Xbox One – 2016
Id Software’s DOOM sees the Doomslayer return to take on the hordes of Hell. The game is a fast-paced, frantic first-person shooter that successfully recreates the feel of the original games. The combat is exhilarating as you battle off the demons of Hell, while taking them out in all sorts of gruesome ways. These “Glory Kills” are encouraged as they help to restore health, provide armour and replenish your ammo. The game controls incredibly well, with the Doomslayer a joy to behold. It did feel a little oversensitive at first but this is all part of the experience and you’ll get used to it very quickly. You have a large selection of weapons to choose from such as shotguns (my personal favourite), chainsaws, assault rifles and, of course, the BFG. Most of these weapons can be upgraded by finding a weapons drone and then accruing certain points. You can also upgrade your ammo, armour and ammo by discovering certain items. In fact, there’s a decent chunk of collectables here, from Runes that will give you certain abilities to DOOM figurines and even Classic Maps. The game’s plot is incredibly simple, kill the demons, get to Hell, yadda, yadda, yadda. It actually suits the game really well. The game also features an Arcade mode and several difficulty levels to sink your teeth into. The graphics look fantastic, with dark corridors, blood-soaked walls and the red Marsan service all standing out. There was an odd bit of texture pop-in but it never took away from my experience. The soundtrack is simply fantastic. It’s good old DOOM! Once the metal track kicks in, your blood will be pumping and you’ll be ripping through demons. A fantastic FPS that definitely stands out among the rest. Rip & Tear!!!
Super Nintendo – 1995
One of the greatest JRPGs ever released, Chrono Trigger places you in the shoes of Crono and his companions as they travel through time. The story sees our heroes travel to the Prehistoric Age, Medieval Times and a Post-Apocalyptic future. There, they will uncover the great mysterious of their world and come face to face with a cataclysmic force. The game features multiple endings, obtained by meeting certain criteria, as well as a New Game+ mode to sink your teeth into. Crono is your typical silent protagonist but his companions have enough wit, charm and humour to see you through. The game plays like a standard turn-based JRPG, with an Active Time Bar similar to the Final Fantasy series. You can also learn new abilities and perform Double and Triple Techs with your teammates. The game doesn’t feature random battles, instead the enemies are present on the screen and entering a certain area will trigger an encounter. Unlike some other JRPGs, these encounters all take place on the dungeon map and don’t load a unique battle arena. The sprite-based graphics are beautiful and hold up even to this day. The character animations really help to capture their emotions too. The soundtrack is composed by Yasunori Mitsuda, with some contributions from Nobuo Uematsu and Noriko Matsueda. As a result, it has a wonderful blend of styles that help to complement the games art style. With plenty of endings to find, a fairly intuitive battle system and a wonderful adventure, Chrono Trigger is a must have for JRPG fans.