This month, we find out which games make Matt Scronce, lead game designer on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War at Treyarch, tick.
What was the first game that you played?
I don’t remember the name of the game, but it was on a “console” called the Action Max, which was a VHS light gun game back in the mid-‘80s. That’s the first memory I have of a video game, pointing a light gun at a CRT monitor.
What was the last game that you finished?
The last one I finished was A Way Out, which was a very, very fun, interesting game. It had a really cinematic quality.
What’s your favourite game of all time?
If I immediately discount any Call of Duty game, I’d say Red Dead Redemption. That one grabbed me, I have very fond memories of it. I actually, just recently, watched John Marston gallop into Mexico as the soundtrack played and you’re looking into the sun. That’s a moment where you’re like, ‘Yes, video games are art’.
What do you think is the most underrated game of all time?
I often say that The Last of Us multiplayer is one of, if not the most, underrated multiplayer game of all time. There are a few of us who played the hell out of it, and it was a very inspiring game.
What’s the game that you most wish you’d worked on?
Probably Delta Force: Black Hawk Down. I didn’t get to work on that, but luckily I get to work every day with a few fine people who did from NovaLogic.