My experiences with video games have made a massive impact on my life, they changed the way I think, how I act and of course my standards of the games I play. Throughout my childhood in the 21st century, I’ve played a lot of great games; Rayman, Scaler, Simpsons Hit and Run, Gran Turismo, I could honestly go on all day. Today I’m going to be telling you about some of these gems.

Rayman 2: Revolution was one of my favourite games growing up, I loved all the characters, music and especially the story. Those Robo- Pirates always scared me though. I’m sure most of you know the story of Rayman 2 due to its popularity, but incase you don’t, let me enlighten you.

Rayman 2 takes place in a world called the Glade of Dreams, it revolves around its invasion by an army of interstellar Robo-Pirates, led by Admiral Razorbeard. Before the invasion, the Robo-Pirates destroyed over one hundred planets in the galaxy, with the intention of enslaving their inhabitants. When they invaded the Glade of Dreams, the Robo-Pirates were battled by Rayman, Globox, and other allies. After some battles, Rayman eventually gets captured along with other allies. Rayman’s powers are also lost due to this, and he finds himself captured by the Robo-Pirates at the beginning of the game. At the time my little brain couldn’t comprehend any of that, but I enjoyed it regardless.

Scaler was also one of my favourites. You play as Bobby “Scaler” Jenkins who discovers that five extra-dimensional humanoid reptilian creatures, the leader, Looger, his henchman Jazz, Rhombus, Bootcamp, and Turbine have disguised themselves as humans and intend to conquer the multiverse.

Scaler finds himself in a parallel universe and meets a fellow lizard ‘Leon’ who has the same name as his enraged father, Scaler convinces Leon to let him retrieve special eggs that you must get in each level. Throughout the levels you fight bosses, you can take these boss’s forms and transform into them at will. The different transformations are the Bakudan – a bomb-creating reptile, the Krock – a spiky, rolling reptile, the Doozum – a large flying lizard, the Fruzard – a reptile with the ability to shoot several organic bullets, and the Swoom – a penguin-like lizard adapted to swim.

Throughout my childhood I was also a big fan of the Lego games; Batman, Star wars, Indiana Jones etc. It took my mum and I almost an entire a year to find Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, we went around Christchurch every two weeks to try and find it. We eventually did find it and I loved every minute of it, I got every single character and played through it more times than I can count.

Young, naive me thought it was a good idea to trade in almost every single game for store credit. I will try and get them back someday, thank god I kept Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas though…what a gem that was.

Jack Ellison-Jones is a member of the PN2 Ambassador Program. If you’re under 18 and want a starting point in your writing career, you can find out more about the program here.

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