had been caught tampering with gambling machines in the past – probably the reason why these rumours spread like wildfire.

But the Federal agents ultimately had more important things to do than make gamers feel sick.

Still, the conspiracy theory was enough to warrant Polybius a place on The Simpsons.

Did you fall for any of these video game hoaxes? Are there any other myths and legends in conspiracy theories that you’ve heard of? Let us know in the comments section below.

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