Time to bring our childhoods back
Ask any millennial and they’re sure to have a soft spot for the 90s. And why not? It was a golden age for music, film and gaming (well for us 90s kids at least). After all, it did see the birth of the PlayStation 1 and several games that we dearly miss. Sure, some of the franchises were lucky enough to make it to the succeeding console generations, but we can’t help but feel nostalgic for the ones that didn’t make it.
Disney’s Hercules (1997)
We all know the story of Hercules and—back in the day—we were able to play the character. We were stripped of our godhood and had to prove our right to sit on Mount Olympus. We had to defeat the monsters and ultimately face Hades.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997)
Initially, it didn't do well, but the game eventually took its rightful grip on the gaming public. In this story, we played the role of Alucard, Dracula’s half-human son as he rose from his slumber and explored dear-old-dad’s mansion. It was the first in the series to incorporate exploration and role playing, too.
Theme Hospital (1997)
If you can’t be a doctor, then own a hospital—at least digitally. Theme Hospital allowed us to let our creativity loose, but taught us the importance of money management and prioritizing, too. See mom? Games can be educational, too.
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee (1997)
Admittedly a little freaky, Abe’s Oddysee was still trying and fun to play. Here, we took the role of Abe, a Mudokon who finds out that his kind is to be slaughtered. What else were we supposed to do but save as many Mudokons as we could?
Running High (1997)
Bringing out the most competitive side of us, Running High was all about beating our opponents. And if that meant using our boosts against them, then so be it. And the soundtrack was pretty great, too.
Spyro The Dragon (1998)
Saving the universe one world at a time, we spent hours playing with Spyro and his dragonfly sidekick Sparx. We explored dragon realms, flew through Avalar and defeated the sinister Ripto. While Spyro the game might was left behind, legit fans can catch sight of their favorite dragon (sort of) in Netflix's Skylanders Academy.
Suikoden II (1998)
No RPG will ever replace Suikoden II. Sure, the graphics are nothing compared to what current games offer, but the heart of the story will always have us wishing we could go back.
Legend Of Legaia (1998)
Who can forget Vahn, Noa and Gala and their journey to revive the Genesis Trees that would rid the world of the evil Mist?
Racing was given a fun new facelift with 3Xtreme’s characters and gameplay. We raced down hills as different personas and smashed the buttons to get more points in an impressive—albeit accidental—exhibition.
Threads Of Fate (1999)
The same story told through the eyes of two different children, Rue and Mint. For those serious moments, we went with Rue. If we just wanted to have a little fun, we went with Mint. Who doesn’t play the same game over and over anyway?
Gaming’s come and gone a long way—and we’re grateful—but the nostalgia is strong in this one.