365 Games To Play Before You Die - #80-82

365 Games To Play Before You Die


I was meant to have this out yesterday but I got caught up in something else. Anyway that just means you'll end up with two blogs today because the other one was specific to this date.

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#80: Sins of a Solar Empire

Platform(s): PC
Release: 2008
Developer(s): Ironclad
Best Quote: 'Planet lock-down complete.'
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I only picked up Sins a couple of weeks ago but I've already played it more then games I picked up years ago. I purposely chose the largest map available so that I could play a relatively slow paced game over several sessions because I wanted to take my time and not rush things. The game catered to my needs perfectly and before I new it I'd already soaked up tens of hours into the game in less then a week.

Sins gives you a lot of the depth and the three factions are quite distinct (I've only played as two of them so far) which gives variety missing from other RTS/ 4X games. Also I should add that I was playing with the Entrenchment microexpansion which came as part of the package so I don't what the original is like on it's own, though I can't imagine there's much difference. 


#81: Rayman 2: The Great Escape

Platform(s): N64, PC, PS1, PS2, Dreamcast and PSN
Release: 1999
Developer(s): Ubisoft
Best Quote: None but great soundtrack
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Rayman 2 is an example of one of the few games which made a seamless transition from 2D to 3D. While it didn't have as much as of a brand appeal like Mario or Sonic it had an original setting which differentiated itself from more popular titles. The fantastical Glade of Dreams in which the game is set is full of vibrant and colourful landscapes and characters making it exploration even more fun.

While setting is important, gameplay is key to good game and Rayman 2 plays how all 3D platformers should. You never feel like your struggling to control Rayman or the camera and that makes a game so much more enjoyable. Another strength that Rayman 2 has over other similar games is that it actually puts emphasis on its story. Rayman is great protagonist and Razorbeard is a great antagonist and the plot just fits the setting perfectly. Also I can't talk about Rayman 2 without mentioning its brilliant soundtrack which helps put you into the world. 


#82: Freedom Fighters

Platform(s): PC, PS2, GameCube and Xbox
Release: 2003
Developer(s): IO Interactive
Best Quote: Can't remember
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Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if WWII was ended by the Soviet Union dropping a nuke on Berlin and then turning all of Europe in to one big communist state? No, me neither but that's the premise of Freedom Fighters as you play a member of the resistance who trying to stop the Soviet occupation of the USA. The premise may sound absurd but it works and you want your character ( Chris) to win this struggle against the invaders.

Freedom Fighters is a third-person shooter but the cool part of the game is building up a squad and using them effectively. You increase your squad by getting more charisma and to get more charisma completing objectives. The reason the squad system works is because the A.I. of your team is smart and they don't do things that end up getting them killed

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Posted by mracoon

365 Games To Play Before You Die


I was meant to have this out yesterday but I got caught up in something else. Anyway that just means you'll end up with two blogs today because the other one was specific to this date.

Previous 5 Games


Full List

 

#80: Sins of a Solar Empire

Platform(s): PC
Release: 2008
Developer(s): Ironclad
Best Quote: 'Planet lock-down complete.'
GB Wiki Page

I only picked up Sins a couple of weeks ago but I've already played it more then games I picked up years ago. I purposely chose the largest map available so that I could play a relatively slow paced game over several sessions because I wanted to take my time and not rush things. The game catered to my needs perfectly and before I new it I'd already soaked up tens of hours into the game in less then a week.

Sins gives you a lot of the depth and the three factions are quite distinct (I've only played as two of them so far) which gives variety missing from other RTS/ 4X games. Also I should add that I was playing with the Entrenchment microexpansion which came as part of the package so I don't what the original is like on it's own, though I can't imagine there's much difference. 


#81: Rayman 2: The Great Escape

Platform(s): N64, PC, PS1, PS2, Dreamcast and PSN
Release: 1999
Developer(s): Ubisoft
Best Quote: None but great soundtrack
GB Wiki Page

Rayman 2 is an example of one of the few games which made a seamless transition from 2D to 3D. While it didn't have as much as of a brand appeal like Mario or Sonic it had an original setting which differentiated itself from more popular titles. The fantastical Glade of Dreams in which the game is set is full of vibrant and colourful landscapes and characters making it exploration even more fun.

While setting is important, gameplay is key to good game and Rayman 2 plays how all 3D platformers should. You never feel like your struggling to control Rayman or the camera and that makes a game so much more enjoyable. Another strength that Rayman 2 has over other similar games is that it actually puts emphasis on its story. Rayman is great protagonist and Razorbeard is a great antagonist and the plot just fits the setting perfectly. Also I can't talk about Rayman 2 without mentioning its brilliant soundtrack which helps put you into the world. 


#82: Freedom Fighters

Platform(s): PC, PS2, GameCube and Xbox
Release: 2003
Developer(s): IO Interactive
Best Quote: Can't remember
GB Wiki Page

Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if WWII was ended by the Soviet Union dropping a nuke on Berlin and then turning all of Europe in to one big communist state? No, me neither but that's the premise of Freedom Fighters as you play a member of the resistance who trying to stop the Soviet occupation of the USA. The premise may sound absurd but it works and you want your character ( Chris) to win this struggle against the invaders.

Freedom Fighters is a third-person shooter but the cool part of the game is building up a squad and using them effectively. You increase your squad by getting more charisma and to get more charisma completing objectives. The reason the squad system works is because the A.I. of your team is smart and they don't do things that end up getting them killed

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Posted by AjayRaz

freedom fighters is a great game, i had lots of fun with that game 

Posted by RHCPfan24

Wow, I like these picks! I never played Sins of a Solar Empire but I played the others and I am glad you brought them up. I remember Rayman on the Dreamcast as well as buying it again for the PS2. That was a damn fine game. Same with Freedom Fighters. Nice list!!

Posted by amir90

I have played most of them so I would say I am quite happy about that, hehe.

Posted by FlamingHobo

Freedom Fighters is amazing.

Posted by foggel

Man, I never finished freedom fighters... and no, I have no valid excuse :(