A brief summary of three of the best video games ever made.
3. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – Sega Genesis
Out of all of the adventures starring the famous blue hedgehog, 1992’s follow-up to the original Mega Drive – (Genesis in America) – game, Sonic the Hedgehog proved to be the most fun out of all the two-dimensional titles featuring Yuji Naka’s now-legendary super-speedy character.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 made many improvements over the initial installment of the series; including the use of the spin-dash attack. This ability was not only a means to literally barrel through enemies, but also a way to get up to high places, not to mention those pesky loop-de-loops. In addition to the new offensive maneuver, Sonic (and his new partner, Miles “Tails” Prower) can also survive underwater via conveniently-placed air bubbles on the water body”s floor.
The only downside to this otherwise phenomenal second installment of the franchise is the inability to save. Even though the issue was remedied in the third installment – which was pretty fun in its own right – no other Sonic the Hedgehog game, 2D or 3D, has and probably never will be as colorfully decadent as this 16-bit classic.
2. The World Ends With You – Nintendo DS
From the people who brought you Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, comes a completely different story with “totally gnarly” characters and the most innovative battle system in ages.
The World Ends With You featured what seems to be the most unique plot ever put into a game. And even with its apparent steep learning curve and minor stylus control issues, WEWY is a game you just can’t help but love.
Utilizing both the top and bottom screens simultaneously, players control the main character, Neku Sakuraba, on the bottom screen whilst either manually controlling or letting the computer handle one of three characters on the top. What makes the game especially awesome in addition are its semi-deformed art style, ability to read people’s minds and influence a little game known as “Reaper Creeper.”
The only real complaint about WEWY is that it’s a game that you never want to end. Not only does it draw to a close but it does so all-too-quickly as well. Even so, you’ll more than likely want to pick up the game again at some point; if not for its replay value, then surely to reminisce on its remarkable and innovative greatness.
1. The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time – Nintendo 64
How could anybody ever forget this seemingly once-in-a-lifetime gem? Even dated graphics and lack of audio dialogue could never make this game feel old. The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time is truly a timeless masterpiece.
While some would say Ocarina of Time is merely a re-hashing of the SNES Zelda Title, Link to the Past, others would say that the first-ever three-dimensional game in the history of the series improved upon perfection. Let’s face it, folks; after OoT the boys at Nintendo had a tough act to follow. While the direct sequel of sorts, Majora’s Mask was a good time-killer, the GameCube’s first adaptation of the franchise; The Wind Waker didn’t exactly win a lot of the fan boys over. And while Twilight Princess for the Wii was a vast improvement over its predecessor, it still barely holds a candle to the game that forever brought The Legend of Zelda into the 3D realm.