This month in Q5, we find out which games make Michael Merren, development director on Cricket 22 at Big Ant Studios, tick.

What’s the first game that you remember playing
The Way of the Exploding Fist on the ZX spectrum – with keyboard controls – you needed all fingers and one thumb to control the game.

What was the last game that you finished?
Astro’s Playroom on PS5 – the first game I played when I got the PS5. Had to complete it!

Astro's Playroom

What’s your favourite video game/series of all time?
My favourite game is Goldeneye, which was on the N64 and was amazing for its time.

What do you think is the most underrated video game of all time?
Maybe not underrated, but the developer deserved better, Okami. It’s a beautiful adventure game that won awards, but didn’t save the developer that was unfortunately closed down shortly after the release.

What’s the game that you most wish you’d worked on?
Any of the AFL games after AFL Live that Big Ant worked on!