We are now finished with the red and yellow tiers; the only ones left are the green tiers. In this post, I’ll be looking back over the games I’ve awarded a 7/10. The key difference between this tier and the one directly preceding it concerns my stance when asked whether or not I’d recommend a game. A 6/10 is a game I would have some reservations about recommending even if I think it’s technically good overall. There are no such reservations from this point onward; these are all games that were able to earn my seal of approval.
Jim Walls was a member of the California Highway Patrol. Unfortunately, his fifteen year career came to an end in 1986 when a shooting incident left him traumatized. During his recovery, Walls met Ken Williams, one of the co-founders of Sierra On-Line. Williams had the idea for an adventure game set in present day with a police officer protagonist and all he needed at that point was the help of a real one in order to make the experience as authentic as possible. With help from Mr. Williams, the police-officer-turned-game-designer created a game called Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel in 1987. Sierra was known for diversifying their adventure game settings, with some games taking place in a fantasy land while others being set in outer space. Though it wasn’t the only Sierra series that featured a modern-day setting, the original Police Quest was an innovative game in that it depicted realistic scenarios in a time when the medium was still largely in its infancy.