REBEL Editorial || August 1st
"Gamers, Gamers, Gamers"... I'm saying this whilst tutting and shaking my head. What happened to you!? I mean Pokemon Go! My understanding is that the game involves leaving the house (!), walking (!), exercising for God's Sake. I mean, come on, gaming should involve sitting on the bedroom floor in front of the TV; a range of unhealthy snacks and drinks on hand; and the only walking should be to the refrigerator or possibly the bathroom depending on the level of desperation and only if a certain level or checkpoint has been reached of course!
Well this got the REBEL office thinking. Just what have been the most popular Video Games over the years by sales numbers? We went all the way back to 1980...
PAC-MAN ATARI 2600
Like the original arcade version, the player controls the title character with a joystick. The object is to traverse a maze, consuming all the wafers within while avoiding four ghosts.
ASTEROIDS ATARI 2600
The player controls a spaceship in an asteroid field which is periodically traversed by flying saucers. The object of the game is to shoot and destroy asteroids and saucers while not colliding with either or being hit by the saucers' counter-fire. The game becomes harder as the number of asteroids increases.
PITFALL! ATARI 2600
In the game, the player controls Pitfall Harry, and is tasked with navigating a jungle and collecting treasures while avoiding obstacles and hazards, with limited time to complete the game.
STAR WARS ATARI 5200
The game is a first person space combat game, simulating the attack on the Death Star from the 1977 film Star Wars. The game is composed of 3D colour vector graphics. This game was developed during the Golden Age of Arcade Games and is considered the #4 most popular game of all time according to the readers of Killer List of Videogames.
DUCK HUNT NES
It is the first of the Super Mario series of games. In Super Mario Bros., the player controls Mario and in a two-player game, a second player controls Mario's brother Luigi as he travels through the Mushroom Kingdom in order to rescue Princess Toadstool from the antagonist Bowser.
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA NES
Set in the fantasy land of Hyrule, the plot centres on a boy named Link, the playable protagonist, who aims to collect the eight fragments of the Triforce of Wisdom in order to rescue Princess Zelda from the antagonist, Ganon. During the course of the game, the player sees Link from a top-down perspective and must navigate him through the overworldand several dungeons, defeating enemies and finding secrets along the way.
ZELDA II: THE ADVENTURE OF LINK NES
The Adventure of Link is a direct sequel to the original The Legend of Zelda, again involving the protagonist, Link, on a quest to save Princess Zelda, who has fallen under a sleeping spell. The Adventure of Link's emphasis on side-scrolling and role-playing elements, however, was a significant departure from its predecessor.
SUPER MARIO BROS. 3 NES
Super Mario Bros. 3 centres on plumbers Mario and Luigi who embark on a quest to save Princess Toadstool and the rulers of seven different kingdoms from the antagonist Bowser and his children, the Koopalings. The player, as Mario or Luigi, is able to defeat enemies by stomping them or using items that bestow magical powers.
TETRIS GAME BOY
The game centres on the quest of Mario and Luigi to save Dinosaur Land from Bowser, the series' antagonist. The two brothers must travel across seven worlds to restore order to Dinosaur Land. It built on the gameplay of previous Mario games, introducing new power-ups that augment character abilities, and established conventions that were carried over to future games in the series. Super Mario World marks the first appearance of Yoshi, Mario's dinosaur sidekick and riding mount.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG SEGA GENESIS / MEGA DRIVE
The game features an anthropomorphic hedgehog named Sonic in a quest to defeat Dr. Robotnik, a scientist who has imprisoned animals in robots and stolen the magical Chaos Emeralds. Sonic the Hedgehog's gameplay involves collecting rings as a form of health and a simple control scheme, with jumping and attacking controlled by a single button.
MORTAL KOMBAT MULTIPLE SYSTEMS
The game introduced many key aspects of the Mortal Kombat series, including the unique five-button control scheme and gory finishing moves. The game focuses on the journey of the monk Liu Kang to save Earth from the evil sorcerer Shang Tsung, ending with their confrontation in the tournament known as Mortal Kombat.
DOOM MULTIPLE SYSTEMS
In Doom, players assume the role of an unnamed space marine, who became popularly known as "Doomguy", fighting his way through hordes of invading demons from Hell. With one third of the game, nine levels, distributed as shareware, Doom was played by an estimated 15–20 million people within two years of its release, popularizing the mode of gameplay and spawning a gaming subculture.
DONKEY KONG COUNTRY SNES
Acting as a prequel to Super Mario World, the game casts players as Yoshi as he escorts Baby Mario through 48 levels in order to reunite him with his brother Luigi, who had been kidnapped by Baby Bowser's minions. As a Super Mario series platformer, Yoshi runs and jumps to reach the end of the level while solving puzzles and collecting items.
POKEMON RED AND BLUE GAME BOY
The player controls the protagonist from an overhead perspective and navigates him throughout the fictional region of Kanto in a quest to master Pokémon battling. The goal of the games is to become the champion of the Pokémon League by defeating the eightGym Leaders and then the top four Pokémon trainers in the land, the Elite Four. Another objective is to complete the Pokédex, an in-game encyclopedia, by obtaining the 150 available Pokémon. Red and Blue utilize the Game Link Cable, which connects two games together and allows Pokémon to be traded or battled between games. Both titles are independent of each other but feature the same plot, and while they can be played separately, it is necessary for players to trade among both games in order to obtain all of the first 150 Pokémon.
GRAN TURISMO SONY PLAYSTATION
After five years of development time, it was well-received publicly and critically, shipping a total of 10.85 million copies worldwide as of March 2013 (making it the best-selling PlayStation game), and scoring an average of 95% in GameRankings' aggregate, making it the highest rated racing video game of all-time. The game has started a series, and to date has spawned over 10 spin-offs and sequels.
POKEMON YELLOW GAME BOY
It is an enhanced version of Pokémon Red and Blue. Along with the release of Pokémon Yellow, a special edition yellow Pokémon-themed Game Boy Color was also released.
POKEMON GOLD AND SILVER GAME BOY COLOUR
The games introduce 100 new species of Pokémon, and follow the progress of the central character, whose name the player may choose, in his quest to master Pokémon battling. Both games are independent of each other but feature largely the same plot and, while both can be played separately, it is necessary to trade between them and their backward compatible predecessors in order to fully complete the games' Pokédexes. The Johto Saga of the Pokémon anime is based on the new region introduced in the games.
POKEMON CRYSTAL GAME BOY COLOUR
The plot and gameplay of Pokémon Crystal is largely the same as in Gold and Silver, although it holds new features. It is the first game to allow players to choose the sex of their character, while previously the character was always male. Pokémon have animated sprites; for example, when a Cyndaquil enters battle, the flames on its back flicker. This feature was absent in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire and Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, but has appeared in all subsequent games. In addition, a couple of subplots were added, one involving the legendary Pokémon Suicune, featured on the front cover of the game, and the other involving the Unown. The game's biggest addition was the Battle Tower, a new building which allows players to participate in Pokémon Stadium-like fights.
GRAND THEFT AUTO III PLAYSTATION 2
GRAND THEFT AUTO: VICE CITY PLAYSTATION 2
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is played from a third-person perspective in an open world environment, allowing the player to interact with the game world at their leisure. The game is set in 1986 within the fictional city of Vice City, which is heavily based on Miami. The plot is based on multiple real-life events in Miami such as Cuban, Haitian and Biker gangs of Miami, the 1980s crack epidemic, the mafioso-Scarface type drug lords of Miami and the 1980s dominance of glam metal including a fictional glam metal band Love Fist as a group of Scottish musicians for the game involving several missions for the band and draws inspiration from 1980s' American culture. The single-player story follows Tommy Vercetti, a Mafia hitman who is released from prison. After his involvement in a drug deal gone wrong, Tommy seeks out those responsible while building a criminal empire and seizing power from other criminal organisations in the city.
CALL OF DUTY PLAYSTATION 2 / XBOX
The game is set during World War II and the campaign mode is experienced through the perspectives of four soldiers: one in the Red Army, one in the United States Army, and two in the British Army. It contains four individual campaigns, split into three stories, with a total of twenty-seven missions.
GRAND THEFT AUTO: SAN ANDREAS PLAYSTATION 2
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is played from a third-person perspective in an open world environment, allowing the player to interact with the game world at their leisure. The game is set within the fictional US state of San Andreas, which is heavily based on California and Nevada.
NINTENDOGS NINTENDO DS
Nintendogs uses the DS's touchscreen and built-in microphone. The touch screen allows the player to pet a dog, as well as to use various items that can be found or purchased. These range from balls and frisbees, to toys, to grooming supplies to keep the dogs happy. The microphone is used to call to the player's dog by speaking the name given to the dog in the beginning of the game as well as to teach the dog tricks such as "sit" or "roll over". Players can bring their dogs on walks and to the park if they so choose. They may interact with other players in multi-player by using the DS's wireless linkup. It also uses the DS's internal clock and calendar to allow the dog to grow hungrier or dirtier based on the elapsed time.
MADDEN NFL 2007 PLAYSTATION 2
It is the first in the video game series to be released for the PlayStation 3 and Wii consoles and the last one to be released on the Game Boy Advance. Former Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander is on the cover. This is the last game to feature NFL Europe in the series.
Wii SPORTS NINTENDO Wii
The game is a collection of five sports simulations, designed to demonstrate the motion-sensing capabilities of the Wii Remote to new players. The five sports included are tennis, baseball, bowling, golf, and boxing. Players use the Wii Remote to mimic actions performed in real life sports, such as swinging a tennis racket. The rules for each game are simplified to make them more accessible to new players. The game also features training and fitness modes that monitor players' progress in the sports
Wii PLAY NINTENDO Wii
Wii Play features nine minigames that are designed to introduce players to handling the Wii Remote controller. Like all other titles in the Wii series, the players control Mii characters created using the console's Mii Channel application. Some of Wii Play's minigames were originally showcased as tech demos for the Wii at E3 2006.
CALL OF DUTY 4: MODERN WARFARE PLAYSTATION 3 / XBOX 360
The story takes place in the year 2011, where a radical leader has executed the president of an unnamed country in the Middle East, and an ultranationalist movement starts a civil war in Russia. The conflicts are seen from the perspectives of a U.S. Force Reconnaissance Marine and a British SAS commando, and are set in various locales, such as the United Kingdom, the Middle East,Azerbaijan, Russia, and Ukraine. The multiplayer portion of the game features various game modes, and contains a levelling system that allows the player to unlock additional weapons, weapon attachments, and camouflage schemes as they advance.
CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS PLAYSTATION 3 / XBOX 360
Announced on April 30, 2010, the game is the seventh instalment of the Call of Duty series. It is also the first to be set in the Cold War.
CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 3 PLAYSTATION 3 / XBOX 360
Black Ops II is the first game in the Call of Duty franchise to feature future warfare technology and the first to present branching storylines driven by player choice as well as selecting weapons before starting story mode missions. It also offers a 3D display option
GRAND THEFT AUTO V PLAYSTATION 3 / XBOX 360
The game is the first main entry in the Grand Theft Auto series since 2008's Grand Theft Auto IV. Set within the fictional state of San Andreas, based on Southern California, the single-player story follows three criminals and their efforts to commit heists while under pressure from a government agency. The open world design lets players freely roam San Andreas's open countryside and fictional city of Los Santos, based on Los Angeles.
CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE PLAYSTATION 3 & 4 / XBOX 360 / XBOX ONE
The game's story, featuring a futuristic setting which is set between 2054 and 2061, follows Jack Mitchell of the United States Marine Corps and his interactions with Atlas, a private military corporation that sells its services to the highest bidder.
CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III PLAYSTATION 3 & 4 / XBOX 360 / XBOX ONE
Call of Duty: Black Ops III takes place in 2065, 40 years after the events of Black Ops II, in a world facing upheaval from climate change and new technologies.