Stuart’s Top 100 Games of the Last Generation Part Six: #70 – #66

#70 – Bit Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien  (PC – 2013)btr

From the same sub-genre of the side scrolling platformer as Food Run, Runner 2 is a game where the character is constantly moving and your job as the player is to get him past a series of increasingly difficult obstacles, whether it be by

jumping, sliding, crouching or shielding.

I found the gameplay challenging and more-ish, and where it really hit the spot for me was in the bright, colourful and well realised graphics.

A steal at £5 in the Steam Sale.

What a stupid name for a game thoughHeavy_Rain_Cover_Art

#69 – Heavy Rain (PS3, 2010)

There weren’t too many reasons to play the PS3 – especially if you had an Xbox 360 – but Heavy Rain was one of them.

Much like The Walking Dead, this is an interactive story, but unlike The Walking Dead, you feel as though what you do makes a difference.

And there’s more to it as well in terms of actually playing the game rather than just watching cut-scenes.mono

#68 – Monopoly Streets (Xbox 360,  2010)

It’s Monopoly for your console, plain and simple.

If you like the board game, you’ll like this, and what’s more, it allows you to play on your own or with friends.

Plus there’s none of that crap where you’ve lost any of the pieces or a bad loser ends up flipping the board over and storms off in a huff.

#67 – Top Spin/Virtua Tennis (Xbox 360)TS3

A tennis game is a tennis game.

They’ve been the same for years.

Oh sure, you can get a bad tennis game – like for example the painfully average variation in GTA5 – but the likes of Top Spin and Virtua Tennis have been providing quality court action for years. The versions that came out in 2008 are essentially the same games as the ones that game out in 2005 and 2013, just with different graphics.

To me, there’s nothing to separate them, and so I have them as a tie.

#66 – Trials HD (Xbox Live Arcade, 2009)Trialshd

I’m sure lots of you will be miffed at how low this is on the list – I know my brother will be – but while I enjoy Trials HD, I don’t find it quite as good as the majority seem to.

No doubt it’s very deep – for those of you who don’t know what it is, it’s a side scrolling BMX game where you must get to the end of a course, often involving ridiculous jumps or climbs – but I found the visuals to be a bit samey and the online multiplayer to be lacking in much substance.

It’s good, challenging fun though with a steep difficulty level. To get to the end of Trials HD is to feel as though you’ve achieved something.

There’ s a certain irony though that as in-depth as Trials HD is, a far simpler variation on the theme will appear in my next article.

Still, it’s a lot better than…

One That Doesn’t Make It: Joe Danger

I should prefer Joe Danger to Trials HD because it’s everything I like in terms of colour etc, but the gameplay just left me cold.

I feel as though I’m blind to what everyone else can see in it.


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