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(After the Release of the Next Generation of Consoles)
On the last episode of the GI Show podcast, the GI guys
talked about two very bad games: Ride to Hell: Retribution and Dark. While
these games were in the spotlight, the conversation often shifted to terrible
games in general and the bright future for GI's Saturday morning staple,
Replay. As a response to that podcast and a fun topic in general, here are the
top ten games primed for an episode of Replay.
King Kong has found life through the enthusiasm of
achievement chasers. Known as one of the easiest 1000G on 360, the game takes
you through the events of the movie (as the name implies). The character models
and their animations look terribly outdated, and the game could provide more
than a few laughs during an episode of Replay.
An open-world game set when the West was still untamed and
full of dangerous opportunity, Gun has many good ideas. However, with Red Dead
Redemption being an obvious point of comparison, many of its gameplay elements and
story achievements are overshadowed and ignored. Red Dead is a better game, and
Gun is not talked about anymore, but it should not be completely forgotten.
Replay could bring some life back to an old game.
The choice is based around the belief that every Zelda game
should at some point be an episode of Replay. Yes, this is a great game, and
Replay rarely highlights the best of the best. However, The Legend of Zelda
franchise always ignites great conversation from the GI staff and that is the
best reason for them to play it.
First-person shooters from early in the generation are
plentiful in this list. This one has not aged very well, but it does have its
own following. The spy genre is always fun, and Joanna Dark is a cool female
character. While almost every aspect of this game feels archaic today, it would
be interesting to hear the affect this game had on the industry when it first
One of the best assets of Heavenly Sword is its
presentation. While not a ground-breaking combat system, the number of enemies
and pure style is enough to give Heavenly Sword a nod. Plus, Nariko and
stylized action make for great internet content.
One of the few games where dying is amazing, Prey is one of
those gems from the early part of the current generation. While certain aspects
of the game feel archaic by modern standard and the character models are poor,
Prey is still a very good game. The gory world of the massive alien vessels,
the Native American spiritual elements, and the portal/gravity based puzzles make
this game worth another look.
The ultimate grilled-creeper fantasy, Sneak King is one of
those delicious pieces of video game history. Words cannot describe the
hilarity that would ensue the moment this game was played in the Replay room.
While this game is not at number 1 on this list, its ridiculousness and offbeat
nature would be perfect for a Saturday morning video game session.
Crackdown, the open-world bombastic shooter, would be a Dan
Ryckert special. This is simple fun at its finest. Provide an open-world with the
ability to unlock super powers. Throw in some bad guys. Sit back. Wait for
Ryckert to yell or say "Check the tape." Another Saturday morning is complete.
Vampire Rain is the worst game on this list and probably the
worst game on any list. Words cannot describe how bad this game is. Only
recorded gameplay will suffice. Tim has to play this one. No one else would
have the patience. Seriously, we need this game to be on Replay.
Condemned has everything needed to be considered worthy a
Replay-a creepy setting, outdated visuals, and scares that are still effective.
The gameplay is melee-focused and visceral. The city and the protagonist are
falling apart. Yeah, it's horror, and it doesn't get much better than this.
(P.S. Many of the games on this list are not bad as much as
they are outdated. Some are bad. Vampire Rain and Condemned: Criminal Origins should
be considered for a Super Replay, though for very different reasons.)
*Technically could be played for Replay now.
Gun, King Kong, Perfect Dark Zero, and Sneak King were available on previous gen consoles.
Twilight Princess released for the GameCube.
Were there any games from early in this console generation
that you think would be perfect for an episode of Replay? The games included on
this list were at least 5-6 years old. So, if you think of any other games that
you want to see as part of Replay, let me know.