The From A to Z series lets our editors go back and take a look at games from past generations that are classics, overlooked gems, or just titles they remember fondly. The idea behind this is to pick five games from each letter of the alphabet, once a week to showcase. This delivers 26 weeks and 130 games to talk about. Hopefully it sparks some conversation, and of course plenty of memories.
Our second series will focus on Sony’s sophomore entry into the console business, the PlayStation 2.
Let’s start with the letter “A”.
The Adventures of Cookies and Cream
An interesting game to say the least, as many people have seen with Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, an interesting control scheme can really add a lot to a game. The same can be said with Cookie and Cream. Controlling two characters at the same time and trying to work together to accomplish the same goal was a new task that had never been done before.
Originally a Flash game on Newgrounds, Alien Hominid was one of the first games to be brought into the forefront from the small indie developers scene. The art style was what really got me about this game. While not the best 2D shooter in the world, it had a rather memorable soundtrack and actually put The Behemoth on the map as a developer.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Zombie Ninja Pro-Am
Now, this one I will fully admit is a bad game. It plays rather horribly and there really is nothing to it. But the fact that it had all the fan service I wanted from my favorite Adult Swim show ever really stood out to me. Playing golf while fighting and racing to get to your next ball with Master Shake and Frylock screaming at each other was dumb yet so entertaining.
I remember buying and playing this game with really only one reason: David Duchovny was voicing the main protagonist. As I was a giant X-Files fan as a teen, I had to get this. On top of that, I got to blast some aliens away in a halfway decent shooter. In fact, I’m willing to bet there’s another game coming up on this series that has him in it.
Armored Core 2
I was addicted to the very first Armored Core on the PS1 so naturally, when Armored Core 2 hit, I was day one excited. In the height of Gundam Wing on Toonami, getting to customize and pilot my very own mech was a dream come true, and with a ton of new things to try out and a giant leap in the graphics, I was in mobile suit heaven.
Tune in next week for the next collection of titles.