Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 Video Games/PC Game list

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  1. GlenHaag

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    EW's Top 10 list
    Let the venting begin.
    My only real issue with the list is the fact that Metroid has been completely left off. It's gotten as much if not more critical acclaim than Splinter Cell, and that makes number 4.
    Go figure.
    Glen
     
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    Spiderman? Madden over NFL 2K3? Yikes! This list looks to be sales based.....
     
  3. Joe Szott

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    I take about as much stock in the "Entertainment Weekly" video game list as I do in one picked out randomly by rabid chiba monkeys.

    Even though I haven't played Metroid Prime, I'm dead sure it provides more bang for the buck than GTA:VC. GTA:VC is ok, but it's just a cleaned up version of the last one with more toys. Metroid Prime, Splinter Cell, even Fatal Frame has more originality. I just don't get all the GTA:VC hype (and I did play all the way through GTA3.)

    That list sounds like a 'jump on the bandwagon' mentality of someone that doesn't have a GC.
     
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    I agree with Joe.[​IMG]
     
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    They obviously are not hard core gamers...
    C'mon... Battlefield 1942!!! Where's the love?!? [​IMG]
     
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    List obviously not written by gamers, that's all.
     
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    SPIDERMAN on that list and leaving off so many other games was laughable. 'Spiderman' the movie made a ton, so let's say Spiderman the game is just as good!' 'Have you played it?' 'I don't play games!'
     
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    Spiderman the game made a ton too, Jordan. It's easily sold close to 1.5 million copies in the US alone.
     
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    Well, really, it's a top ten list--of course they had to leave a bunch of games off! Spider-man I would argue with, and certainly I would put NFL 2K3 over Madden, but what other game are you going to take off this list? For the link-challenged, here it is:

    1. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
    2. Eternal Darkness
    3. Warcraft 3
    4. Splinter Cell
    5. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
    6. Spider-man
    7. Madden 2003
    8. Star Wars Jedi Knight 2
    9. Medal of Honor: Frontline
    10. Tony Hawk 4

    Now, keeping in mind this is a pop-culture mag and not a hardcore videogame mag, which titles on here are really objectionable? Personally, if I was a young kid who didn't have any of these games and I knew that Granny was heading out with this list in hand, I'd feel pretty comfortable knowing that I'd end up with a good game. And really, that's all a list like this in a magazine like that is for.

    Now if Gamespot released the same list, that would be different, because they should know better. But EW? Heck, I'm impressed they've even heard of Eternal Darkness or Splinter Cell. At least they didn't list 4 variations on The Sims or Rollercoaster Tycoon.
     
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    Spidey's a problem, I agree. But considering the audience, I've got no qualms with the rest of the list. The fact that EW even included "Eternal Darkness" and "Splinter Cell: gives it a little cred in my book.
     
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    Altering that list for some semblance of accuracy for game value, mainstream appeal, and giving nods to innovation, personally I would have structured the list as so:

    1. Metroid Prime (hehe, I don't even own it)
    2. Splinter Cell
    3. GTA3:VC
    4. Eternal Darkness
    5. JSRF
    6. Mark of Kri
    7. Ghost Recon (XBL enabled)
    8. Suidoken III
    9. Mech Assault (again, props for XBL)
    10. Outlaw Golf (just something about this game that works)

    All IMHO of course (and just console games)...
     
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    I like the way you think, Joe. [​IMG]
     
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    The magazine itself has a big article on videogames in todays culture. Pretty good read for a mainstream mag. Mainly focuses on the Playstation phenomenon, and gets lots of stuff wrong(says that Xbox can burn CDs too!).
    My main complaint is the timeline of videogame history on the bottom of the article. It makes a big point in the timeline and the article to focus on Lara Croft and how "revolutionary" that game was by making a fully 3d adventure before anyone else.
    There is absolutly no mention of Mario 64 in the article, not even in the timeline. The first TRUE 3d gaming world is left out, only to have the credit given to Tomb Raider for revolutionizing the gaming world. It sickens me that the most revolutionary game of the past decade is ignored completely in the article.

    It just sickens me. Just pop culture ignoring the real hero because something else was more popular. AGGGHHH.
    Mario was first in 3d, not Tomb Raider. Mario 64 is one of the most ripped off games in years, as are most ideas of Nintendos, yet in mainstream press they are ignored and the credit goes to the popular sony.
     
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    Sean, Tomb Raider was right on the heels of SM64, and was every bit as instrumental in ushering in 3D platforming. In addition, it was one of the prime forces in the push for 3D accelerated video cards in the PC world (Quake was the other). Obviously they missed the mark by excluding SM64, but swinging the other way and excluding Tomb Raider is just as bad, IMO.

    -Dave
     
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    Jumping Flash and Jumping Flash 2 are both awesome and it would be awesome to see a Jumping Flash 3 on the PS2.
     

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