Konami recently celebrated 45 years in the gaming industry. While many will say they are definitely not what they once were as a gaming company, the history of their game catalog and franchises will always be celebrated. Here I will take a look at some of the games I’ve mentioned in other blogs and add 5 more games to our growing list.
Previous Mentions on GeekWithThat.com:
Suikoden (From: Is it Time to Remaster Suikoden?)
“At the time of its release, Final Fantasy was starting to gain ground in popularity in the United States. In turn, a lot of great turn based RPGs were released in the States for PS1. One of those was this classic game. My friends and I have lots of memories discovering all of the secrets this game had to offer. There is over 100 characters and an intriguing battle system.”
Rocket Knight Adventures (from 5 Hidden Sega Genesis / Megadrive Gems)
This is one of the most often overlooked games for the Genesis and Megadrive. It is an action platformer that will have you on the edge of your seat. I think the best thing that separates it from other games in the genre is the easy to pick up, difficult to master jetpack mechanic. You can get up to many platforms, but you have to be careful not to overshoot it.
Vandal Hearts (from: 5 Hidden PS1 Gems)
I love tactical or strategy Role Playing Games. Games such as Fire Emblem, Shining Force, or XCOM. One hidden gem in the Playstation 1 catalog that fits that mold is Vandal Hearts. Definitely a fun experience to say the least. I recall fond memories of my friends and I staying up at a buddy’s house trying to strategize our way through some of the games more difficult battles. (Remember trying to keep the cursed villager’s alive?)
Base Wars (from: 5 Hidden NES Gems)
Here is a game from Konami (Ultra) that often goes unmentioned. Base Wars is an arcade-style futuristic baseball game. I love, over the top, crazy interpretations of sports in video games like NBA Jam or Mutant Football League. This game has character and definitely was a fun game to play around in years ago.
GAMES NOT PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED
NES Sports Games: Double Dribble / Blades of Steel / Track & Field
I previously mentioned Base Wars but Konami had a whole line of very addicting sports games for the NES and Arcade. Blades of Steel and Double Dribble were addicting. Track & Field, while a bit of a button masher, had a lot of charm to it too. Who can’t forget fights in Blades of Steel or dunks in Double Dribble? That was some pretty cutting edge stuff at the time.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game
Konami had several amazing licensed beat em ups released both in Arcades and on consoles, and the one that clearly stands out in my head is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Arcade Game. I was such a maniac about the Turtles when I was a little boy and this game was exactly what I had wished for. Now if only they could make Turtles game just as good as this one today.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Metal Gear Solid series is fantastic (note: I didn’t say SURVIVE). It is both a movie with some stealth and action. Lots of secrets. The one I played a lot of was the 2nd one, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. I would be damned if I could even explain any aspect of the story whatsoever (I think there’s a General or something, I don’t know). However, the game had me hooked.
Of course, this is my favorite call:
Silent Hill 2
Silent Hill on PS1 and PS2 were the best in the series. Probably the best game in the whole series was Silent Hill 2. The story and characters were captivating. The game still plays pretty good years later. Also, it was very scary and it totally played with your head. It would be nice if we could get a true real comeback in the series.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
This is it. I think this is the best game Konami ever made. Don’t agree? FIGHT ME BRO! I kid I kid.
In all seriousness, I absolutely think this Symphony of the Night will always be a masterpiece. It spawned an entire genre of “Metroidvania” type games. However, while it was often imitated (even by Konami in many Castlevania sequels), it is just never quite been duplicated.