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Video Game Music Videos that are actually good!

February 21, 2010

Wow that’s a long title. Anyway, I’ve spent too much of today pouring over New Super Mario Bros Wii’s marketing strategy and loads of gubbins about Glocal, yes ‘glocal’, markets. So here are some pretty good video game music videos robbed from GRcade’s Game of the Decade thread of the four finalists!

Either of them would have an argument as the winner, and it will be interesting to see the forum explode at the eventual conclusion, it’s been one hell of a journey. Thanks Skippy.

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Dala’s Games of the Decade 10-6

January 16, 2010

10. Paper Mario 2: The Thousand Year Door

Mario RPGs are mostly brilliant, Thousand Year Door is sublime. Taking Mario and company away from their natural habitat of The Mushroom Kingdom meant Nintendo could flex their vibrant creativity just that little bit more. Featuring memorable characters and a selection brilliant miniature stories, no one will forget their time at the wrestling ring or the mysterious events on that train, alongside an addictive and ever expanding combat system the game continually surprises until its closing moments, a good twenty odd hours later.

The brilliantly simple visuals meant scenes like this would happen on a whim.

Add to all that a charming visual style that bleeds into its gameplay and a brilliant translation that could make a world weary toad smile and you’ve got one of the best video game’s available.

9. Super Smash Bros Melee/Brawl

I can hear the heckles now, ‘Idiot dunno what he’s talking about’, ‘Smash Bros is diabolical’, ‘A disgrace to fighting games’, well fluff all of you because any Smash Bros plus a room of mates, plus drinks, equals more fun than dealing a game of strip poker with seven super models in a hot tub.

As a serious fighter Melee tops it, but Brawl is still brilliant fun.

Smash Bros, as Russell Howard said to Jonathan Ross, is whatever you want it to be. Fun filled party game – turn all the items to max, super serious brawler – turn items off, RSPCA worrying animal cruelty sim – all play as Pokemon with only pokeballs turned to high frequency, Smash Bros has been a constant source of fun for years. Infinitely playable, incomparably competitive, unbelievably stupid, yet undeniably brilliant.

8. Mario Kart DS

Sure it’s Mario Kart, and sure the Wii version has a superior online mode, however this is a very personal choice for one reason – College.

Of a lunch time me and several great friends (and some smelly strangers) used to hang out in the café enjoying some intense Mario Kart, no snaking (gentleman’s rules). The game bred some serious competition and we regularly had five or six players, but then Mario Kart DS is also arguably the best Mario Kart hands down.

Oh and custom decals were brilliant as well.

Waluigi Pinball, Delfino Plaza, Yoshi Falls, Luigi’s Mansion, Airship Fortress, Peach Gardens, all brilliant tracks and tailor made for the DS, there was more spectacle than Mario Kart 64 and the tight kart handling taught Double Dash a lesson for trying to be different. What’s more, it’s just a plain well made game, it won’t improve your life spiritually, help you pass a degree, or cure cancer, but you will have cemented some friendships from time spent playing and laughing.

7. Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil 4. Meme generating, franchise reviving, list topping super game extraordinaire. Resident Evil 4 was exquisite, from the first pistol shot you plant in one of the game’s shambling insectey parasitey infected you know this will be special, shooting enemies hadn’t been this satisfying since the groin grabbing guards of Goldeneye.

But what took Resident Evil 4 beyond great to legendary status was the satisfying feel and surprising depth to the experience. Still the only game to get QTEs right finding context sensitive actions was brilliantly intuitive stuff, ‘I wonder if I can do that’, yes you can says Resi 4 as you hurl yourself from a window, spinning 180 degrees and shotgunning your pursuers in the face, reveling in the squelch and the satisfying chunk, chunk of your weaponry before soiling your drawers anew at the sound of a revving chainsaw.

If you ask me the best version is the Wii version, PS2 improvements with GC performance plus brilliant aiming.

But then there’s the wonderfully camp story with its myriad of absurd characters, never taking itself seriously the player pushed on notsimply to enjoy the combat, but to see what silly setpiece the game would invent next.

And then there was the extended game, unlocking more weapons, working out the tantalizingly deep mercenaries mode, Resi 4 was a game that begged to be played time and again, and yet no matter how many times you played it every one felt just as fresh as the first.

6. The Orange Box

Kind of a cheat this but screw the rules, I have… Well I don’t have money, but I have control.

I still stand by Half Life 2 as being incredibly over-rated, shonky controls and rubbish drawn out sections seem to get ignored for a physics toy when people recall it as classic (it is an awesome physics toy mind you), the episodes on the other hand, they are gloriously compact extracts of gaming nirvana, no thirty minute odd boat trip here just an intense set piece rush through some of gaming’s most memorable locations. Episode 2 also hits your were it hurts on multiple occasions, making it the only nomination here to cause a lump in my throat.

Shat box, brilliant games.

Portal is a work of genius; in terms of narrative it’s got one of the best twists and most subtle yet brilliant reveals in gaming, and in terms of gameplay the concept of using two interconnected portals to move things around, sneak up on turrets, or even launch yourself across gaping chasms is exhilarating yet somehow never disorientating. The compact three hour experience crammed more memorable moments in than a Hitchcock film and the writing was top notch as well. Oh and it finished with Jonathan Coulton song, wub.

And then there’s Team Fortress 2, the best looking, best playing online FPS that has evolved into a varied, chaotic experience and will continue to grow into the next decade. This certainly was a triumph.

10. Paper Mario 2: The Thousand Year Door

Mario RPGs are brilliant, Thousand Year Door is sublime. Taking Mario and company away from the confines of the mushroom kingdom meant Nintendo could flex their creativity a little more. Featuring memorable characters and a selection brilliant miniature stories, No one will forget their time at the wrestling ring, or the mysterious events on the train. alongside an addictive and ever expanding combat system the game continually surprises in both its story and gameplay until its closing moments, a good twenty odd hours later.

Add to all that a charming visual style that bleeds into its gameplay and a brilliant translation that could make a world weary toad smile and you’ve got one of the best video game’s available.

9. Super Smash Bros Melee/Brawl

I can hear the heckles now ‘Idiot dunno what he’s talking about’, ‘Smash Bros is diabolical’, ‘A disgrace to fighting games’, well fluff all of you because Smash Bros plus a room of mates, plus drinks, equals more fun than dealing a game of strip poker with seven super models in a hot tub.

Smash Bros, as Russell Howard said to Jonathan Ross, is whatever you want it to be. Fun filled party game – turn all the items to max, serious face brawler – turn items off, RSPCA worrying animal cruelty sim – all play as pokemon with only pokeballs turned to high frequency, Smash Bros Melee was a constant source of fun for years on end. Infinitely playable, incomparably competitive, unbelievably stupid, yet undeniably brilliant.

8. Mario Kart DS

Sure it’s Mario Kart, and sure the Wii version has a superior online mode, however this is a very personal choice for one reason – College.

Of a lunch time me and several great friends (and some smelly strangers) used to hang out in the café enjoying some intense Mario Kart, no snaking (gentleman’s rules). The game bred some serious competition, and we regularly had five or six players, but then Mario Kart DS also has some of the best tracks to grace a Mario Kart.

Waluigi Pinball, Delfino Plaza, Yoshi Falls, Luigi’s Mansion, Airship Fortress, Peach Gardens, all brilliant tracks and tailor made for the DS, there was more spectacle than Mario Kart 64 and the kart handling taught Double Dash a lesson for trying to be different. What’s more, it’s just a plain well made game, and you can’t ask for fairer than that.

7. Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil 4. Meme generating, franchise reviving, list topping super game extraordinaire. Resident Evil 4 was exquisite, from the first pistol shot you plant in one of the game’s shambling plant infected you know this will be special, shooting enemies hadn’t been this satisfying since the groin grabbing guards of Goldeneye.

But what took Resident Evil 4 beyond great to legendary status was the feel and surprising depth to the experience. Still the only game to get QTEs right, finding the context sensitive actions was brilliantly intuitive stuff, ‘I wonder if I can do that’, yes you can says Resi 4 as you hurl yourself from a window, spinning 180 degrees and shotgunning your pursuers in the face, reveling in the squelch and the satisfying chunk, chunk of your weaponry, before soiling your drawers at the sound of a revving chainsaw.

But then there’s the wonderfully camp story with its myriad of absurd characters, never taking itself seriously the player pushed on not just to enjoy the combat, but to see what silly setpiece the game would produce next.

And then there was the extended game, unlocking more weapons, working out the tantalizingly deep mercenaries mode, Resi 4 was a game that begged to be played time and again, and yet no matter how many times you played it every time felt just as fresh as the first.

6. The Orange Box

Kind of a cheat this but screw the rules, I have… Well I don’t have money, but I have control.

I still stand by Half Life 2 as being incredibly over-rated, shonky controls and drawn out sections seem to get ignored for a physics toy when people recall it as classic, however the episodes are gloriously compact extracts of gaming gold, no thirty minute odd boat trip here just an intense set piece rush through some of gaming’s most memorable locations. Episode 2 hits your were it hurts on multiple occasions as well, making it the only nomination here to cause a lump in my throat.

Portal is a work of genius; in terms of narrative it’s got one of the best twists and most subtle yet brilliant reveals in gaming, and in terms of gameplay the concept of using two interconnected portals to move things around, sneak up on turrets, or even leap across gaping chasms, the compact three hour experience crammed more memorable moments in than it had any right to. The writing was top notch as well, and it finished with Jonathan Coulton song <3.

And then there’s Team Fortress 2, the best online FPS that has evolved into a varied, chaotic experience and will continue to grow into the next decade.