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 continue with the letter “G”.
Gauntlet: Dark Legacy
I have always been a fan of Gauntlet ever since I was a kid. While Dark Legacy wasn’t the best game in the series, I played a ton of it on the PS2. It was your standard fare, isometric style view, epicly bad announcer guy, and some pretty decent action. While I think many people were looking for an RPG, I don’t think they realized that wasn’t what Gauntlet was all about. I still enjoyed it, though.
Possibly one of the most ridiculous games I have ever played, God Hand is what turned me on to the crazy Japanese titles that would come out in the upcoming years. It was most certainly unique and with special attacks that would shatter the Earth and enemies’ balls, it was pretty fun to play.
God of War
The first introduction to The Chronicles of Angry Man. Kidding aside, this took character action games to a whole new level. While Devil May Cry started it, God of War made it even better. The game play still even holds up after all this time. It was brutal, cinematic, and epic.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Now, there’s three GTA game to choose from on the PS2, while GTAIII was a trend setter and San Andreas was a giant improvement on multiple aspects of the series, Vice City is still my favorite. I love the 80’s setting, the music, the parodies, all of it. One of my favorite games on the PS2 that I think almost all gamers should play.
Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec
While I played the first two games in the series on the PS1, GT3 was the game. I don’t even own a PS2 anymore, but I still have my PS2 memory card with my 100% save on it. I loved every minute of it. I still have the Car Dealer music stuck in my head. It looked gorgeous, and played like a dream. Any racing fan should own this game, no questions.
Tune in next week for the next collection of titles.