Newer Ninja Gaiden games are pretty fun, but they aren't nearly as addicting as the old NES version was. Yes, I give props to Tecmo Koei for keeping the series alive, but it's really just stage after stage of horrendous button mashing at this point. The design team is scraping the bottom of the barrel for ideas so hard that they literally decided to integrate motion-controlled boob jiggle physics. The series has strayed quite far from the good old days, back when murderous eagles would cause you to die over and over and over again.
What console was the last truly amazing Final Fantasy game released on? Some will say the PSOne, with Final Fantasy VII or IX. Some will say the SNES, with Final Fantasy VI or IV. A few might even say the PS2, with Final Fantasy X. However, none of you are saying PS3 or Xbox 360. The JRPG hasn't evolved much since the days of the SNES and PSOne, but Final Fantasy stands as a monument to all the things that are currently wrong with the genre. It's nothing but a graphics-fest with slowly deteriorating gameplay and melodramatic storylines. It's a shame, because Final Fantasy was one of the few franchises that could actually make gamers cry. Now it just makes them put down their controllers in disgust, mostly because you don't actually have to be holding the controller to interact with the battle system anymore.
No game mascot has fallen harder than Sonic the Hedgehog has. There one was a time where he gave Mario a run for his money, and now he's too busy being a werewolf and traveling back in time. Sonic hasn't had a truly good game in ages. The fact that Sonic Generations was actually halfway decent made me want to remove him from this list, but the incredible line of shovelware crap that came out beforehand made him impossible to ignore. Sonic, get your act together.
People still love Tetris. It continues to come out in new versions even to this day, and it's easily the most loved puzzle game of all time. So how is it "not what it used to be?"
Simple, my friend. Tetris sold a console to a generation. It was because of Tetris that the Game Boy took off. But you'd be hard-pressed to find Tetris reprising its role as the killer app that sells a console to a new generation. Tetris is an oldie and a goodie, but it won't ever be as popular as it was in the days of the original Game Boy.
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Date: August 9, 2012
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