GregHorrorShow’s Top 100 Games: 80 – 71

Final Fight

It’s time for games 80-71 in GregHorrorShow’s Top 100 Games!

A quick recap on how I decided who came where:

I decided, as so many games mean so many different things to me, I should come up with a fair way to judge them. This is what I came up with:

Time Spent Playing

Storyline

Difficulty

Fun

Ground Breaking?

A few provisos before we hit the next ten games…

Firstly this is my list of my Top 100 games. I certainly don’t expect you guys to agree with it (though hopefully you’ll agree with some of the choices 😆 ) and would welcome any comments.

Secondly, I’m not planning on putting the scores or totals up, just listing the games in the order they came out in.

Lastly, I never owned a Nintendo or Microsoft console so my experiences on these games were limited to friend’s houses etc – bite me 🙂

So here’s number 80!

 

80. WARHAMMER 40,000: FIRE WARRIOR (Playstation 2)

Fire Warrior

I was never really into Warhammer as a kid. I had the Space Crusade board game they put out but made up my own rules and that was as far as I went. However I was quite excited by the prospect getting into Space Marine gear and… Oh you’re not a Space Marine 😦 Despite that disappointment the game was great fun and it made a refreshing change to blast people with lasers as opposed to bullets. A good game with some nice shootouts as the story progresses.

 

79. DONKEY KONG (Arcade)

Donkey Kong

The game that made Mario famous. Donkey Kong was really difficult. Trying to get the little plumber up to the top without being hit by the numerous barrels thrown by Donkey Kong was a major challenge. Add in fireballs and elevators and it becomes nigh on impossible. One of the first real platform games and a real coin eater in the aracde.

 

78. SUPER PUNCH OUT (Arcade)

Super Punch Out

Another arcade classic – I’ve got lots of happy memories of this gem. In particular my nan playing it on one holiday and doing pretty well! 😆 This was a great game that put you squarely in the shoes of a boxer trying to win the world title. Your opponents were a ragtag bunch of cartoon-esque characters – after Glass Joe the rest stepped up the difficulty and kept you coming back for more.

 

77. FINAL FIGHT (Arcade)

One of my favourite games EVER. Final Fight was absolutely brilliant… limted but brilliant. The mayor’s daughter has been kidnapped and her friends Cody and Guy set off to rescue her. Oh, did I forget to mention her Dad is MIKE HAGGER 😎 He also goes along to rescue her. You had the choice of controlling either of the three men before dishing out some vigilante justice on the streets of Metro City. Awesome, just awesome.

 

76. MICRO MACHINES (Sega Mega Drive)

Micro Machines

Man, the hours I piled into this game are never coming back 🙂 Stonking multi-player racing, especially with the Mega Drive cartridge itself housing two extra pad ports for four player mayhem! Everyone always picked Spider but we all know if he was angry enough Walter probably could’ve taken him 😆 Seriously good racing, very well thought out courses and the hazards were brilliant.

 

75. MANIC MINER (ZX Spectrum)

Manic Miner

Manic Miner was a mainstay of my young gaming life as we had it for the ZX Spectrum when I was a kid. Boy was this a toughie! I think I only made it a few screens in. This was the ultimate in hardcore gaming for me for a long time. Frustrating but fun and it was a real challenge to see who could get the furthest.

 

74. DONKEY KONG COUNTRY (Super Nintendo)

Donkey Kong Country

I used to get to my mates house early before school every morning to play this at one stage. The comic style 3D graphics were like nothing else at the time and some of the gameplay was brilliant. This was one of those games that everybody was playing and it was one of the few decent games to do 3D properly.

 

73. WWE LEGENDS OF WRESTLEMANIA (Playstation 3)

WWE

All your favourites from the WWF era (excluding Macho Man Randy Savage) come together to battle it out in WWE Wrestlemania. What I love about this game is the fact it’s so easy to play and the quick time events for bigger moves/finishers is a brilliant addition. The best wrestling game in years.

 

72. TWISTED METAL (Playstation)

Twisted Metal

Rumours abound that Twisted Metal will be making a return to PS3 in the next year or so and I welcome it. The first game saw you enter into a competition against other drivers with the mysterious Calypso, who promises the winner whatever they desire. Vehicles are armed and it’s a fight to the death. Remembered for demonic ice cream van driving clown Sweet Tooth, my favourite was Crimson Fury or Spectre – brilliant characters.

 

71. KANE AND LYNCH (Playstation 3)

Kane And Lynch

I know Kane and Lynch got a lot of stick upon it’s release but for me, while it was broken in terms of camera and controls, it had enough great moments to see it through. Some of the levels were brilliant – the bank robbery, the jail break etc. I really liked the storyline and the online mode Fragile Alliance was one of the best concepts I’ve encountered for online multiplayer gaming. Essentially there is a pot of money for your team to rob from the building. Facing off against the police is one thing but only surviving members get a cut of the cash. So if there are three of you left when the police are dealt with do you split the money three ways? Or try and take out the other guys and keep it all for yourself? Absolutely fantastic.

 

So another lot wrapped up, we’re edging towards the Top 50!! Games 70 – 61 up next…

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WWE Legends Of Wrestlemania – Review (PS3)

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If you’re looking for an accurate simulation of wrestling or a game when everything links seamlessly for a flawless experience then turn away now.

If, however, you are looking for a fun game and you remember the glory days of Ultimate Warrior, The Undertaker, Hulk Hogan, Mr Perfect, Bret Hart and Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase then WWE Legends Of Wrestlemania could be for you.

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Let’s begin with the bad – the audience members look like crap and a lot of the time the quick time chain events don’t follow logical order. One minute you have someone in a sleeper hold the next they are on the floor with you elbow dropping them and there is no animation inbetween.

But, and it’s a big but, THQ/Jukes have PERFECTLY captured the feeling of that period in wrestling. They could have stick men in the audience and it wouldn’t matter because you’ll be like my middle brother (who is three years younger than me) imploring the screen ‘please tell me the Warrior is going to rock the ropes’ as his wrestler enters and then raising his voice an octave when it happens.

It’s that feeling of being a kid again – of being ten years old and having a royal rumble with your mates (fyi you had to go over the arm of the living room sofa and both feet had to touch the ground :grin:).

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I literally could not believe it when in the middle of match a cut scene started showing Paul Bearer holding up the urn and the Undertaker then sat bolt upright in the ring as he used to do – possessed. Yes it’s a scripted cutscene but that doesn’t take anything away from it in my opinion.

The controls are simple enough – square to strike, x to grapple and triangle to reverse. Each of the attack butons can be held for a more powerful attack.

A lot of the grapple moves involve quick time events so a button will flash up on screen and whoever presses it first goes on the attack.

The grapple moves performed are based on how high your meter is on a scale of 1-3. Attacking your opponent and reversing their moves fills your bar until it adds to your number. Once you hit 3 you can perform your finisher by pressing square and x together.

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The only confusion at the moment seems to be the exact way to kick out of a pin but I’m sure it will be become more apparent as we play more of the game.

The roster is very impressive featuring some all time greats and a few ‘characters.’ and lots more are included as well as a few I wasn’t as familiar with. The only major omission is Macho Man Randy Savage, which is apparently down to a dispute with Vince MacMahon.

My youngest brother, who is 15, doesn’t really get it. Sure The Rock and Stone Cold are in there but this isn’t a game for their generation of viewers.

In single player you can play an exhibition match in several styles (ladder/submission etc), take on the Wrestlemania Tour Mode or Legend Killer.

Legend Killer is where you create your own superstar (or use an existing one) to battle through legend after legend in a bid to become the all time champion.

Tour mode is my favourite though, with the choice to Relive (play the match and try to recreate it as it happened), Redefine (play the match in a different environment – in a steel cage for example) or Rewrite (change Wrestlemania history and have the loser win the match). It makes for some interesting match ups!

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Online supports up to 4 players at one time, whether that’s tag team or three on one – whichever way you want to work it. But I wouldn’t know as it hasn’t worked for me at all – and that’s on two seperate consoles with different PSN accounts each time. I can view the available players but can’t join a match. 😦 I suspect this a game to play with your mates in the same room anyway.

WWE Legends Of Wrestlemania is all about the 80’s/90’s – it’s the kind of game where you have to know the characters to appreciate it. Someone with no knowledge of Bret Hit Man Hart isn’t going to care that he gives his shades to a kid in the audience like he used to or that The Million Dollar Man also has his Million Dollar Belt.

It’s a button masher for sure but the way they have captured the drama and emotion of the old WWF really does deserve a lot of credit. If you have any affinity for old school wrestling give this a rent and see what you think.

Rating: 9/10