Atari 2600 - 7/10
- Unfrotunately my experience was ruined by a naff joystick! It wasn't an original 2600 joystick, but one that came from a 7800 (I think)
Atari 800XL - 5/10
- Unfortunately, didn't experience enough games of any variety
Amiga 500/500 Plus - 9.5/10
- Superb, if only it had AGA chipset !?!
Amiga 1200 - 100/10 (Can I have that?)
- WHDLoad came from heaven! Really cool stuff
Amiga CD32 - 8/10
- Slightly let down, what happened to this being better than other Amigas? Developers ported A500 versions straight to CD32! No enhancements.
Atari ST - 7/10
- All the games I played on this, I had on Amiga ........ Hmmmm! I think the Amiga wins that one. Since then, I've had a look at StickHead's chart, there's some decent games to be played on the ST
Amstrad CPC - 8/10
- One of the best 8-bit machines I've ever played. I had a lot of games on this system. Still play 'em now! Roll on the good times.
Amstrad GX4000 - 5/10
- I felt properly ripped off with the GX4000. Not enough games existed and the ones that did cost way too much.
Commodore C16/Plus 4 - 8/10
- For such an underspecced machine, there's tons of really enjoyable machines. Who says graphics and sound are everything? You're wrong! I have tons of excellent games on the C16.
Commodore C64 - 8/10
- Another awesome 8-bit micro. Nearly every game I played on this was superb. A few naff ones, but most were excellent
Super Nintendo SNES - 9/10
- Superb console ....... one of the best 16-bit machines, especially with some SF2 action ....... HA-DOO-KEN!
Nintendo NES - 8/10
- Really good console, definitely should be in every retro-gamers collection. High quality games make this one 'must-have' machine.
Sega Master System - 9/10
- To be this good takes Sega!
I love my Master System, probably my favourite 8-bit console EVER! Strongly recommended. Get one ..... NOW!
Sega Mega Drive - 9/10
- Another top notch machine from Sega. Excellent quality games, and those 6-button pads are amazingly comfortable.
Sega Game Gear - 8/10
- By rights, I should've rated this 9/10 as it's a pratically a portable Master System, but the battery life lets it down!
Nintendo Gameboy - 7/10
- Why have I given it 7/10? It's that god aweful screen that I can't see. Other than that, it's an amazing hand-held
Neo-Geo Pocket Coulour - 8/10
- Brilliant little handheld - has an awesome thumbstick and excellent battery life along with some high quality games. Highly recommended!
Sega Saturn - 5/10
- I could find many decent games for the Saturn ..... sorry!
Sega Dreamcasr - 9/10
- A must own for any gaming enthusiast, be it retro or more modern games, get yourself a Dreamcast. With it's excellent addons, this makes for one awesome console.
Sony Plasytation (a.k.a. PSX/PS1/PSOne) - 8/10
- An awesome machine, giving me plenty of enjoyment. Unfortunately, early models had some reliability probs with the CD drives! Also, as much as there's a lot of decent games, there's a lot of poop too!.
Sony Playstation 2 (a.k.a. PS2) - 8/10
- I had a lot of 'reliability' problems with my PS2, DVD drive kept dying, other than that, still one of the best games consoles ever!
Microsoft XBOX (the original version) - 8/10
- I love my XBOX, probably my favourite modern (ish) purchase! Tons of awesome games, excellent spec and an excellent selection of games. Just don't get the original big bulky controller!
Microsoft XBOX 360 - 7/10
- I would've rated this highter, but: RROD reliability probs (I'm on my third 360 now), too many RPGs and FPS games too. Other than that, a superb machine, but lacks a bit of variety, software wise (or at least, that's my opinion).
Nintendo Gamecube - 7/10
- I quite like this little machine, but have struggled to find any amazing games, I like Mario Kart Double Dash, Need for Speed Underground 1 and 2, but that's about it. The Gameboy Player expansion made this machine a bit more worthwhile for me, as I can play some of my fav Gameboy games on the big screen! Not bad, but could of been better.
Nintendo Wii - 8/10, but early days!
- Having only owned a Wii for about 2-3 weeks, it's early days to give a decent rating. I really like the games that I have for it, but there's to many compilations of 'mini-games'
Nintendo N64 - 7/10
- Nice console, but unfortunately, I don't seem to have come many superb games that are well ahead of any other. Sure, it has it's "killer app", be it Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Killer Instinct Gold or Mario Kart 64, but it just seems to lack something!
Sinclair ZX Spectrum (128K+)- 7/10
- Some excellent games exist for this platform, but unfortunately, I've never really become a fan of the Speccy. For most games on the Speccy, I've played equivalent or better conversions on the C64 or CPC. The Speccy does have it's charm, but it just feels a bit too cheap & tacky to me. Sorry all Speccy lovers, whilst I understand your love for it, I don't share the same opinions. The 128K+ model is by far the best (and most reliable) model of Spectrum ever made, hence why I prefer playing on that rather than a +2 or +3.
Oric Atmos 48K - 5/10
- A quirky machine to say the least. I struggled to get mine to work properly, but even then, once working, struggled to find any decent software for it!
IBM PC/MS-DOS (old skool PCs, like a 286 etc.) - 5/10
- Hmmm! It always seemed that machines that cost as much as PCs did, should have been a hell of a lot better. Some games were a pain in the ass to get working, especially with the varying hardware and software configurations of end users. A definate let down!
IBM PC, later MS-DOS and Windows PCs (such as 486, Pentiums etc.) - 6/10
- A much better improvement. Unfortunately the "pain in the ass" element still existed with the varying configurations of end users and the amount of technical knowledge sometime required to get games to work was still present.
Philips Videopac G7000 - 5/10
- I look back on this with rose-tinted specs. I loved it back in the day, but the honest truth is ..... that it's a bit pants now!
Commodore VIC-20 - 5/10
- I loved this machine back then, Rockman and Perrils of Willy are superb, but there's too many games required memory expansions, kind of alienating those who had an undexpanded VIC-20. Unfortunately, my VIC-20 has now died, so I can only emulate (till I get another VIC-20) but I still have fond memories of said machine.
Sinclair ZX81 - 3/10
- I know this sounds harsh! But it was terrible! - Horrid black & white, lack of any decent sound, really small, and quite unreliable (or at leas mine was). I also found that the RF modulator was incredibly flakey, the signal would 'drift' occasionly, causing it to look like your TV had 'de-tuned' itself. Never happened on my other machines, only on the ZX81. However, I did have an awesome Black Jack game on the ZX81 though, which brought back many memories when I tracked it down recently.
So that's my ratings. Some may agree - some may not. However, there they are.