Tuesday, January 25, 2011
My 100 Favorite Video Games of All Time: Part 6 (50-41)
50 – Beyond Good and Evil
I wasn't a huge fan of Rayman. It was a successful platformer and spawned several sequels. I wish I could say the same for its developers' masterpiece Beyond Good and Evil, an absolutely spectacular action-adventure title. The game follows a reporter named Jade working with a resistance against vile aliens bent on domination and control of the world's citizens. You travel a vast landscape (waterscape?), dingy interiors and cleverly designed cities, controlling multiple characters, incorporating a number of gameplay styles. Why is it that all of the utterly fantastic games are commercial failures? Really?
49 - Call of Duty 2
This epic shooter was not a commercial failure, however. Call of Duty 2 is one of the most successful sequels of all time, spawning a massively popular franchise that would evolve and expand over time. Infinity Ward built a great game here, filled with interesting and likable characters, amazing set pieces and just the right balance of fun and difficulty. The multiplayer didn't hurt either. It was a big online hit due to its teamwork-oriented modes, tactical features and greatly polished gameplay.
The Final Fantasy series is a big one. It's been around for more than two decades and has evolved steadily over time. SquareEnix shocked fans when they announced a real-time battle system for Final Fantasy XII, reminiscent of popular MMORPG's its time. Still, the gameplay turned out to be excellent; different but excellent. The story was only okay, a sort of political thriller focusing on a soldier framed as a traitor by his brother; an exiled princess, who was thought to have killed herself, who became a resistance-fighter after her newlywed husband is killed in combat; two street kids; and a couple of successful and cocky sky pirates in it, at least in the beginning, for the loot. What I like about FFXII's storytelling are the characters and the stunning script. While Vaan and Penelo speak as you or I would, Baltheir, Ashe, Basch, Fran and other supporting characters talk in a far less colloquial style, as if it were penned by a classical author. It's just so perfect, adding a touch of culture clash.
47 - Dr. Mario
46 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Arcade)
45 - Mega Man 7 –
44 - Grandia 2
43 - Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
42 – Ms. Pac Man
41 – Diablo
Posted by Chris McElfresh at 7:42 AM