Before the internet, two player games were the only way to truly beast a mate at your favourite game without setting up a LAN party.
Growing up with a gaming older brother, watching him play on his PS1 or Atari which, at the time, I was too young to even comprehend. It certainly introduced me to gaming from an early age. Which brings me to my very first game on the list.
1. Formula 1 97 (PS1)
This game not only started my love for Formula 1, but also my love for racing games in general.
Not only could you rename absolutely every driver (yes, I did that), you could team up with your mates and race around the REAL LIFE tracks with Murray Walker commentating the exact same things every race. As a nine-year old, this was pretty crazy.
For whatever reason, Villeneuve didn’t allow his name to be mentioned so was always annoyingly referred to as ‘Williams Number One’, if anything it added to the charm.
2. Goldeneye (N64)
For a lot of people, Goldeneye on the Nintendo 64 is the epitome of two player games and so many people remember the game fondly. Not to mention some of the many different cheats you could unlock, who can forget DK mode?
Let’s face it, this game must have caused sibling arguments more than just nipple cripples and dead legs combined.
3. Tekken 2 (PS1)
The first ‘real’ Tekken game (because who remembers Tekken 1?).
I remember getting my ass-kicked by my other brother so many times, to the point where it’s pretty much ALL I remember about two player mode on Tekken 2.
There was always something quite satisfying about using Devil/Angel and their ability to fly and cast destructive beams of light though (right before a KO)…
Alas, at the time I was only really young enough to button bash and never really understood the button combos!
4. International Track & Field
Another game I have my brother to thank for getting me into it and yes, another PlayStation 1 entry.
Unlike Tekken, International Track & Field was made for the button basher, where you smash two buttons as quick as you can, with the odd event needing another button to release an object.
Again, this was a game my brother used to own me at but I distinctly remember beating him a couple of times (genuinely), despite our 12 year age gap.
If you can get hold of this game as an emulator, I definitely recommend giving it a go.
5. Golden Axe II (Sega)
OK, so I’m breaking a trend from the versus type two-player games already mentioned, by adding in a cheeky co-op into the mix with the absolute beauty that is Golden Axe II.
The simple but effective three character roster and 16-bit side-scrolling beat ’em up was my nemesis growing up, as I never got very far in the game itself.
I just loved teaming with a friend and trying to take the game on; attempting to throw and stab my enemies but most of all, dying a quick death in a process.