About Peter Underwood

Peter UnderwoodFor honestly as long as I can remember I've played video games - some of my earliest memories are sitting on my dad's lap and playing Monkey Island on an Atari ST. In fact, for the first 11 years of my life, a BBC Micro and an Atari ST were the only gaming systems I had at my house, and those were stored away a majority of the time. I solved this problem by playing video games at friendsí houses, and borrowing a Game Boy or Mega Drive off particularly generous mates. For the record, Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins on the Game Boy is one of the best platformers Iíve ever played Ė and on Mega Drive, Road Rash and an NHL game on the Mega CD were the most addictive things in my young life. When we got our first PC (which my Dad stressed was not a 'gaming' machine) I managed, over time, to sneak more and more games onto it - turns out I'd never really stopped being a gamer. In that sense, PC gaming was my first love. My console roots come firstly from a Sega Master System II, and then from being given an old PS1 by a family friend when they'd bought a PS2, and playing Final Fantasy IX and Gran Turismo 2 for uncountable hours. I saved up for months and months bought my PS2 around 2004, with Timesplitters 2, Final Fantasy X and Hitman 2. Good times. Since then, Iíve gone back to the N64 and Mega Drive, and am enjoying the nostalgia punch they provide.

As a rule, I love any game with a really strong, well told story, whatever the genre. Also, although I play a huge variety of games, I would probably have to say that RPG/adventure games are my favourites. I have a huge weakness for any game with a co-operative mode, so Gears of War, Saints Row 2, Timesplitters 2 and Borderlands hold a special place in my heart Ė but honestly, if it has a co-op mode, I will play it, regardless of quality. I adore seeing what the indie community is doing, and seeing some of the incredible small games/flash games that are created Ė thereís a raft of creativity in the industry at the moment, which is really wonderful to see. Things like AaAaAA!!! Ė A Reckless Disregard for Gravity, Every Day is the Same Dream and Zen Bound are just mind-blowing, and in my opinion, the kind of thing thatís needed more in gaming at the moment.

Currently Iím studying Japanese in the wonderful student town of Leeds, in decidedly un-sunnny England. When not gaming I play guitar, piano and drums (but not at the same time), try to write songs (badly), and enjoy watching terrible, terrible films and cartoons.

Favorite Games

  • The Monkey Island Series
  • Planescape Torment
  • The World Ends with You
  • The Darkness
  • Bayonetta
  • Deadly Premonition
  • Silent Hill

Recent Games

  • Planetside 2
  • Guild Wars 2
  • Spelunky
  • Nancy Drew Adventure Games
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Madden '13
  • Catherine

Preferred Systems

  • PC
  • Xbox 360
  • DS
  • PSP
  • PS2

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