Monday, July 31, 2006

Paradise Exclusive: 10 Greatest Games of Last Gen

Well Last Gen is coming to an end and what better way to end it than with the best games. Now I know we still have titles like God of War 2 and Legend of Zelda: TP to come out but I think Zelda TP is more of a next generation title. But I have compiled my top 10 games of all time for last generation and I'm here to show them to you and why. It's going to be an interesting list cause do remember I am a NIntendo fan but I'll be as little biased as possible cause I've played most of the good games on all systems except for a few PS2 titles. But anyways let's go. 10. Timesplitters 2

Timesplitters series is one of the most incredible shooters in the FPS genre ever created. When it released on the PS2, GC, and Xbox it was just a big hit. This game came out with great visuals for it's time and just an interesting setting. Timesplitters has never been known necessarily for it's single player excellence but still the fun in doing it with the different kinds of weapons, different time periods, and different characters was all the better. But the game got it's 10 start ratings from it's multiplayer. With being probably one of the best multiplayer games of all time it gave depth like none other. Ranging from 100 unlockable characters with about 20 levels and 20 weapons it was sheerly amazing. The fun in playing a splitscreen game hadn't been this incredible since the days of Goldeneye 007. And when the box says the heir to Goldeneye 007 it was joking. This game earns out 10 spot easily as for the uniqueness and innovations and depth it game in all areas earns it a high mention. Free Radical couldn't have done anything better cause this was amazing. 9. ICO

ICO brought early to the PS2 something that hadn't been seen before. When games were starting to get repetive it brought this entirely new distinct storyline and game that was like any other. For graphics it had some of the most impressive visuals of it's time which gave you a clear view of the world inside. The game controls were smooth, easy, and intutive. Although simple it made it fun and easy to just play the game. The game just presents something undescriable such as the feel you get from the game. This puzzle adventure game is just a good fun game to play and just didn't necessarily get the recognition it deserved. But it is one of the best games to hit last generation giving us an entirely new world with a different feel than you would get from any other game. 8. Halo

Halo is the bomb that exploded the Xbox everywhere. This FPS shooter came in like no other in the single player field. When FPS were nothing but the same thing on the PC and consoles as being mostly for multiplayer Halo comes out and introduces a world like none other. With a different setting similar to the explosion Star Wars gave it gives a new list of characters, worlds, races, weapons, ect. The game provides you with an in depth storyline that no other FPS was giving of it's time. It game a deep, interesting main character that had a deep history himeself as him and his marines set to save the world from ultimate destruction of a very religions group of Aliens called the Covenant. The originality that spawned from this game is none the less what earns it a top 10 spot as it is unlike any other FPS you ever played. 7. Super Smash Bros Melee

The game that defined the GC console is none other than Super Smash Bros. Melee. Although not known for it's singleplayer it brought something different to the fighting genre. With for once the 1st diverse set of characters ranging from animals to humans to fantasy to science fiction characters that only Nintendo could give. The depth of the multiplayer with the items, levels, characters, ect made the fighting all the better. And if didn't have any friends put on som AI who were still pretty good for early games on the last generation. But it's defiently the depth of this game that makes it one of the best. Most fighting games are short and quick but not this game. The amount of characters, levels, events, storylines, and trophies is enough to make you total time played on this game peak months. And with the visuals being good enough for a fighting game there is nothing else you would ever want in this game. Super Smash Bros Melee earns a top 10 spot cause it brought something new that fighting genres dont' normally get and that is diversity and depth. And with a multiplayer like none other and only comparable to the popularity as Halo 2 gets this is a definet amazing game. 6. Burnout 3: Takedown

Burnout 3 is the essence of action racers. There are posers such as Full Auto and Flatout but Burnout is the heart of it. When Burnout 3 came out the series was all about crashes but Burnout 3 gave the game a new idea: takedowns. Now with this new way of taking out your enemy the fun and strategy in the game became even bigger. With over a 150 missions, 67 cars, and 20 sets of levels Burnout 3 earns to be one of the best racers of all times. And with the added online mode you can battle it up to with 6 friends in one race. The multiplayer is where this game is at. It is so addictive that it's insane. It's for once not some game that everyone can be good at from the start but takes experience to learn how to best win races and takedown opposing players. With that makes it one of the most sophisticated kind of game. And with a single player to keep you going for a long while to get all those cars this game is definetly one of the best. Burnout 3 is just a game that is a mjust by for anyone who likes to rage the streets with terror and wants a good challenge in doing it. 5. Kingdom Hearts

With the most unlikely set of character combination from Square Enix's characters to Disney characters the game gets an amazing hit from. The character depth in this game is what makes it so interesting when combining the 2. With the game having so many and such an interesting storyline it was unlike any other game at it's time. Giving it a gameplay feel that was intutive and easy along with good graphics it was amazing. With being one of the best PS2 games released on the system there is just solely nothing of it's kind created to this day. 4. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem

Maybe the most overshadowed game last gen this game is definetly maybe the greatest of them all. With this Silicon Knight's exclusive GC game gave us soemthing you've never seen before. As you went back into historical times playing different characters that were all apart of a giant conspiracy. As you play the latest in the line of this long lasting conspiracy you read through this book that details all of them and that's when you play them. The entire conspiracy, storyline, and characters is one of the best ever created. ANd the all new sanity effects in there are so new and origianl that it will scare the living shit out of you. This game scared the best of us and we know it. The graphics for the game were quite incredible for it's time but it's not about that for this game. This game was all about the storyline and it gave the best of the best. With it's psychological horror setting and historical conspiracy backgrounds this game is one of the best we've ever seen all together. 3. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

When I started getting down to the bottom 3 it became even harder choices but KOTOR takes the 3 spot and well deserved. This exclusive Xbox game gave something that the Star Wars franchise had never seen. A game that every star wars fan wanted. The RPG depth allowed in this game of planets, characters, races, weapons, items, ect is what makes this gam an RPG and Star Wars fan paradise. The different moves for the jedis along with the force is somthing that only this game could give. With a killer storyline giving something original from the STar Wars trilogies it goes over 3000 years before the trilogies started. And with that gave a totally original storyline about the fighting of Jedi and Sith but gave twists in there that some of use would have never expected. With you controlling how you become later on it's nothing short of incredible. Evil or good it's your choice. This game was nothing short of amazing and Bioware let it's heart out on this game. The best RPG of last generation is a must buy for any fan. 2. Resident Evil 4

If there was a game last gen that defied the rules of last generation then this game was it. RE4 came out for the GC then PS2 but it's mainly the GC version. The GC version came out with stunning visuals that were like none other. With beatuiful enviroments, character models, and physical effects this game could have easily been taken as a next generation game. But it was more than the most graphically good looking games to hit the shelves. The RE series had the same throughout the first 3 where you survive zombies the entire time. Well not RE4. There were no zombies. Just one of the best storylines every created. The game puts you as Leon Kennedy who is out to rescue the president's daughter who has been kidnapped in a foreign area. But you soon start to find out these people are ordinary but a cult village that have been overtaken by a parasite. This cult village brings the beauty of the horrific. The sure in depth detail of these people and what is going on is none the less one of the best ever to date. RE4 sported some new controls from the old game that weren't necessarily easier but realistic. This game has many twists and turns and interesting characters and gives you one of the most incredible games last gen. RE4 shows off one of the greatest accomplishments in gaming history in gameplay and graphics. 1. Metroid Prime

The #1 spot was maybe the hardest ever to pick but the spot is well deserved by Nintendo and Retro Studio's massive hit and reinvention of Samus Aran in Metroid Prime. Metroid has never been so amazing until it makes it's jump into the 3d world of FPS. The game sports and all new Samus Aran with the same stuff from her old games but with an amazing new look. The beauty of this game for an early GC game is one of the best ever created. But it's definetly the world this game is in that gives it the gold. The levels, enemies, and more important the story. This game will keep you in it til the last minute with it's stunning plot. With different enemies and creatures that you can all scan to keep in a large database this game will have you going back again and again to rescan everything. But for an FPS this evolved something. It for the 1st time made an FPS that was more than just run and gun. You had to execute strategy when fighting and solve puzzles to get to new info and upgrades. Something that no other FPS has accomplished so thoroughly even til now. Metroid Prime revolutinized the way we look at how an FPS plays as more than just a run and gun. Metroid Prime's controls may have not been the best but still enough to get you through. But it was all about the strategy, plot, and levels for this game. The transfer for Metroid from 2-D to 3-D was one of the best ever. And Retro Studios accomplishment on it is nothing less than perfection. Metroid Prime defined the last generation consoles. It's these kinds of games that make gaming the best form of entertainment of the industry. Metroid Prime was perfection from Retro Studios in everyway making it the best game of last gen. Zucas


Blogger Journey said...

this is so your opinion! I will make my top 10 list tomorrow!

8/01/2006 03:24:00 AM  
Blogger gg said...

This list definately shows out your opinion more than being completely unbiased. But I'm not complaining about it. It's your opinion!

But, most of the games are story-type games. No sport, no racing, etc. Shows the type of games you personally like.

With that, tho, you still include some odd choices. Ico and Kingdom Hearts aren't THAT great. Halo is far too low at 8. Metroid far too high at 1. No Devil May Cry. No Splinter Cell. No Max Payne. No Dreamfall.

8/01/2006 06:21:00 AM  
Blogger PS3 Fan said...

Too say 'Kingdom Hearts' is not that good gg is absurd,when it is one one the best sellers ever on PS2.But I would have had Final Fantasy up there as well.

8/01/2006 06:43:00 AM  
Blogger SUPRAMAN84 said...

Final Fantasy SUcks! Where's Twisted Metal and Gran Turismo!

8/01/2006 06:59:00 AM  
Blogger gg said...

Big sellers, by pure sales, have to be considered as best games of last-gen. But sales alone isn't the criteria. GTA is mega-selling game but personally don't think it's so amazing a game compared to the zucas list or the games I mentioned as well.

Best would have to include - innovation, sales, graphics, gameplay, story, and playability value.

Kingdom Hearts was a solid game, but it wasn't THAT great of a game. Not GREAT. It was innovative, sold a lot etc, but it just wasn't GREAT imo.

Zucas did a fine job with that list, but he left out Devil May Cry, Splinter Cell and Dreamfall for sure. Max Payne was a classic game too, tho lacking in some features.

Splinter Cell added so much to multiplayer, had awesome graphics/gameplay etc. Devil May Cry is a no-brainer top10. Dreamfall is one of the greatest games ever, tho it still lacked some gameplay.

Halo has to be higher, it totally re-invented FPSers. Look how many there are now! All inspired by the innovation of Halo. For that it has to be higher.

Metroid isn't a #1, and Super Smash is too low as well. A case could be made that KOTOR is #1 or #2. Definately.

8/01/2006 07:55:00 AM  
Blogger gg said... games include these...kotor, eternal darkness, halo, timsplitter2, metroid, devil may cry, splinter cell, dreamfall, max payne, gran turismo, super smash bros, burnout3, resident evil4, kingdom of hearts....and you guys can add more to the list.

8/01/2006 07:58:00 AM  
Blogger Zucas said...

Haha guys this is a lot of my opinion but if a true gamer had to play all the games with an unbiased look it look a lot like this. I couldn't choose GT4 or Forza Motosport or something like that as a top 10 racer. With overall similarities it would be too hard of a choice.

Burnout 3 was an amazing game and it deserves a top 10 spot. It was just incredible and no other racer was better than it last generation.

Second of all you don't know how hard it was to choose the top 3 games. I was sitting here for almost an hour like which order is it going to go. When I made this list the 1st 7 came easy but KOTOR, RE4, and Metroid Prime was just a hard choice.

So I picked KOTOR as to be 3rd casue it was the best RPG of the last generation. I mean I may still love the game alot and that has a lot to do with my picking of it but KOTOR was just a great game.

Then while I was decided RE4 and MP they both had controls which aren't the best. Then I had to decide which game did something that just has never ever been done before. Thus I picked Metroid Prime #1.

Splinter Cell is an incredible game but to these 10 games doesn't need to be in here.

Many probably think why I put TS2 at #10. TS2 was the best multiplayer game created last generation and for that I think it deserved some recognition.

Halo was an amazing game incredible but compared to RE 4, Metroid Prime, and KOTOR and 8 spot was a definite. Same for Super Smash Bros once again an incredible game and did a lot for the fighting genre but is in a great place in the top 10 as #7.

AS for Kingdom Hearsts it was probably one of the best new and original games that let out on the PS2 and gave it a whole new look at playing. The game deserves a lot of recognition for what it did in the oddest circumstances. Same with ICO. Many don't know about this game but ICO was just amazing. I mean it's probably the only one that should be higher but I think a 9 spot was good for it.

But I stand by my top 10. I mean a lot of it has to do with my opinion but I didn't put games in there like TS2, Burnout 3, ICO, Metroid Prime, KOTOR, Eternal Darkness, ect in there because I personally liked them. AFter playing a whole lot of games these games were just simply amazing and nothing else in the world like them. I mean if a big time writer were too make a top 10 list I bet you a lot of my games will be in there. With maybe the exception of Kingdom Hearts or Timesplitters 2.

But I think this was a really good list and I think it really represents the best of last generation. Metroid Prime is the best to me last gen cause for what it did to FPS rather than what Halo did is on a much bigger scale too me. And what RE4 did for gaming in general earns those 2 the highest recognition in gaming last gen.

8/01/2006 11:05:00 AM  
Blogger gg said...

KOTOR should've been #1 IMO. Easiest choice. But that's the point...It's YOUR opinion on top 10 and therefore it's not wrong at all. You made a great list really.

Did you even play or consider Dreamfall? One of the greatest games ever made. Devil May Cry should've been there. Gran Turismo too.

The thing is, not all games have to be innovative to be great. Not all games have to be something new and different. Gran Turismo defines racing. Sets the benchmark. A game like that which replicates real life can't innovate with stories or time travel etc but can still be great.

I feel your list is slightly biased towards pure innovation and story-telling. Many people find all that boring and tedious.

But please, I am not trying to be mean to you. You did a great job and the reason I reply so much is because your articles provoke thought and I enjoy thinking.

Very good article and opinion regardless of what I think.

8/01/2006 11:35:00 AM  
Blogger Zucas said...

gg- well above of what it is my opinion not all of this is fully my opinion. If you read the article it says 10 Greatest Games of Last Gen. I never said that it's my favorite games of last gen. Meaning I tried to get the best list from an overall and opinionated view. To be truthful my #1 if it was just soley my opinion would have been Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. And truthfully except for ICO not another PS2 game would have been put in there.

But that is what I wasn't trying to do. Anyone can just give their 10 favorite games. But I tried to give a little more. I tried to look over all the best games of last gen from each console and pull out 10 that I liked the most and that the overall opinion liked the most. I mean I've played every last one of theses games but not necessarily all the way through. Those being ICO and Metroid Prime.

But it wasn't just about what I thought. It was about which games I thought were the best along with what other people would agree to the best. As I said not just soley trying to make a list on just my opinion but on an overall opinion. I tried to create "The List" in many ways that if you entered this site that you could look up at that list and say hey it's not my opinion but I think that's what it should about be. That was my goal and I personally think I did a good job with it. Of course some might arrange and rearrance and substitute a few titles but that is what I tried to do. And of course a few games got a little more leadway than others such as Burnout 3 but remember still has my opinion built in.

8/01/2006 12:03:00 PM  
Blogger Disturbed said...

no splinter cell wtf

8/01/2006 03:09:00 PM  
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Blogger irishwretler said...

the list suprised me mp as #1 nahhhhhhh imo but it was a good game definitly re4 don't know never played kotor but i hear it's good i'm just not that into rpg's dk about ico never played it either halo and ssbm should have been higher than some racing game imo kingdom hearts great original game good choice dk about eternal d. never played it either haha, thats my opinion sumed up about your list, you can tell youl ike nintendo and you were biased but it's your opion so duh good list though still

8/01/2006 09:11:00 PM  

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