A look back: My personal favourites from the last generation

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.

Honorable Mentions:

F-Zero GX, NHL 2K3, Paper Mario The Thousand-Year-Door, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes

5.

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.

4.

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.

3.

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.

2.

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.

1.

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!)

20 thoughts on “A look back: My personal favourites from the last generation”

  1. You got me into God of War back in the day! I thought for sure it would’ve been on your list!

  2. My list would probably be:

    1. Final Fantasy X
    2. Resident Evil 4
    3. Mario Kart: Double Dash
    4. God of War
    5. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

  3. lol, omg! Sorry… I didn’t read the whole intro no… And when I saw Resident Evil 4 I figured it was a PS2 game as that’s the system I played it on. (and again on Wii)

  4. Ready for my completely biased list. Why is it biased, well because I say it is! I would love to write Ikaruga because honestly I adored that game. It’s the spiritual successor to Radiant Silvergun, my favorite shooter ever after all. Anyways, here are my top five in no particular order…

    5) Eternal Darkness – This game just floored me. I actually got up to see if my TV was working properly because the screen went black. How many times has a videogame done that to you? Yeah, didn’t think so.

    4) Resident Evil Remake – I know Steven and I said we weren’t really into remakes, but this was something else. When those zombies starting coming back from the dead…again, it was creepy as hell. Hands down my favorite remake ever.

    3) Soul Calibur II – It featured Link and was the follow-up to my favorite Dreamcast launch title. What else could go wrong, that’s right, nothing! I still have fond memories of this import.

    2) Metroid Prime – I was the biggest fan of Super Metroid you never met. We haven’t met, have we? When Prime was announced I almost cried. When I finally got the chance to play it I was extremely impressed. To say I mastered that game would be an understatement. Had there been achievements or trophies for Prime, I would have scored 800%. It was just so good.

    1) Resident Evil 4 – Like Steven said, it was groundbreaking for the genre, that’s genre, not ‘genra’ but anyways :-P RE4 remains one of the best in the series and when you take it beside RE Remake, the Gamecube really was THE system for the franchise. I actually re-bought the entire series on the Gamecube, that’s how into it I was. Something happened this gen though as I haven’t even played RE5. I’m looking to fix that in the very near future though. Any takers for some co-op love?

    So there you have my list. I played a ton of imports, but these mature-themed games were and still are my personal favs.

  5. Some very good choices there my friend. And you’re right, RE-make was awesome. To this day, still the scariest game out there. Those damm crimson zombies would fuck with my head. Because of that, I make sure to burn the zombies that I killed now when I encounter some in the neighborhood.

  6. @AppetitePat:

    Only 1 game on that list turned out to be an exclusive and that’s SSBM. I always bought a pretty good mix of exclusives and 3rd party titles, like I still do today. If you don’t, you’re missing out,

  7. Nice idea, Steven. Here’s my personal list:

    1) Mario Kart: Double Dash — can’t believe I’m writing this. We (my friends and I) still play this game to this very day. From launch day to today, low long has it been? While we don’t play it as frequently as before, we still miss it from time to time which is why I like to bring it up if we’re bored. Doesn’t that say enough? The multiplayer is extremely addictive and fast-paced, and in my opinion it still holds as the best physics of all Mario Kart games. Sadly, Mario Kart Wii screwed up the splitscreen battle mode, which cut its value to half.

    2) Super Smash Bros. Melee — Brawl didn’t screw anything up, which is why we don’t play this anymore, but man we wasted a lot of hours with this game! This will always be the series’ turning point. It turned a lot of heads with its huge production values compared to the first Smash Bros. Game.

    3) The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker — yes, it received a lot of flak from fans, including me…but looking back at it, I can’t deny how much I had playing it. Had awesome graphics, still holds as some of the best storytelling in the series, and GBA connectivity made me feel as if I’m a pirate sailing at seas.

    4) Eternal Darkness — wow, just…wow. Still holds as my favorite horror psychological thriller title of all time. Arguably the best non-Nintendo-developed title of the system. This game messed with my head a lot. Storyline and gameplay had an awesome amount of variety. If this were remade it would blow Heavy Rain out of the water today. It’s sad that Silicon Knights has fallen from grace since then. It’s also sad that Nintendo will never take a risk in publishing these types of games anytime soon.

    5) Metroid Prime — my personal favorite First Person Shooter of all time. No other game in the genre beats the epic factor that Prime holds, including its sequels. This game made me appreciate the Metroid series since it’s only the 2nd one that I’ve ever played back then (after Fusion).

    Honorable mentions from the top of my head: F-Zero GX and Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, Soul Calibur II, Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, Luigi’s Mansion.

  8. My top five
    1.-Super Mario Sunshine
    2.-The legend of Zelda Wind Waker
    3.-Metroid Prime
    4.-Resident evil 4
    5.-viewtiful joe
    My honorable mentions are: Eternal Darkness, Soul calibur II, Baten Kaitos, Killer Seven, Luigis Mansion, F-Zero GX and Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door,all the prince of persia Games.

    Guys you should do a 10 list and not a 5 list, becuase contrary to the normal perception, the gamecube had a great list of tittles that doenst fit in a 5 list , is way too short, and this problem will be even more aggravating for the ps2 library

    1. Man, how could I forget Baten Kaitos? That game was beyond awesome! You also reminded me of Namco’s other RPG for the GameCube: Tales of Symphonia. Finally completed it after 70 hours of gameplay. Maybe I should revise my list and put it instead. :)

  9. That’s why I opted for only top 5. Top 10 is too much…. I want the cream of the cream. There are so many other great GC games, like the Metroid Prime series (unlike everyone else, I prefer the sequel)….

    Anyhow, I’m in big trouble with the PS2 library. I have so many top games on that system, that system was the shit last gen. It will be very hard to do a top 5 for that system.

  10. Awsome!

    5. Resident Evil (remake)
    4. Super Smash Bros. Melee
    3. Beyond Good & Evil
    2. Eternal Darkness
    1. Resident Evil 4

    Similar choices and I’m not sorry!

  11. I really loved Eternal Darkness too. The only problem I have with it is not really its own fault, its more of the fact that every time something happened, like the TV going black or the screen saying game over, I knew it was just a prank because the media spoiled it all before.

  12. Alright guys, let me try a shameless reply to try and spice up the discussion a bit. Soon, I’ll post my top 5 X-Box games which I’m sure will not have the same success. I think only Mal, Jarrod and I really played alot with that console from the users that replied here. The X-box is a bid deal to me as I was a huge (and I mean huge) Nintendo fanboy back in the day. Just the fact that I was buying another system back then was almost blasphomy for me.

    I was younger then and a bit more immature I guess and would always blast anything non-nintendo. The X-Box changed me. I bought it about 2 years after it was released I think, but got Halo, Kotor, Panzer Dragoon Orta and MGS2 along with it. All solid games that would forever change my perception of games. Unlike today, every system had different styled games on them. With the age of exclusives now almost gone, there’s not much difference between consoles (well besides the Wii). Anyhow, I had bought the newly redesigned kick-ass green semi-transparent X-Box (the originals were black) and never looked back. A year later I would purchased a PS2 along with Gran Turismo 4, then that was it. The Playstation 2 is my opinion has the most awesome library of games ever released.

    Back then, I used to play on all consoles because like I said, they each offered something different. Nowadays, I play mostly on the 360 and watch blu-rays on my ps3. I will pick up a few occasional games on the ps3 here and there, but since games get released on both consoles now, I’ll usually go with the 360 version. I kind of missed the old days, but hey what are you gonna do.

  13. There are lots of awesome PS3 exclusives!

    Uncharted, Resistance, Killzone, Infamous, Metal Gear, Heavy Rain, God of War, Ratchet and Clank, Motorstorm, Gran Turismo.

    Now I bet you didn’t even play half of those! I think what keeps you on 1 system only this generation is the fact that your addicted to achievements!

    Wii has their own type of games and exclusives, PS3 has their own type of games and exclusives and 360 has their own type of games and exclusives. Same as last Gen. (If you want exemples I’ll be happy to give some)

    You’re an achievementaholic! Go to a AAA club and tell ’em you need help lol.

  14. Last generation I was already off the Nintendo drugs. I bought a PS2 day 1 and never looked back. Thing is I’m a true gamer and picked up a Dreamcast, Gamecube and Xbox at launch as well. I don’t regret it at all. The PS2 was a true followup to the PS1. Both machines had tons of killer exclusives. I own more games on those platforms than anything else. If you didn’t own a PS1 or PS2, you weren’t a true gamer in my mind.

    Now I’ll talk Xbox next week when we discuss your next thread. If you’re looking to spice things up it looks like Pat’s in the mood ;)

    For this generation the term exclusive has officially ended. Now we have timed exclusives and next generation I’ll be surprised if we have any exclusives at all. The only exception is first party exclusives. Those won’t go anywhere and are now worth more to the big three than ever before. Sony ditched third party exclusives because they saw this change coming. You know something it was worth it.

    Steven is hooked on achievements much like many PS3 users are hooked on trophies. I will get most of my third party titles on Xbox only because of the achievements. That doesn’t mean I won’t play Uncharted, LittleBigPlanet, etc. It really depends on who is writing the review and how much time I have available.

    So there you go, now we can keep the discussion alive ;)

  15. Pat, that list doesn’t even start to compare to what the PS2 had:

    Shadow of the Collossus, Ico, Zone of the Enders, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, Disgea, Radiata Stories, Romancing Saga, Gran Turismo, Tales of Legendia + Abyss, God of War, Xenosaga, Dragon Quest, Shadow Hearts, MGS 3, Onimusha….. and the list goes on and on and on and on.

    Now, all 3 systems has a few exclusives like you mentioned, but it’s nothing compared to last gen. A perfect example is a game like Contra Shattered Soldier, another PS2 exclusive. A game like this today is automatically mutli-platform.

    Exclusives are pre-historic now. You’re gonna get 1st party exclusives still on each system of course, but besides from a few exceptions, that’s about it.

  16. BTW Pat, you listed 11 games, I own 6 of those and have played 9 of those. Like I said, I’ll buy and play great games for which ever system they are released on. For mutliplatform games (about 65% of my purchases), I’ll get them on the 360 mostly because of achievements, but also because of LIVE which is still the better option (more expensive too, I’ll give you that) out of all current consoles.

  17. Haha,

    Don’t worry, the spicyness is all in good fun!

    Steven you need to let me know about the games you play more often man! I thought for sure you didn’t play half of what I listed.

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