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Tue, 10 Sep 2019 06:17:26

35. Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution and VF5

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SEGA! The kings of arcade and the trailblazers of many 3D endevors. Chief amoung them Yu Suzuki, a legend who created enter genres and he did it with Virtua Fighter, the first ever 3D fighting game. VF1 wuth its ridiculous floaty jumps but insane level animation and movement around a 3D ring was game changing. Now I never really played the first, a rented it maybe but it wasn't until Virtua Fighter 2 that I fell in love. With a massive improvement in graphics and fidelity, the combat in VF2 was unmatched. VF is elegant in a way Tekken is not, no stupid dial a combo system, it's alll done with three buttons with varied fighters each with a unique style. VF2 added Shun Di and Lion, two of my favorites, but it was Lau which became my main. VF2 is my favorite Saturn game, I played it to death but when Tekken 3 came that game blew away VF2 in terms of features, of which VF2 had basically none. VF3 then came out, greatest graphics of all time when it hit arcades, but it hit DC as team battle and very bare bones.

Then Sega went third party and their arcade division was dying just like all arcades were. It was time to focus more on the home versions of these games, in comes Virtua Fighter 4 for the PS2. The culmination of all the years of VF gameplay into a perfect fighting game. THe beauty of VF is that it doesn't have a shifting roster, its always the same characters with new ones added in. The move list expands, each version gets more technical and more fluid. VF4 added Lei with his multiple stances and move sets, it showed a level of depths most games don't reach. But the first version of VF4 was still rather basic, then Sega did something crazy. VF4 Evolution was out in arcades, it added 2 more characters and a host of improvements. This was pre patch and DLC days so there was no way to upgrade the VF4 game, so they sold VF4 Evolution at $20 under the greatest hits label; maybe the greatest deal in gaming.

VF4 Evolution included the greatest single player mode in fighting game history. It's like they heard how bare bones VF was for content and decided to show everyone how it was done. Quest mode made you feel like you were traveling the world and visiting local arcades and battling the best players. Evolution came built in with the AI of many of the best VF players in the world. Every fight was against the AI of a real player, this made all the CPU battles feel like you were fighting other humans in the days before online fighters. The progression was like any RPG, you start at the lowest level and as you win you rank up and are now able to go to tougher arcades and battle tougher players. While you do this you unlock tons and TONS of customizable gear for your characters to make them unique to you. All this comes with the greatest tutorial in fighting game history to take you step by step in how the combat system works. It also happens to have the best combat system in any fighting game. VF4 EVOLUTION IS THE GREATEST FIGHTING GAME EVER MADE. SF2 can go away. Me and my friend would have so many battles on this thing but my Lau was too much for him. He couldn't beat me but I found my challenge in quest mode, spent tons of hours on it.

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Years later, a new console generation, a new Virtua Fighter with VF5 being a PS3 exclusive. The graphics are stunning, the conbat EVEN BETTER than VF4 if that was even possible. The complexity is off the charts yet accessable to all. VF5 in terms of gameplay is the best controlling fighting game but I enjoyed the quest mode in VF4 evo more. The base VF5 had controversy because it lacked an online mode, wars were fought in the GS message boards on whether this was a unforgivable sin. Many argued that VF was so technical and lag would ruin the game, still in the age of PS3 it was a let down to not have online. A few years later VF5 online hit 360 and Final Showdown hit PS3 which had online and new characters. Guess what, online worked pretty damn well. Still I perfer the RPG like quest mode to fighting online opponents, I could learn the CPU opponent, the online guy is gone to another match. VF5 was my go to fighting game for that generation and to this day the best 3D fighter around. We all wait for VF6, hoping one day it will come to regain the crown as the best fighter, it's been so long and if it happens I will be there day one.

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Sun, 22 Sep 2019 22:43:49
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Wed, 25 Sep 2019 05:37:03

34. Okami

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Zelda has not had much competition, most games never try to replicate the intricate game worlds and balacing act Zelda does with all it's elements. A handful of 3D games are comparable but one clearly stands above the rest, Okami. At the height of Capcom's power, Hideki Kamiya set off to create a game that is nothing like anything he worked on before. The structure of a Zelda game with the fast paced combat Capcom and Kamiya is known for thrown into the mix in a Japanese folk tale come to life, Okami was a passion project that hit all the right notes. As a fan of Kamiya's work I was sold from the start, I didn't even need the stunning art. Once I saw a beautiful mythical wolf running around a big open field I knew this game was for me. Okami is about as grand an action adventure game as you can get, those of you that played the game know what I speak of, this game is massive, when you think its over you are just getting started.  

Okami has a unqiue drawing mechanic that really helped it stand out. Now whether or not drawing a bomb is better than just selecting it with a button from your inventory is debatable, I think the drawinggot a bit repetitive but it sure was unique. When it's done just to substitute for a Zelda item it's not that impressive but when it is used in creative ways in combat or to solve puzzles that's when it all shines. The combat in Okami is better than any Zelda game, I wish he pushed the combat further as it stays in a relatively pain free level unless you go for 100% completition.

Above all I think Okami is special because of the game world. It has dungeons but they pale in comparison to a Zelda game, puzzles aren't as well done, but that WORLD, the people you meet, the world you explore is incredible.  I remember exploring the Japanese city, it felt so alive with so much to do. This game has the element of suprise that I feel is missing so much from games, who knows what you were going to do next. Constant new situations, mini games all over, fun distractions, new abilities at a steady clip, it's what all action adventure games should strive to do. Okami is masterpiece, the best "Zelda clone" even though it is different enough to be judged on its own merits.

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The next one might anger people at its placement.

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33. The Last of Us

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Happy Outbreak day! While we read previews on the soon to be released TLOU2 lets look back on the classic that started it. The Last of Us was the PS3 swan song, a game so chiling and memorable that many think its the game of the generation. I'm a fan of Naughty Dog, i'm a fan of survival horror, mix the two and I was greatly anticipating this game. From the moment it starts up I knew I was in for something special. That intro is one of the most powerful gut wrenching scenes in video game history. It set the tone for the level of storytelling the game would provide, story telling that would become the gold standard for this medium. I was gripped into this tale of a broken man meeting a lost girl and the two fulfilling that missing puzzle piece they needed in their lives. The lengths to which they went to stay together pushes the boundaries of what is moral, questions about who are you playing as, is this a good person. It covers all these themes expertly, constantly putting the player into those story beats not through long cutscenes but during gameplay. It's a rollercoaster ride of emotions to the very end, with that memorable scene that left be floored. By the end of the game TLOU wasn't just GOTY,  it was the best movie I saw that year as well.

The core gameplay is a stealth action game that mixes survival horror elements of ammo and item conservation. The core stealth was rather basic, I believe this is so because the game is fun when the shit hits the fan. Thats when the adrenaline kicks in and you must quickly think on your feet on how to take out each threat. The chaos of the action is what is memorable, hitting a guy with a brick as he charges at you, stab him in the neck, pull a shotgun and shoot the next guy, take cover as the another shoots at you. The added scarcity of weapons adds to those moments of panic, do I grab that bottle and rish getting shot, do I waste the last bullets or use a melee weapon.  It all works, combat encounters were brutal, visceral and a blast to get through. The invected served as a different kind of challenge which lead to great variety in the encounters. Like the best games in the genre TLOU keeps changing up situations and provides great gameplays sequences.

No sequence is as good as Winter, a sequence that joins the greatest moments in gaming like the final hours of MGS3, the train in Uncharted 2, most of RE4. Winter has the story and gameplay reaching a climax together in a way few games do. It has the most tense gameplay moments and a surprising swicth of character. Playing as Ellie makes you feel that anger and fear of losing Joel, each kill is step closer to him and further scars Ellie in ways that we will probably explore in TLOU2. It culminates in the best boss battle of the game and one of the most disturbing sequences as a man tries to rape you. Those two hours is everything great about TLOU.

There is so much to love including the fun multiplayer mode that many of us here played together. You may be wondering why isn't this game higher on the list, well I do not belive this is Naughty Dogs best game. TLOU too suffers from a very slow opening chapters that make replaying the game a slog at first. The gameplay while very fun still feels a tad on the limited side, now seeing what the gameplay has become in TLOU2 it further shows how this first game was valiant first effort but still a first effort. The gameplay while fantastic doesn't reahc the highs the story does. Still for many years I considered TLOU as the best story ever told in gaming (until a recent game took that mantle). for that its one of the best games ever.

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Sat, 28 Sep 2019 05:12:04

32. X-Com UFO Defense

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The 90s, UFOs were in, really in. The-Xfiles was one of the biggest TV shows. Independence Day smashed box office records. Aliens were crossing into all forms or media, so in comes a strategy game on what to do when aliens invade us. You know me though, console guy, how do I even know X-com exists. Well I collected many gaming magazines and one of the most fancy ones was Next Generation magazine. While most magazines were console only, this magazine covered the PC gaming space as well. One issue that I owned had the top 50 PC games list. topping the list was a strategy game about defending earth from aliens, I was instantly intrigued. So I get a PS eventually and in that first year I pick up Xcom for PS1. Yes once again I play a PC classic on consoles, oh well, it worked fine.

X-com is the best strategy game ever made. I say that without really playing strategy games, I don't have to, this is the best. The multiple game levels work so well together and its incredibly deep yet accessable. The base building has you managing budgets, space, time limits as aliens are taking over day by day. But by far that part that I loved most was researching, this was the method of making your squad equal to the enemy, turn their weapons against them. I loved the autopsy and that amazing 2D artwork that went into each enemy. Because of how detailed the presentation was it nade the enemy list feel iconic almost, I love these designs. Then there was the earth defense screen where you send fighter jets out to take down UFOs in a really simplistic but fun mini game that plays with such great music. If you manage to shoot it down you can take your squad in and loot.

I perfer turn based to real time strategy any day. I can't focus when ten different groups are doing things automtically and I can't focus on one. Turn based allows it to play out like chess, you plan your move and then hope to counter the enemy on their move. X-Com notoriously has a ridiculous dice roll system where % hit rates don't mean much and while that is frustrating it adds to the drama of every single mission. From the first time I played I would rename all the squadmates, first it was my family and friends. I would love to show my sister her character who would eventually die horribly. On future playthroughs I would use you guys as my squad. I would laugh maniacly when Edge would go crazy and kill GG, or be devestated when my best soldier Leo would perish. I loved every mission with how the field would slowly reveal itself. How the shit hits the fan when an unexpected enemy would show up. I loved the freedom of it all, it wasn't all designed around running into cover, nah you made your own cover. You could have squads of like 12 on massive maps with multiple floors and all kinds of weaponry.

All elements would have to be managed well to get to the end of the game where you invade Mars and attack the enemy at their home base. Every moment is thrilling, the decisions are tough to make, the permadeath stings. X-com is one of those games I could pick up and play at any time and never be bored of it. I came back to it over the years many times. Even with the new games which are great in their own ways, they don't have the depth and freedom the original had.

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Sat, 28 Sep 2019 10:09:44

Shocked...that The Last of Us made it into the top 50? I'm shocked it made it into the top 100! WinkWink

Still a very good game, though.

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Sat, 28 Sep 2019 10:58:46
Well, this is the top 176 so plenty of room.

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Sat, 28 Sep 2019 15:03:10

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Sat, 28 Sep 2019 16:06:37
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Well, this is the top 176 so plenty of room.

I believe it is top 158, get it right. Lol

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Sat, 28 Sep 2019 16:27:22
Good to see TLoU. Okami in my mind will always be the game that should have ended halfway through.
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Tue, 01 Oct 2019 01:22:56

Ok I purchased Okami HD on the Switch thanks to this blog.

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Tue, 01 Oct 2019 08:57:58
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Ok I purchased Okami HD on the Switch thanks to this blog.

Have you played it before?

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Tue, 01 Oct 2019 10:14:18

Yes when it first came out on PS2.

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Tue, 01 Oct 2019 17:10:50
I had the Wii version. Gorgeous game. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into it at the time. I may try it again on Switch someday.

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Wed, 02 Oct 2019 12:06:37

It doesn’t help that it really is a long game, too long.  There’s no reason to fight the same boss three different times in the game.

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Sun, 06 Oct 2019 10:18:59

I'm expecting a lot of ass sucking from this point onwards.

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Tue, 08 Oct 2019 05:30:49

31. Fallout 3 and New Vegas

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So after I was blown away by Oblivion I could not wait for more Betheada open world goodness, theire next game was Fallout 3. This was game of the show at which ever E3 it premiered. I remember a walk through on G4TV where Todd Howard was showing off the Vats slow motion kills. He had the gun that would shoot trash, so I saw a toaster blow up a mutant, it was glorious. I was instantly in love, whats better than a bethesda open world with swords, a bethesda open world with GUNS! Fallout 3 did everything well, the presentation was out of this world, the Pip and its integration really makes you feel like a futuristic world stuck in 1950s. I loved traveling Washington DC listening to old clasic songs and randomly getting into adventures. This was my first fallout game so it's neat to be introduced to all the types of monsters, robots and other oddities that make up this compelling world. Sure Fallout 3 didn't have the best story but it created a sense of adventure few games could and honestly I enoy it more than any TES game.

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But Fallout 3, while the more polished game, was not the best Fallout game, that goes to the amazing New Vegas. Bethesda's dumpster, Obsidian, would take sequels Bethesda didn't want to make. Obsidian though tries to stay more true to the games RPG roots, New Vegas is the ultimate representation of true CRPG gameplay mixed with Bethesda's open world. I would have this game ranked even higher if not for the little issue of... NOTHING WORKS. New Vegas is easily the most buggy game I finished fully. I also had the worst version, the PS3 version, its a game where you feel the game breaking the further you go it. Crashes left and right, places I couldn't walk on cause I would instantly die, crazy drops in frame rate and more. The ending of this game was not some large scale battle against enemy AI, nope it was me save scumming my way through a glitch filled hell hole where some how I managed to get the ending to role. Seriously the final battle was like 10 frames a second and if I shot something wrong my game would crash, I had to replay it about 20 times. And yet with all that I LOVE THIS GAME.

New Vegas makes every choice and action count, I feel my presense infleuncing the world around you. Quests can be completed in a myrad of ways, many times without violence, simply by role playing your way through them. This is a world with multiple factions which you can play against each other. Rich companions all with their own stories and motivations. I game that begs to be explored and immersed in, where its not just go to icon and shoot shit, many times it's just a story you can role play through. It is the best example of the bethesda formula and its not made by Bethesda.

The setting itself is extremely memorable because its Vegas. Going into the strip for the first time is this ohh shit moment. Multiple hotels and casinos to explore, so many choices to make and of course fun diversions. This is home of the best quest in the game, Beyond the Beef, in which you need to infiltrate a white glove society which lives at the most fancy casino and they happen to be cannibals. This quest has EVERYTHING and perfectly encapsulates why New Vegas is such a step above the other Fallout games. Then there is the incredible DLC, one of which is a crazy 50's sci-fi adventure dealing with wacky AI robots and UFOs, so much fun. New Vegas is easily one of the greatest RPGs ever made.

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Tue, 08 Oct 2019 06:50:42

I'll accept that.

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