Alright, let's talk about some of the most timeless video games ever. Lately, I've been reminiscing on the video games I spent the most time playing growing up. And unfortunately, back then, we couldn't see the amount of time we spent playing certain games like we can now. So this is really just going to be an estimate of the games I played the most, but nonetheless, my favorites.
The console that I played the absolute most growing up was my Playstation 2, so I had to choose games from that console. After thinking long and hard, I narrowed it down to my three favorites, and don't worry, I'll definitely tell you why.
*These are in no particular order.*
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
I spent countless hours playing this game for years. I remember being so shocked when my mom bought it for me, because at first, she didn't want me playing GTA games when she found out I had been playing them at my cousin's house! Then out of nowhere, she bought me this along with the guide book for the game! I was so excited. 😍
I loved this game so much (and still do), because of the culture within the game. It was so cool seeing a game with predominantly black characters. The missions were super fun. The dialogue was entertaining. The music was amazing. I don't have much to complain about as far as this game goes! I thought it was so cool how you could get a girlfriend and take her on dates. How you could recruit people to be in your gang. There was even a multiplayer mode! This game will forever be one of the best games to date.
I also had Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as well as Grand Theft Auto III, but I think the majority, if not all of us, can agree that San Andreas was the superior installment.
WWE: Smackdown VS. Raw (2007)
I had WWE: Smackdown VS. Raw 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, but I remember this one being my favorite for some reason? Anytime I got a new Smackdown VS. Raw game, I would always create my own character. I had this main character I would create on every single game, as if she were a real person or something. I think her name was Kelis?? 🤣
This game was fun, because it was a great game to pull out whenever I had friends over. I would have my friends create their own superstar/diva, and then we would create our own storylines! For example, my character's boyfriend would be John Cena, and maybe my friend's character's boyfriend would be his rival - which would cause our girls to not like each other. So we'd have a match to settle those issues once and for all! 😂 Good times.
The Urbz: Sims in The City
All my OG simmers remember this game and how iconic it was. I have love for all the games within The Sims franchise. HOWEVER, I have yet to see a Sims game that was as unique as this one was. It had its own overall style that made it stand out heavily from the rest of the Sims games.
I admired how you could choose your own "district" for your character at the start of the game, which basically gave you a chance to choose where your character was from. You could travel to all the different districts in the game, and they all had their own culture: luxurious, punk, skater, urban, retro - you name it. Skyline Beach and Diamond Heights were my faves to choose from. Skyline Beach was the first district I had ever picked in the game. 🌇 This game had a story mode, objectives, interactive careers at each district, places to go and buy furniture for your apartment. The Black Eyed Peas were even characters in the game! Fergie was my girl, and Taboo was always my bae! 😂
Of course, those aren't the only games I played a lot.
Honorable mentions: Def Jam: Fight For NY, Rumble Roses, Backyard Wrestling, Tekken (3, Tag Tournament, and 5), Sonic Heroes, Bratz (Rock Angels & Forever Diamonds), Simpsons: Road Rage, Britney's Dance Beat ~ and so, so many more.
Luckily, I still have all of my games and can go back and play them anytime I want. I'm so thankful that I never threw them out, sold, or lost them! If you guys are interested in me doing more posts on games I used to play - let me know in the comments below.