Did you see Charlie Brooker’s Videogames Changed The World on Channel 4 on Saturday night? (It’s still on 4oD if you’re quick). It was a fascinating and funny countdown of 25 of the most important games that have got us to where we are today. Given the strict limit of 25 though, some important games didn’t make the cut – here’s five games that we think should have been included.
Metal Gear Solid
The list on TV did touch upon narrative driven games like The Last Of Us - but surely the grandfather to all of these games is Metal Gear Solid, which was released in 1998 for the Playstation? With a heavy emphasis on story (with cutscenes sometimes lasting 20 minutes or more…), it was the first game to truly embrace a cinematic aesthetic. Sure, the graphics look a bit like talking blocks now we have the PS4 to compare to, but who could fail to have been moved when Meryl died? And I still have nightmares about Psycho Mantis even now. The game wasn’t just about reaching the end of the level, but you wanted to know how the story ended too. Narrative had never been so important. The other crucial thing that MGS brought to the videogaming table was the heavy emphasis on stealth. A crucial component of many modern games, until MGS most games were heavy on the shooting and bright colours. Solid Snake taught us to take our time.