Multiplayer-Only Games Over-Crowding The Gaming Industry?

Each year, there are tons and tons of game announcements and reveals. But there are not quite as many as when e3 rolls around, which is just getting started at the time of this wrtiting. For years now, it seems about half the reveals are multiplayer-only games, and most of them are first-person-shooters, and if not those, then third-person-shooters.

There are literally like 3-5 of these types of games to every one single-player game. I remember when e3 was something exciting, as it gave gamers something to look forward to. Not so much anymore. We might get like 2-5 interesting single-player games now. Though I suppose if you are into the countless multiplayer games, then things are more amazing in gaming than ever.

But let’s be honest. All these games are designed to play forever, until servers inevitably shut down, which depending on the success of the game, could take over a decade. So it baffles me that they could make so many of these games. If players are being loyal to one or two games, how can there ever be a fanbase large enough to sustain 90% of these endlessly released games, especially when so many of them constantly add on to their games to hold player interest?

And I imagine if a player wants to become really good, they are sticking to one game, so that they can eventually dominate most matches.

Online multiplayer has become such a priority, that games that are thoughtful enough to give us a single player are usually, and sometimes weak little game, but we still have to pay full price, mainly to help the company sustain it’s multiplayer software.

What’s even more baffling, is local multiplayer, aside from Nintendo games, has become practically non-existent in most games. Why can I play every game in the world online if I pay a subscription fee, but I can’t play with a friend in my own living room? Obviously, the games that are solely huge battle arenas and the like, local multiplayer is not possible or necessary, but smaller-scaled games that can allow 2-4 players to play don’t have a local multiplayer option.

And yes, I did answer my own question. It is probably due to the fact that they want you to pay for PlayStation Plus and XboxGold or whatever it’s called.

I just watched Ubisoft’s presentation, and it was pretty much four multiplayer games, 2 single player games, and a game that teaches you guitar, which I guess can be considered  single player.

Happy e3 to you online shooter fans. For a pre-event I also watch contained a large amount of games, more than half of them multiplayer shooters, so you’ve got your great selection of picks, even though you’re probably going to stick to what you’ve been playing the past five years anyway…

Us single players will be treated to maybe 10 AAA single player games and a thousand lame indie titles. Woohoo!

Video Game Sequels That Blew Away Their Predecessors

Every now and then, a sequel comes out that completely blows the game before it out of the water, regardless of how bad or good the former game was. I am just going to keep a running list of such games.

I will only be comparing them to the game that was released directly before the one that I rate significantly better.

Metroid II: Return of Samus

(Game Boy)

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The first Metroid on NES kinda sucks. This, especially for being on a weaker system, fixes a lot of problems with the first and expands upon the gameplay and environment.

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins

(Game Boy)

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The first Super Mario Land is a good game, but it’s very short and not that good. This game is much longer (though still short) with creative power-ups and levels.

Mario Kart: Double Dash (GameCube)

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Oh my goodness, this game is good. Mario Kart 64 is completely flattened by this one, thanks to fun, creative levels, special items for each character, tons of unlockables, a huge character roster and just as many carts to choose from. Not to mention two characters at once!

Sonic Adventure 2: Battle (GameCube)

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So I’m cheating a bit on this one, as I’m using the GCN version. But anyway, SA2 is my favorite Sonic game of all time. It takes the formula of the first Sonic Adventure and makes it actually fun and not so sucky.

Super Smash Bros Melee (GameCube)

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This game was huge! 13 new characters, tons more stages, lots of other stuff to do in single player. The first game was basically a demo to test the waters. This was the real deal.

Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)

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Damn…this game is good. Not only does it blow away SMB2, but almost every other game on the console. More power-ups, huge world, exponentially better and smoother gameplay. It’s baffling how good this game is.

Banjo-Tooie (N64)

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The first Banjo-Kazooie suffers from a lot of the problems that plagued the N64/PS era…namely the controls and camera and everything else that developers couldn’t figure out when 3D games first came around. Tooie solves most of those issues and thusly, is a pretty stand-up game.

Mario Kart 64 (N64)

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Despite being crushed by Double Dash, MK64 is far, far better than the original Mario Kart. Mainly because the 3D planes suits a racing game much more. The controls are much better too.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch)

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Ultimate lives up to it’s name. An enormous roster, even more stages, and both which are currently still growing, and an actual fun single player campaign, and some other single player stuff that doesn’t really require you to play it through with each and every character. This game has given me just about everything I wanted out of the series and more! Not only does it blow away the Wii U version, but every game in the series.

Dungeon Siege II (PC)

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The first game sucks, really really badly. This game does not. It’s quite good, and happens to be the best in the series.

Red Faction: Armageddon (PC)

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RF: Guerilla isn’t so great. Armageddon happens to be one of the best FPS’ out there.

StarCraft II (PC)

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The StarCraft II games blow away the first couple games. A decade in between them ought to do that.

Tomb Raider (2013) [PS4]

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This game, a reboot of the series, completely destroys not only it’s predecessor, but every game in the large series up to the point of it’s release.

WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness (PC)

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This brings some much needed improvements over the first game, and is ridiculously larger and more intense as well.

Final Fantasy VII (PS)

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When FF came to PlayStation, it was the greatest thing for the series. Better story-telling thanks to cutscenes and the capability of a much larger world and expanded and flashier gameplay make this series what it was always trying to be. VII successfully obliterates FFVI.

Rayman 2: The Great Escape (PS)

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The original Rayman is ridiculously hard and frustrating, and really not that good to begin with. The sequel switches from a 2D to 3D platformer and quite frankly is really, really good.

Mega Man 7 (SNES)

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The jump to a new console meant great things for this series. This was a much bigger game than not only six, but all the others as well, thanks to a lot more collectibles, abilities and story elements.

Super Metroid (SNES)

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This is far superior to the quite good Game Boy prequel. Like…damn.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past (SNES)

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After the delightful and experimental Zelda II, this game returns to it’s roots, but in a much bigger and better way.

Medal of Honor Heroes 2 (Wii)

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The first game was some little, albeit decent PSP game made primarily for online play. MOHH2 is more what you would expect from a MOH game, thusly, it’s far better than the prequel.

No More Heroes 2 (Wii)

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No More Heroes is a fantastic game, but they clearly had a much bigger budget on the sequel, so there is a lot of improvement in gameplay, visuals and story.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)

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Just as Melee vastly improved over the original, the same was done for Brawl. This is a much bigger game with tons more content.

Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)

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Super Mario 3D Land is a neat game that combines the 2D and 3D Mario formulas, and while it’s a great game, I found myself wishing they had just gone with one or the other. 3D World changed my mind. This game is a masterpiece, plain and simple.

Kingdom Hearts II (PS2)

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Kingdom Hearts II, one of the greatest games ever made in my opinion, is the direct sequel to Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories for the GBA, which is the worst game in the series (again, in my opinion). So yeah, KH2 completely devastates CoM in comparison, and is oodles better than KH1 too.

Thanks to Jacobsonbblog for suggesting this game!

Risen 2: Dark Waters (PC)

This game is pretty bad, but as Risen is quite possibly the worst game I’ve ever played, Risen 2 is steps and bounds above it.

Risen 3: Titan Lords (PC)

Risen is an atrocity, Risen 2, crap, Risen 3 is actually pretty good. I enjoyed playing it, rather than wanting to blow my brains out.

 

That’s all I can think of for now. I’ll add more as I think of them.

 

 

PS5 Has Big Problems, And Not Just Because Of The Price

Yes. the price of the PS5 is way too high, in my opinion anyway. But that’s not what I want to discuss today. It’s the actual size of the PS5 that has made me decided to pass on this console, unless they make a slim version, which since they never did for the PS4, I am not hopeful.

If you haven’t heard, the PS5 is just under 19 inches long and about a foot wide.

You effing kidding me?

Allow me to put it in perspective.

Here is a picture of a shelf in my entertainment stand.

My shelf is around 21-22 inches, long, just barely able to fit a PS5’s massive 19-inch girth. They are probably 15-16 inches deep to, so basically an entire shelf would have to be dedicated to one console.

This is unacceptable. All my shelves are full or close to it. It is not possible to relocate everything just to fit an unnecessarily giant console. I mean, look at that picture; I’ve got my PS2 sitting on top of my PS4, because I’ve got no room for it elsewhere, and the 4 is already way too big, and the PS5 is nearly twice the length!

Since the PS5 is apparently backwards compatible with 4 games, then I could get rid of my PS4, but it doesn’t appear that I can sit anything else on top of it, so forget that plan!

The Xbox Series X is around 6 inches wide and 11 inches long, and probably uses more or less the exact same hardware, so how did they manage something so much smaller?

Well at least PS5 games are coming out for 4, for a while anyway…here’s to hoping they slim that heifer down some time in the future. I’ll be waiting for a price cut anyhow, so hopefully that’s not the only thing that gets trimmed down.

My Top 10 Video Games Series

Over the past few years, I’ve been churning out top 10 games on most of the systems I’ve owned, then went outside the box to do other lists, such as the top 10 most occurring years, genres, and developers, to find which were my favorite of those…in a way.

Now I bring to you the top 10 series that most occurred during all those lists, just to find what ones continually impress the heck out of me enough to make the top 10.

And as a bonus, I will even attempt to write up my own personal top 10 list, and see how they compare. So let’s get to it!

*Note that I will be separating some series, such as Mega Man and Mega Man X, as well as the dozens of Mario series like Mario Kart, Mario & Luigi, and Paper Mario.*

As usual with these lists, there are an abundance of ties here…so much so that every game in a series (that I am aware of) will appear on this list, so dig in folks.

#10 A lot

The following games had one game from their series’ appear on my list…

Joe & Mac

Super Mario Maker

Bayonetta

Xeno

Uncharted

Star Wars Battlefront

Dragon Ball Z

Call of Duty

Mega Man Legends

Transformers: War For…

No One Lives Forever

Darksiders

StarCraft

Shadow Warrior

Diablo

Red Faction

Banjo-Kazooie

Golden Axe

Golden Sun

Fire Emblem

Project X Zone

Mario Tennis

The Lord of the Rings

The Last Of Us

Tomb Raider

Whew that’s a bunch!

#9 A Good Number

The next franchises had two games in their respective series’ makes my lists.

RayMan

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Final Fantasy

Star Wars: Jedi Knight

Star Fox

Kid Icarus

Viewtiful Joe

Pokemon

Wario

#8 Just a Handful

These few had three games in their series’ make my lists.

Yoshi

Mario Kart

Castlevania

InFAMOUS

New Super Mario Bros

#7 Another Handful

These had four…

Paper Mario

Mega Man

Mario & Luigi

Mega Man Zero (That’s the entire series!)

Resident Evil

#6 A Trio

These two had 5 games from their series’.

Super Smash Bros

Kirby

God of War

#5 Two More

These appeared 6 times.

Mega Man X

Donkey Kong

#4 Metroid

Holy snowsers! We actually have a single game! Metroid has appeared seven times in my lists.

#3 Two Here

These two made my lists an amazing 8 times!

Sonic The Hedgehog

Kingdom Hearts

#2 Super Mario

This massive series, the ones that start with Super Mario and are his mainline games, made my lists 10 times!

And the most occurring series of them all…

#1 The Legend of Zelda

This wonderful, long-running series trumps them all, with 13 of it’s games making my lists.

And as promised, I bring to you my actual top 10 series. This was pretty tough to do, but I think I’ve got a somewhat true list going on here.

#10 God of War

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This series redefined action gameplay. I haven’t played the newest one yet, but the rest have all been phenomenal and brutal.

#9 Super Mario

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This again is only for the game that start with “Super Mario.” Every single one of these games is fantastic, which is pretty amazing to say, given how many there are.

#8 Mario & Luigi

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Not only are these my favorite RPG’s, thanks to their superbly creative attacks, story, and settings, but they are also hilarious and bizarre.

#7 Donkey Kong

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This is largely thanks to the incredible Donkey Kong Country trilogy on SNES. Those are some of the best platformers to ever come into existence.

#6 InFamous

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This has some of the most addicting and diverse gameplay, with tons of awesome powers and abilities, great stories and characters, and the best exploration I can think of.

#5 Metroid

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These games are intense, with tons of action, items/power-ups, and exploration to keep you entertained for hours.

#4 Paper Mario

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There is something about this series. They’ve got a certain feel to them that I can’t explain. But I love the stories, the characters, the humor and the gameplay, which nowadays is changed up in every game.

#3 The Legend of Zelda

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This series always has some charming feel or vibe to them as well. Each of these games are very different, and yet the same, and they are all amazing, with tons of clever items, dungeons and characters to make each second entertaining.

#2 Super Smash Bros

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This series was a dream come true when it originated. Ever since, each game has gotten bigger and better, now by far the most enormous games ever made, with dozens of characters from every notable franchise, and even less notable ones, all duking it out on stages pulled from video game history.

#1 Kingdom Hearts

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This series just happens to have my favorite storyline, characters, music, combat, and gameplay of all time. I hit the lottery with this one.

And there you have it. My personal list is a bit different than my other list, but that’s okay, all these games are great and worth noting.

My Top 10 Video Game Genres

Over the years I have been making a bunch of Top 10 lists for games on most of the consoles I own, as well as my out of the norm subjects, such as developers, and ESRB ratings.

Now I will be taking a look at all the games that have made my top 10 lists and finding out what genres occur the most often, for I am curious which genre’s I seem to favor, and this seems like a pretty good way to find out.

I’m gonna go nuts, and even break them all up into sub-genres.

So of all the many, many genres that have appeared on my top 10 lists, here are the most common ones!

#10- Linear

Games that have you follow a more or less set path with little exploration have made my lists 11 times!

#9- Japanese-Style, 3D and Shooter

There’s a three-way tie for the number nine spot! Japanese-style, like JRPG’s, 3D games, usually platformers and the like, and types of shooters made my lists 12 times!

#8- Action RPG

Action games with RPG elements made my lists 13 times.

#7- Arcade

Any over-the-top, crazy fun time games made my lists 14 times.

#6 Open-World

22 games that allow you to wander over a vast world made the lists.

#5- Role-Playing

28 RPG’s made the lists.

#4- Action Adventure

Going on an adventure while killing a bunch of stuff? 41 games did this very well.

#3- 2D

Games played in the realm of two dimensions made my lists a whopping 56 times!

#2- Platformer

Good ol’ jumping around on stuff. This classic genre made my lists 58 times.

#1- Action

Simple, yet effective. If there’s any type of excitement in the game you’re playing, chances are it’s considered an action game, which is why it popped up a massive 83 times among my lists.

And there you have it! Looking at these 10, I am not surprised by the results, and I am certainly pleased with them!

I will update this lists as needed in the future.

My Top 10 Years In Gaming

Over the years I have created top 10 lists for my favorite games on most of the systems I own. Then I did a best of the best list, and a top 10 developer/publisher list. Now, I am going to take a look at all the games that made those lists release years, and see which years happened to produce my favorite games the most often, so I can find out my top 10 favorite years in gaming!

Okay, so as predicted, this one is like the development list, and there is a whole lot of ties. So every year that produced some of my favorite games will be honored in this list…at least for now!

#10

There are five years that tied for the lowest spot, with one game from each year.

1989

1990

1999

2018

2019

#9

Two years with two games from each.

1987

2017

#8

A three-way tie here, three games from these years.

2006

1988

2016

#7

Five-way tie for the number seven spot, four games from each.

2008

1991

1998

1993

2015

#6

Wow! Six years tie for the six spot, with five games from each year!

1992

1996

2004

2001

2003

2007

#5

Pulling back with a smaller three-way tie here, six games from each.

1995

2009

2012

#4

Three years tied for the number four spot, seven games each.

1994

1997

2010

#3

Two years with eight games from each year!

2000

2014

#2

Three years fight for second place with 9 games from each year!

2013

2011

2002

#1

2005

Woo! We have a clear winner folks! 2005 is officially the best year in gaming (judging by my top 10 lists) with a rounded 10 games making the lists.

That’s all for now. Maybe one day this list will become more clear cut.

My Top 10 Developers/Publishers

Over the past few years I have made top 10 lists for my favorite games on most of the consoles I own. I have recently ranked the #1 games from each list against each other to decided the best of the best.

But now it is time to pick the 10 publishers/developers that most often appeared in those top 10 lists, #1 being the company that most often made it.

I can tell you my top three developers by personal opinion right now, but I won’t. I am curious to see if those three make the list and in what position.

So here we go, the 10 most recurring companies that made games that are on my top 10 lists!

Okay…So there was a LOT of ties, but here goes…

#10 There’s A Handful

These companies made it into the top 10 lists twice.

PlatinumGames

Ubisoft Montpellier

Square EA

Raven Software

Game Freak

Blizzard Entertainment

Activision

Clover Studios

Camelot Software Planning

Monolith Productions

Naughty Dog

#9 A Little Less This Time

The next companies appeared three times in my top 10 lists. This is where the companies really start to shine in my eyes.

Ubisoft

Konami

Sucker Punch

#8 Another Handful Here

These next companies appeared an impressive four times on my lists!

Namco Bandai (or Bandai Namco)

Retro Studios

SquareSoft

Alphadream Corportation

Inti Creates

SCE Santa Monica

#7 A Couple Here

The next companies appeared 5 times on the list. Now we are starting to see the cream of the crop!!

LucasArts

Sonic Team

#6 Intelligent Systems

There’s just this one! The great development team behind Paper Mario is the only company to appear 6 times!

#5 Hal Labs

Another standing alone with seven of their games showing up on my lists!

#4 Two Awesome Ones Here!

The number four spot is taken by these two for having eight games appear on my lists!

Rare Ltd.

Square Enix

#3 Two Powerhouse Companies!

The number three spot is tied thanks to games appearing a whopping 11 times on my lists!

Sega

Sony Computer Entertainment America

Sony and the minds behind Sonic are two of my favorites for sure, Sega actually is probably my third favorite dev.

#2 Capcom

The company that brought us Mega Man and Resident Evil has appeared 21 times in my lists! Wowsers!! They would actually be about my fourth favorite developer in my personal opinion, but clearly they deliver more of my favorite games than any other company except…

#1 Nintendo

These guys are absolutely my favorite developers. Practically every game they have ever made has been incredible, and the ones that aren’t are just plain good. This company has destroyed the rest, taking a massive 80 spots on my lists! They are indeed my favorite video game company!

That’s all folks!

I always update these lists if new games make the top 10’s, which really doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I will update this list as well, which has the potential to change this entire thing drastically. Who knows what the future will hold? If this list does change, that just means I have discovered some truly incredible new games!!

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My Top Video Games: The Best of the Best

Over the past few years, I have been ranking the top 10 games on most of the systems I own. Now it is time to rank the game that I chose as number 1 game from each of these, to find out who the best of the best is! I’ve already talked about each game, so I will just attach a link to their respective original posts if you are interested in the games they beat out and such.

 

#15

Sonic & Knuckles

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Sega Genesis

Sonic Team/ Sega

1994

 

 

#14

Metroid II: Return of Samus

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Game Boy

Nintendo

1991

 

#13

Mega Man X4

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PlayStation

Capcom

1997

 

#12

Transformers: War for Cybertron

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PC

Activision/ High Moon Studios

2010

 

#11

inFAMOUS

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PlayStation 3

SUCKER PUNCH/ SCEA

2009

 

#10

Super Mario Bros. 3

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NES

Nintendo

1990

 

#9

Metroid: Zero Mission

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Game Boy Advance

Nintendo

2004

 

#8

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story

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DS

Alphadream Corporation/ Nintendo

2009

 

#7

Super Mario World

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SNES

Nintendo

1991

 

#6

Super Mario 3D World

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Wii U

Nintendo

2013

 

#5

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

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Wii

Game Arts/ Nintendo

2008

 

 

#4

Super Smash Bros. For 3DS

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3DS

Bandai Namco Games/ Nintendo

2014

 

#3

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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N64

Nintendo

1998

#2

Kingdom Hearts II

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PlayStation 2

Square Enix

2006

 

 

#1

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door

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GameCube

Intelligent Systems/ Nintendo

2004

 

 

And there you have it!

This isn’t a list of my favorite games of all time, but just my favorite game from each system.

Kingdom Hearts III- The End of Something I Have Cherished Most of my Life

Don’t worry, this post contains no spoilers.

I fell in love with Kingdom Hearts the second I played it. It came to me at the right time in my life. I had always wanted to like RPG’s but for the most part found them far too unnecessarily complicated with all the materials, controls, traveling, stats, and spells. I wanted to love them, for I like big stories with a bunch of characters and all that, but it was never worth the time getting to learn the complicated systems of the games.

Then Kingdom Hearts found me when I was around 12 or 13 years old, and I had been delivered what I had always hoped for. An RPG that takes all the best elements and dumbs them down significantly, while combining it with action adventure, my favorite genre.

On top of the ridiculously clever gameplay and opportunity to visit places from the movies I watched so often growing up, I found there was an incredible story being told throughout, making the series original characters some of the best fictional characters I have ever seen, somehow completely overshadowing the beloved Disney characters.

I beat the game and loved it. When KH2 came out, I had missed Chain of Memories and found the story all quite confusing and overwhelming at first, but despite having no idea what was going on, by the end of the game, I gathered the gist of it and realized I had just finished one of the best games I have ever played, with THE best story line, told in a positively convoluted, confusing, and delightful way that I adored.

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I remember beating it, watching the secret movie for BBS and wondering what the heck it could all possibly mean. The moment I beat the game, I immediately took to the internet to research Kingdom Hearts 3 and when it would be coming out. Little did I know that I would be waiting for over a decade.

But that’s not to say we weren’t treated to nothing in all that time. Firstly, I immediately got hold of Chain of Memories, which helped ease some of my confusion, but then I still waited for several years to get a new game…a DS game by the name 358/2 Days. Immediately I loved it just by reading the title, it was so ridiculously cryptic and weird, the things I love about KH. This game finally told us what all that Roxas business in the beginning of the second game was about, and gave us a deeper look into all the black coated fiends you slaughtered in the two previous games.

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Then to my delight we were treated to another game, Birth By Sleep, less than a year later. But I soon found myself despairing, for it was a PSP exclusive, something I didn’t own. But forget that, I needed to play it. At last I would learn what that secret video from KH2 was all about, so I bought the KH special edition PSP solely for that game and still have no regrets in doing so. I played this game for hours upon hours. I don’t even want to know how many.

And then again in a year, we got another game that finally told us what the message in a bottle said at the end of KH2 and at long last advancing the story beyond 2, not a prequel to it.

3 games in the span of a year. We were finally being rewarded for all our patience.

Then we had to wait nearly another 2 years for the game that set us up for 3, the big one, the conclusion.

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After completing Dream Drop Distance, I had that same feeling I did when I first beat KH2. But the PS3 came and went with no KH3 to be seen.

Finally, after a 7 year wait, the game is released and I couldn’t believe it when I started to play it. And then I found I couldn’t stop. Finally, after a week, I beat it and the conflict that started back when I was 12 years old has finally been concluded now, when I am 29, nearly 17 years after the first game.

I loved the game, and I loved the ending, but now I feel so empty. What do you do when something you have looked forward to for more than half your life ends?

Yes, there is more to look forward to, but it’s like I have finally grown up. The 12 year old kid in me has finally moved on, vanished like a heart disappearing up into Kingdom Hearts. I am ecstatic that I beat the game, yet at the same time, was so terrified of beating it the closer I got to the end.

I realize this is just a video game, but the story and it’s characters have always meant so much to me, beyond any book, game, movie or any other form of media has ever reached me.

I feel similar every time I beat a Kingdom Hearts game.  It’s like spending time with those characters was something truly great to me and the time I spend playing these games will always be cherished. But like how Sora has to say goodbye to his friends every time he leaves a world, I too must close this chapter on my life, and make room for a new adventure.

So I guess I am trying to say, thank you Tetsuya Nomura for bringing to life such a fantastic story, Square-Enix for making such a fun game, and Disney, for allowing them to use your characters to kill a bunch of monsters.

If you make one person feel the way I do about KH, on any form of media, for any product, then the creators of that media have done their job and should be proud.

Thanks again, I can’t wait to see what else you bring us!

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Is A Good Lock-On Target System In Video Games Really That Hard To Accomplish?

Think about it. Think of all the games that use a lock on mechanic. Starting from like Ocarina of Time to pretty much every action game since. The worst part is…Ocarina of Time is probably one of the better systems out there.

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Seriously. How many games have you played where the lock-on system is more a frustration than anything? If you have multiple enemies in view or in the room, you will most likely lock on to the one you want to target the least, probably some enemy barely on screen and so far away that none of your attacks have the slightest chance to hit him. You can try to change the target, say, to the enemy standing right next to you or in front of you, and you will painfully lock onto anything but that one you desperately want to kill as it’s wailing on you, steadily taking down your life.

There are dozens of games that have this problem, but I can’t think of many off the top of my head. But if I went through my games, rest assured I could pick out quite a few.

The first one I can think of is Kingdom Hearts. The lock on system suffers from the problems I just described. It’s so bad that the only time I use it is on a boss or highly mobile enemy when all the others are dead. This way the camera will follow your target.

Thankfully this is remedied sort of by the fact that you don’t need to lock onto enemies, because when you attack, the character will automatically attack something you are facing instead of just swinging the keyblade pointlessly. This is especially helpful in the later games, when something is far away, you will do a crazy jumping attack to reach them.

But two of the worst games I can think of that I have played recently are Hyrule Warriors and Megaman Legends 2.

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Hyrule Warriors, you try to lock onto something nearby, and you will end up targeting something halfway across the battlefield. You press the button to switch targets, and it will bounce around to the four least desired enemies you want to target, constantly going back to the initial first target you didn’t want to begin with. Sometimes you have to scroll through these enemies four times before it finally locks onto the enemy right in front of you. I believe there are other frustrations out of this, but I haven’t played it in like a year, but I know I was always cursing at the abysmal system.

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Megaman Legends 2, I have to say, has the absolute worst lock-on system I have ever seen. This is not a hard game, honestly, almost every time I died was because of the lock on system.

The game claims it will lock onto the closest enemy. This is simply not true. You lock onto anything it feels like. To switch targets, you have to release the lock-on button and press it again until you get the target you are searching for.

This effect also happens every time you get hit. When you take damage, you stop targeting for a moment, despite still holding the button. When you recover, he locks onto a new target as if you intended to switch targets. You will even target things in different rooms or through walls. Many times in the cheap, annoying game, you will be surrounded by enemies out of nowhere, or get attacked immediately by a swarm of them the moment you walk into a room. You try to fight, but you are constantly getting hit, switching targets rapidly so that your view is spinning all over, all the while being bounced around, unable to move, and before you know it you are dead.

And if enemies have a projectile that you can lock onto, like a missile, then you better pray you don’t get hit. There are some enemies that you fight that constantly shoot missiles that fly all around. All you want to do is shoot the missile spewing guys, but can’t because there are tons of little guys jumping into you, and then your targeting bounces around to all the missiles, not the little guys hitting you or the missile launching a-hole standing directly in front of you. After a vomit inducing camera ride, you are dead.

Yes, Legends 2 absolutely takes the cake when it comes to bad targeting systems. If that is the reason you are getting killed in a game, then you know it is a complete failure.