Metroid Prime

As far as transitions to the 3-D world go, where Super Mario 64 presented a considerable gameplay shift for the plumber, Metroid Prime tends to align itself with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, as – despite its glaring changes – it was not the breaking of long-established paradigms, but a immaculate translation of a gameplay style to a new era. Therefore, Metroid Prime feels, breathes, and lives exactly like Super Metroid. In other words, Samus is still harshly thrown onto an unknown planet where some mysterious event of galaxy-affecting proportions is going on, and she needs to – on her own – get to the bottom of the problem, survive attacks from her enemies and the local fauna, go through hostile terrain, and do a whole lot of walking on beautiful alien environments.

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Viewtiful Joe

The bottom-line is that Viewtiful Joe is an absolutely spectacular game. When it is all said and done, its seven chapters and ten hours of gameplay may not feel like they are enough to satiate players’ hunger for thrilling beat downs, but its harder unlockable difficulty levels are so challenging and offer so many amazing extras that it is hard not to feel compelled into giving them a try. The game conveys everything that was great about arcade brawlers, mixes it up with a visual style extracted from comic books, and adds dashes of platforming and puzzle solving to spice up the recipe. The result is, without any bit of exaggeration, one of the most enduring and best beat’em ups of all time.

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Prince Of Persia: The Two Thrones

Where Warrior Within was a pit of darkness that from time to time bordered on bland and generic, The Two Thrones is colorful, bright and extremely lighthearted: it is The Sands of Time reborn. With the return of a storybook presentation, the game is able to provide a final chapter that is both intriguing and dramatic on the delivery of its plot that nicely wraps up the Prince’s many struggles against destiny. Through its technically impressive cutscenes and solid voice acting, the character development in The Two Thrones is able to capture most gamers’ eyes in a way that was not seen on its predecessor and if great trilogies are usually closed with fantastic installments then this game does a great job in fitting that bill.

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Prince Of Persia: Warrior Within

Warrior Within is a very irregular sequel. The game possesses the same stellar level design that made its predecessor shine, and it also improves on combat and overall length, even if it suffers from a poor artistic direction that made the title lose a good part of its personality. Apparently, though, the short time span between releases seriously harmed the game, for many issues were not fixed and ended up making it into the game’s final retail version. In spite of those major shortcomings, Warrior Within is still a must-buy, because its fifteen-hour adventure and delightful platforming are more than enough to make up for its technical shortcomings.

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Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time

The Sands of Time is a nearly flawless game. Its replay value almost solely depends on how fun players will find the experience as there are barely any collectibles to be found, and chances are once one gets to end of the game – something that will happen within 10 to 15 hours – one will have already seen it all. Still, its high production value and pure platforming puzzle-solving fun mixed with exciting battles are sure to make players come back for more. The addition of the original Prince of Persia is a bonus to long time fans and an opportunity for those who are not familiar with the origins of the series to get to know them better. Overall, The Sands of Time is a must-buy for anyone with a love for action, platforming and great humor.

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The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker

A technically perfect game, the Wind Waker complements its visuals and soundtrack, which are the peaks of the franchise in both areas, with a quest whose theme of adventure is executed brilliantly through incredible sidequests, a moving plot, an absurd degree of free-roaming exploration, and a fascinating gargantuan ocean that is populated by easy-to-love characters that give the place life and lore. Its tiny flaws in no way diminish the overwhelming greatness emanating from nearly everything it touches, and the result is a masterfully designed game whose adventurous heart and spirit transcend the realm of words and adjectives.

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Beyond Good And Evil

The end result is Beyond Good and Evil is not as great as it could have been, but it clearly rises far above most of its competition. It uses an intriguing premise as its launching pad and, from that point, it proceeds to craft clever gameplay elements to complement it. In this world where goofy characters meet somewhat dystopic visual cues, Ubisoft pulls together a highly varied adventure with great heart and personality that rightfully earns a well-regarded position in the lore of gaming.

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