KINKER KORNER’S TOP 35 VIDEO GAMES OF 1999 NSFW

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Wow, we’re at the end of the decade already. Time flies when you’re having fun.

 

35.WWF:Attitude-Playstation

It’s aged horribly and it was never all that great to begin with but I got so much enjoyment out of this. Me and my pal Jammie would come home from football training and use the create a wrestle mode to create our friends and teachers. The early days of being able to create characters brought endless enjoyment. A good roster of wrestlers like Stone Cold, The Rock, D-Lo Brown, Droz The Headbangers and loads more.

 

34. Power Stone-Dreamcast

A unique and different take on the 3d fighting game with several characters going at it at once around an arena with the ability to pick up power ups. Lots of fun, particularly in multiplayer and it even ended up getting an anime that came out of it.

 

33.Syphon Filter-Playstation

With stealth games becoming really popular the year previous, Syphon Filter continued the trend with special agents apprehending a terrorist attack. Loads of weapons and gadgets are available and the action is pulse raising so although it hasn’t aged well if you played it at the time you no doubt had a blast.

 

32. Final Fight Revenge-Arcade/Saturn

It’s not very well regarded but a one on one fighting game based on my favourite game of all time gets a pass from me. Fighting as Guy, Haggar, Cody or for the first time bad guys like Sodom, Poison, Hugo Andore and the biggest twat of them all El Gado…..(I hated El Gado!) is a good time for me.

 

31. Super Smash Bros-N64

The insanely popular Nintendo fighting series begins here with a collection of Nintendo’s beloved characters all beating the crap out of each other on stages that will have your nostalgia juices flowing. The roster consists of characters like Mario, Captain Falcon, Pikachu, Donkey Kong, Fox McLeod and more. It would go on to be a massively successful series.

 

30. Wu Tang: Shaolin Style-Playstation

Speaking of a fighting game with beloved characters here we have a brawler with the freakin’ Wu Tang Clan!. I remember playing this up at my pal Steve’s a lot and as a massive fan of the rap group it was a bizarre but really enjoyable game. Violent action with fatality style moves being performed by the likes of ODB, RZA, GZA Method Man, Inspectah Deck and the clan is just so much fun.It uses the engine that Thrill Kill was going to use but that game was cancelled due to controversy.

 

29. Grand Theft Auto 2-Playstation

Similar to the first game with the top down perspective and the premise of doing jobs for different gangs around the city. This one is set in the near future and the gangs this time consist of the Yakuza, Rednecks, the Russian mob and more. It doesn’t quite have the charm of the first but still stands up well.

 

28. Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear To The Rescue-Playstation

After Disney had almost constant critical success in the 8 and 16 bit eras they didn’t fare so well in the 32 bit era with a few exceptions. This was one of those exceptions and based on the ultra popular and brilliant movie, captured the sense of fun and adventure well. Playing as Buzz is a great laugh.

 

27. Mario Golf-N64

Nintendo loves to put Mario and friends into every single genre and sport they can think of for branding and usually it actually works out well. This arcade style golf game is a load of fun with courses paying homage to past Mario levels. It’s fun to play as Peach, Yoshi, Wario and the others.

 

26. Bloody Roar 2-Playstation

The follow up to the sleeper hit that brought a new angle to the 3d fighting genre with the participants being able to transform into animals during the fight. It’s improved upon in most ways but plays pretty much the same which is a good thing.

 

25. Silent Scope-Arcade

A light gun game that came out just at the tail end of the genre’s peak popularity but anyone who played this one remembers it well for it’s different take on the style. Instead of the usual fast paced, all action light gun action it’s a more considered affair with you playing a sniper taking on terrorists. It’s all tactical shooting, avoiding innocents and taking out the bad guys with the perfect shot.

 

24. Final Fantasy 8-Playstation

The follow up to the phenomenally successful FF7 was always going to have an uphill battle with expectations being sky high. It fell short of the quality FF7 brought by a fair distance but it’s still good. The plot isn’t as interesting, the main character Squall is unbearable but there’s something endearing about how earnest they went with it that has grown on me over the years. I’ve always found the battle system to be one of the worst in the series though.

 

23. Legacy Of Kain: Soul Reaver-Playstaton

A completely different style of game to it’s predecessor Blood Omen, this one is a 3d third person action game with a moody, gothic atmosphere. You play a vampire spirit brought back from the dead to exact revenge on Kain. It’s a bold, ambitious game with great visuals, impressive cutscenes and fun gameplay.

 

22. WWF Wrestlemania 2000-N64

The AKI engine strikes again and this time the WWF have got in on the act. No story mode and a lack of modes in general hold it back from being truly exceptional but it plays so well and has a great roster of attitude era wrestlers. The likes of The Rock, Mankind, The Headbangers, Droz, The Big Boss Man, The Big Show, Jeff Jarrett and loads more are playable and it sums up an excellent time to be a wrestling fan.

 

21. Knockout Kings 2000-Playstation

The follow up to the first game is slicker, looks better, is smoother and faster……but for some reason I didn’t like it as much as the first. I have no idea why, maybe I was just better at the original but whatever, it’s still a great game and has a roster of modern (for the time) and legendary boxers which is a really treat for boxing nuts like me. Choose from Ali, Dempsey, De La Hoya, Duran, Frazier, Shavers, Hagler, Tua, Whittaker and loads more.

 

20. Virtua Striker 2: Version ’99-Arcade

Pretty much anything Sega released with “Virtua” in the title ended up being damn good and this arcade style football game is no different. Football was really starting to become popular at this point in Japan and they were preparing to host the 2002 world cup along with South Korea so this game was a popular fixture in the arcades. I would always pop money into it whenever I saw it and had some change available. Great fun and you could play as Scotland…..they sucked of course.

 

19. Ready 2 Rumble Boxing-Dreamcast

An incredibly fun arcade style boxing game with loads of personality and humour. It adds elements of fighting games with the use of special moves and the RUMBLE meter which when filled, unleashes a barage of combos and powerful punches. Characters like Afro Thunder, Butcher Brown Salua Tua, Tank Thrasher and loads more are so much fun to play as. The awful Michael Buffer gets his pay for spouting his catchphrase in the game too. 

 

 

18. Aliens Versus Predator-PC

Rebellion’s remake of the 1994 Atari Jaguar game takes all the  promise and ambition that the original had but failed to capitalise on and achieved it’s potential. You can play as the Alien, the predator or a colonial marine. The alien can climb walls and is super fast, the predator can hide well and uses advanced weapons and the marine is armed with just a gun and has to go against both sets of monsters.

 

 

17. Dead Or Alive 2-Arcade/Dreamcast

Team Ninja’s creepy, sleazy but ultimately enjoyable 3d fighter features all the arse kicking boob jiggling fun the series is known for. A bizarre mix of empowering women by making them the focus of the game and having them be strong, powerful women but at the same time making breast physics part of their selling point……so weird. Anyway it’s a fun fighting game and as you know by now, I like my fighting games.

 

16.The House Of The Dead 2-Arcade/Dreamcast

Nice to see the singer from Ugly Kid Joe turned into a zombie…..The sequel to the hit light gun zombie shoot em up splatterfest is more of the same with better visuals and more diverse areas that sees you head to the streets to take on the outbreak. The brilliantly shite voice acting is back and it all plays out like a terrible but enjoyable B-movie.

 

15. Chrono Cross-Playstation

The sequel to the snes masterpiece never quite got the respect it deserved in my opinion. Chrono Trigger was so massively critically successful and became a huge hit with jrpg fans that the move into 3d didn’t translate well for some people. The confusing story may have been the issue but I thoroughly enjoyed the game. The music is fantastic and epic, the story, although difficult to keep up with at times, was good, the graphics were fantastic and the gameplay was fun.I’m no master of the rpg so maybe more skilled players are noticing little things that I don’t but I can only tell you my experiences….and they were good. 

 

14. Dino Crisis-Playstation

Often called Resident Evil with dinosaurs….meh I can see why people come to that conclusion but other than Capcom using the same kind of graphics engine the objects of the game are pretty different. I went back and played this again recently and it has a lot of neat ideas like sneaking around trying to find the correct fingerprints to get into rooms while dinosaurs roam the area. Very true to the original premise of survival horror. There are issues though, later on the game loses a lot of atmosphere when it becomes a key card hunting game. Some of the puzzles can last a fair old while. Nonetheless it has a great female protagonist in Regina. Shinji Mikami was on form yet again with this one.

 

13. Virtua Tennis-Arcade/Dreamcast

That guy in the flyer has seen some shit man. Another “virtua” game and another cracker using the AM3 engine that plays a fluid game of tennis with great graphics. Way above any other tennis games of it’s time it has a roster of real players from the time like Jim Courier, Tim Henman, Carlos Moya and more. Female players were brought in for the sequel.

 

12. Crazy Taxi-Arcade/Dreamcast

An inviting arcade machine for a wee punk like me. For one, the soundtrack was composed of Bad Religion and The Offspring songs and the big, bright graphics were enticing. You play a taxi driver and have to drive your customers from A to B in the quickest and craziest manner possible with you being graded by customer satisfaction. Flying over ramps and racing down streets while Bad Religion is blasting from the speakers? Sold!.

 

11. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater-Playstation

The funniest memory I have about this game is that loads of people at my school who had it would ask me to make punk mixtapes for them because they liked the soundtrack and the genre was starting to get popular. These were the same people who mocked me for years for being a punk!. Anyway, everyone who played this fell in love with it and it was a staple at house parties to gather round and all have a go at beating each other’s scores while music from The Vandals, Dead Kennedys, Suicide Machines etc blasted out. 

 

10. Ape Escape-Playstation

For me, this little gem came out of nowhere and instantly became a critical darling. I never saw any hype for it and then bang….it came out and the reviews were pouring love all over it for it’s fun, colourful, all ages gameplay. An evil, hyper-sentient ape is sending standard apes throughout different eras in history to change it’s course. You have to run around capturing them with a host of gadgets. It’s an absolute blast.

 

9. Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return-Playstation

An incredibly inventive and fun platformer that takes the promise of the first game and improves on it. One of those games that you just cannot believe isn’t more well known. It has everything that lesser games have but those other games manage to be much bigger in terms of public knowledge. Colourful and incredibly fun, it looks like a stop motion animated movie in action and it looks fantastic.

 

8.Rayman 2:The Great Escape-Playstation/Dreamcast

 

The sequel to the popular and colourful platformer moves into the 3d world and unlike a lot of failed attempts to do so, this one became a critical smash. So far above most games in the genre in terms of level design, visuals and gameplay at the time that it was considered one of the best games ever by many critics. Obviously I’m not that in love with it but it’s a fantastic game.

 

7. System Shock 2-PC

One of those games that would be higher had I played it more. Recognised as a cyberpunk, sci fi masterpiece. This horror tinged fps developed by Ken Levine sees you trying to stop an infection spreading around your spaceship and it ends with one of the most infamous and shocking twists in gaming. It is the spiritual predecessor to the Bioshock series.

 

6. Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike-Arcade/Dreamcast

The third and final update to Street Fighter 3 adds the characters Chun Li, a long time series favourite, Remy, Twelve the shapeshifter, Q, a mysterious, noir style masked character and Makoto, a young Japanese karate practitioner.

 

5. Crash Team Racing-Playstation

Naughty Dog decided to get in on the kart racing game and used their popular Crash Bandicoot franchise for it. It’s a fun one too and although the character roster wasn’t as well known as characters from Mario Kart etc it played well which is the main thing. It doesn’t particularly add anything new to the genre but everything it does, it does very well.

 

4. Tekken Tag Tournament-Arcade/Playstation 2

An incredible kick on the arse for the 3d fighting game genre. I remember being floored by the visuals when I first saw this. The stages had 3d characters that moved around in the background while you fought and there was flowing grass that all just looked stunning. The fighting takes the massive jump in quality the series took with Tekken 3 and builds upon it with 2 on 2 fighting action.

 

3. Resident Evil 3:Nemesis-Playstation

The third in the mega popular main series of zombie horror games is yet another fantastic mix of action and horror. By this point the atmospheric, bare bones horror of the first game is long gone and it goes for a blood pumping thrill ride with an Umbrella Corp. created monster named Nemesis hounding you throughout the game. The hulking behemoth interrupts you at several times through the game sending your heart jumping up into your throat.  The final ps1 game in the series sent the generation a fond farewell.

 

2. Silent Hill-Playstation

I could write extensively about this game, it’s minutiae, subtlety, symbolism and everything that makes this game so great but I like to keep these quite short and you don’t want me blethering on for ages. Unlike anything of it’s time, it took horror gaming in the direction of films like Jacob’s Ladder rather than Dawn Of The Dead….I love both of those by the way but it was amazing to see something different in gaming exploring the psychological, disturbing side of things in a AAA release. Straight from the opening you’re in for a dream like adventure to find your missing daughter as you get caught up in a disturbing plot involving the mysterious town of Silent Hill. A masterpiece that has way too many positives for the clumsy gameplay to hold back.

 

1 Shenmue-Dreamcast

One of the most marmite games of all time. Some just hate it, don’t get and think it’s a big, over hyped waste of time. Others, like myself believe it’s way ahead of it’s time, immersive and completely engrossing. A massive rpg using the AM2 engine from Sega with fighting mechanics like Virtua Fighter 2. If you had to wait seven hours for something to happen in the plot that meant real time!. So you had seven hours to wander around town, going to the arcade, doing side quests, getting into fights and going to the docks to ask about sailors……I love it so much I got the ost on vinyl. Safe to say I’m in the camp that thinks it’s legendary. The damn voice acting is still hilariously shite too.

 

Well then, that’s the 90s over and done with. Hope you enjoyed this nostalgic trip back in time. Catch me @swing_kinker for list ideas.

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