Friday, November 15, 2013

Entry number 200 Special: Top 10 games of Last Gen

 Well, another generation is over and everyone is talking about the favorite Last Gen moments. Also, with this entry I hit 200 entries, so it was time for another Top 10.
 Number 10)
 From the mastermind Suda 51 comes Lollipop Chainsaw, his first real HD game. Yeah, there was Shadows of the Damned, but his input there was not as pronounced as it is here. This game just reeks of Suda 51, Juliette Starling is one badass zombie hunter, and the rest of the cast, both bosses and allies are just as zany as her. It also helps that it's a blast to play. While it is a bit short, there's loads of unlockables and collectibles, plus, the game lends itself to repeated playthroughs.

 Number 9)
 Speaking of short, Journey lasts barely two hours, but they were two of the most awe-inspiring hours of my life. It really is that good. Be it the beautiful vistas, the way the characters journey(pun intended) through the various landscapes or it's minimalist storytelling, this game will leave some kind of lasting impression on you. And what a game it is.

 Number 8)
 Batman Arkham City is one of the few games this generation that didn't try to rip you off. There were a couple of DLC released, but they were mostly cosmetic, and the one piece of Story-related content actually felt like real DLC and not something that was taken off the game while it was being developed. It's also a fantastic game in it's own right. Everything Arkham Asylum had, this game doubles. There's so much more to do, to find, even easter eggs that only the most hardcore of Batman fans would notice. Speaking of Batman fans, the story, while a bit simple and straight forward, is straight out of a comic book, it's that good. But the game's crowning achievement is how it makes you feel as Batman, it's hard to explain, but few things are as pleasing as taking down a huge crowd of enemies, with them not even knowing where Batman is, freaking out as they get taken out one by one.

 Number 7)
 Square-Enix might not be the company that they used to be. They may have ruined Final Fantasy forever. But as much as they failed on the HD consoles, they released numerous decent-to-great RPGs on the DS. Above all of them lies The World ends with You, one of the most unique RPGs out there. While it has a bit of a SMT vibe, taking place in modern-day Shibuya, and if Neku wants to live, he has to complete certain tasks, part of a game of death. You grow stronger both by fighting and by eating food, which you must digest. Armor takes the form of clothes, regular clothes, and accesories like watches or earrings. Plus, the combat system would take too long to explain, but it's as unique as it is fun. This game is a reminder that Square-Enix can still produce quality games, if only they tried.

 Number 6)
 Present day Gearbox has become a bit of a shadow of it's former self. Borderlands 2 is a DLC cow/rip-off, heck, even the GOTY edition doesn't contain all it's DLC. Aliens is a really bad game that also gave way to numerous rumors about how Gearbox might've scammed Sega. Regardless, before becoming that, they created Bordelands, one of the best games this generation had to offer. Basically, it's Diablo 2 meets and FPS. And it works, fantastically if I may say so. And having couch Co-Op is just genious.

 Number 5)
 As many screw-ups as Capcom has done in the last few years, Tatsunoko VS Capcom remains as a reminder of just how awesome they used to be. TvC should've never seen the light of the day in USA, as getting the rights to every Tatsunoko character should've been very expensive and very complicated. But Capcom pulled through. Not only that, one character was lost as they could not attain the rights, so what did Capcom do? 5 completely new characters. As for the game itself, you might consider it the foundation upon which MvC 3 built upon. Still, TvC remains a superior game. It's a blast to play, and it doesn't have any sort of comeback mechanic, but adds a fantastic mechanic named Baroque, that basically makes it so that there's no infinites in the game, as long as you sacrifice some red health. The cast of characters was also incredibly diverse, something that MvC 3 didn't get right(3 DMC characters? 4 Resident Evil characters?), and MvC 3 has a larger roster!

 Number 4)
 Back in the PS2 era, there were two games that I loved: Gundam: Federation VS ZEON and Gundam VS Z Gundam. There were fast-paced, arcadey games with an emphasis on fighting. Needless to say, these games felt as if they had been made for me. Fast forward to this generation, I learn of Gundam Extreme VS just weeks away from the PS3 port, and I spent every day looking at videos and looking up information on the game. I bought it at launch and paid over 150(Sent from Japan+Buying through a third party... Latin America sucks and I didn't have my own card, sue me). And I don't regret it one bit. This game has EVERYTHING I want in game. Huge character roster(Over 60 different units), emphasis on fighting, Sword fighting, Arcadey gameplay, easy to pick up and play and lots of stuff to do. There are around 50 different stages just in Arcade Mode, but there are 200 different Missions in, well, Mission mode. I love this game. And the entirety of last year I spent it lurking the forums, waiting for news of a PS3 port of the sequel, Full Boost(Has over 90 units!)... well, it was finally announced a couple of months ago and I can't wait, heck, it might top my number 1 game....

 Number 3)
 The Orcs and Elves saga, which includes the equally awesome Doom RPG and Doom RPG II, are the perfect mobile games. They lend themselves to portability perfectly. Orcs and Elves on the DS is an upgraded port of a mobile game, the graphics were redone(And now look amazing) and a couple of new areas. What remained the same, however, was the fantastic gameplay. Basically, everything takes one turn, moving, attacking, etc. But enemies can't move until you move.While it may sound boring, it actually moves pretty fast, movement is done in tiles, just like Pokemon games, and you move at the same pace, thing is, until you make a move, the enemies can't move. This, plus the Save whenever you want is what makes it so portable-friendly, you can literally stop playing at a moment's notice and resume right where you were. And it's also very, very fun. I easily finished it over 15 times, both the Mobile and DS versions, and they never grow old. Never.

 Number 2)
 The one game that defined this generation for me was No More Heroes. It's also the game that introduced me to my favorite video-game director, Suda 51. The game is no technical masterpiece, there's slowdown in the shoddily implemented overworld, sometimes getting money before each match requires repeating certain tasks, and sometimes it's easy to tell that the game has some technical limitations when it comes to moving around. Despite all that, despite ALL that, the game oozes with personality. The main character, Travis Touchdown, is a star all by himself, and the 10 assassin's he must fight are all incredibly unique. Each one gets a long introduction and a death cutscene, and just those two makes every boss oh so memorable. While Motion controls on some of the side activities are a bit lame, everything that's involved in fighting is perfect. Slashing with the wiimote to perform a finishing move is impossibly satisfying, you really won't understand just how good it feels until you play the PS3 version and get stuck with the analog sticks, unless you use Move. There no games like No More Heroes, sure, action games with swords are a dime a dozen, but none have the same style and personality this one has. The only one that comes close is Lollipop Chainsaw.

 Number 1)
 If you like Fighting Games, it really doesn't get any better than this. Huge amount of characters(Over 50!) with only a couple of clones, and most of them have more than a few different moves. It also has the right kind of fanservice, every character from the series makes a return in here. Well, except Gunjack, which was really just Jack III, Kuma 1(Who'd be just Kuma 2), King 1(Who'd be just King 2) and Armor King 1, but no one really cares about them as they were replaced by identical characters. I digress, this game is a celebration of everything that is Tekken. It contains the tried and true fighting mechanics that have been perfected over the course of more than 6 games, and it brings back the much loved, and missed, tag mechanics. Don't want to learn two characters? You can just pick 1 character, with an extended life bar. The only complaint to be had, is that the customization options have been a bit streamlined since Tekken 6, this means that Gloves and body wear are one item and Feet and Legs are another one, not a real loss anyways.
 Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is as close to perfection as you can get, when it comes to Fighting Games. Plus, it's my favorite game of the last generation. I really don't know how to end this. Bye.

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