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10 Childhood Video Games You May have Forgotten

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Not to be confused with the gems that time forgot, the ones buried beneath progress in the industry, some games are simply forgotten because they just didn’t have the fire to keep that light alive in more than a handful of people over the years. These are some of those very games you may have forgotten. Maybe you enjoyed them, maybe they were your worst experiences ever; but all were victims of “here today, gone tomorrow.” Let the nostalgia sink in.

#10—Quest 64

Quest 64 was originally released on the Nintendo 64 in 1998, amid hundreds of other RPGs and at least two dozen far more memorable than it. Difficult in part due to clunky mechanics, a victim of an uninspired setting, and having the most forgettable protagonist of all time, Quest 64 had a short lived shelf life in main displays and quickly found itself in bargain bins and used game stores.

The thing you’re most likely to remember about it is the box art; the game itself, not so much. Which is understandable, considering that with how much was lacking in the final product it’s easy to see why it fell by the wayside so quickly.

#9—Resident Evil: Survivor

Largely forgotten for good reason, Resident Evil: Survivor was the last Resident Evil game to make it to the Sony Playstation. Resident Evil: Survivor was the first first-person entry to the franchise in 2000, taking place on the Umbrella owned Sheena Island in the midsts of another urban outbreak. Players take on the role of an amnesiac trying to find out who he is, and what his role during the outbreak was following a helicopter crash that almost took his life. Resident Evil: Survivor’s runtime as a game runs just shy of an hour and a half on most runs, with ammo not being a factor and all enemies being slow and sluggish, there just isn’t anything here to make it memorable.

#8—Rogue Trip: Vacation 2012

Following the success of Twisted Metal 2, developers SingleTrac had a falling out with Sony Entertainment. From the ashes of that feud came a new car combat game called Rogue Trip: Vacation 2012. Taking place in a warped version of 2012, Rogue Trip combined car combat with casual tourism as the player would pick up tourists in each level amid the chaos and carnage of automotive slaughter, and take them to tourist traps for photo ops.

While it had the magic of Twisted Metal and Twisted Metal 2 in terms of gameplay, not many of the characters were as notable in Rogue Trip, and it suffered from a repetitive soundtrack that could become grating on the players. Rogue Trip: Vacation 2012 was a one-off entry into the vehicular combat genre, and would be overshadowed by the ongoing Twisted Metal and both Vigilante 8 games.

#7—Alien: Trilogy

What do you get when you try to turn a beloved sci-fi series into a clone of DOOM? You get Alien: Trilogy. Very loosely based upon the plot of the first three films, players take on the role of Ellen Ripley as she takes on everything from Weyland Utani security to several different variants of the Xenomorphs; Alien: Trilogy is a clone done right. It was also one of the more difficult FPS games of its time, with weapons really lacking a punch against the Xenomorphs, forcing the players to choose their engagements carefully or risk being swarmed.

#6—Winback: Covert Operations

Winback was touted by some to be the Nintendo 64’s response to Metal Gear Solid, and it was not. While a solid action title with some stealth elements, Winback’s forgettable story through even more forgettable environments made it a fun ride while it lasted in terms of gameplay, but then easily forgotten on the shelves upon finishing.

#5—Mission: Impossible

Another game loosely based upon a movie, Mission: Impossible put players in the role of Ethan Hunt over the course of several levels that were inspired by key moments of the movie, as well as several made just for the game. Played from a third person perspective, players would engage in everything from open firefights and stealth sequences, to sniper segments and utilizing disguises to get around.

There is even the infamous rappelling scene from the movie, in its clunkily-controlled glory. While (mostly) very well made, it no doubt lived in the shadow of the highly successful 007: Goldeneye which maintained an incredibly robust following through the entirety of the Nintendo 64’s life cycle. When it comes to secret agents, the popularity of James Bond outweighed Ethan Hunt at the time.

#4—Bloody Roar

 

The 90’s saw a lot of fighting games out in the wild. A lot of them. While these days it seems like it’s mostly Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, and Tekken that still linger the most, there are some that still hold on. But what about the ones left behind? Bloody Roar was a series that ran from the late ‘90’s through the early ‘00’s, and while plenty of people seem to remember the series as a whole, the original entry went missed by many.

Bloody Roar’s combination of fighting gameplay and transforming into beastial forms to increase attack power seemed like a unique enough addition to the fighting game scene, but for the first title it seems like it just lacks the character roster and came out too close to other games to stay on the minds of many that long. Considering 2 and 3 were far superior in terms of lineup and design, it’s understandable why the first game doesn’t seem as remembered as its sequels.

#3—Alone In The Dark

The name Alone In The Dark is not one lost on many, but many were happy to forget about the Xbox 360 entry to the franchise. With clunky combat controls, an overreliance on tedious mechanics, Alone In The Dark was a complete departure from what made the originals so loved.

It wasn’t all bad though, as the setting in Central Park along with the types of enemies the player would encounter in a semi-open environment gave an air of tension that could’ve been something really special had the whole product come together.

#2—Sid Meier’s Gettysburg

Sid Meier and his team over decades now have brought us so much wonder. From running civilizations, to living a pirate fantasy, Meier’s imagination and interest in history and fantasy has cemented his role in gaming forever. But not all of his titles hold the same renown as the likes of Civilization and Pirates.

1997’s release of Sid Meier’s Gettysburg scratched an often ignored itch for both the strategy game and history enthusiast, letting players indulge in the events of Gettysburg during the civil war from both sides of the conflict. Like The Oregon Trail, it was not unusual to see Sid Meier’s Gettysburg in K-12 schools in my area through the mid 2000’s before seemingly dropping off the radar completely.

#1—Astyanax

If you didn’t forget about Astyanax, you either played it recently or your early years were plagued by one of the most brutal sidescrolling adventures on the NES. I had completely forgotten about this game until just this year, when all of a sudden I started remembering a particular soundtrack from the game and went digging around on YouTube to find it.

After finding the song, the memories I’d forgotten came flooding back of a game where I repeatedly made it halfway through before getting smacked down repeatedly in my youngest years. If you were someone who managed to beat this game before it was forgotten in the sands of time, I tip my hat to you. For those who want to remember, here’s a throwback track of one of the catchiest soundtracks of a forgotten game.

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  1. I’ve only played Bloody Roar from the list and I would love a new entry to the series. Shame that Konami has the rights to the IP.

  2. Laserwulf on April 16, 2019 at 9:35 pm said

    The memorable thing about Resident Evil: Survivor was that it was a free-roaming light-gun game… except for the NA release. Controller in one hand to use the d-pad, GunCon in the other, the full experience was badass when I tried it in Japan in 2000. With the Columbine shooting still relatively fresh in Americans’ minds I understand why Capcom felt it was prudent to remove the physical shooting aspect, but at that point I wonder why bother releasing a light-gun game without its core mechanic?

  3. Without some actual gameplay screenshots to jog my memory this doesn’t seem like a very useful article.

    • Dreadjaws on April 18, 2019 at 8:19 am said

      I agree. This kind of article really needs screenshots. The only screenshots seen is at the top, and I don’t think it belongs to any of these games.

  4. Who cares on April 17, 2019 at 3:20 pm said

    Now thats a stupid title.
    Who’s childhood? Mine, yours? The guy that is 12 years old?

  5. Hardest sidescoller I played on the NES was a game called Faxanadu.

  6. GandalfSquad on April 18, 2019 at 7:46 pm said

    You’re right, I forgot about all 10 of these non-gems.

  7. Type text here…Loved Bloody Roar (Bakaryu is best boi). Another great PS1 fighter everyone forgot was Tobal No. 1. It was a great fighter and even featured a fun rpg style quest mode. Sadly the sequel never made it out of Japan and the series died.

    As for REALLY old school games, I’d say an underrated gem would be The Chaos Engine (or Soldier of Fortune in the US). It’s an amazing top down shooter with mechanics and sound design way ahead of its time. It had rpg elements, branching paths, multiple characters to choose from each with different special moves and stats, an AI partner to help you out (or a second player) and just the best damn soundtrack on the Megadrive. It’s one of the few 16 bit games that still holds up imo.

  8. Mission Impossible was interesting, I have vivid memories of a party infiltration level where there was some area full of poisonous gas.

  9. I played alot of Astyanax as a kid and never beat the game.

    My older cousin played and got farther then me and couldn’t beat it. I was surprised to see all the bosses one after another in the end game.

  10. PS1? N64? pfffttt, you youngsters…. I was expecting Spectrum and C64 stuff…

  11. B.D. Wilks on April 22, 2019 at 10:17 am said

    Ahh Gettysburg. I loved that game. It’s follow up, Antietam didn’t get much love but I haven’t really seen a Civil War game live up to Gettysburg yet, even 22 years later. Some have tried but just can’t get it right. Would love to see a new iteration.

    • Alan Marquette on April 29, 2019 at 5:48 pm said

      There’s one Gettysburg game I have found on steam that is pretty ok. But nothing feels and plays like Sid Meyers. I cant believe nobody has ported it over to newer windows OS. I miss this from being a kid.

  12. Damn I’m old. Alone in the dark as a childhood game? When I talk about childhood games then I’m talking about Space Invaders, After Burner, Sparta and Mario. My teen years will be about Sonic and Alex Kid. The games on this list are games that I mention in recent memory.

  13. Don’t forget Iggy’s Reckin’ Balls.

  14. Loved Rogue Trip back in the day. I was a huge fan of Singletrac in the PSX era. While Twisted Metal 2 was better, I still had a lot of fun with it.

    IMO though, their sub combat game Critical Depth is a forgotten, underrated classic. It took the TM concept into a truly 3D environment, with claustrophobic passages and memorable landscapes. I’d love to see someone try making a sequel or homage to it with current gen technology.

  15. One game I miss terribly is Brave Fencer Musashi for ps1. What I’d give to play alot of my old ps1 and ps2 games. Legend of Legaia, Rogue Galaxy, and the old nfs games too.

  16. Hmm… I actually did forget about the Mission Impossible game, haha. Now I want to play it again!

  17. A game from my late teens I loved was Star Trek Armada II. RTS game and I loved being the Borg. I loved biding my time and assimilating everything on the board.

    I wish I would have kept up with that disc through all the moves since.

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