VTA #15: No DRM Before It Was CoolThis episode our heroes, Nate Jerry, Folly and Li are joined by fire breather dick to discuss E3 news...
This episode our heroes, Nate Jerry, Folly and Li are joined by fire breather dick to discuss E3 news...
PC REVIEW: DISHONOREDWell here it is, the game that will more than likelybe my game of the year, Dishonored, and it deserves every bit...
Well here it is, the game that will more than likelybe my game of the year, Dishonored, and it deserves every bit...
With Pandora's Tower come and gone it's safe to say that the Wii's time as an active console is pretty much done. While it was known throughout its life as a system with a severe quality software deficiency, the Wii managed to cobble together a quirky oddball of a library. It seems fitting to send the Wii off with a top 10, it may not have been the most healthy console in life, but these 10 games did a good job of highlighting the system's unique strengths and seemingly inherent strangeness. The following are the best games this system had to offer.
Say what you will about Wii Sports. It's hard to deny the impact this simplistic title had on the Wii and video games in general. It sold the general public on Nintendo's new casual approach and eventually defined what the Wii was all about, and thus, helped it become Nintendo's best selling home console. That's quite an accomplishment for a game that came bundled with the system as a demo of sorts. Not many games go on to define an entire console at launch like Wii Sports did (which can be a good and bad things depending on your point of view) and for that it deserves a spot on the list. Oh yeah, it's also the best selling game of all time.
On a console where fighting games (let alone great fighting games) are virtually non-existant, Tatsunoko vs Capcom fills that void with one of the most bizarre yet strangely awesome crossovers in history. A Japanese sensation that almost never made it to the states, TvC gave Wii owners something they weren't accustomed to: A hardcore fighter with great online play and a fast-paced, over the top experience that only Capcom can produce. You may not be able to recognize half of the cast in TvC, but seeing Capcom all stars going toe to toe with Tatsunoko's most notorious anime classics is unique experience that can only be had on the Wii.
The Wii wasn't home to many outstanding RPGs, but Xenoblade managed a left-field success in the system's final hurrah. Nothing else in the Japanese RPG style really plays like it, with its vast exploratory environmens and emphasis on side quests, but it also plays like a blood relative of an MMO with its "largely automated until the player steps in to adjust" combat. Few games combined this depth of scope and depth of mechanics on the Wii (or really any system) but be warned, the game won't be over for a long time. Expect to pack away in excess of 100 horus if you want an ending.
No More Heroes 1 was an interesting experiment, an unexpected hyperviolent beat-em-up made by everyone's favorite postmodernist designer Suda 51. While the original was riddled with weird problems, NMH2 wiped all the niggling tech and design issues away, leaving behind a surprisingly thoughtful and even more surprisingly straightforward plot mixed in with much more polished and varied gampley, minus the deliberately alienating aspects of its polarizing predecessor. While both are memorable, NMH2 is the one that can be recommended without reservation.
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is a fantastic end to the Prime series and a noteworthy contender for this list on its own. Trilogy, however, packs all three of the memorable Prime games into one disc, letting you relive the epic saga of the galaxy's most notorious bounty hunter. If that weren't enough, the first two Gamecube entries get upgraded widescreen support, and achievement system and new Wii motion controls which inmensely enhance the already great games. Metroid Prime Trilogy is one of the best gaming collections you can get your hands on, bar none.
While Silent Hill has had difficult fortunes to weather among critics and fans since the disbanding of Team Silent, Shattered Memories is proof that the series still has some amazing games left in it. Working less in the traditional survival horror umbrella and more in the sense of a tense psychological thriller. Billed as a reimagining of the original, Shattered Memories will betray players of the first game even as it ensnares new players with its gripping narrative and clever "game plays you" conceit.
Donkey Kong Country Returns is a throwback to those side-scrolling platformers that ruled an era. DK made a triumphant return in 2010 after more than decade without a proper sequel in the "Country" titles, and it did so with some good old-fashioned harcore platforming. In a market saturated with casual titles, Retro studios stuck with Donkey Kong's challenging platforming roots and gave fans exactly what they expected out of a new DKC game. By perfectly balancing retro gameplay with modern level design, Retro Studios marked Donkey Kong Country Returns as one of the best come-backs of all time.
Super Smash Bros: Brawl is a culmination of over 20 years of Nintendo history rollled into one single game. Iconic names like Mario, Link and Pikachu share the spotlight and are pitted against each other in one of the best and coolest examples of fan service ever experienced. Following the huge success of Melee, Nintendo went all out with huge cast of characters of 35 characters and 41 stages including old classics from Melee. Add to that new final smashes, assist trophies, a level creator, online gameplay, an adventure mode, a soundtrack consisting of 258 songs... the game is huge! That's not even a third of what the game has to offer. If you had to pick only one game to play for the rest of your life, it's hard not to recommend Brawl.
It took years for a Legend of Zelda game designed for the Wii to finally show up, but it was worth the wait. Combining the series classic formula with unique tools that could only work with the Motion+ peripheral and a few modernized touches to structure, the gorgeous art just serving as icing on the cake. The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword shows why the series retains its hallowed reputation after all these years and was the perfect mileston celebration for such a revered legacy.
When Super Mario Galaxy came on the scene in 2007, it set the standard for what a platformer should be. 3 years later, its sequel expanded on everything the first game had done flawlessly and made it even better. Galaxy 2 is the evolution of the 3D platforming genre and as with other Mario games in the past it sets an example and lays down a template for how great this genre can be. SMG2 focuses on creativity rather than originality by expanding on everything from the original with top-notch controls, mind-blowing level design, a superb soundtrack and so much more. Super Mario Galaxy 2 reminds us why we love video games in the first place. It's simply a perfect game. Nobody does it better than Nintendo and Galaxy 2 proves that Mario is still the king of platforming and overall the king of gaming. Not only is it one of the highest rated or one of the best-selling Wii games, it's just incredibly fun. Galaxy 2 will be remembered as one of the greatest games in this generation, that's why it gets our number one spot as the greatest Wii game of all time.
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