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The 100 best games I've ever played 50-41

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Hello and welcome to part 6 of my countdown of the 100 best games I've ever played.

Its time now for numbers 50 through to 41.

50. Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (Wii)

49. Chrono Trigger (DS)

48. Ratchet and Clank 3 HD (PS3)

47. Kid Icarus Uprising (3DS)

46. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (DS)

45. Rayman Origins (Wii)

44. Pokemon Black (DS)

43. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)

42. Pokemon Platinum (DS)

41. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)

Thanks for reading and let me know your thoughts on my selections in the comments.

pigfish2

The 100 best games I've ever played 60-51

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Hello and welcome to part 5 of my countdown of the 100 best games I've ever played. Check my previous blogs for the first 4 parts.

I am quite busy at the moment so I only have time to post the games and not any descriptions of why. 

60. Timesplitters: Future Perfect (PS2)

59. Star Wars Battlefront 2 (PS2)

58. Psychonauts (PS2)

57. Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (DS)

56. Mario Strikers Charged Football (Wii)

55. Zack and Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure (Wii)

54. Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)

53. Lego City Undercover (Wii U)

52. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (DS)

51. Ratchet and Clank HD (PS3)

Thanks for reading and let me know your thoughts in the comments.

pigfish2

The 100 best games I've ever played 70-61

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Hello and welcome to part 4 of my countdown of the 100 best games I've ever played. Check out my previous 3 blogs for the first 3 parts but now without further ado it's time for numbers 70 through 61.

70. Okamiden (DS)

The DS sequel to the wonderful Okami had a lot to live up to and by and large it did so. The beautiful watercolour graphics, array of interesting characters and unique brush based gameplay are all back and in some ways even better on DS. Unfortunately it also still suffers from over long cutscenes and too much dialogue which now can't even be skipped. Its also a little too familiar in its locations at times but it is still a great adventure in its own right.

69. Punch-out (Wii)

Next-level games have established themselves as one of my favourite developers working today and there second wii game Punch-Out is a sparkling re-imagining of the classic Nintendo series. They managed to strike the difficult balance between retaining what made the series special and making it new and fresh to fit the modern era. 

68. Pikmin 3 (Wii U)

The recently released Pikmin 3 is the best yet in the series in my opinion and whilst not being a major step forward it refines the first two games, keeping the best elements and removing the worst whilst bringing some new ideas of its own to the table. The new Rock and Flying type Pikmin are superb additions and the graphics are spectacular. Sadly the games main story mode ends just when its getting going but mission mode and multiplayer bingo battle help to extend its lifespan.

67. New Super Mario Bros Wii (Wii)

I make no secret of the fact that I prefer 3D Mario over 2D but New Super Mario Bros Wii is the best recent 2D Mario game I have played. It offers plenty of variety and ideas as well as having a good length too. I find Mario's jump to be a little floaty in it but the gameplay is otherwise strong and I am especially a fan of the new suits the game introduced such as propeller Mario and penguin Mario.

66. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Xbox 360)

When it comes to Call of Duty I have played all of the games since Modern Warfare but only in singleplayer. Modern Warfare is the first and best of them with a fantastic singleplayer campaign that means it takes a strong position in my top 100 with the multiplayer not even considered.

65. Rome: Total War (PC)

As a history student at University, I of course enjoy a game with a good historical setting and Rome: Total War is a great example of this. I am not particularly good at strategy games and a such I don't tend to play them but Rome is an exception. The sheer scale of its battles are impressive enough but the strategy and detail involved in the overworld is up to a high standard as well. Its one of the few strategy games that compels me to persevere. 

64. Jak 3 HD (PS3)

The best Jak game in my eyes is the last in the trilogy. It evolved the formula introduced in the risky second installment and made it much better. The difficulty is toned down (until the final battle) and vehicles are incorporated much better. It retains the gritty edginess of Jak 2 but manages to have a bit more fun too which was a welcome move.

63. F1 2011 (PC)

There are two sports that I absolutely love: football and Formula one. Therefore I of course like a good videogame based upon them and the best F1 game I have played to date is F1 2011. It expertly captures the feel of Formula 1 racing and the cars look, sound and handle accurately. Crucially the games exudes a personality of its own as well and a few niggles aside it is a great game. I can't wait for this years installment haven't skipped the series last year.

62. Pokemon Conquest (DS)

When Pokemon Conquest was first announced I thought it was a ridiculous idea and had no intention of getting it. However some early reviews changed my mind so I got it on launch and I was not disappointed. Turning Pokemon into grid based strategy game set in feudal Japan may sound crazy but somehow it works. It isn't quite on a par with the mainline games but it is great in its own right and I am hoping for a 3DS sequel.

61. Football Manager 2013 (PC)

As mentioned above I am a big fan of football and in my time I have been quite the football manager addict. University has curtailed that somewhat as I don't have the time to play it quite so much. The advent of classic mode that offered a quicker speed of play attracted me back to purchase last years iteration and it proved to be the best entry yet. The series gets ever more refined with each entry and it 2013 once again took the series to an other level.

Thanks for reading and please share your thoughts in the comments.

pigfish2

The 100 best games I've ever played 80-71

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Hello

Welcome to part 3 of my countdown of the 100 best games I've ever played. Part 3 is numbers 80 through to 71.

80. Jak 2 HD (PS3)

Naughty Dog made a brave decision when it came to Jak 2 and instead of going down the usual sequel route of bigger and better they decided to totally upend the table and create a vastly different game. Jak 2 is still a platformer at heart but gone are its predecessors bright colours, friendly characters and exotic locales. They are replaced by a depressing industrialised city, dark colours and hardened, life weary characters. This decision largely paid off. Jak is now an angry, gun toting hero but he has retained his acrobatic skills from the Precursor Legacy and the game feels ironically less generic by opting for grey and guns. It is unlike any other game due to its mashup of styles. It is only held back by a high difficult level and some repetitive and annoying missions.

79. Grid 2 (PS3)

This years GRID 2 from Codemasters may have dropped the Race Driver brand from its name but it still has the quality you would expect from the series. It has plenty of modes, tracks and cars to keep you entertained and crucially the driving mechanics are great. It takes a little getting used too but GRID 2 strikes the perfect balance between Motorstorm's loose and arcade driving style and the wooden and in my opinion boring vehicle handling of the Gran Turismo series. An excellent online mode is the icing on the cake.

78. WRC Rally Evolved (PS2)

Rally evolved is without question the best rallying game I have ever had the joy of playing. The cars handle well and the track loclaes are wonderfully rendered. What makes it stand out though is its evolving track feature. It was the first game I know of to include it. At random moments you may have to contend with falling logs, fires, crashed opponents or even small tidal waves. Crucially all these events felt like pure chance and completely realistic. 

77. Ratchet and Clank 2 HD (PS3)

Ratchet and Clank 2 is the worst of the original trilogy of Ratchet and Clank games in my opinion yet it still makes number 77 in my list showing the quality of the series' early offerings. It has the crazy weapons, variety of planets and fun dialogue that you expect form the series. I found the villain underwhelming though and the game to be a touch too much on the difficult side as well though.

76. Little King's Story (Wii)

Little King's Story is the kind of wacky game that you only find on Nintendo consoles. It feels like a Nintendo game in it's design but was actually developed by CING. It is best described as a cross between Harvest Moon and Pikmin but with much more emphasis on the Pikmin side of things. As the titular king you command your citizens as you build up your kingdom and conquer others. Its warm, light hearted exterior masks a series challenge and a well crafted game. 

75. No More Heroes (Wii)

No More Heroes is exactly what you would expect from the mind of Suda 51. Cel-shaded graphics, crazy enemies, a twisted plot and plenty of racy references abound in this third person action game. The highlights are easily the boss fights which are among the best in gaming but is is light down by the tedium of events in between and the barren nature of the city that your character Travis Touchdown inhabits. 

74. LittleBigPlanet 2 (PS3)

LittleBigPlanet 2 lets your imagination run wild. It offers more of the same as its predecessor but much more. The singleplayer story if a fun and challenging way to learn the ropes before letting loose in the level creation area. I'm not very good at creating my own levels but playing the brilliant levels created by others is wonderful.

73. New Super Mario Bros U (Wii U)

I wasn't expecting much from Mario's first HD outing but I was pleasantly surprised. New Super Mario Bros U is fresh, imaginative and superb fun. The level designs are excellent and the jump mechanic less floaty then New Super Mario Bros Wii although that remains the better game overall. Its a good challenge too and miiverse is well integrated. 

72. Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in time (PS3)

Tools of Destruction was not a bas first outing for Ratchet and Clank on PS3 but it didn't live up to their earlier exploits. The return of villain Dr Nefarious and a neat time travelling mechanic helped rectify that in 2009's A Crack in Time. It recaptures the charm of the pairs PS2 outings and has probably the best story of the series.

71. Burnout Revenge (PS2)

Burnout is all about speed and revenge is no exception. The best Burnout modes are intact in this offering as well as all new ones. It's ironic that its biggest downfall is the horribly long loading times. In races and crash events the speed is all there though and its certainly the fastest and most high octane racing game I have played. Most importantly it is enjoyable as well as fast.

Thanks for reading and hear your thoughts in the comments. Part 4 will be coming soon.

pigfish2

 

Top 100 best games I've ever played 90-81

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Hello and welcome to part 2 of my countdown of the top 100 best games I've ever played. Check my previous blog for numbers 100-91 but without further ado its time for numbers 90-81.

90. De Blob (Wii)

De Blob was as far as I'm aware far from the biggest seller on Wii but its a game that is truly unique and that more people really should have played. As De Blob you use paint to bring life back to a world that has had all the colour sucked out of it whilst also smashing up the forces of Comrade Black. Its a fun and at times fast paced platformer that at times can be a little repetitive but it has bags of charm and character to more than make up for that.

89. Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Wii)

I was disappointed by the second Lego Harry Potter game but that is largely down to the quality of years 1-4. The lego formula we all know was successfully transplanted into the world of Harry Potter. Hogwarts provided the prefect open hub world and the levels really captured the feel of the books and films but with typical lego humour.

88. Battalion Wars 2 (Wii)

Battalion Wars 2 makes this list for its excellent fusion of strategy and shooting. The ability to command all your forces in battle but also control individual units made for great fun. The campaign is strong with each nation having its own strengths and weaknesses. The developers also made good use of national stereotypes to inject humour and the online play was fun and robust too. 

87. Guitar Hero 3 (Wii)

I am not usually a fan of music games but Guitar Hero 3 is one of the exceptions. It has a superb track list and plenty of modes to enjoy. Of course it comes into its own in multiplayer but I found single player and trying to improve on my own scores a great challenge too. It would be interesting to see how good I was now having not played it for a few years. Having said that I could only just manage it on normal anyway.

86. Paper Mario (Wii Virtual Console)

I experienced this N64 classic via the Wii's virtual console and I found it to be funny, captivating and a challenge to play. In fact I found it quite hard and to this day I have not completed it. That's not to say I didn't try but a certain boss simply has me stumped. Paper Mario's best feature in my opinion is its buddy system whereby you always have one character with Mario that you can swap with in battle or in the field. It was superbly implemented.

85. Dishonored (PS3)

2012 wasn't a vintage gaming year but one of the highlights was Dishonored. I played it shortly after the horrible Hitman Absolution and found it to be everything Absolution should have been. It offers well designed levels and genuine stealth gameplay as well stylised watercolour graphics and a dark and mature storyline. A proper stealth action game.

84. De Blob 2 (Wii)

I've already discussed the original De Blob's merits and the sequel offers more of the same but better. The story is improved and the levels are longer and more focused. Rather than just colouring as much as possible and completing major objectives, the levels have more structure and clear objectives that need to be done. A good example of a sequel done well.

83. Inazuma Eleven 1 and 2(DS)

This entry is in reality two separate games but I felt that both are similar in gameplay and quality and rather than having them right next to each other in this list it was better to amalgamate them into one entry. The games are a good introduction to RPG's and combine light role playing elements with a touch controlled football match component. The crazy special moves of each player add extra spice to this mix. Inazuma eleven 1 focuses on winning the local schools championship whilst the sequel tweaked the gameplay with little change and moved the action to a national scale. Both are great and I couldn't separate them.

82. Goldeneye 007 (Wii)

I have never played the original N64 Goldeneye but I was still very excited at the announcement of the Wii remake. It lived up to my expectations and stands as the best multiplayer shooter on Wii. The singleplayer is also much better than most other first person shooters I have played. I am very glad that the game got a new lease of life on Wii.

81. RollerCoaster Tycoon (PC)

I could have chosen Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 for this list as technically its the better game. However it was the original that I most enjoyed playing many years ago and no entries in the franchise since have been able to capture the magic it had for me. It may be nostalgia talking but I still rate the theme park sim as the best of its type. If only it still worked on modern PC's.

Thanks for reading part 2. I hope you enjoyed it and let me know your thoughts in the comments. Once again the next part will be posted in a few days time.

pigfish2

The 100 best games I've ever played 100-91

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Hi everyone,

Welcome to the first part of the best 100 games I've ever played. This will be a series of 10 blog each of course containing 10 games as I count down from 100 to 1. I have included sports games in this list but only the best game covering a certain sport has been allowed ie. only one version of fifa or pes for football. I hope you enjoy the countdown and I look forward to your thoughts.

100. Wario Land: The Shake Dimension (Wii)

Nintendo are arguably best known for their side scrolling 2D platformers with Mario being the most famous series of course. However they make plenty of other 2D platformers each with their own style and the Wii was a golden age for them, including this offering in the Wario series. In contrast to Mario's speed and floaty jumps, the Shake Dimension focuses on Wario's brute strength and makes good use of the Wii remote for a variety of moves to provide a unique take on the 2D platforming genre. In the sake dimension Wario, showed he could take on Mario at his own game but do it his way.

99. Super Mario Bros (Wii Virtual Console)

I'm sure many of you are wondering why this game is only at 99. Its because whilst what I have played of it has been great, I am simply rubbish at it and the lack of a save option means that I have never got very far. As such I can't justify it being higher than 99th.

98. Metroid Prime (Gamecube)

I didn't experience Metroid Prime when it first came out and if I had it might be higher in this list. Instead I played it as part of the Metroid Prime trilogy on Wii. I could not get into Metroid Prime 2 at all and whilst I managed to complete Prime and I enjoyed its wonderful environments and involving gameplay, it simply didn't leave the impression I thought it would. A good game nonetheless. 

97. Brian Lara's International Cricket 2005 (PS2)

Cricket games are quite hit and miss in my experience and are difficult to get right. Brian Lara 2005 got it spot on though offering a cricket game that is good in singleplayer and great in multiplayer. The batting and bowling feel realistic and with real squads and authentic commentary, it captures the essence of cricket too. 

96. Red Dead Redemption (PS3)

Rockstar successfully managed to transfer the Grand theft auto formula to the wild west in this tough and violent adventure. The atmosphere of the era is excellently recreated and the characters are a treat. I feel its let down a little by repetitive gameplay but it is still an adventure you'll want to see through to the end thanks to the quality of the world you play in.

95. Uncharted: Drakes Fortune (PS3)

Nathan Drakes first outing in 2007 may not match up to his later exploits but taken on its own terms it is still a very good game today. It combined shooting and adventure like nothing before it and it laid the groundwork for the rest of the trilogy.

94. Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy HD (PS3)

I played Jak and Daxter as part of the HD trilogy on PS3 and the contrast between it and its sequels is stark. It has a bright and childlike style and tone whereas its sequels are much darker and grittier. Overall they are superior but a sa platformer the original is better with wondrous places to explore and better jumping mechanics.

93. Super Paper Mario (Wii)

Super Paper Mario took a different direction to earlier entries in the Paper Mario series and is a platformer with some light RPG elements as opposed to a pure PRG. Its arguably not a beneficial change but the game is still a good one and another example of Nintendo's 2D platforming streak on Wii. The humour and script are excellent too.

92. Rhythm Thief and the Emperors Treasure (3DS)

Rhythm Thief is a mix of rhythm action games and Layton esque adventure and the mix works wonderfully. The story is captivating and the mini games fun and at times challenging. A unique game well worth playing.

91. Sim City 4 (PC)

It may be over 10 years old now but Sim City 4 is still seen by many as the best game in the series and I am among that group. It offers a breadth of options regarding how you create, develop and manage your city and the sims that you can put into the city and influence add an extra dimension to the gameplay. It is addictive and fun and the perfect example of what the PC can offer that consoles can't.

Thanks for reading part 1 of my countdown. I hope you enjoyed it and will look out for part 2 in a few days.

pigfish2

Top 100 best games I've ever played blog series coming soon

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Hi everyone,

This blog is to say that over the next few weeks I will be posting a series of 10 blogs listing the best 100 games I've ever played. I have put a lot of thought into it and many games I thought would make the cut have missed out due to the level of competition. The blog series will commence after I have completed the final level of Pikmin 3(which I am up to now). Once that is completed I will decided whether Pikmin 3 has made the list and if so where and then it will be ready to roll.

I hope you enjoy reading it.

I though I'd offer a quick round up of my thoughts on today's Nintendo direct as well. Its great to see a firm release date for Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies which I have on pre-order and I look forward to playing. The inevitable confirmation of Luigi in Smash Bros Wii U/3DS was also welcome and I am also hyped for Layton vs Phoenix Wright which is at last confirmed for a western release in early 2014. 

Thanks for reading.

pigfish2

Smash Bros Wii U/3DS Character Roster prediction

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Hi everyone,

With the hype surrounding the new Smash Bros games on Wii U and 3DS fully up and running, I'm going to offer my take on which characters I think will make the cut before too many are announced. Time will tell how close to the final roster I am. Masahiro Sakurai has previously stated that the content in Brawl reached its peak and that there would not be a larger number of characters so I am going to stick to 35 characters. However I would not be surprised to see a larger number in the end. Below are my predictions split into confirmed and unconfirmed and veterans and newcomers.

This is not necessarily who I want in the game but it is who I think will be in it.

Confirmed Veterans

  • Mario
  • Link
  • Donkey Kong
  • Samus
  • Kirby
  • Captain Olimar
  • Boswer
  • Fox
  • Pit 
  • Pikachu

Confirmed Newcomers

  • Megaman
  • Villager
  • Wii Fit Trainer

My Predicted veterans

  • Luigi
  • Peach
  • Zelda
  • Ness
  • Sonic
  • Captain Falcon
  • Yoshi
  • Ganondorf
  • Pokemon Trainer
  • Wario
  • Ike
  • Ice Climbers
  • Mr Game and Watch
  • Diddy Kong
  • Meta Knight

My Predicted Newcomers

  • Little Mac
  • Mii
  • Professor Layton
  • Pacman
  • Zoroark
  • Bowser Jr
  • Krystal

Here are some characters I want to see but don't think will be in the game.

  • Bayonetta
  • Chase McCain
  • Waluigi
  • Rayman

What characters do you think will be in the final roster and what do you think of my selections?

Thanks for reading.

pigfish2

Time for some Gamecube Gaming

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Hi everyone,

Back in 2007, I bought a Nintendo Wii, which was my first Nintendo console. I had played on a friends Gamecube but never got one myself as my family was a playstation one and before 2007 I couldn't afford to purchase my own console. In the early days of Wii ownership, I considered getting some Gamecube games and accesories to use with it but I never did. However, I have now returned to that idea and decided to get some games I never had the chance to enjoy.

Having scoured the internet for the best Gamecube games at the cheapest prices whilst still being touted as in good condition, I have ordered 5 games as well as a controller and memory card to use with my Wii. The games are...

  • F-Zero GX
  • Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader
  • Wave Race: Blue Storm
  • Star Fox Adventures
  • Timesplitters 2

They are all new to me except of course Timesplitters 2 which I used to own on PS2 before I sold that console and my games for it. As one of the best games I have ever played I couldn't resist the chance to play it more. 

I have played some Gamecube games thanks to the Wii like the remakes of Resident Evil 4 and the Metroid Prime Trilogy and I will be getting Zelda: Wind Waker HD on Wii U too so that's why I've stuck to just 5. 

Let me know if you think I've made good choices.

Thanks for reading.

pigfish2