D.M.’s Picks, #5 – #2
5. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
I’m an Indy fan. Like, a huge one. Not the lore-obsessed type of fan I became of, say, Star Wars or Mass Effect… but a fan of the aesthetic, the themes, and the flavor. Indiana Jones defines adventure to me, and it probably always will. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a single film more times through than Raiders of the Lost Ark (maaaybe Empire Strikes Back, but it’s close). This game captured the essence of what I loved about the films – the only Indy game I can think of to do so other than The Infernal Machine for the N64, another excellent title. That’s the highest praise I can give.
4. Final Fantasy V
This is where an already excellent series leveled up. The storyline showed more maturity, creativity, and depth than previous titles. The job system and the combat was masterful – the very best in JRPG history at the time, and so good it remains fairly fun even today (or at least last year, which was the last time I played the port).
3. Mortal Kombat
This game and its noises (who could forget Liu Kang’s over-the-top Bruce Lee screams?) changed the fighting game scene forever. Sure, Scorpion was overpowered. But the diverse cast of characters, deep movesets, accessible multiplayer, and fun, challenging arcade mode upgraded the genre. Another indisputable classic.
2. Wolfenstein 3D
This game instilled many instincts that still serve me well to this day. Always keep moving in a gunfight. There’s a keycard somewhere to unlock any door you come across. Nazis are the bad guys. Mecha-Hitler is the worst. Around these useful lessons is a simple, compact shooter that I replayed countless times. Wolfenstein 3D has a well-deserved place in my childhood memories forever.