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6 – Banjo–Kazooie


3D Collect-a-thons will be back next year with Yooka-Laylee and Banjo-Kazooie, its most clear influence, is still in my opinion the peak of the genre, having obtained a nice equilibrium between driving exploration and puzzle resolution and a smooth game pace. While Banjo Tooie and DK64 feel too massive to my taste (very big levels and worlds that the player has to retrack several times in order to progress in the game), BK’s more constrained levels are perfect to compel the player to explore while not becoming boring.

There are a big variety of movements, some of them really original, that the player has to acquire gradually, what drives the progress of the game (in my opinion, with a nice pace) and allow the player to obtain the different items. Also, the transformations of the protagonist duo in different animals are really funny and introduce further variety in the levels. As in most N64 Rare games, the sountrack is wonderful and the game is packed with hilarious situations and characters.

While Super Mario 64 is probably a better game, I enjoyed more Banjo-Kazooie when was a kid. In my opinion, it’s the best Rare collect-a-thon and one of the best games of the console.



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5 - Europa Universalis II


When I first read about Europa Universalis II, in a PC Magazine a friend of mine had, I realized that it was the strategy game that I had always wanted, the one that would allow me to control every aspect of an Empire. I had had this feeling many times before, but always had ended disappointed to a certain extend… Not this time. The control that this game allowed was something unseen before, from recruiting and directing armies to sending merchants to obtain a market monopoly, through total control of diplomacy; to the point of feeling really like the king of a country. Which one? Well, that was what blew my mind when I started to play: the game not only let you play as the great powers of the period (France, Spain, Russia…) but as any of the myriad of little countries, republics or independent princedoms included in the game, not only in Europe (e.g: Hannover or the Piedmont) but also in Asia (who hasn’t dreamed to play a game as the Kara Koyunlu?) America or Africa.

The game offers different historical scenarios to start the game, with the longest one starting in 1419 and ending in 1820. Historically, unlike most “historical” videogames, is quite accurate and offers a realist depiction of the political situation at the beginning of each scenario. Although of course the development of the game will differ from the historical one, there are different events that follow real (or fictitious, but possible) historical events, sometimes letting the player to decide how to handle them.

From creating a pan-asian Empire with China to saving the Byzantine Empire from destruction, I have a lot of great memories with this game. To this day, is the strategy game that has impressed me more and the only reason I haven’t played its sequels is that it’s such a time consumer that I would have to leave my job in order to enjoy it properly.



4 - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time


The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has held at the first spot in six out of six editions of this “greatest game” contest. Little more has to be said about it: It’s an enormous game, a truly masterpiece unforgettable for all those who played it in its moment.



BraLoD said:
2. Best game from last generation, plain and simple. A sequel was announced for it very recently.

The Last of Us! Too easy



Ka-pi96 said:
BraLoD said:
2. Best game from last generation, plain and simple. A sequel was announced for it very recently.

The Last of Us! Too easy

No problem, you guys will never be able to guess my #1 when I post the hint tomorrow!



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BraLoD said:
Ka-pi96 said:

The Last of Us! Too easy

No problem, you guys will never be able to guess my #1 when I post the hint tomorrow!

I think most people here could guess it blindfolded, let alone with your hint



BraLoD said:
Ka-pi96 said:

The Last of Us! Too easy

No problem, you guys will never be able to guess my #1 when I post the hint tomorrow!

I know, I know! Final Fantasy Mystic Quest!



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Ka-pi96 said:
BraLoD said:

No problem, you guys will never be able to guess my #1 when I post the hint tomorrow!

I think most people here could guess it blindfolded, let alone with your hint

We'll see!! (not if blindfolded, tho)



3 - Diddy Kong Racing


Diddy Kong Racing was my first N64 game, and one of the games I’ve dedicated more hours to, so of course this third spot in my list is, based a lot on nostalgia. Yes, Mario Kart 64 multiplayer, especially the battle mode, is unbeatable, although I had very good times playing with three friends, but the adventure mode alone, which provided a real sense of progress for the solo players, is enough to make DKR the definitive arcade racing in the 64 bit console. Three different vehicles, lively tracks with different paths, a story mode which borrowed many characteristics from Rare’s platformers, among them the overworld, and, of course, a wonderful soundtrack (I still find myself humming some of the tracks).

Unlike Mario Kart, the “fixed” power-up system (you’d always find the same power-ups (attack, defense, speed or magnet) in the same place), a tricky course design and the absence of a “lakitu” that rescues when you if you fall, made luck less decisive, making multiplayer less thrilling, but it gave the game a more strategic stance and encouraged the player to improve and continue playing until knowing every little detail of every course.



2 - Super Mario Bros 3


Super Mario Bros 3 took everything that made Super Mario Bros great and brought it to the next level. Not only scope of this game was mind-blowing, but it was perfectly executed. The world map, the Mario Bros minigame for two players, the infamous sun level, the magic flute, the flying ship levels, the 8th World, with its dark map, the wonderful gameplay, the graphics… Super Mario bros 3 made things that I thought impossible before.