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2nd Question –
You’re wrapping presents while listening to cheesy festive tunes, and start to reminisce about holidays past. What’s your favourite Christmas gaming memory?
My favourite gaming Christmas memory was back in 2005, back when I was just a boy. In 2005, one of my favourite fighting games, one of my favourite PlayStation 2 games was released, Soul Calibur III.
2005 was a great year for video games, Devil May Cry 3 was released (the best entry in the series in my opinion) and Tekken 5, one of my favourite instalments into one of my most favourite and beloved gaming series, Tekken. It was a good year for video games. Add Soul Calibur III to the pile, 2005 was stacked with great games.
I had to wait until Christmas to get Soul Calibur III, my parents wouldn’t let me have it until Christmas because I had Tekken 5. The wait was agonising and painful and Christmas Eve of 2005 felt like the slowest day to have graced the Earth. The wait though, was totally worth it.
I tore apart the wrapping paper like a lion rips apart its prey (I’ll admit that’s a bit grim considering I’m writing about Christmas). I put the game into my PlayStation 2 and the fun began, the memories ensued.
First port of call was to select Kilik and go on Practice Mode to brush up on my skills and see if he has any new moves. Then it was onto Soul Arena (the game’s version of Arcade Mode) and complete it with every character. At the end of Soul Arena you have to fight either; Abyss, a corrupted and sinister version of Zasalamel or the iconic antagonist of the series, Nightmare.
I have so many fond and wonderful memories of Soul Calibur III that I could write an entire separate post about them. If you have a PS2 and haven’t played Soul Calibur III (What is wrong with you?) then do so, it is one of the best fighting games on the system and of all time.
Soul Calibur III made Christmas 2005 really special. The agonising yet rewarding wait, I’ve felt like that for many games since but because I was still a kid and this was at Christmas, that makes it my favourite Christmas gaming memory.
Have you got any awesome Christmas gaming memories? Write them down the comments I’d love to know.
Also Merry Christmas everyone!