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Level One – Grim Fandango

List Item: Play 100 of the greatest computer games
Progress: 71/100Title: Grim Fandango
Developer: LucasArts
Original Platform: PC
Year: 1998

Now that Oscar season is over it is time to get back to regularly scheduled programming. Probably should have been a classical piece since it has been a very long time, but instead it’s time to tick off another entry from the video games list.

As with a number of games, I am playing a modern/remastered version of Grim Fandango. However, in the interest of having a more authentic experience, I had the old-fashioned tank controls turned on. I quickly remembered why we stopped using tank controls… but hey it’s all about the experience.

When you see lists of the best adventure games ever released Grim Fandango is a regular feature. If it’s a list about the older puzzle/adventure games it will probably be milling around the top alongside a Monkey Island game or at least another LucasArts title. Strange to think that the Star Wars movies are partially responsible for this game.

Anyway. Let’s talk Grim Fandango. You take on the role of Manny Calavera, a travel agent, as he traverses the underworld to save the soul of a woman he accidentally sent on a perilous journey. It’s one part film noir, one part Day of the Dead and all the weird humour you’d come to expect from a LucasArts game.

When it comes to world building this game is an absolute winner. As any one who knows me would work out, a game that has films like The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca as sources of inspiration is good by me. Then by filling this world with monsters, skeletons and guns that permanently kill you by turning you into a mass of flowers… well you get the idea. I really fell for a lot about this game.

Even the puzzles, which can be esoteric at times, are fun to solve… as long as you have some sort of hints with you. I don’t know if it’s the game or my television settings, but there are some puzzles where it’s hard to see what your meant to be interacting with (like the mug tree or the infamous road sign puzzle) which I can imagine being awful when this was first released. Still, that’s the wonders of the internet, if you get stuck someone can show you where the liquid nitrogen is.

At about 7-9 hours to beat Grim Fandango may not be the longest game out there, but with the remastered version being about £12 on the PS Store (I got mine on sale) you get good value for money with this old classic. Just, make sure you have hints. You can thank me later.

Level One: Playing the 100 Best Video Games

Now here is an item where being part of a long running gaming blog will give forth its fruit. I mean… look at this amazing treasure trove of games!

The search for a good list of the 100 best computer games lead me to many different sites. The fact that there is no TSPDT or Acclaimed Music for games is rather telling (and makes me wish I could come up with the code to start my own). Failing to find this I happened up this post made by the people of Gamesradar earlier this month and saw it as a sign.

One reason that this list appeals is that games are grouped by franchise which stops series such as Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda and Mario from over populating it. So I now have a list… how many have I played?

List Item: Play 100 of the greatest computer games
Progress: 52/100

Well, instead of giving a long ramble about every game on the list I have already played what I am going to do is list them (in order according to the Gamesradar list) and link them to Pong and Beyond (in the case of multiples I will link to the game I liked most).

#1 – Portal series
#3 – Metroid (2D series)
#4 – Shadow of the Colossus
#5 – The Legend of Zelda (3D Series)
#6 – Bioshock series
#7 – Mario (2D series)
#10 – World of Warcraft
#11 – Mass Effect series
#13 – Mario (3D series)
#16 – Half-Life series
#17 – Tomb Raider series
#18 – Team Fortress 2
#23 – Metal Gear Solid series
#24 – Street Fighter series
#28 – Grand Theft Auto series
#29 – Call of Duty series
#30 – Resident Evil series
#32 – Assassin’s Creed series
#34 – Super Smash Bros. series
#35 – Castlevania series
#36 – Rock Band series
#37 –  Braid
#38 – Halo series
#43 – Civilization series
#44 – Burnout series
#46 – The Witcher series
#47 – Final Fantasy (3D series)
#50 – Advance Wars series
#51 – Mario Kart series
#55 – Warcraft series
#59 – Star Wars: KOTOR series
#60 – Okami
#61 – Sonic the Hedgehog (2D series)
#62 – Gears of War series
#65 – Dead Space series
#68 – Planescape: Torment
#69 – Saints Row series
#71 – Star Fox 64
#72 – Fallout series
#79 – Grim Fandango
#80 – Far Cry series
#81 – Bayonetta
#82 – Bomberman series
#84 – Mario (RPGs)
#85 – Virtua Fighter series
#89 – Worms series
#90 – Left 4 Dead series
#92 – The Sims series
#93 – Tony Hawk Pro Skater series
#96 – Pac-Man series
#98 – Lumines series
#100 – Max Payne series

Also, since I do a blog on this, I think it’s safe to also add this (I also recently finished playing South Park: The Stick Of Truth.

 List Item: Complete a computer game
Progress: Completed