Hey everyone, just before my winter break ended today, yesterday I was able to pick up a game that I have been kicking myself over to play time and time again, and this time I got a repro cart of the original Front Mission. After seeing so many gameplay videos of it on YouTube and since Mark from Classic Game Room highly recommends this game, I decided to pick it up at last yesterday, and as of now, I'm only a few missions in, but I must say that this game is not as hard as I thought it would be. After putting in over 40 hours into Front Mission 3 on PS1, and since that game is pretty damn hard, I kind of expected this game to kick my ass as well, but it's not too bad actually, since I don't have to worry about the stupid expensive part upgrades from the 3rd game, and I'm not limited to 4 wanzers. While playing, I have managed to get Frederick and Yang to join the party, but I couldn't get Paul to join in since I failed to rescue him in the Grey Rock mission. Now I'm currently at the part where Yang meets up with her informant Hans, and I'm hoping that I didn't reach Mobile Squadron 64 (aka Hell's Wall) yet! But anyway, I'm enjoying the game so far, the story is pretty depressing but gripping and good, the characters are so much better than the ones in the 3rd game, and it's pretty straightforward and simple compared to FM3.
Please comment and let me know what you think. Thanks!
Hey everyone, and I'm back with a new blog for the first time in over a week. Yeah, I've been buried in homework and I haven't really been able to put up new blogs very much. But I have managed to find some really awesome stuff recently and since I can't really think of anything interesting to write about, I thought that I might as well show you what I got over the past 2 months or so. So here they are, and enjoy!
Summer Wars (Blu-Ray & DVD combo pack) - $27 (new). This movie is pretty damn good, I highly recommend that you guys check this out if you haven't already. I thought about checking this out for a while and looks like I made the right choice.
Bravely Default Collectors Edition - $57 (new). Ah yeah, I'm pretty sure that some of you expected me to pick this up, and I heard this was the best new game from Square Enix in a while. I've only just started playing this game, It's pretty good, and it reminds me a little bit of Final Fantasy V and it's job system. I'll put some more hours into it once I have the time to do so.
Marmalade Boy Ultimate Scrapbook: Volume Two - $23 (new). After hearing that Volumes 3 and 4 go for insane amounts of money, I panicked and I quickly ordered Volume Two of Marmalade Boy off Amazon just in case if it goes up in price sooner or later. I would like to say that Volume 2 is better than the first one, I enjoyed it a lot more and it gets better with each episode. And I know that I'm going to have to wait a while to buy 3 & 4 since they are very expensive, but the series just turned 20 years old this year...maybe Funimation will release a 20th Anniversary boxset? who knows.
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time - $8 (used). I was thinking about trying out the Star Ocean franchise for a long time, so a friend of mine who runs a game store just got a copy of the 3rd game in the series, Till the End of Time, and it was just $8, so I picked it up. And so far I am pleased with it so far. I'm over 40 hours in and I really enjoy the gameplay, the story, the setting and the atmosphere of this game. I recommend that you check this out if you haven't already. You'll be glad you did.
Darker Than Black: The Complete First Season - $40 (new). Since my sister insisted that I check this series out, I decided to pick up Season One, and I got hooked immediately. The characters are awesome, it has some really funny moments, the story is great even though it gets depressing at times, and it has such a great intro song that makes me want to do 90 on the freeway! :) Check this out please!
Tales of the Abyss (3DS version) - $30 (new). Okay. I've heard from multiple sources and diehard fans that this is the best Tales series game. I plan to check this out once I'm on my mid-winter break next week.
Vampire Knight: The Complete Series - $31 (used). Since my sister is a big fan of Vampire Knight, I decided to check the series out for myself, and after seeing it, I must say that I understand why she likes this series. It's funny, the story is great, the characters are great despite being very over the top at times, and since I've watched all the episodes, I can now check out Vampire Knight: Guilty!
Rosario + Vampire Seasons 1 & 2 - $96 (altogether, new). Since this was another series my sister insisted that I check out, I decided to get these off Amazon after seeing some episodes on YouTube. And I must say that this is the most bizarre anime I have ever watched. This show has fan service out the ass, and the characters are over sexualized at times, but it's still a very good show in it's own right. It's still well-written, the characters are funny and excellent, and I recommend that you check this show out if you haven't already because once you start watching Rosario + Vampire, you won't be able to let that series go. Ever.
Please comment and let me know what you think. Thanks!
Hey everyone, since my Christmas break I became so addicted to a certain game that I didn't think I would become addicted to. I have always been thinking about trying out the Star Ocean franchise since seeing gameplay footage of the first Star Ocean on Super Nintendo (and I would REALLY like a Star Ocean repro cart), and so while I was on my break one day my local retro game store picked up Star Ocean: Till the End of Time for the PlayStation 2, and so I went and I got it. And hey, it was surprisingly cheap too, as I only got it for just $8! When I first started playing it, I didn't think I would be too interested in it since the intro starts out kinda weak and is very cheesy. But once I went to the first planet in the game, Vanguard III, the game just got so much better and it pulled me right in. I'm making very good progress through the game right now, despite that I'm not using the game's invention feature very much, and I'm already over 40 hours into it already! Should you check this out? Yes, I highly recommend that you do. This game is amazing in almost every way. The controls are great, music is top notch, the gameplay is excellent, the story is very solid and gripping, and has a surprise twist once you get 40 hours into it. But the downsides are that the characters are too anime-cliched, it can be very difficult at times and the invention feature can be a bit of a challenge. But anyway, I'm making good progress and I really enjoy this game. If you haven't tried this game out yet, please do, it deserves your time and can be found for just a few bucks.
Please comment and let me know what you think. Thanks!
OH YES!!! #1 is at last, here! And you all saw this one coming, I know you did. But how dare you argue against it because there is a good reason why this is #1 instead of Final Fantasy VII. But we'll talk about that more later on. Anyways, 6 years had passed since there was another console Zelda game, and 5 years had passed since there was another game in the series, console or handheld (Link's Awakening, 1993). And with the release of the Nintendo 64, Nintendo had planned a new Zelda game for the system to cater to the fans who had wanted a new entry for years, it was planned for the N64's launch, but it was delayed because it wasn't ready yet. Then eventually, we got the ultimate N64 adventure, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, released in 1998 for the Nintendo 64. Ocarina of Time released to universal acclaim, and is the highest rated game ever reviewed, scoring a 99/100 on Metacritic, and after 16 years, no game has matched or passed Ocarina's score on Metacritic. It sold over 7 million copies, and while the original N64 version may be out of print, this game is still selling on Virtual Console and it's re-release on 3DS. However, while Ocarina may be well liked, it gets a lot of hate from gamers, and when it comes to the games that are labeled as "overrated", OoT is the undisputed leader of that group because it's been called overrated more times then I can recall. But anyway, let's talk about the game for a few, K? In Ocarina of Time, you play as Link, as he is chosen to go on a mission to save Hyrule from a threat who will plunge all into darkness. The gameplay in Ocarina of Time differs from it's predecessors, as you control Link in a 3rd-person perspective, in a 3D world. Yes, Ocarina of Time is the first Zelda game to be in 3D. Link usually fights with a sword and shield, but can use different weapons like bombs, projectiles, magic spells, bow & arrows, a giant hammer, and more, which you obtain in dungeons and side quests that you encounter further in the game. This game was also the first to let you lock on to targets, as you press the Z-button on the N64 controller, it lets you take down enemies much easier. When you do this, the camera stays focused on the target with Link facing it. Much of the game takes place in battle, but some parts of the game require stealth. Link also gets his own horse in Ocarina of Time, which is acquired through one of the many side quests, named Epona. He can attack while on a horse, but is restricted to arrows. Link is also given an Ocarina in the game, and he uses it to learn melodies to teleport to different locations in the game or to solve puzzles and unlock doors. Link is first given the Fairy Ocarina by a friend of his, but Princess Zelda eventually gives him the Ocarina of Time, which is used to obtain the Master Sword. Ocarina of Time was praised for it's music, gameplay, replay value, and how well it has held up, and critics and gamers often hail it as the "greatest game of all time", and well, that answers your question as to why it's hated so much. It is called the greatest game of all time, and has topped many best game of all time lists, leading gamers to call it "overrated", saying that there are better Zelda games than Ocarina, or that it's the most overrated game ever. Maybe the people who call it overrated are just bitter that history remembers it better than The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, or it's sequel, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, which is also often hailed as the best Zelda game, or to a certain extent, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (also on this list). Well, I can agree with the haters on one extent: I don't think it's the best game of all time. I think Super Metroid is the best game of all time, and much more deserving of being called that over OoT. Problem? But I do think it's the best Zelda game though (sue me). So I do think it is overrated a bit, but does it deserve all this hate? Hell no. I think the hate towards it is just unnecessary and unjust at times, like with Wind Waker and Final Fantasy VII. Should you check it out? Well, duh. Ocarina of Time set the standard for this franchise, and it has held up very nicely. It is on Virtual Console, but I recommend that you pick up the original N64 version if you want the true experience with this classic, and hey, it's surprisingly cheap too! But, let's go back to the Ocarina hate for a second before we end this here. Ocarina of Time itself has become associated with what gamers hate about Nintendo, since Nintendo is the best AAA developer out there and has been for the past 30 years. If Ocarina of Time didn't exist, people would have to invent it, and that's why it serves a purpose for gamers everywhere. It is the game that it's okay to root against, to complain about, to call "overrated", to just hate, plain and simple. Well, maybe it's not that extreme, but you get the point, and the reason why Ocarina of Time is labeled as the best game of all time is why it's #1 instead of Final Fantasy VII.
Anyway, thanks for checking out the list, I'm not sure what I'm going to do next, but I will make sure it's interesting.
Oh yeah, this is one that you ALL saw coming. I'm pretty sure that all of you expected this game to be on here sooner or later. And I WAS....I WAS going to put this at #1, but for reasons unspecified for now, one more is ahead of this game, and for good reasons. But anyway, let's talk about this classic here. After the success of Final Fantasy VI on Super Nintendo and the success of the other FF games before VI on the NES and SNES, Square was planning to continue to the series on the Super NES, but then development shifted over to the Nintendo 64, probably because the Super NES was showing it's age. But then, due to the N64's cart limitations and after numerous conflicts with Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi, Square ended their contract with Nintendo and shifted development towards Sony's new PlayStation. And then, we got the game that not only put the PlayStation on the map, but also made JRPGs popular outside of Japan (also proving former Sega of America president Bernie Stolar wrong about saying that JRPGs would never sell in America). That game was Final Fantasy VII, released on the PlayStation in 1997. Final Fantasy VII released to nearly universal acclaim, scoring a 92/100 on Metacritic, it is also a fan favorite Final Fantasy game, and it has a lot of spin offs and sequels because it's so damn popular. It's also the 2nd most printed PlayStation game, and it sold over 10 million copies, making VII the best selling Final Fantasy game of all time, and while the original PlayStation version may be out of print, this game is still selling on PlayStation Network, Steam, you name it. But it's also one of the most hated games out there, and is another game that is called "overrated" by gamers, but let's talk about the game here for a few. In Final Fantasy VII, you play as Cloud Strife, a mercenary for hire who joins a rebel group called AVALANCHE to stop the evil-corporation Shinra from using the planet's life as an energy source. And as you get further in the game, Cloud and his allies get involved in a much more world-threatening conflict against Sephiroth, the game's main villain, who plans to take over the world. This was the 2nd Final Fantasy game to have a more modern setting (FFVI's setting was like the late 19th century), as it takes place in the near distant future, with a ton of modern technology like computers, cell phones, cars, airships, tall skyscrapers, you name it. And since VII, there have been other Final Fantasy games to have this type of futuristic setting. Final Fantasy VII is the first 3D game in the series, as the characters are fully rendered in 3D, with pre-rendered backgrounds. It is also the first game in the series to have computer-generated full-motion video cutscenes as well. The battle system for VII is also changed as well. Unlike past games in the series that usually had 4-5 characters to participate in battles, VII only allows 3 for battle. FF VII's skill system is built around Materia, magical orbs that are produced by the planet, which contain special magical powers like healing powers, lightning, fire, and summon powers too, and some materia can be combined to enhance effects or produce other abilities. Also, a form of Final Fantasy VI's "Desperation Attacks" are in FF VII, and they are called "Limit Breaks". Each character has a bar labeled LIMIT that goes up as the player takes more damage and once it's filled, you can release an incredibly powerful attack on your enemies, doing a severe amount of damage to their health and most likely can take them out. Every character (except Cait Sith) has 4 levels of limit breaks, and new limit break abilities are gained as the player gains more experience in battle. Final Fantasy VII was praised for it's gameplay, story, graphics, and excellent soundtrack, but was criticized for it's mediocre English localization. So anyway, here's the good part, people. Let's talk about why it's hated so much. Well, as I'm sure all of you know this game is one of few that is labeled as "overrated" by gamers, and well, that is most likely the main reason why it's hated on so much, gamers just like to call it overrated. Maybe the people who call it overrated are just very bitter that history remembers it better than it's predecessor, Final Fantasy VI, and to a certain extent, Final Fantasy IV. Or maybe they call it overrated because it's better remembered than one of it's successors, Final Fantasy IX, which returns to the series' roots, and is also considered along with VI to be the best Final Fantasy game. No offense, but I also have reason to believe that Nintendo fans are among the many who call FF VII overrated. After all, Final Fantasies IV-VI were on a Nintendo console after all, and were the last FF games to be released on Nintendo platforms, and there hasn't been a main series FF game on a Nintendo platform for 20 years now. Also, this game represents everything about what old-school Square fans despise about Square Enix, they think this game caused Square to decline in quality. But that is totally untrue as, in my honest opinion, Square went downhill when they bought Enix in 2003, their only competition. And Enix was the only company that could make RPGs that could go toe-to-toe with Square's, and since Square bought out their only competition, there is no one else who can push these guys to make better games, not even other companies like Atlus, which also makes solid JRPGs. Also, it could be because Nintendo fans like to brag about how "everything" is better on their consoles, and that the best game of every franchise is on the Super Nintendo. Or it could be that they are jealous over how PlayStation owners got the game instead of Nintendo 64 owners. Now I'm not saying that's 100% true, but that's what it feels like. I'm not saying that FF VII doesn't deserve to be criticized a little, after all it's not perfect. I just think that, like Wind Waker, the hate towards it is just unnecessary and unjust at times. But anyways, should you check out this game, despite the hate? No s#!t, Sherlock. This game is one of the best RPGs of all time, one of the best PlayStation games of all time, and this was the game that got me into JRPGs, and it also played a key factor in me picking up an original PlayStation. Along with IV and VI, it is one of my favorite games in the series, and I recommend that you check it out. You'll be glad you did. But flaws like it's mediocre English translation leads gamers to pick on this game so much, and that's why Final Fantasy VII is on this list.
Hey, #1 is coming up pretty soon here! Want to take any guesses as to what it may very well be? Leave them in the comment section below please!
At last! We are in the Top 3! And I'm guessing that you're like: WHAT? Super Smash Bros. Brawl isn't #1? Well, that's simple. The last 2 games receive WAY more hate than this one. Well anyways, let's begin. After Super Smash Bros. Melee came out during the GameCube's launch year of 2001, fans waited for years for there to be a new entry in the franchise, and boy was it worth the wait. After planning to launch it in late 2007, it got delayed for a couple more months due to technical issues, and then, after 7 long years of waiting, we got the excellent Super Smash Bros. Brawl, released for the Wii in 2008. Brawl received nearly universal acclaim from critics, scoring a 93/100 on Metacritic, winning award after award, and it's also included in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die. It was a commercial and critical success, it was the fastest selling game in Nintendo of America's history, selling over 1.4 million during it's first week, and it has currently sold almost 11 million copies, and 6 years after it's release, it's still selling. Brawl drastically improved over it's 2 predecessors, by putting in a much longer, 2-player adventure mode that spans over 20 levels, called the Subspace Emissary, also co-created by Kazushige Nojima, a scenario writer who worked on the Final Fantasy series. It also added in All-Star mode from Melee and the new Boss Battles mode, where the player has only 1 life to defeat all the characters. Also, Brawl added in the ability to play online with friends, thanks to the newly introduced Nintendo Wi-Fi connection, and there is no longer any snapshot mode for battles, as when you play in battles, you can take pictures of characters at anytime you like, but snapshot mode is still avaliable for many other uses. There is also the "Masterpiece" mode in Brawl, which allowed players to play demos of classic Nintendo games lasting from 30 seconds to 5 minutes, like Super Metroid, Super Mario World, Star Fox 64, and more. And there is also the newly added in Chronicles section, which contains a giant list of games either published or made by Nintendo spanning over 20 years. And new games appear in those sections when the player encounters new characters, stickers (new feature), or trophies (now usable items in Brawl), Also like Melee, Brawl gives you the option to unlock new trophies and stickers through mini-games or through event-modes, along with new soundtracks as well, from the Challenges menu, an interactive display which has an entire collection of unlocked features and items in small windows. There are over 35 playable characters in Brawl, and some new characters are Wario, Pokemon Trainer, Wolf O'Donnell from Star Fox, Pit from the nearly-forgotten Kid Icarus series, and Olimar from Pikmin. Brawl also includes the first 3rd party characters in Smash Bros' history, but there are only 2, and the first is Solid Snake, which Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima had begged for to be in Smash Bros. before Melee came out (Thanks Kojima, but do you think you could put more of your games on Nintendo platforms instead of giving us the shaft 95% of the time? I'd appreciate it). And the one and only Sonic the Hedgehog, who was the most requested 3rd party character. And all these characters have their own special abilities, and they get it by grabbing the new "Final Smash" item during battles to show off their own special skills. The gameplay is similar to Melee's, so you should be in familiar territory. Brawl was also praised for it's soundtrack, representing the different generations of gaming history, which included 36 different composers, including former Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu (Awesomeness!!!). Brawl was praised by critics for all these features and it's endless replay value, but was criticized for it's long loading times. Now anyway, let's move on to why this game is hated so much, but the reason is quite simple. Thanks for my fellow GameSpot user SloganYams, he tells me that it's because gamers are too stuck in the past, thinking the game will never live up to Melee. SloganYams explained to me that "The thing with Melee is the people who brag it up so much are the people who want to think Smash Bros. is a traditional fighter, which it isn't. It's supposed to have all these crazy items and wacky stages. It's the Mario Kart of fighting games. That doesn't mean it isn't deep or competitive, but these gamers have such a limited view of what a fighter should be that they think the elements that make Smash Bros. what it is detracts from it being a fighter (which it doesn't, it just makes it stand out). Ten bucks says the people who complain about Brawl only ever play on stages like Final Destination with no items turned on." Yeah, I think that pretty much sums it up. But anyway, should you check out Brawl, despite the hate? Absolutely. It's one of the best games of all time, one of the top games on the Wii, and it might just be the best fighting game of all time. This game is the reason why I bought a Wii in the first place, and it just blew me away with all that content it has to offer compared to Melee. It's THAT good. But Brawl has it's share of haters who still make silly comparisons of it to Melee, and that's why Super Smash Bros. Brawl is on this list.
And lastly, here's the proper response to say to someone who thinks that no other Smash Bros. game will live up to Melee, thanks' to SloganYams:
"Fan Response: This game will suck compared to Melee!, Response: Shut up." - SloganYams
Oh, and do you guys want to take any guesses as to what numbers 2 and 1 will be? Leave them in the comment section below please!
Ah yes, no Top 10 like this is complete without the Dreamcast's swan song! After the success of the original Sonic Adventure a couple years before, it seemed that Sega's Sonic Team got the hang of things after their sub-par days of the Saturn era. But with Sony putting nails in Sega's coffin with the beyond-popular PlayStation 2, eventually forcing them out of the console business, Sega was going to make sure that their last console generation would go out with a bang, and they and Sonic Team did just that with the new Sonic Adventure 2, the last Sonic game released on a Sega console, the Dreamcast's swan song, released in 2001 to celebrate 10 years of Sonic the Hedgehog. Adventure 2 was loved by critics, scoring an 89/100 on Metacritic, and is a Sonic fan favorite, but it is also incredibly hated on, and it's another one of those games that's called "overrated" by gamers. But anyway, let's talk about what made this game great. In Adventure 2, Sonic Team gave you the option to play as the good guys (Sonic, Tails & Knuckles), or the bad guys (Eggman, Rouge, Shadow), and you take place in platforming levels (Sonic, Shadow), levels where you search for the pieces of the master emerald (Knuckles, Rouge), and platforming levels where you control a mech to take down swarms of enemies (Eggman, Tails)! So this game gives you the option to either save the world, or conquer it! And it all leads up to a shocking climax! Sonic Adventure 2 was praised for many things, like it's high-speed Sonic and Shadow levels near the end of the game, the improved Chao Garden, great level design, high-quality graphics, and better gameplay mechanics, but was criticized for it's camera system, somewhat easy boss fights, the cheesy voice acting and some side characters. So, let's move on to why it's hated on so much. Today, gamers like to criticize Sonic Adventure 2 a lot, it's one of few games that gamers like to call "overrated", they claim that it hasn't aged well, and that your nostalgia glasses will shatter when you replay it again, and also, there are those Sonic fans who are stuck in the past, thinking that it (plus the first Sonic Adventure) will never live up to the 2D classics on the Mega Drive/Genesis. Maybe the people who call it overrated are just bitter that history remembers it better than the first Sonic Adventure game, or like I've said before, they are too stuck in the past, thinking that it will never be as good as the original 16-bit classics. Or it could be of Sonic 06, and by that I mean that Sonic 06 could have put the image in people's minds that no 3D Sonic game is good, which is completely untrue. Well, let's talk about my experience with Adventure 2. I first played the GameCube port, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, and I really enjoyed playing it, I liked the music, the levels, the boss fights, the master emerald piece hunts, but I wasn't really interested in the Chao Garden all that much (that's why my Sister plays SA2). I played the original Dreamcast version not too long ago when I got it for a friend of mine, and the only problems I had with it were the camera, and the somewhat cheesy voice acting. All I can say is that Sonic Adventure 2 has held up and is one of my favorite Sonic games. Should you check it out? Absolutely. It's one of the best Sonic games ever made and hey, it's a lot of fun. It was all the fun of a bad Sonic game without it actually being a bad Sonic game. But it has it's share of haters who like to take a big s#!t on it, and that's why Adventure 2 is one this list.
Why hello there people! We're already halfway through this Top 10 and I'm here with #5, so if you haven't checked out #10-6, please do so!! Anyway, after the first 3 Mega Man X games, the series left Nintendo consoles and with the rise of 3D gaming, Capcom proved that 2D side-scrolling action is far from dead, with the release of Mega Man X4, released on the PlayStation and Sega Saturn in 1997. X4 was well-recieved by critics, and is considered by fans to be one of the high points in the Mega Man franchise, and while this may be, it's still one of the most hated games just because it is. But, let's talk about what changes were brought into X4. X4 gave you the option to play as not just X, but Capcom put in an entire Zero campaign as well, so it doesn't really feel too similar to past games in the series. Also, there are brand new Anime cutscenes since this is the first game in the series that is story & dialogue heavy. In X4, you play as X and Zero as they are on a mission to end a rebellion for independence by Repliforce, who has been tricked by Sigma into thinking that the Maverick Hunters and the humans are their enemies, so that in the mass confusion, Sigma can destroy the world by using a space station's giant laser cannon. While X4 is considered to be one of the Mega Man franchise's high points, there are also plenty of people who hate X4, and the reasons why they hate it are quite simple actually. Gamers like to pick on X4 because of the crappy voice acting in the english versions of the game, the added in anime cutscenes....Hmm, maybe I should say it like this: Mega Man fans like to pick on X4 a lot because it's "different" from all the other games in the series, yet the main complaint with the series is that every game is the same. Gamers...
But anyway, should you check out X4? Yes you should. Don't let that crappy voice acting get you down because this game delivers. The gameplay is excellent and the controls are highly responsive, the story is also very solid, despite the crappy english voice acting, and hey, it's a lot of fun. The PlayStation version is very cheap and easy to get ahold of, but the Sega Saturn version (which I have) is rare and expensive and if you want to pick up a copy of the Saturn version, it'll cost you over $75. I recommend that you pick up the Saturn version IF you are either a die hard Mega Man fan or a die hard Sega Saturn collector because it would make an excellent addition to your collection. There are no differences between the PlayStation and Saturn versions of X4, except the fact that X4 looks better on Saturn, thanks to the Saturn's high-quality 2D capabilities and better audio quality. X4 is an awesome game and you should totally check it out, but it's still unfairly picked on for being "different" from all the other games in the series and that's why Mega Man X4 is on this list.
Ohhhhhhh yeah baby! I can tell that you guys saw this one coming!!! After the success of Final Fantasy IV on the Super NES, Square was looking to fix and improve what was wrong with the NES-like FFIV which sort of feels a bit outdated with it's level design and graphics. What they did was improve the level design, make it look like the next best thing to it's eventual successor Final Fantasy VI, bring back the job system from 1990's Final Fantasy III (which unfortunately makes the game 2x longer than FFIV), and what we got was Final Fantasy V, released on the Super Nintendo in 1992 (making this the oldest game on the list), but it was Japan only until it recieved ports to the PlayStation and Game Boy Advance. Oh, and the SNES version has been fan-translated if you are interested in getting a repro cart, since it was the first game to ever be fan-translated in it's entirety. In FFV, you play as Bartz Klauser, an adventurer traveling the world who is suddenly dragged on a journey to save the world after investigating a fallen meteor which other characters have been investigating as well, and one of these characters reveals to Bartz about the danger facing the world's 4 crystals of earth, wind, fire and water which control the world's elements. The crystals also act as a seal on the sorcerer Exdeath, the game's main villain. So Bartz and his gang must protect the crystals and defeat Exdeath. Final Fantasy V was praised by critics for it's job system, which also has a feature to use different abilities from different job classes. It was also praised for the game's addition of hidden events and items for players to search for as well. Aside from all the praise, let's talk about the hate. Final Fantasy V is one of the few games in the series that the fanbase likes to take a big royal dump on, along with Final Fantasy II on NES, Final Fantasy VII (don't worry, we'll get to that), and Final Fantasy X & X-2. Final Fantasy fans' main complaints with Final Fantasy V are the characters, which are portrayed to be very generic and lacking any personality, the story, which is considered by many to be very weak, and, suprisingly the game's heavily praised job system is one of the many complaints from the Final Fantasy fanbase. I wonder why they hate the gameplay? Oh I don't know, maybe it's because they suck at this game? Well, let hear my experience with the game now, shall we. Well, first off, I'm not a gamer who will hate a game just because of the story & characters. And yes, I am aware that the characters & story are not that good overall, but I was very satisfied with the gameplay, level design, music and graphics of the game. Even though it is a bit hard to use, I am very impressed with the job system and the ability to customize each class, despite this feature making FFV 2x longer than IV. I like the level design and graphics, as it has improved over it's predecessor Final Fantasy IV, which looks like an NES game, and Square has taken a bit more advantage of the Super NES' Mode 7 capabilities. And the soundtrack wasn't half bad either, especially on the final showdown with Exdeath. So anyway, do I recommend that you check out Final Fantasy V, despite all the hate? Absolutely. It's not my favorite Final Fantasy game (that would be a tie between IV, VI and VII), but it is a pretty solid game overall. If you own a Super Nintendo, get yourself the repro cart because the original Super Nintendo version is not avaliable on Virtual Console and the PlayStation version has long loading times (haven't played the GBA version). It may not be FFIV, VI or VII, but Final Fantasy V is a decent entry in the Final Fantasy franchise. However, it is still unfairly picked on because of it's story, characters, and the heavily praised job system, and that's why Final Fantasy V is on this list.
Well, here's another one that I'm sure some of you probably may have seen coming. After the success of the first Metal Gear Solid on the original PlayStation, and with the release of the beyond-popular PlayStation 2, series creator Hideo Kojima completely overhauled the series and fixed up the controls nicely, smoothed up the graphics, put in an excellent story with a great cast of characters and what we got was Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, released on the PlayStation 2 in 2001 and ported to the Xbox a year later. If you're wondering why this isn't higher on the list, here's a few reasons why it isn't. It released to universal acclaim with a Metacritic score of 96/100, making Sons of Liberty the highest rated game in the Metal Gear franchise, it sold over 7 million copies worldwide, and was extremely praised for it's excellent gameplay system, which put in better, smoother controls, a first person mode which made taking out enemies, and examining areas much easier. But critics were divided on the game's story, which explored themes like memes, censorship, political conspiracies, social engineering and artificial intelligence, and the game was controversial due to it's complex narrative and unconventional protagonist. In MGS2, you first start off playing as Solid Snake, who is on a mission to gather evidence of Metal Gear Ray's existence, but his plans get all messed up when Revolver Ocelot hijacks Ray and destroys the ship that Snake and the new prototype was on. Then you take over as Raiden, who is a new character to the Metal Gear series, who is assigned to rescue the President of the United States from a group of terrorists called the "Sons of Liberty" on the "Big Shell", an offshore cleanup facility off the coast of New York City where eventually, things start to take a turn for the worst. Lots of gamers were divided by the game's complex story and the introduction of Raiden, who has a really bad reputation with the Metal Gear fanbase, who refer to him as a whiny little b!tc#. Well, I first played MGS2 when I first bought a PS2 2 years ago, and I didn't think Raiden was that bad of a character. Sure, he had his faults, but he wasn't that bad of a character in my eyes. And I didn't really have any problems with the story either. I found the story to be pretty interesting instead of complex, and it made me keep playing it to the very end. But haters will hate, because Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty is one of the best games in the series, if not the best in the series. I highly recommend that you check this out if you haven't already, it's my favorite game in the series, I found it to be much better than the first game and I enjoyed it way more than the third (haven't played MGS4 yet).