I’ve had this idea of mine for a while. Top 5’s or top 10’s have always fascinated me. Whether it’s TSN’s now classic Top 10 feature on every SportsCenter, or just somebody’s Top 10 songs list on youtube, I’ve always been captivated by these lists. In the earlier ProjectCOE days, the feature I had the most fun doing was Jarrod and my Top 10 RPG’s. These kind of features really bring out the character in an individual as everyone has a different opinion. It’s also quite entertaining to look at these lists five or ten years after to see how much things have changed or stayed the same. I recently went through my game collection and it hit me how fast things move. It’s now been five years since we started this new gaming “generation”. Since last gen contains tons of treasured memories, I decided to take you guys on a trip down memory lane as I introduce you to my personal favourites of each console from the early 2000’s. This week, I’ll start with the little purple box with a handle. Here are my Top 5 videogames released for the Nintendo Gamecube.
F-Zero GX, NHL 2K3, Paper Mario The Thousand-Year-Door, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes
I debated for some time whether this or MGS should get the number 5 position. It was very close but at the end, I simply could not deny Ikaruga a spot from this list. Sure, the Gamecube wasn’t its first home, heck I even got the arcade version on live years later. Still though, if I had to choose one pick and play type of game to kill some time, I’d go with Ikaruga 90% of the time. It took months of playing to finally complete easy without using a continue. Then I learned that some finish it on hard without the need of a single life. Most people I know can’t even beat the game on the earliest difficulty without infinite continues. This should give you a pretty good idea of how challenging this title really is. Hard or not, you’ll never let go of the controller. It’s an addicting game that any self-loving gamer should have in his collection.
From the get-go, I knew that Killer 7 would be on my list. There’s no way around it for me. I’m not always a fan of obscure type of stories that leave you wondering wtf is going on. However, when they entertain me, then I am f’en in! And boy did Killer 7 entertain. I haven’t played this game in ages but I have photographic memories of how I felt when I was playing this game. I can’t really claim to know how it feels to be high, but playing Killer 7 made me feel like I was on some serious sh*t. There’s a few kick-ass scenes (guy in wheelchair with girl, instant win), one in particular involving 2 individuals playing Russian roulette. I don’t think I’ve ever witness something so amazing, yet so terrifying. If I remember correctly, this was actually after a boss fight. Anyhow, the game itself ain’t half-bad either. It’s an on-rails shooter with some sexy yet bizarre scenery. The game’s strength lies in the atmosphere though. Killer 7 is something you should experience yourself if you never had the chance, given your age is proper of course.
Again, the one was a no-brainer. It still saddens me today that we’ll probably never get a sequel. The word of an HD re-release brings me joy but I think the potential for part 2 is there. Beyond Good & Evil was a sleeper hit who never got the attention it deserves. The problem was that it was released during the crowded holiday season, having competition from just about everyone including its own publisher- Ubisoft. They released Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time during the same time period. Whether you picked it up for the Gamecube, X-Box or Playstation 2 doesn’t matter. This is one gem from last gen everyone needs to experience. It mixes both stealth, combat and collection to form a truly epic game. The story was pretty good too. What really makes this game shine is that you have to take pictures of stuff. It might sound stupid, but taking pictures in videogames is a blast! Ever played Pokemon Snap? Sure, it was over in 2 hours but don’t tell me it wasn’t your best rental ever! I still wonder to this day why developers don’t implement this feature into more games. Perhaps BG&E‘s sale figures is the answer.
I think this is one game everyone has on their list. I’m still not sure if it should have been my top pick. Anyhow, coming in second place is not too shabby when you look at the complete library the Gamecube has to offer. This is the first game I got with the cube and the last game I played on the cube. For me, it will always remain the best Smash Brothers game out there. I’ve had many memorable bouts with friends and I’m sure we’ll still dish out this game here and there. Just sitting in my room back in 2001, wasting hours and hours trying to complete that final event. Even though the reason to play this is for the multiplayer, some of the most fun’s I’ve had with the title was unlocking all the characters. Getting all the trophies was also something. To this day, I think I’m only missing 4. Anyway, there’s really not much to add here. This game was doomed to succeed from the day it was announced. I doubt anyone was disappointed.
Although the Playstation 2 got a great port (with a much improved box-art), the original release will always remain the definitive version in my heart. Resident Evil 4 not only changed the identity of the franchise, it revolutionized the action genra forever! Action games would have big shoes to fill in from now on. Resident Evil 4 is the only 20 hour action game I’ve completed in 2 sittings. It is also the first game I’ve ever attempted speed runs of. I must have completed this game over 10 times to this day. The fact that I even bought the PS2 version later, and invested another 25 hours into that one should tell you just how much I love this game. I’m pretty sure it still holds up today. Heck, even the visuals look next-gen (well current-gen in today’s term). Although it performed well, Resident Evil 4 could have had more success on another console since Gamecube owners were known for their loyalty towards Nintendo-published games. I think this is one of the main reasons why to this day, Resident Evil 4 doesn’t get the credit it deserves. When we talk about action games, we tend to mention classics like Metal Gear Solid or God of War. Rarely does RE4 come up in these discussions. It’s really a shame. Still, Capcom released a superb game back in January of 2005 and no one can take that away.
Well there you have it folks. Be sure to leave your personal favourites in the comments section below. Tune it next week for my Top 5 list on the big green machine known as the X-Box! (yes, it is spelled that way damn it!)