Greatest Game of 1992: Runners Up
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Tyler really wanted to talk about Mario Kart, but in fact, the greatest game of 1992 is A Link to the Past. Considered by many to be not just one of the greatest Zelda games but one of the greatest games of all time, A Link to the Past redefined action-adventure games. With an enormous world that offers tons of secrets to find and explore, the game is deep and engaging. The Super Nintendo’s graphical style makes the game easy to revisit and play again. Unlike the murky browns or chunky polygons present in a lot of N64 and Playstation games, the bright sprites in Zelda are easy on the eyes. The pacing is also incredibly well done as you move seamlessly from dungeon to dungeon. You have three pendants to collect and seven sages to rescue, each with their own unique dungeon to explore. Of course there’s the fight with Ganon as well as a multitude of side quests. The Dark World was a new concept in games that was an incredibly cool gameplay mechanic as well. A Link to the Past is my second favorite game of all time.
I was surprised at the lack of support to write about Wolfenstein 3D, as it is often credited with starting the first-person shooter genre. A lot of credit for this also goes to Doom, but it was Wolfensteinthat I remember best. I wasn’t allowed to play this game as a child, so my play time was limited to what I could play at friends’ houses. I do know that you can kill Hitler at the end, so that must have been pretty sweet.
Alone in the Dark
I’m not the person who should be talking about Alone in the Darkbecause I never played it. Hopefully some of you who loved this game will add some comments and share your favorite moments below. Jim and Chas credit the game with starting the horror genre. I really don’t have any proof of that, but if it’s true, this game deserves a spot on the notable list.
Street Fighter II
Chas’ pick for 1992 is Street Fighter II, the game that defined what fighting games should be. Free from the shock value Mortal Kombat’s fatalities brought to the table, Street Fighter IIconcentrated on gameplay. With a balanced roster of fighters, skill would rule the day.
I include Lemmingsbecause it was one of my favorite lesser known games on the Super Nintendo. The goal was to free the lemmings from an extensive set of puzzles. I remember playing with my family and friends as we tried solution after solution on some levels. Watching the lemmings die in catastrophic ways was always fun, too.
Mortal Kombat makes the list because of its impact on gaming. At the time, the game was considered by critics to be harmful to children for the incredibly sick and disturbing ways you were able to kill your opponents (rip out their spine or heart, for example). Of course, when compared to games of today, Mortal Kombat doesn’t look particularly disturbing. In reality, it looks downright dumb. Without the shock value, the gameplay can’t touch that of Street Fighter II. If you must play a Mortal Kombat game, play II. The mechanics were much better, the roster much deeper, and the fatalities more varied.