Desert Island Discs

OK, so now I’ve said it I’m gonna have to have a go at naming them. And you realise you two are going to have to as well? For me, what you take to a desert island isn’t necessarily my five favourite ever games, but the five i reckon i’d want with me if they were the only ones i was able to play. games you can play non-stop for ages without going mental… so… and wait – this isn’t my final laminated list. this is the first stab – you know, like when i’m still wondering if i could get isabella rossellini? or was that post-lamination? anyway, what i’m saying is that i’m writing this at 10 o’clock so this is just a draft…

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1. Super Mario Kart (obviously. the ONE game that will never, ever fade from glory. there is absolutely zero doubt there.)

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2. Sega Rally (i mean, a risk. two driving games? and i haven’t played this in an age. but it’s perfect for the endless repetitive infinity that is life on a desert island. i could play desert stage and throw sand in my face for that 4D experience! plus when i go blind from eating nothing but coconuts, i can do the whole “not watching not watching” joke for real… assuming i’ve made some kind of wilson-style phil-head to appreciate that little move of course…)

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3. Super Street Fighter IV (tricky to decide which version of Street Fighter to have. It’s def this or Alpha 2. in fact, i think it might just be Alpha 2. But there’s just a couple of things i’d miss from SSFIV, and they might bug me if i were trapped on a desert island and couldn’t change my mind. better character range on SSFIV too… the only downside is that street fighter only rules when playing with real life goobers. solo versus the AI? i’d very soon be going nuts. wiiiiiiiiilllllllsssssoooooonnnnn!)

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4. Call of Duty MW2. (I feel kinda lame putting this on there as so many millions of people would have the same idea. but though it’s so much newer than most of my classics, i genuinely have racked up the most time on this out of any game ever. so bodes well…)

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5. FF7 (now this is a weird one. i haven’t played it in 10 years, but my love hasn’t dimmed. it’s no an endless repetitive one like all the others. but it’s chunky, it can be replayed, and it’s so absorbing it might save your sanity. the risks are a) it’s not as good when you already know the story. b) once i’ve played it again, then i have to put it down for another decade. but hey, i’ve got time to wait until it comes around again…)

that fifth slot is the trickiest. cos FF7 isn’t an obvious desert island game. other options would be crazy taxi (surprisingly. didn’t get so much play pre-desert island as i could never quite go beyond sucking. but with enough practice…), nights (same as crazy beauts – reckon if i had the time to give it a go for real i’d be glad i took it) and SNES Lemmings (but only if you could do the two-player mode. and relying on that is a risk. even if you were stranded with anther person, you might have to eat them or something so you gotta hedge your bets…)

anyhoo – over to you goobers… top 5 desert island discs please…

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