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Top 12 Rockstar Games... So Far

I'm going to be uber controversial here and rank my top 12 Rockstar games ever. It was supposed to be a top 10, but just couldn't leave a certain couple off. Growing up with a lot these games, nostalgia is the main criteria here along with replayability, but admitidely acclaim/reputation played a part in it too. Couldn't be arsed with short paragraphs so I'm sure you can settle for a line or two:P End of the day, it's all personal preference. Oh yeah, no expansions/spin offs etc. included. EDIT: A couple are games were Rockstar was involved in, just to make the list a little more interesting.

12. Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne

So we kick things off with the sequel of arguably Rockstar's first great game. As expected with any of their games, terrific story and script overall. Sure the plot can be a bit overblown at times, but if you can look past that there's a lot to like in this character driven game.

11. Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition

OK, so maybe great storylines doesn't always ring true to all their games, but it's a street racing game. It should do anything but take itself serious. Itsvisually stunning with great customisation as well, being rare for car games back then. The soundtrack is just plain awesome, with dirty hip-hop music to truly get you speeding. It would certainly be higher on my list as a kid, but I can't remember it all that much.

10. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City



Ahhh. Good times. After being banned off GTA3 when my mother finally realised what I was playing, I had to sneak off to my friends and families houses with my memory card to play this one. Man it was so worth it. The amount of swag this game carries cannot be touched by any other GTA. There's so much to do and see, even if it limits you compared to the sequels. Its probably still to date my favourite liscenced soundtrack ever. And it took me till this yearto find Ray Liotta played Tommy Vercetti :O Rockstar never fail to suprise me.


9. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

For a GTA handheld game, this is a masterpiece. The game returns to overhead view but functions like the latter games. Theres so many stuff to do, with hours upon hours of gameplay. It makes great use of its touch screen, with mini games including assembling guns and hotwiring cars. Only thing lacking is the superb narrative we've come to love from GTA games. Its considered one of the greatest DS games, and while I haven't played many, this is easily my favourite.


8. The Warriors

It's not everyday we come across a great movie licensed game, but when Rockstar is behind the project, there's little to worry about. As proven in this underrated gem. The Warriors controls like GTA and plays like a beat 'em up. Its a very retro, gritty game, and although the is strictly limited to just beating up other gangs, the combat has a way of staying fresh throughout the entire campaign. It won't come as a shock that the replay value is outstanding, either.


7. L.A. Noire



L.A. Noire trascends anything Rockstarhas ever worked on before in terms of ambition. There's few games like this, that feel like an experience rather than a video game. More like interactive cinematics. L.A. Noire may not be for the most impatient of players, and it certainly is a slow burner, but it truly rewards you with its first rate dialogue and technically superb facial movement (they're sometimes so real its actually scary).

6. Bully



Beat up the virtual geeks, humiliate the jocks, chase the skirt, piss off the teachers, play truancy... Bully is essentially Liberty City squeezed into a high school. It almost makes school look fun, minus the dull moments. Sure, Bully isn't as well made as most other Rockstar titles, but its certainly one of the most entertaining and engaging.

5. Grand Theft Auto III



This is where the list gets tough. I feel guilty for even put this and no. 5. GTA in its birds eye view state, was half decent. It wasn't until this hugely impactful entry had the series, in fact the the entire development team, truly found direction. It paved the way for not only later superior installments to come along, but also for the sandbox genre as a whole. I had great memories it, and although I was too young to interpret the themes and nature in the game, nothing beated cruising in a dock off tank and destructing anything in your path. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the staying power its successors have, mainly due to lack of things to do past exploring and destructing. But still its one of the most revolutionary and influential games from the past two generations.

4. Max Payne



I'd like to say styyle over substance just for the sake of it, but its anything but. It's got the perfect balance between the two. There's a truly dark, noir storyline, fantastic useage of comic book cut scenes, intense, cool-as-f bullet time shootouts andterrifying hallucinations where you least expect. Nothing feels out of place, and I still love going back to it despite how much games have evolved.

3. Grand Theft Auto IV



Take note developers: this is how you bring a sequel into the next generation. GTA IV shines in every department: level design, in game physics, voice acting, music, sound effects... its almost flawless. The story: from start to finish it will completely grip you, being the best plotline in the series so far, and thats coming from a very consistent series in that department. And once you've finished with it, be prepared to experience one of the few occasions were DLC outshines it's own game.

2. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas



What makes San Andreas stand out to the rest of the crowd is how much depth was put into it. Its a HUGE place, and the amount of variety in the level design is phenomenal. Sure, GTA IV is the most realistic of the two, but this is on a wider scale, and much more ambitious. The cast is easily the best featured in any Rockstar game, and the RPG elements could have definitely gone somewhere had they carried it on in later installments. And did I not mention the easter eggs? I spent most of my hours exploring for Bigfoot and Texas Chainsaw Massace. I wasn't successful but you're sure to find some crazy sh*t!

1. Red Dead Redemption



Simply put, Red Dead Redemption is a masterpiece in every way a game can possible be. Technically superb on all fonts, you'll have a hard time finding a game this generation with so much detail and care taken in this beautiful wild west setting. Free roam is on a all time low for Rockstar, not only do you come across friendly allies and hostile bandits, but wildlife take part, ranging from cougars to bears to snakes. Every homage you could want in a western game is present, and it features a truly epic storyline and wonderful character development. John Marston is already regarded as one of the best protagonists in game history, and deservedly so. It was tough competition, but RDR just stands tall for me as Rockstars proudest moment.

Reviews: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

So I have done three reviews today: Mass Effect, Battle: Los Angeles and Medal of Honor. The good, the bad and the ugly. I appreciate it if you read them, tell us what you think! Oh yeah, expect reviews from Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Enslaved and Dragon Age: Origins anytime soon! Chow! :)

It's official, after 2 decades... I'm finally active again.

For some stupid, retarded reason, my current laptop wouldn't allow me to log into Gamespot for almost a whole year now. It wouldn't even allow me create a new account, how fecked is that? So don't worry folks, I hadn't bítched out on you. I don't know how I got it work again, but by some devine miracle I've just logged in around 10 minutes ago and WOW... I'm back. I shall write up some new reviews soon for the 50,000,000 games I haven't had the chance to. So, to sum up, it doesn't mean much to my 3or so friends but I'm in such a happy god damn mood that I thoughI'd brag about it. I'll let you get back to your gaming/socialising/trolling now. :P

Games I Want for 2009

Here's some games I want for 2009. Mainly for 360:

Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (Sequel to one of the greatest movie games ever)
F.E.A.R. 2 (Loved the first, and the demo... wow!)
Afro Samurai (I garuntee it'll flop though)
God of War III (Only on PS3 :()
Batman: Arkham Asylum (Hopefully going to be THE Batman game)
Silent Hill: Homecoming (Am I the only one who thinks this series gets better everytime?)
Resident Evil 5 (Everyone's wanted horror game)
Ghostbusters (It looks as good as the film! Seriously!)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Hopefully it's an improvement to WAW and they change it at least a little)
BioShock 2: Sea of Dreams (Hands down my most anticipated game of '09)
Rage (Because it's 'id')
Wolfenstein (Because it's 'id'... and it started the genre that is FPS)
Dues Ex 3 (One of the msot underhyped games finally makes a comeback)
Half Life: Episode 3 (When!!!)
Aliens: Colonial Marines (Reminds me of Dead Space.. my fave horror movie ever)
Prototype (Definitely gonna be the ultimate badass game of 09)
Dark Void (Looks visually incredible)
Darksiders: Wrath of War (This sci-fi has potential)
Splatterhouse (Probably won't be friendly with the critics, but I cant wait for it)
Duke Nukem Forever (My most anticipated game.. of a life time. Is it ever gonna come?)

Prince of Persia Review Is Up

Please read my review and tell me what you think, feedback appreciated. Also, I will be getting Far Cry 2 either tomorrow or Tuesday, so expect a review soon.

Also, I'm currently getting games I may have missed in 2008 thanks to overhyped games. I'm thinking Bad Company, Condemned 2 and Ninja Gaiden II. Anyone recommend me anymore? Cheers ;)

Daryl.

My Personal Top 10 Games of 2008 (And other countdowns...)

So here's my first countdown on Gamespot: Top 10 Games of 2008. Some of you may vastly disagree, and may literally laugh at some of these, but none of them are terribly bad games, so don't worry. Bearing in mind, I do not own a PS3, so don't expect any MGS4 or LBP. So yeah, completely my opinion, and if your favourite game dosen't make it, don't be offended, it's just that the game is **** (JUST KIDDING!).

10 - Grand Theft Auto IV - Many of you will probably think "How the hell did this game not get in the top 3?". But c'mon, is it really the masterpiece everyone says it is? In fact, I'm gonna go so far to say that this is my least favourite GTA (excluding the PS versions). Despite being a little overhyped, this game did not disappoint. As usual, Rockstar knows what their fans want, and pulled off yet another fun-fested barrel of laughs. And the debut online feature is actually quite brilliant, and although gets a little boring, playing with your mates across the entire city is an endless joy.

9 - Soul Calibur 4 - As a huge fan of beat em up's, I just had to include one, and this is the only one I can really say is worthy of this list. I reckon it was overshadowed by the bigger games, and thus didn't sell really well. This game is so underated you don't even see it on "most underrated games" lists. So it may not be the greatest BEU game, lin fact far from it, but it's more an entertaining game than a well made game. And my god, playing Yoda against your mates will create one of the most hilarious souviners in game history.

8 - Prince of Persia - Sands of Time is amongst my top ten games of all time, and after being slightly let down from the charmless Prince in Warrior Within and Two Thrones, I was hoping that this new franchise would make a comeback. Maybe not the comback I was gagging for, but it was a damn fine game. It was more of an expierience than a game, and my god is it easy. The only thing that saved it from being on this list is the incredible artistic design. It was mind blowing, and the bonding between Eliska and Prince was quite enjoyable.

7 - Tomb Raider Underworld - I have a huge soft spot for Lara Croft, which admittidley is porbably the only excuse I have for this being on here. Sure there's better games, but isn't the name "Tomb Raider" enough for this being on a top 10 list? Maybe not, but I actually really enjoyed this game. Not the bext next gen TR game, but still a satisfying adventure.

6 - Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts - Banjo Kazooie just never lets you down. After a massive break, Rare are back with the first BK for 2 generations, and fails to disappoint. I mean c'mon, was you seriously expecting another BK with the same brilliance as the one's on N64? A whole new gameplay that hasn't lost it's charm makes this game an easy 6th place. Just simply nuts and a hilarious rollercoaster of humour.

5 - Mirror's Edge - Wow is this game an expierience. A widely underappreciated game that if not the most thrilling, definitely the most original and possibly most immersive. How cool is it? I mean mixing Prince of Persia with Half Life s the ebst combination since... well I dunno. But if persuading you to like this game isn't enough, I give up. Not to mention the incredible sound, soundtrack and **** level designs.

4 - Super Smash Bros. Brawl - My most anticipated game of 2008, and wow was I not disappointed. Ended up being the masterpiece I waited for the last 2 years. Such a fun and brillianty made game that roves Nintendo are one of the most consecutive designers in the industry. The best game on Wii, an absolute must own.

3 - Left 4 Dead - Valve are the most reliable relable game makers. They haven't made one disappointing game, and everytime they create not good games, but ****cs. And wow was L4D all it was cracked up to be. Considered as the ultimate co-op expierience, L4D is the closest thing to good game portraying the zombie apocalypse theme. Everything about this game is likeable, from the realistic voice acting, the endless fun, even the old fashioned level design is quite pleasing.

2 - Fallout 3 - Am I the only one who thinks this tops Oblivion? This game is incredible, atmospheric, explorable and down right inhuman. I mean the fact that it gives you the option to kill an innocent homeless civilian, and that it actually allows you to pick a body part to literally blow off, and, for your pleasure, to view it in slow motion as it shows you individual specks of flesh ripple from the skin, is incredibly brutal. Roaming the ruins of the city is pure gold, and the freedom it gives you is immense. This was literally a second away from being my no. 1, but I just had to push it back for my next game. Who would knew mixing Oblivion with Manhunt would turn out nicely.

1 - Dead Space - Where all these games mentioned are good, some even ****cs, there will be one game that i will remember as an absolute masterpiece. One game that made me crap myself for the 2 whole weeks playing. One game that fufilled an expierience so enjoyable. One game that sent me on a rollercoaster of emotions. Dead Space impacted me so much. It's tension was so hard hitting, that no other game achieved. I never thought a game would distrub me. I made it through Manhunt without cringing and Silent Hill without shaking. But this game did both. This game is severly underated on terms of it's excellence. Yeah people enjoyed it, but they don't realise it's more phenomenal that good. I just had to place this as my number one. Some of you may think I'm overdoing it, placing it above GTA IV, Fallout 3 and Smash Bros. Brawl, but on terms of atmosphere and fear factor, this game blows any other out the water, and for this reason, this makes my number one.


Games that everyone loved, but I didn't:
Fable II -
Is this game really that good? I don't understand it. I didn't just not love, I dislike it. Fable was not amazing, but playable, but this game is overun with boredom. The graphics are average, the story is predictable, the combat is atrocious, and the overall feel to the game is nothingness. Wow is it overrated.

Gears of War 2 - Before you start labeling me as a complete idiot, I enjoyed this game. It's actually one of my top 5 most played games of the year. But they took what was a great game, and recycled it. Basically changed next to nothing, and expected the same outcome as GoW 1. It's basically Gears of War 1.5. Thanks for a few extra features, I played this game more than expected, such as Horde, and the addictive submission, but wow, I might as well be reviewing Gears of War 1.

Call of Duty: World at War - I played this once for about an hour and half, put it back on my shelf, and never played it again. The game I played so much i got bored CoD4, was duplicated and replaced with a Historical theme. More lazier than the actually alright Gears of War 2. How people continue playing this hours upon hours I do not know.