games – the 2000s

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:star: Brütal Legend (PS3)

Mastermind Tim Schafer is behind this hilarious game. 107 heavy metal tracks from 75 different bands, a vast area to explore and noumerous jokes and references to the world of heavy metal. A must-play for all distorted guitar lovers! Mosh it up! For a complete review consult GameSpite!

Final Fantasy VII (PS3 PSN Download)

Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars (PSP)

:star: inFAMOUS (PS3)

Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP-3000)


:star: Dead Space (PS3)

A great sci-fi horror shooter. I vividly remember my astonishment when headshots just didn’t seem to work any more. “Cut off their libs” written in blood on a wall. Bereft of you number one ego shooter conditioning you feel pretty helpless in this hellish setting. You’ll get used to it, I promise 🙂

:star: Fallout 3 (PS3) (released 2007)

:star: :star: Midnight Club Los Angeles (PS3)

I don’t like racing games in general. I never did. But after playing GTA4 I was so hooked on Rockstar that I tried MCLA. I played it for over 80h – which is quite impressive for a racing game IMHO. A very fast paced, arcade style racing game with a superb soundtrack. After beating the game I listened to the soundtrack in my (real) car – doing so it became ridiculously tempting to just drive like in the game! 😛 Thank god I don’t live in L.A. …

:star: Resident Evil 5

A big disappointment compared to it’s predecessor. Read my full review here.

:star: Siren Blood Curse (PS3)

A great Asian survival horror game. It does focus on hiding rather then fighting zombies (aka Shibitos). It is possible to see through the eyes of the deranged creatures hunting you. This gives the game a great deal of extra paranoia and persecution. It also let’s you play different characters with different motivations. It really feels different playing an innocent girl or a grown man carrying a gun.

:star: :star: Grand Theft Auto 4 (PS3)

I never especially liked the GTA series, but this one was a jawdropping experience for. Vast “open” world, great story and an absolute love for detail.

The Last Guy (PS3 PSN Download)

A nice high-res zombie rescue game. Pick up as much humans and lead the way to the rescue area before you get ambushed by zombies or other alien creatures.

Lost Planet (PS3) (released 2007)

A preview convinced me to buy this title, but the gameplay couldn’t stand up to the high expectations. I can’t remember what didn’t work for me, it just wasn’t as much fun as I expected it to be.

Mirror’s Edge (PS3)

An artsy first/third person running kinda shooting game. Impressive on a big screen telly. The shooting becomes a drag later on in the game, therefore I never played it through. Only for people who are not afraid of heights.

:star: Sony PlayStation 3 (Little Big Planet Bundle)


:star: :star: Guitar Hero 3 – Legends of Rock (Wii)

This is my favourite guitar hero, best songs, best implementation and a guitar that supports your playing rather than being a handicap. I see the dots, I play and it works. Expert level is not a (technical) problem with GH3. I also bought the PS3 version, but Wii is my favourite, even though the gfx are not next gen.

:star: :star: :star: Resident Evil 4 (Wii)


:star: Nintendo Wii

I remember my wife sneaking into the staff entrance of our local electronics retailer 5 minutes early (thanks Joey!) to make sure we get one of only 15 units that got shipped to our 160k inhabitant home town. In fact we snatched two 😀

:star: Guitar Hero 2 (PS2) (fall 2006)

Guitar Hero got me hooked pretty bad, so there was no question buying part 2. AFAIKR it didn’t got my excited as the first one, but still, it’s an original and therefore awesome Guitar Hero game!

:star: :star: Guitar Hero (PS2) (spring 2006)

It was one of those parties … suddenly I saw someone fiddling with a toy guitar to Helmet’s “Unsung” – I was instantly hooked. Got in line, oberserved, turned the level up (!) to medium 🙂 and was on stage. Awesome!! This is surely a game for someone who almost made it on stage for real before the band broke up …

:star: Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)

:star: Doom³ – Resurrection of Evil

:star: Project Zero 3 – The Tormented (PS2)

More superbly frightening ghost hunting at your hand. Not for the faint o’heart. It’s a pity the fourth instalment “Project Zero IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse” (Wii!!) will only be released in Japan …


Nintendo GameBoy Micro

Quake 4 (PC)


:star: Doom³

:star: Katamari Damacy (PS2)

:star: Forbidden Siren (PS2)

:star: Metroid Prime 2 – Echoes (GC)

The second GC release of Metroid, a sure buy for me as I liked the first one a lot. Basically the same game (shooting, jumping, exploring) but it had a twist: switching to the “dark world”. A nice idea, but it instantly doubled the possible location for secrets. I really got bored running back to already cleared passages just to get another missile pack. But hey, that’s the same with all Metroid games, right? 🙂

:star: Prince of Persia – Warrior Within (GC)

Despite the fact that I normally enjoy the climbing/solving puzzles part more than the repetitive fighting scenes I liked this game a lot. More combos, more guts, more glory. Prince of Persia 2.0 at its best. (These games really have little to do with the first classic PoPs.)

:star: Project Zero 2 – Crimson Butterfly (PS2)

The horror “shooter” continues. I was lucky I got my PS2 late, so I could play this one right after the predecessor.

:star: :star: Project Zero (PS2) (released 2002)

I love Asian horror flicks and therefore it is no wonder that I 1. loved playing this game and 2. shit my pants while doing so. You are only equipped by a ghost repelling camera – and you can only see the ghosts through the shutter (writing shutter already gives me goosebumps again …). The atmosphere is really scary and I was frightened from the beginning to the credits. Awesome!

:star: Sony PlayStation 2 Slim


:star: Zelda – The Wind Waker (Gamecube)

The first cell shading Zelda. Interessting approach and once again a great game. Zelda pretty much always rocks!

:star: Prince of Persia – The Sands of Time (GC)


:star: Advance Wars (Gameboy Advance)

Luigi’s Mansion (GC)

:star: :star: Metroid Prime (GC)

:star: Nintendo GameCube

:star: Parasite Eve (PSX) (released 1997, yes, I played it after PE2)

:star: Super Mario Sunshine

Compared to Mario 64 this game was pretty bad. It was far from being as witty and multifaceted as its predecessor was. Still, it’s a good deal of fun running, jumping, spraying to help Delfino Island become a shiny place once again. And who doesn’t like to spent a few days with Peach on a remote tropical island?? 😛 I also liked the idea of “Black Mario”, your evil twin being. Spray that bastard!


:star: Advance Wars (Gameboy Advance)

Combined Battle Isle / History Line memories with a Nippon flair. Get’s pretty hard towards the end. AFAICR I never managed to complete it.

:star: Paper Mario

The first Mario RPG available in Europe. Great jump’n run with a nice story and 2d/3D twist that opened up for a lot of interestingness aspects.


Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.² (PC)

:star: Micro Maniacs (PSX)

A classic Micro series racing game set up in various places such as the kitchen, basement or around a bathtub. Great fun! This is one of the very few games (if not the only one …) I played through a whole night with a friend (hi Christoph!). We got Pizza for breakfast next morning AFAICR.

BTW: Who ever still has the disc may come forth NOW and give it back!

:star: Parasite Eve 2 (PSX)

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