ToastyFresh Burnley Lancashire United Kingdom July 04, 2018
For me the 16 bit era holds a big place in my heart as the start of my experience in gaming.
The 32 bit era was where it became a bigger part of my life. It's where gaming matured a bit more too and consoles were seen less as toys.
The gigantic leap in audio quality also made a huge difference. With some sumptuous soundtracks, games became more an experience rather than a past time. Games like the Final Fantasy series, Soul Blade(Soul Edge) and Tekken 2 had some amazing music I still listen to even now. It also helped to create an atmosphere much more effectively.
Nobuo Uematsu the composer of the music for most of the Final Fantasy games is a real case for this as the music he created lifted up all those games on the ps1 1000% [reply]
@ToastyFresh, there are some things from the 32-bit era that I remember fondly, but not that much. Mainly because I was never really a fan of the PSX, and it defines that era. Virtua Cop blew my mind, and the PSX MLB game blew me away as well. But I'm a side scroller guy and a mascott guy; and I don't know. between the 16-bit era and the Wii; there weren't that many games that fully captured me. [reply]
Thanks Iain. I'm trying to find sound settings at home that are more universal to most users over the net. I noticed as well depending on where I'm watching, depending on the device the audio goes from perfect to unbearable.
I also agree that, for the time 8-bit games were amazing. But, once we experienced progress (in terms of the 16-bit era) it became hard for me to accept the 8-bit iterations of many games. There are some games that I still like, but some games I just don't like anymore. [reply]
Yeah I do love the 8 Bit C64 & Amstrad CPC etc but my love comes from late 80's with the 16 Bit Amiga 500. I remember being blown away by the visuals and sound. I got FA18 Interceptor, Starray & Batman the Movie with my machine and just fell in love with it immediately.
The games just had more depth than the 8Bit machines, they developers could do a lot more with the hardware, stuff like Dungeon Keeper really showed what this era was capable of. Then the early 3D stuff from Freescape (Total Eclipse, Driller, Castle Master & Dark Side) and Corporation with the full 3D polygons that actually moved quite smooth in comparison to the 8 Bit versions.
Robocop 3 on the AMiga had 3D sections with you walking through buildings in first person taking out bad guys, yeah very bland and basic looking but the fact was they managed to do it (same goes for the Amiga 1200 version of Jurrasic Park).
I think the 16 Bit era is where gaming came of age and started off the boom we have now. [reply]
ToastyFresh Burnley Lancashire United Kingdom July 01, 2018
My real deep love of gaming came in the 32 bit era. The Ps1 was the first console that was MINE. I have some great memories of the SNES and also the Amiga that I'll also always hold in great regard.
I agree with you in part Corey for me the golden age of gaming is the late 80's and the 90's. It's where that meeting of graphics and gameplay really came together. [reply]