Five of the Best: Shops

Welcome to another week of Five of the Best, a series where we celebrate the overlooked parts of video games. They’re the kind of things you don’t pay much attention to at the time, but which spring readily to mind years later, proving just how memorable they were. So far we’ve had potions, hands, and dinosaurs – an eclectic bunch! – and we’ve enjoyed reading your suggestions as much as sharing ours. Today, then, another batch, another five. And the theme…

Shops! Oh, how many virtual registers we’ve rung over the years. Imagine a role-playing game without one – you can’t. It would be sacrilege. You simply must visit a new shop in every town and have their wares be slightly more powerful than they were where you came from. Everyone knows that. But there are so many shops, it’s often hard to remember a single one.

It’s not just RPGs. I remember ogling the superbikes for sale in Road Rash and then crashing them when I eventually saved up enough money to buy them. I remember spending ages shopping for shorts and T-shirts in a knock-off GAP in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. And I’ve probably spent more money than I should have on costumes in Fortnite, which is hardly my fault when they sell such silly costumes, is it?!

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