My little brother was the owner of a Gamecube video game system which, despite my inclination towards disliking Nintendo video game systems, I found myself playing from time to time. These are my picks for the best five games of the system, based on the fun I had. Don’t give me any crap for excluding things such as Zelda, my inner geek doesn’t get turned on by some of the staples of video gaming.
5. Geist – The solo gameplay for Geist was far more interesting than the multi-player. This is a first person action adventure game in which you play a man who has his soul stripped from his body. Floating around as this spirit gives you the chance to possess other beings such as mice and people. Many critics were not kind to Geist in review, but the solo campaign was interesting enough to get it at number five.
4. Resident Evil 4 – A lot of people really loved the new changes to the Resident Evil formula with part four. One of the biggest new things was the camera view, now positioned closer over the character’s shoulder. However, being a big fan of the early installments of Resident Evil, I was still partial to that system. However, Resident Evil 4 was still a stand out title on the Nintendo Gamecube compared to most of its kiddie fare.
3. Die Hard: Vendetta – This first person shooter taking you into the world of the Die Hard movie series, though a new adventure, is not the most upstanding game out there. However, it’s mix of cussing and violence hit the spot in just the right way for the time I played it on Gamecube.
2. Super Mario Sunshine – This Mario title was not as much fun as previous Mario World games, but still a strong title any way. Mario almost always comes out of the gate impressive. There was something soothing about going around Mario’s world washing things off with the little water pack contraption.
1. Timesplitters: Future Perfect – This game features the most impressive graphics I saw on the Nintendo Gamecube. It is a first person shooter with a fun solo campaign and endlessly fun multiplayer maps. The characters are a bit cartoon like and crazy, but that is what sets it apart in a good way. Also, there are so many weird character to choose from: you can have gunfights with robots, vs. monkeys, vs. a deer. I think it featured 150 characters total and 41 different weapons ranging from bricks to sniper rifles to rocket launchers. On top of THAT you also got mapmaking abilities. Your options for building your own levels came with varying degrees of difficulty to explore, but the joy of playing a level you designed after hours of arranging walls and blocks of hallways is, um, joyful.