GameCola fans and writers describe their favorite (and sometimes least favorite) games of all time.
Mark Muto’s Top 10 Favorite Games
10. X2: Wolverine’s Revenge (PS2): I don’t get why so many reviewer’s pooh-poohed this game. Even with all the glitches, there’s still a good time to be found here. Never before has a video game come so close to making you feel like you really are Wolverine, what with all the bad guy slashing and health regenerating. It’s too bad that you don’t defautly play in Wolvie’s original banana-yellow costume, but eh, what are you gonna do. I only wish that Activision would have the foresight to release X2: Cyclops’ Adventure or X2: Banshee’s Quest.
9. The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian (PS2): Ok, I’ll admit it. I only got this game because I knew The Rock had a part in it. (This is also the only reason I saw The Rundown, whose only redeeming quality was that it featured The Great One.) You don’t know happiness until you sit around in your “Finally The Rock has come back to…” t-shirt and your pseudo-The Rock athletic pants (and your Brahma Bull underwear, if you’re lucky), acting out your favorite scenes from your favorite movie (or at least what you would assume would be your favorite movie, having never had the opportunity to see it). It’s pure bliss, dude.
8. Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix (MXB): If there’s one thing I like more than having wet dreams about The Rock, it’s shooting up enemy troops in Soldier of Fortune II. (Ok, there might be a few other things I like more than this, but I had trouble thinking of a good opener for this.) I don’t know what it is about military shooters that gets me so excited, but this one really makes me feel something special inside. The last time I had that feeling was when I watched the Olsen Twins special on E!, if you catch my drift.
7. Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex (PS2): It sucks how the only place you can see Crash now is in crappy crossovers with a purple dragon. It used to be that his games got better with each successive sequel… Crash 1 is bettered by Crash 2 is bettered by Crash 3, etc. And this, The Wrath of Cortex, is the apex of that series. I don’t understand how Crash went from being the unofficial mascot of PlayStation to being the star of crappy Game Boy games, but at least I can still play this game (maybe still in my The Rock boxers) and remember how things used to be.
6. Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter (PC): Yes, I realize that this is an expansion pack, thank you for questioning my intelligence. The fact of the matter is that Icewind Dale was crap before this came out, and that computer gamers around the world should be sacrificing goats in the name of Interplay for releasing this expansion pack. I’d tell you about all the great things that Heart of Winter adds to the original game, but if you haven’t bothered to play it already, you should really find out for yourself. In fact, I suggest playing Icewind Dale first WITHOUT the expansion pack, and then with, so that you can see the huge difference it makes.
5. Batman: Vengeance (MXB): I thought the Batman franchise was screwed forever after playing Batman Forever on Genesis, but this game shows to me that Bruce Wayne still has a few tricks up his sleeve. The thing I liked most about this game is its innovative gameplay, the likes of which you just don’t see all that often in action games today. It’s a real throwback to beat-em-ups of the past (except for Batman Forever), and it even features scenes from the new cartoon!
4. Starsiege (PC): Boy, I still remember way back when this game was called “EarthSiege 3”. I guess that shows how old I am, doesn’t it? Haha! But seriously, I can’t even begin to tell you how many hours I’ve spent playing Starsiege, trying to see how quickly I can complete each mission. There are a few elements missing from the first two EarthSiege games that I wish would have been implemented in this sequel, but all in all, I’m happy with the way this one turned out.
3. Wing Commander: Prophecy (PC): This, of course, is an update of the old Wing Commander game that we all grew up playing. But let me tell you, things are different this time around! I could fill a book with the changes that have been made since the original game was released, so let me just leave it at that. You are doing yourself a major disservice if you let this new classic slip by your radar, my friend.
2. Full Throttle (PC): Easily the best and least known adventure game by Lucas Arts. This game throws in some action sequences to supplement all the adventuring, and the result is one great mismosh of a good time. Forget Monkey Island and Day of the Tentacle — they’re too well-known anyway, so liking them doesn’t make you cool anymore. Even though I have yet to beat this game, I have no doubts when I say that it is one of the best there is.
1. Super Star Wars (SNES): Now THIS is a real classic. You’d think that the game sucks because it’s for such an ancient system, and you’d be wrong. This is the best game. Where else in the gaming world can you play through missions from the original Star Wars trilogy? On what other game can you pilot the Millennium Falcon, duel with a light saber, and take down an AT-AT? Try as you might you’ll never find another game in which you can actually LIVE Star Wars. You wanna be a Jedi? This is the game you play.