It doesn't matter at what age you started gaming. It doesn't matter in what generation you started gaming. Point is, we are all gamers, whether it's just to pass the time, or just to play competitively with you peers. It's what we all enjoy doing.
Gamespot just introduced (or actually enhanced) the achievement section. This got me thinking. During our gaming endeavors there was always a moment during the game or a milestone that you wanted to reach. A milestone that a select few (or everyone) managed to reach but for you it's like the hardest part of the game or you felt hella proud during that time when you completed or reached it.
These are my most memorable gaming achievements:
5. N64: Loz: Majora's Mask: Obtaining the Couple's mask.
During my earlier years when I owned a N64 I borrowed this game from a friend just because I was a big fan of Ocarina of Time. The game was kinda different (a bit darker) but the best of the two IMO. After I beat the game , I wanted to get all the masks to unlock the Fierce Diety mask. I got like an in-game handbook (Bomber's Handbook) that showed when certain events will take place and it also gave hints where you should be in the game in order to complete the quest. The "Couple's Mask" was the hardest for me to get. Why? Because it was filled with in-game events during all 3 days (before the moon hits earth) and you have to be at the precise moment in a certain city in order to proceed to the next event. Miss an event and it's back to day one O_o.
But wait, it got better. The first time was interesting because the last thing I had to do is to wait for Anju and Kafei to reunite right before Doomsday. So there I was, standing inside the Inn while the whole city was shaking and the bells were ringing, all waiting for the end of the world. After they reunited, they combined their masks and Link got the Couples Mask. He held it high in the air while the famous tune played (you know the tune when you get a new item?) and right before the tune ended….…bzzzt…power outage.
4. PS3: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves: Reach Level X (60).
2009 GOTY has definitely taken the rest of my 2009 gaming time and I'm still playing it almost every single day. Like most current shooting games, this one features a leveling system that are numeric until level 50 and change to roman numerals from 51-60. From 51 there's like a big gap between the levels until you reach 60 and the only way to gain more money is to use negative boosters. These are boosters that give you a handicap that goes from lowering your health (Invalid), or you get like a half loaded weapon (Half loaded), or you die from one punch(Glass Jaw), or people can even see you through walls when you're nearby (Come Get Some). Level X can be compared to the Tenth prestige in Call of Duty. The sad truth is that a lot of these gamers glitched their way to this level just so they can wear the black badge, but I wear mine proudly and will own every single noob online (HA!). No camping needed.
I was also featured in two of the Uncharted 2 weekly top ten plays. Feel free to check them out:
Top 10 plays Week 7 (Warning Mature Language)
Top 10 plays Week 8 (Warning: Mature Language)
3. Wii: Super Mario Galaxy: Lava spire DareDevil run + Luigi's Purple coins.
By now, if you own a Wii and haven't played this game yet…what the hell is wrong with you :P? But seriously, to beat the game, you only needed 60 stars but like all perfectionists including myself we aimed to get all 120 stars (twice). On my way to that milestone, there were two stages that I was having some trouble with: Lava Spire Dardevil Run from the Melty Molten Galaxy and Luigi's purple coins from the Toy Time Galaxy.
The daredevil run required me to finish the whole stage without taking a single hit, ON A LAVA STAGE. The Purple coins stage featured platforms that only give you like 3 to 4 seconds to stand on them before they disappear for good so you had to watch your step while gathering the coins. I was able to record my gameplay when I wanted to retry these stages.
2. SNES: Beat Battletoads in Battlemania.
If you just started gaming, be afraid. Be very afraid. This Beat-em-up game is known for its extreme difficulty, and is very tough to finish, even for us experienced gamers. Funny thing is that at the time this game was released, we had no idea this game was so hard. The game required a lot of perfectly timed jumps and was packed with cheap deaths. After a lot of trial and (T)error, me and my cousin finally sat down a whole day and try to finish this game once and for all …….and finally succeeded. We jumped around the house like we just won the lottery. Even our parents thought that the game made us crazy. You've been warned O_O.
1. SNES: Super Mario World: Reach Special Zone and beat the Tubular stage.
Lastly, we have one of the first games released on the SNES. This game was filled with secrets and hidden paths to discover. After we spent some time with the game, we discovered the Star World and then the Special world. The Special World is a secret area in Super Mario World and the levels are located in various environments and are designed to be much more difficult to clear than all the other levels in the game. The first one was fairly easy. But in the next stage the developers at Nintendo clearly wanted to make gamers all around the world cry or rage quit xD. The infamous Tubular stage required you to use the balloon power-up to navigate Mario like a balloon while dodging various incoming projectiles from enemies. One hit and it back to square one. This was the first and last time I almost broke something out of rage but it was all worth it in the end:).
Other games that also came across my mind were:
Donkey Kong Country 2 SNES (Unlock and finish the Lost World)
Bubsy SNES (Just beat the damn game)
Killer Instinct Gold N64 (Perform my first ULTRAAAA COMBOOOO with Count Sabrewulf)
Pokemon Snap N64 (Unlock the secret stage to take a picture of Mew)
So what do you guys think? Been through the same thing:P? I would love to hear some great gaming stories from my fellow gamespotters. Which moment almost made you throw you controller across the room but you still had the guts to get past that part (Megaman 9 anyone? X_X). Which moment/achievement makes you proud as a gamer? Sound Off and I will feature them in my next article.
Thanks for reading!