As you might have guessed, I'm a bit of a gamer. Ever since having one of the greatest games computers of all time – the ZX Spectrum 128k – I've been hooked on games and the stories they can tell. From games like Manic Miner, Chuckie Egg and the Dizzy series, I was brought up with games in my everyday life… and the troubles that came with them! God forbid you knocked the Speccy while it was loading a tape! Not long after, I received a Master System with Alex the Kidd, and further adventures awaited. Soon after, the Mega Drive and all the greats that came with it – Sonic the Hedgehog, Revenge of Shinobi, Toe Jam & Earl. You name it, I played it. Even now, I still go back to playing Gynoug, Sonic 3 & Knuckles and The Lion King when I get bored.
I jumped ship to Nintendo and the N64, playing such classics as GoldenEye, Perfect Dark, and Lylat Wars until the controller felt apart. The N64 remains my favourite console of all time, having such a diverse and stunning back catalogue. Next up was the Gamecube, with Tales of Symphonia, Metroid Prime and Resident Evil 4 swallowing many hours of my life. Then, I broadened my horizons even more, getting a PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii to play such games as Uncharted, Red Dead: Redemption and Super Mario Galaxy. Now, my platforms of choice are the Xbox One and Wii U, getting the best of both worlds in terms of high-definition gaming and great, entertaining games.
Since playing Destiny Beta on the Xbox One, I've been hooked. There's just something about the game that, despite criticism that I'm aware of and have added to myself, keeps me coming back for more. I'm active most days on the game, either doing weekly or Nightfall, or just collecting bounties and having fun in Crucible. I'm often seen taking parts in the Raids, with Vault of Glass still being my favourite one so far. I'm really looking forward to The Taken King in September, and hoping that Bungie have been listening to the fans.
It's no secret that my favourite franchise is the Legend of Zelda series, having played every game religiously from the original to the latest one, A Link Between Worlds. Hyrule Warriors is not a traditional take on the Zelda series, rather a Zelda-skinned version of Dynasty Warriors. The premise of the game is enemies, enemies and more enemies, with stunning attacks, amazing visuals and the ability to play as not only Link, but many more staples from the Zelda series such as Zelda herself, Impa and Midna. Despite completing it twice, it has massive replayability with sidequests galore and some great DLC.
Nintendo's fist dedicated Zelda game for the 3DS is an amazing game, making great use of the 3D screen but without a dependance on it too. Full of brand new ideas like the weapon rental system and the wall-merging system, Nintendo clearly put a lot of effort into the game to make it stand out from previous entries and shows a good sign of them trying to bring new ideas into the franchise, making the thought of Zelda for Wii U even more tantalising.
Battlefield: Hardline is another guilty pleasure of mine. Despite knowing full well that every game is going to be pretty much the same as the previous entry, I find myself buying the new one and all its DLC and loving Conquest and especially Hesit in the new one, which is a different take on the normal military setting of BF 3 & 4. Coupled together with a reasonably good single player, which plays like an 80s cop show, BF: Hardline is always one that I go back to when I feel like camping on a hill with a sniper. And shouting loudly when physics stops the perfect kill…
Now this is really is a guilty pleasure. Ever since playing the original Pokémon Pinball on the Game Boy Color, I have loved the mechanics of the game and played the sequel to death when it was first released. Now that it's been re-released on the Wii U via the Nintendo eShop, I find myself hugrily trying to achieve the same scores I did on the Game Boy Advance; over 11 billion was my best. With multiple stages, tons of old and new Pokémon to catch and great bonus stages, this is the one game I'll keep coming back to over and over.