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19Dec 07At work yesterday we were discussing the Nintendo 64 era. Memories flooded back of cartridges that saved with no loading times, memory packs that sloted in the controller and the big rumble packs that made the pad weigh twice as much as they were without. So I though I would list my top ten games, from this amazing console era. 10. Lylat Wars
Sure it was a SNES remake, sure it was only about 4 hours long, and sure the multiplayer at the most boring maps ever. But who cares when the one player was so much fun and so replayable. Who will ever forget the first time you played on the independence day rip off level.
9. Turok 2: The Seeds of Evil
It only had five levels I think, but god they were big levels. No FPS I had or either played since has ever had such vast levels which took hours for me to finish. Really hard, but in the good way of course.
8. Super Smash. Bros
If this game only had the one player it would have been average at best, but the mulitplayer made up for this. Many lost evenings with friends playing on the four player on this game. Easy to pick up, but took real talent to master, great fun!!
7. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
Ok so it lacked the classic feel of Ocarina, but it introduced many new interesting gameplay features with the masks. Very coll final boss battle, and who can forget that scary moon!!
6. Mario Kart 64
Non Nintendo critics hated it, but everyone I knew loved it. Great level design and a real blast on mulitplayer with the ballon battles being the real highlight. Reemeber that shortcut on Wario's Stadium level?
5. Banjo Tooie
Rare during this era were the masters, and the sequel to Banjo Kazooie simply perfect Rare's platforming formula. More fun then the first with so many more features. I remember playing this and no other games for two weeks or so to finish it.
4. Super Mario 64
Yes its only number 4. Nintendo get the 3D platformer right first time. Although not hard to get to and beat the final Bowser battle, meeting Yoshi was a real achievement. The brilliance of this game is shown by Super Mario 64 DS, which was pretty much the same game but still felt more fresh and fun then the whole xbox, PS2 and gamecube era.
3. Perfect Dark
This was a hard one. In everyway this was better than Goldeneye, but I could not bring myself to place it higher (will explain why later). The one player matched any hollywood film, it looked amazing and played brilliantly with a lot of variety and secrets. The multiplayer despite some slowdown, was brilliant. Bots were finally seen and with so many different game styles it was a way to lose hours of your life with friends.
Ok Perfect Dark on paper was better in everyway, but it lacked the charm and the gasp you had when you played the game for the first time. Brilliantly following the film in the oneplayer and you play Bond for god sake!!! Multiplayer was excellent, and the first time I had experienced four players on one screen (on a portable a may add!!). 1. The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time Yes I have been overly obvious with my selection, but who cares? Epic quest, amazing gameplay and graphically beautiful. Every moment was a joy to behold, may you be in a dungeon or simply riding Epona around Hyrule. This is not to be missed!!!
17Dec 0710. Banjo Kazooie 3 - Xbox360
Can Rare recapture the magic of the first games on the N64, if it can we are all in for a platforming treat
9. Burnout Paradise - Xbox360/PS3
The demo teased us, but the real game should be much, much, much more. If they can pull of what they promise, this should be breathtaking
8. Football Manager Live - PC
Again if this game can work well, then football manager will be revolutionised
7. Brothers in Arms 3 Highway to Hell - Xbox360/PS3/PC
So Brothers in Arms stays in WW2 whilst COD4 totally moved it's focus. But from what has been seen so far, the interest in WW2 FPS should return
6. Rainbow 6 Vegas 2 - N/A
Anyone who played the first one knows what a cliffhanger end it was, and cemented with brilliant graphics and gameplay this should be a riot
5. Metal Gear Solid 4 - PS2
What happened after Metal Gear Soild 2 is on the mind of all fans of the series, I am sure all questions will be answered and even more asked. Combing the art of story telling with truely addictive gameplay, this series should continue in the same vein.
4. Fable 2 - Xbox360
Fable was a great game but fell short of being the classic many expected. Fable 2 looks to rectify this, and bring so so much more.
3. Ninja Gaiden 2 - Xbox360
Ninja Gaiden was famed for its fast furious gameplay and challenging difficultie, and from what has been see the next one takes these ideas and takes them even further.
2. Half Life Episode 3 - N/A
Half Life Episode 2 was the best in the brilliant series, but how will this chapter end? For anyone who played and finished Episode 2 they know how much this game is anticipated.
1. GTA IV - PS3/Xbox360
Very predictable, but why not? Everyone knows why its anticipated, lets just hope its half as good as we all expect.
Other worthy mentions:
Super Smash Brothers: Brawl (Wii), Mecenaries 2 (Xbox360/PS3), Devil May Cry 3 (Xbox360/PS3), Mario Kart (Wii), Alan Wake (xbox360), Army of Two (Xbox360/PS3)
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