#10: F-Zero GX

Beyond Good & Evil

Beyond Good & Evil may star a woman who wears green lipstick, but nothing about it is unfashionable in the slightest. From France’s answer to Shigeru Miyamoto, Michael ‘Rayman’ Ancel, it ended up as arguably his greatest piece of work. A fully cinematic experience from start to (Disappointingly soon) end, it has to be one of the most immersive games we’ve ever played- You will feel as if you’re a part of heroine Jade’s world. The story is excellent and told with such aplomb you’ll want to keep playing just because of that, and all of this is done without a 90-minute cutscene in sight.

The gameplay itself is also fantastic, playing out a bit like a Zelda game that’s been refined Hideo Kojima. Stealth sections are excellent, although it’s the more open adventure segments that produce the most fun. While it may not break the 20-hour boundary, Beyond Good & Evil is a magical game that will live very long in your memory.

Pikmin 2

Pikmin had something about it. It was clearly a very good game, although it just had something getting in the way of that genius breaking out. It was also a very short game, meaning that gamers couldn’t help but wish for more, especially after the slight disappointment felt as they realised the game wasn’t quite at the standard they’d hoped for. Pikmin 2 fixed all of this and with it, because not only more of the most accessible but also the most downright enjoyable Real Time Strategy titles ever made.

The Pikmin had real character, the co-op play was excellent, the game was sufficient in length, the day limit was removed, more puzzles where splashed in than before... The game also had real variety that few titles of this sort manage to produce. Every level brought something new, or at least a new viewpoint from which to address an old situation. Pikmin 2 defiantly had something about it.

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