[Games That Nobody Plays Anymore is a weekly series written by Nathan Hardisty with a little title card help from Juan Houter. It’s an on-going series about the forgotten games of yesteryear, and doesn’t totally reflect the title. Remember; nobody stops playing these games; it’s just a title. Don’t make something of it or I will come down to your house and ask you politely to stop. If you have any suggestions for future titles to ‘GTNPA’ don’t forget to leave me a comment!]
E3 has come and gone like the latest trend in technology (motion control), and now we have crowned a new king of conferences. In my own opinion, it is Nintendo who pulled a giant rabbit out of the hat and have now convinced me to invest in a Wii. After almost five years, there are now actual full games to play on the Wii aside from the twenty-something sleepers. Anyway, enough personal opinion and lets get on with personal opinion. Given that this ol’ series looks into the olden games of yesteryear, I have chosen 3 games to give 2 paragraphs of wordy words on. These three games are from each of the conferences, and there will be some surprise trips to the past.
Let’s start with my favourite of the last few years.
Of all the things that Sony showed off (Twisted Metal was my first choice to do) one game sticks in my mind. Littlebigplanet 2. I cannot believe they have captured a full scale RTS within such tight and open-ended tools, and the community will certainly have a lovely time making games, not levels, games. Something which Microsoft failed to deliver (+1) this year. So, let’s take a nice little trip to two years back, with Littlebigplanet. A nice little platformer from Media Molecule, which did all of its promises right and set a bedrock for a great community.
I remember playing the beta of Littlebigplanet, and being absolutely blown away. My level was, to be frank, awful and not thought out. But the fact that people could squeeze creative juices and patience into their lovely levels, was something that surprised me. I’m not a Creator, I guess you could label me as a Creator, and it’s very hard to sort the crème from the crop. Even I’m guilty of rating levels either 1/5 or 5/5, I think I’ve only seen a handful of levels in between those ratings. So, it’s hard to find the good bits, but I do hope Media Molecule add a ‘Staff Choice’ world on top of the general community portal. Oh and Stephen Fry. Stephen Fry.
Well, this is a toughie, out of every title that Nintendo teased; I will pick something third-party. I promised myself to do so and I’ve just gone ahead and chosen something to confirm my love for Nintendo. Goldeneye. Of course! Having a Nintendo 64, at one point, was like owning the world. Every ounce of pixelated fun was squeezed into hours of delightful just… fun. Before games couldn’t tell stories or be interesting, they were massively fun. I often say, right now, gaming is its adolescence and it’s trying all sorts of new substances (motion control, copying everyone else0, but Goldeneye takes me places.
It’s, without a doubt, one of the greatest first person shooters ever created. Half-Life 2, Portal, Call of Duty 4, Team Fortress 2, Bioshock; it’s up there with all the greats. It’s hard to just say why except… Goldeneye. Goldeneye. If you haven’t ever put your hands on it, you suck! I’m joking, of course, maybe. Given the Wii remake is coming, you have NO EXCUSE. Goldeneye helped feed into the modern era of first-person shooters, it’s pretty much your own grandfather. He’s my grandfather too, and I love him to bits. I haven’t dug my N64 out in years, but I am very tempted to do so right now.
This was tough only because there was nothing to choose, and I’ve already done Gears 3. Halo and Fable I am saving for special occassions, but there was no real stand-outs. That was, until Kinect Sports. It looks amazing. The graphics! The gameplay! The sarcasm! So I’ve chosen its predecessor to mash into, Wii Sports, one of reasons that Nintendo just win at casual marketing. Obviously, Sony have a Move title out, but it’s generally hard not to look at it and go “Yup, a better iteration.”, but with Kinect Sports, it’s just a sequel.
So, Wii Sports. Waggle waggle waggle. Waggily woggley woogla. Minigames. Minigames. Tennis, Boxing, Golf; all the good 5 minute pick up games here to exploit an entire near 40 million people. Lovely. What can I actually say? It’s just minigames, which aren’t fun on your own. It’s just hard to see the point of it, until you look at the Wii console and you shout ‘Eureka!’, it’s a casual game and I’m not a casual gamer. Nintendo sure know how to make family entertainment, we’ll see how Microsoft pulls it off with their glorified EyeToy, and how Sony handle it with their… more precise Wii. That’s what it is!
Next week: Rockstar Table Tennis.